FRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Darrel Colbert, Jr., Nicholls’ Ahmani Martin and Central Arkansas’ Matt Cummins are the Southland Conference Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Colbert paced the Lamar offense to a 21-17 victory on the road against McNeese Saturday rushing for 110 yards and a touchdown. Martin played a key role in a dominant shutout win for the Colonels’ causing a pair of fumbles. Cummins accounted for over half of Central Arkansas’ offensive output with three made field goals.Offensive Player of the Week: Darrel Colbert, Jr., Lamar– Sr. – Quarterback – Houston, TexasColbert guided the Cardinals to their third win over a nationally ranked team this season with their come-from-behind victory on the road against McNeese. The senior’s performance aided Lamar to their second victory over the Cowboys since the 2010 season. The win over McNeese helped secure the Cardinal’s first berth in the 2018 NCAA Division I Football Championship where they will take on University of Northern Iowa at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Their victory also marks the first time since the program’s return in the 2010 season where LU has defeated three ranked programs in the same year. Colbert piloted the offense to 21 points on nine completions and 148 yards passing. The senior constructed a victory for the Cardinals that stands as Lamar’s sixth consecutive win, the program’s longest winning streak since the 1972 season.Honorable Mention: Julien Gums, Nicholls; Dee Bowens, Sam Houston StateDefensive Player of the Week: Ahmani Martin, Nicholls – Sr. – Defensive Back – Reserve, La.Martin set the tone right away in the Colonels’ 44-0 home victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Thursdayevening, forcing two fumbles on the Lions’ opening two drives. On the second play of the night, Martin delivered a highlight hit to pop the ball loose. The fumble was subsequently recovered by Nicholls and returned inside the SLU 15 yard line. The Colonels punched it in for a touchdown on the next play. Martin forced another fumble on the next SLU possession, ending the Lion’s drive at the 50-yard line. Along with his two forced fumbles, Martin had four solo tackles and two pass breakups. The shutout was the first for the Colonels in league play since 2007 and was the only shutout in conference play by any Southland team this season. Nicholls closed out the regular-season earning the automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division I Championship where they will host San Diego Saturday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m.Honorable Mention: Davon Jernigan, Lamar; Zyon McCollum, Sam Houston StateSpecial Teams Player of the Week: Matt Cummins, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Kicker – Conway, Ark.Cummins was excellent for the Bears Saturday pushing UCA to a 16-7 win over Abilene Christian on the road. The senior kicker notched three field goals from 20, 37 and 42 yards out while also tucking away an extra-point attempt in his final game for Central Arkansas.Honorable Mention: Myles Ward, Northwestern State; Storm Ruiz, Stephen F. AustinSouthland 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.
Letran shoots for a third victory but remains wary of an opponent that just suffered from a 43-point beating.ADVERTISEMENT The Knights—who hold a 2-3 record—hope to build on their Tuesday triumph, 82-75, over last year’s runner-up Arellano where Rey Nambatac took charge in the final quarter.“We hope this win could start something big for us,” said Napa.Aside from Nambatac, transferees Jeo Ambohot and Jeremiah Taladua also shone in the Knights’ triumph.The 6-foot-6 Ambohot, a former middle blocker in volleyball from Arellano, played his best game yet with 15 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks, while Taladua, a former Pirate, tallied 13 markers and 11 boards.The Blazers’ 43-point loss against the Pirates was the highest losing margin by any team this season. —CARLO ANOLINADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Cohesive national volleybelles return from Japan End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Aiming for their first back-to-back wins, the Knights take on the St. Benilde Blazers in the 93rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament Thursday.“They’re a resilient team and we expect them to bounce back from that loss,” Letran coach Jeff Napa said of the Blazers, who absorbed a 55-98 shellacking from unbeaten solo leader Lyceum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We just have to be ready,” added Napa.Letran and St. Benilde clash at 4 p.m. at the Letran Gym in Intramuros, Manila. Their junior counterparts collide in the first game at 2 p.m.
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college It all started with a dream and a vision for basketball-loving brothers Jericho and Jensen Ilagan, who have carved their niche in Philippine basketball through different capacities.While Jericho has become one of the more prominent basketball leaders in the country as COO of the Asean Basketball League the past three years, Jensen is one of the trailblazers of the recreational basketball circuit in Metro Manila as chief organizer of the Next 5 Hoops tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jensen Ilagan said Phenom can be a venue for corporate events and basketball events with its full size Fiba standard basketball court.Phenom also has a 100 square meter training area where players can do skills training and shooting and a fitness gym.“We believe that any player or any athlete, needs to be prepared whenever they compete regardless if its recreational or at the varsity level or professional level,” said Jensen Ilagan. The facility also boasts of the popular Dr. Dish Basketball machine which aids players in improving their shooting.“I think this is long overdue we’ve been on soft opening for quite some time now,” said Jensen. “The ultimate goal is to be the first complete athletic training facility in the country.”ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Bataan, Cebu turn back NCR foes; Manila’s Lao gives back About the only thing missing for the brothers is their own basketball facility.The brothers finally opened Phenom Sports Center along Zaldivar St. in Makati City recently, fulfilling not just a dream they nurtured a decade ago, but also providing a facility for professional and recreational players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Any basketball enthusiast dreams of having an own facility,” said Jensen.“This is our story. Ten years ago, two basketball loving brothers dreamt of having their own facility and now that we have this type of facility, the goal and the vision is to be able to help the basketball community in a way that we would be able to train and develop and produce professional type of athletes.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award
UG loans– concerns raised over access to tertiary education In light of the Ministry of Finance’s move to ensure that student loans are repaid, persons have become hesitant in signing on as guarantors. This situation has led to the disapproval of many student loans, which in turn prevents some students from advancing their studies at the tertiary level.Student Loan AgencyAt a post-cabinet press briefing on Thursday, Minister of State Joseph Harmon responded to concerns over students being disallowed educational advancement due to financial constraints. He explained that guarantors are indeed liable for loan payments should students neglect their obligations.“The question of guarantors has always been there but I believe what is happening now is that the guarantors recognised that it is not that you just sign a piece of paper and you get away scotch free, that when you sign as a guarantor, if there’s any default on the part of the student is that you are liable to pay that money back,” Harmon indicated.However, the Minister said that Government will assess the situation prospective students are facing.Harmon explained: “I think it is something which the Student Loan Agency and the Ministry of Finance will have to look at very carefully just to ensure that it does not affect the education of our young people… it is something we’ll have to look at but the important thing is that we want our young people in school… whatever we need to do to ensure our young people are in classrooms, then we’ll have to remove any irritants.”Meanwhile, responding to questions over students not being able to afford the loan payments, Registrar of the University, Dr Nigel Gravesande, stated that he believes that “someone must not be deprived of a tertiary education on the basis of economic considerations.”“The facility available through the student loans facility, through the Ministry of Finance, attempts in real measure, consistent with the Act established in UG, not to have cost being an impediment to access,” Dr Gravesande opined.A Financial Audit of UG conducted this year revealed that during the period 1994 to May 2015, the Government of Guyana approved $9,489,453,973 through the National Budget for student loans at UG. It was also noted that there was no receipt of funds from the Government in 2015.The Audit pointed out that loans issued during the academic years 2011-2012 and 2014-2015, amounted to $1,581,422,277 of which $1,432,669,005 was issued to students at Turkeyen Campus and $148,753,272 to students at Tain Campus. It further stated that as of December 31, 2014, some 25,335 students had received loans with a total value of $9,159,644,463. Of the 25,335 students, 1776 or seven per cent repaid their loans, totalling $679,918,794, including principal and interest.In September, government opted to grant reprieve to indebted students of the UG, by slashing accumulated arrears by as much as 75 per cent if the monies are repaid by the end of this month (October).The Finance Ministry had noted that the extension of the waivers had been approved for those indebted, but currently, with payment schedules for their student loans, the Ministry had cautioned that “if, however, a borrower defaults, subsequently, the interest waived will be restored in full to the account.” The Ministry also indicated that borrowers whose accounts were current for at least three years at July 31, 2016 would benefit from a 50 per cent reduction on all future interest once the account does not go into arrears, but cautioned too that in this instance “if the account lapses into arrears, all interest waived will be restored.”The reduction was recommended by the audit of the UG Student Loan Agency among other interventions, “to streamline the agency and set clear conditions for loan application guarantees and repayment.”
As another fleet of donated buses arrive for the Government of Liberia (GoL), in an effort to ease the country’s bleak and often pathetic transport problems, fare prices are on the increase as ever, leading many to urge for government’s intervention.The Government of India early last week donated 15 additional buses to the Liberian government, which, as with previous donations from the Indian government, is aimed at easing the current rise of transport fares.But despite the donation the buses are yet to be administered for public transportation, leaving many to wonder at precisely when they will be deployed in Monrovia and other parts of country. And this comes at a time when owners of commercial and private vehicles, including owners of petroleum products, are contributing to the price hike, demanding more fares and increasing the prices of gas and oil.In fact since December 5, commercial drivers and other vital public service transport providers in Monrovia and other parts of the country have continued to raise transport fares – and much to the detriment of commuters and businesspeople, many of whom can barely afford the price hike.And this also comes at a time when Liberia’s Petroleum Refining Company Managing Director, T. Nelson Williams, and Commerce and Industry Minister Axel Addy, are doing much to reduce the pump prices of petroleum products throughout the country.In a weekend tour of Monrovia’s three main commercial districts — Red-light, Waterside and Duala — our correspondent gathered in separate interviews from a number of businesspeople that despite the hike in fare prices profits from goods sales are significant, especially during the Christmas season. But most profits, they said, are being pocketed by unscrupulous commercial drivers. Already, on Monday and Tuesday of this week commuters, civil servants and businesspeople were seen stranded at the Red-Light Market in Paynesville, many of them complaining about the raise in transport fares. People are now paying approximately LD$75.00 from Red-light Market to Broad Street in central Monrovia. Some commercial drivers are even believed to be demanding LD$120, leaving many schocked and saddened about whether government is doing anything at all to bring the situation under control; and not just in Monrovia but in other parts of the country.Commuter Joseph B. Collins, 58, told the Daily Observer that commercial drivers had become “heartless and completely wicked. I want commercial drivers in Monrovia and other parts of the country caught and sent to jail,” Collins added, adding that they were greedy, selfish and individuals in every shape, form and manner.Businesswoman Mary B. Wesseh, 44, of Central Monrovia told the Daily Observer at the Duala General Market on Bushrod Island that commercial drivers have become gods unto themselves, hiking transport fares at will.Madam Wesseh, a retailer of oranges and peanuts, said that commercial drivers and owners of private vehicles care less about regulated prices and a decrease in the price of petroleum products.“I want the Liberia National Police officers and Ministry of Transport’s monitors assigned for traffic control and transport fares to monitor commercial drivers and private vehicle owners in Monrovia and other parts of the country,” Madam Wesseh said.At the Waterside commercial district used clothes dealer Elizabeth B. Tamba said that commercial drivers are not only unscrupulous but very corrupt in their business activities.When contacted, commercial driver Solomon Blamo, 38, told the Daily Observer in a defiant mood that commercial drivers will continue to hike transport fares at all times in the country.Another commercial driver, Christopher Flomo, 42, pointed out that prices of spare-parts are being hiked by auto-part dealers in all parts of the country.“Therefore, we will continue to hike transport fares until government can take the appropriate steps to monitor custom duties on the importation of auto-parts in the country.”Photo: A cross-section of Stranded Commuters and Businesspeople at Red-light Market in PaynesvilleShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Officers of the Liberian Immigration Service learned how to investigate fraud, human trafficking, and the new Act of the Agency. — Says LIS, confirming that Liberians at high risk of being traffickedLiberians stand a high risk of being trafficked, due primarily to the country’s porous borders with its neighbors, the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) has said.With just about 25 percent of the borders being “adequately manned,” many fear that the citizenry, especially those in the hinterlands, are being lured through trafficking at those porous borders.On Wednesday, November 13, the LIS disclosed that out of 177 entry points into the country, its officers are only deployed at 46 entries, while 131 entry points are still “left vulnerable and routinely patrolled” by LIS Border Patrol Unit. Such situation might likely be contributing to the level of human trafficking in the country, LIS Head of Anti – Human Trafficking, Bolley B. Morlu, feared.Morlu spoke at a high level inception meeting and training of trainers for Liberia Media Development (LMD) partners on traffic-In-Persons (TIPs) in Sinkor, a suburb of Monrovia. He said that there is a need to remedy the situation.“The state of national security is at its lowest ebb—a situation that was exacerbated by the departure of personnel of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL),” he said.Organized by Internews with financial support from USAID (United Sates Agency for International Development), the training brought together relevant government and private institutions, including the Liberia National Police, LIS, the Labor and Gender ministries and the media, to brainstorm on how TIPs can be halted or minimized.The three–day exercise is aimed at helping to provide new skills that would educate the public on TIPs and law enforcement aspect of trafficking.This comes after the United States’ State Department through its annual TIPs report last June placed Liberia on Tier 2 Watch List. This exposes how vulnerable the country is to traffickers; this slump in rank marks the third consecutive year for the country.Regarding the report, Morlu expressed disappointment that the country was not doing well and has therefore been placed on Tier 2 Watch List for the third time.“And because of this, we want to pledge our best endeavors and efforts in helping the national task force not to completely eliminate – because it is difficult – but to reduce the number of trafficking-related cases in the country,” Morlu said.In June 2019 and for the third consecutive year, the U.S. State Department placed Liberia on the Tier 2 Watch List in its annual Trafficking in Persons report. This means the country is already on Tier Three watch list of the US, and risks slipping further down to Tier Three if stakeholders do not make critical efforts to reverse the trend.TIPs, according to experts, occur in several forms, including taking family or other people’s children under your care through deception that they will be given better opportunities like schooling, when the actual intent is to later abuse their rights, use them for labor or as breadwinners, etc.In the words of USAID Acting Mission Director, Rebekah Eubanks, the ranking reflects the U.S. Government’s assessment that the Government of Liberia is not fully in compliance with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking that regulate U.S. foreign assistance.“This is troubling in its own right for trafficking survivors, and this has important implications for the future of U.S. assistance to Liberia,” Eubanks said.She called on the government to put into place and enforce policies that demonstrate increased efforts to combat human trafficking, investigate and prosecute traffickers, and protect survivors by early next year or Liberia will be downgraded to Tier 3 and lose access to all U.S. government non – humanitarian development funds.Eubanks stressed that the government “must put into place and enforce policies that demonstrate increased efforts to combat human trafficking; investigate and prosecute traffickers, and protect survivors by early next year.”She also warned that if something positive is not done, Liberia will be downgraded to Tier 3 and lose access to all U.S. government non-humanitarian development funds.She assured that her organization is committed to working with our partners to help Liberia avert the risks of losing US funds.The latest TIPs report, many believe, should now be a rallying point for local stakeholders to direct human efforts and resources toward the fight against TIPs, if the country should have access to funds from the U.S. to fight against trafficking.In remarks, Labor Minister Moses Kollie said improving legal and policy frameworks, instituting administrative action by ensuring budget for the purpose of enhancing the work of task-force, improving prevention and awareness, protecting and caring for victims by training social workers are important steps that must be taken to salvage the country’s status in the next report – due to be released in March 2020.“There are several required actions needed to be undertaken by the government and we must begin to act now,” Kollie said.Also identifying partnerships for complementary budget to support the task-force as well as adopting zero tolerance against human trafficking, are important to averting the risks of falling to a lower tier.“If we should perform, and look at these actions as a country, I am very certain that by March 2020 when the [US] State Department will be coming out with another quarter report, Liberia will be pretty seated,” he said.With the most gruesome of all crimes, murder aside, there is no other violation of the human being that are dehumanizing than rape to TIPs, and as such, there is a need for people who commit both crimes to bear similar consequences or punishment, a stakeholder have said.Currently, there is a harsher punishment for rape, which is a non-bailable offense, as compared to the crime of TIPs.It is against this backdrop that Acting Gender Minister Madam Alice Howard said law on TIPs should be rated high, and that it should have tougher punishment enshrined on the country’s statute for traffickers just as it is with rapists in an effort to get rid of TIPs.She called for collective effort to combat trafficking in persons in the same way as they did in the fight against Ebola so as to be able to get rid of trafficking in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Gus Poyet has said he will shoulder the full blame for Sunderland’s dismal 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light, and admits he could be sacked as Black Cats boss at any timeVilla ran riot with all four goals, two apiece for Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor, in a brilliant first-half performance, once which prompted a mass exodus from the home fans a long time before the final whistle.And with just one win in their last ten games, the Uruguayan admits his job is at risk.Asked about his future in charge of the Wearside club, he said: “I cannot think about that, if I think about that then I lose too much time.“I was doing very well at Brighton and I was sacked anyway so anything can happen at any time.“I just need to concentrate on things that have happened, why, who is ready to fight, who is ready to do things right and who is not and to keep on making decisions.Poyet added: “I’m responsible and I’m not going to change, I said it a few weeks ago and I said it last year, it’s the way I am, I’m going to take it and I’m not going to hide.“I need to analyse the game, I prefer not to comment now because it’s not the right time to comment on certain things so we will see. “We can look for excuses, I’m not, performing 90-plus minutes doing the right things, defending when you have to defend, passing the ball, plenty of things that we didn’t do right and we are putting ourselves in a difficult situation.“We cannot hide.”
Sunderland star Yann M’Vila is willing to turn his loan stay into a permanent move in the summer, but only for Premier League football next season.The 25-year-old France midfielder has been one of the successes of a difficult campaign after making a season-long move to the Stadium of Light from Russian club Rubin Kazan.The Black Cats have an option to sign him outright in the summer, although his form has alerted a series of other potential suitors,Sunderland do appear to be at the head of the queue – provided they retain their top-flight status.M’Vila told the Sunderland Echo: “It’s important for me to sort out the contract issue with Rubin Kazan, but I have always said that my objective is to play in the Premier League.“I want to stay here and play in the Premier League with Sunderland. Hopefully we will stay up and they will make me an offer, and then we can get around the table and talk and hopefully we can continue the adventure.”M’Vila’s contract at Rubin will still have around six months to run at the end of the English season, although he does not want to return to Russia and is hoping his camp can negotiate his exit.He said: “At the moment I am speaking with a lawyer. I think my contract with Rubin Kazan runs until December 2016, so there is still six months to run from the end of the season.“I don’t really want to go back there and I don’t really think they want me back, so we are trying to find a way of terminating that deal so I can be a free agent, and then I will be in a better position to discuss future offers.” 1 Sunderland star Yann M’Vila
A RAPHOE man will be sentenced later this year after pleading guilty to the theft of a tractor.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard Nelson McConnell, Ballymoley, Raphoe plead guilty to one charge of theft of a Massey Ferguson tractor.The offence took place on November 13, 2010. Sentencing in the case was adjourned until July when the full facts of the case will be presented by counsel for the DPP.RAPHOE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO THEFT OF TRACTOR was last modified: February 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:BallymoleyMassey FergusonNelson McConnellRaphoetractor thief
Over the next few weeks, Head Start officials and the Office of Education will help the federally appointed Community Development Institute of Colorado obtain needed child care licenses and workers’ compensation insurance. “One thing it’s important to know is that Head Start programs will be maintained as is. There will be no lapse in service,” Ohl said. “I don’t want people to feel all of a sudden with this change the children and family are not going to get services.” It’s unclear who will take control of the leases held by LACA, but Ohl said it’s likely the institute will retain the same day-care centers and employees. “LACA is not just any service provider, it’s the original. … I am hopeful that the things that inspired them to fight for these services to begin with will remain,” said state Sen. Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys, a longtime supporter of the center. Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Most LACA workers speak Spanish and understand families’ needs, she said. The center, founded by local activists who drew attention to the paltry services provided for the Valley’s poor, has deep ties and support in the community. “As far as we are concerned, we are not going to say it’s over,” said Belinda Barragan, who sits on LACA’s board of directors. “We are going to fight this.” LACA has a history of problems, including critical reviews by the Los Angeles County Office of Education, which oversaw its operations until recently, and the Administration for Children, Youth and Families, the federal agency ultimately responsible for administering Head Start programs. The Office of Education terminated its contract with LACA earlier this year, saying LACA was poorly managed and failed to complete required health care exams. The federal agency then allowed LACA to apply for funding directly, but determined that it could not show that it had sufficient medical, social and nutritional services. “We had questions in terms of the governance structure and LACA failed to give a detailed description of how it could administer the program on its own (without the Office of Education),” said Joan Ohl, an Administration for Children, Youth and Families commissioner. Federal authorities said Thursday that they have denied a $10 million funding application for the San Fernando Valley’s largest Head Start provider after it failed to show that it could provide adequate services for the 1,400 children under its care. The 24 preschool centers now operated by the Latin American Civic Association in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys will be turned over Nov. 1 to a federally appointed company that will run them for six months or until a new provider can be found. Despite assurances from federal authorities that there will be no disruption in services, LACA employees and parents were uneasy as word spread through the northeast San Fernando Valley that the four-decade-old LACA could permanently close. “We don’t need another company here,” said Maria Isabel, a 50-year-old grandmother picking up twins at one of the Pacoima centers. “LACA communicates with us. If there is a problem, I can go to their office.”