The winner between the Bears and Cowgirls will face the winner of Washington State and Miami (Fla.), who face each other in the first match of the day at 2 p.m. on Friday. Fuka Nonoyama was named First-Team All-Southland with an 11-2 mark at No. 2 singles, and the duo of Mei Ishimura and Yada Vasupongchai joined Xin and Marli Van Heerden on the doubles first team with a 12-5 record at No. 2 doubles. Washington State (19-10, 3-7 Pac-12) lost to No. 3 national seed Stanford in quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament. Miami (18-7, 9-5 ACC) defeated eight nationally-ranked squads this season but didn’t have an answer for No. 2 national seed North Carolina in the ACC semifinal round. The Bears’ Southland Conference tournament run included a 4-3 victory over defending tournament champion McNeese, a dominant 4-0 win over the No. 2-seeded Lady Demons of Northwestern State and a 4-2 triumph over Sam Houston State in the championship match to claim their first automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. STILLWATER, OKLA. – The Central Arkansas women’s tennis team will take on Oklahoma State, the No. 15 national seed, in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Tournament at 5 p.m. CT Friday at the Greenwood Tennis Center on the OSU campus. UCA is led by Southland Conference Freshman of the Year Chunxi Xin, who secured the clinching point in the title match against the league’s Player of the Year, Sahaja Yamalapalli. Xin, who earned first-team all-conference laurels at top-flight doubles and second-team all-conference honors at No. 1 singles, went 12-3 in singles play and 12-5 in doubles action. On the other side of the net, OSU placed four on the All-Big 12 teams. Katarina Stresnakova received a first-team nod after half of her 12 wins came against nationally-ranked opponents. Sofia Blanco and Catherine Gulihur received first-team doubles honors with a 9-1 record in Big 12 play. Gulihur also claimed a spot on the Big 12 All-Freshman team. Oklahoma State picked up 12 wins over nationally-ranked opponents on their way to a 19-7 record, including an 8-1 mark in Big 12 play with its only loss coming to then No. 6 Texas. The Cowgirls fell to No. 20 Kansas 4-2 in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament.
…as agency targets high-rise buildingsThe latest decision by Government’s illegitimate anti-corruption body to scrutinise owners of high-rise buildings in the country has great potential to drive away investors, former President and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has warned.Director of the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU) Dr Clive Thomas said the agency, which is currently without legal framework, is in the process of mapping all the high-rise buildings with the aim of investigating their owners for tax evasion and money laundering.According to media reports, Dr Thomas wants to ensure that the money used to construct the buildings was clean, that the building is not a shell company, that the owners are paying their taxes, that the building is not being used as a conduit for corrupt activities, and that even the land was lawfully obtained.Dr Thomas contended that there is an underground economy in Guyana and Government is hell-bent on identifying the individuals involved.He said once SARU, which will be renamed the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA), gets it legal framework, it will spare no time in going after these individuals.But the Leader of the Opposition warned that such actions will destroy the country’s economy as it will act as a repellent to investors.“These loose mouthed people are damaging our economy,” he said, referring to Dr Thomas. “The business community and ordinary people operate on government signals. If the entire government speaks as if it hates investment and investors, and if you put up a building, you’ll be subjected to a whole range of scrutiny by the Government, then investors are just going to withdraw, no one will want to invest,” Jagdeo explained.He also contended that there is absolutely no logic in targeting high-rise buildings in trying to track down tax evaders and money launderers.“What’s the logic? Let’s assume you have one five-story building and another person have 50 one-story building… he’s going to map the one five-story building and you’re subjected to investigation and another person has 50 properties around the city, but you won’t be going after that person. What’s the logic?” he highlighted.The former President cautioned that businessmen and even the ordinary citizenry act on government signals, and if government gives the impression that it is against investment, then investors and the ordinary man will respond in accordance – by withholding their money.“Sometimes you can get everything right. but if the signals are wrong about your intent then people act on signals; investors do so, as well as ordinary citizens and so we. I don’t have much hope that they would listen because of the arrogance,” Jagdeo lamented.Reports indicate that SARU already did an inventory of over 100 buildings in Guyana. read more
Six-time champ Kenny Bernstein is back, this time in black. He’ll be driving a Funny Car sponsored by Monster energy drink and Lucas Oil, while Brandon continues to campaign the dragster. It will mark the first time father and son have competed together as pros, although they shared a historic moment of being the first father-son duo to win at the same national event, in 2001 at Las Vegas. The elder Bernstein, one of only two men to win championships in Top Fuel and Funny Car, retired following the 2002 season. An injury to Brandon in 2003 put him back on the circuit for the balance of the season, but he has since served only as a car owner. There was talk in 2005 he might return, but nothing bore fruit. Bernstein’s driving days appeared over until Budweiser and Monster struck an agreement late last year that put him back behind the wheel. “It was the right place, right time program,” said Bernstein on the eve of the season-opening Winternationals at Fairplex. “But I’ll tell you, the thing I enjoy the most is the driving, the competition.” It has not been an easy road for the 62-year-old from Lake Forest. In four months, he put a team together – but trying to catch up to technology was quite the other. “We shake, rattled and did everything but roll, including losing a few battles with the race track cones,” Bernstein said of the testing. “The shake was so severe it was blinding.” Bernstein, crew chief Ray Alley and his assistant Johnny West were perplexed as they tried to get the Funny Car down the track. Then, 14-time Funny Car champion John Force stepped in, and brought along his brain trust, mainly crew chiefs Austin Coil, Bernie Fedderely and John Medlen. “We owe John Force a tremendous amount of gratitude,” Bernstein said. “They helped us out. John Force is a great champion with a big heart and we are very appreciative.” Gary Scelzi, the other NHRA driver with Top Fuel and Funny Car titles, also aided the new team. “We received a lot of support from the drivers that were testing and we are truly humbled by the actions of the members of NHRA drag racing family that lent a helping hand,” Bernstein said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – For the past three years, the competitive fire deep within retired Kenny Bernstein continued to burn, and not very quietly at times. “He definitely told me many times he missed the competition,” said Brandon Bernstein, Kenny’s son who replaced him behind the wheel of the Budweiser Top Fuel dragster. “You could see it, in his mannerisms and his facial expressions. “It didn’t appear he was having fun. He was kind of bored at the track.” Beginning today at Pomona Raceway, boredom will be replaced by all the elements faced by a driver in the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series. read more