Thomas, Burleson Voted Southland Volleyball Players of the Week

first_imgThomas had a career-high 25 kills in Lamar’s five-set win over Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday. The junior from Houston followed that performance with a 24-kill effort in four sets at New Orleans on Saturday. She finished the week hitting .362 and averaging 5.44 kills per set, while committing just 11 errors between the nine sets for the week. 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 25 percent of ballots. Thomas combined for 49 kills for the Cardinals (4-18, 2-10 SLC) against Southeastern Louisiana (2-24, 0-12 SLC) and New Orleans (5-14, 4-8 SLC). Burleson accumulated 52 digs in a 1-1 week at home against Sam Houston State (13-11, 9-2 SLC) and Abilene Christian (9-14, 5-6 SLC) for the Lady Demons (13-14, 8-4 SLC). FRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Tomar Thomas is the Southland Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week, while Northwestern State’s Channing Burleson is the Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by Offensive Player of the Week: Tomar Thomas, Lamar – Jr. – Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker – Houston Honorable Mention: Amanda Dimon, Central Arkansas; Lexus Cain, Stephen F. Austin.center_img Lamar welcomes UIW (5-14, 4-8 SLC) on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., competes at Sam Houston on Thursday at 7 p.m. before ending a three-match week at Abilene Christian on Saturday at 1 p.m. Northwestern State hosts Central Arkansas (21-3, 10-2 SLC) on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. before playing at Houston Baptist (17-8, 8-4 SLC) on Saturday at 1 p.m. Burleson tied a season and career high for digs when she tallied 32 in a four-set win over Sam Houston State on Thursday. Her 32 digs ranks first in four-set matches among Southland members this season. She continued her leadership on the backrow in Saturday’s match against Abilene Christian, making 20 digs to hold the Wildcats to a .106 hitting percentage. For the week, the junior libero averaged 6.5 digs per set. She now leads the league with 5.40 digs per set in conference matches. Defensive Player of the Week: Channing Burleson, Northwestern State – Jr. – Libero – Midland, Texas Honorable Mention: Amanda Beaton, Central Arkansas; Ann Hollas, Stephen F. Austin; Madison Green, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.last_img read more

Defined benefit pension deficit stands at £414bn in the private sector

first_imgThe deficit for UK private sector defined benefit (DB) pension schemes was £414 billion as of 30 November 2016, compared to £265 billion at the end of November 2015, according to research by JLT Employee Benefits.Its monthly funding update also estimates that DB pension assets increased from £1,242 billion in November 2015 to £1,401 billion in November 2016, and liabilities rose to £1,815 billion in 2016 from £1,507 billion last year.For FTSE 100 organisations, the DB pension deficit at 30 November 2016 was £160 billion, compared to £83 billion in November 2015. FTSE 350 DB deficits increased from £96 billion in November 2015 to £181 billion in November 2016.FTSE 100 organisations’ DB pension assets are estimated at £580 billion at the end of November 2016 compared to last November’s £543 billion, with liabilities at £740 billion from 2015’s £626 billion. For FTSE 350 organisations, assets have increased from £614 billion to £656 billion, and liabilities are estimated at £837 billion compared to £710 billion at the end of November 2015.DB pension deficits were estimated at £447 billion for UK private sector pension schemes at the end of October 2016, £197 billion for FTSE 350 organisations, and £173 billion for FTSE 100 firms.Charles Cowling (pictured), director at JLT Employee Benefits, said: “This last month has seen a further slight easing in deficits from the record heights of over £500 billion recorded at the end of August, as markets continue to react to the fall-out from Brexit and the US election.“However, deficits have still almost doubled over the last 12 months and there appears to be no relief in sight for [organisations] with large defined benefit pension schemes. Moreover, any current calm in markets may just be a temporary ‘eye-of-the-storm’ respite before the Brexit negotiations start in earnest.“As we rapidly approach the all-important year-end, at current market levels, many [organisation’s] accounts are going to show a marked deterioration in their year-end pension numbers. There will be instances where the pension scheme will represent a serious threat to the [organisation’s] balance sheet and, in some cases, its ability to pay dividends. There are going to be many finance directors hoping that the recent rise in bond rates continues a little further before the end of 2016.”last_img read more

PlugIn Electric Car Sales Surprisingly Decreased In UK In September

Swedish Plug-In Electric Car Market Share Soars To 12% Source: Electric Vehicle News In Norway, 60% Of New Vehicle Sales Were Plug-In Electric Cars Tesla Sales Surge In The Netherlands In September All-electric models were selling good, but the plug-in hybrids were probably partially hit by WLTP or some supply constraints (we are not sure how the new Outlander PHEV – the best selling plug-in model in UK – is coping on the demand/supply line):2,290 BEVs (up 9.2% year-over-year)4,671 PHEVs (down 22.3% year-over-year)Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – September 2018 Info about WLTP impact:“From 1 September, all cars sold in the EU have to undergo a new test called the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). The test measures all regulated emissions, as well as CO2 and fuel economy. Like the old test it replaces, it is conducted in controlled laboratory conditions for consistency across every test and every new vehicle in every country. However, it is conducted at faster speeds, over a longer distance and is more dynamic, with a greater range of vehicle and engine speeds, engine load, gear changes and temperatures, while also taking into account modern vehicle technology. And, because it is based upon some half a million miles of real driving data, it is far closer to the conditions most people experience on the road today.In addition, new cars will also need to prove their air quality credentials ‘on the road’ by passing the new Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test. This rigorous test, which takes around four days to complete, is supplementary to WLTP and uses specially calibrated state-of-the-art portable emissions measurement (PEMS) equipment. This very sensitive equipment analyses the trace tailpipe emissions of pollutants while the car is driven in a wide range of both every-day and extreme conditions, from stop-start inner-city, to open road driving, and even at rarely, if ever, encountered speeds of 100mph and altitudes equivalent to Ben Nevis.” The British car market shrunk over 20% in September.UK felt the WLTP-certification turbulence last month as overall car sales decreased by 20.5% to 338,834 (diesels sunk by 42.5%).Surprisingly, plug-in car sales also went down, so there is no new record we  had hoped for. “Only” 6,961 new passenger plug-in cars were registered, which is 14.1% less than a year ago at 2.05% market share.Sales reports from Europe Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 5, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News read more