TWO-TIME World 400-metre hurdles champion, Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic, has singled out Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer as her greatest rival. Hejnova made the admission as part of an interview with the online IAAF publication Personal Bests. She said that she and the Jamaican were equally matched.”Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica is my greatest rival,” the 28-year-old Czech said. “We have a similar personal best and we seem to be equally matched each season,” she explained accurately. Spencer’s best time is just 0.04 faster than hers at 52.79 seconds.In 2010, when Hejnova and Spencer appeared in the top-10 world rankings published by the American publication Track and Field News for the first time together, they finished 1-2, with Spencer winning, in Gateshead, London, Zurich and Zagreb. They ended the year with Spencer ranked number two and Hejnova at number four.Hejnova ran in the 2011 London Diamond League race where the Jamaican set her personal best. Earlier in that season, they were first and second in Paris with the Czech in front.Spencer watched from the stands after a first round disqualification when Hejnova set her personal best of 52.83 seconds to win the 2013 World Championships.Together, they have dominated the number one ranking spot recently. Though just fourth at the London Olympics, Spencer was on top in 2012 with Olympic bronze medallist Hejnova at number three. Despite the loss in London, Spencer had victories over Hejnova in Rome, Lausanne, Birmingham and Brusselone.The Czech was number 1 at the end of a brilliant 2013 campaign, with Spencer regaining the spot in 2014.Hejnova, who struggled last year with injuries, is likely to be world number one this year. Despite losses to Spencer in Birmingham and Oslo, she defended her World title in Beijing with the injury troubled 28-year-old Jamaican eighth.
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Knowledgeable cricket fans could be expected to understand that our captain is learning on the job, but their frustration must be understood when there are continuous and persistent reports of West Indian cricketers of far superior quality than those currently in the team, who are not available because of the policies and vindictiveness of the Dave Cameron-led board. However, as we can see in our powerful neighbour up North, and in Jamaica’s football hierarchy, these leaders were all democratically elected, and they have influential support from electorates who have economic reasons to continue with the status quo, while the country and sport continue on a definite and relentless downward spiral. So, as chaos reigns and results continue to defy logic, we hear and see blame being ascribed to everyone and everything except where it belongs; where the buck stops. But let us not give up hope. One day, the penny will drop and change will come. The West Indies cricket team WILL be among the top tier of international cricket. There is too much talent available in the islands, and no poor leader lives forever. England’s defeat of the West Indies in the second of three One Day Internationals (ODIs) on Sunday means that the Windies have lost another home series in the quest to improve its ODI ranking. This ranking is important, as those nations in the bottom third of the list are excluded from automatic qualification to the lucrative ICC World Cup. It also restricts the opportunities for these teams to improve their rankings in the coming year. The new management team of the West Indies Cricket Board has quite rightly played down the expectations of fans who are desperate for us to turn the corner and once again, return to winning ways in International cricket. We are hearing of a plan for 2018! There were times in the two matches played so far that it seemed as if the youngsters on show in Antigua could actually win one of these games. In fact, the members of the team, in separate interviews, all predicted improved showing in the games as the series continued. However, it now seems as if it was just hot air, with no such improvement seen. The coach bemoaned the level of fielding as one of the main reasons for defeat in the first ODI, and now we await the reason for the second defeat. UNDERSTANDABLE FRUSTRATION EXCELLING ELSEWHERE West Indian cricket fans (a rapidly diminishing number) are being forced to watch those selected to represent the region being beaten while hearing of the successful exploits of other West Indian cricketers plying their trade in other countries. Outspoken, dismissed captain of the West Indies cricket team, Darren Sammy, led his Peshawar team to victory in Lahore, Pakistan, amid scenes of adulation usually reserved for local heroes. There are reports on ESPN’s Cricinfo that Captain Sammy’s inspirational and tactical leadership on the field of play ensured that his team (Peshawar) won its way to the finals, while playing in Dubai, then encouraging his overseas teammates to stay calm and focused as the finals was switched to the troubled city of Lahore in Pakistan. The fact that the overseas players in his opponents’ team for the finals all declined to travel to Lahore speaks volumes for the strength of his influence in International cricket circles. Compare his performance, captaincy and positive influence on teammates in the West Indies and internationally with what now obtains back home. Our young captain is trying. Of that there is no doubt, but his inexperience and cricket nous has resulted in our opponents being able to extricate themselves from precarious positions in match after match, snatching defeat from the very jaws of victory.
Persistent injuries have jeopardised the promising athletics career of 2013 World Youth champion hurdler Yanique Thompson. Despite those troubles, the GC Foster College student-athlete is slowly getting back on track. Now, with some encouraging wins under her belt, Thompson is smiling again. The former Holmwood Technical High school star was beaming after her 100 metre hurdles win at last Saturday’s JAAA All Comers meet held inside the National Stadium. “I’m feeling great apart from the injuries and stuff”, she said cheerfully. “It’s good to be back on track, trying to run myself back in some form.” Improved form has brought her the 2017 Inter-Collegiate 100 metre hurdles title and a new career best of 13.13 seconds. Thompson, however, isn’t getting ahead of herself. Better times “This year, I’m just focusing on me”, the 21 year-old reasoned. “Just to better my times each time I run.” “So, it’s not to have that goal that I’ll have to make the Trials or something like that, It’s just to get back myself in form because as you know, I’ve been out for almost four years, so it’s just basically working back my way to the top,” Thompson shared. A bothersome knee injury has been the problem. “Sometimes I cannot hurdle. Sometimes when I hurdle, it hurts and stuff, so I have to try and be patient with it and try to get the best doctors to look at it and go with the best decisions,” she added. Thompson is one of the most successful sprint hurdlers in Boys and Girls Championships history, with wins in classes two, three and four and a Carifta Games Under 20 title from 2015. The Maurice Wilson – coached speedball has high hopes for the future. “When I’m over my injuries, (and I am able to) build my confidence and everything, I don’t know, I’m just going to continue to do great things”, she hoped.
The African Leadership Magazine, a leading United Kingdom UK-based magazine published by African Leadership UK, has named the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) Africa’s development Bank of the Year 2014. The award ceremony took place recently at the Dateline Hilton Americas in Houston, Texas, the United States of America. LBDI’s senior vice president for Finance Mr. Reginald Bropleh recently flew to the US to receive the Award on behalf of the Management sending a clear message that LBDI is on the brink of taking its rightful place on the international banking stage. According to the African Leadership Magazine which focuses on bringing the best of Africa to a global audience and tells the African story from an African perspective, “the award is in recognition of LBDI’s pioneering efforts in introducing and implementing innovative banking products which has assisted small businesses and contributed to the growth of the economy of Liberia.”Also honoring LBDI for excellent performance in Africa is the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Inc. which recounted how LBDI has been instrumental in the creation and expansion of economic development opportunities for Africans. In a resolution signed by the Chair of the Caucus, Dee Dawkins-Higler, the Georgia General Assembly, amongst other things, described LBDI as a global player who’s established banking relationships and partnerships have identified it as a proven leader in the banking industry worldwide. For his part, the publisher of the African Leadership Magazine, Dr. Ken Giami in brief remarks thanked LBDI for the milestone achievement in Liberia, a country, he stated struggling to rebuild its infrastructure following years of brutal civil war. Dr. Ken noted that LBDI’s consisted financing of development projects is going a long way in improving the lives and well-being of ordinary Liberians struggling to rebuild their lives. LBDI Management picked up the award just few weeks before the Bank acceded to the peer review mechanism of the prudential standard guidelines and rating system (PSGRS) of the Association of All African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI). The PSGRS mechanism will help LBDI to be rated among other development finance institutions (DFIs) in Africa. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LBDI Mr. John B. S. Davies, III, thanked the African Leadership Magazine for independently following the Bank’s performance in the country and awarding it for same. Mr. Davies also thanked the Georgia General Assembly for recognizing LBDI as a global player in banking. He said the awards will further serve as an encouragement for LBDI to perform better. The LBDI CEO however noted that the Bank will not rely on its laurels, but will ensure that access to finance is available for the Liberian populace. The African Leadership magazine is published by African Leadership (UK) Limited, a company registered in the United Kingdom. The magazine focuses on bringing the best of Africa to a global audience, telling the African story from an African perspective; while evolving solutions to peculiar challenges being faced by the continent today.Since its maiden edition in August 2008, African Leadership Magazine has grown to become a leading pan-African flagship leadership-focused publication read by over 240, 000 targeted international investors, business executives, government policy makers and multilateral agencies across Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Europe and the US. It is distributed at major international and African Leadership events around the world. It is a niche and unbiased African voice born out of a desire to ameliorate the lot of Africans by focusing on individuals and corporate bodies that are known for their legacy-based approach to leadership.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP is pictured with the EU Commissioner for Competition, Joaquin AlmuniaIreland North West MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has reacted to the decision by the European Commission to publish new guidelines on how EU Member States can grant investment aid to companies in order to support economic development in peripheral regions across the EU including Donegal.The new guidelines were published this week following a decision by the College of EU Commissioners.Pat the Cope described the new guidelines as “a vast improvement on the original proposal put forward by the Commission”. The Donegal MEP stated that “there was great concern, within the Irish Government and the various State agencies responsible for attracting new investment into Ireland including Údarás na Gaeltachta and the BMW Regional Assembly, when the Commissioner for Competition, Joaquin Almunia first published his draft document. As a result, I requested an urgent meeting with the Commissioner in March to discuss his ideas.”“He originally wanted to prohibit aid to large companies in so called “c” regions which would have essentially prevented the Irish Government from providing incentives to companies interested in setting up new businesses throughout Ireland. This would have serious consequences for Ireland as often new facilities or plants established would be part of a larger international company with more than 250 people employed.“This situation was untenable due to the current economic climate and I was also familiar with several Irish based companies which may not have established bases without the help of investment aid. Furthermore, investment aid is still very much needed in Ireland to address deep rooted regional problems such as geographical remoteness, poor connectivity and infrastructure.Mr. Gallagher stated today that “the final proposal represents significant progress from the initial proposal by the Commission to restrict aid to large enterprises across “c” regions. The compromise agreed by the Commission will allow Member States to provide investment aid to large enterprises for new economic activities and diversification of existing enterprises into new products or new process innovation.” Mr. Gallagher concluded: “I would also like to pay tribute to the Irish Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn for her efforts to ensure the continuation of investment aid for companies in Ireland.” PAT THE COPE WELCOMES EC APPROVAL FOR GRANTS TO DONEGAL COMPANIES was last modified: June 21st, 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:PAT THE COPE WELCOMES EC APPROVAL FOR GRANTS TO DONEGAL COMPANIES
Box Score (PDF) Next Game: Box Score (HTML) ESPN 1350 The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Story Links Preview Buy Tickets UIC 11/28/2015 – 2 p.m. Full Schedule Roster ESTERO, Fla. – Sophomore Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) scored 21 points with five assists to push the Drake University men’s basketball team past Pepperdine, 69-53, in the the Bulldogs’ final game of the Gulf Coast Showcase. With the win, Drake (3-3) finished third in the eight-team field.Drake’s defense led the way, holding Pepperdine (2-4) to just 38.5 percent shooting on the night and 26.9 percent in the second half. Drake converted on 55.6 percent of its shots and 58.3 percent from the three-point arc in addition to holding a 10-rebound advantage.”We held them to 27 percent in the second half and now you’re starting to get to numbers where you can win basketball games,” said Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti. “Those numbers don’t lie. We had 16 assists, we shared the basketball and we have good players that need to continue to make each other better.”The Waves were led by 13 points from Stacy Davis while their other top scorer, Lamond Murray, Jr., scored six points. Both Davis and Murray entered the contest averaging 15.0 points per game.Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) and Kale Abrahamson (West Des Moines, Iowa) each added 13 points for the Bulldogs. Guard C.J. Rivers (Cahokia, Ill.) led the rebounding charge with eight boards to match a career high.Drake rolled out to an early 13-6 lead and led for all but 1:42 of the first half as Timmer scored 14 of his points in the opening period. The Bulldogs extended their lead to 10, 47-37, in the first five minutes of the second half. Seven minutes later, a 7-0 run capped by a Timmer three-point play put the Bulldogs up 15 points, 59-44, with 7:42 left. Pepperdine would get no closer than 13 points for the remainder of the contest and suffered a two-minute scoring drought in the final four minutes as Drake’s defense continue to clamp down on the Waves.Drake leaves Florida with a 2-1 record in three days including a win over WKU. The Bulldogs return home on Saturday afternoon to host UIC at the Knapp Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.Print Friendly Version
11 February 2010 The greatest stage in world sport, the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ is set to offer South Africa much more than just on-field action. Focusing the eyes of the world on the southern tip of Africa, the event offers an exciting opportunity for some of the country’s top musical talent. With millions of international tourists expected to make the trip to the Rainbow Nation later this year, young artists and bands across the country are eager to perform for a global audience. Brimming with talent, the South African music scene remains one of the world’s most untapped resources – now it will get its chance to shine. Three South African groups hoping to make their mark during the upcoming festivities are Taxi Violence, D-seven and Fox Comet. All three acts recently performed at the legendary Up the Creek music festival in Swellendam near Cape Town, and after leaving their fans cheering for more, are looking to make the most of the epic opportunity the tournament is serving up for them.Fox Comet “2010 is going to be a great thing for South Africa. There is going to be a huge buzz around the whole country,” says Fox Comet lead singer Rob Coutts. Fox Comet, an exciting up-and-coming funk-rock band that burst onto the local scene in 2009, are keen to show the world what they can do. “It’s going to be crazy, and we’re going to enjoy every minute of it,” says Coutts. “Hopefully we’ll get to play to an international audience at some great venues. We’ve had talks with the Harley-Davidson club in Cape Town about being involved with them. They’re a base for fans from Holland, so hopefully we can win over some Dutch supporters for ourselves as well. “We’ve also been approached by people organising some big parties in Long Street, which is awesome,” says Coutts. “There are so many parties, so many festivals, we’re keen to be apart of the vibe.”Taxi Violence Louis Nel, drummer for popular rock band Taxi Violence, says he and his bandmates are also looking forward to being a part of the “World Cup mania” when it hits South African shores. “There is so much going on, and getting involved with the parties, fan gatherings, the after parties – that’s where we want to be,” says Nel. “All around the country there are going to be awesome events taking place. It’s an opportunity to be seen by the world.” Nel, George van der Spuy, Rian Zietsman and Jason Ling make up Taxi Violence. Formed in 2004, they are a band very much on the rise in South Africa. “Our main focus is entertainment,” says Nel. “We always do our best to give people their money’s worth and put on a great show. This year we’re hoping to take it up a notch.”D-seven Something a little different, mixing in beat-boxing and fresh harmonies, are D-seven, another act eager to make an impression on the World Cup social scene. An impressive a capella group, D-seven have shared the stage with a number of South Africa’s top performers in recent times, including Goldfish and Just Jinger. Looking ahead to the World Cup, the band is keen to test themselves in front of a global audience. “It’s really exciting – it’s a big test,” says band member Shiraz Jogee. “All the hotels and venues are going to be filled up with international tourists, and it’ll be good to see how they react to our music and that feedback is massive [for any band out there]. This year is hopefully going to be huge for us. “During the World Cup we’re going up to the Grahamstown Festival and then heading back to Cape Town to get involved in the festivities there,” says Jogee. “We are involved in a lot of corporate functions and events, so during the World Cup we’ll be doing a lot of that. We’ve got a regular gig on the rooftop of the Grand Daddy Hotel, and a couple other nice World Cup gigs we’re excited to be a part of as well.”Bafana Bafana And regarding the football? All three groups are firmly behind the host nation. “Probably Spain [will be my second choice], but definitely it’s South Africa all the way,” says Shiraz. “[We’re supporting] any African team,” says Nel. “Obviously we’re behind Bafana Bafana, but hopefully someone can do the continent proud!” “Naturally we’re behind Bafana,” says Coutts. “It’s going to be awesome!” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Now that winter is here and upland hunting season is over, many hunters and conservationists like myself are concerned with Ohio’s dwindling population of ring-necked pheasants, and the birds’ ability to survive should we face a harsh winter. Some ask, “Should we be feeding pheasants?” Pheasants Forever, of which I am a card-carrying member, has some answers to that question.The organization’s biologists say the key to carrying pheasants through the winter is quality thermal habitat. While this is no consolation this winter in places where such habitat has not been established, consider that resources spent on establishing high quality winter cover will yield far greater results and the best winter survival rates down the road. The lesson to be learned from a tough winter is the need to plant more high quality thermal cover this spring. Which means it’s time to start habitat planning now.“More than anything, feeding is reactionary to the winter, when the best thing we can do is be proactive about improving quality habitat,” said Rick Young, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Field Operations. “Unfortunately, many well-intentioned people who provide corn and other grains as food sources actually harm pheasants more than they help them.”Why NOT to feed pheasants, according to Pheasants Forever:• The biggest reason to shy away from feeding pheasants is that feeders attract predators and expose pheasants to death by predation. Feeders give predators a focus point similar to a bait pile.• In fact, it is rare for a pheasant to starve, but death by freezing can be common. Poorly-placed feeders may draw the pheasants out and away from their protective winter cover and cause birds to congregate and expend energy competing for food. Instead of saving birds, this actually adds to freezing deaths.To contact a Pheasants Forever representative in your area with your winter habitat or pheasant feeding questions, visit pheasantsforever.org. To order seeds for Ohio planting to benefit pheasants, visit pheasants-forever.myshopify.com/collections/ohio.Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are non-profit conservation organizations dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant, quail, and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. “The Habitat Organization” has over 125,000 members in 750 local chapters across the continent including 22 here in the Buckeye State.If you want to learn more about promoting pheasant populations in your area, I offer the following local contact information for PF chapters and rep throughout the state.Franklin County: Charles Antonides, firstname.lastname@example.org; (614) 390-4822; greatercolumbuspf.comUnion County: Larry Wright, email@example.com; (614) 565-0117Deer Creek: Andrew Bosworth, firstname.lastname@example.org; deercreekpf.org/Marion County: Joe Schelb, email@example.comLogan County: Deb Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org; (937)407-1012Knox County: Christopher Fletcher, email@example.com; (740) 599-6617Wyandot County, Chad Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org; (419) 294-3396Southeastern Ohio: Jessica Milligan, email@example.com; (740) 438-7503seohiopf.orgCrawford County, Eric & Jodi Honaker, firstname.lastname@example.org; (419) 563-0406Hardin County, Tom Kier, email@example.com; (419) 634-0824Miami County: David Garlow, firstname.lastname@example.org; (937) 440-8048; miamicountypf.orgAshland County: Gordon Garling, email@example.com; (567) 203-2879Clinton/Highland County: Maxine Carson, firstname.lastname@example.org; (937) 402-4079Seneca County: Val Gillig, email@example.com; (419) 934-3891;senecacountypheasantsforever.org/Hancock County: Mark Plesec, firstname.lastname@example.org; (419) 722-6771Auglaize County: Mark Langsdon, email@example.com; (419) 394-7486Darke County: James McClurg, firstname.lastname@example.org; (937) 526-8216Mercer County: Constance Stachler, email@example.com; (937) 548-5068Black Swamp: Nick Langhals, firstname.lastname@example.org; (419) 236-3450North Coast: Tim King, email@example.com; (440) 888-9072Erie/Ottawa/Sandusky: Jessica Brough, firstname.lastname@example.org; (419) 277-8483Butler County: Donald L. Streit, email@example.com; (513) 319-3850.
All are good questions or statements. Some are clichés. All deserve to be answered. Which takes me back to my last blog, where I stated, “I’m really pleased to be building and remodeling green in Houston” and even more pleased that I do not have to compete “with the Birkenstock-wearing hippies who ride their bicycles to work down the road in Austin.” With all due respect to my hippie friends in Austin, this point is worth exploring in greater depth. But please note my use of the term “hippie” refers to folks whose preference is to save the planet in part by intentionally grossly undervaluing and undercharging for the work they do. This is in contrast to those of us who desire to play a role in saving the planet but are not shy about charging a fair price for our expertise.Houston is not known as a hotbed of green building (or green anything, for that matter), and to the best of my knowledge, there is not a large number of hippies building homes here, green or otherwise—which is one of the main reasons why I prefer to build green in Houston. Everybody always asks me why I haven’t moved to Austin, where everybody and everything is green. Wouldn’t it be easier to build green in Austin, they ask, where so many people know what green is all about. Unfortunately, in Austin, as in many other parts of the country, there are many more such builders who do not know the difference between an income statement and a balance sheet. And I would rather compete with a fellow MBA any day instead of some green building fool out there giving their work away.But the biggest difference between us is that I do my tree hugging from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m., and they do theirs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In other words, during the day I am trying to make a profit from green building so that by night I have the financial means to support whatever tree hugging activities otherwise I choose. And it would be very difficult for me (and you) to compete against folks who keep getting confused between mark-up and margin, whose financials look like a 501c3 instead of a for-profit builder.We know that building green is all about saving money (vis-Ã -vis energy reduction), for our clients (and don’t be fooled, it’s the only thing that matters to most of mainstream America). And if energy use reduction is why our local, state, and federal governments have different programs to reward green building (through rebates, credits, and subsidies), then why can’t it be about the money for the green building community as well? Of course, I’m not saying reducing energy consumption is the only reason that folks build green or that governments subsidize green, but I am saying it is the primary driver.So if homeowners and governments get to rank money as the deciding factor in the green choices they make, shouldn’t we? The short answer is yes, and we will continue to delve into the how in the weeks ahead.