Story Links The Drake University men’s and women’s track and field teams travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, this weekend for the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships. The Bulldogs head to the UNI Dome having recorded 21 total performances in 17 events that currently rank in the top-10 in the MVC.In the league’s annual pre-championship poll, both the men’s and women’s teams were predicted to finish seventh. However, with six indoor meets and numerous personal bests and all-time top-10 performances to date, the Bulldogs are optimistic to continue that trend and climb up the Valley standings. Below are a handful of athletes poised to make contributions towards that goal for the Bulldogs.DistanceSenior Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) leads the women’s team into the championship after taking fifth place in the 3,000 meters last year. This season, she owns the third-fastest mile time in the Valley (4:50.70) and the fourth-fastest 3,000-meter time (9:37.89). She also set the school record in the 5,000 meters at 16:17.30, but is not entered in that event for the MVC Championship.Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Robert McCann (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) will both compete in the 3,000-meter event. Fischer holds the fifth fastest time in the MVC (8:06.88), while McCann (8:17.44) falls just a few seconds behind with the ninth fastest. Fischer will also race in the 5,000 meters while McCann will compete in the mile. The duo both bring an wealth of experience to the Championships with Fischer having finished seventh in the 5,000 meters last season while McCann was third in the mile last season.Sprints/HurdlesMary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) owns the third-fastest 60-meter hurdles in the MVC this season with a personal best of 8.52 at the Holiday Inn Invitational. As a sophomore, she aims to improve upon her third-place showing from last season when she clocked a personal best of 8.49. Young will also step into the blocks in the 200 meters and run a leg on the Bulldogs’ 4×400-meter relay. Another sophomore, Rai Ahmed-Green (Irvine, Cali.), once again looks to perform well for the Bulldogs. She ranks seventh in the MVC in the 400-meter dash this season with a time of 56.45, but owns an indoor personal best of 56.37. She too will compete in the 200 meters and contribute on the 4×400-meter relay.For the men, Pierce Vincent (Fayetteville, Ga.) ranks in the top 10 in the MVC in both the 60 and 200 meters. The senior recorded a fifth place finish in the 60 meters at the MVC Conference Championships last season, and has potential to improve upon that this year having already run 6.83 a time that is 0.10 faster than his fifth-place time last season. Teammate Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, Netherlands) holds the second fastest time in the MVC in the 400 meters as he shattered a 34-year-old school record in the event with a time of 47.53 in this, his first season as a Bulldog. He will also spend time on the Bulldogs’ 4×400-meter relay.JumpsSophomore Taryn Rolle (Nassau, Bahamas) will compete in both the long jump and the triple jump events. Her best triple jump performance of the season (40-8.25) is the second best in the conference and the second longest in Drake history. The Drake record holder in that event, Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) has jumped 39-9.25 this season and owns the school record with a mark of 40-9.75 set in a fifth-place finish at last year’s MVC Championship. Earlier this season, Bell unleashed a long jump of 19-7.5 that ranks as the top jump in the Valley this season and the third-best in school history.In the men’s triple jump Johnathan Osifuye (Woodbury, Minn) ranks eighth in the MVC with a jump of 46-10. He owns an indoor best of 47-2.5 and finished eight in the event at last year’s championship.Ryan Cook (Colorado Springs, Co.) and freshman Forest Moses (Highland Park, Ill.) both have top ten conference rankings in the high jump. Separated by a two inches with Cook clearing 6-8, the duo hopes to offer solid performances for the Bulldogs.The Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships begin Saturday, Feb.27 at 9:30 a.m. with the multi-events. Field events follow with a start time of 1:15 p.m., and the track events begin at 3:00 p.m. The competition continues Sunday, Feb. 28, with multi-events kicking off at 9:30 a.m., field events at 11:30 a.m., and track events beginning at 1:25 p.m. Print Friendly Version The Valley On ESPN3 (Sat.) Schedule Live Results Championship Central The Valley On ESPN3 (Sun.)
Legendary Springbok rugby scrumhalf and captain Joost van der Westhuizen died on Monday 6 February after five years battling motor neuron disease. He was 45.Joost van der Westhuizen was instrumental in the Springboks’ World Cup triumph in 1995. But tragically, the legendary scrumhalf could not triumph over motor neuron disease. (screenshot via Youtube)Former Springbok rugby scrumhalf, captain and legend, Joost van der Westhuizen, has died at age 45 after a long battle with motor neuron disease.The J9 Foundation, which Van der Westhuizen established to fight the incurable disease, confirmed his passing on Monday 6 February. After his vital organs began to fail on Friday 3 February, he was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital on Saturday and placed on life support.The foundation said he passed away on Monday after “putting up an incredible fight” over the weekend.He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neuron disease, in 2011. The disease attacks the body’s neurons, weakening the body’s voluntary muscles. This can result in difficulty in speaking, swallowing, and eventually breathing.Van der Westhuizen played a pivotal role in the Springbok’s first Rugby World Cup title in 1995. In his prime, he was considered the world’s greatest scrumhalf. He is still regarded as one of the legends of the game.Van der Westhuizen spent his entire club career with the Blue Bulls, from 1993 until 2003, with great success. But he will be best remembered for his international playing career.He featured in 89 tests for the Springboks and scored 38 tries, a record only broken by Bryan Habana in 2011, at the Rugby World Cup. He captained South Africa during the 1999 World Cup where they finished third. Van der Westhuizen retired from international rugby in 2003 as South Africa’s record cap holder.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Global leaders in government, civil society, academia and the media are headed to Durban in early May as South Africa hosts the annual World Economic Forum on Africa.Global leaders will converge on Durban to attend the World Economic Forum on Africa from 3 to 5 May 2017. (South African Tourism, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)Brand South Africa reporterThe World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa will be hosted in Durban from 3 to 5 May under the theme “Driving economic transformation in Africa through inclusive growth models”.The forum will convene regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society to explore solutions to create economic opportunities for all. Over a thousand participants are expected.Discussions at the conference will focus on a sustainable and inclusive future, exploring new ways for growth and innovation.Growth on the continent“Africa has a historic opportunity to shift the trajectory of its development by avoiding the excesses and mistakes made by countries in advanced parts of the world,” said Elsie Kanza, head of Africa at the World Economic Forum.“But its success will depend on creating new models of growth that provide equality of opportunity to everyone and allow innovation to flourish.”WEF says on its website that there is a mixed outlook for growth in Africa, largely due to decreasing commodity prices and an economic slowdown in China.“Events in Africa and across the world have demonstrated a need for leaders to be responsive to the demands of the people who have entrusted them to lead, and to also provide a vision and a way forward,” WEF says.Team South AfricaHeaded by President Jacob Zuma, the following government officials will attend WEF on Africa:Minister of Finance Malusi GigabaMinister of Trade and Industry Rob DaviesMinister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff RadebeMinister of Health Aaron MotsoalediMinister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula MokonyaneMinister of Science and Technology Naledi PandorMinister of Tourism Tokozile XasaMinister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga CweleMinister of Environmental Affairs Edna MolewaMinister of Economic Development Ebrahim PatelMinister of Energy Mmamoloko KubayiMinister of Arts and Culture Nkosinathi MthethwaMinister of Small Business Development Lindiwe ZuluMinister of Public Enterprises Lynne BrownMinister of Higher Education and Training Blade NzimandeKwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Sihle ZikalalaBackground on WEFWEF’s global gathering is held in Davos, Switzerland, at the start of every year. It is followed by regional meetings across the world, one of which is WEF on Africa. #wefafrica2017 Tweets Source: WEFWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Although most of Ohio fields have not been planted yet, some of the earlier planted fields are starting to pop up. Matt Hutcheson, Product Manager with Seed Consultants, gives some advice for taking a look at those first corn stands. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio State University Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency in Ohio are partnering to provide a series of educational Farm Bill meetings this winter to help producers make informed decisions related to enrollment in commodity programs.The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net programs that were in the 2014 Farm Bill. While the ARC and PLC programs under the new farm bill remain very similar to the previous farm bill, there are some changes that producers should be aware of.Farm Bill meetings will review changes to the ARC/PLC programs as well as important dates and deadlines. Additionally, attendees will learn about decision tools and calculators available to help, which program best fits the needs of their farms under current market conditions and outlook.Enrollment for 2019 is currently open with the deadline set as March 15, 2020. Enrollment for the 2020 crop year closes June 30, 2020. Producers can enroll for both 2019 and 2020 during the same visit to an FSA county office. Producers have the opportunity to elect to either ARC or PLC for the 2019 to 2023 crop years, with the option to change their program election in 2021, 2022, and 2023.For more specifics about a meeting near you click here.To find out about upcoming meetings, and get information about the Farm Bill, visit go.osu.edu/farmbill2019.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Amer’s shot, however, wasn’t his to take as the play was originally designed for Allen Durham to try to get two points in the interior after Black called the timeout with 1:32 remaining.Durham, though, was hounded inside and he found the open Amer who had no defender within five of him.And Amer was ready to bail out Meralco in whatever way he can.“When I entered the floor off the timeout, coach Jimmy [Alapag] and coach Ronnie [Magsanoc] told me to just shoot it if I find myself open, and it just happened,” said Amer.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Durham proud of ‘game-changer’ Hugnatan, Amer QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games He ended up contributing 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting to help the Bolts take an 85-83 win against Ginebra in Game 4 of the PBA Governors’ Cup finals.“The coaches are there, my teammates are there to help me,” said Amer in Filipino. “They were there for me the last three games and they’re always motivating me to help bring back my game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd of Amer’s 11 points, none was bigger than the three he put up with 1:18 remaining in the game that gave Meralco an 81-80 lead, a shot head coach Norman Black essentially called as the “game-winner.”“That was a big shot by Baser from the corner, actually you can say that was the game-winner,” said Black. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBaser Amer walked into Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday carrying a proverbial blank sheet.His 0-of-6 shooting night in Game 3 was a thorn in his side and he knew he had to start making his attempts if he hoped to help Meralco tie the series at 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA
LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Eduard Folayang, the current ONE lightweight king, said winning titles across different divisions the way Pacquiao did is near impossible to pull off in MMA.“Boxing and mixed martial arts are two different sports, so it will be hard to replicate his success in being a world champion in as many weight classes,” Folayang said. “There’s a huge gap in weight in each division in mixed martial arts.”But aiming to have the same staying power as Pacquiao’s is tough but achievable for Folayang. “What I hope to accomplish instead is to be a world champion for as long as he is. He encourages me to stay healthy, long enough to compete in a world championship at 40,” said Folayang.“Everything he is right now is a result of his hard work and perseverance. His story inspires all of us in Team Lakay.”ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments NorthPort teammates blown away by Robert Bolick: ‘He’s not even a rookie’ LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Photo from ONE ChampionshipJAKARTA, Indonesia—Team Lakay doesn’t have to look far for an added source of motivation in its fighters’ bid to remain as world champions for as long as they could.Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has been one of the best boxers of his generation for the longest time and although, he’s not the same fighter he once was when he conquered one division after another, he’s still a world champion even at age 40.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ That longevity is what the warriors of Team Lakay are aspiring to emulate on the MMA stage.“Manny Pacquiao is an inspiration to all of us in Team Lakay. We all saw how he rose from from poverty to superstardom,” said Team Lakay headmaster Mark Sangiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“If we can, we would love to replicate the duration of his title reign. We also hope to compete at that level on a global stage at 40 years old.” Pacquiao won his first world title as a flyweight in 1998 then, went on to claim seven more major belts to become the sport’s only eight-division champion after dismantling Antonio Margarito for the WBC light middleweight crown in 2010. On Sunday (Manila time), the fighting Senator is defending his WBA (regular) strap against Adrien Broner in Las Vegas. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “We’re going to celebrate it and have fun, but we’ll quickly focus on Boston,” Milwaukee guard Sterling Brown said. “It’s going to be a fun series. Last year, they got us in Game 7.”Milwaukee has come a long way from Antetokounmpo’s first postseason appearance four years ago when Chicago advanced with a 120-66 win.“From where we were and where we are right now, it’s been an unbelievable journey,” Antetokounmpo said. “The organization has done a great job of just pushing in another direction.”Antetokounmpo has had a lot to do with that, smashing expectations for the No. 15 pick overall in 2013.In games and practices, he has impressed his teammates with spectacular plays and even they were shaking their head in disbelief after his latest highlight.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bucks assistant coach Vin Baker has been watching Antetokounmpo up close on a daily basis and raves about his game as much as his personality.“He’s the best player in the world right now,” said Baker, a former NBA starter. “He reminds me sometimes of Scottie Pippen, but Scottie wasn’t 6-11. Sometimes I see some LeBron (James) in his game. But Giannis is so unique I don’t think there’s ever been another NBA superstar like him.“And, he’s just 24 and he attacks every day like it’s his first day in the league.”Baker has seen Antetokounmpo accommodate requests from young and old fans and marvels at his humility.“He’s one of the best people I’ve ever been around,” Baker said. “He doesn’t say no to people and unlike some stars, it’s not an act. He’s as real and genuine and authentic as you can be.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, front right, hugs Detroit Pistons center Zaza Pachulia after Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 22, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT— Giannis Antetokounmpo will have his unique talents on display in the second round of the NBA playoffs for the first time in his six-year career.If Milwaukee’s superstar can match or beat his latest jaw-dropping highlight, everyone is in for a treat, unless they play or root for the Boston Celtics.ADVERTISEMENT Lloyd Pierce replacing Nate McMillan on USA coaching staff View comments “It’s crazy to be able to witness each one of these, it seems like each and every game,” Bucks center Brook Lopez said.The latest one, though, wasn’t a play any of his teammates could recall seeing before.Antetokounmpo leaped in the middle of the lane, trying to dunk on Andre Drummond with his right hand.He was met by Detroit’s 6-foot-11, 279-pound center in the air and got fouled, getting bumped off his path in the paint.No problem.Antetokounmpo had enough strength to bring the ball down to corral it with both hands before flicking his right wrist just enough before landing to make the shot to get the ball up and into the hoop.“It was just unbelievable,” Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe said.Brown was on the court for the three-point play late in the first half. A couple hours later, he still couldn’t believe what he saw.“Everybody is not like him,” Brown said.That appears to be true off the court, too. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Antetokounmpo scored a career playoff-high 41 points to lift the Bucks a 127-104 sweep-sealing win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.“This means a lot,” he said softly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe top-seeded Bucks will face fourth-seeded Boston in a postseason rematch. The Celtics are also coming off a sweep, against Indiana, and should have confidence in the matchup after eliminating Milwaukee in the first round last year.The Bucks swept a seven-game series for the first time since 1983, when they did it in the conference semifinals against Boston. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew
In the wake of Pulwama terror attack, Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla made it clear that there is no possibility of bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan unless they get government’s nod.Shukla admitted to have faith in the concept of sports being above everything else but asserted that “if somebody is sponsoring terrorism” then it would obviously have an impact on sports.”Our position is very clear. Unless government gives us nod, we are not going to play with Pakistan. Sports should be above all these things but if somebody is sponsoring terrorism, obviously it will affect sports also,” Shukla told reporters.When asked if India will play against Pakistan in the forthcoming World Cup, Shukla ducked the question saying, “That we can’t tell you know right now. World cup is far away. We will see what happens.”Following the attack, people from across the country expressed anger and demanded action against Pakistan. The congress member said that the outrage is justified and asked Pakistan to stop supporting terrorism.”This is the outrage of the people which is reflecting in these ways. Obviously people will react like this. Pakistan should be vary of these things. They should not support terrorism. We have been saying this from day one. When our government was there, we gave tons of documents about their involvement. They should realise this,” Shukla said.Around 40 CRPF personnel were killed when a CRPF convoy, while moving from Jammu to Srinagar, was attacked by a suicide bomber in Pulwama on February 14. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack.advertisementAlso Read | Photos of Pakistan cricketers removed from Jaipur stadium after Pulwama terror attackAlso Read | IMG-Reliance not to broadcast Pakistan Super League over Pulwama attackAlso Read | PCB reacts after CCI removes Imran Khan posters: Will take this up with ICC and BCCIAlso Read | Let’s make India want to play Pakistan: PCB managing director
Cardiff attacker Aron Gunnarsson: We’re in good positionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City attacker Aron Gunnarsson insists they can recover from their home thrashing by Manchester United.It promises to be a difficult season for Cardiff as they fight relegation but Gunnarsson says they must take the positives and the biggest one of that they are not in the drop zone for Christmas despite the United defeat.Gunnarsson said: “Especially away from home, we need to start picking up points away from home. We’ve obviously been good here at home apart from today.“We need to keep going but looking at the table, at Christmas time, we’d have taken the position at the moment but we need to build on that and stick together even though this loss was tough to take.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say