California Project Reflects a Trend Toward Oil Industry Investment in Solar

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Washington Post:The Belridge oil field near Bakersfield, Calif., is one of the largest in the country. It has been producing oil for more than a century and last year produced about 76,000 barrels a day, according to Aera Energy, its operator.But the oil field is about to become even more remarkable. Its future production operations will be partly powered by a massive solar energy project that will make the oil extraction process more environmentally friendly, according to Aera and GlassPoint Solar, the firm that will create the solar project.The Belridge field was discovered in 1911. Oil from the field flowed out of the ground because of natural pressure in the geologic reservoirs. Later, as the pressure declined, many companies said the field was exhausted. But in the 1960s, a process known as enhanced oil recovery gave the field new life. But squeezing more crude oil from the Belridge requires large amounts of steam to help loosen up the heavy crude, which in turn requires energy.Aera has traditionally used natural gas to heat up water to create steam. But Aera and GlassPoint will now use a large, 850-megawatt solar thermal array to evaporate the water that’s pumped into the ground to liberate more oil. The companies say this will offset 4.87 billion cubic feet of natural gas per year and avoid the emission of 376,000 tons of carbon. The water used emerges from the process of oil extraction itself and will be recycled and pumped back into the ground.The project was made possible by the recent extension of California’s cap-and-trade system for carbon-dioxide emissions until 2030, said Christina Sistrunk, chief executive of Aera Energy, a company jointly owned by Shell and ExxonMobil. “We need some level of what I would call regulatory and legislative stability to be able to fund projects that really need a couple of decades worth of certainty to be economic,” said Sistrunk. “The extension of that program really underpinned our ability to make this long-term commitment.”The solar thermal array will capture the sun’s energy using curving mirrors that are enclosed in a greenhouse and then use that energy to heat water. In addition, there will be a smaller, 26.5-megawatt solar photovoltaic installation to help power oil field operations. The project should start operations by 2020, the participating companies said.This is the second such megascale solar-oil project for GlassPoint, which is building the massive, 1-gigawatt Miraah project in Oman (a gigawatt refers to the capacity to instantaneously generate 1 billion watts of energy; a megawatt refers to the capacity to generate 1 million watts). The company said that the Belridge project will be the largest solar project in California.The combination of massive solar and massive oil is not the kind of thing we tend to think of when it comes to the expansion of renewables around the globe, which has generally been led by wind and solar installations. But joint projects of various types between major oil producers and renewable energy players are growing, too. The Norwegian oil giant Statoil has announced plans to build solar arrays in Brazil with a clean energy industry partner, and Shell is exploring a possible large solar project in Australia. Statoil, meanwhile, has also made a major push into offshore wind energy.What’s different about the Belridge project is the use of renewables, which don’t emit greenhouse gases, to produce more fuel that will emit those gases. That could leave environmentalists feeling rather ambiguous. But this, too, has parallels — a recent major carbon capture and storage project in Texas will capture most of the CO2 emitted by a major coal facility, but then pipe the gas in a liquid form to an oil field where it will, once again, be used in enhanced oil recovery.What these examples perhaps show most of all is that as renewable energy becomes more and more a part of our lives, it will also become increasingly integrated into more traditional energy systems.More: One of the country’s biggest oil fields just turned to an unexpected power source: Solar California Project Reflects a Trend Toward Oil Industry Investment in Solarlast_img read more

US lawmakers accuse Big Tech of crushing rivals to boost profits

first_imgThe Big Tech hearing triggered scorn from viewers over its own tech issues. Bezos escaped questioning for about an hour in what may have been a tech issue and was caught on screen reaching for what appeared to be a snack.Poor audio, flat-screen televisions switching off, and chief executives appearing together as thumbnails on a large screen led to mockery of the virtual set-up on Twitter.Lawmakers descended into shouting at each other at points, with a pandemic twist. One yelled: “Put your mask on!”Theft, copying, content moderationCicilline set the tone for the hearing when he began by accusing Google of theft. “Why does Google steal content from honest businesses?” he asked. He alleged Google stole reviews from Yelp Inc and threatened to delist Yelp from search results if it objected.Pichai responded mildly that he would want to know the specifics of the accusation. “We conduct ourselves to the highest standards,” he added, disagreeing with the characterization.Facebook’s Zuckerberg took a series of questions about the company’s purchase of Instagram in 2012 and whether it was acquired because it was a threat, as he dubbed it in an email obtained by the committee.Zuckerberg responded that Instagram at the time was a tiny photo-sharing app rather than a social-media phenomenon.In one of the more notable exchanges, Representative Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat, pushed Zuckerberg on whether Facebook had ever copied its competitors. “We’ve certainly adapted features that others have led in,” he said.“How many companies did Facebook end up copying?” she asked. “Is it less than five? Less than 50?”“Congresswoman, I don’t know,” Zuckerberg said.Jayapal pressed Amazon’s Bezos on whether the company used data from third-party sellers in making sales decisions. An Amazon executive previously had denied the practice under oath and was contradicted by a news report.Bezos answered cautiously that the company had a policy against such actions. “If we found that somebody violated it, we would take action against them,” he said.On the Republican side, Representative Jim Jordan accused the companies of hampering conservatives from reaching their supporters. Jordan pressed Pichai on whether Google would help former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, win in November.“We support both campaigns. We approach our work in a nonpartisan fashion,” Pichai responded.Representative Matt Gaetz asked Facebook’s Zuckerberg whether content moderators disadvantaged conservative content. Zuckerberg said they were trained to be neutral.”Street fight”Apple’s Cook rejected the notion there is nothing to stop his company from raising the commissions it charges in the App Store.“I disagree strongly with that,” he said. “The competition for developers – they can write their apps for Android or Windows or Xbox or PlayStation. We have fierce competition at the developer side and the customer side, which is essentially so competitive I would describe it as a street fight.”A detailed report with antitrust allegations against the four tech platforms and recommendations on how to tame their market power could be released by late summer or early fall by the committee, senior committee aides said.Topics : Facebook Inc’s Mark Zuckerberg, Inc’s Jeff Bezos, Google owner Alphabet Inc’s Sundar Pichai and Apple Inc’s Tim Cook – whose companies have a combined market value of about US$5 trillion – parried a range of accusations that they crippled smaller rivals in their quest for market share.The videoconference hearing was the first time the four CEOs have appeared together before lawmakers.Though it was Bezos’ first congressional testimony, he appeared the least fazed. Cook drew fewer barbed questions than Bezos and handled them efficiently. Zuckerberg suffered the most damage, stumbling at times when confronted with internal emails.Pichai, CEO of both Alphabet and Google, took the most heat from conservatives on the panel and looked the worse for it, as he repeatedly told lawmakers he would be happy to look into various situations and get back to them. Google and Facebook took particularly sharp jabs for alleged abuse of their market power from Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday in a much-anticipated congressional hearing that put four of America’s most prominent tech CEOs in the hot seat.The chairman of the US House of Representatives antitrust panel holding the hearing said afterwards that the four CEOs had acknowledged concerning behavior.“What we heard from witnesses at the hearing confirmed the evidence that we have collected over the last year,” Representative David Cicilline, a Democrat, told Reuters.last_img read more

Soak up the sea views from this beachfront family home

first_imgThe inground pool has proved perfect for family gatherings.The master bedroom has a walk-in robe, ensuite and balcony access. Three additional bedrooms, a study and family bathroom are also on this main level. A private bedroom is on the top floor while a store room and huge deck are on the bottom level. The property has an inground swimming pool and double lockup garage at front of the block.The home is being marketed by Lynne Burns and Jock Burns from Redcliffe Realty for $3.2 million. The front balcony looks out over Queens Beach.The younger Mr Cassimatis said the house on Queens Beach was the only one he remembered living in as a child.“Every memory I have of my family growing up is in that house,” he said. “Within our family it was the go-to place for Christmas and there was always plenty of room for all us sitting on the balcony or in the entertainment area or in the pool.“As a kid the greatest thing about that house was the prime location. Any time I wasn’t at school I was fishing at the front. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“And we used to go and buy fresh fish straight from the professional fisherman who would drag the beach for mullet.” The home at 132 Prince Edward Parade, Scarborough sits on Queens Beach.THIS beachfront Scarborough property was built to be a family home. James and Barbara Cassimatis built the three-storey western cedar house on the 1131sq m block at 132 Prince Edward Pde in 1989. They raised their three children, Nick, Gina and Angie, in the home and filled the rooms with laughter and memories. center_img The kitchen was built with a big family in mind.Mr Cassimatis said his sisters moved to opposite ends of the country, one in Melbourne and one in Darwin, but they looked forward to coming home. “We all love that house,” he said. The home has cathedral ceilings, parquetry flooring and stunning ocean views. A big timber kitchen is between two open-plan living areas and sliding doors open to the timber deck, which overlooks the beach. last_img read more

Buyer bags a bargain in Brisbane’s most expensive suburb

first_imgIt has a wide side access for cars, a caravan, or even a boat, and the house could be lifted to add more space.Inside there are VJ walls and polished timber floors and a recently-renovated kitchen with large feature windows. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), 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 Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59IT is located in the coveted postcode of 4007, but this house in Brisbane’s most prestigious suburb has sold for less than half the median house sales price. The three bedroom Queenslander at 34 Mordant Street in Ascot sold for $720,000 on February 1 — that’s $880,000 less than the Ascot median house sales price of $1.6 million.Marketed as the “best value for money in Ascot”, the house sits on a 660sq m block within easy walking distance of the Doomben Racecourse, Doomben train station and is located in the Hamilton State School catchment. BARRRRRRGAIN!It was sold by LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills agents Karl Gillespie and Kosma Comino.Mr Gillespie said the property had been bought by a Korean man who paid cash.“It was actually bought by a guy I know from Sunnybank Hills who paid cash for it as an investment,” he said.“I felt it should have gone for somewhere in the eights ($800,000-plus) … it went to auction but no one bid.”Mr Gillespie said he felt many of those looking in the Ascot area had been “picky” and did not want to “do any work”.“I think a lot of people had the mindset that they would have to spend money on it and if they were going to have to do that, they might as well spend that money elsewhere and get something they didn’t have to do any work to,” he said. Also on this floor are three bedrooms and a renovated, family bathroom.By comparison, the most expensive house sold in Ascot was at 27 Sutherland Avenue.The former Hamptons-style home of Domino’s Pizza boss Don Meij sold off-market for $11 million in January last year. It sold for $720,000 — $880,000 less than the Ascot median house sales priceProperty records show the previous owner had bought the house for $380,000 in 2005, and Mr Gillespie said the new owner planned to raise the house and possibly put two duplexes on the block.As it stands, the house is a classic Queenslander and has plenty of character features.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago The dining area and living room complete this open space, which opens on to a covered entertaining deck. This house at 27 Sutherland Avenue in Ascot sold for more than 15 times the amount paid for the Mordant St house. Set on a sprawling 2024sq m, the house has six bedrooms, all with marble ensuites. However, Mordant St has been fairly tightly held, with many ageing residents now downsizing. The sale of 34 Mordant St sets a new price record for the street. Nearby, a house on Onslow St sold for $645,000, and another on Hopetoun St sold for $770,000, both last year. While properties on Mordant St border the industrial end of Eagle Farm, Mr Gillespie said there was “plenty of potential”.last_img read more

REIQ to launch world-first technology that will make renting easier

first_imgThey used a similar online system for maintenance requests, which Mr Henderson said worked really well.“We’ve found that’s really reduced the number of phone calls coming into the office so that saves a lot of time, it also creates a written record,” he said.“It reduces the amount of possible errors that can be made as well.”The REIQ has partnered with Queensland technology firm Igloo to create the product.“As a start-up, we knew that our world-leading technology could vastly improve the way that people are connected with property but we needed an established partner to take it to market,” Igloo founder and chief executive Jeremy Hastings said.“The REIQ not only had the most widely used forms product in the state, it was also open to challenging the status quo — an essential element for working with us to drive value back into the tenancy process.”The system will also create a real-time view of the state’s rental market. John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach director Luke Henderson welcomed the technology.“If they can use the electronic signature to sign a lease, it would save time for both agent and tenant,” he said. Renting in Queensland is about to get a whole lot easier.RENTING is about to get easier with Queensland tenants the first to try new technology that will streamline the process of signing a lease and maintaining a property.The Real Estate Institute of Queensland will deliver the world’s first fully digitised residential tenancy agreements by the end of the year.The proptech innovation has the potential to transform the way rental properties are transacted and managed across the country and around the globe.REIQ general manager Josh Callaghan said it had been designed to make renting easier for both tenants and property managers.“At its simplest, a smart contract is a digital contract that can live beyond its initial execution by facilitating transactions and giving all parties a central record of what has happened during the tenancy,” he said.“This solution has been designed to reduce the manual handling of contracts from the property manager side while streamlining the process for tenants and giving both parties much better visibility over the agreement.” The technology is designed to streamline everything.He said it meant younger tenants who were used to paying for food and transport at the touch of a button could do the same with a rental property.“We’re in a world where that’s the norm,” he said.“By executing as a smart contract, we’re also able to build out the functionality to handle payments of bond and rent plus facilitate other activities related to the property such as routine inspections and maintenance.” MORE NEWS: Own the house used in Chris Lilley’s Netflix series More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:13Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:13 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), 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 Rate1xFullscreenGet Rental Ready!01:14 MORE NEWS: Negotiations continue for castle and property guru’s houselast_img read more

Europa League: How Man Utd could line-up against LASK

first_img The pair have been knocking on the door of the first-team all season. Now, with a more-than comfortable five-goal cushion to rest on, Solskjaer could stick speedy center-back Mengi into the starting XI. Man Utd have been crying out for a new, long-term partner for captain Harry Maguire all season. And Mengi, 18, could be given the chance to show the boss just what he can do. Meanwhile, Galbraith, 19, is set to be given the chance to start in the heart of midfield. The Northern Irish ace may be played alongside Scott McTominay in a young, energetic deep tandem. Loading… Brandon Williams – fresh from signing a new four-year contract – is certain to start at left-back with Luke Shaw injured. And Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Maguire should start in defence to complement the youngsters, along with cup stopper Sergio Romero. Further up, Mason Greenwood is likely to be given the chance to play as the sole striker, despite shining out wide alongside Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial post-lockdown. Tahith Chong and Daniel James could start on the flanks supporting him, with Bruno Fernandes set to continue in his No10 role in the midst of a red-hot run of form. However, Solskjaer could opt for experience in a bid to ensure their quarter-final place is safe. But if the Norwegian decides to go all-out on the youngster front, it could mean starts for the likes of goalkeeper Nathan Bishop, 20, and defender Ethan Laird, 19, and 20-year-old center-mid James Garner. Solskjaer has challenged his squad – whose late run secured third place in the Premier League and a Champions League spot for next term – to win the Europa League and use it as a stepping stone to future glory. read also:Klopp, Solskjaer made last-minute attempt to sign Osimhen He roared: “This team has developed through the season. “We were delighted to finish third in the Premier League and the next step is to get your hands on a trophy. “We have been to two semi-finals this season in the EFL Cup and FA Cup now we want to go one step further and win something. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United are set to unleash the kids as they take on LASK on Wednesday night. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Co take on the Austrian minnows in the second-leg of their Europa League last-16 tie leading 5-0 from the away leg. Now back at Old Trafford, the United boss could give the likes of Teden Mengi and Ethan Galbraith a run-out. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Fascinating Facts About Coffeelast_img read more

Decatur County 2020 Primary Election Information

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DeSantis: Coronavirus Testing Site Coming to Southern Palm Beach County

first_imgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis is promosing another coronavirus testing site in southern Palm Beach County. And the Governor expects rapid testing to come to Florida ‘probably within the next week’“Now we’re surging supplies for the testing site in Hialeah and we’re surging supplies for a testing site in south Miami-Dade (County), so those are going to be coming online very soon,” DeSantis said during a news conference in Tallahassee. “We’re also going to be pushing down supplies and assisting with an additional testing site in southern Palm Beach County.”DeSantis didn’t say when the testing site would be operational, but the governor said he’s “looking forward to doing that.”Palm Beach County’s only current testing site opened Tuesday at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach. County officials said 255 people were tested Tuesday, with another 435 scheduled to be tested Wednesday.The announcement comes a day after DeSantis announced a “safer-at-home” order for Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. But several members of Congress representing Florida are urging DeSantis to issue a statewide shutdown.DeSantis said the number of tests administered daily throughout the state “has gone up dramatically.”last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgF1-HAMILTON-DIVERSITYF1 star Hamilton to set up commission to increase diversityLONDON (AP) — Six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton plans to set up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.The Mercedes driver said the aim of the Hamilton Commission would be to make the sport “become as diverse as the complex and multicultural world we live in.”Hamilton is the only Black world champion in F1. He has spoken widely about racism since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. BRITAIN-SUPERBIKERIDER DIESBritish superbike rider dies after crash at English trackDERBY, England (AP) — A British superbike rider has died after being involved in a collision with another bike at an event on the Donington Park track in central England Sunday.Organizers of the No Limits Trackday event say Ben Godfrey died from the injuries he suffered from falling from his bike. Godfrey was 25 and raced in the British Superbike Championship.The No Limits Trackdays director described Godfrey as “a fantastic young man” and said he was “friends with so many people in the paddock, he was always smiling and had time for everyone.” TRIPLE CROWN-WHAT’S NEXTBelmont winner Tiz the Law eyes ambitious summer scheduleUNDATED (AP) — Having secured a victory in the Belmont Stakes, Tiz the Law now faces an 11-week wait until the Kentucky Derby in a reconfigured Triple Crown series. In between, the bay colt who became the first New York-bred to win the Belmont since 1882 is being pointed toward the Travers on Aug. 8 in upstate New York, which is his home turf.Tiz the Law has five wins in six career starts by an average of 19 1/4 lengths. His only loss came at Churchill Downs last year, and he’ll get a chance to avenge it over the same track in the Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5.SANTA ANITA-FATALITIES June 21, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-TALLADEGAWeather delays NASCAR race at TalladegaTALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Thunderstorms Sunday forced NASCAR to postpone the Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway that was to mark the return of more fans to the track. The race, which was pushed back to 2 p.m. CDT on Monday, is the first amid the coronavirus pandemic in which NASCAR opened the gates for up to 5,000 fans. The event was stopped several times for more than three hours of total delays.The race is the ninth for the elite Cup Series since the May 17 resumption, and restrictions are gradually being lifted.It was hardly an ordinary race day at Talladega Superspeedway, even before the lousy weather. The normal hordes of partying fans were nowhere to be seen.The Confederate flags were harder to find, too — except for a plane circling above the track with the message “Defund NASCAR” trailing behind the flag. It was a double whammy of change for the Cup series race.The Confederate flags that once flew openly around the infield and stands are now banned. NASCAR hasn’t disclosed how it will handle fans flying flags.  Associated Press Dimitrov is ranked No. 19 and a three-time Grand Slam semifinalist. He is the highest-profile current player to say he has the virus. His announcement on his Instagram page comes at the end of a week when the U.S. Open said it would go forward. The professional tennis tours have been suspended since March and are planning to resume in August.In other sports affected by the coronavirus pandemic:— There’s been a setback in the Russian soccer league’s restart this weekend. Dynamo Moscow postponed its game Sunday after three of its players tested positive for the coronavirus. It’s the second game to be disrupted by the coronavirus since the Russian league restarted Friday after a three-month pause.— Newcastle beat 10-man Sheffield United 3-0 in the Premier League to virtually guarantee its top-flight status for another year and make the club an even more attractive option for its controversial potential buyers. The win at an empty St. James’ Park lifted Newcastle to 38 points and 11 clear of the relegation zone. The future of Newcastle has been one of the big talking points during soccer’s three-month shutdown. League officials are deciding whether to approve a takeover of the northeast club by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign fund. Elsewhere in the Premier League, Chelsea rallied to beat Aston Villa 2-1. Chelsea strengthened its hold on fourth place and is five points clear of fifth-place Manchester United.— Two-time major champion So Yeon Ryu (soh yahn yoo) closed with an even-par 72 to win the Korea Women’s Open in her first tournament in four months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryu won for the first time since the Japan Women’s Open in 2018, and it was her first victory on the Korea LPGA since 2015. Upon winning, Ryu offered her entire prize money of just over $200,000 for coronavirus relief funds. Writing in British newspaper The Sunday Times, Hamilton said it would be a research partnership dedicated to exploring how motorsport can be used as a vehicle to “engage more young people from Black backgrounds with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and, ultimately, employ them on our teams or in other engineering sectors.”VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSDynamo Moscow reports coronavirus cases, game postponedUNDATED (AP) — Tennis player Grigor Dimitrov (GREE’-gohr DIH’-mih-trahv) says he has tested positive for COVID-19.His announcement led to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) was scheduled to play Sunday. Horse injured, euthanized after race at Santa AnitaARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A horse injured after crossing the finish line of a race at Santa Anita has been euthanized, making it the 15th fatality at the track since late December.Strictly Biz, a 4-year-old colt, fractured his right knee while galloping past the finish of the sixth race Saturday. The attending veterinarian determined it was an unrecoverable injury.Ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., Strictly Biz finished sixth among eight horses in the $51,000 race on the turf. Trained by Brian Koriner and owned by Jay Em Ess Stable, the colt had one win in four career starts and earnings of $29,000, according to Equibase.The California track’s spring-summer meet ends Sunday. Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

Team demands action if Gayle fails to show up for BPL T20 league

first_imgDhaka (AFP) – Bangladesh Twenty20 team Chattogram Challengers Thursday called for action against West Indies star Chris Gayle if he fails to show for an upcoming tournament, after he said he was taking a break from cricket.Gayle was picked by the Challengers to play in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) from December 11.But he said after departing South Africa’s Mzansi Super League on Monday — following a pitiful campaign for Jozi Stars — that he was surprised his name had been included in the squad, adding that he planned to “take a break” from the sport.“I am not going to the Big Bash (Australia’s T20 league). I’m not sure what cricket will come up, I don’t even know how my name reached the BPL, but I have been drafted in a team and I don’t even know how that happened,” he told ESPNcricinfo.Challengers team director Jalal Yunus said his team had held negotiations with Gayle’s agent after the former West Indies captain was picked.“His agent confirmed Chris was aware about it,” Yunus said.“Now if he does not come, we will seek a player outside the draft. But I feel (Bangladesh Cricket Board) BCB should take action in such cases to keep discipline.”He added that the team had not heard from Gayle for several days ahead of his comments on Monday.Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury told reporters Wednesday they checked the drafting process and found no fault with Gayle’s inclusion.“We maintain all the standard procedures when any national cricketer’s name came for the players’ draft,” Nizamuddin said.“Either a player or his agent can show his interest and put the name in the list.“I have checked the process and everything was done according to a standard process.”Gayle played in several editions of the BPL and is the tournament’s highest run scorer among foreign players with 1,338 runs.He also has the highest number of sixes, at 120, double the second-highest by Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal.last_img read more