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World’s Fastest Men Ready To Race In Drake Relays 100 Meters

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The most exciting 10 seconds in track & field will live up its billing at Drake Stadium when the men’s invitational 100 meters makes its return to the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee.Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays, has announced the full field for the event that will be headlined by Canadian Olympic medalist Andre De Grasse. However, De Grasse is just one of five Olympians in the eight-competitor field that will race down the homestretch of the Blue Oval April 28 at 2:56 p.m. Six of the event’s eight lanes will feature competitors has shattered the 10-second mark in the event.In 2016, De Grasse won three medals at the Rio Olympics, including bronze in the 100 meters behind Usain Bolt. With Bolt’s retirement, De Grasse is thought by many in the track and field community to be the heir apparent to the title ‘World’s Fastest Man.’In addition to that bronze medal in the 100 meters, De Grasse won silver in the 200 meters behind Bolt and bronze in the 4×100-meter relay as a member of the Canadian team. He has run the 100 meters in 10 seconds or less in a legal wind nine times in his career, including a personal best of 9.91 and has run as fast as 9.69 with a tailwind. De Grasse’s Blue Oval debut marks the first time an invitational 100 meters has been staged at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee since 2005.Joining the cadre of elite sprinters is a local favorite that had a storied career at Drake Stadium as a collegian. Brandon Carnes, a two-time Relays champion in the event as a collegian at UNI, will race as a professional for the first time at Drake Stadium. The 16-time Missouri Valley Conference champion owns a personal best of 10.06.Another competitor who made his mark a collegian returns as an experienced professional in Isiah Young. Young was an Olympic semifinalist in the 200 meters in 2012 and has been a member of three World Championship teams for the United States. While competing for the University of Mississippi, Young was a four-time Drake Relays champion and back-to-back winner of the 100 meters in 2012 and 2013. The second of those titles earned him Drake Relays Most Outstanding Performer honors and is one of three collegiate competitors to win the honor outright in the last decade.Mike Rodgers is one of the veterans in the field that has run a sub 10-second 100 meters a staggering 39 times in his career and owns the 14th fastest time in the history of the event at 9.85. He has been a five-time World Championship semifinalist and led off the USA’s 4×100-meter relay in the 2016 Olympics.Joining De Grasse among the international talent in the event is Turkey’s national record holder, Jak Ali Harvey. Harvey was the 2016 European Championship silver medalist in the event and finished seventh in the 2017 World Championship. With a personal best of 9.92, he qualified for the 2016 Olympics in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4×100-meter relay.Kemar Hyman’s 9.95 best in the event makes him the national record holder for the Cayman Islands and he has twice represented his country in the Olympics and has experience on the Blue Oval while winning an NCAA Championship for Florida at Drake Stadium.Thursday’s announcement of the 100-meter field brings the total number of Olympians set to compete at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee to 16 to date with dozens more to be announced in the coming weeks.All-session, multi-session and single-session tickets are currently on sale via the Drake Athletic Ticket Office and DrakeTix.com.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

South Sudan coach rallies nationals to swarm Lugogo

first_imgSaturdayUganda Cranes vs South Sudan at StarTimes Stadium LugogoFOOTBALL — A 25-member contingent of South Sudan national team The Black Stars have arrived in Kampala ahead of the 2018 Africa Cup of Nations Championships (Chan) qualifier return leg on Saturday.The team checked in at 2:30pm on Thursday at Entebbe International Airport and was received by Fufa executive Chris Kalibala.Head Coach Felix Bilal Kumuyange has promised that his players will put up a splendid show and called on all South Sudanese living in Uganda to flood Lugogo to give support to their national team.The first game away in Juba ended in a goalless draw with Cranes Skipper Geoffrey Sserunkuma missing a crucial second half penalty.The winner on aggregate will play either Tanzania or Kenya in the second round.South Sudan TeamGoalkeepers: Robert Joseph (Salam) Daniel Khamis (Gudele) Defenders: Yassir Khamis Celestino (Kator), Omot Sebit (Merriek), Gabriel Machol Luka (Merriek)*, Farouq Tajal Din Mohammed (Malakia), Salah Abubakare (Salam), Abdu Awad Lemi (Rabita) Midfielders: Robert Wulube Duku (Atlabara), Daniel Boki Oliver (Kator), John Albino Ajak (Atlabara), Sebit Ajak (Atlabara), Emmanuel Thomas Lumari (Amarat), James Anei (Salam), Muroan Alnour (Ghazalla) Strikers: Stephen John Samson (Hilal), Joseph Celestine Ayuru (Rabita), James Joseph Saeed Moga (Kator), Khamis Leon Uso (Merriek) Officials: Head coach: Felix Bilal Kumuyange Assistant coach: James Eziekiel Team Manager: Lawrence DraleCommentslast_img read more

U.S. Special 301 Report criticizes Europe’s targeting of U.S. dairy exports

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office recently denounced Europe’s anti-trade agenda against common-name food products and pursuing avenues to preserve U.S. export access rights.The U.S. Special 301 Report, issued last week by USTR, categorically rejects EU policies that seek to intentionally disadvantage U.S. suppliers in global markets by blocking their ability to use common names such as fontina, gorgonzola, asiago and feta cheeses.“The EU pressures trading partners to prevent all producers, other than in certain EU regions, from using certain product names,” said the report. “This is despite the fact that these terms are the common names for products and produced in countries around the world.”Europe’s actions infringe on the rights of U.S. producers and imposes unwarranted market barriers to U.S. goods, according to the USTR.“Europe has disadvantaged the U.S. dairy industry for too long by abusing geographical indications (GI) policies,” said Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. “We face unfair barriers around the world because of Europe. USTR should be commended for recognizing the problem, and we look forward to working with them to rectify it.”Vilsack urged the USTR to prioritize securing binding commitments from America’s current trading partners to prevent future GI restrictions. The market access preservation commitments secured with Mexico as part of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, he said, provide a positive precedent to build upon.Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, also urged the Administration to take into account the lopsided dairy trade imbalance between the United States and Europe in formulating policies to tackle the EU’s predatory attacks on U.S. dairy exports.Europe sent $1.8 billion in dairy goods to the U.S. market in 2018 but only imported $145 million of U.S. products, even though America is a major dairy supplier to the rest of the world.“Trade is supposed to be a two-way street,” Mulhern said. “America’s struggling U.S. dairy producers deserve a lot better than the current one-way trade relationship with the European Union whereby they sell us a billion dollars of cheese each year while erecting walls to our ability to compete head to head with them overseas.”last_img read more

Nikon Releases Their First Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

first_imgSo naturally, like any camera or lens release, be on the lookout for review videos and roundups to see if this looks like something you’d be interested in. Nikon has just unveiled its long-rumored first foray into the mirrorless camera game with the brand-new Z7 and Z6 models.All images via Nikon.Built the same way as Sony’s A-series mirrorless cameras, Nikon’s answer is a similar offering in the field of mirrorless cameras with minimal feature changes — but including a massive sensor with a few added benefits sure to make waves in the filmmaking community. For the upcoming Z7 ($3,399.95) — September 24th, 2018 release — we’ll see a 45.7 megapixel sensor, 493 focus points, and max 25600 ISO. The second model, Z6 ($1,999.95), will release sometime in November with a 24.5 mega-pixel sensor, 273 focus points, and a 51200 max ISO. Let’s take a look at some of the other features of these new cameras.Not only did Nikon announce the two new cameras, they also announced the new Z-mount lens system. The camera will feature a 24-70mm f/4 kit lens that by itself will cost about $999. A 35mm f/1.8 will also be available on its own for around $845.95, as well as a much cheaper 50mm f/1.8, which will release in the fall. So, if you’re wondering what to do with all of your F-mount lenses, Nikon will release a FTZ adapter for $250 that will support autofocus and auto exposure. This is a huge plus for anybody who doesn’t want to fork over cash for the new native lens lineup.Z7 SpecsThe autofocus system with the Z7 is improved due to the stepping motor in the new lenses that allows smoother and quieter autofocus while you record. Shooting 4K will be similar to the Sony A7R III, with the image cropped to an APS-C size. The Z7 can now record uncompressed video to an external recorder at a 10-bit 422 file unlike the previous 8-bit (though it records 8 bit internally). On top of that, you can now use the log profile, N-log. There’s also a view assist to let you see the correction while you shoot. Also, apparently the camera is much lighter than it looks. Here are the rest of the specs:ISO – 64 – 25,600Total Pixels: 46.89  millionXQD memory cards4K video up to 30p1080p video recording up to 120p5 axis in-camera stabilization493 (single-point AF)30 min max recording timeWeight: 20.7oz. (585g)last_img read more

‘Save Ganga’ crusader Agarwal dead

first_imgG.D. Agarwal, 86, who was on a fast to save the Ganga, died following a heart attack on Thursday. Formerly a professor in the civil engineering department at IIT-Kanpur who had adopted the name Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, the environmentalist was vocal on disallowing hydroelectric projects in Uttarakhand along the Ganga.In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June, he declared his intention to go on a fast as several of his demands had not been met.Agarwal’s key demands included a special law to deal with pollution and encroachment on the Ganga, and maintaining the environmental flow of the river to prevent pollution. He was subsisting on a diet of honey, lemon and water and, according to a senior official in the Water Ministry who was abreast of his activities, had given up water in the last week.“He was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, and succumbed to a heart attack,” the official told The Hindu.last_img read more