Bulldog Top 10 of 2015-16: No. 6 – Men’s Tennis Upset No. 26 Oregon

first_imgThe 2015-16 season featured many thrilling moments and accomplishments for Drake athletics. From conference titles, outstanding team and individual accomplishments, postseason appearances and significant regular season victories, the Bulldogs had plenty to celebrate as they look forward to the upcoming season. Before embarking on 2016-17, www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com will take a look back at the top 10 moments of the 2015-16 throughout the month of July. The No. 6 moment of 2015-16 comes from the men’s tennis team on March 22 when the Bulldogs came back from an early deficit to pull off the upset over No. 26 Oregon.After having a 10 day break from competition, the Bulldogs came out slow and the Ducks took advantage of the sluggish start and won the doubles point.Drake got back into a rhythm in singles as, sophomore Ben Stride cruised past Ethan Young-Smith, winning 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 6 spot to tie the match up at one. Check back on July 21 as the No. 5 moment of 2015-16 is unveiled. The Ducks regained the lead with a victory on court three. Senior Ben Lott earned a big break before holding his serve to defeat No. 96 Daan Maasland, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 1 spot, and tied the match up at two.”What a great effort from Ben (Lott) today, picking up a nationally ranked win. He is a guy that the team looks too and when he is winning and playing well the guys know we are in good shape,” Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski said.Oregon took the lead for the final time of the day by earning a win on court five, but sophomore Calum MacGeoch tied the match up at three with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Jayson Amos at No. 4.The decisive match point came down to court two between a pair of freshmen, DU’s Vinny Gillespie and UO’s Thomas Laurent. Laurent managed to take the first set 7-5, but Gillespie bounced back and dominated the second set, winning 6-1. In the third set, Gillespie earned a break early but Laurent broke back to take a 5-4 lead. Gillespie came right back and broke Laurent’s serve and then served out for the match, winning 7-5 and clinched the match for the Bulldogs. Bulldog Top 10 of 2015-16No. 10 – McCann Wins Drake Relays TitleNo. 9 – Women’s Golf Wins Creighton ClassicNo. 8 – Football Beats Rival DaytonNo. 7 – Newman Named MVC Pitcher Of The YearNo. 6 – Men’s Tennis Upset No. 26 OregonPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Why Qantas’ $2.8 billion loss isn’t such a scary number

first_imgOPINION | Two point eight billion dollars. The sheer size of Qantas’ reported loss is a number so large that it bears repeating, slowly. Two point eight billion dollars.It’s a jaw-droppingly big number. It’s quite possibly the largest loss ever posted by any airline airline anywhere in the world. And a seemingly bottomless black hole for an airline which only three years ago declared an annual profit of $552 million.But $2.8 billion is not the number that should be taken away from the airline’s recap of the 2013-2014 financial year.Yes, $2.8 billion was the Big Scary Number featured in every headline, the opener of every news bulletin and the start of every conversation yesterday about Qantas and by extension the performance and fate of CEO Alan Joyce, a man who probably feels like Australia’s favourite punching bag.But most of that number, and therefore most of the loss, isn’t real.$2.6 billion of it comes from a ‘write-down’ of the value of the aircraft belonging to Qantas’ international fleet – a devaluation intended to reflect their actual worth in today’s market, in the same way that your house might be devalued in a slump.And this $2.6 billion found its way onto the books only because of Qantas’ decision to effectively spin out its international arm into a new company – a move aimed at attracting foreign investment on the back of recent changes to the Qantas Sale Act.In short, that $2.6 billion is a paper loss. It doesn’t represent cash. It’s an accounting finesse. It’s a number in a column on an Excel spreadsheet.The real loss – what’s for obvious reasons called the underlying loss – turns out to be $646 million.That’s still the biggest loss in Qantas’ modern history since the airline was privatised almost two decades ago.And while $646 million remains a challenging number, it’s a far cry from $2.8 billion.Nobody is saying that turning around that $646 million loss, and getting the books to balance, will be easy.But Qantas is only partway through to run on its ambitious ‘transformation program’ charged with carving out a total $2 billion in savings. There are already signs that this wide-reaching program is paying its first dividends, with Qantas reporting $440 million in ‘transformation benefits’.The airline has in fact accelerated the scheme, beginning with front-loading the job-losses to shed around 2,200 staff positions by the end of June 2014 – almost half the target of 5,000 jobs to go over the next three financial years.The first five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners earmarked for Qantas proved another casualty of a fast-tracked recovery, with purchase options on those fuel-efficient jets being pushed back another year.The gameplan is that these and other moves, combined with greater efficiencies in using the existing Qantas fleet – and a freeze in the domestic capacity war with Virgin Australia which proved so costly to both airlines – will right the ship.Joyce has made a brave but measured forecast that Qantas as a group – which includes the now loss-making Jetstar division – will return to an underlying pre-tax profit by the end of this year.There are ample caveats to this. Hitting  cost-saving targets, stable fuel costs, the repeal of the carbon tax and rising demand against stable capacity are all listed on Joyce’s Get Out Of Jail card.But there are signs that the rising tide of red ink has turned and Qantas is on the way back from the brink.David Flynn is the Editor of Australian Business Traveller Follow Australian Business Traveller on Twitterlast_img read more

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African folklore explored in animated short film

first_img7 March 2016Orisha’s Journey, a short animated film by New York City-based Ghanaian filmmaker Abdul Ndadi, brings a distinctive African feel to the world of animation, through vivid colours, its soundtrack and storytelling.In the film, the title character, Orisha, listens sceptically to a fairy tale told by her grandfather. She decides to find her own fairy tale, one that truly speaks to her. To do so, she embarks on an adventure, and along the way encounters magical creatures and monsters from African folklore.Orisha also makes new friends and realises that reality can sometimes be stranger than fiction. Ultimately, the girl learns more about herself, her culture and the interconnectedness of nature and humanity.ORISHA’S JOURNEY on Vimeo – https://t.co/i38WpevBWs pic.twitter.com/aDoxuFwbAk— The Sunhead Project (@sunheadmag) February 21, 2016The film began as a thesis project by Ndadi while he was studying at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2013. It soon evolved into a passion project, as well as his calling card for his talent in the often competitive world of animation. Orisha’s Journey, completed in 2014, has been screened at several festivals, including the 2015 Cannes Short Film Corner and the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan in 2014. In addition, it has been screened at festivals across Africa and North America, and has got a buzz among animation studios in the UK and the US.Orisha’s Journey, a fantasy tale of a girl’s journey through the Spirit World by Ghanaian. https://t.co/VVx9agLJ68 pic.twitter.com/9iI0OsDwBD— Afrokanist Magazine (@Afrokanistmagaz) February 20, 2016The film can be watched online, and it has notched over 20 000 views on YouTube and Vimeo combined.Speaking to the Okayafrica arts and culture website, Ndadi explains the symbolism of the film’s elements: “I wanted my film to have a certain pan- Africanism, so (African children) all could feel like they’re part of my film.”Orisha, which is a Nigerian Yoruba word, means “nature spirit”, and the character acts as a metaphor for discovering one’s true nature and identity, he says. It also identifies the yearning of young Africans in the African diaspora to rediscover their roots, and learn a history and folklore that sometimes feels as if it is in danger of being forgotten or overruled by Western modernity.Ndadi explains that “we (can) teach our youth the truth (about history) and they will carry it on and build a world where we are all truly equals”.He credits his parents for instilling this love of African history and folklore: ” (They gave me) a strong sense of pride in my culture and never (let) me forget my roots. Without one’s roots, I feel it’s easy to become like a leaf blowing in the wind, with nothing to keep you grounded in who you truly are.”Ndadi’s journey to Cannes in 2015, to show his short film at the annual film festival:http://abdulndadi.tumblr.com/post/140349901506/abdulndadi- abdulndadi-going-to-the-cannesSource: Okayafricalast_img read more

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Greener Building Blocks

first_img–From BuildingGreen’s 2009 Top-10 Products listPozzotive Plus concrete masonry units (CMUs) and concrete facing brick are manufactured using up to 30% post-consumer recycled glass as a portland cement substitute and an average of 50% post-consumer recycled masonry aggregate from local sources in the Northeast. The recycled glass pozzolan (with the tradename Pozzotive), made by Empire Resource Recycling, LLC, is ground to about 15 microns (a finer powder than portland cement) and used in place of the cement, saving about one ton of CO2 for every ton of cement replaced.Pozzotive Plus CMUs have been made with up to 90% recycled aggregate, though 50% is typical. Compared to conventional CMUs and brick, Pozzotive Plus products require less energy to produce, are stronger, and have greater moisture and chemical resistance, according to the company. Both products meet and exceed ASTM C-90 for Loadbearing Concrete Masonry Units and C-129 for Nonloadbearing Concrete Masonry Units, and the brick meets and exceeds ASTM C-1634 for concrete facing brick. The company’s brick is manufactured with a standard bed depth of 3-5/8″ and is available in three sizes: Modular (2-1/4″ x 7-5/8″); Ledge (2-1/4″ x 15-5/8″); and Royal (3-3/4″ x 15-5/8″). In addition a Partition brick is available for interior applications (5-5/8″ x 3-3/4″ x 15-5/8″). Architectural CMUs are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Both the brick and CMU come in nine standard colors, in either ground-face or suede finish.More information:Kingston Block & Masonry Supply, LLC270 North Ave., Suite 200New Rochelle, NY 10801Phone: 914-633-3393www.kingstonblock.comlast_img read more

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Meet the elite: Rachel Jeffs

first_imgRachel Jeffs played for the Newcastle Knights in the inaugural NRL Touch Premiership – a pretty incredible experience for her, particularly because she barracks for the Knights in the NRL. And next week she touches down in Kuala Lumpur for the 2018 Youth Touch World Cup (8-11 August 2018). It won’t be the first time Jeffs has repped for Australia though – earlier this year she played Women’s Open in the Open Trans-Tasman 2018 in NZ. What a year she’s had!How are you feeling about playing in the YWC 2018? “I’m super excited, it will be such an amazing experience playing for Australia and getting to go up against different teams from around the world. I’m looking forward to being with a really good bunch of girls in Australia and showcasing the broad range of talent we have in our team.”How does representing your country feel? “I’ve represented the Youth 18 Girls Australia team in 2017 and also made my debut in the Australian Women’s Open team earlier this year in Rotorua. It was the best experience of my life and one I will never forget. The best thing was playing up against some of the best girls in their country, playing alongside the best older girls in Australia, and experiencing the culture of New Zealand.”How did you feel about the introduction of the new NRL Touch Premiership?“Very good that touch football’s finally getting some big recognition. I think [audiences] would be shocked by the amount of skill that elite touch football players actually have.”What are the best things about touch footy? “Learning new skills, meeting new people and setting and achieving goals for yourself. Touch football makes me feel excited, nervous and all different emotions while I am playing.”Do you think it’s cool that touch football is a truly integrated mixed-gender sporting community? “I think it’s amazing. Being able to play touch footy with my dad or whole family will be memories that stick with me forever. Being gender-equal is what makes touch football.”Do you think everyone can have a crack at touch footy? “Yes of course, it’s a great sport that’s inclusive and that everyone can play. I’d tell anyone to give it a go. Touch footy has truly changed my life.”Quickfire questions:> What age did you start playing touch? “Seven.”> What affiliate do you play for? “Newcastle.”> What do you do when you aren’t playing touch? “I’m a barista while I’m studying my Cert IV Allied Health.”> What are some of your favourite things to do? “Waterskiing and eating. I eat a lot, I like chicken snitty with chips and gravy (no to the salad or veg!).”> Use 3 words to describe you. “Motivated, inspired, friendly.”> What’s your most common breakfast, lunch and dinner? “Leftovers, chicken toasties, salmon.”> Favourite holiday destination? “Hamilton Island – for the blue waters and snorkelling.”> Current favourite tune? “Questions, Chris Brown.”last_img read more

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10 months ago​Belgian expert dismisses Carrasco links to Man Utd, Arsenal

first_img​Belgian expert dismisses Carrasco links to Man Utd, Arsenalby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA Belgian football expert does not believe that Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in Yannick Carrasco.Kristof Terreur, who is a prominent Belgian journalist, suggests that reports of a move to the Premier League are bogus.Italian reports had claimed Carrasco was a target for the two Premier League clubs.But Terreur wrote on Twitter: “Yannick Carrasco linked with Arsenal by Sky Italia, just like in January 2018, before he moved to China.”Man United mentioned too – cheap name dropping.”A transfer will be expensive (wages & fee) and is he physically ready to make an immediate impact in the PL?”Terreur went on to tweet: “With heavy investment in new signings and contracts over the past year, Arsenal don’t have significant funds to spend in January.”Eyeing loan deals rather than permanent moves.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoCarragher admits Liverpool concern over Clyne decision

first_imgCarragher admits Liverpool concern over Clyne decisionby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJamie Carragher is worried about Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s decision to send Nathaniel Clyne on-loan to Bournemouth.Speaking about Clyne to Sky Sports, Carragher explained what the defender will bring to the Cherries.“(He will bring) consistency,” Carragher. “He played in the FA Cup game, didn’t go too well for them. I’m not sure how he played individually.“But I was surprised Liverpool let him go, I must say that.“I know he hasn’t been involved for a long time, but Liverpool have got young players there.“Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gomez. He’s a bit more experienced.“He played that one game against Manchester United and he was outstanding, considering how long he’d been out.“So I was quite surprised he’d gone.“But maybe Klopp sees him every day on the training pitch, hasn’t been easy for him, and a player at that age obviously must want to play as much football as possible.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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3 days agoReal Sociedad striker Willian Jose admits turning down Newcastle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose admits turning down Newcastleby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad striker Willian Jose admits he’s turned down Newcastle United.The 27-year-old forward was linked to a move to Tyneside following the Magpies’ promotion to the Premier League under Rafa Benitez in 2017.Jose told Marca: “For me the best team is Real Madrid and then Barcelona. I could be in the Premier [League] but I am in the right place.”I want to play one day in the Premier [League] but now I am happy here. “I had an option to go to Newcastle on last year, I’m happy at Real Sociedad and I ended up staying.” last_img

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Auburn Opens As 10-Point Favorite Over Louisville In Season Opener

first_imgYes, it’s still just February, meaning that college football is over six months away. But that certainly doesn’t mean that it’s too early to start making predictions on some opening weekend contests. 5Dimes has released spreads on eight of the best games from the opening week’s slate. Auburn vs. Louisville, which is set to take place in Atlanta as the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, officially has a line.The Tigers, behind what we’re sure will be a potent offensive attack, open as 10-point favorites over the Cardinals, who will face a difficult non-conference schedule in 2015.Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 4.19.20 PMAuburn’s rival, Alabama, opens as a 13-point favorite over Wisconsin too. Will both get off to a hot start?last_img

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Cohen Media Group purchases Landmark Theatre chain

first_imgLOS ANGELES — An Oscar-winning production and distribution company is getting into the movie theatre business.Representatives from the Cohen Media Group say Tuesday the company has purchased Landmark Theatres, the nation’s largest independent theatre chain.Landmark Theatres has 252 screens in 27 cities and has been under the ownership of Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban’s 2929 Entertainment since 2003.CMG has been behind such Oscar-nominated and winning films as “The Salesman” and “Faces Places.”CMG founder Charles S. Cohen said in a statement that he admired the way Landmark has evolved to fit the changing independent film landscape.Cohen said the theatrical chain is a good fit with the CMG business , one of which restores classic films like the Merchant Ivory collection and the Buster Keaton catalogue.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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