Round-up: Hazard in line for start and Onuoha could miss four months

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesEden Hazard is in line for a return to the Chelsea starting line-up for Wednesday’s EFL Cup match against Nottingham Forest. Hazard, who had ankle surgery during the summer, has not started a match for the Blues so far this season.The Belgian’s latest appearance as a substitute came in Sunday’s goalless draw with Arsenal and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte looks likely to include him from the start against Forest.“I think in the last 20 minutes Hazard played very well,” said Conte.“Now on Wednesday he has the possibility to start against Forest and then to complete his recovery. We hope everything is okay after this (Arsenal) game.” Chelsea youngsters’ comebackEmbed from Getty ImagesCallum Hudson-Odoi scored a late equaliser as Chelsea’s Under-23 side came back from two down to draw 2-2 with Manchester United.The young Blues trailed with 18 minutes of the Premier League 2 match at Aldershot remaining.Hudson-Odoi hit the post early on and Chelsea were on top before Tosin Kehinde scored against the run of play eight minutes before half-time.James Wilson headed United further ahead early in the second half but the home side battled on.They had a strong shout for a penalty waved away when Hudson-Odoi seemed to be fouled in the box.And they were eventually rewarded for their persistence when Hudson-Odoi back-heeled the ball towards Issac Christie-Davies, who fired home.The outstanding Hudson-Odoi netted with a cool finish eight minutes from time to earn a draw. Wilkins calls for Costa returnEmbed from Getty ImagesRay Wilkins believes Chelsea should recall Diego Costa and play him as well as Alvaro Morata.Speaking on Sky Sports News, Wilkins insisted the out-of-favour Costa should be in London with the rest of the Blues squad.Wilkins said: “When I look at Diego Costa and I look at Morata I see a better footballer in Morata – better control, better movement and probably quicker.“But when I look at the beast, in Costa, and what he gives you – he upsets people – I’d sooner have Costa than Morata.“Why we haven’t got both, I don’t know. Costa still has, is it one or two years left on his contract? He should be at Stamford Bridge.“We should be using both of them and then we would have a proper strikeforce.“I cannot for the life of me see why Costa is still on the beach in Brazil playing five-a-side with his mates.“He’s still a Chelsea footballer and he should be back here in London.” Onuoha out for up to four monthsEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR captain Nedum Onuoha might be out for four months with a torn hamstring. Boss Ian Holloway said after Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Middlesbrough that Onuoha, 30, was facing three months on the sidelines.But Rangers believe the defender could be out for slightly longer, perhaps not returning until the new year, depending on how quickly the injury heals. Onuoha, who requires an operation, suffered the injury during last week’s draw at home to Millwall.It leaves the R’s with serious problems in defence because James Perch is out with a long-term knee injury and Grant Hall and Steven Caulker are also unavailable.However, Joel Lynch is seemingly close to a return following a hamstring problem. QPR youngsters loseQPR’s development side lost 4-1 at Sheffield Wednesday on Monday afternoon.It ended the Under-23s’ 100% record this season – they had won all five of their previous matches, scoring 17 goals in the process.The visitors trailed 2-0 at the interval and Dan Darbyshire pulled a goal back early in the second half before Wednesday scored two more. Mepham’s new dealBrentford boss Dean Smith says Wales Under-21 international defender Chris Mepham can challenge for a regular first-team spot after signing a new five-year contract at Griffin Park.“Chris has shown a real progression during the last 12 months and is developing into a player that we believe can get to a high standard,” Smith said.“With a fierce determination and excellent attitude to go with his footballing ability, we are pleased that he has chosen to continue his development with Brentford. I fully expect him to be pushing the senior centre-backs within the first team.” No Edwards for Spurs tieEmbed from Getty ImagesTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Marcus Edwards will not be involved in the EFL Cup game against Barnsley.The highly-rated Edwards, 18, made his senior debut in the competition a year ago and has not made a first-team appearance since.Youngster Tashan Oakley-Boothe could feature at Wembley after being named in the squad for Tuesday’s tie.But Pochettino says Edwards is building his fitness and confidence following an ankle injury and is not in contention to play against the Tykes.“Last season was difficult for him. He was injured and then he had an operation,” Pochettino said.“He dropped a little bit, but that is normal after nearly one season that he didn’t play. Now he is building his confidence again.“I think we need to wait a little bit for him to build his physical condition and his confidence more. He’s better playing in the Under-23s. Holden confident he can progressMiddlesex teenager Max Holden says the club’s track record of promoting youth convinced him he would be handed a chance in the first team.The 19-year-old batsman made his senior debut for the club in their severely rain-affected County Championship Division One draw against Hampshire at Uxbridge.“I’ve played with those guys in the second XI, so of course it was pleasing to see them progress and it gave me confidence that if I kept working hard, the opportunity would come,” said Holden.“It shows the path is definitely there for guys who work hard and score runs in the seconds. [Managing director of cricket] Gus Fraser has said that previously – if young guys perform, they will be backed. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sasol set to go big in Louisiana, USA

first_img5 December 2012 South African energy and chemicals company Sasol is set begin the front-end engineering and design phase for a gas-to-liquids plant it is planning to build in Lake Charles, southwest Louisiana in the United States, the company announced on Monday. The project will provide the opportunity to beneficiate the gas reserves in the USA by leveraging Sasol’s gas-to-liquids (GTL) experience and technology, according to Sasol’s chief executive officer, David Constable. “Through our innovative energy and chemicals technologies, we will provide the United States with world-class, cleaner-burning fuel, contribute to the country’s energy security, boost downstream manufacturing capacity and diversify the utilisation of domestic gas resources,” he said. The gas-to-liquids facility will be the first of its kind in the USA and will produce four-million tons annually or 96 000 barrels per day (bbl/d) of high-quality transportation fuel, including GTL diesel and other chemical products.‘Largest single manufacturing investment’ “This project will be the largest single manufacturing investment in the history of Louisiana and it also represents one of the largest foreign direct investment manufacturing projects,” said Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Project costs for the facility are estimated to be between US$11-billion and $14-billion. “The GTL project will be delivered in two phases, with each phase comprising 48 000 bbl/d,” Sasol said. “The first phase is planned to come into operation in the 2018 calendar year and the second phase the following calendar year.”World-scale ethane cracker Also part of the project are plans to build a world-scale ethane cracker, which will allow Sasol to expand its ethylene derivatives business in the United States. “The cracker will also benefit from the current low US natural gas prices and the abundance of ethane,” Sasol said. Project costs are estimated to be between $5-billion and $7-billion. Both the GTL facility and ethane cracker are expected to create at least 1 200 permanent jobs and 7 000 construction jobs at peak. “Sasol envisions a game-changing partnership with the State that could yield significant benefits not only for our company but for the company and the community,” Constable said. Sasol also announced its plans to adopt a phased approach to the next stage of its GTL facility planned for western Canada. The feasibility study was completed in 2012 and the regulatory application and land procurement processes are under way. “However in accordance with the need to prioritise Sasol’s growth portfolio, this investment opportunity will be phased after the integrate Lake Charles GTL and cracker projects,” Sasol said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Shipwrecks and Geocaches – A River Reveals a World of Shipwrecks

first_imgShipwrecksThe gurgling waters of the Credit River in Ontario, Canada tell a story of seafaring disaster.  Nearly every 1/10th of a mile those floating the lazy waterway unlock the story of a shipwreck. That’s if they know the secret. The stories of more than 140 shipwrecks are recorded in geocache after geocache.Tubing the Credit RiverKeith Watson (username Keith Watson) and a crew of more than a dozen geocaching friends hid the geocaches. But their original intent was a walking tour, not floating the river in a tube or canoe. Keith says, “At the beginning of the summer a few of us decided to start placing caches along a local river. The plan was to walk down the river placing caches and others would have to walk down the river as well to find them. After walking down the first section we decided that walking down a river sucked and we would use tubes to do the next section. After using tubes to do the next section was a blast and we decided that was the best way to do it.”The team used technology and old tales from the sea to make the string of geocaches more inviting. It’s an age-old recipe for geocaches: history + discovery + adventure. Check out this interactive map of the Credit River – Shipwreck Series the team created to help people navigate to river and unlock seven seas of history.The Shipwreck series went live over the summer. It started small, Keith says, “Cachers are going out in groups floating down the Credit River having fun. I have taken my son a few times and he loves it.” Testimonials and videos started turning up, like, “This was probably one of the best caching days I have ever had, and I can’t wait to do more.” And, “You’ve created a unique caching experience that I really don’t think can be found anywhere!” And, “Thanks to all of the COs s[cache owners] for placing this fun-filled series of caches.”Keith says he and the other geocache owners were blown away, “The extent of the series has surpassed in size and popularity far beyond what we thought it would be.”If you’re in Ontario during months warm enough to float a river, you too, can enjoy a river float with a side of history, that didn’t float.Check out one of the videos from the river float: Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedColumbus RiverWalk GeoTourAugust 7, 2015In “GeoTours”Lamanai High (GC19505) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 10, 2013January 9, 2013In “Community”Cool caches in Canada, according to Signal the Frog®May 30, 2017With 14 commentslast_img read more

Spain Pioneers QR Codes to Track Ancient Artifacts

first_img“(T)he name of the site, the archaeological level at which it was found and an inventory number. This information is essential because it remits to a complex network of data which contextualises each artefact individually.”Geolocation information on each object is also included. Using QR codes, which are like two-dimensional bar codes, to do this obviates a number of common errors that come with manual marking. Besides effacement of the codes themselves. They include scriptural error and misreadings. QR also saves a great deal of time, as hand-writing, nearly always on challenging surfaces, using a number of different media, is a demanding task. The code information also becomes instantly available online to associated scientists. CEPAP has managed to reduce artifact coding errors to 1% with this process. Artifact photo from CEPAP | other sources: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Internet of Things#web The Center for the Studies of Archaeological and Prehistoric Heritage (CEPAP) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona have developed a process using QR codes to ID and track ancient artifacts, from kraters to potsherds. Previous methods of on-artifact ID shared one thing in common: it was painfully easy to rub out, rub off or scratch out the identifying number of code written directly on or in the artifact. That process also ran the risk of marring the object. The CEPAP team has tested this process for two years, affixing QR tags on everything from sword blades to bone remains. They did so at Spanish sites, including Roca dels Bous and Cova Gran de Santa Linya in Lleida, and African sites like the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania and Mieso in Ethiopia. Marking artifacts helps to associate information that would otherwise be lost once the object were moved. According to the center, the information includes: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Iron Maiden Singer Teaches The Disabled To Fly

first_imgBruce Dickinson, the Iron Maiden frontman who used to be a commercial airline pilot, is teaching UK residents with disabilities to fly.Dickinson is working with The Royal International Air Tattoo Flying Scholarships for Disabled People (FSDP), a charity created in the memory of flying ace Douglas Bader, a pilot who lost his legs in an aeroplane accident yet continued as a fighter pilot in World War II.Each year, FSDP provides scholarships to selected applicants with varying disabilities as a way to challenge and inspire them, to focus attention on their abilities rather than everything that they cannot do. The results show improvement in self confidence, outlook and future aspirations.“You gave my son faith in himself and the future,” says the father of one of the scholars.Another scholar was surprised by the course participants: “A bunch of interesting, gutsy people who had been thrown a stinking hand in life and come through fighting. Every one of them had turned down the offer of a bland future, filled with disappointment and disability aids, and come in search of something more”.Nearly 400 people have been awarded a flying scholarship with FSDP since its beginnings in 1983. Dickinson is one of FSDP’s Vice Patrons.Find out more here.Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

Jordin Sparks Helps Reading Is Fundamental Celebrate 50 Years

first_imgReading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy organization, celebrated its 50th anniversary of inspiring children to read, learn and grow by hosting a virtual birthday party at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in Washington, D.C.Jordin Sparks reads with a student from Amidon-Bowen Elementary School during Reading Is Fundamental’s 50th AnniversaryCredit/Copyright: Kevin Wolf/AP Images for Reading Is FundamentalAward-winning singer and actress, Jordin Sparks; passionate advocate, actor and musician, Tray Chaney; and notable children’s author, Tara Lazar joined D.C. Council Members, parents, and DC Public School officials to commemorate the milestone. The event featured live performances, a Happy Birthday sing along, a children’s story read aloud and birthday cake for fourth grade students. In addition, all of the students at the school received birthday-inspired activities and free books, including Dr. Seuss’ Happy Birthday to You! and Tara Lazar’s Normal Norman. The anniversary celebration was sponsored by State Farm, who made a $10,000 donation for books for the school library.“Since 1966, RIF has been an important and influential voice in support of children’s literacy and, in partnership with a grassroots network of hundreds of thousands of RIF volunteers in schools and communities nationwide, we have impacted the lives of more than 40 million children,” noted Alicia Levi, president and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental. “Communities and government officials across the country took part in today’s celebration by issuing a RIF Day Proclamation to recognize the amazing impact RIF has on the lives of children.”The story of RIF began a half a century ago with a simple yet innovative idea – deliver free books to children who don’t have one to call their own. Since Margaret McNamara first founded RIF in 1966, the organization has become an important and influential voice in support of children’s literacy.“I love to read books and as a child, I would stay up way past my bedtime and read in my bed with a flashlight,” said Jordin Sparks. “Having the opportunity to inspire the students at Amidon-Bowen and others of all ages who tuned in proves to show just how much I believe in Reading Is Fundamental’s mission. I am incredibly honored to support them.”“I am a huge fan of Reading is Fundamental and the work they do to improve reading skills for kids,” noted actor and musician Tray Chaney. “As a father, I know first-hand the importance of reading aloud to children and helping them discover the adventures found in a good book. I truly believe we can all make a difference in the lives of young people simply by reading together.”“As a children’s author, I know not every child has a book at home to read. That’s why it was so much fun to see the kids dive in to the free books they received as part of Reading Is Fundamental’s 50th anniversary celebration,” said Normal Norman author, Tara Lazar. “Ensuring kids have access to books is vitally important to setting them on a path to read and learn and I’m so glad to be part of RIF’s rich legacy.”For schools and community organizations who were not able to join in the live broadcast, a recorded version is available on RIF.org/50. Parents, teachers and program coordinators can continue the emphasis on literacy by downloading free birthday-theme literacy activities to extend learning. In addition, book lovers can promote reading by taking an online pledge to read books to a special child in your life and downloading RIF’s free 50 e-book library provided by ustyme. Normal Norman books were supplied by Sterling Publishing and Happy Birthday to You! books were supplied by Penguin Random House to all the students at Amidon-Bowen to own and take home.last_img read more

WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL OPENS APPLICATIONS FOR POWER PITCH COMPETITION

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter The winner will be awarded a $41,000 prize package that includes $1,000 cash and a $40,000 production package with a $10,000 post production credit from Encore Vancouver, a $10,000 studio credit, a $10,000 lighting and grip credit and a $10,000 camera credit from SIM. Additionally, they will receive the opportunity to meet privately with each jury member to receive invaluable feedback and advice.The Power Pitch application deadline is September 20 at 11:59pm PST. The program is open to Canadian producers with scripted feature projects. Eligible projects will include a full script, character outline, synopsis, and project summary, along with casting and budget aspirations submitted with the application.The Whistler Film Festival gratefully acknowledges support for Power Pitch from Creative BC, CMPA, Encore Vancouver and SIM.From December 4 to 8, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 19th edition featuring fresh films, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination. WFF’s online box office is open for early bird passes, and early bird accommodation and travel rates are available. Find out more at whistlerfilmfestival.com. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Whistler, B.C. (August 7, 2019) – The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is now accepting applications for its 2019 Power Pitch program. The two-step workshop and pitch competition that takes place during WFF’s Content Summit from December 5 to 7 offers Canadian producers the opportunity to bring their feature film project to life with a $41,000 production prize on the line.“With the world of feature filmmaking undergoing unprecedented change, producers are looking for new ways to elevate their creative projects,” says Angela Heck, WFF’s Director of Industry Programming. “WFF’s Power Pitch program is a tremendous opportunity to gain invaluable business skills, captivate an audience of industry decision makers and accelerate the process.”Power Pitch finalists will participate in an intensive workshop and training under the direction of LA-based industry veteran and pitch master, Carole Kirschner. As the Director of the WGA Showrunner Training Program and CBS Diversity Writers Mentoring Program, Kirschner had previously acted as a development executive at CBS and VP of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment Television. She will advise participants on the ins and outs of how to successfully pitch their project. Following the workshop, one-on-one sessions with Kirschner and a day to prep, finalists will have six minutes to pitch their feature film to three senior executives from recognized international sales companies, who will provide feedback on the quality and marketability of the projects presented, and select the winning project. Login/Register With:last_img read more