• Unstoppable Force, Immovable Object: Central Arkansas ranks second behind Sam Houston State with 288.4 yards per game against Southland foes behind senior quarterback Hayden Hildebrand. McNeese’s “Defense with Attitude” allows just 120.0 yards per game through the air. Additional Storylines: • Streaks at Stake: Central Arkansas and McNeese are both on six-game win streaks heading into their meeting, while Southeastern Louisiana and Sam Houston State are on five- and three-game streaks, respectively. • McNeese Defense: The Southland-best Cowboy defense has allowed just one touchdown in its last four league matchups. The team is coming off last Saturday’s game against UIW where the secondary returned four interceptions for touchdowns, tying a NCAA all-division record. • Return to Hammond: The No. 5/5 Bearkats take on Southeastern Louisiana on the road Saturday at 7 p.m. It is the first meeting between the two teams since Sam Houston State won 21-17 in their 2014 FCS Playoffs first-round clash. The Bears possess one of the most potent offenses in the conference, ranking third against league opponents in scoring (35.0 points per game) and yards per game (466.6). Meanwhile, the Cowboys rank as the Southland’s top defense by far, allowing just 12.6 points per game and 189.4 yards per game. UCA defense ranks second, allowing 330.6 yards per game. Week Eight Schedule: The conference now has two teams ranked in the top-five nationally, with Central Arkansas at No. 4 and Sam Houston State at No. 5 in both the FCS Coaches Poll and STATS FCS Poll. McNeese is ranked at No. 18 and 20, respectively, while Nicholls holds the No. 23 spot in the coaches poll. * Southland Conference game Saturday, Oct. 21Nicholls at UIW* – 2 p.m.McNeese at Central Arkansas* (ESPN3) – 6 p.m.Northwestern State at Houston Baptist* (SDL) – 6 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Lamar* (ESPN3) – 6 p.m.Sam Houston State at Southeastern Louisiana* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m. 2017 Southland Conference Football Week Nine Notes (PDF)The nationally ranked No. 4/4 Central Arkansas Bears put their undefeated conference season on the line in a top-25 clash when they host No. 18/20 McNeese on Saturday at 7 p.m. Both teams have won six straight games heading into week nine.
The draw for the group stage was made yesterday at OFC Headquarters, with eight-time champions Auckland drawn in Group C in the expanded 16-team competition.Ramon Tribulietx’s side beat domestic rivals Team Wellington in the 2016 final and will represent Oceania at the FIFA Club World Cup in December.New Caledonia champions AS Magenta, who were semi-finalists earlier this year, are joined in Group A by Papua New Guinea’s Hekari United, AS Central Sport of Tahiti and the runner-up from the Champions League qualifying stage, which brings together the top clubs from Cook Islands, Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.New Zealand domestic champs Team Wellington, who finished runners up in the past two Oceania finals, will face the champions from Fiji, New Caledonia Super Ligue runners up Hienghene Sport, and the winner from the Qualifying Stage.Tahiti’s AS Tefana are the only team confirmed in Group D and will be joined by the Solomon Islands champions and the runners-up from Fiji and Vanuatu.
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor’s drought with the bat continued, but Sydney Thunder edged Melbourne Stars by six runs to end the preliminary round on top in the Women’s Big Bash.Playing at University Oval, Thunder produced a meek batting effort and were held to 104 for nine off their 20 overs.Captain Alex Blackwell got 31 from 39 deliveries, while Nicola Carey struck 20 from 24 balls. The pair added 29 for the fourth wicket, after Thunder slipped to 37 for three in the ninth over.One of the three wickets to fall was that of Taylor, who failed to score for the third time since the start of the year. She has now scraped together just 27 runs from her last seven outings.Left-armer Mornal Nielson finished with three for 26.In reply, Stars were restricted to 98 for eight off their 20 overs, thanks to fast bowler Rene Farrell, who was superb in taking four for 18 from her four overs.Wicketkeeper Emma Inglis top-scored with 32 from 34 deliveries.At Hurstville Oval, teenaged West Indies batter Hayley Matthews stroked an unbeaten 17 from 12 balls, but her Hobart Hurricanes went down to Sydney Sixers by two wickets.Batting first, Hurricanes reached 126 for four off 20 overs, with Amy Satterthwaite hitting a top score of 35 from 29 balls and opener and captain Heather Knight chipping in with 33 from 34 deliveries.Entering the contest in the 17th over, Matthews struck a six in her small cameo to help Hurricanes end strongly.However, Sara McGlashan then unfurled a superb, unbeaten 79 off 58 balls, with three fours and four sixes to propel Sixers to their target off the last ball of the innings.Despite the loss, Hurricanes qualified for the semi-finals by finishing second in the standings on 16 points, two behind Thunder.
ASTON VILLA VS CHELSEAAston Villa are doomed; they are bottom of the Barclays Premier League with 16 points, nine behind 19th-placed Newcastle and a massive 11 from safety with just seven games remaining. As it stands they need four wins to move out of the relegation zone. And now they have no manager after Remi Garde left the club after just four months and only two wins in 20 league games. Garde left by mutual consent on Tuesday night.NORWICH CITY VS NEWCASTLE UNITEDBoth Norwich City and Newcastle United are fighting to stay in the Barclays Premier League. Norwich are just clear of the relegation zone, in 17th place on 28 points while Newcastle are 19th, with 25. The Canaries won 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion last time out, securing their first league win since January 2 and ending a sequence of 10 games without a win and just two points secured from a possible 30.STOKE VS SWANSEA, Stoke suffered a blow ahead of this game when first-choice goalkeeper Jack Butland broke an ankle in England’s recent 3-2 win in Germany. With second-choice Shay Given also missing Mark Hughes will have to give a Barclays Premier League debut to 23-year-old Dane Jakob Haugaard. Stoke, though, are enjoying an improvement in form with just one defeat from their last six Premier League games.SUNDERLAND VS WEST BROM,Sunderland have drawn their last three league games, and though Sam Allardyce’s men have won just once in their last nine, five of those games were stalemates. West Bromwich Albion, meanwhile, have won three and drawn one of their last five league outings, but suffered a 1-0 home defeat by another of the strugglers, Norwich, last time out.WEST HAM VSCRYSTAL PALACEWest Ham United can sense a place in next season’s Champions League; they are in fifth place in the Barclays Premier League just one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City. Palace, meanwhile, last won in the league, at Stoke in December; since then they have played 13 games, losing nine and drawing four, taking just four points from a possible 39.MAN UNITED VSEVERTONManchester United have won three of their last four games in the Barclays Premier League and now face Everton in what could prove to be a dress-rehearsal for the FA Cup semi-final if United beat West Ham in their sixth-round replay. Everton’s record at Old Trafford is poor; in 23 visits they have won just twice, while losing 17 and drawing four.
Kiefer Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKiefer Ravena’s first semifinals stint didn’t end like it started as NLEX bowed out of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup after 89-96 Game 6 defeat on Tuesday.But rather than dwell on subpar showing in the crucial Game 6, the super rookie is sure to use the failure as a motivation in his young professional career.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims “Bad game, but it keeps me hungrier. It’s something that is a deep cut,” he said after being held to just nine points on a 3-of-17 shooting from the field in the loss. “(Assistant) coach Sandy told me that this is something that I can’t just forget.”Ravena gave credit to the Hotshots’ defense, admitting it really threw NLEX’s groove into disarray as the team shot just 41-percent in the game compared to Magnolia’s 45-percent clip.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We had no rhythm. I thought I was having a good one – made my first shot – and you know after that, it was a struggle,” he said.Not helping was the untimely ejection of JR Quiñahan, which put another dent to the already undermanned Road Warriors’ armor. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jalalon-Barroca tandem doing wonders for Hotshots Still, there is no shame in leading NLEX to greater heights and Ravena took pride for the helping the Road Warriors get their first semifinals appearance in his first conference in the pro league.“It’s the first time we made it to the semifinals as a franchise, and for us to prolong it to a Game 6 against a very, very historic franchise in Magnolia, it’s a success for us,” he said. “But from now on, coach said that anything less than the semifinals is a disappointment for us. That’s true for us players and that the feeling of losing in the semifinals sucks big time and winning is very much the opposite, so we would like to pick the latter more often.”Ravena also challenged himself to pick up the pieces from this defeat, saying, “I’ll use this as fuel. After all, it is my conference of my rookie season. It’s done, but I’ll be ready for the next conference. I’ll be ready, for sure.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown
Three Fort St. John residents have been arrested, charged and remanded in custody until September 17th, in connection with an assault and kidnapping case this week.The RCMP says it started about 8 o’clock Monday night, at a city drinking establishment, when an unidentified victim was beaten by several males.They say he was then forced into a vehicle, taken to another location and, assaulted again with weapons.- Advertisement -By the time he was found by police he had suffered significant but, non-life threatening injuries and, was taken to Fort St. John hospital.Two of the suspects now in custody were arrested at the scene of the second assault but, it was Tuesday before the third one was apprehended. The accused men have been identified as Matthew Handley, Michael Telford and, Eric Zetner.Advertisement They’ve been charged with extortion, assault causing bodily harm, two counts of assault with a weapon and, kidnapping.Police believe the incident has organized crime and, cocaine trafficking connections…and, they’re still attempting to locate other suspects believed to have been involved.
SIMI VALLEY – After a failed effort to build apartments in Santa Susana Knolls, a developer wants to bring in manufactured homes, to the dismay of some neighbors. Gary Gorian of Colton Lee Communities recently submitted plans to the Ventura County Planning Department to install up to 150 prefabricated homes on a 23-acre former horse farm. He originally had proposed a three-story, 250-unit apartment complex for the Katherine Road parcel, but residents objected to a high-density project. “In the spirit of compromise, we’ve eliminated all the apartments, substantially reduced the density, while still preserving our ability to provide work-force, affordable and some component of farmworker housing,” Gorian said. “It’s ludicrous,” Knolls resident Barbara Johnson said. “They want to put an urban development in a rural area.” Residents also are concerned about the project’s impact on roads, sewers and Ventura County Fire Department services. The plan is expected to go through the formal review process next year. Ventura County Supervisor Judy Mikels, who represents the area, has asked the developer to meet with residents. Several meetings this year have been less than successful, said Jarrod DeGonia, a Mikels staffer. “Not a lot was accomplished,” he said. “There was a lot of animosity on both sides.” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Factory-built homes are usually less expensive than traditional tract homes and are ready for occupancy relatively quickly. With home prices skyrocketing, low- and moderate-income families need such a project, Gorian said. The structures would be built in a factory and delivered to the vacant parcel, where they would be assembled. Amenities would include hiking trails, a swimming pool, a clubhouse and more. The residents would lease space from Gorian’s company. “The home would be put in their lot,” he said. “They own the home and we own and manage the property.” Nearby homeowners said the project would not fit with the area’s rural character, although Gorian said the homes – don’t call them trailers, he said – will be compatible with the neighborhood’s look.
The People say Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is planning what it calls a ‘west London summer raid’ for Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge and Fulham’s Moussa Dembele.Sturridge, who wants a new deal at Stamford Bridge, has been linked with the Gunners previously, while several clubs are reported to have shown an interest in Dembele.The People also suggest that interim boss Roberto Di Matteo will be given an interview for the Chelsea manager’s job if they overcome Barcelona in the Champions League.Roman Abramovich is ready to pay whatever it takes to get Jose Mourinho back at Chelsea after settling his differences with the Real Madrid manager, according to The Mail on Sunday.The Russian owner and Mourinho parted on bad terms in 2007 but it is claimed that wages of more than £9m a year – after tax – and a compensation bill from Madrid of £25m would be sanctioned by Abramovich.A Chelsea source is quoted as saying: “Such is Roman’s determination to bring back Mourinho that he is prepared to top Jose’s Madrid wages and pay compensation to buy out the remaining two years of his contract.”Mourinho is said to be Abramovich’s first choice but France coach Laurent Blanc, Marseille manager Didier Deschamps and Zenit St Petersburg’s Luciano Spalletti are apparently in the frame in case the Real boss cannot be persuaded to return to Stamford Bridge.Meanwhile, former Chelsea man Ruud Gullit has insisted that Di Matteo should be given the job.“Roberto must be appointed as manager of Chelsea permanently,” Gullit told The Sunday Mirror.“What is stopping Chelsea’s board to carry on with Di Matteo when he has got the team performing so well? He deserves all the compliments for what he has done so far.”Advertising on West London Sport Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
19 August 2003The path winds over the koppie, past blackthorn and umbrella thorn, camel and buffalo thorn, low-lying shrubs hunched against the wind. Red anthills dot the landscape, and somewhere, though never seen, are the aardwolf and aardvark that feed on their occupants.The rock art trail at Wildebeest Kuil runs through stark and beautiful country, just 15km from Kimberley. There are lookout points along the track, and from some of them visitors can see the town on the horizon. You can walk at your own pace on a self-guided tour. The trail and recorded commentary lead you through the history of the area and the people who lived there, the importance of the wind, the remains of a stone kraal and an ash heap, to an elevated boardwalk.The rock art trail at Wildebeest Kuil runs through stark and beautiful country, just 15km from Kimberley. There are lookout points along the track, and from some of them visitors can see the town on the horizon.On piles of andesite rocks jumbled together just off the boardwalk are engravings made between 1 000 and 2 000 years ago – elephant, antelope, rhino, wildebeest, many eland, dancing human figures, geometric designs – chiselled with a hard pointed stone by artists of exceptional talent.Some of the engravings are partial figures that seem to rise out of the rock – suggesting, according to the authors of Fragile Heritage, “that the San saw the rock surface as a veil between this world and the spirit world. Is the eland’s head intended to look as if it disappears into the spirit world behind the surface of this rock?”There are more than 150 rock engravings in the Wildebeest Kuil alone, all which have been excellently preserved by the dry bushveld air. The trail at Wildebeest Kuil was opened in December 2001, which makes it one of the newest sites. It’s easy to get to – just off the road from Kimberley to Barkly West.The Schmidstdrift SanBut its claim to fame goes beyond the excellence of the engravings and the ease of access. Its importance is enhanced by its location: on the farm Platfontein, owned by two San communities, the !Xun and the Khwe.These aren’t the direct descendents of the San who chipped out the engravings. In the 1960s, the then-South African Defence Force (SADF) needed trackers for its operations in Namibia and Angola, and recruited the men, sometimes forcefully, sometimes not; and their families followed. A generation of !Xun and Khwe San grew up in army camps, far from their ancestral lands in Angola.The Schmidtsdrift tent townWhen Namibia became independent in 1990, the SADF offered its erstwhile trackers sanctuary in a tent town it built for them on a windy plain in Schmidtsdrift in the Northern Cape. Four years later, with the new democratic government, the San believed they would be given security of tenure there, but the land was judged to belong to the BaTlhaping, a Tswana group that had been removed from it decades earlier.Then the Department of Land Affairs bought the farm Platfontein for the Communal Property Association (CPA), which represents the two San communities. The !Xun and Khwe now own 12 500 hectares of bushveld with hundreds of ancient rock engravings.The official handover was May 1999, but by that time the Schmidstdrift San had been involved on the farm for some time, moving a craft project from two trailers and a container on Schmidtsdrift to the Platfontein farmhouse.My Eland’s HeartThere, the painters, potters and woodcarvers of the !Xun and Khwe San Art and Culture Project create art drawn “from a tradition in which creativity was a natural part of life”, writes Marlene Sullivan Winberg in the copiously illustrated My Eland’s Heart, a book about the project.“Many of the men and women … have said that they derive their particular themes and symbols from the traditional knowledge they received from their parents. The musical instruments made by old people, their jewellery, bows and arrows, and wood carvings are rooted in their ancient culture. Even in new media like oil paintings, textiles and pottery, the symbols and images used often incorporate traditional motifs and stories.”As for the hunters, she quotes 82-year-old artist Joao Wenne Dikuanga: “When I think about this eland inside me, I take a sheet of paper and draw it.”There are elands aplenty in the colourful oils and dramatic lino prints produced at the project, but there are so many other motifs: illustrations of ancient legends, geometric designs, birds, trees, elephants – many elephants. A haunting work by Madena Kasanga, a former baker, has dancing humanoid dogs surrounded by canines; another shows neat row after row of stylised turquoise huts on an orange background – presumably the Schmidtsdrift she’s left behind.The artists in the project live at Platfontein; so do the rock art guides and the visitors’ centre staff. There are jobs at the centre, but they amount to a trickle – and the need is great.The land has been divided into thirds: one-third residential, one-third as a commercial game farm, and the final third as a commercial cattle farm.Hennie Swart, manager of the Northern Cape Rock Art Trust and former CEO of the CPA, has helped to set up a job placement agency for short-term work as a form of training. There are, he says, 988 families in the two communities. “If we can create jobs for 500 individuals on Platfontein”, he says, “the others can work outside, as trackers and security people on other farms.”Batista Salvadore: interpreting the language of San rock art. (Photo: Janet King)The first San guide of rock artBatista Salvadore describes himself as the first San guide of rock art in South Africa – “People thought we had no knowledge to do that kind of thing. In the past, it was only whites or black people – nobody from our community could be a guide for our own paintings.” Fluent in !Xun and Khwe as well as English, Portuguese and Afrikaans, he was an interpreter for the CPA until Wildebeest Kuil opened in 2001.Salvadore guides archaeologists and anthropologists from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan. The fame of the site is widespread. He’s taught a party of Chinese guides who will be bringing visitors to Kimberley, and he’s gone back to Namibia to train guides there.Still he’s not content. “I’m trapped,” he says. “By nature the San are travellers. We don’t know how to function in this society.”Willemena Calica with some of the artwork on sale at the centre (Photo: Janet King)But there is no going back. Willemena Calica, who works in the centre’s tea shop, says she longs to return to a world without fences. But she’s already gone beyond the traditional role of a San woman. An orphan, and educated, she chose her own husband – a soldier – and is very happily married. She says she doesn’t see why women must have such a hard life, and sees no reason why women must be subservient to men.So the world is changing for the Schmidtsdrift San – but the culture depicted in the rock engravings they are protecting is timeless. And with one of the richest rock art areas in the world on their land, the !Xun and the Khwe could be among the lucky ones, able to accommodate – as they have in their art and craft – both the modern world and traditional culture.This article was first published in Earthyear Magazine, The Essential Environmental Guide. Volume I, 2003 is now available at CNAs and selected bookstores countrywide. Or visit the Earthyear web site.