Utah State Men’s Basketball Hosts Northern Iowa Wednesday

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Wednesday, Utah State men’s basketball hosts Northern Iowa as part of the annual Mountain West/Missouri Valley Conference Challenge for a 7:00 pm tip-off at the Spectrum.In this challenge, the Aggies are 1-2 all-time, having defeated Missouri State 69-68 and dropping a 62-61 game to Indiana State and a 72-65 decision to Valparaiso.The 5-1 Aggies will be meeting the 3-3 Panthers of Cedar Falls, Iowa for the first time in program history.The 5-1 start is the best for Utah State since the 2013-14 season.Under new head coach Craig Smith, the Aggies have been exemplary on the glass, having out-rebounded all of their opponents this season. They are 7th in rebound margin nationally at +14.1 boards per game.The Aggies have also been magnificent at the foul line, as they are second nationally in free throw shooting at 81.8 percent (117-143).The Aggies’ reserves have outscored opponents 216-90 as well, as they net 36 points per game early on.Utah State’s star is junior guard Sam Merrill, who has scored in double figures in every game this season and averages 22 points per contest, the second-best in the Mountain West.Smith has also made the Aggies a solid second half team as they are 5-0 this season when leading at the half.The Panthers score 73.7 points per game and give up 68.8 points per contest and are paced by freshman guard A.J. Green (18.3 points per game) and junior forward Lincoln Conrey (10 points per game). Tags: A.J. Green/Craig Smith/Indiana State/Lincoln Conrey/Missouri State/Northern Iowa/Spectrum/Utah State Men’s Basketball/Valparaiso Brad James November 27, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah State Men’s Basketball Hosts Northern Iowa Wednesdaylast_img read more

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2019 trends in wealth management

first_img continue reading » There’s a changing tide in wealth management. Looking toward an increasingly digital future, financial institutions are emphasizing meaningful strategies that help financial advisors and investors improve workflows and simplify their lives. Moving forward means rethinking the operating model that defines the client relationship, providing digital services that are intuitive, personalized, and real time.For their part, financial technology providers must be able to support those capabilities via a built-in integrated user experience layer. Financial institutions should also have the choice of leveraging an API infrastructure to control the user experience and offer exceptional service.With that in mind, here are four wealth management trends we see shaping the market in 2019 and beyond.1. Holistic and PersonalizedTo stay innovative, financial institutions must keep pace with consumers’ needs and changing expectations. Investors are financially savvy and looking for the same type of digital experiences available to them in retail and entertainment channels. They want and expect accessible, easy-to-use digital offerings that give them a full view of their investments and finances, plus convenient ways to manage and move money in pursuit of their goals. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Claim of unequal pay by US women’s players dismissed by judge; claim of unequal travel, medical staff can go to trial

first_imgClaim of unequal pay by US women’s players dismissed by judge; claim of unequal travel, medical staff can go to trial May 1, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLOS ANGELES (AP) — Claim of unequal pay by US women’s players dismissed by judge; claim of unequal travel, medical staff can go to trial.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6center_img Associated Press last_img

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Stephen Curry on Warriors’ changes in free agency: ‘Everybody wants a new challenge’

first_imgCurry, who is entering his 11th season with Golden State after he was select with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, said he’s excited to put together a new team.”Five straight years in the Finals and we’ve accomplished a lot, and three championships,” Curry added. “There’s a lot to be proud of. But everybody wants a new challenge in terms of how do you get back to that level.”The Warriors are coming off a season in which they led the Western Conference with a 57-25 record but fell to the Raptors in the NBA Finals in six games. With Durant now in Brooklyn joining the Nets and Klay Thompson out for next season with a torn ACL, the Warriors will have to develop a completely new chemistry. They also lost Andre Iguodala to the Grizzlies and DeMarcus Cousins and Quinn Cook to the Lakers, among others, in free agency. Shaun Livingston, another key piece to Golden State’s reign, was waived Wednesday.Despite the long road ahead with the amount of change Golden State will face, Curry is up for the challenge. Related News The Warriors’ roster for the 2019-20 season looks incredibly different from the past three seasons after they signed Kevin Durant in 2016. “I mean, the three years that we had were special,” Warriors All-Star Stephen Curry said (via ESPN). “With KD, we had three straight Finals appearances. We won two of them, and we accomplished a lot as a group.” Kevin Durant ‘balked’ at idea of Warriors trading him only for D’Angelo Russell, report says Willie Cauley-Stein explains decision to sign with Warriors Stephen Curry talks Kevin Durant’s exit for first time, assesses state of Warriors “Everybody talks about the amount of talent that we had on that team,” Curry said, “but that doesn’t guarantee that you can figure it out on the court, that you can put all the pieces together to be successful.”The chemistry will develop quickly. We’ll be really purposeful about that and trying to set the tone for how we’re going to play this year. It’s about encouraging each other and having confidence that we’ll bring the best out of each other. Then when Klay gets back as well, add him to the backcourt mix. It’s going to be fun.”last_img read more

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House rebuild costs are lowest in Donegal

first_imgThe costs of rebuilding a home in Donegal are among the lowest in Ireland, according to a new report.The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland’s (SCSI) annual house rebuilding cost guide has found that the cheapest place to rebuild a house is in the north west region, where it costs an average of €130,000. Nationally, rebuild costs are up 6% in the past year. High levels of activity in the construction sector has led to an inflation of construction prices and higher rebuild costs. Plus, new building regulation changes have contributed to a rise in costs, according to the SCSI.The guide to house building is used by homeowners to calculate the rebuilding costs of their home for insurance purposes.A House Rebuilding Calculator is available on https://www.scsi.ie/advice/renewing_your_house_insurance_rebuild_calculatorHouse rebuild costs are lowest in Donegal was last modified: September 17th, 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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Billionaire couple Jay-Z, Beyonce attend Warriors, Raptors game

first_imgBest thing on #NBAFinals scoreboard so … Beyonce and Jay-Z were in the house for Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night.The billionaire power couple were sitting court side, enjoying the action between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena in Oakland.They were reportedly sitting next to Warriors owner Joe Lacob.Some fans noticed early on that Jay and Bey were in their house, but others were clued in when they were shown on the big screen at Oracle.last_img

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AU woos African Diaspora

first_img26 May 2003Over 50 African foreign ministers met in Sun City outside Rustenburg last week to discuss, among other things, ways of including the African Diaspora in the activities of the African Union (AU).The ministers, who constitute the AU’s executive council, the second most powerful organ of the organisation, discussed ways of getting Africans from developed countries such as the US, UK, Germany and France, as well as from developing countries like Brazil, to play a role in the continent’s socio-economic plan, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).South African President Thabo Mbeki, the AU’s chairman, told the assembled ministers that “there are so many of our own, all over the world, who are enthusiastic and willing to make their contribution to the regeneration of their mother continent. This they want to do because their roots run very deep into the African soil.”South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said the delegates would not prescribe a uniform role for the diaspora. “The Africans in the Diaspora are in a different situation . some may want to utilise their skills in the development of the continent, and some may want to contribute to Nepad.“Others can mobilise in the countries where they are for co-operation . solidarity, support and investment,’ Dlamini-Zuma said, adding that Africans living at home and abroad needed each other to help in developing the continent.Arts, Culture, Science and Technology Minister Ben Ngubane said co-operation between African scientists and his department had already started producing results. “We have already created an information databank with the linkages with all these people,” he said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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South Africa opens space weather centre

first_img22 December 2010 South Africa’s space weather centre, one of 13 in the world, has been opened in the Western Cape. There are hopes the facility will improve the country’s position in the global space sector and enable it to achieve its space-related ambitions. The centre, located at the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory, was opened by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on 10 December. The department said the centre has been “designed to fulfil international requirements and provide a superior-class facility for space weather forecasts, predictions and warnings”. “This centre will contribute essential information for global space science and technology, as well as forecasts and predictions to protect our growing and future satellite industry,” Pandor said at the opening. The regional space weather warning centre for Africa has been running at the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory for years now, and the new centre will help it expand its services. An area within the existing observatory was renovated to the tune of R1.6-million (US$234 000) to create the dedicated space weather centre. The National Research Foundation funded the project, which began in May 2010. “This project will position our country as a leader in space weather for the African continent,” Pandor said. Real-time space weather data will be generated from the centre’s state-of-the-art server room on a 24-hour basis. The centre is staffed with three space weather scientists, including head Kobus Olckers. Although space weather does not have a direct link to conditions on earth, it can impact on the functionality of orbiting technology, like satellites, global positioning systems like GPS devices and even mobile phones. According to the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, space weather is caused by conditions on the sun and by solar winds, which can influence the performance and reliability of space-borne and ground-based technological systems. Space weather can endanger human life or health, according to the observatory. “This centre will play a crucial role in the monitoring of conditions over Africa as we approach the next solar maximum,” the National Research Foundation (NRF) said in a statement. During a solar maximum period, the sun’s magnetic field on the solar equator rotates at a slightly faster pace than at the solar poles, resulting in a type of intense storm. The last solar maximum was in 2000, and Nasa scientists predict the next one will happen in 2012. This upcoming burst of solar activity, anticipated to be the greatest since 1958, will most definitely affect mobile phones, GPSs and many other modern technologies on earth, according to Nasa. It will also result in Northern Lights shining at their brightest in 50 years – and they may even be visible from as far south as Rome, Italy. Thanks to the new centre, the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory will, for the first time, be able to continuously monitor space weather data coming from its various stations. The space weather centre was opened a day after the official launch of South African National Space Agency and the National Space Strategy, which is expected to boost the country’s involvement in space activities. However, it doesn’t look like South Africa will send an astronaut to space any time soon. “The opening of the space weather centre is an additional landmark in our attempts to strengthen the space sector,” said Pandor. “We know the strengths of the local space industry. We know that we need to improve our capacity. We want to improve South Africa’s global position in the space sector.” The government’s goal is to establish a fully operational space programme within the next five years. The 12 space weather regional warning centres elsewhere in the world are in the US, China, India, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Belgium, Poland, Russia, Australia and Japan.The Hermanus Magnetic Observatory The 78-year-old observatory has grown significantly over the last decade since the NRF took ownership, with its staff of scientists growing from nine to 40. Its postgraduate programme now has 24 MSc and PhD students. While it used to concentrate on geomagnetic studies alone, it now focuses on space physics as well. Its data is used by global and local institutions such as the International Real-time Magnetic Observatory Network, the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme, and Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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Teacher training plan for maths, science

first_img3 December 2012The recruitment and training of teachers in critical subjects such as mathematics, science and English is set to improve as a result of the “Teacher Assist Approach” initiative launched by the Basic Education Department in partnership with the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (Isasa) and Investec.The department, Isasa and financial services provider Investec officially launched the public-private partnership to train 200 teacher interns in the priority subjects in Pretoria on Friday.These teacher interns will be trained at independent schools from 2013 to 2020.The partners will use combined resources to produce quality teachers in maths, science and English. The department will fund the full study and subsistence costs of the teachers for the duration of their training through the Funza Lushaka bursary programme.‘Developing quality teachers in key subjects’Isasa schools will be used to host, train and mentor the interns. The body will also manage the programme which entails recruiting, selecting and placing prospective teachers, and supporting them through the duration of their internship, which will take three to four years.Investec has extended its focus to the critical need to develop quality teachers in these key subjects.Its role will also see the organisation provide funding for enrichment activities such as the orientation of the new recruits, academic support as well as hosting mentoring meetings.Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said that as stated in the government’s education strategy – “Action Plan to 2014: Towards the Realisation of Schooling 2025” – the department was working hard to improve the supply of young and qualified educators, particularly for gateway subjects.“The Funza Lushaka bursary programme is one way of achieving this, hence our support for this initiative,” she said.“This will help us in placing the just over 2 000 new graduates Funza Lushaka has produced over the last three years and in tackling current teacher shortages.”Maths, science as a ‘lifelong profession’Isasa will provide day-to-day assistance to the recruits, including continuous assessment to ensure that those who require additional support are identified and assisted accordingly.It will also manage aspects of the teachers’ development, with the support of the department and Investec. It is hoped that the training model will be the catalyst towards grooming the next generation of teachers.“The programme aims to produce confident, competent teachers, with a strong commitment to maths and science teaching as their lifelong profession. Clearly, the multiplier effect of having proficient teachers in these priority subjects is a significant contribution to the teaching profession,” Motshekga said.“Eligible candidates are school-leavers with university entrance passes and high quality marks in maths, science or English. Those with university credits or degrees in these subjects will also be among those receiving bursaries to study for a teaching degree.”One of the interns, Nomthandazo Dube from Tembisa, who feels she was “born a teacher”, said she joined the programme to gain practical experience.“I want to find my feet first before going out to teach. My goal is to further my studies and do education psychology because it gives you the tools you need as an educator to understand the learner behaviour and how to respond in different situations.”Applicants for 2014, especially graduates wishing to access bursaries, can get application forms by contacting Isasa on 011 648 1331.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: South Africa are satisfied with bowling effort, says Ngidi

first_imgHanded a massive defeat in their World Cup opener, South African pacer Lungi Ngidi said the team was satisfied with their bowling effort as they managed to restrict England to what he feels was a “below-par” total.South Africa were thrashed by 104 runs by hosts England in the opening match of the ICC World Cup, which began at The Oval on Thursday.Opting to field first, the South African bowlers did well to restrict the powerful English batting line-up to 311 for eight but were later shot out for 207.”We believed we could have kept them to under 300. Even when they got to 311, I thought they were below-par,” Ngidi said after the defeat.Ngidi, who was hit for 27 runs in his first four overs, said initially he was bothered by the thought of preventing England from scoring 350.”I was very disappointed with my bowling performance upfront. I might have been overthinking it. All the talk was how they post totals of 350 so maybe that was at the back of my mind,” he said.However, the 23-year-old soon found his bearings, adjusting his pace according to the wicket.”There were a few opportunities in the Powerplay, where they nicked it through the slips and I started to think, ‘These people are humans, just like me’. I kicked into my rhythm from there.””I listened to what the wicket was telling me. Slower balls were working so I stuck to that. Even though they were trying to come after me, they couldn’t seem to get it away,” Ngidi said.advertisementNgidi finished with figures of 3/66 and took the crucial wickets of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali.”I was happy to take three sticks but would have preferred two up front,” he said.Despite restricting England to a gettable total, South Africa realised they had a mountain to climb after two early wickets.Veteran opener Hashim Amla retiring hut in just the second delivery after being hit on the head too made life difficult for South Africa.”We realised it was not an easy wicket to bat on, having bowled all those slower balls at the back end. And they kept us on the back foot. They kept throwing punches at us,” Ngidi said.”Hashim retired early which was unfortunate for us. When he came back on, batting with the all-rounders and the tail, he was probably less effective than he would have been up front.”Putting the loss behind, South Africa still have their eyes firmly set on the semi-final spot. They will take on Bangladesh in their next game here on Sunday.”Every game is important. Everyone had hyped up their first game to the point where you started feeling as if it was the final already but we didn’t let that get to us. We know what we need to do in order to get to the semi-finals,” Ngidi said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli bowls off-spin at nets, Team India has fun fielding sessionAlso Read | World Cup 2019: The more you see, the more you like it – Ben Stokes catch leaves cricket world in aweAlso Seelast_img read more

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