Two Central Arkansas Student-Athletes Honored with McCarty Citizenship Awards

first_imgVan Heerden went 15-3 this past season, including an 8-2 mark in conference play. When not on the court, Van Heerden is involved in the local community, reading to elementary students, mentoring youth through KLife, and participating in a variety of charitable activities. She currently maintains a 3.84 GPA. Otas Iyekekpolor, Central Arkansas BasketballIyekekpolor, a forward, has been active beyond the classroom and court, participating in community service with teammates on the men’s basketball team.He personified citizenship perfectly during an incident last September. One Friday evening, he and his teammates were playing a pickup game in the auxillary gym when freshman SK Shittu collapsed. Iyekekpolor, a kinesiology (pre-med) major from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Lillian Osborne High School), put his knowledge to work, locating the AED device in a another part of the building, instructing teammates to call 911, and then tracking down an athletic trainer who was on site after a women’s soccer match.Thanks to Iyekekpolor’s quick reactions, Shittu was resuscitated with the AED, rushed to the hospital where he had a defibrillator installed, and is now expected to eventually be cleared to play basketball again. Marli Van Heerden, Central Arkansas TennisOfficials at UCA claim Van Heerden has “the most magnetic personality ever,” and fellow student-athletes “love” their Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) president. Van Heerden and Iyekekpolor, both juniors, will be honored Tuesday (May 22) at the annual Southland Honors Dinner and Ceremony at the Westin Stonebriar Hotel in Frisco.The award recognizes both male and female student-athletes who exhibit outstanding qualities in citizenship, sportsmanship, leadership and community service. The honor is named for the former Stephen F. Austin athletic director, who served at the school for 21 years, including 15 as athletic director. McCarty was inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor in 2006.center_img The accounting major from George, South Africa, is admired for her sportsmanship and never complaining during tennis matches where referees aren’t always present and players are often expected to make their own in/out calls. FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference revealed that University of Central Arkansas tennis player Marli Van Heerden and basketball player Otas Iyekekpolor are the recipients of the 2018 Steve McCarty Citzenship Awards. Commissioner Tom Burnett made the announcement Wednesday.last_img read more

4 Prisons Get Anti-Ebola Supplies

first_imgThe Child Justice Section (CJS) of the Ministry of Justice in partnership with UNICEF-Liberia has formally launched a Prison Ebola Response project and donated several anti-Ebola items to four prisons across the country.According to CJS, this is part of collective effort to reach zero-infection of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which has taken more lives in the country than other affected nations.Some of the anti-Ebola items include hand-washing drums, Clorox, soap, and disinfectant.Others were recreational materials, such as checkers and ludos, to be used during prisoners’ leisure hours.According to the CJS Acting Coordinator, Alben Greaves, the donations were made to the Monrovia Central Prison, Bassa, Margibi and Bong Prisons.“The Child Justice Section, in coming days, will also make donations to prisons in Lofa and Nimba counties,” Greaves said. The value for the donations to the six counties is US$14,550.It can be recalled that the Acting Deputy Justice Minister for Administration and Public Safety, Atty. Tony Sonkarly recently launched the Prison Ebola Response initiative.The Deputy Minister encouraged correction officers to continue to use preventative measures in the fight again Ebola. He urged them to also continue to educate inmates about the dangers of the virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Artists Poise For Coveted LMA Prize

first_imgThe second annual edition of the Liberian Musical Award Foundation (LMA) celebrating the best in outstanding entertainments, has once again announced its nominees. As usual, the list includes newcomers to the Liberian music world, as well as a number of big names in the industry. LMA brings together Liberian artists from all over the world in order to celebrate their achievements on the international stage. Leading the LMA nomination pack so far is US-based Liberian star Jodi with six nominations: Artist of the Year, Afro Pop Artist of the Year, Performer(s) of the Year, R&B artist of the year, Album of the year and Artist (s) of the year –USA. Other Artists with several nominations include Georgee B. Togar Howard and G-Rize, with five respectively.Joseph Dean and K-Zee were the only local artists who obtained four nominations.LMA country representative Joseph Junior Teah said for the nomination process of this year LMA has asked local and international Liberian DJs to summit their top best five playing songs to the executive committee, because DJs determine the number one song that is felt by the public.LMA remains committed to the promotion of the Liberian music industry and plans are underway to recruit locally based artists as we did last year to give them exposure, says Teah. He added that they are also making arrangements across ten states to begin a tour for artists that were selected and recruited last year.He said LMA is doing all it can to get the GSM companies in Liberia involved, which could be a way of creating avenues where Liberians can vote for their favorite artists by just using their mobile phone and that this will be the first of its kind for the industry. Sources said this year LMA will be witnessed live on YouTube come June 27 in Atlanta, Georgia and a poll of voters will be announced later.He added that momentum for LMA has been encouraged among Liberians resident in the United States and that negotiations are being implemented to bring the 2016 edition back home to Liberia.1. ARTIST OF THE YEAR• DenG• G-Rize• Jodi• K-Zee• Georgee B• 2C2. VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR• Khalil Fofana – Liberia• Usher – Liberia• Fresh Mohammed @ ADHD Films – USA• Alvin Nyemah – USA• DaddyRich Productions – USA• Gerald Barclay – USA3. TRADITIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Marvelous MC• Marie Nyenabo• Master Black• Sundaygar Dearboy• Winston P. Karr• Mr. Henries IV4. HIPCO RAP ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Killa Lu• Jon Bricks• Lil Beshop• Chiller Coolnanee• Tru Storry• JD Donzo5. GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Mayson, Sayon T.• Bernice Blackie• Pst. David Sayndee• Min. Ivan P• Min. Kanvee Adams• Famous Boo6. NEW ARTIST(s) OF THE YEAR• Theo De Franco• Da Vero• Quincy B• Miss Menneh• Joseph Dean• PCK & L’ Franklin7. GBEMA ARTIST OF THE YEAR• K-Zee• Joseph Dean• Kingface• Karnyea Man• Georgee B• Casi Money8. REGGAE/DANCE HALL ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Shadow• Black Diamond• Ne-oh William• M’press 1Love• Jyounkonde Suah• Ragga Hilton10. FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Sweetz• Lady Mouthphy• Lady Skeet• Skylett White• Munnah• Faithvonic11. MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Jon Bricks• Scientific• Eric Geso• Douk De Lib• Yung Muse• Togar Howard12. GROUP OF THE YEAR• Soul Fresh• P.C.K & L’ Franklin• Tag Team• Big Hands• New Generation• Co Star13. PRODUCER OF THE YEAR• Melo’D• Beat Master• De-Boy• Stone Luckshine• Just Prince• Infectious Michael14. COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR• Shawty – Quincy B & Scientific• Cutting My Heart- Douk De Lib Ft. Killa Lu• Ebola In Town – Shadow, D12 & 2kings• I Beg You Ya – DJ Don Ft, Soul Fresh AndChiller Coolnanee• Spoil You With Love – Joseph Dean Ft.Marvelous MC & K-Zee• Tsumakya – Melo’D Ft. Saga AP & Rawpekin14. HIP HOP ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Scientific• 2C• Mezonic• CO- Z• C-Needle• Trigg15. R&B ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Efinxace• Jodi• David Mell• Munnah• Bryan Doe• Quincy B16. AFRO POP ARTIST OF THE YEAR• Eric Geso• Benevee• Pitty D’ Best• F.A.• DenG• Jodi17. PERFORMER(S) OF THE YEAR• Yung Muse• Theo De Franco• Jon Bricks• Togar Howard• Jodi• Soul Fresh18. SONG OF THE YEAR• Ebola In Town – Shadow, D12, & Kuzzy• Da Who Say – K-Zee ft. JB ( Soul Fresh)• Basima Basima – Togar Howard• They Vex – DenG• 911 – Theo De Franco• I Wanna Be – 2C ft. Ruff N Smooth19. AFRO DANCE SONG OF THE YEAR• Theo De Franco – 9-1-1• Melo’D – Tsukaya• Black Diamond – Angel• Saga AP – How We Do It• Trouble Maker – Rawpekin ft. F.E.J• Gronna Men – Royal DeBusta Pain20, DJ OF THE YEAR• Dj Switch ( Boakai Kamara)• Dj Weezy• Dj Mcgrady ( Prince Togba)• Dj Blue• Dj Flexxz• Dj Shine D’ Beast21. HIPCO SONG OF THE YEAR• Tutuley Tu Ley- Killa Lu Ft. Shadow• Let’s Party – Lil Beshop• Dqq-Young Hovor• I Beg U Ya- Dj Don Ft. JB (Soul Fresh), ChillerCoolnanee• Still Hipco – Jon Bricks Ft. Zheng Zheng• You Think Dat Joke – Noy-Z22. GBEMA SONG OF THE YEAR• Da Who Say – K-Zee Ft JB (Soul Fresh)• Spoil You With Love – Joseph Dean ft.Marvelous MC, K-Zee• Fatu Jebeh – Georgee B• DJ Song – G-Rize• Da Ma Choice – Karnyea Man• Feeling You- Casi Money23. VIDEO OF THE YEAR• Basima Basima- Togar Howard• Yenyenkana- Peaches K Ft. Quincy B• Lib Ladies – G-Rize• Too Much- Peter G• Tsumakaya- Melo’d Ft Rawpekin & Saga AP• Jebbeh – F.A.24. HIPCO ARTIST OF YEAR• Mr. Smith-Lib Money• Young Hover• Rawpekin• Mighty Blow• Takun J• Noy-Z25. GOSPEL SONG OF YEAR• Nothing – Min. Ivan P• 24 Hrs – Famous Boo• Thank You Plenty Papa – Mayson Sayon T.• Give You Praise – Tracy Jones• Heart Desire – Kanvee Adams• He’s Coming Back – Success Zeon26. ALBUM OF THE YEAR• Vision – Jodi• Explosion – Georgee B• King Zulu – K-Zee• Hipco Revolution – Mr. Smith Lib Money• Born To Win – G-Rize• Black Out – Black Diamond27. ARTIST(s) OF THE YEAR – AFRICA• Shuravee• Mr.Smith Lib Money• Mighty Blow• Linblinmilitary D Militaryman• Scienific• Soul Fresh28. ARTIST(s) OF THE YEAR – USA• Jodi• Togar Howard• Peter G• G- Rize• Georgee B• Black Diamond Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Southampton manager insists Premier League leaders are not boring

first_img Southampton manager insists Premier League leaders are not boring 1 Southampton manager Ronald Koeman claims Premier League clubs cannot brandish Chelsea as ‘boring’ due to the Blues dominance at the top of the table.Jose Mourinho’s side beat Leicester City 3-1 on Wednesday to move within one win of a first league title in five years, which can be sealed with a victory against Crystal Palace on Sunday.Sections of Chelsea support sang ironic chants at the King Power Stadium in reference to Arsenal fans’ “boring, boring Chelsea” jibe during the Gunners’ goalless draw with the Blues on Sunday.But Koeman insists other teams need to look at their own shortcomings rather Chelsea’s performances, adding the champions-elect are the best side in the division.“They were the best team, the strongest team mentally. I don’t agree with boring Chelsea because it is about winning, about winning titles,” said Koeman.“They have an unbelievable spirit in the team and all the credit to Jose and the players.“They have a difference of about 10 points. I think the other teams, they should not say anything because Chelsea is the best team of this season.“We need a reaction of the rest of the teams because the distance is too much.”last_img read more

Hart hoping dramatic Champions League win sparks Manchester City back into life

first_img1 Joe Hart Goalkeeper Joe Hart hopes Manchester City’s last-gasp win at Borussia Monchengladbach will provide the spark to get their season back on track.Sergio Aguero scored a 90th-minute penalty winner as City came from behind to beat the Germans 2-1 at a raucous Borussia Park and secure their first points in Champions League Group D.City, having lost three of their previous four games, had looked set for another night of frustration after falling behind to a Lars Stindl strike early in the second half.But City rallied, levelling through Nicolas Otamendi and completing the comeback as Aguero, following a night of personal frustration in front of goal, got up after being fouled and struck from the spot.It was a hard-fought win and City were still some way short of the form that saw them cruise through their opening five games of the season without conceding.Yet in terms of character, it was encouraging and Hart hopes performances can now improve.Hart, who himself was outstanding in Germany, said: “We did it the hard way, as our fans know that’s how we’re doing things at the moment. It wasn’t really good enough. We gave far too many chances to them.“The win is important and we really need to improve, but as badly as we played I think we still deserved to win.“We need to get back to the first five games of the Premier League, where we were more of a balanced team. We were a bit imbalanced.“But the season is a long season, so you have got different stages. Hopefully that will put us in a good place for the Newcastle game.”Hart was brilliant throughout as Monchengladbach, rejuvenated under interim coach Andre Schubert after a dismal start to the season, showed as much attacking intent as City.Hart saved a penalty from Raffael and denied the dangerous Brazilian forward on a number of other occasions during open play.City also had opportunities but failed to take advantage, with Aguero particularly wasteful as he struggles for form following his recent knee injury.Stindl’s 54th-minute opener came during a period of dominance for the hosts, who were buoyant on their first home appearance in the competition for 37 years.City responded and levelled through Otamendi after a Martin Demichelis shot was cleared, although replays suggested the initial effort had crossed the line. City then created the better chances in the closing stages and were rewarded as time ran out.Hart was pleased with his own performance and felt conceding proved the turning point.He said: “I am enjoying playing. I was gutted to concede the goal but they stopped attacking after that. I didn’t touch the ball after the goal and luckily we got the two goals.”last_img read more


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: It’s January and that can mean only one thing…It’s Detox time.Well, if you believed every advertisement that has been popping up on Facebook, Google and any other media platform, you would think that you actually needed to detox. There are thousands of these that pop up every January; lemon detox, 3 day detox, 7 day detox, Teatox and my personal favourite” Booteatox”, named because it apparently gives you a better bootea…These diets are all based on the same premise.The story goes like this;
 After Christmas, due to all the excess food and drink that we have taken in, our bodies are apparently full of ‘toxins’ that we need to get rid of. 
The only way we could possibly do this is to buy detox products that are made to help with the removal of these ‘toxins’.What you can eat on these diets varies, depending on the type of detox you are following. There are many of them. 
Some involve fasting, or just drinking liquids. 
Others allow some foods, like fruits and vegetables. 
Typically they are short diets, but one thing is for certain, they are not a way of eating that you can stick with in the long run.Many of these detox diets are also marketing themselves as weight loss products.Along with the ‘toxins’ that you will be expelling, you will also get rid of any unwanted weight that you may have gained over the holiday season.The simple reason for this is that you are drastically reducing calories through the products detoxing methods.When you reduce calories like this, you will lose weight, but like any other fad diet, once you return to normal calorie intake you will gain back any weight you may have lost. It’s inevitable.Another reason that some of these detox products claim to help with weight loss is they can have the herbal laxative Senna in their ingredients.If taken for long periods of time, Senna can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, electrolyte imbalance, and dehydration.But surely there has to be some sort of truth to these products? They can’t all be fake, can they?A group of more than 300 young UK scientists and engineers, who investigated the evidence behind claims made for products and diets, have started a public awareness campaign by publishing a dossier that shows the word “detox” has no meaning outside of the clinical treatment of drug addiction and poisoning.The Detox Dossier investigators found that:No two companies had the same definition for “detox”.The word “detox” was used to promote a range of things from foot patches to hair straighteners, without consistent explanations of what the word means.In most cases no evidence was presented to back up the “detox” claims on products.In most cases, producers and retailers contacted by the young scientists were forced to admit that they were using the word “detox” instead of mundane things like “cleaning” or “brushing”.Not only are detox diets not good for people with certain medical conditions, they can be harmful. 

They don’t improve blood pressure or cholesterol.Detox diets have no positive effect on the heart.For people with diabetes, they may be quite dangerous.Any diet that severely restricts what you eat, could lead to dangerously low blood sugar if you take medicine for diabetes.So, what is the best ‘Detox Diet’ to choose?The truth is, none of them.Your body is an expert at getting rid of toxins, no matter what you eat.Toxins don’t build up in your liver, kidneys or any other part of your body, and you’re not going to get rid of them with the latest detox wonder product.Our liver and kidneys are all we will ever need to detox and if you want to give them a helping hand, all you have to do is cut down on processed foods, reduce your alcohol intake and increase your water intake.Simple as that ☺#TrainSmartFor details on Personal Training, Semi Private Training and group training, please contact me through the link below. RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: DEBUNKING THE DETOX MYTH was last modified: January 11th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dangerousdetox dietsdiabetesDonegal Dailyemmet rushehealthmythlast_img read more

Teenagers Sean and Ronan to compete in qualifiers for European snooker championship

first_imgSean Devenney and Ronan Whyte are traveling to Carlow this weekend to compete in the second of the U18 qualifiers for the European championship.The two are hoping to qualify for the European Championships which take place in Cyprus this coming March.There will be two more events before Christmas with the winners of each automatically going to the championship along with the highest ranked player after the three tournaments Everyone at the club wishes them the best of luckTeenagers Sean and Ronan to compete in qualifiers for European snooker championship was last modified: October 1st, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Carlowcypruseuropean snooker championshipronan whytesean devenneySnookerlast_img read more


first_imgTHERE is anger among people in Co Donegal today after tourists were robbed – in broad daylight.Thieves broke into a camper van parked in Bundoran yesterday and made off with jewellery and cash.Gardai say the raid took place at some stage between 3pm and 5pm while the camper van’s owners were out enjoying the seaside town. “The thieves made off with a substantial sum in cash,” said a Garda spokesman.Anyone who noticed anything suspicious is asked to contact Ballyshannon Garda Station on 071 98 51102. ANGER AS TOURISTS ROBBED IN DAYLIGHT RAID was last modified: August 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ANGER AS TOURISTS ROBBED IN DAYLIGHT RAIDbundoran robberylast_img read more


first_imgStephen Friel from Kilmacrennan, Co. Donegal who won €78,000 including a car on last Saturday’s National Lottery Winning Streak game show on RTE. Pictured at the presentation of winning cheques were from left: Sinead Kennedy, game show co-host; Stephen Friel, the winning player; Eddie Banville, Head of Marketing, The National Lottery and Marty Whelan, game show co-host. The winning ticket was bought from Dunnes Stores. Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyStephen Friel from Kilmacrennan was over the moon on Saturday night after scooping a sensational €78,000 on RTE game-show Winning Streak.Stephen (36) is married to Roisin and they have two children, Oisin (6) and Grainne (4).Stephen has worked as a steel erecter in Kilmacrennan for 15 years before being made redundant three years ago. Stephen bought the Winning Streak ticket in Dunnes Stores in Letterkenny, and his brother and sister rang him with the news on Saturday night.Stephen and Roisin didn’t have a honeymoon when they got married twelve years ago, so Stephen has promised to finally take Roisin away for the honeymoon of her dreams twelve years later! DONEGAL MAN SCOOPS €78,000 ON WINNING STREAK AND GOES ON HONEYMOON was last modified: October 6th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FeatureslottonewswinWinning Streaklast_img read more

Speculators could cash-in on Capital Gains Tax changes – Doherty TD

first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the government’s blanket approach on changing the 7 year Capital Gains Tax (CGT) exemption would see certain property speculators net massive tax free windfalls.Budget 2018 saw the reduction of the period over which owners must retain qualifying assets to enjoy full relief from capital gains tax from seven to four years.Deputy Doherty said the announced measures would have no impact on land hoarding or housing supply. He said the approach taken was too broad and needed to be narrowed so that it only applies to zoned land ready for development. He said the real issue is the 5 year Dividend Withholding Tax vulture funds can avail of.Teachta Doherty said: “The move to change the number of years an individual must hold land before it can be sold CGT free from 7 to 4 would be a very expensive move that benefit certain property speculators who bought property and land, with no impact on land hoarding.“While there is merit in the change in relation to land that is zoned there is absolutely no justification for a broader change encompassing all land and property.“Sinn Féin will argue strongly in the Finance Bill that the change be limited to land with residential potential so that certain property speculators don’t receive massive untaxed windfalls. “However, even if this approach was adopted the move would still be missing the wood for the trees.“There has been much commentary on NAMA’s bulk sales in recent weeks and its impact on land hoarding and housing supply.“When we look closely at the figures though we see that 80% of this NAMA land was sold either before or after the period to which the 7 year rule applied and most of it was sold to vulture funds that don’t pay CGT anyway.“So it is not this 7 year exemption that is the main driver of land hoarding.“The real issue is the exemption from the 20% Dividend Withholding Tax that vulture funds pay if they hold land for 5 years or more. “This change was brought in last year and internal Department of Finance documents show concerns that it would clog up the market.“It is this exemption which must be ended. Allowing certain property speculators profiteer by changing the 7 year CGT rule will have no impact.“The 5 year rule that has incentivised vulture funds to hold on to land until 2020, 2021 and 2022 so that they can sell off tax free. This is where the focus of those of us who wish to tackle land hoarding and supply bottlenecks must be.”Speculators could cash-in on Capital Gains Tax changes – Doherty TD was last modified: October 11th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:budget 2018capital gains taxPearse DohertypropertySinn Feinlast_img read more