UWF Cross Country Men and Women Stampede to 2nd Place Finishes

first_imgUWF Cross Country Men and Women Stampede to 2nd Place Finishes Share Sept. 29, 2007  Complete Results    PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Argonauts Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams both finished in 2nd place in the Gulf Coast Cross Country Stampede at the Escambia county Equestrian Center Saturday morning. Both meets were very competitive, as the UWF men finished 2nd (out of seven) with a score of 47, just behind Rutgers Camden with 45. Florida Gulf Coast University was third with 49. The UWF women finished 2nd behind Florida Gulf Coast, but were able to out distance a strong Florida Tech team, and four other teams.Margaret Harter was the top finisher for the UWF women in 4th place overall with a time of 19:39 for the 5k race. Harter explained, “I met my expectations today with a PR for this course, but I still want to improve each meet.” Her teammate Kelli Midden also set a PR, with a 20:01 time, which was good enough for a 6th place finish. Rebecca (Becky) Thielemann was right behind her in 8th place with a 20:14.Eric Mayes was the top finisher for the Argonaut Men with a 3rd place finish in 27:13. Just behind him was teammate Justin Gates in 4th place, running a 27:23 time for the 8k race. Mayes would say afterwards, “I had planned on cruising, but I felt great and ran better than expected.” He added, “This course worked out well for our running style and we knew where all the sand was, so it helped us run a little faster.” The Argos did run well as a team, as nine UWF runners finished under 29 minutes and 15 seconds.Coach Matt Dobson was very pleased with the Men’s performances, “We had three more personal bests today, so we are definitely heading in the right direction, and if we pay attention to the little things, that can help us knock off a few more seconds. Our goal was to make the National meet and that hasn’t changed, as our progress and our plan looks like it is working. Eric and Justin ran real well, and it was great for Justin, since he was coming off an injury and looked strong running,”Dobson commented on the women’s performance by saying, “the girls were amazing today, as we were very competitive even without our #1 runner Diana (Sitar) and another top runner (Katherine Ragia). I was very happy for Margaret (Harter), as all her hard work is now paying off. Also, Kelli Midden ran a personal best, and she has battled thru the workouts and is coming around nicely.” Coach Dobson also raved about Becky Theielemann, a Senior that has endured major injuries and couldn’t run all last year. “Becky set a collegiate PR (personal best) for a 5k today, and that was great to see after all she has been through.” Erika Anderson (14th, 21:14) and Lindsey Failing (19th, 21:48) also finished well enough to help the UWF team score a strong second place finish.The UWF men received strong races from several of their freshmen, including Nicholas Maedel, who finished 10th with a 27:46. Freshmen Jared Black and Senior Jordan Theuerkauf finished 17th and 18th with the same 28:16 time. Coach Dobson was very pleased for Theuerkauf, as he explained, “Jordan ran for the first time this year, and ran controlled with no pain. If we can have him at 100% by post season, we will have more strength in our team.” Freshmen Josh McEachin (20th, 28:34) and Andrew Maedel (22nd, 28:50) also ran well. “I was very pleased with our freshmen, including Josh, who is coming on better than expected, this early,” explained Dobson. The other finishers for the Men’s team included; Scott Lydick (26th, 29:11), Sean Jansen (28th, 29:15) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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City of Lacey and Thurston County Partner to Support Area Veterans

first_imgFacebook44Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyThe City of Lacey and Thurston County Board of Commissioners finalized an agreement to establish funding support and dedicated program resources at the Lacey Veterans Services Hub. The Thurston County area is home to more than 32,000 veterans, and the City of Lacey boasts more active duty service men and women living off JBLM than any other city in the South Puget Sound Area.Under the agreement, the City of Lacey will commit $125,000 to the Lacey Veterans Services Hub in 2017 and 2018 for facility management and operational costs. In turn, Thurston County will provide $30,000 annually during the same period to cover the facility’s annual lease expense. Thurston County will also provide on-site staff to administer the Thurston County Veterans Assistance Program.“Thurston County is a key partner in the future of the Lacey Veterans Services Hub, and their financial investment recognizes their commitment to South Sound veterans,” stated Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder.Since the Lacey Veterans Services Hub’s opening, more than 3,000 client appointments have been booked, including 350 for housing assistance. The operation offers five key “pillar services,” including employment, housing, nutrition, education, and healthcare. In addition, the Lacey Veterans Services Hub has a partnership with the Tacoma and Federal Way Veterans Center to provide behavioral health resources to veterans.“As a veteran myself, I understand how important it is to have resources available to veterans and their families in our community,” said Commission Chair Bud Blake. “We are proud to be providing services to those who have served the country for us.”The Lacey Veterans Services Hub is located on the Lacey campus of South Puget Sound Community College, 4232 6th Avenue SE. The community college provides a favorable lease rate in support of this veterans initiative.More than thirty organizations serve veterans and their family members at the 4,500-square-foot facility. Some of the providers staff permanent “satellite” offices on site, while others occupy rotating office space one or two days a week. Still others offer regular training or counseling sessions in the facility’s multi-purpose room, and some have referral relationships to provide programs and services off-site.For information, contact Scott Spence, Lacey City Manager, at [email protected] or 360-491-3214; or Ramiro Chavez, Thurston County Manager, at [email protected] or 360-754-2964.last_img read more

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LONGSHOT PRIZE EXHIBIT RALLIES FROM LAST TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 SENORITA STAKES BY TWO ¼ LENGTHS UNDER GONZALEZ; CASSIDY TRAINEE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:36.03

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (June 27, 2015)–With heavily favored Curlin’s Fox a non-factor turning for home, longshot Prize Exhibit, ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, rallied from dead last around the far turn to take Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senorita Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by James Cassidy, English-bred Prize Exhibit covered one mile on turf in 1:36.03.Off at 9-1 in a field of nine 3-year-old fillies, Prize Exhibit paid $21.80, $9.00 and $6.20. Owned by DP Racing, Prize Exhibit, who was Group placed in England last October, got her second stateside win from five starts here and improved her overall mark to 14-4-1-1. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $212,050.Long Hot Summer, who was ridden by Joe Talamo, showed the way through fractions of 22.99, 47.29, 1:11.74 and 1:23.90 and finished second, one length in front of Lutine Belle. Off at 7-1, Long Hot Summer paid $6.80 and $5.00.Lutine Belle made a steady late run from far back under Rafael Bejarano to finish third, a half length clear of Rattataptap. Off at 13-1, Lutine Belle paid $6.40 to show.Curlin’s Fox, who was ridden by Mike Smith, was a close third turning for home but weakened readily to finish last at 4-5.last_img read more

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South Africa writes off R1bn Cuban debt

first_img8 December 2010 Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has announced the cancellation of a R1-billion debt owed by Cuba to South Africa as part of a new trade agreement between the two countries. Davies, who was accompanying President Jacob Zuma on a two-days state visit to Cuba, said on Tuesday that the debt had become a “hindrance” to trade and economic development between Cuba and South Africa. The debt was incurred during the 1990s, when Cuba purchased diesel engines from South Africa. He said South African businesses demanded cash in advance because the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of the department could no longer insure Cuba’s orders as it had exhausted its credit limit. “We are re-opening the credit lines so that we can start trading actively again,” Zuma said. Apart from cancelling the debt, South Africa has also offered Cuba credit line package guarantees to the value of R70-million rand and a further R40-million rand to support Cuba with seeds and fertilizers following the hurricane that devastated Cuban agriculture in 2008, About R100-million from the African Renaissance Fund will be made available for purchases from South Africa. It is envisaged that this package will help to reinvigorate trade and investment between the two countries. South African exports to Cuba had fallen from R82-million in 2008 to a mere R1-million this year. South Africa and Cuba have strong relations dating back to the struggle against apartheid. In another landmark agreement, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma signed an agreement on the waiver of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic, official and service passports. The agreement entitles Cuban and South African citizens holding such travel documents to enter and remain in the respective countries for up to 90 days without visas. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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A billion dollars to invest in Africa

first_img19 June 2015Afro pessimists step aside, because the big leagues are bringing their green bucks to Africa.That’s the message from TPG Growth and Satya Capital, which announced a billion- dollar investment partnership in Africa on 18 June.The partnership is TPG’s first African-focused investment vehicle. It will invest in growth stage companies and the next generation of entrepreneurs across the continent.Satya managing partner Moez Daya said the partners were looking for entrepreneurial partnerships “north of the Limpopo River” and which could benefit South African businesses.“The growth of the consumer face middle class is greater in sub-Saharan Africa,” he said. “South African growth is a lot more constrained. Growth beyond South Africa is faster, but more risky.“The business we do is partnering great companies, those who are breaking through the [Limpopo] border. We will be the ideal partners for South African companies wanting to do that. We bring capital, tools, know-how and the relationships that we’ve built across Africa.”Big investmentSatya Capital was started by Sudanese-British billionaire Mo Ibrahim, who sold his African-based mobile communication company Celtel for $3.4-billion (about R42- billion) in 2005.TPG, the global private investment firm, has $74-billion of assets under its management, while TPG Growth, its middle market and growth equity investment platform, has $7-billion. The latter’s current and past investments represent a mix of disruptive and innovative companies across tech, retail and entertainment including Uber, Airbnb, Box, Domo, Beautycounter, Ride, Angie’s Artisan Treats, Fender, SurveyMonkey, Evolution Media and STX Entertainment, among others.The partnership is TPG’s first African-focused investment vehicle. It will invest in growth stage companies and the next generation of entrepreneurs across the continent.The partnership with Satya Capital, an independent investment firm focused on Africa, brought deep regional expertise, relationships and on-the-ground experience, said Daya.Growth focusThe money will be provided by TPG Growth, which will look for companies and entrepreneurs in all sectors that are in need of capital to help them grow, including in health care, technology, media and telecommunications, consumer and financial services.While Satya normally targeted investments of between $20-million and $150- million, this partnership would allow it to broaden the scope to between $1-million and $200-million, said Daya.“It is exciting for African entrepreneurs looking for investors,” he said. “TPG is willing to invest up to $1-billion in Africa provided it is the right company. They are not bound by geography, but go where the opportunity is. However, this partnership allows them to focus more on the growth in Africa.”Daya, the former chief executive of Celtel International, said that business was a “landmark opportunity and company” for Satya Capital. “We’ve [Satya] been operating for seven years in Africa and built a portfolio of companies.”Satya Capital, which has capitalised $300-million in Africa, focused on an evergreen model. “That means we keep recycling the money within a company instead of withdrawing our investment,” he explained. “We invest in companies without a strict limit on when to leave, which gives businesses the ability to realise their full potential and brings stability,” he said, adding that the partnership with TPG was not part of his group’s evergreen strategy.Africa riskDaya said the risk of doing business in Africa had micro and macro elements.“There is a risk who you do business with and who you partner with, which is something we factor in,” he said.“South Africans are used to working in private equity, but that is not the case in sub-Saharan Africa. A lot of businesses are used to the old way of doing business, but they need to start looking to the new way. It’s a challenge for them and that’s the execution risk.“Then there is the risk of economy and infrastructure and political risk that goes with doing business in sub-Saharan Africa,” he said. “You also have depreciation issues, but the underlying growth exceeds most of those risks.”Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

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South Africa welcomes another world heritage site

first_imgUnesco’s World Heritage Committee has included South Africa’s ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape on its list of world heritage sites.The ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape is inscribed as a world heritage site in July 2017. (Image: Francois Odendaal Productions, via Unesco)Priya PitamberSouth Africa’s ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape in the Northern Cape has been inscribed as a world heritage site.The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) World Heritage Committee also inscribed two other sites from Africa – in Eritrea and Angola – during its 41st session in Krakow, Poland.‡Khomani Cultural Landscape inscribed as world heritage site by UNESCO at its 41st session. See » https://t.co/0QEVWv6738 pic.twitter.com/uUe656SpUe— Environmentza(@environmentza) July 12, 2017“The decision that was taken today marks a long-awaited historical moment for us, the ‡Khomani San, and all other San/Bushman communities,” said Dirk Pienaar, a ǂKhomani community member, addressing the session.He said it was an acknowledgement of universal value and importance. “This listing will thus provide a foundation for us to continue to preserve, protect and practise our ancient culture and traditions with minimum threat of extinction within the current society.”What it isThe ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape is located at South Africa’s border with Botswana and Namibia in the northern part of the country. It falls within the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park.The landscape covers an area of 959,100ha, according to the Department of Environmental Affairs.“The ǂKhomani and related San people are unique in that they descend directly from an ancient population that existed in southern Africa some 150,000 years ago,” said the department. “[They are] the ancestors of the entire human race.”This area, with its abundance of red dunes, had changed minimally since the Stone Age. The ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape had been home to people who learned to survive in the extreme desert because of their knowledge of the land, said the department.“They [the ǂKhomani San] developed a specific ethnobotanical knowledge, cultural practices and a worldview related to the geographical features of their environment,” said Unesco. “The ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape bears testimony to the way of life that prevailed in the region and shaped the site over thousands of years.”Other sitesAngola’s Mbanza Kongo and Eritrea’s Asmara were the other African sites inscribed as world heritage sites.Mbanza Kongo, said Unesco, was the political and spiritual capital of the Kingdom of Kongo, one of the largest states in southern Africa from the 14th century to the 19th century. When the Portuguese arrived, stone buildings were added. “Mbanza Kongo illustrates, more than anywhere in sub-Saharan Africa, the profound changes caused by the introduction of Christianity and the arrival of the Portuguese into Central Africa.”#Angola– The ruins of a 16th century cathedral (built in 1549) at #MbanzaKongo, said to be theoldest church in sub-Saharan #Africa. pic.twitter.com/5Vjws5ZHDs— Africasfacts (@africasfacts) July 17, 2017Asmara, 2,000 metres above sea level and the capital of Eritrea, became a military outpost for Italy, its colonial power. After 1935, the city went through a massive construction project. “It is an exceptional example of early modernist urbanism at the beginning of the 20th century and its application in an African context.”South Africa already has eight world heritage sites: Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa, Maloti-Drakensberg Park (Transboundary with Lesotho), Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, Vredefort Dome, Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape, Robben Island Museum, iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas.A great recognitionIn her acceptance speech, the director-general of the Department of Environmental Affairs, Nosipho Ngcaba, said South Africa was committed to supporting efforts of economic development in the area, contributing to job creation, enhancing tourism experiences, and contributing to skills development.Pienaar said the community would continue to respect their culture and pass it on to future generations.“Conservation for us is not a planned action or a buzzword to use to impress when needed,” he said. “It is [not] a choice but a way of life that is instilled within all San people from a very tender age.”He also gave thanks to the elder community members, including “Oupa Dawid Kruiper and Ouma Una Rooi, who died sadly whilst fighting for our cause”.Source: Unesco, Department of Environmental AffairsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Letran snaps 3-game skid, holds off Arellano

first_imgFilipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games JP Calvo buried 20 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three, including the dagger from the right wing with 17.4 seconds that finally douses the Chiefs fiery rally late.Calvo also had five rebounds, five assists, and a steal in the huge win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBong Quinto also shone with 20 markers, 10 boards, and two assists, while Rey Nambatac got 14 points, eight rebounds, and two dimes.Letran lost A 16-point lead, 58-42, in the third quarter as Arellano cut the deficit to just six, 79-73, after a Rence Alcoriza layup with 39.7 seconds left. MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLetran arrested its three-game losing skid after coming away with an 84-73 victory against Arellano in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“At least we broke the record and we’re able to get back in the winning column,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa, who celebrated his 37th birthday with the Knights earning its sixth win in 12 outingsADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LETRAN 84 – Calvo 20, Quinto 20, Nambatac 14, Balanza 8, Mandreza 8, Gedaria 4, Vacaro 4, Taladua 4, Balagasay 2, Bernabe 0.ARELLANO 73 – Salado 23, Alcoriza 10, Flores 7, Dela Cruz 7, Meca 6, Taywan 6, Canete 5, Concepcion 3, Abanes 3, Nicholls 2, Villoria 1, Enriquez 0.Quarters: 26-20, 45-36, 68-59, 84-73. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Sports prodigy and Skechers performance ambassador, Lauren Lim is set to conquer the Chicago Marathon Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Unfortunately for the Chiefs, Marwin Taywan was called for an unsportsmanlike foul during an inbound play on the other end that resulted to a Nambatac free throw and the game-sealing triple by Calvo.“This is an important win for us because we’re all close at three to six. A lot of things can happen. At least, we took care of business now and we executed our game plan,” said Napa.Kent Salado fought valiantly for the skidding Chiefs and finished with 23 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals, while Alcoriza had 10 in the defeat.Arellano dropped back to eighth place with a 4-8 card.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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World Cup presented to Team India original, says ICC

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday denied handing out a replica of the World Cup to Team India.The cricket governing body was reacting to reports that it gave away a fake world cup to the winners instead of the original one.”The trophy presented to India was the original ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 trophy. The trophy was always intended to be presented to the winner of the event. There is no question that this was a replica,” the ICC said in a statement.”The trophy seized by Mumbai customs is the promotional, perpetual trophy which remains with ICC. That trophy will be reclaimed today and will travel back to Dubai as was always intended,” the statement added.The real trophy, valued at about $130,000 in monetary terms but priceless for the cricketers and their fans across the country, was not even brought to Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium during the finals as it was seized by the customs department on its arrival from Colombo after the Sri Lanka-New Zealand semi-final match on March 29. The trophy, according to customs rules, was not eligible for exemption from import duty.last_img read more

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