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first_imgAugust 27, 2019 /Sports News – Local USU Athletics To Conduct National Anthem Auditions for Men’s Basketball Games This Season FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Per a Tuesday announcement, Utah State athletics will conduct auditions for national anthem performers for many Aggies events this upcoming athletic season, including men’s basketball.Auditions will be at the Kirby Court inside the Wayne Estes Center September 12 from 6:00-9:00 pm.For more information, contact Katie Prchlik with the Aggie Athletics’ marketing office at [email protected] Tags: Katie Prchlik/Kirby Court/National Anthem Auditions/USU Men’s Basketball/Wayne Estes Center Brad James Written bylast_img read more

first_imgI recently stumbled upon Hubspot’s Blog, The 9 Habits of Insanely Likable and Charismatic People, (great read by the way) and it got me thinking about Credit Unions, and why we have such a passion for the CU mission.Being likable isn’t something you can fake or force.. it comes naturally and has to be authentic. Here are just a few likable habits and how Credit Unions display these behaviors to their members and community!1. They are humble.Credit Unions are always willing to help anyone in need. They are looking out for their members and their best interests. Their focus is outward and they truly care about contributing to their community.When you think Credit Union you don’t think pushy sales people and expensive services. Credit Unions will listen to your questions and concerns and offer you a personalized solution. No matter what your situation is there is a Credit Union in your area that would love to help. continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img The defending champion had hoped to improve on his opening-day 69 after admitting he was struggling with jet-lag, but he ended up having to settle for the same score on Friday after an eventful 18 holes that included an eagle, six birdies and six bogeys. The world number one, who was two shots off leader Jordan Spieth overnight, started off with successive pars but after that he only parred three of the next 16 holes as he struggled to build any momentum. Press Association Rory McIlroy found consistency to be a fleeting commodity during a roller-coaster second round at the Australian Open but will still go into the weekend just one shot off leader Greg Chalmers in Sydney.center_img He dropped shots on the third, fourth – when he found water – and seventh, while recording birdies on the fifth and ninth as he reached the turn in a one-over-par 36. McIlroy started the back nine with another par on the 10th, but that was his last of the round as he embarked on a remarkable mixed run of scoring that included four birdies, three more dropped shots and also an eagle on the par-five 14th. The 25-year-old was left to wonder what might have been after the round, and told www.pga.org.au: “I felt like I had an opportunity today to maybe shoot a good one and put a little bit of space between myself and the rest of the field but it didn’t really pan out that way. “I had six birdies and an eagle today. You eliminate the bad stuff and the bogeys and all of a sudden you turn that into a low score. “I was happy with how I finished obviously, I was four-under for the last five holes and came back well and still in a good position going into tomorrow.” All that left the Northern Irishman on four under for the tournament and in a four-way share of second place alongside Adam Crawford (69), amateur Todd Sinnott (67) and Conrad Shindler (68). Australian Chalmers is setting the pace at the midway point on five under after following up his 71 with a 66 – including a birdie on the last which saw him claim the outright lead – while Spieth slipped back to three under after only managing a 72. World number three Adam Scott, who was edged out by McIlroy on the 72nd hole last year, also carded a 66 as he bounced back in style from his 74 on day one to sit on two under par. last_img read more

first_img–A few years ago, I was at the Berekum Golden City Park for a CAF Champions qualification clash between the Blues and CotonSport Garoua from Cameroon.Chelsea had taken the Ghanaian league scene by storm. The deep pockets of millionaire businessman Emmanuel Kyeremeh transformed the side from also-rans to one filled with the crème de la crème of players on the domestic front, including Emmanuel Clottey (pictured below). The big guns including Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Hearts of Oak and Ashgold could simply not compete with the newfound wealth and fame of the provincial club. How money makes a difference the globe over. Incidentally, London side Chelsea who were perennial FA Cup and League Cup winners come to mind. Enter the millions of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and they simply have not been the same since the turn of the millennium. Money can’t buy classFor Berekum Chelsea, this was a period to make a statement and rub shoulders with some of the very best on the continent. Moise Katumbi had revamped giants TP Mazembe to win back to back African honours in 2009 & 2010 and even make it to the final of the FIFA Club World Cup against Inter in the United Arab Emirates. Berekum Chelsea couldn’t be that far off as long as Kyeremeh pumped in millions into the administration of the club.I left Accra with my crew hoping to catch a glimpse of the heroes that had made the side a fearsome one in the previous twenty four months here in Ghana. Top guns from FA such as President Kwesi Nyantakyi, current Black Stars management committee chair George Afriyie and others were at the Stadium, which looked more like a community park at the time.  Just when we touched down at the match venue, we were instructed by a top official of the club that we could not film the game. I did not necessarily have any qualms with that. My curiousity got me to further proceed by asking why that was the case. The answer I was given shocked me to the core. Hear him: “The ref [Ali Lamyagari from Mauritania] has told us that he does not want to see any cameras at the stadium. The cameras would make it impossible for him to help us. Since we need a healthy lead to take to Cameroon for the second leg, we cannot sacrifice our huge investments for you. You would have to stop filming now.” PerplexedI’m not too sure if that made sense to me, a journalist who had travelled well over eight hours to get to Berekum. I am not too sure what exactly the referee was going to do in their favour either.  I’d heard and read all kinds of dubious means deployed especially by African clubs to advance in continental club competitions from allegedly bribing match officials to various modes of intimidation but this was new. At a time where the passion for the game on the continent was literally dying and western football taking over the screens, I thought this was a great time for soccer fanatics beyond Berekum to fully appreciate their effort on screen via our coverage even if it was just going to be highlights the day after. European football and the lads who are adored all over the globe has hit the zenith due to television. Qualifiers of Europe’s first and second tier continental club football competitions (Champions League and Europa League) are broadcast all over the globe. Is it an irony that my five-year old nephew can mention the top players of the various European clubs off his head and cannot do same for the First Capital Plus Premier League? But for season 2014/15 where games are relayed on DSTV, we barely get to see the local lads in action. Not to talk about the financial challenges in acquiring satellite TV!  With thousands cheering the team to victory, Berekum Chelsea squandered all the opportunities that came their way and to add insult to injury, the referee on the day was so fair I wondered what he may have been supposedly been asked to “take care of”.Happening againFast forward a few years down the line and this sadly was to be repeated. Hearts of Oak, down from a 4-0 deficit in the first leg against Esperance Sportive de Tunis were scheduled to play the Tunisians in the 2nd leg of a crucial final eliminator into the Group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup. The sad events of Berekum happened again as pressmen were “whipped into line” if they dared filmed the tie. I found it ludicrous that a club with a century plus history behind it would stoop that low all in an attempt to overturn a 4-0 deficit.  Is it that they did not believe in the capacity of their players to overturn the first leg fiasco? Interestingly, the man in charge of the game – just like in the Berekum case – was one of Africa’s finest in Bakary Papa Gassama (below pictured).Yes, the same man who was in charge of the opening and final games of CAN 2015. As fate would have it again, the Phobians also drew against the Tunisians. Coincidence?It is about time clubs in Africa invested in their playing and technical bodies to translate into results on the pitch. This crude means of achieving results are only short term which would affect the club going forward. The quality of this Hearts of Oak side is nowhere near the standard of Esperance and that was clear from the first leg.  Herbert was rightCoach Herbert Addo in a post match interview was unequivocal in his comments when he said that the North Africans were more professional in their approach. How on earth did the Phobians not know – per their own account – that it was this cold in North Africa and that they also needed certain kinds of football boots on matchdays? A healthy loss, perhaps 1-0, in the first leg could have put the Phobians in good stead as far as qualification is concerned if they had adequately prepared.The club is being handled by experienced hands from what I know and this should not be the best way of achieving results by a club as big as Hearts.–Kwame Dwomoh-Agyemang is a Joy Sports producer and has covered Ghana’s football scene extensively.last_img read more

first_img3 March 2015The Castle Lager Proteas produced the ideal performance both with bat and ball to beat Ireland by 201 runs in their ICC World Cup Pool B match at Canberra on Tuesday.The Proteas set a record for posting 400 runs totals in back-to-back matches and have now drawn level with India with five totals in excess of this milestone. They are also the second team after Australia to post 200-run wins in successive World Cup matches.The Proteas once again followed their blueprint of laying a solid foundation with Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis sharing a South African second-wicket record stand of 247, beating the previous mark of 207 set by Gary Kirsten and Neil McKenzie against Kenya in 2001.Both men scored centuries – Amla getting his 20th and finishing with a career best (159 off 128 balls, 16 fours and 4 sixes); and Du Plessis his fourth best (109 off 109 balls, 10 fours and a six).Amla reached the milestone of 20 centuries far quicker than anybody else in the history of the game.By far the most important statistic, however, was the fact that the Proteas scored more than 200 runs (230) for the second match in a row in the final 20 overs. Everybody has been talking about getting 100 in the final 10 but the Proteas have now taken this to a new level with 100 runs in each of the last 10 overs.Once again, they constructed an excellent batting power play, following up their 72/0 against the West Indies between overs 36 and 40 with 69/1 against Ireland in the same grouping of overs.Equally impressive was the fact that they reached 400 with a negligible contribution from AB de Villiers, although he and Amla shared a stand of 40 in 2.3 overs.It was left to Rilee Rossouw and David Miller to finish the innings in style with an unbroken partnership of 110 in 8.3 overs. Rossouw contributed 61 (30 balls, 6 fours and 3 sixes), and Miller 46 off 23 (4 fours and 2 sixes).The pace trio then virtually settled the game in the 10 overs statutory power play, taking four wickets between them, allowing De Villiers the luxury of experimenting with his part-time bowling options. He himself bowled two overs, Du Plessis four and Rossouw two and, together with Farhaan Behardien’s two, this amounted to the fifth bowler taking 1/63 between them.This was the only stage at which the Irish batsmen were able to get into the game with Andy Ballbirnie and Kevin O’Brien sharing a stand of 81 in 15.3 overs for the sixth wicket.Kyle Abbott, like Rossouw, continues to present an impelling case for a starting berth in a full-strength XI while Dale Steyn celebrated his 100th ODI in emphatic style. The more he bowls, the better he will get and he is honing in nicely for the knock-out stage of the competition.The Proteas are in second place in Pool B behind India with a positive net run rate of almost 2.South Africa now return to New Zealand for their next match against Pakistan at Auckland on Saturday, 3am South African time.WORLD CUP MATCHESGroup matches15 February, 3am: South Africa beat Zimbabwe.22 February, 5.30am: India beat South Africa.27 February, 5.30am: South beat West Indies.3 March, 5.30am: South Africa beat Ireland.7 March, 3am: South Africa v Pakistan. Eden Park, Auckland12 March, 3am: South Africa v United Arab Emirates. Westpac Stadium, WellingtonQuaterfinals18 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket Ground19 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket Ground20 March, 5.30am: Adelaide Oval21 March, 3am: Westpac Stadium, WellingtonSemifinals24 March, 3am: Eden Park, Auckland26 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket GroundFinal29 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket GroundCricket South Africalast_img read more

first_imgFor the U.S., it’s like getting a C-plus on its carbon-reduction report card, to which the teacher has attached an admonishment: “Sam is definitely doing better, but still has lots of room for improvement!”The “report card,” in this case, is the 2009 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Global Zero Carbon Capacity Index, which has been developed by the Environment Institute at University College London to track 34 countries’ progress toward reducing carbon emissions in their built environments. The index, also known as ZC2, is based on measures of energy consumption in the residential, commercial, and transportation sectors, and on implementation of national policies aimed at achieving zero-carbon performance.UCL released the ZC2 for 2009 this week along with results for 2008 to show not only current rankings but year-over-year improvements or declines in each country’s standing. Norway’s performance pushed it to the top of the 2008 ranking, and its performance in 2009 kept it in first place. Right behind it are Brazil, the UK, China and Australia (which share 4th place), and New Zealand.Researchers said they analyzed International Energy Agency data focused on three principal sets of indicators: 1) energy consumption associated with the residential, transportation, and tertiary (i.e. commercial and public services) sectors, since “the energy demand from these sectors is closely associated with the form, layout and structure of the built environment”; 2) progress toward “decarbonization” through the use of renewable energy as a “total primary energy supply” (TPES); 3) and an evaluation of the policy frameworks in place to promote carbon reductions in the built environment.EU policies bearing fruitThe U.S. is in a lowly position in the ranking, currently sharing 25th place with Poland. It is just ahead of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, and South Africa, and right behind Mexico, South Korea, Turkey, and Spain.The five countries whose ranking improved the most are the Slovak Republic, which went from 26th place (which it shared with Canada) in 2008 to 20th in 2009; France, which went from 24th to 17th place; Germany, which went from 15th (tied with Turkey) to 9th place; and the U.S, which went from 30th to 25th place.In general, UCL researchers note, countries in the European Union – including Austria, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK – ranked relatively high on the index chart, indicating that the EU’s ambitious carbon-reduction policies are prompting significant shifts in built-environment practices and behavior.last_img read more

first_img JANAAC, in partnership with the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), will launch the Block Makers Association at the HEART Trust/NTA in Mandeville, on Tuesday, June 6. This will be followed by JANAAC Assessors conclave at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel on Wednesday, June 7, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Story Highlights The Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) will join the rest of the world in observing World Accreditation Day on Friday, June 9.The day will be celebrated under the theme ‘Accreditation – Delivering Confidence in Construction and the Built Environment’.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, today (June 2), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at JANAAC, Sharonmae Shirley, said the week of celebration will begin on Saturday, June 3 with a church service at the Andrews Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church, in Kingston, beginning at 8:00 a.m.She said the week’s observance seeks to heighten awareness of the role accreditation plays in ensuring safety of buildings, quality of the materials and the engineering skill set in Jamaica.On Sunday, June 4, a supplement will be published in the Observer newspaper highlighting various achievements of the agency.On Tuesday, June 6, JANAAC and the National Accreditation Focal Point (NAFP JA) will bring focus to WAD 2017 at the islandwide Block Makers Awareness Session being planned through the collaboration of Bureau of Standards Jamaica, the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA), The HEART Trust/NTA, the Block Makers Association  of Jamaica (BMAJ) and Carib Cement Company.This technical forum will focus on the importance of JANAAC in ensuring that the building standards are met and kept, based on international requirements, to ensure that the integrity of the construction sector and its challenges, as they relate to the quality of construction materials, the design and the issues associated with the built environment, are addressed.The week culminates on Friday, June 9, with the CEO Breakfast at the Terra Nova Hotel, where a number of the key players in the construction industry will meet.Mrs. Shirley pointed out that the JANAAC week of celebrations will bring together several participants from the Incorporated Masterbuilders Association, University of Technology, Jamaica Institution of Engineers, Environmental Health Unit and other groups in the sector.  “We are looking forward to an exciting week of activities, and we are looking forward to the change that will result from the events and the focus that we are putting on the construction sector and the built environment,” the CEO said.She pointed out that this year’s theme is timely, as “globally all countries are paying attention to this (accreditation in the built environment), and particularly in Jamaica, based on our geography, it is just as important for us to do so”.“We recognise that JANAAC can provide the layer of confidence that the sector needs to ensure that the users and consumers, our regulatory authority, have the confidence in the end product that is generated from our construction industry,” the CEO said. “We recognise that JANAAC can provide the layer of confidence that the sector needs to ensure that the users and consumers, our regulatory authority, have the confidence in the end product that is generated from our construction industry,” the CEO said. The Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) will join the rest of the world in observing World Accreditation Day on Friday, June 9.last_img read more