Although the NFL announced on Tuesday that there will be no preseason games in 2020, the league also said if there are NFL games this fall, and if fans are allowed to attend in person, face coverings will be required due to the coronavirus pandemic.The decision comes with the likelihood of teams playing in front of no or a limited number of fans during the regular season. Several states have said that large gatherings will be limited into the fall.Team training camp is set to begin at the end of the month, where players and coaches will be tested for coronavirus in addition to other measures to keep people safe. There are still details being worked out about procedures at training camp between the league and players’ union.
Chelsea made a steady start to a feisty FA Cup quarter-final lacking early chances.Everton played a high-tempo pressing game from the start, but Chelsea stayed solid defensively and Kenedy had the best opportunity.The Brazilian shot over after a fine run and clever interchange of passes with Pedro.Diego Costa, starting up front despite a hip injury which saw him come off in the Champions League defeat against Paris St-Germain, was booked early on following a tussle with Gareth Barry.Eden Hazard was left out of the squad but captain John Terry was included on the bench following injury.Everton: Robles; Coleman, Funes Mori, Jagielka, Baines; Cleverley, Barry; Lennon, McCarthy, Barkley; Lukaku.Subs: Howard, Stones, Niasse, Besic, Osman, Deulofeu, Kone.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Kenedy; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Pedro; Costa. Subs: Begovic, Baba, Terry, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Overcoming two potential road blocksOne potential roadblock was getting the PV installation connected to the grid. National Grid, the local utility, was concerned the PV arrays, in combination with the town’s wind turbine at the wastewater treatment plant, would overload an existing distribution line the town projects would share.The utility initially called for $900,000 in upgrades before the PV arrays could be brought on line. But after studying the project in more detail, National Grid decided the two renewable energy projects would actually complement each other, the EPA said.Another problem was how the Massachusetts renewable energy credits market was structured. Brightfields’ original estimates on how much the credits would be worth proved to be too low, forcing a delay in the project and requiring Brightfields to seek another financial partner.The problems were eventually solved, and last September Scituate, Brightfields, and its partners brought the PV installation online. The solar industry awards were announced in Boston on June 23. For 23 years, the landfill in Scituate, Massachusetts, accepted municipal solid waste, construction debris, and residue from a nearby wastewater treatment plant. When the dump was finally capped in 2000, the city faced the same problem that a lot of communities do as they convert landfills into transfer stations: Just how could this piece of land be put to good use?The 29-acre parcel, while concealing a landfill, is relatively flat and unshaded. It has a southward slope and is out of sight of anyone nearby. Town officials considered turning the property into a recreation area, but in the end chose a very different path. Working with a private developer, the town turned the parcel into a solar farm with more than 10,500 photovoltaic (PV) modules that produce an estimated 3.8 million kWh of electricity per year.According to a report in The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch, Scituate becomes the first town in the country to generate all the power it needs for city-owned facilities with renewable sources — in this case, the PV installation plus an existing wind turbine.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency singled out Scituate’s experience in a case study as an example of how contaminated land, landfills, and old mining sites can become successful renewable-energy projects.The project also was one of four winners of “Project of Distinction” awards from the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Solar Electric Power Association. Potential costs worried town officialsAccording to the EPA’s case study, officials were initially scared off by the prospect of high development costs for solar. But a committee of volunteers that evaluated the town’s options thought there was enough promise in the idea to seek proposals from potential developers.The town weighed a number of proposals before settling on Brightfields Development of Wellesley, Massachusetts. Under a complex power purchase agreement (PPA), says town administrator Patricia Vinchesi, Scituate is generating 8.4 cents per kWh for the electricity the solar panels produce. The town also collects lease payments on the array from Brightfields, which retained the solar renewable energy credits for the project.According to the EPA, the 3-MW project will save Scituate, a community of about 18,000 people southeast of Boston, about $200,000 a year. The electricity generated by the solar array and the wind turbine is enough to power Scituate’s 50-odd municipal facilities, Vinchesi said.Other partners in the project included Renova Partners, an investment and development company, Main Street Power, a developer and owner of distributed generation PV systems, Syncarpha Solar, and MS Solar Solutions. The project was built by Gehrlicher Solar America, according to MarketWatch.
Britain’s Andy Murray will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final at Queen’s after an imperious 6-3, 6-1 victory over fourtime champion Andy Roddick in the semi-finals on Saturday.Murray, seeded second, was in sublime form as he demolished one of the top grass-court players of the last decade and French fifth seed Tsonga joined him in the final with a 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) win against British wildcard James Ward.This was arguably the most complete performance of Murray’s career and the victory was especially sweet for the world number four as it went some way to avenging his 2009 Wimbledon semifinal defeat against Roddick.Murray, who last won the Queen’s title in 2009, slammed down two aces in his first service game and then snatched the early momentum by breaking Roddick in the next game.As ever, Murray was looking to use the drop-shot at every opportunity and he caught Roddick with two exquisite efforts to move 4-1 ahead.Murray’s serve was in good working order and, with his sliced backhand causing the American no end of problems, Roddick began to wear an increasingly exasperated expression as the first set ended with another Murray ace.The American was going for a record fifth Queen’s title, but there was no let-up from Murray at the start of the second set and he broke again in the first game.A Roddick double-fault gifted the break point and Murray was quick to seize the opportunity with a superb return that his opponent could only volley into the net.advertisementMurray was toying with Roddick now, drawing him in with low slices and then passing at will, and his place in the final was secured when he broke for a 4- 1 lead and then converted his third match point.Tsonga had enjoyed his own shock win on Friday when he beat world number one Rafael Nadal in three sets and the world number 19 looked full of confidence against Ward as he broke for a 2-0 lead.After Ward failed to convert a couple of break points of his own, Tsonga was able to serve out the set. Even when Ward had a chance to level the match after breaking for a 4-2 lead in the second set, Tsonga broke back to force a tie-break.Both players had chances in the breaker, but it was Tsonga who came through as Ward missed a passing shot on the Frenchman’s second match point.Paes-Bhupathi in Semis Third seeds Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi advanced to the doubles semi-finals of the AEGON Tennis Championships after a hard fought 6-4, 6-4 win over Filip Polasek and Igor Zelenay of Slovakia.The Indian Express saved seven breakpoints in the second set and converted one, which proved decisive in their victory.
Pushed out of their comfort zone by some incisive swing bowling in challenging conditions, a jolted India will gain confidence from MS Dhoni’s return as they aim to finish the five-match series against New Zealand on a high.India’s most experienced ODI player was out with hamstring injury during last two matches and his return couldn’t have been timed better after their inexplicable collapse for 92 in Hamilton.A 4-1 margin will look much better than 3-2 but it will be easier said than done at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.The windy condition here could just be the shot that Trent Boult would need as he again marks his run-up.And that’s where Dhoni’s presence will be a factor in that middle order which still isn’t rock solid if skipper Virat Kohli isn’t around.India vs New Zealand 5th ODI cricket Live Streaming: Where and How to Watch IND vs NZ cricket matchWhat time does the 5th ODI between India vs New Zealand start?The fifth ODI between India and New Zealand starts at 7.30AM IST on February 3, Thursday at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.What TV channel and live stream is the 5th ODI between India and New Zealand Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs New Zealand match.Where will the 5th ODI between India and New Zealand be played?The 5th ODI between India and New Zealand will be played at Seddon Park in Wellington from 7.30AM IST.advertisementWhere can I watch India vs New Zealand 5th ODI live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs New Zealand 5th ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs New Zealand from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the 5th ODI between India and New Zealand?India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ambati Rayudu, Shubman Gill, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Khaleel AhmedNew Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wicket-keeper), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, Matt Henry.Also Watch:
Cameron CraziesDuke’s team bus probably didn’t get back to campus until after midnight last night, but the campus wasn’t quiet following the Blue Devils’ 74-73 win at North Carolina. As the team pulled up, it was greeted by a loud and joyous contingent of Cameron Crazies. Luke Kennard, Brandon Ingram and others were mobbed as they exited the bus. Coach K even stopped and interacted with a few crowd members.Duke posted a cool video on Instagram documenting the scene. That’s why the Crazies are known for being some of the most dedicated fans in the country.
The Planning Institute of Jamaica’s (PIOJ) Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry, says the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been pivotal in advancing the country’s nuclear technology capacity.He noted that the medical physics department at The University of the West Indies (UWI), which trains nuclear physicists across the region, was expanded under an IAEA project, and the organisation is providing €783,600 for the re-establishment of the Nuclear Medicine Centre, which will significantly enhance the country’s capacity to diagnose and treat cancer, heart and other related diseases.The project is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Health, the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) and the UWI’s Caribbean Institute for Health Research (formerly Tropical Medicine Research Unit).Dr. Henry was speaking at the signing of Jamaica’s second five-year IAEA Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2018 to 2023 at the PIOJ’s head office in New Kingston on Thursday (August 9).He informed that the IAEA is supporting national projects to: determine the availability of adequate water resources in the Kingston hydrological basin; and optimise irrigation water management to improve crop output and water quality control in the Rio Cobre.Agriculture has been targeted for the production of economically important crops such as onions and sweet pepper, to produce higher yields and better quality with resistance to disease and adverse climatic conditions and have shorter production cycles.“This will help Jamaica to survive in the global marketplace and maintain its competitive advantage in certain food areas,” said the PIOJ head.The scope of the assistance has also been extended to nutrition in children with the aim of promoting healthy growth by assessing the role of parenting and early life influences on body composition and energy expenditure.The IAEA was established in 1957 with the aim of expanding and accelerating the contribution of atomic energy to global peace, health and prosperity.Jamaica joined the IAEA in 1965, and benefited from support from the organisation, but it was the installation of the Slowpoke Nuclear Reactor at UWI, which opened the door that facilitated Jamaica’s entry into the agency’s technical cooperation programme.In 2015 – just over 30 years after the reactor was commissioned – the reactor’s core was successfully converted from high-enriched uranium (HEU) to low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel, as part of a joint effort to eliminate the proliferation risks associated with HEU by the governments of Jamaica, the United States and Canada, with assistance from the IAEA.“This has become world-renowned as this is the only research reactor in the English-speaking Caribbean,” Dr. Henry said.He noted that under the diligent guidance of the IAEA, Jamaica graduated from the use of the technology at the International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences (ICENS) only, to much more extensive applications evidenced in a wide range of programmes and projects.The IAEA’s support has also enabled passage of the Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Act, 2015 to, among other things, provide safeguards from exposure to ionising radiation, including misuse that may result in harm to persons or the environment; and facilitate Jamaica’s compliance with international obligations.In addition, a Hazardous Substance Regulatory Authority has been established to monitor facilities utilising ionising radiation and nuclear technology. “Undoubtedly, the IAEA’s wide-ranging and groundbreaking assistance continues to affirm the developmental use of nuclear technology… (as it) propels Jamaica towards achieving developed country status by 2030. I express gratitude (on behalf of the Government) to the IAEA for helping Jamaica in achieving its development aspirations,” Dr. Henry said.For his part, the IAEA’s Deputy Director General for Technical Cooperation, Dazhu Yang, who signed Jamaica’s new CPF along with Dr. Henry, said the agency supports partnership building in using nuclear technology in a safe and secure manner.“We facilitate networking and cooperation among member states within and outside the region,” he added.Jamaica’s new CPF will underpin engagements focusing on water and environment management; health and nutrition; food and agriculture; nuclear and radiation safety and security; energy; and industry over the period.These are areas that were broadly covered under the initial CPF, which ran from 2010 to 2015. A total of 170 countries are members of the IAEA, which is headquartered in Vienna, Austria.The PIOJ serves as the National Liaison Office for the IAEA Cooperation Programme in Jamaica.
July 30, 2008 This continues our report from 7/28/08 on the foundry bell creations … Once the stylus tools have been used to mark designs into the sand, the cope and drag sand blocks are put back together. Now, negative space exists where the aluminum pattern was. Removing the snap-flask reveals the cube of sand, with spru holes through the top. A metal sleeve providing extra support during the pour is fitted around the sand cube. [Photos & text: Amber Klatt] In the foreground, bronze ingots glint in the sun while the propane-fired furnace melts others inside a silicon-carbide crucible vessel. While bronze as a material (comprised primarily of copper alloys) melts at 1700F, this furnace heats the metal all the way to 2200F, enabling the bronze to maintain its liquid state long enough to do successive pours. [Photos & text: Amber Klatt] Thus, a series of sand blocks in sleeves are laid across the deck of the Foundry Apse, awaiting the pour. While two artists balance and pour the crucible of molten metal using foundry tongs, others stand ready to pitch sand onto any stray pools of bronze. The melted metal enters the spru hole and follows a channel to the cavities formed by the aluminum patterns. In only a few minutes the metal cools back to solid state and soon enough the bells can be broken out of the sand molds. This report continues on 8/1/08. [Photos & text: Amber Klatt]