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Southland Conference Announces 2017 Football All-Academic Team

first_img OL Brian Hernandez# Nicholls Baton Rouge, La. Gr. 3.75 Interdisciplinary Studies (Biology/Pre-Med) OL Gilberto Garcia* Central Arkansas Morrilton, Ark. Gr. 3.43 M.B.A., Insurance and Risk Management DL Jalen Bowers McNeese Shreveport, La. Sr. 3.20 Business Administration 2017 Southland Football Student-Athlete of the Year: Marlon Walls, Stephen F. Austin OL Chris Zirkle*^#2 Northwestern State League City, Texas Jr. 3.87 Business Administration Two student-athletes posted perfect 4.00 grade point averages – Walls and Abilene Christian quarterback Luke Anthony. * Automatic selection; First Team All-Conference^ Automatic selection; CoSIDA Academic All-District& Automatic selection; CoSIDA Academic All-American# Automatic selection; FCS ADA Academic All-Star2 Two-time all-academic selection3 Three-time all-academic selection DL Manasseh Miles Lamar Houston, Texas Sr. 3.05 Health DB Trent Perriman Stephen F. Austin Miami, Fla. Sr. 3.27 Criminal Justice Marlon Walls was also voted to the FCS ADA Academic All-Star team and the CoSIDA Academic All-District list. He was named the CoSIDA Football Academic All-American of the Year – the first Lumberjack and third Southland athlete in any sport to ever do so. DB Marlon Walls^ Stephen F. Austin Pearland, Texas Sr. 4.00 Engineering Physics DB Ryan Reed^2 Northwestern State St. Francisville, La. Jr. 3.59 Industrial Engineering Technology Walls is now a three-time Southland All-Academic pick, three-time CoSIDA All-District honoree, and two-time selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team and ADA Academic All-Star list. This season also saw him finish as a finalist for the STATS FCS Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award and the National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy. P Patrick Ponder^ Central Arkansas Bay St. Louis, Miss. Sr. 3.68 Anthropology LB James Graves^ Central Arkansas Bassfield, Miss. Sr. 3.62 Computer Science Pos. Name School Hometown Cl. GPA Major Central Arkansas, Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin lead with four selections each while Sam Houston State collected a trio of selections. Houston Baptist, Lamar and Nicholls all earned a pair of honorees. Abilene Christian, UIW and McNeese each garnered one pick. WR Cody Williams Stephen F. Austin Pearland, Texas So. 3.50 Biology OL John Cook^# Central Arkansas Grenada, Miss. Jr. 3.78 Biology WR Jamari Gilbert UIW Baytown, Texas Gr. 3.76 Business Administration Southland Conference All-Academic Teams are voted upon by a head coach, sports information director and academic/compliance staff member from each school. Student-Athletes of the Year are voted upon by an awards committee which consists of one administrator from each member school. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. RB Dontrell Taylor Nicholls White Castle, La. So. 3.75 Petroleum Services – Safety Technology LB Chrishard Buhl^ Northwestern State Woodway, Texas Sr. 3.57 Psychology To be eligible for all-academic distinction, an athlete must hold a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA through the semester prior to the sport’s championship, completed at least one full academic year at the nominating school prior to the current season, and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competitions during the most recently completed season. Student-Athlete of the Year nominees must have hold at least a 3.20 GPA and have completed at least two years of athletic competition at the nominating school, including the current season. DL Andre Walker^ Houston Baptist Slidell, La. So. 3.52 Biochemistry/Molecular Biology QB Luke Anthony Abilene Christian Fort Worth, Texas So. 4.00 Financial Management DL John Franklin3 Stephen F. Austin Greenville, Texas Sr. 3.20 Kinesiology DB Shyler Staton Lamar Missouri City, Texas So. 3.10 Criminal Justice TE Mev Ajdin^ Houston Baptist Allen, Texas Sr. 3.79 Finance DB Adrian Contreras Sam Houston State Georgetown, Texas Jr. 3.66 Accounting 2017 Southland Football All-Academic Team RB Remus Bulmer Sam Houston State Missouri City, Texas Jr. 3.28 General Business FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference announced the 2017 Football All-Academic Team on Tuesday, with defensive back Marlon Walls of Stephen F. Austin repeating as Student-Athlete of the Year. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. Three additional student-athletes are also returning all-academic selections, led by three-time honoree John Franklin of Stephen F. Austin. Northwestern State’s Chris Zirkle and Ryan Reed were both named all-academic for a second time. OL Eric David Sam Houston State Richmond, Texas Jr. 3.54 Biochemistry PK Eric Piccione Northwestern State League City, Texas Sr. 3.61 Business Administrationlast_img read more


May 31, 2020 0

NSU’s Brister Crowned 2019 Southland Volleyball Player of the Year

first_imgAll-Conference Second Team                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Addison Miller Sr. L Sam Houston State Prosper, Texas Player of the Year: Hannah Brister, Northwestern StateFreshman of the Year: Carissa Barnes, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiNewcomer of the Year: Taya Mitchell, Stephen F. AustinLibero of the Year: Addison Miller, Sam Houston StateSetter of the Year: Madison Green, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiCoach of the Year: Debbie Humphreys, Stephen F. Austin Marybeth Sandercox Sr. RS Abilene Christian Lubbock, Texas Taya Mitchell Jr. MB Stephen F. Austin Rowlett, Texas 2019 Southland Volleyball Tournament Central Ashley Lewis Jr. OH/RS Sam Houston State Houston, Texas Corin Evans Sr. OH Stephen F. Austin Katy, Texas Carissa Barnes Fr. L Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Weatherford, Texas Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown Ann Hollas2 Sr. S Stephen F. Austin Longview, Texas Jodi Edo Sr. MB Southeastern Louisiana Baton Rouge, La. Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown Madison Green2 Sr. S/OH Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Dripping Springs, Texas All-Conference Third Team                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Abbie Harry Sr. OH Central Arkansas Frederick, Md. Hannah Brister2 Jr. OH Northwestern State Paincourtville, La. Danae Daron3 Sr. MB Stephen F. Austin Crosby, Texas Madison Bowles So. RS Central Arkansas Strafford, Mo. Ehize Omoghibo Sr. OH New Orleans Evanston, Ill. Breanne Chausse So. RS Sam Houston State Coppell, Texas 2 – Two-Time Selection3 – Three-Time SelectionThe Southland Conference Volleyball All-Conference Teams are nominated and voted upon by the league’s head coaches and SIDs. Each team consists of six players and one libero. Maddie Miller Jr. DS Stephen F. Austin Lorena, Texas Alexis Warren Sr. OH Northwestern State Cypress, Texas Emily Doss Jr. DS/L Central Arkansas Springdale, Ark. Lucie Pokorna Fr. S/OH New Orleans Kladno, Czech Republic All-Conference First Team                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mikayla Vivens2 Jr. OH Houston Baptist San Antonio, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Hannah Brister was crowned the 2019 Southland Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, the league announced Wednesday. Along with Brister’s honor, the 2019 all-conference rosters were announced with nine schools represented among the three squads. Southland individual awards and all-conference honors are presented by Come Ready Nutrition.Stephen F. Austin leads the way with five selections, followed by Central Arkansas, Sam Houston State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with three honorees apiece. Northwestern State and New Orleans each put forth two selections, while Abilene Christian, Houston Baptist and Southeastern Louisiana garnered one spot each.Brister’s Player of the Year accolade comes on the shoulders of a red-hot season where she pushed the Lady Demons to a 19-11 overall record and an 11-5 mark in conference play. The junior from Paincourtville, La., claimed Southland Offensive Player of the Week five times throughout the 2019 season and led the league with 478 kills in regular-season play. She shattered Northwestern State’s single-season kills mark, previously set at 443 by Christina Stone in the 2002 season. Her efforts pushed the Lady Demons to a No. 3 seed at the Southland Conference Tournament.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Madison Green was named the Setter of the Year after leading the Islanders to an 11-5 record in Southland action. Green has consistently brought life to the Islanders’ squad and currently ranks third in the nation with six triple-double performances. The senior setter enters the Southland Tournament averaging 7.67 assists per match and has dealt a team-leading 851 assists on the season.Joining Green among the individual award winners is teammate Carissa Barnes who was named Freshman of the Year. Barnes stands atop the Islanders’ roster with 569 digs and 48 service aces while also ranking among the Southland’s top-three individuals in each category.Sam Houston State’s Addison Miller claimed Libero of the Year honors after leading the Bearkats to a No. 2 seed at the conference tournament following a 12-4 finish in Southland play. Miller ranks 16th nationally and first in the conference with 575 digs on the season while averaging 5.04 digs per set. The senior has racked up 1,441 digs throughout her career with the Kats and will look to add to her total in Friday’s opening-round tournament match against No. 7-seeded Southeastern Louisiana.Newcomer of the Year honors belong to Stephen F. Austin’s Taya Mitchell who wrapped up her first season of conference play with the Ladyjacks. Mitchell, a junior transfer from Tyler Junior College, leads the league and ranks sixth in the nation for blocks per set (1.52) and total blocks (152). Her presence at the net limited SFA opponents to a paltry .139 hitting percentage, a feat that places the Ladyjacks sixth in the nation.SFA head coach Debbie Humphreys was awarded her third-consecutive Katrinka Jo Crawford Coach of the Year honor after leading her squad to a 28-1 overall mark and a flawless 16-0 record in conference play. The Ladyjacks dropped just 15 sets all season and cruised through their conference slate with 12 sweeps. Earlier in the season, Humphreys captured her 700th career victory in a three-set win over Austin Peay (Sept. 6). She has since added 22 wins and extended her career-wins mark to 722 heading into post season play, making her the Southland all-time leader for total victories. The award marks the eighth of Humphreys’ career.All individual superlative winners and all-conference honorees will be recognized before first-round matchups at the 2019 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament in Conway, Ark., taking place Nov. 22-24. Rachel Young So. MB Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Frisco, Texas Name Cl. Pos. School Hometownlast_img read more


May 31, 2020 0

Creamline turns back Pocari-Air Force, forces semis rubber match

first_imgCloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Creamline kept its title aspirations alive after turning back Pocari Sweat-Air Force, 25-16, 26-24, 22-25, 25-17, in the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball Reinforced Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town The Cool Smashers pulled out all the stops and tied the three-game series at 1-1.From a close 8-6 affair in the start of the fourth set, the Cool Smashers upped the ante and built a 16-10 lead courtesy of Kuttika Kaewpin’s back-to-back crosscourt kills.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMichele Gumabao pushed the envelope further later in the fourth set scoring two consecutive points for Creamline for the 23-15 lead.“I think it was shown in today’s game that everyone really wanted this win,” said Creamline captain Alyssa Valdez. “Everyone who played, our teammates in the bench, even the coaching staff wanted to win.” Risa Sato put the Cool Smashers to the 24-15 match point off Jia Morado’s perfectly timed set and Kaewpin finished things off with an off-the-block kill.Gumabao put up a game-high 18 points to lead the Cool Smashers while Valdez had 15 points.Kaewpin and Laura Schaudt also finished in double figures for Creamline with 14 and 10 points, respectively.Madeline Palmer and Myla Pablo had 17 and 15 points, respectively, for the Lady Warriors.RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Beermen near top six finish, rip Elite Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more


January 18, 2020 0

Taxi driver jailed on causing death charge

first_imgTaxi Driver Seon Greene was sentenced to four years, six months imprisonment by Magistrate Judy Latchman at the final hearing of his case at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday.Magistrate Latchman before making her ruling took into consideration the fact that a life was lost, the need to preserve human resources, the need to prevent other offenders and the promotion of road safety.Greene’s Attorney Peter Hugh is however seeking to have his client’s conviction appealed and has since submitted an oral notice of appeal to the court.Magistrate Latchman placed weight on evidence given by now deceased Police Constable Kelvin Lafluear.She believed the defendant was inattentive and collided with the deceased, Mohamed Khan, while also failing to show cognisance of the five Cs of road safety – caution, care, common sense, courtesy and consideration – while using the roadways.Greene in his defence had told the court during his trial that Khan’s bicycle was unfit for road use, since it had no lights at the time of the accident. He had also said that it was the deceased who hit his vehicle and not the other way around.Greene pleaded not guilty to the charge which had alleged that on May 21, at Sandy Babb Street, Kitty, Georgetown, he drove his car in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of Mohamed Khan. He was placed on million bail for the offence.last_img read more


January 17, 2020 0

Shortlist named for SOYA Girls’ School of the Year

first_imgThey include Kaya Tiwi, Moi Girls Kamusinga, Trans Nzoia Mixed, St. Anne’s Sega Girls, Tigoi Girls and Butere High School. Others who made into the list are Kwanthanze, Kwale Girls and Soweto Academy.To make the cut, Trans Nzoia Mixed reclaimed the national girl’s hockey title and went on to win the East Africa Games in Musanze, Rwanda.Kaya Tiwi on their hand, won national titles in both basketball and netball, and grabbed bronze medal in basketball at the East African Games. They also placed fifth in netball at the East Africa competitions.-Volleyball champsKwanthanze Secondary School are the volleyball champions at both the national Games and the East African tournament. The school’s handball team also finished third at the nationals.Kwale Girls won their first national football title in their second appearance at the top level in the country and went on to make it a double by winning the East Africa trophy.St. Anne’s Sega Girls handball side finished second at the nationals and third in Rwanda, while their volleyball team reached the Nyanza Regional stage. The outfit from Siaya played second fiddle to Moi Girls Kamusinga who recaptured the national handball gong and settled for silver in Musanze, Rwanda.In their maiden appearance at the national stage, Butere Girls made it to the basketball finals but settled for silver and placed seventh at the FEASSSA Games.Tigoi Girls grabbed double silver medals in hockey— finishing second behind Trans Nzoia Mixed—both at the national and East Africa stages.The school’s basketball team was finalist in the Western Region Games, where they lost to Butere Girls. Kibra-based volleyball side Soweto Academy positioned second at the nationals and fifth at the East Africa Games.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kwanthanze girls celebrate after picking a point against Kajiado’s Noonkopir during a past schools’ tournament.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 11 – Nine girls’ schools have made it to the preliminary nominations of Girls School of the Year ahead of the 2018 edition of the Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA) set for January 11 at Fort Jesus, Mombasa The list is dominated by schools which competed in the Term One national Games and proceeded to the East Africa School Games in Musanze, Rwanda.last_img read more


January 6, 2020 0

EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: HOW TO PREPARE FOR A MUD RUN

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: Mud runs are becoming more and more popular.Each county is opening their own versions of the larger events and more and more people are taking part in them.With such huge variations in the type and length of these events, it has to be asked;How exactly should you train for a mud run? There are a few considerations that you should take into account before you start training for one of these events:• Your experience• The type of the event• Are you in it to compete or just to complete it?• What is your current fitness level?1. The first consideration and the one that most people tend to overlook is the actual length of the course.Hell and Back is 8km (The Rushe Fitness crew will be competing as usual)Tough Mudder is 20km. (I have teamed up with Pat Divilly to take part in this event for charity in July. There is more info at the end of the article) With such a difference in the length of both events, it wouldn’t make sense to train the same way for both.Your aerobic foundation is hugely important in your ability to not only complete the event, but also to recover quickly after each obstacle.If you are unsure how to go about this, HalHigdon.com has loads of free templates ranging from a beginners 5km all the way up to an advanced marathon training guide.Head over there and select the right running template to suit your fitness level and the length of the event.2. The second consideration is your strength level. With the wide range of obstacles throughout these events, you have to have a good base of strength.• Use bodyweight exercises• Compound lifts like squats, deadlifts, heavy presses, heavy pulls.• Functional work like prowler pushes, farmers walks, heavy sled drags, rope slams, tyre flips.• Grip strength for the dreaded monkey bars.3. The next consideration is your speed and agility workI wouldn’t put as much emphasis on this as others, as most people who take part in these events are doing it for fun and just to complete the course.Adding in some short sprints, cone drills and exercises like burpees etc., will be enough to see you through the event.4. The last consideration is your mobility work. The length of the course, the type of the terrain, mud, water, walls, crawling, running, walking and sprinting all take its toll on you over the length of the event.Keeping yourself mobile and flexible will reduce the chances of injury and allow you to compete in the next event when it comes around.Always remember the 5 P’sProper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.There you have it; an outline to how you would plan out your mud run to help you to finish the course with ease.#TrainSmartIf you would like to take part in one of these events, I regularly take groups to them and we have training geared towards this.If you would like to team up with Pat Divilly and myself to compete in Tough Mudder and help 3 great charities, please contact me through the link below and I’ll send you on all the relevant information.https://www.facebook.com/Rushe-Fitness-120518884715118/EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: HOW TO PREPARE FOR A MUD RUN was last modified: April 21st, 2016 by John2Share 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:emmet rushefitness columnMUD RUNPreparationlast_img read more


December 28, 2019 0

Women’s Tennis Cruises Past Creighton In Season Opener

first_img Drake 1-0 Box Score “Our focus for the next week will be endurance since we have a doubleheader next week, and to get health so we can play our top level of tennis,” said Tran. “It was very important to get out to a good start in doubles because we have been focusing on doubles in general.,” said Drake head coach Mia-Ly Tran. 1. Herder, Tess/Petushkova, Liza (DU) def. Ashley Ishimura/Darby Rosette (CU) 6-3 “Liza played really well in the fall and she continued to play well and it showed today,” said Tran. Doubles competition Story Links Creighton 0-1 The Bulldogs swept the doubles point to take a quick 1-0 lead. Senior Tess Herder and freshman Liza Petushkova topped Ashley Ishimura and Darby Rosette, 6-3, at No. 1 doubles. Senior Summer Brills and junior Joely Lomas defeated Michaele Henne and Erin Epperson, 6-2 at No. 2 to secure the point, while junior Kenya Williams and freshman Megan Webb added a 6-2 victory at No. 3. Match Notes Petushkova put the Bulldogs up 2-0 with a convincing 6-4, 6-0 win over Rosette at No. 3 singles. Herder gave Drake a 3-0 lead with her 6-2, 6-4 victory over Henne at No. 2 singles. Webb clinched the match for the Bulldogs by defeating Claire Ebree 6-4, 6-4 at No. 5 singles. Brills came back from being down a couple of breaks in the first set to earn Drake’s final win 7-6, 6-2 at No. 1. 3. Petushkova, Liza (DU) def. Darby Rosette (CU) 6-4, 6-0 3. Williams, Kenya/Webb, Megan (DU) def. Claire Embree/Laura Higueras (CU) 6-2 2. Herder, Tess (DU) def. Michaela Henne (CU) 6-2, 6-4 6. Laura Higueras (CU) def. Kozlowski, Alex (DU) 6-1, 6-4 5. Webb, Megan (DU) def. Claire Embree (CU) 6-4, 6-4 Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,2,5,6,4,1) Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs return to action on Sunday, Jan. 28 for a twinbill against South Dakota and Augustana (S.D.). First serve is set for 9 a.m.Drake 5, Creighton 2Jan 19, 2018 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)  1. Brills, Summer (DU) def. Ashley Ishimura (CU) 7-6, 6-2 4. Erin Epperson (CU) def. Williams, Kenya (DU) 7-6, 6-1 Singles competition 2. Lomas, Joely/Brills, Summer (DU) def. Michaela Henne/Erin Epperson (CU) 6-2 DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team rolled to a 5-2 season opening victory over Creighton Friday afternoon at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.last_img read more


December 24, 2019 0

New Tomas Hertl injury forces Sharks to shuffle lines

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Tomas Hertl is considered day-to-day with a lower body injury, causing the Sharks to shuffle their forward lines for Thursday’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights.Barclay Goodrow will center the Sharks’ second line with Patrick Marleau and Timo Meier on the wings and Antti Suomela will center the fourth line with Dylan Gambrell and Lukas Radil as his wingers. The Sharks’ top line with Logan Couture, Evander Kane and Kevin Labanc stays intact. The third line has Joe Thornton …last_img read more


December 20, 2019 0

Press release: South Africa’s FDI profile positions the country as a highly attractive investment destination

first_imgThe EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa, measures the FDI attractiveness of 46 African markets and moreover indicates that South Africa experienced an increase of 6.9% in FDI flows to the market in 2016. (Image:EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa)Johannesburg, Monday 22 May 2017 – The South African Nation Brand continues to be the largest recipient of FDI on the African continent, and is the largest source of intra-regional investment – this is in addition to having recently made a comeback in the top 25 most attractive global investment destinations.This is according to findings from the EY Attractiveness Programme Africa 2017, the AT Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index, as well as the Brand South Africa’s Investor Perceptions Research.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Research – Dr Petrus de Kock says the findings on South Africa’s FDI profile underlines the fact that global investors have confidence in the market, and see the country as an attractive investment destination. “Opportunities identified in these respective indices should be vigorously pursued through a collaborative approach between business and government in South Africa – especially after the credit ratings downgrade,” adds Dr de Kock..Major findings from these indices are that South Africa attracted 20.6% of all FDI projects on the African continent in 2016 with an increase of 6.9% on 2015; the country is the 6th largest source of FDI in the African economy; and the diversified economy, geographical location, infrastructure (hard and soft) and logistical capabilities – play a major role in attracting investment, trade and related global economic activity.“South Africa continues to attract the bulk of FDI projects destined for the continent with a share of 20.6%, Egypt at 11.7%, Morocco at 12%, Nigeria at 7.5%, and Kenya at 5.9%. Notable in this regard is that EY indicates investment flows favoured Africa’s more diversified markets. This means South Africa’s economic profile and diversification remains a key attractiveness feature. The EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa further notes that even as its economy remains under pressure, South Africa retains its appeal as a launchpad for growth across the continent,” said Dr de Kock.The EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa, measures the FDI attractiveness of 46 African markets and moreover indicates that South Africa experienced an increase of 6.9% in FDI flows to the market in 2016. The sectors that dominated include: Consumer Products and Retail – projects more than doubled from 19 in 2015 to 41 in 2016.The 2017 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index is characterised by a perception of safety in developed markets – Europe in particular. However, the 2017 Index marked the emergence of newcomers UAE, New Zealand, and South Africa – a clear sign of slight increase in investment intentions in emerging markets according to Dr de Kock.“According to the AT Kearney FDI Confidence Index, South Africa GDP growth is expected to reach 0.8% in 2017 and double to 1.6% in 2018, A.T. Kearney notes that with the country’s improvements in infrastructure and education, investors view South Africa as being poised to lead one of the world’s next major manufacturing hubs,” concluded Dr de Kock.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrandlast_img read more


December 18, 2019 0

Do you know your number?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field LeaderWhat’s your number? While this question sounds like the latest campaign to monitor your cholesterol or blood pressure, it is actually talking about a different health measurement. The health of future soybean crops will be impacted by the level of soybean cyst nematode (SCN) present in your fields. SCN damages soybeans by feeding on roots. This takes nutrients from the plant, and creates wounds for fungi to enter. The past few years the SCN Coalition, funded by the soybean checkoff, has been running the “What’s your number?” campaign to renew attention to soybean cyst nematode. Presentations about SCN were common on the agenda of many farm programs in the mid to late 90’s. The relative ease of round-up ready soybean production increased the common practice of no-tilling soybeans back to beans which created a wonderful environment for SCN populations to grow. In the years following, thanks in part to an increased awareness of SCN associated yield losses and the development of resistant varieties, SCN saw a decline in many Ohio fields. Recently, SCN has quietly been overcoming the resistant varieties.Most all SCN resistant varieties have the same source of resistance: PI88788. For more than 20 years, more than 95 percent of all SCN-resistant soybean varieties have contained resistance from the PI 88788 breeding line. The good news has been that the PI8878 resistance is free and worked well for several of those years. The bad news is that now nematodes are becoming resistant to this gene. By definition, a resistance soybean variety will allow less than 10 percent reproduction by the SCN compared to a susceptible variety. The resistant variety should stop 90 percent of the SCN in a field from reproducing. Now, after over 20 years of using the same gene, natural selection is occurring. The nematodes seem to be adapting. In some fields surveyed, 50% of the nematodes can reproduce on a resistant variety.According to Horacio Lopez-Nicora, who is a graduate student in the Department of Plant Pathology at The Ohio State University, over 80% of Ohio fields sampled, tested positive for SCN. Lopez-Nicora works with Dr. Terry Niblack, Soybean Nematologist, and Dr. Anne Dorrance, Plant Pathologist at The Ohio State University. Another concerning number is that over 60% of growers with those fields that tested positive for SCN were unaware that they had a problem. “SCN can reduce yield without the plants showing symptoms,” said Dr. Anne Dorrance. “SCN injury can also easily be Anne Dorrance OSU Soybean Researcher Field Leaderconfused with other crop production problems such as nutrient deficiencies, injury from herbicides, soil compaction, or other diseases. SCN is the leading cause of soybean yield loss in North America.”The SCN Coalition’s slogan is “Take the test. Beat the pest!” SCN sampling can be done in the spring or in the fall. Populations are highest in the fall after soybeans are harvested. SCN populations can increase as much as 10 to 40 times in a single growing season. More importantly, SCN is not distributed evenly throughout a field. “There can be SCN hot spots,” Dorrance said. When sampling for SCN, it is recommended to pull a soil sample roughly every acre for each 10-20 acres sampled. “A farmer should pull a sample randomly, as they walk in a zig zag pattern across the field. Because SCN feed on roots, they are found in the root zone of the soybean plants. Samples should be taken at least 6-8 inches deep. Each composite sample submitted to the lab for analysis should represent 10-20 acres, and it will be submitted as a composite sample which means all the soil pulled will be mixed together. Approximately one pint of soil will be submitted for analysis. Once the soil is collected, it should be placed in a plastic bag and kept in a cool place out of direct sunlight,” said Lopez-Nicora. “Storing the samples in a cooler or box with an ice pack is a easy way to preserve the samples until they are sent to the lab for analysis. Be sure to mark the sample that is being submitted with the farm and field name or identification, location in the field, and collection date as well as anything else that will help you make sense of the results.”Results will be listed as number of eggs per 100-200 cc of soil. (100-200 cc of soil equals approximately ½ to 1 cup of soil.) Trace amounts are considered 40-200 eggs per cup. Low levels are considered 200-2000 eggs per cup. 2000-5000 levels are considered moderate, and over 5000 levels are considered high. When SCN are found in a field they can be difficult to get rid of. SCN can be managed to minimize the negative impact on yields. At low levels, it is recommended to plant SCN resistant varieties and rotate to non-host crops. Levels at or above 2000 may see some yield losses even on SCN resistant varieties. For moderate levels, the field should be rotated to a non-host crop, and when soybeans do return in the rotation, a SCN resistant variety should be selected. Susceptible varieties in fields with moderate levels have recorded 25-50 percent yield losses in Ohio. Fields with a high level should rotate away of soybeans to a non-host crop for two to three years and then re-sample before introducing soybeans to the rotation again. When soybeans are reintroduced, and SCN resistant variety should be selected. Rotating to a non-host crop such as corn, wheat or alfalfa.Some farmers have expressed concern about using legume plants as cover crops in case they could be inadvertent hosts for SCN. There are almost 100 different legume species reported in the scientific literature to be hosts (support reproduction) of SCN. If you have SCN in your fields, it is important to control winter annuals such as purple deadnettle that can serve as a host, and also avoid cover crops such as several of the clovers, cowpea and common and hairy vetch.More information can be found on the SCN Coalition website: thescncoalition.comSoybean Cyst Nematode in OhioOhio Field Leader is a project of the Ohio Soybean Council. For more, visit ohiofieldleader.com.last_img read more


December 17, 2019 0