Razorbacks hold Saturday scrimmage

first_imgBret BielemaBret BielemaFAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) – The Razorback football team had a 121-play scrimmage this afternoon, their first of the 2015 season. It was also the first time the team had officials and live tackling as the team tried to mimic a game-like setting as much as possible.The first team defense stole the show, combating many fears that fans and media had about the losses of four NFL draft picks on that side of the ball. Over the 121 plays, the defense totaled six “touch” sacks (quarterbacks weren’t allowed to be contacted) and forced three turnovers.“I can’t say enough about our defensive line’s growth and progression,” said head coach Bret Bielema. “The depth that we have there is going to be a highlight.”All six sacks were recorded by defensive linemen – two by sophomore Tevin Beanum, two by junior Taiwan Johnson and one each from junior Jeremiah Ledbetter and sophomore Karl Roesler.The first team secondary also played very well. Junior Jared Collins was very active with one tackle, one pass breakup and one interception. The Tulsa, Okla. native had tight coverage on many passes and made life very difficult for the offense.Redshirt freshman Santos Ramirez and true freshman Ryan Pulley also made big plays. Ramirez had several big hits, including one that forced a fumble. Pulley intercepted a pass along the sideline and returned it 40 yards for the only defensive touchdown of the afternoon.Though the defense made several impressive plays, they weren’t the only side of the ball showcasing playmakers. The offense showed some explosive play-making ability, as well.“Alex Collins has probably had by far his most productive camp. He’s leaner, quicker, faster and has really been good overall.”The junior showed that quickness with six carries for 72 yards and a touchdown. His final touch of the day was a 43-yard touchdown run where he burst through the hole and into the second and third levels of the defense without anyone close to catching him.Another running back that showed explosiveness is true freshman Rawleigh Williams III. He finished the scrimmage with 14 carries for 105 yards and a touchdown. On just his second touch of the day, he took a carry off the left tackle and switched to another gear as he blew past the defense down the sideline for a 63-yard score.Several wide receivers made big plays, as well. Redshirt freshman Jojo Robinson took a fourth down slant 38-yards to the end zone for a touchdown.Junior Drew Morgan made several nice catches, including three for 10-plus yards. He totaled four receptions for 53 yards in the scrimmage.Junior college transfer Dominique Reed showcased his speed and athleticism with a pair of receptions that went for 18- and 19-yards. He hauled in three passes for 41 yards.Sophomore Jared Cornelius also had some big plays, catching four passes, including three for a first down. He had one reception for 45 yards and totaled 70 receiving yards on the afternoon.The Razorbacks will hold Fan Day tomorrow at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium before returning for Practice 10 on Monday morning.For more information on Arkansas Football, follow @RazorbackFB on Twitter.last_img read more

Africa’s biggest water project

first_imgPresident Thabo Mbeki and King Letsie of Lesotho have inaugurated the latest phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, which delivers water from the highlands of Lesotho to South Africa’s Vaal River system and generates hydropower for Lesotho.Water is now flowing from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. (Image: Lesotho Highlands Water Project)Brand South Africa reporterThe project is Africa’s largest ever water transfer project as well as the largest ongoing bi-national construction project on the continent.The project aims to address the needs of South Africa’s rapidly expanding Gauteng province, which generates almost 60% of the country’s industrial output and 80% of its mining output, and where over 40% of South Africa’s population live. The province needs more water than its main source, the Vaal River, can provide.The Lesotho Highlands, with its high rainfall and surface area of high basalt mountains – the Maloti – is an outstanding catchment area.The Lesotho Highlands Water Project captures most of the excess water from rainstorms in the Orange/Senqu River catchment and transfers it to the Vaal River system, at the same time ensuring the sustainability of life forms dependent on flows downstream of its storage dams.Completion of the latest phase of the project – phase 1B – will solve Gauteng’s water problem for the immediate future and rejuvenate the Vaal River. For Lesotho, it provides valuable income, job opportunities, electricity and infrastructure on which tourism and industrial development can thrive.Construction on phase 1A of the project began in 1984, and the first dam, Katse, began delivering water in 1998.Construction on phase 1B of the project began in 1998, and comprises the 145 metre high Mohale Dam on the Senqunyane River, the 32 kilometre Mohale Tunnel linking Mohale Dam to Katse Dam, and the 6 kilometre Matsoku weir and tunnel, which diverts flood water from the Matsoku River into the Katse reservoir.Water transfer from Mohale Dam and the Matsoku River to Katse Dam has begun, and will gradually increase the volume of water delivered to South Africa from 20 to 26 cubic metres per second.While Katse Dam is the highest concrete arch dam in Africa, Mohale Dam is the highest rockfill dam on the continent, consisting of 7.8 million cubic metres of rock that was placed and compacted before the addition of concrete face. The dam features a flexible outlet structure that ensures high quality water for downstream releases to ensure the sustainability of aquatic life.Other infrastructure completed during phase 1B includes three mountain passes, 72 kilometres of tarred roads, 75 kilometres of power lines and over 100 construction houses. At the peak of construction, phase IB created more that 8 000 jobs for local and regional workers.The entire project is expected to cost US$8-billion by the time of its completion in 2020.Speaking at the ceremony at Mohale Dam on Tuesday, Mbeki described the Lesotho Highlands Water Project as a bi-national project to harness a natural resource, Lesotho’s “white gold”, for the benefit of both countries.“For South Africa, the project brings improved security of water supply for both economic and domestic use, and will undoubtedly help to meet the increasing water demand for many years to come”, Mbeki said.“Equally, Lesotho enjoys the benefit of new infrastructure, including roads, expanded communication and electricity systems, health facilities, job opportunities, improved water supply and sanitation to numerous communities, and many additional secondary benefits associated with a huge capital investment with its revenue streams.“The project not only sustains the development of both countries in significant ways, but provides a showpiece for the region and the rest of the continent of mutually beneficial co-operation.”The Katse Dam is the highest concrete arch dam in Africa. (Image: V)In November 2003, the South African Institute of Civil Engineering named the Lesotho Highlands Water Project “project of the century” for its “immense impact on the betterment of the lives of South Africans and Basotho, the benefits it brought to the economies of both countries, the manner in which the environmental impacts were addressed, and the effective and efficient overall management of the project”.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

How To Optimize Salesforce For Your Mobile Sales Team

first_imgSetting your sales team up for successIn a recent side-by-side comparison of Salesforce.com’s Sales Cloud on three popular mobile devices, only supported the sales platform’s full browser-based functionality. Among a Dell Venue 11 Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, and an Apple iPad Air, only the Intel-powered Dell device offered complete Sales Cloud functionality.If your sales team is using one of the devices that didn’t support the app’s full functionality, they’re missing some key sales productivity opportunities. The Intel-powered tablet not only allows users to access the full functionality of the Salesforce.com Sales Cloud, it also enables full integration with the Microsoft Office suite, including attaching and uploading files to Sales Cloud, as well as seamless integration with Outlook.These mission-critical elements were missing on the Salesforce1 apps running on the Samsung and iPad. This limited functionality could lead to decreased efficiency and lower productivity for your sales pipeline. For example, if a team member who is using one of the devices with limited Sales Cloud functionality needs to generate a report or access product information, they’ll likely have to switch back and forth between their laptop and tablet; not an ideal situation for your mobilized sales team.If mobility, usability, and functionality are important to your sales organization, a device like the Dell Venue 11 Pro is a great tool to help you see the bottom line results you’re looking for.For the full report read, Comparing Salesforce Sales Cloud on Mobile Devices. The popularity and growth of Salesforce.com has made it the go-to sales and customer relationship platform for companies worldwide. As the service has developed, it has gotten more and more mobile-friendly. The Sales Cloud platform allows your mobile sales team to collaborate, nurture leads, and close deals from anywhere. However, if you’re not running Salesforce.com’s Sales Cloud on an Intel-powered mobile platform, you may be adding roadblocks to your sales pipeline.last_img read more

India Today Conclave 2005: The world cannot afford India to be a pygmy, says Aroon Purie

first_imgInda Today Conclave 2005History has made it a habit to be the uninvited guest at INDIA TODAY Conclaves. September 11 changed the world and it also postponed our first Conclave, from October 2001 to January 2002 in a post-Taliban world.The spirit of the times-or, perhaps, the fear of the times-gave,Inda Today Conclave 2005History has made it a habit to be the uninvited guest at INDIA TODAY Conclaves. September 11 changed the world and it also postponed our first Conclave, from October 2001 to January 2002 in a post-Taliban world.The spirit of the times-or, perhaps, the fear of the times-gave our theme, “Opportunities and Threats”. The second Conclave on “India Tomorrow: Global Giant or Pygmy?” was held on the eve of the Iraq war, the second phase of the war on terror that interfered with our first Conclave.Addressing the second Conclave, US President Bill Clinton struck the right note when he said, “The world cannot afford India to be a pygmy. You have to be a giant and the right kind of giant.” That ambition was reflected in the theme of last year’s Conclave, “Building an Indian Century”. It was held on the eve of the Indian general elections, an ideal backdrop to idealism on a grand scale.India has undergone a makeover since then. There is a new government in Delhi. The afterglow of elections extends beyond India-into America, Afghanistan and Iraq. History was there once again on the front bench of our Conclave this year. The theme was a logical progression of last year’s. When we argued on the project of an Indian century, there emerged varying ideas, varying perceptions of India.So our theme this year was “India Tomorrow: Perception versus Reality”. Is there a clash between the two? Or is it that Indian reality is too multidimensional to be strait jacketed by the earnest and the curious? Or is it the gap between our potential and our mindset? What explains the profusion of perceptions is the dynamics of being India, the nation as a permanent astonishment. It is in the continuous process of reinvention or self-renewal. India is in the beholder’s eye but only for a while. One blink and you are into another perception. Take the most obvious: of freedom and democracy. India is Asia’s most evolved-and still evolving-civil society. However, the perception is India’s freedom is not proportional to progress, as in the US or Europe. The volume is not matched by virtues. After all, the overwhelming Asian story of the past two decades is how less democracy meant more prosperity. We are still the victim of the tyranny of comparison. We are told, “Look at China, and look where India is.”And our speakers looked deep into the heart and mind of India. Columbia Professor Jagdish Bhagwati saw a “country of snake charmers” becoming a “country of charmers”. Writer William Dalrymple explained “how India of the imagination is taking shape in the diaspora which exports chutney fied culture from the West to the East”. For Pascal Lamy, director, Notre Europe, “India is the reason we talk of an Asian Century.” For Hillary Clinton, New York Senator and one of the most remarkable women of our times, “the India Miracle will be the one that is the choice of those who still feel oppressed or deserted by their own governance or by the larger community”.Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan pointed out how our cinema, more than 100 years old, was so young and lively, “shaking a leg at the disco, speeding down the highways of romance, hanging out at sports bars and even pausing awhile at the edge to reflect upon reality”. Nobel laureate Sir Vidia Naipaul said that “the country is better informed about itself than at any time in its history”. He said it represented an “enormous intellectual advance”. The kind which allows perception and reality to coexist in politics, marketplace, culture.India is where space-age technology cohabits with gasping water taps. It is where modernity is not a repudiation of tradition. It survives in the chaos of contradictions rather well. There is an India of the mind and an India of the senses. There is an India of history and an India of memory. India is larger than the sum total of the perceptions of India. The Conclave was an attempt to see the life of the future in the heartbeats of the present, to engage with India, to redeem an India trapped between perceptions and reality.advertisementIt did not-and could not-completely change views matured in history and civilisation. But it did update them. All for the better.last_img read more

Chhattisgarh: Brazen Balco flouting rules in power plant construction

first_imgVedanta controlled Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd (Balco) in Chhattisgarh apparently didn’t bother to seek “mandatory” permission from the Korba Municipal Corporation (KMC) for its projects in the area.Documents obtained from the KMC under the right to information (RTI) have revealed that despite several notices having been served to Balco in the last few years to halt construction, it continued with the work without the necessary permits.Some of the major projects are being carried out in the industrial town of Korba, including a couple of thermal power plants. Balco has not only completed the construction of a 540 MW plant in Korba, a case against which is pending in the court, it has also began constructing another 1,200 MW power plant, 80 per cent of which is complete.No permission was reportedly taken for an under-construction chimney at the 1,200 MW plant, which collapsed in September 2009, killing 46 workers.Interestingly, even as the judicial investigation into the mishap is still on, Balco has started constructing another chimney close to the accident site.”Eleven notices, the last one on October 3, 2011, were served to Balco to stop work on the 1,200 MW plant,” the documents revealed. But the company didn’t respond to a single notice.KMC mayor Jogesh Lamba said it is mandatory to take permission for any construction work falling within the jurisdiction of a civic body even though the firm may have entered into an agreement with the state.”We have strongly objected and sought to dismantle the illegal construction in the past. Notices have been issued to Balco repeatedly and stiff fines imposed. Better speak to the police why no action has been taken after the complaints were lodged,” Lamba said.advertisementBalco refuted the charges. “There has been nothing illegal in our construction work. We have entered into an agreement with the government and are working accordingly,” Binod Kumar Srivastawa, Balco’s spokesperson, said.last_img read more

The Astros Are Making A Historic Turnaround

The Houston Astros came out of nowhere. Just two seasons after occupying the basement of the American League West, the Astros have returned to take the top spot. Their turnaround is so sizable and so swift that it’s historic.In 2014, the Astros finished fourth in the division, with a correspondingly putrid winning percentage of .432. This year, the Astros are projected1Using FanGraphs’ projected standings. I am using the projected standings to take into account that the Astros’ performance is likely to regress somewhat. to end with a .530 winning percentage, sixth-best in the majors. Turnarounds like that don’t happen often, but they do happen: Since 1950, only 114 teams (7.2 percent of the total number) have managed to increase their winning percentage by .100 or more over the course of a single season.2I am using data from Sean Lahman’s database. The 2013 World Series-winning Boston Red Sox managed it, as did the 2014 Los Angeles Angels.3Notably, both of these teams had been quite good two years before, implying that their improved winning percentages were returns to their expected level of play. That statement holds generally: The teams that improved their winning percentage by .100 or more had a .478 winning percentage two years prior, much better than the Astros’ woeful mark (.315). We’d expect to see a couple of teams every year bump their winning percentage by a similar margin.The Astros’ turnaround becomes historic, however, when you look at how bad they were two years ago. In 2013, the Astros finished 51-111, good for a .315 winning percentage and the bottom of the division. The team was not felled by injuries or misfortune — it was genuinely terrible in every phase of the game. The Astros’ hitters racked up 1.4 wins above replacement (WAR) — 29th in the league — and their pitchers totaled 1.2 — 30th in the league. That’s what happens when your team is essentially replacement level. A team full of anonymous, AAA types who couldn’t make it in the major leagues would have been projected to finish at a winning percentage of .294, barely worse than the Astros’ actual performance.If the projection for this season holds, the Astros will have increased their winning percentage by .200 over two years. Since 1950, that kind of reversal has happened a grand total of seven times — and when it has, it’s usually because a decent team has gotten radically better. The 2001 Seattle Mariners assembled a historic juggernaut of a team that won 71.6 percent of its games after winning 48.8 percent two years earlier. The team before the Mariners to accomplish this feat, the 1995 Cleveland Indians, became a 100-win team from a borderline contender. Only one team — the 1963 Philadelphia Phillies — had a starting winning percentage as poor as the Astros did at the end of their 2013 season.It’s still early in the season, and the Astros likely won’t finish as well as they have started. That doesn’t mean, though, that the Astros’ current winning percentage (.625) is founded purely on luck. They have one of the best run differentials in the league, scoring 28 more runs than they’ve allowed.4According to Russell Carleton’s work at Baseball Prospectus, run differential doesn’t stabilize until 70 games have been played. But such a strong differential does portend positive things for the Astros, even if the sample size is not yet large enough to be certain. The Astros aren’t getting terribly lucky in terms of their batting average on balls in play (BABIP), either offensively (.278, good for 24th in the league) or defensively (.283, also 24th). They have been a little bit lucky in terms of clustering their hits, but even if we remove that, they’d have earned a .576 winning percentage so far, good for fourth in the league.Most teams that accomplished turnarounds like the Astros’ did so on the basis of vastly improved play — both on offense and defense. On average, teams that saw their winning percentage improve by .100 year to year were helped by their offenses putting up .46 more runs per game and their defense allowing .54 fewer runs per game. The Astros are doing just as well. Their runs per game have improved by .55 relative to last year, and their runs allowed per game have declined by .61. In other words, this kind of improvement is no fluke.The Astros have built their team on a combination of savvy trades (outfielder Jake Marisnick), high draft picks (right fielder George Springer) and an eye for talent disregarded by other teams (second baseman Jose Altuve and starting pitcher Collin McHugh). Guys like McHugh offer an insight into the front office’s analytics-heavy approach. McHugh was acquired not because of his results but because the spin on his curveball suggested that he could become a success.As with any turnaround, however, luck does play a role. Indeed, projection systems are relatively unchanged in their opinion of the Astros despite their success. FanGraphs’ Steamer projection pegs them as a roughly .500 team going forward, and Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA is even less optimistic.But all those wins in the bank mean that even if they regress, the Astros stand a good chance at making the playoffs for the first time since 2005. Both projections tab them as better-than-even to get into the postseason, and their unexpectedly exceptional play may convince the front office to make further improvements to the roster.One of the most optimistic parallels for the Astros’ recent success comes from the last team to increase its winning percentage by .200 in two years: the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays. Like the Astros, those Rays were coming from the basement, riding a wave of young talent gathered by a recently installed, sabermetrically advanced front office. For the Rays, 2008’s turnaround was the beginning of an impressive run that saw them make the playoffs in four of six years (getting all the way to the World Series in 2008).If those Rays are any guide, we may be witnessing the rise of a new contender — one that will be competitive in the AL West for several years. This may be the last year the Astros sneak up on people. read more

Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:beaches resort and spa, dock, gordon ‘butch’ stewart, pier, premier rufus ewing Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service PNP Party takes credit for Beaches pier resolution Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Mar 2016 – Beaches has tried to put out fires concerning the boardwalk and dock which obstructed passage along Grace Bay Beach, and with some late night construction to try to remedy the situation, came a revealing statement from the Chairman of Sandals Resorts International. Gordon Butch Stewart not only reveals that successive governments have given SRI the permission construct the dock but that one former country leader speaking out, was directly responsible for an approval. In a chat with DEMA, and with coming legislative changes – Magnetic Media was informed that building structures that obstruct free use of any Turks and Caicos beach will be officially illegal. Residents were already aware that there was something wrong and had been sounding off on the matter for months; but today the issue reached a head as Stewart said this, “The dock at Grace Bay which lay in front of our resort, has been located at the site for many years and was constructed with government’s approval.” The communication continued with, “We are appalled that former Premier Michael Misick has been calling for the complete removal of the Pier when approval for its extension was granted under his administration.” Misick appears to have offered opinion on Facebook, from his page he said: “I call on the Government to remove the obstacle or have Beaches to unblock the Beach immediately. This can get Ugly!!!!!”Others believe it could too get ugly, but apparently, despite the comments the dock has elicited, the current PNP Administration has never made contact with SRI about the offensive structure. ‘Butch’ in the statement says he is prepared to sit down on any matter, that he is not given to disenfranchising any group. A Facebook set of photos reveal that the work to create a through, if you will, was constructed at the wooden pier overnight. It drops the dock to the sand and now allows anyone walking along the beach to do so without having to climb over the dock or dodge under it. For some, this is not enough… while the Rufus Ewing Administration remains silent on the issue, the PDM tells Magnetic Media they are ready to speak. Magnetic Media has before reached out to Beaches on this issue of the dock, with no reply. PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches Recommended for youlast_img read more

Last Skating Rink in Linda Vista could close

first_imgLast Skating Rink in Linda Vista could close KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) -The last Skating Rink in San Diego is on the verge of closing“SkateWorld” located in Linda Vista could be closing it’s doors soon.The Community is trying to save the local landmark from big box store developers who are selling the building that Skateworld has been a part of for decades Posted: March 25, 2019 Updated: 9:39 PMcenter_img March 25, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more