Softball Opens MVC Championship Friday Afternoon

first_imgSmith is on the All-MVC Second Team for the second time in her career after being on the 2016 team. A two-way standout, she is a pitcher/utility player selection, who is 9-3 with the second-lowest ERA in the MVC behind Newman at 1.14 and is second in saves with seven. At the plate, Smith has crushed a team-best five home runs and 21 RBI. In her first season, Johnson is second on the team in batting average at .344 along with swiping a team-best 19 stolen bases. She has collected 44 hits, one triple, two home runs, six doubles and 23 RBI. Earlier this week, Johnson, who has played primarily in the outfield, earned her first career MVC Newcomer and Player of the Week awards. This is the second All-MVC accolade for Frank, who was tabbed to the 2016 All-MVC First Team. This season, she is batting .279 with six doubles, 15 RBI and 26 runs scored and is third on the team in stolen bases with 14. Frank has played in 46 games this season, primarily at second base. Drake is hosting the MVC Championship for the third time in program history. The Bulldogs previously hosted the championship in 1992 and 2010. This is the first all-conference award for Alexander, who has played in 50 games in center field and is batting .267 with four home runs, 25 RBI and is second on the team in stolen bases with 15. She raised her play in league action with a .313 batting average with one triple, two doubles and two home runs with 13 RBI. Alexander is No. 5 all-time in career stolen bases with 53. Newman, who missed nearly all of 2017 due to injury, has dominated in her return to the circle. This season, she is 19-3 with the second-lowest earned run average in the nation at 0.64 and has struck out 213, which is the second-best total in MVC. This past weekend, Newman moved to No. 1 all-time at Drake and No. 7 in MVC history in career strikeouts with 768. Newman, who won her first MVC Pitcher of the Year award in 2016, is 12-1 with a 0.41 ERA, has 137 strikeouts to 18 walks and tossed two no-hitters against Valley opponents in 2018. She helped at the plate with a .297 batting average, two home runs, three doubles and seven RBI in league play. This is the third time in her career, Newman, who is third all-time at Drake in wins with 61, has been selected to the All-MVC First Team. ESPN+ Timmons is having a great first season in the circle. She is 13-4 with a 1.97 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 110.0 innings. Timmons has combined with Newman and Smith to compile a 1.21 team ERA, which ranks fourth in the nation. Timmons was 8-0 with a 2.44 ERA against Valley teams. She was named MVC Newcomer of the Week twice and MVC Pitcher of the Week once. Sophomore Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) was the first-ever Drake softball player to be named MVC Player of the Year while redshirt junior Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) was the MVC Pitcher of the Year for the second time in her career. Head coach Rich Calvert and assistant coaches Tina DeAngelo and Kasey Griffith were tabbed the MVC Coaching Staff of the Year. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team is the No. 1 seed for the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Championship this week at Buel Field. The Bulldogs open the tournament Friday in the first semifinal matchup at 4 p.m. The championship’s title game is Saturday at 1 p.m. Every game of the MVC Championship will be on ESPN+. Sophomore Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.), Newman, junior Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) and Roemmich were picked to the All-MVC First Team while senior Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa), junior Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.), freshman Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa), senior Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) and freshman Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) were selected to the All-MVC Second Team. Junior catcher Gabbie Jonas (Omaha, Neb.) rounds out the awards as she was named to the MVC All-Defensive team. Drake defeated Valparaiso (26-23) twice in a weather-shortened series in April. The series was moved from Buel Field to the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa due to inclement weather in Des Moines. The Bulldogs beat the Crusaders of 4-0 and 2-1. In its first in the Valley, Valpo earned the fourth seed and a bye to the quarterfinals. Drake (41-10, 24-1 MVC) enters the 2018 MVC Championship as the No. 1 seed after the Bulldogs claimed their third MVC Regular Season Title to be the top seed as the championship host. The winner of the MVC’s three-day tournament earns the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Roemmich, who had an outstanding first season and was an All-MVC Second Team selection in 2017, is having a great sophomore season. This year, she leads the team in batting average at .360, triples with two, doubles with 12, walks with 24, runs scored with 34, hits with 58 and slugging percentage at .478. Roemmich, who has started every game at shortstop, also hit her first career home run this season and has driven in a career-high 21 runs. She has a career batting average of .369, which is already No. 2 all-time at Drake. Roemmich blistered MVC pitching with a .429 batting average, which ranked third in the Valley. This is the first All-MVC honor for Maddox, who is batting .324 with four home runs, six doubles and a team-high 29 RBI. She batted .324 with two home runs and 14 RBI against MVC foes. Maddox played in all 51 games with 49 starts at first base. Drake will play the winner of No. 4 Valparaiso and No. 5 Indiana State, which will play Friday morning at 11 a.m. The Bulldogs are trying to win their fourth MVC tournament title in school history (1993, 1994, 2008). Since the Valley went to a 27-game league schedule in 2001, Drake is the only MVC team to suffer just one loss in regular season league play. The Bulldogs’ impressive winning percentage of .960 in conference games is a new league-record since the 27-game schedule was adopted. This is the second All-MVC selection for Pena, who was on the 2016 All-MVC Second Team. She made 49 starts at third base and is batting .297 with two home runs, 10 doubles, 16 runs scored and is tied with Maddox for the team lead in RBI with 29. Earlier this season, Pena was selected MVC Player of the Week and Scholar-Athlete of the Week for the first time in her career. Story Links Live Stats Drake won two games over Indiana State (26-27) in Terre Haute, Ind. in March. The series between the Bulldogs and Sycamores was also shortened to just two games due to inclement weather in Terre Haute. Drake won by scores of 4-0 and 8-0. No. 5 Indiana State rallied for a 4-3 win over No. 8 Bradley Thursday in the championship opener.This season has been a banner year for Drake, which finished the regular season with a 41-10 overall record, including a 24-1 record in MVC games. Both win totals are school records. The 24 league wins tied the all-time mark for an MVC program in regular season play, equaling the 2005 SIU team (24-3). Drake claimed multiple MVC end of the season honors Wednesday night at the MVC Awards Banquet. Jonas played in 42 games at catcher and helped the pitching staff have a tremendous season. 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Parks congress comes to Durban

first_img8 September 2003The World Parks Congress, convened every 10 years by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and a definitive event for the world’s protected areas, is being held in Durban, South Africa from 8-17 September – the first time the Congress will be held on African soil.The 5th IUCN World Parks Congress, being organised by IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas in collaboration with the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and South African National Parks (SANParks), will evaluate the past and look to the future as it charts new directions for the world’s protected areas.Over 2 000 leading members of the global conservation fraternity are expected to converge in the country for the event, which brings together governments, major international conservation organisations, non-governmental organisations and park authorities.Main issues to be discussed include: reviewing and learning from protected area gains and setbacks of the past 10 years; building a more diverse and effective constituency for protected areas; and redefining and enforcing their relevance in the 21st century.Integrating protected areas into the broader economic, social and environmental agenda will also be widely discussed at the Congress.The director-general in the department of environmental affairs and tourism, Crispian Olver, told journalists recently that the Congress is the most significant event in conservation circles, and that because the world’s elite in the field would be attending, the decisions taken at the Congress were almost sure to be implemented.Benefits Beyond BoundariesThe theme for this year’s congress is “Benefits Beyond Boundaries”, reflecting the meeting’s focus on addressing people’s needs and providing a stream of economic, political, and environmental benefits to societies worldwide. Without an effective network of protected areas, all these benefits – clean air and water, fertile soils, inspiring landscapes and unique wildlife – will be lost.“It reflects our growing understanding of the many values that protected areas provide and the shifting approaches to their establishment and managemen”, Olver said. “We’ve been working since 1994 to restructure the face of conservation in this country, and with this conference we want to intensify our efforts to making conservation accessible to people from all walks of life.”Olver said the department would use the opportunity to showcase to Congress delegates what the country had to offer, and to brand it as a frontrunner in the field of conservation and protected areas.Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Mohammed Valli Moosa, updating journalists on the Congress last week, said the meeting would seek to take conservation went beyond nature reserves and parks to ensure that communities living in and around protected areas enjoyed economic benefits from their land.Moosa said that conservation and social development ought not to be placed in opposition to one another, and that a number of South African initiatives demonstrated the social and economic benefits of conservation, citing the Makuleke region north of the Kruger National Park.The Makuleke people were forcefully removed from their land in 1969 by the apartheid government. However, through the country’s land restitution programme, the Makuleke community has been acknowledged as the true owners, and have since enjoyed the economic benefits of land rich with bio-diversity and conservation value.He said this was an example that nature conservationists around the world would be studying closely, as it showed that conservation created jobs, contributed to economic activity, provided opportunities for SMMEs, and promoted tourism.Partnerships with the private sector in managing protected areas, and eco-tourism initiatives, were efficient methods of ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources, Moosa added.Mavuso Msimang, chief executive of South African National Parks, said it was essential to create boundaries to protect conservation areas, but that this “should not mean that these areas become inaccessible to society”.World Parks Congress scoresheetThe previous IUCN World Parks Congress was held in Caracas, Venezuela in 1992. Since then, a great deal of progress has been achieved:The number and proportion of the Earth’s surface with protected area status more than doubled in the last 10 years.The overall target of 10% of land and sea covered by protected areas has been surpassed.Protected areas are recognised as a key element in the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity, ratified by 187 nations.Protected areas have been successfully linked across international boundaries and in some cases made a significant contribution to peace.The value of traditional and other non-scientific knowledge has been recognised, and local communities are becoming increasingly engaged in protected area management.However, protected areas have failed to:Become a truly representative system that covers terrestrial, freshwater and marine biomes. For example, only 1.5% of all lake systems in the world enjoy protection. Halt species loss that continues at an intolerable rate. 11 167 species are known to be globally threatened with extinction, according to the 2002 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Achieve unconditional public and political support. Too many stakeholders see protected areas as a barrier to their activities; and too many protected areas only exist on paper and not in reality. Secure sufficient skills base and the financial and other resources. The amount of investment needed to operate an effective, representative global protected areas system needs to be increased sevenfold. Defend themselves in times of trouble. The past decade has been a time of increasing conflict and violence. Countries such as Colombia, Sierra Leone, New Caledonia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Burma/Myanmar, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which are custodians for vital elements of the world’s biodiversity, have as a result faced severe challenges in maintaining their conservation programmes.SouthAfrica.info reporter. Source: Vth IUCN World Parks Congresslast_img read more

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10 months agoJuventus clear Higuain to join Chelsea

first_imgJuventus clear Higuain to join Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGonzalo Higuain has requested a transfer to Chelsea.Sportmediaset says the striker has asked Juventus for permission to make the move to Stamford Bridge.The Argentinian striker has flattered to deceive on loan at AC Milan, where he has scored just five Serie A goals in 14 games.The 31-year-old is desperate to reunite with former boss Maurizio Sarri.Higuain banged in 38 goals in 42 matches under the tutelage of Sarri in their only season together at Napoli, before he jumped ship to sign for the Old Lady.And the Italian news outlet also claims that Juve have given the World Cup runner-up the green light for the deal to go ahead. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek in tears after back injury

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek in tears after back injuryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek suffered a back injury in their FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.Two goals from Alvaro Morata saw the Blues book their place in the fourth round but the win was dampened somewhat by Loftus-Cheek’s injury.The 22-year-old was forced to exit the game in tears minutes before half-time after his back trouble flared up at Stamford Bridge.Blues coach Carlo Cudicini said, “We are very sorry for the kid.”It is a pity.It is something that’s affecting him, something we need to look at and resolve. “It has been going on for a while and maybe he might have to stop for a bit to resolve. It is a pity because he is doing very well.” last_img read more

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20 days agoInter Milan boss Conte hits out at Juventus fans over petition

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan boss Conte hits out at Juventus fans over petitionby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan boss Antonio Conte has hit out at his former Juventus fans ahead of today’s game.Conte was asked about the petition, signed by over 15,000 fans, to have his star removed from the Allianz Stadium Walk of Fame, a proposal already rejected by Juve president Andrea Agnelli.“I’m disappointed that he had to intervene, because it just gave publicity to a vulgar proposition. It gave room to a move that showed ignorance, lacking values and education. I didn’t even want to discuss this, but you in the media are giving a spotlight to these stupid and ignorant people,” replied Conte.“Those are not fans, they are ignorant. I gave a message to the fans 10 days ago. We are fortunate to be involved in the best sport in the world and must set the example, pass on positive values and be enthusiastic about playing football. This is sport, not war. Sometimes people forget that.“It is a sport that should reflect positive human values, not hate and violence. If that’s not the case, then I am the first to walk away. Nobody makes me work as a Coach.“It’s increasingly difficult, because society nowadays highlights hatred and violence. I’ve honestly struggled since I came back to Italy from England. I see situations and wonder why I am even doing this.“As long as my passion for this sport surpasses these issues, then I will continue. If my passion drops, I will be the first to say it’s time to call it quits. It won’t be a big loss for football, but it won’t be a loss for me either.” last_img read more

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Thousands of Children Placed in Family-oriented Programme

first_imgAbout 3,005 children in need of care and protection were placed with families under the Living in Family Environment (LIFE) programmes between January and September 2012.Chief Executive Officer of the Child Development Agency (CDA), Carla Francis Edie, said the number is 57. 5 per cent of the 5,226 children in state care and represents an increase over the 53 per cent placed during 2011. She made the disclosure at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank held on Wednesday (January 15) at the agency’s head office in Kingston.She informed that of the 3,005 children in LIFE programmes, 985 are in foster care; 802 are in the family re-integration programme; and 1,220 are on supervision orders. She explained that under the supervision orders, the judge instructs that a child in need of protection should remain at home with a parent or relative under the supervision of a CDA Children’s Officer. As the CDA worked to place children in family environments as an alternative to child care institutions, Mrs. Francis Edie informed that there were 141 adoptions between January and September 2012.In addition, two Child and Family Support Units (CSFU) were established at the CDA’s regional offices in Kingston and St. James to provide the necessary interventions to families to prevent children from entering state care.“The CDA’s social workers provide counselling to families going through challenges and connect these families with other support services, such as PATH (Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education),” she stated.She said that of the 519 children seen by the CDA, only 13 remained in state care while the other 506 remained with their families or relatives.In addition, some 881 children were processed under the multi-agency model programme as at September 2012, with 832 of those children remaining with their families.“Previously these children would have been placed in residential child care facilities,” Mrs. Francis Edie informed.The multi-agency model is a partnership involving the police, the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), CDA, the Victim Support Unit, the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) and the Office of the Children’s Advocate.It was developed to reduce secondary trauma to children, who have been abused, and also lessen the number of children entering state care.last_img read more

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CBS investigates misconduct claims following report on CEO

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – CBS says independent members of its board of directors are investigating personal misconduct claims after reports that the company’s chief executive, Les Moonves, is the subject of an upcoming New Yorker story detailing sexual misconduct allegations.The media company says it takes all allegations of personal misconduct seriously. It says the independent directors are “investigating claims that violate the company’s clear policies in that regard.”CBS did not name Moonves but said it issued the statement Friday in response to the upcoming New Yorker article.Shares in CBS tumbled when the reports of the misconduct allegations began to circulate around noon Friday, as investors worried that Moonves might be forced to step down. They closed down 6 per cent, the company’s worst one-day loss in more than six years.last_img read more

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AeconFlatironDragadosEBC Partnership awarded 16 billion Site C contract

first_imgThis portion of the contract will be responsible for the placement of approximately 700,000 cubic metres of reinforced concrete, and 34,000 tonnes of rebar. The Partnership has signed a project labour agreement that includes unions from the BC Building Trades. Hydro says the agreement will prioritize hiring local and Indigenous workers, with a goal of having up to 25 percent of the GSS workforce being made up of apprentices.According to BC Hydro, the contractor will mobilize to the site this spring, with the work taking place over a five-year period. The Crown Corporation estimates there will be approximately 1,600 people working on this portion of the project at the peak of construction in 2021.In addition to the generating station and spillways civil works contract, BC Hydro has awarded two other Site C contracts. Nanaimo-based F&M Installations Ltd. was awarded the $33-million contract to build the Site C substation, while REEL COH Inc. was awarded the contract to design, build and commission the dam’s powerhouse bridge and gantry cranes for $23 million. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro announced this morning that it has awarded the contract for the Site C dam’s generating station and spillways civil works, along with two other project contracts.BC Hydro signed the generating station and spillways civil works contract with the Aecon-Flatiron-Dragados-EBC Partnership. The contract is valued at $1.6 billion and falls within the project’s revised budget of $10.7 billion.The contract for Site C’s generating station and spillways is the second-largest of the project’s contracts. As part of the contract, Hydro says the AFDE Partnership will build the civil works associated with the powerhouse, penstocks, spillways and power intakes.last_img read more

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FSJ for LNG supports new tax breaks for LNG projects

first_imgYu says the Federal government is doing the opposite.  “The Federal Liberals insist on looking at the upstream and downstream of OIL and Gas projects but does not do the same for others.”FSJ for LNG believes LNG will provide excellent opportunities for Fort St. John.  “In Fort St. John, we will no longer have up and down economic cycles with this new constant export market. LNG export will demand constant natural gas supply from our region which means more jobs will be created. This jobs and the pay slips they come with will be the economic driver for the    other business sectors in Fort St. John.”Yu says he’s confident about the prospects of seeing an LNG industry in B.C. “If this sounds like I am already counting chickens before they are even hatched, I am. This is how confident I am about a new LNG Industry in Canada. I even feel Petronas is coming back to Canada and take full advantage of their investment in Progress Energy. With this new policy framework, they have all the reason to come back”The Premier said his government would also expect the LNG Canada project to fit within the goals of the Province’s climate-change plan and, specifically, its legislated GHG reduction targets. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – FSJ For LNG is supporting the B.C. Governments move to support LNG development in the Province.According to Alan Yu, the new policies will level the playing field for projects being considered for B.C.Under the new framework natural gas developers, including LNG Canada, will get PST relief in line with the policy for manufacturing sectors.  Projects will be subject to repayment in the form of an equivalent operational payment, general industrial electricity rates consistent with other industrial users in B.C., and the elimination of the LNG income tax that had required LNG-specific tax rates.last_img read more

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Big B loves when Aaradhya destroy his working desk

first_imgMumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says his granddaughter Aaradhya likes to come and destroy his working desk, and that brings immense joy to him. Aaradhya is daughter of Abhishek and Aishwarya. His daughter Shweta has two children — daughter Navya Naveli and son Agastya. Big B opened up about his grandchildren when he appeared on the season finale episode of “Starry Nights 2.Oh!”, read a statement. “I’ve loved all of them. When I want to spoil my grandkids, I am so authoritative that their parents dare not oppose me,” Amitabh said. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Aaradhya will still come and destroy my working desk, as she wants to use this pen and wants to write things and wants to play with the laptop. It brings immense joy and is a beautiful experience,” he added. Asked whether anything changed after Aishwarya joined the family, Big B said: “Nothing has changed for us, it was like one daughter left and another one came in.” Talking about his memories from the past and his iconic dialogues, Amitabh said: “The dialogues do not seem as finesse as today’s generation pulling incredible scenes with ease, but I am happy that my fans still like it.” He added: “There are a lot more ladies on the sets today, in our time there were just two — the leading lady and the mother. Today, it’s absolutely wonderful to see these young girls working in all kinds of departments.” The episode will air on Zee Cafe on Sunday.last_img read more

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