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Simpson’s Win In the Rio Rematch Women’s 1,500 Meters Highlights Friday At The Blue Oval

first_img Friday Results (PDF) Friday Night Photos Friday Results (TXT) Friday Interviews Friday Notes Friday Afternoon Photos Friday Results (HTML) Friday Morning Photos Story Links Saturday Start Lists The Friday session at the 108th edition of the Drake Relays started and ended with a bang at Drake Stadium presented by Hy-Vee. Fans were treated to a pair of meet records in the morning before witnessing several Rio Rematches during the evening session.In the race of the night, Webster City, Iowa, native Jenny Simpson prevailed in the women’s 1,500 meters as usual. Simpson, the bronze medalist at last summer’s Olympics, pulled out of the pack to take the lead in the final lap, then survived a sprint to the finish to win the Rio Rematch race in 4:16.10.It’s the fifth straight victory for the former Colorado standout in the race, matching a streak achieved by former Wisconsin star Cindy Bremser, who did it from 1981-85.Simpson won against an impressive field that had deep Iowa connections as Shelby Houlihan, an eight-time Drake Relays champion at Sioux City East, was fourth. Former West Des Moines Dowling Catholic standout Karissa Schweizer, who has won two NCAA championships, came in seventh.Veteran LaShawn Merritt outran longtime rival Kirani James and five others in a star-studded field to win the Rio Rematch 400. Merritt, who’ll turn 31 on June 27, was solid throughout and had the strength he needed at the end to hold off Vernon Norwood and Tony McQuay. A three-time Olympic gold medalist and eight-time World champion, Merritt finished in 45.41 seconds for his second Drake Relays victory.Dani Bunch came into the Drake Relays as the world leader in the women’s shot put and leaves with a championship. Bunch threw 60 feet, 10½ inches to win the Elite Invitational event.A pair of elite athletes defended their Drake Relays crowns as Sandi Morris won the Rio Rematch Women’s Pole Vault with a clearance of 15-5 ¾, while Lavern Spencer won the invitational women’s high jump with a mark of 6-3 ¼.Former Kansas star and 2015 NCAA champion Michael Stigler won the Rio Rematch Men’s 400 Hurdles in 49.07, which ranks fourth in the world this year. Bershawn “Batman” Jackson, a two-time Drake Relays Champion and Drake Stadium record-holder, finished second in 49.70 in his final appearance on the Blue Oval as Jackson will retire at the end of the season. Christian Taylor made his return to Des Moines where he won the Rio Rematch Men’s Triple Jump with a jump of 55-6 ½. Taylor set the Drake Stadium record of 57-1 at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships.At the college level, Iowa took home the men’s university 4×800-meter relay crown thanks to strong performances from former Iowa preps Matt Manternach (Monticello), Tysen VanDraska (Cedar Rapids Prairie), Will Teubel (Mt. Vernon) and Carter Lilly (Sioux City East).Purdue picked up a pair of wins on Friday as Symone Black won the 400 hurdles while the Boilermakers also won the 4×200 relay. NDSU also won a pair of throwing events as Alex Renner won the men’s shot put while Alyssa Olin took home the women’s javelin crown.Oklahoma State won its second women’s relay title of the weekend thanks to its win in the women’s university 4×800 relay in 8:37.20 as the Cowgirls also won the 4×1600 relay crown on Thursday.A pair of Drake Relays records fell at the high school level as Kerris Roberts of Waterloo East set the girls 100 record in 11.82, while Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Joah Banks won the 110 hurdles in a Relays record time of 14.01.Less than 24 hours after winning the boys’ shot put title at the Drake Relays, Mt. Vernon’s Tristan Wirfs completed the double with a victory in the boys’ discus Friday morning. Wirfs launched a bomb of 190-1, which ranks 26th in the country this year.  West Burlington/Notre Dame’s Isaiah Trousil joined elite company on Friday on the Blue Oval, becoming the fourth prep to win three-straight Drake Relays titles in the boys’ 100 meters.Davenport Assumption’s Joy Ripslinger repeated in her title in the girls 800, running away from the field to win in 2:10.47. It’s the sixth Drake Relays championship for the Arkansas recruit, who also has won five state titles.Action resumes on the Blue Oval Saturday at 8 a.m. with action continuing until 4:30 p.m. Events from Drake Stadium will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network from 2-4 p.m.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

‘BEE fuelling economic revolution’

first_img29 May 2006South Africa’s drive to bring the long-excluded majority of its people into the mainstream of its economic life is paying healthy dividends. It is pushing the growth rate – nearly 5% last year – on to a higher trajectory. It has helped the 12-year-old democracy move ahead of India as a destination for foreign direct investment. It was a factor in the 47% total return on equities traded on the JSE last year.Broadly defined, the black economic empowerment strategy hammered out between government and business is helping fuel an economic and social revolution as millions start to enjoy disposable income and upward mobility for the first time. This is making SA an exciting place to do business and one that holds the promise of long-term stability.How real is the transformation? Consider this. Just over 20 years ago, South Africa’s most famous newspaper, the Rand Daily Mail, closed because its readership was increasingly black and of no interest to advertisers. Today, SA’s most successful newspaper is the Daily Sun, a three-year-old start-up targeted at the black working class. Its circulation is 450 000 and rising, and advertisers are clamouring for space.Nearly half a million black adults moved into the middle income bracket last year, according to the South African Advertising and Research Foundation. The number of black people in the upper brackets grew 30% and the proportion of blacks in the top income bracket is now 20%, up from close to zero a decade ago. The rise of black consumers can be seen in surging sales of consumer goods, financial services, property, cars and tourism. This is strongly tied to empowerment. Factors driving it include the rapid increase of black people in white-collar public- and private-sector jobs and the growth of black-owned business.There has been understandable criticism that empowerment in its narrowest form – the encouragement of business to put a more representative share of ownership and control in black hands – has in some instances simply served to enrich a small elite. This was perhaps inevitable as businesses scrambled to find what they considered to be bankable and “connected” partners as a new era dawned.Naturally, some of the brightest black brains, who would have had few other choices other than to embrace the political movement for change during the apartheid era, later might be attracted into business once the opportunities arose. The threat of so-called crony capitalism is being replaced with the promise of building an entrepreneurial culture. The government’s recently published empowerment codes are a step forward. The corporate sector is also climbing the learning curve.The private sector likewise has a responsibility to ensure that empowerment really does undo the horrifying distortions left by apartheid so that a just and prosperous future can rise from its ashes. Empowerment deals such as the ones announced by De Beers, Merrill Lynch and my own company over the past year are increasingly the norm. Beneficiaries will own a growing stake in these companies’ South African subsidiaries. They include employees, customers, emerging businesses as well as strategic black business partners who bring real bottom-line value to the table and are rewarded accordingly.The authorities deserve credit for deliberately avoiding a prescriptive approach to empowerment. Having set broad objectives, they left it to industry sectors to work out how to achieve them.Consultations continue on the details of the scorecard system government proposes to use in awarding contracts, licences and mineral rights.Under the system, companies will earn points for meeting equity ownership targets, appointing black people and women to management positions, developing skills and talent and procuring from small business. The government is sensitive to reservations some foreign companies have about selling equity in their South African subsidiaries and is willing to consider awarding points for “equity equivalents” that advance the common objective.Black economic empowerment is a shared endeavour. What we are trying to achieve is difficult. There are no perfect models to follow. But even with the mistakes we have made, the rewards of getting it right are already manifest in our dynamic economy.And we will get it right. South Africans are pragmatic problem-solvers who listen and strive to build consensus as the foundation for lasting solutions. That is one very good reason anyone wanting to do business in SA would want to find local partners – they add real value.Jim Sutcliffe is the chief executive officer of Old Mutual. This article originally appeared in the Financial Times.last_img read more

Yelp Check-Ins: Totally Awesome or Super Annoying?

first_imgTags:#mobile#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement You’ll be able to click a button to check in when you’re physically present at a location listed on Yelp.You’ll get a badge marking you as a regular when you check in regularly from one location and your review will reflect that status.You’ll be able to get an iPhone push notification when a friend of yours from the site checks in someplace.Check-in data will eventually be available on the website in addition to the mobile application.What does this mean? It means that many more people around the world will be able to enjoy the very cool ideas that smart little services like Foursquare and Gowalla have come up with but have had limited userbases with which to score network effects outside of a few large citiesIt means you’ll want to launch the Yelp iPhone app more often and that the app will be pestering you with friends’ check-ins, reminding you to pay attention to Yelp. It means you’ll be more likely to make friends on Yelp. It means you’ll be walking down the street in your town, find out a friend is nearby and you’ll change your plans in order to go hang out with them.If implemented well, it’s probably going to be a whole lot of fun. A good implementation might include shut-off times for push notifications and intelligent integration of your friends, favorite places and other information.What are the smaller companies in this space going to do? That’s a tough call. Most social networking activities are a lot more enjoyable if a larger number of people – and a larger number of your friends in particular – are participating. That means Yelp. There may be important cultural differences, though, that leave space in a larger market for smaller players. Yelp may remain dominated by a certain crowd that’s considered distasteful (perhaps so tasteful it’s distasteful) by enough other people to make alternatives economically viable.We’ve got different TV and radio networks for people with different tastes today, might we not have different location-based social networks for people with different tastes tomorrow?We’re about to find out, because leveraging location data on the mobile phone is about to become a much more common thing to do. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … marshall kirkpatrick Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Business review service Yelp will update its mobile apps soon to include a feature called “check-ins,” a feature similar to one that several smaller location-based social networks have built their businesses around. This according to severalotherblogs that were given early access to the feature – blogs that, co-incidentally, are less likely to mention complaints about Yelp, like that it is hated by many business owners, is believed by some to be full of extortionists, and is believed by many to be filled with self-absorbed, chronically snide hipsters.Those common criticisms aside, Yelp is pretty awesome and the addition of check-ins could make it even more awesome still. Or it could be really annoying. It’s hard to say for sure, but it’s definitely going to be a big deal.Only Apple knows for sure when the update will be live for the Yelp iPhone app but when it is, here’s what it will look like:last_img read more