Track And Field Opens Outdoor Season With 29 Top-10 Finishes At No. 3 Arkansas

first_imgTriple Jump1. Taryn Rolle, 39-5.75 Drake Individual Women’s Results100 Meters13. Mariah Crawford, 12.57 800 Meters2. Xavier Lechleitner, 1:55.224. George Webb, 1:56.135. Cory Erickson, 1:56.79 1,500 Meters3. Josh Yeager, 3:54.57    11. Matt Cozine, 4:03.66 200 Meters8. Mary Young, 24.73       17. Rai Ahmed-Green, 25.3019. Ebele Okoye, 25.4824. Mariah Crawford, 25.60 Taryn Rolle (Nassau, The Bahamas) recorded the team’s only title on the day by winning the triple jump with a leap of 39-5.75. Earlier in the day she finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 18-3, an outdoor personal best for the junior. Demetrius Shelton (Markham, Ill.) recorded a pair of top-10 finishes for the men’s team in the sprints by taking fifth in the 100 meters in 10.75 and fourth in the 200 meters in 21.45. In the distance events, freshman Xavier Lechleitner (Edgar, Wis.) finished second in the un-seeded section of the 800 meters in 1:55.22 while sophomore Josh Yeager (Center Point, Iowa) was third in the seeded section of the 1,500 meters with a personal best of 3:54.57. Pole Vault5. Erik Olson, 14-1.25 On the track, Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) recorded a personal best in the 200 meters to finish eighth in 24.73 and also took fourth in the 100-meter hurdles in 13.76. In the 400-meter hurdles, Victoria Coombe (Centennial, Colo.) finished sixth with a personal best of 1:03.77. Drake Individual Men’s Results100 Meters5. Caulin Graves, 10.755. Demetrius Shelton, 10.7515. Aaron Chier, 11.0119. Deonne Witherspoon, 11.0926. Nihad Ejubovic, 11.34 3,000 Meters8. Kyle Brandt, 8:39.3711. Kyle Cass, 8:44.67 3,000-Meter Steeplechase3. Chris Kaminski, 9:40.74 400-Meter Hurdles3. Hudson Priebe, 53.274. Malik Metivier, 53.778. Dominic Lombardi, 55.0311. Tyler Zak, 56.36 The Bulldogs combated cool, rainy conditions all afternoon Saturday after weather force the postponement of much of Friday’s schedule. However, the weather-tested team responded well against a field that included the host, Wichita State, Oklahoma State, Missouri State, Tulsa and some of the top junior college programs in the Midwest. 200 Meters4. Demetrius Shelton, 21.458. Caulin Graves, 21.7019. Aaron Chier, 22.5821. Nihad Ejubovic, 22.6525. Deonne Witherspoon, 22.8526. Blair Barrow, 22.9529. Maxwell Harlan, 23.07 Long Jump6. Taryn Rolle, 18-311. Brittani Griesbaum, 17-7.5 110-Meter Hurdles7. Dominic Lombardi, 15.06            9. Hudson Priebe, 15.14 1,500 Meters7. Morgan Garcia, 5:00.11 4×100-Meter Relay6. Drake, 40.76 400-Meter Hurdles6. Victoria Coombe, 1:03.77           15. Bryce Lang, 1:08.51 High Jump4. Taylor Patton, 4-11 Story Links Arkansas Spring InvitationalMarch 24-25 – Fayetteville, Ark. 400 Meters11. Blair Barrow, 50.2117. Maxwell Harlan, 52.39 Discus11. Michael Dolan, 113-4 Hammer Throw6. Michael Dolan, 147-8 The Bulldogs continue their strong open to the outdoor season next weekend as they again face some of the nation’s top team at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, March 29-31. Complete Results (PDF) 800 Meters8. Meghan Kearney, 2:19.629. Danielle Griesbaum, 2:20.2513. Kaylen Rettig, 2:23.7415. Kayla Giuliano, 2:24.8516. Samantha Nielsen, 2:25.48 4×400-Meter Relay6. Drake, 46.95 FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Drake University track and field teams opened their outdoor season with 29 top-10 finishes and a series of personal bests at the Arkansas Spring Invitational, hosted by No. 3 Arkansas. 400 Meters12. Rai Ahmed-Green, 57.3713. Ebele Okoye, 57.39 100-Meter Hurdles4. Mary Young, 13.769. Victoria Coombe, 14.7120. Bryce Lang, 16.93  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Imperial SA in Asian joint venture

first_img16 August 2013 South Africa’s Imperial Logistics has entered into a joint venture with international advisory and procurement firm The Beijing Axis to improve its international supply chain management in Asia. The partnership will enable Imperial and its clients to benefit from increasing trade between Africa and Asia, according to Imperial’s chief integration officer, Cobus Rossouw. “This joint venture produces a team with the ability to build a seamless distribution channel from China – and other Asian, low-cost manufacturing countries – to Africa, and vice versa,” Rossouw said this week. It is expected to boost both firms’ operations in the mining, construction and industrial sectors. “We can support manufacturing up-time, capital project feasibility and cost optimisation,” he said. “This is possible through sourcing, delivering and managing competitively priced, high quality goods. Such wares include raw materials, consumables, maintenance, repair and operations items, construction material and capital equipment. “The Beijing Axis experience and expertise in low-cost country sourcing and international logistics will support our clients and expand our ability to serve their needs in Asia-Africa business initiatives,” Rossouw said. It will also provide operational and strategic support to Imperial’s clients expanding into Asia. The Beijing Axis currently has offices in China, Singapore, Australia and South Africa. “Our joint venture with The Beijing Axis reflects Imperial Logistics’ commitment to ensuring that our clients are positioned to take advantage of global mega-trends like the shift of economic and political power from West to East, and from developed to developing markets,” Rossouw said. SAinfo reporter “The Beijing Axis’ work is always cross-border – supporting international firms as they act in unfamiliar territory in China and Asia, or supporting Chinese and Asian firms as they venture out and go global,” said Beijing Axis managing director Kobus van der Wath.last_img read more

Resisting the Allure of Small Wind Turbines

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Wind turbines have a hypnotic allure. The Siren call of carbon-neutral electricity has led many environmentalists to dream of owning a backyard wind turbine.Unfortunately, small wind turbines, unlike utility-scale wind turbines, are rarely cost-effective, even when installed at a good site. Installed at an average site, a wind turbine is little more than an expensive toy.Most renewable energy consultants can share tales of small wind turbines that have disappointed their owners due to low energy production or frequent maintenance problems. That’s why it’s so important for wind-besotted greenies to do their homework before going turbine shopping.Wind-generated electricity isn’t cheapEven homeowners blessed with a fairly good wind site pay a steep price for wind-generated electricity.One of only a handful of successful net-zero-energy homes in the U.S. is one owned by David Pill and Hillary Maharam of Charlotte, Vermont. Although most descriptions of their prize-winning house note that their 10-kW Bergey wind turbine generated more electricity during a 12-month period than the family used, few noted that their electricity is very expensive.During its first year of operation, their wind turbine produced 6,286 kWh of electricity — worth about $627 at the current retail rate of $0.10 per kWh. That means that the $40,500 wind turbine will have a simple payback period of about 64 years. Unfortunately, the turbine is unlikely to last that long.The same amount of electricity could have been generated by a 6-kW PV system, which the Pills could have installed for $30,000. Since their home was built, the price of PV has dropped; in 2013, a 6-kW system could be installed for $24,000 or less. (For a somewhat different payback analysis, see David Pill’s comment of 09/12/2011, posted in the comment section below this article.)“In a good site, wind will be marginally cheaper than PV,” said… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Factual Friday

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10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock brands Liverpool and Clyne ‘a disgrace’

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock brands Liverpool and Clyne ‘a disgrace’by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock has slammed Liverpool and Nathaniel Clyne over the fullback’s move to Bournemouth.Warnock has claimed he was “promised” Clyne would instead make a loan move to Cardiff until summer, before learning on TV of his Cherries switch.”I’m disappointed with Nathaniel Clyne and Liverpool,” Warnock said. “To see on TV he’s gone to Bournemouth when I’ve been promised he’s my player is for me a disgrace and a lack of class.”The Cardiff boss was speaking after watching his side lose 1-0 to Gillingham in the FA Cup. last_img read more

24 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp admits Matip injury doubt

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp admits Matip injury doubtby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits Joel Matip is a doubt for their Champions League clash with RB Salzburg.Klopp has confirmed Matip picked up a knock in Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Sheffield United.The centre-back completed the full 90 minutes alongside Virgil van Dijk at Bramall Lane, where the Reds chalked up their seventh win from seven Premier League matches this season.Their only defeat of the campaign to date came at Napoli in their opening match of the defence of their Champions League crown last month, putting extra emphasis on Wednesday’s visit of Red Bull Salzburg.”In a good mood, good spirits, but we have to wait a little bit to give a final answer about fitness,” he told the Liverpool website when asked about the condition of his squad.“Joel Matip obviously got a slight knock at Sheffield, we have to see how exactly it will be.“Apart from that, everybody should be fine. Of course, we have the players who weren’t available last week – that means Shaq is still out; Alisson is very close but for sure not for tomorrow. I think that’s it pretty much.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Investment Climate Continues to Improve – Minister Shaw

first_img He was speaking at the PIOJ’s inaugural Growth Forum, which was held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (March 14), under the theme, ‘From Elusive to Inclusive Growth’. Story Highlights “Our local investment is increasingly improved, and our leading investment promotion agency – Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) – can attest to the fact that investors are calling,” he said. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says Jamaica’s investment climate continues to improve, consequent on measures implemented over the last few years that have resulted in macroeconomic stability and ongoing improvements in growth. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says Jamaica’s investment climate continues to improve, consequent on measures implemented over the last few years that have resulted in macroeconomic stability and ongoing improvements in growth.“Our local investment is increasingly improved, and our leading investment promotion agency – Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) – can attest to the fact that investors are calling,” he said.He was speaking at the PIOJ’s inaugural Growth Forum, which was held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (March 14), under the theme, ‘From Elusive to Inclusive Growth’.Among the notable achievements, Mr. Shaw said, are estimated 1.8 per cent growth in 2018, representing the sixth consecutive year and 15th straight quarter of economic expansion; and a further 3.1 per cent reduction in unemployment, to 8.4 per cent as at July 2018.He noted the pivotal role played by the PIOJ in supporting and helping to steer the country’s development.“Our growth inducement strategy, established by the PIOJ, has helped to contextualise the scope of work and the areas in which this work is needed in order to bolster our position as a country, to grasp and maintain a handle on sustainable development,” the Minister said.He noted that based on the positive out-turns recorded to date under the economic reform programme, “what is clear is that we must, as a Government, continue to create an enabling environment for individuals and businesses to strive and create wealth for themselves”.In his remarks, PIOJ Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry, noted that the positive outcomes recorded to date have been achieved against the background of an ongoing economic programme aimed at restoring macroeconomic stability and setting the foundation “for meaningful growth to emerge and be sustained”. He cited among the achievements, ongoing debt reduction, projected to fall to 96 per cent by the end of the 2018/19 fiscal year, on March 31; modest inflation; and substantial net international reserves (NIR).Dr. Henry noted that the country’s “excellent performance” is being recognised by international agencies that are tracking the performance of global economies.“So, we commend the Government (and) the Opposition for the continuity (of policies and programmes), and all other stakeholders on the performance we have achieved. Today, we can say that macroeconomic stability has been entrenched,” he said.Dr. Henry noted that “with this stronger foundation and continued efforts to sustain the gains that have been achieved, the country can now move to achieving economic independence”.The occasion was also used to launch the PIOJ’s 2019 Growth Inducement Programme (GIP) Research Report, a collection of eight papers by researchers encompassing economic growth-related disciplines.These include financial inclusion, tertiary education, labour market developments, and social interventions.last_img read more

Two decades of studies undercut Ottawas plan to combat violence against Indigenous

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA — The federal government’s strategy to deal with the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women is not supported by nearly 60 studies that have examined the issue, according to a new report.The Harper government has rejected calls for a national inquiry into the causes behind the nearly 1,200 Indigenous women who have been murdered or gone missing since 1980, arguing the issue has been studied enough and now is the time for “action.” Justice Canada has even released a list of 40 reports to support that position.A report released Thursday shows that those 40 studies do not “support the government’s stance.” The report, by the Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women (LSC), reviewed a total of 58 studies dating back to 1994.The LSC report said the federal government wrongly believes that violence against Indigenous women is not a sociological problem, but rather one as a “series of crimes.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said he personally doesn’t believe the issue to be a sociological one.“Despite diverse authors, the reports reviewed show strong consensus about the root causes of this violence; it is a sociological issue,” said the report. “The recommendations that are repeated time and again in so many of the reports highlight exactly why and inquiry is needed: to ascertain the extent to which these recommendations have been implemented and to identify and address obstacles to implementation.”The report said that many of the studies “stress that the economic and social marginalization of Indigenous women makes them more susceptible to violence and less able to escape violent circumstances.”The LSC report found that many of the studies found that a toxic mix of family breakdowns, overcrowded housing, food insecurity, lack of access to education and chronic underfunding for services targeting Indigenous women increased their exposure and vulnerability to violence.Added to this is the continuing racism and sexism in Canada, the legacies of colonialism, the shadow of residential schools and discriminatory legislation like the Indian Act.“And yet, police and health care professionals fail to adequately prioritize the health and safety of Indigenous women and a lack of culturally sensitive programs prevent the services that already exist from addressing challenges specific to Indigenous women’s experiences,” said the report.Executive Summary of LSC reportDownload (PDF, Unknown)The report was released a day before a planned roundtable on murdered and missing Indigenous women that will include federal and provincial premiers and cabinet ministers along with Indigenous leaders and the families of victims.The roundtable aims to hammer out a strategy to stem the disproportionate level of violence faced by Indigenous women.LSC includes a number of First Nation, universities and human rights organizations including Amnesty International, the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association, Dalhousie University, University of Saskatchewan, Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto and the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, among others.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

GM cuts jobs in response to present costs future innovation

first_imgDETROIT — Even though unemployment is low, the economy is growing and U.S. auto sales are near historic highs, General Motors is cutting thousands of jobs in a major restructuring aimed at generating cash to spend on innovation.It’s the new reality for automakers that are faced with the present cost of designing gas-powered cars and trucks that appeal to buyers now while at the same time preparing for a future world of electric and autonomous vehicles.GM announced Monday that it will cut as many as 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it abandons many of its car models and restructures to focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.CEO Mary Barra said as cars and trucks become more complex, GM will need more computer coders but fewer engineers who work on internal combustion engines.“The vehicle has become much more software-oriented” with millions of lines of code, she said. “We still need many technical resources in the company.”The reductions could amount to as much as 8 per cent of GM’s global workforce of 180,000 employees.The restructuring also reflects changing North American auto markets as manufacturers continue to shift away from cars toward SUVs and trucks. In October, almost 65 per cent of new vehicles sold in the U.S. were trucks or SUVs. That figure was about 50 per cent cars just five years ago.GM is shedding cars largely because it doesn’t make money on them, Citi analyst Itay Michaeli wrote in a note to investors.“We estimate sedans operate at a significant loss, hence the need for classic restructuring,” he wrote.The reduction includes about 8,000 white-collar employees, or 15 per cent of GM’s North American white-collar workforce. Some will take buyouts while others will be laid off.At the factories, around 3,300 blue-collar workers could lose jobs in the U.S. and another 2,600 in Canada, but some U.S. workers could transfer to truck or SUV factories that are increasing production. The cuts mark GM’s first major downsizing since shedding thousands of jobs in the Great Recession.The company also said it will stop operating two additional factories outside North America by the end of next year.The move to make GM get leaner before the next downturn likely will be followed by Ford Motor Co., which also has struggled to keep one foot in the present and another in an ambiguous future of new mobility. Ford has been slower to react, but says it will lay off an unspecified number of white-collar workers as it exits much of the car market in favour of trucks and SUVs, some of them powered by batteries.The GM layoffs come amid the backdrop of a trade wars between the U.S., China and Europe that likely will lead to higher prices for imported vehicles and those exported from the U.S. Barra said the company faces challenges from tariffs but she did not directly link the layoffs to them.GM doesn’t foresee an economic downturn and is making the cuts “to get in front of it while the company is strong and while the economy is strong,” Barra told reporters.Factories that could be closed include assembly plants in Detroit and Oshawa, Ontario, and Lordstown, Ohio, as well as transmission plants in Warren, Michigan, and near Baltimore.The announcement worried GM workers who could lose their jobs.“I don’t know how I’m going to feed my family,” Matt Smith, a worker at the Ontario factory, said Monday outside the plant’s south gate, where workers blocked trucks from entering or leaving. “It’s hard. It’s horrible.” Smith’s wife also works at the plant. The couple has an 11-month-old at home.Workers at the Ontario plant walked off the job Monday but were expected to return Tuesday.After the morning announcement, Barra headed for Washington to speak with White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow in what was described as a previously scheduled meeting.President Donald Trump, who has made bringing back auto jobs a big part of his appeal to Ohio and other Great Lakes states that are crucial to his re-election, said his administration and lawmakers are exerting “a lot of pressure” on GM.Trump said he was being tough on Barra, telling the company that the U.S. has done a lot for GM and that if its cars aren’t selling, the company needs to produce ones that will.At a rally near GM’s Lordstown, Ohio, plant last summer, Trump told people not to sell their homes because the jobs are “all coming back.”Most of the factories to be affected by GM’s restructuring build cars that will not be sold in the U.S. after next year. They could close or they could get different vehicles to build. Their futures will be part of contract talks with the United Auto Workers union next year.The Detroit-based union has already condemned GM’s actions and threatened to fight them “through every legal, contractual and collective bargaining avenue open to our membership.”Bobbi Marsh, who has worked assembling the Chevrolet Cruze compact car at the Ohio plant since 2008, said she can’t understand why the factory might close given the strong economy.“I can’t believe our president would allow this to happen,” she said Monday. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown said the move will be disastrous for the region around Youngstown, Ohio, east of Cleveland, where GM is one of the area’s few remaining industrial anchors.“GM received record tax breaks as a result of the GOP’s tax bill last year, and has eliminated jobs instead of using that tax windfall to invest in American workers,” he said in a statement.GM, the nation’s largest automaker, will stop producing cars and transmissions at the plants through 2019. In all, six car models were scrapped, leaving the company with nine remaining car models for its four brands, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC.Among the cars that won’t be made after next year is the Chevrolet Volt rechargeable gas-electric hybrid. When introduced a decade ago, the Volt was meant to be a bridge to fully electric cars, the company said. It has a small battery that can take it about 50 miles, then it switches to a small gasoline engine.But since it was introduced, battery technology has improved dramatically, GM said. Now the full-electric Chevrolet Bolt can go up to 238 miles on a single charge.The United Auto Workers promised to fight any plant closures and criticized GM for cutting U.S. jobs while building full-size pickups in Mexico. It also recently announced that a new Chevrolet Blazer SUV will be built there. Also, GM imports the Buick Envision midsize SUV from China.___Associated Press writers Rob Gillies in Toronto, John Seewer in Toledo, Ohio, and Zeke Miller in Washington contributed to this report.Tom Krisher, The Associated Presslast_img read more