Men’s Golf Tied for Second at Zach Johnson Invitational

first_imgThe final round of the Zach Johnson Invitational will be held Tuesday morning with play starting at 9 a.m. Print Friendly Version Story Links The 54-hole event features 11 teams with Drake; Bradley, Creighton, Eastern Illinois, Green Bay, IUPUI, Loyola, North Dakota State, South Dakota, UNI, Valparaiso and Western Illinois.”We put ourselves in position,” Lewis said. “Our goal was to give us an opportunity going into the final 18. We will stick to our game plan and I am excited to get back out to compete tomorrow.” Freshman Lucas Scherf (Grinnell, Iowa) started the day with an 83 but then shaved nine strokes off for second-round score of 74 and a two-round total of 157. Freshman Shayne Patel (Edmond, Okla.) went 76-81 for his own 157. Patel and Scherf are tied for 44th.   Playing as an individuals, senior Arjun Reddy (Tulsa, Okla.) finished with a 154 (73-81), sophomore Tim Lim (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) a 162 (79-83) and freshman Zac Jenkins (Warfield, England) a 166 (88-78) as he improved his score by 10 strokes.center_img WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s golf team is in a two-way second-place tie with North Dakota State after the first day of play on Monday, Oct. 1 at the 2018 Zach Johnson Invitational. Playing conditions were tough Monday with steady mist and rain early followed by strong winds and lower temperatures as the day went on. Drake shot a combined 598 (295-303) through 36 holes at the Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa. The Bulldogs are five strokes back of current leader and Missouri Valley Conference rival Bradley. Drake Bushong of Bradley is the individual leader at 141 after he carded a 4-under 67 in round one for the top round of the day, but slipped to a 74 in the second round.”Today was a challenging day with cold and wet conditions,”  said Drake head coach Matt Lewis. “After a slow start in the first round I thought we played pretty solid. The rain picked up in the afternoon which made for tougher scoring conditions. The guys battled hard all day and I was proud of their effort.”Drake junior Kyle MacDonald (Burlington, Ontario) is tied for seventh place after he carded a two-round total of 5-over par 147 (73-74). Junior Chase Wicklund (Scottsdale, Ariz.) shot even par 71 in the first round but stumbled with a 78 in the next 18 holes as he is tied for 13th with a score of 149. Senior Tommi Avant (Chandler, Ariz.) shot a 152 (75-77) and sits in a tie for 26th. Zach Johnson Invitational Results last_img read more

Live postgame video: Reactions to Warriors win over Rockets

first_imgRelated Articles CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceWatch the postgame reactions from the players and coaches following Sunday afternoon’s intense Game 1 when the Warriors survived with a 104-100 victory as both sides spent time complaining about the officials.Kevin Durant was brilliant in scoring 35 points and Stephen Curry buried a late 3-pointer as Golden State left the Rockets fuming. Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon …last_img

Government has prioritised energy security to enable economic growth and development

first_img• Government is aware that the country’s economic growth performance needs to be improved in a sustainable manner and has therefore made the resolution of the energy challenge an immediate priority.• Progress has been made on stabilising the energy supply, in particular, maintenance practices have been improved; short term power purchase programme contracts of 1 350MW of electricity has been approved for 2015/16; and request for proposals of 2 500MW of coal-fired power has been issued.• Efforts to increase and stabilise energy supply have produced positive results. The first unit of Medupi has come online in 2015, adding 800MW to the grid.• The permanent appointment of the CEO and the CFO for Eskom have brought stability in the governance of the institution. Government recapitalised Eskom with R23 billion from the sale of none core assets. This brings financial stability and allows Eskom to keep the lights on.South Africa and the renewable energy programme• South Africa is succeeding in diversifying its energy mix through its Renewable Independent Power Producers Programme.• Private sector investment in clean energy has seen more than 6000MW of renewable energy projects awarded under the government’s REIPPP.  Thus far, 1800MW of renewable energy power has already been connected to the national grid.  Further determinations for the rollout of renewable energy will see an additional 6300MW being procured as well as new determinations for gas to power, co-generation and coal based load.  The 2014 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) put South Africa among the top 10 countries for renewable energy investments.• Notable achievements include the commercial operation of the SERE wind farm in the Western Cape, which saw 100 megawatts added to the grid.last_img read more

Africa’s governments must prioritise energy security

first_imgThe billion people living in Africa can live a life filled with economic opportunity, employment and better education and health care. But to achieve that, governments have to make energy affordable and more accessible. This requires co-operation and co-investment between nations and regions. Smart planning and co-operation is required if African governments want to create energy infrastructure that benefits all of Africa’s people. (Image: Brand South Africa)• Africa Progress Report speaks of continent’s green energy leaders• New African energy projects leapfrog outdated technologies• Electrify Africa: bringing light to the dark continent • Power ships may ease South Africa’s energy woes • Women combat lack of electricity with solar power Sulaiman PhilipThe aspirations of Africa’s billion people are hindered by a lack of access to modern reliable and affordable energy. It cripples African economies, making it a crisis that affects national security.On average, global cities are growing by 1.84% a year. African cities, however, are growing faster as more of the continent’s population move to urban centres. Mbouda in Cameroon is the fastest growing city, at an annual rate of 7.8%, but Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, is not far behind with growth of 7.2%.Africans are drawn to cities for economic opportunities, employment, better connectivity, and access to essential services and education. This turbocharged urbanisation presents governments with challenges as existing infrastructure is strained.But there is also an economic dividend to urbanisation. It does not need to impede Africa’s progress. History shows that urbanisation can often translate into improved living standards and social harmony.These benefits do not occur spontaneously. Smart planning is required if Africa’s advantages are to lead to prosperity and not more urban fragility. Indian economist Amartya Sen has argued that economic development depends on the poor having access to economic opportunity, safety and political participation. An important aspect of these safety and security freedoms is access to energy.WATCH: Delegates at WEF Africa 2016 discuss the future of new energy in Africa One of Africa’s biggest infrastructure challenges is the provision of energy. African governments now see the provision of energy and the infrastructure used to extract, store and transport energy as key to national security. Secure energy supply is also about the relations between African nations. Co-operation between trade partners and neighbours lessens the risk if energy is being used as another weapon in conflict.Africa’s growing economies will only deliver on their promise if governments begin to think regionally and continentally when it comes to creating energy security. As trade within grows, an integrated energy network becomes more important.Investment outlay for any energy project is prohibitive, but the pooling of resources would speed up investment in the kind of infrastructure that Africa needs to ensure energy security. Ethiopia, for example, could not afford the $4.7-billion (R78-billion) it is spending on building its Great Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile. The 6 000MW it will generate will be shared between Ethiopia and its energy-starved neighbours. This is an investment in the region’s economy.The project will connect to Kenya’s power grid, thereby creating the kind of economy that attracts international investors, which is vital for continued growth in Africa. It has been estimated that investment in hydropower and regional grids would save Africa at least $2-billion (R30.5-billion) a year and reduce the cost of electricity for African consumers.African governments need to look past the scale of the problem and develop and adopt local, regional and continental policies to curb energy poverty and security. Half of the world’s population deals with a lack of access to a regular supply, and 80% of those people live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.Close to 50% of sub-Saharan companies own or share a generator. Without affordable and reliable energy supply, emerging tech hubs such as Nairobi cannot support the platforms and aspirations of young Africans carving out new careers and innovations.Some African governments – Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Ethiopia – recognise that a lack of reliable and affordable energy can drag growth. They have embraced policies that ensure future energy security. In the wider economy, a safe, reliable and affordable energy supply is a boon to economic growth, while a lack of energy strains a country’s social system and the economy.Trade with emerging economies, especially China, means there are new funding sources for the building of energy and other infrastructure across Africa. This shift in trade and investment from the extraction of natural resources to more strategic investment means Africa’s trading partners see opportunity and a long-term future in Africa.last_img read more

A farm wife’s vow

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Recently, a dear friend and farm-wife, Karen, said she had a “special” t-shirt for me. She said she knew I would just love it. When anyone says they have a gift for me, I am all over it. Even t-shirts. Those who know me well know I am really not a die-hard t-shirt gal, and I was skeptical to see what it said (I do have standards) but this t-shirt won my heart. It said quite simply, “I vow to love you even during planting and harvest.” Boom.Now, my farm-wife girlfriends all know that I could end the story here. They get it. But why not share with those who aren’t farm wives, (or sisters, daughters, mothers, grandmothers — we are all part of a special club) just why we all silently think that surely, goodness and mercy will follow every farm woman all the way to heaven where there will be a special room for her!As soon as the calendar rolls past Labor day, the “change” begins. Suddenly, they (for future reference, they will represent “our farmers”) are all behind schedule. They have to get the combine ready, the semi, tractors, seed tenders, drills — you name it. They’re too busy to be bothered. Seriously, if you didn’t get a honey-do project out of him by now, forget it until after the first of the year.Our ability to “go out of town” for any type of shopping is suddenly curtailed. As an experienced farm-wife of 37 years, let me tell the young brides — just don’t even think about venturing too far away, even when it seems like everything is running perfectly, you have taken them lunch or supper, and they seem happy. Because as soon as you get out of the county,  they WILL call. And from experience, I can tell you it’s just not fun explaining why you weren’t within a two minute radius to save the day.A cardinal rule is to always have your cell phone with you, no matter where you go. Because if you don’t, they will call at that exact moment. And again, it’s not fun to explain “why” you didn’t have it glued to your hip when they need you now!!!There was a blog earlier this fall about tips for not being a jerk at harvest. The author obviously struck a very large chord because it went viral. I don’t intend to duplicate what she shared, but it was an enjoyable read and my favorite was probably the one about delivering the evening meal. Why are they always at the other end of the field?Weather plays such a vital role in farming. The years where the weather is perfect are rare. This year was challenging. There was way too much rain earlier, and it seemed there were days the “liquid gold” as our farm broadcaster, Dale Minyo likes to call it, wouldn’t shut off. Then it turned dry, and while drier was better, too dry at harvest is not good for a few reasons — the worst being threat of a combine fire. (Please make sure your guys all have fire extinguishers in all the vehicles!)It was early October, really dry, and it was “time.” It was time when another farm wife might ask, sure is dry, isn’t it? And all you had to do was give each other “the look.” You could read each other’s mind. It really meant that we need it to rain, and rain right now, because my farmer is dead tired and grumpy. When he comments when you’re driving him back the lane way after dark that you really need to take the bike carrier off the back of your SUV because it’s getting dirty you KNOW he needs a nap, a long one.Regardless, the stress at harvest is real. We all have plenty on the line. Commodity prices have been in the tank, and doggone but the USDA just may have been right a few reports ago about how yields may be bigger than we think.Yes, I do vow to love you even during planting and harvest. Because although it can be a hard and demanding life, I don’t have to question that you are doing what you love to do. In spite of what many urban folks might think, you truly want to leave the soil better than you were given it. You wouldn’t question standing for our national anthem. No one works harder or longer than our guys do, and it is hard to zip it when we’re all tired. But the one thing we farm women do know is that we do love you all even when it’s planting and harvest. We vow.last_img read more

Return On Time Invested

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Your clients expect you to help them understand the return they will receive on the money invested in your product, service, or solutions. If you can’t help them understand their return on investment, they aren’t likely to invest their money. They just won’t take action.There is a lesson worth learning here.What if you held yourself to that same standard when it comes to where you invest your time? What if you measured each activity that you take for its return on time invested, refusing to spend your time where there was no return to be had?Let’s look at your ROTI.A Low Return on Time InvestedSome of the activities that you engage in produce a very low return for a high investment of your time. Many of these activities look and feel like work. They give you a false sense of accomplishment. But they produce nothing.Much of the time you spend in your email inbox produces no return on time invested. You can spend countless hours each day in email, especially if you check your email first thing in the morning, check your cell phone every 20 minutes, and live with your email open throughout the day. The return on the time invested in email is low because most of it is worthless and much of it is simply other people’s requests and demands.You can add to this list of low return on time invested activities many of your meetings, a lot of time you spend on the Internet, much of the time you spend with your peers around the water cooler, and some of the time you fritter away with some of your friendly clients.Ask yourself: What is my investment of time here going to produce? If the answer is “nothing,” then take the decision to invest your time somewhere else.High Return on Time InvestedAll of the above activities are sometimes necessary. Just not at the level most people engage in them. The most productive people spend their time where it produces a greater return on investment. They invest their time where it produces the outcomes that they really want.In sales, the most productive investment of your time is time invested with your clients and your dream clients (my word for your best prospects). Face-to-face sales calls are what opens opportunities, advances opportunities, and wins deals. These activities produce a high return on investment.There are dozens of high return on invested time activities, like time spent with existing clients, time spent with the team that delivers for your clients, time spent nurturing relationships, and time spent prospecting.You can’t spend every minute on high return on time invested activities. But you can improve the amount of time there, and you can crowd out the low return on time-invested activities.QuestionsThink about the last couple hours of your day today. Were the activities you were engaged in high return on time invested?What are the activities that produce the highest return for your invested time?What activities produce little to no return on the time you spend?How can you crowd out the low return on invested time activities?last_img read more

Chris Brogan: Futurist Predictions About the Internet, Talk About Personal Disciplines, and More – Episode #67

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 35:34 — 32.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSThere aren’t many people who can adeptly make futurist predictions, but Chris Brogan is one of those guys who has been around long enough to actually pull it off with some degree of believability. He’s been around the internet space – and using it effectively – since the very beginning. That means he’s seen lots come and go and understands the way trends and technological changes happen. On this episode Anthony asks Chris where he sees social media going and whether or not some of the more tried and true mediums like blogging are going to fall by the wayside. You’ll be intrigued by what Chris has to say, so be sure you listen.Chris Brogan: Futurist Predictions About the Internet, Talk About Personal Disciplines, and MoreClick To TweetEverybody wants to predict the next big thing coming to the internet.Chris Brogan is a guy who’s seen lots of things come and go in the internet world and he’s quick to point out that at the rate technology changes, he’s no sage. But his futurist predictions about what’s going to happen in social media, blogging, podcasting, live video streaming, and more not only make sense, they could prompt people to move in the directions they predict. You can hear where Chris sees social media going, including his thoughts about Facebook Live and why he uses it the way he does, on this episode.SnapChat problems for B2B sales and marketing.There is no end to the number of voices out there that are touting SnapChat as the next big thing for B2B sales and marketing. But Chris Brogan doesn’t buy it. He gets the quirky and self revealing nature of the platform but when it comes to a decision maker at a large company making a significant purchase decision he doesn’t see SnapChat being their go-to place. You can hear how Chris has played around with SnapChat and find out how he’s leveraging other platforms and leaving SnapChat behind, so take some time to hear what he’s got to say.SnapChat problems for B2B sales and marketing, with Chris BroganClick To TweetWhy Twitter is fitfully ineffective as a marketing tool.Chris Brogan still loves Twitter, but he’s changed his approach to it in recent months. He still thinks it’s the best live news feed on the planet, but when it comes to using it for marketing and lead generation, he finds it woefully ineffective. Instead of putting a lot of stock in Twitter Chris still leans on his old workhorse: his newsletter and email list. You can find out how Chris leverages his newsletter for 70% of his income generation on this episode, so don’t miss out by skipping this one.The future of podcasting and email according to Chris Brogan.Anthony was curious to hear what Chris Brogan thinks about the future of email given the advances in other forms of communication – like video chat and instant messaging. But even more so, he asked Chris to give some futurist predictions about the destiny of podcasting. Chris rapidly outlines the history of podcasting to this point and gives some insight into the next big hurdle that podcasting and podcasters will need to face if they are going to stick around and use the medium for all its worth. It’s a great episode with tons of insight.The future of podcasting and email according to Chris BroganClick To TweetOutline of this great episode One of the reasons Anthony started this podcast was because Chris Brogan told him to. What Chris Brogan noticed that enabled him to build community from the beginning. What’s changed the most since Chris started on the internet. What Chris thinks about the new mediums like Facebook Live Streaming and SnapChat. How Chris is using Facebook Live. How Chris has changed his Twitter usage. Chris’ opinion of email and podcasting today and where they are going. The typical morning routine for Chris Brogan. Chris’ current favorite book and the most influential book he’s ever read. The person who’s had the biggest impact on Chris. The best advice Chris has received to date: Be Helpful. What Chris would be doing if he weren’t doing what he’s currently doing. What Chris wants to be remembered for.Our Sponsors:Swag IQ appwww.TheModelSalesWeek.comwww.Preorder.TheOnlySalesGuide.comResourcs & Links mentioned in this episodewww.Owner.Media.nlVan Halen – 2nd most played artist on radioGo RuckB0143HDCWS 1455566381 1936891352 1401210627 125009173X193689100X081255070603754077230060548789078949647XThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: Plus: Tweets you can use to share this episodeEverybody wants to predict the next big thing coming to the internetClick To TweetWhy Twitter is fitfully ineffective as a marketing tool, from the mind of Chris BroganClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Essential Reading! 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Andrew Scheer says more exBloc Quebecois members will join the Tories

first_imgSAINT-HYACINTHE, Que. – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer rallied his troops in Quebec on Sunday, promising them there would be more former Bloc Quebecois members joining their ranks.In a speech at a party meeting in Saint-Hyacinthe, he told some 400 supporters there would be more new members like Michel Gauthier, the former Bloc Quebecois leader who announced Saturday he was now a card-carrying Conservative party member.In a 15-minute closing speech, Scheer reached out to both Quebec nationalists “who are fed up with squabbles” as well as federalists “who can no longer stand (Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau living in his Care Bear world.”“When we’re proud to be Conservative, we know how to welcome into our big family all those who previously voted for other parties in thinking that it would give Quebec a stronger voice,” he said.“Proud to be Conservative, that’s also to be nationalist, to be proud Quebecers and proud Canadians.”Over the weekend, a focus of the Conservative party members was on how to build on the gains in Quebec from the last election, when they went from seven to 12 seats in the province. They now have 11 following a 2017 byelection loss.Scheer made it clear that some of that support could come from defecting members of the Bloc Quebecois, which has been in disarray since seven of the party’s 10 members of Parliament quit in February over differences with their current leader.In his speech, he pointed to Gauthier’s recruitment and highlighted the presence of the mayor of Trois-Rivieres — who has said he is considering to run as a candidate for the party in the next federal election — as a sign of things to come.“Trust me, the Michel Gauthiers and the Yves Levesques, there will be several more,” he said.Scheer reserved much of his speech for attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who he accused of prioritizing socialist ideas rather than the interests of the middle class.He pointed to disagreements between Quebec and Ottawa over some aspects of marijuana legalization as proof of the prime minister’s “federalism of confrontation” and a sign he is ignoring Quebec.Over the weekend, party members also passed several resolutions, including a proposal to change the tax system to allow Quebecers to fill out a single return instead of filing both federally and provincially.In the news conference following the speech, Scheer said he was open to the proposal, saying he’s in favour of any ideas that reduce paperwork.last_img read more