Listen Live Watch Live TUCSON, Ariz. – The Drake University softball team closed out the Wildcat Invitational with a 5-2 win over Abilene Christian on Sunday, Feb. 19 afternoon. Live Stats at Louisiana 2/23/2017 – 4:30 PM Drake (7-4) was once again led by junior pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) who pitched her fifth complete game of the season and now holds a 5-2 record. Newman struck out nine batters giving up only one earned run and allowed four hits. Junior Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) had a perfect day in the batters box going 3-3 including her first two home runs of the season. Senior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) finished 1-2 with a home run and two runs batted in. Abilene Christian (3-8) quickly took the lead with an RBI single by Taylor Brown in the first inning before Smith hit a solo shot in the second to tie it up, 1-1. The Wildcats momentarily took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning before Drake scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth. Junior Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.) scored sophomore pinch runner Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) with an RBI single. Sowa ended the inning with a two-run home run for a 5-2 lead. The Bulldogs have a short three-day break prior to the start of the Mardi Gras Classic held by Louisiana in Lafayette, La. The Classic takes place Feb. 23–25, where the Bulldogs will play six games in three days. Drake starts the tournament against Bowling Green on Feb. 23 and will play the host Ragin’ Cajuns later in the day.Print Friendly Version Preview Full Schedule Roster Next Game:
DDTV: RELIVE SOME OF THE BEST MEMORIES OF OUR EPIC JOURNEY UNDER JIM was last modified: August 8th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:DDTVGAAHome-page SportJim McGuinnessMemoriesMomentsnews Bring on the men from the Orchard County.As we look forward to the All-Ireland quarter-final with old rivals Armagh, we’ve decided to relive some of the best memories of our epic journey under the management of Jim McGuinness. His group of dedicated players have delivered three Ulster titles and one All-Ireland title in four glorious seasons.2013, was a bitter disappointment, but that feel good factor that was so evident in 2011 and 2012 all over Donegal is back and you can feel it. Below are some clips of the best moments of that journey, and also a reminder of what some of the critics have said about the team during that period.Let’s hope Jimmy keeps winning matches.Tir Chonaill Abú.
If it’s a lotto luck you’re after then Co Donegal is where you have to buy your ticket.No less than three of the five players on tonight’s Winning Streak on RTE bought their three-star tickets in Donegal.Their appearance follows hot on the heels of another five players from the county who have appeared in the show in recent weeks. And if that wasn’t enough 23-year-old Odhran Doherty from Letterkenny recently scooped a cool €1 million when his dad Liam gave him a lotto ticket.Saturday’s appearance by the latest trio is a rarity but not a first, according to a lotto spokesman.He said “It is certainly a rarity to get three pulled out from the same county but not a first.“That said, Donegal is certainly having more than its fair share of luck with the lotto. “As well as Saturday three players, we have had a number of people from Donegal appearing on the show in recent weeks.“Odhran Doherty was the toast of Donegal two weeks ago when he scooped one million euro thanks to a ticket given to him by his dad.“And before that Charlie Meehan, who is actually friendly with Odhran’s family took home €500,000 on a recent Euromillions Plus draw.“It would certainly appear like Lady Luck is certainly shining down on players in Co Donegal at the moment.”The three players who bought their tickets in Donegal and who will appear on Saturday’s show are Sarah McCarron, Chris Gillespie and Kathleen Coyle. Sarah is from Clonmany has her son to thank for her appearance after he gifted her some scratch cards for Mother’s Day recently.Kathleen Coyle from St Johnston will be replaced on the show by her niece’s husband Christopher Boyce.Kathleen was at mass last Saturday when her name was called out on Winning Streak but her phone was soon ringing non-stop a few minutes later.Chef Christopher Gillespie bought his ticket in Carrick where he was living and working in Glencolmcille but has since moved to Belfast. Donegal makes it a hat-trick on Winning Streak tonight! was last modified: April 16th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)Tags:donegallottoRTEticketsWinning Streak
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told the club’s official website he signed Steven Caulker based on his aerial ability.The QPR centre-back has moved to Anfield on loan for the rest of the campaign to cover for a string of injuries Liverpool have suffered in defence.Caulker had been on a season-long loan deal at Southampton, but this was scrapped after he failed to establish himself in the Saints’ first team and to enable him to join the Reds.Klopp said Liverpool’s high-tempo pressing game required someone to win headers, which is why he targeted Caulker.He said: “We want to press the opponents so they have to play long balls. If they play long balls, you need the people in the last line who can help you win headers. We found it with Steven Caulker.“We are absolutely convinced that Steve is the best solution for us so I’m looking forward to working with him.”Sunderland showed an interest before Liverpool – who faced a central-defensive crisis after injuries to Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho – made an approach for the 24-year-old.Caulker, who has one England cap, hoped for a move to Liverpool before he eventually joined QPR from Cardiff City for £8m in 2014.The Merseyside club were linked with him but did not show a significant interest before the Feltham-born Caulker settled for a return to west London.See also:QPR bank £1.5m as Caulker joins SaintsFans on Twitter react to Caulker’s loan move to SouthamptonSunderland interested in QPR defender CaulkerEight players QPR will offload if a deal can be doneFans on Twitter react to Caulker’s Liverpool moveQPR’s Caulker secures move to LiverpoolFans on Twitter react to Caulker’s strange debut against ArsenalFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
A Placerville barber has realized the err of his ways and removed a doll of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick that had been hanging in a noose from his ceiling for two years.“I literally had no idea that I was offending people,” the tonsorial artist, who goes by Bowtie Barber, told FOX40 in Sacramento. “We have a hangman out here called George and so, you know, with the theme of hangtown I hung him. And it was wrong. It was absolutely wrong.”Placerville was once known as Old …
9 February 2006Leading UK telecommunications firm TalkTalk is to spend R200-million setting up two call centres, one in Cape Town and the other in Johannesburg, in the biggest foreign investment yet in South Africa’s burgeoning call centre industy.TalkTalk, a subsidiary of the Carphone Warehouse Group, offers landline, broadband and mobile services to 2.5-million customers and was the first UK company to offer free calls between its customers “all day, every day, forever”.TalkTalk’s two SA call centres will each initially recruit about 250 people and operate from 8am to 10pm UK time.TalkTalk customer service director Steve Rescorla told Business Day that South Africa offered “a real pool of talent that’s an excellent fit with our business in terms of both skills and culture.”South Africans, Rescorla said, have a reputation for strong empathy with British callers, along with excellent customer skills.Rated ahead of IndiaResearch published in November 2004 by independent analysts Datamonitor predicted that South African call centre numbers would double by 2008 – and rated Cape Town ahead of India for quality of service.Datamonitor predicted that there would be 939 call centers in South Africa by 2008, almost double the number of 494 in 2003 – a compound annual growth rate of 14% over the period.It said South Africa offered outsource providers a higher quality, more culturally aligned front-office and back-office location, with labour costs running at about two-thirds of their US or UK equivalents.These findings were echoed in a report released in 2005 by the Ion Group, which polled many of the UK’s top 1 000 companies for their ideal offshore location – and ranked South Africa ahead of India, Mexico and the Philippines.Competitive advantagesA favourable time-zone, neutral English accents and similar cultural outlook all contribute to South Africa’s competitive edge as a destination for business process outsourcing – which includes the processing of accounts and claims, as well as front office activities such as call centres.And the government is all for it. President Thabo Mbeki, in his 2006 State of the Nation address to Parliament, identified the call centre industry as one of the high-potential sectors targeted in the government’s strategy to boost the country’s economic growth rate and create employment.The strategy aims to make South Africa the world’s third-biggest business process outsourcing centre – after India and the Philippines – by 2008.Briefing the media in Cape Town this week, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka – who heads up the task team busy fine-tuning the government’s growth strategy – said that business process outsourcing investments had already created 5 000 new jobs in the country, and had the potential to 100 000 more by 2009.Research by Deloitte, published in December 2005, found that there were 535 call centres in SA employing about 65 000 people.Calling the CapeAccording to investment agency Calling the Cape, which facilitated the TalkTalk deal, the body has facilitated call centre deals worth R933-million in foreign investment since the beginning of 2004, with investments in 2005 up by 19% over 2004.79% of this investment originated from the UK, with companies from Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the US also represented.Companies running call centres in the province include Barclays, JP Morgan, Lufthansa, the Budget Group, Merchants/Asda, Dialogue and STA Travel.Calling the Cape director Luke Mills says the “pipeline is extremely full for 2006”, with a number of the investments secured in 2005 set to expand significantly, and with inquiries being received from “some of the world’s top 10 companies”.SouthAfrica.info reporter
The setting: 12,000 feet over the choppy, menacing Pacific Ocean. A fictional, crippled TOPAC Airlines DC-4 descends, preparing for possible ditching. Aging girl-next-door Sally McKee turns to haunted nuclear scientist Donald Flaherty and blurts out, “I’m not going to run away anymore.”“What are you hiding from?” he shoots back.“Myself,” snaps Sally (she’s flying from Honolulu to San Francisco to consummate a pen-pal romance). “He’s a clean, wonderful man,” she continues. “He has a right to know what kind of person I am. I’m going to tell him,” she says, furiously rubbing off layers of facial make-up. “I’m not wonderful, not clean, not kind. Telling you these things is easy. You’re a stranger and I’ll never see you again.”The film, of course, is The High and The Mighty, the airline movie against which all others are measured. While John Wayne battles fate and edges his aircraft on to a safe landing, the real action is back in the cabin.Ah, there’s the essence of it: conversational confession on high, with few, if any, consequences. Although figures are elusive to non-existent, it’s anecdotally amazing how many people open up on airplanes, baring their souls to seatmates they’ll probably never see again. Driving the exchanges are passionate issues and pure proximity believes Marc Berman, a million-mile frequent flyer and licensed psychotherapist from the Boston area. “You’re strangers on an airplane,” he says. “I think it’s the anonymity of it…being in the same place, the same space.” Then there’s the absence of consequence. You’re able to vent emotion, to connect with someone “and know there are not going to be any ties going forward.”For some flyers, airliners are the perfect incubator for verbal intimacy between perfect strangers. Berman labels it a “protected environment.”Emotional triggersEmotion is often at the epicenter of such exchanges. Flying back from the West Coast to Hawaii after the death of her father, Jeanne, a long-time friend and colleague of mine, was sandpaper-sensitive, emotionally wrung out. So was her seatmate.The conversation, as virtually all do, started off casually enough. Jeanne remembers it began “with the usual question.” Her seatmate asked why she was going to Hawaii. Jeanne told her she was returning home after the death of her father on the Mainland. That really broke the ice. Out tumbled the reason her seatmate was headed for Hawaii. “Her husband (in the military) had attempted suicide and was in intensive care…For the next four hours, I learned her life story” remembers Jeanne.A father was dead; a husband’s life hung in the balance. Each woman took the other into her confidence, “dealing with death in the same odd fashion.”Unlike most such encounters, these two temporary seatmates kept in touch. When Jeanne e-mailed her to ask how things were going she wrote back that her husband had died. Jeanne agrees with the premise that the reason people talk to strangers on airplanes is, “They don’t think they will ever see the stranger ever again,” that nothing will come of the personally intimate conversation. Yet this time it did. And that’s unusual.Also unusual is exchanging names. Berman says it’s part of the code entailed in anonymous interaction. In this case, Jeanne – an innately compassionate person – broke both taboos.It’s amazing how many people face common challenges. The wife of a writing colleague of mine was on a flight to Los Angeles. Her seatmate was a candy company executive. They struck up a conversation about children. My colleague’s son was in his teens, beset by a learning disability and the disciplinary problems that can go along with it. By chance, her seatmate’s son had the same problem. “The discussion centered on how to deal with the situation,” remembers my friend. The seatmate’s advice was not to try to exert iron-willed control over her kid, that the goal is to give guidance, “to keep them in the race until they figure it out themselves.”“So,” says my friend, “that’s what we did.”It worked. The young man did figure it out himself. Today, “He makes a hell of a lot more money that I do,” smiles my colleague.Conversations leading to action perhaps aren’t as common as those which follow the “clean break principle.” As colleague Lisa Davis, a Chicago-based travel journalist says, people feel free “to discuss all their personal drama…because their seatmate has no influence on their lives. If you tell a friend, then there’s accountability. You have to answer to someone.”TimingEver notice how the chatter seems to pick up not too long before landing. Conversation can end up three ways: somebody puts their headphones on and politely turns away. They engage into soul-searching dialogue. Or, they exchange surface pleasantries and go about their own lives. It’s the latter – not dismissive, not intimate – that’s most common aloft.Berman believes the reason for that “is their no strings attached…no obligation to feel you have to continue to talk with somebody. Because the flight is over.” He says such a strategy avoids the deep-probe interchanges “where you feel, ‘Uh oh. If I open up a can of worms here I’m going to have to manage it.’”Location – the first class divideFate and timing factor into who talks and who doesn’t. So does where you sit. There’s not a lot of conversation up front, in the pointy end of the airplane. First class “is generally a very, very quiet place,” says David Marcontell, a high-mile aerospace executive. It’s one of those intuitively understood things. “It’s not because [business travelers] are not friendly,” he says. It’s because they’re there to work, unwind or relax. It’s their time; their space. The last thing they want is an intimate interchange.A globetrotting U.K. resident accedes he’s, “not very sociable.” When hurtling through the heavens, if a seatmate persists in trying to fire up a conversation he immediately starts talking about his job: compiling and analyzing statistics. “That normally stops them very quickly.”While coach may not be a veritable conversation pit, a lot more talk goes on in the back. “It’s a very different place,” says Marcontell. Behind the curtain, the aft of the airplane is a land inhabited by folks who often don’t fly as much. Marcontell says, “They are far more willing to talk about their sports teams, their families.” They’re excited about flying, in good spirits and want to share the experience. He contends such elbow-rubbing (literally), we’re-all-in-this-together ambience can “spawn some interesting conversations.”Unexpected encounters – welcome and otherwise Books are a way to break the monotony aloft, while keeping psychic intruders at bay. Business traveler and friend Marian Boyd was on a flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to New York JFK and looking forward to reading a mystery novel. A couple of times the guy sitting next to her made a comment or two, but Boyd smiled politely and succinctly and continued to read. “He took the hint and started reading his book.”As the flight approached JFK, the pilot put the aircraft into a holding pattern. That’s when Boyd noticed the book her seatmate was reading was in another language. She asked the man if it was a good read. The question broke the ice, leading to “one of the most interesting conversations I’d ever had,” remembers Boyd. The man sitting next to her was Astronaut Tom Stafford. He was on his way to the then Soviet Union for the Apollo-Soyuz space mission. “I was kicking myself,” for not having taken up his verbal invitation to speak earlier. For the next 45 minutes before the flight landed the Apollo astronaut “patiently and thoroughly answered every imaginable question I could possibly ask.”An in-flight encounter of a decidedly different kind befell Kathy, my wife and then-fiancé. On a flight from Atlanta to Dallas Love Field the guy in the seat next to her clumsily tried to strike up a conversation by asking, “Hey babe, what’s your sign (these were the late sixties folks). The one-sided conversation cascaded down hill from there, all two-and-a-half hours of the flight. Near the end of the trip he suggested they get together later for some “tea” – the decidedly illegal variety.The awkward silence was followed by another question. “What do you do?” he asked. Having just gotten a fellowship to study criminal justice Kathy responded to the guy by stretching the truth a tad. “I’m a narc (narcotics officer)” she shot back.The silence for the rest of the trip was deafening.Some passengers deliberately turn a deaf ear to those next to them. Others open up and let their souls be seen. Most merely exchange passing pleasantries. Either way, “people share some common social currency when they’re aloft,” says Marc Berman.The value of that currency can be as cheap, or precious, as you want. Just how you choose to redeem it is up to you.
Touch Football interstate rivalry resumes this weekend with the holding of the bi-annual State of Origin series at Canterbury Velodrome – Bayview Avenue, Earlwood. The New South Wales Touch Association will host the Queensland Touch Association on Friday, 22 August and Saturday, 23 August 2008. The fiercest of rivals will compete in Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, Men’s 20’s, Women’s 20’s, Men’s 30’s, Women’s 30’s, Men’s 35’s, Women’s 35’s, Men’s 40’s, Women’s 40’s, Men’s 45’s, and Men’s 50’s divisions to determine the overall winner.Men’s Open PreviewNew South Wales chances of overcoming their Queensland counterparts was dealt a major blow with captain, Garry Sonda being unable to recover from a knee injury. Sonda’s leadership and passion for the blue jersey will be sorely missed. Jason Stanton is also a notable absentee from the line-up but NSW have the depth to cover these major losses. Expect the Canterbury duo to Steve Roberts and Stuart Brierty to step and be countered. The defence of Roberts and Brierty will be vital to stop the numerous Queensland raids on the line. While driving it out from the line to give Anthony Ziade and Dylan Hennessey time and space to show their attacking genius.The key man to defending Queensland title is the brilliant Drumayne Dayberg-Muir. New South Wales will be unable to stop Dayberg-Muir but only hope to limit his effectiveness. Queensland boast a very experienced line-up and will look to the cool heads of Ryan Pollock and Ben Robinson to get their team home in tight situations. Nathan Jones is as fit as they come and his tireless efforts in attack and defence will be instrumental in a Queensland victory.Women’s Open PreviewJoint 2007 NSWTA Female Players of the Year and sisters, Claire and Louise Winchester, will need all of their sibling intuitions to crack the solid Queensland defence. The Winchesters are one of four sister pairings in the sides with the Judd’s (Kristy and Amanda) – NSW, Hopkin’s (Emily and Sam) – QLD, and Etheridge’s (Gemma and Nikki) – QLD all pairing up to do their families and states proud in the interstate clashes.The three game series will also be witness to some of the hottest young Touch Football talent in the country. Proving that if you are good enough, you are old enough, Queensland’s Sam Hopkin and Ali Brigginshaw and New South Wales’ Nicole Albery, Nicole Beck, and Ashleigh Dobbins have broken into the Open teams despite being young enough to compete in the Women’s 20’s division. The five will be determined to be successful against the many Women’s Open superstars who have been the cornerstone of Australian World Cup campaigns that have never tasted defeat.The two states last competed in 2006 where NSW defeated QLD winning seven of the thirteen divisions. QLD will be looking to stop NSW securing their third consecutive State of Origin title.For information about the 2008 State of Origin, please visit the NSWTA website – www.nswtouch.com.au
Chennai: The Madras High Court Monday issued a notice to the Tamil Nadu government on a petition from Nalini, a life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, seeking to appear as party in person to argue her plea for six months ordinary leave in view of her daughter’s marriage.When her miscellaneous petition came up for hearing, a division bench of Justices M Sathyanarayanan and Nirmal Kumar granted time till June 11 to the additional public prosecutor for filing a counter. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’It also gave liberty to Nalini to approach the summer vacation court in case of any urgency for early hearing of her miscellaneous petition filed on her habeas corpus plea. A habeas corpus plea is a petition which is filed to ensure a person under arrest is brought before a court which will determine whether the detention is legal. In her plea, Nalini submitted that she has not availed any ordinary leave in the past over 27 years since she was lodged in the prison. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KNalini submitted that she had to make certain arrangements for the marriage of her daughter, Harithra alias Megra, who is presently residing with her grandparents in London. She has sought a direction to the government and the prison authorities to produce her before the court enabling her to present her case personally. Nalini was convicted in the case and sentenced to death. It was subsequently commuted to life term. Besides her, six others are serving life imprisonment in the case related to the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991.