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A FORMER Donegal County Council official has launched a legal bid aimed at having a Government report clearing the council of any wrongdoing in planning matters overturned.The High Court action has been taken by consultant planner Gerard Convie in relation to a number of complaints he made between 2007 and 2009 about allegedly irregular planning decisions made by the council.Mr Convie made the submissions arising out of his concerns about planning procedures in Donegal County Council, whom he had previously worked for, and the manner that certain individuals were receiving preferential consideration arising out their relationship with council officials. He claims his submissions were dismissed last June when the Department of the Environment said in a report it had found no evidence of corruption or abuse of public office by planning officials in several local authorities including Donegal County Council. That review was commenced in 2010 by the then FF/Green administration.However Mr Convie, of Lower Main St, Letterkenny, claims his detailed complaints “were not investigated at all” and that the conclusions contained in the report were based entirely on submissions made by Donegal County Council.On Friday Conleth Bradley SC for Mr Convie told Mr Justice Barry White his client’s complaints were dismissed by the minister without being given “any appropriate consideration”.Counsel said the minister had made several fundamental errors in respect of Mr Convie’s submissions, including the findings that Mr Convie had not produced evidence of irregularities, that the submissions were lacking in detail and that Mr Convie was not a reliable witness.Counsel added the minister also took into account irrelevant considerations when considering the motivations Mr Convie had for making his submissions, and was concerned about the impact on his professional reputation.The court heard that prior to resigning from the council, Mr Convie had brought legal proceedings challenging a decision to dismiss him from his post.Mr Convie is seeking orders from the court quashing the finding of June 12 that there was no prima facie evidence of any malfeasance of his complaints. He is also seeking declarations including that having made a detailed submission about planning irregularities he had a legitimate expectation that his complaints would be investigated in an thorough and impartial manner.He is further seeking declarations that the inquiry failed to comply with natural and constitutional justice and that fair procedures were not followed. Donegal County Council is a notice party to the proceedings.Permission to bring the challenge was granted yesterday by Mr Justice White. The application was granted ex parte, where one side only was represented in court. The matter was made returnable before the court next month.COMMENTS ARE CLOSED ON ONGOING COURT CASESEX-COUNCIL OFFICIAL IN LEGAL BATTLE OVER PLANNING ‘IRREGULARITIES’ CLAIMS was last modified: September 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EX-COUNCIL OFFICIAL IN LEGAL BATTLE OVER PLANNING ‘IRREGULARITIES’ CLAIMS
4 October 2005Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad and his Zambian counterpart, Davison Mulela, have called on businesses in both countries to increase their dealings with each other.The two deputy ministers held talks in Pretoria on Monday during which they undertook to finalise an agreement on reciprocal protection and promotion of investments.South Africa is Zambia’s main export destination and is the largest investor in that country after the United Kingdom.South African Tourism has embarked on a drive to encourage tour operators to market a “Visit Zambia Campaign”, while South African Airways has implemented new flights between the two countries.With Zambia scheduled to hold elections in 2006 and South Africans soon going to the polls for municipal elections, the deputy ministers expressed common positions on the advancement of democracy, protection of human rights and the fight against corruption.The meeting also paved way for a visit to South Africa by Zambian Foreign Minister Lt Gen Shikapwasha, scheduled for 18 to 19 October.A cleansing and healing ceremony is scheduled to be held in Lusaka in November, in co-operation with the Freedom Park Trust, to honour South Africans who died in that country fighting for the end to apartheid.President Thabo Mbeki participated in Zambia’s 40th Anniversary of Independence celebrations in 2004, while Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa was invited to South Africa’s 10th anniversary of democracy celebrations.Source: BuaNews
The island, situated 12km north of Cape Town, is poised to become a leader in green self-sustainability. (Image: South African Tourism) The South African National Energy Research Institute (Saneri) and the Department of Energy (DoE) have launched a pilot project aimed at turning Robben Island into a self-sufficient community that runs on green energy.By using a hybrid approach to power generation, the Greening of Robben Island project will reduce the demand on the island’s infrastructures and its dependence on fossil fuels.In 1999 Robben Island was inscribed on Unesco’s list of world heritage sites. As such it holds distinct historical meaning for South Africa and is a popular tourist destination.Initially it served as a training and defence station during the Second World War. Later it was a place of quarantine for those suffering from leprosy, and in 1961 it became a penal colony for political prisoners.Now it is to become the model for self-sustaining communities in South Africa and the Southern African region.In Saneri’s 2009/10 annual report, the organisation’s CEO Kadri Nassiep described the Greening of Robben Island as a flagship project for Saneri, and one that is expected to thrust the island into a position of energy leadership for other South African communities, especially those which have limited or no access to the national grid.Nassiep hopes to be able to reveal some of the technology in time for the 2013 meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cape Town.Renewable energy sourcesThe Robben Island team is investigating the development of micro-hydroelectric, biomass, wind, solar and possibly wave technologies, with a view to rolling them out in other parts of the country where appropriate. The team hopes to begin infrastructure installation during 2011, although the time frame is dependent on funding.Despite an earlier political hiccup which resulted in temporary suspension of the project, it is now going ahead, according to senior manager Derek Batte of the DoE.The project is expected to produce about 600KW from its various energy sources, which will replace the two diesel generators that currently power the island, resulting in an expected monthly saving of around R450 000 (US$64 500).A smart grid, currently in development at the University of Cape Town, will coordinate energy generation from the various sources and manage its distribution. All houses and buildings are to be fitted with energy efficiency technology, including solar water heating.The notorious Western Cape wind will be harnessed not by conventional wind turbines, but by vortex turbines, which, according to an October 2010 Financial Mail report, are smaller, less intrusive and operate without masts and rotors.Hydropower is used for desalination and for the production of energy. Micro-hydropower installations are capable of providing power to a small community and are found around the world. They provide an economical resource without the need to buy fuel and in many instances, complement photovoltaic systems when solar energy is diminished.The clearing of alien vegetation, bush encroachment and certain grasses, as well as household waste, will provide the biomass which in turn will power biogas generation. This takes place in an anaerobic digester and produces a combination of methane and carbon dioxide, which can then be used for heating and cooking, as a fuel source, or to drive an energy-generating turbine.Projects such as these are undertaken in many parts of the world and on different scales. According to Batte, South Africa can play a major role in this development space.A virtual model of the island is available on the Robben Island Museum website and those interested will be able to follow the project’s progress online from April 2011. The website will also provide real-time energy generation figures.Optimal energy consumptionThe Robben Island project falls under the Working for Energy programme, presented by former finance minister Trevor Manuel in his 2008/9 budget vote.This is a joint project involving the DoE and Saneri, a body established in 2004 under the guidance of the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Energy. Saneri is a subsidiary of the parastatal Central Energy Fund.Starting with a modest budget of R5-million ($717 000) in 2009/10, Working for Energy was developed to use and distribute potential hybrid, renewable and alternative energy technologies in an effort to cut down on fossil fuels, generate more power for South African communities, and reduce associated costs.The project’s budget for 2011/12 is a more substantial R25-million ($3.6-million) and signifies the government’s commitment to developing South Africa’s clean energy industry.It mirrors the successful job creation concept of other environmental initiatives such as Working for Water, Working for Wetlands and Working for Fire. Job creation is sustained through use of labour-intensive practices, helping to boost skills transfer and develop local economies and capacity.
17 January 2014 International Relations Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim is scheduled to travel to Yemen for consultations over the release of South African hostage Pierre Korkie, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation said in a statement on Friday. Korkie and his wife Yolande had been in Yemen for four years when they were abducted in the city of Taiz in May. The Al-Qaeda-linked militants responsible for the kidnapping released Korkie’s wife without ransom on 13 January, but are now demanding the equivalent of R30-million for his release. At the time of the kidnapping, Korkie was working as a teacher, while his wife did relief work in hospitals. She was released and returned to South Africa on Monday after South African disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers helped negotiate her release. The foundation has continued to negotiate with the kidnappers for her husband’s freedom. Yolande, who spoke to the media in Johannesburg on Thursday, said her husband is in bad health and needs urgent medical attention. SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.za
How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Technology has always been positive for impacting businesses. Technology is the grease on the wheels that will bring growth to your business. With growth as your mindset, here are a few facts you can’t ignore namely, that the positive evolution of your business depends on the tech revolution.After the Industrial Revolution, the business world remained the same for about a century. Most people suppose that we can safely say that another industrial revolution won’t ever happen again — can we safely say that? We’re witnessing the positive evolution of the technology revolution. It’s developing, mutating, and adapting at such an exponential rate that we can’t help but get swept away with its progress. Regardless as to whether you’re ready — the tech wave has not even crested. Some people find it surprising that we’ve come this far — but looking back over the past five years is shocking. Technology has quickly changed almost everything about how businesses operate — with zero concern about the size of the entity. This unprecedented growth brings about both tangible and intangible benefits that help you increase your bottom line. As business becomes better equipped to meet their customers’ demands, they enter the growth-hacking phase. In turn, this growth affects a business’ culture, efficiency, relationships, security of confidential information and its trade advantages.Cloud ComputingCloud computing allows businesses large and small to move some of their operations to third-party servers accessible via Internet connectivity. Not only does this allow for variable data packages but also for rapid (on-demand) expansion and mobility without the fear of downtime, crashes, or permanently lost data. The cloud computing has allowed small business access to resources that would have been cost prohibitive for them in the past and has evened the playing field when it comes to competing against corporations with far more funding.Technology’s Social ImpactBusinesses can no longer afford to operate in a vacuum. With the rise of social networking, the world has shrunk even further than ever before. The social impact of technology means that people from all over the world can connect to you without worrying about things like geography, time zones, finances, or even social status. Operating in the open (as in full disclosure) also means that while in the past you could get away with offering just “okay” customer service, products and services — now a lax attitude with regards to your customers will result in a hateful Facebook rant or a bad review on some rating site like Yelp. Unfortunately, it’s also true that what goes on the Internet stays on the Internet so once you earn a bad reputation, it will stick with you for a long time. The longevity of “a bad reputation” is why businesses of all sizes must be concerned about their digital footprint and their social identity from today — forward until forever. It’s also why so many businesses are hiring community managers to not only watch for potential “bad press” but also to take a proactive stance against it when possible.A Changing Consumer BaseToday, Millennials are the main driving force of businesses, the economy, and the world. It won’t be long before they represent more than half of the American workforce and reach their peak affluence – and influence. The changing consumer base means that the Millennials will have the most money to spend and the least financial obligations holding them back from consuming it. There are more Millenials than Baby Boomers in the world today, and they have a looser hold on their wallets — coupled with a strong desire for near-instant gratification. They’re also the ones who’ve been raised on digital technology. Entering the world with a computer in their hands means the Millennial is the most wired generation. Even more incredible, they’re responsible for forcing businesses to become more tech-savvy. Shockingly, Millennials are willing to take on the responsibility to teach the other generations; they like this position — and they’re good at it.Cost CuttingA voice AI phone system is a wise way for businesses to succeed in today’s “buyer’s market.” The AI bots are much easier to use and affordable than most of the solutions that were offered in the past. Numerous tech-savvy and entrepreneurial minds can exploit this system for its advantages — and have also multiplied them exponentially — for you. You don’t need to be a multi-million-dollar company to take advantage of this tech today. These great AI bots came from minds that can create an affordable system for you in just a few weeks. While it won’t lack anything that the big competitors are using, it’ll also be so simple to use that you won’t need to hire a dedicated employee or sign a long-term service contract.ConnectivityTechnology has also made it easier for everyone to stay in touch. Coworkers and employees can always be reached within minutes via texting or video chat. You can send targeted promotional email blasts to prequalified customers who are shopping at nearby businesses. Mobile technology almost seamlessly blends with communication software today and creates a hyper-real web that’s filled with real-time information.Communicating with CustomersTechnology affects how you interact with your customers — which is essential because of the busy environment we now live in. Today’s websites must let their customers find answers to their questions even after hours. If you are in product and need to ship; fast shipment options are no longer a perk — it’s a must. Your product must be able to across large geographic areas — faster than Superman. Technologies like these benefit your clients and customers helping to catapult your brand forward creating a stronger bond with your public image.Operational EfficiencyWith technology on your side, you’ll also have a better understanding of your financial needs and how to better use resources like time and physical space. Using technology in your warehouse, lets you understand how to manage your storage costs. Today’s busy executives can hold online meetings instead of traveling to them. When you use the right technology in these various ways, you’ll save time and money. SecurityMost of today’s businesses are subject to security threats and vandalism. You can use technology to protect your company’s financial data, confidential executive decisions, and proprietary information. Take prodigious care so that you won’t succumb to hackers or be taken over by your competition. Always take (at least) the simple steps to protect your hard work, like using passwords on your computers — and changing them often.Deciding Where to go From HereTechnology is in a vast mammoth wave — and you should think of it in that way. You can either ride it or wipe out — but the one thing you definitely can’t do is ignore it. Technology is progressing at such a rapid pace today that failure to adapt not only means you’ll get left behind much sooner than you can even guess. You can find yourself becoming obsolete while other companies — who were wise enough to adopt new strategies of all kinds, using tech. Keep a clear working consciousness about tech’s offerings to help you growth hack success. Take on tech’s positive evolution in your business — including how you act and present yourself. Don’t allow other businesses to reap all the positive rewards. Adopting technology doesn’t mean that you need to rebuild your business. What embracing the available technology does entail is putting action into understanding how technology affects your business. Increase your competitive advantage — with technology — so your business will stand the test of time. Related Posts Mila Jones Tags:#business#cloud#cloud computing#Customer#security#technology AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Mila Jones is a Senior Business Consultant, with rich experience in the domains of technology consulting and strategy, she works with both established technology brands and market entrants to offer research inputs and insights on leveraging technology as a source of strategic competitive advantage. 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View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA legend Jimmy Alapag, who replaced Mac Cuan, is also making his head coaching debut for Alab Pilipinas. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The 40-year-old guard, one of the deadliest sharpshooters in the PBA, fortifies the Philippines’ roster that already features the likes of import Ivan Johnson and Bobby Ray Parks Jr.Hontiveros, who had a colorful 17-year career in the pros, is just one of six former PBA players in the lineup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJoining Hontiveros are ex-PBA veterans Rico Maierhofer, Josh Urbiztondo, Pamboy Raymundo and Rob Celiz. Oping Sumalinog, who briefly played for TNT is also part of the team.Completing the team are gritty point guard Pao Javelona and the returning Lawrence Domingo. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:18Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Alab Pilipinas new recruits Oping Sumalinog (left) and Dondon Hontiverors. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netBarely a month after announcing his retirement from the PBA, Dondon Hontiveros is lacing up his kicks again to write the next chapter of his basketball career.Hontiveros has been tapped to play for Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Cavs, Warriors gear up to begin championship quests again
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSV striker Donyell Malen back on agenda of Arsenalby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSV Eindhoven’s £50million-rated striker Donyell Malen is back on the agenda of Arsenal.The Mirror says Arsenal are monitoring Malen – two years after allowing the young Dutchman to move back to Holland for just £500,000.No fewer than 45 clubs have asked PSV to keep them informed of their plans for the 20-year-old international, who was dubbed the new Thierry Henry when he spent two seasons with the Gunners’ youth team.Malen has scored 11 goals in just 13 matches in four competitions for Eindhoven this season after hitting double figures in his breakthrough campaign.Eindhoven believe he is already worth 100 times the sum they paid Arsenal to secure his services.
VIDEO: Gonzaga has the numbers, but UNC has the pedigree Why North Carolina can win:Gonzaga has the nation’s eighth-tallest team this season, with its third-tallest frontcourt, thanks to the 7-footer pairing of Przemek Karnowski and Zach Collins. But the Bulldogs’ size might meet its match (or at least close to it) in the Tar Heels, who boast 6-foot-9 Isaiah Hicks and 6-foot-10 Kennedy Meeks down low, plus 6-foot-8 Justin Jackson on the wing and 6-foot-11 Tony Bradley coming off the bench. The Zags won’t easily be able to push around a UNC squad that leads the tournament in rebound margin (see the last 6 seconds of the Oregon game for more evidence there), nor will they likely be able to get the ball down low as frequently as they did against South Carolina, whom Gonzaga out-posted 20-8 in the national semifinals.No matter what criteria you use, North Carolina is the best team Gonzaga has faced all season long. According to Pomeroy’s rankings, before Monday’s tip-off, you’d have to go all the way back to Nov. 25, a game against No. 5-ranked Florida, to find Gonzaga facing a similar class of opponent — North Carolina is ranked No. 3. The Bulldogs also barely beat the only top-10 team they had to face during the tournament (West Virginia). Making the national title game is never easy, but the Zags haven’t exactly navigated the toughest path. So although the uncertainty about Gonzaga’s true quality has been reduced significantly over the past three weeks, it’s easy to see how UNC’s talent edge could lead to a comfortable Tar Heel victory.The stats say Gonzaga is the nation’s best team; the bookmakers disagree. As I mentioned above, Vegas quickly installed North Carolina as the favorites in the national title game, numbers be damned. Some of it might be due to residual skepticism over the Bulldogs’ rise. However, some of it might also be owed to North Carolina’s pedigree — the Tar Heels have the higher preseason ranking, the superior recruiting classes, the legendary coaching of Williams, and the benefit of experience as the team plays in its second straight title game and enjoys a huge lead in all-time Final Four appearances over Gonzaga. There’s evidence from other sports that factors like experience and pedigree matter in addition to a team’s statistical resume, so it may be that pure numbers are underestimating Carolina’s chances Monday night. After a couple of nail-biters in Phoenix on Saturday, we’re down to one game remaining in the 2016-17 NCAA men’s basketball season. So trust your gut and be sure to box out under the basket — here’s your cheat sheet of what to watch for in Monday night’s championship game.No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 1 North CarolinaWhere to watch: CBS, 9:20 PM EDTWho’s favored: According to the FiveThirtyEight model, Gonzaga has a 62 percent probability of winning the national championship. If that surprises you, you’re not alone — in a break with the stats, Vegas has the Tar Heels favored by 2 points. (More on that later.)Why Gonzaga can win:Simply put, the Zags are the statistical darlings of this championship game. They rank ahead of UNC not only in the FiveThirtyEight statistical power ratings, but also in those of college-hoops stats guru Ken Pomeroy, USA Today’s Jeff Sagarin, and plenty of other analysts. Going into the tournament, Gonzaga faced questions about whether its weak strength of schedule was properly accounted for in these systems’ various adjustments, but by now, even the most hardened Bulldogs skeptic has to admit that the Zags are for real. By the numbers, at least, Gonzaga deserves to have the edge.Gonzaga’s defense is the best in the country according to Pomeroy’s ratings. It specializes in forcing teams into poor shots in the half court by using a good transition D that takes away quick buckets — the Zags are allowing the 14th-fewest transition chances per play of any team in the tourney — and an impenetrable interior defense of preposterous size. That formula might be custom-made to defeat a North Carolina squad that is efficient in transition but hasn’t been very effective in the half court during the tournament thus far. I’d thought the Heels’ recent poor shooting might reverse itself against Oregon, but instead UNC had one of its worst nights of the season from the field. (Using a twice-injured Joel Berry II didn’t help — he went 2-for-14 from the floor, while teammate Isaiah Hicks went 1-for-12.) With one game left, against a team whose defensive strengths match up particularly well against North Carolina’s offensive tendencies, the Tar Heels might not be able to avoid another disappointing shooting night.Gonzaga’s coach is real good. So good that Mark Few deserves to be in the same conversation as great coaches such as, say, UNC’s Roy Williams. Few’s winning percentage speaks for itself; he also gets bonus points for showing a willingness to think outside the coaching box. At the end of the Zags’ win over South Carolina Saturday night, he elected to foul while up 3 — a logical risk that’s rarely taken in the ultra-conservative world of college coaching. Yes, the numbers are split on whether it’s always the right call in a generic sense, but by taking the chance at a game-tying shot away from SC’s best player and setting Gonzaga up to use its size advantage on the boards in the event of an intentionally missed free throw, Few eked out those last few points of win probability that the Bulldogs may have needed to advance.
After winning a number of awards and honors throughout her career, 2012 graduate and sprinter and hurdler Christina Manning claimed another Tuesday when she was named the Ohio State 2011-12 Female Athlete of the Year.The announcement, which made Manning the first women’s track and field athlete to win the award since Donica Merriman in 2001, came three days after Manning won the national title in Saturday’s 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.Manning completed the race in 12.89 seconds, holding off Clemson redshirt junior Brianna Rollins by just .02 seconds to win the NCAA title. With her victory, Manning became only the second outdoor national champion in OSU women’s track and field history, joining Merriman, whose national championship also came in 100-meter hurdles in 2001.Manning said winning a national title was meaningful for her.“It feels amazing,” Manning said in a press release. “I had to leave it all on the track.”Head coach Karen Dennis praised Manning.“Manning has been dominant in the 100-meter hurdles all year long, and she has again proven she’s the best collegiate hurdler in the country,” Dennis said in a press release. “She’s excited to have won and to move on to the next phase in her career … This championship will never be forgotten.”The OSU women scored 14 points in the championship meet, which began last Wednesday and concluded Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Manning’s individual victory scored 10 points for the team, and she was also part of the 4×100-meter relay team which scored four points. Manning, senior Christienne Linton, sophomore Aisha Cavin and junior Chesna Sykes combined to complete the relay in 43.88 seconds, which was good for a fifth-place finish.Manning, who is currently ranked ninth among all athletes worldwide in the 100-meter hurdles, plans to compete in the United States Olympic Trials, which will be held from June 21-July 1 in Eugene, Ore. Manning must finish in the top three at the trials to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.OSU’s point total earned them a 21st-place finish in the meet, their highest overall finish since 2001. Dennis said she was proud of her team’s effort.“(Saturday) was a very good day for our women’s track and field team,” Dennis said. “Our year has had many memorable moments.”OSU men’s track and field also ended up with a top-25 team finish by scoring 12 points in the meet, a result of three Buckeyes scoring points by finishing among the top eight in their events. The Buckeyes finished 23rd, their highest overall finish since 2000, while scoring their highest point total since 1993.OSU’s highest scorer was redshirt senior Cory Leslie, who finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 8 minutes, 40.98 seconds.Men’s track and field interim head coach Ed Beathea correctly predicted prior to the NCAA East Prelims that Leslie would be among the top finishers at the national championship meet.“Cory Leslie is probably in a great spot to really make an impact on the national championship meet,” Beathea told The Lantern on May 22.2012 graduate and thrower Matt DeChant and sophomore sprinter/hurdler Antonio Blanks also scored points for the Buckeyes. DeChant placed fifth in shot put with a throw of 19.57 meters, his best throw of the season. Blanks finished seventh in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 50.49 seconds.Manning, the women’s 4x100m relay team, Leslie, DeChant and Blanks each earned First-Team All-American recognition for their finishes in the top eight places.