SAINT LOUIS, Mo. – Fresh off of a school-record performance in the 10,000-meters, Drake’s Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Track Athlete of the Week.Huston broke the school record in the 10,000 meters at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays with a finish of 33:55.89 to shatter the previous 33-year-old mark by more than half a minute. She was the fastest collegiate finisher in her Elite/Invitational section of the event behind three professional competitors. Her time is the fastest posted by an MVC runner this season and the fastest since the 2014 season. It is also the 18th fastest in the nation this season and the 10th fastest in the West Region. Huston has now etched her name in the Drake track and field record book three times this season. Earlier in the year she set the school record in both the indoor and outdoor 5,000 meters.The Drake track and field teams return to action this weekend with competitions at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan. and MUSCO Twilight in Iowa City, Iowa.Print Friendly Version
By most accounts, the ClimateSmart Loan Program administered by Colorado’s Boulder County has been popular.In 2008, voters authorized county commissioners to sell up to $40 million in bonds to finance energy efficiency improvements by residential and commercial property owners. As a recent story in the Longmont Times-Call notes, the county has already sold $12.9 million in ClimateSmart Loan Program bonds, has extended loans to 612 residential property owners for energy efficiency projects.But on Tuesday, the county’s voters, apparently wary of any mechanism that might incur further debt on a relatively large scale, decided against allowing the county to raise another $85 million through bond issues intended to expand the program. (A ballot measure authorizing $50 million in bond issues for acquisition of open space also failed, although a measure that would allow the county to issue $6.1 million in bonds to improve energy efficiency in county buildings was headed for approval.)The ClimateSmart Loan Program – which has been emulated by communities in other state and was spawned by Boulder County’s adoption in 2006 of its Climate Action Plan (PDF) and, in 2008, its Sustainable Energy Plan (PDF) – is slowed but certainly not disabled by the bond measure’s loss at the ballot box. As part of the bond authorization approved in 2008, the county still can issue another $27 million in bonds to help finance more energy efficiency improvement projects.
Raising her pitch against the ongoing National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Assam, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday dared the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre to start the process in the State.‘We’re all tigers here’“They are making tall claims that they will start [NRC] here as well. Who will start this? We are all tigers here; it is not that easy… Before you start NRC here, by 2019 you will be gone,” Ms. Banerjee said while addressing a a rally organised by the Trinamool Chhatra Parishad at Red Road here.Ms. Banerjee said her party and the people of West Bengal will not allow any genuine citizen of India to be pushed out of the country. “Fortunately or unfortunately, I was born here, otherwise they would have said that I am not an Indian,” she said. The Chief Minister was reacting to a comment made by a section of State BJP leaders that the party would implement the NRC if voted to power in West Bengal.Ms. Banerjee also accused of the BJP of indulging in politics over the death of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “We respect Atalji, but what are they doing with his ashes? Instead of paying their tribute, they are disrespecting the man,” she said. Her comments come a day after the Bengal BJP unit formally invited her to attend a memorial service for the former Prime Minister to be held in Kolkata on August 29.Ideological differences She said despite ideological differences there were leaders from the BJP and the RSS whom she respected. “What kind of BJP is this? What kind of RSS is this? Earlier we used to see how khakhi-clad RSS workers used to struggle, but now they are used to shopping malls, star hotels,” she claimed.In her efforts to bring all regional parties together, she said all the leaders opposing the present government are being hounded by the central investigation agencies. “TMC must be disturbed, Congress must be disturbed, Kumaraswamy, Chandrababu Naidu, Mayawati, Akhilesh, Stalin, Laluji everyone must be disturbed or else how will the BJP remain in power,” she said, accusing the BJP-led government of destroying institutions in the country.
Sarri delighted with ‘reaction’ for Chelsea win at Watfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was pleased with their victory at Watford on Wednesday night.Eden Hazard scored twice as Chelsea gained a hard-fought win at Watford to reclaim fourth place in the Premier League table.The Belgian opened the scoring when he collected Mateo Kovacic’s pass, took the ball around goalkeeper Ben Foster and calmly finished for his 100th Blues goal.Chelsea’s lead only lasted two minutes until Roberto Pereyra volleyed past Kepa Arrizabalaga from the edge of the 18-yard box.But Hazard grabbed his second of the match in the second half when he converted a penalty after Foster had bundled him over.Sarri told Sky Sports: “I think we played a good match with a good level of determination and attention for 90 minutes. We could have won with another result. we missed three or four good opportunities but I’m happy with the reaction. It was dangerous for us when they conceded, but we reacted well and we didn’t stop playing our football.”On Eden Hazard’s performance, he added: “I think he played very well, not only for his two goals, but he was good with his teammates and in open spaces. I like him in every position he is a great player.”In this moment we need this solution because we need to be more solid defensively and with this system we can score and become more solid in the defensive phase. Maybe in the last match, we played better in the first half than we did tonight, but today the application was very good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak satisfied with derby pointby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak was satisfied with their 0-0 draw against Real Madrid.Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid played out a stalemate at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday evening.”We didn’t risk much and neither did they,” Oblak said afterwards.”Neither of us wanted to lose, so I think a draw is the fair result.”We’ll improve in the next matches.”The atmosphere in the stadium was electric as always, which earned special praise from the goalkeeper.”The fans have been spectacular as always,” Oblak continued.”We should have done better on our part and been more focused with cool heads.”In the end we were sandwiched. The season is long, though, and we have to improve day by day.”
bret bielema kenyan drakeEarlier Monday morning, we showed you a video of Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema pulling what can only be described as a questionable move on Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson. It turns out it may not have been the only time the Razorbacks coach got physical with a member of the Crimson Tide.In the below video, also taken from Saturday’s contest, Bielema appears to bump Alabama running back Kenyan Drake out of bounds near the end of a play – again. Judge for yourself.Was it intentional? Regardless, it’s about to be the second viral video involving Bielema’s conduct during Saturday’s game.
Five stories in the news for Friday, Aug. 13———NEW DETAILS EMERGE OF ALLEGED FREDERICTON SHOOTERA Fredericton business owner who knew the suspect in Friday’s deadly shooting described him as a “lonely person” who played a lot of first-person shooter video games. Brendan Doyle, former owner of recently closed Read’s Newsstand & Cafe, says he asked Matthew Raymond to stop coming to his coffee shop after he allegedly expressed Islamophobic views and shared his dislike for Syrian refugees with patrons. Raymond is facing four counts of first-degree murder in deaths of police officers Robb Costello and Sara Burns, as well as Bobbie Lee Wright and her boyfriend, Donnie Robichaud.———OFFICERS MAY FACE STRESS INJURIES AFTER SHOOTING: EXPERTSFour years after Justin Bourque’s Moncton shooting rampage that killed three Mounties, police in New Brunswick are facing a new traumatic event that may have long-lasting psychological consequences. On Friday morning in Fredericton, two city police officers were shot and killed while responding to a call. One expert says that in the aftermath of such traumatic events, police officers can develop operational stress injuries, especially those who’ve seen both colleagues and friends killed in the line of duty.———TWELVE-YEAR-OLD RECORDS TRIBUTE FOR SHOOTING VICTIMSAs 12-year-old Josh Cochrane of Yarmouth, N.S., watched the news of the shooting in Fredericton, he thought of the fear the responding officers must have felt, and the children of the victims whose parents wouldn’t be there to tuck them in at night. Cochrane wanted to do something to help comfort the grieving community, so he wrote and recorded a tribute song, to the tune of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” called “A Police Hallelujah.” In the two days since his mom posted his song to Facebook, the video has been viewed more than 300,000 times.———EVACUATION ALERTS EXPANDED IN NORTHERN B.C.Residents near the north-central B.C. communities of Fort Saint James and Vanderhoof are being urged to prepare for evacuation as forest fires surround the area. A 300 square kilometre blaze is raging just 35 kilometres away from the communities. An expanded evacuation alert was issued Sunday, and with no rain in the forecast for another 10 days, it will be a challenge to keep the flames from spreading. There are nearly 600 wildfires burning across British Columbia.———TORONTO SEWAGE SPILL SYMBOL OF WIDER PROBLEMLast Wednesday, a team of environmentalists descended on Toronto’s harbourfront looking for signs the previous night’s flash-flood rainfall had caused the city’s sewer system to overflow into Lake Ontario. And there, in plain sight, floating on the surface was a toxic stew of refuse that had gushed from the sewer lines. Toronto, like most Canadian cities, doesn’t monitor real-time data of sewage leaks into lakes, rivers or oceans. As a result, it’s unknown how much raw sewage entered overflow pipes when the storm overwhelmed the city’s treatment facilities.———ALSO IN THE NEWS— The 42nd annual conference of eastern Canadian premiers and New England governors takes place in Stowe, Vermont.— Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor will make a research-related announcement in Montreal.— Syncrude Canada to appear in court in Fort McMurray, Alta., on charges related to the deaths of blue herons at one of its mine sites in 2015.— Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan in Yellowknife to begin his tour of Northern Canadian Armed Forces locations with an announcement.———
OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is offering supportive words for U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft after a suspicious white powder was found in an envelope addressed to the American embassy in Ottawa.Following a meeting with Craft on Friday, Freeland condemned the “wholly unacceptable threat made against her.”“She does an essential and difficult job and Canada respects her service,” Freeland wrote on Twitter.The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa called police Thursday after the letter was discovered by staff at an off-site mail-screening facility. Employees followed standard security protocols and tests on the substance eventually determined it wasn’t harmful, an embassy spokesperson said.“The envelope was addressed the Embassy of the United States and it did have the ambassador’s name on it,” the U.S. Embassy said.“We really can’t provide any further details about what was in the envelope because the incident is under investigation.”The spokesperson declined to confirm whether the letter contained threats to U.S. officials, including the ambassador.The incident involving U.S. President Donald Trump’s envoy to Canada comes amid heightened tensions between the two countries.The escalating Canada-U.S. dispute has resulted in stalled trade talks, the imposition of tariffs and even a public, personal attack directed at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by Trump and his top advisers.Last weekend, Trump took the highly unusual step of criticizing Trudeau on Twitter after his departure from the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Que.The president grew angry with Trudeau after the prime minister reiterated during a closing news conference that Canada intended to impose countermeasures on some American goods in retaliation for “insulting” tariffs imposed by Trump against Canadian steel and aluminum imports.Trudeau has taken issue with the fact the tariffs were applied on the premise that Canada poses a national security threat to the U.S. Therefore, he used the word “insulting” several times in recent weeks to describe Trump’s duties.Trump called Trudeau’s G7 remarks “very dishonest” and “weak,” among other things. And a day later, two of his top aides piled on during TV interviews.Chief trade adviser Peter Navarro said there’s “a special place in hell” for Trudeau and anyone else who negotiates in “bad faith” with Trump. And chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Trudeau of betrayal and of stabbing Trump in the back.Trump infuriated his G7 allies recently by slapping them with the hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum, a move that prompted Canada and the European Union to threaten duties of their own.The U.S. has also threatened to introduce more tariffs that would affect Canada’s economy — this time on automobiles.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
NEW YORK — Brad Schweig thought he had a satisfied customer when a woman who bought outdoor furniture in March 2017 posted a five-star review online. Less than a year later, it was down to one star after a squirrel chewed a hole in one of the cushions.Many business owners have faced the same uncomfortable situation since the advent of online review sites — a negative review, out there for potential customers to see. Schweig, co-owner of Sunnyland Furniture in Dallas, did what marketing experts recommend and tried to make amends in an online response.“We apologized, and said, ‘we’d be glad to work with you on a replacement at discount,’” Schweig says. “We explained, ‘this can happen with nature.’”Negative reviews are likely inevitable for many companies, especially those that cater to the public. Even a company whose customers are almost universally happy will be panned by someone who wound up with a defective product or had a bad experience or misunderstood a situation. Marketing consultants and owners themselves say the best way to handle these reviews is to acknowledge that the customer is unhappy and offer to discuss the problem offline, either on the phone or via email.The malcontents who are easily angered and impossible to placate tend to be rare, says Ryan Goff, chief marketing officer at MGH, a marketing firm in Owings Mills, Maryland. Most negative reviewers respond well if a company is sincere in trying to right a situation, he says.“I would say, ‘we understand completely you had a negative experience,’” Goff says. The next step: “We are going to do everything in our power to address this, and we want a full understanding of what happened.”If the customer is eventually satisfied, owners should ask for an amended review or to have the angry one deleted.Schweig never heard back from the customer, whose review said the outdoor furniture “should withstand a squirrel.” But he believes his was the right response, not only for that customer, but also for potential buyers.“It might not make the reviewer change their mind but we know others are reading it and can see that we either care about resolving the issues, or it can make them realize the skewed ones aren’t as they seem,” he says.Companies that post on social media need to be vigilant about checking for replies, and not just from unhappy customers, says Hank Yuloff, owner of Yuloff Creative Marketing Solutions in Sedona, Arizona.“You have to scroll down and look at the comments being made and answer all. Even if they’re positive, say ‘thank you’ and build relationships,” Yuloff says.Some owners may encounter reviews they believe are libelous or false.“If it’s outright slanderous and untrue then you can reach out to the platform where the review was published and see if they’ll investigate it and potentially take it down. It could also be the basis for legal action,” says Rex Kimball, owner of marketing firm Mirex Marketing, based in Gilbert, Arizona.Many of the negative reviews Todd Fetterly’s three mobile phone stores have received had nothing to do with the phones he sells. Instead, customers often are unhappy with phone service providers but vent at Fetterly and his staff. Still, Fetterly, whose Cell Phone Centre stores are in the Ottawa, Ontario, area, responds immediately.“Because we are in such a commoditized market, customers have choices of where to go to purchase their devices,” he says.Most reviewers don’t get back to Fetterly, so there’s no opportunity for their reviews to be amended or retracted. So, he works to counter the negative postings by encouraging happier customers to post reviews — staffers routinely ask them to give positive feedback online. The strategy also includes using a company that solicits reviews. If a review is negative, it’s not automatically posted; Fetterly can contact the customer and try to get it changed.A negative review posted 10 years ago is still reverberating at Mary Nisi’s company, Toast & Jam, which supplies disc jockeys for weddings and other events. While the company has hundreds of five-star reviews on several websites, Nisi still is asked about the customer who said Toast & Jam cancelled less than a month before the wedding; Nisi says the couple never signed a contract or responded to her emails.“The worst thing you can say about a wedding vendor is they cancelled two weeks before,” says Nisi, who’s located in Chicago.When couples ask about the review, she notes her ratings at or near five stars, and says, “if we cancelled all the time, that would be coming out all the time in our reviews.”Franchise companies must be proactive about bad reviews because a complaint about one location can have a negative impact on others. At Children’s Lighthouse, an early education company with 49 locations, the home office in Fort Worth, Texas, monitors and responds online to reviews for the entire chain.“We apologize and say, ‘please call the office. We’d like to talk to you directly,” Marketing Director Monica Brown says.If customers are satisfied after discussing the problem with staffers, the company asks if they’re willing to delete the review.“Most of the time they do take it off,” Brown says. “It’s mostly that they want to be heard.”_____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Sunday arrested three men and apprehended one juvenile near Sanyog Vihar for robbing a cab driver at gunpoint in the wee hours of Saturday morning. One of the accused, Jasveer (24) was a driver with an online ride-hailing service and was fired because of inappropriate behaviour. Police claim the robbery was planned as a means to exact revenge for his dismissal.According to police, Jasveer booked a cab from the same company he used to work at through an old SIM card around 2 am. He then boarded the cab with the three others accused in the case. A few minutes after, Gurpreet (19), who was in the passenger seat of the vehicle forcefully stopped the cab and pointed a country-made pistol at him. The four youth robbed the driver of all his valuables, including Rs 3,000 in cash, a Bluetooth speaker and his mobile phone. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to the driver, who made the PCR call following the robbery, the assailants tried to grab the car keys as well, but they broke the key sensor in the process and fled. Special Staff from Dwarka apprehended the accused within a day by developing leads through confidential informants in the area and a cursory check revealed the third accused as one Akash (22) and the fourth person involved in the robbery as a juvenile male. Gurpreet, Jasveer, and Akash were caught in a trap by the Special Staff team and were found to be riding a motorcycle with fake number plates. Background checks into the accused revealed that Gurpreet was previously arrested in connection with a murder and spent some time in prison. Interrogation of the three accused further revealed that the four had decided to rob a cab to celebrate Jasveer’s girlfriend’s birthday with whatever they could steal.