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Race DetailsWhen: May 19, 2013Where: Bluefield, W.Va.What: Cross Country Mountain Bike Race, 6-18 milesStart time: 1 pmRace size: 60-150Website: http://www.cryingwolfchallenge.comThe Crying Wolf Challenge XC Mountain Bike Race is part of the West Virginia Point Series and the Virginia Off-Road Series It is an annual event which takes place along the border of both states at Bluefield City Park. The CWC will be held on May 19th, 2013. There are four levels of competition that constitute the event including a kids race at noon! The main race begins at 1:00PM.The three categories which identify rider experience of the challenge are:BeginnersSportExpertMore than just a race! The Crying Wolf Challenge is an event created to promote tourism and outdoor recreational activities such as cycling, camping and hiking! Come out and join us this year.RACE CONTACTJoe [email protected] read more
It is a mandate to invest in unlisted, vital, public infrastructure assets that are or will be built mainly in EU countries.The risk approach should be moderate, with Ardian tasked with building a mixed greenfield and brownfield portfolio mainly through primary investments in new infrastructure funds or secondary investments in existing funds and, to a lesser degree, through direct investments and/or co-investments in contractors.The private equity mandate also aims to diversify ERAFP’s investments, in this case by contributing to the financing of the French and European economies.The mandate is for the creation of a dedicated fund that will invest primary in unlisted European mid-market companies through growth capital or buyout transactions.It may also invest via mezzanine and unitranche financing but to a lesser degree.The investments are to be made mainly through primary or secondary funds.The fund will target investments in companies with a registered office in France, Germany, the Benelux countries, the UK, Finland, Sweden and/or Denmark.Italy, Spain, Portugal or other OECD countries also come into question but to a lesser degree.Both mandates are for an initial 10 years. French civil service pension fund ERAFP has awarded a €150m infrastructure mandate and a €200m private equity mandate as part of a move to take up new investment freedoms granted by the government in late 2014.The mandates were put out to tender early last year.The infrastructure mandate was awarded to Ardian France and the private equity mandate to Access Capital Partners.The €26bn pension fund placed the infrastructure mandate in the context of its aim to diversify by using “some of its long-term savings to develop sustainable assets that drive economic development and the energy transition and are useful to future generations”. read more
Inside a GTT LNG tank (Image: Archive)GTT, the French maker of LNG containment systems, announced Wednesday that Julien Burdeau, chief operating officer and innovation director, was leaving the company to “enter into a new stage in his career.”A temporary organization has been set up in order to ensure the continuity of innovation activities at GTT, the company said in its statement.“I want to thank Julien Burdeau for his involvement in the performance of his duties during his four year career at GTT,” said Philippe Berterottière, head of GTT.Burdeau joined GTT in 2013 as vice president, in charge of innovation. He was appointed COO in October 2014. read more
The high school girls basketball season started this week. The Batesville Bulldogs will play tomorrow night at North Decatur. Other teams in the area have already opened their seasons. It appears that the top team in this area will be the East Central Lady Trojans. Coach Moore’s tall and talented crew lost some key performers last year, but they return a very solid core for this season. The same can be said about the Batesville Lady Bulldogs who return 5 players who started at least one game last year. Both of these teams have at least 4 girls who top the 6′ mark.Jac-Cen-Del returns at least 4 starters from last year, and this Class 1A team will again be the team to beat at this level. The only thing lacking in Coach Smith’s crew is overall height. Greensburg, under a new coach, has 3 incoming freshmen including Whitaker and the Meyer twins along with the McIntosh girl whose brother is now playing for Northwestern. She is a junior. North Decatur has the senior Wallpe twins among others.Oldenburg Academy lost some key seniors but they have a good core of ladies returning for Coach Kerker’s crew. Franklin County and Milan will try to get their squads back on the winning side after a few seasons of losing records. South Ripley had a large crew of underclassmen last year and should be much stronger for Coach Mack than they were last year.I am looking forward to some very competitive games from our local squads. read more
In the final match, which featured the best of soccer team from Inyang Isong community defeated last year’s champions, Ikot Obio Okon 4-1 on penalties after a goalless 90 minutes of play.Inyang Isong who emerged champions carted home the trophy and the star prize of N2 million at stake. Ikot Obio Okon the runners-up received N1.5 million while the third placed team Ikot Amba got N1million.Speaking at the trophy and award presentation session, the tournament financier, Joe Udofia expressed gratitude to God for the ability to give back to the society especially his immediate community and pledged to extend the frontiers of philanthropy beyond grassroots football development.He disclosed that the tournament has initiated a working partnership with the Kanu Nwankwo Football Academy for the purpose of channeling talents discovered at the competition to greater heights while adding that four players have already been penciled down by Kanu Nwankwo himself for take off.Also speaking, a member of the State Executive Council and former Finance Commissioner, Akan Okon commended the sponsor of the tournament for his positive attitude while appealing to more private individuals to emulate him.He commended the organizers and players for the high standard exhibited.In his speech, Senator Bassey Albert described Joe Udofia as a man of unlimited benevolence who has broken the records in the state in terms of grassroots intervention and human empowerment citing his numerous good works such as rural electrification and other life enhancing ventures to the people.The encounter was beamed live on Kanu TV, Comfort FM, Uyo and other media channels to a record international audience.The occasion was also graced by Nollywood diva and Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Governor on Entertainment Ini Edo; stakeholders in sports across the country; lawmakers; top government functionaries and lovers of football across the state.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The prospect of Akwa Ibom State becoming a major football hub in the country received a boost at the recently concluded 3rd Joe Udofia Unity Cup Football Tournament on Wednesday.The month-long grassroots football tournament for teams in Use Abat Clan, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State funded by a foremost philanthropist in the area and Chief Executive of Vandrezzer Energy Services Limited, Joe Udofia came to a close on Wednesday at the Use Abat Primary School football pitch.The tournament which began as a talent hunting show piece three years ago with eight participating teams from the nearby communities, this year had an increased participation from 8 to 15 teams gunning for the ultimate N2m prize money. read more
If you ask any businessman, teacher, politician or scientist how to be successful, they’ll all tell you to be goal-oriented. Set a target; once you achieve it, strive for another. The same holds true in sports. Or at least it should.It’s hard to argue with Bo Ryan’s seven straight (in seven tries) NCAA Tournament appearances with Wisconsin, four Division III National Championships at UW-Platteville and the highest winning percentage among active coaches with at least 20 years under their belts. That’s why I’m not going to argue with the numbers. The goals, on the other hand, are a different story.Since arriving in Madison in 2001, Ryan has verbally made it clear that winning Big Ten championships is more important to him than postseason success. He has won three conference titles in his seven seasons at UW and has never made it to the Final Four. He also takes pride in graduating his players — a phenomenon often overlooked in today’s game — as evidenced by his steering clear of the Mike Conley Jr.’s, O.J. Mayo’s and Derrick Rose’s of the basketball world. Nothing wrong with that, but it does raise an interesting question about recruiting.Ryan is one of, if not the best, college coach today in terms of maximizing production with the least amount of overall talent. But analyzing recruiting is like critiquing the CIA. It’s hard for anyone outside of the program to criticize or commend — fans and media alike, no matter how knowledgeable they think they may be — simply because no one knows what goes on behind closed doors.That said, until last year, when Ryan recruited Ian Markolf from San Antonio and Ryan Evans from Phoenix (neither of whom were highly touted nationally), it was rather obvious that, for the most part, Ryan stayed within the Midwest bubble in his search of future Badgers. In turn, these players knew that when they came to Wisconsin, they were going to be patient, run the swing offense and contend for a Big Ten title.Seems logical, but my perspective changed a bit Sunday while reading John Feinstein’s biography of Red Auerbach, perhaps the greatest basketball coach that ever lived.“Their whole thing is their system. They bring in players and say, ‘You will play this way,’ even if their skills aren’t right for playing that way,” Auerbach said of stubborn college coaches. “One thing I always noticed with (Duke head coach Mike) Krzyzewski was that he changed the way he ran his offense every year based on the players he had. That’s the kind of flexibility you need.”Granted, this quote is taken out of context. As GM of the Celtics, Auerbach wanted to steal Krzyzewski from the Dukies and hire him as the new Boston head coach. So the quote is somewhat skewed, as it is in relation to Auerbach’s confidence in Coach K’s ability to make the switch to the pros (in comparison to Kentucky’s Rick Pitino, who took over the Green instead and failed miserably), not success at the collegiate level. But Krzyzewski has won three Division I National Championships and has seven other Final Four appearances at Duke by recruiting talented kids from Maryland to Oregon and adjusting accordingly based on their strengths. So it does raise an interesting point, especially in relation to the man we’ve been accustomed to see scowling at referees from the Badgers’ bench.With Ryan, it’s all about the system: the swing offense. He gives up athleticism points to recruit smart, fundamental players to fill specific roles and stay for four years. And they run it and run it until they’re swinging in their sleep. He knows what he wants and he goes out and gets it.With his system, Ryan has created a program that is in the Top 25 and makes the Big Dance every year. It doesn’t contend for a national title, but it will be a half-step below that on an annual basis. To some national media, that is perceived as mediocrity, not being able to get over the hump. They’d be right, if Ryan was trying to turn Madison into Durham, N.C.Coincidentally, this reminds me of a different team, one that plays just blocks from the Kohl Center, run by a guy named Bielema. You’d think that following Barry Alvarez’s overwhelming success and playing in four consecutive January bowl games — the program’s current pride and joy — Bielema would be able to bring some out-of-state, four and five-star recruits to Wisconsin’s capital.I’ve yet to figure that one out.With the way Ryan recruits and the system he has intact, Wisconsin basketball will not be a national powerhouse, and it won’t produce many superstars for David Stern’s enjoyment. It will, however, be a Big Ten contender every season, be a true “team” by definition, graduate its players and yield smart individuals prepped for real-world success.There’s certainly more to life than wins, losses and weakside help; I’ll agree with Ryan on that every day of the week. But when you have a strong foundation in place and you continue to meet the same goals year after year (compete in conference, make the tournament), isn’t it time to raise the bar when there’s more out there to accomplish?For Ryan to be considered among the best in the business — which I believe is the case — he’s got to take the next step, a la Michigan State’s Tom Izzo.Krzyzewski made his first Final Four in his eighth season in Durham. This is Ryan’s eighth cardinal and white campaign.Derek is a junior majoring in economics. He’s very curious to hear your thoughts on Bo Ryan’s legacy. Is it time to change the system? Is everything fine the way it is? Let Derek know at [email protected] read more
Published on September 29, 2018 at 3:40 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Did Clemson just storm the field against…. Syracuse????— Gary Orr (@GaryOrr8) September 29, 2018 Comments Rushing the field… for Syracuse…. bad times at Clemson— Laura Vinzant (@lauravinzant2) September 29, 2018 i let myself actually believe in this syracuse football teamthat was a mistake— Taylor (@tdmcld) September 29, 2018 After Clemson’s go-ahead touchdown While Syracuse led 23-20