Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Finance and Policy BRICS RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Generation Previous articleHigh cost of a Kaplan turbine project: The ‘whys’ explainedNext articleEgypt: 4.8GW added to national grid Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. Featured image: Stock An official at the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), has stressed that the proposed tariff hike will not secure a reliable power supply.NERC’s Head of Public Affairs, Dr. Usman Abba Arabi, explained that the commission was empowered under the EPSR Act to provide a cost reflective tariff, the Guardian reported.He said that tariff increase would be implemented at “an appropriate time to ensure that the electricity market remains operational,” media reported.Arabi said: “The NERC has never stated that only an increase in electricity tariff would guarantee a steady power supply in the country.“The commission’s position had been that a review was necessary due to the economic recession in the country.”Challenges affecting power supplyAccording to the official, the lack of payments received from electricity distribution companies (DISCO), and the multiple restraining court orders, placed constraints on the commission, the Guardian reported.He added that the court orders also limit the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company from enforcing the market rules on Discos and other operators, media said.The Guardian said: “Arabi explained that the other factors affecting electricity supply in the country include the inflation rate of 18.55%, the exchange rate of the naira per dollar and the current electricity generation of 4,000MW.”Workers protest against ministry decisionsIn other news, The Guardian reported that a protest broke out yesterday outside of the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).According to media, members of the Senior Staff Association and Allied Electricity Company (SSAAEC) and the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), were protesting against the Minister’s plans to remove TCN’s managing director, Atiku Abubakar, and replace him with Usman Gor Mohammed, who is currently on the employment of the African Development Bank. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development
More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews Rocky Mountain Show Jumping has announced the cancellation of this year’s Royal West show jumping tournament, which was scheduled for October.The show, which debuted in 2014 at Calgary’s Stampede Park, was established by John Anderson’s Rocky Mountain Show Jumping (RMSJ) as an opportunity for riders to compete at another major indoor tournament in Canada, and to give his team experience hosting a large scale event at an indoor city venue.“We have had such incredible support for the event in the past five years, especially for our FEI divisions,” said Anderson. “We consistently had over 30 riders compete in almost all of the ranking classes, which speaks volumes to the success of the event.“We have a great team here at RMSJ, but it is a small team, and Royal West is a huge annual commitment.”He added, “Most of you know that my father’s health was deteriorating rapidly when we announced Royal West, and one month prior to the 2015 event, he passed away. I’ve never really had the opportunity to sit back personally and reflect upon what he has done to help me to be able to contribute to the growth of the equine industry in Canada. I want to take that time, and am going to do it this fall.”Anderson said that during the break, RMSJ will take the “time, money and effort, to keep on with the development of the RMSJ facility.“We, as a team, have aspirations at some point in the future to apply to bring the World Cup Finals to Canada, and wanted to gain experience in putting together a major event in a short time span. Royal West helped us achieve this goal, and we are 100 per cent confident that we could pull of the task if and when we make and are successful with a bid to host the finals.” Tags: Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, RMSJ, Royal West, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.
Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The Robin Hood Foundation(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) — A day after Eric Greitens resigned as governor of Missouri, a prosecutor blasted his “dangerous and false rhetoric against the criminal justice system” before dismissing a felony charge of computer tampering against him.St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said Wednesday that her decision to drop the case against Greitens was based on what is best for the state.“I remain confident that we have the evidence we require to pursue charges against Mr. Greitens, but sometimes pursuing charges is not the right or just thing to do for our city or our state,” Gardner said during a news conference in St. Louis.She launched an investigation in January after her office received allegations that the Republican governor illegally used a donor list from his former charity, The Mission Continues, to raise funds for his 2016 gubernatorial run.The investigation led to two felony charges against Greitens, a former Navy SEAL who was elected governor in November 2016. One of the felonies was the computer tampering charge stemming from his alleged use of the donor list, while the other was an invasion of privacy charge for allegedly using partially nude photos of his former mistress to blackmail her into keeping quiet about their affair.Greitens has admitted to having the affair with the woman, his former hairdresser, in 2015 before becoming governor. He said the decision to resign was a difficult one but maintained that he’s done nothing wrong. His resignation is effective Friday.“I am not perfect, but I have not broken any laws or offense worthy of this treatment,” Greitens, 44, a married father of two children who ran for governor on a platform of family values, said.The charges against him were the result of a “witch hunt” by his political adversaries, he added.“It’s clear for the forces that oppose us, there’s no end in sight. I cannot allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the people that I love,” he said.“Contrary to Greitens’ past statements, there was no ‘witch hunt,’ no plans to bring pain to him or his family,” Gardner said. “The consequences Mr. Greitens has suffered he brought upon himself by his actions, his statements, his decisions, his ambition and pursuit for power.”The invasion of privacy charge against Greitens was also dropped earlier this month, just before Greitens was set to go to trial. Since then, Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker was appointed special prosecutor to consider whether to refile the charge.Gardner said she could only speak of the computer tampering charge.“Just as I believe that Mr. Greitens’ decision to resign is best for our state, I have to consider the totality of the situation,” Gardner said.“As a prosecutor, my decision must be based on facts, available evidence regardless of the position of the accuser or the power of the accused,” Gardner said. “After much conversation with Mr. Greitens’ defense attorneys and my team, we have come to an agreement on the felony computer tampering case. I believe the most fair and just way to resolve this situation is to dismiss the computer tampering case.”Gardner added: “If Mr. Greitens were convicted of this charge, it would be unlikely that he would be sentenced to prison given his first-time offender status and the type and level of the charge he faced.”Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers had asked Greitens to resign. By doing so, he avoids potentially becoming the first Missouri governor to be impeached.A House investigatory committee had subpoenaed him to testify next week during a special session on his possible discipline.The investigatory committee had already released two scathing reports against Greitens. The first detailed accusations made by his former mistress, who claimed he threatened and mistreated her. The second report focused on allegations that Greitens wrongfully obtained the charity donor list to fundraise for political purposes.“While I cannot force Mr. Greitens to take personal accountability for his actions, there are things that I can do,” Gardner said. “I can reject Mr. Greitens’ shameful, divisive personal attacks. I can reject his dangerous and false rhetoric about the criminal justice system and the rule of law. I can clarify for the public that there was no coordinated effort by anyone to target him based upon his politics, rather it was his actions.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
narvikk/iStock(NEW YORK) — A global pandemic of the novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of at least 14,808 people in the United States.The U.S. is among the worst affected countries, with more than 432,000 people diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Worldwide, more than 1.5 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and at least 89,915 of them have died since the virus emerged in China in December. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Italy has, by far, the world’s highest death toll — over 17,600. Here’s how the news is developing Thursday. All times Eastern:11 a.m.: Pennsylvania schools closed for rest of yearPennsylvania schools will stay closed for the rest of the academic year, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday.Learning will continue online and families can still pick up meals at designated sites.10:40 a.m.: Georgia’s primary postponed until June 9Georgia’s primary will now be postponed until June 9, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said on Thursday.This is the second time the state’s presidential primary has been pushed back (it was originally scheduled for March 24).“I certainly realize that every difficulty will not be completely solved by the time in-person voting begins for the June 9 election, but elections must happen even in less than ideal circumstances,” Raffensperger said in a press release. “Just like our brave healthcare workers and first responders, our county election officials and poll workers are undertaking work critical to our democracy, and they will continue to do this critical work with all the challenges that the current crisis has brought forth.”10:15 a.m.: In NYC, May ‘might be easier than what I originally feared’New York City, hit hard by the pandemic, is now seeing some improvement, which Mayor Bill de Blasio says shows sheltering in place and social distancing are working.“If we continue to make progress,” the mayor said, for the dense city of 8.6 million residents, the month of May “might be easier than what I originally feared it would be.”“Let’s double down” on social distancing and sheltering in place, he added, stressing that New Yorkers “have to earn our way out of this horrible situation.”9:43 a.m.: New York cases primarily from Europe, not AsiaThough the first positive coronavirus case in New York was on March 1, the virus probably circulated in and around the city at least two weeks earlier — and most cases were transmitted from Europe, not China, where the virus originated, according to new research from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.The research shows the pandemic in New York City and surrounding area was predominately set off through untracked transmission between the U.S. and Europe, with limited evidence supporting direct introductions from China or other locations in Asia.7:19 a.m.: New York may be reaching its peak in outbreak, Dr. Fauci saysDr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top medical expert on the coronavirus pandemic, said Thursday he thinks the U.S. death toll will end up being far less than the original projection and that New York may be reaching its peak in the outbreak. A revised model by the University of Washington, often cited by the White House, now predicts that 60,000 people will die from the novel coronavirus in the United States by Aug. 4. The White House coronavirus task force previously projected 100,000 to 240,000 deaths, even if the current social distancing guidelines are maintained. “Even though it’s good news and encouraging, we got to make sure, as I always say, we keep our foot on the accelerator when it comes to mitigation,” Fauci told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Thursday on Good Morning America.Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said there’s “some indication” that parts of the country are beginning to see a bend in the upward curve of the virus outbreak, particularly New York, the U.S. epicenter, which in recent days has seen a drop in the number of patients being hospitalized and needing intensive care. “You never want to, you know, claim victory prematurely,” he said. “But when you see those kinds of trends, you hope that we’ll see that curve go down and then can start to think about gradually getting back to some sort of steps towards normality.” New York recorded its largest daily death toll from COVID-19 on Wednesday, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state’s outbreak appeared to be stabilizing based on the recent decline in hospitalizations.When asked whether he thinks New York has hit its peak, Fauci said “it’s tough to tell” but “we may very well be there. Fauci warned that people shouldn’t assume warm weather will drive the virus away, and he urged everyone to continue practicing social distancing and regularly washing hands, even when things return to normal. “There’s precedent with other infections like influenza and some of the common more benign coronaviruses that when the weather gets warmer, that the virus goes down, its ability to replicate, to spread, it doesn’t like warm, moist weather as much as it likes cold, dry weather,” he said. “But having said that, one should not assume that we are going to be rescued by a change in the weather. You must assume that the virus will continue to do its thing.”7:01 a.m.: Washington inmates cause disturbance after learning six tested positive for COVID-19More than 100 inmates caused a disturbance at a men’s prison in Washington state on Wednesday night, after six prisoners tested positive for the novel coronavirus.The demonstration erupted in the recreation yard at Monroe Correctional Complex. The inmates set off fire extinguishers within two housing units within the prison’s minimum security unit, according to a press release from the Washington state Department of Corrections.All measures to bring the individuals into compliance were initially ignored, officials said, including verbal directives, pepper spray and sting balls, which release light, noise and rubber pellets.An emergency response team was deployed and gave verbal directives, which were obeyed by over half the inmates. Sting balls were then discharged into the area and the other inmates stopped the destruction of two housing units and came into compliance, officials said.There were no injuries to staff or the incarcerated men, officials said.“It is believed at this time that the incident was caused by recent positive test results of COVID- 19 among six men within the Minimum Security Unit,” the Washington Department of Corrections said in a statement. “Those six men were transferred from the Minimum Security Unit on Sunday to the facility’s isolation unit. The facility health care team is providing clinical monitoring and supportive care for the individuals in the isolation unit.”6:02 a.m.: Pandemic drives sub-Saharan Africa toward first recession in 25 yearsThe global pandemic of the novel coronavirus is driving sub-Saharan Africa toward its first recession in 25 years, according to a World Bank report published Thursday.Economic growth in the region is forecast to fall sharply from 2.4% in 2019 to as much as -5.1% in 2020, according to the report. An analysis shows that the pandemic will cost sub-Saharan Africa “between $37 billion and $79 billion in output losses for 2020 due to a combination of effects,” the World Bank said.“The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the limits of societies and economies across the world, and African countries are likely to be hit particularly hard,” Hafez Ghanem, World Bank’s vice president for Africa, said in a statement Thursday.The World Bank also warned that the pandemic could spark a food security crisis in Africa due to a potentially substantial decline in agricultural production and food imports.A number of African nations have reacted “quickly and decisively” to curb the spread of the virus, the World Bank said. However, the report notes several factors that could hinder the containment and mitigation measures, in particular the region’s fragile health systems, poor access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and the large and densely populated urban informal settlements.5:32 a.m.: ‘We have reached the peak,’ Spain’s prime minister saysSpanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Thursday that the government would soon start relaxing the national lockdown measures that were put in place to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.“We have reached the peak and now the de-escalation begins,” Sanchez told Spanish Parliament, noting that the process would be “gradual.”“The climb has been difficult, as the descent will also be,” he said.Spain is among the worst affected countries in the global pandemic, with more than 148,000 people diagnosed with COVID-19. At least 14,792 people have died from the disease there, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. 3:58 a.m.: USNS Mercy crew member tests positive for COVID-19A crew member aboard the USNS Mercy hospital ship moored in Los Angeles has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.U.S. Navy Lt. Andrew Bertucci told ABC News the crew member “is currently isolated aboard the ship, and will soon transfer to an off-ship isolation facility where they will self-monitor for severe symptoms.”“This will not affect the ability for Mercy to receive patients,” Bertucci said in a statement late Wednesday. “The ship is following protocols and taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of all crew members and patients on board.”After docking in the Port of Los Angeles last month, the USNS Mercy began treating non-coronavirus patients from area hospitals to help free up resources for COVID-19 patients. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Director, Physician Assistant Program – FranklinCollegeFranklin College, located in the charming city of Franklin andclose to downtown Indianapolis, is seeking a dynamic, forwardthinking and creative leader to serve as its next Director of thePhysician Assistant (PA) program.The Physician Assistant Studies program at Franklin Collegetrains a new generation of qualified and dedicated advancedpractice professionals with a focus on providing safe,patient-centered care to underserved populations in metropolitanand rural settings. The Director of the PA program is responsiblefor developing short and long-term plans for the program, meetingaccreditation requirements, and elevating the program’s reputationthroughout the region. The Director oversees a team of four facultyand reports to the Dean of the College.The Director of the PA program has overall responsibility forproviding leadership, management, and supervision for faculty andstaff within the program. The next Director will be expected tocontinue adding clinical opportunities for students, preferably inplaces that match the mission and vision of Franklin College. Thenext Director will be the face and voice of the program and will bean advocate for students. Success in the role will require a deepunderstanding of current industry trends, mastery of clinicalplacements, the energy to seek out new opportunities, and theability to deliver a curriculum that aligns with the mission of theinstitution and maximizes the student experience.In fall 2018, the Franklin College Graduate Health ScienceCenter was established to serve as the home to two new master’sprograms – the master of science in physician assistant studentsand master of science in athletic training. The facility is locatedapproximately three miles from campus and is a communitypartnership between the college and Johnson Memorial Health.Franklin College, founded in 1834, has been ranked the #1national liberal arts college in Indiana and has also been named abest nationwide college for your money.For further information about the position and itsrequirements, please review the position profilehere: https://www.agbsearch.com/searches/Nominations and ApplicationsInterested candidates must submit a letter of interest thataddresses the leadership opportunity and attributes outlined in thesearch profile, a current resume and the names of five professionalreferences via: [email protected] review will begin immediately and will continueuntil an appointment is made. For best consideration, applicationmaterials should be received by April 23, 2021.References will not be contacted without prior consultation withcandidates. For more information, consult the full positiondescription available above. Inquiries, nominations, as well as expressions of interest,should be directed to:Richard Wueste, Executive SearchConsultant, [email protected]/ (540) 431-5131Andrew Bowen, Associate, [email protected] /(802) 345-1279 Franklin College is committed to providing an inclusive andwelcoming environment and to ensuring that educational andemployment decisions are based on individuals’ abilities andqualifications. Consistent with these principles and applicablelaws, it is therefore the College’s policy not to discriminate onthe basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression,gender identity, genetic information, national origin, maritalstatus, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran statusas consistent with the Policy on Prohibited Discrimination,Harassment and Related Misconduct. No person, on the basis ofprotected status, shall be excluded from participation in, bedenied the benefits of, or be subjected to unlawfuldiscrimination, harassment, or retaliation under any Collegeprogram or activity, including with respect to employment terms andconditions. Such a policy ensures that only relevant factors areconsidered and that equitable and consistent standards of conductand performance are applied.
British Prime Minister Theresa May called a decision by Cadbury and the National Trust not to mention Easter in their annual chocolate egg hunt “absolutely ridiculous.”May, who is the daughter of a vicar and a member of the National Trust charity, told ITV News: “Easter’s very important. It’s important to me, it’s a very important festival for the Christian faith for millions across the world.”“So I think what the National Trust is doing is frankly just ridiculous,” she added. The Church of England has accused the chocolate maker and the charity of “airbrushing religion” by omitting the word Easter from the event’s logo. Both Cadbury and National Trust have refuted the accusations. Also On POLITICO Spain may get sign-off on Gibraltar Brexit deal By Maïa de La Baume and Charlie Cooper
The Bookstore Basketball finals were held Sunday at 8 p.m. and resulted with Finnigans ND squeezing out a win against the Holy Cross Seniors with a final score of 21-17.The Finnigans team included sophomore Conor Colpoys, senior Colin Terndrup, junior Patrick Mazza, junior Brian Spahn and senior Tim Cole.Freshman Rebecca Wiley was in the audience during the game and said she was not expecting it to be as suspenseful as it was.“From my personal experience, when my Bookstore Basketball team had a game it was very relaxed,” Wiley said. “You could tell both teams were playing for something really big … so they put everything they had out there.”Fans endured the nearly two-hour game despite the unusually cold weather for late April. Wiley said the high attendance by fans was indicative of the spirit of the tournament.“You can tell the Bookstore Basketball means a lot to the Notre Dame community considering so many people came out to watch the game even though it was freezing,” Wiley said.Members of both teams suffered minor injuries during the game, and at one point Colpoys was pulled out so that a cut on his knee could be bandaged, although he had barely noticed the cut amidst the excitement of the close game.“It was very surprising how many injuries and blood there was,” Wiley said. “The play was very rough and it just showed how much both teams really wanted to win to represent their respective schools.”Freshman Erin Callaghan said she was impressed by how both teams played, especially after experiencing the competitiveness of Bookstore Basketball with her own team.“Their dedication was obvious,” Callaghan said. “The play was very organized and you could tell they put a lot of thought into their practices and communicating very well on the court.”Callaghan said both teams’ dedication was the key element towards their advancing in the tournament.“Aside from sheer basketball talent, I think that what helped bring both teams to the finals was cohesiveness as a team and a shared desire to win,” Callaghan said.Wiley said she believes the key to making it to the finals is team enthusiasm for the game. She said her favorite part about this tournament is the humor the students brought to it.“It’s been fun seeing people dress up and build humor and community through a sport,” Wiley said. “This game was a great finish to the tournament because it engaged a lot of the Notre Dame community and it was a game that kept everyone on the edge of their seats.”Tags: Bookstore basketball, Bookstore Basketball final 2015
by Mike Smith According to recent polls, I am in the minority in this country and probably in Vermont too when talking about allowing Syrian refugees into this country, and eventually into our state. I support the Syrian refugee resettlement program. I have an appreciation of, and affinity for, the refugee and resettlement programs in Vermont since my days as secretary of human services. But approximately two-thirds of Americans do not share this opinion. And although I don’t agree with their position I can certainly understand their concerns.These concerns are driven primarily by the fact that it is likely that terrorists slipped into Europe posing as refugees. Fear of an attack happening in the United States is not unfounded.ISIS (as well as others) has been very clear their intent is to target the United States for attack. So questions about safety are legitimate. After all, it is pointed out that even in Vermont an alleged war criminal was allowed to slip through the process and ended up living in this state as a refugee.But instead of addressing safety concerns as legitimate issues some politicians and protestors in Vermont are quick to label those who express concerns as racists. Gov. Peter Shumlin himself said the concerns were being fueled by bigotry and hatred.I don’t buy this argument; not for a second. It’s a total cop out; especially from an elected leader.Vermonters with concerns about the program have not raised resettlement issues before. We have successfully brought in other new Americans into our state. The issue isn’t refugee resettlement. The issue is a question about safety. And a simple reassurance by Shumlin that the program is safe without producing a detailed explanation isn’t good enough.Shumlin can’t say “trust me” because his trust reservoir has been drained by other assurances that have never panned out. For example, his abandonment of single payer after the last election; or the infamous statement that problems with Vermont Health Connect were a “nothingburger” when in fact the program was in shambles. The Vermonters who are raising questions are, for the most part, good people, and they want answers to their safety concerns. Instead of labeling them, a real leader would find ways to quell their fears. Perhaps it is the intent to attach the racist label for political gain. If politics is indeed the motivation, it is a political mistake by Shumlin and others to venture down this road. Leadership is what is needed right now, not politics. Which goes to show you that even when Governor Shumlin has the right idea — sticking up for refugees — he somehow mucks it all up by dismissing, even attacking, Vermonters who have sincere concerns.A levelheaded conversation about safety is what is needed. The story here isn’t as simple as whether you are “for” or “against” the resettlement program, although some are trying to cast it that way.We have a rich history of welcoming those who are oppressed, fleeing for safety, or wanting a better life. I am in favor of the Syrian refugee and resettlement effort and I have taken a barrage of criticism for my position. But those that insult good, decent Vermonters who ask reasonable questions from their government about safety will only undermine a successful refugee and resettlement program in this state.Mike Smith was the secretary of administration and secretary of human services under former Gov. Jim Douglas. He is the host of the radio program, “Open Mike with Mike Smith,” on WDEV. He is also a political analyst for WCAX-TV and WVMT radio and is a regular contributor to the Times Argus, Rutland Herald and Vermont Business Magazine.
Minnesota no match for Ohio State on the roadFebruary 4, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe winless streak continued in Ohio for the Minnesota women’s basketball team Sunday.The Gophers lost on the Buckeyes’ home court for the 23rd-straight time, combining a lackluster offense with a sluggish defensive attack to hand Ohio State a 76-62 win.up next Illinoiswhat: Women’s basketballwhen: 7 p.m., Thursdaywhere: Williams ArenaMinnesota (15-8 overall, 6-5 Big Ten) played poor offense in the first half, and despite improving that in the second half, couldn’t make a comeback because of a lack of second-half defense.“They definitely were playing more physical than we were, and that was a factor,” sophomore center Zoe Harper said. “We were in it in the first half, but in the second half they knocked down some shots, and we didn’t have an answer.”Leading by as much as six points early on, the Gophers managed to fall behind quickly, doing a poor job of taking care of the ball while shooting 39 percent from the floor in the first half.Minnesota combined its inability to find a quality shot with 11 first-half turnovers which translated into 16 points for Ohio State, pushing the Buckeyes out to a 28-19 lead.Ohio State guard Maria Moeller knocked down a pair of wide-open three-pointers and the Buckeyes shot 44 percent from the field to head into halftime with a 32-17 lead.Senior forward Leslie Knight and sophomore guard Brittany McCoy scored six points apiece in an effort to keep the game close, but it turned out to be the Gophers’ ability to out-rebound Ohio State 22-15 in the first half that allowed Minnesota to trail by just five halfway through the game.“The one positive would be that we out-rebounded them,” Knight said. “But other than that, I don’t know that there were that many other positives.” Senior guard Marscilla Packer provided the Buckeyes with the spark needed to put away Minnesota early in the second half. After being pulled from the starting lineup in a surprise move, Packer responded from the bench with 14 second-half points, including three 3-pointers.Ohio State (17-5, 8-3) improved their field goal percentage to 55.2 on the game, and made use of a 21-3 run to all but put the game away with five minutes remaining.“Whatever defensive scheme we threw at them, they just picked it apart,” coach Pam Borton said. “I felt like we never could get it together and get everybody on the same page defensively. They were scoring at will at some points during the game.”One big positive for Minnesota however, was the increased production from Harper at the post position. Coming off of the bench, Harper shot 5-of-8 from the field for 13 points, and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead all players.Harper was averaging only 1.4 points per game in conference play before Sunday, leading Knight to praise Harper’s strides in production.“One positive was Zoe Harper coming in and doing a great job for us off the bench,” she said. “It was great for her, a great step in the right direction, and I was really proud of her.”A concern for the rest of Minnesota’s season was junior guard Emily Fox’s lack of offensive production for the second straight game.Fox shot just 2-of-13 from the field, and has averaged four points per game on the road trip.“Emily is trying too hard and she knows it,” Borton said. “But the best players go through this at some point, and she’s going to get herself out of it.”
Vestar recently placed eight electric charging stations at its entertainment and retail lifestyle center Tempe Marketplace.Through a partnership with ECOtality, eight Blink charging systems including handicapped accessible units, have been placed on both the north and south side of the center.These installations are part of Vestar’s already well-established GreenStar initiative, the Southwest’s first large-scale commitment to sustainable shopping center techniques.“This sustainable infrastructure enables our customers the ability to charge their electric vehicles while they are enjoying the many offerings at Tempe Marketplace, including our stores, restaurants, movie theatre and other entertainment options,” says Pat McGinley, Vestar’s Vice President of Property Management.The Blink Network of charging stations provides EV drivers the freedom to travel as they choose and conveniently charge at Blink commercial locations along the way, including Tempe Marketplace.ECOtality is the project manager of The EV Project, a research initiative to help build America’s future EV infrastructure. The project will study EV infrastructure to support the deployment of EVs in key markets, by collecting and analyzing data from vehicles and chargers. For more information about The EV Project, visit theevproject.com.