2020 Southland Indoor Track & Field Championships Open Sunday

first_imgTickets are available only at the Birmingham CrossPlex ticket office and are not available online. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The 2020 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship kicks off Sunday at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. Day one events will begin at 8:30 a.m. CT with the 60-meter hurdles portion of the pentathlon event and conclude at 7 p.m. with the men’s distance medley relay.Sam Houston State has captured the men’s team title in each of the past four years and will look to secure the top spot once again. The Bearkats’ 2019 indoor championship came on 104 points, beating second-place finisher Southeastern Louisiana by a 19-point margin. Although SHSU claimed the men’s team title, it was Lamar that led the 2019 field with six gold-medal performances, three of which came in distance events.Stephen F. Austin aims to defend the women’s team title after overpowered the competition in 2019 with 141 points and six gold medals. The Ladyjacks enter the weekend leading the record books with nine Southland team titles and will look to repeat for the first time since the 2012 and 2013 indoor seasons.Southeastern Louisiana’s D.J. Ruffin and Northwestern State’s Natashia Jackson return as the reigning Most Valuable Performers (MVP) from one year ago. Jackson racked up 24 points on the way to her second-straight MVP title, while Ruffin tallied 29.5 points en route to Male Athlete of the Year honors in 2019.The 60m dash portion of the heptathlon is slated to begin Sunday morning at 8:50 a.m., immediately following the conclusion of the pentathlon’s 60m hurdles. The Southland Championships will then continue on a rolling schedule throughout Sunday’s competition.Monday’s action opens at 9 a.m. with the heptathlon’s 60m hurdles and pole vault events. Finals portions of the field events will follow, beginning at 10 a.m. with the women’s shot put. Day two running events open up with the women’s 60m hurdles at 11 a.m. and conclude with the men’s 4x400m relay at 2:40 p.m.All awards will be presented at the conclusion of each event’s final.The 2020 Southland Indoor Track & Field Championships will be streamed on the Southland Digital Network, which can be found on the Championship Central page.For athletes that achieve qualifying marks or have done so throughout the indoor season, the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be hosted at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M., March 14-15.AdmissionAdult, All-Session Pass: $15.00Adult, Single-Day Pass: $10.00Southland Student, Single Day (with ID): FreeChildren 13 and Under, All-Session: $8.00Children 13 and Under, Single-Day: $5.00Parking: $5.00last_img

740,000 Surplus Ballots for Special Election

first_imgThe National Elections Commission (NEC) yesterday announced that it has brought into the country an excess of 740,000 ballot papers for the conduct of the ensuing Special Senatorial Election.Addressing a news conference at the Commission’s headquarters, Chairman Jerome Korkoya disclosed that 2,640,000 ballot papers arrived in the country last Friday for the purpose of conducting the poll.According to him, the over two million ballot papers will be matched against the 1.9 million registered voters across the country.Though there was no reason provided for the “huge” excess, Chairman Korkoya said that election ballots, which were procured in Ghana “are currently in secured storage under protection of state securities.” He continued, “Deployment of ballot papers and other sensitive election materials to the 1,780 polling precincts nationwide will commence on December 13, 2014. I am pleased to announce that 5000 election kits procured internationally have arrived in the country. Packaging of these materials to the various county warehouses will commence on November 23, 2014. Deployment of polling kits to the various polling precincts will begin on December 13, 2014.“In order to be on schedule, NEC has recruited 400 electoral supervisors while recruitment of 24,622 polling staff is ongoing,” the NEC said.Relative to measures taken against the spread of Ebola, Chairman Korkoya announced that, “All voters and polling staff will be required to wash their hands with chlorinated water at all precincts; voters will be required and provisions will be made to ensure that they stand three feet apart in queues at all polling centers on election day.”Furthermore, NEC pointed out that voters will be required to use cotton buds to ink their thumbs before marking the ballot since they will not share pens.  However, voters are encouraged to bring personal pens or where necessary, the Commission will provide pens in polling booths that will be routinely sanitized.The Commission announced that it has received applications from 10 international organizations for accreditation of 275 observers. Also, 16 national and domestic observer groups have been accredited. Accreditations are being printed along with other materials for agents of political parties and candidates as well as media representatives.Meanwhile, in two successive presidential elections, CDC in particular had complained of ballot stuffing, questioning the credibility of the process. However, said claims are yet to be independently verified.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

New LIBA President Vows to Address Challenges Facing Liberian Businesses

first_imgThe newly appointed president of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA), Mr. David K. Sembeh, has assured his colleagues that he will do everything possible to address the challenges and gaps facing the association.“As we have set ourselves to pursue our agenda for 2017, which includes the launching of LIBA’s five-year strategic plan, the holding of a national retreat, finalizing the MOU with the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), etc., we realized several challenges confronting the progress of LIBA,” said Sembeh.Making the disclosure recently at a press conference held at his AB Tolbert road office in Paynesville, the new LIBA boss said the organization will remain committed to working with the government, development partners, stakeholders in the public and private sectors, and Liberian owned-businesses in all categories, including those in the Diaspora.Mr. Sembeh, who previously served as vice president of the association, told newsmen he is assuming the position as new president of LIBA until the first quarter of 2018, at which time LIBA’s Annual National Convention will elect a new leadership.According to him, he was appointed to the position based on a decision by LIBA’s executive committee, who upheld the provisions in line with the by-Laws and Constitution, specifically section 3, Articles A and C which states that “The Vice President shall, in the absence of the President, preside at all meetings in which the President, by this Constitution, has power to preside…he/she shall succeed the President in case of death, resignation, impeachment or disability to serve.”He said as president of LIBA, he will continue to develop strategies that will enable the association to implement the mandate given to it as the umbrella organization of all Liberian-owned and operated businesses in the country.Sembeh explained further that his leadership is in the process of engaging past presidents of the association to work together to better strengthen LIBA.“I would like to seize this opportunity to acknowledge the immense contributions made to LIBA by the former presidents and their respective leaderships: Dr. Charles Clake, Mrs. Cora Peabody, Mr. Tugbeh Doe, Mr. Samuel Mitchell Jr., and Mr. Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah Sr.,” he added.Mr. Sembeh also used the occasion to inform the entire LIBA membership, both institutional and individual members, and development partners that the day-to-day affairs of LIBA will be carried out under his leadership with support from other nationally elected officials, including Madam Leelai Kpukuyou, secretary-general, and Mr. Reginald M. Sao, financial secretary.“By this press conference, we are now formally informing our members, development partners and the general public as well as stakeholders both in public and private sectors that Mr. Kemayah is no longer president of LIBA,” he added.It can be recalled that since the election of the former President of LIBA as the national chairman of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) in Gbarnga, Bong County a year ago, there continue to be mounting concerns from within and outside the association.Many viewed Mr. Dee Maxwell Kemayah’s presidency of LIBA while at the same time chairman of MOVEE as a conflict of interest.“Not only is he serving two variant positions at the same time, his decision is tantamount to exposing the Liberia Business Association to integrity problems, as well as truly endangering the future and survival of the association,” said a member of LIBA.“In other words, the government with whom LIBA must collaborate in accordance with the Act creating it, may find it difficult for such a collaboration. Partners may even raise eyebrows at the way its leadership is transformed.”Meanwhile, Mr. Sembeh announced that under his leadership, LIBA will shortly convene a consultative meeting with other institutional members, such as the Federation of Road Transport Union, Liberia Marketing Association, Liberia Petty Traders Union, Liberia National Tailors, Textile, Garment and Allied Workers Union, Furniture and Carpenters Union, Retailers Association of Petroleum Products and Water Producer Association, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

LETTERKENNY ‘WORST IN IRELAND FOR AIR POLLUTION’

first_imgLETTERKENNY Mayor Dessie Larkin today called for a report on air pollution in the town to released publicly.A report in the Irish Independent this morning showed air quality in the town is falling short of basic international standards.But the Environmental Protection Agency has yet to give details to Letterkenny Town Council. The town introduced a smoky coal ban on May 1.Now, according to the report today, people in Letterkenny have been at a high risk of contracting serious respiratory illnesses.“I welcome this new information,” Mayor Dessie Larkin told Donegal Daily.“It would be good to see the report and have it published in full because people need to know if their health is at risk. “The smoky coal ban will help to address this issue. I know from a report a few years ago there were problems in Main Street with traffic fumes, but we have never seen any sort of report in relation to smog from coal burning.”  LETTERKENNY ‘WORST IN IRELAND FOR AIR POLLUTION’ was last modified: May 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LETTERKENNY ‘WORST IN IRELAND FOR AIR POLLUTION’last_img

Burt suffer heavy defeat in Ulster IFC first-round clash

first_imgThe game should never have been allowed to take place. Burt made history yesterday evening when they defeated Milford at O’Donnell Park after extra-time in a thrilling clash.They ensured that the club would play in the Donegal SFC next season for the first time in the club’s history. Burt’s players who have made so many sacrifices this season deserved to go out and enjoy the celebrations that should’ve followed, but they couldn’t.Because, despicably they were forced to play the first-round of the Ulster IFC this afternoon less than 24 hours after making history.Burt had nothing left in their legs and suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Antrim IFC champions Bredagh GAC.The Antrim side ran out convincing winners on a score-line of 2-10 to 0-03. However, the question must be asked why was the game allowed to go ahead?It was unfair on everybody involved, and the players, management and supporters of Burt deserved much better after their heroics yesterday.Burt suffer heavy defeat in Ulster IFC first-round clash was last modified: October 16th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

2G, CWG scam: Tihar jail turns home for high-profile inmates

first_imgTihar Jail gives jobs only to convicts. So Manu Sharma is the unofficial Chief Financial Officer of Indias largest jail; former Youth Congressman Sushil Sharma, Naina Sahni’s killer, who walks around Jail No. 2 in a daze, helps others in legal cases as does Santosh Singh, who was convicted in,Tihar Jail gives jobs only to convicts. So Manu Sharma is the unofficial Chief Financial Officer of Indias largest jail; former Youth Congressman Sushil Sharma, Naina Sahni’s killer, who walks around Jail No. 2 in a daze, helps others in legal cases as does Santosh Singh, who was convicted in the Priyadarshini Mattoo murder. Now not to be ghoulish, but seeing the talent that is accumulating there, may I suggest an alternative establishment, to ensure the famous undertrials have something to do through a long, hot summer? It would help a jail which has to house nearly double its capacity and it would certainly help their public image. So herewith, a list mixing youth and experience.Minister of Telecommunications: A. Raja. He’s the most comfortable of the undertrials. He will perform best given he has both his former PA P.K. Chandolia and former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura for company.Minister of Culture: Kanimozhi. The experience she has gained both as a poet and as the brain behind the formerly five star cultural event Chennai Samagam should stand her in good stead.Minister of State for Internal Security: R.K. Sharma, given life imprisonment in the Shivani Bhatnagar case, was a senior police officer in his other life.Minister of State for External Affairs: Well, we’ve been told she’s not to be trusted but the advantage is she knows our neighbour well, having spent time in Pakistan. Who else but former second secretary Madhuri Gupta for the job?Ministers of Urban Development: This portfolio has to be shared between two experienced gentlemen. Tihar is overcrowded and needs better facilities. No more three people to a cell and 50 people to a barrack. Sanjay Chandra and Shahid Balwa, over to you. Balwa’s brother Asif, formerly cfo of DB Realty, could assist Manu Sharma.advertisementMinister of Agriculture: Vinod Goenka. His wealth began with his father’s dairy business in Baramati. He may also have had an opportunity to observe Sharad Pawar from close quarters. Manu Sharma can help, given the work he has put into the bonsai, cactus and herbal gardens in Jail No. 2.Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting: Who better than Sharad Kumar, MD of Kalaignar TV? Granted the tv channel was not too successful but perhaps he can look into the matter of inmates getting access to only 30 channels? Even prisoners need to be informed and entertained.Chief Secretary: ADAG md Gautam Doshi is an efficient executive, with the ability to remain calm under pressure. His colleagues, group president Surendra Pipara and group vice president Hari Nair, can help in reorganising the administrative set-up.Minister of State for Sport: Former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi? Or maybe not. The last thing we want is a scam inside Tihar. After all, where would he go next?last_img

Vladimir Putin Says Russia Complying with All World Anti-Doping Agency Demands

first_img 2020 tokyo olympicsDopingrusadaRussia First Published: October 10, 2019, 7:37 PM IST Moscow: President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Moscow was complying with all of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s demands, as Russia faces another possible ban in the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics.Russia stands to be declared non-compliant by WADA if it fails to explain why evidence of some positive tests handed over by a whistleblower does not show up in data provided by Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory in January. “We are actively cooperating with WADA. The requirements presented by this organisation are being fully complied with,” Putin told a sports conference in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.”Our athletes are, above all, concerned with ensuring that any shortcomings relating to anti-doping issues remain in the past and that Russian athletes can compete on an equal footing,” he said.Russia’s Athletics Federation has been banned from international competition since 2015 over a vast state-run doping conspiracy, and the International Association of Athletics Federations last month extended the ban.Last month, WADA gave Moscow a three-week deadline to respond to what it said were “inconsistencies” in the data from 2011-2015, when state-sponsored doping was prevalent.On Tuesday the agency said it had received a response, which Russian sports minister Pavel Kolobkov insisted addressed “all requirements”.TOUGH PUNISHMENTBut Yuri Ganus, head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency RUSADA, this week lashed out at the country’s sports authorities, accusing them of manipulating data before handing it over to WADA.”Russian sports authorities…have shocked the whole world once again with manipulations,” he wrote in an open letter published this week on the RUSADA site.”Sports authorities should think about measures to reduce the impact of the impending new wave of the crisis…but in fact everything is being done the other way round and is clearly extending the crisis for our sport.”Ganus later told German magazine Der Spiegel that Russia could expect “tough punishment”.”The changes to the data are so big and significant that it can’t be an accident,” he said.An anti-doping source who wished to remain anonymous meanwhile told AFP that the WADA teams “have scientific and technical evidence that data has been erased from the databases transmitted” by Moscow.Russia handed over thousands of files from its Moscow anti-doping laboratory in January, fulfilling a key condition for its reinstatement by WADA last September.WADA has previously warned that it would take the “most stringent sanctions” if any of the data was found to have been tampered with.If Russia challenges an eventual suspension by WADA the case will go to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport, whose decision will be binding on sports bodies including the International Olympic Committee.RUSADA had been suspended for nearly three years over revelations of wrongdoing including a systematic conspiracy to switch tainted samples at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.During its suspension by WADA, Russia was allowed by the International Olympic Committee to take part in the 2016 Rio Olympics, but Russian competitors at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games had to take part under a neutral flag. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img

AFC suspends Guam official who pleaded guilty in U.S. bribery case

first_imgFIFA audit and compliance committee member Richard Lai was provisionally suspended by the chairman of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Disciplinary and Ethics Committee on Friday after the Guam official pleaded guilty to charges of fraud.Lai, who has been president of the Guam Football Association since 2001, pleaded guilty to charges that he took close to $1 million in bribes in exchange for using his influence within the FIFA and agreed to pay $1.1 million as part of the plea.”The Chairman…has provisionally suspended Richard Lai from football with immediate effect under the AFC’s Disciplinary and Ethics Code following Mr Lai’s guilty plea to charges relating to fraud at a court appearance in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday evening,” the confederation said in a statement.”The AFC will make no further comment until the investigation process is completed,” it added.last_img

2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire first drive review

first_imgThere is little to doubt that the Maruti-Suzuki Dzire is amongst the best selling sedans in the country. To be honest the Dzire was briefly the best-seller amongst all categories piping its sibling, the Maruti-Suzuki Alto from the throne. So there must be something about this car which makes it tick. But with the competition heating up, the Dzire had started looking a bit old school. Well, the company has no intentions of letting that happen and in turn affect sales. So enter the all new Dzire. Maruti Suzuki has also decided to drop the ‘Swift’ tag from the Dzire and hence from now on the sedan will be referred to as just the Dzire.Design:For starters the Dzire is based on the new ‘Heartect’ platform which also serves the recently launched Baleno. The engineers have now increased the wheelbase and reduced the overhangs thus freeing up space within the cabin. So in turn the new Dzire is wider and lower than before. On the downside, ground clearance has come down by 7mm to 163mm.Overall the Dzire remains as a ‘sub-4m’ compact sedan. The Dzire also looks a lot more proportionate than before. It comes with the new Swift face but it differentiates itself quite well.The front grille, headlamps and bumper get chrome embellishments which give it a premium look. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The front grille, headlamps and bumper get chrome embellishments which give it a premium look. The headlamps come with automatic LED projector lamps with integrated day time running lamps. Flared wheel arches and sporty alloy give it a nice profile. At the back the new Dzire looks a lot better than before. There are new LED tail lamps which are larger and the boot too can now hold 376 litres of cargo as compared to 317 litres before.advertisementInterior:The interiors are also completely spruced up with an all new dash which now comes with the same entertainment panel as seen on the Brezza, Baleno and Ignis. The steering is a flat bottomed unit and offers controls for audio and Bluetooth as well. Maruti Suzuki has also offered faux wood trip to make the cabin look and feel upmarket and it works.The interiors are also completely spruced up with an all new dash which now comes with the same entertainment panel as seen on the Brezza, Baleno and Ignis. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The new Dzire also offers more space within the cabin and this is especially the case at the back. There is also a rear air con vent and a 12V charging plug. As far as safety is concerned the new Dzire will come with two airbags and ABS as standard across all variants. Additionally there are more safety features now.The instrument cluster gets two analog and one digital system. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Engine:Engine options will include the 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.3-litre diesel engine. While these are the same engines which serve the Dzire now, they have been spruced up to be more efficient. Apart from the standard 5-speed manual, Maruti Suzuki is also offering the Dzire with the Auto Gearshift System. The AGS will be available with both petrol and diesel versions.Engine options will include the 1.2-litre petrol and the 1.3-litre diesel engine. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Ride Quality:We on our drive got to sample both the petrol AMT and the diesel AMT variants. The petrol version immediately impressed us with its excellent NVH packaging. The motor is barely audible within the cabin thereby keeping the drive experience extremely comfortable. There is also ample power to play with and we must applaud the engineers of doing a splendid job with the AMT. The gears shift through seamlessly and within no time it has shifted to fifth thereby increasing fuel efficiency. The downshifts are quick too and helping matters is the manual override function which allows for manual up or downshifts. The gearbox is also ready to play sport when the driver gets excited. With a generous right foot, the revs are held on thereby offering brisk acceleration.At the back, there are new LED tail lamps which are larger and the boot too can now hold 376 litres of cargo as compared to 317 litres before. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The diesel on the other hand is a bit noisier and the crackle does enter the cabin. At lower rpms it is not much of a bother but as revs climb, the noise becomes more prominent. The diesel though feels more powerful around the 1,800rpm mark and this is where the turbo spools up thereby delivering a dollop of tug. Thus once in the right rev band, the Dzire diesel takes off rather fast. But with the AMT box in tow, the lag is prominent as the box tries to up shift as soon as possible thereby dropping the revs down. This glitch is taken care of by shifting to the manual mode where one can stick to a gear thereby keeping the motor revving right.advertisementVerdict: So overall the new Dzire is properly an all new car and considering that it is available with a host of variants including petrol, diesel, manual and auto, there is little to doubt that read more

ROHM: CMOS op-amp delivers leading-class low noise

first_imgROHM announces the availability of a CMOS op-amp optimized for applications requiring high-accuracy sensing, such as accelerometers used in sonar systems, and optical sensors that handle ultra-small signals.Op-amps are configured at the rear stage to amplify the analog sensor output, but because sensor signals are so weak it is necessary to implement noise countermeasures to ensure high-accuracy transmission. In response, ROHM developed a high noise tolerant op-amp for the automotive market utilizing a vertically integrated production system that leverages original analog design technologies and processes. ROHM has introduced an op-amp that delivers the industry’s best performance against external noise optimized for consumer devices and industrial equipment.The LMR1802G-LB, developed utilizing ROHM’s analog technology covering circuit design, processes, and layout, reduces input equivalent noise voltage density by half (2.9nV/√Hz at 1kHz, 7.8nV/√Hz at 10Hz) compared to conventional products, significantly improving the detection performance of sensor signals. In addition, best-in-class phase margin (68°) and capacitive load tolerance (500pF) provide excellent stability (difficult to oscillate, easy to handle). This enables accurate amplification of voltages in the order of µV, ensuring support for applications requiring high-precision sensing.This latest product combines ROHM’s superior analog technology covering circuit design (new circuit at the differential input stage), layout, and processes (optimized for low noise) to achieve ultra-low-noise. The input equivalent noise voltage density of 2.0nV/√Hz at 1kHz and 7.8nV/√Hz at 10Hz are approximately half that of products on the market, ensuring superior low-noise performance. Introducing a new circuit at the differential input stage allowed ROHM to achieve industry-low noise along with a class-leading phase margin of 68° and capacitive load tolerance of 500pF. This doubles the detection capability of sensor signals over conventional solutions, enabling accurate amplification of voltages on the order of µV, improving performance with sensors that demand higher precision.In terms of op-amp configuration, the output voltage should be 0V when the input is 0V, but an offset voltage is often generated as an error. Also, if the sensor’s output impedance is high the sensor output voltage will be affected if the input bias current of the op-amp is large. Consequently, these two error factors must be made as small as possible to ensure optimal performance.The LMR1802G-LB offers an input offset voltage of 450µV and input bias current of only 0.5pA (4x and 2x less than conventional products, respectively), providing high accuracy amplification.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Eurotech: Everyware Cloud v. 5.1 with expanded integration and device management capabilitiesNext Mouser stocking iMOTION IMC100 motor control ICs for variable speed driveslast_img