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first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history The national narrative about Morant almost seems like this is his first year on Murray State’s campus.But he had a solid freshman season, averaging 12.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.4 assists and helped the Racers win the Ohio Valley Conference to reach the NCAA Tournament.Now, he has taken his game to another level, averaging 23.9 points and leading the nation in assists at 10.4 per a game. He wants to become the first player to finish averaging those lofty numbers since assists became an official NCAA statistic in 1985-86.And though Morant’s draft stock is rising and financial advisers have been in constant contact with dad Tee Morant, any decision about his son’s future will have to wait until the spring.Morant said he isn’t thinking about turning pro. He’s focusing on helping the Racers (19-4) repeat as OVC champions.Nobody is counting him out, not after his performance in the game he injured his ankle. He returned after the injury and finished with 20 points and nine assist in a 79-66 loss to Belmont.“I knew how resilient he was and his threshold for pain,” Tee Morant said of his son in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “Once I saw him jogging, I knew he was coming back in.”It’s been an impressive journey for a little-known recruit playing for a small mid-major often overshadowed by the Bluegrass State’s basketball powerhouses, Kentucky and Louisville. It’s even more improbable considering Morant wasn’t even on Murray State’s recruiting radar initially.The school discovered Morant by accident in 2016 during a summer AAU camp in Spartanburg, South Carolina.He was playing 3-on-3 in an auxiliary gym when then-Racers assistant James Kane — who was there to scout guard Tevin Brown — went searching for a concession stand. He heard balls bouncing and peeked inside the gym for a look and saw Morant dominating the game. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra All the attention has taken some getting used to.“Honestly, it surprised me,” said Morant, who also leads Murray State with 5.6 rebounds per game. “I didn’t think I would be here right now in this position I’m in. I know eventually that it would have played out in the end, but it happened fast.”If the draft projections play out, Morant could be selected right after Williamson. Their AAU team — the South Carolina Hornets — also featured guard Devontae Shuler, who now plays at Mississippi.Williamson was the man on that AAU squad, though Morant, a year older than Williamson and just 6-0, was still growing. Even so, their AAU coach, Ricky Taylor, said Morant’s point guard skills and floor leadership were “unreal” — not to mention his ability to elevate.“He could get off the ground then, but he’s getting to the rim,” Taylor said. “Those three more inches have helped him a lot. He’s definitely more aggressive now, whereas he didn’t have to be then.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Murray State’s Ja Morant in action during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against SIU – Edwardsville in Murray, Ky., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)Ja Morant is finding ways to stay grounded following his ascension to the bright lights of college basketball’s national stage.The high-flying Murray State point guard is off social media to the dismay of 141,000 followers on his verified Twitter account. He is not listening to lofty projections of being a top-three NBA draft pick if he leaves after this season.ADVERTISEMENT Morant was a late roster addition and not listed, but Kane came away enamored with him and made a hard pitch for the guard.“It got to the point where it was overwhelming to Ja and they were … calling daily,” the elder Morant recalled. “Coach Kane would call me and be like, ’tell your son to answer his phone or call me or text me or something. They were persistent.”While Kane left Murray State to join former Racers coach Steve Prohm at Iowa State, Morant ended up in Murray, Kentucky.“I knew Ja was going to be a special player,” Murray State coach Matt McMahon said. “Probably didn’t know it would happen this quick, but he’s an elite talent. Add to that his ability to make everyone around him better and the fact that he’s a hard worker who’s a winner, that sets up to have this once-in-a-lifetime type player.”Morant is among the top 15 finalists for the Wooden Award, which goes to college basketball’s top men’s and women’s player, and in the top 10 for the Bob Cousy Award for the nation’s top point guard.He could be Murray State’s highest NBA draft selection, and would follow Racer standouts Cameron Payne (first-round, 2015) and Isaiah Canaan (second, 2013) into the NBA.An improbable journey indeed.center_img And until Morant’s injured right ankle heals, he’s being careful with his highlight-reel dunks that turned him into an overnight sensation.“There’s still a little bit of pain in it,” said Morant, who turned the ankle in the early minutes against Belmont on Jan. 24. “I’m playing under the rim now, so …”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNonetheless, his sophomore season has been over the top.The 6-foot-3 guard became a sensation with his acrobatic dunks, rivaling those by his former AAU teammate — Duke’s Zion Williamson. 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first_imgHowever, Treaty 8 Tribal Chief Liz Logan argues Hydro is ignoring input from stakeholders like First Nations. “To be frank, we aren’t surprised by BC Hydro’s old school approach to what they call consultation, we have experienced it ourselves through the lack of consideration in the IRP process and the dismissive nature of discussions on Site C, a project we oppose,” she says in a release. “It has become strikingly obvious to us that the crown’s commitment to engaging First Nations and the public for that matter, is nothing more than window-dressing and in today’s age of expectations of transparency and inclusive planning processes, they have fallen far short of the mark.” Among the issues Treaty 8 has found with the IRP are that it was not independently reviewed before being approved by the province, it does not acknowledge cumulative impacts on areas like the Peace Region, and that it does not provide for the capacity needed the projected energy surplus. Instead, Logan argues upgrading existing facilities, conservation, and shifting the load of industrial customers can provide the necessary capacity. – Advertisement -Also on Treaty 8’s list of concerns are a lack of comparison of rates to those of alternative energy and capacity options, and a “dismissal” of First Nations concerns. “Given all British Columbians will be impacted financially, environmentally and socially by the choices presented in this plan, B.C. Hydro’s “trust us” approach should raise red flags for all ratepayers,” Logan adds. “The energy system of the future should represent the values of the public it serves and provide long-term opportunities and benefits to not only First Nations but also the communities that proposed projects will impact.” Advertisement Hydro’s Integrated Resource Plan was accepted by the B.C. government on November 26.last_img read more


first_img“Students, staff, and faculty are advised not to come to the campus today and to stay home until services are restored,” says Jennifer Fernandes, Director of Communications. The closure includes evening classes scheduled for January 15. The campuses in Chetwynd, Fort Nelson, and FortSt. John are open for business as usual.- Advertisement –last_img


first_imgDietmar Hamann has tipped former club Manchester City to quell the surprise threat of Leicester and says they could win the Premier League title ‘by five or six points’ this season as a perfect send-off for Manuel Pellegrini.It was confirmed on Monday that the club had reached an agreement with long-term target Pep Guardiola to become their new head coach in the summer, with Chilean Pellegrini to remain in the role until the end of the season.And with City still competing on all four fronts – in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup – Hamann believes the City squad will ‘run through walls’ to win trophies for the outgoing boss.Speaking on the Colin Murray show, the former Germany international said: “A similar scenario happened three years ago at Bayern Munich. Around about the same time of the year it was announced that Jupp Heynckes would leave the club and Pep was going to replace him in the summer.“Jupp Heynckes was loved by the players, he gave them freedom, he treated them like adults and they paid him back. What happened then is Bayern didn’t lose a game in the second half of the season.“They won the Bundesliga title, the German Cup and the Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley – they won the treble.“I think a similar thing can happen with Manchester City now. These players will send Pellegrini off with as many trophies as possible because they will go through a brick wall for him. He’s treated them so well over the last three years.“I’ve always said this season that Arsenal is my tip to win the league, but I’ve changed my mind now, I think City will win the title and I think they could win it by five or six points.“The City players will try their upmost now to make sure they give Pellegrini the perfect send-off, and I also think they’re a runner in the Champions League.“If they hadn’t announced Pellegrini’s exit I’m not sure they would be, but after the news I think they’re very much in the running.”last_img read more


first_imgNewcastle boss Steve McClaren reflected on a “self-inflicted” defeat at Chelsea which saw the Magpies drop into the relegation zone.They have just 12 games remaining to climb clear to Premier League safety, but having spent over £80million in the last two transfer windows, McClaren insists ‘there is enough quality’ in the squad.The Blues were 3-0 up inside 17 minutes and looked like champions, but that was mainly down to Newcastle’s calamitous defending as McClaren’s men lost for the sixth straight away game to fall back into the relegation zone.The Magpies have more than two weeks to dwell on the defeat as the FA Cup takes place next week.They next play at Stoke on March 2 and will go to Spain for a training camp in the meantime.McClaren reflected: “The majority of the goals and opportunities were self-inflicted.”He defended the trip to La Manga, insisting the 18-day gap between games was an opportunity to regroup and the only way to play a game, against Norwegians Lillestrom.He added: “During the game and at half-time all the anger and disappointment and frustration has already been expelled.“Now in the cold light of day we have to be reflective, calm and we have to know that there are 12 games to go.“It’s a good opportunity to regroup, get organised, stay calm, be stable, don’t let this derail us.“The 18 days are good. We have to stick together in that dressing room.“There’s enough quality in there. We have to show character and fight.” ‘There’s enough quality in there – we have to show character and fight’ – Newcastle boss Steve McClaren remains defiant 1last_img read more


first_imgDonegal TD, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn is to again raise investment and the funding of a Public Service Centre at Malin Head with the Minister for Tourism, Paschal Donohue.Stunning Malin Head form the ocean.The Sinn Féin Deputy said such a centre would benefit the whole of the Inishowen Peninsula.“The issue of capital funding and real investment at Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point, to develop the immense tourism potential of the location, not just for the local community but for Inishowen and the region has been raised for many years now.” He commended the work of many organisations which have contributed to the current investment project including Malin Head Community Association, the Malin Head working group under the Inishowen Development Partnership and Donegal County Council”.But he added “Failte Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way initiative is to be welcomed and I am already getting positive feedback from the local tourism industry. Malin Head is one of three key signature discovery points in Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way along with Sliabh League and Fanad Head and Lighthouse.“Investment has been made to Sliabh League and Fanad and now it is imperative that Malin Head and Inishowen receive good news with further investment in phase two and then the final phase three.“One of the key contributors to the economic regeneration of Inishowen and Donegal will be tourism and Malin Head is one of the most important visitor attractions in our region. We need to maximise that potential and invest in this immense amenity”.  INVESTMENT FOR MALIN HEAD VISITOR CENTRE TO BE RAISED AGAIN was last modified: January 6th, 2015 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:Deputy Padraig Mac LochlainndonegalinvestmentMalin Headlast_img read more


first_img 14 14 Substitute – Conor Washington – 4/10 – The QPR man replaced Jamie Ward but was unable to make much of an impact alongside Kyle Lafferty. 14 Craig Cathcart – 6/10 – Dealt with a bursting Bale run superbly, blocking a dangerous cross when he could have been left for dead. Was solid and reliable and didn’t do much wrong throughout. Corry Evans – 5/10 – Pressed his opposing midfielders well but did give away fouls and failed to impose himself as the game grew on and Wales poured forward. Aaron Hughes – 6/10 – Doesn’t look like a man who will be 37 in November, he held his own at right-back. 14 14 Substitute – Niall McGinn – 4/10 – Did well on the flanks but could have been more decisive and delivered with more quality Gareth McAuley – 5/10 – He, along with Craig Cathcart, kept Wales’ frontmen quiet with neither Sam Vokes, nor Hal Robson-Kanu getting much change out of the pair. But, when it came to the crunch, he prodded the ball past his own goalkeeper, while trying to deny Kanu. 14 14 Oliver Norwood – 5/10 – Set-piece star looked good and fired off a couple of good shots but never truly took the game by the scruff of the neck, which his team really needed. Steven Davis – 6/10 – Full of endeavour, as you would expect, but was booked for a clumsy challenge on Gareth Bale as he tired. 14 Stuart Dallas – 8/10 – Slipped back in to help Jonny Evans when Northern Ireland were defending but got forward well too. Booked for a poor challenge on Gareth Bale and could have been sent off. One superb dribble led to a dangerous free-kick and put in a number of good balls into the box. 14 The dream is over for Northern Ireland but they can hold their heads up high after an incredible string of performances in France.In the end, the brilliance of Gareth Bale told as Wales defeated the Green and White Army 1-0, with McAuley prodding the Welshman’s cross into his own net.As a team, Michael O’Neill’s men were superb in Lens and were unlucky not to take the match to extra-time given their whole-hearted showing but some players did show themselves more than others in the clash.So, how did we rate the Northern Ireland stars as they fell to defeat against Wales in the round of 16 at Euro 2016? Click the right arrow above to find out… Jonny Evans – 6/10 – Looked to do a job on Gareth Bale in the first period but seemed inconsistent. One minute he was producing a good challenge, the next involved in a mix up with goalkeeper McGovern. Michael McGovern – 6/10 – Click the right arrow above to see how we rated the rest of the Northern Ireland team in their 1-0 defeat to Wales… – The soon-to-be free agent had a decent game and did well to stop a goal-bound Gareth Bale free-kick but perhaps should have been diving across his goal when Gareth McAuley stabbed the ball into his own goal. 14 Kyle Lafferty – 5/10 – Was unable to make too much of an impression, attempted to be a battering ram for the Northern Irish but was more often than not squeezed out of possession by the Wales backline. 14 Jamie Ward – 6/10 – Scorching first-half strike was saved by Wayne Hennessey, looked handy on the counter but was eventually substituted in the 68th minute. 14 14 14 Substitute – Josh Magennis – 5/10 – The striker’s long throws caused chaos at the end.last_img read more


first_imgA man has pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual assault in north Donegal almost 20 years ago.The man, who cannot be named, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court this morning.The man had an address in the south but is originally from the north. The court heard that the sexual assaults happened on a male between December 1st 1993 and 31st January, 1994.A jury was sworn in to hear the case but the man changed his plea to guilty just before the trial was due to start.The man’s victim broke down in tears in court when the guilty plea was put before Judge John O’Hagan.The man was remanded on continuing bail for sentencing in October.Barrister Patricia McLaughlin also asked for a victim impact statement.VICTIM BREAKS DOWN AS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX ASSAULTS was last modified: July 18th, 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:JUdge John O’Hagansex assaultlast_img read more


first_imgAlmost no one’s buying the notion that the Raiders’ preseason “home” game in Winnipeg against the Packers is worth paying an average of nearly $150 per ticket to watch.How else can we explain why, as of Wednesday, there had reportedly been just 8,944 tickets sold for the game in Manitoba in two weeks?NFL kickoff in Winnipeg in 15 days is on pace to fill IG Field at 27 PERCENT CAPACITY.The Oakland Raiders will battle the Green Bay Packers in front of just 8,944 fans. Cheapest …last_img


first_imgSouth Africa joins the rest of the world that has already moved away from analogue to digital broadcasting. (Image: wikimedia.org) Digital broadcasting will enable viewers to access more channels. (Image: rthk.org) Khanyi MagubaneAs of 1 November, South Africa officially changed its television broadcasting signals from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT) technology.Sentech, South Africa’s broadcasting technology centre, made the switch, which is expected to start working in certain households on 3 November.Speaking at the official launch of the “switch-on” in Johannesburg on 30 October, director-general in the communications department Lyndall Shope-Mafole, said the Broadcasting Digital Migration (BDM) system also had the potential for special interactive services to cater for people with visual and hearing impairments such as audio description and subtitling,“Broadcasting Digital Migration will bring many benefits including efficient use of the frequency spectrum, a public and scarce resource.“It will bring more channels and therefore more diverse content delivered to the South African public.“The digital switch over will see the telecommunication industry of radio and television utilised more efficiently.“The Broadcasting Digital Migration is made necessary by the developments in telecommunications technologies which enable a more efficient use of radio frequency spectrum as well as better quality pictures and sound,” she said.Shope-Mafole also noted a dual system will be implemented between 1 November 2008 and 1 November 2011.During this time, both digital and analogue signals will be available; hence households will not be required to use the set top box, a type of decoder.Speaking during her budget vote speech in June, Motsepe-Cassaburi said decoders were going to be made according to the highest standards, “The decoder system will be installed to protect South Africa’s design and manufacturing capability.“The control system will enable communication between the broadcasters and the public, and provide for e-government services which can become interactive in the future.”After the analogue system is completely switched off in 2011, the decoder will be needed to convert the analogue signal to digital for TV sets that are not digitally compliant.Speaking at the event, communications minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri said government realises that there are many South Africans who will not be able to afford the set top box, and as such, the department would devise a scheme to subsidise set top boxes for the poor.The set top box will be sold for around R700 (US$72) of which R400 ($41) will be subsidised by government for poor households using the Universal Service Fund. Cabinet has already approved R2.4 billion ($300 000) for the subsidisation of the decoders to the five-million poorest householdsThe industry is changing over to digital TV in accordance with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) directive, to ensure that there is ongoing co-ordination and protection from interference of broadcasting signals.The protection of signals agreement that all countries currently enjoy will come to an end by 2015.At the moment, South Africa has agreements with a number of countries to ensure that there is no interference between various countries through its integrated frequency plans.Benefits of going digitalAs a result of the increased efficient frequency signals, it will now be possible to provide new television channels and specialised television services dedicated to education, health, youth, sports as well as three regional service channels.This move has been backed by the public broadcaster the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).The acting chief executive officer of SABC, Gab Mampone said the public broadcaster would provide up to eight new video channels in the same bandwidth as one analogue channel.“The migration to digital process is expected to take a minimum of three years. Viewers will still be in a position to receive the current analogue services of SABC 1, 2, 3 and e-tv and M-Net,” he said.During the Johannesburg launch, attendees were already able to view two new SABC channels, which were showcased during the event. This was the SABC entertainment channel as well as SABC’s international news channel.Viewers can also expect an additional channel from free-to-air channel e-tv and another one from pay-TV broadcaster M-Net.According to spokesperson for the communication department Joe Makhafola, the SABC, e-tv and M-Net will distribute some three thousand decoders collectively on a trial basis. After the trials, the digital signal will be available to the public as an option to use mid 2009, even though they still have analogue option until 2011.The aim of the trials would be to ensure that technical gremlins in the system are sorted out before the service is made fully available to the public.Makhafola also added that the decoders have been developed locally, in a bid to encourage the increased participation of black entrepreneurs in the ICT sector, “Government has decided to encourage the participation of more black people to transform the local industry.”Despite concerns from the industry that the trial decoders have entered the country and are yet to be approved by standard authorities, Makhafola is confident that the process will not have too many glitches along the way.South Africa now joins countries like the United Kingdom, New Zealand, United States, France and Mauritius that are advanced in their migration process of moving from analogue to digital.Overseeing the processMatsepe-Casaburri has appointed the Digital Dzonga Advisory Council to advise on and oversee the complex process of changing the system from analogue to digital.The 12-member council consists of representatives from various sectors as well as the labour and consumer groups.Lara Kantor, the chairperson of the Council, says the trial to be an important first step, “We are excited to be witnessing the start of the broadcaster trials on DTT. We believe the trials will yield important findings to guide us, as we plan for the launch of DTT to the public in mid-2009.”Related storiesDigital television for SA Broadband centre launches in SAAll-day news for SA viewers Useful LinksDepartment of communicationThe SABCEtvM-netIcasa broadcasting regulatorSentechDo you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: Khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more