ACC to relocate neutral site championships from North Carolina, keep campus site events

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories NCAA to relocate championships from North Carolina in 2016-17 because of House Bill 2 The Atlantic Coast Conference is relocating all eight of its neutral site championships that were going to be held in North Carolina in 2016-17, including the football championship game, the conference announced Wednesday. It will keep all the championship events held on ACC campuses, though.The new locations will be announced at a later date.“As members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination,” the conference council of presidents said in a statement. “Every one of our 15 universities is strongly committed to these values and therefore, we will continue to host ACC Championships at campus sites. We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values.”The move comes two days after the NCAA announced it will relocate its seven championship events from North Carolina because of House Bill 2, which most notably forces everyone to use the bathroom of the sex listed on their birth certificate and prevents transgender people from using the bathrooms of their associated gender.“Today’s decision is one of principle, and while this decision is the right one, we recognize there will be individuals and communities that are supportive of our values as well as our championship sites that will be negatively affected,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said. “Hopefully, there will be opportunities beyond 2016-17 for North Carolina neutral sites to be awarded championships.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse University’s chancellor Kent Syverud and director of athletics John Wildhack both expressed their support of the conference’s decision in statements.“Syracuse University is committed to the core values of diversity, inclusion and respect,” Syverud said. “The University studied this issue and supports the decision of the ACC.”“Diversity and inclusion are hallmarks at Syracuse University and within Syracuse Athletics,” Wildhack said. “We support the decision by the ACC presidents.”Below is the list of ACC championships that will be moved:Women’s SoccerFootballMen’s and Women’s Swimming and DivingWomen’s BasketballMen’s and Women’s TennisWomen’s GolfMen’s GolfBaseball Published on September 14, 2016 at 1:34 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettuslast_img read more

Svenska Spel appoints Scarlett Roa as sustainability lead for revamped Swedish gambling market

first_img Swedish state-owned gambling operator Svenska Spel has confirmed the appointment of Scarlett Roa as new Sustainability Manager.Roa joins Svenska Spel’s management from Stockholm communication and brand management agency Authority AB, where she served as Deputy Operations Officer.A seasoned executive in corporate communications and stakeholder management, Roa will lead Svenska Spel’s sustainability and responsible gambling initiatives and planning.Furthermore, Roa will be a key corporate stakeholder for Svenska Spel’s social enterprises, maintaining relationships with wider Swedish stakeholders.Roa succeeds former sustainability incumbent Zenita Strandänger and will report directly to Svenska Spel Communications Director Joakim Mörnefält.“I am extremely pleased that Scarlett is joining Svenska Spel,” Mörnefält said of Roa’s appointment.“She has a lot to contribute and joins with broad experience and a background that will strengthen our already-unrivalled position in the fields of responsible gaming and sustainability.”Commenting on her new role, Roa stated “We have an exciting time ahead of us with new gaming legislation coming into force at the turn of the year, which will place higher demands on all companies in the market,””I look forward to working with the employees at Svenska Spel to continue to develop the group’s responsible gaming work and to lead the way in sustainability, including business ethics and anti-corruption issues, as well as gender equality and diversity.” Submit Share Related Articles Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020 Share StumbleUpon LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020last_img read more

President Trump Fact-Checks FOX News’ Chris Wallace

first_imgPresident Trump sat down with Fox News’ Chris Wallace and challenged him on everything, including the fact he is losing in the polls. Trump says, “I’m not losing.”The President said he is optimistic about his prospects of reelection in November despite the recent polls that show Biden with a commanding lead.When Wallace mentioned a Fox News poll showing the president trailing Biden by eight points, Trump dismissed it as irrelevant. “I’m not losing, because those are fake polls.They were fake in 2016 and now they’re even more fake,” Trump said. “I have other polls that put me leading, and we have polls where I’m leading. I have a poll where we’re leading in every swing state.”Trump not going to loseTrump challenged Wallace to interview Joe Biden, who he says his “shot mentally.”Biden mommy mommyChris Wallace also falsely claimed that the U.S. has one of the highest mortality rates…Trump challenged him.{mortality rate}Trump also made the astounding claim that in two weeks’ time, he will sign a new healthcare plan.last_img read more

Thurston County Traffic: Marvin Road in Lacey Reduced to One Lane…

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyMarvin Road NE, from Hawks Prairie Road NE to 40th Court NE, will be reduced to a single lane, at times, from October 10–31. The lane closures will occur while workers install sidewalks, curbs and gutters, planter strips, and street lighting as part of the Northpoint Development project. The work will take place between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.During working hours, motorists can expect minor traffic disruptions and alternative routes are advised.last_img read more

Rebels squeak out win in Game one of KIJHL Final

first_imgIn the second the Knights kept on coming, out shooting the Rebels 16-4 but it was Travis Wellman scoring his seventh of the playoffs evening the game at 1-1 with a goal late in the frame.The goal inspired the home side, which came on flying in the third.Not only did the Rebels own most of the play with a 11-5 shot advantage, but the home team got the winner by Diego Bartlett early in the final period.Jordan Gluck backstopped the Rebels the rest of the way to secure the win.North Okanagan out shot the Rebels 28-23 in the game.ICE CHIPS: The game attracted only 446 fans to the Castlegar Arena Complex for the league final. . . . The KIJHL used the NHL style two-referee system for the contest with Mike Paige and T. Hawthorne calling the game. . . .Castlegar last played a week ago in Golden while the Knights had to go seven games before ousting Osoyoos Coyotes Sunday in Armstrong. The Castlegar Rebels shook off a little rust to steal a 2-1 victory over the North Okanagan Knights in Game one of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Final Tuesday night in the Sunflower City.Game two of the best-of-seven series goes Wednesday back in Castlegar before the series shifts to Armstrong for Games three and four, Friday and Saturday.Despite being well rested after putting away the Golden Rockets six days ago, it was the visiting Knights scoring first on the power play when Mac Ferner beat Jordan Gluck shortside to open the scoring.last_img read more


first_imgMartin Pedroza1041310713%29%$362,425 ESPINOZA BACK IN ONE PIECE FROM DUBAIVictor Espinoza was back on the beat at Clockers’ Corner Thursday morning, disappearing Claude Rains-like into the crowd, no fanfare, no entourage, no ceremonial welcome, even though it’s just under a week since he guided iconic California-bred California Chrome to a 3 ¾-length victory in the $10 million Dubai World Cup despite sashaying solo seesaw-like after his saddle slipped when the gates opened in the mile-and-a-quarter race.This afternoon, it’s business as usual for the 43-year-old Espinoza, with two mounts on the card, 4-1 morning line chance Lynne’s Legacy for Jim Cassidy in the second race and another 4-1 shot, El Huerfano for Peter Miller in the fourth. Total purse money for the two races is $116,000, tip money compared to the $600,000 Espinoza earned for his Evel Knievel-type episode aboard California Chrome. Some of that $600,000 will be donated to Espinoza’s favorite charity, City of Hope.Friday night, Espinoza throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium when Team Blue hosts the Angels in the second of their Freeway Series, with game time at 7:05 p.m.Otherwise, Espinoza, winner of this year’s Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, is flying under the publicity radar which can reach madcap proportions if not harnessed, although Espinoza always seems to have it under control.“California Chrome was doing great before the race,” recounted Espinoza, who left Dubai Tuesday night after seeing the sights and spending a day at the beach relaxing with friends.“For three straight mornings before the race, I walked him from the barn area to the track which is like two-and-a-half miles each way, so I was right next to him. He looked outstanding. He was ready to go.“But regardless of that, once the race starts, you never know what’s going to happen, right? I felt my best chance from the 11 post was to send right out of the gate and get a position, but the very first jump, the saddle started slipping. It happened right out of the gate. That was the scariest thing for me.“I didn’t know how far I could go. You never know if you can make it all the away around. But I got a position and it was perfect, right where I wanted to be. Then at the five-eighths pole, I felt like my body started to go backwards.“I realized I still had a long way to go and a lot of things were running through my head, all in a split second. I squeezed my knees against the saddle to the back of the horse because I didn’t want the saddle to go back further. I was trying to keep it where it was.“I could have waited a little bit longer, but turning for home and with the saddle so far back, I decided to open it up, thinking if I could open up three or four lengths and see the wire, if something did go wrong, I’d have a chance to correct things and still win.“I was lucky enough to stay on, maintain good balance, and cross the wire in one piece.” Mike Puype85913611%33%$422,485 Gary Stevens6412111019%52%$1,595,898 “He’s been working all right,” Ron McAnally said of the Argentine-bred horse, winner of four of his nine races in his native country. “We didn’t have any other place to run him.“Normally I’d run him in an allowance race, but we’d have to wait a month if we don’t run Saturday, and even in a month, who’s to say the race will fill? Those three-other-than races are hard to fill. It has to be a race where a horse hasn’t won in a year or something.“We’ll see what he looks like. You never know until you run them.”All four of Il Fornaio’s wins have come at San Isidro in Buenos Aires, two at seven furlongs on turf and one at a mile.Il Fornaio, who worked three furlongs Thursday morning in 36 seconds flat, is named for the Il Fornaio Restaurant in Del Mar, according to Racing Manager Fernando Fantini.The San Simeon, race seven of 11: Cape Wolfe, Flavien Prat, 5-1; Mr. Sexy, Agapito Delgadillo, 20-1; Producer, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; No Silent, Gary Stevens, 7-2; Hay Dude, Tyler Baze, 3-1; Il Fornaio, Joe Talamo, 15-1; Guns Loaded, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Outside Nashville, Martin Garcia, 6-1; and Aotearoa, Brice Blanc, 12-1. LUCRATIVE TURF FESTIVAL AT GOLDEN GATEGolden Gate Fields will offer increased purses, free shipping to and from Santa Anita and guaranteed Late Pick 4 pools during its inaugural three-week Turf Festival.Golden Gate Fields will be the only track in California with turf racing from April 14 through May 1. During that time an extra $125,000 will allocated to turf races.Free shipping from Santa Anita to Golden Gate Fields will be provided during the Turf Festival. Bob Hubbard Horse Transportation, Inc. will have two vans going north and two vans going south every week during the event.“The Golden Gate Fields Turf Festival will benefit horsemen throughout California by bolstering purses in the North and giving Southern California horsemen a place to run their grass horses,” said Joe Morris, Senior Vice President of West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group.“It’s our goal to offer competitive turf racing with big fields, which should be attractive to horseplayers. We hope to generate a strong response from Northern California and Southern California horsemen throughout the Turf Festival.”There will be three grass stakes during the Turf Festival. The Grade III, $100,000 San Francisco Mile for three-year-olds and up will be conducted Saturday, April 30. The final day of the Turf Festival will feature a pair of one-mile stakes for three-year-old California-breds nominated to the Golden State Series: the $100,000 Campanile for fillies and the $100,000 Silky Sullivan.In addition, Golden Gate Fields will offer two maiden special weight and two allowance races for California-breds the final weekend of the turf festival. The maiden special weights will be worth $35,000 on April 30. The allowances will be worth $41,000 and will be held May 1. The owners of the maiden special weight winners will receive a $10,000 bonus.Golden Gate Fields on weekends will guarantee the Late Pick 4 pool at $75,000 during the Turf Festival. The guarantee will be increased to $100,000 on San Francisco Mile Day. Vladimir Cerin4796719%47%$353,424 Fernando Perez17719202311%35%$963,707 TOC NAMES 2015’S LEADING OWNERSThe Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) has announced the winners of its 2015 statistical awards for leading California owners. Reddam Racing LLC was leading owner in purse money won in California as well as leading owner by number of wins.Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman led all owners with California stakes wins and Kings River Ranch was leading owner by number of California starts. David and Mark Greco, Patrick Grohl and Brent Malmstrom were selected as Rookies of the Year.Reddam Racing runners earned $2,922,316 in California last year, with 49 wins from 251 starts. Top earners were Nyquist, winner of the Del Mar Futurity, the FrontRunner and the Best Pal Stakes; Mrazek, winner of the Graduation Stakes; and Found Money, winner of the King Glorious and Santa Anita Juvenile Stakes.The partnership of Watson, Pegram and Weitman won 10 stakes in California last year. Their leading earners were Hoppertunity, winner of the San Antonio Stakes, Pretty N Cool, winner of the Sorrento Stakes, and multiple stakes winners Gimme Da Lute and Toews On Ice.Kings River Ranch runners made a remarkable 296 starts in California last year for earnings of $892,153. Their top runners included Bench Ruling, Del Mar Ann, Dive Down, Prevaricator, Play Hard to Get, Odin, Not Too Shiny and Good Stats.David and Mark Greco made nine starts resulting in one win and $29,671 in earnings with Miz Strawberry Dee. The two brothers share a passion for taking care of racehorses when they retire from the track. Patrick Grohl also focuses on racehorse aftercare as owner of a horse farm and rehabilitation facility. His horse Distinctive Run made three starts in 2015 for $2,305 in earnings.-more-3/3/3/3 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Rafael Bejarano28565583023%54%$3,091,781 Richard Baltas11719201416%45%$1,266,159 Flavien Prat24440454016%51%$2,594,116 Edwin Maldonado18540171922%41%$1,276,190 Santiago Gonzalez26947343317%42%$1,898,601 Mike Smith961191811%40%$1,649,530 George Papaprodromou5295617%38%$292,010 David Lopez16924142114%35%$744,486 Martin Garcia12920141416%37%$1,156,621 Peter Miller12714132011%37%$636,360 Victor Espinoza871110813%33%$848,350 (Current Through Sunday, March 27) Mario Gutierrez17420312311%43%$1,246,549 John Sadler841310915%38%$835,554 Kent Desormeaux12820252316%53%$1,641,234 Bob Baffert10221171721%54%$1,586,885 Drayden Van Dyke16717172610%36%$1,047,457 Steven Miyadi7013131019%51%$398,837 Mark Glatt981012910%32%$496,805 -30- Tyler Baze26626413810%39%$1,435,546 FINISH LINES: Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin, working for the Oaklawn Handicap on April 16, went six furlongs in company under Joe Talamo Thursday in 1:13.60 for trainer David Hofmans. Stablemate Village Kitten was timed in 1:14.60 . . . Rebel Stakes winner Cupid, prepping for the April 16 Arkansas Derby, caught the eye of clockers, working four furlongs in 50 seconds flat for Bob Baffert with Martin Garcia aboard. Agent Tony Matos has Garcia booked to ride Enchanting Lady for Baffert in the Madison at Keeneland April 9 and 13 ½-length allowance winner Donegal Moon for Todd Pletcher in the Blue Grass the same day . . . Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. has San Felipe winner Danzing Candy set to work Saturday morning under Mike Smith for the Santa Anita Derby on April 9 . . . Nick Hines, TVG host and analyst, and Brooke Hubbard, Racing Manager for SAY Racing, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Saturday and Sunday, respectively, 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Jockey Edwin Maldonado has withdrawn his appeal of a suspension issued Jan. 24 and will serve a three-day ban April 9, 10 and 14 . . . The morning line for Saturday’s Grade I HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak for Arabians was made by a representative of the Arabian Jockey Club. Brent Malmstrom had two wins from 12 starts last year with Forthenineteen and Egyptian Empire. He named and donated a majority of the earnings of Forethenineteen to a memorial fund for 19 firefighters who died battling a wild fire in Yarnell, Arizona.All winners will be recognized at TOC’s annual meetings at Del Mar on Saturday, Aug. 6 and at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, Oct. 22. Peter Eurton9315221216%53%$1,055,877 Jerry Hollendorfer14023141616%38%$1,679,573 Ron Ellis3392327%42%$232,410 CONQUERING HERO ESPINOZA RETURNSBATTLE OF UNBEATENS IN FLORIDA DERBYARGENTINE INVADER MAKES S. DEBUTTURF FESTIVAL DEBUTS AT GOLDEN GATE Kristin Mulhall51117322%41%$402,990 William Spawr41106424%49%$279,732 Doug O’Neill18429282616%45%$1,479,407 Philip D’Amato13729222321%54%$1,573,765 Joseph Talamo24030272813%35%$2,013,733 IL FORNAIO MAKES U.S. DEBUT IN SAN SIMEONIl Fornaio (the baker) makes his first start in more than eight months and his first in the United States when he runs in Saturday’s Grade III San Simeon Stakes for older horses at about six and a half furlongs on turf.-more-2/2/2/2 NYQUIST VS. MOHAYMEN IN FLORIDA DERBYThe racing world looks forward with great anticipation to Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park featuring the two undefeated Kentucky Derby favorites, the East’s Mohaymen and the West’s Nyquist, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile king trained by Doug O’Neill.Post time is 3:48 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.“I’m surprised 10 entered, because it was publicized like it was going to be a short field,” said Doug’s brother, Dennis, Thursday morning before embarking to the Sunshine State.“But I don’t think it affected us that much, as far as the pace is concerned, because most of those horses don’t have much speed.“We got a great post (four). I love being inside of Mohaymen (nine). If we break clean we should be somewhere near the lead with Mohaymen stalking us. If he gets by us, he gets by us, I guess.” Agapito Delgadillo9814111014%36%$390,017last_img read more

Explore, do not exploit the Caribbean – investor

first_imgEntrepreneur and investor, Kirk Anthony Hamilton has aired his views about the Caribbean and the doors of opportunity that can be opened if resources are utilised and injected in the correct sectors.At the American Chamber of Commerce (Am-Cham) Guyana lecture at Duke Lodge, Kingston, Georgetown, Hamilton relied on his experience as he listed the unlimited potentials of Guyana and other countries, which are growing to become “economic stalwarts”.“We don’t take a view of the Caribbean as it is but we sell a version of the Caribbean that we think it can and should be…The Caribbean is not just what we’re promoting in terms of stones, sand and seas but actually a remarkable area of intact potential and opportunity that is simply looking for collaborative non-exploiting partners to help create a vibrant economic team,” said Hamilton as heEntrepreneur and investor, Kirk Anthony Hamilton making his presentationaddressed a group of diverse stakeholders.He explained that the economic shift among Caribbean islands is also significant to observe and how impactful it can be to the region and its people. He posed to mention the isolated gap which existed between counties outside of the region and how this was bridged by social and infrastructural expansion.“We’re currently living in a very hypo-connective world where devices through the Internet created a whole new eco-system, a whole new social world and ultimately, in the age of automation and robotics, a lot of things are shifting that in many cases, we are not one in control,” he continued.Hamilton explained that while these technological advancements have proven to ease the world of certain physical activities, it also advocates for isolation since it builds a new social hierarchy.However, the idea of inclusive growth is something that should have been obvious throughout the years since “expectations are changing” and “knowledge is spreading”.Am-Cham featured the investor at a time when Guyana is about to extract first oil by 2020. ExxonMobil made its 10th discovery last week. The Pluma-1 well is located some 27 kilometres (17 miles) South of the Turbot-1 well and follows previous discoveries on the Stabroek Block.The well was safely drilled to 5013 metres (16,447 feet) in 1018 metres (3340 feet) of water. The previous recoverable resource estimate on the Stabroek Block was more than four billion barrels.This discovery reinforces the potential of the country being able to produce more than 750,000 barrels of oil daily by 2025 and the potential for development in the South-East section of the Stabroek Block. The Stabroek Block is 26,800 square kilometres.According to the Natural Resources Ministry, the Noble Tom Madden is expected to begin drilling the Tilapia-1 prospect located some 5.5 kilometres (3.4 miles) West of the Longtail-1 well. The Stena Carron drillship has recently completed operations at Hammerhead-1 and will soon drill its next well following scheduled maintenance.last_img read more

U.S. employment and wage picture brightens

first_imgWASHINGTON – The nation’s employment health – it turns out – is not dangerously deteriorating after all. Tweaking a phrase from Mark Twain, worries about the job market’s demise were greatly exaggerated. Fears that the country could slide into a recession eased in September as employers created the most jobs in four months and workers’ wages grew solidly. The unemployment rate crept up to 4.7 percent, the highest in over a year but still low by historical standards. “After a couple more tests, it now looks like the patient is in much better health,” said Richard Yamarone, economist at Argus Research. “We are on much sounder footing,” said Carl Tannenbaum, chief economist at LaSalle Bank. “To be fair, it is clear the pace of monthly job creation has slowed and the unemployment rate is creeping higher but neither measure is indicative of an imminent recession, which was the scenario on everyone’s lips just a month ago.” The main reason behind the turnaround in the August payroll figure? A big gain in government employment, especially in hiring teachers at local schools. The bump up in the unemployment rate from 4.6 percent in August came as hundreds of thousands of people – perhaps feeling better about their prospects – resumed job searches. The new rate of 4.7 percent, the highest since the summer of 2006, is still considered low by historical standards. After the country’s last recession, in 2001, the unemployment rate peaked at 6.3 percent. More than two decades ago, meanwhile, civilian unemployment went over 10 percent as the economy suffered through deep downturns. President George W. Bush, coping with record-low approval ratings for his handling of the economy, welcomed the new employment figures.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Wall Street breathed a sigh of relief. The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 91.70 points. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index, the measure most closely followed by market watchers, reached a new closing high of 1,557.59. The tally of 110,000 net new jobs generated in September clearly heartened investors and analysts. Yet what they really took comfort in was the revelation that the job market – a main pillar for the economy – didn’t crack under the pressure of a painful credit crunch and housing slump in August after all. The Labor Department’s fresh snapshot of employment conditions nationwide, released Friday, showed the economy actually created 89,000 jobs in August. That was a huge and crucial turnaround from the loss of 4,000 jobs – the first decline in four years – reported a month earlier. At the time, that news had sent Wall Street into a nosedive, stoked fears the economy was heading toward recession and was seen as cementing the Federal Reserve’s decision to lower interest rates. To be sure, the ill effects of the housing and credit problems have hurt some employers, slowing national job growth this year. But the situation is nowhere near as dire as many were led to believe from the initial August employment report. last_img read more

Jose Mourinho refuses to discuss referee – ‘I can’t be banned for life!’

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho seemed frustrated by referee Michael Oliver but continued his silence over officials following the Blues’ 2-2 draw with Swansea at Stamford Bridge.The defending Premier League champions ended their season opener with ten men following goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’ sending off, and also had a penalty appeal turned down in the first half.Diego Costa sprinted through on goal before being brought down in the box by Federico Fernandez, and while the Spanish striker and his manager were left raging when Oliver pointed to the corner, replays showed the Swans defender timed his tackle to perfection.Costa was also denied a free-kick after he was tripped in the second-half, and Mourinho appeared to laugh out loud on the Chelsea bench when play was waved on.However, having been fined more than once last season for his criticism of referees, the Blues boss was curt when asked for his thoughts on the incidents.“I do not want to speak about red cards,” he said. “I don’t think I can be suspended for life.”Asked whether that would be a policy this season, Mourinho retorted to laughter in the press conference: “No, it is just because the first time I can control myself.“I want to react this way so you don’t say he was [complaining] from day one. In day one we were punished, but it was not on day one that I opened my mouth.”Chelsea had to hold on for a point as Swansea dominated the second-half following Bafetimbi Gomis’s equaliser from the spot, but Mourinho hailed his side’s effort to still go for the win despite their man disadvantage.“We tried,” the Portuguese added. “I repeat this for a long, long, long time, even in my first period here, because my record at Stamford Bridge is something incredible.“I never played for a draw. Never. So if today we lose, we lose.“But at home a draw is only good in special circumstances, like last year, for example, when we were almost champions so a draw against Manchester United was a good result.“Apart from that, we play at home to win and we tried that, so it is normal. The players know that. They know one point is one point.“Playing with 10 men for such a long time is much more difficult and fundamentally I am happy with the quality they had in the first half and I am happy with their spirit in the second half, so we are in peace. We are not happy with the result.”last_img read more

SA working to include energy IPPs

first_img22 August 2012 The government is working hard to ensure that the electricity regulatory regime is conducive to increasing private sector participation in South Africa’s energy mix, the Department of Energy said in Johannesburg on Tuesday. “Partnerships are important; government alone cannot solve all the problems,” the department’s deputy director-general, Thandeka Zungu, said at the National Energy Regulator of SA’s first economic regulators’ conference. South Africa had previously enjoyed low electricity tariffs, with reserve margins above 30%; but the picture was now changing, with reserve margins falling lower. “It is critical that independent power producers complement Eskom,” said Zungu. The country’s reserve margins needed to be improved to “constitute a comfortable supply of demand and supply”, and renewable power sources would help to achieve this. The regulatory regime, said Zungu, continued to be revamped in a parallel process of the introduction of non-Eskom generation. At the same time, there were constrictions regarding the level to which electricity tariffs could increase. “The extent to which tariffs can continue to rise is constrained by considerations relating to affordability, competitiveness and economic impact,” said Zungu.Grand Inga power project Zungu told the conference that the government was working on tapping into the massive Grand Inga hydro-electric project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “The proposed treaty between the DRC and South Africa is now with Cabinet for approval, after which it will go to the DRC,” said Zungu. Upon the project’s successful completion, the envisaged hydropower project, with an estimated capacity of 40 000MW, had a potential to change the African energy sector and would increase Africa generation capacity. This would enhance energy access to clean and efficient energy across the continent and contribute significantly towards a low carbon economy and economic development.Regulator ‘in a tight spot’ Member of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board of India, PK Bishnoi, said the two-day conference, which concludes on Wednesday, was being held at the right time given the economic slowdown experienced currently. “Nations like South Africa need energy to fuel their economies and to fully harness their potential,” he said. Nersa said the conference was being held to share knowledge and best practices. The regulator’s chairperson, Cecilia Khuzwayo, said that while they supported the development of infrastructure, the regulator found itself in a tight spot. “While we support the development of infrastructure and adherence to policy development by government, we find ourselves in a very tight squeeze where we have to regulate the tariffs, where we have to come up with prices to support the utilities, and make sure the utilities survive; and yet, we have to come up with a tariff and a price that is affordable. “That is a difficult task at the best of times. Therefore, talking among ourselves as regulators is going to be vital not only in South Africa but also internationally,” she said. The government’s economic policy is led by an infrastructure thrust that, in the main, will be implanted by state-owned enterprises. Source: read more