CLAREMONT – La Verne’s women’s volleyball team hung with No. 2 Juniata all night on Saturday. The Leopards just couldn’t hang on. A night earlier, La Verne (11-6, 6-1), the No. 4 team in the CSTV/AVCA Coaches poll, hit .167 in a 3-1 loss (30-15, 30-28, 15-30, 30-21) to Cal Lutheran, the Leopards’ first defeat in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference since falling to Lutheran in a forfeit in 2001. The next night, its attack thwarted by a Juniata team (17-1) quick on the dig and the block, La Verne dropped the final two games after rallying for a 33-31 win in Game 2. La Verne trailed for much of the opening game before taking a brief 29-28 lead on an errant Juniata attack. But the Leopards lost that advantage in falling, 32-30, and after holding on for a win in Game 2, they lost chances to take a firm lead in both Games 3 and Game 4. An ace from junior Kimberly Fitzsimmons – whose sister Kristi started at setter for Juniata – tied that game at 20-20. But the Eagles ended that with a 10-4 run and then won the match in Game 4 by coming from behind after Kimberly Fitzsimmons gave the Leopards a 22-20 lead. “Executing,” said senior Mandy Sedia, who said she couldn’t remember the last time La Verne lost two consecutive matches. “We need to finish.” La Verne led 29-28 on a kill from Whitney Kranz, but two blocking errors and a kill from junior Rachael Schatz gave Juniata a 31-29 win. A night after seeing its SCIAC record 56-game winning streak snapped at un-ranked Cal Lutheran, No. 4-ranked La Verne fell in four games to the Eagles at Pomona’s Rains Center in a match that saw the Leopards within striking distance in each game. “I felt we matched up well against them,” said La Verne head coach Don Flora, whose team lost 32-30, 31-33, 30-24, 31-29. “They’ve got two All-Americans in the middle and I thought at times we played with them. At times they got the best of us. … And that was the difference.” “We were playing the No. 2 team and we needed to get more fired up to play,” Sedia said. “We need to refocus and learn (from this).” Because the back-to-back losses to Juniata and Cal Lutheran (10-0, 7-0) shouldn’t hurt the Leopards in the polls. And because the conference title is still up for grabs, even if La Verne’s record streak is over. “It’s great to be known as the best ever SCIAC era,” said Flora, reflecting on La Verne’s 56 consecutive conference wins. “Nobody has been close.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The rest of the continent is catching up with South Africa’s established mining sector.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) Africa’s economy is on track and could make a speedier recovery from the recession than the US. This is according to the World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects report for 2011. The report, released in mid-January, projected that sub-Saharan Africa would increase its gross domestic product (GDP) from 4.7% in 2010 to 5.3% for this year. That figure would be bumped up to 5.5% in 2012.The report specifically stated that prices in metals, minerals and oil, as well as greater investment in manufacturing and telecommunications companies, have contributed to the growth.According to Phumelele Mbiyo, Standard Bank’s Senior Africa Strategist for Global Market Research, the figures indicate that economic activity, especially in terms of mining and construction, is expanding in the region.“The reason for such an increase is because prices for commodities are pretty high and they have attracted investment, especially from emerging markets such as China,” he said.Mbiyo believes the average person would benefit from these positive projections, as companies are looking to employ locals.“There is already employment of locals in the mining and construction industries. There is going to be a lot of employment in future, especially by European and American based companies who have invested heavily in mining in Africa.”High continental growthHowever, the report indicated that the best growth rates were not to come out of South Africa, the region’s traditional economic hub. Instead, the highest figures came from countries such as Nigeria, Angola, Kenya, the Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania.South Africa was projected at 3.5% for 2011 whereas other countries in the rest of the region were said to grow at an average of 6.4% for the same year.Mbiyo explained that this is not because South Africa’s growth is slowing, but rather because the other countries are starting new industries now and from a low base whereas South Africa had already established the same industries years ago.“Angola is set to grow by 7% on average whereas Ghana will average 13% in the next two years. It is because the latter is starting to produce oil,” said Mbiyo.He added that Africa should now focus on sustaining growth as the continent still lags behind other major developing and developed economies.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, many producers may be considering selling produce, meats, cottage foods and baked goods directly to consumers at the farm property. A question we often hear from farmers thinking about these types of farm food sales is, “do I need some type of license or inspection to sell food from the farm?” The answer to this question depends upon the type of food offered for sale:Sales of foods such as fresh produce or cottage foods do not require a license.Sales of certain types of baked goods require a home bakery license.Sales of multiple types of foods or higher risk foods require a farm market registration or a retail food establishment (RFE) license.The home bakery license, farm market registration, and RFE license involve inspections of the production or sales area.It is important for a producer to carefully assess the food sales situation and comply with the appropriate licensing or registration requirements. To do so, a producer should identify the type and number of food products he or she will sell and whether the food poses low or high food safety risk.Our new Law Bulletin, Selling Foods at the Farm: When Do You Need a License? will help producers assess their situations and determine their needs for appropriate licensing, registration, or inspections. Read the bulletin on http://farmoffice.osu.edu, here.