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.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall called on farmers and ranchers to redouble their efforts to advocate for agriculture, even as the current administration has begun moving to undo some of the regulations that have burdened them for years.“We have had a seat at the table with the Trump administration,” Duvall told nearly 7,000 farmers and ranchers gathered for the organization’s annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee. “Folks, I can tell you that it has been a breath of fresh air to be able to advocate for getting things done…instead of having to constantly defend agriculture against a steady stream of challenges from our own government.”In his address Duvall covered the gamut of major issues that began to move in recent months.“Probably the biggest challenge we faced in recent years was the Waters of the U.S. rule,” he said. “That over-reaching regulation would have allowed the federal government to dictate not just how you farm — but whether you could farm at all. Thanks to your engagement, and thanks to EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, the old rule is being reconsidered. And we are urging the agency to propose a new rule…one that draws clear lines that protect waters without regulating farm fields.“It’s thanks to your engagement that Congress passed tax reform last year — giving farmers a new 20% deduction on their business income, doubling the estate tax exemption, preserving tax credits that farmers depend on, and lowering the individual tax rate,” he said.Duvall underlined the importance of trade to American farmers.“As I have traveled, I have discovered that even some within agriculture don’t understand what’s at stake if we lose our trade agreements. Trade should not be a dirty word. Because without those global markets our already-depressed farm economy would go down even more. We sell about half of what we produce to foreign markets around the world. If we lose those markets, where is that agricultural production going to go? Ag trade is an American success story.”Immigration remains a key issue with American farmers.“We also have some work to do on immigration and ag labor,” he said. “This is yet another issue that has been overtaken by politics. But I have met many farmers and ranchers across the country who deal with the reality of farm labor shortages on their farms. Everywhere I go, no matter which region or state, farmers tell me this is the number one problem they face—not enough ag workers to get their crops out of the field.“Last year, Congressman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia introduced a bill that would let existing workers apply for visas to stay in the U.S. and keep working on our farms and ranches. We need Congress to pass that bill so we can keep from losing ag production to other countries that have better access to labor.”The farm bill, meanwhile, is expected to pass Congress sometime this year. Duvall reminded Farm Bureau members it remains a top priority at a time when farmers and ranchers are facing the worst outlook since the collapse of the farm economy in the 1980s. “The fact is — the farm bill is a food security bill for everyone,” he said. “It’s for consumers. And it’s for conservation. It’s for rural development. It’s for energy security. It’s for research so we can continue to increase production and meet future demand. And, yes, it is and should continue to be for those low-income Americans who need extra help to put food on their table.”
Manchester United ‘We have to finish second’ – Mourinho concedes title to Man City Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 21:40 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Manchester United José Mourinho Manchester City Premier League Manchester United sit 15 points behind the Blues and the Portuguese has given up hope of overhauling Pep Guardiola’s side Jose Mourinho has admitted that Manchester United cannot win the Premier League title, insisting that they must now focus on finishing second.Manchester City currently lead the Premier League by 15 points, with 13 games of the season remaining.City have lost just once in 2017-18 – to Liverpool – and have drawn just twice, while United have suffered four defeats and recorded five draws. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player United face Huddersfield Town this weekend, while City take on Burnley, but Mourinho has now given up hope of overhauling Pep Guardiola’s side.”We need points to be the first of the last,” he told reporters.”We have to try to finish second, we are in this position all season, we were first for a few weeks and then we were always second.”The fight is open for second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth but is practically closed for the first.”Indeed, United have only a three-point lead over both Liverpool and Chelsea, in third and fourth, and are just five ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham.However, Mourinho says United have improved since the end of last season, and maintains that they are focused on silverware.”We’re doing better than last season and it’s very important for us to do better than last season,” he added.”We are trying to win something this season, and if not, we will try to be stronger for next season.”
The media, students, researchers, the general public, and other stakeholders can now visit the Office of the Prime Minister’s new, interactive web portal, which was launched on Wednesday, February 27.The new-look website, www.opm.gov.jm, which was designed by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), is also maintained by the agency.Making the announcement and introducing the various features of the website, at a Jamaica House media briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, pointed out that the website is recognised as a key communication tool for the Government.The main features of the website are: timely news releases emerging from the OPM; profiles of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers; policies and programmes of the Government, such as the economic reform programme, the growth agenda, the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), and others. The website also provides a history of Jamaica House, and a virtual tour.“It’s a work in progress…we are going to do some more photo shoots, so that persons can see the inner workings and offices of Jamaica House,” Minister Falconer told journalists.It also features links to social media, such as Facebook, and links to other Government websites; live streaming of the weekly Jamaica House press briefing, and sittings of Parliament; and an improved and more easily navigated photo gallery. One interesting feature of the gallery is a ‘Photo of the Day’.“In addition, we have multi-media presentations…in the past the OPM website did not have any kind of video. One feature that we are working on, which we hope will facilitate the media (is to) update the website in real time,” the Minister said.She pointed out that in the near future, members of the press will be able to download videos and audio clips from the website, as this will enable easier access to material which they would otherwise have to source directly from the JIS.