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UL women's tennis ready to host own tourney

Fresh off an encouraging weekend at the Northwestern State Fall Invitational, the UL women's tennis team is primed for action at home.The Ragin' Cajun Women's Fall Classic, set Friday and Saturday at Cajun Courts, offers UL and 10 other squads the chance to get plenty of competition as part of the ongoing tune-up for dual match team play in the spring."We have a compass draw, which guarantees five or six matches per player," UL coach Greg Harkins said. "That's a lot. That's maxing it out, but it's a good way to see where we stand."The Cajuns will be joined by Lamar, McNeese State, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Miss, UNO, La. Tech, Northwestern State, UL Monroe, Nicholls State and LSU-Alexandria, with action starting at 8:30 a.m.The event has a regional flair, with the seven flight named after Cajun dishes."The Classic is a great recruiting tool," said Harkins, in his fourth year in charge of the event. "It increases our visibility. We already have great community support, and this adds to that."It's a good mix of teams, and it's slotted midway through the fall so the players are acclimated to the routine by now. It's an opportunity to test the waters for the spring."Lauren Dupuis posted a 3-0 weekend at Northwestern State, claiming the title in the No. 6 flight, while Abby Johnson was the consolation winner of No. 5 flight.In doubles, Johnson and Alexandra Way were victors in No. 2 flight and the tandem of Elena Sava and Juliette Clement captured the No. 3 flight.The Cajun...  

Local painter opens exhibit Friday

The Farmer House Museum will open its newest exhibit Friday featuring local artist Don Geyra. Geyra’s exhibit “Five Senses” aims to represent touch, smell, sound, sight and taste. The 12 exhibit paintings also feature narratives dealing with a variety of 
subjects. “The other paintings in the show are about looking very hard at subjects and looking for stories,” Geyra said. “There’s a story in each painting.” Although the paintings are technically in a two-dimensional medium, they have a sculptural quality, Farmer House Museum Director Emily Purcell said. This sculptural quality gives the paintings a solid presence in the room. “I think people should look forward to seeing the objects in person because it’s more of an experience than you would think,” Purcell said. “It’s certainly something that has to be experienced in person.” One painting depicts a staircase landing in an old building. “You can really imagine how your feet would sound on the stairs, how the floorboards creak and how it smells,” Purcell said. “It’s very evocative.” The Farmer House Museum is a partner of the Bellevue Gallery, which is a group of local artists founded around the year 1987. The group meets once a month to plan shows and talk about art and is open to anyone who wants to join. Geyra is a new member and took the opportunity to show h...  

APP Player Profile: Monica Chang, Jackson Memorial tennis

While at the top of Jackson Memorial’s singles lineup, Monica Chang has flown under the Shore Conference tennis radar, though the senior has proven to be one of the best players Ocean County has to offer.Chang was named the third-seeded player in this past weekend’s Ocean County Tournament (OCT) first singles flight and earned her second consecutive semifinals appearance, after winning the second singles title as sophomore in 2012.Through the Jaguars (5-4, 3-3) first nine matches in this 2014 campaign, the senior has amassed a record of 6-3 (8-4 counting OCT competition), with the only blemishes on her resume coming at the rackets of Toms River East’s Jamie Breunig (twice), Toms River North’s Jordan Vasarkovy, and Holmdel’s burgeoning freshman star Alexandra Wojciak in a Shore Conference Tournament (SCT) meeting.Chang was named a Shore Conference Tennis Player to Watch prior to the start of this year and hasn’t disappointed, recently leading her No. 17 seeded Jaguars to a 3-2 first round SCT upset of No. 16 seeded Colts Neck with a 6-0, 6-0 decision in the top singles spot.Get to know Chang better by viewing her APP Player Profile below in the ongoing interview series with various players from around the Shore Conference girls tennis ranks.Name: Monica ChangSchool: Jackson MemorialPosition: First Singles1. How did you get your start in tennis?MC: My Dad plays tennis so I started playing with him when I was about 10 years old. He has b...  

Minneapolis Institute of Arts prepares to throw itself a 100th birthday party

Turning 100 calls for one big party. Or a bunch of them, as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is planning for its 2015 centennial. There will be classy exhibitions with gleaming armor, royal regalia, a gilded carriage fit for Cinderella, art by a galaxy of superstars including Leonardo da Vinci, Velazquez, Caravaggio and Delacroix, plus contemporary shows featuring popster Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo fame, and a hand-crocheted coral reef. “After all, you only turn 100 once,” museum director Kaywin Feldman said Tuesday. Plans include reproducing one of the museum’s greatest hits, Van Gogh’s “Olive Trees,” as a crop-art field visible to air travelers arriving at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. Throughout the year there will be impromptu musical performances, gala openings and pop-up events around town. Even Minnesota water towers will be wrapped in reproductions of famous MIA art. Still, the museum is keeping mum about some treats. Painting curator Patrick Noon has secured three masterpieces “by the biggest names in art” from European museums — each to be displayed for about eight weeks — but officials declined to say more. ...  

Business Leaders, Officials Speak On Disability Hiring

Local businesses and state officials were on hand at Mount Marty College (MMC) Wednesday to discuss the need to look past disability when hiring new employees. MMC played host to the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 2014 conference. Emceeing the event was Lt. Gov. Matt Michels, who recounted his own experiences seeing others overcome their disabilities. “My mother was a special-ed resource room leader for 18 years in high school,” Michels said. “I remember her taking a lot of youth up to various schools for technical trades. One of my classmates ... had a severe learning disability and other disabilities, and he actually happens to be the owner of an HVAC business in Phoenix.” A panel discussion involved representatives of Fox Run Golf Course, Goodwill, Applied Engineering and Walmart. Jim Gevens, assistant clubhouse manager at Fox Run Golf Course, said one asset that has helped businesses bring in workers with disabilities is Ability Building Services (ABS). “I think it’s one of the things when you look at getting an employee to come work for you — especially some of the tasks we have at the golf course,” Gevens said. “We’re looking at a task that if you asked a regular person off the street, ‘Would you like to come and clean our golf course, our clubhouse or would you like to do menial tasks?’ you’re not going to get that person that’s going to come in an...  

Why Russia's President Is 'Putin the Great' in China

BEIJING—In the recommended-reading section of Beijing's Wangfujing bookstore, staff members have no doubt which foreign leader customers are most interested in: President Vladimir Putin, or "Putin the Great" as some Chinese call him. Books on Mr. Putin have been flying off shelves since the crisis in Ukraine began, far outselling those on other world leaders, sales staff say. One book, "Putin Biography: He is Born for... ...  

Weekend entertainment guide

Art showcaseGallery 119, at 119 S. President St., again hangs up the art with an opening reception, 5-8 p.m. today and a two-week exhibition highlighting the works of Mississippi artists in the cool downtown space. Paula Jackson, former owner of a Ridgeland gallery, comes out of retirement to organize the exhibit, which will showcase artists Opal Smith, Buttons Marchetti, Sarah McTaggart and Lisa Paris. For information, call (601) 506-6609. After this exhibition comes to a close, periodic art shows will continue in that space after the first of the year.Fondren After 5Fondren After 5 for October, 5-8 p.m. today in the hip and historic district, includes a Pop-Up Dog Park, Fondren Art Walls Now with live murals (backside of Fondren Village), a free concert from Machines Are People Too & The Pass (at 6 p.m.).'Photoamerica' finish Josh Hailey's "Photamerica" art/documentary premieres Friday in the Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Arts Center of Mississippi, 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, with performances, too, by Paperclip Scientists and the Vibe Doctors, plus DJs to keep the party spinning. The outdoor screening of "Photamerica: This Land Is Art Land" is at 8 p.m. The project, three years in the making, includes more than 500 individual pieces of art, video and interviews.Zoom zoom Classic cars and airplanes get their day in the sun Sunday at Hinds Community College's John Bell Williams Airport outside of Raymond, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a major showing of m...  

Health officials announce 5 new cases of Enterovirus D68

New Hampshire health officials announced five new cases of Enterovirus D68 on Wednesday, bringing the number of children sickened in the state to seven. Although the children are recovering, the respiratory disease is sweeping the nation and may have claimed the life of a Rhode Island girl.A 10-year-old Rhode Island girl died last week of a rare bacterial infection that is associated with Enterovirus D68, health officials said.Officials from Centers for Disease Control are investigating a possible link between the virus and paralysis.“Although it’s been known for some time that D68 is a prevalent Enterovirus something has happened this year that has allowed it to cause severe symptoms in children,” said Dr. Elizabeth Talbot of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.Enterovirus D68 has been diagnosed in 500 people in 42 states.New Hampshire officials announced Wednesday that the virus has affected seven children younger than 16 years old, causing six to be hospitalized.Asthmatic children are the most susceptible to the disease, officials said.“It may not be that they’re more likely to acquire infection, but once they acquire infection, they’re more likely to have a severe course,” Talbot said.All of the children have been released, but the disease might have more dire effects. The Rhode Island girl died from a staph infection and tested positive for Enterovirus D68, which officials said was a rare combination...  

A Month of Horror at the Lyric Cinema Cafe

A & E Jack Nicholson in the famous “Here’s Johnny” scene (Photo credit: Wikipedia) For movie fanatics, the Lyric Cinema Cafe is offering the chance to see the best horror movies back on the big screen. This October the Lyric is screening movies like “The Ring,” “The Exorcist” and “The Shining,” as well as the Halloween edition of their own “Bad Movie Nite.” The Lyric will be hosting a “Bad Movie Nite” at 11 p.m. on Oct. 4. This event is held on the first Saturday of every month at the theater. “I compare it to Mystery Science Theater 3000, except it’s meant to be viewed in a theatre full of people instead of alone in your parents basement,” Michael Putlack, the head projectionist and social media expert at the Lyric said in an email to the Collegian. The theater plays 80s and 90s sci-fi/horror b-films with text commentary. “We keep the film as a secret until we start playing it, so you never know what you’re going to get,” Putlack said. “The show is pretty hysterical.” The Lyric is also playing the films “Let the Right One In,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,”  “Paranormal Activity,” “Night of the Living Dead” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The theater wanted to hold true to their independent roots with the selections, “Le...  

Palestinians draft UN resolution on ending Israel occupation

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations … UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The Palestinians have drafted a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for an end to Israeli occupation by November 2016, which they have shared informally with Arab states and some council members, U.N. diplomats said on Wednesday. The text has not been formally circulated to the full 15-nation Security Council, a move that can only be done by a council member, said the diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity. As a result, it remains unclear when, and if, it will be put to a vote. It calls for "the full withdrawal of Israel ... from all of the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, as rapidly as possible and to be fully completed within a specified timeframe, not to exceed November 2016." The draft, which was obtained by Reuters, is likely to be met with opposition from veto-wielding member the United States, a key ally of Israel. "We are aware of President Abbas' plan and we continue to believe, to strongly believe, that the only way to a negotiated solution is through negotiations between the two parties," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power told reporters on Tuesday. Israel accepts the idea of a "two-state solution" of an independent and democratic Palestinian state living alongside Israel, but has not accepted the 1967 borders as the basis for final negotiations, citing security an...  


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