Southland 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 at least 25 percent of ballots. 2017-18 Southland Women’s Basketball Week 17 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – For the fourth time this season, Nicholls junior Cassidy Barrios is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Nicholls (14-13, 9-7 SLC) is currently tied for sixth in the conference standings as the team prepares to close out its regular season against Northwestern State (7-20, 2-14 SLC) at home Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT and at Southeastern Louisiana (18-19, 7-9 SLC) on Saturday at 1 p.m. Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls – Jr. – Guard – Raceland, La.Barrios continues to be the Colonels’ most valuable player, turning in another pair of 20-point games to lead Nicholls to double-digit victories in their two home games last week. In wins against rivals McNeese and New Orleans, the Raceland, La., native averaged 22.5 points on 50 percent from the field and 6-of-11 from three-point range. She added 9.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.0 blocks and 2.5 steals. Barrios started the week with her league-high 13th overall double-double against McNeese and nearly recorded another with 20 points and eight rebounds against UNO. She enters the final week of the regular season ranked third in the Southland in scoring, rebounding, free throw percentage, and three-point field goal percentage, second in steals and blocks, seventh in assists and ninth in field goal percentage. Barrios previously earned the award this season on Nov. 13, Jan. 8 and Feb. 12. Honorable Mention: DeA’ngela Mathis, Lamar; Brittany Mbamalu, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Randi Brown, New Orleans.
More and more Greeks have been traveling abroad, according to data provided by the National Bank of Greece.During the last 13 years, flights and cruises outside Greece have seen an increase of 240 per cent; from 3,6 million trips in 2005 hitting 7,96 trips in 2018.Of those trips a whopping 7,3 million tickets belong to individual travelers while 700.000 were booked through travel agencies.Greece’s most favourite – or popular – destination for 2018 was Bulgaria with 2,37 million trips, while Turkey came second with 967.000 arrivals from Greece. Within the European Union, Germany was the most preferred destination receiving 499.000 Greeks; neighbouring Italy received 405.000 visitors.ALSO READ: Souvlaki prices increase to 3 euros in Greece this summerMany are those who chose Easter to visit foreign destinations, 15 per cent more than last year according to FedHATTAn affiliated travel agencies.With Israel and Jerusalem at the top of the list around this time of year, mainly for religious reasons, Jordan, Dubai, Morocco and Egypt are also high on the list, usually as an additional stop before or after Jerusalem.Constantinople, Italy, France and Spain are also very popular in Spring especially among younger travelers. Meanwhile, Russia, Romania and Central Europe or the Balkans seem to be high on the list when it comes to organised tours.In the last two years, however, there has also been a surge in distant and more costly destinations such as Peru, Africa, the US, Latin America and Australia.Even though the Greek economy appears to be recuperating from the crisis, travel agents are yet to make up for the loss they suffered during the last decade, Lyssandros Tsilidis, President of Greece’s Travel Agents Association told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA).ALSO READ: Australian citizens applying for partner visas also under scrutiny as of 17 April Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram