SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):A tidy all-round performance from Hayley Matthews failed to spark Hobart Hurricanes and the Sydney Sixers grabbed a seven-wicket victory over them in the Women’s Big Bash League yesterday.The West Indies Women’s opener hit the top score of 27, as the Hurricanes, choosing to bat, failed to ease worries about their batting and were restricted to a modest 106 for eight from their allocation of 20 overs in the 25th match of the League at Huntsville Oval.Matthews, a part-time off-spinner, returned to grab two wickets for 20 runs from 3.2 overs, but Australia international Elyse Perry made 44 not out to lead the successful chase for the Sixers.The result meant that the Hurricanes remained in fourth place on the eight-team table with seven points, but the Sixers improved to fifth with six points.Matthews and the Hurricanes now take a one-week break before returning to face Sydney Thunder, whose line-up includes West Indies Women’s captain Stafanie Taylor, on January 5 at Launceston.
Oz Memorial Women’s Results FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – Drake University sophomore Maximilian Fridrich (Salzburg, Austria) won the men’s 4-mile race at the annual Oz Memorial, Friday, Sept. 7. The annual event, hosted by the University of Minnesota honors former Drake head coach Gary Osborn.Fridrich recorded a time of 20:09.6 to win the 4-mile race by nearly 10 seconds against a 40-runner field. He was one of three Bulldogs to finish in the top 10 as Drake finished second in the team standings behind the hosts, Minnesota.Kyle Brandt (Maple Grove, Minn.) crossed the finish line in seventh place in 20:46.7 while Joshua Yeager (Center Point, Iowa) was eighth in 20:49.1.Drake’s women finish third in the team standings behind Minnesota and Minnesota State. Olivia Rogers (Boulder, Colo.) was Drake’s top finisher in 20th place in 23:59.6 on the six-kilometer course. MyKaela Cole (Urbandale, Iowa) trailed closely in 21st place. Mille Bretl (Milwaukee, Wis.), Drake’s top finisher a week ago, was 34th.The Bulldogs will take the next two weeks to train before returning to Minnesota Sept. 29 for the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational.Men’s Team Results1. Minnesota, 242. Drake, 443. Minnesota State, 724. Concordia-St. Paul, 94Drake Individual Men’s Results – 4 miles1. Maximilian Fridrich, 20:09.67. Kyle Brandt, 20:46.78. Joshua Yeager, 20:49.111. Kevin Kelly, 21:10.418. Xavier Lechleitner, 21:40.520. Matt Cozine, 21:44.123. Sam King, 21:47.725. Kyle Cass, 21:53.1 Story Links Oz Memorial Men’s Results Women’s Team Results1. Minnesota, 152. Minnesota State, 603. Drake, 774. Concordia-St. Paul, 98Drake Individual Women’s Results – 6 kilometers20. Olivia Rogers, 23:59.621. MyKaela Cole, 24:09.134. Millie Bretl, 25:03.341. Elizabeth Aho, 25:48.146. Ellie Mendlik, 26:35.047. Meghan Kearney, 26:49.849. Lindsey Rowatt, 27:05.4 Print Friendly Version
7 December 2010Over 309 000 tourists, together spending around R3.6-billion, more than 95% saying they would visit again – a study of the impact of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ on South Africa’s tourism industry shows that the event was worth every cent invested in it, says Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk.The results of the study, which was conducted by the Department of Tourism, were presented by Van Schalkwyk in Johannesburg on Monday.It revealed a radical change in attitudes displayed by foreigners towards South Africa, with those attending matches at stadiums being happy with the country’s security personnel and hospitality, and more than 95% of visitors saying they would be returning to the country in the future.“The survey results show that more than two-thirds of the tourists who visited South Africa during the World Cup rated the country as an extremely good host … and others felt we were better hosts than other countries they had experienced,” Van Schalkwyk said.Total awareness up by 9%Total awareness of South Africa as a leisure destination increased by 9% following the event, the study found. About 59% of the people interviewed said they were visiting the country for the first time.According to the survey, more than 309 000 tourists arrived in South Africa between June and July for the primary purposes of attending the World Cup, and contributed about R3.6-billion to the domestic economy through spending.Before the global financial crisis of 2008-09, some analysts had put the expected number of visitors for Africa’s first Fifa World Cup as high as 450 000.Van Schalkwyk said, however, that even this final visitors’ figure was good news for the country, adding that it was a “very conservative” figure that excluded the Fifa family.‘Worth all the time and money spent’“There were many numbers that were thrown around before and after the tournament, but what we are announcing today is the figure of people who came to South Africa only for the purposes of the World Cup, and it is good news in terms of our tourism … it was worth all the time, the investment and the money,” he said.The total expenditure in South Africa by tourists who came specifically for the tournament was R3.64-billion, with Europeans leading the pack, followed by the United States. The overall average spend per tourist was R11 800, which was higher than the average tourist spend of R8 400 in 2008.Van Schalkwyk said South Africa had worked tirelessly, from the moment it was announced as the host in May 2004, to make sure it hosted the best World Cup ever.“We planned, invested and implemented our vision in the face of fierce scepticism, even outright disbelief that we could deliver on our commitments,” he said.The World Cup, he said, had been about building a legacy for South Africa and the continent. He called on the tourism industry to be encouraged by the statistics, and to take advantage of the ongoing positive spinoffs created by the tournament.Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ty Higgins, The Ohio Ag NetIt must have been quite a sight for Joe Singleton and his son as they flew over the beautiful mid-season landscape of Darke and Preble Counties, but among the thousands of acres of lush corn and soybean fields, something extraordinary caught their eyes — a multi-hybrid American Flag.After they posted the picture on Facebook, I had to find out who this field belonged to. It didn’t take long thanks to some social media friends.“We have a John Deere corn planter that was capable of doing something like this and I have seen other farms do some creative things with it,” said Bill Meyer, who farms the 50-acre field all decked out in stars and stripes. “I was pretty confident with this particular field’s performance and I thought we could do something fun and the American Flag was the first thing that popped in my head.”Meyer didn’t know how long it would be until somebody noticed. He doesn’t live in a high traffic part of the state — on the ground or in the air.“I was wondering how somebody actually saw it,” Meyer said. “We live somewhat close to Dayton International Airport but I’m not sure I have seen many planes fly over that field.”Meyer was planning to fly a drone over the field in the coming days, but after seeing this picture on social media he is pleased with the result. He is already thinking of a design for next year.“I have been tossing some ideas around, but we have not come up with anything definite,” Meyer said. “We have a larger field that would give us more space and some room for creativity so we will see what happens.”That next design will be in the hands of Grant Davis with Integrated Ag. He is the mastermind behind Meyer’s Old Glory tribute.“I saw the results for the first time when I came across the post of Facebook and was pretty proud that I did that design,” Davis said. “You never know how it will turn out but that part of the state has had ideal weather. It worked out to be a pretty great project.”The idea came from Meyer back in February and Davis took it from there.“He was working with his Seed Consultants dealer, Dave Kress, to get the hybrids that would contrast the best for this pattern,” Davis said. “About a week before planting season I took an afternoon to sit at my desk and wrote the script. I had never done anything like this before. After I gave Bill the script, he showed me the results from the planter after he was in that field and we thought it would work. Now here we are in the middle of the season and it looks awesome.”
Related Posts Tags:#E-Books#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois Sony today announced that it will sell a wireless eReader device for $399 by Christmas. The Reader Daily Edition will be powered by AT&T’s 3G network. That in itself is interesting news, especially given that Barnes & Noble announced a similar device in partnership with Irex yesterday. What’s gotten somewhat lost in all the excitement about the hardware, however, is that Sony has also partnered with a number of independent booksellers in the US. These include over 200 members of the American Booksellers Association, as well as BooksOnBoard, Net Galley, and Portland, OR-based Powell’s Books, the world’s largest independent bookseller. In addition, Sony also plans to make it easier for users to check out eBooks from their local libraries.All of these sites will offer eBooks in the standard EPUB format. It’s not quite clear if all of the participating stores will wrap a digital rights management layer (DRM) around their products yet, though. Sony Gets a Wireless Reader, Too As for the hardware devices, Sony’s new Reader Daily Edition is obviously aimed at Amazon’s Kindle and Kindle DX. It will be able to display 16 levels of grayscale and will be housed in an aluminum body with an integrated cover. Users will be able to read books, newspapers, and magazines in portrait and landscape orientation. The wireless connectivity, courtesy of AT&T’s 3G network, is the most exciting news here, though. Both Sony and B&N are following Amazon’s lead, of course, but Amazon’s success with the Kindle has also clearly shown that a lot of consumers now expect this kind of functionality at the high-end of the eReader market.What’s even more exciting, though, is that by the time the holiday season comes around this year, users will be able to choose between far more eReaders and eBook vendors than ever before, without having to compromise on the number of available books. With its five-inch $199 Reader Pocket Edition, Sony will be able to offer the cheapest device on the market, while the seven-inch Reader Daily Edition at $399 is priced to fall between the cost of a Kindle ($299) and Kindle DX ($489). 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Boxer Manny Pacquiao (L) and coach Freddie Roach. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netSenator and boxer Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday revealed that his promoter Bob Arum has not paid him and his trainer Freddie Roach for his welterweight bout with Australian boxer Jeff Horn last July 2.“I have no problem with Coach Freddie Roach. I’m not the one paying him, it’s Bob Arum. The trainer’s fee is automatically deducted by the Top Rank from my purse,” Pacquiao said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT Lariba to undergo bone marrow transplant China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments “So, if Coach Freddie has not yet received his payment, we are on the same boat. My purse has not yet been released by Arum,” Pacquiao said.The boxer-turned-politician made this statement after Roach lamented that Pacquiao has not spoken to him since the former’s controversial fight with Horn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPacquiao’s long-time trainer also said that he has not been paid after the boxing match in Brisbane.“I was trying to see where his head was at, and I could not even get him to say hi to me. I don’t know if he was upset with me or what,” Roach said in a Sports Illustrated report. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “I really don’t know if he’s mad at me. But I can tell you this: I haven’t been paid yet. So who knows?” Roach said.On Tuesday, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) upheld the victory of Horn after the Philippines’ Games and Amusement Board (GAB) called for a thorough review of the fight. JESports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena
zoom Impairment charges pushed US-based tanker shipping company International Seaways further into loss in the fourth quarter of 2017.The company’s net loss in the quarter was USD 90.7 million, compared to net loss of USD 57.8 million reported in the same period in 2016. Net loss reflects the impact of vessel impairment charges of USD 81.1 million and a decline in TCE revenues compared with the fourth quarter of 2016. Excluding vessel impairments, the company’s loss was USD 9.7 million.The impairments recognized in the fourth quarter stemmed from a reduction in general asset values in older vessels.Time charter equivalent (TCE) revenues for the fourth quarter were USD 65.1 million, compared to USD 81.1 million from a year earlier.Operating loss for the quarter reached USD 79.5 million, compared to operating loss of USD 47.8 million seen in the fourth quarter of 2016, mainly due to a reduction in TCE revenues.“During our first full year as an independent public company, we made significant progress growing and renewing the company’s fleet, strengthening our position to take advantage of a market recovery,” Lois K. Zabrocky, International Seaways’ president and CEO, said.Including International Seaways’ deal to acquire six 300,000 dwt VLCCs from Euronav NV, the company will have invested over USD 600 million in nine vessels since completing its spinoff.The purchase price for the six-vessel acquisition is USD 434 million, inclusive of assumed debt. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018.“We continue to prepare for a second quarter 2018 closing and intend to fund the six-vessel acquisition with a combination of available liquidity, the assumption of the debt currently secured by the vessels, and other debt financing sources,” Zabrocky continued.During the fourth quarter, the company sold three older MRs which were delivered to buyers between November 2017 and February 2018. Net proceeds received from the two ships delivered to buyers in 2018 totaled USD 17.9 million.In November 2017, the company purchased a 2010-built VLCC for USD 53 million, the Seaways Raffles, which commenced trading in the Tankers International pool.Additionally, the Alexandros II, a chartered-in vessel, was redelivered to its head owners during the fourth quarter.Net loss for the full year ended December 31, 2017 was USD 106.1 million, compared with net loss of USD 18.2 million for the full year 2016. The net loss for the full year principally reflects USD 88.4 million in vessel impairment charges, USD 9.2 million of costs associated with the company’s debt refinancing, and a decline in TCE revenues compared with the full year 2016.“As we progress through 2018, our balanced fleet deployment and a moderate level of predictable cash flows from our joint ventures and contracted fixed-rate charters will enable the Company to both optimize revenue through the current tanker cycle and benefit from a market recovery in both the product and crude tanker sectors,” Zabrocky concluded.
Related Items:#GuardOurHeritage Rangers Band Indoctrination CourseBest Male Band Cadet – Arawn RolleBest Female Band Cadet – Malania Oliver BAHAMAS: RBDF Basketball Tournament Recommended for you Rangers Advance Officer Candidate CourseMost Outstanding Cadet – Judy Forbes RBDF Familiarization ProgramMost Outstanding Cadet – Destiny SeymourPress Release: RBDFHeader photo shows: Royal Bahamas Defence Force Ranger Trainees that graduated from the RBDF Rangers Leadership Training School on August 4, 2017. The three-week course was held at the SURE facility, Gladstone Road. Seated in from are Commodore Tellis Bethel along with RBDF Officers and Warrant Officers and Senior Rates.Rangers Photo two shows: The Rangers Special Drill team performing a routine at the graduation ceremony for 82 Rangers trainees on August 4, 2017. The three-week course was held at the SURE facility, Gladstone Road.Rangers Photo three shows: The Rangers band performing a musical selection during the graduation ceremony for 82 Rangers trainees on August 4, 2017. The three-week course was held at the SURE facility, Gladstone Road.Rangers Photo four shows: BTC’s Chief Marketing Officer Janet Brown receiving a presentation from Commodore Tellis Bethel as a token for being a corporate sponsor for the Rangers Leadership Training camp. At left: is Director of the Rangers program, Lieutenant Delvonne Duncombe, and on the right is Captain Clyde Sawyer, Captain Coral Harbour.Rangers Photo five shows: Ranger Xaria Laing receiving the Best Female Recruit Award during the graduation ceremony for 82 Rangers trainees on August 4, 2017. The three-week course was held at the SURE facility, Gladstone Road.(Photos by Marine Seaman Michael Turner)(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritage Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas joint effort recovers more bodies of Haitian migrants BAHAMAS: RBDF Personnell attend SeventhDay Adventist Thanksgiving Service Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 7, 2017 – Nassau – A total of 82 Ranger Trainees graduated from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers Leadership Training School on Friday past. This was the culmination of a 3-week long program where the trainees between the ages of 12-20 years were pulled away from their usual daily comforts and immersed in an accelerated leadership program.Participants in the dynamic program represented Rangers from High Schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, North Andros and the Berry Islands. The young Rangers were broken up into focused programs that included the Rangers Marine Candidate Indoctrination Course, Ranger Officer Training Course, Ranger Advanced Officer Training Course, At Risk Youth Reconditioning Course and the Ranger Band Indoctrination Course.Also included in the Rangers’ Leadership camp was a job preparedness workshop for the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC) historic regiment cadet. This was aimed to prepare the Ranger graduates for the workplace as well as serving as tour guides in the AMMC’s Historical Regiment Cadet Core program.Topics and activities covered at the Ranger Leadership School included Positive Self-Awareness, Conflict Resolution, Right Choices, Field Expeditions, Self-Control, Problem Solving, Negotiating, Etiquette, Public Speaking, First Aid, Leadership, Physical Training, Positive Attitudes and Behaviors, Developing good work ethics, Band drills, and a host of others.Commodore Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence Force, hailed the program as one designed to prepare Rangers for employment in the Defence Force or the commercial maritime sector. The program also encourages Rangers to pursue their vocational interests or academic studies beyond high school. He stated that youth have an important part to play in national development and that the Defence Force’s Rangers program is preparing them for such a role.The Commander Defence Force thanked the Director of the Rangers program, Lieutenant Delvonne Duncombe, Ranger Instructors, the Defence Force Officers and Marines, as well as representatives from the Rangers Parents In Action Group for the outstanding work they did in making the program a success. He also expressed the Defence Force’s appreciation for the support of corporate sponsors which included BTC and Bahamas Waste Ltd. Additionally, he thanked the principal and staff at Program SURE for making their facilities available.Rangers who received outstanding awards during the program included:Rangers Officer Candidate CourseBest Male Recruit – Dikembe WilkinsonBest Female Recruit – Xaria Laing
TEWKSBURY, MA — Below is a recent announcement from The Power of Flowers Project, a Tewksbury-based non-profit with many Wilmington volunteers and recipients.We here at the Power of Flowers Project would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Annie Selke. During the month of March, Annie Selke donated $5.00 to the Power of Flowers Project for every order that was placed on annieselke.com, up to a maximum of $25,000.We are so very pleased to announce that we have received a check in the amount of $25,000 from this most generous retailer.This wonderful gift will help the Power of Flowers Project continue to produce signature bouquets and deliver them free of charge to many care communities in and around the Merrimack Valley.Although the Power of Flowers Project functions primarily on volunteer power, we have the same operating expenses as big budget organizations. We pay rent, turn on the lights, use phones and computers, and buy supplies. But, because our Board of Directors are careful budget-makers, we are a good philanthropic investment.Thanks also to the people who placed orders with Annie Selke during March. We are proud to be associated with such high-quality personal and home items.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Reading Cooperative Bank Donates $1,000 To The Power of Flowers ProjectIn “Business”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, June 30, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 11In “Community”
$25 buys you one of these. Which one should you choose? Amazon and Google It’s not even Prime Day yet (that happens Monday, as you’ve undoubtedly heard), but two of the biggest rivals in smart-home technology are already on sale — at prices that match their all-time lows and probably won’t be seen again until Black Friday. The question: If you’ve got some spare cash to spend on a smart speaker, which one should you get?First, the contenders. Amazon already has a handful of pre-Prime Day deals up and running, including the Echo Dot (3rd-generation) for $24.99.See it at AmazonMeanwhile, Walmart has a whole bunch of Google Home and Nest products on sale, including the Google Home Mini for $25.See it at WalmartThese two hockey pucks normally sell for $50, so they’re both 50% off — making this a win-win scenario in my book. That said, if you don’t already have a smart speaker (and you’re not freaked out by the idea that humans might be listening to your queries), is there a clear winner between these two?Here’s my take: If you own an Android phone, meaning you’re already acquainted with and accustomed to “OK Google”-ing, the Google Home Mini will fit your lifestyle better than an Echo Dot. The former is also the better-sounding of the two, at least according to CNET’s Google Home Mini review.However, the Echo Dot is probably the more versatile of the two products, with a larger selection of skills and compatible voice-controlled devices. It also has more intuitive touch controls and a line-out jack for connecting external speakers. On the other hand, it’s the more reserved-looking of the two, with rather drab black, white and gray color choices. The Mini, at least, has a few pastels on the menu. Read CNET’s Echo Dot review to learn more.Whichever model you choose, you’ll probably want to add an external speaker. (Both support Bluetooth connectivity.) Because while they may sound good enough for your den or nightstand, let’s be honest: These are small speakers. For big sound, you’ll need to help them out. These are our picks for the best Bluetooth speakers of 2019.What do you think? If I handed you $25 right now, which smart speaker would you buy — and why? Prime Day 2019: The leftovers Walmart’s final day of anti-Prime Day deals After Amazon Prime Day 2019: You can still snag deals on the Echo and Echo Dot 4 great cheap deals you can get anytime Amazon Prime Day 2019: Fire TV deals end, but Roku discounts still going strong Amazon Prime Day 2019: The best deals on Chromebooks, gaming laptops and MacBooks Post-Prime Day deals from Vizio: Save up to $1,200 on TVs, $200 on an Atmos sound bar $49 CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Amazon Echo Dot Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Best Buy Amazon Bluetooth Google Mini Review • Amazon Echo Dot 3 review: Alexa’s best Dot yet plays defense Now playing: Watch this: $29 Tags Amazon Prime Day The Cheapskate CNET may get a commission from retail offers. How to decide on a smart speaker See It $49 News • Amazon Echo Dot deal: 3 for $70 Comments Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation, Charcoal) Preview • Amazon’s third Echo Dot takes a few cues from the Google Home Mini Smart Speakers & Displays 1:08 See It Share your voice Adorama $29 See it See also Crutchfield See It 5