MOLINE, ILL. – The Drake University women’s basketball team begins play at the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Friday, March 11 at 6 p.m. at the iWireless Center in Moline, Ill. The Bulldogs play the winner of Thursday nights’ No. 7 Illinois State vs. No. 10 Evansville contest. Drake game notes will be posted following the conclusion of the Evansville vs. Illinois State game. For the ninth-straight season, the MVC Tournament is being played at a neutral site. The iWireless Center is the new site this year for the league’s annual postseason tournament. The tournament has a new name as well – “Hoops in the Heartland” – in the first of a multi-year contract for the event. Just six Division I conferences host stand-alone women’s basketball tournaments (Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, SEC, Pac-12 and MVC). Every game of the MVC tournament will be available online via The Valley On ESPN3. Drake (21-8, 14-4 MVC) won its final four regular-season contests, including a 71-64 win at SIU in the season finale, to claim the tournament’s second seed for the second-consecutive year. Drake and Missouri State both finished 14-4 in league play, but the Bulldogs held the tiebreaker with their season sweep of the Lady Bears. The Bulldogs are seeking to win their sixth MVC Tournament title and first since 2007 when they take the court on Friday evening against the Redbirds or the Purple Aces. Drake swept both Evansville (2-27, 1-17 MVC) and Illinois State (8-21, 6-12 MVC) during the regular season as the Bulldogs are vying for their 20th all-time trip to the semifinals. Drake owns a 38-22 all-time record at the MVC Tournament. The winner of the four-day event claims the Valley’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. If Drake wins Friday it advances to play the winner of No. 3 Missouri State vs. No. 6 Indiana State, which will take place Friday night at 8:30 p.m. The semifinal meeting will tipoff on Saturday at 4 p.m. Print Friendly Version
Alan Higgins is targeting a shot at the English title before the end of the year.The Kilburn middleweight, 25, extended his unbeaten record to 7-0 with a comfortable points victory against Jason Ball at Bethnal Green’s York Hall at the weekend.And he believes he is ready to step up to the next level following an impressive start to his professional career.He said: “I want to fight for the English title. Jason Ball was ranked number 19 on Boxrec so hopefully I will be up there now.“I’ve been sparring with James DeGale for two years now and was sparring with Darren Barker, so when I box at this level I feel like I’m a class above them.“I’d like another fight in a couple of weeks. I want to keep busy and keep the record up.”See also:Resounding wins for Higgins and TomsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kelley Tilmon and Andy Michel, Ohio State University ExtensionWe have heard a few reports of either bean leaf beetles or grasshoppers increasing in soybeans. As we start to approach the end of the growing season the larger concern with these insects is the potential for pod feeding, rather than foliage feeding. Pod feeding directly impacts grain quality. Crop stage is also an important consideration. Late-planted fields or double-cropped soybeans which are still green when other fields are drying down can be “trap crops,” attracting both bean leaf beetles or grasshoppers leaving the other fields. Such fields bear close watching.Evaluation of pod injury should be based on inspection of all pods on 10 randomly selected plants. Be sure to sample at least 100’ into the field to avoid making your entire decision based on field edges, where damage can be worse than in the field as a whole. On each plant sampled, count the number of total pods and the number of pods exhibiting pod injury, and then determine the percent pod injury based on the 10 plants inspected. It is important to estimate percent pod injury on inspection of the entire plant. Treatment is justified if the percent pod injury approaches 10 to 15%, and beetle adults or grasshoppers are still present and active in the field.When making a treatment decision, also consider the pre-harvest interval of the insecticide you’re considering — which can be an important consideration at the end of the season as harvest approaches. For more information visit our factsheet at https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/ENT-23.
File this under: Things we didn’t even know we wanted. German graphic designer Eric Huismann got some attention this week after releasing concept art for a sleek Apple drone.All images from quadrocopter.orgBetween Amazon’s delivery bots and Zuckerberg’s fleet of flying Facebook machines, tech companies are finding reasons to get into the drone business. That’s why it was really no surprise when images of a new Apple Quadcopter started making their way around the web this week.Of course, the concept art didn’t come from Apple. Rather, they were the work of German graphic designer Eric Huismann. Huismann certainly captured the curves and elegant style that the public expects from Apple’s design team, but the mocked-up machine has more than good looks.Huismann’s quadcopter concept comes with four video cameras that can record in concert, capturing and streaming real-time HD panoramic footage from high in the air. Considering YouTube and Facebook’s recent embrace of 360 degree video, this iDrone’s multi-camera design makes perfect sense.Unfortunately, fans of Apple gear will just have to settle for the Apple Watch and new MacBook, since, again, this is just a concept. Nonetheless, we’ll keep our eyes on the Cupertino skies and hope that Tim Cook decides to take Apple in a new high-flying direction.How long would you wait in line at the Apple Store to score an iDrone? What concepts would you like to see Apple explore in the future? Let us know in the comments below.
Somdev Devvarman’s opener in the men’s singles at the Commonwealth Games came as a wake-up call for the top seeded Indian player. Though Somdev grasped the match against Bahamas’s Devin Mullings with a 6-4, 6-2 score-line, the initial phases of the match were a bit jittery for him.Not many would have expected that Mullings would be able stand up against the world No. 97 Somdev but the Bahamian had something else in his mind. Mullings took a 4-1 lead within the first 20 minutes of the match. But before things could go worse Somdev regained composure and took away the set 6-4.The next set was an easy affair for Somdev as he took a comfortable 3-1 lead in the first four games and completed the set with a score of 6-2. Somdev’s opponent seemed to be troubled by the hot weather in the last phases of the match as he was seen gasping along with his ground speed becoming slower.After the match Somdev was in full praise of his opponent whom he had played in his college days. “Mullings is a really good player. He hits the ball really hard and also has a quick serve,” Somdev said. “And I think he is a bit deceptive too. He’s better than he looks. You have to really work hard if things are going his way in the match. He’s bound to trouble you.”Talking about his shaky start in the first set Somdev said he was a bit nervous playing his first Commonwealth Games match. “I was little nervous playing my Commonwealth Games match. I was trailing but I am happy that I came back strongly,” said Somdev. He also felt that the court at the RK Khanna Stadium had its part in his performance. “The court is a bit bouncy. I was having a hard time out there to adjust. I think it will take me a little while to adjust to these conditions,” said the 25-year old.advertisementSomdev added that it was his fitness level that stood him in good stead in performing well. “I am regularly working on my fitness with my personal physical trainer. Being at the top of your fitness is really important these days and it helps me winning matches. And I find it really funny when guys at the other end are struggling with the fitness,” said Somdev.Somdev next faces Sri Lanka’s Amresh Jayawickreme, who got past Bermuda’s David Thomas 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round.
Story Highlights Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Zavia Mayne, says the Ministry is committed to empowering persons with disabilities through skills training so that they can make a decent living. “The stage has been set for young men and women with disabilities to make their invaluable contribution to the creative arena,” Mr. Mayne said, while addressing a function at the Abilities Foundation on Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew on Thursday (May 31). He informed that discussions have been initiated with the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts towards the implementation of training courses “that will create inclusion for persons with disabilities.” Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Zavia Mayne, says the Ministry is committed to empowering persons with disabilities through skills training so that they can make a decent living.He said that in addition to traditional vocational training, focus is being placed on helping disabled persons to harness their creative talents for income generation.He informed that discussions have been initiated with the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts towards the implementation of training courses “that will create inclusion for persons with disabilities.”“The stage has been set for young men and women with disabilities to make their invaluable contribution to the creative arena,” Mr. Mayne said, while addressing a function at the Abilities Foundation on Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew on Thursday (May 31).He said that his Ministry will continue to promote the rights and dignity of disabled persons so that they can reach their full potential, and lauded the work of the Abilities Foundation in “facilitating their social and emotional adjustment in the wider society.”Through the entity’s Social and Economic Inclusion Project, aimed at increasing employability and skills development of poor persons with disabilities, 60 students have been placed in work solutions over a three-year period. Last year, 30 students were placed, which was the largest single placement.A number of public and private sector institutions are supporting the work of the institution, with Digicel Foundation sponsoring a Beauty Services Unit that is providing the students with training in cosmetology, nail technology and make-up artistry.The Abilities Foundation provides vocational education to persons with disabilities, to enable them to function as creative and productive citizens. It was established in November 1991 and is a registered voluntary organisation.The Foundation works in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the HEART Trust/NTA.
Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsFirst Nation leaders in New Brunswick say a former premier needs a lesson on treaties.Frank McKenna has been a vocal supporter of the Energy East Pipeline, a project to carry crude oil from Alberta to Eastern Canada. It could wind its way through traditional Maliseet and Mi’kmaq territories to an oil refinery in Saint John.McKenna was quoted in the Telegraph Journal this week touting the benefits of the pipeline coming east “…because we have fewer First Nation issues as a result of existing treaties whereas in the West, they don’t have treaties signed…and we have more Crown land that would be part of the right-of-way discussion.”As a former politician, diplomat and current deputy chair of the TD Bank, McKenna is a prominent figure.“While Mr. McKenna’s opinion is mistaken it is nevertheless influential,” said Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Roger Augustine.The Peace and Friendship Treaties signed in the mid-1700s formalized a relationship between the Crown and the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet and Passamoquoddy. The treaties affirm Aboriginal rights and title, but never surrendered land.“With respect, Mr. McKenna has either been misinformed or has misspoken regarding our treaties and the current state of Aboriginal-Crown relations in New Brunswick,” said Augustine.In his view, the treaties don’t mean fewer roadblocks, but instead lead to the bigger question of how First Nations can get a “piece of the action.”And not just jobs, but royalties.Other Mi’kmaq and Maliseet leaders are more cautious but say that if the pipeline becomes reality, they need to be in a position to negotiate.“I have to be at the table. We have an obligation to be there,” said Candice Paul, chief of the St. Mary’s First Nation near Fredericton. “One of the elders told me that if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”Paul said Aboriginal concerns over environmental impacts will have to be addressed.New Premier Brian Gallant promised a better approach to First Nations issues during his campaign.“After four years of deteriorating relations with the government of New Brunswick, Mr. Gallant’s remarks offered reason to be cautiously optimistic,” said Augustine.Gallant is all for the Energy East Pipeline calling it an economic boon that will create jobs. He flew to Alberta to show his support when TransCanada Corp filed the paperwork to kick start the regulatory process.But if government drops the ball on consultation again and Aboriginal concerns are ignored in favour of industry, a repeat of the shale gas protests may loom on the horizon. A lot of ifs which can be avoided said Paul.“I hope with this government now, that they saw and learned from that and that they sit down and meet with us, take our concerns and come up with an action plan of how we move forward,” said Paul.A meeting between the province and First Nation chiefs is tentatively set for next week. Broad discussion on how to move forward on Aboriginal issues is on the agenda, as well as for First Nations leaders to make sure government has a better grasp on the treaties than McKenna.“The former premier, McKenna, needs to go get educated on the Peace and Friendship Treaties that we do have in the province he was premier of and that we didn’t cede our land,” said Paul.McKenna declined to comment.