SFA’s Harris Earns His Second Southland Weekly Award of 2017-18

first_imgHonorable Mention: Mathieu Kamba, Central Arkansas; Jalone Friday, Abilene Christian; Colton Weisbrod, Lamar This is Harris’ first weekly award since taking the season’s first honor on Nov. 13. 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 at least 25 percent of ballots. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Kevon Harris, Stephen F. Austin – So. – Guard/Forward – Ellenwood, Ga. Harris played an integral part in the Lumberjacks’ two wins this week over Conference USA foes, including an 85-83 victory at Louisiana Tech on Wednesday. The sophomore from Ellenwood, Ga., averaged 28 points and went 21-for-30 from the field for the week.center_img The win over the Bulldogs was SFA’s first victory over a top-20 RPI team since defeating West Virginia in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Lumberjacks hit the road this Saturday for a game at LSU on SEC Network Plus at noon. Harris, a sophomore, finished 10-of-11 from the field, three-for-three from behind the arc and netted the game-winning score with less than five seconds in Wednesday’s victory over Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La. He led Stephen F. Austin in becoming the fifth visiting team in the last five-plus seasons to score a road win against the Bulldogs. Harris then turned around and put up a career high 31 points at home Saturday against Rice. In 31 minutes off the bench, Harris drilled eight three-pointers – the third-most in a single game in program history and the most by an SFA player in 24 years. For the week, Harris shot .700 from the floor, .786 from downtown and .750 from the line, pushing him to third in the league in scoring at 17.5 points per game. FRISCO, Texas – For the second time this season, Stephen F. Austin’s Kevon Harris is the Southland Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com.last_img read more

LOOK: Valdez judges fitness contest; Villanueva, AVO impress

first_imgIt seems like Alyssa Valdez, the Philippine volleyball superstar, has been everywhere these days.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ CONTRIBUTED PHOTOVillanueva and cager Van Opstal were stars in their own right back in their college days.Villanueva had her moments as part of the Adamson Lady Falcons while Van Opstal helped the De La Salle Green Archers win the UAAP title in 2013.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo rolls to 4th straight win, blanks struggling UP UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Valdez on Sunday was among the judges of a fitness competition on Sunday.CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe 24-year-old Valdez has always been in the limelight ever since her playing days at Ateneo in the UAAP, where she won three MVP awards and led the Lady Eagles to a couple of championships.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkValdez also had stints in Thailand and Taiwan and recently, she’s been appearing on television as segment host of Upfront.But she’s not the only known athlete during the event with volleyball player Amanda Villanueva and cager Arnold Van Opstal also there as participants. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Read Nextlast_img read more

El Monte immigration office will close down

first_imgGutierrez said he is concerned about people having to pay to park in Los Angles and said in El Monte plenty of free parking was available. Agency officials said all future naturalization interviews for applicants who live in Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties are being scheduled in Los Angeles beginning on March 5. Applicants can make an appointment or immigration status inquiries by visiting www.uscis.gov. People with pending naturalization applications should contact USCIS by telephone at (800) 375-5283. In addition to the Los Angeles office, there are also agency locations in Santa Ana and San Bernardino. nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s going to inconvenience people having to go to Los Angeles,” Gutierrez said. “Maybe at some point they will find a building in the Valley that will provide services closer than sending them to downtown.” Sebrechts said she doesn’t think the move will have a negative impact on the public. “It’s a different location but the good thing is it’s located right next to the train station,” Sebrechts said. “It’s not an inconvenience to get to and most of the people know it pretty well.” Officials said many applicants have already been going to the Los Angeles office for several services including adjusting their green card status to permanent residency and extending their visas. The employees at the El Monte branch will be transferred to the Los Angeles office, officials said. EL MONTE – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service today will shut its El Monte office, where it has provided naturalization services for more than 10 years. Marie Sebrechts, the agency’s spokeswoman, said the office had to be closed because the lease on their Flair Drive building was no longer available. The office conducted an average of more than 300 interviews per day for people trying to become American citizens, officials said. Now people will have to go to the agency’s district office at 300 N. Los Angeles St. in Los Angeles to process their applications. El Monte Mayor Ernie Gutierrez said the relocation will be a hassle for some people and said the agency should have done better planning to find another local location. last_img read more

FICO scores to better rate lender’s risk

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Fair Isaac Corp. is tweaking the formulas behind the company’s widely used credit scoring system, which helps banks determine whether millions of Americans receive loans and mortgages. Executives say changes to algorithms and databases, which will take place starting in September, will improve the accuracy of the company’s popular FICO score – particularly for so-called “subprime” borrowers and for new immigrants, young people and others who have “thin files” and lack credit history. Minneapolis-based Fair Isaac assesses credit history from the three major credit bureaus – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion – to rank roughly 165 million American adults on a scale from 300 to 850. Thousands of banks, credit card companies, mortgage brokers, landlords and businesses use the FICO score to assess consumers’ credit risk. The number can affect their interest rates, whether they get accepted into a new housing unit or how many credit card offers they’ll receive in the mail. People who score below about 620 because of late payments, defaults, bankruptcy and other problems are considered high-risk. Lenders generally charge them higher interest rates to guard against the potential for losses. “Just because people don’t have thick credit files doesn’t mean they’re not creditworthy. It generally means that they’ve not been here long enough to establish credit or have cultural aversions toward credit, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing,” Acosta said. “We’ve been advocating that lenders and credit-scoring models start looking at other metrics that can be just as predictive of credit-worthiness, whether it’s rental history, utility bills or rent-to-own type payment histories.” Fair Isaac’s updates come amid growing concern over subprime buyers – people with sketchy jobs or credit histories who purchased houses with adjustable-rate mortgages whose payments have increased and, in some cases, exceeded their monthly income. According to research firm RealtyTrac Inc., mortgage lenders foreclosed on 62 percent more U.S. homes in April than a year ago. Greene said improved FICO score accuracy could help lenders assess risk better, possibly helping prevent another subprime fallout.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Borrowers with a score of about 720 or higher are low-risk. Those with sterling scores are more likely to qualify for lower-interest loans, higher loan amounts or multiple mortgages. Changes to FICO algorithms shouldn’t change anyone’s score, Fair Isaac CEO Mark Greene emphasized. But the tweaks will improve the score’s accuracy and give banks more confidence in determining a customer’s risk. In the fall, Fair Isaac will expand the number of classifications that consumers fit into. Those who have declared bankruptcy are put into a “segment” with others who have done the same; if not, they’d be assessed too harshly relative to people who have never missed a payment in their lives. The company will expand from 10 to 12 segments. Executives – who heavily guard their intellectual property and would not provide many other details of the changes – would not name the categories. The changes are probably good news for new U.S. immigrants, said Gary Acosta, co-founder of the Washington-based National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. He said a growing number of immigrants, including some of the 50 million Americans without FICO scores, want to buy homes but often can’t get affordable loans if they have never had a line of credit or spent decades in cash economies where loans are taboo. last_img read more

Oktay still hurt from Gor’s loss in Angola

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay gestures on the touchline during his side’s Kenyan Premier League match against Posta Rangers at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on January 9, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 15 – The absence of four first team players in Gor Mahia’s 2-1 CAF Confederations Cup Group D loss to Angola’s Petro Atletico in Luanda still hurts boss Hassan Oktay who believes they should be on six points in the campaign.The Kenyan champions missed the services of striker Jacques Tuyisenge and defender Philemon Otieno who were suspended for the tie while Dennis Oliech and Ernest Wendo missed the trip to Luanda due to injury. “It is very disappointing because we dominated that game and we should have at least picked one point. We missed four first team players who were important in the Zamalek game. It showed when we played in Angola. If they were there, those should have been six points for us now,” the tactician told Capital Sport.“But that is how football is sometimes. It is sad that we lost after creating chances but we have to dust ourselves and move on,” the tactician further stated.Oktay was forced to field Joash Onyango as a makeshift right back with Philemon’s absence and Wellington Ochieng also out with injury while Erisa Ssekisambu and Francis Mustafa led the hunt upfront in Olecih and Tuyisenge’s absence.However, they did not hit the right notes, especially the front two until Nicholas Kipkurui came on to halve the deficit with a late goal.Gor Mahia forward Jacques Tuyisenge (centre) is joined by Boniface Omondi (left) and Nicholas Kipkurui (right) in celebrating one of his two goals against Zamalek in a CAF Confederations Cup Group D tie at the Kasarani Stadium on February 3, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaBut despite the loss, the tactician is confident his side’s run will not be deterred especially coming at a time when they have picked up rhythm both domestically and on the continental front.Gor jetted back to the country midnight Thursday and had a light training session at the Parklands Sports Club on Friday as they prepare to shift their focus back to the Kenyan Premier League with a tie against on-form Sofapaka beckoning for them on Sunday in Nakuru.All the four who missed the trip to Angola have been passed fit and will be ready to continue the hunt in a match that Oktay has admitted will be a tough one for the reigning champions.“Sofapaka is a good team and they are in good form at this time. Also, any team that plays against Gor Mahia gives 110% but we always expect it because we are the best team in Kenya. It will be a tough game,” he said.“But I am confident in my team because we have adopted the philosophy and we are now playing very attractive football and we are able to pick points even away from home,” added the Turkish-born Cypriot.Sofapaka’s Umaru Kassumba goes down under a challenge from Gor Mahia’s Bernard Ondiek in a past Kenyan Premier League game. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaOnly one point separates the two sides at third and fourth in the standings while the holders can go top with a win over Sofapaka, though on goal difference and a match at hand.“For us we have to go step by step. We have to look at each game as it comes and try to win. We cannot look at the end of the season or the next week match,” the tactician who also said he is not interested in looking at the table said.Gor have lost thrice domestically this season, but have been on a run of three successive wins since the defeat against KCB.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Boy fights rare blood disease

first_imgOne local family is making a cross-country trek to Minnesota this month, but not on vacation. The Ramseys of Pico Rivera will journey to the University of Minnesota in two weeks so that their older son, Gregory, can undergo chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in hopes of curing his rare blood disease. “We just want him to be a boy, and to not have to yell at him for climbing trees,” mother Mary Ramsey said. The disease keeps Gregory from doing activities which may cause him to bruise, because his thin blood does not clot properly. “He was just really dragging,” Darren Ramsey said. A first trip to a pediatrician brought a prescription for iron for Gregory, then 8, when doctors thought he was just anemic. Within days, however, test results showed something more serious was wrong. After several months of misdiagnosis, doctors early this year discovered that Gregory had Fanconi’s syndrome. Fanconi’s, a disease that can affect the kidneys and bones, wreaks havoc on blood cell counts and the immune system, making the sufferer extremely susceptible to illness. The new diagnosis was a relief for the family because it allowed them to begin searching for treatments, but it began a difficult period for Gregory, who was not able to attend school during the spring, on doctor’s orders to remain isolated. His father said the separation from other kids is always hard on his son. “He does go through little periods of depression, and that’s when we as parents try to come up with something as a distraction,” Ramsey said. Distractions included homeschool with teachers from Brethren Christian Elementary School and knitting lessons with his grandmother. “He took up knitting from me, and he took to it right away,” Joan Ramsey said of her grandson. “The last scarf he made, he created his own pattern. He’s quite a little fellow.” Gregory, always an active boy, was chafing under the rules of his “house arrest.” After months of difficulty, the family made the decision to allow him to go back to school. Under the care of a new doctor, he was also recently allowed to play baseball, and he has stayed active in school. “The year before last he had the lead in our Christmas program, and he did the part with a temperature of 101,” said former teacher Lezli Brown. “He was such a trouper.” Brown has known Gregory for six years. She taught him in third grade and hosts a summer day camp which Gregory and his brother attend. She said Gregory and his parents worry about the treatment he will undergo. “I think it’s been very difficult on Mary and Darren, and I see stress and worry periodically on their faces,” Brown said. They have had little time to plan fundraisers to cover the costs or to get time away from work for the journey, Darren Ramsey said, but they plan to organize something through friends and family. Plans to buy a travel trailer for much-loved camping trips have been put on hold until medical bills and procedures are dealt with, Mary Ramsey said. Gregory said he has big plans for the months after his recovery. “I’ll have more energy, so I want to try soccer again, because that’s my favorite sport,” Gregory said. airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe family had expected that Gregory’s transplant would still be several months away, so when an anonymous match was found quickly and the family learned they had just weeks to plan, they sprung into overdrive. “You have to think about how much longer he can make it, and then roll the dice,” his father, Darren Ramsey, said. Ramsey said he and his wife, along with younger son Christopher, 8, will accompany Gregory through his treatment in Minnesota, which will take three to four months if all goes well. This means leaving work, paying living expenses there and the 20 percent of Gregory’s medical bills not covered by insurance. Gregory, 10, has been sick for two years, since his parents started noticing he tired easily when he played soccer, and that he was bruising easily. last_img read more


first_imgDonegal doll-makers Arklu recently gave us five of their Lottie dolls to give away to five Donegal Daily readers.The new Lottie doll is seen as a safe doll for Donegal childrenWe had a huge response to the competition but unfortunately there could only be five winners.The following are the five winners. And the good news is that the winners don’t have to do anything else.Arklu will send the dolls to the winners – in time for Christmas!Congrats to all the winners and the good news is that we will have many more competitions in the coming days, weeks and months ahead.The winners of lovely Lottie dolls are: Elizabeth Ferry, Listillion, LetterkennyTreasa McGettigan, Drumoghill, TermonEva Mc Devitt, Donegal road, BallybofeyTanya Cannon, NewtowncunninghamAoife Crawford, Essex, UK AND THE WINNERS OF THE FREE LOTTIE DOLLS ARE …… was last modified: December 7th, 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:ARKLUcompetitionLottie dollslast_img read more


first_imgDanny and Amanda O’Carroll with principal Anne Foxe and pupils.He’s normally dealing in dodgy goods or looking to make a quick pound.But Buster Brown has shown he also has a very soft and giving side.That’s because Buster, or the real-life actor behind him Danny O’Carroll, has come to the aid of a Donegal school after donating a trolley-full of laptop computers. Danny and wife Amanda made the presentation to the pupils of Lurgybrack National School outside Letterkenny this week.Their son Jamie is in first class at the 431 pupil school.‘Buster’ checks the computers are good quality!The school completed a large extension last April and the celebrity couple, stars of Mrs Brown’s Boys, decided they wanted to help.Principal Anne Foxe said Danny and Amanda simply came into her office and asked what they could do to make the school better. “There was no airs ad graces with them. They just came in and asked how they could help.“We went away and thought about it. Like every school we never stop trying to fundraise because that’s what all schools have to do.“We thought it would be nice to get some computers for the school and Danny and Amanda went away and got the computers.“It was so good of them. It was a lovely gesture and they never asked for anything in return.“They didn’t have to do it but they did and it has helped the school and the children so much,” said Principal Foxe. Dublin Danny, the son of Brendan O’Carroll, met Donegal woman Amanda (nee Woods) from Manorcunningham when he was performing in Letterkenny several years ago.Just minutes after meeting Amanda, Danny phoned his famous dad and said he had met his ‘Jenny.’The couple have two sons and they often donate to local charities.Danny even lines out with local soccer club Lagan Harps. BUSTER’S INCREDIBLE GIFT TO DONEGAL SCHOOLKIDS! was last modified: January 25th, 2014 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:Buster BrowncomputersDanny O’CarrolldonationLurgybrack National SchoolMrs Brown’s Boyslast_img read more


first_imgNAOMH Conaill Ladies Minors proved just too strong when they faced Glenfin in the County B Minor Final at Red Hughs this afternoon.The Naomh Conaill girls won 5-11 to 1-05 and did most of the damage in the first half as they led 2-06 to 0-02 at the break.This was an excellent team performance throughout with some battling performances throughout the pitch. Bronagh Gallagher had an excellent game in goals for Naomh Conaill whilst Amy Boyle Carr hit 2-02 of their total and helped set up several other scores.Glenfin however can be proud of their performance for whom Mary Martin was excellent.LADIES FOOTBALL: NAOMH CONAILL LAND COUNTY TITLE WITH WIN OVER GLENFIN was last modified: September 19th, 2015 by John2Share 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:LadiesLadies FootballNaomh Conailllast_img read more

Sinn Fein select party candidates for Stranorlar and Milford areas

first_imgSinn Féin councillors Gary Doherty and Liam Doherty have been confirmed as the party’s candidates to contest this year’s local elections for the Municipal District of Stranorlar, while Maria Doherty confirmed as Sinn Féin candidate for the Milford area. The news comes after the two Doherty’s received the unanimous backing of Sinn Féin members at the party’s selection convention which took place yesterday afternoon (Sunday) and was held at the Finn Valley Centre complex.Speaking following the convention, the Stranorlar Councillors said: “We are so honoured to have this afternoon been re-selected to contest the upcoming Local Election for Sinn Féin here in the Stranorlar MD. “We want to say a huge thank you to everyone for all the support and good wishes which we’ve received, not just from the membership who’ve been so supportive of our decision to stand again, but also from our families, friends, and from the many communities throughout the Finn Valley and wider region.“It’s been a real privilege to have had the opportunity to represent the Finn Valley and surrounding area as Councillors for a number of years now, and we hope to be fortunate enough to continue to represent this region going forward should we be successfully re-elected later this May.“With the election approaching, we now very much look forward to campaigning in the coming weeks and, with the continued support of the people of the Finn Valley area, we’ve no doubt that we can once again return two strong Sinn Féin Councillors who will work tirelessly to defend and uphold the interests of ordinary people here in the Stranorlar MD.”In Milford, Maria Doherty was confirmed as the Sinn Féin candidate for the new three seat Milford Electoral Area in the forthcoming local elections. The convention was addressed by the Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald, a close friend of Maria Doherty.Deputy McDonald said: “I have known Maria for many years and indeed she acted as my Director of Election on a number of occasions. She is a remarkably talented and determined woman.“While Maria worked in Dublin for many years, her heart was always in the hills of Donegal. She always yearned to return home and our loss in Dublin is very much Donegal’s gain.”Maria Doherty said: “I am deeply honoured to have been selected as the Sinn Féin candidate for this area.‘Like many young people back in the day and since, I had to leave my home place to earn a living but it was always my dream to return home and to roll up my sleeves for the people of my home parish and the people of Donegal. ‘I have been living back home for the last year now and I look forward to meeting as many people as possible across this Milford Electoral Area over the months ahead and I hope to join a strong Sinn Féin team on Donegal County Council when the votes are counted in May”.Sinn Fein select party candidates for Stranorlar and Milford areas was last modified: March 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:local elections 2019MilfordSinn FeinStranorlarlast_img read more