Football Routs Valpo, 34-7

first_img Stats Stats (PDF) John Hugunin Next Game: DES MOINES, Iowa – The Bulldogs’ defense held Valparaiso to 208 yards of total offense to lead Drake University football team to a dominating 34-7 victory over the Crusaders on Saturday at Drake Stadium.”It was a great team win. Our defense was outstanding and couldn’t be more pleased,” said head coach Rick Fox.The Bulldogs’ defense limited Valpo to just 43 yards rushing and 165 yards passing, led by fifth-year senior linebacker John Hugunin. Hugunin was all over the field for Drake, as he recorded his first career interception, blocked a punt, forced a fumble and tallied seven tackles (five solo). John Bloss and Michael Roane also registered seven tackles apiece to round Drake’s top tacklers.Offensively, the Bulldogs saw junior running back Conley Wilkins score three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving. After missing last week’s game due to an injury, Wilkins finished his day with 59 rushing yards on 12 carries and two receptions for 24 yards.Drake registered its third game of season with over 200 yards rushing, totaling 205, while Gary Scott and Brock Reichardt added 50 and 49 rushing yards, respectively.”Conley Wilkins is a great running back, but we got four pretty good running backs. And the offensive line is giving them a chance to run with it, so we need to continue to have that,” said Fox. Hugunin blocked a punt near the end of the first quarter set up the Bulldogs to score the first points of the game. Rice found Gallery deep in the middle of the field for a 32-yard reception to put Drake on the three yard line. On the very next play, Willkins had his first carry of the game be a three-yard touchdown, to put Drake up 7-0.The Bulldogs then went up 14-0 early in the second quarter on a four-yard touchdown run by Wilkins.Drake managed to get the ball into Crusader territory a few more times in the second quarter but came up empty, taking a 14-0 lead at halftime.Drake relied on Wilkins on the opening drive of the third quarter as he totaled 66 of Drake’s 89 yards recorded in the 11-play scoring drive. The Bulldogs drove down to Valpo’s 12 yard line and went for it on fourth and four. Quarterback Andy Rice was flushed from the pocket and found an open Wilkins, and Wilkins went on to leap into the end zone to give Drake a 21-0 advantage.On Valpo’s ensuing drive, the Bulldogs stopped the Crusaders on fourth and three, giving DU’s offense the ball on Valpo’s 41 yard line. Drake took advantage of the great field position once again with Reichardt capping off the eight-play drive by scoring his first collegiate touchdown to push Drake’s lead to 28-0 with just over four minutes left in the third quarter.Midway through the fourth-quarter, Valpo  was finally able to break through Drake’s stout defense when Ryan Clarke completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Frank Catrine.Prior to Valpo’s touchdown, Josh Lee nailed a 37 yard field goal and then made a 35-yard field after the Crusaders’ score for a final score of 34-7.Drake travels to San Diego on Oct. 17 with kickoff set for 2 p.m. local time.Print Friendly Version Full Schedule Roster Conley Wilkins Story Linkscenter_img Photo Gallery Preview at San Diego 10/17/2015 – 4:00 PM John Bloss Rick Fox Michael Roane last_img read more

3 Big Things: Samardzija shows power of resilience in Giants win

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — His elbow was not shredded and his rotator cuff was not torn. Unlike many other pitchers who know the devastating pain of injury, Jeff Samardzija knew surgery was not going to save his career.He also understand he could no longer pitch effectively with an ailing shoulder.For much of last summer, Samardzija’s future could be summed up with one big question mark. In Thursday’s 1-0 win over the …last_img

AIDS Policy: Morality a Casualty at the Intersection of Politics and Big Science

first_imgA news item in the July 15 issue of Nature1 seems to take sides against President Bush’s AIDS policy.  The United States, the largest donor for AIDS prevention and treatment, “is promoting a mantra known as ABC: abstinence, be faithful and use condoms.”  Although it would seem these simple preventative steps would quickly diminish the spread of AIDS (read Colson’s report on the success in Uganda), Nature instead draws attention to criticisms of the Bush administration’s policy:This approach was widely castigated in Bangkok, where 17,000 scientists, activists and officials have gathered for the AIDS meeting.  Activists and some researchers are particularly critical of a congressional stipulation that requires one-third of the money allocated to prevention programmes under the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to be used for projects in abstinence and monogamy.    “You’re not doing what countries want or what people with AIDS want,” Gregg Gonsalves of the US activists’ group Gay Men’s Health Crisis told a US official at a panel on 12 July.  “You’re trying to please George Bush’s conservative base.”A spokesman for the administration tried to deflect some of the criticism by reminding the group that President Bush is not opposed to the use of condoms.  “Condoms are an important part of our overall strategy,” he said.    Most of the news article focuses on how to get more funding for research on AIDS drugs, not on preventative measures.  An administrator of a nursing school in Botswana claims that public discussion about sex education and condom use is almost impossible in her country, which has the second-highest rate of HIV infection in the world, because “we end up talking to our people in a strange language that they don’t understand.”1Erika Check, “Aid agencies predict victory for HIV unless cash crisis is solved,” Nature 430, 279 (15 July 2004); doi:10.1038/430279a.What part about d-e-a-t-h don’t you understand?  Listen to what the gay activist said: “You’re not doing what … people with AIDS want.”  What they want is: unlimited sin without consequences.  They want to engage in promiscuous relationships, knowing ahead of time the wages of sin is death, but make healthy people pay to find a cure that will allow them to do whatever they want sexually, whenever they want to.  An old cartoon stated it well: a character walks right past the danger sign and falls off a cliff.  On the way down, he is shouting, “free unlimited health care!”    The liberal nurse is making a racist statement.  She thinks people in Botswana are too backward to understand the meaning of: “If you engage in this behavior, you risk getting this disease; if you get this disease, you will die.”  We think anyone can understand that certain actions can have deadly consequences.  Liberals deny that humans have a moral sense and the ability to make choices.  They think that people, like animals, are just going to engage in whatever sex they want, and there is no way to stop it, so containment and avoidance is futile.     With any other incurable, communicable disease, the medical community would certainly put the highest priority on containment and avoidance (consider SARS, mad cow disease, West Nile virus).  But since AIDS overlaps the sexual preferences of some who value their selfish pleasure over safety, and have enough decibels to drown out those with common sense, administrations are threatened to be booted out of office if they don’t throw more money at the problem when containment and avoidance would provide immediate relief.  Let’s apply this reasoning to other risky behaviors:I like to hold skunks and squeeze them, but I don’t like the smell.  Why doesn’t the World Health Organization recognize the pain of my suffering and provide funds for research on treating my nose and clothes?I’m going to drink and drive.  The government should spend money to keep victims out of my way.I demand the right to eat poison mushrooms.  I will march on Washington for more federal spending on antidotes.I like to play in snake pits.  I demand free government health insurance to cover snakebite and cosmetic surgery.I demand the freedom to jump off cliffs.  It’s the government’s responsibility to provide fluffy feather pillows for my landing.I want to drink lots of brown bubbly sugar water.  I demand that Health Insurance agencies support my poor nutritional preferences.*I want to eat processed fats and oils.  I want Doctors to find a cure for damaged arteries, premature aging and neurological problems.*I have smallpox, and demand the right to cough in public, and I will sue anyone who warns the shopping mall that I’m coming.  Instead, the government needs to provide more hospital beds and pain relievers for them.*Sent in by a reader.If you have other examples, write here.  Consider this: in California real estate law, realtors are required to divulge to buyers whether a death occurred in the house, or any other incident took place that might render the house “haunted” (believe it or not).  There is one exception to this rule.  Realtors are forbidden to mention whether a death occurred in the house due to AIDS, unless the buyer asks that specific question point blank.    Many AIDS victims are truly victims, and HIV is a global health problem that deserves high priority medical research on the treatment side as well.  The plight of millions of orphans left behind demands swift and immediate relief.  But surely, much of the global epidemic could be drastically reduced by a strategy of containment and avoidance.  This should be obvious whether or not one acknowledges that this strategy just happens to coincide with a Judeo-Christian ethic.    This news story is one of many evidences that Big Science and political liberalism are bosom buddies.  Any news item or editorial in Nature or Science that has occasion to refer to Bush or other conservatives will predictably cast them in a negative light, and will espouse political or ethical positions that are synonymous with those of liberal politicians; see 09/22/2003 commentary.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa’s Top 50 Most Valuable Brands

first_imgSouth Africa’s Top 50 Most Valuable Brands have been revealed and the competitiveness of the business sphere highlights a key component of a strong nation brand.Jeremy Sampson, newly appointed director of Brand Finance (Far left) with the representative of FNB, who came 6th in this year’s Top 50 Most Valuable Brands, along with Thebe Ikalafeng,chairman of Brand Finance, and Kingsley Makhubela, CEO of Brand South Africa.  (Image: Brand South Africa)Ray MaotaAfter a year of indepth analysis and tough calculations, South Africa’s Top 50 Most Valuable Brands have been announced. Together they are the leading brands that make the nation proud.The announcement was made at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton in Johannesburg on 15 September 2016, through a partnership between Brand South Africa and Brand Finance, a leading brand valuation and strategy consultancy.The total value of the Top 50 brands increased 3% from R373-billion to R384-billion compared with 2015. Excluding MTN’s drop in brand value of R17-billion, the remaining 49 brands had a total value of R347-billion in 2016, growing 9% from R319-billion in 2015.“South African commercial brands are a key component of a strong nation brand and how this is experienced by both domestic and international audiences,” said Kingsley Makhubela, CEO of Brand South Africa. “As such commercial brands are key messengers in positioning the country competitively.“At the same time, we express our appreciation to all other corporate brands in the country for your contribution to the growth and development of South Africa. We thank you for playing your part and look forward to honouring you among the Top 50 in years to come.”Cellphone service provider MTN retains its number one spot this year, remaining the most valuable brand despite losing 32% of its brand value as a result of some of its reputational challenges. Woolworths holds the strongest brand position with an increase of 21% in brand value.Telkom posted the greatest increase in brand value following the integration of Business Connexion and improved performance on its retail side, with good ratings on value for money and customer satisfaction, according to the South African Customer Satisfaction Index. The increase in brand value caused Telkom to move from 23rd position in 2015 to 17th in 2016.“The more competitive the market, the more important it is to have a strong brand, leverage it to its full potential and measured and monitored at all times,” said Jeremy Sampson, newly appointed director of Brand Finance. “Brands are increasingly the major assets of companies, yet does anyone have an idea of their true value? Marketing is no longer a nice-to-have, it can be the difference between success and failure.”The Top 50The story of the Top 50 corporate brands was a good story for the South Africa nation brand as well as the continental story, said Thebe Ikalafeng, chairman of Brand Finance. “Many of these brands have footprints on the continent and this bodes well for perceptions about business on the continent, their ethics, governance and commitment to social upliftment.“Brand Finance salutes the Top 50 corporate brands for their excellence in flying the South Africa and African flags.”Many of the Top 10 brands from 2015 retained their positions in 2016. Exceptions were retailer Woolworths, which moved to fifth place, and bank Absa, which moved to seventh place.The top 10 brands, from one to 10, are: MTN, Vodacom, Sasol, Standard Bank, Woolworths, FNB, Absa, Nedbank, Investec and Mediclinic.Brands with a significant increase in value include Investec (27%) and WesBank (27%). Two new brands entered the Top 50. Clothing label Country Road, now owned by Woolworths, entered at 31st place with a value of R4.64-billion, and listed real estate investment trustGrowthpoint Properties entered at 50 with a value of R1.47-billion.SABMiller holds the most valuable portfolio, amounting to R29.67-billion, with four of its brands standing among the country’s top 50: Castle, Carling Black Label, Hansa Pilsner and SABMiller.SABMiller is followed by FirstRand, with its three brands – FNB, WesBank and Rand Merchant Bank – collectively valued at R23.12-billion.The rest of the brands in the Top 50, from 11 to 50 are: Multichoice, Shoprite; Castle, Mondi, Spar, Carling Black Label, Telkom, Old Mutual, Pick n Pay, Netcare, Sanlam, Discovery, Hansa Pilsner, MrP, Sappi, WesBank, Media 24, Liberty Holdings, Truworths, Bidvest, Country Road, Capitec, SABMiller, Steinhoff, Clicks, Huletts, Momentum, Makro, Checkers, Rainbow; Rand Merchant Bank, Santam, SAA, Life Healthcare, Imperial, Foschini, Cell C, Game, Nampak, and Growthpoint Properties.MethodologyBrand Finance calculates the values of the brands in its league tables using the Royalty Relief approach. This approach involves estimating the likely future sales that are attributable to a brand and calculating a royalty rate that would be charged for the use of the brand, i.e. what the owner would have to pay for the use of the brand – assuming it was not already owned.The steps in this process are:• Calculate brand strength on a scale of 0 to 100 based on a number of attributes, such as emotional connection, financial performance and sustainability, among others. This score is known as the Brand Strength Index.• Determine the royalty rate range for the respective brand sectors. This is done by reviewing comparable licensing agreements sourced from Brand Finance’s extensive database of licence agreements and other online databases.• Calculate royalty rate. The brand strength score is applied to the royalty rate range to arrive at a royalty rate. For example, if the royalty rate range in a brand’s sector is 0-5% and a brand has a brand strength score of 80 out of 100, then an appropriate royalty rate for the use of this brand in the given sector will be 4%.• Determine brand specific revenues estimating a proportion of parent company revenues attributable to a specific brand.• Determine forecast brand specific revenues using a function of historic revenues, equity analyst forecasts and economic growth rates.• Apply the royalty rate to the forecast revenues to derive brand revenues.• Brand revenues are discounted after tax to a net present value that equals the brand value.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast November 25, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have 2 dry days over Ohio before our next frontal complex arrives. Generally speaking, we have 2 well organized systems moving through the region in the next 10 days, and it will be difficult to see any more than about 2 days in between the two. The map at right shows 10 day liquid equivalent precipitation totals.  Thanksgiving looks dry. Here is the breakdown.Today we are dry with milder air and some sunshine. We start similar tomorrow, but we are likely going to see clouds build in the afternoon. Temps tomorrow remain mild.After midnight tomorrow night, we start to see light moisture moving into the western part of Ohio. Action will be rain, as temps stay mild on south flow. Through Wednesday several waves of moisture move through the state, before all action ends. We think we see anywhere from .25″-.6″ of rain over 100% of Ohio out of the entire event.We are dry for Thanksgiving. Expect some sunshine early, but clouds likely start to develop again later in afternoon and overnight.System number 2 comes through for Black Friday through Saturday. That system may start with some snow early on Friday, as temps are still chilly from Thanksgiving. But, as temps rise we see  most action come as rain. Liquid equivalent precipitation totals should end up between .25″-.75″, with coverage at 90%.Significantly colder air comes in behind that system. Temps go well below normal, and we likely see some lake effect snow for later Sunday into Monday. We wont rule out a coating to a couple of inches of accumulations in that period, with coverage at 70%. However, by Monday afternoon, that snow moves out, but clouds stay.Dry and cold to finish the 10 day window for the 3rd and 4th, with clouds and sunshine. Temps will stay well below normal, but will moderate likely on Wednesday the 4th.last_img read more

‘Cong., BJP nexus with miners is clear’

first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party’s Goa unit has criticised the BJP-led ruling coalition and the Congress over the proposed all-party delegation to raise the issue of mining ore licenses with central ministers in New Delhi.In a press release issued here AAP leader Siddarth Karapurkar questioned the “nexus” between the ruling and opposition parties in planning the Delhi meeting to urge the Union Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari to “find out means and ways so that mining operations in the State were not affected due to Supreme Court order”.The Supreme Court has directed that all mining activities on 87 cancelled leases be stopped from March 15.Mr. Karapurkar called it as yet another case of a friendship between the Congress and BJP and its alliance partners to sell the interests of the State to a few miners. AAP also lamented that the absence of a responsible opposition in the legislature is strikingly visible.The AAP has alleged that a few MLAs of both parties, whose stakes in the mining business is no secret, are grouping together in the name of this all-party delegation to New Delhi.Mr. Karapurkar demanded that the people of Goa must know what dialogue this delegation will have with the Central Ministers and people must also know what are the advantages and disadvantages of such a course for the State.“Mining resource is a wealth of the people,” he asserted and lamented that the all-party delegation, was “surely carrying a brief of a select few who have been enjoying the mining wealth of the State hitherto as payback for the funding they have been receiving for their political careers.”The AAP leader pointed out that while the senior-most Minister in the government, Sudin Dhavlikar, had in justification of their proposed Delhi delegation, said the State faces a loss of ₹3,500 crore and the ban will affect 2 lakh people, he has not spoken of who is going to recover the “loot of the mining wealth as estimated by Justice (retd) M. B. Shah Commission in its report on illegal mining. Why is there no clarity on that?” he asked.last_img read more