Valis Named SHSU Softball Head Coach

first_imgHUNTSVILLE – Director of Athletics Bobby Williams announced on Friday that Garrett Valis has been promoted to head coach of the Sam Houston State softball program, replacing Bob Brock who retired at the conclusion of the 2018 season.Valis becomes the ninth head coach in program history and the first since Brock took over prior to the 2002 season. He has spent the last four years as the Bearkats’ top assistant and has helped guide Sam Houston to the Southland Conference Tournament each of the past three seasons.“I have had the opportunity to watch and get to know Coach Valis over the past four years, and he epitomizes everything I was looking for in the next head coach of our softball program,” Williams said. “I am confident that he will do a great job at building upon what Coach Brock has built over the past two decades and be able to lead our program in a positive direction.”While with Sam Houston he has handled duties as recruiting coordinator and worked directly with the Bearkat hitters. This season he helped four Bearkat hitters earn postseason honors and in four years has seen 11 hitters be named all-conference.“I feel extremely blessed for this opportunity and thankful for all the people who have allowed me to be here, Coach Brock, Mr. Williams, Mrs. (Chris) Thompson, Mr. (Greg) Hinze and Dr. (Dana) Hoyt,” Valis said. “I’m also very thankful for the support my wife Angela, and our daughter Harper has given me. “I look forward to the future with the program. There is lots of experience coming back. We have been playing a lot of young kids these past few years who have been gaining valuable experience and Coach Brock has built a very good foundation for a winning program. I can’t wait to get started,” he said. Before joining Brock’s staff at Sam Houston, Valis served as the head coach for the Austin Storm Under-18 team in Austin. He also coached outfielders and assisted with hitters at Texas State in 2009 while working to complete his postgraduate degree.He played third base and outfield at Ranger College from 2002 to 2004 before transferring to the University of Texas where he completed his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2007. While at Texas he assisted with the softball team at Concordia University where he was in charge of hitting and outfielders.He was also an assistant coach for the Houston Power Under-18 Select team in 2003 and 2004.A native of Shiner, Texas, Valis comes from a family with strong softball ties. His twin sisters, Haley and Jessica, each played softball at the University of Houston. While there, Jessica earned all-America honors and multiple other postseason awards before eventually being selected to play professionally in the NPF for the Akron Racers.Valis is married to Angela Shimek Valis, also from Shiner and they have a daughter, Harper Faye, who is 10 months old.last_img read more

The US protests again: takes the field with the shirt inside out

first_imgLast night, before the match against Japan began, The Americans jumped onto the field with the shirt upside down. The country’s coat of arms was not visible, but clearly the four stars that accredits them as world champions. An image that went around the world.The Rapinoe, Press, Heath and company team again triumphed on the pitch. He beat the nadeshiko 3-1 and they won the SheBelieves Cup title. One more award for this team that never tires of winning, and fighting for their rights. The SheBeleieves Cup was created by the players of the United States National Team to give more visibility to this sport and enhance women’s rights. So they decided that it would always coincide with March 8, International Women’s Day.In this edition of the tournament hThe reproaches they have had for a few months towards their federation have been followed. The current champions fight for the equal rights of the men’s team. They win it all, while they don’t win and still receive more money for playing with the USA.last_img read more

Drummond, Harden sit as Pistons beat Rockets

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Pistons: In addition to Drummond, Detroit was without G Reggie Jackson (sprained right ankle) and F Stanley Johnson (strained right hip flexor).UP NEXTRockets: Visit the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.Pistons: Visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Monfils wins Qatar Open in 4th appearance in final As usual, Houston relied heavily on 3-point shooting. The Rockets went 7 for 13 from beyond the arc in the first quarter, but were only 8 for 34 after that.Detroit was the more efficient team from 3-point range, going 12 of 25.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkChris Paul had 16 points and 13 assists for Houston. Ish Smith scored 17 points for Detroit, and Dwight Buycks added a career-high 16.There were eight lead changes and six ties in the first half, and Houston led 58-57 after two quarters. Detroit then outscored the Rockets 31-19 in the third. A dunk by Harris put the Pistons up 72-65, and Reggie Bullock’s 3 near the end of the period made it 86-72. Houston rallied late and cut the deficit to four with 15.5 seconds left, but Smith made two free throws for Detroit at the other end.TURNAROUNDThe Pistons rebounded nicely from one of their worst games of the season, a 114-78 loss at Philadelphia on Friday night. Detroit is 5-2 in the second game of back-to-backs after going 3-14 last season.TIP-INSRockets: Harden is out with a hamstring strain. Houston was also without C Nene, who has a bruised right knee.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza, left, Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith, center and Pistons forward Eric Moreland (24) chase the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Tobias Harris scored 27 points, and the Detroit Pistons held on for another win against one of the NBA’s top teams, 108-101 over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.Detroit is only four games over .500, but the Pistons have beaten Golden State, Boston, San Antonio, Minnesota and now Houston. The Rockets are without injured star James Harden, but the Pistons were missing their own standout, with Andre Drummond sidelined because of a right rib contusion.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img read more

Police called again as tensions over Belle Vue farmlands intensify

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairIt was high drama again at Belle Vue, West Bank Demerara on Thursday when farmers blocked the Belle Vue Cane Farmers Marketing Co-op Society Chairman’s machinery from clearing farmlands they say has rightfully been theirs for more than 60 years. However, as the events unfolded, popular businessman Deodat Deokinandan, who has been chair of the society since 2013, denied ever threating the farmers as he accused them of squatting on the Society’s land.The intense emotions played out during the morning hours in a usually quiet community which lies near the defunct Wales Sugar Estate. Farmers were adamant that the Co-op Society and Deokinandan, called “Beard Man”, would not touch an inch of the farmland as they blocked an excavator from land clearing operations as they renewed claims of being bullied. This stemmed from an initial stand off from Sunday afternoon after the Society opted to fence sections of the lands and allow cows to graze in the fields which was incensed farmers over their loss of investment.Police ranks called in to settle tensions that erupted on Thursday“He bully us and take the number three section; now we got all this cultivation here and he bullying us for the number four section but we nah decide for this hymac go in one inch here; it got to come out because he taking advantage on us because he has money. He want walk pon all these poor people but this is the end of everything,” farmer Imraz Hassan declared as he stood in front of the hymac.He made his position clearly known when ranks from the Wales Police Station arrived on the scene in a bid to settle escalating tensions. When tensions were less animated on Sunday, one rank had spoken with the sparring farmers that he wanted to preserve law and order but Thursday’s face-off saw a more boisterous demonstration.“This hymac come here illegally. This is not “Beard Man’s” property; this is the Society’s property and this land belongs to the Government of Guyana. We are farmers’ children that lived here for 60-odd years,” Rampertab Rajpat told this newspaper as he told stood in front of the heavy-duty machine.After sugar operations ceased, descendants of Belle Vue farmers moved to plant diversified crops but the businessman, along with several of his central committee members, categorised the demonstrators as squatters.SquattingThe Society provided documents purporting to show that many of the farmers allegedly sold their shares to the society while others supposedly relinquished their lands for the society to operate.“I am never a bully and will never be a bully. These people come illegally and squat on the Society’s land and it is not the right thing to do and dem ah seh de President tell them to do that… I don’t know who is the real bully but these people already take compensation from the Society; some in 2011 and some in 2014,” Deokinandan explained.Aggrieved farmer Rampertab RajpatHe says the cows grazing in the lands fenced off are legally placed since this was passed during a general meeting of the Society. He also denied claims that he has been threatening the farmers at Belle Vue. Society Secretary Antoinette Manichand meanwhile said many of the farmers were errant members and were taken to arbitration for not paying their share of fees in land rentals to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). She observed that it would be unfair for the Society’s contributing members to offset the costs for those who were not paying their dues. It was earlier explained by members that the descendants were reportedly no longer interested in cultivating sugar cane.“The arbitrator gave them a month and a half to pay off their debts and they didn’t pay up so gradually we expelled them and we accepted new members but they going about reaching Government officials until the matter reached the Cabinet with Dr Roger Luncheon. We had a meeting with them and they agree to accept compensation,” she said.Another scene from the heated stand-off which left the hymac suspendedShe also claimed one such farmer was Francis Ferreira who was allegedly paid $290,000 in compensation; a cheque made out in the name of the businessman, while others were paid hundreds of thousands and some over a million dollars for their fields. She provided documents to this effect. Guyana Times spoke to an unmoved Ferreira who outright denied giving up his land rights.“I aint give up no rights; its three years after bullying that people accept money due to frustration… the Cabinet minutes said the farmers should be reinstated. I am prepared to go, this hymac is going to walk over me today!” expressed Ferreira.However, the machine was removed from the area just before lunchtime. Thereafter the farmers moved to protest the Co-Op Society in the afternoon. Nevertheless, the grazing cows and fences erected could remain in place as the society maintained that since farmers lost their rights it does not intend to pay compensation for the crops they have been planting since 2017. Deokinandan held out that he, nor his society, is obligated to pay any compensation owing to the farmers “squatting” on the land.The Co-op Society shows that Ganpat Rajpat was paid $1.5 million in compensationThe Belle Vue farmers are descendants of multiple sugar cane workers turned farmers who came from all across Guyana and were contracted with Bookers company to supply canes to Wales and live in the Belle Vue Pilot Scheme from 1956. Cane operations ended with Government’s closure of Wales Estate in December 2016.last_img read more

DPP dismisses 2nd set of charges against Govt Ministers

first_imgThe Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has again dismissed ‘misconduct’ charges brought against three more Government Ministers by the PPP Opposition, this time over the controversial D’Urban Park Project.The private criminal charges were filed on Monday against Finance Minister Winston Jordan, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, and Public Service Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall as the Attorney, and Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Juan Edghill as an applicant.The charges against the ministers alleged a breach of the Procurement Act in relation to the expenditure of $906 million in public funds to a private company, Homestretch Development Inc, for construction of the controversial D’Urban Park Project, which has, for some time now, been a contentious issue.Jordan and Patterson were jointly charged with misconduct and abuse of public trust for having allegedly authorised the payment, while Dr Roopnaraine, who was a director of the company, was charged with alleged misconduct and the abuse of public trust for having received, in his capacity as director, the $906 million in public funds while serving as minister. However, the DPP’s Chambers said in a statement issued late Thursday afternoon that the private criminal charges against Ministers Jordon, Patterson and Roopnaraine, for misconduct in public office, contrary to the Common Law, were discontinued by the Director of Public Prosecutions under Article 187 (1) ( c) of the Constitution.“These charges concern a grave issue under the criminal law in relation to (three) serving ministers. In the interest of good governance in the State of Guyana, such allegations ought first to have been reported to the Guyana Police Force for an investigation to be launched and the advice of the DPP sought,” the Chamber said.Confirmation from the DPP’s Office comes following a report published in the state-owned Guyana Chronicle newspaper on Thursday, announcing the dismissals.Meanwhile, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil Williams, at a press conference on Thursday, also revealed that he was informed of the dismissal since Wednesday, when his office received a copy of the dismissal order that was sent to the magistrate by the DPP.According to Williams, the DPP, Shalimar Ali-Hack, has a proactive role to patrol the corridors of justice, which she did.“I think the DPP was clear that the charges hadn’t been filtered through any established state investigatory body. They have no evidence; if you have evidence that means you’re supposed to take the evidence to the relevant and appropriate authorities; and those authorities, if they investigate and had a charge, they would have sent it to the DPP for them to look at it,” the AG posited, while hinting at the possibility of impending counter libel action to be taken by the Government ministers.This is the second set of charges filed by the Opposition that the DPP has thrown out, citing the same reasons. On Monday, she also discontinued against Government Ministers Volda Lawrence and Dr George Norton charges that were filed last week respectively over the sole-sourcing of more than $600 million in drugs and other pharmaceuticals for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, and the rental of a house in Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown to be utilized as a drug bond at a cost of $12 million monthly.last_img read more

The Ministry of Environment has issued a wildfire smoke advisory

first_imgExposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, and lung or heart disease. The communities included in the advisory are Fort St. John, Prince George, Mackenzie, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Vanderhoof and Quesnel.The change in weather is bringing relief from high smoke levels to many communities throughout the area, however, the fires are still active and periods of smoke may still affect communities throughout the area.Smoke levels can change rapidly, and there may be large variations over short distances.- Advertisement -Smoke transport models suggest that smoke from the active fires is still moving in an easterly direction and some communities may experience elevated levels.Contact your health care provider if you experience difficulty in breathing, chest pain or discomfort, or sudden onset of cough or irritation of airways.If you are experiencing symptoms, avoid strenuous outdoor activities, especially along busy traffic corridors.Advertisementlast_img read more

BC government scraps lounge restrictions in restaurants

first_imgThe BC Government has decided to allow restaurants to serve customers just alcohol without a separate lounge area.This change is the next step in a complementary Liquor Policy Review update that happened last year, allowing customers to order a drink at a restaurant without feeling pressured to order food.“We are making small changes with big impacts, as we update our liquor policies based on the feedback I received from industry and British Columbians during the Liquor Policy Review,” said John Yap, Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Reform.- Advertisement -“Today is a great example of the work we are doing to improve processes for restaurants and create more convenience for consumers.”The Province says creating flexibility for restaurants will help to remove the unnecessary burden for businesses, while understanding that restaurants will still need to ensure that their primary purpose is the service of food.They say music and comedy performances now will be easier, too.Advertisement Restaurants are no longer required to apply for a permit to host entertainment, such as a guitar player or comedian, as long as patrons are not participating in the show.last_img read more

Safe Stop Coordinator applauds review of fines for ignoring school buses

first_img“A $167-fine and three demerit points is not enough to deter drivers,” said Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Ministry staff have begun discussions with stakeholders, including the police, and we can expect changes to be in place before the end of the school year.”The announcement that a review would be coming was made yesterday afternoon in Victoria, and Dettling said she was told yesterday morning before it began.“They’ve acknowledge the problem, now they’re going to review it and determine what the fines and penalties will be,” she said.Dettling says even a $368 fine for the offence would put B.C. among the lowest in Canada, and thinks additional demerit points will boost the effectiveness of the fine and get more drivers to refrain from committing the offence.Advertisement Between 2009 and 2014, B.C. police officers issued 1,100 tickets to drivers for failing to stop for a school bus. While no children were killed getting on or off a school bus in that period, 14 children were injured. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The bus driver who brought attention to the low fines for drivers that passed stopped school buses is pleased to hear the Province is reviewing the fines.“It takes a lot of people to get something done,” Cindy Dettling told Energeticcity.ca. “It’s fantastic, I’m glad it’s working.”Dettling started a Safe Stop campaign here in Fort St. John in 2015, campaigning with other bus drivers to get their message across that failing to yield to a stopped school bus — in both directions — is illegal.- Advertisement -She proposed that the government look at raising the fines to $368, with six points against a driver’s license, for drivers that fail to yield to stopped school buses.A report from last month indicated B.C. drivers still weren’t getting the message, and were ignoring school buses at a similar rate of roughly one ticket issued a day.The Province hasn’t indicated just yet what they’re next course of action will be in the review, but a decision will likely be made by the end of the 2015-16 school year.Advertisementlast_img read more

Dwight Yoakam coming to Dawson Creek and the Encana Events Centre

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – With over 25 million albums sold worldwide, 21 nominations and multiple GRAMMY wins, Dwight Yoakam will next bring his legendary country sound to Dawson Creek and the Encana Events Centre on Thursday October 20, 2016.Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, August 5 at 10 a.m. PST.  Tickets are priced at $69.00, $59.00 and $49.00 plus applicable fees.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.tigerboxofficeplus.ca by phone at 1-877-339-8499, and in person at the 2 Tiger Box Office Plus locations at the Encana Events Centre and at Tiger Printing & Stationers.Plus all this week, before tickets go on sale, Moose FM has a chance for you to win tickets.  All you have to do is play our game, the Streets of the Fort St. John at our new website www.moosefm.ca/contests.  Each day this week, we’ll post a new picture of a street in Fort St. John.  If you can identify the street, you can enter your name to win one of four pairs of tickets to see Dwight Yoakam before they go on sale.- Advertisement -Joining Yoakam in Dawson Creek will be Canadian country artists Meghan Patrick and The Washboard Union. Dwight Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide – he is a 21-time nominated, multiple GRAMMY Award winner. He has 12 gold albums and 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums, with five of those albums topping Billboard’s Country Albums chart, and another 14 landing in the Top 10 – nearly 40 of Yoakam’s singles have charted, with 14 peaking in the Top 10. In celebration of his critically-acclaimed album 3 Pears, he received the Artist of the Year award at the 2013 Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony, the most prestigious award offered by the organization. In 2015, Yoakam released his latest album Second Hand Heart Warner/Reprise records. In addition to his musical career, Yoakam is a formidable film and television actor, capable of seamlessly melting into his roles, and impressively standing toe-to-toe with some of the world’s top thespians over the course of his storied and successful acting career, including Jodie Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker, and Matthew McConaughey.Advertisementlast_img read more

Case of assault against Letterkenny businessman is adjourned

first_imgA charge of alleged assault against a Letterkenny business owner has been adjourned until December 19th next.Gus O’Driscoll, aged 50, of Wet and Wild, of Ballyraine Retail Park, is charged with assault at his premises on December 15th last. Mr O’Driscoll’s solicitor Ciaran MacLoclainn told today’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court that he had received CCTV footage but he had not had an opportunity to view it.He asked for the case against Mr O’Driscoll to be adjourned until December 19th.The request was granted by Judge Paul Kelly.Case of assault against Letterkenny businessman is adjourned was last modified: November 28th, 2016 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:courtdonegalgus o’driscollletterkennyWet and Wildlast_img read more