This Week’s Schedule ACU closes out its season at home against SFA tonight at 7 p.m. CT then travels to UIW on Saturday for a 1 p.m. matchup. Nicholls hosts Northwestern State (7-20, 2-14 SLC) tonight at 6 p.m. and faces Southeastern Louisiana on the road Saturday at 2 p.m. to close its regular season. McNeese finishes its season at home against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (17-10, 10-6 SLC) tonight at 6:30 p.m. and welcomes Lamar on Saturday at 1 p.m. Southeastern also finishes at home, hosting New Orleans at 7 p.m. tonight and Nicholls on Saturday at 2 p.m. National Leaders: Lamar’s Chastadie Barrs continues to rank first in steals (177) and steals per game (6.56) in Division I, while also ranking second in triple doubles, tallying four this season. She needs just 15 to break the Division I single season steals record (191) set by Natalie White of Florida A&M in 1995. FRISCO, Texas – With two gamedays remaining, the preseason favorite Lamar Cardinals have at least a share of the regular season championship locked up. With a convincing 75-58 win on the road at second-place Stephen F. Austin last week, LU will win the title outright with a win in its lone remaining game against McNeese on Saturday. Wednesday, Feb. 28Northwestern State at Nicholls* – 6 p.m.Central Arkansas at Sam Houston State* – 6:30 p.m. (ESPN3)Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at McNeese* – 6:30 p.m.UIW at Houston Baptist* – 7 p.m.New Orleans at Southeastern La.* – 7 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Abilene Christian* – 7 p.m. Additional Storylines * Southland Conference game RPI: Heading into the final week of the regular season, Lamar leads all Southland programs at No. 92 in the RPI – the only league team in the top 100. Central Arkansas sits at 116th while Stephen F. Austin is ranked 123rd. Saturday, March 3Abilene Christian at UIW* – 1 p.m.Lamar at McNeese* – 1 p.m.Nicholls at Southeastern La.* – 2 p.m.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Houston Baptist* – 2 p.m.Northwestern State at Central Arkansas* – 3 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Sam Houston State* – 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3) On the other end of the table, a battle is shaping up for the final tournament seeds. Abilene Christian and Nicholls are currently tied for sixth with 9-7 league records while McNeese and Southeastern Louisiana are tied for eighth at 7-9. Houston Baptist sits at ninth (5-11) but is still within striking distance of an eight-seed. Lamar sits in first in the league standings with a 21-6 record (16-1 SLC) and one game remaining while the Ladyjacks (22-5, 14-2 SLC) are second with two games remaining. If SFA wins at Abilene Christian (15-11, 9-7 SLC) tonight and at Sam Houston State (4-21, 1-15 SLC) on Saturday coupled with a Cardinals’ loss, the Ladyjacks will also earn a share of the regular season title. In order to move into a tie with the Cowgirls and Lady Lions, the Huskies must close out the regular season with two wins at home against UIW tonight at 7 p.m. and the Islanders on Saturday at 2 p.m. coupled with back-to-back losses by McNeese and Southeastern. Four-Time Player of the Week: Nicholls junior guard Cassidy Barrios earned her fourth Southland Player of the Week award of the season on Monday, a conference-best. She has racked up 13 overall double doubles this season, including nine against conference opponents – both league highs. Cardinal Champs: With at least a share of the regular season championship, Lamar has three total team championships to its name, previously winning in 2014 and 2010.
A successful Donegal man who rose to the top of the BBC is at the centre of a political controversy after it was revealed he received an astonishing €1Million redundancy payment.MPs in London say they will investigate how Donegal native Patrick Loughrey left the BBC with a cool Stg£866,000 package.The broadcaster’s former director general Mark Thompson will be grilled in the House of Commons next week about the huge payout to Mr Loughrey and other retiring executives. The Irish Post reports that Mr Loughrey was given an £866,000 redundancy settlement by the corporation, including 12 months’ pay ‘in lieu of notice’ despite claims he agreed his leaving date 14 months previously and worked out his notice.The Public Accounts Committee says Mr Thompson “is likely to be questioned about the significant severance packages that he approved while in office”.Mr Loughrey is referred to as “Case study 1” in a repoort and was the BBC’s Director of Nations and Regions before departing in 2009.He says his severance payments were “made in fulfilment of longstanding entitlements” and “approved at the highest level”. The National Audit Office report states that the £300,000 Mr Loughrey was given in lieu of notice as one part of his settlement was “inconsistent” with BBC policy and criticised Mr Thompson for approving it.“This case provides an example of a departing senior manager receiving their maximum pay in lieu of notice (£300,000), despite the fact that they worked their notice,” it added.Mr Loughrey, who is now the Warden of London’s Goldsmiths University, secured a further £300,000 in redundancy payment and £266,288 “pension augmentation” as part of his “early retirement”.Mr Loughrey declined to respond to The Irish Post and instead re-issued an earlier statement.“As you will be aware from the National Audit Office Report, certain staff names were anonymised by the BBC in order to comply with data protection law,” it stated. “You will also know from the report that there are clauses in their employment contracts which prohibit those individuals from disclosing details about their severance payments.“Given this, I consider I am unable to respond to the specific questions you have raised.“I would however like to make clear that any severance payments I received when I left the BBC after many years’ service were made in fulfilment of longstanding contractual entitlements and approved at the highest level.”INVESTIGATION INTO DONEGAL MAN’S €1MILLION REDUNDANCY PAY-OUT was last modified: August 30th, 2013 by John2Share 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:INVESTIGATION INTO DONEGAL MAN’S €1MILLION REDUNDANCY PAY-OUT