Growth is not enough, says Prime Minister

first_imgRelatedRemarks by the Prime Minister at the 2014 High-Level Caribbean Forum Story HighlightsPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller says economic growth by itself will not be enough to lift the people of Jamaica and the Caribbean region to a significantly higher standard of living. “The growth we seek must be robust, strong and sustained. The growth we are working for must be equitable and inclusive,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said. She pointed out that, against this background, the Government of Jamaica is working to achieve growth with job creation and is encouraging the rise of a new business-owning class to include all Jamaicans. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller told a gathering of officials of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), other international organisations, Ministers of Finance and Central Bank Governors and other policy makers from across the Caribbean, that economic growth by itself will not be enough to lift the people of Jamaica and the Caribbean region to a significantly higher standard of living.“The growth we seek must be robust, strong and sustained. The growth we are working for must be equitable and inclusive,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.She pointed out that, against this background, the Government of Jamaica is working to achieve growth with job creation and is encouraging the rise of a new business-owning class to include all Jamaicans. “Without jobs and successful business ownership our people will have no hope,” the Prime Minister noted.She was speaking on Thursday (October 23), as she declared open, a high-level forum organised by the IMF focusing on “Unlocking Economic Growth in the Caribbean.”Underscoring the importance of the forum, the Prime Minister said that at this moment, there can be no greater imperative for Jamaica or the Caribbean region, than the great urgency of economic growth.She expressed the view that: “Achieving appreciable, sustainable and equitable economic growth in Jamaica coupled with job creation must be the ‘prize’ for the extreme sacrifices our people have been making, in our efforts to put our economy on the right track once and for all.”She shared with those attending the forum Jamaica’s efforts to tackle Jamaica’s high energy costs, the greatest deterrent to high levels of economic growth in Jamaica. This, she framed within the context of energy being a major factor in the competitiveness of the local economy, particularly in the two sectors which use significant amounts of it – mining and manufacturing.She shared Jamaica’s experience with the work of the Energy Sector Enterprise Team (ESET), which has been charting a way forward for increasing energy capacity in the country while significantly reducing cost.“Based on preliminary modelling by the ESET, Jamaica is looking to reduce our energy cost in the region of 30 per cent by 2018, resulting in projected savings of approximately US 350 million dollars,” she announced.Prime Minister Simpson Miller also pointed to contracts having been recently concluded for the supply of 78 megawatts of electricity from wind and solar as the Government seeks to meet its National Energy Policy commitment to having at least 20 percent of the country’s energy mix coming from renewable sources by 2030.The Prime Minister called for greater levels of financing to enable national economies to redouble their efforts at energy conservation. She said there were early encouraging results from Jamaica’s Public Sector Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme, which is seeking to reduce the annual J$14 billion public sector electricity bill by 30 percent over four years.She commended the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank for supporting energy conservation with some level of funding, but noted that: “What is still required, at the risk of being impatient, is more money and greater investment to be able to accelerate and broaden these programmes.”Accepting that the macro-economic policies of the Government alone cannot achieve the economic recovery needed, the Prime Minister called for greater levels of private capital investments.Naming several investment activities by local and foreign investors in the Jamaican economy, the Prime Minister said she is encouraged that with the government and private enterprise working hand in hand, Jamaica is making steady progress.She pointed to Wednesday’s breaking of ground for the construction of a US$25 million logistics facility at Kingston Wharves Limited as part of a US$70 million investment there.The investment of US $610 million by an overseas company in new construction for the North/South Highway, was another growth-inducing project cited by the Prime Minister. RelatedDeputy Managing Director of IMF Commends Jamaica Growth is not enough, says Prime Minister Finance & Public ServiceOctober 24, 2014Written by: OPM Communications Unit center_img RelatedPM Outlines Impact of High Energy Cost FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementslast_img read more

Traffic calming measures on the way for Killea

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 It’s been revealed that motorists are travelling through Killea village at an average speed of 73 km per hour.A survey conducted by Donegal County Council also shows that approximately 82000 vehicles per week use the main road through the village.The speed limit in Killea is 50km p/h and the Council has stated that traffic calming measures will be progressed this year.Local Cllr Paul Canning says that in reality, many motorists are racing through the village at much higher speeds than the average shown in the report.He’s hopeful that the survey will act as leverage when applying for funding for the works:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – January 30, 2020 Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Previous article23 people awaiting in-patient beds at LUHNext articleWe deserve better – Local Cllr reflects on hospital stay News Highland WhatsApp Twitter Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Harps come back to win in Waterford Traffic calming measures on the way for Killealast_img read more

Q&A: Mark Stoops previews UK-Mississippi State

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:9988fe7d3aa68f8aa2c0abfe Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-116303-3849427192001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.“They ran the ball, what, 51 times, something like that. And a good portion of some of that yardage came late and it came on some finesse runs, some 11-personnel Q run, and things like that. So if you look at the power run game we actually improved quite a bit in that game and had some good plays and some good stops and did some good things. And, again, I know you can write it how you want, I’m not crazy. I know what good run defense looks like and does not, so certainly we all know we need to get better and improve in certain areas, but like I said, I think some of it was improved.”On Stanley “Boom” Williams condition: “Things look better, not cleared to play yet, obviously. I’ll wait until the doctors tell me he can get on the field but, I think, yeah, things are looking better. When he will be cleared to practice or play I have no idea.”On if the run defense improving make things better with a positive even in the blowout loss: “I think that was part of it. We all knew going into that game that was a big, physical football team that wanted to run the ball and they certainly did, but, again, I thought there were quite a few plays in there where it wasn’t, just constantly getting pushed around, where I thought you know, just right at the start, again, there’s a lot of mistakes we can look at in that game but we start the game with the poor kickoff return and get the penalty.“Then we get a zero-yard gain on first down, incomplete pass on second, and get the penalty. That’s just the discipline we need to continue to work and get better and get more disciplined on this team, but that penalty hurt. If you look throughout the first half, when we get the punt return for a touchdown, but we were hanging in there. We knew it was going to be difficult, not an easy task, but physically defensively we were holding up pretty well and doing some good things. Then it gets to be a little much when you’re on the field that long, and obviously some big plays that we can and will get corrected.”On if they just need more players: “Well, I’m not going to make any excuses, but we just, you know, need to find a way. As I said, going into that game you really need to play well on all sides and we certainly didn’t do that. We didn’t play good enough on any side but I thought we had a chance defensively.”On if he’s saying when he looked back on the film they were not just physically dominated: “Yeah, that’s fair to say. I don’t think we were physically dominated on the field and, again, you just look at, hey, they ran the ball for 300 yards, you’re not generally going to win a lot of games when teams run for 300 yards. We know that’s not acceptable but there are a lot of good, physical plays in there by our defensive guys. But when you make mistakes, they’re magnified. Mistakes are going to cost you games, they’re going to cost you on the road at LSU, making mistakes we did early in that game, it’s going to cost and you it’s going to be magnified. It gets out of control at that point. We can’t have that and we’ve got to coach ’em better and be more disciplined across the board.”On how Mississippi State’s corners compare to LSU: “They’re different, a different style of play and they’re just different guys.”On if the film showed any common theme to the special-teams mistakes: “Well, there’s mistakes. There’s mistakes that can and will be corrected. We’ve all made our mistakes this year, offensively, defensively, special teams. Again, they’re magnified against a very talented team on the road, and when you open the game that way, it doesn’t set the tone. That’s not what you want. So they’re magnified but they’re things that can and will be fixed. The punt return, same thing.“A little unfortunate that we hit it so good. He kicked it so well, outkicked his coverage a little bit. We had guys down there. We had, honestly, five or six guys clean, and we’ve got to do a better job of closing that gap, spreading the net and gettin’ ’em down. Once you get a talented guy started and give him some space, bad things are going to happen to us. So those are things that we can get fixed and will. We all take responsibility for that, and we’ll make the corrections and we’ll move on.”On the opening kickoff and if they intended to kick it short: “That’s something that in hindsight we would do differently. (Laughter.) So, you know, I told you that at one of my news conferences, anybody that tells you they wouldn’t do it differently in hindsight is lying. (Laughter.) It was poor execution and poor call, and we didn’t kick it where we were supposed to, either. So what we were supposed to do on the kick wasn’t there. Therefore, it magnified it. So, sure, we would do it differently. That’s one instance where we were too cute there. Again, I take that responsibility. We take that and we move on. The rest of it is just fundamental things.”On if he would have believed Mississippi State would be No. 1 when they faced Kentucky: “I wouldn’t have put no thought into that, I would have no idea. I would be going on a limb and I don’t like to do that. If you look at their quarterback and their team it’s not a real big surprise. They’re a very talented football team. You could tell they had a lot of confidence coming into the season just by the way they carried themselves at SEC Media, just listening to them with their quarterback and leadership. Dan is sixth year in the process and they have a good-looking team.“I noticed that a year ago. I noticed how big they were and how long and just, you know, they’re developed. They do a great job of coaching, and good things are – it’s coming together for them. They’re playing red hot, and it starts with their quarterback. He’s as talented of a guy as there is in the country. He can run it, he can throw it. He’s making great decisions and their offense puts stress on you. Like I said at the beginning of the statement, they’re well coached, they put stress on you across the board.”On if he remembers anything specific about Prescott from last year’s game: “Physically, good-looking guy, strong, leader, tough, just everything you want in your quarterback and in particular with what they do, with the dual-threat and putting that stress on you.”On if Dan Mullen’s success at Mississippi State is sort of the model for what he wants to do here: “Certainly anybody that’s having success in your league and guys you watch, certainly you look at them and see what they’ve done. I think they’ve done a nice job of recruiting and a lot of times – give them credit under the radar with some of the guys that they get out of their state, that maybe not a lot of people know about. But they have that great length and size and you gotta give them credit for developing those players. Yeah, they’re a good-looking team top to bottom.”On if he has any fear at all about the confidence of his team after a loss like that during a rebuilding process: “Yeah, you worry about it, and we need to address it, because, you know, you’re going to go through ups and downs, you’re going to lose some games. When you self-inflict against a good team – and I’m not taking anything away from LSU because they flat beat us across the board – but when you make a lot of mistakes, you can have a tendency to lose confidence. I told you, other times, speaking to you and to our team, we’ve gotten beyond the belief. Then it’s about execution and doing things and then we go out and don’t do it very well, so now we got to make sure they don’t slip back and start doubting, and it goes back to preparation and work and controlling the things we can control.”On if this is unfamiliar territory since they haven’t had a loss like this yet: “Yeah, it is this year. It’s a new team, first time we have gone through that, it is new to this football team and every team is different. So, yeah, we’ll see how we respond.”On what he hopes young wide receivers learned from LSU game: “I hope they learned how to get open versus press. That’s a physical bunch that doesn’t give you a lot of space. You have to beat ’em, you have to make plays. We can compete at a higher level. We need to be more detailed on some of our routes, and there is a lot of things we can all do better.”On if he has to guard against guys getting too psyched to play a No. 1 team: “As I have said many times I would rather say “whoa” than giddy up, so if we have a good practice and I got to hold ’em back, that will be a good thing. But the emotion, I’m only looking forward in our preparation. You certainly don’t want ’em flat walking into the building, you don’t want ’em being “down” and all those things but the excitement level and how we prepare and as long as they’re focused and they go through preparation and are mentally ready to practice every day and putting ourselves into a position to win a game that’s what I’m looking for.”On importance of a fast start for confidence: “I think it’s always important. It was important last week on the road and we fought it uphill the whole game this week, even though we were at home, we’re playing the No. 1 team in the country, you can’t fall behind, I think it’s important. If we do, we got to learn to face adversity a little better than we did last week.”On what Demarco Robinson did differently than other receivers: “He did do better, you’re right in saying that. Number one, he’s a senior. That helps. So he’s got a lot more experience playing against these big dudes that are up there locking ’em down but Demarco has done a nice job of beating people and playing one-on-ones.”On if they gain confidence from playing well at Mississippi State last year: “I think every team is different but I think, you know, I hope it helps us a little bit and we’ll see how we prepare and how we go through the week.”On if in his experience coaches tend to set the same tone after a lop-sided loss: “I’m not sure if everybody takes the exact same approach every week. I don’t know what other people do. It’s been different from the coaches I’ve been around each week. As I’ve said before, I think, you know, you have to have a good plan, but I go on my instincts and my gut a lot and they’re, sometimes right and sometimes wrong, even in making decisions on the field, you know, and that’s where that hindsight comes in. But I think, you know, with this, definitely I put some thought into the message.”On if he almost has to be an actor in that situation: “I don’t think it’s ever an act. I would never use that word to define it. It’s about making sure that you clearly define the message that you want them to hear. That really doesn’t change much for us a lot as well. Maybe how you deliver it and in those things it does, but the bottom line is we’re all going to accept our responsibility and we’re going to look at things, get it corrected and move on. So, again, we’ll see how well we respond this week.”On if he can take away anything from moving the ball at 17-3 and appearing to weather the slow start for at least awhile: “No, I don’t know if you could take much from it, because I felt like, as you know, from watching the game it was an uphill struggle from the first kickoff of the game. But I do feel like we were battling there. That’s what I was commenting on defensively for a while there. We were hanging in doing some things. And offensively we were moving it. We had 3rd-and-1, a long drive, and we missed that opportunity. That was part execution and part would you do it over? Well, yeah, because it didn’t work you would do it over.“So there are things that we can and need to do better in that situation. The bottom line is we didn’t make it happen, we didn’t deliver, they stopped us and that was a big turning point, because I believe there was roughly five minutes in the half there. If we get a first down, obviously that’s time off the clock and even when we got the ball back after that I believe we stopped ’em right after that, maybe a three and out. They hit a great punt and backed us up, and even then I’m trying to get out of the half. That’s what I want to do at that point. It’s been an uphill climb, it’s 17-3 on the road, we haven’t moved it well, we’re backed up, I want to get first downs and get out of the half, unless we make big plays and get movin’, of course, but I’m really trying to cut our losses at that point. And then, as we know, they get 10 more points from there and that was impossible for us to catch up from that point on.”On importance of playing well in a nationally showcased game vs. No. 1 team: “I think it’s very important. It’s important for us to play well. Anytime you’re playing a No. 1 team in the country, you’re going to have great exposure. We want to play well and represent our program and what we’ve been doing and all the hard work so it’s important for us to go out and play well.”On what Jabari Johnson has done to work his way into rotation after not playing at all last season: “He gave us size, and he’s been doing a nice job at that position, what we call the ‘Jack’ linebacker there. He’s big. He has a nice feel for it. He’s good on his feet, and we felt like we needed more size in that game. So he’s done some good things, he’s earned the right to play. So we’ll continue to rotate between Bud and Jabari and Hatcher at those spots.”On how Johnson played against LSU: “He did good. He played well, he really did.”On Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith having discipline issues playing containment on the outside at times and how they stop an athletic quarterback like Prescott: “It’s not always on them. I mean, it’s always team defense. Sometimes he may step up and then get out as well so they’re trying to get speed rush and our inside guys have to be disciplined. Thing of that sort. We’ve had our discipline issues but containing on the pass rush is not always one of those with them. It’s not always with them, let’s put it that way.“But it does bring up the point that you’re making here, that we need to have great team defense and great discipline with our pass rush. They have disciplined runs and plays where he ad-libs and makes plays. He’s very talented. Anytime it’s tougher on defenses and it’s frustrating at times anytime you play a quarterback that has the experience and feel that he does of making plays. That’s why they’re No. 1 in our league in total offense.”On if he can see the comparisons between Dak Prescott and Tim Tebow: “I could see that. I could see people making that comparison. I never played Tebow but just as a fan and watching him I could see people making it, just with Dan coaching them both. The stress that he puts on you with that offense with a guy that could do both run and pass. They’re both physical. I could see people making that comparison. Obviously that’s a great compliment to Dak, because, you know, Tebow won quite a few games.”On Mississippi State having a bye week before playing Kentucky for the fourth season in a row: “Really? We better talk to somebody. (Laughter.) Well, it is what it is. Nothing I can do about it. It’s above my pay grade.”On if he thinks the state of Kentucky could eventually have the same football success with UK and UofL as Mississippi has with Ole Miss and Mississippi State this season: “I don’t see why not. I really don’t. I feel like we’re both working extremely hard to build our programs, we both have great support, and they’ve been a very talented and good football team and we’re working our way toward that.”On if the long, explosive runs came from a specific area: “It did, and I think some depth issues hurt us as well. In fairness to a few of our players. We got to get ’em out and get ’em spelled as well. We’re certainly were we’re not as fast later in the game as we were early. That’s coaching. We’ve got to develop guys and get some guys in there to help. Give them credit. If they’re going to run it 51 times with those dudes, they’re going to break some, too. It’s not like going into the game that you didn’t think they were going to have any explosive runs. I think I guess the point I was trying to make with the power-run game if you take those explosive runs, it wasn’t that bad. We had a good dose of some good people in there and we played more physical than we had been.”On if he expects Zach West back this week: “I do expect him back but I don’t know how at this point he will respond but I do expect him back this week.”On what they need to do to get the run-game jump-started: “It’s important, just like last week. You know, that’s where the run game is always important. We all want explosive offense, and we need that and want to throw it and will throw it, but you gotta have some balance. Look at Mississippi State, what are they, 264 to the run and 265 to the pass. Try to defend that. Makes a difference. It’s very important to be physical and to have balance. It puts a lot of stress on teams. We’ve done that well at times, and against some teams it’s a little more difficult for us because we’re trying to physically get to where we want to be. So to answer your question, it’s important to get the run game going, at least be able to have those aggravating runs, three, four, five then break one here and there. We’ll continue to work on that.”On if he’s surprised at the run game struggles considering all their explosive backs: “Like I said, it’s been good at times. Wasn’t so good last week, and you have to give credit to LSU for that. They beat us. They played more physical than us and didn’t give us much room.”On Mississippi leading the SEC in sacks per game: “Well, they have an incredible front seven, number one, and number two, they’ve been ahead quite a bit and scoring some points, so teams are going to have to take some chances and maybe drop back and pass more than they want to.”On if passing game struggles were because of LSU DBs or is Patrick Towles could have done some things better: “Certainly Patrick can play better and needs to play better. We missed some opportunities and that’s going to happen. Again, not to make an excuse for Patrick because he doesn’t need me to do that, but there are going to be some times where maybe they’re covered, then maybe they’re open and we miss ’em, either way it’s not good. So when you are off and not playing your best, again, it’s going to get magnified against a great team, especially on the road down there at LSU.”On if in a game like that he has to make those plays when given the opportunity: “You have to make those throws, yeah, you do, and we gotta catch ’em and get open and all those things and we definitely were not at our best.”On the play where Ryan Timmons appeared to not see the ball: “I’m not even sure, to be honest with you. I didn’t ask him yet or couldn’t tell.”On Ryan Timmons’ struggles: “Ryan needs to continue to improve. He needs to compete at a higher level and needs to step it up. We need him to. If we’re going to win games at LSU or if we’re going to win a game at home against the No. 1 team in the country, some of our playmakers need to step up and compete at a high level and make plays and win some one-on-one’s and make some plays. That’s what he needs to do. Again, you asked me specifically about him, there’s others, there’s all of us. We all accept the responsibility and, again, accept the things that we need to do better and that’s something that he needs to do better.”On if film showed what happened on the squib kick: “We addressed it before they went on the field. We had a good idea they were going to squib it. We had a player make a poor decision.”On if having young players in a situation helps because they can forget a loss like that more easily: “I think that goes back to Alan’s question. You know, we’ll see. I think because we got whooped and had because we made some mental mistakes, sometimes that can shake somebody’s confidence, and we’ll see how they respond. I have no reason to believe that, though. I have a good feel we’ll bounce back and prepare well and play well.”* For instant updates on the Wildcats, follow me on Twitter @KyleTucker_CJ. Email me at [email protected] Check out the link below for quick-hits from Mark Stoops’ Monday presser. Read on for every last word, as Stoops reviewed the LSU debacle and looked ahead to Saturday’s home game against No. 1 Mississippi State.5 Takeaways: Stoops on bouncing back, Dak and more.MARK STOOPSOpening statement: “Anxious to just get back to work today and get back on the practice field with our players after a disappointing loss. After reviewing the film, as I said in the postgame, you have to give credit to LSU. They outplayed us, outcoached us, but there are certainly a lot of things that we need to get corrected and can get corrected, so looking forward to getting back out there. Another great challenge that week, playing the No. 1 team in the country. We will have our hands full and need to play a whole lot better. So, again, need to get back out there and improve this week on the practice field.”On stopping the run vs. Mississippi State after struggling at times in run defense this season: “Well, it’s very important. Another physical football team, but not only physical, just, it’s a numbers game as well. Very well coached, puts you in some hard predicaments. Obviously the way Dak (Prescott) is throwing the ball as well, they stretch you constantly. So it is a concern. If you look back at last week, I think we did – believe me, I’m not crazy, I’ve coached defenses that were pretty darn good against the run – the good news is if you take away some of the explosive runs that can get corrected in certain spots, just physically we actually did some very good things. 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Sociedad strike Vela deal with Arsenal

first_img ““Real Sociedad have reached an agreement with Arsenal FC which will allow Carlos Vela to continue at the club on a permanent basis.  “This club, this team has the ambition to make it better, and I am convinced that we will perform an exciting year.” “The player meanwhile, has signed a contract extension which ties him to Real Sociedad for the next four seasons. The player’s previous contract was due to expire in June 2016. The Mexican striker has now formally signed his new contract.” Sam Marsden Upd. at 21:09 The Gunners were tipped to activate a buy-back clause they maintained on the player from when they sold him 2012, thought to be in the region of €4million, but instead have let Sociedad pay a reported a €11m to buy out the clause, with as much as €5m to be added on in future performance-related bonuses. The Mexican forward, who rejected the chance to go the World Cup with his country, said he was “happy” everything was resolved.center_img Real Sociedad released the following statement on their website: Carlos Vela will remain at Real Sociedad next season after the Basque club managed to come to an agreement with Arsenal over the player’s future. “We knew it would not be easy, but thankfully it is resolved and all parties are happy,” the 25-year-old explained.  24/06/2014 CESTlast_img read more

Las Palmas’ midfielder Alen Halilovic ruled out until 2018

first_img Halilovic injured his ankle in the win over Athletic Club last week after a challenge from Raul Garcia and was carried off on a strecther.  IN SPORT.ES efe Former Barcelona player Halilovic is currently on an 18-month loan with La Liga side Las Palmas from Hamburg. Croatian international Alen Halilovic will have to undergo surgery and will be out for at least two months, the player revealed on Sunday, with Las Palmas coach Pako Ayestaran confirming the news shortly after.  15/10/2017 CESTcenter_img Halilovic, adiós al 2017 The first diagnosis spoke of a “trauma” injury and later a “strain of the ligament” according to an MRI scan that was described as “reassuring”, although it was pending “further tests”. Those further tests have finally confirmed the severity of the injury and the need for an operation. Upd. at 23:45 If the estimated duration of Halilovic’s time on the sidelines will be a minimum of two months, ruling him out of action until the New Year. last_img read more

Men’s Basketball: Dec. 7 Scoreboard

first_imgUSF broke an early tie by scoring five-straight after a pair of free throws by Glover to lead 10-5 with 11:39 remaining. A three-point play by Tollefson put the Dons up by seven, but Vilde answered by powering inside for back-to-back baskets. Stephen F. Austin 84, Ouachita Baptist 60NACOGDOCHES, Texas. – Senior Jacob Parker recorded a season-high 23 points and added eight rebounds, as the Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team picked up their fifth straight victory in a 84-60 win over Ouachita Baptist on Sunday afternoon inside William R. Johnson Coliseum. The Huskies will return to action after finals week, when they host Arlington Baptist Saturday at 7 p.m. at Sharp Gym, following the women’s game also against Arlington Baptist. HBU shot 33.3 percent from the field, made 2-of-7 from behind the arc, and 7-of-12 from the free-throw line, while USF shot 48.0 percent, 3-of-6 from 3-point range, and 6-of-12 from the stripe in the first half. Fountain led the Huskies with six points, while Tollefsen had eight for the Dons at halftime. – Return to Top – HBU was held to a season-low 31.4 percent from the field, 3-for-11 from 3-point range, and went 19-for-30 from the line, while USF shot 55.6 percent from the field, 8-for-14 from long distance, and 27-for-39 from the line. The Huskies were outrebounded for the first time this season, 33-32, and there were 56 fouls whistled on the two teams, including 30 on the Huskies, which had three players foul out. Stephen F. Austin 84, Ouachita Baptist 60San Francisco 85, Houston Baptist 60 Down 14-12, Johnson hit his first of three 3-pointers to put SFA on top 15-14 with 11:46 before the end of the half. The Lumberjacks maintained the advantage the rest of the way, building their lead to as high as 14 points, entering the break up 39-25. Chris Adams hit the first three of the game for either side at the 7:20 mark, and Derrell Robertson finished a three-point play as the Dons led 19-10 with just over six minutes to go. The Huskies responded with a 10-0 run to take the lead, as sophomore forward Alex Fountain got it going by burying a three from the corner, Russell sank a pair of free throws, sophomore center Cody Stetler made one-of-two, Fountain drilled a three from the top of the circle and Chukwujekwu made one-of-two as HBU led 20-19 with 3:28 left. Sophomore forward Reveal Chukwujekwu and senior guard Marcel Smith had 10 points each to lead the Huskies (3-3), while senior guard Tyler Russell added eight. Freshman center Josh Ibarra led HBU with eight rebounds, and senior center Ricmonds Vilde had six. The Huskies’ leading scorer, Colter Lasher, was held to just two points as he fouled out in only 13 minutes on the floor. Parker was the only player to score double figures in the first half, recording 12 points with 10 made free throws, as Pinkney netted nine points. San Francisco 85, Houston Baptist 60SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – – San Francisco outscored Houston Baptist 26-4 in a 5:50 stretch from the end of the first half into the beginning of the second half as the Dons went on to an 85-54 victory over HBU in non-conference basketball Sunday afternoon at War Memorial Gymnasium. The Dons opened the second half with a 14-2 run, including the first seven points, which was capped by a Derksen three. A Vilde tip-in got the Huskies on the board, but USF scored seven more when Derksen threw up a wild banker off the glass, Pinkins hit a three and Derksen finished a fast break with a layup to extend the Dons’ lead to 47-25.center_img The Lumberjacks won the battle under the basket, out rebounding OBU 44-26, and forced 20 turnovers which they turned into 19 points. SFA outscored the Tigers 34-19 off the bench. OBU started quickly, taking a 4-0 lead to force an early timeout by head coach Brad Underwood less than two minutes into the game. The Lumberjacks responded out of the break, posting a 7-0 run over the next 2:20, before both teams traded the lead six more times in the first half. The Tigers opened the first 1:38 of the second half on a 7-2 run to cut the lead to nine points at 41-32. However, Parker quickly hit his lone 3-point attempt of the game on the next possession to put SFA back up by double figures. The double-digit lead never waned the rest of the way and built to 27 points with just over three minutes remaining, before arriving at the eventual 84-60 final.   The Lumberjacks will enjoy a few days off before continuing their homestand. SFA will play its third of five straight games inside WRJ Coliseum on Sunday, Dec. 14, hosting North Texas in a 3 p.m. tip. Russell knocked down a 17-footer and Chukwujekwu went inside for a layup to stop that surge, but Watson and Adams started another with back-to-back threes, giving USF a 57-30 lead with 12:43 left. The Dons led by 28 at the 11:46 mark, but a six-point spurt by the Huskies cut the deficit to 20 with just under five minutes on the clock. From there, USF closed the game by outscoring HBU, 17-6. Parker paced the Lumberjacks (6-3), who placed four in double figures, shooting 4-of-5 from the floor with a made 3-pointer. The native of Bixby, Oklahoma, did the majority of his damage against the Tigers (5-3) from the charity stripe, netting a career-high 14 free throws on 16 attempts. His eight boards also led all, pulling down six on the defensive end. Devin Watson led USF (5-3) with 14 points, Tim Derksen and Mark Tollefsen had 12 apiece, and Kruize Pinkins had 11. Matt Christiansen had five rebounds to lead the Dons on the glass. The lead was short-lived as Derksen made a layup for the Dons on the other end, but Chukwujekwu once again made one-of-two to knot it back up at 21. Glover drove inside for a bucket, Tollefsen tipped in a missed free throw, Derksen made a three and Tollefsen followed another miss with a tip-in as USF took a 30-21 lead. Smith sunk a baseline floater with 12 seconds remaining, but Glover beat the buzzer with a three to give the Dons a 33-23 advantage at the break. Juniors Jared Johnson and Clide Geffrard joined Parker and Pinkney in double figures, recording 11 and 10 points, respectfully. Junior Demetrious Floyd finished with nine points on 3-of-6 shooting from 3-point land. Parker was not the only SFA player to make the most of his time at the line, as junior Trey Pinkney finished with a career-best 11 points. Pinkney shot a career-high 9-of-10 from the stripe, all coming in the first half.  – Return to Top –last_img read more

Flying high with Brand SA

first_imgSeventy-five competitors and officials from 15 countries around the world battled it out for global domination at the recent 20th Precision Flying World Championships held in Brits, North West province.last_img

‘Business unusual’ for a greener future

first_img5 December 2011New ways of producing goods, which will reduce both energy consumption and emissions from energy production, have to be found, South African President Jacob Zuma told the World Economic Forum Green Partnership Dialogue in Durban on Sunday.This, according to Zuma, would require profound and far-reaching changes in economies, and would affect how business is done.The potential benefits were huge, however, as transforming the means of production to make them more environmentally sustainable in the long term would open the door to new investment, production and employment prospects.‘We must work on this together’“It is not a job just for government or business or labour alone,” Zuma said. “It is something we must work on together.”South Africa is the largest producer of electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, generating 90% of its electricity from coal. The country has committed to securing 4 000 megawatts of renewable energy for the national grid by 2016. This is more than the City of Durban uses in a year.South Africa’s solar and wind energy industries have targeted the creation of at least 50 000 “green” jobs by 2020, with the government pledging its support for the installation of one-million solar water heating systems by 2014 to 2015.This will also provide the basis for expanding local production of components and heating systems.Business’ technological, managerial expertise neededZuma said that bringing in new sources of electricity required the government to regulate the national grid, and that it needed business to invest and bring its technological and managerial expertise to the table.“Above all, we must make sure that poor communities do not end up footing the bill, whether through job losses or high prices,” Zuma said.“We are encouraging more labour-intensive activities that can create employment opportunities on a mass scale.”Zuma added that the country’s electricity utility, Eskom, and business would continue to work on technologies to further reduce emissions from coal-fired plants.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Intel’s New Innovation Engine Enables Differentiated Firmware

first_imgHistorically, platform embedded firmware limits the ways system-builders can customize, innovate, and differentiate their offerings. Today, Intel is streamlining the route for implementing new features with the creation of an “open engine” for system-builders to run firmware of their own creation or choosing.This important advance in platform architecture is known as the Innovation Engine. It was introduced this week at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.The Innovation Engine is a small Intel® architecture processor and I/O sub-system that will be embedded into future Intel data center platforms. The Innovation Engine enables system builders to create their own unique, differentiating firmware for server, storage, and networking markets.  Some possible uses include hosting lightweight manageability features in order to reduce overall system cost, improving server performance by offloading BIOS and BMC routines, or augmenting the Intel® Management Engine for such things as telemetry and trusted boot.These are just a few of the countless possibilities for the use of this new path into the heart of Intel processors. Truthfully, the uses for the Innovation Engine are limited only by the feature’s capability framework and the developer’s imagination.It’s worth noting that the Innovation Engine is reserved for system-builder’s code, and not Intel firmware. Intel supplies only the hardware, and the system builder can tailor things from there. And as for security, the Innovation Engine code is cryptographically bound to the system-builder. Code not authenticated by the system-builder will not load.As the name suggests, the Innovation Engine will drive a lot of great benefits for OEMs and, ultimately, end users. This embedded core in future Intel processors will foster creativity, innovation, and differentiation, while creating a simplified path for system-builders implementing new features and enabling full customer visibility into code and engine behavior.Ultimately, this upcoming enhancement in Intel data center platforms is all about using Intel technology advancements to drive widespread innovation in the data center ecosystem.Have thoughts you’d like to share? Pass them along on Twitter via @IntelITCenter, you can also take a listen to our IDF podcasts for more on the Innovation Engine.last_img read more