Prep teams set for title tilts today

first_imgTo get sweet No. 60, the top-seeded Highlanders (26-0-2) will have to stop Mater Dei (22-3-3), the No.2 seed. Game time at Downey Warren High School is 2 p.m. Mater Dei has escaped each of its last three games by one goal or less, needing penalty kicks to advance in the semifinals. Upland had a 1-0 nailbiter with Los Alamitos, but has out-scored the rest of its postseason opponents 12-1. Another interesting matchup is the boys basketball D2-A game between Norco and Corona Centennial at the Honda Center (12:30 p.m.). No. 9 seed Norco (20-10) and No. 10 Centennial (28-4) both finished tied atop the Mountain View League standings, but Norco won the tiebreaker and got the top spot. “Championship Saturday” isn’t just about the foursome of local girls basketball teams that will participate in three CIF-Southern Section championship games today. There’s also three area girls soccer teams and a boys basketball team vying for CIF titles. Most notably, the Upland girls soccer team – ranked No.1 in the nation both this year and last year – is going for its second consecutive D1 title. So far, anyone attempting to stop the Highlanders has had little success. An Upland victory today would give the team its 60th consecutive game without a loss – an unprecedented number for the area. center_img Therefore, the CIF couldn’t seed Centennial any higher than Norco – accounting for Centennial’s positioning. But Centennial is an outstanding team, having beaten Upland, Etiwanda and Colony on three straight days in December to win the Inland Empire Classic. Norco lost to Centennial by 32 points in the first meeting, but the Cougars won 56-54 on Feb. 7. Now, the Mountain View League will hold its rubber match in an 18,000-seat arena. Two other area teams will face No. 1 seeds tonight in their quests for a championship. The D6 matchup has Ontario Christian facing No. 1 seed Lancaster Desert Christian at Downey High School (6p.m.). OCHS – fresh off a CIF championship in boys basketball – finished second in the Christian League but sliced through the playoff bracket until an overtime game in the semifinals. The Knights opened their first three games by out-scoring opponents 13-5, but then edged Woodcrest Christian 5-4 to reach the finals. Scoring hasn’t been a problem for OCHS, which has tallied one of the highest goal totals of any playoff team among the six brackets. The Redlands East Valley girls soccer team, which won the Citrus Belt League, battles top-seeded Temecula Valley at 8 p.m. The game will be held at Warren HS. REV’s road to the finals started easy, out-scoring opponents 12-2 in the first two rounds. But the quarterfinals and semifinals brought two 1-0 victories, including an overtime win against Murrieta Valley. In the semis, REV dispatched No. 2 seed Hart 1-0. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

QPR v Wolves: Washington a sub

first_imgQPR’s new signing Conor Washington is among their substitutes for the game against Wolves at Loftus Road.Manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has named an unchanged starting line-up, with in-form striker Sebastian Polter and midfielder Massimo Luongo keeping their places.Wolves, meanwhile, are without recent signing Michal Zyro, who has scored three times in the last two matches, while Adam Le Fondre returns.QPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Henry, Luongo; Phillips, Fer, Hoilett; Polter.Subs: Lumley, Washington, Angella, Hill, Faurlin, Chery, Mackie.Wolves: Ikeme; Iorfa, Batth, Ebanks-Landell, Doherty; McDonald, Coady, van La Parra, Edwards, Henry; Le Fondre.Subs: McCarey, Golbourne, Rowe, Saville, Price, Byrne, Enobakhare.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Gary Sinise Welcomes Home Veterans With New Suits

first_imgThrough its “Uniform of Success” event, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc. has joined with the Gary Sinise Foundation to give suits to thousands of military veterans as they re-enter the civilian workforce.Anyone who purchases a men’s suit from July 1-7 gets an additional two free suits. Jos. A. Bank will then donate a suit to a returning veteran through the Gary Sinise Foundation. The promotion’s tag line will be BUY 1-GET2-GIVE 1.“We are humbled by the sacrifice our veterans make every day for our country,” said R. Neal Black, CEO of Jos. A. Bank. “For over 100 years, our customers have relied on us to dress them for success, and we want to make returning veterans the very best-dressed job candidates.”Many veterans experience a difficult transition from military to civilian life, especially finding a job. The challenge is greatest for young, male troops returning from active duty, which had a 20 percent unemployment rate in 2012.An advocate of meeting that challenge is award-winning actor Gary Sinise. He formed the Gary Sinise Foundation to create programs that serve and honor Americans in the military. Sinise also formed the Lt. Dan Band as a homage to the role he played in “Forrest Gump” as disabled veteran Lt. Dan Taylor. The group tours the world performing concerts for the military and their families on behalf of the Gary Sinise Foundation and the USO. Sinise received the Presidential Citizens Award for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of the USO and the foundation.“Uniform of Success” complements the foundation’s partnership with GE for “Get Skills to Work.” The program accelerates skills training for U.S. military veterans, helps veterans and employers translate military skills to advanced manufacturing jobs, and empowers employers with tools to recruit and mentor veterans.“For the past several years I’ve been on a mission to boost the morale of our troops,” said Sinise. “Being able to look sharp and dress nicely can raise the self-esteem and confidence of these veterans.“Having a great suit to put on for a job interview can be a very special thing for somebody who’s spent a lot of time in a military uniform, and may not have worn one for a long time.”Customers who purchase a regular-priced suit (excluding Traveler and Classic Collection merchandise) at a Jos. A. Bank full-line store or online at will receive two additional suits of equal or lesser value free. For each suit purchased, the Gary Sinise Foundation will receive a voucher from Jos. A. Bank for distribution to a U.S. military veteran identified by the foundation as returning to the civilian workforce. The veteran may redeem the voucher at any Jos. A. Bank full-line store for a free suit from the Jos. A. Bank “Executive Collection” (retail value of $650).Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Labrador 9 in custody after early morning raid and NCC vows on

first_img(9 people are in custody after an early morning raid at the construction site of the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric project. Photo courtesy: Justin Brake/The Independent)Editor’s note: Early Monday afternoon, the RCMP sent follow up information stating that a person at the camp had also been taken into custody bringing the number of people arrested to 9. They are all charged with one count of disobeying a court order.Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsHappy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L — Nine people arrested in an early morning raid on a camp at the entrance to the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric construction project are in custody and waiting to go before a judge.The eight people who say they are defenders of the land were arrested Monday when the RCMP cleared the camp after a court injunction was issued.The RCMP in St. John’s, N.L. released a brief statement Monday.“The arrests come following a court granted enforcement order,” the statement said. “There were no injuries during the arrests and police will continue to monitor the activity. The individuals are still in custody and are awaiting court appearances later today. The investigation is continuing.”The RCMP said they have been charged with disobeying a court order.See related stories here: Muskrat Falls According to the provincially owned energy company Nalcor, the group had been blocking the entrance to the site and slowing progress of the work.The project is controversial for Labrador Inuit who say the flooding of the Lower Churchill river with vegetation in place will cause the toxin methylmercury to be released into the land.They want the area to be cleared of any vegetation prior to flooding. According to Nalcor 41 squre kilometres will be flooded for the dam.“That will not stop us …”At a news conference broadcast live from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Nunatukavut President Todd Russell condemned the arrests and vowed they will not stop the movement to change the plan for Muskrat Falls unless the government stops the planned flooding.“As of today the NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) will be committing our people, our resources to on the ground action until our voices are heard as we are respected,” said Russell. “We are here to say to nalcor , try to bring transformers through any of our communities and we will be there.”The planned flood has prompted an Inuit artist to start a hunger strike. Billy Gauthier told APTN National News that he will not eat until the government agrees to clear cut the flood zone.Russell said Monday that the NCC has called off its annual general meeting to concentrate on a strategy to take on Nalcor and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.“We are going to be on the protest site and get ready, it won’t be only one site,” said Russell. “It could any number of places on our land. We are taking direct action. We are committed to this for the long run.”Protest in St. John’s …. About 30 people marched in front of the legislature in St. John’s this morning to raise concerns about Muskrat Falls.Organizer Denise Cole said the flooding of traditional Inuit land is an attack on local food sources and culture.She wants the project, now estimated to cost $11.4-billion, to be scrapped.Provincial NDP member Gerry Rogers says the Liberal government and the Tories before them have ignored concerns, despite studies by Harvard University that have raised alarms about methylmercury— with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Muhith proposes bus for schools in Dhaka

first_imgFinance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Thursday proposed to provide buses for schools in DhakaFinance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Thursday proposed to provide buses for schools in Dhaka.He told the parliament, students using their family cars contribute to the traffic jam in the capital. “Most of the schools in Dhaka do not provide buses.”He expressed hope that the dedicated bus service would promote safer and easier commute as in developing countries.Muhith added, “Concession or exemption of duties will be considered on importation of school buses”.last_img read more

7member panel to probe DUCSU polls irregularities

first_imgFile PhotoDhaka University (DU) vice-chancellor Akhtaruzzaman has formed a seven-member probe panel to look into the allegations of irregularities in the elections to DU Central Student’s Union (DUCSU) and hall unions, reports UNB.Sajeda Banu, a supernumerary professor of the Mathematics department, has been made chief of the committee while assistant proctor of the university M Maksudur Rahman its member secretary, said a DU press release on Thursday.The other members of the investigation committee are dean of Biological Science faculty Imdadul Hoque, provosts of Sir PJ Hartog International Hall Mohiuddin, chairman of Economics department Shafique uz Zaman, syndicate member Mohammad Humayun Kabir and professor Sharmin Rumi Alim of the Nutrition and Food Science Institute.The committee has been asked to submit its report within seven working days.last_img read more

Pakistan detains militant suspects after Kashmir attack

first_imgKashmiri villagers look on a fire razes a house following a deadly gun battle between militants and Indian government forces in Tral area of Pulwama district, south of Srinagar, on 5 March, 2019. Photo: AFPPakistan has detained dozens of alleged militants after a suicide attack in Indian-held Kashmir last month which sent tensions between the nuclear-armed foes soaring, its interior minister said Tuesday.Among those detained in Islamabad’s latest crackdown on banned groups was Abdul Rauf — who a security source told AFP is a younger brother of Masood Azhar — the leader of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) that claimed responsibility for the February 14 attack.Rauf had been named in a dossier of evidence in that attack given to Pakistan by India, the interior ministry said.”We have launched a crackdown against proscribed organisations and have taken 44 individuals into custody, including Mufti Abdul Rauf and Hammad Azhar,” state minister for the interior Shehryar Afridi told reporters in Islamabad.He did not give any further names, clarify what groups those detained allegedly belonged to, or say if they would face charges.The 14 February attack killed 40 Indian paramilitaries and spurred tit-for-tat air raids between India and Pakistan across the highly militarised Line of Control, the de facto border in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.Both sides claimed they had shot each other’s warplanes down, igniting fears of an all-out conflict as world powers pleaded for restraint.Pakistan captured one Indian pilot, releasing him on Friday in a bid to pull both countries back from the brink, though tensions remain high.Rauf is a little-known younger brother of Masood Azhar, the security source said. He added that “Hammad Azhar” was an alias, but did not say who for.Indian officials were sceptical of the detentions Tuesday. “We have seen Pakistan make arrests before, and then the people are released,” an Indian government source told AFP.India, along with the US, has pressured Pakistan to take action against militancy.”If they still do not mend their ways, We have told them what will happen,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi told an election rally in central India Tuesday.Afridi said Pakistan was “not taking this action under pressure from anyone”. Islamabad has vehemently denied involvement in militant attacks, and said there are no safe havens left for terror groups on its territory.JeM leader Masood Azhar remains in Pakistan, foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told CNN last week, adding that he was “very unwell” and could not leave his house.last_img read more

More thunderstorms likely across North Staffordshire as weather warning issued

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMore thunderstorms are expected across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire later this week as the Met Office issued a new Yellow Weather Warning. Residents across Stoke-on-Trent and surrounding areas were woken up in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday July 24) following an impressive display of lightning across a vast swathe of the country that followed a long hot day as a heatwave continues across the UK. The storm brought down branches and a number of trees across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire – with the heavy rainfall that accompanied it lifting a number of drain covers. Shortly before 11am today the Met Office confirmed they had put a new Yellow Weather Warning for thunderstorms in place for much of England – including Stoke-on-Trent, elsewhere in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. Read MoreDriver in critical condition after accident on A520 Punter found hiding in bushes Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Massive thunderstorms erupted across Staffordshire in the early hours of the morning (Image: Judie Tingle) Police search for missing woman What is a Met Office Weather Warning?The Met Office issue weather warnings when there is a risk of weather causing damage, disruption or danger to life. Generally warnings will be issued for heavy rain, wind, ice or snow. They come in three categories. Yellow: The lowest of the three. Yellow means you should plan ahead about potential disruption to travel and other day-to-day activities. These are the most common. Amber: A step up from Yellow, an Amber warning means there is an increased risk of disruption/danger to life and property. Red: These are only issued when ‘extreme weather’ is expected. When one is issued the Met Office advise immediate action is taken to keep yourself and others safe as widespread damage, disruption and risk to life is likely. Red warnings are extremely rare anywhere in the UK and almost unknown in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.   The warning is in force from 3pm tomorrow (Thursday July 25) until 4am on Friday (July 26). The latest warning states:  “Following a hot day (in places exceptionally so), scattered thunderstorms are likely to break out from late afternoon onwards. While some areas, particularly in the south of the warning area may well avoid the storms, where they do occur they could produce 20-30 mm of rain in less than an hour, along with frequent lightning, hail and gusty winds. “Perhaps the main focus will be later in the evening and into the first part of the night across northern England and southern and eastern parts of Scotland, where storms could be more widespread and locally intense.” Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more