Share 1Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe About Author: Mike Albanese Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Both the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced plans Monday morning to provide additional liquidity into the economy and support for households to combat the impact of COVID-19. A statement from the Treasury states Secretary Steven Mnuchin approved the expansion of the Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility (MMLF) and Commercial Paper Funding Facility (CPFF). The CPFF was expanded to include “high-quality, tax-exempt commercial paper” and its pricing was reduced. “This Administration is working with the Federal Reserve and will continue to take aggressive action to address liquidity issues. We expect to increase these three new facilities with additional funds from the ESF under the CARES Act that will be allocated to the Treasury,” said Mnuchin in a statement. “We are committed to providing relief for American workers and businesses, particularly small and medium-sized businesses and critical industries that are most impacted by the coronavirus. We will take all necessary steps to support them and protect the U.S. economy.”The Treasury states this will support the flow of credit to cities and “immediately” enhance liquidity to help people and businesses impacted by the virus. Mnuchin also approved the establishment of three new facilities under section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve act to provide liquidity to the financial system to support the flow of credit households and businesses. New guidelines include: The Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF): the Federal Reserve Bank of New York will provide loans to U.S. companies that are secured by certain eligible consumer and small business asset-backed securities, such as student loans, auto, and credit card loans, loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration, and certain other assets.The Primary Market Corporate Credit Facility (PMCCF): the Federal Reserve Bank of New York will provide liquidity to U.S. financial and nonfinancial businesses by providing loan and bond financing to U.S. companies with investment-grade debt ratings. The Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility (SMCCF): the Federal Reserve Bank of New York will purchase in the secondary market bonds issued by U.S. companies with investment-grade debt ratings. The new programs, combined, will provide up to $300 billion in new financing. The Treasury’s use of the Exchange Stabilization Fund will provide $30 billion in equity to these facilities. The Fed said Monday that it would use its “full range of tools” to support households, businesses, and the economy during these uncertain times. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will purchase Treasury securities and agency mortgage-backed securities “in the amounts needed to support smooth marketing functioning” and transmission of monetary policy.Last week the Fed announced it would purchase at least $500 billion in Treasury securities and at least $200 billion of mortgage-backed securities. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) added that it has authorized Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to enter into additional dollar-roll transactions—provide mortgage-back securities investors with short-term financing. This is just the latest action by the FHFA during the outbreak of COVID-19, as it recently announced the suspension of foreclosures and evictions for at least 60 days and offering forbearance to borrowers impacted by the virus. Fed, Treasury, GSEs Work to Enhance Liquidity, Credit Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Coronavirus FOMC The U.S. Department of the Treasury Previous: Wells Fargo Suspends Foreclosure Sales and Evictions Next: Foreclosure Starts Near All-Time Low Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago March 23, 2020 1,676 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / Fed, Treasury, GSEs Work to Enhance Liquidity, Credit Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Coronavirus FOMC The U.S. Department of the Treasury 2020-03-23 Mike Albanese
View post tag: Navy View post tag: Asia-Pacific August 19, 2015 View post tag: Final View post tag: NUSHIP NUSHIP Adelaide Begins Final Sea Trials Back to overview,Home naval-today NUSHIP Adelaide Begins Final Sea Trials View post tag: News by topic Authorities Share this article In preparation for delivery later this year, NUSHIP Adelaide will start her final period of sea trials today.The second of the Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships being built for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will leave the BAE Systems’ Williamstown shipyard and head up the eastern coast of NSW to the Jervis Bay area.About 200 BAE Systems employees, equipment/system subcontractors, RAN crew members and representatives from the Department of Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group will be on board to support the trials which are expected to last 10 days.Pivotal to this period of sea trials will be testing of the ship’s combat and communications systems in a range of scenarios to validate the systems’ capabilities. Like her sister ship HMAS Canberra that was delivered by BAE Systems last October, HMAS Adelaide is the largest and most complex type of vessel that the RAN operates.When she returns from sea trials, NUSHIP Adelaide will be prepared for delivery. The RAN will have the opportunity to perform various routine alongside exercises as it continues to build its capability for crewing the vessel while the ship compartments and systems are progressively handed over to the NUSHIP Adelaide crew.The crew has already been trained for its role on the RAN’s second Landing Helicopter Dock ship.[mappress mapid=”16699″]Image: BAE Systems View post tag: Adelaide View post tag: Sea Trials View post tag: Naval
“The SR2000 was an industry break-through and its success is a testimony to the team who engineered, built and operated it. Heavy lifter Mammoet managed the tandem lift of the 516-tonne structure out of the water and onto the Blyth quayside. It was also the port’s largest heavy lift to date. Orbital Marine Power, working with Thompsons of Prudhoe and Port of Blyth, has decommissioned its 2MW SR2000 floating tidal turbine. The final phase of the full-scale demo follows a test programme which saw over 3,250 MWh of electricity generated by the SR2000 at EMEC in Orkney. Leask Marine towed the unit from Orkney to the Northumberland facility using the C-Odyssey vessel. “Completing the largest project lift the Port has ever planned and executed highlights the skill and competence of the Port of Blyth’s engineering and operations teams. Orbital are reclaiming key components and elements of the turbine to carry out engineering inspections. “A truly outstanding platform for us to be building on with our new O2 turbine.” The O2 incorporates key innovations and lessons from the SR2000 which should boost its yield by a 35 per cent. Building on the SR2000, Orbital is currently manufacturing its 2MW O2 turbine set for EMEC early next year. Andrew Scott, Orbital CEO, said: “Not only did it validate the conceptual benefits of our floating tidal solution, but it re-set the performance bar for the sector. Alan Todd, Port Director of Port of Blyth, said: Additionally, the remainder of the structure will be dismantled for recycling and disposal. “The project also highlights both the strength and potential of our new decommissioning partnership with Thompsons of Prudhoe.”
JRU improved to 2-8, while sending AMA to its fifth straight defeat and fall to a 1-8 card.Robbie Manalang showed the way for the Titans with 26 points and three assists, while Carlo Escalambre had 21 markers and eight boards.The Scores:JRU 98 — Porter 21, Apinan 17, Grospe 17, Pontejos 17, Yu 8, Mendoza 7, De Guzman 6, Dela Virgen 2, Silvarez 2, Esguerra 1, Bordon 0, Sawat 0.AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 87 — Manalang 26, C. Escalambre 21, Martinez 16, Andaya 7, Garcia 6, Paras 6, Lao 5, Antonares 0, Quijano 0, Taganas 0.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Kris Porter scattered 21 markers and six rebounds, while Ervin Grospe and Jeckster Apinan both tallied 17 points and five boards apiece.JRU coach Gio Lasquety commended his players for stepping up to the plate despite the team’s struggles this conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It was evident that the team’s maturity wasn’t there during that eight-game losing skid. Bright side there is we’re learning and we’re gaining valuable lessons in this campaign,” he said.The Heavy Bombers didn’t shy away from seizing this opportunity in a battle between two also-ran squads, setting the tone and taking a 16-5 advantage to open the game before extending the lead to as high as 20, 59-39. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Quarters: 28-13, 53-35, 77-66, 98-87.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina PBA IMAGESJose Rizal University saved some semblance of pride after ending its eight-game losing skid with a 98-87 victory over AMA Online Education in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Paolo Pontejos made the big shots late for the Heavy Bombers as he dropped seven of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to fend off the Titans’ late rally that cut what was once a 20-point advantage down to just seven, 81-74 with 7:19 remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao to fellow boxers, athletes: ‘Humble yourself’ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View comments
…presented with their Trade Union Certificate of RecognitionThe Guyana Goldfields Incorporated has finally recognised the National Mine Workers Union (NMWU) as the official union representative for their workers, after the organisation was accredited with the relevant certification last week.Aurora Gold MineOn Monday, the company informed that they were in receipt of a certificate from the Trade Union Recognition and Certification Board, identifying the NMWU as the ‘majority union’ for workers under their subsidiary, Aurora Gold Mine (AGM).It further stated that the Union will represent employees below the supervisory level and the company is working to abide to all stipulated regulations.“The NMWU is the bargaining unit that will represent AGM employees below the level of supervisor. As stated previously, the company is actively adhering to applicable laws and regulations and is facilitating communication with relevant authorities,” Guyana Goldfields said.The certificate which was seen by this publication, was issued on September 4, 2019 after being signed by Chief Labour Officer Charles Ogle. It stated that the Union has the authority to represent the workers, effective of August 20, 2019.NMWU had secured 52 per cent of the votes in a survey conducted by the Labour Department back in August. One of the workers had informed Guyana Times that they supported the Union after it had been backing their struggles since 2015. Many were happy since this achievement provided a voice to negotiate demands for better working conditions.President of the Union, Sherwayne Downer later expressed that they would continue their strides to advocate for miners’ rights. This development, he noted, was a victory for the AGM workers.“It is a victory for the workers of AGM. As President of the Union, I vow to go above and beyond to ensure that those employees, who would have trusted and placed confidence in us, will be on the receiving end of the highest level of effective representation”.In July, over 200 workers had downed their tools and initiated strike actions for two days after calls mounted for them to be officially represented by a union and to improve working conditions and wages.During the strike, the workers had claimed that they were threatened with having their internet connection disconnected— which is vital to ensure communication from their Cuyuni-Mazaruni location to the coast. They were also demanding better wages, better quality food and laundry services, out of town allowance, missing NIS contributions among others.Three days later, the Canadian-based company indicated that persons were returning to work on a phased approach and it is anticipated that full production will resume shortly. Three days without production has resulted in an estimated 22,500 ounces of unprocessed ore.A letter was then issued to employees, granting the second quarterly bonus of 7.6 per cent on July 25, while promising that the formula for the next bonus will be reviewed. However, most of these promises were yet to be fulfilled after weeks had elapsed and some miners had threatened to initiate strike actions once more.
These races figure to be heated and compelling, considering the league will be one of the best in Southern California. But something unique has happened to these four competitors, these adversaries battling for league supremacy. They actually like each other. “When we run, we all want to do our best, but at the same time, we root for each other,” Fairley said. “It would be great if all four of us could go to state and have the Bay League represent.” Curtis took it a step further. “I hope we can go 1-2-3-4 at state – that would be very cool,” Curtis said. It’s quite a quartet. Murphy is the two-time reigning Daily Breeze Cross Country Runner of the Year, though she is trying to come back from a shin injury that cut her track and field season short last year. Tabatabai, a star in her second season of running, helps form a lethal one-two punch with Murphy that has shot Mira Costa to the No. 1 ranking in CIF Southern Section Division II and No. 2 in the state Division II, according to dyestatcal.com. Fairley looks to regain the touch of her sophomore year, when she took sixth in the CIF Division I cross country state finals and sixth in the state 1,600 meters in track and field, and hopes to show she is completely healthy after an injury-plagued junior season. Curtis, after bursting onto the scene as a freshman last year, hopes to power resurgent Redondo as it challenges for the Bay League title and readies itself for a possible state finals run. “We’re all nice. We’re like the Care Bears,” said Murphy, who occasionally worked out with Curtis in the summer. “It’s fun because we’re racing our friends, but we also want to beat each other, and that’s the not-so-cool part. “At the same time, we just don’t want to see the other girls stumble. We’re all from the South Bay. Different schools maybe, but we all represent the area. We’re the best league and the most friendly.” No team has more firepower in the South Bay than Mira Costa, which won the Bay League title last year but hopes to take it a step further by advancing to state as a team for the first time. The expectations are there with Mira Costa’s preseason rank. “That was random, but exciting too,” Tabatabai said. “Our team is getting confidence. I want to do well for myself, but I want to help the team out more, especially since we’re definitely aiming for state.” In addition to Murphy and Tabatabai, the Mustangs also have sophomore Aleyna LaCroix, who took 19th at CIF Division II finals last season despite a late start due to Junior Lifeguards over the summer. LaCroix is poised for a big year. Senior Kelly Shambaugh also returns and appears healthy. Senior Carly Yarbrough, another returner, and junior Juliette Personius should be key contributors. “I think we’ve got a good team, but we’ve had good teams in the past and have fallen apart at the end,” Murphy said. “If one of the girls falls apart, we have other girls this year who can pick them up, but I don’t think we’re going to fall apart at all.” Mira Costa coach Renee Williams-Smith said Murphy likely will miss the first two meets of the season while still recovering from a shin injury suffered in track, but expects her to be back at the top of her game. “Even if Kevyn’s hurt, she’s still pretty darn good, and she’s close to healthy now,” Williams-Smith said. “This is going to be a special year.” Fairley missed the majority of the cross country season last year with a stress fracture in her back, but came back at the end and took fifth at the Bay League finals, qualifying for CIF. In track and field, despite an array of nagging injuries, Fairley won the Track is Back! 1,600, but finished fourth at league finals and missed CIF. Fairley seemed determined to regain her winning form, enduring strenuous pool workouts as she rehabbed from her injuries. “I’m not getting in a pool any time soon,” said Fairley, rolling her eyes. “I guess I’m more careful and cautious on the downhills and I’m watching my mileage closer. I don’t want to have to go through that again.” Fairley said her main objective is to rebuild her confidence so she can be at the top of her game. “For me, it was more mental,” Fairley said. “It was believing I could come back. There were so many setbacks last year, and it’s been about getting good workouts in to get back at that same level. I needed a fresh start.” Fairley hopes to lead the Peninsula program back to prominence. Sophomore Ella Yuen has big-time potential, and the Panthers have a solid core with seniors Kristin Kawashima, Elyse Willard, Kaeli Yuen and Renae Shibata and junior Julia Light. “We have a lot of seniors, and it will be a lot of fun because I’ve been running with them throughout my high school career,” Fairley said. Curtis clearly is the cornerstone of Redondo’s rebuilding plan, and the Sea Hawks continue to make strides under Coach Bob Leetch. Senior team captain Rachel Baker will be looked upon to provide veteran leadership. Senior Kara Sopp, sophomore Michelle Pittman and junior Chenoa Ladabouche are viable threats. Freshman Olivia Loveland might be the darkhorse of the South Bay this season. “We’ve been training extremely hard over the summer and have really ripped it up,” Curtis said. “We’re grouping very well as a team, and we all talk about how bad we want it.” Also in the Bay League … West Torrance: The Warriors will be solid up front with senior Elena Inouye and junior Allison Haugen, but Coach Kristin Green hopes to tighten the overall pack. Palos Verdes: Senior Melanie Solandt, last season’s 800-meter Bay League champion in track and field, will look to step up for top-10 league finisher Natalie Wingerning. Junior Erin Simmons and freshman Erica Capellino should be big factors for the Sea Kings. In the Marine League … San Pedro: The Pirates have won 10 straight Marine League titles and six of the last eight L.A. City Section titles. Though Courtney Stephens (El Camino College) graduated, Coach Bruce Thomson still has plenty of depth to run away with the league title and make a run at a City-record seventh City title. Junior Maggie Tortoledo is the top returner after running 19:40 last season. Senior Maddy Post, senior Akiko Thomas, junior Laura Traeger and sophomore Brooke Asa figure to be major contributors. Junior Aleene Webber is the younger sister of former San Pedro standout Cora Webber. Narbonne: The Gauchos will be solid with senior Charmaine Camu, the Gauchos’ top distance runner in track, and senior Angelica Placentia. In the Pioneer League … Torrance: Two-time reigning league champion Jessica Schell returns, giving the defending league champion Tartars a legitimate front-runner. Sophomore Shelby Sato, a transfer from North Torrance who was the Saxons’ No. 2 runner last season, bolsters the pack. Coach Israel Pose said junior Natasha Huey turned in a stellar summer. Freshmen Kelly Fruth and Amy Carr figure to make an immediate impact, and sophomores Jessica Ito and Rochelle Gonzalez have improved too. South Torrance: Junior Kelly Keenan was the league runner-up to Schell last season while sophomore Melissa Wenzel placed third. Natalie Bullock earned a seventh-place finish. North Torrance: Junior Danielle Quan will be the front-runner for the Saxons. Coach Mary Schena has three other returners – junior Stephanie Sakaguchi, sophomore Alyssa Nguyen and junior Lauren Hada. In the Prep League … Chadwick: The Dolphins were surprise CIF Division V winners last season, earning their fifth title in the last nine years. Junior Kelly Owen, an all-state runner the last two seasons, might blossom into one of the best runners in Chadwick history. She should challenge for the Southern Section and state titles, though she will have to surpass Woodcrest Christian’s Amber Collier at Southern Section finals and Mission Prep star Jordan Hasay at state finals. Coach George Ramos said freshman Abbey Bush might already be the Dolphins’ No. 2 runner on a deep team. Junior Elise Yoshida had a strong summer, and sophomore Sara Figel lowered her times in every race last year as a freshman. Three-year varsity runner Breck Winokur, a senior, hopes to show she is fully recovered from shin splints. [email protected] ——— GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY PREVIEW160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Tony Ciniglio STAFF WRITER The starting line at the Bay League girls cross country meets will be abuzz, much like at a postseason race. The league boasts four star runners in Mira Costa juniors Kevyn Murphy and Shadeh Tabatabai, Peninsula senior Megan Fairley and Redondo sophomore Chloe Curtis.
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed Thursday that it shot down a U.S. attack helicopter that crashed, killing two Marines, and a U.S. general said witnesses saw the aircraft take ground fire and break up in the air. The AH-1W Super Cobra crashed Wednesday near Ramadi during daylong fighting in the insurgent stronghold 70 miles west of Baghdad. In addition to the two crewmen, an American lieutenant died when a bomb exploded as he was rushing to the crash site. Another U.S. soldier died Thursday in a roadside bombing northeast of Baghdad, the military said. In its statement, al-Qaida in Iraq, led by Jordanian terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, said its military wing “downed a Super Cobra attack helicopter in Ramadi with a Strella rocket, thanks be to God.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The authenticity of the statement could not be determined. It appeared on an Islamic Web site and bore the nickname of the group’s spokesman, Abu Maysara al-Iraqi. The U.S. military said the cause of the crash had not been determined. However, Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch told reporters Thursday that witnesses “believe they saw a munition fired at the helicopter and saw the helicopter break in pieces in midair and then crash.” In Burlington, Vt., Maj. Gen. Martha Rainville, the adjutant general of the state’s National Guard, said 2nd Lt. Mark Procopio, 28, of Burlington was killed Wednesday by the roadside bomb as his patrol of four Humvees and two tanks headed to secure the crash site. “He and his patrol were on a routine mission when they saw a Marine helicopter coming under fire, realized it was going to crash, and responded to provide assistance as necessary and to secure the site,” Rainville said. The Humvee in which Procopio was riding struck the bomb and he was killed instantly, she said. On Thursday, another U.S. soldier died in a roadside bombing near Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad. The soldier’s name was not released, but the U.S. command said he was assigned to the Army’s 43rd Military Police Brigade. The soldier’s death raised to at least 2,037 the number of U.S. military service members who have died since the war began in 2003, according to an Associated Press count. It was also the eighth battle death among the 157,000-member U.S. force in November. October was the fourth-deadliest month for American service members since the conflict began. Roadside bombs, which the U.S. military refer to as “improvised explosive devices,” or IEDs, have accounted for most of the recent U.S. battle deaths, despite a vigorous campaign to improve armament on American vehicles and to hunt down insurgent weapons caches. Last week, for example, 40 percent of the attacks against U.S. and coalition forces were carried out with IEDs, Lynch said. But they accounted for 64 percent of the U.S. and coalition casualties, he said. Lynch declined to talk in detail about increased sophistication of roadside bombs, including the use of infrared triggers. British officials say they have seen the use of infrared triggers in attacks against their own forces and suspect the technology has been supplied by Iran, a charge the Iranians have denied. “We have seen an improvement, an increase, in some instances of tactical capability of these IEDs and there are indeed different triggers, sensors that cause these things to explode,” Lynch said. “We have indications through multiple sources that bombs are transferred and technology is transferred and we’re working with all assets under our control to stop the flow of both of those things. … Neighbors need to be helpful and do their part to stop the insurgency.” Lynch also predicted an increase in insurgent attacks in an attempt to derail the Dec. 15 elections, when Iraqis will choose a new parliament to serve for a full four-year term. In a separate statement, al-Qaida in Iraq also said it had sentenced to death two Moroccan Embassy employees kidnapped last month in Iraq. The group had previously claimed the kidnap-slaying of three senior diplomats – one Egyptian and two Algerians – in a campaign to punish Arab countries for establishing ties with the U.S.-backed Iraqi government. In other developments Thursday: Two Iraqi policemen were killed in a drive-by shooting in Baghdad. The bodies of 12 men who had been kidnapped and killed were found in a sewage station, police said. They were believed victims of sectarian “death squads” targeting members of rival Muslim sects. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Story Links Next Game: HTML Box Score Photo Gallery Following Saturday’s victory, Drake honored its outstanding senior class of Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa), Cortni Rush (Mason City, Iowa) and Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.). PDF Box Score Drake is the top seed for the MVC Hoops in the Heartland Tournament to be held March 9-12 in Moline, Ill. at the iWireless Center. They will play March 10 at 12 p.m. against the winner of the Indiana State and Illinois State game to be contested on March 9. Every game will be broadcast online on The Valley on ESPN3. Print Friendly Version Full Schedule Roster The Bulldogs were led by Wendell who scored a game-high 25 points. She was followed by sophomore Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) and freshman Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) who both recorded career highs with 23 and 22 points, respectively. Rose shot a career best 5-of-6 from beyond the arc while Bachrodt made a career-high five three-pointers and added four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Freshman Becca Hittner also added double-digits with 13 points (11 in the second half) along with six rebounds and a career-tying five assists. Rush had one point, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 12 minutes. vs. Illinois State 3/10/2017 – 12:00 PM Drake’s (25-4, 18-0 MVC) win also completed an undefeated season (13-0) at the Knapp Center, a first for the Bulldogs since the 1978-1979 season. The Bulldogs shot an incredible 19-of-31 (61.3 percent) from 3-point range, breaking the school record for the number of 3-pointers in a single game (17, Bradley, 1/24/2014). Eight different Bulldogs made at least one three. The 105 points are the most scored by a Drake team in a MVC game since the 1996-97 season. The 105 points on the Shockers and the 101 on the Illinois State Redbirds earlier this season (Feb. 10) marks the first time a Drake team has scored 100 or more points against a league opponent twice in a season since the 1994-95 team scored 100 on Evansville and 105 on Illinois State. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN DES MOINES The Valley On ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live DES MOINES, Iowa – The No. 22/22 Drake University women’s basketball team is the first-ever Missouri Valley Conference team to go undefeated in regular season conference play after its 105-89 win over Wichita State Saturday afternoon at the Knapp Center. The Bulldogs trailed Wichita State 28-27 at the end of the first quarter before holding a 51-44 lead at halftime. Drake closed out the third quarter outscoring Wichita State 27-6, including 12 -straight unanswered points at the end of the period, to take an 83-64 lead into the fourth quarter. WSU would get as close as 15 points in the final quarter as Drake cruised to its historic win.
8 August 2003There has never been a boxing champ as small as South African boxing giant Jacob “Baby Jake” Matlala. At just 4ft 10in or 147cm, he is not much taller than the average 3ft 6in or 107cm tall Lord of the Rings hobbit.This, he tells me, as I feel like a giant looking down on him from my 5ft 8in (in heels) or 173cm, is part of the reason why he quit boxing at the age of 40 last year. He had run out of small people to fight.In a career that spans 30 years, he has always fought boxers of the same weight – flyweight – but who were taller than him. But flyweight fighters have all retired, and the next generation are still in training. He says: “There were no big names left to fight”.Was it a case of a small man doing a big sport to compensate for his height? Not at all. An only child and born in Meadowlands, Soweto, he learnt boxing from his father, who used to box for relaxation. So when the young Matlala went to the gym at the age of 10, he knew the basic moves, and slipped into the gym boxing culture very easily.Matlala has a vital energy about him, a ready smile and a relaxed confidence, which boils down to him quietly bubbling with charm. It’s easy to understand, when meeting him one on one, why people approach him in shopping malls or at the movies or when he goes to a restaurant, and greet him like an old friend. He is never impatient with his fans, and they are everywhere – he is always ready to stop and talk, and give them that smile.“Height is not an issue, it’s in the mind,” he says. Because of his height, his modis operandi in the ring is carefully worked out: “I work the body, then the head will come.” By that he means that he constantly throws punches at his opponent’s body until he tires, then the head drops, and that’s when Matlala gets his final punches in.The evidence is there – in 1996 in Las Vegas he left opponent Michael Carbajal a beaten man after nine rounds, with both eyes badly cut.And, says Matlala, he has perfected a punch that is unique to him, because of his height: “I hit over-arm, it’s my best punch.” And of course, he’s learnt to avoid his opponent’s punches, and throw more punches.The record books are proof that he knows his stuff: 52 wins, two draws and 12 losses over his career, with four world titles to his name – the World Boxing Organisation flyweight title in 1993, the light flyweight title in 1995, the International Boxing Association junior flyweight title in 1997, and the World Boxing Union flyweight title in 2001.Matlala believes that boxing is an art. Boxers must be smart and enjoy the sport, and never fight outside the ring. “Mike Tyson just wants to kill, he isn’t a smart boxer.”Just for the record, “flyweight” means that the boxer weighs in at 50kg. But now, out of training and retired, Matlala weighs in at 59kg. He says that when still boxing, it would take him two months to get to the right weight: “The first month is used to drop weight, the second month to prepare tactics.” In addition, he would monitor his diet.Those tactics extend to “persistence and having a good plan”. In 1983 he won the South African flyweight title, but lost it the same year to Vuyani Nene. It took him seven years to beat Nene, losing to him four times in the interim.DisciplineFor Matlala, more important than these aspects of his training is “discipline, dedication and positiveness”. He doesn’t drink or smoke, and used to get to the Dube Boys Boxing Club – now the revamped Dube Recreation Centre – at 5.30am, skip for half an hour to warm up, and be ready for boxing training by 6am.He is impatient of those who are not disciplined in their training. “Now they get to the gym at 5.45am, and are not ready to start training at 6am as they haven’t warmed up yet.”His recounts that his wife of 13 years says that he won’t be good at training young boxers because he has a problem with people who are not disciplined. But that’s hard to believe – he is very good-natured and generous, particularly to his fellow Johannesburgers. Besides training youngsters at Dube gym, he gives talks on motivation and discipline, on Aids awareness, and promotes boxing.He recently gave a motivation talk to a group of policemen in Hillbrow, talking particularly about discipline. He talks to youngsters in Soweto, also to street kids in the city, about Aids. He is an official City Aids ambassador.His message reflects his disciplined philosophy on life – he preaches abstinence. “It worked for me and my wife. We courted for eight years, I paid lobola in 1988, and we got married in 1990.” He discourages young people from living together. “You must have pride and family values – we lack them these days,” he says.UpbringingHe had a very ordinary upbringing. “My parents taught me to be focused. I went to school in Soweto; when I came home I did household chores.” He went to Wits University after school, but completed his BCom degree at Unisa.When he started boxing, his father encouraged him. His mother didn’t – she worried that he’d get injured and possibly killed in the ring.Matlala is also involved in Johannesburg’s “Project 100 Spots”, an illegal dumping pilot project in Soweto. Along with other city celebrities, like Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, he has been appointed champion of the project.He donates pairs of boxing gloves for auction to various charities. He says: “Whatever I have I share with others. I love kids; if I had serious money I would sponsor kids.”Matlala has two boys, aged 13 and six, who enjoy sport, but he is not pushing them to box. But they do watch it on TV.His role models in the boxing world are Sugar Ray Leonard, Joe Frazier and Muhammed Ali. “These boxers are not big-headed, they always keep a low profile.” Another role model is Nelson Mandela. The reason? “He is so humble and forgiving.”He is celebrated in his hometown in other ways. There’s a Baby Jake’s Diner in the Carlton Centre in the CBD, open since 1997. There used to be four Baby Jake Diners around town, but the others closed. Baby Jake does patronise the restaurant, but he says it is “always full”.At some outlets you can buy Baby Jake ice cream, and there used to be a soft drink available called Baby Jake. His famous nickname also appeared on a roll-on deodorant and razor blades.Writers Jack Blades and Theo Mthembu made their contribution with their biography, Baby Jake the legend.Johannesburg manMatlala is very much a Jo’burg man. He describes the city as the “best place”: “everything is happening here – boxers get sponsorship here, they train here, they live here”.He has broadened his sporting achievements: in 2001 he did the 120km Dusi Canoe Race; in 2001 he ran the Soweto Marathon; and this year he did the 90km Comrades Marathon as a celebrity. He’s planning to do the 2004 Comrades race more seriously, and the 56km Two Oceans race.There’s another aspect to his life: religion. He says he prays before every fight. “My wife taught me to give the glory back to the Almighty. One person is chosen by the Almighty to be outstanding. There is time for everything, God will know, we must wait our turn.”In the future he sees himself being a top businessman with his own brand of sports merchandise, including gloves, caps and t-shirts.I ask him what his favourite book is. It’s no surprise when he says it’s Anthony Robbins’ Awaken the giant within.Source: City of Johannesburg website Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Once again, it’s time to submit nominations for ASI Awards, which will be presented during the 2020 ASI Annual Convention on Jan. 22-25 in Scottsdale, Ariz.The deadline for all award nominations is Nov. 15.There are five awards open for nominations: The McClure Silver Ram Award, the Camptender Award, the Distinguished Producer Award, the Industry Innovation Award and the Shepherd’s Voice Award.The McClure Silver Ram Award is dedicated to volunteer commitment and service and is presented to a sheep producer who has made substantial contributions to the sheep industry and its organizations in his/her state, region or nation. The award may recognize a lifetime of achievement or may recognize a noteworthy, shorter-term commitment and service to the industry.The Camptender Award recognizes industry contributions from a professional in a position or field related to sheep production. Nominees should show a strong commitment and a significant contribution to the sheep industry, its organizations and its producers above and beyond what is called for in his/her professional capacity. Nominees should be well respected in their fields by their peers and by sheep producers.The Distinguished Producer Award was launched in 2014 to recognize the 150th anniversary of the national organization – the oldest livestock association in the country. This award is a way to recognize an individual who has had a significant long-term impact on the industry, including involvement with the National Wool Growers Association or American Sheep Producers Council, the predecessor organizations to ASI.The Industry Innovation Award recognizes the accomplishments of an individual or organization that improves the American sheep industry in a game-changing way, regardless of whether its impact is felt at the regional or national level.The Shepherd’s Voice Award for Media recognizes outstanding year-long coverage of the sheep industry by either print or broadcast outlets. The award excludes all publications and affiliates related solely to the sheep industry, allowing for recognition of outlets with general coverage for excellence in covering sheep industry issues.Nominations must be submitted to ASI by Nov. 15, and past recipients of these awards are not eligible. To receive an application, call 303-771-3500 or email [email protected]