PHUKET: A charity ball marking St Patrick’s Day will be hosted tomorrow evening at the Mövenpick Resort & Spa in Karon. The annual ball is a major fundraising event for the Life Home Project, a local foundation that provides shelter for women and children affected by HIV as well as childcare, vocational training, health education and hospice assistance. The event promises to provide plenty of “craic” – a Gaelic word meaning “a very good time”. Among the VIPs attending the event will be the Irish Ambassador to Thailand and Malaysia Declan Kelly and his wife, and Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha. Doors open with a cocktail reception at 6:30pm followed by dinner at 7:30pm and live music until 2am. Entertainment will be provided by the Roaring Bhoys, brought to Phuket by the Irish Times Pub. Tickets are available from any BAKE outlets on the island or by calling Hélène Fallon Wood, chair of the ball, at 081-797 2079. Hélène is also a founder of the Life Home Project, the … [Read more...] about Phuket St Patrick’s Day Ball charity event tomorrow
St. Thomas More's quest for a fourth straight state title continued Friday when the Cougars defeated No. 7 Parkview Baptist 60-45 in a Division II boys basketball quarterfinals playoff game. It was also the 24th straight win for the No. 2 Cougars, who will face No. 3 Liberty Magnet (20-6) in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Cajundome. "It wasn't a thing of beauty, but we did get the win tonight," STM coach Danny Broussard said. "I'd like to clean it up a little. I thought we forced it a little bit sometimes instead of running our offense." At the 6:45 mark of the second quarter, the Cougars took an 18-8 lead when Jack Bech stuffed an alley-oop pass, but the Eagles bounced back with an 8-0 run. Nate Rogers, who finished with 11, sparked the run by scoring all eight of Parkview's points. After the Eagles (18-13) cut the deficit to two, STM responded with a 15-2 run that led to a 33-18 halftime advantage. "That was huge," Broussard said of the big run. "We had a … [Read more...] about St. Thomas More extends win streak to 24 in reaching Division II semifinals
HAMMOND — The Lafayette Christian girls basketball team was looking to take back the Division III state championship after coming up four points short last season to St. Thomas Aquinas. The Knights got a rematch with STA in this season’s title game, and while it was a back-and-forth game for much of the day, the Knights stepped up in the fourth quarter to pull away and take a 48-39 victory Saturday at Southeastern Louisiana's University Center. Returning as LCA's coach, Errol Rogers led the Knights to their fourth state championship in five years. “I told our girls before we walked on the court that there were going to be some highs and lows,” Rogers said. “ (STA) had their highs, took the lead, we came back, looked like we were going to pull away, but then in the third quarter they made a big run. They were up 32-26, and I said, ‘hey we’re OK, no need to get all worried.’ Just keep doing what we do, and great things happen. They did what they needed to do for us to win.” … [Read more...] about Redemption: Lafayette Christian takes home Division III state championship over St. Thomas Aquinas
When the NHL offered Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson an in-person hearing for his latest suspension-worthy incident, making it the fourth time in the past calendar year that he did something on the ice to warrant punishment, it seemed likely that the league was going to send a very strong message. On Wednesday, that message was officially delivered. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced that Wilson has been suspended for the first 20 games of the season for a hit to the head of St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist in the preseason finale on Sunday. Here is the league’s explanation of the play and the suspension. The NHL points out that while Sundqvist is eligible to be checked on this play, it goes on to say that Wilson “takes a poor angle of approach” and picks Sundqvists head, making the head the main point of contact, while Sundqvist did nothing to alter the position of his head that would make it the main point of contact. Blues general manager … [Read more...] about Message sent: NHL suspends Tom Wilson for 20 games
Oh boy, here we go again. Tom Wilson was ejected from Sunday’s game between the Washington Capitals and the St. Louis Blues in the second period for checking to the head. The victim was Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist . The principal point of contact appears to be Sundqvist’s head. And here’s another angle of the hit: Tom Wilson crushes Oskar Sundqvist. Wilson has been ejected. #stlblues pic.twitter.com/RuNKjC2fFi — Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) September 30, 2018 Sundqvist needed help to get off the ice and hasn’t returned to the game. The Blues were leading 1-0 prior to the hit. Washington has since tied the game. The Capitals should probably just sit Wilson any time they’re playing the Blues in the preseason. Wilson was suspended not once, but twice last year in the preseason for two separate hits on Blues’ players. He received a two-game ban for a late hit on Robert Thomas and then was suspended for the first four games of the regular season after … [Read more...] about Tom Wilson ejected for high hit; another suspension coming?