MVC Volleyball Tournament Berth On The Line This Weekend

first_img Drake Match Notes Story Links at UE – ESPN3 at ISU – Live Stats at ISU – ESPN+ center_img The Drake University volleyball team closes the regular season on the road this weekend with contests at Indiana State and Evansville. The trip to Indiana begins Friday, Nov. 16, at Indiana State for a 6 p.m. CST match followed by a Nov. 17 match at Evansville set for 7 p.m.Friday’s match will be broadcast on ESPN+ while Saturday’s will be carried by ESPN3.The two-game trip has significant implications for the Bulldogs in their quest to qualify for next week’s MVC Tournament. Drake needs a pair of wins, combined with a Loyola loss to Missouri State to earn the sixth and final spot in the tournament field.Earlier this season, Drake defeated both Evansville and Indiana State by 3-1 margins in Des Moines. The contest against Indiana State saw Drake’s Cathryn Cheek record a career-high 23 kills.Cheek has led the Bulldogs’ offense as of late with 13-straight matches with double-figure kills. She is fourth in the MVC in kills with 3.79 per set. She also recently surpassed 200 digs this season and currently has 282 digs. Kylee Macke recently moved into eighth all-time at Drake in career digs with 970 in less than two full seasons at Drake. She is currently fifth in the MVC in digs this season with 4.65 per set. Her 484 digs this season also moved her onto the single-season top-10 list for the second straight season.As a team, Drake’s 18 wins this season the fifth-most in program history since 1996 and tied for the second most since 2010. Additionally, the Bulldogs 41 combined wins over the past two seasons are the third-most in a two-year period in school history. at UE – Live Stats Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

It’s time to pay your Tekkie Tax

first_imgSlide on your favourite pair of tekkies, pay your Tekkie Tax and support a good cause; it’s never been easier to do the right thing (Image: Tekkie Tax)It will soon be time to don your tekkies for a good cause; the annual Tekkie Tax fundraising campaign falls on 30 May for 2014 and promises to be as popular as it was in 2013, its inaugural year.For the Average Joe, Tekkie Tax is a simple way to support a good cause; buy a Tekkie Tax sticker for just R10, stick it on your lapel and sport your tekkies on the day to show you care about making South Africa a better place. This year, Tekkie Tax participants can also grab a pair of Tekkie tags, specially designed shoelaces, for R30, and receive a smaller sticker for a cellphone or wallet with the larger sticker.Each sticker is designed to represent a charity sector; animals, basic family care, children, disability, and education, and donations go to a charity in the sector you would prefer to support.HOW DOES TEKKIE TAX BENEFIT CHARITIES?Running a fundraising campaign is expensive; organisations need to pay staff, hire venues and cover administration costs. Joining the Tekkie Tax campaign cuts down on labour and administrative costs, and channels monies received to where they are needed the most; the charities’ beneficiaries. Tekkie Tax is also managed so that no single organisation involved has access to the funds collected; instead the Legacy Through Charity Trust manages the campaign, ensuring it is audited and that all monies are distributed equitably.Currently Tekkie Tax represents some 15 national welfare organisations and a further 1 000 non-governmental organisations across the country. Last year the campaign raised R2.4-million for the 183 participating organisations, and sold more than 700 000 stickers.GET INVOLVEDTo buy your Tekkie Tax stickers and shoelaces, make a donation, or learn more about the campaign, visit www.tekkietax.co.za, email tekkietax@mweb.co.za, call the office on +27 (0) 12 663 8181 or send a fax to +27 (0)12 663 8188.last_img read more

What is the role of the Gauteng Industrial Development Zone (GIDZ)?

first_imgGlobalisation is upon us and South Africa is ensuring readiness by adopting what is called Specialised Economic Zones (SEZ). According to Investopedia, an SEZ is a designated area in a country subjected to specialised economic regulations different from other areas. These zones play a huge role in encouraging trade and investment opportunities that benefit the country through job creation.The Gauteng Industrial Development Zone Company (‘Gauteng IDZ’) was founded in 2009 under the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) and was established with the purpose of developing and operating the designated Industrial Development Zone at OR Tambo International Airport. OR Tambo International Airport accommodates over 21 million passengers annually, making it Africa’s largest and busiest international airport.The vision of the GIDZ is “to identify, design, package and enable focused export driven manufacturing and beneficiation programmes for location at the OR Tambo International Airport IDZ. OR Tambo International is known for its exceptional infrastructure and resources. It is a well-positioned logistics and distribution hub for air cargo internationally and in the region. OR Tambo international is the largest air cargo airport on the African continent, with the capacity to handle 40 000 tonnes annually. 82% of South Africa’s cargo comes through OR Tambo.”How does an IDZ impact citizens? In an effort to reposition itself in the world economy, the South African government launched the Industrial Development Zones (IDZ) programme with the aim to facilitate inclusive and competitive economic growth in order for citizens to enter new jobs and benefit from the investments attracted.The GIDZ also runs a post-graduate Jewellery Design course called Design@50. The Jewellery Design Centre was established in 2013, and puts students through an 11-month course offering training in Marketing, Commercial Jewellery Design and Product Development, utilising state of the art Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Manufacturing technology. The centre aims to increase technology proficiency ahead of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and pave the way for skilled designers by shaping talent that can contribute to the development of the South African jewellery market.Design@50 was launched as part of the OR Tambo Industrial Development Zone, currently under construction next to OR Tambo International Airport.To find out more about the GIDZ, click here: http://www.gidz.co.zalast_img read more

Decision Support Tool to select appropriate hybrid maturities for June

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Allen Geyer and Peter Thomison, Ohio State University ExtensionThe Corn Growing Degree Day decision support tool allows users to choose any Corn Belt county, enter the planting date and hybrid maturity, and generate a graph that shows projected GDD accumulations through the season, including the date on which you can expect that hybrid, planted on that date in that county, to mature (achieve black layer). One important adjustment missing from this tool is the fact that planting corn late usually lowers the GDD needed to get a hybrid from planting to maturity.In an article on his website, Dr. Bob Nielsen at Purdue includes a calculator that adjusts the GDD requirement downward based on how late planting actually is. This is not a trivial adjustment: planting a hybrid on June 10 (vs. May 10) lowers the GDD requirement by more than 200 GDD. So a hybrid that needs 2,700 GDD to mature if planted on May 1 will require an estimated 2,428 GDD if planted on June 10 (Using Dr. Nielsen’s calculator). The revised GDD number can be manually entered into the GDD tool instead of days RM for the hybrid.To get started on the tool, click where your farm is located in the county of interest (GDDs are calculated based on longitude and latitude) then select the graph tab. As an example, a 108-day RM hybrid (which the tool estimates will need 2,600 GDD from planting to maturity) planted on June 10 in Wood County, Ohio is projected to mature sometime after Dec 1 (the frost date is estimated at Oct. 29). However, if you manually change the expected layer GDD requirement from 2600 to 2328 (estimated using the calculator above) the GDD tool estimates that hybrid would achieve maturity by about Oct. 8 (nearly three weeks before the first average freeze).If we change the planting location to Wayne County, Ohio using the same hybrid and planting date and make the appropriate input changes to the GDD tool regarding reduced GDD requirements for a delayed planting, the GDD tool estimates that the hybrid wouldn’t achieve maturity until November 7 (average frost date of Oct. 27). Changing to a 102-day hybrid there would move projected maturity to Oct. 9.last_img read more

Maybe, Just Maybe, Twitter’s On To Something With Metrics

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Now, I hate this change. I think it breaks the very idea of what I loved about Twitter, and I strongly advocate for alternatives that are more supportive of independent developers of new experiences.But what Williams said Monday made me take a longer view for the first time.If Twitter controls its entire information pipeline, it can get more accurate readings of what’s going on in there. Everyone who’s opposed to Twitter’s trajectory knows that this will help the company make a lot of money by better targeting ads.That’s the whole problem; it feels like what’s good for ads is bad for us.But what if there really are “dream metrics” that would make Twitter more meaningful to us, too?No one likes a popularity contest, and that’s what follower counts are. By definition, they’re discouraging to most people. They make some feel insignificant. A more robust metric could create a more nuanced and useful picture of how people succeed or fail on Twitter.Maybe Twitter will find some lasting value in its messages that that can only be captured if it controls the whole service. Maybe that value is a more personally empowering way to use Twitter.Maybe. Speaking Monday, Twitter co-founder and board member Ev Williams described what he’d like the microblog to be when it grows up. Some fear that he wants to merchandise tweets the way Hollywood merchanises movies. But for the first time in months and months, I saw the glimmer of a Twitter that I could learn to love.“The ‘dream’ metric is how many people saw your tweet,” Williams said. What does he mean, exactly? Williams pointed to the follower count as a blunt instrument. It has always been the de facto measurement of how powerful a Twitter poster is, but it doesn’t mean much. Not all followers are equal. Hundreds might be porn bots. Or you might have just 31 followers who lovingly retweet everything you post.So a better measurement of how important you are on Twitter is how many people you reach, not just how many once clicked “Follow.” Reach is how many Twitter feeds your tweet ended up in, whether directly or from a retweet. It’s also how many people viewed your tweet embedded on a site or in a blog post. And those aren’t even all Twitter members!But that’s not all that Williams dreams of measuring. Twitter could also measure the activity generated by your tweets — retweets, favorites, replies — to see how much people care about them.All this stuff would be would be much more useful for figuring out one’s Twitter strength at a glance.Here’s the rub.Twitter is cut from some data when people use third-party Twitter clients like Twitterific and Tweetbot. Those apps add all kinds of ways of interacting with tweets that are built on top of Twitter, not built into it.In August, after promising to do so for a long time, Twitter began to crack down on third-party apps and unofficial ways to display tweets. Twitter isn’t cutting off outside Twitter apps — at least not right away — but itis being much more strict, particularly about displaying tweets. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Tags:#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification jon mitchell A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Even I have paid fine for speeding: Gadkari

first_imgAmid concern over the hefty fines for traffic violations, Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said even he has been fined for speeding on the Bandra-Worli sealink in Mumbai. Talking to reporters about the major decisions of the Modi-led government in its first 100 days, Mr. Gadkari said abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir was the “most important achievement” of the government. Criminalisation of instant triple talaq and the amended motor vehicles law were some of the big achievements of the Centre, he said.“Even I have paid a fine for speeding on the Bandra-Worli sealink,” Mr. Gadkari said adding that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his cabinet collegaue Gen V.K. Singh also got speeding challans. The Motor Vehicles Amendment Act, approved by President Ram Nath Kovind last month, aims at stricter punishment for violation of traffic regulations and to bring discipline on roads.“Passing the MV Act amendment is a big achievement for our government. The high fines will lead to transparency, and (will) not result in corruption,” Mr. Gadkari said.Claiming that overspending on fines has helped people to adhere to traffic rules, Mr. Gadkari said: “For the new over speeding rules all are equal be it lawyers, doctors or politicians. We have increased the fines to save lives of lakhs of motorists.” The minister said road engineering is a reason, along with auto engineering, for the high incidents of accidents in India.Amendment of MV Act will improve road safety and reduce the number of road accidents and lives lost on roads, Mr. Gadkari said.last_img read more