Powell to meet with Puma

first_imgAsafa Powell is to meet with Puma executives in Austin, Texas, next month to begin ‘fleshing out’ some of the ideas he has for making his relationship with the sporting goods company mutually beneficial. The 32-year-old former world record holder is two months into his multi-year deal with Puma and said the company has been very receptive to his ideas. “We went to Germany last month and we were just throwing out ideas and they were just absorbing everything,” he said. “It’s like they didn’t know that I would have wanted to do all these things with them, so they were just absorbing everything and wanted to do it. They were interested in everything I lined out and they were excited to work with me.” Based on his experience with Puma so far, the former world record holder, who was once signed to Nike and Li Ning, believes them to be different than other shoe companies. FANTASTIC COMPANY “They are just fantastic people. Other companies are just about business, they don’t have a relationship with the athletes, but this company is a great company. I have been with them for a couple of months and I am very happy with them and very excited about how things are going.” Meanwhile, Powell’s coach and brother, Donovan, is also reaping the benefits of his younger brother’s successful return to the track after the unfortunate events of 2013. Powell began training with his brother while serving a six-month drug suspension after ingesting a tainted supplement. The company that manufactured the supplement agreed to an out-of-court settlement, which exonerated the athlete and his former MVP clubmate, Sherone Simpson. Powell returned to the track and was the third fastest man in the world for 2015, courtesy of his 9.81 run in Paris on July 4. He was also a member of Jamaica’s gold medal sprint relay team at the World Championships in Beijing, China, this past August. That success has seen a number of athletes wanting to join his brother’s Fast Twitch club that is based in Texas. “We are building from scratch and hopefully we can expand. We have a few athletes coming in now that they see what my brother is doing,” said Powell, referring to a number of Jamaican athletes like Natasha Morrison and Kerron Stewart, who joined the club in the off season. Powell revealed that there are many more athletes waiting to join. “I think that is what people wanted to see. They wanted to see if he knew what he was doing, so now the amount of people, trust me, we just have to wait and get everything in order. We are just trying to start from scratch and build an empire.”last_img read more

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DUFFY SAYS HE CAN TAKE McGREGOR – AT CROKE PARK!

first_imgJoseph DuffyHe has finally said what we all wanted to hear.Donegal’s up and coming UFC star Joseph Duffy has said he has what it takes to beat Conor McGregor once again – and this time he wants the bout to be at Croke Park“I’m pretty confident in my game. I believe I can beat Conor. “Every fighter has to be confident in their own ability and obviously Conor is going to feel that he can win that fight.“I’m someone who is not going to break, and someone who loves being in that octagon.“Conor’s interim champion now and is regarded as one of the best fighters in the world, pound for pound. That’s where we are all striving to be…It’s a huge fight. I think it’s one that will sell out Croke Park. Hopefully we will get it going next year,” said Duffy.The Burtonport man has just been announced for the fight card for UFC Dublin in the 3Arena on October 24. He will meet Dustin Poirier in the biggest fight of his career so far. “I’m one of the best fighters in the world, now is my time to prove that,” he said.DUFFY SAYS HE CAN TAKE McGREGOR – AT CROKE PARK! was last modified: July 30th, 2015 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:Conor McGregorJoe DuffyUFClast_img read more

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Proline extend unbeaten start to Big League with victory over Water

first_imgProline have not lost in any of their first 6 League games (file photo)FUFA Big LeagueProline FC 2-1 Water FCStarTimes Stadium, LugogoThursday, 13-12-2018LUGOGO – Proline extended their unbeaten start to 2018/19 FUFA Big League season with a 2-1 victory over Water FC on Thursday afternoon.In the game played at Lugogo, Hakim Kiwanuka opened the scoring on 20 minutes, tapping into the net from close range to put the hosts ahead.Water nearly levelled matter instantly but Ismael Kabugo’s effort came off the cross-bar before Proline cleared their lines.At the stroke of half-time, Bright Anukani doubled Proline’s lead off an Arnold Sserunjogi assist to ensure the host go into half time holding a healthy two goal caution.Eight minutes into second half, Isaac Katende pulled one back for the visitors to halve the deficit and set the tone for a nervy ending.Despite decent chances for either side in the last 30 minutes, neither would add onto their day’s tally hence propelling Proline to a 2-1 victory.The win on Thursday means Shafick Bisaso’s side have now gone six games minus testing defeat since the season started.From the six games, Proline have won five and drawn the other, which means they have accumulated 15 points out of a possible 18.They (Proline) sit atop the Rwenzori Group while Water is 6th on 10 points.The other Big League games played on Thursday:Wakiso Giants 1-0 UPDF FCDove FC 1-0 Kira United FCKitara FC 1-0 Kansai PlasconNtinda United 0-2 Kiboga YoungKireka United 1-0 Bumate UnitedJMC Hippos 1-1 Entebbe FCBukedea TC 2-1 Light SSComments Tags: FUFA Big League 2018/19proline fctopWater FClast_img read more

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Not energy independent, yet

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Fossil fuel boosters love to say that energy independence is nearly a reality, thanks to a massive expansion of fracking. As often as not, the claim is used to justify some attack on the need for alternative energy sources. It’s a compelling claim, both because good news is hard to come by, and because fuel prices haven’t yet rebounded from a sharp decline in late 2014. But it’s 100%, categorically false.A fresh report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), part of the Department of Energy, paints a far less rosy picture. U.S. oil production declined in 2016. Imports are up, primarily from Nigeria, Iraq and other members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Worse, our dependence on imported oil is projected to continue growing in 2017.Meanwhile, in a separate report, federal analysts announced that oil and natural gas firms in Russia are doubling down on investments in new wells, helping “push production to record post-Soviet levels.” At the same time, thousands of U.S. workers in the oil and gas sector have lost their jobs.In truth, when it comes to energy security, there is good news to be found, but not at the bottom of a well. The real U.S. energy boom is happening among renewables. EIA data show that U.S. carbon dioxide emissions are at their lowest since 1991, driven by a combination of factors, including the rapid growth of domestically produced renewable energy, especially wind and biofuels.In particular, ethanol production continues to grow year-after-year, thanks to rising efficiency by U.S. farmers who are producing record crops on less land than was cultivated in previous decades. As an added bonus, that rise in efficiency has also contributed to the “longest stretch of falling food prices in more than 50 years,” according to the Wall Street Journal, discrediting the naysayers who argued that food and biofuel production would compete rather than complement one another, as the numbers prove.Biofuels like ethanol provide a vital, low-cost alternative to imported energy, and they remain the single most effective tool for protecting consumers against the next spike in oil prices. Thanks to the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires fuel refiners to offer a growing share of renewable options, estimates show that drivers saved $.50 to $1.50 per gallon when crude was trading for over $110 per barrel just a few years ago. Even at today’s prices, ethanol blends – from the standard 10 percent blend to the more affordable E15 and E85 – all save drivers money at the pump.Savings at the pump are important, because they drive consumer behavior and provide the real momentum for U.S. adoption of domestic, renewable energy. As a result, biofuels displaced 527 million barrels of oil in 2015 alone. Environmental and economic benefits aside, that’s the kind of progress we need to achieve real and lasting energy security.OPEC recently announced an agreement to cut oil production and drive prices back up. A meeting is scheduled for November to hammer out the details, but nearly every analyst agrees that oil prices are poised to climb.U.S. consumers and, by extension, U.S. diplomats, will continue to be the target of this kind of manipulation until we stop relying on oil for nearly all our liquid fuel needs. It’s time to get serious about energy security by enforcing the strongest possible renewable fuel targets and accelerating the deployment of cleaner, homegrown options at the pump.last_img read more

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Champaign County’s Current crowned 2019 Ohio Fairs’ Queen

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel PenhorwoodPhoto Courtesy of Lora Current.At the Ohio Fair Managers’ Conference in Columbus at the beginning of January, young people from across the state came together to represent their respective counties and communities as they vied for the title of 2019 Ohio Fairs’ Queen. Chosen as this year’s representative was Lora Current of Champaign County.Current is a freshman at Mount Vernon Nazarene University studying social work and theology and represented Champaign County as their 2018 Fair Queen.“It was definitely a surprise. Very exciting. I went in there to try and do my best and represent our county well. It was a shock because no one from Champaign County has ever won before,” she said.She has been heavily involved at the county fair level.“I am one of seven kids — the younger end of that — so I’ve kind of grown up in the 4-H realm of things. I’ve shown market hogs, market chickens and sewing along with other miscellaneous projects.”A busy year lies ahead for Current.“I would like to represent Ohio at as many fairs as I can. A main goal I have is to create awareness for the fairs of Ohio — bringing kids into the program. I think there is something truly special with the fairs of Ohio where kids can learn and grow and it’s truly beneficial. I would like to see as many kids benefit from that as possible,” she said.More from 2019 Ohio Fairs’ Queen Lora Current in this interview with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood after she was crowned. Audio Playerhttp://www.ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/190107_LoraCurrent_OhioFairsQueen_Full.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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Enterprise Startup Spotlight: Okta Brings Single Sign-on and Access Control to the Cloud

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Okta was founded in 2008 by two former Salesforce.com executives to solve an emerging problem for organizations using cloud services: user management and access control. Okta integrates with Active Directory, Google Apps and other user management and access control systems to provide single sign-on and access control services for software-as-a-services (SaaS). According to co-founder and President Frederic Kerrest, Okta supports hundreds of services and that number is growing weekly.Some of the services that you can manage with Okta include:ADPCisco WebexConcurFacebookGoogle AppsLinkedInSalesforce.comSuccessFactorsTwitterOkta acts a bridge between an enterprise access control system and all the various cloud systems that may be in use. For example, one Okta customer, Enterasys, integrated Salesforce.com with its Active Directory. But Enterasys soon realized it would have to build similar integrations for each and every SaaS it used in the future. Okta makes this easier by allowing a company to build one integration – with Okta – and manage all future connections through Okta.Kerrest met Okta CEO and co-founder Todd McKinnon while working at Salesforce.com. Kerrest worked in business development and sales, and McKinnon was SVP of engineering.While there are many companies working on data integration in the cloud, such as SnapLogic, the identity management and access control space is just getting started. Okta is certainly a company to watch. klint finley 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#saas last_img read more

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Indian GP finds spot in 2011 F1 calendar

first_imgFormula One will stretch to a record 20 races next year with India making its Grand Prix debut in late October, although no new teams will be coming in, the sport’s governing body said on Wednesday.The Formula One circus will travel to India for the first time next year.The Indian round, at a circuit being built in Greater Noida, is due to be the 18th of the season on October 30, 2011, subject to the facility passing an inspection by the International Automobile Federation (FIA).The purpose-built Jaypee Group Circuit is under construction about 50 kilometres from New Delhi. In October 2007, the FIA had signed a Rs 1,600 crore contract with JPSK Sports Private Limited to organise the race in India.The estimated cost to develop the 5.15 km circuit is about $ 215 million, with a seating capacity of 150,000. The construction work is expected to be complete by June.The governing body said in a statement after a meeting of its World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) that the 2011 season will start in Bahrain on March 13 and end in Brazil on November 27, with Abu Dhabi becoming the penultimate race on November 13.The current season has a record equalling 19 races, with South Korea the newcomer in 2010.A 20-race calendar has long been a desire of the sport’s commercial supremo, Bernie Ecclestone, but has met resistance from teams in the past due to the extra burden imposed on mechanics and travelling employees.Cost-cutting measures have further reduced the number of staff attending races, while some test teams have been disbanded due to the ban on in-season testing. However, the slim hopes of the starting grid being expanded to a full capacity of 13 teams, assuming all of the existing ones remain, were snuffed out.advertisementThe FIA said a number of parties had expressed an interest but it was considered that none of the candidates met the requirements to be granted an entry into the championship.Consequently, the allocation of the 13th team will not be granted.Many of the expected main contenders had already withdrawn for financial reasons but Spanish- based Epsilon Euzkadi and a joint effort involving Italy’s Durango and Canada’s former world champion Jacques Villeneuve had remained in the running.The WMSC also announced steps to enable the governing body to punish Formula One drivers and other competitors in FIA series who commit motoring offences on public roads.McLaren’s 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton was fined 500 Australian dollars after being stopped by police for reckless driving in a Melbourne street at this year’s Australian Grand Prix.”Competitors at FIA events must act as ambassadors for the sport, be aware their conduct on the road must be exemplary and respect road safety rules,” declared the FIA statement.It said the international sporting code would be amended to enable the FIA to withdraw a driver’s international super-licence in the most serious cases.last_img read more

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First Test- Day 1: Sehwag, Dravid steer India to a commanding position

first_imgVirender Sehwag smashed a blistering 173 while Rahul Dravid marked his return to form with a fluent century as India took firm control of the first cricket Test against a hapless New Zealand in Ahmedabad on Friday.Electing to bat, India rode on Sehwag’s classy 22nd century and Dravid’s 30th ton to pile up an imposing 329 for three at close on the opening day.Sehwag and Dravid (104) put on a record 237-run partnership for the second wicket against New Zealand to lay the platform for a mammoth first innings total on a batting friendly track at the Sardar Patel Stadium.They eclipsed the previous record of 204 which stood in the name of Sunil Gavaskar and Surinder Amarnath in Auckland in 1976.The hosts lost opener Gautam Gambhir (21) in the pre-lunch session but Sehwag and Dravid tormented the insipid New Zealand attack with a flurry of strokes to take India to a commanding position before being dismissed in quick succession at the fag end of the day.Sachin Tendulkar (13), who needs just one more century to record the amazing feat of 50 Test tons, and the stylish VVS Laxman (7) were at the crease at stumps on a day which saw the hosts completely dominate the bowling.The Kiwis compounded their misery by dropping as many as three catches with Sehwag being the beneficiary on two occasions– once when he was on 144 and then on 155.With lot of batting yet to come, New Zealand would be pinning their hopes on the second new ball – taken soon after it was due when India were 310 for two – to restrict the Indian first innings score to a reasonable level.advertisementSehwag’s innings was a blast typical of the Delhi daredevil as he cut loose against the New Zealand bowlers with a flourish, clobbering 24 boundaries and a six.But for a knee injury, that forced him to use a runner after tea, Sehwag could have continued to blast his way.Neither pace nor spin did anything to unsettle him before a loose prod, from the crease, saw him bowled through the gate by rival captain Daniel Vettori after tea.Dravid, who joined Sehwag after the latter had strung a stand of 60 with Gautam Gambhir (21) for the first wicket, started very slowly, before opening out to slam his 30th century in his 145th Test.To make matters worse, the visitors also dropped both the century-makers. Dravid was let off by wicket keeper Gareth Hopkins off the bowling of Jesse Ryder who had earlier accounted for Gambhir. The batsman was on 28 in a team score of 192 for one.Sehwag was given two reprieves by the butter-fingered Kiwis. Off spinner Jeetan Patel, who took a lot of stick from the Delhi opener, dropped the dasher off his own bowling at 144. Eleven runs later substitute Martin Guptill floored a dolly at mid-on off debutant Kane Williamson.In the morning, it was Sehwag who stole the show as he drove, cut and slashed his way to 87 not out, with 15 fours and off 84 balls, before lunch in a team score of 127 for one.The swashbuckler was particularly harsh on Chris Martin, the pace spearhead, and off spinner Jeetan Patel by carting them around for boundaries with total disdain.He slowed down a bit after the break when in the 90s but then opened out again by carting Vettori, who was the bowler who kept him quiet for the most, for two fours to race to his century in 111 balls.Dravid, who inched his way to 12 in 51 balls before lunch, steadily grew in confidence and attacked in the post-lunch session that produced 116 runs in 32 overs as India reached 243 for one.The century was Sehwag’s sixth, and first here, in just over a 12-month period and 13 Tests during which he and his idol Tendulkar have been the bulwarks of the Indian batting.It was also his second ton against the Kiwis.The Delhi dasher had come into the match with five 100-plus and one 200-plus scores, aside from five other 50-plus knocks that also included a 99.Debutant pacer Hamish Bennett and the seasoned Martin tried to unsettle Sehwag and Dravid with the short ball and the latter was also hit on the side of the helmet by the debutant after tea that needed medical attention.But overall the Kiwis attack lacked teeth in conditions ideal for batting. The wickets of Sehwag and Dravid have given Kiwis some hope for the morrow.After the dismissals of Sehwag and Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman ensured that there were no further setbacks till the close of play.advertisementIndia had brought fit-again batsmen Laxman and Gambhir back into the team in place of Bangalore Test debutant Cheteshwar Pujara and centurion Murali Vijay.But Ishant Sharma, who also was absent for the previous Test, was left out and S Sreesanth retained his place.New Zealand capped 20-year-old batsman Williamson and the 23-year-old Bennett while leaving out experienced batsman Martin Guptill and fast bowler Tim Southee.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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