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Bacolod named WV’s ‘most competitive’ HUC

first_imgMayor Evelio Leonardia, who wasrepresented by Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran during the awarding ceremony, saidthe recognition showed the capital city has an environment conducive forbusinesses to grow. Bacolod and Iloilo competed in thesame category, being the only HUCs in Western Visayas. In economic dynamism, Bacolod wascited for initiating “programs creating a stable expansion of business andindustries and higher employment,” while in infrastructure, it was cited forhaving “the physical building blocks that connect, expand and sustain alocality and its surroundings that enable a seamless flow of goods andservices.” Last year, Bacolod ranked first amongthe HUCs in the Visayas after moving up to eighth from the 20th spot in 2017 inthe overall most competitive HUCs list. It ranked third in the most improvedLGU in the HUCs category of the 2018 cities and municipalities competitivenessindex. BACOLOD City – This city has baggedtwo awards for being the most competitive highly urbanized city (HUC) inWestern Visayas. “Our efforts to make the citybusiness-friendly are now reaping fruits,” Leonardia added. He hoped the awards will encourageother LGUs to “do better than our best” and “to go beyond what is expected ofus.” “This is indeed a blissful year forBacolod City. We have received numerous awards from different organizations,”said Familiaran after receiving the awards from DTI-6 regional director RebeccaRascon, who also chairs the RCC-6. The said ranking was announced by thenational competitiveness council during the 6th competitiveness summit andawards in August last year. The city was recognized for toppingtwo out of the four pillars – economic dynamism and infrastructure – in the 3rdrecognition ceremony for competitive local government units (LGUs) in IloiloCity on Monday.  The regional competitiveness council(RCC-6), a public-private body, and the Department of Trade and Industry inWestern Visayas (DTI-6) bestowed the awards based on the competitiveness of theLGUs in the four pillars – economic dynamism, infrastructure, governmentefficiency, and resiliency. PHOTO BY BACOLOD CITY PIO In October, the city also received aspecial citation in the most business-friendly LGU awards of the PhilippineChamber of Commerce and Industry.(With areport from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Franklin County Schools Improve Accountabilty Rating

first_imgImage: Franklin County Community School Corporation.Local school corporations had been anticipating the “official” release of the 2012-13 A-F Accountability Grades from the Indiana Department of Education since October.Schools received preliminary data in early October, but have been waiting for grades to be official.According to the Franklin County Observer, Franklin County did better than some projected when their received their official results.Franklin County High School received a “B”. High school ratings are based on graduation rates, and college and career readiness data.Brookville Elementary received an “A”. Elementary and middle school grades are determined on ISTEP results.Compared to a “D” in 2011-2012, the school corporation saw an improvement leading to a letter grade of “B” for 2012-13.Recently, two fifth grade students at Brookville Elementary were honored at a board meeting for receiving a perfect score in Math on the 2013 ISTEP test. Cole Rapp and Alajah Lohrey we recognized o by Superintendent Debbie Howell and the Franklin County School Board of Trustees.last_img read more

UWF Harriers tune-up for the Conference Championships with 3 mile Intersquad Race

first_img Share Oct. 12, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida Cross Country teams ran in an intersquad meet on the UWF campus Friday morning. The meet consisted of three co-ed teams of 5 runners each. The top four runners from each team were scored for team results. The UWF B Team won the event with 28 points, just ahead of the UWF A Team with 29, while the UWF C squad was third with 36 points. The teams were set up to be even in terms of abilities and previous race performance. The race was on a very hilly and tough course, thus no personal bests were set, but several runners had impressive times for the conditions.Freshman Nicholas Maedel (Orange Park, Fla.), running for the B Squad, led all runners with a 16:22 time for the hilly three mile course. Running for the A squad, Jared Black (Fr. / Tallahassee, Fla.) and Justin Gates (Jr. / Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.), finished 2nd and 3rd in 16:52 and 16:53. Sean Jansen (Fr. / Lutz, Fla.) led the C squad with a fourth place finish in 17:02.Coach Matt Dobson was pleased as he discussed the tune-up event. “The Men have a great history of being prepared for the post season. This year is no different. The guys are having strong practices, and all that they need to do is stay healthy and get plenty of rest before the biggest meets of the year arrive.”The team is still nursing some injuries, and Seniors Diana Sitar (Las Vegas, Nev.), Brian Gowin (Pensacola, Fla.), and Jordan Theuerkauf (Wausau, Wisc.) did not run, but are expected to be key runners in the post season races. The GSC Runner of the Week, Eric Mayes (Jr. / Pensacola, Fla.), was also rested to make sure he is ready for the conference meet.Margaret Harter (Jr. / Milton, Fla.), running for the C squad, was the top Women’s finisher in 20:29, followed closely by Kelli Midden (Fr. / Boca Raton, Fla.) in 20:39. Coach Dobson discussed the Women’s post season prospects. “The Women are being led by veteran runners (Sitar and Harter), and they will be ready to run their best times of the season. Some of them have been distracted, and at times discouraged because of injuries. We will try to put all that behind us as we taper for the conference meet next week in Hoover, Ala.” Print Friendly Version UWF Harriers tune-up for the Conference Championships with 3 mile Intersquad Racelast_img read more

Wood-Mizer expansion plans unveiled

first_imgBatesville, In. — Wood-Mizer has announced plans to expand their manufacturing facility in Batesville, Indiana. The expansion project scheduled to begin in March of 2019 will consist of 53,000 additional square feet dedicated to manufacturing the company’s world-leading range of sawmill and wood processing equipment.Wood-Mizer, the employee-owned company headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, has held a strong manufacturing presence in the Southeast Indiana community for more than 35 years. The expansion project is a result of several initiatives by Wood-Mizer in recent years to continue growing their product range while streamlining their production facilities to become more efficient based on continuous improvement and lean manufacturing principles. In addition, the facility expansion will continue Wood-Mizer’s high standards of providing a comfortable working environment for employees that includes climate control and natural light.“Wood-Mizer is dedicated to providing our customers with a wide range of equipment to satisfy their wood processing equipment needs,” shared Wood-Mizer North America President Darryl Floyd. “This facility expansion in Batesville will allow Wood-Mizer to continue to meet the global demand of our growing range of products that are built right here in Indiana.”The facility in Batesville, Indiana will expand to the West and North of the Wood-Mizer property that is located on Enterprise Drive in the Batesville Commerce park near I-74. With a scheduled completion date of October 2019, the expanded facility will include a total of 132,000 square feet with 124,000 square feet dedicated to manufacturing Wood-Mizer’s wide range of wood processing equipment.last_img read more

Chuba Akpom confirms Nigeria switch

first_imgRelatedPosts Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results Benfica handed tough trip to PAOK in UEFA Champions League qualifiers Former England youth international Chuba Akpom says he has now pledged his international allegiance to the country of his parents Nigeria.The 23-year-old striker, who plays in Greece for PAOK, is eligible to for the Super Eagles as he holds dual-nationality and has not represented England at senior level.In March 2017, ex-Arsenal youth player Akpom trained with the Nigeria senior side at Barnet alongside then Chelsea defender Ola Aina and now hopes to line up with his life-long friend Alex Iwobi for the West African country.“I’ve only just recently switched my allegiance, so I’ve signed the documents and hopefully in the next few weeks it will be approved to enable me play for Nigeria,” Akpom told BBC Sport.“I’ve been wanting to do that for many years now but not many people know this. It’s just been a matter of sorting it out, which is now in a process. I’m looking forward to it.“It was a personal decision. I’m Nigerian and my whole family feel very Nigerian and it will be nice to represent Nigeria.“It will also be nice to link up with Alex [Iwobi] again and play for the national team. We started playing when we was younger together and to make that step to play for the national team together will be amazing.”London-born Akpom scored 18 goals in 41 youth caps for England from under-16 to under-21 level.He joined Arsenal at the age of six and spent time on loan with Brentford, Coventry, Nottingham Forest, Hull and Brighton, but failed to break into the Gunners’ first team.A final loan spell at Belgian side Sint-Truiden resulted in six goals in 16 games and after six different clubs over five seasons.The academy graduate managed just 12 appearances for his boyhood club before heading out to Greece on a permanent deal in August 2018.He provided six goals and four assists as PAOK went unbeaten to seal the 2018/19 Greek title as well as the only goal in the FA Cup win against AEK Athens to complete a dream double.Now established in Greece and with three goals in eight matches this season, Akpom would love to follow in the footsteps of Iwobi.“I wasn’t surprised because at the time he wasn’t playing for England, he came out of nowhere and he started playing for Arsenal and from there he just progressed, so I wasn’t surprised when he picked to play for Nigeria,” said Akpom.“It was the better decision to make, now he’s played in the World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations. I’ve always said that I’d like to play with him again for Nigeria, we’ve always spoke about that.“We’ve played together since we was five and six years old, we grew up together. It took me a while to settle down and to get used to the environment in Greece.“Going to play abroad and in another league has helped me, but I hope to take my career to the next level with Nigeria.”Nigeria have previously succeeded in convincing former England-born players like Sone Aluko and Ola Aina to represent the West African nation.They have also persuaded London-born duo of Josh Maja and Joe Aribo, who plays for Scottish giants Rangers.The latter scored on his debut against Ukraine this month.His teammate and Liverpool’s loanee Sheyi Ojo also told the BBC that he would love to represent Nigeria if they approach him.Tags: Chuba AkpomPAOKlast_img read more

Dillian Whyte sues WBC over Fury fight date

first_imgWBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has said Dillian Whyte is suing the WBC about his date to fight their heavyweight champion.The British fighter is the mandatory challenger to Tyson Fury’s WBC title and has officially held that position since last July. But with then champion Deontay Wilder tied into two fights with Fury, Whyte’s shot at the WBC was repeatedly delayed and eventually pushed back to February 2021.Speaking about the legal action Whyte had taken, WBC president Sulaiman told Sky Sports: “There is a procedure with regards to the date of the mandatory in the heavyweight division.“Upon direct advice of WBC legal counsel I am not in position to discuss any further.”Whyte’s position was complicated by a doping investigation last year, which led to the WBC suspending his status as mandatory challenger.The “Bodysnatcher” was cleared of any wrongdoing, but by then Fury and Wilder had booked their rematch and come to terms over a third fight. The heavyweight rivals will fight again and Fury then intends to take on WBO, WBA (Super) and IBF champion Anthony Joshua in two fights.Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum has suggested the WBC make Fury “franchise” champion so he can do away with his obligation to fight the mandatory challengers.The WBC’s “franchise” champion status is a controversial issue among fans, but Arum thinks it might be a solution to the ongoing problem with Whyte.Arum told PepTalkUK: “Fury and Joshua… whether they fight once or twice or whatever, Dillian Whyte can make a big name for himself fighting in the interim and then when he fights the winner he can make a huge payday.“There has to be a lot of sense involved… his management can’t push for something that makes no sense in my opinion.” “The reaction to a lot of these mandatories, what the WBC did was to make a guy like Canelo franchise champion.“They made Lomachenko franchise champion and that allowed Devin Haney to fight for the WBC title and not to bother Lomachenko with a mandatory fight.“Particularly [these champions were elevated] while these guys were fighting the top, top person around.“Nobody is asking the WBC to make Tyson Fury a ‘franchise champion, but if Dillian Whyte pursues this idea of fighting Tyson Fury before he fought Wilder again and then Joshua, that would be the way I think the WBC would go.RelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Dillian Whyte to face Povetkin in November rematch Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight “[If the WBC does that], the public is not stupid, the public knows who’s the champion. Particularly now when we’ve had this [pandemic] period where we haven’t had fights, I think we’ve gotta do the right thing – and the right thing is to do the fights that really appeal to the public.”Tags: BOXINGDillian WhyteHeavyweight BoxingTyson FuryWBClast_img read more

Adeseun Replaces Ettah as O’trafford Squash Club Chairman

first_imgThe Group Managing Director of UAC and erstwhile Chairman of O’Trafford Squash Club Ikoyi Lagos, Mr Larry Ettah has been replaced as the chairman of the club, having completed his tenure of 2 years as stipulated by the Constitution and upon his decision not to seek reelection at the Club’s Annual general Meeting over the weekend.Elected as chairman in his stead is the club’s erstwhile Treasurer Mr Remi Adeseun who the club members gave the mandate in an unanimous decision. Mr Adeseun, a fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy is the Executive Chairman of Rodot Nigeria Limited and also the Chairman of HEWS Foundation. Elected alongside Mr Adeseun at the Annual General Meeting which held on Saturday 7th of January are Mr Taye Ige who is now the Vice Chairman; Mr Cyril Ayemere, Secretary; Mr Biyi Mabadeje, Captain, Mr Yomi Adeyemi, Treasurer and Mr Ademola Olusunmade, Publicity Secretary. In his acceptance speech, Mr Adeseun on behalf of the new executive committee thanked the last exco and stated his and the exco’s commitment to taking the club to new heights. Present at the AGM were the members of the club including the members of the Board of Trustees.  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Badgers hit Rocky Mountain low

first_imgIt took a valiant effort from the Wisconsin men’s hockey team Saturday night just to send the game to overtime against a team it has had so much trouble with, but in the end, Denver’s dominance in Madison won out once again.After overcoming a 3-1 third-period deficit, the No. 7 Badgers fell short as they were once again swept at home by No. 14 DU, as the Pioneers clinched the two-game sweep with a 4-3 overtime victory Saturday in the aftermath of a 2-0 triumph the previous evening.Wisconsin (4-6-2, 3-4-1 WCHA) tied the series finale at three with two goals in the final 15 minutes of regulation, but Denver (6-4-0, 4-2-0) prevailed in a heart breaker when right wing Rhett Rakhshani tipped teammate Ryan Dingle’s shot through UW goaltender Brian Elliott’s five-hole — with just 14.1 seconds remaining in overtime.Rakhshani had two assists to go with the game-winner, and Dingle’s overtime assist added to his two-goal effort on the night.By gaining all four points over the weekend, DU has now won six games and tied another in their past seven meetings with UW. The Badgers were also swept by the Pioneers at home a year ago and hold a 1-11-2 record when playing Denver at the Kohl Center.UW head coach Mike Eaves spoke of nothing but optimism after the series was over, hardly making the loss seem as devastating as it may have appeared.”The only thing I’m disappointed in was the outcome,” said Eaves, mainly praising his team for creating many more offensive chances than Denver. “We are battling ourselves through a little bit of a funk, and we did a lot of tremendous things tonight.”Freshman John Mitchell tied the game for UW with 7:29 remaining in regulation with a weaving end-to-end goal. After his initial shot was blocked by DU forward J.P. Testwuide, Mitchell regained puck control and went top-shelf, flipping a wrister over diving Denver netminder Peter Mannino to knot the score at three.After Dingle’s second goal of the game put DU up 3-1 with 15:45 left, Wisconsin took little time to strike back, as UW left wing Jake Dowell muscled home a backhand goal off a quick faceoff. Center Andrew Joudrey chipped the faceoff to right wing Michael Davies, who tapped the puck toward the net where Dowell earned his team-leading eighth goal of the season.Eaves praised Davies, a pleasant surprise playing on the first line in place of the injured Jack Skille, for showing grit and maturity in a back-and-forth game, as the freshman contributed a goal and an assist with a team-high seven shots on goal.”That’s my style of hockey,” Davies said. “I was just in my own little zone, just playing hockey.”Davies also had Wisconsin’s best overtime opportunity with around 30 seconds remaining in the extra period, but was denied on Mannino’s 39th and final save of the evening.Despite what the score indicated, both goalies were strong between the pipes for the most part. The Badgers had better scoring opportunities during the game, but were turned away on several occasions due to a superb performance from Mannino. Elliott was just as tough on the other end for UW, saving 33 of 37 shots in the loss.Once again, the Badgers ended up playing better hockey in the series finale than the opener. A scoreless game through to the third period, Denver pulled away late with two goals in the final 20 minutes by Steven Cook and Brock Trotter, while the Badgers struggled to create quality shots against Denver goalie Glenn Fisher in the 2-0 defeat.Fisher turned away all 27 shots he faced, and Eaves was not as pleased with his team’s performance in the series opener.”We’re in an offensive struggle to score some timely goals, because … the feeling is that we work, and we work, and we’re winning battles and we’re not getting rewarded,” said Eaves, who had a lengthy discussion with his team before addressing the media after the Friday game. “Then because of not getting rewarded, if things don’t go right we slump our shoulders and bend our heads down. We can’t let that slide in.”Down 1-0, UW center Ben Street had Wisconsin’s best chance to score with a wide-open net, but his point-blank shot hit a Denver player’s skate and was deflected away. With 2:45 left to play, Trotter put the game away with a breakaway goal for a 2-0 Pioneers lead.”We’re just missing that timely goal, poor Ben Street has that one that kicks out and comes out of nowhere,” Eaves said. “If we score that one, the crowd’s into it, then maybe the tides turn for us. These are things that all teams go through.”Right wing Ross Carlson looked strong in his first game back from injury in four weeks, contributing with solid play on the power play and penalty kill.”He gave us some energy, [we] wish he could have given us some goals, but that will come for [Ross],” Eaves said. “A lot of times, you don’t know what you’re going to get back in your first game … but he did some good things out there for us.”last_img read more

Lamolinara stifles Providence in 1st start of season for Syracuse

first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. — Dominic Lamolinara beamed with pride following Tuesday’s win over Providence.“I had 24 hours to get mentally prepared, and that’s really all I needed,” Lamolinara said.Three days ago, he hadn’t played a second all season. After holding Johns Hopkins to two second-half goals on Saturday, though, Lamolinara earned the starting nod over Bobby Wardwell.Lamolinara held the Friars to five goals, saving 11 shots in the process and carrying No. 4 Syracuse (5-1, 2-0 Big East) to an 18-9 blowout win over Providence (5-2, 0-2) on Tuesday night at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. After allowing a goal less than two minutes in, Lamolinara buckled down and fended off Providence’s attack with poise.“He played amazing,” SU midfielder Henry Schoonmaker said. “Those doorstep saves – he saved us probably four or five goals on the doorstep, so you can’t ask for any more from a goalie.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Andrew Barton rifled a turnaround shot past Lamolinara at the 13:22 mark, Syracuse’s goalie didn’t hang his head. He said the shot was well-placed and that he didn’t have much time to react. After his first save on a ball that took an AstroTurf-induced skip just minutes later, Lamolinara said he started to get into a rhythm.The goaltender’s task wasn’t an easy one, though. He had to deal with the quick turnaround from Saturday’s contest, the unpredictable AstroTurf and, most notably, the blustery wind and lingering snow.“I was losing my voice by the second quarter,” Lamolinara said. “It was cold out there. I think my voice cracked four or five times.”Despite those obstacles, Lamolinara stepped up and contained the Friars the rest of the way. Syracuse embarked on a 6-0 run spanning just more than 10 minutes in the first quarter. With his team’s offense executing to near perfection, the pressure was off of Lamolinara.SU head coach John Desko has the luxury of having two goalies in Lamolinara and Wardwell who can both contain the opposition. He said he went with Lamolinara because of his strong play against Johns Hopkins, along with the strides he’s shown in practice recently. Desko said Lamolinara excelled in what he labeled a “trap game” Monday afternoon.“Today, he made a bunch of one-on-one saves again and played pretty consistently,” Desko said. “I think he’s playing well for us.”One of Lamolinara’s best one-on-one saves came close to three minutes into the second quarter, when Providence’s Daniel Textor fired a shot from just outside of the crease. The ball looked like it was destined for the back of the net, but Lamolinara got on one knee as the ball bounded toward him and deflected it toward Syracuse defender Brian Megill.While Syracuse dominated the game in all facets and the outcome was never in question, Providence still got off a substantial number of quality looks.Later in the second quarter, Providence defender Michael Noyes scooped up a ground ball off of a Dylan Donahue miscue and sprinted the other way. Noyes generated space and got off a strong shot, but Lamolinara again got in front of the ball and shielded it as it squirted past the goal.Similar saves defined Lamolinara’s performance Tuesday night. Providence came into the game averaging 12.5 goals on the season, taking advantage of a relatively easy schedule. The Friars have capable goal-scorers, but Lamolinara kept them in check.He left the game at the 11:37 mark of the fourth quarter after surrendering a goal to J.T. Weber – a rare blemish on an otherwise special night. The contest was well out of reach at that point. Lamolinara did his job in just the fourth start of his career.“Dom was exceptional,” SU attack Kevin Rice said. “He gave up the first goal, but they didn’t score for a while after that. I thought he played really well.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 20, 2013 at 1:50 am Contact Trevor: | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

Homelessness Awareness Week aims to inform students about hunger

first_imgSeveral campus groups and organizations hosted events over the weekend to kick off USC’s participation in National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week with various performances and charity opportunities.Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is observed nationally the week before Thanksgiving to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness in the United States. About 51,000 people were counted as homeless in the county in 2011, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.More than 20 neighborhood and campus groups, including SC Homelessness Initiative, USC Graduate Student Government and USC Student Interfaith Council, have united to support the week, according to event organizer Katherine Schofield, a minister for campus engagement at United University Church. The groups will host several events each day through Sunday.The week’s events began Thursday in Taper Hall with a double-feature film screening of the documentary Homeless in Paradise and the 2009 film The Soloist. On Friday, programming included a performance of the play Surviving the Nickel, at Ground Zero Performance Cafe. The play, which  was written by Melvin Ishmael Johnson, challenges the social perception of the homeless community, specifically the community of Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles. The play was performed by a troupe of homeless and former-homeless performers in the non-profit theatre company Dramastage-Qumran.Schofield, also the director of the Office of Religious Life’s Spirituality and Sexuality Program, hopes the events throughout the week motivate and encourage students to connect more viscerally to the issue of homelessness.“We want to meet students where they are,” Schofield said. “If you’re more comfortable donating money or clothing to a homeless service agency, or learning more about affordable housing in L.A., that’s a great place to start. If you want to meet homeless individuals, hear their stories and get connected with local organizations that advocate on behalf of the homeless and hungry, we’ve got these opportunities as well.”Vivian Yan, a junior and one of the co-presidents of SC Homelessness Initiative, said when she first came to USC very few campus organizations addressed homelessness. She found the absence strange because she said homelessness is a big issue in the city.“What really pushes me to want to do this week, and to that point all the events, is that there are tons of people living out on the streets every night in Los Angeles,” Yan said. “It’s really easy as USC students to forget about everything outside of those gates.”Highlighted events throughout this week include a panel discussion Tuesday addressing the issue of affordable housing in the USC area and in Los Angeles and an awareness event in Founder’s Park from Tuesday to Friday where people can donate to United Way or Home For Good. Throughout the week, students can also donate food in Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Room 224.According to Schofield, the week aims to encourage a lifelong drive to combat homelessness.“Students make great advocates because today’s students will be tomorrow’s community leaders,” Schofield said.last_img read more