LMA To Erect Billboard

first_imgThe country representative of the Liberian Music Awards Foundation (LMA), Joseph Junior Teah has disclosed that his institution has finalized plans to erect billboards across the country, to boost the ongoing awareness program about the LMA voting process. He said this billboard project is part of the LMA’s initiative to ensure that ordinary Liberians understand the SMS (text massage) and the online “voting Code” process.”If we don’t implement many strategies for fans back home to understand the voting code process, at the end of the day they will lose creditability in the LMA,” he added. He also said the LMA will work out other strategies that are intended to make fans exclusively a part of the process, whose ultimate goal is the promotion of the music industry.But he said that since the LMA launched the voting code process, the voting result that they have received so far has been impressive. The LMA team is now asking fans to help spread the message to relatives and friends, who may still not have a clear idea of the voting code.Deputy Minister of Information Isaac Jackson was quoted in FPA as saying “Let the organizers keep on their good work; I think it will help government plans for the entertainment industry,”  “While LMA is doing all it can to ensure the active participation of fans to vote for their artists of choice, we are also calling on nominees to actively educate their fans about the voting code and how it works,” Teah said. The LMA voting code is a platform that is powered by Cellcom GSM, to ensure transparent and inclusive voting process for this year’s award programs, enabling fans with the opportunity of voting via SMS (text massage) as well as online.Fans can vote for this year’s LMA, using the voting code assigned to each artist or nominee. The voting cost is 50 cent per SMS (text massage) while online voting is available only through the LMA website www. liberianmusicawards.comThe voting poll was opened to the public on April 1 and is expected to end June 16, 2015.He said further that it is time that artists get involved with communication or campaigning with their fans, because the fans are the people who make them win.”But if any artists think that they can win without the votes of their fans, the result shouldn’t be a shock to them if it’s not in their favor,” he advised.He also disclosed that immediately after the implementation of the billboard project, the LMA will embark on hosting shows across the country as part of its strategies to create more awareness.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bulldogs looking for help

first_img“We always have to have those others guys step up,” Prestesater said. “I think Ralph is going to get his 15 or 16 points. The other guys, they’re the ones who have to do the job.” The problem for Nevarez and West Covina as it relates to Santa Fe is Chiefs center Ruben Sanchez, who is 6-foot-5 and weights 240 pounds. He could make Prestesater’s projection of around 15 points for Nevarez a hard ceiling, in which case the Bulldogs will have to find other forms of offense to win. Center Ralph Nevarez usually provides the West Covina High School boys basketball team with a big advantage inside against most opponents. But with the Bulldogs set to play a Santa Fe team that can counter Nevarez’s size, coach Gary Prestesater believes his team’s chances to advance in the Division III-A playoffs will come down to its supporting cast. “He’s averaging seven points per game and 10 boards,” Prestesater said of Sanchez. “I think they’re both (Nevarez and Sanchez) about the same. I think Ralph is going to be quicker than him. But their two guards are the ones who score.” Santa Fe won the Del Rio League this season and is 20-7. The Chiefs earned the No. 7 overall seed in the division, while West Covina entered as an at-large team. “I just told the kids today that if you’re scared, you shouldn’t be playing,” Prestesater said. “You’ve got to have confidence in yourself. We just have to go out and play the way we can.” There was good news and bad news for Nogales when pairings were released on Sunday. The Nobles were made the No. 14 seed in Division III-AA, but face a road trip to Banning in Wednesday’s first round. “I guess we get to play, and there’s a lot of teams right now whose season is over,” Nogales coach Ricky Roper said. “I guess we should just be thankful we’re playing.” center_img Nogales has been the area’s toughest team to figure out this season. The Nobles were good enough to post wins over league champions Chino Hills, Diamond Ranch, Serrano and South Hills. But they lost a chance to be league champs themselves when Walnut upset them last Thursday. “We’re a very young team,” Roper said while explaining the Walnut loss and his team’s inconsistency. “There’s two ways you could look at it. You can feel sorry for yourself, or you can look at it as a positive. The time to really be upset is when the season is over.” Long trips in the playoffs are nothing new to Nogales, which made a trip to Indio last season and lost a wild-card game by a point in overtime. Roper said the team will leave plenty early on Wednesday, get a pre-game meal and arrive at the gym hours before tip-off to get acclimated. “I think we’ll be ready,” Roper said. “You do this all the time in summer.” aram.tolegian@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 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

Tar Tar sails into Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom final

first_imgTar Tar found the second after the break through Lindi Nanjala who scored in the 59th minute to wow their fans who travelled with the team to cheer them.Tar Tar Girls in action. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONThe West Pokot team pressed Bishop Njenga, who comes from Western region on their half and they could have broke the deadlock in the 21st minute with their first shot on target, but keeper, Stella Ahono saved Sylvia Baraza’s effort.Ahono once again came to Bishop Njenga’s rescue three minutes later when she bailed out his team with a top drawer save for a fruitless corner.However, Bishop Njenga finally soaked in pressure the 26th minute when the defenders poorly cleared a ball in the penalty box that had hit the woodwork for Martha to powerfully strike home.Tar Tar player heading towards Bishop Njenga goal. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONThe goal woke up Bishop Njenga who surged up front, forcing the Tar Tar shot-stopper, Lillian Ochieng to parry over a screamer from Violet Wanyonyi in the 29th minute.A minute later on the half-hour mark, it was the turn of Bishop Njenga goal keeper Ohono to come through for her team, finger tipping a long range cracker from Viona Nelima for a corner that went wasted.There was no improvement in the second half for the home team Bishop Njenga with Lindi Nanjala nodding home a cross from the left wing in the 59th minute to seal the win and storm into the final to be played on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tar Tar Girls beat Bishop Njenga to reach Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom final. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONKAKAMEGA, Kenya, Mar 23 -Two goals scored in either half were enough to send powerhouse Tar Tar to the final of the Girls Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom after spanking rivals Arch Bishop Njenga 2-0 in a semi final that saw two former Schools champions clash at Bukhungu Stadium on Friday.A dominant Tar Tar from West Pokot, representing Rift Valley Region, got their opening goal in the 21st minute from Martha Nanjala who timely connected a rebound that had rattled the bar.last_img read more

Van Gaal rules out Bayern return while Hoeness is president

first_imgHowever, Bayern’s current head coach Heynckes, 72, has repeatedly said he will quit at the end of the season.The search is on to replace him and Van Gaal, currently without a club, would be an obvious candidate.The 66-year-old has won 20 club titles in his career, most recently the 2016 FA Cup in a two-year stint at Manchester United.He coached Bayern from 2009-11, losing the 2010 Champions League final, but winning the Bundesliga and German Cup titles only to be sacked the following season.The Dutchman says he “loves” Bayern, but ruled out returning.“I have always gone back, whether it was to Barcelona, the national Dutch team, AZ Alkmaar, but returning to Bayern? – I can’t imagine that,” Van Gaal told magazine Sport Bild.“As long as Uli Hoeness is at the club, I won’t work there.”Van Gaal was dismissed in April 2011 when Bayern slipped out of the German league’s top three — the Champions League places at the time.The Dutchman lifted the lid on working under Hoeness.“Uli Hoeness has cultivated special relationships with certain players and campaigns for their interests,” Van Gaal explained.“Like (Franck) Ribery, who according to Mr Hoeness, should always play.“In my opinion, that’s not good for the work of a coach.“The team is important and not the individual players – in this regard Hoeness and I differ.“After one conversation (with Hoeness) my wife told me I should quit FC Bayern.“I kept working there because I love the club.– Never give up –“The German mentality is also my mentality.“Hard training, fight until the end, never give up – the job was made for me.”Van Gaal says Hoeness would criticise him for blooding current stars, like Thomas Mueller and David Alaba who were inexperienced at the time.“I would always select Thomas Mueller (early in his career) and Hoeness would tell my wife in the VIP lounge ‘your husband has picked the wrong team again!’,” said Van Gaal.“Same with David Alaba.“He made a mistake in the last minute of a game which led to my dismissal.“Now he is one of the biggest talents Bayern has.”The Dutch disciplinarian confirmed two legends from his turbulent times at Bayern.He admits once pulling striker Luca Toni by the ear for slouching during a meal – “it was disrespectful to his team-mates and me”.He also hints that he pulled down his underwear in the dressing room, after defeat at Mainz, to show his stars he “had the balls” to drop them.“What happened with my players behind closed doors should remain so, but anyone who knows me also knows it could have happened. I am emotional,” said Van Gaal.Despite his personality clash with Hoeness, Van Gaal talked of his affection for Bayern.“Manchester United, the last team I coached, are a commercial club, Bayern are totally different,” he said.“The bosses, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeness, are former players who know what they are talking about.“For them, football is the most important thing, not money, like it is at United.“That’s why I love FC Bayern.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Louis van Gaal, who went to watch Bayern and fellow Dutchman Arjen Robben lose in Paris in September, says he does not want to work again for the current leadership of the German club © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEBERLIN, Germany, Feb 28 – Louis van Gaal has ruled out returning to Bayern Munich and succeeding Jupp Heynckes — as long as Uli Hoeness remains club president.Bayern are 19 points clear in the Bundesliga table and in the hunt for the treble of European, German league and cup titles.last_img read more

Police: O.J.’s `sting’ may have been armed robbery

first_imgWhile police were mum on details Friday, the case quickly became a he said, he said as Simpson and other men who claimed to be in the hotel room aired conflicting accounts in a city that’s supposed to keep its secrets. “We didn’t break into any room. There was no armed robbery,” Simpson told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Las Vegas. “Nobody was roughed up,” Simpson said. “What I can’t understand is these guys are in a room trying to fence stolen goods and I’m the story.” The incident at the Palace Station casino once again hurled Simpson into the headlines more than a decade after he was acquitted of murdering ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in the “Trial of the Century,” only to be found civilly liable for their deaths and ordered to pay a $33.5 million judgment. Police Capt. James Dillon stressed that the investigation was in its “infancy” and that “few facts” had been determined. Officers responded to a call from the hotel just before 8 p.m. Thursday, he said. “The victim stated that one of the suspects involved in the robbery was O.J. Simpson,” Dillon said. Police said the 911 call was made by Alfred Beardsley, one of the men in the hotel room. “We have (reports) from the victim that there were weapons involved,” Dillon said, but he added that no firearms had been recovered, no charges had been filed and no one was in custody. Police contacted Simpson after the initial report and talked to him again Friday at his hotel. Dillon said Simpson would not agree to a formal, recorded interview until his lawyer arrived, but did offer some statements about the incident. “We still consider that cooperating,” Dillon said. Simpson would not give police the names of the “three or four” men who accompanied him into the hotel room until his lawyer was present, Dillon said. He said investigators were trying to untangle the web of ownership of the items in dispute. “We do have some conflicting statements; there is legitimate information that part or all of the items possibly are the possessions of O.J. Simpson,” Dillon said, adding that would not excuse a robbery. Dillon said investigators had video surveillance tapes and still images from various locations at the hotel but he did not say what they showed. Simpson also told the AP no guns were involved. “There was no armed robbery here. It wasn’t a robbery. They said take your stuff and go,” said Simpson, who remained in Las Vegas at a local hotel casino. Beardsley, a real estate agent and longtime collector of Simpson memorabilia, said that Simpson’s account of the incident was fairly accurate except that there were guns. But in an unusual development, Simpson said he and Beardsley had a friendly phone conversation later Friday and they wanted to resolve the matter. Of the weapons question, Simpson said: “I didn’t see anybody with any guns.” Both Beardsley and Simpson indicated in separate interviews that the underlying issue was recovery of photos from Simpson’s childhood. Simpson was a Heisman Trophy winner at USC and a star running back in the NFL. Many of his sports collectibles, including his Heisman Trophy, were seized under court order and auctioned to pay some of the $33.5 million awarded to the Goldman family and the estate of Nicole Brown Simpson. Now a Miami resident, O.J. Simpson lives off a sizable pension that could not be seized under the civil judgment. But last year, during a scandal over payment of hundreds of thousands of dollars for his participation in a book about the murders, he said he needed the money to get out of debt and to “secure my homestead.” Simpson said that Thursday he was conducting a sting operation to collect his belongings when he was led to the room. He said that auction house owner Tom Riccio called him several weeks ago to alert him that collectors were quietly trying to peddle his belongings. Simpson said he was in Las Vegas for a friend’s wedding and arranged to meet Riccio, who set up a meeting with collectors under the guise that he had a private collector interested in buying Simpson’s items. “We walked into the room,” Simpson said. “I’m the last one to go in and when they see me, it’s all `Oh God.”‘ Simpson said he was accompanied by two men he met at a wedding cocktail party and they took the collectibles, including his Hall of Fame certificate and a picture of him with the late FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover. Simpson said he wasn’t sure where the items were taken. Dillon said some of the items had been recovered but did not specify which ones. Beardsley said Riccio had contacted him and told him he had a buyer who was a big fan of Simpson and “wanted to buy very personal items and could I give him some very high-end items.” “I’ve always supported Simpson. When he walked in the room, Simpson said, `Oh no, not you. I thought you were a good guy,”‘ Beardsley said. Beardsley claimed that Riccio actually had found out that Beardsley was going to be involved in a private sale of the childhood photos “and got Simpson all worked up.” Beardsley said the pictures were not in the room but he intended to arrange to get the pictures to Simpson. “I will give him those pictures back; I feel bad about it,” he said. “I’d like to see it go away,” Beardsley said of the incident. “We both feel this has gotten way out of control.” A message left for Riccio was not immediately returned. Bruce Fromong, a sports memorabilia collector who testified at Simpson’s civil trial, said he witnessed the incident and that Simpson broke into the hotel room and took several collectibles. “It was home invasion-type thing,” he told the Web siteTMZ.com. “Guys come busting through the door at the Palace casino, I mean, literally busting through it. He and some of his guys came in with the guns, hollering and screaming.” Fromong, who reportedly has tried to sell the suit Simpson wore when he was acquitted of murder, described him as at one time being a close friend. On Thursday, the Goldman family published a book about the killings that Simpson had written under the title, If I Did It, about how he would have committed the crime had he actually done it. After a deal for Simpson to publish it fell through, a federal bankruptcy judge awarded the book’s rights to the Goldman family, which retitled it If I Did It: The Confessions of a Killer. Fred Goldman, Ron’s Goldman’s father, defended the family’s decision to publish the book. He said he was stunned by the news from Las Vegas. “I’m overwhelmed and amazed,” Fred Goldman told The Associated Press. “If it turns out as it is currently being played, I think this shows more of who he is. He is proving over and over and over again that he thinks he can do anything and get away with it.” Goldman’s lawyer, David Cook, said he would seek a court order Tuesday to get whatever items Simpson took in Las Vegas.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Kathleen Hennessey THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LAS VEGAS – O.J. Simpson, who famously vowed to find his ex-wife’s killer, took matters into his owns hands to solve the caper of his purportedly stolen memorabilia. But police say Simpson may have crossed the line and they’re looking into whether his self-proclaimed “sting operation” was an armed robbery when he and some acquaintances went to a casino hotel room and snatched collectibles. last_img

Arsenal v Liverpool: Confirmed line-ups – Holding and Chambers start!

first_img1 Arsenal host Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium Arsenal and Liverpool face off on Sunday afternoon looking to get their Premier League seasons off to the perfect start.Both sides believe they can realistically challenge for the league title this term, but a win is a must to ensure these hopes edge closer to reality.The results of both clubs in pre-season have been largely positive – with Liverpool’s thrashing of Barcelona and the Gunners overcoming Manchester City standouts – but both managers have injury problems to deal with for this opening clash.Arsene Wenger is without three of his first-choice centre-backs, meaning he has named Rob Holding and Calum Chambers in the starting line-up this afternoon, whilst Olivier Giroud’s lack of pre-season training sees Alexis Sanchez start upfront.For Liverpool, both Daniel Sturridge and James Milner are out through injury, although Jurgen Klopp has been able to hand debuts to Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Ragnar Klavan.Confirmed team news:Arsenal XI: Cech, Bellerin, Holding, Chambers, Monreal, Elneny, Coquelin, Walcott, Ramsey, Iwobi, SanchezSubstitutes: Gibbs, Wilshere, Ospina, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Xhaka, AkpomLiverpool XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Moreno, Lallana, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, CoutinhoSubstitutes: Manninger, Grujic, Can, Origi, Matip, Stewart, Alexander-Arnoldlast_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgNORWALK – Two defendants charged with murder in the deaths of three men whose bodies were found inside a Mercedes-Benz left at a La Mirada parking lot were ordered Tuesday to return to court next month for a pretrial hearing. Cimarron Bernard Bell, 30, of Whittier and Briaell Michael Lee, 23, of Los Angeles will be back in Norwalk Court on March 24 for the hearing. The two have already pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial in the slayings of Mario Larios, 23, and Edgar Valles, 22, of West Covina and Fernando Pina, 25, of Mexico. Their bodies were found wrapped in plastic sheeting inside the Mercedes on Jan. 31, 2004. Funds allocated for libraries, center LOS ANGELES – The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the formal transfer of $7.5 million to expand Sorensen Library, $1.3 million to renovate the Pico Rivera Library and $60,000 for improvements at the South Whittier Resource Center. Although the funds were approved when the supervisors passed the county’s budget in June, Tuesday’s action allows the Community Development Commission to formally absorb the funds into its budget. With the funding now in place, officials will begin holding community meetings at which residents can give suggestions and input for the Sorensen Library expansion. The first of the meetings will take place sometime in March, said Angie Castro, spokeswoman for Supervisor Gloria Molina. Waste round-up set for Saturday WHITTIER – Got old cans of paint, pesticides or motor oil? Need to dump that old television or computer? Get rid of it all at a household hazardous waste and e-waste round up, sponsored by the city of La Mirada, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Rio Hondo College, 11400 Greenstone Ave. You can bring unwanted brake fluid, paint, paint thinner, cleaners with acid or lye, pesticides and herbicides, household batteries and car batteries, pool chemicals, motor oil, oil filters, old prescription drugs and antifreeze. Unwanted electronic gear including computer monitors, televisions, computer CPUs, keyboards, printers, cell phones and other items also can be dropped off. Do not bring trash, old tires, refrigerators, stoves, washing machines and hazardous or electronic waste from a business. For more information, call (562) 902-2385. PARK program offers dental check LA MIRADA – Children enrolled in the city’s “Positive Alternatives and Recreation for Kids” program will receive free dental screenings for oral hygiene, tooth decay and tooth alignment from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Frontier Park, 13212 Marquardt Ave. A second screening will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. March 9 at Gardenhill Park, 14435 Gardenhill Drive. Parents must sign a consent form prior to screenings. For more information, call (562) 902-3155. – From staff reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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

DONEGAL REPORTER’S FOOTAGE OF BELFAST RIOTS GOES GLOBAL

first_imgA Donegal radio reporter’s interview with a terrified pensioner during the Belfast riots has been played around the world.Well-known BBC reporter Kevin Sharkey was at the scene when the elderly man tried to get through blockades to visit his sick wife in hospital.The man pleaded to be allowed through to visit his wife, who has cancer, but he was jeered by the protesters and turned back. “If you’re wife was dying what would you be doing. Take yourselves home and have a bit of respect for people,” the distressed pensioner pleaded.The men could be heard mocking the pensioner singing “cheerio, cheerio, cheerio.”BBC reporter Sharkey, a former Highland Radio reporter from Annagry in West Donegal, had his interview broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster.He then tweeted the audio footage of the disgusting encounter. And within minutes the piece was being retweeted around the globe.Among those who was first to comment on the sickening encounter was Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin.   DONEGAL REPORTER’S FOOTAGE OF BELFAST RIOTS GOES GLOBAL was last modified: January 13th, 2013 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:BBC Radio UlsterBelfast riotsKevin Sharkeylast_img read more

Congress still has work to do next year

first_imgWASHINGTON – Congress finished some perennial projects this year, like energy, highway and bankruptcy bills, but stumbled over or ignored some of President George W. Bush’s priorities. “If it were an ordinary year, a traditional year, sort of a simple first year of a president’s second term, you would have to say he had a pretty good year,” said Stephen Hess, public affairs professor at George Washington University. “If you want to look at what he tried to do and didn’t do,” Hess added, “that list could look pretty robust.” The president handed Congress an ambitious agenda for his fifth year in office. He asked lawmakers to revamp drastically Social Security, prevent his tax cuts from expiring, rewrite the nation’s immigration laws and restrain government spending. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Bush’s Social Security program, which included personal accounts for younger workers, faced united Democratic opposition and public skepticism. It quickly fell flat. Efforts to eliminate estate taxes and keep lower capital gains and dividend tax rates on the books struggled for support while moderate Republicans worried about federal budget deficits. Congress waited until the end of the year to engage in the immigration debate. A year of work toward cutting government spending bore fruit and invigorated Republicans, both conservative and moderate. It led to an across-the-board spending cut – only veterans’ programs were spared – and a $40 billion package of program reductions awaiting final action next year. “With the passage of this deficit reduction act, including an across-the-board cut in federal spending, the ‘Republican Revolution’ is back,” said Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., who leads a group of House conservatives. Many of Congress’ achievements this year were more modest than the goals Bush set for lawmakers, said Michael Franc, vice president of government relations at The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. “They did a lot of tier-two issues that were important to certain constituencies but that, in and of themselves, were not of any great magnitude,” Franc said. “It was not a year for, obviously, enactment or even action on tier-one issues.” The achievements included a popular highway bill that doled out billions in transportation projects across the country. A bankruptcy measure made it tougher to erase debt obligations. Energy legislation offered billions of dollars in tax subsidies to energy companies and fostered a wider mix of energy sources in future years. Other measures dealt with gun manufacturers liability, class-action lawsuits, terrorism insurance and the threat of avian flu. “If anything, this is sort of a tinkering Congress,” said Forrest Maltzman, a political science professor at George Washington University. It didn’t help, Maltzman said, that the president lacked one of his powerful generals, Rep. Tom DeLay. The Texas Republican stepped aside from his duties as House majority leader when indicted on state charges of money laundering. But, then, there were distractions. Two Supreme Court vacancies produced three nominees to fill the voids and three confirmations for the Senate to consider. John Roberts became the nation’s chief justice. Harriet Miers bowed out amid conservatives’ complaints. The next nominee, Samuel Alito, faces tough Democratic opposition at confirmation hearings in January. Hurricane Katrina tried to wipe the Gulf Coast off the map, and two more hurricanes followed in her wake. Congress quickly got busy providing money and other assistance to clean up the mess and help communities rebuild. Among its last acts, Congress funneled $29 billion to hurricane recovery and reconstruction. In some cases, Congress pushed back against presidential dictates, to the frustration of GOP leaders at times. The Senate this week killed a bid to open an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil exploration. Republicans bucked the president and enacted laws prohibiting the cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment of anyone in U.S. custody anywhere in the world. Lawmakers extended the Bush administration’s anti-terrorism law enforcement powers for a month, to resume a debate over civil liberties next year.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

Softball Edges UNI, 3-2, To Snap Losing Streak

first_imgFreshman Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) had Drake’s other hit in the game in the first inning when the Bulldogs threatened with runners on the corners before being retired. Sophomore pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) earned the win to improve to 18-11 in the circle with her 20th complete game of the season. Newman allowed just two runs on three hits while striking out eight and she worked around three walks and a hit batter. Next Game: UNI led 2-0 behind solo home runs by Kennedy Bailey and Chelsea Ross. Bailey’s came in the second inning and Ross hit her home run in the fourth inning. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats DES MOINES, Iowa – Sophomore Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.) hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning to help the Drake University softball team edge UNI, 3-2, in Missouri Valley Conference action Wednesday evening at Ron Buel Field. Drake (25-22, 13-7 MVC) snapped an eight-game losing streak with the win over UNI (35-15, 13-7 MVC). Senior Mariah McKinnon (Oxford, Iowa) drew a one-out walk in the fifth inning and the next batter, sophomore Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa), dropped a perfect bunt for a base hit before Wright’s game-winner. It is the first home run of the season for Wright. Full Schedule Roster at Illinois State 4/29/2016 – 6:00 PM Ross took the loss after allowing three runs on three hits in five innings. She struck out seven and walked three. Drake travels to Illinois State Saturday for a doubleheader starting at noon. The teams will play a single game Sunday at noon. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more