LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Double-trouble: Michael Hooper and David Pocock will cause any teams trouble at the breakdownHowever with Morgan only just back from an injury of his own, he will need to prove that he is up to speed, with Easter in a similar boat having not played since being cut from the squad at the end of August and last been seen giving pitchside analysis during the World Cup.A number of former players have already suggested that Easter should come straight into the starting lineup, and his offloading ability would certainly come in very handy. In that regard, he is even more proficient than Vunipola, having finished top of the offloading charts in the Premiership last season.However a start for Easter would mean yet another change of tact for Lancaster, who has always favoured a big ball-carrier at number eight. The last time one of Vunipola or Morgan didn’t start there for England was back in 2013 and a certain unmentionable game in Cardiff with Tom Wood filling in. Step up: Ben Morgan is widely expected to fill the No 8 berthWith that in mind, Morgan seems more likely to start and when fit, he has been very useful for England. Still, Vunipola will be a loss, after one of his best performances of the year against Wales prior to injury.The Saracens back rower topped the charts for metres made against the Welsh, and was visibly more effective than James Haskell who replaced him. Saturday will tell us whether England can find a solution to replace him while they are still in with a shout of escaping the pool stages. Big miss: The impressive Billy Vunipola is out of the World Cup England’s buccaneering No 8 Billy Vunipola has been forced out of the World Cup with a knee injury to be replaced by evergreen Nick Easter Billy Vunipola has become the latest high-profile player to withdraw from the World Cup through injury, following the likes of Jean de Villiers, Yoann Huget, Grant Gilchrist and Scott Williams, with the age-defying 37-year-old Nick Easter called up in his place.Vunipola had to leave the field with 18 minutes remaining of Saturday’s dramatic defeat to Wales, straining knee ligaments that are expected to keep him out of action for six weeks.As a result, his first World Cup is already over, and it remains to be seen whether his bonus-point try in the final minutes against Fiji on the opening night will prove to be relevant in the final shakeup in Pool A.Easter option: Nick Easter will bring leadership and skill to the England backrowWith leadership lacking on Saturday, Stuart Lancaster has gone with the pragmatic choice in Easter, who will be desperate to improve on his last World Cup contribution, which ended with the infamous ‘that’s £35k down the toilet’ quote.The question now though, is what does Lancaster do on Saturday in England’s make-or-break clash with Australia at Twickenham? One positive is the fitness of Ben Morgan, who missed the Wales loss through injury, and could be parachuted straight back into the team.From a tactical standpoint, Morgan is England’s closest imitation of Vunipola, with his own powerful carrying game, while also being one of the better options on the deck. That will be vital against the Australians, with England already looking overmatched at the breakdown against the combination of David Pocock and Michael Hooper.
Brook Food Processing Equipment is marking its 25th anniversary this year by making 12 charitable donations.The equipment supplier has a host of celebratory activities planned throughout 2019, including making a £25 charity donation for every customer order over £1,000 that month.Brook said if January was anything to go by, it could donate around £20,000 over the year.January’s donation was £1,525 that went to local charity St Margaret’s Hospice, which provides high-quality responsive care to patients and their families facing life-limiting illness.Brook’s marketing director Ann Wells met with Sadie Ellison from St Margaret’s Hospice to present her and three of the nurses from the hospice with the cheque. “It’s an absolute honour to donate this money to St Margaret’s, they are all amazing people and doing something wonderful,” said Wells. “The care and compassion shown across the services they offer to our community is admirable.”
The Latest: UVA president predicts no normal football season Associated Press The Spanish league says five players from clubs in the country’s first and second divisions have tested positive for COVID-19.They are all without symptoms and will be allowed to start practicing after testing negative in further testing. They will need two negative results to be allowed to come back.The league has not named the players who tested positive. It also hasn’t disclosed their clubs.Spain this week started loosening some of the lockdown measures that had been in place since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic, allowing soccer players to resume training individually.Most teams returned to action on Friday, including league leader Barcelona. Atlético Madrid resumed its activities on Saturday and Real Madrid players will be back practicing on Monday. Spanish media has reported that Atlético Madrid defender Renan Lodi was among the players who tested positive. He did not practice on Saturday.___The president of the French Tennis Federation says holding the French Open without fans later this year is an option.The clay-court tournament at Roland Garros was initially slated to be held May 24-June 7, but was postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic and rescheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4.Bernard Giudicelli tells French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche that “organizing it without fans would allow a part of the economy to keep turning, (like) television rights and partnerships. It’s not to be overlooked.” Clubs are yet to resume group training as they abide by government social distancing regulations.Brighton has opposed plans to complete the season in neutral stadiums rather than being able to play its five remaining home games at its stadium.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 10, 2020 Giudicelli adds that “the lack of visibility is genuine” when hosting a tournament without fans but “we are not ruling any option out.”That could potentially mean moving the starting date back to Sept. 27, something Giudicelli says “does not change much.”The FFT is refunding all tickets purchased for the original dates of Roland Garros by the end of May and a new ticketing procedure will be opened if the tournament goes ahead.___A Brighton player has tested positive for the coronavirus as the Premier League pushes ahead with plans to resume during the pandemic. The southern England club says there is no need for other members of the squad or coaches to self-isolate because players have only trained in isolation when at the training ground.The positive test came back on Saturday. Brighton chief executive Paul Barber told broadcaster Sky Sports that “despite all of the measures that we’ve been taking over the past few weeks, where the players haven’t been involved in any significant training at all, we’ve still suffered another player testing positive for the virus.”Brighton says three players have now had the coronavirus. The club announced one case in March.Premier League clubs are due to hold a conference call on Monday about “Project Restart.” James Ryan told CBS’ “Face The Nation” on Sunday that athletic director Carla Williams and football coach Bronco Mendenhall are committed to a safe return to play, but that nothing will proceed until medical officials say it’s safe to resume workouts.“We’re taking it day by day,” Ryan said. “Obviously, we need to have students back on grounds before football can begin.”Virginia is coming off a season in which it won the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division championship. The Cavaliers also have recently won national championships in men’s basketball, soccer, tennis and lacrosse.“Our hope, obviously, is that there’s a football season this fall,” Ryan said. “I don’t imagine it will look like normal football seasons just like I don’t imagine even if we have all students back on grounds it will look like a normal semester. It will not be a normal semester next fall.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The president of the University of Virginia says he hopes college football can be played this fall, though he cautioned that he does not expect it to seem like “normal football seasons.”
Approximately 300 patients of George Tyndall, a former campus gynecologist accused of misconduct, have contacted USC through a hotline set up by the University, according to the Los Angeles Times.The University is now sending the names of some of Tyndall’s former patients, with their consent, to the Los Angeles Police Department since Tuesday. It is uncertain how many of the 300 respondents have been shared with the LAPD.The LAPD has not yet begun a criminal investigation but is currently gathering reports from former patients and are asking alleged victims to contact LAPD directly, a spokesperson from the LAPD told the Daily Trojan. Captain Billy Hayes, who presides over the division, told the Times that detectives will approach the investigation similarly to how they approached allegations in Hollywood during the #MeToo movement.The LAPD has not yet met with individual patients, Hayes told the Times.On Tuesday, USC said it is cooperating with the Medical Board of California. The state agency licenses medical doctors and investigates complaints and law violations.The medical board is “actively investigating George Tyndall for misconduct,” but the details of the inquiry are confidential, a spokesperson for the medical board told the Daily Trojan.State law requires hospitals and several clinics to notify the medical board when physicians are suspended, disciplined or terminated.According to a letter sent May 15 by President C. L. Max Nikias, USC did not initially report Tyndall’s case to the medical board because it was not legally required to do so. Nikias wrote that “in hindsight” the University should have. USC filed a report in March after Tyndall sought reinstatement.The Daily Trojan is independently soliciting student, alumni and staff responses regarding experiences with or information about gynecologist George Tyndall. If you would like to share your response with us, please complete this contact form. An editor will reach out to you shortly after.The Daily Trojan will not publish your name or any information you provide without your consent.
Former football strongman, Jeff Webb, has had his sentencing on corruption charges put back for the sixth time.The former CONCACAF president and FIFA vice-president was expected to be sentenced on Wednesday but the courts earlier this month, pushed the date back until March 7.The latest delay marks over two years since Webb pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, three counts of wire fraud conspiracy and three counts of money laundering conspiracy.Forfeiting over US$6.7 million Webb, a former head of the Cayman Islands Football Association, has already agreed to forfeit more than US$6.7 million in cash and assets as part of an agreement with the courts.He is reported to have recently sold his near million-dollar Georgia mansion, with proceeds expected to have been turned over to the court as part of the agreement.Webb, at one point tipped to become FIFA president, was one of several high-profile football officials arrested during a pre-dawn raid in Zurich in May, 2015, as FIFA staged its annual meeting at a plush hotel.Included in 47-count indictmentHe was subsequently included in a 47-count indictment announced by the US Department of Justice, with Trinidadian former Jack Warner – a former CONCACAF chief and powerful FIFA vice-president – also named.“The indictment alleges corruption that is rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted both abroad and here in the United States,” then US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.“It spans at least two generations of soccer officials who, as alleged, have abused their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.”Webb had assumed the role of CONCACAF president following the cash-for-votes scandal that shook Caribbean football and led to Warner’s resignation.He has been banned for life by FIFA, football’s world governing body.
If you want to qualify for the 30 percent federal Investment Tax Credit on that new wind turbine in your backyard, make sure it meets new certification rules from the Internal Revenue Service.In a notice that took effect on January 26, the IRS said small wind turbines (those with a capacity of no more than 100 kilowatts) must meet either a performance and safety standard of the American Wind Energy Association, or a standard published by the International Electrotechnical Commission, according to a statement posted by the Distributed Wind Energy Association.The reason, says the association’s executive director, is to make sure consumers aren’t misled by marketing hyperbole.“The new certification requirement addresses the small, but persistent segment at the fringe of the industry that make wild assertions on efficiency, performance, and the their special ability to work on buildings or very short towers,” association Executive Director Jennifer Jenkins said in a news release.“Now, in order to qualify for the federal tax credits, they will have to prove these claims to third-party experts. That will be very challenging or impossible for unproven designs with exaggerated performance, but will not pose a major barrier for the industry leaders.”The Interstate Renewable Energy Council already maintains a list of small turbines that meet the Wind Energy Association’s standard.
As NAB 2015 approaches, RED releases info about its newest upgrade: WeaponWith NAB, the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention, just under two months away, RED recently released some info about its newest upgrade. It’s called Weapon and from where we sit, it looks to be a body upgrade.Jarred Land, the president of RED Digital Cinema, sent some tidbits to REDUser in an effort to give everyone a head start on planning for the upgrade. Let’s take a look at what he said.Image Courtesy of REDDragon Owners OnlyOne of the first things Land mentions: To be eligible for the Weapon upgrade, you must own or upgrade to Dragon. The Red Dragon sensor quickly gained a lot of headlines when it was released a couple of years ago. With its 19 megapixel sensor that captures images up to 6K, it exceeds the native exposure of 35mm film and supports 16.5 stops of dynamic range. This information almost cements the fact that this will be a body upgrade versus a sensor upgrade.Mysterium-X Coming to an EndThe Mysterium-X sensor upgrade has been around since 2013, and from what Land writes, it’s all coming to an end in late June of this year. With both Epic and Scarlet bodies eligible for the Dragon upgrade, it only makes sense to phase this sensor out. There is some good news, however. Beginning February 23rd, owners will be able to upgrade to the Dragon at the lower price point of $9500. There is no word on how long this upgrade window will last.Image Courtesy of REDUserOther Items of NoteLand’s info-dump ends with a few assorted factoids. Some of the more important and interesting items worth noting:The RED Weapon will move from the standard REDMAG media to the MINI-MAG, as write speeds have increased and the form factor has changed.DSMC lens mounts will be compatible with the upgrade.There be an Epic Dragon to Carbon Weapon upgrade path.What that last tidbit entails, well, we have no idea. For that and the rest of the Weapon upgrade information, we’ll just have to wait for NAB.What do you think about this news? Are you a RED owner, and if so, will you make the jump to Weapon?Give us your thoughts below!
The proposed takeover of Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) by COSCO Shipping is expected to be completed by June 30, Reuters reported citing COSCO’s vice chairman as saying. As informed by Huang Xiaowen, the company’s vice chairman, COSCO is in the process of answering questions on the acquisition from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.The company also needs to get a number of domestic approvals to proceed with the planned acquisition.In 2017, COSCO Shipping Holdings and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) made an offer to buy all issued shares of Orient Overseas International Limited (OOIL), the parent company of OOCL. The offer, made to the shareholders of OOIL, is worth USD 6.3 billion.Once the transaction is completed, COSCO would hold 90.1% of OOIL, thus becoming the world’s third-largest container carrier. COSCO would have a combined fleet of 400 vessels, with capacity exceeding 2.9 million TEUs including orderbook, pushing CMA CGM from its spot, Drewry said last year.The acquisition has been approved so far by COSCO’s shareholders, China State‑owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC), the US and the EU regulators.World Maritime News Staff
Additionally, the renewal project will create four new multi-purpose spaces that can be used for rehearsal, production, programming and outreach activities. The exterior entrance will also be expanded to increase the overall size of the main lobby, which will also feature a new Discovery Centre that will host exhibits and musical presentations.Quotes“Investing in our cultural infrastructure helps build strong communities, while creating jobs and growing the economy and the middle class. Our government is proud to support the Francis Winspear Centre for Music as it works to preserve and enhance its performance spaces—and be an ongoing source of pride and inspiration for Edmonton.”—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage“Our government recognizes that investing in infrastructure helps create and support economic prosperity. Cultural institutions and infrastructure play an important role in Canadian society. The Winspear Renewal Project will help ensure that the Centre continues to be at the heart of Edmonton’s downtown arts district.”—The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament (Edmonton Mill Woods)“I am delighted to see this investment in theWinspear Centre—a cornerstone of Edmonton’s cultural community. Therenewed Centre will enhance the quality of life of residents in the region, and stimulate the creativity and economy of our provincial capital.”—Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre)“Since the Winspear Centre opened its doors 20 years ago, the facility has become a cornerstone of Edmonton’s arts district and gained an international reputation as a first-rate acoustic music venue. Through the Winspear Renewal Project, we will revitalize the hall’s remarkable acoustic qualities, increase patron comfort throughout the facility, and invite more Edmontonians inside to experience the shared joy of music through new programs and performances taking place in updated and welcoming spaces. On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, and musicians of the Winspear Centre, I express my sincere gratitude to Canadian Heritage for their support through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, as we work towards transforming the Winspear Centre into a true centre for music that is open and accessible to all.”—Annemarie Petrov, President and Chief Executive Officer, Francis Winspear Centre for MusicQuick FactsThe Francis Winspear Centre for Music was built in 1997. The building is named for Dr. Francis G. Winspear, a renowned philanthropist, educator and entrepreneur. The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is the largest user of the facility, presenting nearly 100 performances per year.The Winspear Centre previously received support through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to purchase and install new audio and house lighting equipment in the Enmax Hall, as well as a digital communication system for the lobby, rehearsal and performance spaces, and backstage areas.In November 2016, the Winspear Centre hosted one of six in-person discussions held across the country with Minister Joly and stakeholders from a variety of sectors on how to strengthen the creation, discoverability and export of Canadian content in a digital world. These discussions ultimately informed the Government of Canada’s Creative Canada policy framework.In Budget 2017, the Government of Canada dedicated $300 million to the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund over 10 years starting in 2018. This followed an unprecedented $168.2 million to the fund over two years provided through Budget 2016.The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation, as well as the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, and the acquisition of specialized equipment.Related ProductsBudget 2017 (Canada Cultural Spaces Fund)Consultations on Canadian Content in a Digital WorldCreative CanadaAssociated LinksCanada Cultural Spaces FundFrancis Winspear Centre for Music Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment EDMONTON – Today, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament (Edmonton Mill Woods), and Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre), announced a $2-million federal investment in downtown Edmonton’s Francis Winspear Centre for Music, through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. The acclaimed performing arts centre, and home to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, is receiving this funding in support of the Winspear Renewal Project. The project will enhance the accessibility of this Edmonton landmark, while creating a welcoming environment for patrons. The project includes facility upgrades to improve access for guests with disabilities, as well as new seating for the Enmax Hall, the centre’s main performance space. The existing seats are now 20 years old and need to be replaced to maintain audience comfort and the acoustic integrity of the venue. Login/Register With: Twitter