An important source of polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs), which play a crucial role in controlling polar stratospheric ozone depletion, is the temperature fluctuations induced by mountain waves. These enable stratospheric temperatures to fall below the threshold value for PSC formation in regions of negative temperature perturbations or cooling phases induced by the waves even if the synoptic-scale temperatures are too high. However, this formation mechanism is usually missing in global chemistry–climate models because these temperature fluctuations are neither resolved nor parameterised. Here, we investigate in detail the episodic and localised wintertime stratospheric cooling events produced over the Antarctic Peninsula by a parameterisation of mountain-wave-induced temperature fluctuations inserted into a 30-year run of the global chemistry–climate configuration of the UM-UKCA (Unified Model – United Kingdom Chemistry and Aerosol) model. Comparison of the probability distribution of the parameterised cooling phases with those derived from climatologies of satellite-derived AIRS brightness temperature measurements and high-resolution radiosonde temperature soundings from Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula shows that they broadly agree with the AIRS observations and agree well with the radiosonde observations, particularly in both cases for the “cold tails” of the distributions. It is further shown that adding the parameterised cooling phase to the resolved and synoptic-scale temperatures in the UM-UKCA model results in a considerable increase in the number of instances when minimum temperatures fall below the formation temperature for PSCs made from ice water during late austral autumn and early austral winter and early austral spring, and without the additional cooling phase the temperature rarely falls below the ice frost point temperature above the Antarctic Peninsula in the model. Similarly, it was found that the formation potential for PSCs made from ice water was many times larger if the additional cooling is included. For PSCs made from nitric acid trihydrate (NAT) particles it was only during October that the additional cooling is required for temperatures to fall below the NAT formation temperature threshold (despite more NAT PSCs occurring during other months). The additional cooling phases also resulted in an increase in the surface area density of NAT particles throughout the winter and early spring, which is important for chlorine activation. The parameterisation scheme was finally shown to make substantial differences to the distribution of total column ozone during October, resulting from a shift in the position of the polar vortex.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Coal mines in the Powder River Basin bounced back from the rain-soaked second quarter, increasing production 18.9% in the third quarter, but still saw year-over-year declines. Ten of the top 16 mines reported production decreases from 2017, lowering the region’s output by 5% to 86.6 million tons, according to data compiled by S&P Global Market Intelligence.Despite reporting a $41.5 million net loss in the third quarter and filing for bankruptcy in October, Westmoreland Coal Co. saw significantly higher production levels at two of its mines in the third quarter than in the second. The Absaloka mine posted a 33.7% production increase, the largest among the basin’s top performers, producing 1.1 million tons. The Rosebud mine, which the company plans to sell alongside its other core assets, saw a 22.4% quarter-over-quarter uptick but the largest year-over-year percentage decline among the top producers with a 29% decrease to 1.8 million tons.The effects of the second-quarter rains carried over into Cloud Peak Energy Inc.’s third-quarter production. The company reported in an Oct. 25 earnings call that the moisture caused instability in its Antelope surface mine’s dragline pits. As miners removed coal from the pits, wet spoil would shift down into the pit and block the coal. CEO Colin Marshall said the company anticipates that fourth-quarter shipments will be constrained but “there’s no reason why Antelope can’t perform the way it should next year.” The pits are expected to “return to their normal cycle” by the end of 2018.Antelope had the second-largest year-over-year production drop during the period, with a 26% decrease to 5.8 million tons. The company’s Spring Creek mine produced 5.3% less coal year over year with 3.7 million tons, and the Cordero Rojo mine’s production dropped 10.5% to 3.4 million tons. All three saw at least a slight improvement over the second quarter’s production levels, with the Antelope mine posting an 18.6% quarter-over-quarter uptick.Peabody Energy Corp.’s North Antelope Rochelle mine, the largest coal mine in the country, posted a 22% uptick from the second quarter to 26 million tons, though levels were down 6.3% from the year-ago period. Its Caballo and Rawhide mines also saw production increases from the second quarter, rising 16.2% to 3.1 million tons and 29.3% to 2.4 million tons, respectively.More ($): Powder River Basin Q3 coal output improves from Q2 but down 5% from year ago Powder River Basin coal production continues falling
By Dialogo October 22, 2012 LIMA — A string of terrorist attacks in Peru’s southeast jungle has raised fears that Shining Path rebels could try to create economic chaos by targeting the country’s energy infrastructure – and the government is responding with strict anti-terrorism measures. “The population should be calm, because we are going to win. It will take some time to acquire more assets needed, but this will be done,” said Humberto Speziani, president of Confiep, Peru’s largest business association. “We are talking about defense of democracy and national interest.” Speziani spoke following an Oct. 12 meeting where Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano and Admiral José Cueto, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, helped lower business leaders’ fears by laying out the government’s plans in response to the attacks. Two police officers were killed and two others wounded in an ambush late that day near the town of Kepashiato. The ambush came less than one week after the rebel group — known in Spanish as Sendero Luminoso — (Shining Path) attacked an airstrip in the nearby town of Kiteni on Oct. 6, destroying infrastructure and torching three helicopters. Fighting intensifies in VRAEM region Both Kepashiato and Kiteni are located in the Echarate district, in Cusco, which is home to the Camisea gas fields and a 730-kilometer pipeline that provides gas which generates nearly half of Peru’s electricity. The destroyed choppers had been used by Camisea operator TGP to supervise the pipeline. TGP announced after the incident that it would no longer maintain the pipeline for security reasons. Its personnel have since abandoned the zone. Interior Minister Wilfredo Pedraza was blunt during an Oct. 9 presentation before the congressional security committee. “Protecting the pipeline requires an enormous logistical undertaking,” Pedraza told lawmakers. “We are working to equip a special group of soldiers and police officers to reduce the possibility of an attack on the pipeline, but another incident could happen today or tomorrow.” Legislation aims for stricter anti-terrorism measures Recent polls revealed that Peruvians believe that terrorism could be creeping back — and that they want the government to do more. In a national survey released Oct. 14 by Ipsos Apoyo, 71 percent of respondents said recent incidents point to a resurgence of terrorism. The Humala administration’s response is that measures are already underway, including the construction of new police stations in the Echarate district. In addition, 10 new anti-terrorism bases in the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro River Valleys (VRAEM) will be completed by year’s end, and the Defense Ministry announced it would send 20 new helicopters for reinforce operations in the combat zone. Humala has called on Congress to approve legislation submitted in August that would make it a crime to “approve, justify, deny or minimize the crimes committed by the members of terrorist organizations.” The new crime would carry jail sentences between four and eight years in prison. Congress has not started debate on the bill. Congress passed in mid-October legislation that establishes much tougher penalties for anyone convicted of collecting money or involved in similar activities to support terrorism. The minimum jail time is now 20 years without parole. Law expected to put MOVADEF on the defensive Salazar said the legislation would help control terrorist activities and give the state more leverage to fight façade organizations, such as the Movement for Amnesty and Fundamental Rights (MOVADEF), a party founded by attorneys for the Shining Path’s jailed leadership. Congress has granted the Humala government legislative powers to pass new laws in the areas of citizen security, national defense and drug trafficking. It has also allowed the administration to reform the defense and interior ministries, a process already underway. The Humala government has until the end of November to produce the new legislation. Echarate has been the scene of the most intense fighting between the Shining Path and security forces in months. More than 20 police officers and soldiers have been killed in terrorist attacks so far this year, most of them in Echarate and neighboring districts. The district has been under a state of emergency since April, while VRAEM was put under the state of emergency more than nine years ago The Shining Path faction in the VRAEM has slowly upped the pressure in the zone where Camisea is located. Ruben Vargas, a researcher who studies terrorism in Peru, said the Shining Path faction has wanted to show the government that it could wreak havoc. Energy infrastructure could be at risk “The objective of recent attacks has been to show that they control the zone that is the heart of the country’s energy system,” said Vargas. He estimated that disruption of the Camisea pipeline would cripple gas-fired power plants that generated approximately 45 percent of the country’s electricity in September, and also stop production of nearly 80 percent of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) — the most widely used household fuel in Peru. In addition nearly 300,000 vehicles in Peru, including Lima’s mass-transit bus system, run on either natural gas or LPG. Peru’s Energy and Mines Ministry calculates that the country would lose roughly $500 million a day if the pipeline were knocked off-line. This takes into account energy generation, industry, vehicle use and liquid natural gas exports from a facility operated by Dallas-based Hunt Oil. Apart from Peru’s existing energy system, continued attacks in the zone could block efforts by President Ollanta Humala to attract more than $20 billion worth of investment in new pipelines from Camisea to the southern coast and the construction of petrochemical plants using gas to make explosives, fertilizers and plastics. Measure would authorize new pipelines, power plant in Echarate Legislation now before Congress would authorize concessions for the construction of new pipelines from Camisea to the southern highlands, as well as a new thermal power plant in Echarate. Observers say it’s unlikely Congress would pass this legislation given the current situation in the zone. The Shining Path faction, which numbers around 400 armed fighters and is led by Victor Quispe Palomino, initiated a new round of armed actions in Echarate in April, when a column kidnapped 36 contractors working on expansion of the Camisea pipeline. The victims were held for nearly a week before they were released unharmed. A group of 18 pipeline workers were briefly grabbed in early June, and there have been numerous incidents involving sniper fire on anti-terrorism bases in the zone. Humala’s government is genocidal, they are plundering Peru, that’s why the Peruvian people, led by Sendero Luminoso, are only defending our sovereignty.
Mar 2, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – China’s vice premier said today that China may see more bird outbreaks and human cases of avian influenza this spring, as the government announced plans for an intensive hunt for cases among wild birds on a major migration route, according to news services.The news from China came as Germany confirmed that a cat was infected with the deadly H5N1 virus and Serbia reported its first suspected avian flu case in a wild bird, among other developments.In China, Vice Premier Hui Liangyu said a “comprehensive analysis” indicates that the country is at risk for more trouble with avian flu this spring, according to an Associated Press (AP) story based on a report from the Chinese news agency Xinhua. Hui heads the national office for preventing and controlling the disease, the story said.In an Agence France-Press (AFP) report, Hui was quoted as saying, “This spring, there is still a possibility that bird flu will erupt and spread in China.” Speaking at a national teleconference, he added, “There is still a risk that the number of human cases will continue to increase.”To at least one expert, the Chinese statement sounded like a hint that avian flu in China is more widespread than the government has been acknowledging.”Many of us believe that this type of discussion by someone as high as the vice premier really indicates that this situation is already occurring,” said Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site.”You don’t see these kinds of statements coming out of the government of China very often,” he added.Osterholm said he has been told there is more avian flu in China than has been reported publicly. “I can’t say the sources, but there are more [human] cases going on in China than have been released and reported to the World Health Organization. Also, there’s information from a variety of sources suggesting the level of bird infections is substantially higher than is being reported.”He said his information came from “sources on the ground in China as well as other informed government sources.”Osterholm added that China and the rest of Asia are still the place where avian flu poses the biggest risk of sparking a human influenza pandemic. “While the spread of the virus around the world is an important consideration, the potential for the ongoing mutation of the virus toward a human-to-human transmitted strain is probably more likely where the high virus density and high bird population exist, and that’s in China and the rest of Asia.”He said that all of Africa has fewer than a billion chickens, whereas China produces 15 billion a year. “That’s where the genetic roulette table for mutations is,” he said.The AP report from China said the government is setting up an avian flu surveillance system in the eastern province of Jiangsu to focus on wild birds. The system will consist of 100 monitoring stations staffed by 1,000 workers throughout the province.Experts estimate that about 3 million migratory birds will fly to Jiangsu in the next 2 months and that another 5 million birds will pass through, according to the Xinhua story cited by the AP.”Inspectors will check dead birds and test droppings, and any sign of bird flu will trigger an emergency response,” the AP reported.Meanwhile in Germany, health officials confirmed that a cat on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen died of H5N1 infection, AFP reported today. The case is the first known H5N1 infection in a mammal in Europe.European Union (EU) veterinarians in Brussels have urged people to keep their cats indoors and dogs leashed in areas affected by avian flu, according to AFP. And a German humane society said the case has already prompted hundreds of German cat owners to leave their pets at shelters, the story said.In Serbia, authorities reported finding an H5 flu virus in a dead swan found in the northwestern part of the country, near the borders of Croatia and Hungary. Both the latter countries have had H5N1 cases in wild birds, but this would be the first known case in Serbia.Serbian officials said samples from the swan would be sent to the EU reference lab in Weybridge, England. They vowed to take precautions against spread of the virus without waiting for the test results.In Indonesia, a 13-year-old girl and her 10-year-old brother recently died of suspected avian flu in Central Java province, according to another AFP report.The girl died yesterday after being treated for 9 days at a hospital in the town of Solo, the report said. Her younger brother died a day earlier at a local hospital in their home town of Boyolali.A doctor told AFP that the children lived near a farm and both had been in contact with sick chickens.In Iraq, a woman has died of suspected avian flu in the southern province of Nasiriyah, according to another AFP report. If her case is confirmed, it would be the third one in Iraq.In southern Russia, avian flu has killed almost half a million domestic birds in the past month, despite culling efforts, according to a Los Angeles Times report today. The Emergency Situations Ministry said the H5N1 virus has killed about 495,000 birds in regions near the Caspian and Black seas, and another 220,000 birds have been killed in containment efforts.Russian Agriculture Minister Alexei V. Gordeyev said yesterday the country will begin mass vaccinations of poultry on Mar 10, the report said.Elsewhere, more infected wild birds were found in Austria and France, while authorities in the Bahamas said it was unlikely that some dead birds in a national park on the island of Great Inagua had H5N1 avian flu.
Advertisement Advertisement James GoldmanSunday 12 May 2019 4:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link493Shares Riyad Mahrez’s stunning goal all but confirmed Manchester City as Premier League champions (Picture: Getty)Manchester City retained the Premier League title with a crushing 4-1 victory over Brighton, condemning Liverpool to a runners-up finish despite amassing an astonishing 97 points.The Champions League finalists set the tone for a seesaw afternoon when Sadio Mane opened the scoring after 17 minutes at Anfield.Jordan Henderon played a neat one-two with assist machine Trent Alexnader-Arnold, and the rampaging full-back’s deflected cross fell perfectly for Mane, who calmly slotted home his 21st goal of the campaign.Better was to follow for Jurgen Klopp’s side when, some 250 miles away, Glenn Murray met a Pascal Gross corner at the near post and flicked his header past a stranded Ederson.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Glenn Murray had Anfield rocking after he put Brighton ahead against Manchester City (Picture: AP)City responded instantly, however, with the old double act of David Silva and Sergio Aguero, who lashed a low shot through the legs of Matt Ryan, restoring parity just 83 seconds after Murray’s opener.That goal steadied City’s nerves and they made their territorial domination count seven minutes before the break when Laporte lost his marker Murray and powered the champions in front and back to the top of the league. Aymeric Laporte’s bullet header put Man City in the lead seven minutes before half time (Picture: AP)Brighton, whose top flight safety was guaranteed last weekend following their spirited draw at Arsenal, struggled to gain a foothold in a second period dominated in its entirety by Guardiola’s well-oiled machine.The City manager’s team selection raised eyebrows ahead of kick-off when he handed Ryiad Mahrez only his fourth start in the last 17 Premier League matches.After delivering the corner from which Laporte put City in front, the Algeria international took matters into his own hand just past the hour mark when he twisted away from Lewis Dunk, shifted the ball onto his unfavoured right foot and powered his shot past Ryan to spark jubilant scenes in the away end.And any hopes of a Brighton comeback were firmly extinguished 18 minutes from the end when Ilkay Gundogan bent an inch-perfect free-kick around the wall and into Ryan’s net to confirm City’s status as back-to-back champions.At a subdued Anfield, meanwhile, Mane at least confirmed another victory for Klopp’s equally relentless side following another Trent Alexander-Arnold assist.The Reds will have another shot at glory in next month’s Champions League final, but for now they must console themselves that, no matter how slim the margin, they have been second best to City this season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Sergio Aguero’s instant equaliser steadied Manchester City’s nerves at Brighton (Picture: Getty) Sadio Mane fired Liverpool ahead against Wolves in the 17th minute (Picture: Getty) Comment Rampant Manchester City crush Brighton and pip Liverpool to Premier League title
Love It or List It: Neale Whitaker, Andrew Winter, Erin and Tom Brown.CELEBRITY interior designer Neale Whitaker took to a Toowong couple’s recently renovated $40,000 bathroom with a sledgehammer.This is the risk participants take when they apply to be on Foxtel’s Love It or List It.BEFORE: The bathroom had been recently renovated and cost upwards of $40,000. Picture: FoxtelThe home’s owners, Erin and Tom Brown, said when they were deciding whether to apply to be on the TV show, they were aware it could cost them their beloved bathroom.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:03Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:03 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenNeale Whitaker: How to use space effectively01:03“We built a new bathroom where the old bathroom was when I was pregnant with the twins,” Erin said.“It cost us over $40,000.”… and through the wall a sledgehammer went. Picture: FoxtelBut as they feared, the bathroom had to go, as Whitaker reconfigured the whole layout of the house.BEFORE: What was previously a dressing room was to become the bathroom. Picture: FoxtelAFTER: The new main bathroom was perfect for the couple’s twin daughters. Picture: FoxtelThe bathroom became the kitchen. The kitchen became a lounge room. The lounge room became an ensuite. And a dressing room became the new bathroom.AFTER: What was previously the bathroom became the home’s kitchen and laundry. Picture: FoxtelAs it turns out, Whitaker knows his stuff and the couple were ecstatic with the result of the renovation.“We feel like we’re sleeping in this gorgeous boudoir every night,” Erin said.“I’ve personally been enjoying the bathtub.”BEFORE: The living room would be moved to the rear of the home. Picture: FoxtelMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoAFTER: The old living room became the ensuite and walk-in wardrobe. Picture: FoxtelTom agreed and said they hoped they had not been “spoiled” now.“It’s like living in a hotel,” he said.“How do you go back from living in a house like that?As for whether they loved it or listed it, the couple made the decision to love the property, before backflipping shortly after the show finished filming.BEFORE: As the kitchen was shifted to the bathroom, this would become a new living room. Picture: FoxtelAFTER: The fireplace was given a new lease on life. Picture: FoxtelThe change of mind was as a result of a house co-host Andrew Winter showed them in Paddington — in the exact same street that their friends lived on.“On the final day we were really conflicted and we were contemplating doing rock, paper scissors,” Erin said.“We were one per cent leaning towards loving it, but we decided we wanted to move to Paddington.“That’s where all our friends live … and the house in Paddington was bigger which really got us thinking we will need more space as the twins grow older.”BEFORE: The old dining room, and the door to the left was the door to the old bathroom. Picture: FoxtelAFTER: Looking toward what used to be the dining room. Picture: FoxtelTune in for next week’s episode on November 28, 8.30pm on Lifestyle, to see if a New South Wales couple decide to love or list their Newport home.
Shipowners association BIMCO and Shipdex have signed an agreement to support the development and exchange of technical and logistic data across the shipping community. The agreement, under which BIMCO will be included as an executive member of Shipdex steering committee, was signed at BIMCO Head office, Copenhagen by Lars Robert Pedersen, BIMCO Deputy Secretary General and representatives from the original nine executive members – Grimaldi Group S.P.A., Mastermind Shipmanagement, Alfa Laval Tumba AB, MacGregor Group AB, Man Diesel & Turbo SE, Shipdex Consulting, Yanmar Company, G&C Shipping and Rolls-Royce PLC.As informed in a joint statement, the two organizations share a common interest to promote the standardization and digitalisation of data exchange in the shipping industry, with recently elected BIMCO President Anastasios Papagiannopoulos, setting it out as a key theme for his presidential term.“This new venture will be of great benefit to our members and will complement BIMCO’s exciting portfolio of products and services. Shipdex fits neatly with our objective to help ease the administrative burdens for ships and masters. Shipowners will be able to reduce time, administration and costs as this new system is quicker and easier to use, with zero disruption to the ship at sea,“ Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Secretary General at BIMCO said.“We are convinced that Shipdex™ Protocol is the best candidate to become the universal standard for the exchange of technical data. Securing the support of the final user is the next step ahead for the diffusion of real electronic documentation, when this happens the industry will save money, time, paper and space because Shipdex™ Protocol has all the necessary features to become the universal standard for the shipping industry,” Shipdex Chairman, Giancarlo Coletta added.The Shipdex™ Protocol is described as being designed to be used by shipowners, shipyards, manufacturers, classification societies and application service providers, it uses a common source database to store, retrieve, publish and exchange technical and logistic data across the shipping community.“Instruction manuals, maintenance plans, and spare parts catalogs can be shared between any company or organization that wishes to use it, in a neutral and standardized format, safely and securely,” the organization said.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Milwaukee Brewers have canceled their 2021 Brewers On Deck event, an annual January showcase that allows thousands of fans to meet current and former players and coaches in a convention hall. The NCAA this week announced it would not conduct championship events in sports where at least 50% percent of the participating schools do not play a fall regular season. Unless Pioneer League schools pursue a football season as independents, the number of FCS schools that have canceled fall football is 68 out of 127.The Big Sky was also expected to announce soon whether it will play in the fall.___The Southeastern Conference will require football players and others in direct contact with the program to be tested at least twice weekly during the season.The league on Friday released its initial COVID-19 requirements for fall sports, including football. In football, the testing will typically come six days and three days before competition. The Brewers said that the decision was made with “the health and safety of the community in mind.”“It’s impossible to know at this time what restrictions may be in place that would require a different footprint or format for Brewers On Deck in January,” Brewers president of business operations Rick Schlesinger said in a statement. “It takes many months of lead time for our staff to plan and execute the event, and with so many uncertainties we unfortunately have to make this decision now.”___The Pioneer League will not play a fall football schedule, a decision that likely means there will be no FCS playoffs this season.The 11-team Pioneer League spans from the Midwest to the West Coast. The conference said in a statement the challenges related to team travel, meeting state, local and institutional health requirements and COVID-19 mitigation strategies led to the decision. The Pioneer League said it would consider playing a football season at another point in the school year if feasible. August 7, 2020 The Latest: Brewers cancel January fan event What did cricket fans do when there was no live games to watch during lockdown in the coronavirus pandemic?Watched replays. Lots of replays.The International Cricket Council released figures Friday showing it had 1.65 billion video views on its Facebook channel in the first half of 2020, saying it “topped the rankings in terms of video consumption among leading sports bodies” on the social media platform.Cricket was shuttered globally from late March until last month, when host England beat West Indies 2-1 in a three-test series that was played inside bio-secure venues in Southampton and Manchester.The ICC, citing statistics from the CrowdTangle analytics tool, said daily video consumption on its Facebook page increased from 3 million minutes viewed to 15 million minutes per day during the lockdown. Coaches, staff and other personnel will be required to wear face coverings on the sidelines at sporting events this fall.The initial guidelines include testing requirements, procedures for infections and contact tracing and protocols for quarantine and isolation. The rules, which also apply to volleyball and soccer, were recommended by the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force.The league expects the task force to release another report by Aug. 31.___ The Detroit Lions are preparing to host fans at all eight regular-season home games, although it’s uncertain how many will be allowed to attend.The NFL club said Friday season-ticket holders can opt out of purchasing tickets for the 2020 season if they want. The team also is offering various incentives for fans who defer payments to the 2021 season instead of asking for refunds.Fans and employees at Ford Field would be required to wear face coverings. Designated gates and entry times would be assigned to fans.The team says the ability to host fans at a reduced capacity depends on local and state approval.___ Associated Press “At a time when COVID-19 has severely impacted live sports, the ICC’s channels have gone from strength to strength,” the ICC said in a statement.Cricket hit some highs in terms of viewership over the 12 months to June, including the 1.1 billion views for the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia in February and March.Online traffic from India helped. The final between Australia and India, which attracted a crowd of more than 86,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, set a single-day record for women’s tournament with 64.9 million views on the ICC Facebook page.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
On Saturday night in NBT Bank Stadium, the Syracuse Chiefs didn’t play. Instead, there was a pregame wedding, an eight-foot tall golden fork, salt potato pizza, potato sack races and taekwondo. All took place in the freshly named Tater Town, where the Chiefs changed their name to the Salt Potatoes, the Red Wings turned into the Plates and Jose “Mashed Potatoes” Marmolejos homered amid the quirkiness.Josh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerThere was a baseball game — called Duel for the Dishes — but it was just a sideshow. As the Salt Potatoes took batting practice, a couple stated their vows on the venue’s party deck.The wedding had been planned for this specific weekend. Katie Brown, a Syracuse native, had introduced her new husband, Jared Forst, to salt potatoes earlier in their relationship because the buttery delicacy is a staple of central New York. Forst hails from Ohio and had never experienced the side dish.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s like addicted now,” the now-Katie Forst said.“It was kind of weird, the wedding thing,” Marmolejos “Mashed Potatoes” said. Like the rest of the Salt Potatoes, and the team itself, the outfielder had his name altered to a food for the game.The wedding took place beyond the right-field wall. Marmolejos warned them it wasn’t a safe spot.“I yelled at them, ‘Hey watch out, don’t get hit with a ball,’” Marmolejos recalled. “That was the first time I’ve seen that. That was kind of different.”Billy Heyen | Assistant Sports EditorAs game time approached and fans filed in, they had their first opportunity to take part in the starch-dedicated evening. Syracuse dished out bobbleheads, depicting a Salt Potato standing on the Plates logo, to the first 1,000 people in the stadium, in addition to season-ticket holders.One father and son pair received bobbleheads. But that’s not why they were early: The pair was in attendance to watch a younger brother perform in a pregame taekwondo demo. That meant they were walking around carrying three boxed bobbleheads. The older brother plans on keeping his saved in the box. It’s a collector’s item, after all. As the father held his bobbleheads, Master Pryor’s Taekwondo students aligned on the third-base side of the diamond. With music playing, they smashed boards with their hands and feet.That father and two sons grouping tries to make the half-hour drive to the ballpark from Palermo at least once a year. With his son performing martial arts on the field before the game, Saturday was the night.Brian Goodheart, from Phoenix, has never collected bobbleheads — but maybe the salt potato bobblehead, his first, might start a collection, he said. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 27, 2018 at 11:55 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Goodheart can keep the bobblehead, but he couldn’t bring home the night’s biggest attraction: an eight-foot tall fork.The fork was available before and during the game for photos in the stadium’s main concourse. But minutes before first pitch, Syracuse general manager Jason Smorol walked out toward the mound with the fork in hand.Smorol called the ‘Dishes game the “single most important game in the history of minor league baseball.” In all, 6,221 fans celebrated what Smorol called “the most underrated, underappreciated side dish of all time.”And that’s why Smorol made sure the potato wouldn’t be forgotten, at least for one night.As was only fitting in Tater Town on Saturday, the first pitches were thrown with salt potatoes. The Forsts threw theirs together. They stood back-to-back on the mound and both fired strikes to Scooch, one of Syracuse’s mascots.Rochester began the “Plates” promotion last season in homage to the famed “Garbage Plate,” which originated in Rochester. The dish features macaroni salad, home fries, two hamburgers and meat sauce.Kennys Vargas is a first baseman and designated hitter for the Rochester Red Wings. Visible are the layers of a garbage plate, and the lettering “Plates” is across his chest.Chris David, from Rochester, is a super fan. His girlfriend lives in Fayetteville, so it was a multi-purpose trip down Interstate 90. He arrived at about 1 p.m., in time to make it to the Rochester team bus and have players sign his Plates flag.“Because they have this whole food rivalry thing, it’s pretty interesting and fun,” David said.Before the third inning of baseball got underway, potatoes raced potatoes.Three kids headed out to the third base line and picked up potato sacks. They stepped right in and hopped up and down the third-base side. They were cheered on by both of the usual Syracuse mascots, Scooch and Pops.A few innings later, the wedding party returned, most having changed out of their full ceremony garb. They played a variation of the hot potato game. Teams would form as pairs, and the women would lob potatoes over their shoulder for their partner to run down and catch in their potato sack.As Syracuse struggled with its bats to plate runs, fans did no better. Dizzy bat, a popular minor league gimmick, tasks children with standing over a baseball bat and put their forehead on the knob, pressed to the ground. Then, they spin around the bat 10 times. Naturally, they’re very dizzy, but in this variation, they were forced to run to pick up a potato sack.After wobbling to the potato sack, they hopped back toward their original spot next to the bats. While the kids struggled to jog to the potato sack, it seemed that dizziness affected hopping less than running — all contestants made it back to the finish line without any dramatic falls.In what seemed like the night’s secondary act, Marmolejos turned on a first-pitch fastball and sent it soaring toward the party deck in right field. It landed right where the wedding had taken place hours earlier.After the homer put Syracuse in the lead, 1-0, the Salt Potatoes’ Twitter account wrote a tweet that began “Spudnificent!!”. But the night was not to stay as such — Rochester came back to win, 3-1. With victory in hand, the Plates could now claim the night’s biggest prize.At the game’s conclusion, the Rochester Plates were granted the eight-foot tall Golden Fork. With Rochester general manager Dan Mason unable to attend, Grant Anderson was handed the fork. Anderson works as an on-field host for Rochester.He was joined in claiming the fork by two members of the Rochester coaching staff, manager Joel Skinner and pitching coach Stu Cliburn, and Salt Potatoes’ GM Smorol.On a night which featured salt potatoes, garlic parmesan salt potatoes, salt potato pizza and salt potato hot dogs on sale in the ballpark, fans were given a final perk free of charge: fireworks.Red, blue and gold illuminated the sky. Different sizes of burst and volume echoed through Tater Town. A common conclusion to a night at the ballpark. The fireworks could’ve been on any Saturday night — there were no salt potatoes.Photos by Staff Photographer Josh Shub-Seltzer Comments
Principal Gillies was thrilled with the Games, saying: “It was terrific welcoming so many pupils, parents and staff to our FOBISIA Games this year. The atmosphere on campus was electric and all teams competed with enthusiasm, pride and sportsmanship. The facilities at Regents ideally lend themselves to catering for big numbers and this is the third Games we have hosted this year.”Gold for Regents in the U11B Teeball.The months of training paid off for Regents Pattaya athletes who secured the following medals:Swimming – 27 gold, 19 silver, 16 bronzeAthletics – 19 gold, 10 silver, 13 bronzeTeeball – gold in the U11B, silver in the U10B, bronze in the U11A, with the U10B coming in 4th placeFootball – silver in the U10 Girls, U10 Boys and U11 Girls, and bronze in the U11 Boys.For further information on sporting activities at Regents Pattaya international school, visit website: www.regents-pattaya.co.th.Swimming silver for the Regents relay team.Preparation is a crucial part of launching the shot.Regents U10 Boys secured silver in the football tournament.Uplands take on Intl. School Brunei on the football field.A trio of aspiring athletes pose for a photo during the track and field section of the Games.On your marks…Ready to hit another Teeball homer. Regents International School Pattaya hosted a hugely successful 2017 Primary FOBISIA Games over three days last week, from May 19-21. The Games attracted Year 5 and 6 athletes from the International School Brunei, North London Collegiate Jeju, Harrow International School Beijing, the International School Penang Uplands Malaysia and St Andrews Bangkok.Crown Prince of Brunei, Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah (left) is greeted Regent’s Acting Principal, Grant Gillies.The Games kicked off at Regents on Friday with swimming and athletics. On Saturday, the venue for the Teeball competition switched to the Thai Polo Club as Regents grounds were being used for its IB Graduation. The action switched back to Regents on Sunday for the football tournament.All athletes had spent some months training for the Games, which are considered one of the highlights on the FOBISIA (Federation of British Schools in Asia) sporting calendar, and the event was superbly organised by the Regents PE Department.Very special guests at the event were members of the Brunei Royal Family who had come along to support their eldest son who was competing as part of the International School Brunei squad. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haji Al – Muhtadee Billah and his wife, Sarah, Crown Princess of Brunei, were welcomed to Regents by Acting Principal, Grant Gillies.