Women’s Basketball Travels to UNI

first_img ESPN3 UNI has five wins in its past six contest since the loss in Des Moines. Kennedy Kirkpatrick is the Panthers’ top scorer at 10.7 points per game. Sophomore Megan Maahs leads the league in double-doubles this season with nine and is almost averaging a double-double with 9.3 points and a league-best 10.0 rebounds per game. Story Links The Bulldogs are coming off a 2-0 road trip to Indiana with blowout wins over Evansville and Indiana State. Drake shot 69.1 percent against Evansville, made a school and MVC record 20 three-pointers against the Purple Aces and followed that with a 56.9 shooting clip versus Indiana State. The shooting performance in Evansville is the second highest single game mark in program history. Both performances helped Drake rise to No. 6 in the nation in team field goal percentage at 48.8.   Beginning with its Jan. 28 win at Bradley, Drake has had at least five or more score 10 or more points in every win. In eight games this season, Drake has had at least five record double digit points, including having six finish with 10 or more points in the win at Evansville. Drake (18-7, 13-0 MVC) visits UNI (13-11, 9-4 MVC) in its only game this week. The Bulldogs beat the Panthers, 81-64, in the first meeting between the teams on Jan. 19 at the Knapp Center. Friday’s game will be the 85th all-time meeting between the longtime rivals who first played each in 1975 and have played at least twice every season since the 1984-85 campaign.Drake leads the all-time series, 60-24, and holds a slight edge in the past 10 meetings, 6-4. Drake Game Notes Following Friday’s road game, Drake returns to the Knapp Center to host Bradley Feb. 23 in the annual Pink Game presented by Mercy. Tipoff with the Braves is set for 7 p.m.Print Friendly Version Live Audio CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team ends its three-game road trip Friday when it travels to UNI in Missouri Valley Conference action. Tipoff with the Panthers is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the in-state rivalry game will be the MVC’s Game of the Week on The Valley on ESPN3. Live Stats last_img read more

Gardai investigate blaze at Letterkenny site

first_imgGardai are investigating the cause of a fire at a derelict council site in Letterkenny.The fire brigade attended the scene of the blaze at Pearse Road in the early hours of Sunday morning around 3.30am.THere was damage to the yard but nobody was injured as a result fo the blaze. Gardai in Letterkenny have appealed for anybody with information on the blaze to contact them.Gardai investigate blaze at Letterkenny site was last modified: October 14th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:blazecouncilfireletterkennyyardlast_img read more

Over 600 homes hit by power outage in South Donegal

first_imgMore than 660 homes and businesses have lost electricity tonight in an unplanned outage.The power went out before 9.50pm in the Donegal Town/Laghey area.The fault has been reported to ESB and crews are currently working on repairs. It is expected that power supplies will be restored by 1.30am.Over 600 homes hit by power outage in South Donegal was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Floor test in M.P. Assembly today, Cong. issues whip

first_imgAhead of the crucial floor test on Monday, the Congress in Madhya Pradesh has issued a whip to the party MLAs in an attempt to keep its flock together. The party has already expressed concern over horse-trading and taken the names of two Ministers of the previous BJP government in this connection. The first session of the new Assembly begins on Monday.‘Numbers with Cong.’The process of issuing a whip to all the party MLAs for the floor test has already been done, Congress in-charge C.P. Shekhar said. They have been instructed to be present in the Assembly commencing on January 7 and vote in favour of the confidence motion, he said, adding that “the numbers are with the Congress and the party will win”.On Sunday, the Congress MLAs started arriving at the official bungalow of Chief Minister Kamal Nath. Mr. Nath is likely to address the MLAs in the presence of senior party leaders Digvijaya Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kantilal Bhuriya, Vivek Tankha and Suresh Pachouri.Two-days ago, Mr. Digvijaya Singh had expressed concern about horse-trading, alleging that two former BJP Ministers — Narottam Mishra and Bhupinder Singh — were working to destabilise the Congress government. Allegation denied Senior BJP MLA and former Minister in BJP government, Gopal Bhargav, on Sunday rubbished the Congress allegations. “We are a party of grassroot workers who believe in fighting a battle on the ground. We will not resort to any unfair means,” he said. The BJP is likely to finalise name of the Leader of the Opposition on Monday. Shivraj not in raceFormer Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has already clarified that he is not in the race. “I served as Chief Minister for 13 years therefore would like some other person to shoulder the responsibility of Leader of the Opposition,” Mr. Chouhan had told reporters on last Friday.The Congress has won 114 seats in the recently held Assembly elections, but was two short of the simple majority mark of 116 in the 230-member Assembly. The party took support of two BSP MLAs, the sole SP MLA and four Independents to form the government. The BJP could bag 109 seats.last_img read more

Stephen A. Smith Apologizes After Sexist Comment On SportsCenter

first_imgStephen A Smith of ESPN.ESPN/SmithESPN personality Stephen A. Smith is in a bit of hot water again, this time for a perceived sexist comment he made on SportsCenter Thursday night. Smith, while doing a highlight of the Women’s World Cup, commented that Germany’s defenders didn’t want to “mess their hair up” while defending a free kick (which leveled the game) against Norway. Smith’s choice of words, which don’t even make sense given the replay, offended a number of people, including some of his ESPN colleagues.Here’s video, if you haven’t seen it:Kate Fagan, ESPNW writer, was among those who weren’t thrilled. There were others too.What happens when you’re uneducated about something, don’t get educated, but talk about it anyway? –> http://t.co/ZthyoQHhts— Kate Fagan (@katefagan3) June 12, 2015Smith has since apologized for his comments in a four-part Twitter message. 1-of-3: Folks, as usual, something I’ve said is gaining steam so let me address this right now: on @SportsCenter, doing highlights, I made a— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 12, 2015Flip comment in fun about a women’s soccer team not wanting to mess up their hair. Obviously, my comments were in poor taste. I have nothing— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 12, 2015But the utmost respect for athletes of all genders — Especially since most are better than I’ll ever be — so please KNOW I’m very sorry.— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 12, 2015I apologize. It certainly was not my intent to offend anyone.— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 12, 2015It remains to be seen as to whether ESPN will suspend Smith. It wouldn’t be the first time.[The Big Lead]last_img read more

Hundreds Participate in Housing Agency Open Day

first_img The Bernard Lodge Estates development is approximately five minutes drive from Spanish Town Square Hundreds of prospective homeowners on Wednesday, August 14, turned up at the Kingston offices of the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) to participate in the Bernard Lodge Estates Development Open House Day.Located in St. Catherine, the Bernard Lodge Estates development is approximately five minutes drive from Spanish Town Square. It is bounded by Highway 2000 to the South, in the vicinity of Lime Tree Grove, Quarry Hill, and March Pen Road.The development, which will comprise 1,584 housing solutions, inclusive of studios and one-bedroom units, will be built in five phases.Speaking to journalists following a tour of the floor plans and model units, Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy said the development will assist in meeting the targets of providing affordable homes for Jamaicans.Costing just around $4 million for the studio units and approximately $4.9 million for the one bedroom units, Mr. Guy reiterated the Government’s commitment to provide suitable and reasonable priced housing solutions.“Particularly in this (economic) climate, when there is not much funding to go around, if we can get cheaper units for our clients, then that would be a win-win for us,” he said, adding that the project can be considered as a “flagship development”.He noted that public/private partnerships, as well as the introduction of new technologies and building systems are necessary in ensuring more units are built for Jamaicans.“There are many more in the same vein which are following. We have Memoranda of Understanding which have been signed with other developers, local developers who are going to be pursuing development along the same model as Bernard Lodge,” he added.Providing a breakdown of the development Senior Manager, Sales, HAJ, Gary Howell, said 980 one bedroom units as well as 604 studio units will be built at the location.He told JIS News that the development is possibly the lowest “lower to middle income development in the market at this time”.“We recognise that many persons cannot afford two bedroom units. So we have given them a start with the option to expand over time as soon as their finances have become better,” he said, adding that this is another major step in providing an opportunity for people to own their own homes.He informed that persons who may need additional information regarding the units should contact the Housing Agency of Jamaica Sales Department at 968-7522-4.In an interview with JIS News, a participant at the open house, Ann-Marie Bryce, said through the development, she is one step closer to owning her own home.“It is a good idea for us small people to own a home and (while) the money (may sound a lot initially) it will work out (over time as owners have the opportunity) to expand…it might look hard now to find the money to pay down on a one bedroom and your family is more than just you. But at the end of the day it (will) work out…It is just for me to come up with my deposit and I’m good from there,” she said.Another participant, Marcel, said the development will fulfil many Jamaicans dreams of owning their own homes.“It is a wonderful thing to mek nuff people know that they can have their own house,” he said.Visitors to the open house were able to view the floor plans for the units, view expansion plan options, see the phased plan for the development, and also purchase into the development.Representatives from financial institutions such as Bank of Nova Scotia, and Jamaica National Building Society were also on hand to provide financial and mortgage advice, as also representatives from furniture store, Courts.Construction of the project will take place over three years, with Phases 1 and 2 slated for completion in March 2014. Phases 3, 4, and 5 will be completed by mid-2016.Each studio unit will measure 267 square feet and one bedroom units 370 square feet. The average lot size will be 3,300 square feet. They will be expandable and outfitted with laminate countertops, stainless steel kitchen sinks, french windows, and slab roofs.HAJ’s partner and contractor on this project is Malphrus International, IBC, an overseas-based construction company with extensive construction credentials, including in the Caribbean. The development will assist in meeting the targets of providing affordable homes Story Highlights Construction of the project will take place over three yearslast_img read more

Bobcaygeon honours late Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie with candlelight vigil

first_imgBOBCAYGEON, Ont. – When Dave Bailey first heard last year that Gord Downie had terminal brain cancer, he knew he needed to head to Bobcaygeon, Ont., after the Tragically Hip frontman died.The Pickering, Ont., native wasn’t sure if anyone would be gathered, but he figured he would head straight to the source of one of band’s hit singles.“I thought, ‘What can I do?’” Bailey said. “I could donate to cancer society, and I have, but I got to do something to memorialize him so I figured drive to Bobcaygeon and watch the constellations reveal themselves one star at a time.”Downie, the Hip’s lead singer, died Tuesday at age 53.The song “Bobcaygeon” is from the Hip’s 1998 album “Phantom Power” and earned a Juno Award for best single in 2000.Bailey was one of around 50 people who gathered near the water Wednesday night in the town in eastern Ontario’s cottage country to commemorate Downie.Candles were placed on the ground and illuminated local musician Richard Kyle, who strummed along to famous Hip songs “Wheat Kings,” “Ahead by a Century,” and of course, “Bobcaygeon,” on his black acoustic guitar.Kyle planned on playing a few Hip songs in dedication to Downie regardless of whether anyone would show up.“I’ve been a fan of the band since ’89, when I really started getting into them,” Kyle said. “I’ve met everybody in the band a bunch of times. They’re a big influence musically and how you should treat people and how you should relate to other people and get along.”Residents of Bobcaygeon remembered Downie for putting them on the map by writing the hit song about their town.“He’s mythologised our town in a way that is incomparable,” local business owner Sacha Douglas said. “We feel a great connection to him, always have.“There’s not a whole lot of towns in Canada of this size that you can ask anybody in Canada, ‘Have you heard of Bobcaygeon?’ And everyone will have heard of it. It’s quite remarkable, actually.”The community, which has a population of just over 3,500, hosted a viewing party in August 2016 for the Hip’s final stop of the “Man Machine Poem” tour. Bobcaygeon shut down its main street and residents set up lawn chairs and sat on rooftops to watch the Kingston, Ont., show on three jumbo screens set up throughout the community’s main stretch.Over 6,000 people brought out their cameras or cell phones to sing along with Downie as the band started to play “Bobcaygeon.”Kawartha Lakes city councillor Kathleen Seymour-Fagan says she was shocked at the amount of people that showed up for the viewing.“I think it brought the town together,” Seymour-Fagan said. “It’s always been quite a strong community but when that song is being played, you can feel a sense of pride and hear a sense of pride. People come in from other areas and want to come to Bobcaygeon because it has been encapsulated by The Tragically Hip as the Canadian cottage town.”Added Taylor Poole: “It showed a town that really rallied behind their support of this band and this man who is a great Canadian. We were fortunate to have the tie of this man to our town. It feels special that way.”The community used the opportunity to raise funds for brain cancer research, at the viewing with collection boxes and later through merchandise.Douglas and her husband designed a shirt which they sold at their business that said “Courage” in red lettering and underneath “Thanks man, Bobcaygeon.” That design sold out on multiple occasions.Another T-shirt design by the Poole family had “Bobcaygeon, Hip Town.”The sales of shirts, hats and hoodies in 2016 raised $23,000, which was donated to Sunnybrook Hospital.“He’s really impacted us and I think he’s a national hero,” Douglas said. “I think the example he’s set for the good that you can do is something that we should all strive to do and you can make a difference.”— Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitterlast_img read more

South Koreas central bank hikes key rate from record low

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea – South Korea’s central bank raised interest rates from a record low Thursday in the first such increase since June 2011. Despite the threat from North Korea, robust exports are driving faster than expected growth in Asia’s fourth-largest economy.Convening one day after North Korea test-fired its most powerful missile yet, the Bank of Korea’s seven policymakers decided to increase the key rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 1.50 per cent.Borrowing rates have steadily fallen during the past five years to help protect the country’s recovery, dropping to a record low of 1.25 per cent in June 2016.Thursday’s decision was widely expected after third-quarter economic growth beat expectations. The South Korean won has gained against major currencies in the past month in anticipation of the rate hike, which will increase returns for investors.South Korea’s economy is expected to post its fastest growth in three years in 2017, buoyed by surprisingly strong exports thanks to robust global demand for memory chips.The central bank revised upward its forecast on the South Korean economy in October and says annual growth rate will slightly exceed that estimate. It said in a statement that private consumption and capital spending will continue to improve moderately while exports will be sustained by the global economic recovery and a thaw in strained diplomatic ties with China, South Korea’s biggest trading partner.The outlook is not entirely rosy: slow growth in service sector employment is hampering jobs creation, the bank said.It said the high and increasing level of household debt from low-interest housing loans was a concern. Growth in such debt has slowed since the government announced plans to regulate the property market but debt levels remain high.The bank said the decision does not mean an about-face in its monetary stance, adding that it would maintain its accommodative monetary policy while monitoring growth, inflation, central bank policies in major countries and geopolitical risks, among other factors.last_img read more

Insurer reports high volume of claims after acid spills on BC highway

first_imgTRAIL, B.C. – Thousands of insurance claims have been made in the wake of two acid spills along a southeastern British Columbia highway earlier this year that damaged vehicles.Insurance Corporation of B.C. spokeswoman Lindsay Wilkins said vehicle claims related to the April 10 and May 23 spills of sulphuric acid in Trail have topped 3,000, although fewer are now showing exposure to acid.“These are complex claims that require extra time to process as each vehicle may have been exposed to varying degrees of sulphuric acid, affecting different parts and components of the vehicle,” she said in an email statement.A technical expert has been retained to determine the level of contamination of each vehicle and a team of 30 is now dedicated to processing the claims, which Wilkins said are “complex.”Vancouver-based Teck Resources Ltd. said in a release posted on its website that the separate spills, one amounting to about 220 litres and the other of about 70 litres, occurred along as much as 16 kilometres of a busy commuter route through Trail.The spills happened after Teck sold the acid from its Trail smelter and the buyer, International Raw Materials Ltd., contracted to move the corrosive liquid by truck to two other locations in the city.The truck leaked the acid intermittently along the route, with the largest puddles at intersections where it stopped and started, said Trail Mayor Mike Martin in a telephone interview.“I’ve seen numbers in the range of 15 to 20,000 thousand vehicles per day that would be passing along that route in both directions,” he said, adding the number of southbound vehicles that could have splashed through the acid “would have been considerable.”Two vehicles belonging to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue were among those damaged.“Essentially, a brand new fire engine worth probably in the order of around $800,000 as well as a command vehicle,” said Martin.Wilkins said the fire truck was a loss but the corporation was still determining if some parts from the truck could be saved.The corporation has set up a dedicated phone line for drivers who may have travelled through the acid before it was neutralized by first responders.An adviser who answered the line said sulphuric acid has the potential to corrode vehicle undercarriages, aluminum parts and especially brake lines and brake systems.Teck spokesman Chris Stannell said in an email that the company “regrets the concern this issue has caused in the community.”“International Raw Materials Ltd. was the owner of the acid and responsible for its safe transportation,” he added.The company’s statement said the spills are unacceptable and Teck is “working with the parties involved in acid transportation to prevent any recurrence.”It said both spills were cleaned up, no acid seeped into area waterways and there was no damage to roads or a bridge over the Columbia River.Martin agreed the Victoria bridge was undamaged, but he said the city was still checking its own vehicle fleet for corrosion.A meeting had been arranged for Friday by International Raw Materials to offer a formal debriefing with Teck, emergency services and other parties, but Martin said the city announced Thursday that it would not attend after several other participants pulled out.“There may be a time and a place to hold a meeting like this in the future, but at this point, with various legal concerns now coming forward, it was understood that until these issues are resolved, the parties directly involved are proceeding with caution,” said a statement from the City of Trail.Martin said the summary of information released Thursday by Teck and International Raw Materials came months after the second spill and at the request of the City of Trail.“The city was very disappointed with the lack of information made available following the incidents.”Companies in this story: (TSX:TCK.A)last_img read more