Sam Houston’s Cowser, Central Arkansas’ Cameron Earn Weekly Baseball Honors

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first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State outfielder Colton Cowser is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and Central Arkansas hurler Noah Cameron earns Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Cowser reached base safely in 13 of his 18 plate appearances over four games last week, a mid-week loss to Louisiana Tech on Tuesday and a weekend series win over Incarnate Word. With three multi-hit games, the freshman recorded a hit in nine of his 14 at-bats, good for a .643 average on the week. Sam Houston State (12-5, 5-1 SLC) hosts Baylor at 6:30 p.m. CT Tuesday before heading to The Big Easy for a three-game weekend series against New Orleans, beginning with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch on Friday. Cameron helped lead the Bears to a series-clinching win on Saturday, tossing a complete-game shutout as Central Arkansas blanked Nicholls 5-0. The Bears continue a nine-game homestand with a 6 p.m. contest against Oral Roberts before hosting Stephen F. Austin over the weekend.Hitter of the Week – Colton Cowser, Sam Houston State – Freshman – Outfielder – Cypress, TexasIn the series opener against Incarnate Word, Cowser reached base in all five plate appearances, drawing two walks and tallying three hits while scoring four of the Bearkats’ 10 runs.After going 1-for-3 with a walk, hit-by-pitch and stolen base in the middle game of the weekend, he delivered another three-hit performance in the finale, driving in four runs and a pair of extra-base hits: a homer and a double. Honorable Mention: Jeffrey Elkins, Northwestern State; Luke Marbach, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Taylor Smith, Incarnate Word.Pitcher of the Week – Noah Cameron, Central Arkansas – Freshman – Pitcher – St. Joseph, Mo.In his fourth career start, Cameron surrendered just four singles and struck out 13 Colonels in a complete-game shutout victory on Saturday. Over the weekend, Central Arkansas sat down 47 batters on strikes while walking just six. Entering the weekend, Nicholls ranked in the top half of the conference with a .280 team batting average.Honorable Mention: Spencer Chirpich, Abilene Christian; Cullen McDonald, Northwestern State; Alex Palmer, Stephen F. Austin.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img

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first_imgCote d’Ivoire was the first neighboring country to close its border to Liberia and halt movements of people, ships and flights. The Foreign Ministry stressed that the current Ebola outbreak is not only a problem for Liberia and other worst-hit countries: “It is also a test of human solidarity amidst human adversity”.      The Ministry, meanwhile paid tribute to the many countries, whether big or small, that have rendered exemplary assistance and empathy to Liberia since the outset of the Ebola epidemic in the country, adding that those countries deserve tremendous credit for the progress Liberia is beginning to register in its fight against Ebola. These measures, the Statement noted, are inconsistent with advice from the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and other experts. The Liberian Government, the Statement noted, has protested against these unnecessary restrictions and stigmatization through a variety of channels, including direct diplomatic contacts to the countries involved and advocacy at multilateral fora, including the AU and the United Nations.  The Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has reiterated its concern over the manner in which Liberian citizens are being stigmatized due to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the country. The Statement particularly hailed the Government and people of Cote d’Ivoire for the resumption of flights by its national carrier, Air Cote d’Ivoire, to Liberia and other Ebola affected countries: “We hope that others will soon follow suit in line with commitments made over a month ago.” “Blanket visa suspensions and other extremely harsh actions do not necessarily isolate Ebola; they only isolate countries affected by Ebola; and by so doing, they do not only undermine the ability of affected countries to effectively and expeditiously fight the disease but also compound the long-term socio-economic impacts of the Ebola crisis”, the statement said. Minister Ngafuan termed this situation as the height of unfairness and blanket stigmatization attitudes by some countries to treat every Liberian who constitutes a part of the country’s 4 million population as though he or she is an Ebola carrier because over 6,000 persons have been infected with the virus in Liberia since March 2014. The statement also noted that countries perpetrating these harsh measures do not take into consideration such particularities as to whether or not the Liberian passport holder had in fact been in Liberia over the past one month or so or whether or not the passport holder had come in close contact with any infected person. The Ministry asserted that the Liberian Government does not contest the right of any Government to protect, first and foremost, the interest and well-being of its own citizens and residents; but strongly urges leaders of the world – heads of state and government, parliamentarians, ministers, etc., to take measures that achieve the double objective of protecting their own citizens and at the same time assisting countries battling with Ebola to quickly contain the disease.  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs asserted that these harsh measures also run counter to the September 18, 2014 UN Security Council Resolution 2177, sponsored by over 130 countries, and the decision of the Extraordinary Meeting of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) held on September 8, 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Foreign Ministry, as a way of averting and promptly responding to travel and other complications that may be experienced by Liberians due to stigmatization, disclosed a series of local and international phone numbers, and email addresses as well as the Ministry’s FaceBook address. Foreign Minister Ngafuan noted that citizens and residents of Ebola affected countries have already been victimized by the deadly virus and that it is unfair and unconscionable for them to be doubly victimized by actions that are not necessarily aimed at attacking the disease, but rather attacking the fact that they hold a particular type of passport.  The Foreign Ministry further narrated that in order to forestall such difficulties, it advises officials of government and ordinary Liberian citizens, to the extent they feel comfortable to do so, to apprize the Ministry via email of their travel itineraries at least two days before their date of travel out of Liberia: “This will enable the Ministry to contact the Liberian mission(s) accredited to the country (ies) of travel to take proactive actions and be on the alert to assist whenever travel complications arise.” The Foreign Minister referenced the ordeal of a young Liberian lady named A. Boffah Kollie, who was denied entry at the airport of a country (name withheld) in which she had gone to begin graduate studies in Medicine.  This, said the Minister, is just one of many heart-rending stories that the Foreign Ministry receives daily.  Of recent, Morocco has expressed skepticism about hosting the African Cup of Nations in Rabat fearing that people from Ebola-affected countries may spread the disease in that north African country. The contact channels will afford Liberians facing these stigmatizing circumstances the opportunity to alert the Ministry of the specifics of their case: “While we cannot guarantee that acceptable redress will be found in every case, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs assures the general Liberian public that it will exhaust all available diplomatic options to bring relief to Liberians or groups of Liberians facing such embarrassment.” The Ministry then disclosed that in order to improve the safety of travel and enhance confidence internationally, the Government of Liberia, with capacity support from partners including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been implementing robust and strict exit and entry screening procedures at all our air, land and sea ports.CONTACT DETAILSDirect Contact to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia:CELL NO: +231 770 262 756 and + 231 886 002 728Email: foreignaffairslib1847@yahoo.comFacebook: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of LiberiaLiberians may choose to also contact the following hotlines at the following Liberian missions abroad:United States of America:Hotlines:+1 646-287-9755 and +1240-396-7246United Kingdom (UK):Hotlines:+44-7459704031 and +44-7438516153Belgium:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) “While we appreciate the assistance from governments and other partners from across the world in our fight against Ebola, it should be noted that no amount of external assistance can be more appreciated by the Liberian people in these trying times than to be treated with respect and dignity.” South Africa was the second to announce stopping its citizens from entering Liberia and Liberians from entering South Africa. A Foreign Ministry press statement read, by Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan at the daily news briefing of the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism (MICAT) last Wednesday, expressed deep concern over a rising trend of measures and reactions on the part of some members of the global community that can only be described as disproportionate and panic-driven. Also citing another reference to the UN, the Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the UN Security Council, in its unanimous Resolution 2177 “expressed concern about the detrimental effect of the isolation of the affected countries as a result of trade and travel restrictions imposed on the affected countries”, and called on “Member States, including of the region, to lift general travel and border restrictions, imposed as a result of the Ebola outbreak, that contribute to the further isolation of the affected countries”.last_img

Kwakwani man dies after lorry topples

first_imgA Kwakwani, Berbice resident was on Friday evening killed after losing control of the vehicle he was driving along the 14 Miles Potaro Road, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni). Dead is 30-year-old Kevon Sauers of Kwakwani River Front, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Reports are at about 21:00h on the day in question, Sauers was driving motor lorry GSS 6366 with a trailer bearing registration number TRR 5291 and in the vicinity of 14 Miles Potaro, when the vehicle encountered mechanical problems while descending a hill.It was at this time, the driver lost control of the vehicle causing it to topple several times before coming to a halt. Sauers was reportedly pinned and died on the spot.The porter, Clifton Charles Rodrigues, who was with the now dead man at the time escaped with injuries.Sauers’ body was removed after persons cut through the wreckage. He was taken to the Mahdia Hospital Mortuary. A team of Police Officers has travelled to the scene as investigations continue.Only last week, the Police stated that at the end of January 2018, the Force record a 20 per cent increase in road accidents but a 14 per cent decline in road fatalities when compared to the same period last year.Up to the end of January, six persons have lost their lives. The Police also reported that serious, minor and damage accidents have declined by 17 per cent, 15.3 per cent and 13 per cent respectively.Speeding and drunk driving, coupled with speeding and pedestrians crossing in the path of approaching vehicles, were the main causes of the fatal accidents reports for the first month of the year.last_img

Minibus driver arraigned for Ogle fatal accident

first_imgThe driver of the motor vehicle that was involved in the fatal accident on Saturday evening at Ogle Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was slapped with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, and on Tuesday appeared at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.Umesh Boodram, of Lot 20 Campbellville, Georgetown, stood before MagistrateDead: Rameshwar SinghZamina Ally-Seepaul and was not allowed to plead to the indictable offence.The charge stated that on December 9, 2018 on the Ogle Access Road, ECD, he drove dangerously causing the death of 18-year-old Rameshwar Singh, called “Alvin”, and 20-year-old Jason Harris, both of Cummings Lodge.However, Boodram was granted bail in the sum of $600,000. He was ordered to make his next court appearance on January 16, 2019.The young men were struck down while returning home from a nearby service station.As initially reported, the driver was reportedly proceeding along the roadway when he attempted to make a right turn when the motorcycle that was controlled by Harris collided with his vehicle.The impact reportedly threw Harris and Singh onto the roadway, where they sustained severe injuries.They were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where Singh wasDead: Jason Harrispronounced dead on arrival and Harris was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where he took his last breath on Sunday.A breathalyser test conducted on the driver of the motor pick-up showed no sign of alcohol in his system.last_img

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