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About KP SportsKP Sports, one of the fastest growing collegiate sponsorship, ticket sales, event marketing and consulting companies, has created highly successful partnerships with NCAA Intercollegiate Athletic programs, conferences and other sports clients. KP Sports’ unique model for delivering results is based on being a true extension of its partner’s vision and goals. KP Sports delivers outstanding revenue results by providing unique and valuable investment opportunities that are focused on building long term relationships with its corporate partners and clients. FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference and KP Sports and Entertainment, LLC have reached a multi-year partnership agreement in which KP Sports will serve as the exclusive sales and marketing representative for the Southland Conference. “The Southland Conference is excited to partner with KP Sports as our exclusive sponsorship sales and marketing representative,” Southland commissioner Tom Burnett said. “KP Sports has proven itself as a successful entity in collegiate athletics marketplace, and within the Southland Conference, and we look forward to growing our sponsorship and marketing opportunities in the years to come.” About the Southland ConferenceHaving commemorated its 50th anniversary in 2013, the Southland Conference is now in its sixth decade as a dynamic and respected consortium of 13 member universities in three states. Beginning with a historic meeting of five institutions in Dallas on March 15, 1963, the Southland Conference set on an extraordinary course that has proven successful well into its half century of existence. Current Southland member institutions include Abilene Christian University, the University of Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist University, the University of the Incarnate Word, Lamar University, McNeese State University, and the University of New Orleans, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Sam Houston State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Stephen F. Austin State University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. “We are excited to join commissioner Tom Burnett and his executive team of highly skilled professionals in enhancing and building upon the tremendous amount of success the Southland Conference has enjoyed over the past several years in creating a unique and valuable brand for its members and corporate partners,” Kerry Perry, president of KP Sports, said. KP Sports provides sales and marketing representation for several collegiate sports properties nationally including Southland Conference member institutions, McNeese State and Nicholls.
Over the years, we have seen countless stories reported in the media of some form of gender-based violence; with women especially being at the receiving end of the beatings; and in some cases even end up being dead. Even though the government and other stakeholders have been engaged in various efforts to bring the situation under control, it seems as if the killings are far from over.Just recently, this newspaper reported on the brutal murder of 37-year-old Lindener; Shenika London. It was reported that the victim was stabbed multiple times by her husband at her home at Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Region 10. It should be mentioned that the woman’s youngest child who is two years old reportedly witnessed the entire episode.In another recent case, a 26-year-old teacher; Tishaun Bess was found dead in a house at La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara. Her lifeless body was found hanging from the ceiling of her apartment days after she went missing. Relatives claimed that the relationship shared between the woman and her partner was an abusive one. As such, despite the incident initially appearing to be an act of suicide, they speculated that foul play was involved.It could be recalled too that not so long ago, 29-year-old Dhanwantie Ram, a Parika resident, was found strangled on a sofa, with a bed sheet wrapped around her neck. The woman’s husband of 12 years was arrested for the crime. Here again, reports indicate that the victim and the suspect shared an abusive relationship. Due to the abuse, the woman was forced to leave her martial home with her three children a few days before she was killed.These, of course, are just a few of the latest in a slew of cases that have taken the country by storm. The victims’ stories have been heartbreaking as many of them were killed after years of abuse and perhaps with very little help from those who should have provided the much needed support mechanisms. The bottom line is that something must be done urgently to arrest the situation as it is clear that what currently obtains have not been very effective.We believe that there is an urgent need for all stakeholders, led by the government, to commence a national discourse on the issue once more. The aim should be to reassess and modify current strategies taking into account the lessons learnt from past experiences. While protection orders have been effective to an extent; quite often the abusers do not abide by them; hence the need to undertake an urgent review of mechanisms currently in place to protect women from being killed. It should be noted that on the day Ram was killed, she was making her way to the Police Station to lodge a report against her husband whom she had a restraining order against. She is not the only woman for whom a restraining order proved ineffective; there is also the case of Bhartie Udho, who was attacked and brutally chopped late last year. At the time of her death, a restraining order had been initiated against her partner as well.Violence against women and children has tremendous costs to communities and nations and can remain with women and children for a lifetime. If not dealt with effectively, it can also pass from one generation to another. Numerous recommendations were made to the previous and current Administrations, yet nothing much has been forthcoming. It is therefore time for policy makers and other stakeholders to revisit the issue and come up with practical solutions to tackle the scourge in a holistic manner with greater focus on the root of the problem.Over the years, the United Nations (UN) has been pushing countries towards implementing proactive measures to combat domestic violence. These measures have included criminalising gender-based violence, massive public awareness campaigns and providing training to equip both men and women to act as first responders and to support victims of the scourge at the community level.Additionally, this newspaper had stated before that one of the greatest challenges Guyana faced in countering domestic violence, was in changing the attitudes of service providers – such as Police, magistrates, social workers, and healthcare providers. Importantly too is that the lackadaisical attitude of neighbours, relatives and others who are, in most cases, aware of domestic abuse cases but yet chose to remain silent also needs to change. Everyone needs to proactive in their response to the scourge.
As the 2017 general elections draw closer, the “Joseph Boakai Movement” is gaining momentum in Nimba County with one of its prominent sons calling on the rest of his compatriots to lend their support to the movement.At the launch of his scholarship fund drive in Ganta on October 31, Representative Mantinokay Tingba told Nimbaians that VP Boakai has all the good characters that the international community highly appreciates and therefore he deserves their support.“We cannot continue to become perpetual kingmakers without going closer to the king, so it is time that we work together to make a king and become part of the king also,” he told a cheering crowd.Rep. Tingba indicated that after the 1990 civil war, two counties, Nimba and Grand Gedeh, are no longer closer to the presidency (meaning to produce a president) because “we are warlike, so we cannot be leaders.”The Nimba District #9 Representative explained that among all the Nimbaians that contested previous presidential elections, it was only Jackson F. Doe who won overwhelming votes, but that Dr. Joseph Kortoe and Sen. Prince Y. Johnson did not get many votes outside of Nimba County.“Vice President Boakai is a man with a clean character, from the classroom as a student to the time he became janitor at the College of West Africa (CWA),” he declared, adding, “He is an ambassador with good moral character in both Liberia and abroad.”This is the first time that the “Movement of Joseph Boakai” has openly been brought to Nimba citizens as 2017 looms ahead.Some prominent Liberians, including Benoni Urey, Dr. Mills Jones as well as George Weah have visited Nimba County and provided some humanitarian assistance to citizens. VP Boakai, it would seem, has joined the search for votes from Nimba County.Rep. Tingba urged his kinsmen to think wisely because “we cannot continue to be losers. If we do not think wisely, we will either be voting for one ministerial position or cash.” Rep. Tingba who described himself as “chairman for recruitment and mobilization on both the national and international levels” concluded that Amb. Boakai is a good candidate “and when elected he will create great opportunities for the people of Nimba.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Tommy Wright Barnsley have suspended assistant head coach Tommy Wright following allegations he took a £5,000 bung to help place players at his club.The Daily Telegraph alleged that Wright accepted the money during a series of meetings with a fake Far East firm in which he agreed to help sign players part-owned by the firm.The Championship club said in a statement: “Barnsley FC is aware of allegations made by the Telegraph against Tommy Wright.“The club has today suspended Tommy pending an internal investigation into these allegations.”The allegation forms part of the Telegraph’s undercover investigation into corruption in football, which on Tuesday accounted for England manager Sam Allardyce.The newspaper has also alleged that 10 as-yet-unnamed managers took bribes in player transfers. 1
1 Southampton boss Claude Puel has dismissed speculation surrounding the futures of defenders Virgil van Dijk and Jose Fonte.The duo have forged a formidable partnership at the back since Van Dijk arrived from Celtic in 2015, but are both being linked with moves away from St Mary’s.But Puel is ignoring the transfer talk as Saints look to bounce back from their disappointing Europa League exit on Thursday night when they host Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Sunday.“It’s not the moment, it’s not the time to speak about the window in January,” said Puel.“All concentration on this competition and to try to come back in the first part – it is very important.“I think we have lost many points with a good thing with the players, playing a good game, and now it’s important to keep concentration and to be clinical to win our games.”With Charlie Austin out with a suspected dislocated shoulder injury for an indefinite period of time, Puel has challenged his players to rally themselves for the remainder of the domestic season.“It’s important for this competition and now we want to come back in this competition, which is to come back in the Premier League for the end of the season,” he added.“This is the most important and it is a good challenge and to see a good reaction.” Puel wants to keep all of his star players at Southampton
Another Premier League weekend has passed with Chelsea extending their lead at the top of the table to eight points.It’s an impressive start to the campaign from the Blues, with new boss Antonio Conte leading them to 55 points in just 22 games.This is the fourth time in Premier League history a team has made it to this total, or above. An incredible statistic, we think you will agree, but what were the other best facts and figures?Click the right arrow above to see the stats of the weekend… 8 4. Arsenal are the first club to score two added time Premier League winners in the same season, against the same team (Burnley), since Manchester United v Manchester City in 2009/10. 8 2. Since the start of last season, Granit Xhaka has had more red cards than any other player in the big five European leagues. 8 7. Leicester’s 21 points from 22 games is the joint-worst tally for a reigning top-flight champion. Ipswich also registered 21 points in 1962-63. 8 6. Six of Heung-Min Son’s seven Premier League goals this season have been scored away from home. 1. Chelsea have reached 55+ points after 22 Premier League for the third time, while the only other team to have done this was Manchester United in 2012/13. 8 8. Wayne Rooney has now scored 88 Premier League goals away from home, more than any other player. See the full list here. 5. Only Ryan Giggs (162) and Frank Lampard (102) have provided more Premier League assists than Cesc Fabregas, who has now made 101 – the same amount as Wayne Rooney. 3. Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League run at Anfield has ended after 17 matches where they won 11 and drew six games. 8 8 8
The system’s health care operations were taken over by a federal judge who cited dozens of preventable deaths and called the level of care “deplorable.” The head of the parole division was fired after the department faced criticism for housing sex offenders in trailers and hotels. A private firm contracted to handle prison drug treatment was investigated for spending taxpayer money on extravagant purchases such as cars and plasma-screen televisions. Going back to the 1990s finds additional problems, including accusations that officials in Sacramento conspired to cover up the abuse of inmates at several prisons. Even without the numerous missteps, running the state’s corrections system is a daunting challenge. The inmate population – now 172,000 – has quadrupled since 1984. That growth strains facilities and drives up costs. Since 1999, the department’s budget exploded to $8.7 billion . “The department is in dire need of new and proven leadership to initiate reform and restore public trust in our prison system,” said Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk, a former parole agent. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s appointment of Hickman as secretary in 2003 was intended as a first step toward turning the troubled system around. But now, two secretaries later, acting department head James Tilton says he only plans to stick around long enough to hire a new leadership team. Whoever eventually leads the department will face a system that returns more released inmates to prison than any other state. Those parole recidivism numbers drive the overcrowding which has many institutions operating at twice their capacity. The issue is critical, said Donald Specter of the nonprofit Prison Law Office. Population pressures make nearly every other goal for fixing the prisons impossible. “Overcrowding has so overburdened the prison system that rehabilitation has become nothing more than an afterthought,” Specter said. Proposals to relieve crowding range from sentencing reform to a less restrictive parole system. The majority of inmates sent to prison are ex-convicts returning on parole violations. But Schwarzenegger and his Democratic challenger in the gubernatorial race, state Treasurer Phil Angelides, see building new prisons as the answer. Both have called for extensive renovations to existing facilities and construction of new ones. Either way, finding the best person to run the department is imperative, said Sen. Gloria Romero, D-East Los Angeles, who was chairwoman of the state Senate’s Select Committee on the California Correctional System in 2003-04. “California has one of the largest prison systems in the world,” the senator said. “We’ve got to be able to find the right leadership to lead it. This is something we cannot walk away from.” from $4.8 billion email@example.com (909) 483-9354160Want 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 MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesThree weeks later, Hickman resigned. He’d been on the job about two years. Two months after that, his replacement also resigned. For many, the revolving door at the top of the organization is the perfect symbol of California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, a prison system perpetually mired in scandal. In the past two years alone: The department overspent its budget by $1 billion. • Video: 7/22: Chino Prison • Photo Gallery: 7/22: Criminal Neglect One of the difficulties facing corrections departments around the country is that their directors don’t keep their jobs very long. The average tenure for prison chiefs is 2.4 years – not enough time to have a real impact, said Rod Hickman, the head of California’s prison system, in an interview earlier this year. “I don’t know that I can tell you exactly the right amount of time, but the one thing I do know that you can see from systems that are performing how people would like them to, albeit not perfectly: They had continuity in leadership,” he said.
Steve Clarke has handed Eamonn Brophy his Scotland debut in the Euro 2020 qualifier against Cyprus.The former Kilmarnock boss has chosen the team for his first game in charge and has handed a starting spot to the striker who flourished under him at Rugby Park.David Marshall comes back into the side as goalkeeper, lining up behind a back four of captain Andy Robertson, Charlie Mulgrew, Scott McKenna and Stephen O’Donnell.John McGinn, Kenny McLean and Callum McGregor form a midfield trio, with Ryan Fraser and James Forrest flanking Forrest in attack.
The final IGHSAU volleyball rankings are out.Gehlen ends the year ranked #4 in Class 1A. Class 2A keeps Western Christian top ranked, Boyden-Hull in the nine spot, and Central Lyon in 12th. Class 3A has Spirit Lake at 9, Unity in 12th, Sioux Center in the fourteen spot, and MOC-Floyd Valley in 15th.Class 1ASchool Record LW1 Sidney 32 12 Council Bluffs St. Albert 21-9 23 Janesville 30-11 34 LeMars Gehlen Catholic 22-7 55 North Tama 22-6 46 Wapsie Valley 20-15 67 New London 26-8 108 Holy Trinity Catholic 25-10 89 Lisbon 34-7 710 East Mills 22-7 911 Gladbrook-Reinbeck 23-8 1112 Newell-Fonda 23-10 1313 BCLUW 20-14 1414 Glidden-Ralston 18-4 1515 Southwest Valley 23-5 NRDropped Out: Tripoli (12)Class 2ASchool Record LW1 Western Christian 35-5 12 Mediapolis 39-1 23 Beckman Catholic 37-8 34 Wilton 32-3 45 Osage 33-6 56 Grundy Center 29-8 67 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 26-6 78 Van Buren 29-4 89 Boyden-Hull 22-9 910 Hudson 28-7 1011 Underwood 28-5 1212 Central Lyon 22-10 1113 East Sac County 26-6 1314 Denver 25-14 1415 Logan-Magnolia 19-7 15Dropped Out: NoneClass 3ASchool Record LW1 Davenport Assumption 28-5 12 Kuemper Catholic 28-7 73 Red Oak 30-6 84 Dike-New Hartford 27-14 55 West Liberty 28-7 26 New Hampton 38-3 67 Mount Vernon 30-10 98 Tipton 30-6 39 Spirit Lake 34-5 410 Nevada 30-9 1111 Des Moines Christian 22-6 1012 Unity Christian 21-10 1213 Union 27-11 1114 Sioux Center 25-9 1515 MOC-Floyd Valley 25-8 NRDropped Out: Humboldt (14)Class 4ASchool Record LW1 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 32-3 12 Cedar Rapids Xavier 26-6 23 North Scott 26-4 44 Waverly-Shell Rock 44-6 75 West Delaware 37-5 56 Lewis Central 26-6 67 Dubuque Wahlert 21-11 38 Marion 28-10 89 Dallas Center-Grimes 30-6 1110 Western Dubuque 18-11 1311 Gilbert 31-12 1212 Knoxville 25-7 913 Oskaloosa 18-11 1014 Clear Creek-Amana 22-14 NR15 Center Point-Urbana 20-17 14Dropped Out: NoneClass 5ASchool Record LW1 Cedar Falls 39-1 12 Iowa City Liberty 32-2 23 West Des Moines Valley 38-4 34 Ankeny 34-5 45 Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 36-3 86 Dowling Catholic 30-11 77 Pleasant Valley 27-5 58 Waukee 33-11 69 Ankeny Centennial 17-14 910 Bettendorf 20-13 1111 Dubuque Hempstead 19-13 1312 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 18-16 1013 Urbandale 16-16 NR14 Iowa City High 16-14 1215 Sioux City East 24-14 14Dropped Out: Waterloo West (15)