Volleyball Closes Season With Win At Illinois State

first_img Box Score (PDF) Full Schedule Roster Story Links Box Score (HTML) NORMAL, Ill. – The Drake University volleyball team closed its season in impressive fashion with a 3-1 win at Illinois State on Saturday, Nov. 19, evening.With the win, the Bulldogs finish the season with back-to-back road wins to give the team 17 wins this season, its most since 2010. Additionally, the Bulldogs’ eight Missouri Valley Conference wins are their most since 2010 and the Bulldogs swept Illinois State for the first time since 2009.”As a team we’re ecstatic about how we finished the season against one of the top teams in our conference,” said Drake head coach Darrin McBroom. “For us to beat Illinois State on their home court was huge for our team and especially our seniors. They were here when our program was at its lowest but have turned it around into a winning season.”Drake (17-15, 8-10 MVC) hit .260 in the win, including an impressive .347 in the final set with 18 kills to finish the season in style. Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) led the Bulldogs with 18 kills and 19 digs for her 16th double-double of the season. Makena Schoene (Seattle, Wash.) added nine kills in her final game as a Bulldog while Grace Schofield (Mundelein, Ill.) had 12 kills on 33 attempts.”Kyla had a ton of kills and both right sides, Makena [Schoene] and Nicole Woods had a great night with very low error ratio,” McBroom said. “Michelle Thommi had another great night as well with a bunch of digs (17).”In her second-straight game starting, freshman Elle Tubbs (Clinton, Iowa) had another impressive showing with a team-high eight blocks to give her 17 blocks in the final two games of the season.Illinois State (16-14, 9-9 MVC) was led by Aly Dawson’s 17 kills and 15 digs as one of four Redbirds with double-figure kills.The opening set was close throughout, but Drake used a late 3-1 run to build a 20-18 lead that it would keep in winning the set, 25-23. Drake kept that momentum in the second set, opening with a 12-4 lead. The Bulldogs extended that lead to 19-9 to cruise to a 25-15 win and take a 2-0 lead in the match.The third set saw Illinois State rally to take a 21-11 lead before the Bulldogs started to chip away at that deficit with an 8-2 run to make it 23-19. Drake staved off four-straight set points to pull within two points before the Redbirds finally took the set, 25-22.Drake returned the favor in the fourth set with a 25-22 win while hitting .347 with 18 kills. The Bulldogs never trailed after taking an 8-7 lead as part of a 6-1 run in methodically taking the set from the Redbirds to win the match, 3-1.The Bulldogs are slated to return nine players next season and recently signed a group of four talented freshmen set to join the roster in 2017.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Council falls silent in memory of the late Dessie Larkin

first_imgThe Donegal County Council chamber in Lifford fell silent this morning to honour the late Dessie Larkin, who passed away a week ago today.Tributes were paid to the former councillor, council staff member and proud Letterkenny man, before a minute’s silence was held in his memory.Councillors expressed their deepest sympathies to the family of Mr Larkin, who died suddenly on Monday 18th March at the age of 48. Mr Larkin served as a councillor from 1999 – 2014. Mr Larkin’s many years of service to the council and local authority were celebrated, while members shared fondly remembered stories about his work, character and iconic traits.Cathaoirleach Seamus Ó Domhnaill led the tributes and highlighted Mr Larkin’s dedication to council and local committees.“He left quite a legacy behind him and anybody who served with him knew the wide knowledge base Dessie had. He was a source of great knowledge to all members of all political persuasions,” Cllr Ó Domhnaill said.Cllr Ciaran Brogan, on behalf of the Fianna Fáil party, said that Mr Larkin would undoubtedly be remembered as a person who made an impact in his political life. “Unfortunately he was taken from us so suddenly, but there were many things the late Cllr Larkin has left his mark on,” Cllr Brogan said.“He made no apology that he was for Letterkenny and its people,” he added.Among the cross-party tributes was Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh, who recalled Mr Larkin’s many contributions to council proceedings and his admirable habit for standing up at meetings to make his point.Letterkenny Mayor Ian McGarvey added: “If it wasn’t for the efforts of people like Dessie Larkin over the years, Letterkenny wouldn’t be what it is today.”The council was adjourned for two hours as a mark of respect for the family of Mr Larkin and for Cllr Martin Harley on the passing of his mother in law. Council falls silent in memory of the late Dessie Larkin was last modified: March 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

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All eyes on SA’s new super spud

first_imgThe SpuntaG2 potato, which is currentlyundergoing genetic modification inSouth Africa to make it pest-resistant.(Image: Michigan State University) The bane of many a farmer around theworld – the potato tuber moth. (Image:UN Food and Agriculture Organisation) Crops in the field and particularly instorage are vulnerable to attacks by thedestructive potato tuber moth.(Image: Wikimedia)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa’s Agricultural Research Council (ARC), in collaboration with Michigan State University in the US, has developed a potato variety that is resistant to one of the industry’s biggest threats, the potato tuber moth (Phthorimaea operculella Zeller).Known as SpuntaG2, the potato is currently before the Executive Council for Genetically Modified Organisms, which consists of members from six different national departments, including Agriculture; Science and Technology; Environmental Affairs and Tourism; Health; Labour; and Trade and Industry. Under the Genetically Modified Organisms Act of 1997, the committee is expected to take a number of months to decide whether SpuntaG2 can enter the South African market.Should approval for general release be granted, the ARC will initiate trials with farmers under unconfined conditions, which will in turn lead to certification and labelling ahead of the release of the enhanced potato variety.SpuntaG2 is Africa’s first locally developed genetically modified (GM) potato. Because the project is publicly funded under the auspices of the Department of Agriculture and the ARC, SpuntaG2 seeds will not be sold at a premium but will be readily accessible to small-scale farmers, who suffer most from pest outbreaks as they cannot afford the necessary chemical measures to control the pests.If approval is obtained from the authorities and farmers, the ARC plans to transfer the technology to other varieties of potatoes.Natural resistanceDevelopment of the SpuntaG2 began in 2002 under the ARC’s potato breeding programme, which is partially funded by the US Agency for International Development. Scientists introduced the (Bt)-cry1Ia1 gene from the common soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis into the potato variety Spunta to produce a potato with a high resistance to the tuber moth.B. thuringiensis acts by producing proteins that paralyse the digestive system of susceptible insects. These insects stop feeding and eventually die of starvation. Although the organism’s unique insecticidal properties were first discovered in 1911, it was not commercially available until the 1950s. The first company to produce a genetically engineered plant incorporating B. thuringiensis was Belgium-based Plant Genetic Systems, which developed an insect-resistant strain of tobacco in 1985.Six years of controlled testing in a number of potato growing areas in South Africa have shown that SpuntaG2 controls the potato moth without affecting other organisms and without having to resort to pesticides. According to the ARC, the variety is as safe to grow and eat as other potatoes, a claim that will soon be verified by the Council for Genetically Modified Organisms.However, a statement and petition released by the African Centre for Biosafety expresses the centre’s and a number of other stakeholders’ opposition to SpuntaG2, and urges the council to reject the ARC’s application for approval.The centre cites numerous reasons for its stance, among them the claim that the US Agency for International Development has a hidden agenda to promote US corporate interests in Africa; the fact that much of South Africa’s potato crop is exported to other countries in Southern Africa which do not allow the import of genetically modified food; and cites health concerns as there are records of some consumers reacting badly to foods modified with B. thuringiensis genes.Year of the PotatoThe United Nations has declared 2008 as the International Year of the Potato. The plant was first cultivated some 7 000 years ago in the Lake Titicaca region of Peru, in the Andes mountains 3 800m above sea level, where inhabitants began domesticating wild potato plants that grew around the lake.Besides wheat, maize and rice, the cultivated potato (Solanum tuberosum) is one of the world’s major food crops and a staple for millions of people across the globe. It belongs to the Solanaceae, or nightshade family of flowering plants, and shares the genus Solanum with at least 1 000 other species, including tomato and eggplant.Farmers in developing countries are particularly hard hit by the potato tuber moth, especially as crops often lie in storage to be eaten at a later stage or for future planting – this makes them more susceptible to tuber moth attacks. The moth can completely devastate a crop in storage or vast areas of crops on the land. Commercial potato growers are not as badly off because they have more sophisticated storage facilities and their potatoes are processed quickly.Potato tuber moths lay eggs on the plant surface and their larvae burrow into the potatoes, causing immense damage. SpuntaG2 is completely resistant to the destructive pest on the land and under storage conditions. Armed with this extra method of tuber moth control, potato farmers can look forward to reduced costs and a healthier environment, says the ARC.In Africa, Egypt is the top potato-producing nation, with South Africa sharing second place along with Algeria and Malawi, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksAgricultural Research FoundationDepartment of AgriculturePotatoes South AfricaAfrican Centre for BiosafetyPotato Grower MagazineInternational Year of the PotatoWorld Potato CongressBacillus thuringiensislast_img read more

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Thoughts on transporting the upcoming harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At this time of the year, I start to get questions regarding our transportation system’s ability to handle the impending harvest.  Below are some thoughts that may be of interest.From having my ear to the ground and visiting with various grain handlers, I am pretty confident our nation’s railroads will be able to accommodate the upcoming harvest.  Over the past couple years, railroads have devoted significant resources to improving the condition of their networks.  Without question, there are additional locomotives, track, and personnel available today to meet the needs of rail customers compared to previous years.  Railroads should be commended for this level of investment.While railroads have invested more in their networks, it is anticipated that volumes transported will be restrained due to farmers electing to store their grain and soybeans.  We witnessed this last year – particularly with corn.  The further retreat in prices will result in a growing number of farmers deciding to hold onto their harvest – hoping for a more opportune time to sell.  Of course, there is a limit to how long a farmer can store his or her grain and soybeans, but on farm storage will be increasingly utilized this year.Compared to previous years, a projected anemic export program will result in less volume being absorbed by the railroads and further contribute to on farm storage.  As many are aware, the strengthening of the dollar, the further depreciation of the Chinese yuan, the weakening of the Brazilian real compared to the dollar (29 percent thus far this year), and the overall concerns with the Chinese economy are producing significant headwinds for U.S. agricultural exports – especially soybeans.  The good news is that there will likely be sufficient transportation supply to accommodate demand.  The bad news is that the increasingly unfavorable economics facing the industry is a key contributing factor.Of course, the main wildcard regarding rail service is weather.  Both volume of snow and severity of temperatures can significantly curtail railroad network performance.  This was vividly on display in early 2014 when railroads struggled to absorb the 2013 harvest, in part due to a historic winter in many areas of the country.Given the challenges and concerns confronting the industry, increased focus should be on those opportunities to reduce the costs associated with our transportation system.  As I like to suggest, the profitability of the American farmer is not just a function of increased supply and increased demand.  It is also a function of increased connectivity between supply and demand.  Transportation is that connectivity.  Much of the work of the Soy Transportation Coalition, and other agricultural organizations, is to remove costs from the entire transaction so that the per bushel cost to our customers is less than before.last_img read more

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Magnolia ends PBA title drought, closes out Alaska in Game 6

first_imgCelebration. | @BLozadaINQ #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/vqGiYsTwuV— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) December 19, 2018“Our preparations started in the past four days and I saw that the players really wanted this game, they want the championship,” said Victolero. “Their focus in practice really showed that they really prepared for this game.”“I saw in the first two, three minutes that my players had the desire and we were able to sustain our start.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Magnolia turned what was deemed a dogfight kind of Game 6 into a rout and a much-awaited championship celebration Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Hotshots had a blistering start to the game going on a 12-0 opening barrage that turned into a 32-18 trench after Travis’ jumper with a couple of seconds left in the first quarter.The thrill. | @BLozadaINQ #PBA2018Read: https://t.co/tMAmq67TNipic.twitter.com/S991sJ4fll— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) December 19, 2018Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee had 16 points apiece for the Hotshots while Finals MVP Mark Barroca added 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists.Mike Harris’ heroics of 26 points and 24 rebounds weren’t enough for the Aces as they dropped to a 0-5 Finals record in the Alex Compton era.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES ONE: Joshua Pacio gets new opponent for first strawweight defense Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View commentscenter_img Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening The Hotshots finally ended their title drought after a wire-to-wire 102-86 win over the Alaska Aces in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals for the franchise’s first crown since pulling off a Grand Slam in 2014.Romeo Travis, the runner-up for Best Import of the conference, had the hot hand to finish with a game-high 32 points that went with 16 rebounds and six assists while Paul Lee, the Best Player of the Conference, added 16 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefMagnolia held its fort for most of the fight maintaining a lead that hovered in the 12 to 15-point region but the Aces showed their persistence with Simon Enciso cutting the deficit to 10, 96-86, with a layup with 1:10 left in the game.Jio Jalalon had a quick answer driving to the hoop to score on a floater to give the Hotshots a dozen-point lead, 98-86, with 50.5 seconds remaining.last_img read more

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