Arcata High volleyball stays perfect in 2016 with win over rival Eureka

first_imgARCATA >> The Arcata High volleyball team came out on top in what was a fast-paced, high-scoring and aggressive matchup against Eureka in four sets at 28-26, 25-21, 18-25 and 25-23 on Tuesday night.The first frame set the tone. The two teams exchanged points until the Tigers gained a slight edge at 13-10. Then Arcata went on two separate scoring runs to distance itself at 20-11 thanks to heavy net presence from middle blocker Madison Waters, who made multiple key blocks that would have easily …last_img read more

Saibaba facing ‘unjust punishment’: TSSU committee

first_imgThe Solidarity & Social Justice Committee of the Teaching Support Staff Union has issued a statement of solidarity with human rights activist Dr. G.N. Saibaba who is 90% physically handicapped and is at the Nagpur central prison’s, anda cell (solitary confinement) since March 2017.In a statement released here on Saturday, the committee said, “he was first arrested on May 9, 2014 on charges of having so-called Maoist links and was briefly freed before being recaptured and given a life sentence. Wheel-chair bound Dr. Saibaba has a severe disability and is not receiving proper treatment or care in prison.”Further, it said, “recently, a panel of experts with the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights wrote to the Indian government urging authorities to immediately release Saibaba, citing his ‘seriously deteriorating’ health condition: ‘Dr. Saibaba’s health problems require immediate and sustained medical attention and are reaching a point of being life-threatening’.”The committee pointed out that “Dr. Saibaba is facing unjust punishment for being a tireless defender of the rights of ‘untouchables’ and indigenous peoples in India, specifically those in the mineral-rich areas of the country’s central region. Those close to him believe his harsh punishment is being used as a warning to social justice activists to suppress any dissent against the Indian state. He has worked with activists and movements to resist national and multinational corporations who extract resources from the region at the cost of the environment and displacement of indigenous communities.”The committee appealed to the Indian judicial system to guarantee that Dr. Saibaba, and all human rights defenders in the country, “are able to conduct their legitimate work without fear of threats or exposure to any act of intimidation or reprisals.”It also called on the Canadian government to urgently intervene in his aid on humanitarian and compassionate grounds; in 2017 roughly 1,000 Canadians signed a petition in favour of his freedom.last_img read more

Jwala-Diju stun second seeds at China Masters

first_imgJwala Gutta and V Diju pulled off a big upset when they defeated second-seeded locals Tao Jiaming and Qing Tian 5-21, 21-14, 21-18 in the opening round of the China Masters badminton championships in Changzhou on Wednesday.The Indian duo came back brilliantly after losing the opener 5-21 in a mere nine minutes. It was the terrific smashing of Diju, coupled with the brilliant net play of Jwala, which saw the Indian pair turn the tables on their fancied opponents.In the second game, the Indians trailed 7-12, but it was at this juncture that Diju started the rescue act. The tall player scored repeatedly with his thundering smashes – something which the Chinese duo failed to contend with.The decider turned out to be a very close affair, with Diju and Jwala enjoying slender leads. With the match interestingly poised at 15- all, Diju again came up with a couple of breathtaking smashes to put the Indians ahead at 17- 15. Thereafter, it was Diju and Jwala who kept their nerves as they went on to pocket the decider 21-18.The Indian duo will play Korean pair Yong Dae Lee and Jung Eung Ha on Thursday.Saina Nehwal also moved into the second round with an easy 21-6, 21-18 win over compatriot Aditi Mutatkar. Aditi had reached the main draw through a tough qualifier.In both the games, Saina took huge leads and went on to record her first win over Aditi at an international tournament.The Hyderabadi next plays against Aiyna Kurnihara of Japan.advertisementKashyap moves upMeanwhile, P Kashyap, the country’s top men’s singles player, defeated England’s Rajiv Ouseph 19-21, 21-16, 21-11 in the opening round. Kashyap will now take on second seed Peter Gade of Denmark.last_img read more

Signing Day Was Big For Unheralded Prep Footballers Too

All the attention and adulation for last week’s National Signing Day went to the country’s top players, like Robert Nkemdiche of Georgia, who chose Mississippi.But for Kris Smith of Flowery Branch High School near Atlanta, who has signed with Indiana University, the occasion was just as important and exciting, despite there being no ESPN cameras or significant gathering of media.The 6-foot-2, 205-pound linebacker Smith gave up football after the eighth grade to focus on basketball. But the urge was too great to not return to the field, and he resumed his football career in his junior year. In just two seasons, he flourished enough to earn a scholarship, making last Wednesday a special day.“I just can’t wait to play football when I get to Indiana,” Smith said.Smith’s father, Sean Smith, credits Rodrick Clark — a former assistant coach at Stephenson High School near Atlanta who co-founded Athletic Trust Advisers with Cosey Coleman and Tim Mason — for his son landing a Division I scholarship.Clark’s and Coleman’s company helps parents and young athletes navigate college options.“We were lost,” Sean Smith said. “We were a little behind. (Clark) told us what we needed to do as far as training, education and eating right. Kids had been getting letters since their sophomore year. I didn’t know that kids had to be registered to be recruited through the NCAA Clearinghouse.”Kris Smith was surprised at how much he learned from Clark about training and diet and that Clark was as committed as he was in the recruitment process.“It’s a blessing,” Sean Smith said when he learned his son was being offered scholarships. “We give God the credit and he orchestrated Coach Clark in our life.”William Koen Jr., a 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman, signed his letter to play with Bethune Cookman University, a small school in Daytona Beach, Fla., that plays in the MEAC. For Koen, it was like he signed with Alabama.Coming out of Mt. View High, he earned looks from some Division I and I-AA schools. But offers were not coming in. Koen and his family were hooked up with Athletic Trust Advisers. There was some skepticism by William Koen Sr. — until Clark provided examples of others he had mentored.“Their family went 110 percent no matter what,” Clark said. “They trusted the process.”The family celebrated when  they received word that their son would be receive a scholarship from Bethune Cookman.“It was a weight lifted off my shoulders,” Koen Sr. said. “One of the best things that could have happened to me. Me and my wife (Tracey) danced around the house and gave each other high fives.”It was similar for Archer High corner back Trevellous Cheek and his family. The 5-foot-10, 178-pound Cheek is expected to sign with California. Clark said Cheek’s work ethic has been his strength.“He would go 110 percent on anything,” Clark said. “Grades, working out. He would call and ask questions and was eager to learn. He wanted to be the best on and off the field, to the point where he would be drained.”“He not only encouraged, he kept my son reaching,” Leon Cheek said of Clark. “That guy is a blessing to me, my family and so many other families. He helped us build this young man.”Trevellous Cheek added, “I learned small things about what wide receivers don’t like, such as to be touched. Especially, if you keep (hands) on them all the way through five yards.”Cheek’s teammate Deondre Singleton, who played corner back and safety, signed with Duke. And the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Singleton said aside from football, he learned from Clark the importance of dressing properly and speaking clearly and with authority to coaches and the media.“I had to learn how to work on my body language,” Singleton said. “No matter what school it was, I had to show the same body language.”For Archer defensive end Antonio Riles, who signed with Florida, Clark’s work was more about helping him raise his grade point average to meet admission qualifications, which he did.Some other local Atlanta recruits who will be attending college in the fall on a football scholarship are: Ernest Alexander of Archer High (going to Navy), Sean Fowler of Archer (Shorter College), Jaypee Philbert of Archer (Alabama State), Brandon Goodson of Dacula (Wofford), Chris Palmer of Collins Hill (Navy), Kyle Simmons of Druid Hills (Stetson University), Jay Turner of Parkview (Coastal Carolina), Detavius Long and Demetrius McClendon of Tri-Cities (West Georgia Tech).Each player that Clark has helped has vowed to come back and be a testimony to other high school football players, but William Koen Jr. summed it up best as far the collective sentiments they had for Athletic Trust Advisers.“Without coach Clark’s help I wouldn’t be anywhere,” Keon Jr. said. “Without his help I would not be getting a scholarship to college. If you’re a good football player, with coach Clark’s help he will make you a great football player.” read more

LeBron James Media Platform Accuses Alabama Football of Stealing

[email protected] doesn’t drive — unless he’s got a droptop and a Christmas Day game to get to. #TheShop— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) March 6, 2018Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James’ media company just dispatched a letter over to the University of Alabama, claiming copyright infringement.In the document obtained by ESPN, Uninterrupted is alleging the Crimson Tide football team of having a show way too similar to their own.A trailer for Alabama’s new show “Shop Talk” featuring football players Julio Jones, Eddie Jackson, and more getting their haircuts while talking about different topics is extremely similar to “The Shop”.Josh Tarnow, the head of Uninterrupted’s business and legal affairs listed in the letter that “”Shop Talk’” is clearly using the ideas, concepts and format previously created and exploited by Uninterrupted in connection with its program titled “The Shop,” and Uninterrupted believes “Shop Talk” infringes the copyright in “The Shop””.James’ media platform also claims “Shop Talk” “damages” the “commercial prospects” of their own talk show.“Your continued exploitation of “Shop Talk” infringes Uninterrupted’s copyright, trademark rights and other valuable intellectual property rights in “The Shop” and significantly damages Uninterrupted’s commercial prospects for “The Shop,”” the document stated.Tarnow also requested a “conversation” with the school before “getting into a ‘battle of legal letters’ or rushing into legal proceedings.” read more

Jamaica Finance Minister reiterates call for Banks to lower interest rates

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 20, 2017 – Kingston – Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has reiterated his appeal for financial institutions to provide low-interest funds to the productive sector.  He said that for business innovation to strive, money loaned to the sector should not be at more than seven and eight per cent.Mr. Shaw, who was delivering the keynote address at the launch of the May Pen Business Improvement District (BID) in Clarendon on Wednesday (November 15), said the Government is committed to ensuring that “cheaper money” reaches the business community.   He noted that Jamaica was able to raise US$1 billion on its most recent foray into the international capital markets at 4.5 per cent and five per cent rates of interest, which was used to liquidate a number of high-interest loans.  He informed that the Government was initially looking to source US$300 million, but, due to the improved management of the economy, up to US$3 billion was on offer.“If the Government can borrow on the international capital markets at 4.5 and five per cent, it means that we must be able to deliver money to the private sector at less than 10 per cent,” the Minister contended.BID is an initiative of the Clarendon Municipal Corporation to manage the town’s growth thrust.   The BID is also an economic development tool that brings together business leaders, the Corporation, and other stakeholders to craft solutions for the district.Release: JIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more