Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has declared that access to justice for women remains limited due to the difficult court processes, the negative attitudes of law enforcers, inadequate capacity to process caseloads as well as inadequate staffing both in law enforcement and adjudication.The Vice President made the statement last Friday when he officially launched the ‘He for She’ program, a solidarity movement for gender equality developed by UN Women to engage men and boys as advocates and agents of change for the achievement of gender equality.“Liberian customary law is oftentimes blamed for permitting some other harmful traditional practices, such as early marriage, which continues to go largely unchecked by the statutory system,” the V.P. said.He observed that women and girls face barriers and disadvantages in every sector in which they work, revealing that around the world, 62 million girls are not in school. Giving the global statistics of the issue of violence against women and girls, he said one in three women risks experiencing gender-based violence in her lifetime while in the developing world, 1 in 7 girls is married before her 15th birthday, with some child brides as young as 8 or 9.Each year more than 287,000 women, 99% of them in developing countries, die from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications.He called on men and boys to join the campaign and make sure the issue of violence against women and girls is stopped and gender equality is promoted.“I should, therefore, re-echo the point that men can be great contributors to this campaign to construct a healthy society. I encourage everyone to mobilize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for change. And, we don’t just want to talk about it.“We want to make sure that it is tangible. It is thus my urge that you sign up for the He-For-She Campaign.“This should be a noble undertaking for us, Liberian males, to troop into this national and global movement to promote women’s rights both as advocates and stakeholders who need to change to make that positive change in gender equality a reality for all,” VP Boakai explained.He also called on men to step forth in championing the cause of peace and security for women, urging them to push for economic empowerment, equality and participation for partners and also to raise awareness on the potential negative effects of some of Liberia’s long held traditional practices.“As you will agree, this is not about the divide between women and men. It is about a shared vision of human progress for all.“It is about creating a solidarity movement of both sexes for the achievement of gender equality. The realization of gender equality can create nothing short of a win-win situation,” Veep Boakai declared.According to UN Women Representative Madam Awa Ndiaye Seck, “Women have suffered because of the lack of education, lack of access to justice, economic empowerment and for Liberia the vulnerability was further worsened by civil war and the outbreak of Ebola.”Madam Seck said it’s due to the high increase of violence against women and girls that the HeforShe Program was launched.The program, she said, is targeting one billion men to support gender equality and at the same time mobilize individual men and boys online and offline through the “sign up” approach that encourages increasing engagement from the initial awareness to advocacy to action that will be recorded and share through the website.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Lawmakers in support of House Speaker Alex Tyler, comprising 53 members of the House of Representatives, have maintained that it is unconstitutional and against their Rules and Procedures for the Speaker to recuse himself when he is presumed innocent following his indictment for allegedly receiving US$75,000 as bribe to change the PPCC law to favor London based Sable Mining Company to get a mining concession for the Wologizi Mountain.In a heated argument which lasted for about three hours, and while Speaker Alex Tyler was administering the regular order of business for the Thursday, June 16 session, Margibi County Representative Emmanuel Nuquay, called the Speaker to order and requested that he recuses himself as presiding officer while he is in court for a criminal offense.Rep. Nuquay demanded that the Speaker respond to his order, as it would be a conflict of interest were he not to recuse himself, according to Rule 45.Montserrado County lawmakers Bill Tweahway, Acarous M. Gray, Thomas Fallah, Julius Berrian, as well as Lofa and Bassa county lawmakers (respectively) Eugene Fallah Kparkar and Gabriel Smith, also called the Speaker to recuse himself to save the “integrity” of the House.The lawmakers said the indictment of the Speaker has brought the “Honorable House into disrepute,” and he must recuse himself until the court’s indictment is resolved.Interestingly, Montserrado County lawmaker Edwin Snowe, who trumpeted that the Speaker should recuse himself because of the criminal indictment, was quiet.In reaction, Maryland Representative James Biney described the aggrieved lawmakers as “hooligans” arguing that the Speaker will never recuse himself because “he isn’t guilty,” that “to recuse is voluntarily” and that the indictment is politically motivated.Lofa County Representatives Moses Kollie and Clarence Massaquoi and others, including Montserrado County lawmakers Solomon George, Saah Joseph and Gabriel Nyenkan, said “there is no magnitude in the argument since the case is still in court and a guilty verdict has not been given by the court.”Rep. Joseph said the failure of the Executive Branch to write the Legislature about the alleged bribery, for peaceful coordination, is a disregard to the Legislature.Rep. Solomon George, who is one of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) lawmakers against the Speaker recusing himself, told other lawmakers to “shut up and wait for the verdict from the court, since it’s already there.”He later threatened to beat Rep. Gray if Gray insulted him.The Speaker, however, told the aggrieved lawmakers to put their order into writing.It may be recalled that Speaker Tyler and Sen. Cllr. Varney Sherman were indicted by Criminal Court C. The indictment of the two senior lawmakers grew out of a May 2016 Global Witness Report released on Liberia where the pair and several other senior government officials were accused of allegedly receiving bribes to award a concession agreement in favor of Sable Mining to mine iron ore in the Wologizi Mountain in Lofa County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Government and people of Guyana mourn the death of former Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretary-General, Sir Meredith Alister McIntyre.Sir Alister was a part of the three-member team of eminent Caribbean scholars that was appointed by Caricom Heads of Government in 1990 to examine the state of regional integration, and the ensuing report “A Time for Action” in 1991 arguably began a process of regional introspection that resulted in the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas in 2001. This established the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).Former Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretary General, Sir Meredith Alister McIntyreHe was born in St Georges, Grenada, and became known as one of the pre-eminent academics and intellectuals of the Caribbean, specialising in development and regional integration.In 1974, he was appointed Secretary-General of Caricom and thus began a distinguished career in regional and international politics.As an academic, Sir Alister gave yeoman service to the University of the West Indies where he lectured before becoming, in 1967, the Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research. He also served as an assistant professor at both Princeton and Columbia University. In 1988, he was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, a post that he held until his retirement in 1998.In 1989, he was appointed as the first Good Officer of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy. He served with distinction until 1999 in efforts to resolve the controversy.Sir Alister had taken the opportunity of his post in Georgetown as the Caricom Secretary-General to acquaint himself with Guyana politics. He acquainted himself well in this assignment as Good Officer.In 1975, he assisted the Government of Guyana in its quest to transform the economy. Along with William Demas, he served as an adviser to the Restructuring Committee, which had been mandated to plan that transformation and, in 1977, produced a report edited by the late Haslyn Parris. The State Planning Act was subsequently passed in Parliament.In 1980, McIntyre, with a team including renowned Canadian Professor Gerry Heleiner, produced a report on Guyana’s Economic Recovery Programme. The report set out to explain why such a radical economic programme was required, its key elements and alternative options.Sir Shridat Ramphal was the architect of that national initiative. Sir Alister, as Chief Technical Adviser, also teamed up with Sir Shridat to lay the foundation for what was undoubtedly the region’s best known and most formidable negotiating apparatuses, and a model for other developing countries and regions, the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM).Then, the 1989 Commonwealth Advisory Group (the McIntyre Report) on Guyana’s economic and social situation had concluded that Guyana’s economy was “now ranked below Haiti as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere”, and had emphasised that this state of affairs was “clearly unsustainable”.Before his appointment as UN Good Officer, Sir Alister also served the United Nations system as Director of the Commodities Division of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) as well as Deputy Secretary-General of that body. Further, he later served as Assistant Secretary-General in the Office of the Director General for International Economic Cooperation at United Nations Headquarters.Among his numerous honours, which include several Honorary Degrees, Sir Alister was awarded the Order of the Caribbean Community (OCC); the Order of Merit (OM) of the Government of Jamaica, the Cacique Crown of Honour (CCH) of the Government of Guyana, and Knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen of England.In December 2016, Sir Alister published “The Caribbean and The Wider World: Commentaries on My Life and Career”. The book chronicles his extraordinary life and wide-ranging career in diplomacy, politics and academia. It also outlined perspectives on the development of integration and regionalism in the Caribbean.To the region that nurtured him, in turn, he gave his life in selfless service and dedication, an invaluable contribution to the goal of the integration of its peoples and countries, in which he truly believed.The Government and people of Guyana join the Caricom fraternity in expressing heartfelt condolences to the family and relatives of Sir Alister, and share the region’s grief at the passing of one of our most illustrious sons.
Our next look at the Flyers will be November 19th as they head to Dawson Creek to renew an age old rivalry with the Canucks. I think we are both looking forward to seeing these two teams square off once again and we are excited that will be broadcasting the game live on 100.1 Moose FM and through the website at energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com/moosefm.Advertisement As for the game itself, the Flyers I thought played well in spurts but give some credit to Hythe because with the additions they have made, including the Lefley brothers and Yesminski in net, this Mustang team is a good one. It looked to me like these are two pretty evenly matched, or at the very least that Hythe can play with the Flyers for long stretches of the game, and it was mistakes that the Flyers capitalized on. They certainly took advantage of some poor rebound control from Yesminski for several of their goals. The only real beauty was scored by Bryce Novak on a two on one with fellow former Husky Adam Horst. Aaron Scheppers chipped in with 2 goals. – Advertisement -Something I have noticed before and noticed once again is just how cold it is in that barn. And it basically is a barn. They have heaters above the player’s benches which should tell you how cold the rink gets. They are worried about the players getting too cold. The guys who are out there on the ice sweating, working their tails off, still can’t work hard enough to still be warm on the bench. The strange part is that it wasn’t even that cold outside on Friday night. I also had a chance to get a good look at Riley Jebb after his fight with Ian Munro. Jebb was in line at the concession in his Spirit River Rangers jacket (can’t someone get the guy a Hythe jacket?) and I noticed he was bleeding from the knuckles. That is why you don’t want to be punching a guy’s helmet. Also, Riley Jebb is about 18 feet tall. The D for the Flyers looked real good at times with Kip Noble, Donny Llyod and Andrew Derton all in the lineup to go with the Loney brothers and Arlo Hadland. Imagine how good they will be when Bryan Lewis gets back out there. And I haven’t even mentioned Mike Shipton or Luke Middleton. Middleton actually was in the lineup in Hythe playing as a forward and didn’t look too out of place. Derton, by the way, looked good. A smooth skater who is good with the puck and makes a good first pass. The Flyers should have no trouble getting out of their own zone with Lloyd, Noble and Derton moving the biscuit. So I haven’t been blogging much lately and I feel bad that I have left the blog burden to Jon. Hence why I decided to post a quick blog about the Flyers trip to Hythe on Friday night. With Jon and I only broadcasting a select number of Flyers road games this year I had a chance to head to Hythe more as a spectator than a broadcaster and a few things jumped out at me that I might have missed during a broadcast. First of all, we sat in three different locations throughout the game and in all three locations I overheard Flyers fans. Turns out the Flyers either have a strangely large following in Hythe or some of you made the road trip to take in the game. If so, well done. As a fan of English Football, thanks to my English dad, I love to see fans following their team around and supporting them even when they are on the road. There certainly was a sizeable Flyers cheering section in Red Deer last season for the McKenzie Cup.
SOMETIMES, improving transportation in this congested region of ours doesn’t require huge investments, massive construction projects or grandiose new developments. Sometimes, it requires nothing more than listening. Since 1991, the Commuter Express 549 traveled nonstop from Encino to Pasadena. But now it includes an additional stop – and that’s making all the difference in the world. The new stop, in North Hollywood, allows 549 passengers to link up with the Orange and Red lines. They can also hook up with Burbank buses to take them to the major TV and film studios. That’s it. One new stop has enabled the Los Angeles Department of Transportation to maximize L.A.’s transit options. And all it took was for the DOT to pay attention to the needs and desires of the San Fernando Valley. The change was suggested by local community members. Let this happy story be an example to all local leaders: to make government better, make it more responsive. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Two of Europe’s heavyweight managers, Klopp and Guardiola look destined to compete for the sport’s biggest prizes for years to come.But there is strong mutual admiration between the bosses, with Klopp unstinting in his praise for Guardiola’s ability to get his players to give life to his purist principles.“His teams are always excellently positioned. He always has great teams which make excellent decisions,” Klopp told UEFA.com recently.“At Barcelona it was Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Lionel Messi and so on.“At Bayern Munich he had fantastic players who made a lot of great decisions. Now, with Gundogan, Silva, Aguero, Sane on the left wing, Sterling on the wing, Gabriel Jesus, they’re extraordinary.“Positioning is important, but this is not witchcraft, it is not unusual just because the wing-backs come inside.“But when the players are in position they move every millisecond in order to be available, and when they are, that’s when the individual quality of the player becomes important.”Likewise, Guardiola is an admirer of Klopp’s commitment to an entertaining style of play, the Spaniard last season hailing his counterpart as “the best manager in the world for spectators because creates teams to attack the back four”.Despite their ability to thrill the neutral, Klopp and Guardiola had vastly different paths to Wednesday’s seismic encounter.Klopp’s journeyman playing career took in stops at unglamourous outposts including Rot-Weiss Frankfurt and Mainz, while Guardiola played for over a decade in the rarified air of Barcelona, where the local boy made good became a Catalan icon.It was no different when they took their first steps into management.– Competitive streak –Klopp learned his trade in anonymity at Mainz before enjoying a career breakthrough once he moved to Dortmund in 2008.Taking over at Barcelona in the same year Klopp arrived at Dortmund, the cerebral Guardiola relished the intellectual and philosophical aspects of management.Yet that renaissance man image hid a fiercely competitive streak that has fuelled all of his best teams.Although Klopp twice won the Bundesliga title with Dortmund, who also finished as Champions League runners-up in 2013, the 50-year-old has yet to secure the first silverware of his two-and-a-half-year reign at LiverpoolIn contrast, Guardiola has amassed 22 trophies with Barcelona, Bayern and City, including two Champions League crowns and six domestic league titles.The 47-year-old can make it seven league titles if City get the three points they need to be crowned champions by beating Manchester United on Saturday.First, Guardiola will focus on finding a way to improve his mediocre record against Klopp.Leaders City are 18 points clear of third placed Liverpool in the Premier League, but there won’t be any inferiority complex from Klopp when they clash for the third time this season.Liverpool’s 4-3 win over City in January saw Klopp take his personal tally against Guardiola’s teams to six wins, five defeats and one draw from 12 fixtures.Klopp has enjoyed more victories over Guardiola than any other manager and he believes he can add to that impressive record because his Liverpool squad is closer in quality to Guardiola’s current crop than at any time in their careers.“There’s no big difference, actually. It’s just that Pep has always had better teams than me,” Klopp said.“You can see that now with Manchester City – they have a lot more points (in the Premier League) than we do.“However, that difference has never been as small as it is now.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp (L) and Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola look destined to compete for the sport’s biggest prizes for years to come © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 3 – Jurgen Klopp has no qualms about saluting Pep Guardiola’s ability to create “extraordinary” teams, but the Liverpool boss is convinced he can bridge the class divide when Manchester City visit Anfield for their Champions League showdown.Having first gone head to head with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, the friendly rivalry between Klopp and Guardiola has its biggest stage yet as Liverpool face City in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.
Two outstanding young people from Donegal are at the heart of a poignant exhibition which opened in Donegal County Museum on Friday. The Genio ‘Facing Change’ exhibition was launched in Letterkenny to coincide with Donegal Social Inclusion Week.The exhibition celebrates inspiring people across Ireland who have been supported to overcome challenges and lead a life of their own choosing in the community. Among the portaits is Anthony Foy (19) from Letterkenny and Ruby McCandless (13) from Carndonagh.Pictured at the ‘Facing Change’ launch are Ruby McCandless, John Healy, Genio and Anthony Foy. Photo Clive WassonAnthony is an outspoken young campaigner who is passionate about encouraging people to talk about mental health and wants to use his experience of difficulties to help others. Ruby, who has lived with cerebral palsy all her life, is helping to create inclusive activities for teenagers with disabilities in her hometown.Friday was a proud day for the teens as they saw their portraits first-hand along friends and family in the County Museum. ‘Facing Change’ will be hosted at Donegal County Museum until 19th October. Afterwards, the exhibition will visit Galway and Brussels throughout the rest of 2019 and early 2020.Read Ruby and Anthony’s stories here: https://www.donegaldaily.com/2019/09/26/two-remarkable-donegal-teens-celebrated-in-international-exhibition/See photos from the launch, by Clive Wasson, here: Pictured at the launch are Anthony Foy, Ruby McCandless and John Healy, Genio. Photo Clive WassonPictured at the ‘Facing Change’ launch are Anthony Foy and Cllr. Gerry McMonagle. Photo Clive WassonPictured at the ‘Facing Change’ launch are Ruby McCandless, Senator Padraig McLochlainn, John Healy, Genio and Anthony Foy. Photo Clive WassonGenio, the not-for-profit dedicated to working with the state to reform social services, has today marked its 10-year anniversary by launching its film and photo exhibition, Facing Change at Donegal County Museum. The exhibition features 10 portraits taken by photographer Ruth Medjber and 10 short films produced by Sam Whelan-Curtin and Fiona Murphy, of inspiringpeople who have been supported to overcome personal challenges related to mental health, disability, homelessness and dementia and to have more control over their own lives and live in the community. The exhibition is open to the public at Donegal County Museum, Letterkenny from Friday 4th to Saturday 19th October. Pictured at the launch are Michael Foy, Alisha Foy, Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Anthony Foy, John Healy,Deputy Executive Director, Genio and John O’Donnell, Letterkenny Mayor. Photo Clive WassonPictured at the ‘Facing Change’ launch are Ruby McCandless (Centre) Mairead McLaughlin, Ronan McCandless, Katie McCandless, Chrisie McCandless, Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Alan McCandless, Eyvonne Gill, Anne Doherty and angela McDaid. Photo Clive WassonPictured at the ‘Facing Change’ launch is Anthony Foy. Photo Clive WassonPictured at the ‘Facing Change’ launch are John Healy, Deputy Executive Director, Genio , John O’Donnell, Letterkenny Mayor and Joe Peoples Director of Housing, Corporate & Cultural Services Doengal County Council. Photo Clive Wasson Inspiring Donegal teens celebrated at exhibition launch – Picture Special was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSt Eunan’s club U14 teams begin to make a wee bit of history tomorrow (FRIDAY) as four teams begin to compete in the inter-county club Feile competitions.It’s the first time four teams from the same club have played in the same year at Feile. This has never been achieved by any other GAA club.This weekend 19th to 21st June the U14 Camoige team is travelling to Dungiven to compete such teams as Oran(Roscommon), Na Magha (Derry), Wexford, Castlegar (Galway), Good Councel (Dublin), Drumsurn(Derry), Ballerin(Derry) and Cratloe(Clare), and are hosting the team from Roscommon.Manager Joe Kealy is looking forward to compete against these teams.Meanwhile, the U14 Hurling boys play host in O Donnell Park, Letterkenny to Mount Sion (Waterford), Buncrana and St Bridgids (Wexford). In fact, O Donnell Park has been selected to host the first stage of the finals on Saturday afternoon with more teams arriving: – Na Magha (Derry), St Dominics(Roscommon) and Bruff (Limerick) before the semi finals and finals on Sunday in the Tyrone Centre of Excellence.The managers Eunan O Donnell & Gordon Randles are eager to try out their League and Cup winning side against national competition.The following weekend the St Eunan’s U14 girls, who qualified as U13 2014 County Champions to participate in Feile 2015, are in Wexford from 26th to 28th of June.The team will be based in Baltinglass and will play in Division 2 against teams from Carlow, Dublin and Wicklow in the group stages.The top two teams will qualify for the Cup competition with the bottom two teams progressing to the Shield competition. The girls along with their mentors Marty McCarron, Eunan Walsh & Elaine McGovern look forward to representing their club and County at national level.And to add to all that the U14 Footballers are taking the long journey to Wexford and will represent their club and county at this prestigious event in South Leinster which is hosted by Comhairle Laighean. The Boys team are under the guidance of Joe Higgins, John Ellison and Pauric Daly and will be based in Tinahely.Qualifying teams from all over Ireland will compete against each other and against the best of GAA teams from America, England and Scotland.Detailed preparations within the club have ensured that for the first time all four field games promoted by the St.Eunan’s GAA club will be represented at the Regional and National Feile Finals 2015.Over 100 U14 club players representing Girls Football, Boys Football, Hurling and Camogie will don the black and amber to compete with the best in their age-group.The St.Eunan’s Minor Board 4 for Feile 2015 project has been met with a huge degree of enthusiasm from all the participants in the 4 squads ,their families, their management teams and from the club members. A successful fund-raising campaign has ensured the funding to support these committed team squads in their respective Feile events and journeys. Club Minor Board chairman; Pauric Daly said: “We thank one and all for their individual and collective efforts in ensuring our participation in what should be a memorable Feile 2015 sporting festival and social experience for all involved.“A commendable level of support from our sponsors, parents, players, team management, and the wider club community is clearly evident for this unique sporting event.“The club wishes to thank everyone who was involved in preparing the teams and supporting them.”GAA: ST EUNAN’S U14 TEAMS MAKE HISTORY IN ALL-IRELAND FÉILE COMPETITION was last modified: June 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANoticesSportSt Eunans
A tremendous performance by the Donegal U21 hurlers ensured they were crowned All-Ireland C champions after a tough match against neighbours Tyrone.The game was played in extremely difficult conditions earlier this evening at Celtic Park, Derry. Both sides were evenly matched throughout with both sides desperately wanting to take that All-Ireland crown back to their respective counties.In what was a low scoring affair for a hurling match, both sides headed in at the interval all level at 0-06 a-piece.The two sides continued to swap scores throughout the second-half and Tyrone led by ONE point with just ten minutes left.However, the game was turned on its head when Donegal scored a crucial goal with just SEVEN minutes left to play. That stunned Tyrone and Donegal added another point to stretch their lead out to three points as the game ticked towards full-time.Tyrone went in search of a goal which would have sent the game to a replay but Donegal held on.There was brilliant scenes at the final whistle as management and players ran on the pitch to congratulate each other on a sensational All-Ireland win.With the Donegal Senior Ladies winning the Ulster title earlier this afternoon – it’s been a great, great day for Donegal GAA.#TIRCHONAILLABÚ EUPHORIA AS DONEGAL U21 HURLERS WIN ALL-IRELAND TITLE was last modified: July 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSport
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team is set to host the Evansville Purple Aces on Sunday. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. with the contest being televised on Mediacom MC22 and The Valley on ESPN3. Prior to the women’s game, the Drake men’s basketball team hosts Illinois State at 1 p.m. Fans can show their women’s ticket and buy a men’s general admission ticket for $5. Men’s ticket holders can show their tickets to get a $5 reserved ticket for the women’s game. Sunday is also “Youth Day” for both games at the Knapp Center with youth ages 3-18 receiving a free ticket with a paying adult. Mention “Youth Day” to receive offer. Drake (7-5, 0-1 MVC) dropped its Missouri Valley Conference opener Friday to Southern Illinois, 77-67, after nearly rallying from a 13-point fourth quarter deficit. The Bulldogs trailed by just two points with just over two minutes to go after a layup by junior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) and on their next possession had a game-tying layup by junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) waved off on a traveling call. The Salukis scored after the turnover and then made their free throws down the stretch to hold on for the road win. Evansville (1-11, 0-1 MVC) lost at UNI Friday night in its first MVC contest of the season. The Purple Aces haven’t won a game since beating Cleveland State back on Nov. 18. However, Evansville edged Drake last season in overtime in a MVC Tournament quarterfinals matchup in St. Charles, Mo. Junior Sara Dickey is averaging a team-high 15.8 points per game along with 4.2 rebounds per game. Wendell scored 16 points in the loss to the Salukis with 14 coming in the fourth quarter. She has scored 10 or more points in 57-straight games, an impressive streak dating back to midway through her freshman season. Ingle added 15 points and five assists against SIU and is now ninth all-time in career assists at Drake with 381. Wendell and Ingle lead The Valley in scoring average and assists per game at 20.5 and 6.5, respectively. Wendell’s average is 21st in the nation while Ingle’s ranks 12th. Following Sunday’s game, Drake travels to Missouri State on Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. and will be shown on ESPN3. Print Friendly Version