George Groves’ second attempt to become world champion ended in a crushing loss to Carl Froch, who flattened him in the eighth round of their rematch at Wembley.The Hammersmith man, controversially stopped in round nine after dominating much of the fight when he took on Froch in November, was comprehensively beaten this time around.Last time out he floored the WBA and IBF super-middleweight champion in a blistering first round, but this time Froch was much more effective with his jab and gave Groves problems from the outset.An 80,000 crowd saw Groves, 26, enter on the upper deck of an open-topped London bus, while the 36-year-old champion’s no-frills ring entrance signaled a focused and ruthless display.He shook Groves with a powerful right in the fifth but the challenger regrouped and, after a seventh round in which he brought the left hook into play and twice stung Froch, seemed to be finding his range.But the contest came to a sudden and devastating conclusion in the following round when Groves was laid out by a savage right, prompting the referee to stop the fight without bothering to complete a count.See also:DeGale wins to secure world title shotGroves: I’ll come back better and strongerGroves is lined up for September returnGroves to fight in world title eliminatorFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
South Africa ranks as the 3rd most competitive market in terms of logistics performance among upper-middle-income economiesJohannesburg, Thursday 06 September 2018 – Brand South Africa today welcomed the results of the 2018 World Bank Logistics Performance Index (LPI) – which sees South Africa rank 33 of 160 countries assessed in the index.The 2018 LPI indicates that South Africa is the third most competitive market in terms of logistics performance among upper-middle-income economies ranking, just behind Thailand and China.The LPI evaluates 160 countries’ performance in trade logistics and serves to categorize challenges the countries are confronted with and recommends methods that can be adopted to address these. The LPI is comprised of both domestic and international logistics, and provides comprehensive assessments of 160 countries.The six core components used to measure performance are: the efficiency of customs and border clearance; the quality of trade and transport infrastructure; the ease of arranging competitively priced shipments; the competence and quality of logistics services; the ability to track and trace consignments; as well as the frequency with which shipments reach consignees within scheduled or expected delivery times.Commenting on the 2018 World Bank LPI results, Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Research Dr Petrus de Kock said: “Logistics performance is vital for a countries’ economic growth and refers to cost, time, and complexity in accomplishing import and export activities. The ability of South Africa to offer diverse logistics services is partly driven by the quality of physical infrastructures such as road, rail, and ports.“We are pleased with the upward trend in South Africa’s performance in the LPI’s pillar of quality of transport infrastructure, which sees the country’s ranking improve in 2018 to 36 from a position of 38 in 2014. The investment made by the South African government and private sector in infrastructure was also recognised in the 2017-2018 World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index (WEF GCI), which reported that the country improved with three positions at 61 out 137 countries, compared to 64 in the 2016-2017 index.”This year the World Bank also released a report that provides aggregate performance of all countries based on data from 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018. When viewed in aggregate terms over the 2012 to 2018 period South Africa’s over-all rank is 29/160.Dr de Kock says, in general terms South Africa performs quite well in the LPI, however it should be noted that in over-all ranking the country retreats from 20/160 (2016), to 33/160 (2018).“Brand South Africa will share with stakeholders a much more detailed analysis of the findings and will be working with stakeholders to establish focused efforts and implement measures that address the challenges documented in the World Banks’ 2018 LPI report,” concluded Dr de Kock.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email: email@example.com
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Auctioneers Association recognized Bart K. Sheridan of Cedarville, Ohio, as one of its 2019 inductees into the Ohio Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame at its annual Conference and Show on January 5. Sheridan’s longtime auctioneer friends and competitors John Muncy of New Lebanon and Kevin Wendt of Plain City shared the microphone as they shared Sheridan’s biography and the accomplishments that paved the way for the recognition.His father, longtime auctioneer and the 1996 OAA Hall of Fame inductee Keith Sheridan, was in attendance and provided the final introduction comments by video. Muncy and Wendt chronicled Sheridan’s twenty-four years as a professional auctioneer, preceded by growing up an auctioneer’s family. Sheridan received his Bachelor of Accountancy degree in 1989 from Miami University before practicing as a CPA in New Jersey and Ohio. He began his career as an auctioneer and real estate broker in 1995 shortly after returning to Ohio from New Jersey with his wife, Sandy, and his children.“I can name numerous people throughout the State who deserve this recognition. I count it a true honor to see my name among the elite of Ohio’s rich and robust auction history. I am so grateful to God for the opportunity to share this recognition with my wife, my children, my brother, and my parents who have all been such a big part of my career,” Sheridan said.Sheridan joined his father, Keith Sheridan (1996), as one of several tw0-generation pairs so honored by the Association throughout the past 30 years of the Hall of Fame’s existence. Also honored as a Legacy inductee was longtime livestock auctioneer Paul Good of Van Wert. The newest inductee earned his CAI (Certified, Auctioneers Institute) designation in 2001 and served as the Association’s President in 2006 and also as its Treasurer from 1998 to 2003. He was instrumental in numerous legislative victories for the industry in the early- and mid-2000s. Governor John Kasich appointed him to the Ohio Auctioneers Commission in 2013, where he served for four years. He is also involved extensively in local Greene County church, civic, and government activities. Sheridan is a licensed Auctioneer and Real Estate Broker and with his brother Matt owns and operates Sheridan & Associates, a full service auction and real estate company located in Cedarville, specializing in the sale of agricultural and antique assets throughout southwest and central Ohio.
Fresno getting tough on waterGranville’s move to artificial turf is part of a bigger picture of aggressive water conservation in the city.According to an article in The Los Angeles Times, the city is taking a much more forward approach to water monitoring than most other California cities.A team of city water watchers is on the hunt for flagrant water violators and was responsible for 374 of the 838 penalties handed out by California water districts in a single month — more than 44 percent. The city was able to scale back water use by 33 percent last month, far above Gov. Jerry Brown’s order for a 25 percent cutback in urban water use.There’s a good reason. Fresno’s groundwater dropped by 4 feet last summer, The Times reported, and allocations of imported, stored water dropped sharply. In August, lawn watering was restricted to twice a week.According to the newspaper, the city’s new mantra is “Don’t frown on brown.” The continuing drought in California is convincing builders to modify what they offer prospective homebuyers in the way of landscaping.In Fresno, Granville Homes has been making synthetic turf standard in all front yards since May. That costs the builder six times as much as genuine turf but it looks a lot more appealing than grass turned brown by a lack of rain and lower groundwater supplies. Homebuyers can still get real grass as an option.Fresno is an inland city of a half-million people about halfway between Bakersfield and Sacramento in the Central Valley. The average high temperature is 96°F in July, and annual precipitation averages just under 13 inches. This year, rainfall has totaled just 3.75 inches, according to the University of California.That’s left a lot of conventional plantings begging for water.“Brown lawns are convincing buyers that this is a good way,” Granville President Darius Assemi told The Fresno Bee. “Our goal is to have completed neighborhoods that are timeless, that look attractive now and in the years and decades to come.”Other builders in the area also are offering artificial grass as an option and looking for more drought-tolerant plantings, according to the Bee. But Granville Homes is apparently the first to make the fake turf a standard feature on single-family lots.It’s not, however, Granville’s first foray into water conservation or energy conservation. Within the last few years, it has added irrigation systems that adjust themselves to the weather, preventing the sprinklers from starting when it’s raining, for example. Its “Eco-Smart” homes have R-40 ceilings, rigid foam over blown-in insulation in R-28 exterior walls, and rooftop photovoltaic panels.The front yards at Granville homes are between 500 and 600 square feet, and may also include drought-tolerant shrubs and two trees per house that are watered by a drip irrigation system.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: We’re planning for January and summer windowsby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed they have plans for the January market.Solskjaer’s side have endured the club’s worst start to a season in 30 years, but executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has reiterated his support of the under-fire manager.”I speak to Ed loads of times and we speak regularly,” Solskjaer said. “As we’ve spoken about so many times, we do have a plan and we know that we’ve made some decisions that maybe in the short-term would harm us, but we know in the long-term will benefit us. And that’s part of the plan.”But results are always are always the main thing and we can move forward quicker if we get results and performances.”But I’m sure we will get there. It’s just still planning for the next transfer window, summer transfer window and how we see the team moving forward.”