THIBODAUX, La. – Nicholls Director of Athletics Matt Roan announced Thursday that Jay Van Vark has been selected as Nicholls State University’s 10th Head Volleyball Coach, pending approval from the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.”Coach Van Vark’s resume speaks for itself, and it became obvious through the interview process and when we had him on campus that he was the right person at the right time for our volleyball program,” Roan said. “He articulated in great detail his plan to build a championship-contending program. He has recruited at the highest level, developed talent at each stop in his career, and his knowledge of the game is second to none. We are so excited to get him here, watch him build his staff and make an instant positive impact on our student-athletes and the community.”Van Vark takes over the helm in Thibodaux after successful stints as an assistant at four Division I stops, including Grand Canyon University, The Ohio State University, San Diego State University and UC-Santa Barbara, in addition to a wealth of experience with USA Volleyball.”First and foremost I’d like to thank [Nicholls President] Jay Clune, Athletic Director Matt Roan and his entire senior team for giving me this opportunity here at Nicholls,” Van Vark said. “I’m thrilled about joining this program and Colonel Country. The Southland Conference has a proud history, and we are aiming to rise and compete at the top of the conference.”Van Vark was instrumental in the Buckeyes’ unexpected Sweet 16 appearance in 2014 when Ohio State was ranked 80th in the country during the preseason. Those results were mirrored at San Diego State in 2012 when the Aztecs recorded their first-ever Mountain West Championship and undefeated season at home.During his final years in college at Iowa State, he played semi-pro indoor with the ACCO Sportswear team for two seasons, followed by three campaigns of outdoor for East Beach as an AAA-rated beach and grass player. He has also played in five indoor USVBA Open National Championships. In the late 80s, he was a college referee and at one point was the youngest official for the Big 8 (now the Big 12).Van Vark moved to San Diego after college, heading the Rancho Bernardo High School boys’ and girls’ volleyball programs for 10 seasons. He led the Bronco girls to their only CIF volleyball title in 1994.In addition to coaching, Van Vark is the co-founder of a successful software firm called Envision Sports Inc., a statistical and technology enhancement high-tech firm focusing on volleyball. He is also the author of one of the most successful volleyball statistics packages, iVolleyStats.Van Vark earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from ISU in 1987. The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native has two children, Audrey and Jared. Audrey Van Vark is a Missouri graduate now settled in San Diego, and Jared Van Vark is a junior on Colorado State’s baseball team.USA Volleyball ExperienceHead Team Coach, USA Collegiate National Team, 2013 Dallas, 2014 Minneapolis, 2015 New Orleans, 2017 Minneapolis2013-18, Tech Coordinator, Women’s National Team Tryout2017 Junior National Team Coach, World Championships – Seventh-place finishWhat They’re Saying”Jay’s toolbox is loaded with just about every coaching skill you can think of. He is a gifted teacher in the gym, sees the game well, writes effective game plans, has elite-level mastery over the array of electronic devices so necessary for today’s game, possesses terrific touch as a recruiter, and understands how important it is to work within the goal structure laid out by the athletic administrators. He gets it! I’ve been one of his mentors throughout his preparation to be a head coach, and I think he is one of the best I have had the privilege to work with. You are going to be very happy that Jay is going to be your volleyball coach.”– Mike Hebert, AVCA Hall of Fame, Former Minnesota Volleyball Coach (1996-2011)”Congratulations to Nicholls State University. Jay Van Vark is a passionate and dedicated coach as well as one of the most knowledgeable and experienced coaches in our sport. His extensive involvement with USA Volleyball coupled with his collegiate background will certainly inspire the Colonels program to strive for unique achievements. Jay is deeply committed to quality, growth and progress. It will be exciting to see the direction in which Nicholls volleyball will grow under Jay’s vision and leadership.”- Laurie Corbelli, Former Texas A&M Head Volleyball Coach (1993-2017)
By Quintina NaimeDuke of York Islands group is 45 minutes by boat from Kokopo and offer sport diving, snorkelling and picnics under the coconut trees.The Relay team along with the Games mascot Tura Kokomo received a traditional welcome from singsing groups and students. The baton relayed along Molot Island and dropped in at two smaller islands. These beautiful islands are undeveloped but are easily visited.The lagoons around this historical group of islands provide all-weather canoeing, wind surfing and water skiing.The baton then headed off to the Beehives in Simpso’s harbour where a youth jumped off with the baton.The relay then travelled to Kokopo for a relay around the township.
“Zipper” trialFive ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) are expected to testify later this month about a cocaine interdiction operation that was carried out on Campbellville businessman Andre Gomes, called “Zipper”, on January 30, 2018 as his trial continues.The well-known businessman appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts onAndre “Zipper” Gomes as he leaves the courtroomThursday before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, who transferred the matter to Magistrate Leron Daly.The matter is expected to be called on April 26, 2018.Gomes, 57, of Lot 32 Craig Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, was arraigned on a charge of trafficking cocaine after a search was carried out at his residence where a quantity of narcotics (992 grams of cocaine); a quantity of cash, jewellery and other valuables were seized.During the hearing, Attorneys-at-Law Mark Waldron and Keoma Griffith made applications for bail for the businessman, who owns D&D Pawn Shop.Attorney Waldron told the court that the cocaine was not found at his client’s premises, but in an alleyway next to the house.However, CANU Prosecutor Konyo Thompson told the court that eyewitness accounts indicated otherwise. She noted, too, that no special reason was given to the court for Gomes to be released on bail.The businessman was remanded to prison. Last year, CANU issued a wanted bulletin for the former murder accused in relation to nine kilograms of cocaine found in a gas cylinder.The gas cylinder was discovered at an apartment which he rented for his 51-year- old girlfriend, Naomi Persaud.Persaud was taken into custody with her teenage grandson. The woman and her 17-year-old grandson were accused of being in possession of nine kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking on August 6, 2017 at Lot 25 Delph Street, Campbellville, Georgetown. She pleaded guilty to the charges. As a result of her guilty plea, the charge was dismissed against the teen.Persaud was jailed for four years and fined $21 million.
All around a full house of 60,000 at the Emirates — in stark contrast to recent league games when fans have stayed away in protest at a poor season — fans sported red t-shirts emblazoned with “Merci Arsene” (Thank you Arsene).“I expect today will be dominated by sadness,” wrote Wenger in his final programme notes.“It’s the end of a long story for me at Arsenal. But I will also feel grateful for having led this club – that I cherish so much – for such a long time.”Wenger won three Premier Leagues and a record seven FA Cups. His crowning glory coming in the 2003/04 season when Arsenal won the league without losing a single game.That “Invincibles” season was his last as a Premier League winner, though, and fans became tired of Arsenal’s inability to compete for Premier League and Champions League titles.However, there was plenty for the supporters to shout about in a fitting farewell for Wenger as Arsenal displayed the attractive brand of attacking football that characterised his most successful sides over the past two decades.Defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday means Arsenal missed out on Champions League qualification for the second consecutive season.But they bounced back in style to secure the small consolation of ensuring they will finish sixth in the Premier League ahead of Burnley.Arsenal fans pay tribute to Arsene Wenger ahead of his final home game as manager after 22 years in charge © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONWenger will wonder what might have been had Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang not been cup-tied for the latter stages of the Europa League as the Gabon striker took his tally to eight goals in 11 Premier League appearances since joining for a club record fee from Borussia Dortmund in January.Aubameyang opened the scoring when he slid in to meet Alexandre Lacazette’s cross to get a party atmosphere started after just 14 minutes.Burnley have qualified for Europe for the first time in 51 years thanks to finishing seventh.But it seemed incredible that only three points separated the sides before kick-off as Arsenal cut through the clarets at will going forward.Lacazette stroked home Arsenal’s second just before half-time before Jack Wilshere teed up Sead Kolasinac for a third nine minutes after the break.Aubameyang turned provider for Alex Iwobi to smash home the fourth after being given a huge amount of time inside the Burnley box to pick his spot.And Aubameyang finished as he started by steering home Hector Bellerin’s cross to round off a five-star performance by the Gunners to send-off Wenger in style.Wenger could even afford the luxury of also handing club captain Per Mertesacker an outing from the bench for the closing stages in his final home game before retiring at the end of the season.And the margin of victory could even have been greater as Aubameyang unselfishly offered up the chance of a hat-trick by trying to square for Danny Welbeck, who just couldn’t reach his pass, before Welbeck rattled the crossbar.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsene Wenger enjoyed a 5-0 thrashing of Burnley in his final home game as Arsenal manager © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, May 6 – Arsene Wenger enjoyed a 5-0 thrashing of Burnley in his final home game in charge of Arsenal after 22 years as manager on a day dominated by tributes to the Frenchman.Both teams formed a guard of honour for Wenger, 68, before kick-off to a chorus of “there’s only one Arsene Wenger.”
Criminal charges were filed Thursday against an Orange County oil company blamed for the oily black sludge that forced more than 100 downtown residents to flee their apartments earlier this year. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo filed a nine-count criminal complaint against St. James Oil Co. for allegedly causing the oil sludge leak. On Feb. 20, a tarlike goo oozed from manholes, buckled a street and forced 130 residents to vacate their apartment building for three days. Fire officials reported sidewalks heated to 103 degrees. The 1200 block of South Olive Street was closed for weeks. The charges against St. James Oil are among 22 environmental suits filed in the past month against area polluters by the city attorney’s Environmental Justice Unit. email@example.com (818) 713-3730160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Like the residents of South Olive Street, most of the victims of these environmental crimes – children and families in lower-income communities – cannot protect themselves,” Delgadillo said in a prepared statement. “We are sending a clear signal that these communities cannot be dumping grounds for others’ poisons.” Officials with Laguna Hills-based St. James Oil did not return phone calls Thursday. According to the complaint, the downtown sludge occurred after workers injected high-pressure hot water into an aging oil well in the 1300 block of South Broadway. When the water injection ceased, so did the oily flows and bulge on Olive Street. An investigation by the state Department of Fish and Game found that the sludge had entered city storm drains and made its way to Ballona Creek, which flows into the Pacific Ocean. If convicted, St. James Oil faces a $5,000 fine plus $1,000 for each count of violating the Clean Water Act. Also, the company might be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in reparation costs to the city.
Arsenal and Tottenham have been linked with Clint Dempsey following the American’s latest goals for Fulham.The Daily Mirror say Arsenal are keen to sign him, while The Sun claim he is a target for both the Gunners and Spurs.Hughes held Barton back for a crucial game against Swansea.Dempsey’s brace against Bolton on Saturday took his tally for the season to 21, inevitably increasing speculation that he could leave Craven Cottage in the summer.His contract expires at the end of next season and he has been offered a new long-term deal.Meanwhile, The Sun declare that Joey Barton was axed for QPR’s game against Manchester United because boss Mark Hughes ‘could not trust his skipper to avoid trouble’.Hughes explained before and after the defeat at Old Trafford that he left Barton out because he is a booking away from being suspended.The midfielder is expected to return for Wednesday’s home clash with Swansea.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
It will be a tussle between traditional religious belief and call of the ballot for thousands of voters in Odisha’s Berhampur parliamentary constituency that goes to the polls on April 11.Political parties fear that thousands of people participating in ‘Danda Nata’, the annual festival of penance, may stay away from voting in this Lok Sabha constituency of Ganjam district. Elections to the Assembly seats that are part of this Lok Sabha constituency will also be held the same day.‘Danda Nata’ troupes Thousands of male devotees leave their homes and become members of ‘Danda Nata’ troupes to take up nomadic life for 21 days till ‘Mahavishub Sankranti’ that falls on April 14. It is feared that because of this practice many of them may not enter polling booths to vote. According to sources, there are over 200 such troupes in the Berhampur parliamentary constituency. Smaller troupes have around 100 members while larger ones may have more than 500 members. During the 2014 panchayat polls, the Ganjam district administration had initiated measures to persuade the troupes to return to areas near their villages before polling day and take part in the voting exercise. This time too, political leaders as well as Ganjam District Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange will make efforts to persuade them to vote.
US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes And so he should be. He’s into the Australian Open quarterfinals for the fourth time. And he’s achieved that from a tough part of the draw.He opened with a win over the enigmatic Nick Kyrgios, who had all the home-won support, and followed that up by coming back to beat three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka in four tiebreak sets. The 16th-seeded Raonic then beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert in three tiebreakers.At 28, Raonic feels like he’s on the verge of being back as a contender at the majors. Zverev, an undoubted talent, is yet to beat a top 20 player at a Grand Slam.Raonic was so consistent with his serve — 15 aces, one double-fault, 16 of 19 first serves into play for the second set — and kept his unforced error count down to 24 for the match. He said he could sense his rival’s growing rage.“It was pretty clear what was going on,” he said. “It can have an effect a lot of different ways. You know, if you’re a top guy and you do that against somebody who doesn’t have experience, it might sort of cause them to retreat a little bit.ADVERTISEMENT “I wasn’t really sure what to do at a point. I just try to stick in there,” Osaka said. “And also I was watching all these kids winning, like, last night Tsitsipas beat Federer and I was like, ‘Woah’ — so I decided I wanted to do well, too.′Another win now and there’s potential for Osaka to have a rematch of the U.S. Open final against Serena Williams. The seven-time Australian Open champion Williams was playing top-ranked Simona Halep later Monday in the fourth round. The winner of the Williams-Halep contest will meet seventh-seeded Karolina Pliskova, who beat Garbine Muguruzu 6-3, 6-1 in an hour.Pliskova, who is on a nine-match winning streak, plans to watch on TV: “For sure, it’s going to be the match of the tournament so far.”Osaka will be concentrating more now on Svitolina.Coming off a win at the WTA Finals, Svitolina is aiming to do what Caroline Wozniacki did last year and follow up a title at the season-ending championship with a breakthrough major in Australia.For a quarter of an hour on Day 8, Svitolina served and served, and served, tossing the ball into the sun, in a desperate bid to hold a game in the third set against Keys.After that huge hold, she broke the 17th-seeded Keys’ serve in at her first opportunity in the next game, and it was all one-way from then on.“I was happy I could handle the pressure at 1-1 in the third set,” Svitolina said. “It was very hard because the sun was just burning my eyes when I was tossing the ball. Very happy I could win that game.”She’s taking an 0-3 record in Grand Slam quarterfinals into her next match against Osaka, but is taking a different mindset into the match.Winning in Singapore “gave me huge boost of confidence, so I don’t think about the past anymore,” she said. “I only look forward.” View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Germany’s Alexander Zverev smashes his racket in frustration during his fourth round match against Canada’s Milos Raonic at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)MELBOURNE, Australia — Milos Raonic was just overwhelming Alexander Zverev with consistency, compounding the frustration with every service break.Roanic dropped serve in the opening game of their fourth-round match at the Australian Open but then went on a roll, winning eight straight games before fourth-seeded Zverev held serve.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ No let up. Raonic held and then broke the 21-year-old German player’s serve again to lead 4-1 and that’s when Zverev lost it.At the change of ends he destroyed his racket by smacking it into the court eight times, then tossing it away.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe angry outburst only served to highlight Raonic’s dominance.“I played incredible today,” the 2016 Wimbledon runner-up said. “I did a lot of things very well. Proud of that.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “I have sort of faced that situation, and I was also ahead at that point, so I was just really focusing on myself.”Zverev got the inevitable warning for racket abuse, took a break at the end of the second set and returned from the locker room a much calmer, more composed player.“Yeah, it made me feel better,” Zverev said. “I was very angry, so I let my anger out.”Zverev lost only one point in his first four service games in the third set, but then Raonic stepped up the pressure again.“I played bad. The first two sets especially I played horrible,” Zverev said. “I mean, it’s just tough to name one thing. I didn’t serve well, didn’t play well from the baseline. Against a quality player like him, it’s tough to come back from that.”Zverev saved two match points in the 10th game of the third — one with a short slice backhand that Roanic ran for but couldn’t retrieve to end a 29-shot rally and another that clipped the baseline.But Raonic rallied from 3-1 down in the tiebreaker and finally converted on his fourth match point. He’ll next play either No. 11 Borna Coric or No. 28 Lucas Pouille in the quarterfinals.Earlier U.S. Open Naomi Osaka was a set down again and looking for a bit of inspiration.She thought of how 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas had stunned 20-time major winner Roger Federer and how Frances Tiafoe has advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time. This helped her pull herself together to reach the last eight, too.No. 4-seeded Osaka had a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 fourth-round win over No. 13-seeded Anastasija Sevastova to reach the last eight at a major for the second time. She’ll next play sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina, who fended off five break points in a game in the third set that went to deuce 11 times, contained 28 points, and was pivotal in a momentum-swinging 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win over 2017 U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys. Wig and sunglasses, Naomi Osaka goes in disguise
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose rare talent burst into the limelight with a splendid goal against Italy at Euro 2004, was a shadow of his brilliant best when Sweden lost 1-0 to the same opponents on Friday.Sweden’s 34-year-old captain again looked his age after a subdued display in an opening 1-1 draw with Ireland and an early Euro 2016 exit looms for a side with one point from two games before facing Belgium in their final Group E match next week.The tall and powerful striker, who left the pitch without saluting the crowd and did not stop to talk to anyone, has failed to produce a shot on target so far in the tournament.The same goes for the whole Sweden team but Ibrahimovic will get most of the blame because he was expected to deliver.ZLATAN ONE OF THE GREATEST”Zlatan is one of the greatest forwards I’ve ever encountered,” said Sweden coach Erik Hamren. “He’s a winner and if he’s disappointed, I think everyone understands that. It’s important to me to respect people for who they are.”It was a different story 12 years ago in Portugal, when Sweden had also faced Italy in their second game at the finals.The Italians led 1-0 when goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon rushed out to punch a ball that had just bounced in the area.Ibrahimovic, then 22 and playing at his first European Championship, got there before him and volleyed the ball with his heel, over an Italian player standing on the line and into the net for a late equaliser.advertisementThe atypical forward has performed similar acrobatics several times throughout his career but certainly never came close to such a spectacular gesture on Friday.EMBARRASSING MOMENTThe notoriously immodest striker, famous for describing himself as an awe-inspiring scoring machine, looked lost on the pitch and had an embarrassing moment in the closing stages when he fired over the bar from close range in front of an open goal.He was offside anyway but his miss provided a symbol of a dismal performance from a player who has so often lifted Sweden out of tight spots.His team mates hoped Ibra could do the trick again after a prolific season in which he scored a club record 38 goals to help Paris St Germain win a fourth straight Ligue 1 title.Questions will now arise as to why the talismanic striker went missing at Euro 2016, although if does have one group game left to redeem himself.Some will say he collapsed under pressure or point out that he was probably exhausted after a gruelling season.Others will suggest Ibrahimovic, who has left PSG after four trophy-laden years and has been linked with a move to Manchester United, was distracted by the uncertainty hanging over his immediate future.The cruellest will say it was not the first time he has crumbled on a big occasion and will suggest that he lacks the ability to make a difference when it really matters — a trait that separates excellent players from the all-time greats.