Men’s Basketball Heads To Northern Colorado For Next CIT Contest

first_imgThe Drake University men’s basketball team will travel to Greeley, Colo., to face the University of Northern Colorado in the next round of the Postseason Tournament. The Bulldogs and Bears will meet Sunday, March 18, at 4 p.m. CDT in UNC’s Bank of Colorado Arena. Northern Colorado is 22-12 this season after falling in the Big Sky Tournament semifinals to eventual champion Montana. The Bears won six of their final eight games of the season and are led by Andre Spight’s 21.9 points per game, the second-highest scoring average in the Big Sky Conference. Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs advanced to Sunday’s contest by virtue of their 80-73 overtime victory against Abilene Christian Monday afternoon in the Knapp Center to improve to 17-16 this season. Senior Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) poured in a career-high 25 points in that win to keep the Bulldogs’ postseason run alive.last_img read more


first_imgThe whole area of recruitment of junior doctors and consultants at Letterkenny General Hospital must be reviewed, says Cllr Ciaran Brogan.Cllr Ciaran BroganThe Fianna Fail representative said fact that the hospital is using agency doctors at present is totally unsatisfactory.Last year Letterkenny spent €6 million on such agency staff which he described as “an awful lot of money for non-permanent personnel.” “It was reported recently that the H.S.E. is paying private agencies a massive €110,000 every thirteen weeks to fill a single consultant post at Letterkenny General. Last September the Dail Public Accounts Committee was told that five consultant posts at the hospital are being filled on hourly-rate contracts with the cost for three months equivalent to the normal pay of a full-time consultant for an entire year.“That to me is crazy money at a time when we should be filling vacancies on a permanent basis and that’s something I impressed on the General Manager at Letterkenny Hospital, Sean Murphy, when I had a meeting with him on Tuesday of this week.“The Government needs to be attracting junior doctors and filling these positions on a permanent basis. The same Government boasted the line that money would follow the patient. I’m afraid I have yet to see that.”He aded that whatever resources are required to make these positions permanent must be provided. “We cannot continue handing out huge amounts of money to these agencies when medical posts can, and should, be filled permanently.“The resources must be given to help meet the huge demand that exists at Letterkenny General Hospital on a daily basis.”H said that after a recent meeting with the General Manager Sean Murphy, he undertook a tour of the hospital to monitor the rebuilding programme and said there is certainly a lot of progress being made.“New equipment is being provided and the new dining room and kitchen area should be open in the next month, I was told. The new chapel has been completed and is looking very well,” he aded.HSE MUST REVIEW RECRUITMENT PROCESS AS €6M SPENT ON HOSPITAL ON AGENCY STAFF – BROGAN was last modified: January 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare 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:agency staffClr Ciaran BrogancosultantsdoctorsStafflast_img read more

South Africa’s banks ‘in strong position’

first_img15 March 2012 South Africa’s banks remain well positioned despite global economic uncertainty, are trading profitably, and boast some of the highest capital levels in the world, well in excess of the minimum Basel 3 rules, according to a survey by professional services company PricewaterhouseCoopers. PwC’s latest annual survey of South Africa’s major banks was released on Wednesday. According to the survey, the financial results of South Africa’s four major banks – Absa, First Rand, Nedbank and Standard Bank – for the six months ended 31 December are a positive reflection of the financial health of the local industry, show that the banks have weathered the recent global economic uncertainty well. “Although the banks may have experienced tough operating conditions at the start of the global financial crisis, when South Africa dipped into the recession, they have since strengthened their positions through a combination of increasing capital levels, changing funding strategies, reducing risk appetite and holding significantly more liquid assets,” PwC’s Tom Winterboer said in a statement.Good returns on equity, additional capital buffers Absa, First Rand, Nedbank and Standard Bank reported aggregate return on equity of 16% for the year ended 31 December, up 10.3% on the previous year and up 13.2% for the six months ended 31 December 2010. Headline earnings grew to R39.9-billion, an increase of 17.7% from the previous financial year. “These return on equity levels remain lower than levels prior to the financial crisis for the major banks, but are commendable given that they are holding additional capital buffers as they await final implementation guidance for Basel 3 in South Africa,” said PwC’s Johannes Grosskopf.Containment of costs Grosskopf said the four banks’ main driver of earnings growth had been the containment of costs, up only 2.6% from the previous year and 1.6% up on the six months ended 31 December 2010, and more particularly the reduction in impairment charges of 14.8% for the year. It was possible that the reduction in non-performing loans – down 15.2% from the previous year – meant that impairment levels had now bottomed out and that the boost to earnings provided by the decline in impairment charges had come to an end, Grosskopf noted. “This could see an increase in pressure on earnings growth targets for the 2012 financial year and beyond.”Deposit growth According to the survey, the four banks’ deposit growth had benefited from the frugal conduct of both businesses and consumers. Deposits were up 11.2% from the previous year and 6.8% for the six months ended 31 December 2010. This had helped maintain margin levels, as these kinds of deposits continue to provide the cheapest form of funding for credit growth and negate the effect of increases in wholesale funding costs. Grosskopf said this would be pleasing to the banks as they continued to debate the structural funding challenges of the South African market, with a view to implementing the net stable funding ratio proposed in Basel 3.Widening the retail net In respect of retail customers, the South African market remained focused on widening the net and banking the unbanked, PwC found. “In doing so, the banks are finding innovative ways to reach their clients,” Grosskopf said, noting that all four banks reported customer gains, increases in access points such as ATMs, non-traditional branches and a continued focus on electronic and mobile channels. Grosskopf said that containing or reducing costs would remain a priority for South Africa’s banks. “At the same time, this will be affected by regulatory reform and continuing core banking IT enhancements. The focus therefore will be on operational effectiveness, simplifying processes and the rationalising of businesses to achieve more focused strategic objectives.” Winterboer pointed out that there was also competition in the South African market from new digital players. “The banks are embracing new electronic channels, such as mobile banking and the internet.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Scoring for Mandela

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Ohio grain farmers invite Toledo mayor to visit

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Recent comments by the mayor of Toledo have prompted corn, soybean and wheat farmers throughout Ohio to invite him to witness for himself their hard work and significant investments to protect water quality.For example, last month, Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz told WTOL 11 that Toledo’s water has been “polluted for us” by Ohio farmers. Realizing that the mayor has not been educated about farmers’ leadership on conservation issues, Farmers are using the hashtag #WadeIsWelcome to extend the invitation for a farm tour.Last week, Mayor Kapszukiewicz told the Toledo Blade, “At some point, facts and research have to matter.” Ohio grain farmers couldn’t agree more. That’s why they are calling, tweeting, and emailing the mayor to invite him to their farms and see exactly how much investment and work has been done to find and implement science-based, long term solutions.“Ohio’s agricultural community has worked very hard to address water quality,” said Jon Miller, Fairfield grain farmer and president of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. “We’re proud of what we have accomplished and are eager to share information about all of the things we’ve been doing with Mayor Kapszukiewicz.”The OCWGA and Ohio Soybean Association have collaborated with researchers, government agencies and environmental groups to reduce the amount of phosphorus that runs off into the Lake Erie water basin. Researchers, for example, collect data in the fields, and farmers use that data, along with the newest field-by-field recommendations, to apply best management practices on their farms, including cover crops, nutrient management plans, soil sampling and a reduction in fertilizer use. Meanwhile, Ohio farmers are applying less fertilizer than ever before.“Mayor Kaszukiewicz’s confusion about Ohio agriculture can be cleared up with a visit to any of our farms,” said Scott Metzger, Ross County grain farmer, president of the Ohio Soybean Association. “We welcome him to come see us in action — and to work with us on continuing to protect water quality.”last_img read more

NYC’s BigApps Competition to Spawn Innovation, Gov’t Accessibility

first_imgTags:#Contests#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts In keeping with Mayor Bloomberg’s focus on innovation, transparency, accessibility, and accountability, New York City is today launching the NYC BigApps Competition, a challenge to developers to create software based on city data.The competition will be hosted by ChallengePost, an online network for organizations and individuals to create and offer competitions. The launch of NYC BigApps will be also be officially announced at tonight’s NY Tech Meetup. So, what’s in it for developers? Read on.The developer of the winning application will receive a cash prize, and Mayor Bloomberg plans to congratulate the winners in person at a dinner. We’re told that the competition winners are to receive $20,000 in cash prizes.“Last week, we launched the Connected City Initiative to put technology to use improving services and providing information to New Yorkers as fast and in as many ways as possible, and BigApps will be yet another,” said Mayor Bloomberg.“The information we’re providing is the public’s, and we’re relying on the creativity and talent of New York City’s tech and entrepreneurial communities to come up with innovative and helpful ways to use it. It’s a great example of a 21st-century, public-private partnership.” The New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications worked with around 30 agencies to provide more than 170 datasets for the competition. The data include geographic locations of all sidewalk cafés, laundry facilities, playgrounds, dog runs, city landmarks, as well as census data, extensive property valuation and assessments, the results of restaurant inspections, lists of permitted citywide events, and even side parking and traffic updates.Another important aspect of the competition is the expectation that official, city government support of startups will add a measure of vitality to an already vibrant local startup culture.“Supporting entrepreneurs and startups is an important component of our five borough economic opportunity plan and the launch of the Big Apps competition does just that,” said Deputy Mayor Lieber. “By partnering with the private sector to encourage innovative and forward-thinking applications, we are leveraging existing resources to increase efficiency and transparency in government, stimulate investment, and create jobs.”Apps will be judged based on their benefit to residents, visitors, and government; their originality; their visual appeal; their effect on data accessibility and government transparency; and yes, their commercial potential.The NYC BigApps Competition is open to individuals, startups, and non-profit organizations with fewer than 50 employees. Datasets will be available for download today from the newly-created Data Mine.Submissions will be judged by a panel that is to include NY Tech Meetup co-founder Dawn Barber, Betaworks CEO John Borthwick, Mahalo co-founder Jason Calacanis, EDVentures Founder Esther Dyson, FirstMark Capital CEO Lawrence Lenihan, AlleyCorp co-founder Kevin Ryan, DFJ Gotham Ventures managing partner Danny Schultz, and Union Square Ventures managing general partner Fred Wilson. jolie odellcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Euronav Secures Loan for VLCC Refinancing

first_imgzoom Belgian tanker owner and operator Euronav NV has signed a new USD 410 million senior secured amortizing revolving credit facility, which was made available in mid-December to refinance 11 vessels.The new loan, also used for general corporate and working capital purposes, was used to refinance the USD 500 million senior secured credit facility dated March 25, 2014 and will mature on January 31, 2023 carrying a rate of LIBOR plus a margin of 2.25%.Euronav said that it will be secured by its fleet of very large crude carriers (VLCCs), including Nectar (2008), Ilma (2012), Iris (2012), Nautic (2008), Sara (2011), Sonia (2012), Sandra (2011), Ingrid (2012), Newton (2009), Noble (2008), Simone (2012).“This new facility will provide a lot of flexibility for Euronav. It is a full revolving credit facility replacing a term loan, it has a lower margin (50 bps lower) than the facility it is refinancing, and it has a much longer maturity,” Hugo De Stoop, CFO of Euronav, said.last_img read more

Nothing short of a nightmare The Indigenous experience on campus

first_imgAPTN InFocusOn this edition to APTN’s InFocus, host Melissa Ridgen looks at Indigenous experiences on campus, from the perspective of educators and students.There’s no shortage of stories in the news or social media of incidents like the ‘Its okay to be white’ posters that were posted at the University of Manitoba, and left many Indigenous students feeling unsafe.Dr. Barry Lavallee of the University of Manitoba says it’s more than any one incident.“If you can’t see there is a wrong being done at the moment it’s being done, that is how racism looks,” Lavallee said.“I have never been taught as a teacher, to actually fill that void or support somebody to move forward.”“You have to think of Indigenous-specific racism as one of a panel of events that can occur in an institution including gender violence, homophobia, ableism — all those kinds of things. At the top of the hierarchy, are white heterosexual males, and as we move down you will find Indigenous people at the bottom.”Of course not all students experience racism on campus. But for those who do, it can negatively impact their studies.“Over the past six years I can only describe my experience as nothing short of a nightmare,” said McMaster University student Evan Jamieson-Eckel“You have a system that promotes individualism and what that does in our university, has Indigenous students fighting one another for positions, and to sort of gain fame behind their name. Then you also have the duel problem that our classrooms are more about coddling white guilt than being about Indigenous liberation.”last_img read more