Wildcats Sweep Men’s Outdoor Athletes of the Week Awards

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Jared Williams and Kai Schmidt are the Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. All Southland Athletes of the Week are presented MidSouth Bank.The Wildcat duo competed at their home track over the weekend at the Wes Kittley Invitational. Williams took first in the 400-meter event while also helping his ACU squad to a first-place team finish in the 4x400m relay. Kai Schmidt took first place in the shot put and second overall in the discus.Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Jared Williams, Abilene Christian – So. – Channelview, TexasWilliams boosted his 4x400m relay team to a first-place overall finish by a narrow .55-second margin. ACU’s relay team finished the course with a time of 3:09.97. The sophomore also claimed a first-place individual finish in the 400m dash, beating out 17 other competitors. The Channelview, Texas product blazed past the finish line with a 47.24 clip, marking the ninth fastest NCAA Division I time of the season.Honorable Mention: Tremayne Flagler, Northwestern State; Julien Jeandree, Central Arkansas; Tyler Smith, McNeese; Garett Cortez, Incarnate Word.Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Kai Schmidt, Abilene Christian – Sr. – Krefeld, GermanySenior Kai Schmidt won the shot put against Texas Tech’s Eric Kicinskig and Sam Houston State’s Michael Nichols with his best effort of 18.21m (59-9). Schmidt’s marks in the shot put and discus events sealed Southland season bests as the senior launched a 191-2 in the discus, in addition to his shot put efforts.Honorable Mention: LaRon James, Northwestern State; P.J. Caseres, Incarnate Word; Aaron Rosales, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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LEC, World Bank Break Ground for 10 Megawatt HFO Power Project

first_imgThe  official ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) power plant has taken place in Monrovia.The project is expected to cost US$13 million dollars and is under the supervision of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).Initially, executives of LEC and MLME had disclosed that there are three major energy projects under construction in the country.The Liberian Government and partners funded power projects, according to Lands, Mines & Energy Minister and LEC Board Chairman Patrick Sendolo, include World Bank’s US$13.1 million project and Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA). in the neighborhood of US$26,000,000, all expected to be completed by December 2015.The third power project is funded by the Liberian Government it cost US$25.5 million.  It is also expected to be completed by June 2015.The LEC’s power project is implemented by China National Technical Import and Export Corporation (CINTIC).Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony held at the LEC’s Bushrod Island power plant, World Bank Country Manager Inguna Dobraja said energy is the foundation and engine for many income generating activities that could bring changes in Liberia.Manager Dobraja added that the World Bank group has invested about US$225,000,000 in the Liberian energy during the period under-review.She also disclosed that the current 10 mega-watt power plant will increase  electricity supply to Liberians and foreign residents up to fifty percent in the country.Madam Dobraja further disclosed that the initiative will reduce electricity tariff on Liberians and foreign residents in the country which has posed obstacles to private/public sector growth and development.The World Bank Country Manager also noted that the power initiatives in Liberia will assist the urban and rural populations.Manager Dobraja urged all collaborating partners and Liberians to work together and accelerate the successes achieved in energy.The World Bank Country Manager congratulated those involved in the different energy sectors that are ensuring the successful implementation of projects across the country.The Chief Executive Officer of the LEC, Mr. Gregg Sylvestre extended thanks and appreciation to the Minister and officials of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy for the collaboration demonstrated over the years.He also admonished support partners and the LEC family to muster the courage and determination aimed at ensuring the successful implementation of the power project in Monrovia.In a special statement, the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy {MLME} Patrick Sendolo said the World Bank has been a strong support partner in Liberia’s many energy projects.Minister Sendolo also urged all parties connected the HFO/LEC power project to work together as a team in order to ensure the speedy implementation of the energy project in Monrovia.He also added that the LEC management has demonstrated cooperation with the MLME in ensuring that work in Liberia’s energy sectors is effectively done to meet the citizens’ need.Minister Sendolo also disclosed that a lot is happening in the energy sector in terms of generation, distribution and expansion, urging that Liberians should continue to exhibit tolerance and patience as the ministry and LEC carry on their work.He further added that all of these energy and infrastructural initiatives are intended to enhance and ensure that many Liberians afford the cost associated with the provision of quality power supply in the country.In closing, Minister Sendolo also lauded the current efforts of the CINTIC for the fast pace at which the 10-mega-watt HFO power project is being executed in Monrovia.Earlier, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the LEC, Mr. Joseph T. Mayah reminded Liberians and foreign residents that the LEC power initiatives are geared towards making energy services affordable and sustainable in the country.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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