NBA announces schedule for Florida scrimmagesUNDATED (AP) — The NBA announced the schedule Saturday for scrimmages at the Disney complex in Florida, with 33 games set for between July 22 and July 28.Each of the 22 teams that will be part of the season restart has been scheduled for three games.All three arenas at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex that will be used for the restart will also play host to the scrimmages.There will be between three and six games per day during that six-day span. The season will officially resume with the start of seeding games on July 30. Johnson missing Brickyard 400 after testing positiveINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NASCAR’s extravagant weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been rocked by its first driver testing positive for the coronavirus. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson will miss what was supposed to be his final Brickyard 400 as he quarantines following the Friday test result. He was asymptomatic but wife Chani had tested positive, so Johnson had himself checked. Johnson on Sunday had hoped to tie Jeff Gordon and Michael Schumacher as the only drivers with five victories at Indianapolis. Instead, Justin Allgaier will drive the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet. INDYCAR-INDIANAPOLIS ATLANTA (AP) — With teams in two pro sports taking a second look at names deemed offensive to Native Americans, the Atlanta Braves are giving no indication they are willing to consider a similar change. The Cleveland Indians said Friday they’re reconsidering their name following the furor over the NFL Washington Redskins name. The Braves released a statement saying the team “honors, supports, and values the Native American community. That will never change.” The Braves said they “have much work to do on and off the field.” The Braves have not said if they will encourage the tomahawk chop and chant by fans this season.NASCAR-BRICKYARD Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-BRAVES-FREEMAN TESTS POSITIVEFreeman, Smith among four Braves testing positiveATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves four-time All-Star Freddie Freeman, premier reliever Will Smith and two teammates have tested positive for the coronavirus. Associated Press Bottas takes pole position for season-opening Austrian GPSPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Valtteri Bottas has upstaged Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by taking pole position for Formula One’s season-opening Austrian Grand Prix. The Finnish driver edged out the world champion by .012 seconds at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was back in third place and Lando Norris gave McLaren a boost by finishing fourth. Verstappen has won the past two years in Austria. Hamilton was chasing a record-extending 89th career pole. Ferrari struggled with Charles Leclerc nearly one second behind in seventh and Sebastian Vettel a miserable 11th.HORSE RACING-ENGLISH DERBY Manager Brian Snitker says the four players, including right-hander Touki Toussaint and infielder Pete Kozma, agreed to have the team disclose their positive tests. Snitker says Freeman had a negative intake test before having a positive test on Friday. Snitker said Freeman has a fever and “is not feeling great.” He says “it will be a while” before Freeman can return to the team. The Braves signed Smith, the former Giants reliever, to a three-year, $39 million deal in the offseason.MLB-BRAVES-NAMEBraves give no indication of considering name change Pacesetter Serpentine goes wire-to-wireEPSOM, England (AP) — The first English Derby to take place without spectators has taken a surreal turn as 25-1 shot Serpentine went out as the pacemaker and was never caught for a stunning six-length victory at an empty Epsom Downs. The nature of Serpentine’s wire-to-wire victory added to the bizarre feel of the 241st running of the classic. The course was fenced off and there were only a few hundred people on site at a prestigious event that usually attracts as many as 100,000 race-goers. Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien claimed a record eighth win in the race.It marked another triumphant day for O’Brien, who saddled the winner of the Oaks hours earlier. Race favorite Love was his eighth winner of the classic for fillies. Teams begin arriving at Disney for a brief quarantine followed by the start of their training camps on Tuesday.SOCCER-FC DALLASMLS tournament match postponed by Dallas positivesDALLAS (AP) — The MLS Is Back tournament match between FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps has been postponed after six FC Dallas players tested positive for COVID-19.The group stage match was scheduled to take place Thursday. MLS officials announced the postponement Saturday and said a new time and date would come later. IndyCar donates $1 million to establish diversity program INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway are making an active effort to increase diversity throughout the industry with a $1 million donation to a new “Race for Equality & Change” initiative. The initiative will support both internal and external programs. IndyCar does not have any Black drivers. Bubba Wallace is the only full-time black driver in NASCAR’s top Cup Series. The initiative announced before Saturday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is aimed at both developing diversity within the sanctioning body and at the speedway, as well at the grassroots racing levels. F1-AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX FC Dallas confirmed Wednesday that players had tested positive upon their arrival in Florida for the month-long tournament. The entire FC Dallas delegation is quarantining in their rooms at the walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.Vancouver’s team is scheduled to arrive in Orlando on Monday.MLS said the postponement would allow both teams to have additional training days in Orlando before opening tournament play.FC Dallas will now play its first tournament match July 15 against the Seattle Sounders.VIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNIS-TIAFOE July 4, 2020 Update on the latest sports Dixon takes first IndyCar Grand Prix winINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Scott Dixon retook the lead with 17 laps to go and pulled away from Graham Rahal to earn his first IndyCar Grand Prix victory. The five-time series champion beat Rahal to the checkered flag by 19.9469 seconds. It’s the first time in Dixon’s 20-year career he has opened the season with back-to-back victories. He won the season opener last month at Texas. Dixon, of Chip Ganassi Racing, also broke Team Penske’s five-year reign on the IndyCar GP title. Dixon’s 48 career wins are third all-time behind A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti.NBA Frances Tiafoe has coronavirus, exits Atlanta tennis eventATLANTA (AP) — Frances Tiafoe has tested positive for the coronavirus and withdrawn from the All-American Team Cup tennis tournament. He was scheduled to face Tennys Sandgren on Saturday in the weekend tournament in Atlanta involving eight top American men’s players.The event is allowing a limited number of fans and not requiring masks, though will provide them if requested.Tiafoe defeated Sam Querrey on Friday, but was showing symptoms after the match and a test was positive. He says he had tested negative for the virus as recently as a week ago.INDYCAR-DIVERSITY PROGRAM read more
“At the foundation, we are really excited with the steady progress we have been able to record since we started this Programme which has continued to grow. This is not a profit oriented venture, but an avenue to give indigent kids in areas like Bariga, Shomolu, Lagos Island, Mushin, Ajegunle and other areas where boxing is popular a lifeline to attain greatness most especially through the boxing tutorials and mentorship program,” she explained.Mrs Awogu said the foundation is really encouraged to continue the project because of the visible achievements recorded.The Child Dignity Foundation (CDF) is a child protection, development, and advocacy organization committed to the total well-being of children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The foundation seeks to create a society where children are valued, respected and protected regardless of their socio-economic situation, gender, creed or race.UCL RESULTSAtletico 2-0 MonacoDortmund 0-0 BruggePSV 1-2 BarcaSpurs 1-0 InterPSG 2-1 LiverpoolNapoli 3- ZvezdaLokomotiv 2-0 GalatasarayPorto 3-1SchalkeShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Amaka Awogu All is set for the 7th edition of the Child Dignity Foundation organized Kiddies Boxing Competition at the Brai Ayonote Boxing gym inside the National Stadium in Lagos.The 2018 edition according to the Chief Executive of the Foundation, Mrs. Amaka Awogu, will feature 12 bouts and two exhibition matches among boxers in and around Lagos State promises to be bigger with boxing tutorials and a mentorship programme by Nigerian boxing legend and Olympian, Jerry Okorodudu.She said the one-day event is targeted at kids interested in charting a path in boxing. read more
A NUMBER of businesses in the county are in severe financial trouble as the recession begins to bite.These include:* McNamee Construction Limited, Castlefin. A creditors meeting takes place this Friday, August 5th, at the Silver Tassie Hotel in Letterkenny at 11am. * Breslins Londis supermarket in Bundoran. A creditors meeting takes place at 9am tomorrow, Tuesday August 2nd at 9am at the Great Northern Hotel.* Greencastle Plumbing Limited. A meeting is scheduled at Gallaghers Hotel in Letterkenny at 9am this Wednesday, August 3.MORE BUSINESSES IN TROUBLE AS RECESSION BITES was last modified: August 1st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal businesses in trouble read more
Kevin Durant will be on hand in March when the Oklahoma City Thunder retire the No. 4 jersey of his former teammate, Nick Collison, the Golden State star confirmed to ESPN.“That group was so special, that whole group from 2010 until I left there, it was special,” Durant said. “It’s about time for us to let go of all that extra stuff, and just come together – especially around this time, because it’s Nick.”Durant was with the franchise from 2007 until the end of the 2016 season, when he joined …
Pay-as-you-go solar technology is making it possible for remote and off-grid communities in Africa to generate their own electricity. (Image: Eight19) The IndiGo solar lighting system bypasses the need for a grid connection and works just like a prepaid cellular phone. (Image: Eight19) MEDIA CONTACTS • Simon Bransfield-Garth Eight19 +44 (0) 1223 437 437RELATED ARTICLES • Africa leads solar laptop revolution • SA becoming a renewable energy hub • African sun could light world’s cities • Mega development for Central AfricaWilma den HartighPay-as-you-go solar technology is making it possible for remote and off-grid communities in Africa to generate their own electricity, reducing the need for environmentally harmful and dangerous lighting practices such as burning kerosene oil.Pay-as-you-go products have become synonymous with mobile phones, but now developers of a new solar energy service are using the same business model to bring clean, affordable and renewable electricity to remote communities in Africa.In South Africa, similar upfront payment products such as prepaid electricity are available, but this only applies to users connected to the national grid.According to Eight19, developers of the IndiGo solar electricity system, 1.6-billion people (more than one fifth of the world’s population), lack access to electricity via a grid and pay high prices for kerosene to serve basic needs such as lighting.Prepaid technology for electricityThe IndiGo solar lighting system, developed by the UK-based solar technology company, consists of a battery pack, a photovoltaic solar panel, lights and a phone charging device.The system, which bypasses the need for a grid connection, can light two small rooms for seven hours at a time and charge small portable devices such as mobile phones.The device is affordable and users can generate electricity for less than their current spend on kerosene. Users can purchase the energy the device produces for as little as US$1(R8) a week.Nyungura James Ode, a rural farmer in the Nimule region in the new nation of South Sudan, explains how his life has changed since he started using an IndiGo device.“I save about half of the money I would spend on batteries and kerosene,” Ode says.Before, he often had to travel to a market three kilometres away from his home to buy batteries for his family’s battery-powered lanterns. He also had to charge mobile phones at charging stations in town twice a week.“I can spend more time at home now that I don’t have to walk to the village and wait for phones to charge,” he says.As easy as buying airtimeThe IndiGo device works just like a prepaid cellular phone. When users want to purchase electricity, they buy a scratch card from a local vendor and load credit onto their solar cell.Power from the cell then charges the battery in the IndiGo box, making electricity available.According to Eight19, the pay-as-you-go model is an affordable way to provide power for low-energy lighting and battery charging in homes, schools and workplaces in emerging markets.IndiGo can be used to provide light for children to do their homework, it enables stallholders to work when it is dark, and supplies the energy to power internet connections.The risk of fraud is also very low as the units operate using top-up codes that are securely sent to owners’ mobile phones in the form of text messages. Without the codes, the system can’t generate electricity.A need for electricityThe IndiGo devices are already improving the quality of life of people living in Africa.Eight19 first launched in Kenya in September last year, and now the company has plans to distribute IndiGo in South Sudan.Eight19 has partnered with WorldVenture, an international charitable organisation, to install the systems in rural villages in Nimule in South Sudan. The developer intends to distribute 1 000 units in the first half of 2012 to the region.South Sudan is the fourth African country to receive IndiGo devices. So far, remote towns in Kenya, Malawi, South Sudan and Zambia have adopted the IndiGo electrification scheme.According to Thomas Bell, South Sudan director of projects at WorldVenture, there is a great need for off-grid power in South Sudan.“Sometimes the poorest even burn grass despite the smoke health hazard and fire risk,” Bell says.Eight19’s pay-as-you-go solar device is the ideal solution to give people access to electricity in a country that lacks infrastructure.“IndiGo has the potential to transform the energy market by enabling local energy production. People can access power without having to wait for the grid,” says Bell.Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO of Eight19, says that the response to the product has been very positive since it launched in Kenya.A new way to access electricityAccording to Steve Andrews, CEO of UK-based charity SolarAid, pay-as-you-go solar power could play a major role in rural African development.Andrews says that just as mobile phones have made it possible for people to access telephone technology without a landline system, Eight19’s approach could do the same for electricity provision to the world’s poorest people.Bransfield-Garth hopes that his company can also help to reduce global carbon emissions by eliminating the use of kerosene for lighting in Africa.In the future, Eight19 wants to develop larger solar systems with greater capacities to power televisions, radios and fridges.He says that this means that people living in remote communities could have access to similar levels of electricity available in big cities. read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Today’s average yield for the I-71 leg was 191.9 bushels as yields improved as we moved into southern Ohio. Here is more from the I-71 crew after the second day.