Abilene Christian’s Lexie Ducat Claims Southland Player of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Lexie Ducat is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.The senior forward led the Wildcats (5-1) to a 1-1 record on the road last week, averaging 18 points and six rebounds to go along with a pair of steals. The Brock, Texas, product shot 7-for-11 from the field against Oklahoma and was just two rebounds shy of a double-double performance against the Sooners.Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Lexie Ducat, Abilene Christian – Sr. – Forward – Brock, TexasDucat averaged 18 points and six rebounds per game last week, pacing the Abilene Christian offense with a 65.2-percent shooting average. She opened the week with 20 points and eight rebounds against Oklahoma to mark the Wildcats’ highest individual scoring performance against a power-five school since the 2017 season. Ducat then followed up with 16 points over Portland to secure 76-69 road win for the Wildcats. Ducat is shooting 69.2 percent from the field this season, ranking seventh nationally for field goal percentage.Honorable Mention: Jadyn Pimentel, Lamar; Rayah Haynes, McNeese; Celica Sterling, Southeastern Louisiana; Aiyana Johnson, Stephen F. Austin; Alexes Bryant, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

JRU boosts Final Four bid

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Shola Alvarez Photo by Tristan Tamayo / INQUIRER.netJose Rizal University bucked a bad start to beat Letran, 22-25, 28-26, 25-17, 25-16, and strengthen its bid for a Final Four spot in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Shola Alvarez showed why she’s a legitimate MVP candidate with 30 points, the most by any player this season, to lead the Lady Bombers’ rally.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak “Letran was well-prepared coming into this game,” said JRU coach Mia Tioseco. “Luckily for us, we were able to make adjustments midway through the second set.”JRU grabbed a share of fourth place with idle San Sebastian at 5-3 as the fight for a Final Four ticket intensifies.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I always tell my players that we have a goal and that is to get into the Final Four.”—Mark Giongco, INQUIRER.NET Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbedcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Key signings boost Global-Cebu roster View comments Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

GAWU calling on Social Protection Ministry to resolve stalemate

first_imgThe Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) is calling on the Social Protection Ministry to resolve the stalemate between the Union and the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) over La Bonne Intention (LBI) workers being deployed.GAWU stated that if the Corporation and the Union have reached an impasse in the discussion of the LBI workers being relocated to the Enmore Estate, then the Social Protection Ministry should intervene to resolve the issue.Union General Secretary Seepaul Narine in a statement said that among the matters the Union wants to resolve is the one surrounding the Corporation’s decision to transfer the cane harvesters to Enmore Estate, adding that the Union’s delegation needs assurance that the workers would not be transferred.“Notwithstanding that undertaking and to the Union’s surprise the Corporation on July 26, 2016, informed the Union that it has decided to transfer the LBI field workers. Narine noted that the Union’s delegation at that meeting did not consent to the transfer. Subsequently, he stated that there was another engagement between the Union’s delegation and the Corporation on August 3, 2016 and no agreement was reached.He argued that it is therefore inconceivable for GuySuCo to say that the East Demerara Estate is one estate, so the disturbance allowance would not be applicable. “However, if it is that the Corporation and the Union have reached an impasse in the discussions, then the matter should have been referred to the Ministry of Social Protection for conciliation,” he posited.He questioned the transfer of the LBI workers given that LBI cultivation is not closed.“Indeed it should be borne in mind also that canecutters are piece-rated. At LBI whenever they are required to undertake – tasks other than their substantive tasks – their earnings are pegged at 00 per worker, which is higher than the 00 paid at Enmore Estate. There areother dissimilar conditions of work between the two estates,” he said, pointing out that the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act (TESPA) prohibits the Corporation from transferring the workers concerned under less favourable conditions. “Furthermore, the transfer is not proper since the workers are not redundant in keeping with Section 12 of TESPA”.He further stated that the Corporation insisting that it received no letter from the Union to discuss several issues which the Union saw fit to raise is erroneous.“The Corporation’s representative is obviously unacquainted with the facts. We cannot believe at this time, the Corporation seeks to be purposely misleading. The fact is that there are over 12 letters to GuySuCo for which not even an acknowledgement was received,” Narine noted.He stated that the Corporation’s actions strongly emphasise the Union’s view that GuySuCo is not seeking to encourage an atmosphere of dialogue and cooperation.“The GAWU remains desirous of a fruitful working relationship premised on mutual respect in the interest of the industry and its thousands of workers,” he said, adding that “indeed GAWU and the thousands of sugar workers as stakeholders want to ensure workers’ jobs are secured. That is why the workers are opposed to the closure of Wales Estate and any other estate. It is GuySuCo over the past months especially since last October which is refusing to engage the Union on many major issues”.last_img read more

VP Boakai Dedicates Computer Labs at Tubman High, AMEU

first_imgVice President Joseph Boakai last Friday, June 10, dedicated a modern Class E-computer lab at the William V. S. Tubman High School, urging the students to take advantage of opportunities in technology, as the world has become a global village because of technology.VeeP Boakai also dedicated another lab, known as “IMAGINE HUB” at the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) where the students have struggled with their research and other computer-related work over the years due to the lack of a laboratory. The two labs are sponsored by Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO). The total cost of the facilities, according to LIBTELCO Program Director Ralph Sonkarlay, is about US$105, 000.V.P. Boakai called on the students to take advantage of the opportunities that LIBTELCO has provided to enable them to improve their skills in technology.He lauded LIBTELCO for the contributions to the two schools, especially for bringing technology close to the students, some of whom will be graduating within a few months.“Thank you for recognizing the importance of technology. We are happy as a government to see that young people have access to technology. I therefore urge you, the students to prioritize the opportunity you have and advance your skills in technology,” said the V.P. The process, according to V.P. Boakai, is part of government’s Agenda for Transformation and Vision 2030 aimed at improving education.He also urged the schools’ respective administrations to make use of the opportunity and to build on it for the future of the students. Acting Director of LIBTELCO, Checago Bright-Sawo, in his remark, said the support of LIBTELCO to establish labs in schools is to help students get easy access to technology.“Tubman High school’s computer lab has about 50 computers, while AMEU has 25 pieces of Dell computers,” Mr. Bright-Sawo told the audience.The initiative, according to him, is part of his agency’s strategies to provide innovative and practical solutions for economic growth through the use of Information Communications Technologies (ICT).For his part, Education Minister George Werner said following a tour of schools in the counties, the delegation found out that students were requesting for computers to improve their skills in technology. And following their requests, LIBTELCO step up the initiatives and set up computer labs in some schools in Sinoe County, Barclayville, in Grand Kru County, Tubman High and the AMEU in Monrovia, among others.Minister Werner used the occasion and called on students to make use of Internet gadgets including cell phones, laptops and computers to acquire advanced knowledge.He expressed gratitude to LIBTELCO for the project, stating that investing in education is critical to the growth of every country. Also in remarks, AMEU President Dr. Joseph Isaac said the computer lab presents a better environment to enable students to advance in technology.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgApril has been identified as Bowel Cancer Awareness Month by the Irish Cancer Society, and in recognition of this Letterkenny General Hospital is hosting an information afternoon to raise awareness of the condition and to promote early detection.On Monday, 30th April, a number of Nurse Specialists will in the hospital foyer from 2 – 4 pm to offer advice, answer questions and give out leaflets on the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer.The aim of the information afternoon is to raise awareness around the issue of bowel cancer, and to highlight areas such as the early signs and symptoms of bowel cancer. Cathy Walsh, Colorectal Nurse Specialist at Letterkenny General Hospital, says: “We would encourage anyone who has an interest in this topic or who may have concerns about themselves or family members to come and see us in the hospital foyer between 2 and 4 pm on Monday, 30th April, and find out more about the condition.  Clinical Nurse Specialists will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice to members of the public who come to the hospital foyer next Monday afternoon.”Anyone with concerns about bowel cancer can contact the National Cancer Helpline on Freefone 1800 200 700. The Helpline is staffed by specialist cancer nurses who can speak in confidence to anyone concerned about bowel cancer. LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL TO MAKE BOWEL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH was last modified: April 23rd, 2012 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:LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL TO MAKE BOWEL CANCER AWARENESS MONTHlast_img read more

Warriors 3 Things: Lakers give Warriors a Christmas Day reality check

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors entered their Christmas Day showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers as the favorites to win the NBA title, and — barring massive, unforeseen movement in Las Vegas — they were still the favorites in the aftermath of the 127-101 loss.Nothing is on fire in Oakland, but that doesn’t mean that the Lakers — both with and without LeBron James — didn’t leave the Warriors with plenty …last_img read more

South Africa sets up fund for new industrialists

first_img13 May 2015South Africa is making a big push to industrialise its economy, and R23-billion has been set aside over the next five years to fund new players in the sector.Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said the fund would contribute towards job creation, industrialisation and transformation and go a long way in eradicating inequality and poverty. He was tabling his department’s budget vote in parliament on 12 May.“The Industrial Development Corporation [IDC] is committing R100-billion over five years to industrial development. What is new, and what is significant, is that we are setting aside R23-billion to promote black industrialists.“This is a five-year programme that is intended to support those companies where black South Africans are both owning and controlling the enterprises in the productive sectors of the economy and is intended to bring more South Africans into the economic mainstream,” Patel said.The decision to set aside the funding was meant to promote the transformation of the economy as well as boost economic growth by unlocking its potential and talent. He said South Africa needed to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth, and that the funding would be made available on concessional terms.“Aside from black industrialists, there is, of course, a compelling need to bring more black South Africans into the economy. There are also targeted groups – young people, women – they have not been sufficiently brought into the productive activities. So the IDC will make available R9-billion in total – R4.5-billion for women, R4.5-billion for youth.”Funding would be distributed in the form of loans or equities.Relationship with AfricaFollowing attacks on foreign nationals in April, Patel said he would convene a symposium of investors, workers, intellectuals and public officials with Wits University and the IDC on will on 25 May. The African Union has declared that day Africa Day, an annual celebration of the continent.The symposium would look at the economic impact of South Africa’s relationship with the rest of the continent. He would also go on a road show to different parts of the country to communicate one message, Patel said, that South Africa’s prosperity was intimately tied to economic relations with the rest of the continent.South Africa’s efforts towards economic integration with the rest of the continent were yielding success. In 2014, the country exported R300-billion worth of goods to the rest of Africa, an increase of R36-billion.“Aside from the damage that the [attacks on foreign nationals] do to our humanity, we cannot unscramble ourselves from Africa, our continent, without serious economic damage. Our total manufacturing, mining and agricultural exports to the rest of Africa sustained 244 000 direct jobs in South Africa, of these, 169 000 are manufacturing.“Africa is now more important for growth in manufacturing exports than Europe, the United States or China,” Patel said.Retail sectorTurning to small business, he said the Competition Commission would undertake an inquiry to see how smaller businesses in the formal and informal economy could be supported so that they were able to compete in the retail sector.The inquiry, to be carried out in this financial year, would also seek to find ways in which smaller players could be incorporated into the lucrative sector. “The Competition Commission will be launching a market inquiry into the retail sector, looking at how we can bring more black South Africans, more small businesses into the retail sector.“It will examine, amongst others, tenancy arrangements in shopping malls, the growth of township enterprises, small shops, spaza shops and so on, and it is intended to ensure that we have got a competitive but also inclusive retail sector.”Another inquiry into the health care industry, which he announced in 2014, would conduct its public hearings during the current financial year, Patel said. That inquiry was established with the aim of addressing several concerns about the industry, including the cost of health care in South Africa.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

TechStars & Kauffman Foundation Team Up To Simplify Accelerator Application Process

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting TechStars is joining forces with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to help simplify access to the growing number of accelerator programs. As part of the partnership, the Kauffman Foundation will provide TechStars with $200,000 funding to build software that can be utilized by accelerator programs.Specifically, these funds will be used to help build an application system that can be used across industries, not just within the TechStars Network. The aim of the system will be to ease the application process, allowing entrepreneurs to fill out one form to apply to multiple participating programs, rather than have to repeat the process for each organization they apply to.The new system will also allow the Kauffman Foundation and other researchers to analyze the data surrounding these programs. This will help understand the demand for accelerators, the funding opportunities, as well as the business results for participating companies over time. “The Kauffman Foundation is supporting the seed accelerator movement that TechStars helped pioneer, with the goal of making it easier for entrepreneurs to gain access to mentorship from the best and brightest entrepreneurs and investors in their communities,” says TechStars CEO David Cohen.The joint efforts grow out of the White House’s Startup America Partnership, an alliance that aims to boost high-growth companies and, by extension, boost the U.S. economy. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts audrey watterscenter_img Tags:#start#tips Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Five Ways An Accelerator Can Propel Your Startup To Success

first_imgHarver is on the Way to Reinvent High-Volume Hi… 4 Painless Ways to Pay off Small Business Loans… Related Posts Venture Capital Is Just One Funding Option, Rem… Accelerators have appeared across the country and around the world. Their goal is to push startups further along — to help them grow into their potential and start benefiting the economy. Accelerators also want to share in developing disruptive new technology. In a Harvard Business Review article titled “What Startup Accelerators Really Do,” Booking Institution Nonresident Senior Fellow Ian Hathaway explains:“Startup accelerators support early-stage, growth-driven companies through education, mentorship, and financing. Startups enter accelerators for a fixed period of time and as part of a cohort of companies. The accelerator experience is a process of intense, rapid, and immersive education aimed at accelerating the life cycle of young innovative companies, compressing years’ worth of learning-by-doing into just a few months.”The same article notes just how fast accelerators have grown. Hathaway identified 172 U.S.-based accelerators between 2005 and 2015 that together invested in over 5,000 U.S. startups. In that time, the companies involved raised $19.5 billion in funding. If you are debating whether you should apply to an accelerator program, consider these real-world ways that accelerators have enabled startups to succeed: Building A Team and Setting Up ShopAccelerators can help startups meet new people who have the potential to become members of their teams. They can also help founders find a location their growing businesses can call home.This benefit is illustrated by at least one member of the Ameren Accelerator, which is powered by the University of Missouri System and UMSL Accelerate and focuses on energy technology startups. Rebate Bus, which participated in the accelerator’s first cohort, has hired four full-time staff members and two interns from the Ameren Accelerator program. Rebate Bus CEO Joe Pater says, “UMSL Accelerate has given Rebate Bus a huge boost in development, marketing, and with the growth of our team.”The company, which is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, is now establishing its operations team in St. Louis. To do so, it set up shop in the UMSL Accelerate office space at the conclusion of the Ameren Accelerator program. Rebate Bus found this an ideal way to help bridge the gap while it locates a permanent office in St. Louis. It plans to move from the accelerator’s space sometime during 2018.Now Ameren Accelerator wants to offer the same kinds of support to other startups. It’s currently accepting applications for members to participate in its second cohort. Learning At A Faster RateAccelerators aren’t just for startups. Even companies that have been around for a while can transform themselves for the digital age. Consider how ManageHub Accelerator assisted L&R Lawn Equipment and Repair. While the company had been founded many decades earlier, the owner recognized that he needed to make his business sustainable for a new environment.Working with an accelerator, L&R learned quickly about the new economy and technology and was able to improve its processes. According to Steve Seder, L&R’s director of operations:“Before using ManageHub, our business was chaotic at best. We had no idea what others were doing, and we had people doing the same jobs at the same time. Our operations were so out of line that it was costing us thousands of dollars without even knowing it. Now we are more organized, more creative, more efficient, and have a process to handle every situation that arises, making training easier and profits soar.”The program helped L&R learn how to change what it did and take advantage of the new business realities. Its ManageHub experience marked a true transformation for the company. Making More Connections FasterStartup SpotHero worked with the Techstars Chicago accelerator in 2012. During their participation in the program, the startup’s founders realized just how much the company benefited from all the connections the accelerator provided. SpotHero co-founder and CEO Mark Lawrence notes:“Mentorship might seem like an obvious part of an accelerator, but we were surprised by how many incredibly talented mentors we had access to during the program. From the founders of OpenTable, GrubHub and CDW to the CEOs of publicly traded companies, we spent time learning from some of the most successful people in the world. We met with about 100 mentors 1:1 so we could really get to know them better, pick their brains, and learn from their experiences. Whether it was entrepreneurs, marketers, salespeople, or lawyers, each one forced us to start thinking about how these different specialties come together to form a profitable business. We developed strong relationships, and suddenly we had people, besides our families, who were invested in our success.”SpotHero’s founders might eventually have made such connections on their own. However, they wouldn’t have had such a large group within their reach to help them so quickly. That proximity and number of connections sped the startup’s development. Getting A Different PerspectiveAs a startup founder, you live and breathe your business idea and tiny company. That passion is great. However, it can also blind you to certain things that a second pair of unbiased eyes can see. This might include limiting your audience, product, or service or finding a better price point for your offering. Maybe you are even going in the wrong direction. An accelerator can point you in the right direction even if that means pivoting.In 2013, the Digital Greenwich accelerator worked with Student Tutors to help the startup look at its business idea differently. According to the accelerator’s case study on the startup, Digital Greenwich was able to advise the startup on areas where it had previously been struggling. Student Tutor CEO Abrar Akhtar explains, “It’s definitely been beneficial to participate in the program and go over strategies with the business advisor. We’ve been trying to work out how we can get as many new customers on board, and working with the business advisor has led us to develop a clear plan that allows us to target this potential clientele.” Practicing Until PerfectWhen you are working on your own in a vacuum, you don’t make the time to do things that can help you succeed. One of those is honing your pitch to investors or crafting the best messages for your marketing campaigns.Working with an accelerator, you can both practice your pitches and get feedback that can help you improve them. Credential Cabinet participated in the JFE Accelerator, which provided this benefit among many others. Co-founder Ely Greenberg explains:“Because we were in an accelerator, we also got to pitch in front of ‘mock’ investors before the pitch event. These were investors who could provide unbiased feedback. There is no ‘correct’ way to pitch. There are many articles about what to say and what not to say, but basically it boils down to telling a captivating story, demonstrating that you have a great team and product, and that you’re serious about building a great company. You should know the material on your slides, as well as the supporting facts.”As a result of their accelerator experience, Credential Cabinet’s founders believe they improved their pitching skills due to the advice and feedback they received. They also learned about what didn’t work so that they could avoid those mistakes in future pitches. Overall, their confidence about pitching to investors increased.An accelerator program can offer the perfect combination of mentoring, learning, access to funding, and strategic guidance. This environment allows founders to get the support they need to take their companies in the right direction for success.center_img Tags:#accelerator#engagement Pyze Announces $4.6 Million Funding Round for A… Peter Daisymelast_img read more

NIA may take over J&K BJP leader’s murder case

first_imgThe National Investigation Agency (NIA) is likely to take over investigation into the killing of senior BJP leader Anil Parihar and his brother Ajeet Parihar by suspected militants in Kishtwar district of Jammu & Kashmir earlier this month, officials said on Sunday.A team of NIA experts visited Kishtwar town, 230 km from here, last week to assist the State police in the ongoing probe. It later sought permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs for taking over the case for a thorough investigation, the officials said.The Parihar brothers were shot at point-blank range outside their house on November 1 when they were returning home after closing their shop in the town. The officials said the Home Ministry was likely to give its nod to the NIA for taking over the probe from the Special Investigation Team set up by the government. The SIT has arrested some people, including the sister of a local militant who along with his Kashmiri associate is believed to have carried out the target killing in an attempt to revive militancy in the district bordering south Kashmir — the hotbed of militancy in the State. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav visited the bereaved family last week and said, “Right now our main challenge is to track down the terrorists (behind the killings) and neutralise them. That will be done very soon.” “That (neutralising of terrorists) is the important thing here. Of course, we will not allow these kinds of activities to create instability and violence in Kishtwar or Doda, the peaceful areas of Jammu region. That is our priority and we are focusing on that,” Mr. Madhav had said. On November 5, Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik had said the accused in the killing of Parihar brothers have been identified and will soon be brought to book. “It has been proved that it was an incident of militancy,” he had said, adding that it “was an act of frustration on the part of militants and Pakistan”. The State government had constituted an SIT to probe the killings and directed it to submit its report as early as possible. The SIT has detained some persons in connection with the killings after questioning over 30 people, including the personal security officers of the BJP leader. The police investigation has so far revealed that the killings were carried out by a two-member squad of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.last_img read more

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