Honorable 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. 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.
Washington’s minimum wage is scheduled to jump to $12 per hour in January, the third in series of four annual wage hikes prescribed by Initiative 1433.The increase is certain to have an impact on the businesses that employ an estimated 6,800 minimum wage workers in Clark County, but a local economist expects the impact of the latest wage hike to be relatively minimal compared to the larger increase scheduled for 2020. Still, the pay bump will be a welcome New Year’s gift for the people receiving the increase.In 2016, state voters approved I-1433, which increased the minimum wage to $11 at the start of 2017 and $11.50 in 2018. It will rise to $13.50 in 2020, and starting in 2021 the state’s Department of Labor and Industries will be required to make annual minimum wage adjustments based on the consumer price index. In 2016, the state-mandated minimum wage was $9.47.January also marks the start of implementation for Washington’s Family Leave Act, which requires employers to provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave per year for qualifying employees. The program is funded by an insurance program under the state’s Employment Security Department.Employees will not be able to claim the paid-leave benefits until 2020, but employers and employees are required to begin paying insurance premiums in January.
An all-new Jaguar XJ will make its public debut this July.Speaking at Auto Shanghai 2009, Jaguar Cars Managing Director, Mike O’Driscoll confirmed that:– The all-new XJ will go on sale at the end of 2009 – but will officially be revealed on July 9th in London.– The all-new XJ is the first car to feature the next-generation of Jaguar’s aerospace-inspired aluminium body architecture.– All of Jaguar’s new ultra-efficient Gen III petrol and diesel engines (North America excluded) will be available in the new XJ, including the already acclaimed V6 diesel and 510 bhp supercharged V8.– There will be a choice of standard- or long wheelbase models.– The all-new XJ will introduce the highest standards of personal luxury and specification, including a panoramic glass roof.Full details of the all-new XJ including prices will be revealed on July 9th and orders for delivery in early 2010 will be taken from this time. www.jaguar.com/allnewxj