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Women’s Basketball Visits Indiana State Sunday

first_imgDrake (17-7, 12-0 MVC) cruised past Evansville, 101-50, Friday night. The Bulldogs had six players score in double figures with Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) leading the team with 19 points. Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) scored 18 points, Maddy Dean (Walker, Iowa) added 13 points, Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) and Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) had 12 points each and rounding out the group was Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) with 10 points. Maddie Monahan (Silver Lake, Minn.) just missed double digits with eight points, but handed out a career-high nine assists. Dean flirted with a triple-double with nine rebounds and eight assists. TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Drake University women’s basketball team visits Indiana State in Missouri Valley Conference action Sunday afternoon. The game against the Sycamores will start at 1 p.m. broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. As a team, the Bulldogs made a MVC and program-record 20 three-pointers, shot 69.1 percent (38-of-55) from the field and handed out 32 assists. Drake’s shooting percentage is the second-best single game mark in program history. The 32 assists are tied for fourth all-time in MVC history. Drake is just the third team in NCAA Division I to make 20 or more three-point field goals in a game this season joining FGCU & South Florida. Drake Game Notes Live Stats UNI defeated Indiana State (8-14, 6-5 MVC), 56-46, Friday night. The Sycamores pulled to within three points with three minutes left in the game, but the Panthers made seven free throws as part of a 9-2 closing run to earn the road win. Wendi Bibbins led Indiana State with 14 points while Ashli O’Neal added 11 points. Earlier this season, Drake never trailed in the 85-64 win over Indiana State at the Knapp Center.  center_img Story Links Live Audio ESPN3 Following Sunday’s game, Drake closes its three-game road trip at UNI on Feb. 16. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the McLeod Center. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

QPR and Bees fans to collect for Bowles fund

first_imgFans of both clubs will collect money outside Griffin Park in aid of Stan Bowles ahead of Saturday’s derby between QPR and Brentford.Rangers legend Bowles, who saw out his career at Brentford, has Alzheimer’s disease.Money collected will go to the Stan Bowles Alzheimer’s Fund, which was set up in 2015 following his diagnosis.See also:Onuoha available but Hall missed out againQPR look at Liverpool youngster Owens   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Indian wrestling lost a mentor in Dara Singh, says IOA chief

first_imgThe Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has mourned the death of wrestler-turned-actor Dara Singh, and said Indian wrestling has lost a guide and mentor.IOA acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra, in a condolence message, said Dara Singh raised wrestling’s profile with his impeccable demeanour, both on and off the arena, and added glamour quotient to it.”Indian wrestling in ’50s and ’60s was synonymous with Dara Singh and he gave a new dimension and direction to the sport which then it was confined only to rural India,” said Malhotra.He said Dara Singh’s rise to the fame also attracted rural youths to the sport and gave them a sense of self-belief.Dara Singh, 83, died at his residence in Mumbai early Thursday morning after a brief illness.last_img read more

14 days agoWest Brom ponder futures of loanees Willock, Diangana

first_imgWest Brom ponder futures of loanees Willock, Dianganaby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Brom are keen on retaining the services of Chris Willock.The former Arsenal youngster, who Albion picked up on a season-long loan from Benfica’s B-team, is yet to feature in Slaven Bilic’s first-team but he has been scoring goals in the U23s side with regularity, says Birmingham Live.Another loanee in Grady Diangana has been performing at a particularly high level in recent weeks. They’re performances that have led to suggestions that parent club West Ham United may consider their options in the January transfer window.As is customary between sides in England, the Premier League Irons have the right to recall Diangana in January, understood to be at any time over a two-week period in January.Albion lost Harvey Barnes back to Leicester City in similar circumstances last season. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Economist experts explain First Nations child welfare funding

first_imgAPTN National NewsLawyers have wrapped up two weeks of testimony at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in Ottawa.The complaint alleges that the federal government gravely under funds First Nation child welfare agencies.The tribunal heard from witnesses representing child welfare authorities in Ontario, who say funding is often inadequate.It also heard from experts in economics to explain the funding formula for First Nations child welfare.APTN’s Annette Francis with more on what happened recently.last_img read more

Chinese armed drones now flying across Mideast battlefields

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – High above Yemen’s rebel-held city of Hodeida, a drone controlled by Emirati forces hovered as an SUV carrying a top Shiite Houthi rebel official turned onto a small street and stopped, waiting for another vehicle in its convoy to catch up.Seconds later, the SUV exploded in flames, killing Saleh al-Samad, a top political figure.The drone that fired that missile in April was not one of the many American aircraft that have been buzzing across the skies of Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. It was Chinese.Across the Middle East, countries locked out of purchasing U.S.-made drones due to rules over excessive civilian casualties are being wooed by Chinese arms dealers, who are world’s main distributor of armed drones.“The Chinese product now doesn’t lack technology, it only lacks market share,” said Song Zhongping, a Chinese military analyst and former lecturer at the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force University of Engineering. “And the United States restricting its arms exports is precisely what gives China a great opportunity.”The sales are helping expand Chinese influence across a region vital to American security interests.“It’s a hedging strategy and the Chinese will look to benefit from that,” said Douglas Barrie, an airpower specialist at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. “I think the Chinese are far less liable to be swayed by concerns over civilian casualties,” he said.At the start of the year, a satellite passing over southern Saudi Arabia photographed U.S.-made surveillance drones at an airfield, alongside Chinese-manufactured armed ones.According to the Center for the Study of the Drone at New York’s Bard College, that was the first documented example of the two drone systems being used in the war in Yemen. The country has emerged as a “sort of a testing ground for these strike-capable drones,” said Dan Gettinger, the co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone. “There’s a rapid turnaround from delivery to deployment.”U.S. drones were first used in Yemen to kill suspected al-Qaida militants in 2002.One of the biggest Chinese exports is the Cai-Hong, or Rainbow, series made by the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp., or CASC, the largest contractor for the Chinese space program.CASC’s CH-4 and CH-5 models are on a par with San Diego-based General Atomics’ Predator and Reaper drones, and much cheaper. Independent analysts say the Chinese models lag behind their American counterparts but the technology is good enough to justify the price tag, which might be half or less.A CASC executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to journalists, said cutting-edge U.S. models like Boeing Co.’s Stingray, introduced this year for the U.S. Navy, still hold a technological advantage.And while price is an advantage, so too is a more relaxed attitude toward how drones are used, said Ulrike Franke, an expert on drones and policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign RelationsSince 2014, China has sold more than 30 CH-4’s to countries including Saudi Arabia and Iraq in deals worth over $700 million, according to CASC. Ten countries are currently in negotiations to purchase the CH-4, according to the firm.Last year, China sold to the UAE the Wing Loong II, an armed unmanned aerial vehicle roughly equivalent to the American MQ-9 Reaper.“In recent years, all types of drones have proven their value and importance through a high degree of use in warfare, and the military has noticed,” said the top CASC executive. “Many countries are now speeding up the development for these weapons systems, including China.”During President Xi Jinping’s five years in power, China has stepped up spending on stealth fighters and aircraft carriers for its own military, while boosting sales of advanced equipment such as attack submarines to close allies like Pakistan.China still lags behind the U.S., Russia, France, and Germany in total arms sales but it’s catching up. Chinese arms exports rose by 38 per cent between 2008-12 and 2013-17, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which tracks the global arms trade.Mounting criticism over the rising civilian death toll in Yemen prompted the U.S. to impose restrictions on drone sales, forcing foreign countries to go through the U.S. government to buy armed drones, including those with laser-guidance systems.The Washington-based New America Foundation estimates more than 240 drone strikes in Yemen have killed more than 1,300 people, including at least 111 civilians.But with China’s drone sales booming, there’s growing pressure from U.S. arms makers to remove restrictions to let them catch up.After some U.S. lawmakers urged President Donald Trump to loosen controls and let General Atomics sell its armed Reapers to Jordan and the UAE, the administration on April 19 permitted U.S. manufacturers to directly market and sell drones, including armed versions.The government must still approve and license the sales, which are also contingent on human rights and proliferation reviews and congressional authorization.General Atomics did not respond to a request for comment.China doesn’t routinely announce arms sales like the U.S. and others, but a review of drone spottings gives some indication of who its customers are.— In Iraq in October 2015, the country’s then-defence minister inspected a CH-4 drone at an air base in the city of Kut.— Chinese armed drones have been operating at Jordan’s Zarqa Airport, at an air base in Pakistan and from bases in Egypt in the Sinai Peninsula and near its border with Libya, according to satellite photos analyzed by the Center for the Study of the Drone.— Satellite photographs taken of a mysterious air base in the United Arab Emirates’ deep south — a desert area known as the Empty Quarter — appear to show three Wing Loong IIs, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly reported in January.— Two CH-4s were spotted by satellite alongside surveillance-only Predators purchased by the UAE at Jizan Regional Airport in southern Saudi Arabia, near the kingdom’s border with Yemen, according to the Center for the Study of the Drone.— Outside of the Mideast, Nigeria has used Chinese armed drones against the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.___Shih reported from Beijing.last_img read more

Meat producer agrees to 4M payment to settle labour claims

first_imgGREELEY, Colo. — The U.S. branch of the world’s largest meat producer will pay $4 million in back wages and other monetary relief as part of a consent decree settling allegations by federal labour officials.The Greeley Tribune reports the U.S. Department of Labor claimed in two actions that JBS USA discriminated based on race and gender against applicants for labourer positions at its facilities in Hyrum, Utah, and Cactus, Texas.The company with U.S. headquarters in Greeley, Colorado, has agreed to pay 12,625 class members at those facilities and hire 1,664 of the applicants.It has also agreed to retain an independent workplace consultant to review and revise its hiring process.Spokesman Cameron Bruett says in a statement JBS USA denies the allegations, but it believes “more can be accomplished through partnership.”___Information from: The Tribune of Greeley, Co, http://greeleytribune.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

LNG Canada partner Petronas cuts natural gas output due to plunging prices

first_imgFollow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. Companies in this story: (TSX:TOU)Dan Healing, The Canadian Press CALGARY — Natural gas prices in Western Canada are so low that a partner in the country’s first LNG export project is shutting off money-losing wells and throttling back its exploration program.Malaysian-owned Petronas, which has a 25 per cent interest in the $40-billion LNG Canada project, has been curtailing production by between 50 and 200 million cubic feet per day from wells in northeastern B.C. capable of producing 700 million cf/d, the CEO of its Canadian branch says.The practice is one being adopted by a growing number of western Canadian producers to avoid selling their natural gas at prices that often don’t even cover the cost of pipeline transportation. “We talk a lot about oil infrastructure,” said CEO Mark Fitzgerald of Petronas Energy Canada Ltd. in an interview, referring to oil price discounts in Western Canada blamed on full crude pipelines.“Gas is trapped as well and if you compare the prices that Canadian gas producers are receiving against our U.S. peers, the differentials are significant and costing us a significant amount of money.”The company invested heavily in natural gas exploration in northeastern B.C. from 2012 to 2016, employing more than 25 drilling rigs at peak times to prove the resource potential as part of its longer-term plan to build a liquefied natural gas export terminal.It is running only one rig now, Fitzgerald said.Petronas backed out of its $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project in 2017, but joined the LNG Canada partnership led by Royal Dutch Shell last May.The partners agreed to go ahead with their project this fall, but it isn’t expected to be ready to begin supercooling natural gas and shipping it out until late 2023 or early 2024.Ian Archer, an associate director with IHS Markit, said Western Canada’s gas industry was stable from 2000 to 2008, with production of about 16 billion cf/d and prices of around $10 per gigajoule, but that changed when new drilling and well completion technologies emerged that allowed the U.S. to dramatically grow shale gas production.Cheaper U.S. gas began displacing western Canadian gas in markets like California, Eastern Canada and New York, and the price in Western Canada dropped by half, with production falling to around 13 billion cf/d by 2012, he said.The trend worsened when the new drilling technologies began to be used in northeastern B.C. and northwestern Alberta to produce light oil products like condensate, which is in demand as a diluent to mix with raw bitumen from the oilsands to allow it to flow in a pipeline.Condensate wells also typically contain high levels of natural gas and the boost in gas production back to over 16 billion cf/d has overwhelmed pipeline capacity and dropped gas prices this year to a projected $1.43 per gigajoule, about one-third of the price in 2014, said Archer.Meanwhile, the U.S. benchmark Henry Hub spot price is forecast to average US$3.17 per GJ in 2018 (about C$4.12), according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.Pipeline companies are spending billions of dollars to expand their gas systems in B.C. and Alberta, which will improve market access, but it’s difficult to see where the gas can be sent to win better prices, Archer said.LNG Canada’s first phase is expected to require about two billion cf/d of gas to produce about 14 million tonnes per year of LNG, but most of that gas is expected to come from the partners, so a big price improvement isn’t expected, he said.The best hope of better prices is stronger demand from additional LNG facilities, conversions of coal-burning power plants to gas and more growth in the oilsands, where natural gas is used to produce steam and power, Archer said.Mike Rose, CEO of Tourmaline Oil Corp., says his Calgary-based company froze gas production at about 1.35 billion cf/d at the end of 2017 because of low prices and has switched its focus since to oil production growth.Gas marketing is more important than ever, he said, as Tourmaline tries to move more gas to any hub that offers better prices than those in Alberta or B.C.“It’s the most challenging time that I’ve ever seen in the Canadian oil and gas sector by a long shot.”last_img read more

Site C workforce broke the 2100 mark in March

first_imgThere were 22 additional B.C. residents employed on Site C as contractors, making up 83 percent of contractors and bringing the total to 1,331. The number of Peace River Regional District resident contractors dropped from 642 to 598. The percentage of PRRD resident contractors dropped from 41 percent to 37 percent during the month.According to the rest of the statistics, there were only three temporary foreign workers employed at Site C during the month. There were also 22 apprentices, along with 256 women and 213 Indigenous workers. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro has released the employment statistics for the Site C dam during the month of March, which shows the dam’s workforce did increase during the third month of this year, though not nearly as much as it did in February.In March, there were 2,124 workers directly employed on the Site C project in some capacity. The number of contractors on site jumped by 54 compared to February to 1,611, while the number of engineers and project team members fell by 16. Photo by BC Hydro Photo by BC Hydro Photo by BC Hydro Photo by BC Hydro last_img read more

CPSEs contributed Rs 35 lakh crore as dividend tax to Exchequer in

first_imgChennai: To showcase the contribution made by the Public Sector Organizations in nation-building and social progress, NLC India Limited celebrates 10th Public Sector Week from 10th to 16th April, 2019, organized under the ageis of Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), an apex professional organization representing the Central Government Public Enterprises. NLCIL observed the 10th ‘Public Sector Day’ in a befitting manner at the function organized at Corporate Office premises, Neyveli, on 10.04.2019, wherein Rakesh Kumar, CMD, NLCIL and also the Chairman of SCOPE, hoisted the Public Sector Flag and NLCIL Flag in the presence of Functional Directors of NLCIL. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalRakesh Kumar recalled the background and necessity regarding evolution of Public Sector Enterprises. The PSUs were incorporated after Independence to create employment opportunities, to develop infrastructures, to improve industrialization and to solve the socio-economic problems prevailing at that time. Started with five PSUs, today the country has 339 PSUs, of which 257 are in operation and others are in the construction stage. As on 31.03.2018, the total capital employed by CPSUs are Rs. 13.73 lakh crore and CPSUs have witnessed a growth of 4.5 times over a period of past 20 years, he added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostRakesh Kumar also informed that the Central PSUs contributed Rs. 3.50 lakh crore as dividend and tax to the exchequer during the Financial Year 2017-18. As on 31.03.2018, the CPSEs gave direct employment to 15 lakh employees and the volume of indirect employment will be manifold, he said. While highlighting the performance of NLC India Limited, he said that NLCIL officers are able to install 2.50 MW of Solar Power Project in the Andaman Island in a record time of two and half months and NLCIL’s first coal mine is almost ready for operation at Talabira, Odisha. The NLCIL CMD has appreciated the employees of NLCIL as they are well equipped to face the challenges, manage the changes in the industry and are able to deliver results with maximum speed. Earlier, N Muthu, ED/HR welcomed the gathering while S Gurusaminathan, CGM/HR rendered vote of thanks. R Vikraman, Director (HR), N N M Rao,Director (Planning & Projects), Prabhakar Chowki, Director (Mines) and Shaji John, Director (Power) – designate of NLCIL, officials, staff, TUs, engineers and officers associations participated in the event.last_img read more