Formula One drivers fear another wrong turn with 2017 rules

first_imgFormula One drivers expressed concern on Thursday that the sport was heading in the wrong direction with its plans for a 2017 rules revamp.Teams have until Saturday to approve the regulations by majority vote, rather than unanimous agreement, and have already hammered out most of the details in meetings over the past few months.The plans are for cars and tyres to be wider and more aggressive looking, making them more exciting and harder to handle while also producing closer racing.Drivers fear, however, that aerodynamic changes will instead make it harder for cars to follow and overtake.”You hope that the engineers who know what’s going to happen — just like they knew with the qualifying — I hope they are proven wrong,” triple world champion Lewis Hamilton told reporters at the Russian Grand Prix.”If they arent, then were stuck in that period for three years and for the fans, it doesnt get any better. But those guys who made the decision have to live with it,” said the Mercedes driver.Formula One revised its qualifying format this season in a bid to shake up starting grids but the move was derided as a fiasco, by fans and teams alike, and scrapped after two races.Hamilton’s team mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg said he had hoped the teams would have second thoughts about the 2017 changes.”Our opinion was that it’s not the right direction to go,” he said. “Now that’s the way it is, so now all we can do is accept it and make the most of it and hope that there are going to be some surprises.”advertisementMercedes have been dominant since the 1.6 litre V6 turbo hybrid power units were introduced in 2014, the team winning 35 of 41 races. However, rivals Ferrari and Red Bull appear to be catching up.The Mercedes drivers views chimed with those of team boss Toto Wolff, who has said the sport should put the changes on hold because cars were already faster, performance gaps narrowing and races more exciting.McLaren’s Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso also said they felt it was worth waiting for greater convergence between the various power units before making major changes.Haas’s Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez felt introducing wider cars and tyres was the right move but was “not fully convinced” about increased downforce “which will naturally make overtaking more difficult.”last_img read more

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SPORT-SL 2 LAST

first_imgBut Herath struck with just his fourth ball he had Hales But Herath struck with just his fourth ball he had Hales (18), slogging across the line of a ball that turned, caught by Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews at slip. By his own admission, Nick Compton was playing for his Test place. But Englands number three, on his Middlesex home ground, fell for one when he was caught behind off a gentle Lakmal away-swinger. Lakmal struck again when he had Joe Root (three) lbw, hitting across the line. Pradeep got in on the act by bowling James Vince for 10 and England were now 84 for four — the fifth time in their last seven Test innings they had lost four wickets before reaching 100. Left-handed opener Cook was closing in on his 29th Test century when, shortly before tea, he was plumb lbw to Pradeep, bowling from around the wicket. Cook faced 173 balls, including nine fours. Moeen Ali, fresh from his Test-best 155 not out at the Riverside, followed Hales in falling to the Herath/Mathews combination for 25. Bairstow, strong off his pads and on the drive, cut Pradeep for four to go to 94. He then equalled his previous Test-best at Lords of 95, made against South Africa in 2012 before a single off Herath saw him to a 160-ball century. AFP KHS KHSlast_img read more

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Hazard Makes Decision On Chelsea Future, Not Made It Public

first_imgLONDON — Eden Hazard says he has made a decision over his future and told Chelsea. The forward just isn’t making it public yet.Hazard has a season remaining on his contract and has been regularly linked with a move to Real Madrid.After Chelsea sealed third place in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw at Leicester, Hazard said: “I have made my decision but it is not just about me.”Hazard said it was made a “couple of weeks ago.”When asked if his future will become clear after the Europa League final against Arsenal on May 29, Hazard responded: “I think so. We have a final to play and then I will see.”The 28-year-old Belgium international wanted his future resolved earlier, explaining “that’s not happened. I’m still waiting like you are waiting and like the fans are waiting.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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4 days ago​Arsenal boss Emery: We needs youngsters for success

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Arsenal boss Emery: We needs youngsters for successby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery believes the club’s youngsters have a vital role to play as they strive for success this season.The Gunners are competing on several fronts, including the Premier League and Europa League.Squad rotation is essential if they are to maintain form and fitness over a lengthy and gruelling season.It is why Emery believes the younger players emerging in the squad have vital roles to play.”We can play better each match. It’s one process. Little by little we’re using the young players to achieve the performance, giving them confidence and experience in the matches,” Emery told reporters.”For example, Bukayo Saka is improving, helping us and taking a good performance. I know he needs to break more steps ahead in his improvement. Other players are the same.”This is the way he can give us the best performance and best way to do our way, playing maybe better sometimes. I think this is one process.”For us it’s very important to be competitive each match. We are being competitive at the moment. Being competitive we can then achieve a better way for how we can play.”If we are competitive we can use different players in different moments, some with more skill, some with more capacity to do pressing and transition. We can use them if we, like a team, can feel strong in our mentality and being competitive and consistent each match.” last_img read more

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Vegas Computer Is Predicting This Top-5 Team Will Lose Saturday

first_imgFans attend the game between Eastern Michigan University Eagles and the University of Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 17: Fans attend the game between Eastern Michigan University Eagles and the University of Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan defeated Eastern Michigan 31-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan started the year off with a loss at Notre Dame, but the Wolverines have been rolling since. Currently, they are 7-1 and ranked fifth in the AP Poll and College Football Playoff standings.Two major tests still lurk on the schedule for Jim Harbaugh’s team. One of them is coming up this Saturday when they host Penn State.The Nittany Lions are ranked 14th in the AP Poll and checked in at the same spot in last night’s CFP rankings. With losses to Michigan State and Ohio State, PSU is pretty much out of contention in the Big Ten East but could always play spoiler.Michigan is a double-digit favorite against the Nittany Lions, but OddsShark’s computer is calling for PSU to pull the upset in Ann Arbor.The computer is predicting a narrow Penn State win.Penn State won last year’s matchup between these two rivals in Happy Valley, but the Nittany Lions haven’t won in Ann Arbor since 2009.Penn State and Michigan will kick off at 3:45 p.m. ET on ABC.last_img read more

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ACC Coach Compares Hunter Renfrow To NFL Star

first_imgHunter Renfrow #13 of the Clemson Tigers scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter against Johnathan Ford #23 of the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium.AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 03: Hunter Renfrow #13 of the Clemson Tigers scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter against Johnathan Ford #23 of the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow is getting a lot of attention heading into the 2019 NFL Draft. While he lacks some of the physical qualities of a star receiver, at least one coach sees qualities of another NFL superstar in Renfrow.In an interview with Yahoo! Sports at the Senior Bowl, Boston College head coach Steve Addazio gave his thoughts on Renfrow’s NFL potential.Addazio concluded that Renfrow shares a lot of similarities to New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman.“He reminds me of Edelman,” said Boston College coach Steve Addazio, referencing Patriots star wideout Julian Edelman. “He’s tough, has great change-of direction and elite hands.”There are certainly some comparisons to be made.Renfrow and Edelman are both of about the same height and build – 5-foot-10, under 200 pounds.But unlike Renfrow, Edelman did not have nearly as much experience as a receiver coming out of college. He played quarterback and was a three-year starter at Kent State before being drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL draft and was only later converted into a receiver.Renfrow, on the other hand, has been a consistent skill position player in Dabo Swinney’s offense since 2015. He averaged over 44 receptions and over 500 receiving yards per year, and even contributed significantly on special teams.Per the Yahoo! Sports report, Renfrow was none too pleased with the comparison either, preferring to be compared to his former Clemson teammate Adam Humphries.last_img read more

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Cree woman dying of cancer last one standing on Attawapiskat diamond mine

first_img(Rebecca Iahtail (left) and Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence (right) at the diamond mine ice road blockade on Friday night. APTN/photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsATTAWAPISKAT– Inside the wood stove-warmed canvas tent beside the barricades on the ice road leading to the De Beers diamond mine, Rebecca Iahtail says she’s dying from cancer.There are several women sitting around Iahtail, three men, including Iahtail’s partner Noah, at the tent’s entrance. The conversation is almost totally in Cree.Spruce boughs and canvas are used as ground cover. Inside the tent a single candle burns next to an ashtray and an empty coffee cup. The flame glints softly off Iahtail’s glasses, her round face half shadow, half glow.The wood stove pops and hisses. The tinny sound of a pop tune can be heard coming from the headphones of a teenage girl.It’s Friday night in Attawapiskat, day six of the blockade is about to come to an end.Exhaust fumes, illuminated by headlights, float across the ice road. Tail lights streak through the darkness. A number of SUVs and pick-up trucks are buzzing between the barricades and the community, which is a couple of kilometres away.The news that De Beers obtained a court injunction to break the blockade has triggered rumours of impending arrests by the OPP.Iahtail says she has colon cancer and was given three years left to live. A mother to an 11 year-old son who is in Moose Factory at a hockey tournament, Iahtail says her impending death is part of the reason why she’s decided to stay until the end.“I got to do something,” says Iahtail. “I know I don’t have much time left.”She’s the last of the original blockaders.The other men involved decided to step down after a meeting late Friday afternoon with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence and her band council.They were handed a letter asking them to stop the blockade because De Beers planned to launch an $130 million lawsuit against each of them.“Chief and council understand your frustration with De Beers in not dealing with your grievance matter,” says the letter, signed by Spence. “However, we cannot endorse any actions that prevent De Beers from operating its mine pursuant to our Impact Benefit Agreement.”The Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) is at the root of the current blockade, the second one in as many weeks.The community members involved say the IBA agreement is bad for Attawapiskat and doesn’t give the community enough for the use of the diamond riches on their traditional territory.Inside the tent, Danny Metatawabin, the IBA coordinator, uses his gloves to outline the Victor mine site and points out De Beers is also looking to exploit another area called “Tango.”Metatawabin says the company will have to negotiate a new IBA and, based on the problems the community sees with the current deal, the Attawapiskat government will be looking to land a better agreement.Iahtail, however, doesn’t want to wait four more years for a better agreement. This is her stand, she says, and the blockade won’t end even if she’s taken away.“I know there is a lot of people that are going to come back,” she says. “They told me they are going to keep blockading…They are going to keep on. After they take me they are going to keep blockading. Are they going to take the whole reserve out? Build an Idle No More prison?”Others have told APTN National News that people know Iahtail is sick and they will stand behind her if the OPP comes to take her away.Spence was briefly at the site Friday night. She and her council said during the meeting earlier in the day that they couldn’t officially support the blockaders because it would open up the band to a massive lawsuit from the company.In an interview with APTN National News, Spence says she marked “No” on the ballot during the IBA vote in the 2005. She says there are problems with the agreement, but the band needs to work them out with De Beers.“I understand what the blockaders are saying, but we have to look out for everyone and protect them,” she says. “I understand their frustration, but we need to stand together if we are going to fight De Beers.”Iahtail, however, feels she’s been abandoned by Spence. It was Iahtail who cast the deciding vote putting Spence in as chief in 2010. Spence was tied in the race for chief with Greg Shisheesh and Iahtail, as the election officer, cast the tie-breaking vote.Iahtail and several of the women inside the tent also helped install a teepee in front of the band office in support of Spence’s six week fast on an island in the Ottawa River.“How come she’s not supporting us, why is she backing away?” says Iahtail.By late Saturday morning, the blockade site is again alive with vehicles and visitors. Someone has brought food for Iahtail.It’s now day seven.De Beers claims the blockade is threatening its operations for the rest of the year.The mine ships up about 11 million litres of fuel up the winter road every year, along with machinery and parts too heavy to fly into the mine’s airport.The mine also uses the winter road to truck-up hazardous substances like ammonia nitrate and truck out “hazardous waste material” that can’t be flown out of the mine.But the ice road to the diamond mine remains shut to De Beers.“Enough is enough you know,” says Iahtail.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Sindhu Srikanth enter second round of Malaysia Open

first_imgKuala Lumpur: Top Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the second round of the Malaysian Open World Tour Super 750 tournament here Wednesday. Olympic and world championship silver medallist Sindhu staved off a spirited challenge from World no 20 Aya Ohori 22-20 21-12 to record her sixth win over the Japanese, while India Open finalist Srikanth beat Indonesia’s Ihsan Maulana Mustofa 21-18 21-16 in 38 minutes. Fifth seed Sindhu will now look to avenge her All England loss against Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun, whom she faces next, while Srikanth will meet Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradab Thursday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh HS Prannoy, who had reached the quarterfinals last week at New Delhi, however, bowed out after losing 12-21 21-16 21-14 to Sitthikom Thammasin of Thailand following a hard-fought battle. With Sameer Verma too crashing out in the opening round, Srikanth is the only Indian in the fray in men’s singles. Men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, who had entered the semifinals in India Open, also failed to cross the opening hurdle, going down 16-21 6-21 to seventh seeds Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong of China. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later In the women’s singles match, World no 6 Sindhu fell back in the opening game after an initial 5-2 lead as Ohori jumped to a 12-7 advantage. The Indian then clawed back, grabbing a slender 13-12 lead but the Japanese once again moved ahead to held a game point. Sindhu then reeled off three points to secure the opening game. In the second game, Sindhu changed her strategy and reduced her errors to zoom to a 12-5 lead and continued to surge ahead even as Ohori crumbled.last_img read more

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Police fire teargas on demo by student monks

The police fired tear-gas on a protest organised by the Inter University Bhikkhu Federation today near the Lotus Roundabout in Colombo.The protest was staged against the SAITM private medical campus in Malabe. A severe traffic congestion was caused by the protest and the police used water cannons and tear-gas to clear the protesters from the street. (Colombo Gazette)

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UN mourns passing of the Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka

The United Nations in Sri Lanka announced the sudden passing away of its Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka, Ms. Una McCauley.Ms. McCauley, 54, was on medical leave as she was undergoing treatment. Ms. McCauley was serving in Sri Lanka for six years; two years as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, and prior to this, as the UNICEF Representative in Sri Lanka. Previously, she was the UNICEF Representative for Panama and Togo, and worked at the UNICEF offices in Sudan, Kenya, and Angola. With 17 years of service within the United Nations System and an additional 7 years of service working with children in the development sector, Ms. McCauley was instrumental in developing policies and strategic frameworks on leading global issues in a number of countries. A national of Ireland and the United Kingdom, Ms. McCauley, was the loving mother of two sons.The United Nations Family said it will miss her dearly, especially her sense of humour, humility, passion, energy, and unwavering commitment to make lives better for all. (Colombo Gazette) As the first female UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Ms. McCauley was a bold, inspiring, and strong leader. As the most senior UN Official in the country, Ms. McCauley led the UN Country Team of 21 Resident and Non-Resident UN Agencies and acted as the representative of the UN Secretary-General in Sri Lanka. She was a passionate and caring humanitarian, dedicating her life to serve people of the world. read more

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iögo yogurt products recalled due to risk of containing plastic

Ultima Foods is recalling seven iögo yogurt products over concerns they may contain pieces of plastic.The company says the affected products were sold in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec and Saskatchewan.The recalled products include 93-millilitre iögo Nano six packs of strawberry, raspberry, vanilla and banana drinkable yogurt. It also includes one-litre iögo smoothies of strawberry-raspberry and mango yogurt based drink and strawberry protein yogurt based drink.The recall was triggered by Ultima Foods and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is now investigating.The CFIA says the investigation may result in more recalls.The agency says there have been no reported injuries associated with the consumption of the yogurt.Click here for a list of the recalled products. read more

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Security Council extends UNs Western Sahara mission for two months

The Council also expressed hope that the parties, working under the auspices of the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, James Baker III, would “continue to try to resolve the multiple problems relating to the implementation of the Settlement Plan and to try to agree upon a mutually acceptable political solution to their dispute over Western Sahara.”According to the Secretary-General’s latest report on the situation in the Territory, there has been no advancement in implementing the Settlement Plan. However, there has been some progress in determining whether Morocco, as the administrative power, “is prepared to offer or support some devolution of authority for all inhabitants and former inhabitants of the Territory that is genuine, substantial and in keeping with international norms.”In another action today, the Council approved a list of potential judges to serve on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on an ad litem basis, meaning that they will be appointed to specific trials when needed. The Council’s list of 54 names was forwarded to the General Assembly, which will elect the new pool of 27 judges. read more

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UN experts urge US to address legacies of the past police impunity

From 9 to 29 January, a delegation of the UN Working Group of experts on people of African descent visited Washington D.C., Baltimore, the town of Jackson, Mississippi, Chicago, and New York City, to address current concerns, and assess progress made in the fight against racial discrimination, ‘Afrophobia,’ xenophobia, and protecting and promoting the human rights of African- Americans.The Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, visiting delegation, which also included human rights experts Sabelo Gumedze and Ricardo A. Sunga III, welcomed various efforts undertaken by the Government to address the issue, like a ban on solitary confinement for juveniles in the federal prison system announced this week. The Group noted that the US has a growing human rights movement which has successful advocated for social change. Following the epidemic of racial violence by the police, civil society networks calling for justice together with other activists are strongly advocating for legal and policy reforms and community control over policing and other areas which directly affect African Americans. However, the experts expressed serious concerns about the police killings, the presence of police in schools, and violence targeting the African American community with impunity, and racial bias in the criminal justice system, mass incarceration and the criminalization of poverty which disproportionately affects African Americans. During its 11-day mission, the Working Group’s delegation heard from civil society, researchers and families of victims of police killings about racial discrimination and Afrophobia.“The persistent gap in almost all the human development indicators, such as life expectancy, income and wealth, level of education, housing, employment and labour, and even food security, among African Americans and the rest of the US population, reflects the level of structural discrimination that creates de facto barriers for people of African descent to fully exercise their human rights,” Ms. Mendes France stressed.The human rights experts met representatives of the Government at the federal and the state levels, and the US Congress and Senate, as well as hundreds of civil society organization representatives, lawyers and human rights activists from more than 20 states who had gathered in the different cities. The Working Group regretted however that it did not receive access according to the terms of reference for special procedure mandate holders to visit Mississippi State Penitentiary Parchman. It also regretted that it was not possible to meet with all of the high-level state and local-level authorities requested. Among other activities, they also promoted the International Decade for People of African Descent , which runs from 2015 to 2024 and aims both to highlight the contribution of people of African descent to societies and strengthen national, regional and international cooperation to ensure the human rights of people of African descent are respected, promoted and fulfilled. The Working group will present a report containing its findings and recommendations to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in September 2016. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. The legacy of slavery, post-Reconstruction ‘Jim Crow’ laws and racial subordination in the United States remains a “serious challenge” as there has been no real commitment to recognition and reparations for people of African descent, a United Nations expert panel said today in Washington D.C., at the end of its second official visit to the country.“Despite substantial changes since the end of the enforcement of Jim Crow and the fight for civil rights, ideology ensuring the domination of one group over another continues to negatively impact the civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental rights of African Americans today,” said human rights expert Mireille Fanon Mendes France, who currently heads the group of experts, who added that: “We understand these changes are part of a larger effort to pass criminal justice reforms now pending in Congress, and a lot more needs to be done.”Indeed, the experts found that contemporary police killings and the trauma it creates are reminiscent of the “racial terror and lynching” of the past. Impunity for state violence has resulted in the current human rights crisis and must be addressed as a matter of urgency, they said. Chairperson Mireille Fanon Mendes France (centre) and other members of the UN Expert Group on People of African Descent brief the press in Washington, D.C., on their fact-finding mission to the United States. Photo: UNIC Washington/Liam Murphy read more

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Opinion 2014 a season of hope for Cleveland Indians fans after postseason

Cleveland Indians pitcher Danny Salazar throws the ball during the American League Wild Card game Oct. 2 at Progressive Field. Tampa Bay won, 4-0.Courtesy of MCTIt was a feeling unlike any I had ever had before.On Oct. 2 — just six short months ago — I stood amidst 44,000 people waving towels, adrenaline coursing through my veins.A lifelong Cleveland sports fan, I’d never been afforded the opportunity to attend a playoff game in Cleveland for quite a few reasons — the first and foremost being that Cleveland doesn’t afford many playoff opportunities to its long suffering fans.Last year, however, the Cleveland Indians gave the city a glimmer of hope.Ending the 2013 regular season on an 10-game winning streak, the Indians secured home field advantage for the American League Wild Card Game against the Tampa Bay Rays and brought some of the magic of the mid-1990s back to the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.I’d only seen the aforementioned magic on TV, as I lived more than a thousand miles away from all of the action — I am from Florida — but knew how special Progressive Field was during the multiple World Series runs and finally, I got to experience it firsthand.It was a night I’ll never forget.As the Indians made their way out onto the field, the stadium roared unlike anything I’d ever heard. With each pitch, excitement intensified and the crowd grew more and more tense until, just like that, it was over.Despite multiple opportunities to bring in enough runs to secure the one-game, win-or-go-home victory, the Indians fell to the Rays 4-0, adding another sporting heartbreak to the litany of missed opportunities in “Believeland.”Thousands of fans left Progressive Field, but it just didn’t seem as if it — the season, the magic, the run — could truly be over. Heads were held as high as their hopes. The many fans knew, just as I and everyone in the clubhouse knew, the Indians could be on the brink of something special.This special something began last season, as the Indians brought in legendary manager Terry Francona to take over the club, signed former Ohio State Buckeye Nick Swisher to the largest free-agent contract in team history and had outfielder Michael Bourn slip into their hands.Fans knew for the first time since the ‘90s, the Indians were committed to winning, and after a painfully cold six months of offseason, the Indians’ path toward a World Series continues this season.A slightly bland offseason in terms of transactions brought the Tribe a new right fielder in David Murphy and a position change for Carlos Santana, who will now play third base on a regular basis, but also cost them two veteran starting pitchers — Ubaldo Jimenez to the Baltimore Orioles and Scott Kazmir to the Oakland Athletics — who were each an instrumental part of last season’s playoff run.In terms of change, however, that’s about it.A majority of the team we saw last season will suit up again in 2014, looking to pick up exactly where they left off.The outfield should mirror last season’s production, but Bourn’s legs still seem to be giving him trouble, as he is currently on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. The infield should be retooled as well, with Santana bringing his big bat to the hot corner. As for the pitcher-catcher battery, that’s where most of the questions lie.How will Yan Gomes handle a full season behind the plate? Can Danny Salazar prove to be the same pitcher we saw at the end of last season? Will Justin Masterson become an elite-caliber ace? Will the bullpen — with the newly acquired John Axford and recently refurbished Vinnie Pestano — be sturdy enough to handle the eighth and ninth innings?While no one knows what will happen, “Tribe Town” will be along for the ride throughout the summer, finding the answers to these questions on a game-by-game basis.As the Indians reconvened for spring training in Goodyear, Ariz., in February, Swisher handed out red T-shirts to each player on the team.Custom T-shirts have been Swisher’s thing since he’s arrived back home in Ohio. He’s often been seen wearing his creations with phrases such as “Awesome Amazingness” and the cult-classic “Brohio” proudly displayed across his chest.This shirt, however, was different.Upon this red shirt read a simple, two-word mantra that will define the city of Cleveland and its beloved baseball team throughout this summer.For the 2014 Cleveland Indians, this season is completing “Unfinished Business.” read more

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Plastic straws stirrers and cotton buds may be banned so what should

first_imgOfficial figures show that Britons use 44 billion plastic stirrers and 42 billion plastic straws every year. The Prime Minister has called on all other Commonwealth countries to join in the fight against plastic pollution at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London. A consultation proposing a ban on single use plastic in England will be published by Environment Secretary Michael Gove later this year. Plastic straws So, what should you use instead? The Government is set to ban plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds as early as next year in a bid to help save the environment, which is currently under threat from plastic pollution. These may well be the easiest to give up – as pubs,…last_img read more

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Proof of concept established for Kapunda copper project in South Australia

first_imgProof of concept has been established for in situ recovery (ISR) of copper at the Kapunda copper project, in partnership between Thor Mining and Environmental Copper Recovery SA (ECR). The project, in which Thor Mining has a right to earn into a 45% effective interest, holds an inferred JORC compliant resource of 119,000 t of copper, as per the maiden resource estimate announced in February 2018 by Thor Mining (in partnership with ECR) and Terramin Pty.It follows a typical series of well-defined project development steps with each step being a ‘go, no-go’ decision point. The Proof of Concept of ISR for the project is a significant step forward in the project development process. Highlights:Positive Initial hydrogeological assessment and water sampling completedConstruction of the necessary technical models of geology, ore grade, copper species distribution, and fracture densityInitial hydrogeological computer modelling which suggests that flow through the ore body is possible and the geology is amenable for ISRSuccessful completion of preliminary laboratory work, and determined that the copper species present are recoverableInitial implementation of a community education program for community on benefits of ISRStage 2 work commenced.Mick Billing, Executive Chairman, commented: “The proof of concept stage has been successful in demonstrating that, from both a technical and social viewpoint, we should proceed to the next stage of work. This next stage (stage 2) will include: relevant approval processes, pump and environmental testing, and will incorporate a field recovery trial to generate solution and test a variety of metal recovery options.”“The successful completion of these stages was complemented by the receipt of a (CRC-P) Commonwealth Research Program Grant for A$2.85 million for the Kapunda Copper ISR project, further supporting this exciting initiative of an economically and environmentally sustainable mining future technique.”“We look forward to providing further information on this exciting project, and each of our other projects at Molyhil (including Bonya), and Pilot Mountain in the coming weeks.”Kapunda is located approximately 90 km north of Adelaide in South Australia.On 1 August 2017, Thor announced an agreement to earn up to 60% of a newly incorporated private Australian company, ECR, initially via convertible loan notes of up to A$1.8 million, which will be used to fund field test work and feasibility activities at Kapunda over the next three years.In turn ECR has entered into an agreement to earn, in two stages, up to 75% of the rights over metals which may be recovered via ISR contained in the Kapunda deposit from Australian listed company, Terramin Australia.In February 2018 Thor announced an Inferred JORC Resource Estimate for the Kapunda project, of 47.4 Mt grading 0.25% Cu, containing 119,000 t of contained copper considered amenable to ISR techniques.last_img read more

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EHF explained decisions about seeding

Seedings of the teams for the draw for the EHF EURO 2012 are based on the qualification results and also the ranking of the last EHF EURO 2010 in Austria.The winners of the qualification groups are seeded into Pots 1 and 2 and the second ranked teams in Pots 3 and 4.Teams in the pots are ranked according to the EHF EURO 2010 finishing positions at the last EHF EURO 2010.The defending champions from 2010, France, therefore have position 1 in Pot 1 reserved. The silver medalists have position 2 in Pot 1 reserved, et cetera.If after qualification a lower ranked team has beaten a higher ranked team, it takes over their position in the seeding.Therefore because Germany beat Iceland, and finished in first position in their group, they take over the place of Iceland on position 3 in Pot 1.This system is the seeding system used by the EHF, following a decision of the EHF Competitions Commission and EHF Executive.The advantage of this system is that the ranking of the last EHF EURO is updated with the current performance strength of the teams.Those low ranking teams of the last EHF EURO with the disadvantage of a being drawn together with a high ranking team of the last EHF EURO have the chance to take over their position in case they manage to beat them and win the group in the qualification.EHF EURO 2012 DrawPot 1: France, Croatia, Germany, PolandPot 2: Denmark, Norway, Hungary, SwedenPot 3: Serbia, Iceland, Spain, Czech RepublicPot 4: Slovenia, Russia, FYR Macedonia, Slovakia EHF EURO 2012 ← Previous Story Robert Hedin (Norway) before the Draw: “I wish Germany and Macedonia” Next Story → SEHA begins on September 10th – Vive Kielce still “in the game” read more

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Glanbias 2012 results beats expectations

first_imgTHE TOTAL GROUP revenue for the global nutritional solutions and cheese group Glanbia grew by 4.8 per cent to €2.88 billion last year, exceeding expectations.The group’s recorded earnings before interest, tax and amortisation was up by 9.4 per cent to €213 million.Adjusted earnings per share grew 14.2 per cent on a constant currency basis, ahead of expectations.The company put the strong performance down to its global nutritionals division where they say “like for like revenue grew 20 per cent reflecting positive markets and strong operational performances in each business unit”.They restructured their Irish dairy processing business last year from a wholly owned operation to an associate, this saw the society’s ownership of the plc reduce to 41.3 per cent and the composition of the board will evolve on a phased basis from 2016.John Moloney, Glanbia Group Managing Director, said they are hopeful but cautious about growth in 2013 given the global environment: Read: Glanbia to sell 60 per cent of dairy ingredients business > We expect adjusted earnings per share growth, on a constant currency basis, of between 8 per cent and 10 per cent for the fullyear from a base of 51.02 cents.The Irish dairy processing transaction facilitates a concentrated focus on our international growth and the longer-term prospects for Glanbia are very positive. We are in a stronger position than ever to drive the business forward and capitalise on our competitive advantage in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer nutritional products and solutions.last_img read more

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