Win vs. Spartans impresses Stone

first_imgWisconsin head coach Lisa Stone was impressed with Jade Davis\’s cool in the waning minutes against MSU.[/media-credit]Entering Sunday’s game against Michigan State, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team had not earned a “statement” victory during the Big Ten season.Despite beating then-No. 6 Baylor and in-state rival Marquette, the Badgers still lacked in the category of statement wins as they struggled in conference play.After beating the Spartans, Wisconsin finally got the win it needed.“(We) knocked off the frontrunner in the conference,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “To finish the game the way we did … We’re very proud of our kids for their resilience defensively (and we) got some things going offensively.”With the 54-51 win over Michigan State, Wisconsin improved to 6-11 in conference play to stay ahead of Penn State in seventh place.With such a significant win, the team’s confidence continues to build. The Badgers have played a number of close games this season, especially against the top teams in the conference, but they often have come up short in the final moments.To earn a victory over the Spartans — who dropped into a tie for second place with the loss — shows the team what they already believed: they can be competitive with any team.“We’ve proven it the entire season,” Stone said. “Going on the road right now, we’ve just got to keep that momentum going … and carry over the confidence that (we) can play with the elite in the league.”Davis shines in final moments of victoryAs time wound down in the Badgers’ victory Sunday, freshman guard Jade Davis found herself at the free-throw line with a pair of shots and Wisconsin leading 51-50.Prior to the game, Davis had not shot a free throw in a game since hitting 2-of-2 in the Badgers’ trip to Penn State on Jan. 22. Unfazed, Davis calmly hit both shots, improving her season total to 14-of-15 from the charity stripe.The free throws gave UW a three-point lead, which it held for the win after surviving three attempts from beyond the arc by Michigan State in the last 24 seconds of the game.For Wisconsin, Davis is essential to the team in the fact that she provides depth off the bench and added size when she is on the floor.“We like to pride ourselves in that we have some depth,” Stone said. “Jade gives us some size in the guard spot defensively (and she) can rebound for us.”Davis had a career-high 11 points Sunday while tying a personal-best with two 3-pointers in front of a season-high 14,657 fans at the Kohl Center.For the rest of the Badgers, the play of Davis added to the excitement of winning in front of a large crowd as they rallied around the 5-foot-9-inch freshman.“The kids were very excited; they were really happy for Jade,” Stone said. “It’s a neat locker room when you see that people are happy for the success of others, and that demonstrates what our team is all about. We’re not about any one person.”Stone sees season as successWith just one game remaining on the regular season schedule for Wisconsin, Stone looked back at the season Monday, reflecting on her team’s accomplishments.Though the team has gone 6-10 in Big Ten play after winning ten consecutive non-conference games, Stone believes the season has been a good one for her young squad.Stone seemed especially pleased with the way her team has handled the dismissal of former teammate Mariah Dunham over the last three weeks.“It’s been a very, very, very successful season,” Stone said. “From our non-conference to our conference play, we’re in every game … and this team has not wavered, they have kept their thoughts and their confidence and their belief in their locker room. It’s been very, very rewarding in many ways because this team stuck together through a lot of stuff.”last_img read more

Premier Backs LNG Report Recommendations

first_img1. Develop a structure with equal representation from industry (including contractor associations), organized labour, First Nations, and governments to participate and enable the skills training and workforce planning issues leading to employment in the LNG opportunity on an ongoing basis after March 31, 2014. The structure, membership, and Terms of Reference should be established no later than July 1, 2014, in consultation with the members of the Premier’s LNG Working Group. In addition, the structure should be established in co-ordination with other LNG workforce activities already underway.2. Begin planning and training British Columbians immediately for the LNG opportunity.3. Training should be co-ordinated throughout B.C. and Canada to maximize the effectiveness of the existing labour pool and lead to employment.  4. Identify and remove barriers to entry into training while supporting literacy and essential skills development to support local and B.C. work-based training and employment.Advertisement 10. Review the approach used by private-sector unions with respect to apprentices and by First Nations with respect to training to determine if their approach can be improved or applied more broadly.11. Explore and analyze projects that have used a mobile workforce. In addition, it is important to identify and resolve the barriers to worker mobility in relation to trades qualification and certification.12. Target areas of opportunity by focusing on workers finishing construction or other projects in all areas of the province.13. Explore best practices within the LNG sector and other competing industries with respect to the conditions necessary to attract a mobile workforce.14. Develop a plan to support workers from other jurisdictions to stay in B.C.Advertisement 5. Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the investment in training by leveraging successful government, union, and private training programs.6. In conjunction with recommendation #7, industry, governments, organized labour, and First Nations should partner to conduct campaigns and career fairs in high schools, colleges and cultural centres on the LNG opportunity.7. Promote awareness of job opportunities in B.C., including work-based training with a focus in rural, northern, and First Nations communities.8. Establish an inventory of individuals currently in apprenticeship programs and other non-apprenticeship skilled workers seeking employment.  Include in the inventory journeypersons who are available to provide mentoring and on-the-job training to apprentices.9. Aspire to a goal of having 25% overall of the apprenticeable trades workforce on LNG-related construction projects and whether funding for apprentices can come from industry and/or government. In addition, government should consider having a minimum number of apprentices on public infrastructure projects.Advertisement Christy Clark calling it a ‘road map’ to making sure BC has the skilled labour force it needs to seize the opportunity.The document is the work of government representatives, LNG proponents, organized labour, and the Haisla Nation.The idea came about after meeting last September with representatives of organized labour.- Advertisement – In Clark’s words, “this investment will lead to good jobs. As we know, good jobs build a better BC.” The working group met nine separate times between November and last month to formulate the report.The 15 recommendations are as follows:Advertisement 15. Further refine and develop a process for the use of Temporary Foreign Workers in the context of an overall strategy that identifies the workforce needs of the LNG opportunity and immediately begins a skills training plan to develop as many British Columbian and Canadian workers as possible to meet those needs. The structure contemplated in Recommendation #1 will be seized with the responsibility to refine and develop a process for the use of Temporary Foreign Workers.last_img read more

Finneran Named to MVC Softball Scholar-Athlete First Team for Second-Straight Season

first_imgST. LOUIS – Senior Kaitlyn Finneran (Morrison, Ill.) of the Drake University softball team was named to the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete First Team, the MVC office announced Monday, May 15 afternoon. It is the second-straight season Finneran has been named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team. Finneran, an outstanding student, graduated this past weekend with a degree in biology and a minor in sociology. She graduated with a 3.91 cumulative grade point average and Summa Cum Laude. Finneran, who has been accepted to Des Moines University to study Osteopathic Medicine beginning in Aug., was a MVC Presidential Council Award honoree for maintaining a GPA of 3.80 or better. She was also awarded the prestigious MVC Elite 18 award in 2016. The Elite 18 award is presented to the student-athlete participating in each MVC sport championship with the highest GPA. In her final season, Finneran played in 50 games and batted .202 with four doubles and 10 runs batted in. The league’s sports information directors vote on the MVC Scholar-Athlete teams. In order to be eligible, student-athletes must have a 3.2 GPA or higher, be at least a sophomore in athletic and academic standing at their institution and meet certain playing requirements. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

QPR v Sheffield United line-ups: One Rangers change, Blades midfielder out

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesDavid Wheeler comes into the QPR starting line-up for the game against the Championship leaders.Wheeler is in for the suspended Joel Lynch – Rangers’ only change from the weekend win against Wolves. The fit-again Jordan Cousins keeps his place in the starting line-up.Meanwhile, Sheffield United are without midfielder John Fleck, who is suspended.QPR: Smithies, Cousins, Baptiste, Robinson, Bidwell, Wheeler, Scowen, Luongo, Freeman, Washington, Sylla.Subs: Lumley, Furlong, Mackie, Manning, Smith, Ngbakoto, Wszolek,Sheffield United: Blackman, Baldock, Stevens, O’Connell, Basham, Lundstram, Clarke, Donaldson, Coutts, Carter-Vickers, Brooks.Subs: Moore, Hanson, Sharp, Stearman, Duffy, Lafferty, Carruthers.last_img read more

Mahindra set for SA expansion

first_img14 March 2007After just over two years of doing business in South Africa, Indian vehicle manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra has set its sights on expanding its dealership network, available models and sectors it competes in.According to Business Report, Mahindra, a US$4-billion company, has identified Africa as a key future market, and sees South Africa as an entry point into sub-Saharan Africa.The company is already selling more than 4 000 vehicles a year in SA, its range including the Scorpio sports utility vehicle and Bolero pickup truck. Now it is eying the country’s commercial vehicle market and agricultural sector, stating that it will sell tractors, trucks and tractor-trailers from May onwards.Speaking to Business Report last month, Mahindra South Africa’s chief executive officer Vijay Nakra said the company would launch a range of 30- to 80-horsepower tractors at the 2007 Nampo Agricultural Trade Show in Bothaville, the largest of its kind on the continent.Nakra said the company would be targeting farmers looking for smaller, more competitively priced tractors.“We believe the proposition we are talking about will take about 12 to 18 months to at least gain visibility. But I’m not able to talk about volumes and market share. We believe we’ll be able to gain a significant presence,” he said.Mahindra will also have a commercial vehicle range, with models ranging from a 3.5-ton medium commercial truck to tractor-trailers and even a 15- to 30-seater minibus.“Our approach is not to bring in a product specifically for the taxi market,” Nakra told Business Report. “We’re bringing in a people mover, and one of the segments in that market is the taxi market.”A Mahindra team from India will also come to South Africa in the near future to meet with domestic component manufacturers, as the company conducts a feasibility study into sourcing spares locally. The study is expected to take at least four months.“What we are looking at from at parent company level is to source globally competitive automotive parts from South Africa,” Nakra said. “It is not based primarily on earning motor industry development programme export credits.”According to Business Report, Mahindra SA would consider setting up South African operations once their sales reached between 600 and 700 units a month. It sold 340 vehicles in January.Mahindra are also looking into opportunities in various sectors in South Africa, through their subsidiaries. These include Club Mahindra, a time-share company, Tech Mahindra, which supplies telecommunications software solutions, and Mahindra Finance.“We’re looking forward to the future and the plans we have for this market,” Nakra reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

National Conference represents Delhi in Kashmir, not Kashmir in Delhi: Mirwaiz Omar Farooq

first_img“I want to see you become prime minister before I die. Don’t be a mother to just Rahul and Priyanka. Be desh ki amma.”Vasant Sathe, Congress leader, at the All India Congress Committee meeting in DelhiVOICES”If you dare dream of namaz at Jama Masjid, we will hoist the tricolour all,”I want to see you become prime minister before I die. Don’t be a mother to just Rahul and Priyanka. Be desh ki amma.”Vasant Sathe, Congress leader, at the All India Congress Committee meeting in Delhi VOICES “If  you dare dream of namaz at Jama Masjid, we will hoist the tricolour all over Pakistan.”Uma Bharati, Union sports minister, quoting a poem directed at Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf”It is no good that the forces are posted at the borders and the prime minister spends his days luxuriously at Manali.”Ashok Gehlot, Rajasthan chief minister”It’s absurd. I can’t even think of it. India having a communist-Marxist president?”Jyoti Basu, wondering how his name cropped up for the post”The National Conference … represents Delhi in Kashmir, not Kashmir in Delhi.”Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, president, Awami Action Committee”I’ve been wondering for 10 years.”Shah Rukh Khan, actor, on why there is no kissing in Hindi filmslast_img read more