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Islanders’ Dalesia Booth Secures Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Dalesia Booth is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, league administrators announced Wednesday. All Southland weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.The junior forward shot 11-of-15 from the field against Central Arkansas, pushing the Islanders to a 73-65 victory and a 1-0 conference record. The Islanders have won four of their last five contests.Basketball Player of the Week: Dalesia Booth, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Jr. – Forward – San Antonio, TexasBooth reset her career-high point total for the second consecutive game after recording 33 points against Central Arkansas. The junior’s efficiency on the offensive end of the floor has boosted her to a team-best 14.4 points per game average. To go along with her scoring presence, Booth also ranks second on the Islanders’ squad for rebounds (57), assists (21), steals (19) and blocks (12). Honorable Mention: Kamry Orr, Central Arkansas; Macy Ray, Incarnate WordSouthland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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Somali crowds kill, mutilate troops

first_imgAt dawn Wednesday, Ethiopian and government soldiers stormed into a neighborhood in southern Mogadishu to disarm gunmen there. Witnesses said they were greeted by dozens of masked insurgents who blasted them with rocket-propelled grenades. The neighborhood is home to several clans that feel alienated by the transitional government, and it was a stronghold of the Islamist movement that took over the city and much of south central Somalia last year, before being defeated by Ethiopian and government soldiers in December. Witnesses to Wednesday’s scene said a frenzied crowd seized the bodies, dragged them through the streets and set them on fire. Some residents said that when gasoline was poured over the bodies and matches struck, a few of the soldiers were still alive. Somalia was not supposed to be like this anymore. Over the past several months, Ethiopia, the United States, the United Nations and the African Union have invested more hope and resources in the country than at any time since the failed peacekeeping mission of the early 1990s. It was only with Ethiopia’s military might that Somalia’s transitional government was able to overthrow the Islamist movement. The United States provided intelligence to the Ethiopians and sent in a small contingent of Special Forces ground troops after American officials labeled the Islamists a terrorist threat. But Mogadishu seems as unsafe as ever. The Islamists had managed during their short reign to stop the clan bloodletting and provide a modicum of security. But the transitional government has had a difficult time replicating this. In the past month, Somali hospital officials say, more than 100 civilians have been killed. KIWAYU, Kenya – The chaos in Somalia took an ugly turn Wednesday when full-scale fighting broke out in Mogadishu and furious crowds mutilated the bodies of government soldiers, chanting, “We will burn you alive!” More than 15 people were killed, including several government soldiers and possibly two Ethiopians. The scene was reminiscent of 1993, when Somalis turned on American peacekeepers and dragged their bodies through the streets. Those images and the loss of 18 American soldiers in a single battle, the infamous “Black Hawk Down” episode, led to a swift American withdrawal. This time, the targets were Ethiopian troops and the soldiers of Somalia’s transitional government, both reviled by many people in Mogadishu, the tumultuous capital. Residents fear that this transitional government is headed in the same direction as the 13 that came before it – into a vortex of clan violence and anarchy that has made Somalia an icon of a failed state. The recent injection of a small force of African Union peacekeepers does not seem to have made a difference. last_img read more

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