Story Links Live Video Drake Game Notes The Drake University men’s basketball team plays its third-straight game on the road Wednesday, Dec. 6, evening when it visits South Dakota to take on the 7-3 Coyotes. Drake has dropped its last two outings by just a combined nine points to enter the contest at 4-3.Wednesday’s game features two high-scoring offenses as Drake averages 84.3 points per game while South Dakota scores at a 81.2 point per game clip. Drake currently ranks 47th nationally in scoring.Junior Nick McGlynn is averaging 16.2 points and 9.2 rebounds in the last five games with two doubles. He has also established three career scoring highs during that period, including a career-best 20 points at Wyoming. That scoring has provided a complement to Reed Timmer’s (New Berlin, Wis.) 22.6 points per game that ranks 15th nationally. In his last outing, Timmer was 4-of-5 from the three-point arc for 28 points on just 11 shots. That shooting is part of the reason the Bulldogs are converting at a 42.2 percent clip from the arc to rank 19th in the nation in three-point accuracy.Wednesday’s meeting will be the 13th in the series with Drake holding a 10-2 advantage in prior meetings after South Dakota defeated the Bulldogs, 79-74, in last season’s opener. The Coyotes went on to win the Summit League that season. The Coyotes losses this season have come to TCU, Northern Colorado and most recently, No. 1 Duke.Following Wednesday’s game, the Bulldogs return home to host Omaha Saturday. Tipoff at the Knapp Center is scheduled for 5 p.m. following the women’s 2 p.m. contest against Nebraska.Print Friendly Version Live Stats Live Audio
Justice MalalaIt was not what we were looking for.My friend Joseph and I were looking for a car wash. These businesses have sprung up with a vengeance in South Africa’s villages and townships. Most only operate on weekends and are started by young schoolboys to make some pocket money for themselves.They are cheap, efficient and, most importantly it seems, communal. While your car is being washed and polished (for a mere R20 plus tip), you sit around on chairs provided by these young entrepreneurs, chat to friends and have a beer.The car wash establishments in Temba township, just north of Pretoria, were chock-a-block last weekend. So Joseph and I found ourselves driving north out of the township, past several villages and still not finding any joy.It was late afternoon when we came across the oddly-named village of Dertig (“thirty” in Afrikaans) and finally spotted it. A ramshackle corrugated iron roof held up by four wooden pillars, with a sign scrawled in white paint, this was the car wash establishment we were looking for. It was empty and I drove my car in.It was when we got out the car that we saw it. It was a football match.The sun was going down in the west and it cast long shadows of the sweating boys as they ran around the football field. We got our beer out of the car, went to the side of the field and joined the hundreds of spectators hollering and egging their teams on. One of the car wash attendants ran over with two camping chairs.“We like our customers to relax,” he said with a smile.And so the sun went down over the small village of Dertig, with a football game in front of me and a beer in my hand, with a horde of people screaming their lungs out for their teams, and there was something there. I was not sure what it was.Perhaps it was the ambition of the young players, all teenagers, who told me afterwards that they hoped to be spotted by some big-name teams and one day become national stars. Perhaps it was the young car wash boys, all schoolboys making a little pocket money for the week ahead, who seemed obsessed with making me happy by working like demons to bring my car to a high state of shininess (something I am not obsessed with).But sitting there, surrounded by all these amazing, ambitious people, and feeling totally happy and relaxed, reminded me of how easy it is to forget some of the real joys of this country: the ambitious and incredibly positive people, the beautiful sunsets, the clear night skies and the fat stars of my childhood.As someone who writes columns that largely concentrate on the politics of the country, and someone who criticises many of our government’s positions, it is sometimes easy to forget the real, “small” people who make this country work.In essence, I am saying the country of crime and HIV and other challenges we face and criticise our government for is not the only country. There is another South Africa, a questing, ambitious, hungry South Africa. It is a South Africa away from the news headlines, a South Africa hidden from the foreigner. This is a place of dreams and ambitions.I saw it again this week when I spent some time in Mamelodi township, just 15 minutes north of the Pretoria city centre, where the HM Pitje Stadium is undergoing massive refurbishment.There, too, I found all these young people who seemed not to be held back by the problems our country faces. They were rushing off to put in tender bids or position themselves for some or other opportunity.It is not that these young people are not aware of the problems that bedevil the country. These are the same people who have friends who have died of Aids or are living with HIV. These are the same people who see friends with great potential being sucked in by crime.These disappointments and hardships make them even more determined to build a better future for themselves.Their determination and optimism is what I saw this past weekend. Theirs is an aspect of life that we all – South Africans and foreigners – sometimes ignore as we agonise over the supposedly “big questions”.I hope we can confront the real big questions: how the poorest of the poor are toiling daily to lift themselves up and out of poverty, how the government and the rest of civil society can augment their efforts, and how we can all do our bit to make this a better country.Justice Malala is an award-winning former newspaper editor, and is now general manager of Avusa’s stable of 56 magazines. He writes weekly columns for The Times newspaper and Financial Mail magazine, as well as a monthly media and politics column for Empire magazine. He is the resident political analyst for independent television channel e.tv and has consulted extensively for financial institutions on South African political risk. Malala was also an executive producer on Hard Copy I and II, a ground-breaking television series on SABC 3. Hard Copy I won the Golden Horn Award for best television series. Malala’s work has been published internationally in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Independent, Forbes, Institutional Investor, The Age and The Observer.
Lobbying Helps Slow the Growth of Rooftop SolarWhen Will Rooftop Solar Be Cheaper Than the Grid?An Introduction to Photovoltaic SystemsPV Systems Have Gotten Dirt Cheap Solar installer PosiGen LLC is targeting cash-poor consumers whose credit may not be great, and so far the gamble seems to be paying off.PosiGen, in fact, makes a point of not checking the credit scores of potential customers, according to a report at Bloomberg Technology. Far from finding its low-income customers are slow to pay or don’t pay, the company reports the default rate on contracts is extremely low — 47 defaults in 13,000 installations, less than 0.4%.The seven-year-old company now operates in Louisiana, New York, and Connecticut, according to its website. Bloomberg said PosiGen got its start in hard-hit areas of New Orleans in the years following Hurricane Katrina, then went on to capture 80% of Louisiana’s rooftop solar market. It is now expanding into Minnesota and New Jersey, and would continue growing elsewhere if it could raise the cash.In an interview with Bloomberg, CEO Thomas Neyhart suggested that the company was seeking out customers that other installers might want to avoid. “We want the people on disability,” he said, “the people living paycheck to paycheck.” RELATED ARTICLES In a 2015 article, Greentech Media said PosiGen’s business model is aimed squarely at middle- and low-income homeowners whose low credit scores and lack of cash have prevented them from participating in the solar boom.Neyhart called their marketing plan “blue-collar green.” The company’s standard installation is a 6.2-kW array that homeowners get for $79.99 a month.Greentech Media said the company’s approach is unique because it combines energy efficiency upgrades on the house with solar panel installation. Energy upgrades include adding insulation, installing smart thermostats, and replacing inefficient light bulbs. Coupled with the installation of solar panels, customers can expect to pay 40% to 80% less than they would for a typical power purchase agreement offered by a competitor.
A private pathological laboratory in eastern Assam’s Golaghat town had given a pregnancy report to a man who had gone for urine test.Doctors had advised Jogeswar Bora, a barely literate 42-year-old farmer on the outskirts of the town, to get his urine tested for a certain health complication. He did the test under the Chief Minister’s Free Diagnostic Services that was launched in 16 of Assam’s 33 districts in May 2017.Under the scheme, for people on either side of the poverty line, the State government paid private hospitals or laboratories for conducting medical tests such as CT scan, X-ray, blood and urine tests in government-run facilities.The Golaghat lab handed Mr. Bora the report after getting his urine tested at the civil hospital. “I had no idea what the report contained until a drug store owner I showed it to, said I had no chance of bearing a child,” Mr. Bora said.He then went to a private medical practitioner who told him that it was a negative report of pregnancy, and “something somewhere must have gone wrong”.The laboratory said Mr. Bora’s case could have been caused by a mix-up.
Yusuf Pathan is a busy man. Not only is he attempting to demolish the opposition, but he also bought two grey parrots in Bangalore, each worth Rs 35,000,and two Amazon parrots for the same price. All four are trained to talk. The batsman who shows no mercy to bowlers is a soft touch when it comes to abandoned and injured animals. Six years ago, Pathan met Snehal Bhavsar of the Gujarat Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at her husband’s shop for pet foods. He has been associated with the NGO since then. Pathan has three horses, four cats, an imported goat and a couple of parrots at his home. He is getting a special shelter built for pets at his farm house in Nadial, 45 km from Ahmedabad. The 28-year-old is now waiting for a special certificate from the wildlife conservation department before taking the parrots home.