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Posted by: | Posted on: January 19, 2020

Foton grabs bronze medal in PSL Grand Prix

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ But it wasn’t all Santiago as Foton also drew double-digit scoring from imports Sara Klisura, Dragana Perunicic and Katarina Vukomanovic.Klisura scored 13 points, fellow Serbian Vukomanovic had 12 excellent digs while Montenegrin Dragana added 11 points with a pair of blocks and aces.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“It (game) was very difficult [for us] after that loss over Petron,” said Foton head coach Moro Branislav, pertaining to his team’s loss to rival Petron in the semifinals on Saturday.“It’s okay. [We still] finished in the podium,” the Serbian coach said of the Tornadoes’ campaign. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? UP players to skip PBA D-League, says Perasol Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFoton settled for the bronze medal after shutting out Cocolife, 25-17, 25-16, 25-17, in the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.The Tornadoes banked on the all-around effort of Jaja Santiago, who scattered 10 kills, four blocks and three service aces.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Foton put its foot down in the second set and went on an 11-1 run for a 21-12 lead after trailing by one. That blast doused any fight Cocolife has.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View commentslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 14, 2020

Balawa Foundation to Launch Arts Studio

first_imgThe Executive Director of the Balawa International Foundation, Kekura Kamara has disclosed that his organization will on Unification Day unveil a modern arts studio in order to preserve Liberian heritage.Mr. Kamara said that the studio will undertake a series of projects, so as to enable the public to know that they have a unique culture and that it is their responsibility to uphold it.“We believe that culture is our identity and every work that will come out of the studio will be up to international standards.” “The studio production will reflect Liberian traditions which, along with the creativity of our team, will show the importance of culture to our people,” he assured.He added that they have chosen Unification Day to open the studio because it will remind the audience that we are a united people with a single culture and identity. The foundation is making all efforts to come out with a documentary on Liberian history, and will partner with one of Liberia’s famous historians immediately after the opening of the studio.According to him, documenting some historical facts through visual audio will give the public the opportunity to properly understand facts about their country, and that the studio remains committed in doing just that.He disclosed that some of the major challenges the studio will face early in its scope of operation is getting sponsors and donors to support the studio program, as well as to help strengthen the implementation of the Liberian copyright law. But he said that his organization is fully prepared to cope with these challenges, and a huge amount of investment has already been made available for the purchase of equipment that will meet international standards.“There will be a week’s long workshop to train our staff and artists about quality production and the use of high- powered digital technology equipment,” Kamara said. “We are not going to produce anything that is not up to accepted standards because there are significant gains we have made in investing into this studio.”He added that the program marking the official launch of the studio will take place on Old Road, May 14 and that the public is welcome.“I’m asking the public to exercise patience as Balawa will soon be back on their television screens and radio, and with even more interesting culture programs,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 14, 2020

20 Students Poised to Compete in ‘Dunking and 3 Points’ Tourney

first_imgThe suspension of basketball in the country since the outbreak of the Ebola has caused drought to passionate basketball fans for about year, but probably in the eve of Liberia’s 168th independence celebrations 20 players are poised to battle in the first ‘Inter High School Dunking and Three points Competition.’The evening of Saturday – July 25, beginning at 2:00pm at the Monrovia YMCA, will see 10 students each would be marked and identified – perhaps at least five feet in height – to participate in the Dunking or 3 Points Competition– to express either their moderate jumping abilities or sharpness in shooting.Though it would be the maiden edition of the competition, spectators will be eager to witness the power, enthusiasm, discipline and coordination of the kids to promote themselves and their schools.The highest dunker would walk away with a gigantic golden trophy and US$100 same as in the 3 points competition.Mr. Calvin Diggs named some of the participating schools as Lenn Miller, Haywood, BW Harris, St. Peter’s Lutheran, CWA, St. Matthew’s and St. Edward’s of central Monrovia, Paynesville and Bushrod Island.“We would reveal the names players and the trophies this Friday in the Media Launch and tickets would go on sale next Monday,” Mr. Diggs. “The judges of the competition would comprise of old-timers and veteran basketball players.”An All Star basketball game and special performance by ERICGESO and Angels (All girls dancing crew) will perform to crown the all-day tournament.“Almost all the schools in Monrovia and its environs have the application forms and they need to fill them up and drop them at the Flames basketball office, on Lynch Street, Harmon Building – behind the Sports Commission,” Mr. Diggs indicated. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 3, 2020

Dry weather to continue this winter

first_imgThis month, the NOAA Climate Prediction Center reported that surface ocean temperatures from Peru to the Philippines had cooled 1 degree this summer, signalling a La Ni a. The 8,000-mile-wide current can push the storm-bearing jet stream north, dumping buckets on the Pacific Northwest. But it can also rob the Southwest – now in its eighth year of drought – of rain needed to refill aquifers, rebuild snowpack and replenish dangerously dry brush after last year’s 3.2 inches of rain and 78 days of howling Santa Anas. “A typical La Ni a pattern means drier and warmer weather than normal for Southern California,” said Ken Clark, senior meteorologist for Accuweather.com. “We could be looking at 10 percent less rain than normal – or 60 percent less rain.” With thousands of firefighters battling two blazes near Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino County and Julian in San Diego County before the onset of the Santa Anas this month, less rain could mean an especially long fire season. Following its driest weather season in history, Southern California can expect to get less than two-thirds its normal rainfall – or less than 10 inches – this winter, forecasters say. That means more concerns for firefighters facing already critically dry brush as well as Southland cities considering water rationing. “Right now, we have a developing La Nina – the demon diva of drought,” said Bill Patzert, a research oceanographer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge, who predicted less than 10 inches compared to the normal 15 in Los Angeles. “If it’s a dry winter, that means a higher frequency of Santa Anas. In terms of a fire season … it’s a potential monster coming out of the High Desert.” “I’m still worried about this fall when the Santa Anas kick off,” said Los Angeles County fire Chief John Todd, head of the Forestry Division. “A lack of rain in the future will make it an even more difficult situation. “It may mean more work for us firefighters.” With Long Beach beginning mandatory water restrictions and other cities expected to follow suit, many water agencies fear the worst. Water imports from Northern California are expected to be cut by a third because of a court order to protect the delta smelt. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California warned this month of mandatory rationing for the first time since 1991. Los Angeles, which normally gets half its water from the eastern Sierras, has had to buy 70 percent of its water from the MWD at a cost of $100 million. This spring, city officials called on residents to cut water use 10percent by taking shorter showers, using less water on the lawn and by sweeping, not hosing, off the driveway. In addition, the DWP is conserving through greater use of reclaimed water, stormwater capture and “green” buildings designed to save water. Because of increasing conservation, the Department of Water and Power reports water demands have been steady for 25 years – despite a million new residents. “At this moment, we clearly have adequate storage, and there’s no present need to move toward more drastic measures such as rationing,” said David Nahai, president of the DWP commission. “But we must be watchful that that isn’t necessary. … The amount of (potable) water that goes on lawns, parks, golf courses and freeway medians is a criminal waste for us, and we have to rethink it.” Today, the city is expected to sign an agreement with the county to triple the holding capacity of Big Tujunga Dam to 6,000 acre- feet to capture more stormwater. In Sacramento, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has called for a special session to discuss water issues and health care. Across the state, officials say 70percent of water is used for crops, with the remainder used for residents. At home, about 70 percent of water goes on lawns and shrubs. For that reason, many see many more turns at the spigot to effect conservation. “If we stopped watering the streets, sidewalks and driveways, we wouldn’t have to ration water,” Patzert said. For the Southern California weather guru, the only conflict about forecasting the rains lies between his Sierra Madre oak tree and his La Ni a science charts. This year’s heavy blanket of acorns, according to Indian folklore, mean a heavy rain winter, which they had accurately forecast in 1997-98 and 2004-05. La Ni a, however, portends another dry season. “At night, it sounds like a machine gun of acorns on my redwood deck,” Patzert said. “The folklore tells us greater than 20 inches, but the facts suggest less than 10.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 28, 2019

THREE MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO CHARGES RELATING TO BRAWL OUTSIDE INISHOWEN PUB

first_imgTHREE men have pleaded guilty to charges relating to a notorious brawl outside an Inishowen pub in 2010.All three appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court where a trial was due to begin yesterday.Gardai carried huge boxes of evidence into the court room in anticipation of a jury trial. However Judge Rory MacCabe was told the men would each plead guilty to charges of assault.On Easter Monday, April 6, 2010 Gardai were called to the Orchard Bar in the village of Gleneely to deal with a brawl outside the premises. During the incident it was alleged a gun was produced, although it was not fired.Three local men appeared in court in connection with the events in the early hours of the morning of that incident, although not linked to the gun incident.Chris Duffy and Gary Duffy, both of Disternan, Gleneely, each pleaded guilty to one count of assault causing harm.John Joe McLaughlin, Disternan, Gleneely, also pleaded guilty to one count of assault causing harm.Prosecuting counsel Patricia McLaughlin said the guilty pleas were being accepted on condition that full facts surrounding the incident would be given at a sentencing hearing.Judge Rory MacCabe adjourned the sentencing to July 16th to allow for probation service reports.THREE MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO CHARGES RELATING TO BRAWL OUTSIDE INISHOWEN PUB was last modified: February 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:THREE MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO CHARGES RELATING TO INISHOWEN PUB BRAWLlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 27, 2019

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgSanta Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. THURSDAY “Zorro” discussion group for Spanish speakers, 4 p.m. at the Community Center, 22421 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 286-4006. United Way Telethon, 6-9 p.m. on SCVTV Channel 20. Call (661) 253-0082 to make a donation. Open auditions for “Meshuggah-Nuns!,” 7-9 p.m. at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 799-2700. Democratic Alliance for Action will meet, 7 p.m. at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 877-2775 or visit www.DAA.org. Le Tip Business Network Group will meet, 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24201 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call Lisa Eichman at (661) 297-3333 or visit www.allvalleyletip.com. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Curious George Story Time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Junior Rangers will meet, 2-4 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY Memorial Day program, 10 a.m. at Eternal Valley, 23287 N. Sierra Hwy., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0800. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Start Smart, a free class geared toward new or soon-to-be drivers and their parents, 6 p.m. at The California Highway Patrol office, 28648 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Wendy Hahn at (661) 294-5540. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Beverly Hillbillies Bible Study, 7:30 p.m. in the library at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Open auditions for “Meshuggah-Nuns!,” 7-9 p.m. at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 799-2700. Evening of Remembrance, 7:15-8:30 p.m. in the Youth Grove at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Tess Simgen at (661) 255-4956. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. TODAY Health lecture on “Colo-rectal Cancer and the Importance of Screening,” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. “Zorro” discussion group will meet, 2:30 p.m. in the Library Public Gallery at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-3362. Relay for Life team captain meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Adult Health Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Call Laura Scott at (661) 296-0081. last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 27, 2019

PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE DONEGAL MARATHON: ARE YOU PICTURED?

first_imgDONEGAL MARATHON PICTURE SPECIAL: A huge crowed of participants took part in the Donegal Marathon on Sunday morning despite the utterly dreadful weather conditions that greeted them.It was a great event that was again superbly organised and well coordinated and the marathon now looks set to become a permanent fixture in the athletics calendar here in Donegal. North-West Newspix braved the inclement weather conditions and sent Donegal Daily a whole host images that ranged from smiles to grimaces.Are you pictured in any of them?PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE DONEGAL MARATHON: ARE YOU PICTURED? was last modified: August 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:newsSportlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 25, 2019

GLORIOUS, SUNNY & 18C: THE DD WEATHER REPORT

first_imgMore days like this on the wayIT’S going to be a glorious Thursday, according to all the main forecasters.Any cloud in the morning will soon disappear to give a bright, sunny and warm day for Donegal.Temperatures will rise to 18C or possibly 19C inland in light breezes – so it will feel hot. The warmest part of the day will be between 2pm and 6pm.Temperatures will drop to around 9C overnight.After that there are some differences between the forecasters but Friday and Saturday are also looking like they will both be bright and sunny with temperatures again of between 16C and 18C.Some forecasters believe we will see rain however Saturday evening and into Sunday. But it’s different up here – so here’s hoping it will last through the weekend. GLORIOUS, SUNNY & 18C: THE DD WEATHER REPORT was last modified: May 15th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:donegal daily weathersunshinewarmlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 25, 2019

Carlson healthy, ready for Irish

first_imgAs if USC doesn’t have enough talent, wide receiver Greig Carlson could be on the field today when the Trojans visit Notre Dame. Carlson, a senior, has played just two games in the last month because of an athletic hernia. But Carlson practiced all week, made the trip to South Bend and expects to play. He has had a good week of practice but he hopes that translates into similar success today. “Out here, I’m fine,” Carlson said. “I don?t know what the game situation will be like. We?ll see.” First for everything: Many USC freshmen and sophomores will make their debut at Notre Dame today. The Trojans will play in front of a sold-out crowd, something they’re used to. But this is Notre Dame, and sophomore receiver Dwayne Jarrett can’t wait. “It will be a great experience,” Jarrett said. “They have great tradition, so like I said, it will definitely be exciting. They have great fans there. We just have to come prepared to play.” Jill Painter, (818) 713-3615jill.painter@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “That’s the idea,” said Carlson, a Taft of Woodland Hills product. “It feels OK. It feels like I’m getting back into the swing of things.” Carlson believes he’ll get in on at least a few plays at receiver – he has one catch for 14 yards this season – but his biggest contribution is as a punt returner. He doesn’t have the ability to score every time he touches the ball, such as teammate Reggie Bush, but he is a sure-handed returner. center_img Carlson’s return couldn’t come at a better time, especially if the ankle Bush injured last week against Arizona is a problem. Bush says he is 100 percent, but Carlson is available. “I can if they call on me,” Carlson said. This is Carlson’s last year and sitting out three games wasn’t in the plan. He was one of several players USC coach Pete Carroll singled out for impressive play during the team’s scrimmage in August. Carlson couldn’t be happier about being ready to play in time for Notre Dame week. “It’s frustrating being out with an injury no matter what your year, but it will be nice to see Notre Dame again,” Carlson said. “It’s a great trip out there. They have a lot of tradition with the stadium and their fans.” Carlson began his career at USC as a walk-on but earned a scholarship in the spring of 2003. He was the team’s punt returner his freshman and sophomore years but returned just four punts last year when Bush took over. last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 24, 2019

Football Announces Historic China Tour

first_img• Partnerships with four Chinese universities—Sichuan International Studies University in Chongqing, Southwest University of Political Science & Law in Chongqing, Minzu University of China in Beijing, and the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing—and with Shijiazhuang Foreign Language School in Shijiazhuang. “Drake University is privileged to maintain meaningful partnerships in China, the world’s most populous nation and one of the most influential economic and political players on the global stage,” said Drake University President Marty Martin. “Our student-athletes will develop as athletes, individuals, and global citizens through their experiences in China, and will strengthen the University’s partnerships in that country through a commitment to ethics and integrity both on and off the playing field.” The Bulldogs made international headlines in 2011 when they traveled to Tanzania for the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl, the first intercollegiate game of American football on African soil. The team’s trip to China, scheduled for May 22 to June 4, will leverage longstanding University partnerships within that country to provide student-athletes with a rewarding academic and athletic experience. The agenda is expected to include a public celebration of American football, including youth football clinics; volunteer service work; visits to the U.S. Embassy, Forbidden City, and Des Moines’ “sister city” of Shijiazhuang; and a challenging hike along the Great Wall of China. • Iowa’s “sister state” relationship with Hebei Province has fostered many relationships between Drake and community organizations, schools, and government offices in Hebei. The Drake University football program announced that the Bulldogs will once again make history when they travel to the People’s Republic of China in May 2018. “Drake Athletics strives for nothing less than to be a national Division I model of excellence in the integration of athletic success and academic performance,” said Megan Franklin, Drake University’s interim director of athletics. “While preparing students who know how to win, we also ensure that intercollegiate athletics is a significant, cocurricular element of those students’ learning experiences while at Drake. We are thrilled that our football team will again experience the global service and leadership development pportunities afforded to them by international travel.” While the major learning outcomes will be intentional—guided by Associate Professor of International Business Matthew Mitchell and Assistant Professor of International Business Jeff Kappen, who are traveling with the team—some of the rewards of global engagement inherently come as a pleasant surprise. For example, Drake’s match-up against Mexico’s Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education during the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl paved the way for an enduring partnership between Drake and Monterrey Tec that resulted, among other things, in both the Drake men’s and women’s soccer teams’ trip to Mexico in January 2015. • Drake’s Teach in China program, through which more than 225 Drake alumni have had the opportunity to live and teach English in China. • Ongoing collaboration with Drake University Law School alumnus Terry Branstad throughout his career as former governor of Iowa and current U.S. ambassador to China. Drake’s myriad ties to China include: Global Football, the world’s largest exporter of American football since 1996, will partner with Drake again for the China trip, particularly on the day-long celebration of American football.  Global Football organized the travel, logistics, and game day opponent for Drake’s trip to Tanzania in 2011. For the 2018 trip, they will collaborate with two organizations—the American Football League of China, an adult club league with teams across major Chinese cities; and the American Football Academy, a youth football organization focusing on teaching children ages 6 to 14 the basics of the sport—to organize the football component of the visit. “Over the past decade, the sport has caught hold in a number of cities in China,” said Global Football Founder and President Patrick Steenberge. “The Drake Bulldogs football team will have an amazing opportunity to further the development of the sport among youth and young adults in China, just as they did in Tanzania.” Drake is collaborating with contacts in China to organize a public celebration of American football, including youth football clinics. Drake’s student-athletes will be introduced to the complex interplay of culture, history, economics, and politics that is shaping China’s role as a global actor in business and international organizations prior and during the seminar. The team will engage in various cultural activities, such as a visit to the Great Wall of China. Friends and family members who are interested in traveling with the football team can find travel package details at anthonytravel.com/drake-china-tour.   Print Friendly Version “Drake football is excited to travel to China next year and interact with the people of that great country through the sport of American football,” said Drake Head Football Coach Rick Fox. “This will be a trip that will have lifelong impact on our young men and we hope it will be a benefit to the people of China as well.”last_img read more