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Mahadeo Panchu of KSM Investments: Revolutionising the concrete products sectorMahadeo Panchu of KSM Investments: Revolutionising the concrete products sector

first_imgThey crumble under the pressure of a finger, and sometimes disintegrate after heavy rainfall, as building owners and renters alike rage over the poor quality. Disgust over poor-quality concrete blocks that are more sand than concrete is a feeling that many Guyanese, including Mahadeo Panchu, know well, having wasted their money on shoddily made products. But Panchu with his KSM Investments Inc is aiming to change all that.“My business is a very unique one,” he says, “simply because there is none otherMahadeo Panchulike mine in Guyana or the Region. We have embarked on a mission to “revolutionise the concrete products sector in Guyana”. And, we are underway with that ‘revolution’. In this, the 21st Century, we see buildings being constructed with hollow blocks with as much as 97 per cent sand. This, I believe, is criminal. On the other hand, we have fellow Caricom nations trying to `recolonise’ us with their products, better than what we have been accustomed to in Guyana, but still very poor…“The fact is that I have spent many years in rice export and shipping, but took a leap into an area of business which was alien to me. I took the calculated risk of investing in my concrete products plant, because I saw a dire need for the type of world-class products we currently manufacture.”From its aptly chosen logo to its products, KSM Investments exudes an aura of solidity, strength, and permanence. And its lifetime guarantee makes that explicit. The concrete products manufacturing, import and distribution company offers cement, pavers, and vent and hollow blocks, all with the exception of the first engineered and proudly made in Guyana.Its brightly lit, beautifully designed sign and display rise boldly above the East Coast Demerara Highway drawing the eye to the huge factory at Plot “MP”, 8 Good Hope. Inside the modern, state-of-the-art factory – the only one of its kind in the Caribbean, fully-automated machines turn sifting, stone, industrial grade cement and white sand into Rock Solid Hollow Blocks, DuraLast Vent Blocks and EverLast Pavers, in a wide variety of designs and colours, for the wholesale and retail markets. They also produce curbstone and foundation blocks.As KSM’s satisfied customers have attested, the quality of the products is outstanding. These are no ‘sandcrete’ blocks. The company adds that there is no need to fill-in or plaster its blocks, which are four times as strong as machine blocks and won’t break or crumble easily while costing less. That’s good news for both home owners and contractors.Panchu, the Chairman and CEO of KSM Investments, started on his journey to provide the best concrete products in Guyana in 2013, pouring long hours and much investment into the company, which was officially launched on April 15, 2017, with actual production starting in November 2015.It was a long and rocky road, beset with labour challenges, power supply issues and a lack of Government support, for the veteran businessman, who initially wanted to start a state-of-the art rice mill. However, a business trip to Germany opened his eyes to the possibilities of a local concrete products plant.“On that trip, I saw the technology… I realised there and then that we needed to have such a facility in Guyana to raise the bar on concrete products in our country. I recognised then, that such a facility will be critical if we are to modernise and move our country forward.”After he visited several similar plants in Germany, China and Brazil, Panchu and his wife, Shanta, decided to go ahead and establish the company.In highlighting his main challenge, the entrepreneur stressed that “the Private Sector cannot operate its businesses in isolation of the State. If the Government (the chief spender in the economy) is not willing and committed to supporting initiatives such as mine, then does it make any sense investing in my country?”Seeing his blocks used throughout the country and on Government projects are among the many goals of this patriotic Guyanese, who pointed out that a few days ago, a $97 million monument project in Berbice came tumbling down owing to the poor quality of the “sand block”.The father of one posed some hard questions about the engineering and quality control shortfalls that continue to cost the country money.“When are we going to learn?” Panchu, who is very passionate about getting value for money, asked. The former student of Bygeval Secondary School and the University of Guyana, who grew up in De Hoop, Mahaica, ECD, learnt early the importance of discipline, hard work, and education.“We were poor, but … we had great parents and grandparents, whose collective focus was our education as the vehicle for poverty alleviation and for us to be independent.”Panchu’s English Literature teacher at Bygeval Secondary, Ms Audrey Payne from Buxton (now deceased), also played an important role in his destiny and his son, Arvind, whom he described as a great kid, continues to provide inspiration.Panchu, who said independence and self-alleviation from poverty were the other reasons why he started a business, advised budding entrepreneurs: If you are not prepared to make sacrifices, do not start your own business, as owning a business means working 24/7; the ladder of success can be the most difficult of all ladders to climb, so be prepared for sleepless nights and less family time, sometimes; and, you must be able to deal with stress.He added: “Guyana is on the threshold of a takeoff. This takeoff has been slowed done due to local economic pressures. This is not a long-term problem and I believe that in the not-too-distant future, economic progress will once again be accelerated in Guyana.”Like the company says: Think…Strength…Think…Value…Think…Quality…Think…Beauty.Contact: Plot “MP”, 8 Good Hope Public Road, East Coast Demerara; 220-7329; 691-1723;673-2297; ksminvestmentsinc@hotmail.com.last_img

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Yvonne Nelson Identifies With Down’s Syndrome ChildrenYvonne Nelson Identifies With Down’s Syndrome Children

first_imgTop Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson has identified with children with down syndrome from My Heart Appeal, saying it was not their wish to be born like that, so they needed everyone’s care.“For me I do charity everyday, even when I’m driving on the roadside, I help people who are in need. It is something that is part of me and it is not everything that we do goes in the media,” Yvonne said.“I intend to give them support any time they need my help. I can not just neglect them, under not condition.” The actress added that charity should be part of everyone’s daily life, not waiting to do it once a year, adding that people should not wait for the holiday season before recognizing with these kinds of people in the society, but should rather do so on an occasional basis.“The fact that I could see smiles on their faces means a whole lot to me. It is quite unfortunate that people are born that way, but it is not their fault. They did not make themselves like that. They are human beings like us, and every country needs to give them special support,” she added. She said that the Liberian and Ghanaian governments should build special centers where the kids can be taken for treatment to specialists to help them improve their condition. “When you have such a problem, you are neglected by the society, even sometimes your own parents. But having trained specialists to take care of them, makes it much better,” she said.Commenting on her tally of movies, Yvonne Nelson said among the movies she has made, “If Tomorrow Never Come is the best.”“People who follow me as an actress or who has been following my career will notice something difference from all the movies I acted in.“People have the mindset that I’m how they see me in movie, looking all glamorous. But I decided to put all that aside to nail the character in that movie and I believed I did my best,” the award-winning actress said during a short interview for her movie premier.Yvonne disclosed that the reason she shot If Tomorrow Never Come is that she heard the sad story of a little boy which touched her deeply, leading her to want to share his plight with the world. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Plan would group, reform 44 troubled LAUSD schoolsPlan would group, reform 44 troubled LAUSD schools

first_imgBy Naush Boghossian STAFF WRITER Aiming to overhaul Los Angeles Unified’s lowest-performing schools, Superintendent David Brewer announced a plan Tuesday to essentially carve out a separate, targeted district for 44 of the neediest schools. Brewer’s senior staff and local superintendents are still developing details, but the new district would be made up of middle and high schools and would have its own rules of governance and separate curriculum and instructional planning. “It sure looks like the start of a breakup, which I think is something that is a long time in coming,” said Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, who submitted legislation proposing breaking LAUSD into smaller districts. But Brewer emphasized Tuesday that his plan is not necessarily to create a permanent structure. Instead, after schools improve they would return to governance under the general district. The 17 middle schools and 27 high schools in the special district would have their own superintendent and directors assigned to act as liaisons with central staff, Shiller said. The new district would include a new set of core curriculum at the schools and outline specific training for teachers. It also will address boosted school safety, smaller schools and community and parent partnerships. Under federal No Child Left Behind standards, LAUSD is in its third year of Program Improvement status, requiring LAUSD to develop a plan to help the lowest-performing schools. Brewer said a detailed plan is expected to be finished by Nov. 1 and presented to the board for approval by Nov. 13. Still, the plan drew concern from some that it is creating a fragmented district with even more bureaucracy and challenges. “I am worried the district is getting fragmented, and that does not necessarily mean it’s going to fix the problem,” 20-year school board member Julie Korenstein said. naush.boghossian@dailynews.com 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityBrewer hopes to launch the district next fall and said schools in the group would be candidates for drastic reforms such as all-boys’ academies and neighborhood literacy centers for parents. The plan is the latest designed to create separate, smaller groups of schools out of the massive bureaucracy of the LAUSD system. “We’re looking to try to reduce the size of the current local eight districts and bring these middle schools and high schools into one supervisory structure so that focused attention can be placed on these schools for improvement,” said Robert Schiller, a consultant hired by Brewer to help develop the plan. Brewer’s plan comes in addition to a previously announced plan under which Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will manage more than 30,000 students in two groups of schools designated as among the district’s lowest-performing. On top of that plan, Brewer’s proposal would pull at least 105,000 additional students out of the district’s 708,000 population into a separate governance structure. last_img read more

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Arsenal now only fourth favourites for title, Man United to finish in top four?Arsenal now only fourth favourites for title, Man United to finish in top four?

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Chelsea moved six points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Sunderland on Wednesday night and are 5/6 favourites for the title.Manchester City are 4/1, while Liverpool are 6/1 and Arsenal are now out to 7/1.Manchester United, meanwhile, are not expected to challenge for the title and are 11/8 just to finish in the top four.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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Anderson accuser testifiesAnderson accuser testifies

first_imgAnderson frowned at his former prot g as she spoke of the alleged molestation, shaking his head slightly and throwing the girl disappointed looks. His wife Kathryn, former chief of surgery at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, sat quietly outside the courtroom all day, reading a book. Anderson, 69, known as the “father of gene therapy,” is charged with four counts of continuous sexual abuse when the alleged victim was 11 years old and lewd acts when she was ages 11 through 13. He remains free on $600,000 bail since shortly after his arrest in July 2004. If convicted on all counts, he faces more than 20 years in prison. Anderson, who was in charge of the Gene Therapy Laboratories at USC that he helped create, is now on administrative leave. The young woman, a Chinese immigrant who has a twin sister, recounted a time when she was younger in which she claimed Anderson allegedly molested her in the sauna at his San Marino home. LOS ANGELES – The woman accusing prominent USC geneticist William French Anderson of molesting her when she was young said Thursday that Anderson would pretend to conduct examinations of her at his home when she was starting to go through puberty. This included not only weighing her naked and measuring her height, but also spreading apart her legs while she was naked as if he were examining her, said the now 19-year-old from South Pasadena. “He told me he was a doctor and he needed to check my development, because some girls grow right and some girls don’t,” she testified on the third day of the trial. As Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Cathryn Brougham questioned her throughout the day, the young woman, who alleges Anderson molested her from ages 9 to 13, looked slightly uncomfortable, nervously laughing in places. “He, uh, um, moved aside the bottom of my swimsuit” and orally molested her, she testified. “I remember lying there and just trying to let the heat relax me.” Incidents like this continued throughout her preteen years, the girl testified, while Anderson was tutoring her in tae kwon do, taking her to dinners alone, attending her sports practices, taking her to batting cages and letting her drive his car. She claimed Anderson let her drive on the freeway. She said he would buy her things – from soccer equipment to extravagant birthday gifts, such as a hot-air balloon ride for her and her sister on her 16th birthday. “He told me that he loved me, that I had his brain, that I was his prodigy person,” she testified. Throughout the first part of her testimony, the young woman had trouble pinning down her exact age or the time frame in which alleged incidents of molestation happened. The alleged victim spoke of how she tried to keep what was happening to her inside when she was young and how difficult that became as she grew older. “I increasingly felt like a slut, because I let him do things to me,” she said, adding that she cut and burned herself to “release” the pain she was feeling inside. In the spring of 2003, she said she told a counselor at South Pasadena High School a little about what was going on, referring to the man only as her mother’s boss. The girl’s mother was director of research at the USC lab, working under Anderson. While she was only looking for therapy, what the teenager got was South Pasadena police knocking at her door in July 2003 and questioning her. The counselor had reported the molestation, as school officials are legally bound to do. From then on, she said, everything spun out of control. “I didn’t want it to go to trial and everything,” she said. “What I really wanted was help so I wouldn’t feel so horrible. I thought my whole world would collapse.” She admitted that she lied to the police, telling them the molestation did not happen. But in September 2003, the teen wrote her mother a letter, explaining all of the alleged molestation. She said her mother helped her find a therapist. Anderson wrote e-mails to the girl in August of 2003 – presented by the prosecution – offering her everything from new soccer equipment to hair frosting to money. In a Nov. 20, 2003, e-mail, Anderson apologized for “the things I said and did,” adding that he “cannot justify or explain why” he “behaved so badly.” In later e-mails, Anderson begged the teenager not to tell for fear it would ruin his life, her, her family and even the work being done at the gene laboratories. He also threatened suicide. In draft e-mails, allegedly responding to Anderson’s, the girl asked him not to kill himself and demanded he go to therapy. She also asked for a written apology. Anderson told the girl in e-mails from late 2003 and early 2004 of his progress in therapy he claimed he was getting. He also promised the girl letters of recommendation and told her how he was writing grants for her mother, as well as trying to get her a tenured position at USC. The trial continues Monday at 9 a.m. in Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, 210 E. Temple St. in Dept. 107. molly.okeon@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want 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

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Hastert won’t seek GOP leadership roleHastert won’t seek GOP leadership role

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – Triggering a post-election shake-up, Dennis Hastert announced Wednesday he will not run for leader of House Republicans when Democrats take control in January. “Obviously I wish my party had won,” the House Speaker said in a statement that added he intends to return to the “full-time task” of representing his Illinois constituents. His decision to step down from the leadership cleared the way for a likely succession battle among lawmakers who face the sudden loss of power after a dozen years in the majority. Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, currently the majority leader, is expected to run for leader, and Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana announced during the day he also will seek the post. Joe Barton of Texas has signaled he may join the field. Hastert first conveyed word of his plans in a conference call with fellow GOP leaders one day after Republicans lost control of the House in midterm elections. There is no recent precedent for Hastert’s situation. The last time control of the House changed hands, in 1994, the speaker at the time, Democratic Rep. Tom Foley of Washington, lost his House seat. Hastert, 64, became speaker nearly eight years ago, stepping up after Newt Gingrich resigned and the next-in-line lawmaker, Bob Livingston, quit after saying he had had an extramarital affair. A former high school wrestling coach, Hastert was the perfect tonic for Republicans at the time, studiously avoiding the controversy that Gingrich often seemed to court. He worked closely with President Bush, and originally had indicated he would retire rather than seek re-election this fall. The president prevailed on him to run again though, and Hastert agreed. In the final weeks of the campaign, fellow Republicans questioned whether he or his aides had failed to act more quickly to force Rep. Mark Foley to resign. The Florida Republican quit Congress on Sept. 29 after being confronted with sexually explicit computer messages he had sent to teenage Capitol pages. Hastert’s tenacious – but plodding – approach to his tenure received mixed reviews. He largely shunned the talk-show circuit. He pushed much of Bush’s legislative agenda to passage, although critics said he occasionally failed to line up GOP support for key legislation, including a 1999 resolution supporting U.S. intervention in Kosovo and gun-control measures. Although conservative, Hastert became known more as a legislative tactician with a pragmatic, consensus-building style than as an ideological purist. In an effort to keep his fragile, fractured Republican majority – and himself – in charge of the House, Hastert maintained a dizzying fundraising pace as speaker that rivaled the legendary cash-collecting abilities of his predecessor, Gingrich. He took steps to decentralize the House, allowing policy to bubble up through the committees rather than being dictated down from the top. Hastert won 10 terms by concentrating on issues important to his north central Illinois district, a mix of far-out Chicago suburbs, farmland and high-tech industry. On Tuesday, Hastert was easily re-elected to his congressional seat over a relatively unknown challenger, but Democratic wins nationwide gave them control of the House and put California Democrat Nancy Pelosi in line to be the next speaker. “It’s been kind of tough out there,” Hastert said during a brief appearance at his election headquarters. Several officials said Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri would seek a new term as whip, the second-ranking leadership position. Rep. John Shadegg of Arizona circulated a letter to fellow Republicans announcing he would run for the post. Rep. Deborah Pryce, R-Ohio, issued a statement saying she would not seek to remain in leadership. She is locked in a tough re-election race in her district around Columbus. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’160Want 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

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Housing project will be debatedHousing project will be debated

first_imgWhile both parties have meet to discuss the project, the city says there are still searching for answers. “There are some serious technical issues that need to be worked out in advance before a decision can be made,” Morris said. The additional traffic and access to San Dimas Avenue is one of his concerns, namely due to the accidents that occurred on the street. “We feel that it has been the developers attitude to get this approved and work out the details later, but we feel like they need to be worked out before it’s approved because that’s a big safety issue,” he said. The city is also concerned with the removal of oak trees, decreasing open space and the access to Calle Bandera. “The whole point here is access,” said Modugno. “We would not be permitted to approve a project without access.” The city has denied the developer approval of using Calle Bandera as an emergency exit. Ren Brown, the city’s attorney, and Morris have stated San Dimas will not grant access to the street. “The city of San Dimas has a right to limit whatever access it wants to Calle Bandera. … It has total control over that access,” Brown said. The developer and the city have been to three hearings regarding the project since February 2005. “I would have preferred they deny it,” said Councilman Denis Bertone. “I’m just happy they didn’t approve it.” ambrosia.sarabia@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2303. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN DIMAS – The Vista Verde Ranch Project’s fate is still up in the air, as the Regional Planning Commission on Wednesday voted to talk about it at its March 14 meeting. “I think I would have preferred they deny it and let the process go on,” said San Dimas Mayor Curtis Morris. “But I understand this is the process.” While some commission members were for the project, there were concerns surrounding the bridge, access roads and the relationship between the city and developer. “Will anything be gained here or will we be hearing the same testimony we heard a year ago?” said Commission Chairman Pat Modugno. “My concern is with the applicant saying, `This is what we want to do,’ which is no different than that of a year ago and my main concern is that the issues have not been resolved.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’He added: “I am not willing to extend until I know some of these issues are going to get solved.” The developer wants to build 70 single- family lots and six open spaces on about 60 acres. The project includes the removal 129 oak trees and building a 700-foot-long bridge. The proposed development is in unincorporated Los Angeles County – west of the Orange (57) Freeway, north of the Via Verde area adjacent to the historic Cal Poly Voorhis campus and the Walnut Creek Wilderness area. About 50 residents and Daniel Singh and Julia Sylva, who represented the developer RAD, attended. “The developers have worked tirelessly to try and meet the demands of the city, but you can’t talk to a brick wall,” Sylva said. last_img

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Mother Arrested for Battering Her ChildrenMother Arrested for Battering Her Children

first_imgUpon completion of the investigation, Trooper Walters turned the case over to the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office for review.On December 2 an arrest warrant was issued for Beswick. The charges on the warrant were for two counts of Battery on a Child under the Age of Fourteen, a Level Five Felony.After the warrant was issued, Trooper Walters located Kendra Beswick and placed her under arrest incarcerating her at the Washington County Jail.Assisting Agencies- Washington County Division of Family and Children and the Salem City Police Department.This investigation is continuing. When he arrived he spoke to the father of the children, Steven Corthon. He stated he felt as though two of his children were being abused by their mother, Kendra Beswick.He stated he filmed an incident by hidden camera and had posted it on the social media website Facebook. Upon Trooper Walters watching the video he began an investigation into the alleged crime. I’m posting this video to show that it’s not always the guy who is the abuser to children. This woman Kendra Beswick or…Posted by Steven B Corthorn on Monday, November 30, 2015center_img A 24-year-old Salem woman is in jail this afternoon on two felony charges of beating her children.In jail is Kendra Beswick, 24, of Salem, IN charged with two counts of Battery on a Child under the Age of Fourteen, a Level Five Felony. There were two small children involved. She is currently being held in Washington County Jail on a $10,000 full cash bond.On November 30th, Trooper Brett Walters from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg was called to the Salem City Police Department in reference to an alleged child battery case.last_img read more

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Spencer/Columbus football blows past Cadott for fifth-straight winSpencer/Columbus football blows past Cadott for fifth-straight win

first_imgRockets 49, Hornets 13Spencer 30 19 0 0 – 49Cadott 0 0 0 13 – 13First QuarterSC – Hunter Luepke 4 run (Jonny Tomke run), 10:39.SC – Tomke 39 pass from Calvin Lenz (Noah Zastrow pass from Lenz), 7:18.SC – Luepke 37 run (Zastrow run), 4:52.SC – Zastrow 15 pass from Lenz (kick missed), 4:32.Second QuarterSC – Luepke 8 run (Luepke kick), 11:55.SC – Hunter Hildebrandt 9 run (kick missed), 8:51.SC – Tomke 36 run (kick missed), 5:13.Fourth QuarterCAD – Austin Goettl 36 pass from Michael Emery (Joseh Hite kick), 5:49.CAD – Brady Ryan 24 pass from Emery (run failed), 0:23.Team StatisticsFirst downs: Spencer/Columbus 15; Cadott 9.Rushing (att-yards): Spencer/Columbus 38-275; Cadott 26-63.Passing (comp-att-yards-int): Spencer/Columbus 3-5-77-0; Cadott 6-18-98-2.Fumbles (total-lost): Spencer/Columbus 0-0; Cadott 2-2.Penalties (no.-yards): Spencer/Columbus 5-45; Cadott 4-30.Punting (no.-avg.): Spencer/Columbus 2-29.0; Cadott 4-30.5.Individual StatisticsRushing: CAD, Dominick Grimm 7-30, Brady Ryan 6-19, Michael Emery 3-18, Shawn Sedlacek 3-4, Henry Wotczak 5-4, Jake Holum 2-minus 12. SC, Jonny Tomke 5-102, Hunter Luepke 5-61, Hunter Hildebrandt 5-59, Noah Zastrow 4-32, Jon Bauer 8-17, Calvin Lenz 3-14, Austin Post 1-12, Adam Walter 3-7, Bubba Post 1-minus 2, Collin Nieman 1-minus 7, Caden Schillinger 1-minus 21.Passing: CAD, Emery 2-8-60, Horum 4-10-38. SC, Lenz 2-4-5-4-0, Zastrow 1-1-23-0.Receiving: CAD, Tomke 1-39, Jacob Miller 1-23, Zastrow 1-15. CAD, Austin Goettl 1-36, Ryan 1-24, Holum 1-21, Emery 1-7, Nicky Nesvacil 1-5, Grimm 1-5.Punting: SC, Schillinger 2-29.0. CAD, Holum 4-30.5.Interceptions (defense): SC, Dakota Andreae, Luepke.Records: Spencer/Columbus 5-0 overall and Cloverbelt Conference; Cadott 1-4 overall and Cloverbelt Conference. By Paul LeckerSports ReporterCADOTT – Five games, five wins for the Spencer/Columbus Catholic football team.The Rockets exploded for 30 points in the first quarter and rolled to a 49-13 victory over Cadott in a Cloverbelt Conference game Friday night at Cadott High School.Jonny Tomke had 102 yards rushing on just five carries, including a 36-yard touchdown, and he also hauled in a 39-yard touchdown pass from Calvin Lenz to lead the way for the Spencer/Columbus offense.Hunter Luepke had five carries for 61 yards and three touchdowns, and Lenz also tossed a 15-yard TD pass to Noah Zastrow for the Rockets.Spencer/Columbus racked up 352 yards of offense, 275 coming on the ground.“Great balance tonight out of our whole team,” S/C coach Jason Gorst said. “Jonny Tomke had a breakout game. Max Johnson and Elijah Welsh are playing guard about as well as it can be played.”Spencer/Columbus (5-0 overall and Cloverbelt Conference) plays at Eau Claire Regis next Saturday, Sept. 26, at 1 p.m. at Carson Park. Regis is 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference after beating Colby 36-7 on Friday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

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Ning Keeps Growing: Now Hosts 500,000 NetworksNing Keeps Growing: Now Hosts 500,000 Networks

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#news#NYT#social networks#web Social networking provider Ning yesterday announced that it now hosts half a million social networks on its platform. Ning launched in February 2007 and has seen rapid growth and mainstream adoption ever since. According to Ning’s co-founder and CEO Gina Bianchini, Ning users now create a new social network every 30 seconds. As Dan Farber reports, 65 percent of these social networks are currently active and 3 percent of Ning’s users are paying $19.95 a month for Ning’s premium service. Ning’s premium service allows users to use Ning on their own domain and run their own ads (or decide not to run ads at all). Some of Ning’s most popular networks include Chris Pirillo’s Geeks! Network, a network for the Ellen DeGeneres show, and rapper 50 Cent’s social network. While Ning has a number of competitors, including KickApps and Crowdvine, Ning clearly leads the pack in terms of its user-base. Ning is also very popular among academics and teachers, who often use it to set up networks and blogs for their classes instead of relying on more commercial platforms like Facebook or MySpace or having to use cumbersome class management software. Related Posts frederic lardinoiscenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

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