.In photo: Hon. Kelvar Darroux presenting scholarship funds to Nichol Paul.The Layou Improvement Committee in collaboration with the Member of Parliament for the St. Joseph Constituency Honourable Kelvar Darroux made its first Titiwi Festival Scholarship presentation to Nichol Paul, a resident of the village of Layou this morning.The Committee which was instrumental in selecting the student for scholarship held a press conference this morning where Honouarble Darroux presented Ms. Paul with five hundred dollars to assist her in her secondary education.The Minister explained that the idea for this scholarship programme came about as because he wanted the festival to be more than just a festival.“It was last year at the Titiwi Festival while speaking as the Member of Parliament for Layou the idea came to me that the Titiwi Festival has to be more than just a festival. I decided to institute a scholarship for an underprivileged child from the community of Layou whose parents or whose guardians are unable to provide some of the basic items that the child would require to attend school.The Member of Parliament also noted that there are many children who are less fortunate among us, whose parents are not able to provide them with the necessities required for educational advancement; therefore he believes it his responsibility to ensure that every child in his constituency is afforded an opportunity to attain an education.In photo: Nichol Paul and her mother.“The reality of the situation is that there are a number of students who are underprivileged and who are unable to attend school and some of the parents because of the situation that they are in they need the assistance. As the Member of Parliament I felt that it was my responsibility to ensure that every child in Layou has the opportunity to attain an education. So I took it as my personal responsibility to institute the first ever Titiwi Festival Scholarship,” he said.Honourable Darroux highlighted that the programme was dubbed “Titiwi Festival Scholarship’ and not after himself because he wants this essential initiative to continue when he has been replaced as Parliamentary Representative.Nichol Paul who will be attending the Isaiah Secondary School when the 2011/2012 academic year begins in September, thanked the Committee as well as the Parliamentary Representitive for awarding her with the scholarship and promised to perform to her best ability.Dominica Vibes News Share Share Sharing is caring! Share EducationLocalNewsSecondary First ever Titiwi Festival Scholarship awarded to Nichol Paul by: – August 19, 2011 41 Views no discussions Tweet
Arsene Wenger has dismissed comments made by Lord Harris that Arsenal could buy virtually any player in the world. Press Association With only Sanchez and Olivier Giroud reaching double figures in terms of Barclays Premier League goals last term, a striker could be seen as the main priority for Wenger if he was to return to the transfer market. But the 65-year-old has instead called on other players in his squad to chip in with more goals – with the likes of Welbeck and Ozil needing to add more than the four apiece they managed in 2014/15. “I think we have enough goals in the squad,” Wenger added. “What we want is some more goals from some players who are not really strikers and that was our strength traditionally. The players who were offensive and creative players scored 10 to 12 goals – that¹s what you need. “Our target is to improve our number, but you as well have examples of teams who have scored 90 or 100 goals and have not won the championship. We want to combine good defensive efficiency with 10 more goals.” “I believe as well that part of the respect for your players is to focus on the players you have and try to improve and look at the performance. “I can understand that it makes headlines in the media, the amount of money, but what we want is to focus on the quality of your work and players and style of play and performance. That is what football is really about.” Wenger was talking ahead of Arsenal’s Emirates Cup double-header, with games against Lyon on Saturday and Wolfsburg on Sunday. He has a strong squad available, with Roma-bound Wojciech Szczesny, the injured Welbeck and rested David Ospina and Sanchez missing. England international Welbeck is nursing a knee injury and Wenger does not think the former Manchester United forward will be fit in time to be in contention for the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign when his side host West Ham. Harris, a director at the club and founder of Carpetright, was quoted as saying the club are now in a financial position to buy all but six players and backed Wenger to break the Gunners’ transfer record, having brought in Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the past two years. Wenger, who has so far moved to sign goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea, insists Harris’ comments were over the top, though, and is pleased with the players currently at his disposal. “Whether his comments are helpful or not doesn’t matter,” the Frenchman said. “He’s gone a bit overboard. It’s not true. We are in a situation where we are working hard if an opportunity comes up to do something. “Last week I had to answer questions about what I was going to do with all the players who are available and the next week it’s why don’t you buy? “Last week we scored goals without Sanchez and (Danny) Welbeck. We are in a strong position with a strong squad I am happy with. If the opportunity turns up, we could still do something. “We built up something special last season – a good team dynamic and confidence level, a convincing and efficient style of play. We want to work on that and not expect too much from outside. The truth will come from inside the squad. We have to focus on the quality of our performance inside the group. “Our opponents, if they really want, have that money to spend. So it is not something that is absolutely exceptional and money in the bank doesn’t mean profit. We lost money the last six months. “You can be bankrupt and have £200million in the bank. If you have £500million to spend three weeks later, you need to find £300million. I don’t want to go too much into it. “We are in a strong financial situation, a healthy one and it is down to focus on football and the quality of our players and the quality of the players we could still get in and not too much on the amount of money which looks sometimes spectacular.”
The 2020 fantasy football season is going to feel a little different thanks to the impact of COVID-19. The coronavirus has impacted every sports league in some way or another, and the NFL (and, by extension, fantasy football) is no different. Even though the NFL is still planning to play its season, the league has taken extra precautions heading into this year by giving players the option to opt-out, meaning they will not play at all, as well as creating the reserve/COVID-19 list, which is for players who test positive or are being quarantined due to contact with an infected person.Still, even if a player does not have the coronavirus, being put on that list could be an issue. With no preseason, any amount of time away from the team can be detrimental, especially for rookies or players in a new system. And, of course, if a player is placed on that list during the season, it will mean opportunities for backups. Ideally for fantasy owners, they won’t have to worry about that, and having a team with as few risks as possible would help your roster management tremendously, but everything — and everyone — will be day-to-day this season. Similarly, the absence of other players opens the door for many more. Patriots tight end Matt LaCosse sitting out allows rookie Devin Asiasi to get more playing time, in theory. Similar situations can apply to Marquise Goodwin, Devin Funchess, Miami’s receivers (Albert Wilson/Allen Hurns), Travis Benjamin, Marqise Lee, and Josh Doctson.Overall, there weren’t too many key fantasy football contributors to sit out this season. The biggest name was Chiefs running back Damien Williams. With him sitting out, look for rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire to really step up and various Chiefs backups, including Darwin Thompson, to have a shot at fantasy relevance.Also, while the deadline for players to opt-out have passed, it’s still possible for players to not play this season. Players can still opt out if they meet one of the following conditions: New diagnosis of a high-risk condition, or a player’s family member dies, is hospitalized or otherwise moves to a medical facility because of COVID-19 or related condition. Below, we’ll go through the noteworthy players who have been placed on the COVID-19 list, as well as players who have opted out completely.Fantasy Football 2020: Key players already placed on Reserve/COVID-19 listNote: We’ll continue to update this list throughout the preseasonPlayerTeamPositionMatthew StaffordLionsQBGardner MinshewJaguarsQBKe’Shawn VaughnBuccaneersRBDontrell HilliardBrownsRBDevontae BookerRaidersRBJaylen SamuelsSteelersRBRyquell ArmsteadJaguarsRBJeff Wilson49ersRBJames WashingtonSteelersWRJustin JeffersonVikingsWRRichie James49ersWRKenny GolladayLionsWRT.J. HockensonLionsTEJace SternbergerPackersTELogan ThomasWashingtonTEMason CrosbyPackersKThis should go without saying, but we’ll note: This is not a “COVID immunity” list . Not every player on this list actually had COVID-19. For example, Matthew Stafford and Gardner Minshew said after being placed on this list they did not get it. Minshew was placed there because he was in contact with someone who had it, and Stafford said he had a false positive. Other players have also since been removed from the list after a brief stay.The list above does not include every player on the COVID-19 list, just the names we thought would be relevant to fantasy football. The list also does not include the names of players who were reported to have coronavirus before the NFL’s plan to start the COVID-19 list. Some of those players include Ezekiel Elliott, Von Miller, Brian Allen, and Andrew Whitworth.Fantasy Football: 2020 NFL COVID-19 opt-out list (Key offensive players)PlayerTeamPositionTravis Benjamin49ersWRLaurent Duvernay-TardifChiefsGDamien WilliamsChiefsRBJamize OlawaleCowboysRBAllen HurnsDolphinsWRAlbert WilsonDolphinsWRMarquise GoodwinEaglesWRNate SolderGiantsTJosh DoctsonJetsWRGeronimo AllisonLionsWRDevin FunchessPackersWRDan VitalePatriotsFBBrandon BoldenPatriotsRBMarqise LeePatriotsWRMatt LaCossePatriotsTEDeAnthony ThomasRavensWR/ReturnerIn total, nearly 70 players opted out of the NFL season, but not all of them were relevant for fantasy purposes. Above, we’ve listed some of the bigger names that decided to sit out the 2020 season due to health concerns. While not every player was going to help you in fantasy, their absence still makes a great overall impact.For example, Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif wasn’t going to score you any fantasy points, but he’s an important piece of the Chiefs’ offensive line. Him sitting out will have an impact on Kansas City’s running backs and potentially the passing game. The same goes for Giants tackle Nate Solder (impacts Saquon Barkley), Patriots fullback Dan Vitale (impacts Patriots running game), and Cowboys fullback Jamize Olawale (impacts Ezekiel Elliott).
Owning an unblemished 4.0 grade point average, Walls will graduate this weekend with a degree in engineering physics and a minor in mathematics after just three and a half years of study in Nacogdoches. A native of Pearland, Texas (Pearland H.S.), the safety is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection and is the reigning Southland Football Student-Athlete of the Year. No less than 33 of the 50 members of the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Football Team have at least a 3.90 GPA, with 14 student-athletes maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA as either undergraduate or graduate students. The 25 members of the first team own an average GPA of 3.94. The Southland’s pick as a 2017 STATS FCS Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award finalist, Walls is the only football player from the conference to appear on the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Football Team. SFA’s first William V. Campbell Trophy® finalist and National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar-Athlete, Walls’ accomplishments were highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports last week at the 2017 NFF & College Hall of Fame Annual Awards Dinner in downtown New York City. The prestigious Campbell Trophy® is regarded as the highest scholar-athlete honor in all of college football and is the academic equivalent to the Heisman Trophy. “It just puts another layer of icing on the cake,” Walls said upon being notified of his achievement. “Everything I’ve been able to accomplish at SFA is far beyond anything I would have ever imagined. I believe in leaving your mark on a program/organization and seizing every moment, but the impact I’ve had here is truly extraordinary.” With SFA already having a Walter Payton Award winner in former quarterback Jeremy Moses (2010), the ‘Jacks became just the sixth football program in the nation to have both a Walter Payton Award winner and a NFF National Scholar-Athlete. Of those, only five schools have had both a Walter Payton Award winner and a Campbell Trophy® finalist since the award began in 1990. On the gridiron, Walls recorded 60 tackles, including 31 solo stops and two tackles for loss, while playing in all 11 games and making 10 starts this season. He registered a career-high 11 total tackles versus 17th-ranked Nicholls on Nov. 11 and posted nine tackles in two other outings. Walls also claimed three pass breakups, a quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery throughout the year. No Lumberjack on SFA’s current roster has played in (46) or started (24) more games than Walls has throughout his four-year career at SFA. With the national honor, which includes both FCS and FBS football student-athletes, Walls joins an illustrious fraternity of Academic All-Americans® of the Year with some of the most notable names in the sport. Previous CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year selections include Danny Wuerffel (Florida, 1995 & 1996), Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997), Drew Brees (Purdue, 2000), Alex Smith (Utah, 2004), Tim Tebow (Florida, 2008 & 2009) and Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011). Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey was named 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-American® of the Year as a junior at Stanford last season. AUSTIN, Texas – Stephen F. Austin football’s Marlon Walls will be graduating this Saturday as the only Lumberjack to ever earn College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America® of the Year honors after the announcement of the 2017 Thursday afternoon. Selected by sports information directors across the nation, Walls appears on the first team for the second consecutive year after becoming the first SFA football player to be named CoSIDA Academic All-America® First Team in 2016. Outside of football and academics Walls has been very active in the community, both in Nacogdoches and Houston, during his time as a student-athlete. Among the large number of community service projects he has participated in are serving as a nutrition and life skills advocate, a student instructor, a math and science tutor and lending his time on Thanksgiving Day, passing out meals to needy citizens. Walls also speaks at area elementary schools, assists with the football team’s “Read to Succeed” program and has been a part of SFA’s Big Event project. Over this past summer, Walls completed an internship at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. While there, he joined other students from institutions such as MIT, Stanford and Yale to assist with the Europa Propulsion Module, a NASA space probe joint project. Upon graduating, Walls plans to return to Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to gain more work experience before pursuing a graduate degree in mechanical engineering next fall. 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Football Team Only two other student-athletes in the history of the Southland Conference have attained the title of CoSIDA Academic All-American® of the Year since the inception of the accolade in 1987. Walls joins former UTSA volleyball player Tamara Luchenmeyer (2000) and former Lamar men’s basketball student-athlete Matt Sundblad (1999) as the only three from the Southland to achieve CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year status. UTSA was a league member from 1991 to 2012. A nominee for both the 2016 and 2017 Allstate/American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, Walls was named to the 2016 FCS Athletic Directors Association (ADA) Academic All-Star Team. He has been placed on the Southland’s All-Academic Team for the past two seasons and has been a member of the Southland fall commissioner’s honor roll each year since his freshman campaign in 2014. Named to the SFA President’s List every semester of his career, Walls was the recipient of the SFA physics department’s Brian Patrick Hanson Memorial Scholarship last year and claimed the Murray Shaw Award for owning the highest GPA of any Lumberjack football player.