Fleming Named 2019 Louis Bonnette Sports Media Award Winner

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Longtime college athletics media relations administrator Lance Fleming of Abilene Christian University has been named the recipient of the Southland Conference’s 2019 Louis Bonnette Sports Media Award. The announcement was made Monday by Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett, who will present the award to Fleming during the league’s annual Football Media Day luncheon Thursday in Houston.Fleming retired following the 2018-19 season after more than 20 years on the Wildcats’ staff. A native of Abilene, he graduated from ACU in 1992 and was a copy editor, sportswriter and news writer for both the Abilene Reporter-News and the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal before returning to ACU in 1998. During his tenure, he chronicled hundreds of conference championships, dozens of NCAA Division II national titles and a successful transition to Division I that included last season’s chance to go “dancing” as both men’s and women’s basketball teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament.According to colleague Chris Macaluso, “The daily professional challenges Fleming encountered becameinconsequential in 2010 when his son, Rex, was diagnosed with a brain tumor and began a two-year fight against cancer that he lost in 2012 at age 10. Rex told his parents prior to his first cancer surgery, ‘I’ll live to tell the story,’ and this fit perfectly within his father’s abilities as a sports information director. At his core, Fleming is a gifted and compassionate storyteller. He is kind and generous with his time, as he wants both current and former ACU coaches and studentathletes to feel pride in their participation as Wildcats.”Fleming went back to work after Rex’s funeral doing just that and, additionally, he and his wife, Jill, honored their son as co-founders of the Play 4 Rex (P4X) Foundation. The Flemings and their organization have held numerous fundraisers, raising more than $500,000 since 2013 and making gifts of more than $400,000 to help other children and families affected by pediatric cancer.”Lance Fleming has provided Abilene Christian athletics, the Southland Conference and the NCAA with expertcommunications work throughout his career, and it’s very appropriate to honor his career with the Bonnette Award,” Burnett said. “Lance’s efforts emulate the dedicated hard work of the previous award winners, as he tirelessly promoted the annual accomplishments of the ACU Wildcats, their coaches and student-athletes during his tenure. We are honored to add Lance’s name to this prestigious group of Bonnette Award recipients.”Fleming has been an active member of CoSIDA, NACDA, the Football Writers Association of America, the Basketball Writers Association of America, and the National Collegiate Baseball Association. He will continue to be active with his alma mater as he moves into a new role as Director of Communications for the Abilene Independent School District.”I am truly humbled to receive such a significant award, especially one named after a man that everyone in ourprofession – and especially in our league – has respected so much for so long,” Fleming said. “I’m so proud to have spent 21 years of my life in collegiate athletics, and blessed that all of them were spent at a place I dearly love: Abilene Christian University. The last six years of my collegiate athletics career were equal parts challenging and thrilling as we made the move to NCAA Division I affiliation and back to the conference that Abilene Christian helped to found in 1963.”When we made them move in 2013, I was fortunate to find a group of people in the sports information field who took me in, showed me the ropes and befriended me as if I’d been part of the league for a number of years,” Fleming said.”Folks like Steve East (Central Arkansas), Doug Ireland (Northwestern State), Matthew Bonnette and Pam LaFosse (McNeese), James Dixon (Lamar), Paul Ridings (Sam Houston State) and others made the transition to the next level enjoyable from a personal and professional standpoint. We’ve had some great times over the years, and even though I’m no longer part of ACU Athletics on a daily basis, I look forward to those relationships throughout the league continuing.”The accolade, named after longtime McNeese sports information director Louis Bonnette, is presented annually to an individual that has made outstanding contributions in the field of sports information, print journalism, broadcasting or other media focused on the Southland Conference and/or its member institutions. The Southland’s sports information directors, athletic directors and other university personnel, and outside media executives nominate individuals for the award, and the sports information directors make the final selection.Fleming is the eighth recipient of the award. Previous winners include: Former sports editor and columnist for the Log Cabin Democrat newspaper (Conway, Ark.) David MCollum (2018); former Lamar play-by-play voice and TV personality Dave Hofferth (2017); Northwestern State Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director Doug Ireland (2016); former Daily Sentinel (Nacogdoches, Texas) Sports Editor Kevin Gore (2015); retired Sam Houston State Sports Information Director Paul Ridings (2014); southeast Texas sports journalist and retired Lamar Sports Information Director Rush Wood (2013).Louis Bonnette was the first honoree in 2012. Bonnette enjoyed a storied career as the first McNeese SID, holding the position for 46 years. As SID, he boasted a national record of 516 consecutive Cowboy football games worked. He was inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor in 2007 and the College Sports Information Directors of AmericaHall of Fame in 2009.last_img read more

Linden records smooth Nomination Day process

first_imgBy Utamu BelleLocal Government Elections (LGE) Nomination Day in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) saw a smooth and peaceful process being executed at the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) office at Mackenzie on Friday. Contesting party members were in full campaign mode before and after handing in their lists of candidates vying for the eight constituencies which fall under the Linden municipality.Four parties submitted lists in Linden, inclusive of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), the Alliance For ChangeAPNU Linden campaign manager, Valerie Adams-Patterson on Friday after submitting the party’s list(AFC) and the United Republican Party (URP).Independent group, the New Horizon Movement was unsuccessful in handing in its list, having arrived late. Meanwhile, individual candidate, Orrin Miller, announced that he had joined forces with the PPP and was no longer contending as an individual for Constituency Four.Additionally, Independent Group Linden For Lindeners was a no show for submission. APNU was the first party to submit as the office opened its doors to facilitate the process. The party’s campaign manager, Valerie Adams-Patterson, after submitting the list told members of the media that the party is currently in full campaign mode and is sending a strong message. APNU has submittedThe Linden PPP group outside the GECOM office in Lindencandidates for all eight constituencies in Region 10.Speaking after the PPP handed in its list, party representative Akani Blair said the process was very smooth, as he applauded GECOM’s staff for professionalism. He said the Party will work hard to effect positive change, once given the opportunity. “We’re covering all the constituencies… these Local Government Elections, we’re excited about it and we believe if the voting public give us that opportunity, we are going to effect change like never before in this town of Linden. This municipality would have suffered immensely and we (will) make the changes that are required for the upward mobility of this community… and we know that we are going to do much better than previous Councils if given this opportunity,” he said.last_img read more

Lewandowski breaks silence on wish to leave Bayern Munich

first_img0Shares0000Poland forward Robert Lewandowski says the support of fans has given him motivation to help Bayern Munich win titles this season despite expressing a desire to leave in May. © AFP/File / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, Aug 22 – Bayern Munich’s star striker Robert Lewandowski has broken his silence about wanting to leave the Bundesliga giants in May — but insists he is ready to win titles again this season with the Bavarians.“In April, May, almost everyone took a shot at me,” Lewandowski, who turned 30 on Tuesday, told German magazine Sport Bild. “I felt no protection from the club and felt alone in the situation.“I didn’t score in two or three important games and suddenly it was ‘fire at will against Lewandowski’.“I didn’t see anyone behind me at the time.“Neither of the bosses defended me,” he added referring to Bayern’s president Uli Hoeness and chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.This is the first time the striker has commented on his desire to leave Bayern, whose senior figures have repeatedly said there is no possibility of him leaving before his contract expires in 2021.He has won eight titles in four years with Bayern, but Lewandowski was widely criticised in April and May after failing to score in the quarter and semi-finals of the Champions League, against Sevilla and Real Madrid respectively, in two-legged ties.Lewandowski, last season’s top-scorer in the Bundesliga with 29 goals in 30 league games, shocked the club in May when his agent Pini Zahavi revealed the Poland star’s desire to seek “a new challenge”.Now he says support from Munich fans has given him fresh motivation to win titles when Bayern kick-off the new German League season on Friday by hosting fellow Champions League side Hoffenheim.“I’m back putting my heart into Bayern. I noticed here in Munich how the fans are behind me and I realised, they still want me,” he said.And Lewandowski played down the significance of working with Zahavi, one of the most powerful agents in world football, after parting ways with his previous agent on 10 years in late February.“That does not mean that he has to fix a transfer for me – there are enough things that a consultant can take care of,” said Lewandowski.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Pay-to-play returns

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event That’s what makes the trial, starting today, of two former Fleishman-Hillard executives so important. To recap: Fleishman-Hillard, which funneled campaign donations to Hahn and provided him with free P.R. advice, got a sweetheart, $3 million-a-year deal with the DWP. Why a public utility – one that has a monopoly in its market – needed that sort of high-powered advice was a mystery. But an even bigger mystery is why the firm didn’t simply find make-work to do for all that cash. Instead, it overbilled the city. That caught the attention of Controller Laura Chick, as well as county and federal prosecutors. And now, two years later, the company’s former L.A. chief, Doug Dowie, and John Stodder, a senior vice president , face felony charges. Whatever the outcome, the trial should be useful for showing us how the dirty deals in City Hall – though often technically legal – rely on a presumed quid pro quo. A federal court jury will decide the fate of Dowie and Stodder, but whatever the verdict, the real culprits – city officials who benefited from their “free” advice, and actively helped, or deliberately turned a blind eye to, what was going on – should not get off scot-free. It’s hopeful that this trial will yield useful information for investigators trying to get to the heart of “pay-to-play.” All public officials responsible, whether still in office or not, need to be held accountable. That way, future leaders might learn a lesson about the peril of betraying the public trust.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It all seems so long ago: The Hahn administration, Deputy Mayor Troy Edwards, P.R. giant Fleishman-Hillard and its crooked deal with the Department of Water and Power. Remember? This is the scandal once known as “pay-to-play.” It’s the scandal that ultimately forced Fleishman-Hillard to enter into a face-saving $5.7 million settlement with the city, and which helped to bring down James Hahn’s political career. But just because the voters dumped Hahn doesn’t mean the scandal is over – or that the sort of corruption it exposed doesn’t still continue. last_img read more

SEX ABUSE SCANDAL: ‘THIS PLACE IS GOING TO EXPLODE’

first_imgPEOPLE in Gaoth Dobhair haven’t been given the leadership and guidance they need in the sex abuse scandal, we have learned.Community leaders are angry at the response by the statutory authorities.The HSE re-issued counselling line numbers….SIX DAYS after Michael Ferry was found guilty of abusing four innocent boys. And gardai have yet to issue a special hotline number which distressed local people can contact.“It’s not good enough,” said one parent who believes a relative may have been a victim of Ferry.“There had been calls for an external investigation and we need that right now; not next week or next month but now. People need to talk to counsellors and gardai and they don’t know where to go.“The response is a disaster. People are suicidal and nothing is being done to help.” Another parent – who believes her child may have been abused by Ferry and then committed suicide – told us: “This place is going to explode. The authorities need to act quickly.“If they don’t there is going to be a murder picture.”* What do you think? email us on info@donegaldaily.comSEX ABUSE SCANDAL: ‘THIS PLACE IS GOING TO EXPLODE’ was last modified: July 23rd, 2011 by gregShare 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:sex abuse scandal michael ferrylast_img read more

Men’s Soccer Closes Regular Season Against Missouri State on Saturday

first_imgMissouri State (9-4-1, 5-2-0 MVC), the No. 1 seed for the tournament, secured a share of the league title and the top seed with Central Arkansas’ loss to Bradley on October 28.  MSU can earn an outright MVC title with a win or draw over the Bulldogs. The Bears received a bye to the tournament’s semifinals and will play Friday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. against the winner of Wednesday’s 3 p.m. match. Drake edged Missouri State, 2-1, in the first meeting of the teams on Oct. 14 in Springfield, Mo.Following Saturday’s match, Drake travels to the MVC Tournament, Nov. 7-8-10-12 in Peoria. The winner of the tournament earns the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s soccer team closes the regular season against Missouri State on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Drake edged Evansville, 1-0, in its last match in Evansville, Ind. on Saturday. Redshirt sophomore midfielder Alex Peterson (St. Cloud, Minn.) scored his first career goal and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Caden McCullough (Evansville, Ind.) recorded his first MVC shutout win in his hometown. For his efforts, McCullough, who made a critical save of a late Purple Aces’ penalty kick, was named the MVC Defensive Player of the Week this week.center_img It is a critical Missouri Valley Conference match for Drake (5-10-1, 2-4-1 MVC) as it battles for seeding to next week’s MVC Tournament hosted by Bradley in Peoria, Ill. The Bulldogs can finish as high as the No. 5 seed and as low as the No. 7 seed with multiple scenarios in play. If Drake secures the No. 5 seed it will play Wednesday at 3 p.m. If the Bulldogs are the No. 6 or No. 7 seed they will be in the play-in game on Tuesday at noon.last_img read more

South African arts fest celebrates women

first_img6 July 2015This year’s National Arts Festival – which runs from 2 to 12 July – not only features a number of strong and visible women in most genres, but also numerous productions and exhibitions that interrogate and question fixed thinking in relation to gender more broadly.At the closing of the PEN World Voices Festival in New York earlier this year, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke out against the “codes of silence” that governed American life. “The fear of causing offence, the fear of ruffling the careful layers of comfort, becomes a fetish,” Adichie said.Practising what she preaches, the award-winning writer recently spoke out against the criminalisation of homosexuality in her home country. But, she told The Guardian: “I have often been told that I cannot speak on certain issues because I am young, and female, or, to use the disparaging Nigerian speak, because I am a ‘small girl’. I have also been told that I should not speak because I am a fiction writer. But I am as much a citizen as I am a writer.”Adichie’s critique could equally be levelled at South Africa’s slow-burning culture of consent in relation to everyday gender inequities and the often unspoken violence that plagues the lives of many South African women. This year, the National Arts Festival tackles this seam of gender inequality head on.This focus forms part of the overall thrust of this year’s festival to bring urgent social matters to light and present material that explores the limits of expressive liberty, provoking audiences and taking them beyond their comfort zones.“The arts need to challenge and provoke,” says the festival’s artistic director, Ismail Mahomed – and that includes provocation in relation to the most intimate questions of gender identity, sexuality and power relations.More female artists have been consciously featured in the programme this year in an effort to amplify female voices in the theatrical, performing and visual arts. Among the many female writers, directors, performers, curators and trailblazing artists across all genres appearing this year, the leading lights include:Tara Louise Notcutt’s Three Blind Mice in which she directs James Cairns, Albert Pretorius and Rob van Vuuren in an unforgiving journey into the dark heart of South African justice, which looks to the horrific and barely believable narratives (Pistorius, Dewani) that have dominated our media recently.Patricia Boyer brings Miss Margarida’s Way to Grahamstown. Audiences and critics in over 50 countries have cheered this allegory about totalitarianism, which uses as its central metaphor a classroom. Also, Florence: A Script Reading explores the life of Lady Florence Phillips and the circumstances that led to the creation of the Johannesburg Art Gallery.In Jolynn Minaar’s Unearthed the young South African filmmaker swallows her optimism on the potential shale gas could bring to her people after travelling to ground zero and uncovering the dirty secrets of the fracking industry.Between Darkness and Light is the first major mid-career retrospective of internationally acclaimed photographer Jodi Bieber. It includes a selection of her work from 1993 to the present. The show has been exhibited at Stadhaus Ulm and Museum Goch in Germany as well as the Wits Art Museum.Monique Pelser’s Conversations with My Father is a continuous dialogue (2011 – to date) between the artist and the objects, images, sound recordings and documents she inherited after her father died of a rare motor neuron disease which rendered him unable to speak for the last year-and-a-half of his life. Her father was “a good man, a good father”. As a member of the South African Police force, he was also a product of his environment.The Guardian recently called Thandiswa Mazwai “South Africa’s finest female contemporary singer”. One of South Africa’s most influential musicians, her music defies categorisation, but reflects elements of African traditional, jazz, Afro- soul and house.Also catch pianist Kai-ya Chang and gifted vocalists Nomfundo Xaluva, Lindiwe Maxolo, Auriol Hays and Siya Makuzeni (vocals/trombone) at the Standard Bank Jazz Festival.Lerato Bereng is this year’s Featured Young Curator. Having graduated with a Masters in Fine Art (with distinction) from Rhodes University, she will be returning to her stomping ground. Bereng, who is a curator at Stevenson gallery in Johannesburg, has curated Nine O’Clock, an exhibition featuring a selection of works by Simon Gush, including elements from his project, Red (2014), and Kemang wa Lehulere’s exhibition History Will Break Your Heart.For gripping theatre based on harrowing true stories about women rising up against the odds, see Woman Alone, Christo Davids’ adaptation of Dannelene Noach’s autobiographical novel, Arabian Nightmare. It tells the story of a woman working as a nursing co-ordinator in one of the large, modern hospitals in Riyadh who is abducted and incarcerated in a Saudi Arabian jail.A Muslim woman comes her rescue in a poignant tale about personal courage in the context of current-day religious conflicts.The National Arts Festival runs from 2 to 12 July 2015 in the small university town of Grahamstown in Eastern Cape.Source: National Arts Festivallast_img read more

Chhattisgarh yet to implement amended Motor Vehicles Act

first_imgThe Congress government in Chhattisgarh is yet to implement the new penalty provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act. Chhattisgarh Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu said on Saturday that the State government was studying the new amendments before they were implemented, so that people may not bear the brunt of the newly-introduced hefty fines.“We have been studying the provisions of the amended act. It has been asked (by the Union government) to implement it all over the country, but we are studying it, keeping in view the situation in Chhattisgarh,” Mr. Sahu told the reporters.“It should not have hefty fines….The State government is examining in which form the Act can be implemented. We are also looking at whether the State government can make amendments to it,” the Minister added. An official of the Road Transport Department said the the amended act has been sent to the State’s Law and Legislative Affairs Department.The Law Department will submit a report following which the decision on implementation will be taken, he said. Parliament, in July, passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019. Under the new law, people will be fined ₹10,000 for drunken driving. Earlier the fine was ₹2,000. The fine for rash driving has gone up from ₹1,000 to ₹5,000. Fines of other offences have similarly been increased.last_img read more

Indonesia makes 2032 Olympics bid official

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Tiger Woods, Novak Djokovic, Lindsey Vonn win Laureus World Sports Awards “Indonesia is ready to host the Olympics,” Madang told The Associated Press. “What we need now is support from all the Indonesian people and the international community.”Widodo, who is campaigning for re-election, made a surprise announcement of plans to bid for the 2032 games after the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang co-hosted the 18th Asian Games in August, and the process has gathered momentum. The Olympics have never been held in Southeast Asia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThere were doubts Indonesia could successfully host the Asian Games, an event involving more than 10,000 athletes, but its reasonably smooth execution was praised by the IOC, paving the way for a tilt at even bigger sports events.India is planning to bid for the 2032 games and North and South Korea have confirmed an intention to launch a joint bid. Australia and Russia have also expressed interest. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Problems with the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, a developing country that like Indonesia suffers endemic corruption, may count against the chances of the Indonesian bid.By some estimates it cost Brazil about $20 billion to host the Olympics, the kind of bill that is likely to raise objections in Indonesia, despite projections it will be among the world’s 10 biggest economies by 2030 with a population nearing 300 million.Tokyo is hosting the 2020 Olympics. Paris and Los Angeles have already been selected to host the following two games, in 2024 and 2028, respectively.___ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Fireworks explode over the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. (Photo by Arief Bagus / AFP)JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia has officially joined bidding to host the 2032 Olympics following its success staging the Asian Games last year, the deputy chairman of its national Olympic committee said Tuesday, highlighting the rising ambitions of the giant but perennially underperforming Southeast Asian nation.Muddai Madang said letters from President Joko Widodo and the national Olympic committee were delivered to the International Olympic Committee’s president in Lausanne last week by Indonesia’s ambassador to Switzerland.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

High jumper Tejaswin Shankar signed by JSW Sports

first_imgMumbai, Apr 1 (PTI) JSW Sports have signed young Delhi high jumper Tejaswin Shankar, who recently won silver at the South Asian Games, under the companys flagship Sports Excellence Programme. The 17-year-old and 6-feet tall has become the SEPs 37th and the seventh track and field athlete to be supported under the programme, said a media release today. Tejaswin is considered one of Indias most talented high-jumpers. A budding fast bowler, he only took to the high jump a couple of years ago to increase strength. His exploits at the South Asian Games, the 2015 World Youth Championships and the 2015 Asian Youth Championships have led to experts touting him as someone to really watch out for. At the 2016 SAF Games, Tejaswins leap of 2.17m was equal to what eventual gold medallist, Sri Lankan Olympian WP Manjula Kumara, logged, but a foul that the youngster committed on his first jump saw him miss out on the gold. Mustafa Ghouse, CEO JSW Sports, said that SEP would do all it can to ensure that Tejaswin maximises his potential. “Within limited means, Tejaswin has come up with impressive results and has shown immense potential. We at JSW are very happy to work with an athlete like Tejaswin who has the requisite intelligence and also the physical attributes to develop into a world-class high-jumper,” he said. Tejaswin said he was very happy to have signed up with the JSW-SEP and was looking forward to working with the highly-qualified staff attached to the programme. “It is a big step for me to sign up with a program that is so well-rounded. I do not have to take care of peripheral factors and can concentrate on my training, conditioning and on the quest to get better. I am happy to be part of a program which counts so many of Indias elite athletes as its part,” he said. PTI SSR ARS AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more