first_img Utah’s Web.com event moving to June dates for first time ever Related Utah’s Kelsey Chugg will begin defense of her U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur crown by teeing off in the first group Saturday morning at the Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis.The 27-year-old former Weber State standout, who captured the Women’s Mid-Am title last November in Houston, will tee off at 6:30 a.m. MT with Ellen Port and Marissa Mar. The Mid-Amateur is open to non-collegiate golfers age 25 and older who qualified in regional competition last month.Teeing off right behind Chugg at 6:41 a.m. MT will be another Utahn, Sue Billek Nyhus, the current coach of the Utah Valley University women’s golf team. A third Utahn in the field is Park City’s Annette Gaiotti, who will tee off at 7:36 a.m. MT. The 65-year-old Gaiotti is the oldest competitor in the field.The three Utahns are part of the 132-golfer field, which will play two rounds of stroke play on Saturday and Sunday before the field is cut to 64 for match play beginning Monday. The competition will continue Tuesday with two rounds of match play and Wednesday with the quarterfinals and semifinals before an 18-hole final on Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgHelen RossHelen Graves Ross, born June 15, 1928, in El Dorado, Kansas, passed away peacefully on January 1, 2018, in Denver, Colorado.Please join family and friends for a funeral mass celebrating a life well-lived on Friday, January 5th, at 10:00 am at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Wellington. Visitation will be Thursday, January 4, 2018 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington from 9:00 A.M., until 5:00 P.M. with Rosary at 7:00 P.M. at St. Anthony Catholic Church. To leave an online condolence please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Wellington Humane Society, P.O. Box 494, Wellington, KS  67152.After moving to Newton, Kansas, with her parents, Helen graduated from Newton High School.  She continued her education at Ward Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee, and the University of Kansas.  She was a member of Chi Omega sorority at the University of Kansas.While attending the University of Kansas, Helen met Frank Ross.  They were married May 17, 1952, and made their home in Wellington in 1955 following Frank’s service in the Air Force.  An active member of the community, Helen was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Chapter ET of the PEO Sisterhood, Beta Sigma Phi, 20th Century Book Club and a Life Member of the University of Kansas Alumni Association.  Her many volunteer activities included the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, a committee woman for the Republican Party and serving as a volunteer at St. Luke’s Hospital in Wellington.Helen was known for her thoughtfulness, compassion and her ability to establish rapport with everyone she met.  She always greeted people with a smile and a compliment.  She will be long remembered by friends, family and the many she touched with her generous spirit.Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, and her parents, Lewis and Theresa Graves.  She is survived by her son Richard “Butch” Ross and wife Nancy of Denver, CO; granddaughter Anne Ross and husband Alex Kuykendall of Grapevine, TX; grandson Michael Ross of Sacramento, CA; and great granddaughter Della Jane Kuykendall.  Her grandchildren brought added joy and love to her life. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Marilyn Miller of Bainbridge Island, WA, a niece and two nephews. Please call Steve Shelley 620-326-2222 if you have any questions.Shelley Family Funeral Homelast_img read more

first_imgIn this Aug. 8, 2016, file photo, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio talks about the upcoming season during the team’s NCAA college football media day, in East Lansing, Mich. .(AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Three Michigan State football players were charged Tuesday with criminal sexual conduct in connection with an incident that occurred on campus in January.Arrest warrants signed by an Ingham County judge name Donnie Corley Jr., Demetric Vance and Josh King. It was not clear when they would be arraigned.Corley and Vance face third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges. King is charged with first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct and distributing an image of an unclothed person.Coach Mark Dantonio dismissed all three players from the football program moments after the charges were made public.“Sexual assault has no place in our community, and I want to share my deep concern for the young woman affected and her family,” Dantonio said in a statement. “This is an extremely challenging situation that we have taken very seriously and has affected everyone in this program.”Michigan State scheduled an afternoon news conference with Dantonio and athletic director Mark Hollis.Vance, 20, is a defensive back from Detroit. Corley, 19, is a receiver from Detroit. King, also 19, is a defensive end from Darien, Illinois.Prosecutor Carol Siemon had earlier said three people were being charged in the incident, but their names were not disclosed until Tuesday in court when university police Detective Chad Davis described the allegations for District Judge Richard D. Ball in in East Lansing.Attorney John Shea, who represents Corley, released a statement.“It’s never a good day when a criminal charge is filed against you, but at least Mr. Corley knows what he is facing and can get on with the process of fighting it,” Shea said. “As appropriately noted by Prosecutor Siemon in her statement, the charge is only an accusation and Mr. Corley is presumed to be innocent. He maintains that, in fact, he is innocent, and we intend to demonstrate that in the coming proceedings.”Karen Truszkowski, an attorney for the accuser, asked for privacy.“This is not about football, and it’s not about this university,” she said. “It’s about four people that — this is dramatic and difficult for all of them. So that’s what I want people to keep in mind.”Michigan State announced Feb. 9 that three players were suspended as part of a sexual assault investigation, but the school had not identified who they were until Tuesday. The lingering investigation — as well as a separate criminal sexual conduct charge in April against Michigan State football player Auston Robertson — have loomed over the athletic department. Robertson was dismissed from the team following the charge against him.The problems in the football program come at a time when the school is also dealing with the fallout from allegations of sexual assault against Larry Nassar , a former MSU doctor who also worked for USA Gymnastics.On Monday, Michigan State released a report from an external law firm that investigated the football program’s handling of the sexual assault allegations against its players. The investigation found no evidence that Dantonio violated the school’s policy on relationship violence and sexual misconduct. The report said Dantonio “took prompt and decisive action” with respect to the January incident that has led to the criminal charges against Corley, King and Vance.The allegations at Michigan State have come after football programs at Baylor and Minnesota have been rocked by sexual assault allegations.“Look how many arrests we have had for sexual assaults with football players,” Truszkowski said. “There’s a whole lot more out there. Is there a problem? You do the math, I guess.”___More AP college football: http://collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25last_img read more

first_imgBy KATHRYN BERMINGHAM A passion for causes has defined Danielle Rothwell’s life from a young age. KATHRYN BERMINGHAM catches up…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

first_imgBy Mike CollettENGLISH football’s new head Greg Dyke has painted a potentially bleak future for the country’s national team unless the spiralling influence of foreign players in the Premier League can be curtailed.In a wide-ranging speech, the newly-appointed chairman of the Football Association said on Wednesday he was setting up a commission to investigate the decline of the number of English players in “the most successful league in the world”.He stressed, however, he was not blaming the Premier League for the ills affecting the game.“The issue, quite simply, is this. In the future it’s quite possible we won’t have enough players qualified to play for England who are playing regularly at the highest level in this country or elsewhere in the world,” he said.“As a result, it could well mean England’s teams are unable to compete seriously on the world stage.”The FA approved the creation of the Premier League, which began in 1992, because it was sold the idea that overseas players coming to England would improve the standard of English players.Yet the opposite happened, according to Dyke, who at that time was chairman of a TV company that helped bring the League into being.“What none us could have foreseen was because of the very success of the Premier League we would end up with a league largely owned by foreign owners, managed by foreign managers and played by foreign players,” he said.“And that, as a result, the England set-up has been weakened rather than strengthened by the creation of the Premier League.”Dyke, 66, who became FA chairman in July, continued: “The England team does not have a history of success.“One World Cup win on home soil and a few semi-finals does not compare with the records of Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Italy and more recently, Spain and France.“However, just because we have not been as successful as we think we should have been in the past doesn’t mean we should accept the same going forward.“England should aim to win the World Cup in 2022 and at least reach the semi-finals of Euro 2020.”He said things had to change to give England any chance of ending decades of under-achievement.“English football is a tanker that needs turning,” he said announcing he was setting up and chairing an FA commission to help make it turn.Emphasising his concerns about the decline in the number of English players starting matches in the Premier League, he said: “I think the situation is serious, very serious. So the question I am asking today is a simple one.“Do we let this trend continue or do we actually try to do something about it ?”The commission, which will meet for the first time this month and report early next year, will ask why England are in this situation, what could be done and how any changes can be implemented.The chairmen of the Premier League, Football League, Professional Footballers’ Association and League Managers’ Association have all been invited on to the commission.Dyke has also urged all in the game to come forward to give evidence about how matters can improve.England have only won the World Cup once, on home soil, in 1966 and have not reached the semi-finals since 1990 and Dyke stressed that the foreign influence in the Premier League was having an adverse effect on England teams.He said the number of English Under-21 players competing in the Premier League dropped to its lowest level last season.Then in June, the England Under-21 side lost all their three group games in the European Championship in Israel.“In the 1992-93 season the figure for English players in the starting line-ups of Premier League clubs was 69 per cent. Ten years later that figure was down to 38 per cent. Last season, another ten years on, the same figure was down to 32 percent.“We can’t say we weren’t warned. Six years ago, the PFA produced a remarkably prescient report entitled ‘Meltdown’ in which it outlined the emerging problem.”Despite these comments he said his speech was “not designed to start a blame game”.He added: “We want to work hand in hand with the Premier League whose clubs had made a huge investment in academies but so far the game had not seen “a huge return on that investment”.He also highlighted the limited playing opportunities that eligible English players receive at club level, saying there were issues getting youngsters out of academies and into first-team line-ups.“If the best of our emerging young players can’t get a game here, then we have a serious problem,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgBy Larry FineTiger Woods was at a loss to explain his latest struggles after an error-strewn return to competitive golf on Thursday at the Isleworth course he knows like the back of his hand.The former world number one sputtered to a five-over 77 in the opening round of the Hero World Challenge that left the tournament host last in the 18-man field.“I shot 80 a bunch of times here actually,” said Woods, who estimates having played the course 500 times before. “Usually when it’s a cold north wind and it’s about 30 (Fahrenheit, -1 Celsius) out. But not like this. Today was weird.”Playing in warm sun and in front of a friendly gallery on his former home course, Woods struggled with his tee shots and short game in a round that left him a staggering 11 strokes back of tournament leader Jordan Spieth.It was far from how Woods had planned his first competitive round since shutting things down in August due to back issues.Woods, 38, foreshadowed his round on the first tee as he stood in front of a massive sculpture of a charging bull before sending his first shot through the fairway of a dogleg right and just short of a pool in a former neighbor’s yard.Looking slimmer and less muscular than in recent years, and playing with zero pain, Woods had trouble controlling the ball. He did not hit his first fairway until the sixth.His worst hole came at the par-four eighth.Again he came close to an unscripted visit in his old neighborhood when his tee shot soared left, carried over trees and bounced off a metal fence fronting a home.With a limited backswing, Woods tried to punch out but his ball ricocheted off a tree. As he walked away he backhanded his club against the fence, sounding a clank of frustration on the way to a double-bogey.The pattern changed at the turn.After finding only two fairways in his five-over 41 on the front side, Woods hit all seven fairways on the back nine.Unfortunately, his short game deserted him.“It certainly is surprising that I could hit chips that poorly,” admitted the 14-time major winner, who flubbed three of them.last_img read more

first_imgThiem downed Djokovic for his first win in six matches against the Serb and is through to just his second semi-final at a major.“He’s a very good player. He hits the ball very hard. He’s very powerful on both sides. Forehand, backhand, serve. These weapons are quite good,” said Nadal of his upcoming opponent.READ: Nadal crashes out to Thiem in Buenos Aires“He has a huge potential to tap, and he can hit the ball very hard. He doesn’t give you a lot of options.”Neither Nadal nor Thiem have dropped a set in reaching the last four, with the Spaniard losing just 22 games through five matches.Bjorn Borg surrendered just 32 games on his way to the 1978 French Open, but Nadal insisted he has no interest in such records.“I don’t know how many games I lost this year, but I really don’t care about this. I only care that I am in the semi-finals,” said Nadal.“My only goal is try to be ready to play my best. The rest of these things, we can always find behind the stones.“We’re going to find more and more records, but at the end of the day these kind of things are not important.” Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Swing Out Sister back to PH this April For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Spain’s Rafael Nadal waves to spectators as as he leaves the court after his opponent Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta withdrew with an injury from their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)Rafael Nadal warned of the threat presented by Dominic Thiem’s “huge potential” ahead of their clash for a place in Sunday’s French Open final.The Spaniard qualified for the semi-finals at Roland Garros for the 10th time on Wednesday after compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta retired with an abdominal injury while trailing 6-2, 2-0.ADVERTISEMENT ’16 champ Djokovic stunned by Thiem in French Open quarters Fighting jihadism in the Sahel: Life inside the military camps PLAY LIST 02:46Fighting jihadism in the Sahel: Life inside the military camps01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “So either you play well and you advance to the next round or you lose and you’re out.”Nadal beat the Austrian to lift the trophy in both Madrid and Barcelona, but Thiem exacted a measure of revenge with a 6-4, 6-3 win over the 31-year-old at the Rome Masters.READ: Johnson appreciates Thiem’s compassionate words“In Rome it was not a good day for me. I was not in a position to play well the way I wanted to,” recounted Nadal.“He put me in a difficult situation, so it’s up to me to avoid being put in uncomfortable situations.”ADVERTISEMENT Thiem is the only player to defeat Nadal on clay this season and sealed a return to the last four in Paris with a sensational 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-0 upset of defending champion Novak Djokovic.READ: ’16 champ Djokovic stunned by Thiem in French Open quartersFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundFriday’s semi-final will be the fourth meeting between Nadal and Thiem this season, all of which have come on clay.“Thiem is a tough player. I won in Barcelona, Madrid, and I lost to him in Rome,” said Nadal, who is attempting to become the first man to win 10 titles at a single Grand Slam. More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptionscenter_img China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgFormer Commonwealth lightweight champion Bunny Grant came in for high praise for his contribution to Jamaica from Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, the minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, last Wednesday afternoon, before she handed over to him the keys to his recently refurbished house at Weymouth Drive in Kingston. The house needed extensive repairs, and the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) was given the assignment to restore it. Minister Grange reported that the project was completed at a cost of $3.9 million, money she said that was well spent. Bunny Grant, she pointed out, was one of the athletes that had put Jamaica on the map. Back in 1962, she said, Grant gave Jamaica its first Independence gift when, on August 4, just two days before Independence Day, he defeated the British Empire and Commonwealth lightweight boxing champion Dave Charnley from Great Britain, at Jamaica’s National Stadium, to take the title. That victory, she said, “Gave the world a preview of the excellence that Jamaica would later produce in sport.” Grant, she pointed out, came before champions like Mike McCallum, Lennox Lewis, and Richard ‘Shrimpy’ Clarke. He was a trailblazer, she said, and continued, “As we celebrate Jamaica 55, we look back at the journey of our nation in every area of endeavour and tell the stories of the people like Bunny Grant, who helped to create the Jamaica that we enjoy today.” Repairing Grant’s house, she said, was part of giving back to him, and thanking him for what he had done for Jamaica. “Live in comfort, Bunny, and enjoy your house. Continue to win, you are winning now and we celebrate your achievements,” she said. Boxing Board General Secretary Leroy Brown gave a brief review of Grant’s boxing achievements and recalled that the house had been purchased for Grant by his manager, Jacques Deschamps Sr, a long time ago. Deschamps, he said, had invited himself, former Boxing Board President Mike Fennell, and former Gleaner Sports Editor L. D. ‘Strebor’ Roberts to a private handover ceremony after the house was purchased. “I remember that Saturday morning,” Brown said, when Deschamps handed over the keys and the title to the house to Grant. He said then, “Bunny, this house is yours, it is fully paid for, and the only way that you will lose it is if you do not pay your taxes.” The Sports Development Foundation had done a great job in repairing the house, he said, and the smile that he saw on Bunny’s face when he was handed the keys to the house by the minister, was more than a sign of gratitude. Grant’s eldest son, George, then extended thanks on behalf of his father and his family. “We really appreciate what has been done by the minister, and we thank the Sports Development Foundation for the great job that they have done. Our father will be very comfortable in this house and we are grateful,” he told The Gleaner.last_img read more

first_imgThe Public Infrastructure Ministry has been given the go-ahead to sole source up to 0 million in goods or services, even as millions are being utilised through the use of the Ministry’s Force Account Unit.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo made the disclosure on Thursday last as he questioned the timing of the move on the part of the Administration.Jagdeo told media operatives present at a press conference held that the party’s Freedom House Headquarters that they are in receipt of information which suggests that the Public Infrastructure Ministry has written to, and received permission from the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) to utilise the sole sourcing method to the tune of $400 million.This means that the Public Infrastructure Ministry will have received permission to sole source the value of $400 million in equipment or services, literally hours before the presentation of the 2017 Budget and days before all Government agencies are expected to close off their accounting books and return all unspent monies to the Consolidated Fund.Sole sourcing, according to Jagdeo, is to be used in specific circumstances related to proprietary reasons and for instances where comparable materials cannot be sourced otherwise.“What is this special thing about sole sourcing equipment,” Jagdeo questioned, as he outlined that the permission granted by NPTAB will now give the public works authority to buy equipment without going to public tender.Worrying situationJagdeo said the situation is worrying in light of the revelations coming out of the D’Urban Park Project and the Ministry’s involvement, coupled with the fact that the Force Account Unit of the Ministry of Public Works is being abused.According to Jagdeo, the Force Account Unit is currently spending tens of millions of dollars on projects that are not being contracted out and subject to any supervision.Speaking to the vagaries of the use of the Force Account Unit of that Ministry, Jagdeo recalled that during his tenure as President, the department had been asked to re-pave the driveway at State House.Jagdeo said the department had come up with an enormous sum for the procurement of asphalt for the project, but when an audit of the measured works was done it was found that the material actually cost 80 per cent less.“They came up with a figure for asphalt alone that was enormous in the millions and when I asked to see the measured work that figure fell by 80 per cent,” he said.The former President now Opposition Leader pointed out that the Ministry’s Force Account Unit doesn’t have the kind of scrutiny that would obtain if the project is publicly tendered,“This Ministry has a proclivity towards using this method and we are aware of the abuse because individuals are speaking out,” he stated.Procurement investigationsHe used the occasion to remind that the Public Procurement Commission was set up and put in place where persons can lodge formal complaints and initiate investigations – an avenue Jagdeo is urging be used. “Individuals who are aggrieved can protest,” said Jagdeo, who used the occasion to also point out that public entities can also lodge formal complaints and initiate investigations.The Opposition Leader said his Office was one such public entity that can lodge complaints and this was a cause that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) will be taking up.“We will start to lodge protests with the Public Procurement Commission,” Jagdeo pledged.He also used the occasion to warn the personnel responsible for adjudicating bid and the overall tendering system that Cabinet no longer has a role in the process.“No Cabinet member should be calling any member of the procurement authority to ask to approve a contract,” Jagdeo said.He cautioned that persons in the system found to be liable when the Procurement Commission investigates, can in fact be subject to penalties.With the instalment of the Public Procurement Commission, the ‘no-objection’ role of Cabinet with regards the issuance of contracts is being phased out.last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff • Photo Gallery: Annual Fiesta for Our Lady of Guadalupe IRWINDALE – The annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Festival continues for its third day today in Irwindale. The festival began with an opening prayer Friday and continues today from noon to 10p.m. Sales of beer, burgers, raffle tickets, game tickets and thrift store items will help raise funds for Our Lady of Guadalupe to build a new church. The festival is held in the church parking lot at 16025 E. Cypress St. At left, Grace Davidson, of Tavann’s Wiki Wacky Wahines, practices a Polynesian move before her troupe performs Saturday. Top left, people line up for food during the festival. last_img read more