(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Thomas More has been a consistently strong NCAA Division III program, making a number of playoff appearances during its time at that level. Still, he school has announced that it will leaving the NCAA after next school year.The Saints are moving over to the NAIA. Thomas More competed there for much of its history, before joining the NCAA after the 1990 season.The small Catholic Kentucky college will compete in the Mid-South Conference. That league features a number of other Kentucky schools, as well as some in Georgia, Ohio, and Tennessee.From Thomas More’s release:Thomas More College Director of Athletics, Terry Connor, announced today (Tuesday, July 24, 2018) that Thomas More will move to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Mid-South Conference effective July 1, 2019. Thomas More was a member of the NAIA from 1947 to 1990 when it left for the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, which it will leave at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year.“In our conversations with representatives of the NAIA, their dedication to placing student development first was evident,” stated Acting Thomas More President Dr. Kathleen Jagger. “Their character focus is consistent with our institutional mission. We are delighted to have this opportunity to join a competitive conference, with common academic standards and geographic proximity that will minimize the travel time for our student-athletes.”Thomas More offers 11 men’s and 11 women’s varsity sports.At the NAIA level, it will also be able to offer junior varsity teams. As the released states, this will also cut down on travel.Still, given the success that many Saints teams have had a Division III, it is a bit surprising to those of us who aren’t super tapped in to the lower level of college sports. The football program was a relatively regular participant in the Division III playoffs, and had posted a number of undefeated regular seasons during its time in Division III.[Thomas More]
CIMIC Group company, CPB Contractors, has been selected by BHP Iron Ore to deliver the construction of bulk earthworks, concrete and underground services for the South Flank project in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.Revenue to CPB Contractors for this construct-only contract is approximately A$260 million, with construction scheduled to commence in July and conclude in September 2020.CIMIC Group Chief Executive Officer Michael Wright said: “CIMIC Group has delivered significant resources infrastructure projects for the major mining clients in the iron ore industry, with our team continuing to contribute to Australian mining across all sectors.“The South Flank development works will help to ensure that the Mining Area C precinct becomes one of the largest standalone iron ore processing centres in the world, and it is our privilege to again be working with BHP to deliver high-quality assets of long-term value.”CPB Contractors Managing Director Juan Santamaria said: “Our extensive mining and resources experience and long history in the Pilbara mean we can offer comprehensive construction capabilities, certainty of delivery, and high standards of safety and quality.“In addition, we are focused on a procurement strategy that provides participation, employment and training opportunities for Indigenous enterprises and local businesses, towards broader community benefits.”The South Flank development is one component of BHP’s strategy to increase the mining, processing and out-loading capacity of the Mining Area C hub. As part of the South Flank Project, CPB Contractors will undertake works in and around the existing rail loop, including:– Earthworks and concrete works to support the expansion and duplication of the existing rail loop and stockyard;– Earthworks and concrete works for the development of a new ore processing plant and train load-out facilities; and– Underground services, including electrical and water services, for the above work.