UWF baseball drops to No. 4 in Collegiate Baseball poll

first_imgUWF baseball drops to No. 4 in Collegiate Baseball poll TUCSON, Ariz. – The West Florida baseball team dropped to No. 4 in the nation in the latest Division II Collegiate Baseball poll. The Argonauts have been in the top five for 11 consecutive weeks.UWF went 3-1 last week after downing Mobile in a midweek game and taking two out of three games from West Alabama to win its 11th series of the season. Tampa (42-2) remained No. 1 nationally followed by, Lander (39-6), Minnesota State (34-7), UWF (31-6) and Arkansas Tech (36-8).Also representing the Gulf South Conference, Delta State (30-9) remained No. 7 and Alabama Huntsville (32-13) moved up to No. 30.Other schools from the South Region included No. 8 Lynn (33-10), No. 20 Florida Southern (28-14) and Saint Leo (29-13), which received votes.No. 4 UWF travels to No. 7 DSU for a clash of conference powerhouses this week. The teams open the series Friday, April 25, at 6 p.m. before playing a doubleheader Saturday, April 26, at 1 p.m.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#Collegiate Baseball PollPrint Friendly Version Sharecenter_img West Florida went 3-1 last week after downing Mobile and winning a series against West Alabama. (Photo by Bill Stockland). last_img read more


Macon County Man Arrested for Murder Nearly Four Decades Later

first_imgA man has been arrested in Macon County for a nearly 40-year-old murder case out of Florida.Allen Bregman, 75, of Boca Raton, Florida, was arrested and charged with murder last week at his home in Highlands. The former real estate agent had just moved there in July.The murder was considered a cold case for nearly four decades.  Debbie Clark, 23, a nurse, was found dead in her Miami home in August 1977. She had been beaten and shot.Bregman was known as Clark’s former lover — a married man she hoped was going to divorce his wife. He was also the same person who filed a life-insurance claim on her just days after Clark’s violent death in August 1977.Bregman is in the Macon County Detention Center awaiting extradition back to Florida where he is expected to stand trial.last_img read more


Torbey, Hansen hit for hat trick as Columbus Catholic soccer wins WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal

first_imgDons blank Nekoosa, will host regional final SaturdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Nadim Torbey scored just 1½ minutes into the game to set the tone early for the Marshfield Columbus Catholic soccer team, which went on to whip Nekoosa 9-0 in a WIAA Division 4 boys soccer regional semifinal Thursday at Griese Park.Torbey added another goal in the 19th minute, and the Dons had three more goals before halftime to take a 5-0 lead.Torbey and Noah Hansen each hit for a hat trick for the Dons (19-2). Calvin Brown had a goal and three assists, Ryan Dieringer scored a goal and added an assist, and Nick Malovrh had Columbus’ other goal in the win.Columbus will host the winner of the La Crosse Aquinas-Stevens Point Pacelli game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Griese Park in a D-4 regional final.“At the beginning we were a little high on adrenaline, and we were putting a lot of shots over, but we settled down and put them on frame at least,” Columbus Catholic coach Jeff Edwards said. “Then the goals came naturally with some nice passes.”The Dons, like has been the case for most of the season, dominated play. Columbus had a whopping 58 total shots, 28 on goal, while limiting Nekoosa to just one shot and none on goal.Edwards said the Dons are healthy and playing at a high level, which will be needed in the regional final and beyond.“We don’t really have anyone dinged up right now, most of the starters are in good shape, their fitness level is good, and we should be in good shape for Saturday,” Edwards said.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 9, Papermakers 0Nekoosa 0 0 – 0Columbus Catholic 5 4 – 9First half: 1. CC, Nadim Torbey (Calvin Brown), 1:33; 2. CC, Torbey (Brown), 18:25; 3. CC, Brown (Alex Giles), 28:10; 4. CC, Ryan Dieringer (Kellen Heinzen), 34:02; 5. CC, Noah Hansen (Dieringer), 39:30.Second half: 6. CC, Torbey (Brown), 53:55; 7. CC, Nick Malovrh (Charles Payant), 57:03; 8. CC, Hansen, 76:30; 9. CC, Hansen (Dieringer), 80:13.Total shots: Nekoosa 1; Columbus Catholic 58.Shots on goal: Nekoosa 0; Columbus Catholic 28.Corner kicks: Nekoosa 0; Columbus Catholic 9.Records: Nekoosa not provided; Columbus Catholic 19-2.last_img read more


SA’s HIV+ Muppet goes global

first_img1 December 2003The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has appointed Kami, the HIV-positive Muppet who appears on the South African version of the children’s television programme Sesame Street, as its special advocate for children who have HIV/Aids or have become Aids orphans.Kami’s first appearance with Unicef under this new collaboration was in Geneva on 26 November, when she helped launch the Unicef report Africa’s Orphaned Generations, which details the impact of HIV/Aids on children in Africa (see below).Founded by the United Nations in 1946, Unicef has programmes for children in 158 countries and territories around the world. Sesame Workshop is the non-profit educational organisation behind Sesame Street, a programme for pre-schoolers that is broadcast in over 120 countries.Kami with Unicef Executive Director Carol Bellamy. (Photo: Unicef)“The appeal of the partnership is that through characters like Kami, we can highlight areas where children are particularly vulnerable – from illiteracy to disability and abuse – in ways that are gentle, honest and compassionate”, Unicef Executive Director Carol Bellamy said.“Kami will help promote age-appropriate messages concerning the humanisation, de-stigmatisation and acceptance of people living with HIV/Aids, and encourage an open discussion about issues such as coping with illness and loss”, said Sesame Workshop CEO Gary Knell.Kami, a five-year-old, HIV-positive girl orphaned by Aids, has brought levity and compassion to a topic that so often evokes the opposite. The furry, yellow, half-metre-tall puppet first appeared on South Africa’s Takalani Sesame programme in 2002.She participates in a variety of normal activities on the show, including exploring nature, collecting things and telling stories. But she also talks about issues related to HIV-positive children and Aids orphans in a way that three- to seven-year-olds can understand.Kami and her human operator appeared at a news conference in Geneva on last week. Kami told her interviewer that she has lots and lots of friends on Takalani Sesame Street, but when she first arrived she had a tough time, just like other children with HIV often do.Kami: At my school, at first children did not want to play with me because they thought they would catch HIV by just playing with me. But my friends Zuzu and Zikwe and Moshe told them. They talked to them and told them, “you cannot get HIV by just playing with me”.Interviewer: And they believe you? And, now they act nice to you?Kami: Oh, yes. They are very nice to me. We play together.Interviewer: And do you hug and do you kiss? And is that nice?Kami: Yes. I hug my friends and they hug me back.Asked about her new role as Unicef’s global “champion for children”, Kami said: “I think I will be talking to the other people and tell them that they should not be mean to the people who are HIV-positive.”Kami added that famous people like UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu have become her friends, and have promised to help her spread her message around the world.Interviewer: Do you think people have funny ideas about HIV-positive kids and adults that somehow or other they get wrong ideas about these people?Kami: I think so. I think they have got wrong ideas because we are just the same, like the people who are not having HIV.Takalani Sesame is brought to the children in South Africa through a partnership with South Africa’s department of education, the United States Agency for International Development, Sanlam, and SABC Education. Takalani Sesame is produced by Kwasukasukela under the creative direction of Sesame Workshop and the South African partners.Aids orphan crisis loomingHIV/Aids is increasingly affecting the lives of very young children in the developing world, but especially in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2002, 800 000 children under the age of 15 became HIV-positive; the overwhelming majority were infected at birth and will die before they turn five.Sub-Saharan Africa faces an orphan crisis of gargantuan proportions. HIV/Aids killed about 2 million African adults in 2002. The percentage of the region’s orphans whose parents died from HIV/Aids has grown from 3.5% in 1990 to 32% in 2001.By 2010, there will be approximately 20 million children in sub-Saharan Africa who have lost at least one parent to HIV/Aids, bringing the total number of orphans in the region to 40 million.Source: United Nations Children’s Fund Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


African footballers call on their juju men

first_imgAfrican soccer is unique Abedi Pele has said, talent is as important as juju when it comes to winning. (Image: Jake Brown). Sulaiman PhilipFootball is a game controlled by rules: 17 immutable laws that govern everything from the size of the goals to the equipment that can be used. Despite these edicts, the game remains one of exciting chaos barely contained within them.Some of this anarchy is down to the superstitions competitors bring to the game. Superstition, of course, is not restricted to European players who put on their shorts last; we Africans just do it better, with more colour, spirit and panache. Africa is different.The African Cup of Nations will be upon us soon; 16 nations will hold their breaths, pray to ancestors and pay their chosen marabout – or juju man – to bestow their strongest magic on their heroes. Charms, amulets, spells and even animals buried in the vicinity of a stadium have all been used by African teams to bring them success on the field.Rituals on show during the tournament, and in football leagues the breadth of Africa, are based in Africans’ deeply held religious beliefs. Reverend Emmanuel-Kenneth Goode, official chaplain of Ghanaian club Asante Kotoko, doesn’t believe in juju but he does accept that belief in something enhances a team’s luck. “Almost everything an African does he wants to believe in something. So they want to believe that some deity or power can help them to win matches,” he told journalist Kent Mensah of Goal.National teams visit men like Gbass of Dabu, a medicine man who helped Ivory Coast win their one and only continental title. A dispute over an unpaid bill for his services resulted in him putting a curse on the Elephants; they would never win another title until things were made right.Gbass had been hired by Michel Zoah, then the country’s minister of sport, who earnestly claimed the subsequent failures were down to one simple fact: the juju men that followed Gbass did not possess magic as strong. Performance enhancingMohammed, a Cameroonian diviner, claims that he has been consulted by players and team managers searching for an edge. He explained to the BBC: “European players take drugs to improve their performance. We Africans do not have access to drugs. We’ve got a third eye and traditional concoctions that scientific tests cannot detect.” “Almost everything an African does he wants to believe in something. So they want to believe that some deity or power can help them to win matches,” says Reverend Emmanuel-Kenneth Goode (Image: JBDodane).Manyanga – or palm oil – is the most common ingredient of most of these concoctions. They are rubbed into self-inflicted cuts; players may be given kola nuts to eat or made to jump over a bonfire before a game. They have been known to refuse to shake hands with opponents out of fear that their rivals will transfer their own black magic.Some teams have gone to even more extreme lengths to win the esteem of the spirits. A team from Zimbabwe, for example, lost a player after they were ordered to jump into a crocodile-infested river as part of a cleansing ritual.In an effort to harness the spirits of the departed, some club teams have been known to camp out in graveyards before a big game. They do so with the words of their juju ringing in their ears – any bump in the night is just the departed filling their boots with otherworldly power. Expertise takes a back seatGhanaian and African football legend Abedi Ayew Pele believes that to an extent, the practice of juju has held African football back. Pele told website Goal.com that juju permeated the beautiful game in Africa to such an extent that technical expertise, discipline and tactics had been subjugated.“I think we must acknowledge that juju is part of the African tradition, and we shouldn’t forget our tradition. I don’t think any such thing like juju works in football, because it has been proved worldwide that we Africans have more juju than any other people, but we cannot win the World Cup,” he said.Whether out of habit or routine, football is rife with superstitions players believe will give them the upper hand every time. World Cup-winning French captain Laurent Blanc believed his country’s 1998 success was down to the kiss he planted on the bald head of goalkeeper Fabien Barthez before the start of every game. Rituals – from not cutting you hair until you score to wearing the same underpants for an entire winning season – have been adopted by players in Europe.Argentinean goalkeeping legend, and male model, Sergio Goycochea earned fame as a master penalty stopper. His secret was his discreet habit of emptying his bladder before facing the dead ball. He told his biographer: “It was my lucky charm and I went before every shoot out. I was very subtle; nobody complained.”Barry Fry, one time coach of English club Birmingham City, believed the club’s lack of on-field success had something to do with the evil spirits inhabiting the club’s St Andrews home. To ward off the evil he urinated at all four corners of the ground. But his juju was not strong enough to fight the curse, apparently, and he lost his job. Stress relieverIn elite competition the margin between victory and defeat is so slim that every avenue to build confidence and self-belief matters. So if juju or rituals build that confidence, that is all that matters, or so Western sports psychologists will tell you. Studies by European universities have shown the positive effect of superstition on performance, especially in high-pressure events. Those studies have found that magical rituals or repetitive behaviour help to focus the mind and relieve the stress of competition.Sports psychologists – ask some people and they will tell you that psychology is voodoo science – warn, though, that reliance on magic or ritual is fleetingly shimmery. Psychologists like Brad Busch, who works with footballers in the English Premier League, counsel their clients to concentrate on the proven. “The brain craves control and if it does not have a sense of certainty then superstitions might help to introduce a better sense of control. This is invariably a placebo effect but the feeling can be a powerful one.”In the end, no matter the magic drizzled over their performance, one nation will praise their juju man and 15 others will be throwing out their concoctions come 8 February.last_img read more


Yahoo! Glue Finally Comes to the US and It’s Awesome

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#NYT#search#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This May Yahoo! started testing an “all in one” search product called Yahoo Glue in India. It’s a really cool service that tonight becomes available to US users of Yahoo.Yahoo! Glue search results include web search, images, news, blog search, Wikipedia and YouTube videos. That’s right – in the India version at least Yahoo! displayed search results from both Google’s YouTube and Google Blogsearch. The end result – all these links on one page – is pretty awesome. The Indian version prioritized pages relevant to India, which is interesting, but a little unhelpful to those outside of India. Tonight’s roll out will include a version that prioritizes US relevance and uses an algorithm to determine which media type is most relevant to a particular search. That type’s widget will appear highest on the page. Starting at 6:30 PM PST tonight you should be able to give it a spin and let us know what you think at Glue.Yahoo.com.last_img read more


IRS Provides Tax Relief to North Carolina Victims of Hurricane Matthew; Filing, Payment Deadlines Extended (IR-2016-131)

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportVictims of Hurricane Matthew, beginning on October 4, 2016, in parts of North Carolina, may qualify for tax relief from the IRS. The tax relief postpones certain tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on October 4, 2016. Affected individuals and businesses will have until March 15, 2017, to file returns and pay any taxes due. The relief applies to individuals who reside in or have a businesses in the counties of Beaufort, Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Hoke, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt and Robeson. Workers assisting the relief activities who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization also may qualify for the relief.Comment: The IRS shortly expects to provide similar relief for Hurricane Matthew victims in other states.The relief provided also includes the January 17, 2017, deadline for making quarterly estimated tax payments, the October 31 and January 31 deadlines for quarterly payroll and excise tax returns, and the special March 1 deadline that applies to farmers and fishermen who choose to forgo making quarterly estimated tax payments. The IRS is also waiving the failure-to-deposit penalties for employment and excise tax deposits due on or after October 4, 2016, and before October 19, 2016, as long as the deposits are made by October 19, 2016.Taxpayers in the covered disaster area can claim disaster-related casualty losses on their federal income tax return for either 2015 or 2016. Individuals may deduct personal property losses that are not covered by insurance or other reimbursements. The IRS is automatically providing filing and penalty relief to any taxpayer with an IRS address of record located in the disaster area; thus, taxpayers need not contact the IRS to get this relief. However, if an affected taxpayer receives a late-filing or late-payment penalty notice from the IRS that has an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date falling within the postponement period, the taxpayer should call the number on the notice to have the penalty abated.IR-2016-131, 2016FED ¶46,424IR-2016-131, FINH ¶30,837Other References:Code Sec. 6081CCH Reference – FINH ¶20,345.80CCH Reference – FINH ¶20,355.55Code Sec. 6161CCH Reference – FINH ¶20,585.35Code Sec. 7508ACCH Reference – 2016FED ¶42,687C.22CCH Reference – FINH ¶22,560.30Tax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC FILEIND: 15,204.25CCH Reference – TRC FILEBUS: 15,110last_img read more