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No. 23/23 Women’s Basketball Holds off SIU for 71-64 Road Win

first_imgDean, who made her first three triples in the first eight minutes of the game, knocked down her final one with 57 seconds left. That three-pointer paired with two free throws by Dean on the prior possession pushed the Bulldogs’ lead to seven after the Salukis had pulled back to just two points. Drake then made five of its last six free throws to seal the road win as SIU tried to extend the game. Next Game: Story Links Preview at Missouri State 3/3/2019 – 2 p.m. SIU (13-13, 6-9 MVC), which trailed by 15 early in the third quarter after Dean’s layup, was paced by Makenzie Silvey’s 15 points. Abby Brockmeyer and Kristen Nelson chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench. Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines ESPN+ Watch Live Hittner scored 10 points in the fourth quarter while Rhine had five. Rhine finished with seven points as her impressive streak of consecutive double-figures ended at 34. She helped the Bulldogs in other ways pulling down five rebounds and nabbing three steals, the last one led to Dean’s dagger three-pointer. SIU used a hot-shooting third quarter to make it a single digit game heading to the final period. The Saluki cut their deficit to two points five times in the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs answered every time with a score. Bachrodt, Dean, Hittner and Rhine scored 23 of Drake’s 25 points in the fourth quarter, the other two points coming from a clutch pair of free throws by Maddie Monahan (Silver Lake, Minn.) for the Bulldogs’ final points with seven seconds left. CARBONDALE, Ill. – The No. 23/23 Drake University women’s basketball team held off a resilient Southern Illinois team Friday night for a 71-64 Missouri Valley Conference road win at SIU Arena.   Drake closes its final road trip Sunday at Missouri State (18-8, 14-1 MVC) in a battle of the MVC’s two first-place teams. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will be streamed on ESPN+. Print Friendly Version Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) led Drake (22-5, 14-1 MVC) with a game-high 23 points and added seven rebounds. Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) made four-three-pointers, the last one a late three-ball with just under one minute to play, and finished with 19 points. Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) added 14 points, four assists, four steals and three rebounds. PDF Box Score Drake led 32-19 at halftime with a strong second-quarter when it outscored SIU, 17-9. The Salukis didn’t make their first three-pointer until right before the halftime buzzer as Lauren Hartman beat the clock. Dean, Hittner and Bachrodt led the Bulldogs with nine, eight and seven points, respectively. Full Schedule Roster HTML Box Score last_img read more

Man arrested after €3,000 of drugs found in Letterkenny Garda raid

first_imgGardai in Co Donegal arrested a man after seizing more than €3,000 worth of drugs.Gardai executed a search warrant and raided the home of a person in Letterkenny.As a result of the swoop, officers recovered €#2,780 worth of cannabis and also €350 worth of cocaine. One man was arrested at the scene, detained and questioned at Letterkenny Garda station.He was released without charge pending the submission of a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions.A Garda spokesman for the Donegal division said “Illegal drugs destroy lives. We are working hard to try and keep them off our streets.“Please seek help if you have a drug addiction. Please don’t watch your future go up in a puff of smoke.” Man arrested after €3,000 of drugs found in Letterkenny Garda raid was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Uganda leads rice research

first_imgA rice farmer in his field near Lira, Uganda.(Image: Eyeing Africa, flickr) A representative of the AgriculturalProductivity Enhancement Program inUganda explains how to care for uplandrice.(Image: US Department of State)Janine ErasmusUganda is to open a world-class research centre for rice. The country received a R56-million ($6-million) grant from Japan, one of the world’s leading rice growers, to establish the facility, which will be based at the Namulonge Crops Research Institute in the southern district of Wakiso.Research will focus on the New Rice for Africa (Nerica) variety, a crop that showed much potential when it was first introduced in Guinea in 1997 and is increasingly being hailed as a miracle product.The deal was signed on 22 March 2009 in Kampala by Ugandan finance minister Syda Bbumba and Seki Tetsuo of the Japan International Co-operation Agency. Bbumba, who is also chair of the East African Development Bank‘s governing council, said that the Ugandan government is promoting rice as part of its Plan for Modernisation of Agriculture initiative.This programme is one of Uganda’s key strategies in the fight against poverty. “Uganda is centrally positioned to produce food for the region, and rice is one of the crops sorely needed,” said Bbumba, adding that agricultural produce as a driver of regional trade would stimulate economic growth.Africa’s staple cropRice is a staple crop in much of Africa, but embattled farmers on the continent struggle daily with challenges such as drought, competition with animals, and pests. Nerica has changed their fortunes – according to the United Nations, farmers in African countries where Nerica is currently grown are now achieving plentiful harvests.Not only are the farmers able to support their families, but there is enough left over to sell in the markets  and earn a profit.The reason that Nerica grows well in the unforgiving African soil is because it is a hybrid, a cross between the hardy African variety Oryza glaberrima, and the high-yielding Asian variety O. sativa. It exhibits the best features of both – resistance to drought and pests, early maturing, higher yields even when irrigation or fertiliser are lacking, and more protein content than other types of rice.For his work in helping to develop the hardy strain, Sierra Leonian scientist Dr Monty Jones was a co-recipient of the prestigious World Food Prize in 2004. Jones was also named as one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2007.Ugandans consume about 160 000 tons of rice per year. To address this need, the Ugandan government is vigorously promoting upland rice, which is grown in dry soil, as opposed to the traditional method of growing the crop in a flooded paddy field.The new research facility is expected to increase productivity and improve the quality of rice cultivated in East Africa. Japanese ambassador to Uganda Kato Keiichi said that research into rice was a key sector of co-operation between his country and Uganda.Japanese-African co-operationThe Far East country is also investing into areas such as infrastructure development in Uganda. Currently the Japanese government is carrying out a feasibility study on the construction of the Nile Bridge in Jinja and one on the proposed Ayago North hydropower dam.In 2008 Japan pledged to help Uganda financially to build a bridge over the Nile River at Jinja to replace the 54-year-old bridge at the Owen Falls dam, which has developed serious structural faults and is in imminent danger of collapsing.Uganda, a land-locked country, relies on the bridge as it connects the south-western part of the country with the eastern and central portions and is vital for trade. The White Nile flows out of Lake Victoria in the south-east and bisects the country as it heads northward to merge with the Blue Nile in Khartoum, Sudan, forming the Nile proper. Uganda’s land-locked neighbours Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo also need the bridge as it is the only link to the Kenyan port city of Mombasa.Japan is also assisting in preparations for the construction of the proposed 500 MW Ayago hydropower project. The development will be situated near Ayago village in the Murchison Falls National Park in the north-west, at the confluence of the Ayago and Victoria Nile Rivers. Installed electricity-generating capacity in Uganda is only 300 MW, and it is estimated that by 2025 the country will need 2 000 MW to run homes and industries.Other areas of co-operation include the extraction of phosphates fertilisers, the production of biofuel using oil from the Jatropha curcas plant, said to be one of the best candidates for biofuel manufacture, and further infrastructure development in northern Uganda.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] stories“Miracle” rice fights African hungerSurplus food for the starvingUseful linksAfrica Rice CentreNational Crops Resources Research Institute (Uganda)Africancrops.netPlan for Modernisation of AgricultureInternational Rice Research InstituteJapan International Co-operation Agencylast_img read more