8. New Orleans 113 3. Sam Houston State (1) 234 12. Houston Baptist 73 FRISCO, Texas – Defending tournament champion Abilene Christian has been selected as the favorite to top the 2019-20 Southland Conference’s 2019-20 women’s basketball standings, the league announced Thursday. Four other schools also received first-place votes.ACU topped the polls with 14 first-place votes and 273 total points in just its second year of postseason eligibility. The Wildcats are coming off of a Southland Tournament Championship where they won three games as a No. 4 seed in order to gain an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament last season. Senior preseason all-conference selections Dominique Golightly, Breanna Wright and Lexie Ducat are three-of-four starters returning for the Wildcats this season and will look to continue the program’s success after closing out the 2018-19 season with a 23-10 overall record and a 13-5 conference mark. The Wildcats led the Southland in several categories last season, including shooting percentage (45.8), three-pointers made (265) and defensive rebounds per game (31.8).Stephen F. Austin came in next in the polls with 255 points and nine first-place votes after finishing last season with a 16-2 mark in Southland play. The Ladyjacks return three starters in Stephanie Visscher, Alyssa Mayfield and Marissa Banfield. Led by head coach Mark Kellogg, SFA is primed to challenge for the league title as the Ladyjacks have consistently presented a well-balanced game plan. Last season, they ranked among the conference’s top-four teams in scoring (70.4) while leading the league in defense, limiting opponents to 56.9 points per game. The Ladyjacks will look to continue their efficiency at home after going 17-0 inside William R. Johnson Coliseum throughout their 2018-19 campaign.Sam Houston State is voted third, receiving 234 points and one first-place vote. After an impressive turnaround season, reigning Southland Coach of the Year Ravon Justice and her SHSU squad will look to build upon their 11-7 conference record from last season. Led by preseason first-teamer Jaylonn Walker and second-team selections Amber Leggett and Jenniffer Oramas, the Bearkats return a total of four starters and will implement a very experienced rotation that is not afraid to attack the basket. Last year, the Kats ranked 12th nationally for free throws attempted (718) and ninth nationally for free throws made (510). Justice’s squad certainly does not slack on defense either as the team finished last season ranked fourth in the nation for turnovers forced (22.72).Texas A&M-Corpus Christi rounds out the poll’s top four, earning 229 points and a first-place vote. The Islanders capped a remarkable postseason run in the Southland Tournament after qualifying as the No. 6 seed. Head coach Royce Chadwick led his team to a trio of wins in the tournament over the No. 7, No. 3 and No. 2 seeds before falling to Abilene Christian in a 69-68 championship thriller. The Islanders led the preseason all-conference rosters with four selections in first teamers Alexes Bryant and Dalesia Booth and second-team picks Dae Dae Evans and Emma Young.Lamar occupies the fifth-place spot with 195 points and a first-place vote of its own, followed by Central Arkansas (172), Nicholls (154), New Orleans (113) and McNeese (111).Southeastern Louisiana, Northwestern State, Houston Baptist and UIW round out the 2019-20 preseason poll.The Southland women’s basketball season gets underway Tuesday, Nov. 5, with nine schools in action throughout the league.The preseason poll is voted upon by the head coach and sports information director from each Southland school. Each individual ranks the other 12 teams in their predicted order of regular season finish. Ranking one’s own school is not permitted.2019-20 Southland Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll 10. Southeastern Louisiana 86 9. McNeese 111 5. Lamar (1) 195 7. Nicholls 154 4. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1) 229 1. Abilene Christian (14) 273 6. Central Arkansas 172 11. Northwestern State 78 2. Stephen F. Austin (9) 255 School (First-place votes) Total 13. UIW 55
NEW DELHI: Amidst growing concern related to fake news, especially ahead the Lok Sabha polls, the electoral authorities have decided to keep a strict vigil on social media platforms. The Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh on Monday told mediapersons that all the political parties or candidates will have to get their advertisements verified from the Election Commission. Singh said, “Political parties or candidates can only issue advertisements after getting it verified from the Electoral Office.” Singh said that “appropriate action” will be taken against the violators. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsA day after the Lok Sabha poll schedule was announced by the Election Commission, Singh also appealed to the people to use the Commission’s ‘cVigil’ app to report any violations of moral code of conduct like use of money, gifts or liquor to influence voters, muscle power to intimidate voters or use of hate speech. The general elections will begin on April 11 and will be held over seven phases, followed by counting of votes on May 23. The elections in Delhi are due on May 12. The EC in January had directed Delhi CEO to ask the city police to investigate the “fake news” of Lok Sabha poll schedule, which was being circulated on social media then. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe CEO had also been asked to seek action against unnamed persons and entities under relevant laws to prevent rumour-mongering. Singh on Monday said for the “first time”, a social media expert has been included in the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) of the poll body, which will monitor both at state-level and district-level. “Authorities will be monitoring all forms of the media, including TV radio, social media, like Facebook and Twitter, to check spread of any fake news and hate speech. For any individual violator, it will be reported at the district-level and for political parties, any violation would be reported at the state-level,” he said. Asked what would be the nature of action against such violations, he said, “appropriate action” would be taken, a per the laws. Singh also appealed to people use the Internet-based application ‘cVIGIL’, which stands for “citizens’ vigil” to report cases of poll code violations. Using this Android-based app, a person can send geo-tagged videos and photos, if any illegal money is being distributed or a hate speech being made during polls. “If any violations of the moral code of conduct is seen by people, like use of money, gifts or liquor to influence voters, muscle power to intimidate voters or use of hate speech, then a user can take a picture or a video and report it through this app,” he said. The Delhi CEO said, once the details has been uploaded, the complaint will be sent to a “flying squad” which will then escalate the complaint. “The only condition is a citizen would have to upload the complaint within five minutes for successful submission. And, within 100 minutes from that time, a Returning Officer (RO) has to dispose the case,” he said, adding, a user can chose to keep his or her identity anonymous. Meanwhile, Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh on Monday said around two lakh people have been added to the electoral roll in Delhi in the last two months, taking the total number of eligible voters to 1.39 crore at present. Singh, however said nearly 90,000 voter applications are presently being processed and asked the first-time voters to apply as soon as possible to get their names enrolled in the electoral list. “On January 18, the total number of voters in the electoral roll of Delhi stood at 1,36,95,291. So, there is an increase of nearly two lakh voters since then,” he said. The total number of male and female voters are 76,61,680 and 62,35,814 respectively while the number of third gender voters are 647, he said. Polling stations will be established at 2,696 locations, he said, adding 13,816 polling stations would be set up, with a model polling station in each Assembly constituency. There would 425 critical polling stations, as per current assessment, officials said. Delhi has seven Lok Sabha seats and 70 Assembly constituencies.