Marshfield Middle School girls swim team fourth at conference meet

first_imgTigers’ 200 medley relay team wins titleBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU — The Marshfield Middle School girls swim team finished fourth at the 10-team Wisconsin Valley Conference Meet at Horace Mann Middle School on Oct. 7.Marshfield totaled 136 points, 37 behind Horace Mann. D.C. Everest won the team title with 273 points, only three ahead of Stevens Point.Marshfield’s 200-yard medley relay team of Faith Risa, Tara Kracht, Courtney Donahue, and Mya Bohman won the event in 2:06.62 for the Tigers’ lone victory.Marshfield had a number of other top-10 finishes. Donahue was second in the 50 butterfly (30.07) and seventh in the 100 individual medley (1:12.82), Kracht took third in the 200 freestyle (2:14.63) and seventh in the 50 breaststroke (36.45), Risa was fourth in the 50 butterfly (31.23) and fifth in the 100 individual medley (1:11.07), and Bohman took seventh in the 100 freestyle (1:04.38).Risa, Bohman, Donahue, and Kracht also finished fourth in the 400 freestyle relay in 4:14.44.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Horace Mann InvitationalOct. 7, at Horace Mann Middle School, WausauTeam scores: 1. D.C. Everest 273; 2. Stevens Point 270; 3. Wausau Horace Mann 173; 4. Marshfield 136; 5. Rhinelander James Williams 122; 6. Wisconsin Rapids 85; 7. Merrill 80; 8. Wausau John Muir 32; 9. Medford 22; 10. Colby/Abbotsford 16.Winners and Marshfield finishers200 medley relay: 1. Marshfield (Faith Risa, Tara Kracht, Courtney Donahue, Mya Bohman) 2:06.62; 14. Marshfield (Lily Truskowski, Ellie Meyer, Naomi Martin, Katie Wagner) 2:47.90.200 freestyle: 1. Bethany Rahn (DC) 2:01.09; 3. Kracht (MAR) 2:14.63.100 IM: 1. Amber Winter (MER) 1:06.08; 5. Risa (MAR) 1:11.07; 7. Donahue (MAR) 1:12.82.50 freestyle: 1. Claire Tesch (DC) 26.63; 6. Bohman (MAR) 28.68; 25. Meyer (MAR) 34.77; 35. Keely Gorst (MAR 42.62; 36. Olivia Hansen (MAR) 55.98.50 butterfly: 1. Rahn (DC) 27.54; 2. Donahue (MAR) 30.07; 4. Risa (MAR) 31.23.100 freestyle: 1. Katie Hall (DC) 58.90; 7. Bohman (MAR) 1:04.38; 33. Hansen (MAR) 2:16.64.200 freestyle relay: 1. Stevens Point (Anna Johnston, Leah Stiff, Brooke Swiecki, Zoe Fink) 1:52.01; 20. Marshfield (Meyer, Truskowski, Gorst, Martin) 2:29.46; 32. Marshfield (Alyessa Bolander, Libby Karl, Hansen, Wagner) 3:39.02.50 backstroke: 1. Kallie Brost (DC) 30.93; 22. Martin (MAR) 40.91; 30. Truskowski (MAR) 44.38; 35. Bolander (MAR) 54.71; 37. Libby Karl (MAR) 1:02.99.50 breaststroke: 1. Winter (MER) 33.56; 7. Kracht (MAR) 36.45; 27. Martin (MAR) 46.14; 33. Wagner (MAR) 51.18.400 freestyle relay: 1. D.C. Everest (Hall, Brost, Michelle Gutierriz-Jakobi, Rahn) 3:56.59; 4. Marshfield (Bohman, Donahue, Kracht, Risa) 4:14.44.last_img read more

SA targets 1.5m public works jobs

first_img15 February 2012 The South African government aims to create more than 1.5-million job opportunities in the next two years through its Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), which officials say has proved effective in the fight against poverty. A review of the programme’s funding model, currently under way, is also expected to make it easy for municipalities to access start-up grants to speed up community-based job creation projects. Addressing a media briefing in Cape Town on Tuesday, Public Works Minister Thembelani Nxesi said the review would allow municipalities to receive 40 percent of their allocated EPWP grant as start-up funding even if they didn’t produce work plans, which was previously the case. “We have witnessed major weaknesses in the way the funding model was implemented, so with the review we will be providing technical assistance to the municipality to allow them to use the start-up funding to create the necessary jobs without having to wait,” Nxesi said.Half-a-million jobs in 2011 The EPWP plays a crucial role in government’s job creation drive, with half-a-million jobs created by the scheme in 2011. An estimated 79 000 work opportunities were created through community work programmes. About 1 335 jobs were facilitated by the National Youth Development Agency, which also provided career guidance to more than 5 000 young people in 2011. Nxesi said a third-quarter report, to be released in the next two weeks, would show a further increase in the number of jobs created through the EPWP, mostly in rural communities across the country.Major state infrastructure programme The target of 1.5-million public works jobs by 2014 is said to have been influenced by the infrastructure programme announced by President Jacob Zuma last week. During his State of the Nation address last Thursday, Zuma unveiled plans to expand the country’s infrastructure programme as part of efforts to create five-million new jobs in this decade. Analysts have said the move will allow the state to play a more leading role in employment creation in the face of a weakening world economy and falling company profits. Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, also addressing the briefing, said the emphasis on infrastructure expansion in the State of the Nation address created an ideal opportunity to introduce a labour-intensive approach to development. “It is envisaged that many EPWP work opportunities will be created,” Dlamini said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Our freedom ‘did not come free’

first_img3 April 2014 Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane has called on all South Africans to uphold the freedom the country has enjoyed since 1994. “Our freedom came at a tremendous cost and must be jealously guarded,” Chabane said on Thursday. “We must never lose sight of the sacrifices of those who came before us, so that we can be free today. “It is up to us to carry the torch of freedom that so many of our fellow countrymen and women fought and even died for. Let us be the generation who celebrate their legacy.” Chabane was speaking in Pretoria following a session of the National Communication Partnership (NCP), which brings together stakeholders in the communication field to discuss ways of uniting the nation around the 20 Years of Freedom celebrations. The session coincided with the launch of 2014 Freedom Month. Chabane said the fact that South Africa was now a better place to live in before 1994 was not empty rhetoric, as everyday life was full of examples of how things had changed since 1994. “This is not simply a feel-good declaration,” he said. “It is evident wherever we look. It is tangible and very real for millions of South Africans as they go about their daily lives. “We have worked tirelessly to build a better life for all our people, especially those who were deliberately underdeveloped and sidelined by apartheid.” Chabane said South Africa’s 20 Year Review, released last month by President Jacob Zuma, confirmed the progress the nation had made. He added that over the past 20 years the country had forged a national identity built on mutual respect, tolerance and acceptance, which formed the basis for nation building and social cohesion. “We have much to celebrate and be proud of in this regard. At one time, we were a nation at odds with each other. Our peaceful transition stunned the world [at a time] when some predicted that the country would be divided by a civil war.” Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

On Twitter, It’s Just Five Degrees of Separation

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#news#NYT#Statistics#twitter#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos frederic lardinois Related Posts The Power of RetweetsThis also highlights the power of retweets. A retweet really doesn’t have to propagate very far to reach a very large number of people. Of course, chances are that not all of your friends and friends of friends will retweet your message – and even then, appearing in a Twitter user’s stream doesn’t guarantee that your message will actually be seen. The Sysomos team also looked at how far Twitter users would have to roam to meet a follower of their own. According to the company’s data, it only takes 3.32 steps on average (standard deviation is 1.25 steps) before you will find someone who is already following you. As Sysomos’ Alex Cheng notes in the report, this means that “there are many small, circular connections on Twitter.” Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification On Twitter, there are just five degrees of separation between you and almost everybody else on the service. After analyzing over 5.2 billion friend and follower relationships on Twitter, social media analytics and monitoring firm Sysomos determined that nearly everyone on Twitter is just five steps away from each other, and about half of all the people on Twitter are separated by only four steps. The famous six degrees of separation also still hold true on Twitter. These six steps cover 98% of all Twitter friendships. The most common friendship distance on Twitter, however, is just 4.67 – and if you visit all of your friends and friends of friends up to a distance of five steps, chances are that you will see about 83% of all Twitter users. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

What Banana Republic’s “Startup Guy” Collection Gets All Wrong

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Images courtesy of Banana Republic, illustration by Nigel Sussman and Madeleine Weiss  12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Bravo, Banana Republic! We hail your valiant effort to inject some fashion sense into Silicon Valley. And purely from a fashion perspective, your new collection The Startup Guy is pretty on point; the clothes are unquestionably nice.But we have to talk. It’s kind of tone deaf to try to “disrupt” Silicon Valley fashion without first understanding the culture and style that already permeates techland. Free startup-branded t-shirts, messenger bags, and hoodies are more on par for the real-life “startup guy.”There’s also your approach to diversity in tech. With two white guys and one Asian male as models, The Startup Guy collection helps perpetuate the notion that there aren’t any women or many minorities beyond Asians in startups. (Neither is true.)Still, I respect your desire to up SV’s male fashion game. I scrolled through The Startup Guy collection on my daily ride into the city, and took a moment to close my eyes and imagine what a Caltrain car full of Banana Republic startup guys would look like. In my mind, there were jeans rolled up to the ankles, chunky wool sweaters, and all the loafers filling the seats. It felt a little “finance fratty,” if you get my meaning.The fact is, people don’t look like this in Silicon Valley. I opened my eyes back into the real world, and it was peppered with backpacks, plaid shirts, and scooters. Your man-purses, salmon shorts, and earth tones would be more at home on a yacht off the Hamptons than they would be on Muni. The straight-out-of-university style rules in San Francisco startup land, and that doesn’t look to be changing anytime soon. But the biggest problem here might just be the simple idea that you went and named this collection The Startup Guy. That pretty much guarantees that no actual person from a startup will forgo all self-awareness and buy these clothes. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts Tags:#banana republic#cable television#clothes#collection#digital media#fashion#hoodies#shorts#Silicon Valley#Silicon Valley Street Style#suits#t-shirts stephanie ellen chanlast_img read more

Report: Marcell Ateman Running Again, now ‘Week to Week’

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Senior pass catcher Marcell Ateman has not played a game this season for OSU, after suffering an injury in the preseason that has held him out to this point. According to a report from the Tulsa World’s Mark Cooper, Mike Gundy says that Ateman has reached the point in his recovery that he’s now running again.“He’s in a week-to-week mode now,” Gundy said. “They’re going to start doing change of direction next week, is what I was told. From that point on we’ll have a pretty good idea of where he’s at.”Ateman was OSU’s second leading receiver from a year ago who had 766 receiving yards and 5 touchdown grabs.Jhajuan Seales and Chris Lacy have both helped fill the 6-foot-4 void left by Ateman this season, combining for 511 yards between the two. But no doubt that having the skill and height of Ateman at receiver  back on the field would be huge for OSU.last_img read more

Kansas State Does Not Turn The Ball Over Which Could Be a Problem

first_imgOklahoma State heads to its’ proverbial house of horrors on Saturday, where the Cowboys will take on Bill Snyder and the Kansas State Wildcats. The Cowboys haven’t come home with a win at Bill Snyder Family Stadium since 2010, including a brutal 48-14 pounding in 2014 the last time the Pokes came to town.This year’s Kansas State team is very similar to your typical Bill Snyder-coached group- they run the ball, they stop the run, and they refuse to turn the ball over. The Wildcats sit at 5-3 (3-2 in Big 12 play) and come off of a close shave against Iowa State in Farmageddon.They held a 31-10 lead in the fourth quarter only to give up 16 unanswered and needed to recover an onside kick at the end to hang on for the win.But the style that Kansas State plays may spell doom for a Cowboys defense that relies heavily on turnovers and struggles to get stops without them. Let’s take a look at a few numbers to know for Kansas State.Kansas State will not give the ball upAs mentioned above, Kansas State has turned over the ball just seven times all season! This ranks eighth in the country, and will mean many long, slow drives up and down the field. QB Jesse Ertz facilitates an interesting spread offense, but executes more like a Big 10 offense than a Big 12.Running backs Justin Silmon and Charles Thomas are a two headed monster out of the backfield that run hard and run often. The Cowboys defense should expect to be on the field more than almost any other game this season, and will need to stop the run against the Wildcats if they want to get off the field.Oklahoma State will face the best run defense they’ve faced all yearK-State is elite at stopping the run. They give up just 102.3 yards per game, which is fifth in the entire country. OSU has improved quite a bit in the past few games running the football, but will face the toughest test of their season on the ground in Manhattan.If the Pokes can’t run the ball and establish the ground game early, they will be in big trouble on the road.The Cowboys continue to be road warriors in the Big 12A stat that may surprise Cowboys fans — Oklahoma State is 7-1 in their last 8 true road games, dating back to 2014. Despite Mason Rudolph’s struggles on the road (10 touchdowns, 10 interceptions in his career), OSU has come up big this year and last year away from Stillwater, especially in the Big 12.Kansas State has won the last two meetings in Manhattan, but this Oklahoma State team is riding high after the West Virginia win last week. If the Cowboys can get a win on the road this weekend, they will be in the driver’s seat to play for the Big 12 title in Norman the final day of the season. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Postgame Show: Oklahoma State Gets Worked In Bedlam

first_imgKyle Porter calls Carson Cunningham to discuss a horrific Bedlam game that ended with the Cowboys losing 38-20 in Norman (and it wasn’t even really that close). They discuss Road Rudolph, Gundy against OU, what there is to be excited about (not much!) and where OSU goes from here.LIVE on #Periscope: Bedlam is over. #okstate got worked. Let’s all mourn this together. https://t.co/eeI1NgzUhQ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 3, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

2018 Tight End Nic McTear Commits to Oklahoma State

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Junior day offers continue to pay dividends for Oklahoma State.The Cowboys extended a number of offers just over a week ago during the big day in Stillwater. From tight ends to linebackers to wide receivers. And Oklahoma State has picked up its second commitment from a junior day offer as 2018 tight end Nic McTear announced his verbal commitment to the Cowboys on Monday night.https://twitter.com/nicmctear/status/828747677873631233It’s a relieving sight for OSU fans and coaching staff alike. The tight end position went unfilled until the final days of signing day for the 2017 class after OSU had a late decommitment in the class. And OSU has filled the position early for 2018 with an up-and-coming prospect in McTear, who picked OSU over offers from Toledo, Iowa State, North Texas, Colorado State and Tulsa.With the commitment of McTear, Oklahoma State’s 2018 recruiting class is up to three joining quarterback Spencer Sanders and linebacker Blake Barron.last_img read more

Videos from Day 1: Yurcich, Spencer, Richards, Edison-McGruder Talk

first_imgDay 1 of Oklahoma State’s spring football practice is in the books, and we heard from a bevy of players and coaches. Glenn Spencer, Ramon Richards, Mike Yurcich and Kenneth Edison-McGruder were among those we talked to on Monday in Stillwater.Here is what they had to say. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more