Williams F1 races to help Angola

first_imgThe newly launched Williams F1 Foundationis soon to begin vital work in Angola.(Image: Williams F1) MEDIA CONTACTS • Liam CloggerWilliams F1 Head of Communications+44 1235 777706 or +44 7977 275756RELATED ARTICLES• Gauteng teams up with Renault• World’s longest solar race in SA• Transforming lives through sport• SA, Angola strengthen ties• Economic boomtime in AngolaJanine ErasmusBritish Formula One (F1) team Williams launched its first non-profit foundation in August 2009 with a view to making a broader contribution to society, and has chosen Angola as its first beneficiary.Williams is to partner with local management and operations company Ridge Solutions, a diversified concern that works mainly to develop the real estate sector, but is also involved in natural resources, agriculture and industrial projects.Established in 2004, Luanda-based Ridge Solutions has an active social responsibility programme with a strong sport component. The company is one of the sponsors of the Williams F1 team.Williams F1 CEO Adam Parr expressed his delight at the opportunity to work in the Southern African nation: “Angola is a wonderful country which has a strong programme of social and economic development following many difficult years,” he said on the team’s website.The Williams Foundation has identified three areas which it feels need immediate attention. These are education, energy efficiency and road safety. Because they are aligned with the company’s core business of racing and engineering, Williams is confident that it can make a meaningful impact.“Road safety and education are important challenges for the people of Angola,” said Parr, “and we are pleased to be able to provide assistance in these areas. Motorsports offer opportunities for the country to develop both on the sporting front and economically, and Williams is proud to be a part of the endeavour.”The foundation’s work in Angola is expected to set the pattern for future projects in other countries.Support for sportIn addition, Williams F1 is throwing its weight behind Angola’s African Cup of Nations (Cocan2010) campaign. Angola is hosting the 27th edition of the tournament between 10 and 31 January 2010, and will welcome 16 football teams from across the continent to battle it out in the host cities of Luanda, Benguela, Cabinda and Lubango.Already the Cocan2010 logo can be seen on the rear left wing of the Williams-Toyota racing cars. The tournament branding will remain on the cars until the end of the 2009 season on 1 November.“This is an important event for Africa and Angola,” said Parr, “and Williams is proud to be able to support and promote Angola’s Cocan2010 football tournament by running the campaign’s branding on the team’s race cars for the rest of the season.”The foundation will work hand in hand with the Angolan ministry of youth and sport as well as the Cocan2010 organising committee and the Angolan charity Fundo Lwini, whose logo is also currently displayed on the Williams-Toyota F1 car.The Lwini fund strives to alleviate the devastating effects of the millions of landmines scattered around the country, a legacy of the 27-year-long civil war which ended in 2002.Lwini provides medical care, rehabilitation and training to victims of landmine accidents, helping them regain a meaningful place in society.It also assists those who are injured or disabled in accidents on the country’s roads, which according to the US Department of State can be treacherous, especially during the rainy season.While roads in major towns are drivable, those in more remote areas can be completely impassable at times. Also, the threat of landmines is ever-present.The US Department of State describes Angola as the third most heavily mined country in the world. Estimates of the number of mines buried beneath its earth range between 9- and 15-million.The Williams Foundation hopes to provide long-term assistance to Angola’s post-war restoration programme by partnering with other corporations as well as NGOs and government agencies from all over the world.Queries or comments? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Wet weather slowing harvest efforts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Zach Profit, Van Wert Co.We have had some freezing temperatures. It got cold enough that we could run all night after we started back up on Saturday. We had enough wind that it is starting to dry off again. We have been happy to get some days to run.We finished soybeans and we are 72% done with corn. We hope we can finish in the next week. If you get outside of Van Wert County, there is still quite a bit of corn out in the fields.Corn yields have been pretty strong. We will be better than last year, but not by much. This year will probably be the best corn we’ve raised and the best beans we have raised. We are pleased.The moisture in the corn increased. It seems like we picked up a point of two of moisture. It bottomed out around 17% and I doubt it will get dryer than that. The yields are still good and quality has been good. There has been talk of vomitoxin here and there. There is nothing major or widespread, but the elevators are testing for it and apparently they have had it in hog houses. When the pigs sense the vomitoxin, they scoop the bad feed out of their feeder and put it in a pile until they find the good stuff. They started testing and found some loads with elevated levels. It sounds like it is really bad in Canada where they are even leaving corn stand in the fields because they don’t know what to do with it.As a whole farm average I am hoping to see around 210. Most of the average yields we have seen are from 200 to 230. We have not had much under 200 bushels. Storage wise I think we can hold what we have left.There is really not a ton of field work done around here. If you didn’t get in during that window there before Halloween, you haven’t done much since then. This is about the first window in the last couple of weeks. Not a lot of spraying was done either. It will be interesting to see what kind of messes we have in the spring. I have only seen one sprayer out this entire fall. We haven’t done any. I think most guys have already winterized their sprayers.It looks like a lot will get done with harvest this week. I still think most guys around there will finish up before they did last year.For the rest of this week’s reports click here.last_img read more

Russell Westbrook shrugs off critics after playoff exit

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Tiger Woods hopeful a 5th Masters leads to more majorscenter_img Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates after scoring against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Russell Westbrook hit back at critics on Thursday as the Oklahoma City Thunder licked their wounds after another playoff failure.Westbrook and the Thunder bowed out of the postseason on Tuesday, beaten in five games by the Portland Trail Blazers to exit in the first round for a third straight season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Oklahoma City’s latest postseason disappointment left some observers questioning Westbrook’s credentials despite another dazzling season which saw him average a triple-double once more.The 2017 NBA Most Valuable Player shrugged off the criticism of his role in the Thunder’s playoff campaign.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“If you want to determine my career and what I’ve done over two, three games, you go ahead,” Westbrook told reporters during his end-of-season exit interview.“That don’t mean shit to me. It doesn’t. I’m going to wake up with three beautiful kids, smile, be happy, enjoy my life. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I know who I am as a person, and that’s the biggest thing I can say about myself… I don’t even know what talk you’re talking about, but whatever that is, you guys can keep talking about it. I’m going to keep living my life.”Westbrook meanwhile bristled at questions over his shooting percentage during the playoffs.“There used to be conversations if I was a ball hog, but now I lead the league in assists that’s getting squashed out,” he said.“So now the conversation is about shooting. Next year I’m going to become a better shooter. After that it’ll be probably, my left foot is bigger than my right one. Who knows.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

Roma boss ‘convinced’ Liverpool target Alisson will stay

first_imgTransfers I’m convinced Liverpool target Alisson will stay at Roma – Di Francesco Robin Bairner 23:29 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alisson Becker Roma Liverpool UEFA Champions League 04242018 AFP Transfers Liverpool Sassuolo v Roma Liverpool v Brighton & Hove Albion Sassuolo Roma Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League Serie A Although the Brazil international continues to be linked with a switch to Anfield or Real Madrid, his club remain defiant Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco is hopeful that goalkeeper Alisson will remain with the club through the summer.The 25-year-old shot-stopper is wanted by the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid, having enjoyed a fine season in the Italian capital.His coach, however, is optimistic that the Brazil international will not depart Italy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Nothing is definitive in football, but I’m convinced, for what it’s worth, that he will remain in Rome,” Di Francesco told Tuttomercatoweb .This is the latest in the series of hands-off warnings that the Champions League semi-finalists have given over the fate of their keeper.In April, Roma president James Pallotta stated that “a sack of money” will not be enough to force his club to sell the man nicknamed ‘the Messi of goalkeepers’.Previously, Pallotta had said that both the Reds and Madrid had “no chance” of landing the player .Alisson, who was signed from Internacional in 2016, has been named in Brazil’s 2018 World Cup squad but still has one domestic match to play with Roma, against Sassuolo on Sunday.In 49 games this season, he has kept 22 clean sheets. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

This Years Sweet 16 Is Downright Odd

Round of 32Buffalo1376 With two rounds of the NCAA men’s tournament in the books, it’s clear that there’s no overwhelming favorite to win the national title. No. 1 overall seed Virginia was gone less than 36 hours into the tourney,1Excluding the play-in games, because, come on. and defending champ North Carolina didn’t last a whole lot longer. Although most of the Cinderellas have cleared the dance floor (save for South region No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago2Yes, Syracuse is also a No. 11 seed, but sorry — nobody is considering the six-time Final Four entrant a Cinderella.), the next few weeks could belong to any of about a dozen teams.Here’s what jumped out to us during the tournament’s first weekend-plus of action:This is the Strange 16Glance at the seed numbers of the teams left standing, and you’ll notice an odd mix. Only two No.1 seeds survived the tournament’s first weekend — the fewest since 2004 — and as many teams seeded seventh or worse (six) advanced as teams seeded in the top three of their regions. The resulting Sweet 16 isn’t necessarily stocked with scrappy opening-weekend flukes, as many of the first-round giant killers — such as UMBC, Buffalo and Marshall — didn’t make it past their second opponent. As a result, plenty of other years had more double-digit seeds reach the tourney’s second week. So this year’s Sweet 16 is just … well, strange.To measure this, I compared the distribution of this year’s Sweet 16 teams by seed to the average from 19853When the NCAA tournament’s 64-team era began. to 2017. This year’s glut of 5-, 7-, 9- and 11-seeds stands out, as does the general dearth of top seeds:In fact, if we compute the squared difference between this year’s number of Sweet 16 teams at each seed and the historical average for every year since 1985, this is the most aberrant distribution of seeds in any modern tournament, surpassing even 2000 (when 12 of the 16 surviving teams were seeded between slots 4 and 10).Underdogs are winning bigPerhaps more surprising than the barrage of upsets that highlighted opening weekend was the sheer magnitude of those unexpected wins. As No. 16 seed UMBC personified with its historic 20-point thrashing of No. 1 Virginia, these weren’t games in which the underdog squeaked by on a last-second shot; no, the favorites tended to be mercilessly crushed when they lost.Including both the rounds of 64 and 32, games won by lower-seeded teams this year have come by an average of 10.6 points, only the third time in the 64-team era that the average upset at this stage of the tournament came by a margin of 10.5 points or more. The others were in 2000 (yes, that tournament again), when underdogs won their games by an average of 10.9 points per game, and 1997, when they won by 10.6 on average. But those years’ first two rounds saw only 12 and 13 total upsets, respectively, by teams with an average seed number of 8.9. This year’s tourney has featured 15 upsets, by teams with an average seed of 10.1, which makes this collection of underdog landslides even more impressive.Kentucky can cruiseBefore the tournament, we relegated Kentucky to “dark horse” status in the South region, if simply because its path to the Final Four was shaping up to be a daunting one: First, a tough Davidson team in the round of 64; then, most likely, Arizona, Virginia and Cincinnati, all in a row. For all of Kentucky’s talent, that seemed like a tall order.Then, Arizona lost. And Virginia. And now, Cincinnati. (Not to mention Tennessee, Miami and Texas, too.) Suddenly, Kentucky finds itself as the sole team seeded better than seventh in its region, with a relatively clear road ahead. Our model currently gives UK the best Final Four odds of any team remaining in the field, at 57 percent.According to the Basketball Power Index system developed by ESPN’s Stats and Information Group, Kentucky’s toughest game along its path to the Final Four will end up being its opening-round matchup against Davidson — which is an astounding testament to the ease of the Wildcats’ path if they do wind up winning the South: Sweet 16Kansas State968 Round of 64Davidson1261% RoundOpponentSeedWin Probability Elite EightLoyola-IL/Nevada11/766 Of course, given the underwhelming performances by favorites in the tournament so far, there’s no telling if Kentucky will be able to take advantage of its big opportunity here, either. But no team can potentially benefit from the opening weekend’s shake-ups as much as the Wildcats — and it’s not even close.There’s still no tournament favoriteFor all the wackiness of the tournament’s first weekend, a look at our model’s list of most likely tournament winners reveals plenty of tried-and-true programs at the top, from 2016 champion Villanova at No.1 to 2015 winner Duke in second place, 2012 champ Kentucky in third and ‘08 winner Kansas in fourth. Although some would-be inaugural champions — such as Gonzaga, West Virginia and Texas A&M — are lurking right below, the odds are pretty strong we’ll see a familiar team cutting down the nets in San Antonio a few weeks from now.However, it’s still anybody’s guess which team that will be. Even Nova, as the nominal favorite, has but a 22 percent probability of winning the championship, according to the FiveThirtyEight model. Only four teams have double-digit title chances right now, which is just one more than there were before the tourney began. And remember, last year’s champ, North Carolina, was only at 9 percent at this stage of the NCAAs.It’s only fitting that a season as wide-open as this one continues to be clouded with uncertainty about who the best team is — and whether it will even be the last one standing in two weeks. After a wild, weird first two rounds of the tourney, we can only hope for more of the same when play resumes Thursday.CORRECTION (March 19, 2:45 p.m.): Because of an error in data collection, 38 games from the 2015, 2012, 2009, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1990 and 1987 tournaments were not accounted for in the original article, while 38 games were counted twice. This caused several factual errors in the distribution of seeds in the Sweet 16 and margin of victories for those years. All text and charts have been updated with correct numbers. Is Kentucky’s toughest South region game already behind it?Kentucky’s pregame chance to win by round, according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index Kentucky’s Elite Eight win probability is based on a weighted average of its chances of facing each opponent.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group read more

Homophobic Chelsea supporter banned for three years

first_imgA Chelsea fan has been handed a three-year ban from attending games after being found guilty by Brighton Magistrates Court last Thursday.George Bradley, 20 pleaded guilty of homophobic chants during Chelsea’s away fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium last month.Additionally, Bradley was also fined 965 pounds.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We’d like to thank Sussex Police for their assistance in dealing with this unsavoury incident and we are very pleased with the outcome, a Brighton spokesperson said in a statement obtained by Reuters.“It underlines both their and our commitment to a zero tolerance policy on any form of abuse from those attending matches at the Amex.”Chelsea were involved in series of racial abuse claims late last year following a racial abuse on Manchester City striker Raheem Steerling and another during their last Europa league tie against Vid FC.last_img read more

PMMI Buys Summit Media

first_imgPublisher-association relationships aren’t foreign to the B2B world, but they rarely go this far.PMMI, a trade group for packaging and processing technologies, has agreed to purchase Summit Media Group, a publisher with five titles in the same space.Terms weren’t disclosed, though the deal is expected to close next month. Summit staff and leadership will become employees of the association, with operations remaining headquartered in Chicago. The deal immediately gives PMMI, producer of five trade shows, an established year-round, multi-platform connection to its audience—something the company had been exploring on its own for the last 18 months, says Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO of PMMI.“A robust publishing and multimedia presence will be the foundation of our efforts to build a year-round audience for our tradeshows and other products,” he says. “Building a platform would take several years and a significant financial investment with no guarantee of success. On the other hand, purchasing an existing, successful entity would mean much greater speed to market and a faster return on our financial investment.”While integration on the marketing front is a central part of the deal, show sales will continue on separately from media sales for now, Yuska says, though cross-platform buys will be available.The merger makes PMMI’s own magazine, PMT, redundant however. It’ll be absorbed into Summit’s title, Packaging World.last_img read more

Watch SpaceXs droneship catch a rocket part that fell from space

first_img SpaceX The fairing is part of the protective cover at the top of the Falcon 9, which shields payloads as they’re lifted into orbit. Once the rocket punches out of the atmosphere and into space, the fairing breaks in half and falls back to Earth. A droneship, stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, then attempts to catch the fairing with a giant net. We’ve seen SpaceX capture a fairing on its most recent launch and before that we’ve seen it fail a few times. It seems practice makes perfect and it’s finally getting the hang of nabbing the nosecone like a ship-sized Mark Waugh stationed in the slips (that’s one for our Aussie readers).A New Zealand-based spaceflight company, Rocket Lab, announced on Tuesday it would also begin attempting to reuse rockets. It won’t be capturing any fairings, but it will try and snag the first stage booster from the sky with a helicopter. Post a comment Sci-Tech Tags 13 Photos Share your voice Number two.  SpaceX SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 two-stage rocket to orbit on Tuesday, offering a free ride for the AMOS-17 communications satellite. It was the third flight for the Falcon 9 booster and to get the satellite to orbit SpaceX had to do away with the booster — so we don’t get to see SpaceX pull off another dazzling booster return. However, we have got the next best thing: A droneship capturing the rocket’s fairing.Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, posted a video of the daring fairing capture to Twitter on Tuesday.  0 Meet the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket Rocket fairing falling from space (higher res) pic.twitter.com/sa1j10qAWi— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2019last_img read more

WATCH Kashmiri voter dances his heart out near polling booth brisk voting

first_imgPower of Indian democracy at a polling booth in #Baramulla area of North #Kashmir #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/yoG43VVAO2 — Neeraj Rajput (@neeraj_rajput) April 11, 2019A 24.4 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the two assembly constituencies till 11 am. Long queues of voters in Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora assembly segments of the North Kashmir constituency were witnessed since the wee hours despite reports of petrol bombing and stone pelting in the region.Various militant outfits, including Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba, had warned the people not to participate in the Lok Sabha elections.On the other hand, many mainstream political leaders, including Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Farooq Abdullah, have urged the voters to defy the protest call and come out to exercise their franchise.A sizeable population of Kashmiri Hindu migrants originally from Baramulla and now settled in Jammu and Delhi have been asked to vote from their respective locations. Two polling booths were set up for the migrant voters in Jammu region.Jammu: Kashmiri Pandits in Udhampur cast their votes for Baramulla parliamentary constituency at a special polling station set-up at Municipal Town Hall. A voter says, “We are migrants here. It’s our duty to caste vote. We want to return to Baramulla” pic.twitter.com/sRsZbXhdkL— ANI (@ANI) April 11, 2019There are 13.2 lakh voters in the Baramulla constituency which is seeing a triangular contest between the seasoned political leader, Mohammad Akbar Lone of National Conference, Engineer Rashid who is an independent candidate and an ex IAS officer, Raja Aijaz Ali of Peoples Conference.Interestingly, Engineer Rashid who is also an ex-MLA has received support from former IAS officer, Shah Faesal. Rashid has been a controversial figure as he openly supported the separatist Hurriyat leadership in the valley and at one point even supported the plebiscite in the valley, termed as anti-national by the right wing groups.The BJP is almost virtually non-existent in Kashmir but is still the strongest party in Jammu constituency. The BJP vote bank may however be dented by  the Muslim majority regions of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region casting  their vote in favour of Congress and other regional parties.The BJP had swept the Lok Sabha polls and State Legislative Assembly elections conducted in Jammu region last time. People from the Baramulla constituency of North Kashmir turn out to vote despite reports of violence and threats in the regionTwitter/ Ieshan WaniAn elderly man pushing his wheelchair to reach the nearest polling booth in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir and an excited voter dancing his heart out while casting his vote presented a different picture of the valley which has seen a record number of deaths and violence in the recent times.Image of the day. Voter dancing in Bandipora in the Kashmir valley. #IndiaElects @IndiaToday pic.twitter.com/VDiZlpMaK9— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) April 11, 2019last_img read more

Airtel and Nokia sign Rs 3350crore agreement to expand 4G deployment in

first_imgTelecom operators Bharti Airtel and Nokia on Monday announced that they would expand the deployment of 4G technology across nine spectrum circles in India, as the country prepares itself for the next boom in mobile data demand.According to sources quoted by the Economic Times, the contract is roughly pegged at Rs 3,350 crore (about $500 million). Through this contract, Airtel will expand and ramp up 4G capacities to counter the threat of Reliance Jio.According to the contract, Airtel would extend its 4G technology in three new circles of Gujarat, Bihar and UP (East). It also entails expansion of 4G capacities to six other spectrum circles of Mumbai, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Punjab and Kerala.Read: Reliance Jio blames Airtel for call drops”We are pleased to continue to leverage Nokia’s leading radio access technology and services expertise to expand 4G capacity and coverage and increase the quality of service for subscribers,” Airtel said in a statement.The new deployment would give Bharti Airtel more access to faster mobile internet and better coverage. Under this deal, Nokia would also gain access to 3G network in eight of the circles as part of the roll out.Nokia will deploy its 4G technology across nine of Bharti Airtel’s circles in India including the regions of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rest of Bengal, Odisha, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Kerala and UP East.”We have a long history of working with Bharti Airtel and with this latest agreement we have become the largest supplier of 4G for the company. This network expansion will provide the capacity, coverage and speeds the company needs to meet the next wave of data demand in India,” Sanjay Malik, head of India market at Nokia, said in a statement.The Bharti Airtel stock was trading at Rs 299. 90 at around 10:38 a.m. on Tuesday, down 0.45 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.last_img read more