LU Hall of Honor member Bud Leonard dies

first_imgBEAUMONT — W.S. “Bud” Leonard, one of the all-time great athletes in Lamar University history, died at the age of 90.A 1974 inductee into the Cardinals Hall of Honor, Leonard was the co-captain of the 1949 Lamar College squad that would go on to win a SWJC co-championship. That team went on to be known as one of the greatest in programs history. The 1949 team claimed 10 wins to take home the title, a record which still stands as the school’s highest single-season win total for either the junior college or four-year institution.The 1949 Cardinals recorded 13 consecutive wins – a streak that began with the final four games of the 1948 campaign – and still stands as the longest streak in program history. Next UpDuring Leonard’s time in Beaumont, he was part of one of the biggest transitions in school history. In 1951, the school became Lamar State College of Technology and moved from junior college status to a state-supported four-year institution. Lamar College became the first Texas junior college to attempt that transition.Leonard’s leadership skills also transitioned into the classroom, where he was the recipient of the John E. Gray Award as the school’s top student-athlete.Leonard remained active with the university long after his playing career was over. He served the Ex-Students Association in many capacities, was a member of the university’s 50th Anniversary Committee and was an organizing member of the Fine Arts Department’s Friends of Art organization. His interest in LU athletics never faded, as he was the founding president of the Ex-Lettermen’s Association and the Cardinals Hall of Honor. He was also one of the founders of the Cardinal Club and served as its second president in 1970-71. Leonard’s legacy will continue to live on at the home of Cardinals’ football. In August 2008, university officials announced that the field at Provost Umphrey Stadium would be named in his honor — W.S. “Bud” Leonard Field.— Lamar sports informationlast_img read more

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World’s biggest vacuum insulated tank installed at Woikoski plant.

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U.S. Open 2019: Serena Williams calms fear over ankle injury

first_img U.S. Open 2019: Ashleigh Barty falls to Wang Qiang, misses quarter-final with Serena Williams NEW YORK ⁠— Serena Williams and her coach Patrick Mouratoglou moved to allay fears over her right ankle after she turned it during her U.S. Open win over Petra Martic.Williams moved into the last eight, where she will face Wang Qiang, with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of the 22nd seed at Arthur Ashe Stadium. U.S. Open 2019: Novak Djokovic comes through Denis Kudla test amid continued shoulder questions Though she won in relatively comfortable fashion, there was significant concern in the second set as Williams called for the trainer after rolling her ankle when going to the net for a volley. Asked how she felt in a post-match media conference, Williams replied: “Ankle, I usually know if it’s horrible early on. I mean, I had a really bad ankle sprain in January. Related Newscenter_img “I definitely wanted to have a better plan. I probably should have seen a trainer in Australia,” she added.”I definitely thought about that, because I was, like I said, the first thing was I’m finally healthy. The last thing I want is to have another bad ankle sprain.”So I just wanted to get some compression on it and tape it even stronger and that way I can at least try to finish the match.” “I was like, instantly, ‘No, this can’t happen. I’m finally healthy’.”But I’ll see tomorrow. So far I’m good. I have been managing it. We’ll see tomorrow (Monday).”Mouratoglou echoed Williams’ assessment of the injury, though he also indicated they will have to wait to have a full understanding of her condition.Stellar SerenaThe six-time singles champion defeats Martic in straight sets and scores her 99th career victory in Flushing [email protected] | #USOpen pic.twitter.com/9wTdfvAOJT— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 1, 2019He said: “There is the video, but what is more important is how she feels and how the ankle looks.”The ankle looks okay. She doesn’t feel much pain. It’s acceptable. And we will know tomorrow when it’s going to be cold.”Williams did not call for the trainer when she injured her ankle in the final set of her Australian Open loss to Karolina Pliskova and was quizzed on whether that influenced a more cautious approach this time around.last_img read more

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Minister Lawrence’s justification of the $605M sole-sourced contract incredulous

first_imgDear Editor,Even Cabinet members find Minister Volda Lawrence’s explanation for sole-sourcing the 6M no-tender emergency purchase of medicines from ANSA McAL incredulous. She is being asked to make a second attempt at explaining herself.On Monday morning, she gave another scandalous explanation. Clearly, Minister Lawrence and the APNU+AFC are twisting like pretzel to explain another scandalous, corrupt deal. Who is responsible? The buck has to stop somewhere. The first stop is the Minister of Public Health, the final stop is the President.The President insists that people would be disciplined if wrongdoings were committed. There is now no question that wrongdoings had been committed. So, will Minister Lawrence be disciplined? Or will the “moles” and other staff be the fall guys, taking the rap for corruption that at least Minister Lawrence, by her approval of the sole-sourced contract, is totally complicit in.Minister Lawrence cannot be serious when she justifies the ANSA McAL contract on the basis of a donation of refrigerators worth a few hundred thousand dollars for a transaction of more than 6 million, with overpayment of almost 0M. It is apposite to note that for over a decade, the NEW GPC had provided, for free, warehouse space of thousands of square feet, including cold storage worth hundreds of millions of dollars. For good measure, Minister Lawrence defended the high prices charged for the medicines by saying that the supplier had to air-freight the medicines. Again, this cannot justify sole-sourcing, and cannot justify the absurdly inflated prices. The resort to a petty donation as justification for a $606M contract is obscene and insulting.Minister Lawrence insists that she had to approve the contract because of the shortage of supplies, and was therefore acting in the interest of the people. But these shortages have been chronic since June 2015. In fact, George Norton, the former Public Health Minister, confessed this past week that the Public Health Ministry has been plagued with medicine shortages since June 2015. In early 2016, Norton had explained that the shortages had to do with the implementation of a more accountable procurement arrangement.This makes Minister Lawrence’s explanation an unholy smokescreen, deliberately thrown up as she tries to spin the corrupt transaction as a response to an “emergency”.While rampant chronic shortages of medicines have existed in the public health system since June 2015, the “emergency” claimed by Minister Lawrence was not driven by those shortages, but was an engineered “emergency” designed to provide “rewards” to chosen beneficiaries.The Minister identified “moles” as part of the problem, but “moles” did not cause the shortage; cancellations and delays of tenders compounded chronic shortages. Moles did not sole-source items for an “engineered” emergency worth over $606M; the Minister approved the contract. The “moles” did not transact a corrupt deal; the GPHC and the Ministry of Public Health, part of the APNU+AFC machinery, committed a corrupt deal.Lawrence further cast blame on rogue staff of the GPHC and the Public Health Ministry for complicity in creating the “emergency”, but shortages of medicines and delays and cancellations of tenders have been ongoing for now almost 20 months, while APNU+AFC have stoutly denied shortages in Parliament and to the public.Minister Lawrence also equated the “emergency” with the non-delivery of medicines by contractors who failed to supply medicines, even though they were given contracts and paid. She neglected to provide information about the delinquent suppliers. Information is available that certain suppliers bid low prices in 2015 and 2016, some through sole-sourced contracts; and they failed to deliver, seeking to renegotiate the prices. One even brought in medicines from questionable sources, only for the Analyst Food and Drug Department to refuse the medicines entry.But these are not reasons for sole-sourcing, unless the Minister is now saying that only ANSA McAL is qualified to supply medicines to the Public Health system.Unfortunately, sole-sourced contracts have become a well-entrenched form of procurement under the APNU+AFC. As the corruption of this deal is further exposed, APNU+AFC and its allies are busy trying to distract and obfuscate. A fake news story in one section of the media charged that the NEW GPC did not deliver all its supplies in a 2015 contract. The New GPC has offered proof in the form of delivery notes to show that the Ministry of Health had received all medicines for which the NEW GPC was contracted to supply. Another fake story claimed that of another $900M worth of sole-sourced medicines, the New GPC got a $400M contract. The NEW GPC insists its officials were approached in early March to supply $20M worth of “emergency” medicines, which was supplied within 24 hours!This is plain and simple corruption, nothing less. The Guyanese people must show unreserved revulsion at the abuse of tax payers’ money.Sincerely,Dr Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

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