SUU Men’s Basketball Commences Big Sky Season at Portland State Monday

first_imgDecember 30, 2019 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Basketball Commences Big Sky Season at Portland State Monday Tags: Portland State basketball/SUU Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPORTLAND, Ore.-Monday evening, Southern Utah University men’s basketball (7-4) opens up Big Sky Conference play by visiting the Portland State Vikings (7-6, 1-0 in Big Sky Conference play).The Thunderbirds are coached by fourth-year head coach Todd Simon (43-67, .391 at SUU; 52-75, .409 as a collegiate head coach). Having started the season 7-4, this portends to be Simon’s best season at Cedar City to date.The proficient Thunderbirds score 77 points per game. This ties them for 82nd nationally in scoring offense with Valparaiso and Saint Francis (Pa.)Presently, redshirt guard senior/forward Cameron Oluyitan (12.8 points, 5.3 rebounds per game,  a team-best 19 steals and 25 assists) is SUU’s leading scorer.Junior guard John Knight III (12.5 points) and redshirt senior forward Dwayne Morgan (11.3 points per game, a team-best 8 blocked shorts) also score in double figures on average for the Thunderbirds.Sophomore guard Harrison Butler posts a team-best 8 rebounds per game to pace SUU.The Thunderbirds rank 76th nationally in scoring defense by surrendering 63.6 points per contest headed into conference play.SUU ranks 14th nationally in rebound margin per game (+9.2), out-rebounding opponents 40.7-31.5 per game on-average.The Vikings, who edged Northern Colorado 69-65 Saturday, are coached by former SUU stand-out Barret Peery who is 43-36 (.544) in his second season at the helm.Peery is a native of Payson, Utah and starred for Payson High School, Snow College and SUU (1994-95).The Vikings post 79.2 points per game, ranking them 47th nationally in scoring offense.Junior guard Holland Woods (17.3 points per game and team bests in assists [70] and steals [25]) is Portland State’s overall statistical leader.Senior guard Matt Hauser (15.7 points, 5.1 rebounds per game) is the Vikings’ only other double-figures scorer on-average.Senior center Sal Nuhu leads Portland State with 14 blocked shots and senior forward Rashaad Goolsby averages a team-best 8 rebounds per contest.The Vikings surrender 73.4 points per game, which ranks them 278th nationally in scoring defense.The Vikings lead the Thunderbirds 11-2 all-time and are 7-0 at home against them. Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Returns From Italy

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team returned home to Des Moines Wednesday evening from its 10-day Italy trip.  Print Friendly Version The day wrapped with a final dinner at a local restaurant that every member of the travel party was able to attend. The dinner offered a final opportunity for Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk and all 12 student-athletes to reflect on the trip and thank the many fans, families and donors who made the trip so memorable and for all they do to make Drake women’s basketball so special. #DogCiao After winning their final game of the trip Monday night over the Italian Select Team, the Bulldogs and their travel party had a free day on Tuesday, their final full day in Italy. Some of the group took advantage of the free time to stay in Como and shop, sightsee and eat while the rest took advantage of the close proximity to Switzerland for a bus ride over the border to spend a few hours in Lagano, Switzerland. The beautiful lakeside town was full of great restaurants and shops and offered amazing views of the Swiss Alps. Be sure to read up on the trip via Instagram and Twitter, @DrakeWBB along with trip central page at and the student-athletes’ Tmblr blog. Each student-athlete will have a final blog post by Friday. It was a long day of travel for the Bulldogs who started the day in Como, bused to and flew out of Milan, landed at JFK Airport in New York City followed by a flight to Minneapolis and finally bused home from the Twin Cities.last_img read more

R6bn budget boost for higher education

first_img11 December 2009 “These and various other recommendations of the task team have been adapted to a new draft policy, which the minister wishes to implement in 2011/12,” said the Department of Education in a statement this week. “The minister will seek the advice of the Council for Higher Education (CHE) before taking a final decision on the implementation of this new policy.” “Minister Nzimande is [also] committed to advancing transformation in higher education and therefore believes that a new funding framework is necessary to ensure higher access and success rates particularly for black African and disadvantaged students, and improved quality of teaching and research,” the department added. He said the department has also earmarked allocations of R39-million for 2010/11 and R41-million for 2011/12 for the National Institutes for Higher Education in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, where exploratory work is being conducted on establishing new universities. Nzimande also recommitted his department to reducing the percentage of students who are not subsidised as a consequence of over-enrolment by universities. To gain access to the funds, institutions would have to do the following: The budged for higher education is set to grow progressively over the next three years, with Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande announcing that the amount is expected to grow from R15.3-billion in the 2008/9 financial year to R21.3-billion in 2011/12. One of the features of the proposed new teaching development policy is that 80% of the MTEF budget for teaching outputs would be distributed on the basis of the actual teaching outputs or graduates produced by universities, while the balance of 20% would be used for teaching development grants. Another feature is that the distribution of the funds available would be based on the share each institution has of the degree credit total of the higher education system. This is to ensure that all institutions are eligible for teaching development funds. It is envisaged that teaching development grants would continue to be earmarked funds which must be used for purposes designated by the minister. Meanwhile, a ministerial task team has recommended that the current policy on the calculation and distribution of teaching development grants be discontinued. Improving graduation rates With regard to research development grants, the ministerial task team has recommended that the current policy on the calculation and distribution of grants be discontinued from the 2011/12 financial year.center_img The balance of 20% would be used for research development grants. It is also proposed that all universities would be eligible for research development grants. The main recommendations of the task team are that the minister should be able to set the annual amount available for teaching development as a fixed proportion of the total allocation for teaching outputs, and that all institutions should be eligible for teaching development funding, and not only those whose performance fell below national output norms. They would have to submit plans indicating what interventions they could make to improve success rates in these courses. These plans would have to be accompanied by expenditure budgets. Teaching development grants “The minister’s new requirement would be that these funds must be used in targeted ways to improve the success and graduation rates of disadvantaged students,” the department said. Research development grants Speaking in Pretoria this week, Nzimande said the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) figures were tentative and subject to confirmation in the budget presentation. Annual progress reports would have to have to be submitted. These would have to describe the outcomes of the implementation of the plans, including indications of changes that have occurred in success rates. They would have to identify those programmes in which the graduation rates of disadvantaged students are significantly lower than those of advantaged students. They would have also to identify the courses within those programmes which are failed by large proportions of disadvantaged students. The main features of the proposed new research policy, on which the minister will also seek advice from the CHE, include that 80% of the MTEF budget for research outputs would be distributed on the basis of the actual research outputs produced by universities. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Royal boost for conservation in Africa

first_imgIn a move away from his army career, Britain’s Prince Harry is spending three months in southern Africa, where he will learn about poaching and the measures put in place to increase the conservation of threatened animals such as rhino and elephant. Britain’s Prince Harry has quit the army after a decade of service. He is spending time in southern Africa to learn about poaching and conservation. (Image: Wikipedia) • Celebrities support good causes in South Africa • Solar car races around southern Africa • Why South Africa’s Karoo is a palaeontological wonderland • Make saving the planet a habit • Documentary festival brings environmental message Priya Pitamber A prince and soldier, with a reputation of notorious party goer, Britain’s Prince Harry is adding another label to his name – conservationist. After 10 years of service in the British Army, during which he was deployed twice to the frontline in Afghanistan, the prince is now spending three months working in wildlife conservation in southern Africa.“The programme will cover a variety of activities in Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Botswana,” said Kensington Palace. “Prince Harry will learn about environmental education programmes and see up close the importance of linking the long-term future of southern Africa’s wildlife with the sustainable development of the communities who live alongside the wildlife.”Going in-depthThe prince will work with a number of experts in the field. “He will join a team of rangers who are the first to respond to reports of poaching attacks on elephants and rhino,” the palace said.“He will for a time work alongside some of the world’s leading veterinarians who act to save animals who have survived barbaric attacks, including the removal of their tusks. And he will also work with park managers to learn about new technologies being used to enforce site protection.”Wherever possible, the prince will be fully embedded with the conservationists and frontline staff with whom he will work, including sharing the same accommodation.In his brother’s footstepsPrince Harry’s brother, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William has also been active in conservation on the African continent. The latter’s United for Wildlife partnered with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) for conservation work and the organisation has been instrumental in drawing up his brother’s programme.“Prince Harry will be working on the ground gaining experience in areas facing some of the greatest conservation challenges,” said Jonathan Baillie, director of conservation programmes at the society. “We at ZSL have been delighted to play a part in pulling together a programme that will be tough, but rewarding.“After this period, Prince Harry will be one of the best-informed ambassadors for the conservation community on what is really happening on the ground in Africa. His experience will be of great value.”Poaching in numbersIncreased poaching over the last decade has severely reduced the numbers of elephant and rhino. The animals are killed illegally for their tusks and horns, which some believe carry medicinal properties.According to Save the Rhino, 1 215 rhinos were killed in 2014, which is about one rhino killed every eight hours. Rhino poaching has been growing since 2007. (Image: Eco Watch)Elephants have not fared any better. “It is estimated that 30 000 to 38 000 elephants are poached every year for their ivory,” according to SOS Elephants. “With statistics like this the African elephant is doomed [to] extinction in 15 to 20 years.”Royal dutiesThe second son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana is now fifth in line to the British throne after the birth of his niece, Princess Charlotte. She was christened on 5 July; an event Prince Harry missed as he was in Africa. Prince Harry to miss his niece, Princess Charlotte’s christening on July 5 for rhino conservation in Africa — Africa Green Media (@AfricaGreenMedi) July 1, 2015last_img read more

Ag Credit/Country Mortgages opens new Mt. Gilead Facility

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ag Credit/Country Mortgages, an agricultural lending cooperative serving farmers and rural residents and agribusinesses in northern Ohio, has moved their Mt. Gilead branch to 5362 US Hwy. 42 in Mt. Gilead.“We’re looking forward to serving our community in the new ag service center,” said Joseph Erb, “We will continue to provide the same superior customer service in our new facility.”The building currently houses five Ag Credit team members:  Branch Manager, Joseph Erb; Account Officer, Andrea Bayles; Mortgage Loan Originator, Michael Kleinknecht; and Operations Support Specialists, Kristen Redmond and Brandy McKinney.“We are very excited about our new facility in Mt. Gilead and believe it will help us better serve the rural and agricultural community in Morrow and surrounding counties,”  said Brian Ricker, CEO, at the  ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on September 16, 2015.The cooperative purchased the property in March 2014.  Jim Brucker of Mt. Gilead designed the new 11,700 square foot building and 2K General Company, Inc. was the lead contractor.  The new Ag Credit offices opened on Sept. 9, 2015. The initial tenants will also include:  Morrow Soil and Water Conservation District, OSU Extension, Community Tax Service LLC, and Community Bookkeeping LLC.“I feel the new facility plays an intricate role in community by bringing a plethora of businesses, organizations and services under one roof,” said Brandon Miller, Morrow County Development Director. “The new facility is a direct reflection of Morrow County moving forward and investments in our future coming to life.  This is an exciting time for Morrow County residents, business owners and organizations as we shift into a growth and expansion phase of our community development.” The Ag Credit/Country Mortgages offices, in Suite 100, are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment.  To contact the Mt. Gilead team call 419-947-1040 or go online to read more

Winning Best Player plum least of Cabagnot’s concerns

first_imgBut the 34-year-old playmaker said that winning the plum is the least of his concerns.READ: ‘No excuses’: Masked Cabagnot shrugs off pain“BPC is the ‘June Mar Fajardo award,’ in my opinion. I’m just glad that we won,” he said after the Beermen’s 115-96 victory over Phoenix on Tuesday as they punched their ticket to the semifinals.The goal in Cabagnot’s mind is clear: to help San Miguel cop the crown in the Commissioner’s Cup, something which over the years has seemingly been the achilles heel for the powerhouse crew.“I haven’t been in the Finals in the second conference, and that’s what we’re striving for, to get to the Finals,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt may have a come as a surprise to some, but Alex Cabagnot’s ascent to the top of the Best Player of the Conference race this 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup wasn’t that shocking for the whole San Miguel squad.“I think you can see that he’s always in the top three in scoring, rebounding, and assists for our team,” said coach Leo Austria. “He’s very consistent on his job and I hope come the semifinals, he can continue what he’s doing because I know what that award would mean to him. I think that’s one motivation he has right now.”ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds View comments MOST READ June Mar Fajardo, a perennial BPC contender, agreed with Austria’s observation.READ: Cabagnot leads BPC stats race; Ratliffe paces importsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s not surprising because you can see it in his stats. He has been playing good this conference and I’m happy for him,” said the reigning MVP.Cabagnot rose up the leaderboards as he averaged 15.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.4 steals in the elimination phase to wound up with a league-best 34.7 statistical points. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Power Smashers force decider for PVL Finals berthcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cabagnot, though, won’t shy away if the honor gets bestowed on him, as he could possibly add the hardware to his already gaudy trophy case.“As long as we’re playing hard and we’re winning, the accolades will favor us more cause it’s a team sport. I’m happy, but that’s not the overall goal,” he said while touching the crucifix. “Hopefully, God-willing, we win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Rep Kahle invites residents to indistrict office hours

first_img09May Rep. Kahle invites residents to in-district office hours Categories: Kahle News State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian invites Lenawee County residents to join her for office hours on Friday, May 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Lenawee District Library, 4459 W. U.S 223 in Adrian.“I enjoy the opportunity to connect with people in the community and hear what matters most to them,” Rep. Kahle said. “I look forward to listening to our neighbors, addressing their concerns and working through solutions for the people of Lenawee County.”No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Kahle’s office at (517) 373-1706 or [email protected]last_img