BEAUMONT, Texas – The Lamar University men’s tennis punched its ticket to the 2018 NCAA Championships by defeating rival Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the Southland tournament finals Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals found out Tuesday where that ticket would take them. Big Red is headed back to College Station, Texas and will face No. 5 overall seed, Texas A&M (22-5) Friday, May 11th. “Texas A&M is one of the top programs in the nation. There are no easy matches when you get to this point. We knew before the selection show began that we were going to have a tough draw. I know our guys are excited to get there. We have our work cut out for us, but will be ready to play,” added Shankles. College Station is the site of the Cardinals’ first trip to the NCAA Championships under LU head coach Scott Shankles during the 2016 season. The other two teams making up the four-team pod are Arizona State (14-10) and Baylor (20-9). The Bears enter the tournament as an at-large selection after posting a fifth-place finish in the Big 12. Baylor advanced to the conference tournament finals before bowing out to Texas. The Cardinals (10-13) made a stunning run through the SLC Championships to qualify for their third NCAA tournament appearance in as many years. The Red and White knocked off the top-two seeds to qualify for the NCAAs. The journey to the postseason is made more impressive by the fact that the Cardinals qualified for the conference tournament on the final day of the regular season. The opening-round match against the Aggies will take place Friday, May 11th, at 1 p.m. The first and second round matches will be played at the Mitchell Tennis Center. The Sun Devils finished fifth in the Pacific 12 Conference during the 2018 campaign. Arizona State was eliminated from the conference tournament by rival Arizona in the opening round. “We are extremely excited to be headed back to the NCAA Championships,” said Shankles. “Our guys have fought so hard this season, and had to overcome so much. It is great to see their hard work be rewarded.
International migration from Kerala to traditional destinations like the Gulf countries will decline further while African regions could emerge as a prominent destination for migrant workers from the state, according to a research paper released recently by the Centre for Development Studies (CDS) and Centre for Migration and Inclusive Development (CMID).The mortality and fertility levels of Kerala have touched near saturation bottom levels, and migration plays a critical role in shaping the future demographic scenario, the report showed.Ageing of the population and a decline in the number of people in the migration-prone age groups could lead to international migration from the state dipping further, the report said.The research paper, titled Impact of Mortality and Fertility Transitions in Kerala on Migration and Its Implications for the State’s Economy, stated that migration has been and continues to be a significant catalyst in the development of Kerala.“The nationalization schemes and similar measures in the Middle East region may further reduce migration of Keralites to the region that accounted for more than four-fifths of the international migrants from Kerala,” the research paper stated.This is likely to result in a reduction of remittances, adversely affecting the economy of the state.However, it is also likely that the African region may emerge as a prominent destination for migrant workers from Kerala.The number of international migrants from Kerala peaked during 2013, with 2.4 million migrants from the state living outside the country, and then declined to 2.2 million in 2016, according to the paper. Both international migration and migration to the other states from Kerala have registered downward trends, the paper pointed out.“Not that Africa will become next Gulf but Africa is growing and we can go and invest in Africa and create employment for them. Countries like Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Sudan, Rwanda and other African nations have growing economies and big needs for education health, infrastructure, etc.,” Muralee Thummarukudy, the chief of disaster risk reduction of United Nations Environment Program, said, the Times of India reported.In 2016, remittances to Kerala constituted 36.3 per cent of the state’s Net State Domestic Product, and were also capable of wiping out 60 per cent of the state’s public debt. “As avenues outside India are not promising in the near future, Keralites will have to vigorously tap the opportunities within the country as the urban India expands. The state’s economy is to a large extent dependent on the migrant workforce in the emerging demographic scenario,” the paper said.Migration has become an all-pervasive phenomenon in Kerala that has influenced every aspect of life, impacting female education, infrastructure, prices, wages, transportation and status of women. Related ItemsAfricaKeralaRemittance