Central Arkansas Student-Athletes Sweep McCarty Awards Again

first_imgThe UCA student-athletes’ recognition is the second time in as many years that the Bears have claimed both the women’s and men’s awards after tennis player Marli Van Heerden and basketball player Otas Iyekekpolor won in 2018.“Being awarded both McCarty Awards in consecutive years is quite a testament to the type of men and women our coaches bring on campus,” said UCA Athletics Director Dr. Brad Teague. “We are very proud of our students and this recognition for citizenship is one of the highest honors a student can receive.”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. FRISCO, Texas –The 2019 Southland Conference Steve McCarty Citizenship Award winners are University of Central Arkansas softball player Oakley Sisemore and football player Breylin Smith. Commissioner Tom Burnett made the announcement Tuesday. The Conway native is the incoming president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and coaches a seventh- and eighth-grade girls AAU basketball team. Sisemore, a fifth-year senior from Farmington, Ark., and Smith, a junior from Conway, Ark., will be honored Tuesday, May 21, at the annual Southland Honors Dinner and Ceremony at the Westin Stonebriar Hotel in Frisco. Locally, she volunteers with Community Connections – a program for special needs children. She has joined with teammates to help raise funds for “Light the Night Walk,” benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. A health education major, Smith is involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Read to Succeed, and UCA Student Mobilization. Along with his teammates, he volunteers his time by going to elementary schools and reading with children and is a frequent speaker at meetings for Conway High School’s Fields of Faith program. Sisemore holds a 3.93 grade point average and is expected to graduate summa cum laude in May with a degree in health sciences. Sisemore, a member of the UCA Chapter of Alpha Chi Honor Society, plans to pursue a master’s degree in sustainability and environmental science next fall, and then attend medical school in the fall of 2020. Smith is a champion roper and is involved with the Arkansas Rodeo Association. Oakley Sisemore, Softball, Central ArkansasThe outfielder’s leadership extends far beyond the softball field and across the world. Sisemore has spent three of the past four summers in Uganda serving the impoverished nation as a community volunteer. This past summer, she convinced teammates Cheyenne Kuhn and Rachel Haberman to join her working at an orphanage and assisting with other community endeavors. Sisemore’s efforts include giving her time at clinics and hospitals in the northern part of Uganda and teaching youth to read. Additionally, Sisemore speaks to Special Olympics athletes about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and is one of just five UCA students participating medical internship rotation – a role normally reserved for third-year medical students.Breylin Smith, Football, Central ArkansasSmith, the starting quarterback last fall before suffering a broken ankle in the fourth game of the season, is involved in a myriad of activities beyond the classroom and football field. His mother Dandra Thomas was all-conference in both volleyball and basketball at UCA. She passed away when Smith was a child and he was raised by his grandparents.last_img read more

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How often should we change the mattress? This is the red line that we should not pass

first_imgA good rest is essential for our health. Rest correctly affects both our daily performance and the good development and work of our organs, and a key point to achieve this is our mattress. A mattress does not have to be the cheapest to be the best, but there are some points that must be taken into account when choosing it. Depending on the physical condition of each person, a mattress must have a type of height, core or firmness.Another very important key to getting a good rest is to change the mattress when necessary. According to experts, the mattress should be changed at least every 7 or 10 years, although this time can be reduced if the necessary care is not applied. This time is stipulated to prevent the malformations that suffer over time affect our rest and can cause some kind of illness. Get a mattress to last longerTo ensure that a mattress is in good condition and lasts the 7 years stipulated by experts, a series of tips must be followed. The best known is to rotate the mattress every 6 months so that it does not have malformations. Another tip is to keep pets out of bed so that dirt does not accumulate on it and vacuum it to remove dust that may accumulate. In addition, there is a trick that helps reduce moisture and odors that is sprinkle a little baking soda all over the mattress surface. The conditions of a mattress affect our restIt is advisable to change the minimum mattress every 7 years center_img Image: iStocklast_img read more

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Worth shouting about: George Springer wins World Series MVP

first_imgThe Houston leadoff man hammered his way to the award, homering and doubling Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) to boost the Astros to their first championship with a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7.He launched a Series record-tying five homers, including shots in each of the final four games, and celebrated those Springer Dingers by hollering around the bases.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMany years ago, that type of trip would’ve been hard to believe. Impossible, really.As a kid, Springer stuttered so severely that he frequently fell silent, unless he was around his family or close friends. Over time, he’s improved so much that he graciously grants interviews, even on national television, and never seems to shy away from the spotlight. He even wore a live mic in center field during the All-Star Game in July. Butler’s late points lift Timberwolves past Pelicans His production follows his pedigree.Drafted 11th overall by the Astros out of Connecticut in 2011, George Chelston Springer III comes from a family of athletes. His dad pitched in the Little League World Series, his mom was an accomplished gymnast, and his two sisters played softball in college.In fact, Springer wears No. 4 to represent the four members of his immediate family. Engaged to be married in January, Springer won’t be able to bump up to No. 5 — the Astros retired that jersey for Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell. 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Springer went 11 for 25 the rest of the way.He hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the 11th inning of a Game 2 win at Dodger Stadium. He doubled during a victory in Game 3, and homered again in a Game 4 loss.He connected for a huge homer in Game 5, moments after an ill-advised dive for a sinking liner that skipped past him. He later drew a two-out walk in the 10th that set up the winning run at Minute Maid Park.Springer hit a solo home run in Game 6 that put the Astros ahead in a game they eventually lost 3-1.His final Series line: a .379 average, seven RBIs and a 1.000 slugging percentage.Springer rallied from a rugged showing in the AL Championship Series, when he batted just .115 (3 for 26) without an extra-base hit or RBI in seven games against the Yankees.That came after his fourth and most productive season in the majors, when he set career highs by hitting .283 with 34 home runs and 85 RBIs. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Houston Astros’ George Springer reacts after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. APLOS ANGELES — George Springer hit so many clutch home runs, he was a clear pick for World Series MVP. Watch closely and you can see Springer, just for a moment, still begins to stumble over words sometimes. So he will calmly slow himself down, or pause for a second, before gathering himself and continuing on eloquently.At 28, the All-Star center fielder has taken every chance he’s gotten this postseason to talk about Camp SAY — that’s the Stuttering Association for the Young.Springer is a spokesman for the two-week summer camp that benefits kids and teens who stutter. He also runs a charity bowling event, raising money to help people attend the program.“I hope there’s somebody somewhere out there that is impacted and can learn to just go be who you are and not let any stage or any place stop you,” he said last week.On baseball’s big stage, the Dodgers couldn’t stop him.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READcenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He often was the Most Vocal Person, too — and that might be the most remarkable part of his story.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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NEC Begins Voter Roll Exhibition Today

first_imgThe National Elections Commission (NEC) will today commence the exhibition of the Provisional Voter Roll at all 2080 Exhibition Centers (formerly Voter Registration Centers) across the country.The exercise is part of the electoral schedule according to Article 9.2 of the Voter Registration Regulations in keeping with section 3.6 of the New Elections Law of Liberia.The Provisional Registration Roll is a compilation of names, photos, center codes, ages, and other information of individuals who registered during the voter registration period from February 1 to March 14, 2017.The key exhibition activities are confirmation of applicant’s information; inclusion, where the opportunity is given to an applicant or registrant to be included on the Provisional Registration Roll if erroneously omitted; correction, where recorded information of an applicant is allowed to be changed by correction to set the proper information for the particular applicant or registrant. The exhibition will also show objection to inclusion, wherein the chance is given to those who have proof or evidence that points to the ineligibility of an applicant or registrant to be maintained on a voter roll.Each Exhibition Center across the country will have two electoral workers, the Exhibition Officer and the Clerk, to assist registered voters in viewing their particulars and conducting the exhibition process.“There are also 416 Electoral Supervisors across the country to monitor and coordinate the exhibition activities at the 2080 centers. They are working under the supervision of the Assistants and Electoral Magistrates throughout the 15 counties,” a press release said.The NEC has urged all Liberians in possession of valid voter registration cards to take advantage of the exhibition period which runs from today, June 12, to Saturday, June 17. The centers are open from 8 am to 5 pm daily.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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PYPP Assure GOL, Partners of Bridging Professionals Gap

first_imgMr. Zaizay wants exceptionally talented college graduates into PYPP program. The executive director of the President’s Young Professionals Program (PYPP), Hh Zaizay, has assured the government of Liberia and partners of helping to breach the country’s ‘professionals gap.’The PYPP was launched in 2009 by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and is now Liberia’s premier and most competitive program for qualified youth transitioning into the civil service.Zaizay said the PYPP, which is a two-year fellowship, continues to place recent college graduates in important government roles and provide them with training and mentorship as they support government’s priorities.Director Zaizay said the PYPP continues to fill a critical capacity and leadership gap in the government by creating a new generation of professionals who will promote good governance and increase delivery of services and sustain democratic gains.In six years, he said, “The program has recruited and trained over 120 young leaders and placed them within government. 95 percent of them continue to work in their assigned ministries and agencies and are poised to become the next generation of leaders in the civil service, quickly building Liberia’s capacity and establishing a cadre of talented young people in government.”Zaizay made the disclosure on Thursday in Monrovia when he officially launched the eight recruitment exercise in partnership with the Civil Service Agency (CSA). He urged female candidates in the ensuing elections to exert efforts to win rather than going into the race only to make history.He said yesterday’s program is intended to create the next generation of qualified professionals who are able and committed to work for the people, thereby increasing sector capacity and contributing to good governance and strong leadership.“Applicants should have a history of service to community or school through involvement in extracurricular activities, be law abiding Liberian nationals and not older than 35 years; college or university graduate in any discipline; a strong and verbal English communication skills; fast learner; resourceful and able to work under pressure in a fast-paced professional working environment,” Zaizay said.He, therefore, encouraged qualified and interested high school graduates who desire and are committed to working for the government to apply, adding, “We hope to continue this initiative up to 2021.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Significant reform needed to transform regional aviation industry

first_imgThe President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr William Warren Smith, is calling for a new paradigm in the aviation industry, defined by connectivity which is convenient, flexible, and reasonably priced.CDB President,Dr William Warren-SmithSpeaking at the June 29th Aviation Day Caribbean, Dr Smith noted that transforming the Caribbean airline industry would demand significant reforms and actions by regional governments, but would also lead to a better overall customer experience, and to aviation making an even bigger contribution to regional economic activity.The CDB President said the cost of intra-regional travel is a major deterrent to travel, and in many instances, high taxes have made fares uncompetitive. He noted that a reduction in these costs could lead to an increase in travel.“Intra-regional fares have risen steadily, to the point where it is often cheaper to fly to the Eastern Seaboard of the United States than it is to fly to neighbouring Caribbean islands. […] Studies commissioned by CDB confirm that air travel is price-elastic, so that reductions in these imposts should lead to increased travel, which in turn should lead to additional tax revenue flow to replace some of the revenues foregone.“Additionally, one should expect secondary benefits to Government revenue arising from the in-country spend associated with the larger number of visitors,” Dr Smith noted.Specific measures recommended by the CDB President to revamp the aviation industry include harmonising regulation across the Caribbean; adopting and implementing a comprehensive open skies agreement; and strengthening the internal operation of Caribbean airlines.CDB had partnered with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) to host Aviation Day Caribbean, which was held at the Hilton Barbados Resort.IATA Regional Vice President for the Americas, Peter Cerdá, has said air transport is vital to supporting sustained economic development in the Caribbean. He noted, however, that while the global aviation industry is doing well, the profit per passenger in the Latin America and Caribbean region is less than half the global average.“The lack of growth in Caribbean connectivity is due to a combination of high taxes, fees, and charges in air transportation, as they add to the cost of travel and make the Caribbean an expensive region to operate in. (They also create) regulatory barriers, including the lack of liberalisation in air services, and an inefficient and aging infrastructure.”Cerdá added that while many countries consider raising taxes and fees to be a quick revenue generator, the long-term impact is not often considered.“According to a study published by IATA, each $1 of ticket tax could lead to over 40,000 fewer foreign passengers; $20M of reduced tourist expenditure; 1,200 fewer jobs. While we understand the budgetary challenges facing many Governments in the region, imposing heavy fees and taxes on aviation and air travel directly affects levels of tourism and business travel—the very things required for a vibrant economy.”Minister of Tourism and International Transport for Barbados, Kerrie Symmonds, who also spoke during the opening ceremony, outlined several new revenue measures adopted by the Government of Barbados, including a new tax on air travellers. He said the Government intends to use the additional revenue to enhance the airport facilities by, among other things, introducing automated passport control kiosks, and upgrading the departure lounge.“While we accept that there has been some disquiet; and while we, with the greatest possible reluctance, have gone to the point of institutionalising the increases in departure tax, […] we believe that we can treat this as an investment towards making the airport experience and all that has gone with it traditionally a completely different and enhanced one, as we go forward into the future,” said Minister Symmonds.Aviation Day Caribbean brought together experts in air travel, tourism and economic development, as well as Government authorities, to discuss how aviation can deliver even greater benefits to the region.CDB has also released a study, titled Air Transport Competitiveness and Connectivity, during Aviation Day. The study raises awareness about the options available to improve the competitiveness of the regional air transport.last_img read more

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Chetwynd hosting High School Rodeos this weekend

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – The Chetwynd Spring High School and Jr Rodeo is set to begin this Saturday at Pine Valley Exhibition Park.High school rodeo events for boys will include Tie Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Bull Riding, Bareback, Saddle Bronc, and Team Roping. Girls high school events include Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Breakaway Roping, Goat Tying, Queen, and Team Roping.Junior boys rodeo events include BAC Bareback, BAC Saddle Bronc, Tie Down Roping, Chute Dogging, Goat Tying, Breakaway Roping, Jr Bulls, Team Roping, and Ribbon Roping. Junior girls events include Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Breakaway Roping, Goat Tying, Ribbon Roping, and Team Roping.- Advertisement -Entry fee for the High School Rodeo is $30 per day and 20$ per day for the Junior Rodeo.The Rodeos start at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.last_img read more

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Fake ad empties house, down to kitchen sink

first_imgEverything – including the kitchen sink – was stripped from a rental home after an Internet classified ad invited people to take whatever they wanted for free. But the landlord says the ad, posted last weekend on the craigslist Web site, was fake. “In the ad, it said come and take what you want. Everything is free,” Laurie Raye told Seattle’s KING-TV. Raye had cleaned out the rental, in Tacoma, Wash., after evicting a tenant. After the ad appeared, the property was stripped of the sink, light fixtures and the hot water heater. Even the front door and a vinyl window were pilfered, Raye said. Neighbors said they saw strangers hauling items away, apparently looking for salvage material. The ad has since been pulled from the Web site. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Delaney’s Crystal Palace future in doubt

first_img Damien Delaney in action for Crystal Palace 1 Damien Delaney’s Crystal Palace future could be in doubt as the defender is stalling over signing a new deal.The 33-year-old’s existing contract expires at Selhurst Park at the end of the season and Neil Warnock has revealed the club have offered him an extension, but he is yet to put pen to paper.The Eagles boss has admitted it is down to the player whether or not he prolongs his stay in south east London but is keen to keep the experienced centre-back at the club.“He’s been offered a contract. At the moment he hasn’t signed it yet but the contract is on the table. It’s nothing to do with us, it’s to do with Damien,” the 67-year-old said.“You’ll have to ask him why he hasn’t signed it. Over the season he’s done very well and he’s a good leader for us in the dressing room as well. That’s why we’ve offered him a new contract, it’s up to him if he signs it, not me.”Warnock also revealed talks have begun to offer full-back Joel Ward a new Palace deal.last_img read more

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FLANAGAN’S FURNITURE OPENS AGAIN MONTHS AFTER IT WENT INTO LIQUIDATION

first_imgOne of Donegal’s best-known furniture companies has opened again – just months after it went into liquidation.Flanagan’s Furniture went bust last November with the loss of up to 50 jobs in stores across the country including its main outlet in Buncrana.But now the family behind the company have announced they are back in business. However anybody hoping to exchange vouchers or collect furniture from Flanagan’s of Buncrana will not be able to do so.The company sent text messages to thousands of customers over the weekend.The text message said ‘Flanagan’s Furniture is back! Showrooms at Shore front, Buncrana.’However despite contacting thousands of customers using previous contact lists, a spokesman at the new furniture outlet stressed they were not the same company. They said they were run by the Flanagan family but the old company was in the hands of liquidator Deloitte and Touche.“We are a different company. The previous company had a lot more employees – we only have three.“If you have a voucher or something then you will have to contact the liquidator,” said a spokesman.  FLANAGAN’S FURNITURE OPENS AGAIN MONTHS AFTER IT WENT INTO LIQUIDATION was last modified: April 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare 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:buncranaFlanagan’s Furnitureliquidationlast_img read more

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