Men’s Tennis Earns Two Wins on Sunday

first_img 2. Philips, Bayo/Thorold, Barnaby (DU) def. Nathan Reekie/Matt Dunn (OMAHA) 6-3 In the nightcap, the Bulldogs swept all three doubles matches, securing the doubles point. Doubles competition Drake’s Tom Hands erased MT’s lead as he rolled past Max Rauch, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5 singles. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team beat Middle Tennessee, 4-3, and Nebraska-Omaha, 6-1, on Sunday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Junior Ben Stride tied the match up 2-2, with his straight sets 6-4, 6-2 win over Miguel Negre at No. 3. Gillespie earned his first win of the season over a nationally-ranked opponent with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over No. 53 Razvan Grigorescu. Drake 4, Middle Tennessee 3Feb. 12, 2017 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)  3. Hands, Tom/Clark, Ben (DU) def. John Ellis/Alex Woodward (OMAHA) 7-6 1. Gillespie, Vinny/Stride, Ben (DU) def. Gonzalo Morell/Tom Moonen (MT) 6-1 Drake 6, Omaha 1Feb. 12, 2017 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)  2. Stride, Ben (DU) def. Colin Buckley (OMAHA) 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (11-9) Singles competition Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,6,5,1,2,3) The Bulldogs got on top of the Mavericks early in singles as Drake won the first set in five of the six matches. 6. Wood, Ben (DU) def. Nicolas Buitrago (MT) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 1. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Gonzalo Morell (MT) 6-4, 6-3 Match Notes 2. Nicolas Buitrago/Max Rauch (MT) def. Thorold, Barnaby/Philips, Bayo (DU) 6-3 2. Tom Moonen (MT) def. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 6-3, 6-2 Sophomore Vinny Gillespie improved his record to 5-0 as the Bulldogs’ top singles player by beating Gonzalo Morell, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1. The Bulldogs travel to Wisconsin on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. Sophomore Ben Clark followed suit and rolled past John Ellis, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 6. “Overall, picking up two wins is a successful day for us,” Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski said. “We changed up our doubles pairs as we are trying to find the right combination and get everyone healthy.” 3. Nathan Reekie (OMAHA) def. Thorold, Barnaby (DU) 0-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-4) 6. Clark, Ben (DU) def. John Ellis (OMAHA) 6-1, 6-3 4. Luis Morillo Diaz (MT) def. Thorold, Barnaby (DU) 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 1-0 (13-11) 3. Gian Issa/Miguel Negre (MT) def. Hands, Tom/Wood, Ben (DU) 6-4 Hands coasted past Matt Dunn, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 singles to give Drake a 2-0 lead. “Vinny had an excellent day and has been extremely dependable for us moving into the No. 1 positions this year as a sophomore,” said Kozlowski. 4. Hands, Tom (DU) def. Matt Dunn (OMAHA) 6-1, 6-0 Singles competition 1. No. 78 Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. No. 53 Razvan Grigorescu (OMAHA) 6-3, 6-3 5. Hands, Tom (DU) def. Max Rauch (MT) 6-3, 6-1  Print Friendly Version Doubles competition 5. Wood, Ben (DU) def. Joni Heizlsperger (OMAHA) 6-3, 6-2 Match Notes 3. Stride, Ben (DU) def. Miguel Negre (MT) 6-4, 6-2 Wood once again clinched the Drake victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Joni Heizlsperger at No. 5. MT’s Tom Moonen gave the Blue Raiders the lead for the final time with is 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 2. The Blue Raiders came away with the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead in the Bulldogs first match of the day. 1. Gillespie, Vinny/Stride, Ben (DU) def. Razvan Grigorescu/Colin Buckley (OMAHA) 6-3 Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,2,3,1,6,4) Junior Ben Wood and Nicolas Buitrago went three sets with Wood coming out on top, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, to clinch the match for Drake.last_img read more

Labor Day win clinches hydroplane title for Hoopa’s Roger Sanderson

first_imgGrants Pass >> Though he would start in 17th position, Hoopa’s Roger Sanderson crossed the finish line first to win the ‘Wild River Pizza & Brewing Labor Day Regatta’ hydroplane race on the smoky Rogue River in Grants Pass, Oregon on Monday.Sanderson, a five-time Champion of the Cal-Ore River Racers Association, bounced back from defeat and failure from the last race in Gold Beach to command the field of 18 boats by securing his fifth win on the seven-race summer circuit and capture the …last_img read more

SA flower exports set to bloom

first_img10 December 2003South Africa produces just a fraction of the total world export market in flowers, but a few factors may help the country blossom into a serious exporter in the near future.According to the South African Exporter – a Business Day newspaper supplement – South Africa produces only 0.5% of the total world export market, which records about US$25-billion in annual sales. However, deals with Kenya and Holland look set to expand the industry’s capacity.South Africa’s floriculture exports – including bulbs, cut flowers, foliage and plants – rose by 51% to R279-million last year, according to the South African Exporter. However, this was mainly thanks to the strong rand, because volumes only grew by 13%. The biggest growth in weight was in plants, which was up 69%. Cut flowers contributed R140-million.According to the SA Flower Export Council (Safec), 80% of all exports go to countries directly north of South Africa, 12% to the Americas and 8% to Japan.Safec is a federation of associa­tions, name­ly the KwaZulu-Natal Cutflower Growers Association, the SA Flower Growers Association and Somerfleur, that work together on a national level.Members of these associations can take part in inter­national flower shows organised by the department of trade and industry (DTI) in co-operation with Growtech Interna­tional. The DTI supports and works closely with Safec in putting together opportuni­ties for international marketing and investment.The head of Safec, Dirk de Bruin, told the South African Exporter that “there is no doubt that the world is starting to recognise SA for the serious competitor it has become.”South Africa produces mainly roses, Proteas and Cape foliage, but it’s in the chrysanthemum where its strength lies.The South African Exporter reports that local producers have tied up contracts to supply their Kenyan counterparts with chrysanthemums, which the Kenyans will include in bouquets destined for export to UK chain stores such as Tesco and Sainsbury. Similar deals have been sealed with Dutch producers, who have traditionally supplied the European market.While Kenya exports nine times more flowers than South Africa, the country is unable to grow chrysanthemums. Also, it was not economically viable for South Africa to export the chrysanthemums it produces because of a low price-to-weight ratio.In another development, mining company Gold Fields has started a rose-growing project to ensure continuation of employment once its gold reserves are eventually depleted.The increase in the production of chrysanthemums and roses is likely to boost export volumes and reduce freight costs. However, the lack of co-operation between highly competitive flower producers in the pooling of cargo may also hamper exports.Another obstacle to the country’s export ambitions is the high demand for flowers on the local market. According to the South African Exporter, South Africa consumes about half of its flower production, while the other half is exported.Pick ‘n Pay and Woolworths, in particular, have followed international trends by selling value-added products such as mixed bouquets on the local market.This means that when the global market gets tough, producers can simply fall back on the domestic market. But De Bruin argues that producers should change their mindsets and concentrate on becoming consistent exporters.Another problem the industry faces is the high capital, management and labour costs required to realise profits. Also, says De Bruin, the frequent emergence of new producers puts pressure on the more established players.The withdrawal of the South African Protea Producers and Exporters Association from the SA Flower Export Council, which represents the bulk of the country’s flower producers, is also seen as a negative development. De Bruin says the lack of unity forces the government to deal with two agencies instead of one, and that this creates confusion among foreign reporterlast_img read more

Focus on education paying off: Zuma

first_img9 February 2012South Africa’s push for universal access to education, and for improved learning and teaching, are starting to pay off, President Jacob Zuma told Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday evening.Delivering his fourth State of the Nation address, Zuma noted that over eight-million learners were attending no-fee schools and benefitting from the government’s school feeding scheme, with school attendance now close to 100 percent for the compulsory band of 7-15 years of age.“A major achievement is the doubling of grade R enrolment, from 300 000 in 2003 to 705 000 in 2011,” Zuma said. “We appear poised to meet our target of 100 percent coverage for grade R by 2014.”However, he noted that the government remained concerned by the report of the General Household Survey in 2010 that just over 120 000 children in the 7-15 year old band were out of school.‘In school, in class, on time’Zuma also congratulated the teachers, learners, parents and the communities for the efforts, which saw an increase in last year’s matric pass rate, adding that the government’s intensive focus on education was paying off.“We will continue to invest in producing more teachers who can teach mathematics, science and African languages. Our call to teachers to be in school, in class, on time, teaching for at least seven hours a day remains pivotal to success … we thank the teacher unions for supporting this campaign.”Higher education targetsWith regards to higher education, Zuma said the government was exceeding its targets, with close to 14 000 school leavers being placed in workplace learning opportunities over the past year, and over 11 000 artisans having completed their trade tests.He was pleased to see an increase in the number of learners attending Further Education and Training (FET) colleges, and urged parents to encourage their children to enrol in these colleges, as the country needed the skills these colleges were offering.To expand access to tertiary education, Zuma announced that R200-million was spent on helping 25 000 students to pay off their debts to institutions of higher learning last year.He further announced that a total of R300-million had been allocated for preparatory work towards building new universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

5 Tips for Military Caregivers during the Holidays

first_imgThe holidays can often be a time filled with many emotions for military caregivers, ranging from thankfulness and joy, to stress and frustration. Overwhelmed with daily responsibilities of providing care to our service members, the holidays, as special as they may be to us, may leave us vulnerable to stress.The following tips for military caregivers are suggestions for this holiday season as you spend time with your wounded service member and family and friends.1. Share your wish list of caregiving duties. The gift of asking for help can be even better than material objects. Talk to family and friends and get them involved in some of your caregiving activities. Ask if they can provide respite care for a few hours, run errands, take your service member to the doctor, or help out around the house.2. Recognize signs and symptoms of burnout. During the holidays your caregiving duties may become more heightened than ever. Your stress level can reach an all-time high as you try to juggle caring for your wounded warrior and getting ready for the holiday festivities. Before long you become burnout and robbed of your energy and experience a full blown emotional breakdown. Recognize these emotions or signs and symptoms of burnout and identify outlets when you begin to feel stressed.3. Anticipate holiday triggers from your service member. The holidays may trigger stress or unhappy memories for some wounded service members. Be mindful and acknowledge their emotions as well as yours. Service members may feel anxious with large holiday crowds; they may even bring on negative emotions because they are no longer able to accomplish or participate in things they once were. Stay focused on the positive, and thankful they are with you this time of year.4. Simplify holiday activities. We all imagine the holidays full of bright lights and food and drinks of every variety, but it may be less stressful if you scaled back a bit to simplify, while still enjoying the holiday festivities. Set limits. If you are baking for a feast, chose foods that are simpler to bake; eat out or order a prepared meal.5. Start new holiday traditions. Depending on your service member’s injury, you and your family may not be able to participate in as many holiday activities as you once were. As a caregiver, you are learning to create a ‘new normal’ and change is inevitable. If you are unable to travel to see family and friends or attend holiday parties, try using technology and setup a video visit.This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on December 1, 2014.last_img read more

Gautam Gambhir reluctant to play West Indies tour: Sources

first_imgThe Indian skipper for the forthcoming ODI series against West Indies, Gautam Gambhir, is reluctant to play the tour. The designated captain for the Caribbean is apparently worried about aggravating the injury to his shoulder, senior sources in the BCCI have told Headlines Today. Gambhir has told the BCCI that he is worried about a four-month injury lay off if he goes to the West Indies, which would mean missing the crucial series in England.  The BCCI is now awaiting the results of the physio report before they make a decision on Gambhir’s availability for the tour. They have confirmed that if Gautam is found to be unfit, he will not be sent to the Carribean. India’s cricketing body is unhappy that Gambhir continued playing for Kolkata Knight Riders as the skipper in the fourth season of the Indian Premier League despite the injury to his shoulder. Gambhir has not been sure of the extent of his shoulder injury as he was yet to know the result of MRI scan done on Tuesday evening. Club vs country Gambhir’s decision to play for Kolkata Knight Riders and risk his Team India role, has stoked the club versus country debate. Former chief selector Kiran More feels the BCCI needs to set its house in order. “Why blame cricketers? The BCCI needs to a take a big call over the issue. It must look into rules and regulations,” More told Headlines Today. South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs said as a professional cricketer ‘needs to know the extent of his injury’. “It is an important duty of a cricketer,” Gibbs said, adding country should come before the club, as there is ‘prestige’ involved. While cricket analyst Charu Sharma believed ‘avenues and options’ may force a cricketer to prefer clubs to the national call, senior cricket journalist Gulu Ezekiel said, “The BCCI has opened a Pandora’s box. You have players who will play the ILP but not the international matches.” The BCCI has created a situation, where ‘the rest of the world has to deliver’ and not Indian players, because the IPL happens in India, Ezekiel added.advertisementlast_img read more

For the love of dog sledding at the Arctic Winter Games

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsThe dogs are ready to run.“These dogs love it,” said Canzada Maruskie, dog musher. “If they couldn’t run they wouldn’t have anything to do at that point, they love what they are doing.”So do their owners.The Maruskie family traveled over 3,600 kilometres from Alaska to be at the South Slave Arctic Winter Games.They’ve also been doing it for a while and picked up a few things along the way.“We don’t feed them the morning before the race, pretty much the only thing that we do differently,” said Zachary Maruskie. “Some mushers probably do that too. It’s just so they don’t poop on the trail.”However, some issues came up they couldn’t account for.A minimum of four teams are needed for dog sledding at the games, according to the official rules.In 2016, host Greendland didn’t offer the sport.But it appears the games are making an exception this year with only two teams entered.“We are already prepared, we already paid, we got sponsors, we got all this stuff to do, you can’t just cancel it at the last minute,” said Scott Maruskie.tpimentel@aptn.calast_img read more