Eversheds in Singapore merger talks – reports

first_imgInternational firm Eversheds is rumoured to be in merger talks with Singapore-based Harry Elias, according to media reports.Harry Elias specialises in construction, employment, corporate and dispute resolution and has around 56 fee-earners and 20 partners.A tie-up with the firm would increase Evershed’s reach in the state, where it opened an office in 2009, and the Southeast Asia region. A total of eight lawyers are now based in its Singapore office, led by regional managing partner Oommen Mathrew.A spokesperson at Eversheds would not comment on whether it was in merger talks, but said the firm is looking at growing its reach in the region.The spokesperson said: ‘Growth in Asia is a key part of our global strategy and we will continue to look at opportunities with potential partners including firms with whom we have a strong existing relationship. ‘Very often such conversations come to nothing but, because of their very nature, we are unable to confirm whether discussions are taking place let alone discuss detail, and that will remain the case until such time as there is something tangible to report.’last_img read more

Fremantle Port rail expansion contract awarded

first_imgAUSTRALIA: York Civil was awarded a contract to extend the North Quay Rail Terminal at Fremantle Port near Perth on October 23. The A$31m project is funded by the central government, which is contributing A$18·6m, and the state of Western Australia, which is providing A$12·4m. The work will extend the terminal tracks from 400 m to 690 m to improve access for container transhipment and shorten turnaround times. Completion is due in June 2014. ‘Efficient rail infrastructure to improve national productivity is a high priority for the Australian government’, said Minister for Infrastructure & Regional Development Warren Truss. ‘The North Quay Rail Terminal expansion is a significant step towards the State’s target of achieving a rail share of 30% for Fremantle’s container trade’, added Western Australian Transport Minister Troy Buswell. Rail’s share of container traffic at the port has grown from 2% in 2002 to 14% today, Buswell reported.last_img read more

Meet the elected leader of China’s Ugandan diaspora

first_imgUgandan president hails China during visit to Britain Mmusi Maimane elected DA’s first black leader Ugandan President Museveni flies to China for four-day visit It can be said that Arnold Masembe’s journey to China all started with a fashion trend. The Ugandan businessman noticed the surging popularity of jeans among his peer group and decided to head for the southern port city and manufacturing center of Guangzhou to feed their growing appetite for denim.That was in 2008. Today, the entrepreneur sits at the helm of a multinational logistics company, represents his compatriots as an elected community leader and is expecting his fourth child. We traveled to Kampala to meet Arnold on one of his regular visits home to learn how the transformation came about. In his newly purchased home in the hills outside the Ugandan capital, Arnold tells us that he quickly discovered buying and selling commodities would only be the beginning of his Chinese business activities.“In my life, I’ve known to be a service person, very good at offering service. I wasn’t that good at trading.”Playing to his strengths, the ambitious young migrant decided to take a different path.“We always faced challenges of how to move our goods from China to Uganda,” Arnold explains. “I stopped the jeans business in 2011, and decided I was going to give myself time to try and grow the logistics part.”The result was Sino-Equator Shipping, a fully-registered enterprise aimed at helping Ugandans source high-quality goods from factories throughout China and deliver them safely into the hands of East African clients.But he didn’t stop at making a name on his business acumen alone. Arnold saw a need for leadership among the country’s Ugandan diaspora — and intended to meet it.“When I got into China, there was a split, we weren’t united. We discovered that we needed leadership, we needed someone to lead us and move forward.”An election was held that saw Arnold voted Chairman of China’s Ugandan Community, a role that he’s held ever since. Together with his deputies, he helps advocate for Ugandans caught up in immigration quandaries, liaise with local police authorities and promote bilateral trade.But living a life spread across two continents isn’t always easy, as Arnold’s pregnant wife and business partner Anita can attest. “It’s difficult,” she tells us, “but I find distraction with work, I keep myself busy.”“He doesn’t really get lots,” she continues, “but he sacrifices what he has and it’s for the good. He takes our kids to the best schools, he gives them the best life. Not because he has, but because he sacrifices.He knows the reason why he went.”Relatedlast_img read more

New quarry act on the cards for Dominica

first_imgLocalNews New quarry act on the cards for Dominica by: – December 27, 2012 Share Quarry at Point Michel. Photo credit: dominica.nuDominica might have a new quarry act in the new year to address concerns which have been raised over quarrying activities on the island.This is all part of efforts to tackle climate change and the island’s participation in a pilot program for climate resilience according to Minister for the Environment, Dr. Kenneth Darroux.The pilot program is being funded by the World Bank and almost forty million dollars has been allocated towards climate resilience.“We are hoping that in the first quarter of 2013 we can start drawing down on these funds for these much needed projects especially infrastructure, sea wall and stuff to protect our coastal development,” Dr. Darroux stated. The strategy identified seven areas towards national development that are being affected by climate change.The Ministry has submitted projects to the World Bank and a team has visited the island on two different missions this year.Dr. Darroux explained that he had been visited by a few quarry operators who expressed their dissatisfaction with the manner in which the new legislation was done.“I had the Planning Division reschedule the workshops with them just so that they could get their feedback.“We know their input would be very important because I’m sure the new quarrying act would mean financial implications for them, etcetera. “So we did that, we went back to the drawing board have their input, and we are in the process of taking some of their suggestions into consideration.”A climate resilience program will also be a main feature of the ministry in 2013.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share 82 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Secret Bay named top resort

LocalNews Secret Bay named top resort by: – January 7, 2013 Share Dominica’s newest luxury hotel has made it on the top one hundred list of best resorts in the world.Secret Bay, which is located in Portsmouth ranked number two on Harper’s Bazaar’s Travel Hot 100 list of hot and trendy destinations.“The spark of the unfamiliar is what inspires – it’s what makes us see the world afresh” says Catherine Fairweather, associate editor/travel director with Harper’s Bazaar. “It’s good to feel like you’re in on a secret..,” she continued.Introducing Secret Bay as a resort with just “two private bungalows and villas,” the article goes on to mention Secret Bay’s “discrete service 24/7” and its unique concept. “It has no reception, restaurant or bar but is a hideaway stocked with Kindles, sound systems and personal chefs.” Referring to Secret Bay’s “spectacular views of neighboring Guadeloupe” and “the beautiful white-sand Secret Beach… only accessible by kayak,” the feature also captures the essence of Dominica: “The pristine Caribbean island of Dominica, a haven for hikers, whale watchers and birders, has verdant beauty, dramatic black volcanic sand, thermal pools and countless waterfalls and rivers.”Fairweather, in her introduction of the Travel Hot 100 list, said “adventure is certainly a buzzword for 2013” and “regardless of how isolated the retreat; levels of service are being raised to ever more surprising heights.” Echoing this sentiment, The Knot recently selected Secret Bay and Dominica as one of the top 10 destinations in the world for “Adventure Honeymoons”.Secret Bay is becoming known as one of the best boutique resorts in the Caribbean and the world for honeymoons, anniversaries, small family escapes and adventure vacations. Situated on a cliff-top promontory overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Secret Bay is unique in its diversity: two secluded swimming beaches, a spectacular sea-cave; the magical Cario River and two distinct micro-climates. The secluded villas and bungalows were conceptualized by award-winning Latin American architect Fruto Vivas, to maximize the natural beauty of Secret Bay and to minimize the impact on this pristine environment.It has been selected by Travel + Leisure as one of the best new hotels in the world and by The Knot as one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world.Dominica Vibes News 19 Views   2 comments Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet read more

Government & Opposition reps featured at political forum

first_img Share Share EducationLocalNewsTertiary Government & Opposition reps featured at political forum by: – April 3, 2014 Tweet 263 Views   8 commentscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! The United Workers Party was represented by Joshua Francis (left), an attorney at law, and the party’s Roseau South constituency candidate while the Dominica Labour Party was represented by it public relations officer, Dr Philbert AaronRepresentatives of the government and the main opposition were featured at a Political Forum at the Dominica State College on Thursday, April 3, 2014.The United Workers Party was represented by Joshua Francis, an attorney at law, and the party’s Roseau South constituency candidate while the Dominica Labour Party was represented by its public relations officer, Dr Philbert Aaron.The Forum, organized by the Journalism Club of the Dominica State College, was the second of its kind. The first was held in 2009 prior to the general election.“We decided to hold this forum for a number of reasons,” Cornell Jno Baptiste, head of the forum committee said.“We wanted the main political parties to have a dialogue with the youth face to face, give political parties a chance to speak to the public under the same roof and a chance for the youth to be interested in the political process,” Jno Baptiste explained.Guided by the topic; “The Promise of the National Economy; A Hope for the Youth”, the representatives received an opportunity to present their party’s plans and ideas to the students.Opposition Leader Hector John and UWP’s Political Leader Lennox LintonThe students also received an opportunity to question them after their presentations.President of the College, Dr Donald Peters expressed his delight that the Journalism Club organized the event.He said the forum is important as the most fundamental concept of democracy is freedom of speech.“I am glad that the Journalism Club has taken the opportunity to invite participants in the democratic political process of our country to talk to them about economic development and the future of the youth,” Dr Peters said.He further noted that the forum was essential because Caribbean people are no longer voting for parties but are making informed decisions and “have been electing parties that they perceive, based on the information they have to elect them”.“So issues are critically important and I think if a college has any responsibility in a community it’s to create the environment where issues can be discussed. So I’m pleased that the students are taking that initiative”.Moreover, he advised the students – future voters, to “listen carefully, take note of the political positions” so that when it’s time to vote, “you’ll make informed decisions based on what you’ve learnt”. The forum was moderated by president of the National Youth Council, Jahisiah Benoit.Opposition Leader Hector John, UWP’s political leader Lennox Linton and Bursar of the College Catherine Abraham were among guests at the Forum.The Journalism Club is so far the only group on island to bring together political leaders of the major political parties in Dominica. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

NXP Introduces Secure UWB Chipset for Mobile Devices

first_imgNXP has introduced a secure chipset designed to bring remarkably precise positioning performance to next-generation UWB-enabled mobile devices. With the SR100T, mobile devices will be able to communicate with connected doors, points of entry, and cars to open them once a user is approaching. Lights, audio speakers, and any other connected device with UWB sensing capability will be able to follow users from one room to another, and smart connected technology will intuitively be embedded in people’s lives.The new UWB-based chipset, SR100T, amplifies and builds on NXP’s connectivity, security ecosystem expertise, and proven security architecture found in many of today’s popular mobile payment-enabled devices featuring NFC and SE hardware. Adding UWB brings the use case of spatial awareness and relative positioning among multiple devices, whether indoor or outdoor, with little to no interference. Additionally, the UWB implementation delivers unprecedented accuracy, even in crowded, multipath signal environments with numerous walls, people, and other obstacles. The technology also uses angle-of-arrival (AoA) technology to accurately indicate the direction of a signal for added precision. Furthermore, the SR100T expands NXP’s mobile wallet solution to include spatial awareness for new handsfree access applications. Setting the Benchmark on Robust Wireless Accuracy and Localization6 to 9 GHz; 500 MHz bandwidth per channelHigh accuracy of AoA estimates with dual-Rx for AoA functionalityExceptional range accuracy in non-line-of-sight (nLOS): ±10 cm with angle accuracy (LoS): ±3°Multi-layered Security Approach Best-in-class RF security provided through the security extension currently being specified in IEEE 802.15.4zMultiple integrated security mechanisms for both the protection of keys and software securityUnified security architecture with NFC and Secure ElementNXP is a co-founder of the FiRa Consortium, a community of industry experts dedicated to the development and widespread adoption of seamless user experiences based on the secure fine-ranging and positioning capabilities of interoperable UWB technologies. Click here for more information on UWB solutions from NXP.last_img read more

Gonzaga powers Cignal over Sta. Lucia in Superliga

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MANILA – Cignal HD Spikers relied on Guimarasnon Jovelyn Gonzaga in the end to beat Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors 19-25, 25-18, 25-13, 23-25, 15-12 in the 2017 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference on Thursday at the San Juan Arena.Gonzaga finished with 22 points — on 19 attacks and three blocks — to help HD Spikers tie with the opening day winners Generika-Ayala Life Savers and Foton Tornadoes with a 1-0 win-loss slate.Rachel Anne Daquis added 14 markers, while Cherry Vivas and Maica Morada contributed 13 and 10 points, respectively, as Relea Saet executed 23 excellent sets.After failing to close out Lady Realtors in the fourth set, HD Spikers found itself trailing early in the fifth set following back-to-back conversions from Danika Gendrauli and Janine Navarro.HD Spikers then leaned on Gonzaga’s consecutive points to snatch the lead at 8-7. Since then, both teams traded leads before Lady Realtors led for the last time at 11-10 on a Mar-Jana Phillips block.HD Spikers came up with back-to-back hits from Gonzaga and Daquis to retake a 12-11 lead. An error by Gendrauli followed by two straight points by Gonzaga ended the match.Phillips top-scored with 16 points, while Danika Gendrauli added 15 points for Lady Realtors, which dropped to a 0-1 win-loss mark along with Cherrylume Iron Lady Warriors and Cocolife Asset Managers./PN [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Gonzaga powers Cignal over Sta. Lucia in Superliga’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Friday, June 9, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/sports-cignal-PSL.jpg’ attachment=’108387′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=’yes’ font_size=” appearance=’on-hover’ overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’]Cignal HD Spikers’ Cherry Vivas (mid-ground) tries to score past the defense of Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors’ Jannine Navarro (foreground, left) and Rialen Sante. PSL[/av_image] [/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Three GMs leading Alexander Panchenko Memorial

first_imgAnonthe classical tournament honoring one of Russia’s dearly departed grandmasters got underway in Chelyabinsk, Russia, with 125 players competing. The Alexander Panchenko Memorial unfolded Sept. 7 in honor of the late All-Russian Chess School coach and GM Alexander Panchenko who died in 2009 at the age of 55. Balashov, YS (2462)-Goganov, A (2565) [A35] 1.c4 e5 2.d3 Bb4+ 3.Bd2 Bxd2+ 4.Qxd2 Nf6 5.Nf3 d6 6.g3 0-0 7.Bg2 Re8 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.0-0 Nd4 10.Nh4 c6 11.f4 exf4 12.Rxf4 Ne6 13.Rff1 Ng4 14.Rae1 Ng5 15.e3 Ne5 16.b3 Nh3+ 17.Kh1 Bg4 18.d4 Ng6 19.Nf5 Ne7 20.e4 Nxf5 21.exf5 Rxe1 22.Qxe1 Qd7 23.f6 Re8 24.Qd2 Qe6 25.Ne4 h6 26.d5 1-0 Kokarev, D (2611)-Lobanov, S (2516) [A20] MATE IN TWO. 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Bg4 3.Bg2 Nd7 4.d4 e6 5.h3 Bh5 6.0-0 Ngf6 7.c4 c6 8.cxd5 cxd5 9.Nc3 Be7 10.Qb3 Qb6 11.Qxb6 Nxb6 12.g4 Bg6 13.Ne5 0-0 14.Nxg6 hxg6 15.b3 Rfc8 16.Bb2 Rc6 17.Rfc1 Rac8 18.e3 Bb4 19.Nd1 Bd2 20.Rxc6 Rxc6 21.Bf1 Ne4 22.Bd3 f5 23.Kf1 Kf7 24.Ke2 Bb4 25.Rc1 Rxc1 26.Bxc1 Nc8 27.f3 Nc3+ 28.Nxc3 Bxc3 29.Ba3 Ne7 30.Bd6 Nc8 31.Bg3 Bb4 32.h4 Bd6 33.Be1 Ne7 34.b4 Nc6 35.b5 Ne7 36.Bc2 b6 37.a4 Kf6 38.Kd3 g5 39.e4 dxe4+ 40.fxe4 fxe4+ 41.Kxe4 gxh4 42.Bxh4+ g5 43.Be1 Nd5 44.Bb3 Nf4 45.a5 bxa5 46.Bxa5 Ke7 47.Bc4 Kd7 48.Bc3 Kc7 49.Ba5+ Kd7 50.Bb3 Ke7 51.Bd2 Kd7 52.Be3 Bc7 53.Bd2 Bd6 54.d5 exd5+ 55.Bxd5 Bc5 56.Bc4 Kd6 57.Kf5 Nh3 58.Bf1 Nf4 59.Bc4 Ng2 60.Ke4 Nf4 61.Bc3 Bf2 62.Bf1 Nd5 63.Bd2 Bh4 64.Bc4 Ne7 65.Bb4+ Kd7 66.Ke5 Nc8 67.Be6+ Kc7 68.Bxc8 Kxc8 69.Bc5 Kb7 70.Kf5 a6 71.bxa6+ Kxa6 72.Be3 Kb7 73.Bxg5 Be1 74.Ke6 Kc7 75.Bf4+ Kd8 76.Kf7 Bh4 77.Be5 Kd7 78.Bf6 Bf2 79.g5 Be3 80.g6 Bh6 81.Bg5 1-0 Frolyanov, D (2546)-Fedoseev, V (2678) [B11] The time control for the tournament is 90 minutes plus 30 seconds increment from Move 1. The average rating of the whole competition is Elo 2190. While not as strong as the classical Igor Kornusov Memorial that preceded it, some seven GMs rated over Elo 2600 and 17 GMs rated over Elo 2500 joined the fray. 1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.h3 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 e6 6.Be2 d4 7.Nb1 c5 8.0-0 Nc6 9.Qg3 h5 10.d3 h4 11.Qg5 Nf6 12.Bf4 g6 13.Bh2 Be7 14.Qc1 Bd6 15.Bxd6 Qxd6 16.Nd2 Qf4 17.c3 Rd8 18.a4 dxc3 19.bxc3 Ne5 20.d4 Nc6 21.Bb5 cxd4 22.cxd4 Rxd4 23.Nb3 Qxc1 24.Rfxc1 Rb4 25.Na5 0-0 26.Nxb7 Nd4 27.e5 Nd7 28.f4 Nb6 29.Nd6 Nd5 30.Rc4 Ne2+ 31.Kf2 Nexf4 32.Rxb4 Nxb4 33.Kf3 Nfd3 34.Rb1 Nxe5+ 35.Ke4 Nec6 36.Bxc6 Nxc6 37.Rc1 Nb4 38.Rc7 a6 39.Rb7 Nd5 40.Ra7 Nc3+ 41.Ke5 Nxa4 42.Kf6 Nc3 43.Nxf7 Nd5+ 44.Kxe6 Nf4+ 45.Kf6 a5 46.Rxa5 Rxf7+ 47.Kg5 Kg7 48.Ra2 Nh5 49.Ra6 Rf5+ 50.Kxh4 Rd5 51.Kg4 Rd3 52.Kg5 Rg3+ 53.Kh4 Kh6 54.Rb6 Rd3 55.Kg4 Ng3 56.Rb2 Nf5 57.Kf4 Rg3 58.Ra2 Kh5 59.Rb2 Kh6 60.Ra2 Rb3 61.Rd2 Rb4+ 62.Kf3 Kg5 63.Ra2 Rd4 64.Kf2 Kf4 65.Kg1 Rd6 66.Kh2 Rc6 67.Ra4+ Kg5 68.Ra2 Nd6 69.Ra5+ Kf4 70.Ra8 Nc4 71.Rf8+ Ke3 72.Kg3 Nd2 73.Kh2 Re6 74.Kg3 Ne4+ 75.Kh2 Ke2 76.Ra8 Nd2 77.Kg3 Re4 78.Kh2 Rf4 79.Ra6 g5 80.Ra2 Rc4 81.Kg3 Rd4 82.Kh2 Kf2 83.Rb2 Rd6 84.Rb8 Nf1+ 85.Kh1 Rd1 86.Rf8+ Kg3 87.Rf3+ Kh4 0-1 After five rounds of play in the strong nine-round Swiss competition, GMs Vladimir Fedoseev, Aleksey Goganov and Aleksandr Rakhmanov are leading the field with 4½ points each. Seven masters, however, are half-a-point behind and breathing down their necks with four points apiece. They are GMs Dmitry Kokarev, Maksim Chigaev, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Boris Savchenko and Vladimir Zakhartsov, and IMs Nikita Afanasiev and Semen Khanin. 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.e3 e6 5.d4 d5 6.a3 Ne4 7.Bd3 Nxc3 8.bxc3 Be7 9.0-0 dxc4 10.Bxc4 0-0 11.Qe2 b6 12.Rd1 Na5 13.Ba2 Bb7 14.Bb2 cxd4 15.cxd4 Bd5 16.Bc3 Nb7 17.e4 Bxa2 18.Rxa2 Rc8 19.Bb4 Rc7 20.Rad2 Re8 21.d5 exd5 22.Rxd5 Qc8 23.h3 Nc5 24.e5 Ne6 25.Qe3 h6 26.Bxe7 Rcxe7 27.Rc1 Qb7 28.Rd6 Nf8 29.Qd4 Rc7 30.Rxc7 Qxc7 31.Qa4 Rc8 32.Kh2 Qc1 33.Rd1 Qc5 34.Kg1 a5 35.Rb1 Ne6 36.Qb3 b5 37.Qxb5 Qxa3 38.Qb2 Qd3 39.Ra1 a4 40.Qd2 Qa6 41.Qe3 Rc4 42.Nd2 Rb4 43.Qc3 Qb7 44.Kh2 Nf4 45.f3 Qe7 46.Qc8+ Kh7 47.Qc2+ Ng6 48.Nc4 Rxc4 0-1 Rakhmanov, A (2645)-Bocharov, D (2524) [A06]center_img Chelyabinsk (5.1) 2020 Chelyabinsk (5.2) 2020 Aleksandrov, A (2608)-Gabrielian, A (2463) [A61] PUZZLERS Chelyabinsk (5.6) 2020 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nf3 g6 7.Bf4 Bg7 8.Qa4+ Bd7 9.Qb3 b5 10.Bxd6 Qb6 11.Be5 0-0 12.e3 c4 13.Qd1 b4 14.Ne2 Rc8 15.Nf4 c3 16.Bd3 Bb5 17.0-0 Nbd7 18.Bd4 Qa5 19.bxc3 bxc3 20.Bxb5 Qxb5 21.Rc1 Ne4 22.Qc2 Ndf6 23.Rfd1 Rc4 24.Ne5 Rb4 25.f3 Rb2 26.Qd3 Nd6 27.Qxc3 Rxa2 28.Nc6 Nfe8 29.e4 Bh6 30.Be3 Bg7 31.Qc5 Qb3 32.Nd3 a5 33.e5 Nf5 34.Bf2 Bh6 35.f4 Nc7 36.d6 Ne6 37.Qc4 a4 38.Qxb3 axb3 39.Rb1 Rc2 40.Ndb4 Bxf4 41.Rxb3 Bxh2+ 42.Kxh2 Rxf2 43.d7 Re2 44.Rdd3 Kg7 45.Ra3 Rxa3 46.Rxa3 Rd2 47.Rd3 Re2 48.Nd5 Kh6 49.Nc7 Nfg7 50.Rh3+ Kg5 51.Rxh7 Rd2 52.Nxe6+ Nxe6 53.Rxf7 1-0 ******* Chelyabinsk (4.5) 2020 WHITE TO MOVE, Panchenko Memorial-A 2020 Chelyabinsk (5.4), 11.09.2020 The key to our last problem is 1.Qa8! Black’s futile options are: 1…Bf5, Re5/h6 2.R(x)e5#; 1…Bg8 2.Qxg8#; 1…Rxc6 2.Qxc6#; 1…Re4 2.Rcxc3#; 1…Sc5 2.Rd6#; 1…Sd4 2.Sf4#./PNlast_img read more

West Florida leads NSISC Championships after day one

first_img CLEVELAND, Miss. – The No. 15 West Florida women’s swimming and diving team leads the nine-team field after the first day at the New South Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Conference Championships hosted by Delta State. The Argonauts finished the day with 290 points, while No. 23 St. Cloud State scored 253 and No. 13 Delta State 240. “We’re thrilled with our start to this meet,” said UWF head coach Andrew Hancock. “We know that tonight’s events represent only a small portion of the entire meet. We’re happy to be in first, but we know we have a lot of work to do, particularly in the preliminary sessions. We had some terrific times today all across the board, lifetime bests all around. They really set us up to be in a good position in this meet moving forward. It was a great team effort on day one.” The Argos are in the lead despite not earning a first place finish in any of the three events on Wednesday, but their depth in each race proved to be valuable. UWF placed second, third, fifth, seventh and 12th in the 1,000-yard freestyle to help vault the team to first place. Freshman Angelina Gallastegui (Brandon, Fla.) led the way, finishing second with a school record and NCAA B-cut time of 10:07.37. She was right behind the event winner, Melanie Tombers from Delta State who finished just over second faster at 10:06.09. Madeline Pitt (Trussville, Ala.) was UWF’s third place finisher with a B-cut time of 10:16.34, and she was followed by Phoebe Briant (Gainesville, Fla.) in fifth (10:36.13), Karisa Kostecki (Lithia, Fla.) in seventh (10:40.38) and Allison Lehr (Valrico, Fla.) in 12th (10:59.67). The Argos also placed well in the night’s two relay events, the 800-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay. UWF’s A-team in the 800 free included Peggy de Villiers (Somerset West, South Africa), Anna-Marie Macht (Markkleeberg, Germany), Danica Burnett (Perth, Australia) and Sophia Oliva (Plantation, Fla.), and the four combined to swim a school record and NCAA B-cut time of 7:30.34 while finishing second in the event. In the leadoff role, de Villiers swam a 200 free split of 1:51.55 to break her own school record and post a B-cut of her own. UWF’s A-team in the 200-yard medley relay finished third and included Nicole Machado (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), Gabrielle Spangenberg (Chuluota, Fla.), Emily Mitchell (Allen Park, Mich.) and Mariana de Paula (Santos, Brazil). Those four combined to post a time of 1:45.05, marking an NCAA B-cut and coming less than a second away from breaking a school record. The Thursday prelims will start at 9:30 a.m. and will include the 500 free, 200 individual medley and 50 free. The evening session starting at 5 p.m. will include finals for those three events, plus the 200 free relay. Thursday will also feature the first women’s diving event of the meet; the 3-meter diving prelims will start at 1 p.m., and the top eight will advance to the finals during the evening session. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Version NSISC Championships Home Page Day One Results center_img Story Linkslast_img read more