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first_imgThe lockdown has reinforced the already demand constrained economy. Straight away two issues have cropped up. One that people in lockdown cannot go for work and hence cannot expect wages. Still there are many establishment which even though have shut down their business but can not afford to lose the workers when lockdown is lifted. Therefore these workers are likely to paid by their owners or employers. But India has still untied workers who get wages only when they go for work. Generally when the economy was already slumping i.e growth was collapsing the untied workers were not paid enough or they could not be picked up. But now when the compulsory lockdown is made effective what these workers would do is the larger question. Their loss in income can hardly be compensated but the government has come up with some economic package whereby it would like to transfer some limited amount in their accounts and committed to provide free ration for three month. It is expected that lockdown shall continue for a month of so. Coming back to supply side. Lockdown has resulted in shutdown of nonessential business which means neither the supply is in demand nor production is to continue. But the companies cannot be guaranteed of their profit income as there is no way to do that. What companies are being given is that moratorium of three months in the repayment of loan. Obviously these are those firms which have taken loan and by chance who take loan maintain regular payroll i.e these are the registered firms. They are expected to pay the wages to their workers even in lock down. The RBI has clearly made out that loss in demand would be much higher in the loss of supply the inflation is going to fall from the previous value and hence arbitrarily cut the repo rate by 75 bps so that the burden of repayment could slightly be reduced in difficult times. It is indirect way of creating some space for payment of wages. RBI has reduced the CRR by 100 bps to create liquidity. RBI as dollars were going back to safe haven has already open the swap line that there will be no scarcity of dollars in the market. There is one more help from the RBI is that off shore some derivatives are traded where by interest rate is paid on dollars being traded or currency futures are traded but these are not delivered called non deliverable futures. Means there is one more source of getting some dollars. Since there is lockdown now the focus is shifted to saving the lives of people. Many corporates and associations are coming forward to lend financial help to the affected. As the lockdown would be lifted how fast the economy gets back to normal and how the workers would start getting the work are the things to be watched in the future. Meanwhile GDP is likely to fall considerably.last_img read more


2021 Bianchi Specialissima CV goes lightweight in modern disc brake road race update

first_imgThe Bianchi Specialissima CV has long been the Italian bikemaker’s most premium lightweight road racing bike. Yet while their pro team riders are still winning on rim brakes, the light carbon road bike finally gets its disc brake upgrade, dropping to 750g for the new frame without compromising on race-ready stiffness or handling…Bianchi Specialissima CV gets lightweight carbon update & disc brakesc. BianchiEven while Bianchis remain some of the few rim brake bikes being raced to World Tour wins – thanks in large part to impressive Jumbo Visma rides by Wout Van Aert & Primož Roglič – the Italians are still shifting all road bikes towards disc brakes, for pros and amateurs alike. The rim brake Specialissima had been around effectively unchanged since 2015. And while it was light at 780g then, beyond a couple of cool retro Il Pirata editions, it was due for a real update.And the new 2021 Bianchi Specialissima CV Disc looks to hit on all you could really want. It maintains the Countervail vibration-damping carbon of the original, gets upgraded to disc brakes, thru-axles, integrated cable routing and a low-profile seatpost clamp, while dropping even more weight and still giving you the option for a classic Celeste paintjob.Tech detailsBianchi calls the new Specialissima a “totally re-engineered” all-rounder race bike. Not meant to be confined to mountain racing stages by its 750g weight claim (size 55, painted black), the bike is said to be stiffer than ever for efficient power transfer and takes in a few subtle aero cues so it can on flat days, too.The overall look of the new bike looks a lot like the old Specialissima, but takes a few new aerodynamic cues from the Oltre aero road bikes. Bianchi says the new lightweight bike gets subtle shaping improvements like “sharper lines and aero-shaped tubes”, in addition to the fully internal cable routing with the FSA ACR cockpit system and flush-mounted seatpost binder clamp. The frame also includes regular modular cable port in the top of the downtube for riders looking for a conventional routing solution.The new bike uses a straight 1.5″ headset for internal routing, flat mount disc brakes, 12mm thru-axles with replaceable alloy thread inserts in the full carbon frame & fork, a 27.2mm round seatpost, replaceable braze-on front derailleur tab, and a full-carbon PressFit BB86 bottom bracket. Frame weight is claimed at just 750g, plus another 370g for the new disc brake fork.New disc brake Specialissima GeometryThe new race bike is still available in a wide seven size range (47-61cm) with pro-proven geometry, and a couple uniquely small steps in the middle of the size range. Two pairings in the middle essentially share the same frame reach figures, but differ slightly in stack and/or angles for racers looking to precisely dial in their ideal fit.The geo is mostly unchanged from the previous rim brake version, although the new Specialissima does get 5mm reduced stack height across the range. Plus, chainstays are from 2-10mm longer depending on size, to fit in bigger tires and revised chainline to the wider new 12mm thru-axle spacing. Tire clearance both front & rear is decidedly conservative at 28mm, but still manages what most of the top pro riders are currently racing.2021 Bianchi Specialissima – Options & availability2021 Bianchi Specialissima CV Disc frame kitThe new disc brake Specialissima is offered in three standard paint schemes – classic Celeste for the full Bianchi experience, a new “greenish blue that gets some celeste details, and the “ultra light black” that was actually developed for their World Tour racers and shaves 80g off the other paintjobs. Additionally, Bianchi’s “Colour Configurator” tool lets you further customize your frame, and adds five more “Signature Collection” finishes hand-painted in Italy and finished off with iridescent & holographic decals.The new  Specialissima is available on its own as a frame and fork kit for 4590€, or in one of five complete builds.2021 Bianchi Specialissima CV Disc Shimano Ultegra mechanicalPick from a mechanical Ultegra kit for the most affordable complete bike staring at 5490€…2021 Bianchi Specialissima CV Disc Campagnolo Super Record EPSOr top off your new Specialissima with a SRAM Red eTap AXS 10,790€, Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 10,490€ , or a fully-Italian Campagnolo Super Record EPS build kit 11,900€.The new 2021 race bike is available to order yours now from your local Bianchi dealer. The Specialissima will be arriving in shops in the next few days, and will become the lightweight race bike of the GreenEdge team next season.Bianchi.comlast_img read more


Saving a veteran’s dream home and helping protect the neighborhood that surrounds it

first_img April 15, 2015 Nancy Kinnally Regular News JACKSONVILLE AREA LEGAL AID Executive Director Jim Kowalski and housing counselor Karen Weaver congratulate Keith and Vickki Jordan on their loan modification. By defending their foreclosure and guiding them through the loan modification process, Kowalski and Weaver helped the Jordans hold onto their home.Saving a veteran’s dream home and helping protect the neighborhood that surrounds it Special to the NewsKeith and Vickki Jordan’s money woes started the way they do for many couples — with a job loss — and soon overtook them in a perfect storm of shrinking income and rising expenses that almost cost them their Jacksonville home.Not long after Vickki lost her job, Keith, a corrections officer since 1997, took two hits to his paycheck. His wages were suddenly being garnished due to student loan debt, and then the state began taking 3 percent of his pay to put into his retirement plan. Meanwhile, the couple’s homeowner’s insurance rates skyrocketed, taking their total monthly house payment from less than $730 a month to more than $1,000.Since purchasing their home in 1999, Keith, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm, and Vickki, a private duty certified nursing assistant, had always made their mortgage payments, but soon they found themselves behind on their VA loan and being threatened with foreclosure by the lender.The Jordans’ story is a familiar one to the dozens of legal aid attorneys around Florida who work in the trenches trying to save their clients’ homes.Housing and family law are the two most common types of legal aid cases, with each accounting for about 30 percent of the total cases handled by Florida legal aid organizations each year. Funding from The Florida Bar Foundation, down 78 percent since 2010 due to drastically reduced revenue from Florida’s IOTA program, is increasingly inadequate to support the work of legal aid and pro bono attorneys who defend foreclosures in court, although it still plays an important role.And while foreclosures are down in Florida as they are in most states, the Sunshine State still leads the nation, according to a report released in February by CoreLogic showing that 118,000 Florida homes were repossessed by lenders in 2014. That’s more than four times the number in Ohio, which ranked second in repossessions last year among the states with a judicial foreclosure process. Florida’s seriously delinquent loan rate of about 8 percent is double the national rate, according to the report.Several studies have shown that a foreclosure diminishes the value of the surrounding homes by about 9 percent. And a 2006 City of Chicago study found that a one percentage-point increase in the foreclosure rate can be expected to increase violent crimes in a census tract by 2.33 percent.St. Johns County Attorney Patrick McCormack said he looks at legal aid as “preventive medicine” that reduces the burden on law enforcement, health and human services programs, and the clerk of court.“When there are foreclosures and homes are lost, that is harmful to the residents and taxpayers. The county recognizes that and supports legal aid to head off some of the worst of these negative consequences,” McCormack said.With legal representation — often coupled with the services of a housing counselor — foreclosures can often be avoided, as happened in the Jordans’ case.They turned to Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA) for help and were represented by the organization’s executive director, Jim Kowalski, who took over the foreclosure defense after their pro bono attorney moved out of state. They also got help from JALA Housing Counselor Karen Weaver, who got them started on a savings plan after Vickki found a new job. Weaver also helped them demonstrate that they were fully participating in the loan modification process, which meant the lender was prohibited from moving forward with the foreclosure under Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulations.In September 2014 the VA, through the lender, offered the Jordans a permanent loan modification that reduced their interest rate while not extending the length of the loan. They will still be able to pay off the mortgage in nine years, just when Keith is scheduled to retire, and they still have almost $30,000 of equity in the property. Vickki and Keith have agreed to continue housing counseling to ensure they won’t fall behind again.“Without legal aid we would have been dead in the water,” Keith said. “The bank would have foreclosed on us, and we wouldn’t have this house. I thank God legal aid was there because we didn’t know what to do.”Vickki said she would refer anyone in their situation to legal aid without hesitation.“Legal aid helped us save our house,” she said. “Your house, that’s your dream. That’s something you are taught when you are little: ‘Work hard, get your dream house, and enjoy it.’ And now we can enjoy it.”Kowalski, a member of the recently established Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice, said stories like the Jordans’ are great examples of why increasing access to justice — including legal representation in complex cases like foreclosure — is good for the economy.“Keeping homeowners in their neighborhoods has an enormously positive ripple effect,” Kowalski said. “The family can keep shopping at their local stores, supporting the local economy, and the children stay in their local schools, avoiding all of the problems that occur when kids have to shuttle from school to school during the year.“I am hopeful the commission will help reframe the discussion when it comes to recognizing and measuring the value of access to justice to Florida – both to the state of Florida and to Floridians. That in itself will be an important outcome.” Nancy Kinnally is the director of communications for The Florida Bar Foundation and may be reached at [email protected] . Saving a veteran’s dream home and helping protect the neighborhood that surrounds itlast_img read more


Twenty-three complete customer service training

first_imgEntertainmentLocalNews Twenty-three complete customer service training by: – July 18, 2018 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 381 Views   no discussionscenter_img Twenty-three (23) vendors and hair braiders, who completed a customer service training programme, have been challenged to implement the knowledge that they have been taught.Craft and Souvenir Vendors and Hair Braiders were engaged in a two-day workshop themed ‘Delivering quality customer service’ organized by the Discover Dominica Authority.The two-day workshop ended on Tuesday 17 July 2018 at the Prevo Cinemall in Roseau with a certificate ceremony. The twenty-two females and one male were presented with certificates by the Chief Executive Officer of the Discover Dominica Authority, Colin Piper.“I am challenging you to go an implement; we could talk and talk and talk for another two days, the important things is to show that you can make a difference,” facilitator Sharon Banfield- Bovell said.Banfield- Bovell, who is the Regional Human Resources Development Consultant at the Caribbean Tourism Organization, told the participants do not bother with what others are or are not doing because “we’ve determined in here that it starts with you and you have to be the change that you want to see”.“So I encourage you on your journey to be the best in your professions, to become the professionals that you want you become, because that’s where we gain the respect of others,” Banfield- Bovell stated.Additionally, Banfield- Bovell said whatever sector of tourism that the participants are involved in they should view it as a business and “creating the standards that will allow us to make ourselves competitive because we want to be able to deliver quality”.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of the Discover Dominica Authority, Colin Piper noted that in this business of tourism preparation is essential and this is what the Authority is assisting them to do.“We take it seriously about providing professional people to impart knowledge onto you, and to you, and a part of the experience and the knowledge is also from you…but the issue of educating, informing, improving yourself, we take that seriously,” he stated.– / 34 Share Sharelast_img read more


Inilah Perjalanan Penanganan Bagasi, Saat Tiba di Konter Check In Sampai ke Tangan Penumpang…

first_imgAirchive.com Sistem penanganan bagasi di sebuah bandara memiliki peran yang penting dalam membuat pelancong senang. Ini juga ternyata berpengaruh pada perbedaan dalam kemampuan bandara untuk menarik atau mempertahankan hub maskapai utama. Sistem penanganan bagasi bandara sendiri memiliki tiga pekerjaan utama yakni memindahkan tas pelancong dari area check in ke gerbang keberangkatan, kemudian dari satu gerbang ke gerbang lain ketika transfer atau transit dan dari gerbang kedatangan ke area pengambilan bagasi.Baca juga: Mau Bawaan Anda Tiba Lebih Cepat di Ban Berjalan? Ini Kata Petugas Penanganan BagasiKabarPenumpang.com merangkum laman howstuffworks.com, ternyata sistem penanganan bagasi yang sukses adalah sederhana di mana bagasi pelancong dapat bergerak dari satu titik ke titik lainnya secara cepat. Sehingga jika tas bergerak lebih lambat maka pelancong akan frustasi menunggu tas dan gagal ke penerbangan selanjutnya tepat waktu. Apalagi setiap bandara memiliki persyaratan sendiri dalam penanganan bagasi seperti waktu yang diberikan untuk sebuah tas dari area check in ke gerbang ditentukan oleh seberapa cepat seorang penumpang dapat melakukan perjalanan yang sama. Di beberapa bandara ini mungkin hanya berjalan kaki singkat ke terminal penumpang, sedangkan yang lain mungkin harus naik kereta api lagi.Bandara Internasional Denver misalnya, memiliki sistem penanganan bagasi modern dan otomatis yang dirancang oleh BAE Automated Systems, Inc. United Airlines menggunakan Terminal B di Bandara Denver sebagai hub, jadi terminal ini memiliki otomatisasi paling banyak. Sistem ini menggabungkan beberapa teknologi luar biasa untuk memindahkan tas dari konter check-in ke gerbang keberangkatan dengan cara yang hampir sepenuhnya otomatis.Destination-coded vehicles (DCVs), gerobak tak berawak yang didorong oleh motor induksi linier yang dipasang di trek, dapat memuat dan membongkar tas tanpa berhenti yang bisa otomatis memindai label di bagasi. Konveyor yang dilengkapi dengan persimpangan dan mesin sortir secara otomatis mengarahkan tas ke gerbang.Sistem penanganan bagasi seperti sistem jalan di kota yakni konveyornya seperti jalan lokal, jalur DCV seperti jalan raya dan tas Anda seperti mobil. Sistem penanganan bagasi dan jalan membagi properti ini, jika konveyor atau trek DCV diblokir (kemacetan, semacam), bagasi dapat diarahkan di sekitar penyumbatan.Bagasi memulai dan mengakhiri perjalanannya dengan konveyor, pindah ke jalur DCV untuk melakukan perjalanan yang lebih lama, seperti dari terminal ke terminal atau gerbang ke gerbang. DCV tidak pernah berhenti, sama seperti tidak ada lampu berhenti di jalan raya. Tidak seperti sistem jalan, sistem penanganan bagasi membuat semua keputusan tentang ke mana tas akan dibawa. Ratusan komputer melacak lokasi setiap tas, rencana perjalanan setiap pelancong dan jadwal semua pesawat.Komputer mengontrol persimpangan dan sakelar konveyor di trek DCV untuk memastikan setiap kantong berakhir tepat di tempat yang diperlukan. Proses dimulai ketika Anda check-in dan menyerahkan tas Anda ke agen. Sehingga aat Anda check in, agen menarik rencana perjalanan Anda di komputer dan mencetak satu atau beberapa tag untuk dilampirkan pada setiap barang bawaan Anda.Tag memiliki semua informasi penerbangan Anda di dalamnya, termasuk tujuan Anda dan semua kota persinggahan, serta kode batang yang berisi angka sepuluh digit. Nomor ini unik untuk barang bawaan Anda karena semua komputer dalam sistem penanganan bagasi dapat menggunakan nomor ini untuk mencari jadwal perjalanan Anda.Pemberhentian pertama tas Anda (setelah check in) ada di pemindai kode batang otomatis. Stasiun ini sebenarnya adalah array pemindai kode batang yang diatur 360 derajat di sekitar conveyor, termasuk di bawahnya. Perangkat ini dapat memindai kode batang pada sekitar 90 persen tas yang lewat. Sisa tas diarahkan ke konveyor lain untuk dipindai secara manual.Setelah sistem penanganan bagasi membaca nomor kode bar sepuluh digit, sistem tahu di mana tas Anda setiap saat. Konveyor membawa setiap tas ke tujuan yang sesuai. Sebab tujuan dari sistem ini adalah membuat tas mengikuti penumpang. Secara umum, orang-orang dapat turun dari pesawat lebih cepat daripada tas dapat dibongkar, jadi untuk menjaga tas mereka harus dapat bergerak di antara gerbang dengan sangat cepat.Panjang terminal sekitar 0,6 mil (1 km), dan beberapa tas mungkin harus menempuh jarak sejauh itu. Terminal memiliki dua track DCV terpisah yang membuat loop di sekitar terminal dalam arah yang berlawanan. Kantung pemindah dimuat ke konveyor, tempat mereka bergerak melalui stasiun pemindaian dan kemudian dialihkan ke jalur DCV. DCV membawa tas ke gerbang yang tepat dan menurunkannya. Jika Anda tidak melakukan transfer, tas Anda harus dibawa ke area pengambilan bagasi.Baca juga: Bosan Antri Lama di Bandara, Begini Cara Cepat Ambil Barang di Klaim BagasiTas yang keluar dari pesawat yang tinggal di Denver dimuat ke dalam gerobak dan ditarik dengan tarik ke area klaim bagasi. Karena tas sudah disortir saat turun dari pesawat, mudah untuk memisahkan tas yang dipindahkan dari tas yang berhenti. Ketika tas sampai ke area pengambilan bagasi, mereka dimuat ke konveyor pendek yang menyimpannya di korsel. Karena bandara Denver adalah tujuan populer untuk pemain ski, ada korsel yang terpisah untuk ski.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedBosan Antri Lama di Bandara, Begini Cara Cepat Ambil Barang di Klaim Bagasi28/07/2017In “Bandara”Penanganan Bagasi di Bandara Kini Libatkan Teknologi RFID18/07/2017In “Bandara”PT Angkasa Pura II, Buat Transparasi Penanganan Bagasi13/03/2017In “Bandara”last_img read more


Ravens receive early Christmas gift with 49ers’ win over Pittsburgh

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — With Christmas only several days away, John Harbaugh and the Ravens couldn’t help but be in a jovial mood on Tuesday morning after receiving an early gift.Just 24 hours after watching his Ravens suffer the worst defeat in his four years as the head coach in Baltimore, Harbaugh watched his younger brother Jim’s San Francisco 49ers knock off Pittsburgh on Monday night to put the Ravens right back in position for the AFC North title and a first-round bye should they win their remaining two games against Cleveland and Cincinnati.Even players such as quarterback Joe Flacco, who chose extra sleep instead of watching the Steelers lose, could see their head coach’s enthusiasm at first glance on Tuesday. It was quite a contrast to the solemn demeanor he held following the 34-14 beating at the hands of the San Diego Chargers“He asked me, ‘Did you watch the game?’” Flacco said. “And I [said], ‘No, I didn’t watch it.’ He got flustered from there. He didn’t know where to go with it once I told him I didn’t watch the game, so he was a little confused. But you could definitely tell he was excited, and we should be.”The outcome doesn’t erase what happened to the Ravens in San Diego, but it does allow them to feel better about themselves, now knowing they once again control their own destiny in potentially earning a much-needed week off and a home playoff game in the divisional round of the postseason.Harbaugh sent a text message to his brother Jim following San Francisco’s 20-3 win and spoke to him more extensively on the phone Tuesday morning. The 49ers’ efforts dropped the Steelers to 0-3 against Harbaugh-coached teams this season and, more importantly, put them in a first-place tie with Baltimore, who owns the head-to-head tiebreaker after sweeping the regular-season series.Even with the game’s direct effect on the Ravens’ playoff destiny, the elder Harbaugh focused more on the impressive performance by the 49ers and less on what it meant to the Ravens. The Baltimore coach even made reference the power difficulties that forced two delays at Candlestick Park on Monday night.“Man, it was a fun game to watch,” Harbaugh said. “It was the night the lights went out in Candlestick, right? It was pretty cool, but they did a great job.”Yes, the Ravens are feeling quite fortunate to be in a similar position to the one they enjoyed prior to the weekend. Despite no longer controlling the inside track for the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, Baltimore can now assure itself of a postseason game at M&T Bank Stadium — where the Ravens are undefeated this season — with two wins to close the regular season.And they owe it to the 49ers, whom the Ravens beat 16-6 in Baltimore on Thanksgiving night.“They did us [a favor],” running back Ray Rice said. “I guess that’s what brothers do; they look out for each other.”Despite the reversal of fortunes, linebacker Terrell Suggs offered a cautious reaction to the news from San Francisco. After proclaiming the Ravens were back in playoff “hell” and owned a vacation home in the red-hot establishment following the embarrassing loss to the Chargers, the star defensive player was not ready to proclaim his team to be saved.“I think we’re still there,” Suggs said. “Like I said, these last two games, you drop it, you go from one place to another. We still have the lease on the vacation home, but hopefully, we don’t have to go there this year. We’ve just got to take care of business. We’re playing two teams that know us very well, two division foes, so it’s going to be interesting.”The 29-year-old linebacker is absolutely right. The Ravens will now need to make an early New Year’s resolution to protect their early Christmas present.As Harbaugh explained on Tuesday, nothing about the Ravens’ mission over the final two weeks of the regular season changed with the 49ers’ victory, but it did improve their wounded mindset in knowing they hadn’t kissed their ideal playoff positioning goodbye.“We have to control what we have to control,” Harbaugh said. “And the beauty of that is, we can control a lot. We can control how we play, and we can control the outcome of these games.”And thanks to Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers, they can once again manage where they’ll be playing to begin the playoffs.INJURY UPDATE: The Ravens did not release an official injury report following Tuesday’s indoor practice that was conducted without helmets or pads. Defensive end Cory Redding (ankle) and kicker Billy Cundiff (left calf) were not present during the portion of practice open to the media. However, linebacker Ray Lewis (toe) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (toe) were both present and involved in the light workout.Visit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault to hear from John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, and Terrell Suggs right here.last_img read more


Legends in the spotlight for a night of fun

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS WANT to see some legends in action? From 7pm on Friday 20 November, one of Australia’s best…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img


Southland Volleyball Begins 33rd Season Friday

first_imgSouthland Volleyball Weekly Release (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference starts its 33rd season of volleyball Friday with all 13 teams in action. Two-time defending conference champion Central Arkansas travels to Eugene, Ore., to take on Illinois State at 6:30 p.m. CT in the University of Oregon Tournament. Northwestern State, last year’s regular-season and conference tournament runner-up, plays at North Texas at 7 p.m. as part of the North Texas Invitational. All 13 teams will be competing in at least three matches this weekend, with two teams hosting tournaments as Houston Baptist hosts the Husky Classic and Sam Houston hosts the Sam Houston Invitational. Other Friday matches include:·         Lamar vs. Texas State, 10 a.m.·         McNeese State vs. Stetson, 10 a.m.·         Southeastern Louisiana at UAB, 10 a.m.·         Louisiana-Monroe at Sam Houston State, 11 a.m.·         New Orleans at Texas Southern, 1 p.m.·         Southeastern Louisiana vs. Michigan State, 2 p.m.·         Stephen F. Austin vs. Michigan, 4 p.m.·         Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. Portland, 4:30 p.m.·         Nicholls vs. Alabama A&M, 5 p.m.·         Lamar at Houston, 6 p.m.·         Mississippi State at Sam Houston State, 6:30 p.m.·         Abilene Christian at Baylor, 7 p.m.·         Northern Arizona at Houston Baptist, 7 p.m.·         UIW at Texas-Arlington, 7 p.m.·         McNeese State at Florida Atlantic, 7 p.m. Central Arkansas Falls to Purdue in NCAA TournamentFor the second consecutive season, Central Arkansas saw its volleyball program’s wildly successful season come to a close in the first round of NCAA Tournament, falling to perennial power Purdue in three sets. The loss brought an end to another championship season for the Sugar Bears who made their second consecutive NCAA Tournament after winning 22 straight matches, including 21 straight against conference foes. After becoming the first Southland program to win back-to-back regular season and tournament championships since 1990, Central Arkansas was knocked out of the national championship tournament by a Purdue team that reached the second round of the NCAAs for four straight years and nine of the last 11. 2013 Season Recap…Central Arkansas Claims Second Consecutive Regular-Season CrownThe Sugar Bears finished the 2013 regular season with a perfect league record (18-0) and captured their second consecutive regular-season title. Finishing with an overall record of 26-3, the Sugar Bears rode a 19-match win streak into the postseason. Central Arkansas became the fifth team since 2000 to finish the regular season undefeated in conference play. Conference Championship Carried Exclusively on ESPN3The 2014 conference tournament will be held Nov. 21-23 at Prather Coliseum on the campus of Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La. The championship match will be carried exclusively on ESPN3. In addition, quarterfinal and semifinal games of the tournament will be streamed live on the Southland Conference Digital Network, available at southland.org and on the league’s Apple and Android mobile and tablet apps. Central Arkansas Picked as 2014 FavoriteTwo-time defending regular-season and conference tournament champion Central Arkansas has been picked to win the 2014 Southland Conference regular-season championship in polls conducted by the league’s coaches and sports information directors. The Sugar Bears claimed their second consecutive regular-season title last year and fourth in the past five years, going 29-4 overall and 18-0 within conference play. UCA captured its second conference tournament championship, returning to the NCAA tournament for only the second time in school history. The Sugar Bears own a 59-9 cumulative record over the past two seasons, which is the second most wins of any NCAA Division I volleyball program over the last two years. UCA received eight first-place votes from the coaches and 10 first-place nods from the SIDs to earn a total of 140 points in both the coaches’ poll and the SID poll. The Sugar Bears Defeat Northwestern State in Tournament Title GameNo. 1 seed Central Arkansas earn­­­­ed its second consecutive tournament championship and b­­­­­­id to the NCAA Volleyball Tournament after it held off No. 2 seed Northwestern State in five set. For the first time all season, Central Arkansas lost two sets to a conference opponent as the Lady Demons took the second set and a 2-0 lead in the match. However, the Sugar Bears battled back in the third and pushed the match to five sets, clinching the match and tournament title by three points in the final set (15-12). 13 Opponents from 2013 NCAA TournamentThirteen opponents for eight Southland programs were a part of the 64 teams that participated in last season’s NCAA tournament. Among these 13 foes are Florida State, Michigan State and Kansas who all reached the third round of the tournament. Five of these opponents do not appear on the preseason top-25 poll and did not receive votes, these matchups are listed below.·         Aug. 29 – Lamar vs. Texas State, 10 a.m.·         Aug. 30 – Stephen F. Austin at Arkansas, 11 a.m.·         Sept. 6 – Abilene Christian at Texas State, 2 p.m.·         Sept. 6 – Southeastern Louisiana vs. Hampton, 4 p.m.·         Sept. 12 – UIW vs. Texas State, 10 a.m.·         Sept. 19 – Stephen F. Austin vs. Louisville, 12:30 p.m.·         Sept. 22 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m. Three Returning All-Conference Selections Highlight Preseason First TeamSam Houston State senior Deveney Wells-Gibson, Northwestern State senior Keelie Arneson and Central Arkansas junior Heather Schnars highlight the list of 18 volleyball players on the 2014 All-Southland Conference preseason volleyball teams. Wells-Gibson, an outside hitter from San Antonio, Texas, led the conference in kills (457) and ranked sixth in the nation in kills per set (4.71). Arneson, a senior from Tomball, Texas, led the conference in overall digs (712) and finished the season fourth in the nation in digs per set (5.70). Schnars, a junior outside hitter from Downey, Calif., finished first in the conference in service aces (54), third in kills (383), fourth in kills per set (3.51), 11th in hitting percentage (.269) and was ninth in the nation in aces per set (.50). Northwestern State led all teams with five selections, including three first-team honorees. Central Arkansas placed four players on the teams, including three first-team honorees, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi had three selections with two first-team honorees. Stephen F. Austin had two first-team selections while Sam Houston State and McNeese State each placed one on the first team. Houston Baptist and Lamar each had one second-team honoree. Southland Faces Four AVCA Ranked Teams Eight Southland programs will face four teams that appear on the American Volleyball Coaches Association top-25 preseason poll and six that received votes. Central Arkansas is scheduled against 13th-ranked Florida State, Northwestern State against No. 15 Missouri, Southeastern Louisiana against No. 16 Michigan State and Sam Houston State against No. 22 Kansas. Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Lamar and Houston Baptist will take on four teams who received votes in the preseason poll.·         Aug. 29 – Southeastern Louisiana vs. No. 16 Michigan State, 2 p.m.·         Aug. 29 – Stephen F. Austin vs. Michigan, 4 p.m.·         Aug. 30 – Central Arkansas at Oregon, 11 a.m.·         Aug. 30 – Northwestern State vs. No. 15 Missouri, 1 p.m.·         Sept. 6 – Sam Houston State vs. No. 22 Kansas, 10 a.m.·         Sept. 12 – Central Arkansas vs. LSU, 4 p.m.·         Sept. 13 – Central Arkansas at No. 13 Florida State, 10 a.m.·         Sept. 13 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Long Beach State, 2 p.m.·         Sept. 13 – Lamar at Oklahoma, 2 p.m.·         Sept. 19 – Houston Baptist vs. New Mexico, 4 p.m.last_img read more


Wishes Fireworks Dessert Parties Expand

first_imgShare This!©Rikki NibilettThe Wishes Fireworks Dessert Parties at the Magic Kingdom have been expanded so that more Guests can enjoy the fun festivities.During the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party, Guests are offered the opportunity to enjoy delicious treats and beverages in a buffet setting. In addition, they have a private viewing area to in which to catch Wishes. Previously, Guests were required to make their reservations in advance, but now, with the expansion, same-day reservations can easily be accommodated.All Guests attending the fireworks dessert party will still be able to enjoy a variety of desserts at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. Then, going forward, Guests with same-day reservations will then move to the Plaza Garden area for the fireworks show. (This is the former location of the Wises FastPass+ viewing area.) Keep in mind that desserts will not be available, nor will there be seating for Guests in the Plaza Garden area.Guests who have booked in advance will view the fireworks from the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. If Guests who are scheduled to view the fireworks at the Tomorrowland Terrace and they wish to view them at the Plaza Garden, they may have the opportunity to do so, if space is available.Pricing for the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party is $59 for adults and $35 for children. (Includes tax.) Reservations for the Tomorrowland Terrace viewing location can be made in advance by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dine, or calling 407-WDW-DINE. For those looking to make same-day reservations, they will be available at the Tomorrowland Terrace podium starting at 10:30 a.m. each day.last_img read more


R25-billion to ‘green’ South Africa’s economy

first_imgGreen economy projects in South Africa will be boosted by a R25-billion investment from the IDC. (Image: Live Eco) Minister Ebrahim Patel said the IDC will pump money into various projectsvia a dedicated green economy fund. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mandla Mpangase Public Relations Manager Industrial Development Corporation +27 11 269 3282 or +27 82 880 6074  RELATED ARTICLES • Rural community goes ‘green’ • Bank, WWF get R100m for green cause • SA market hungry for the Joule • VW builds R500m ‘green’ press shopBongani NkosiGreen economy projects in South Africa will be boosted by a R25-billion (US$3.7-billion) investment from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) over the next five years.Ebrahim Patel, the country’s minister of economic development, told parliament on 12 April 2011 that the IDC will pump money into various public projects via a dedicated green economy fund.More environment-friendly initiatives are expected to be implemented over the next few years, as the country embarks on renewable energy drive.South Africa, a country currently heavily reliant on coal for power, is under pressure to reduce its carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions – and switch to a greener, cleaner energy mix that’s less reliant on expendable fossil fuels. The IDC is funding some of the renewable energy projects that are already under way. “A good example is the IDC project to co-fund a solar water-heater project for low-income housing,” said Patel. Some 38 000 such units have already been installed.The nationwide project was kick-started in 2010 and 25 000 houses have had solar water geysers installed in them since February 2011. A million houses are targeted. “The project will install a further 80 000 units in the year ahead.”The IDC’s funding will help support the Department of Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The blueprint, recently approved by Cabinet, maps out how South Africa will double its electricity supply capacity over the next 20 years.According to the IRP, renewable energy will supply as much as 42% of the country’s power in the future, nuclear 23%, coal 15%, and a small amount of gas and hydro making up the difference.Energy-efficient transport Transnet’s new pipeline is one of the projects the government is backing to ensure a more energy-efficient transport system in the future. The 550km-long fuel pipeline is being constructed between Durban and Johannesburg.  Once operational, it’s expected to reduce the number of tankers on the road by at least 60%, decreasing traffic congestion and the country’s carbon footprint.The BRT system’s buses, which are already popular in Johannesburg and Cape Town, seek to ensure that there is a reduced number of taxis and private cars on city roads.Additional BRT routes are being constructed in Pretoria, which will also get Gautrain services from June 2011.Supporting the New Growth PathThe government is certain that thousands of jobs will be created via green economy projects in new sectors such as biotechnology, nanotechnology and prototype building technologies.It is hoping the projects will play a significant role in the realisation of the New Growth Path, a strategy designed to help the country create 5-million jobs within the next decade. The IDC has been allocated a total of R102-billion ($15-billion) to stimulate job creation in the country’s major economic sectors.“We believe 300 000 new jobs are possible in the green economy by 2020 if we move with speed to provide the right regulatory and investment environment,” Patel said.The IDC is also one of the investors in the Joule, the first locally designed fully electric car in South Africa. It’s being developed in the Western Cape and is expected to come onto the market by 2012.“The IDC in particular must play a central role to encourage new economic activities, support new job creation and promote a greener economy,” he said.last_img read more