Jimmie Johnson loses control, crashes just before potential Stage 1 win at Darlington

first_imgMORE: Live updates from NASCAR at DarlingtonJohnson was dismayed at the way his promising afternoon ended, feeling he wasted a chance at a strong result in the sport’s return amid the coronavirus pandemic. Jimmie Johnson held a lead at the end of the first stage of NASCAR’s Real Heroes 400 race at Darlington on Sunday before losing control of his car.Johnson touched the back of Chris Buescher’s No. 17 car and spun into the opposite wall. The crash ended his day. “Gosh, what I would do to get that corner back,” Johnson said.William Byron pushed ahead to win Stage 1 after Johnson’s crash.Johnson entered Sunday in fifth place in the Cup Series standings with two top-10 finishes in his first four races.last_img

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New wind power coalition announced

first_imgANKENY — The governor and business leaders announced a statewide coalition of renewable energy supporters last week they say will push for policies that grow wind energy investments in Iowa.The coalition called “Power Up Iowa” was announced at Des Moines Area Community College, where vice president Scott Ocken oversees the program that trains people to work on wind turbines. “We’ve got about 60 students in our energy-related programming. We start about 20 new students in the wind turbine technician program every year…we’d like to double those numbers,” Ocken says.He says the demand is strong for these students. “Just this week we had two employers contact DMACC — they need 40 new wind energy technicians — and they need them now,” according to Ocken. “We started 20 in the fall, we can meet about half of that demand with graduations and attritions, we’ll as close to that as we can get. And then other community colleges will also have to step up.”Governor Kim Reynolds says the program is a key part of her “Future Ready Iowa Initiative” which seeks to prepare graduates for the high demand jobs. “Bringing people together in public private partnerships like Power Up Iowa is helping our state remain in the forefront of energy policy, and a leader on the national level.” the governor said.The American Wind Energy Association says Iowa ranks second in the nation in installed wind capacity, and is a leader in wind manufacturing. Facebook regional manager Matt Sexton, said that’s why they chose Iowa for their facility.  “Today our two-point-five million square foot campus is supported by 100 percent wind energy from right here in the state of Iowa,” Sexton said.Sexton said they support the further development of renewable energy. “Just last year we set a goal of reaching 100 percent of renewable energy for all of our operations by 2020. And a big part of that commitment is helping strengthen renewable energy markets, and encouraging others to invest in areas where wind and solar energy are being developed,” according to Sexton says. “Renewable resources are good for the environment and will help to bring further investments to the communities in the state of Iowa.”Iowa currently generates 37 percent of its electricity using wind power.last_img read more

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Arsenal sign striker Lacazette from Lyon

first_imgArsenal break club record to clinch Lacazette dealLyon, France | AFP |  Arsenal signed France striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record fee that could rise to 60 million euros ($68m, £52.56m), the two clubs confirmed on Wednesday.The transfer fee is also a new record sale for the Ligue 1 outfit, worth an initial 53m euros, according to a statement on the Lyon website.The deal beats the 50m euros that Arsenal paid to bring Mesut Ozil to the Emirates from Real Madrid in 2013, while it sees Lyon break their highest sale for the second time in a month after seeing midfielder Corentin Tolisso move to Bayern Munich for 47.5m euros.Arsenal said the 26-year-old had signed a “long-term contract”, which British media reported to be for five years.“We are very happy to have Alexandre join our group. He has shown over a number of years that he can score goals and that he is a very efficient finisher,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said in a statement.“As well, he has very interesting technical qualities and a strong character.“So he is a guy who is a great addition for us, and someone who will help us challenge at the top level this season.”Lacazette will be hoping that the move to Arsenal can help boost his hopes of cementing a place in the France squad ahead of next year’s World Cup, having only played one international in the last two years.The north London club will be expecting Lacazette to add some much-needed firepower up front, after a disappointing fifth-placed finish in the Premier League last term that saw them miss out on the Champions League for the first time in 19 years.He scored 37 goals in all competitions last season, including 28 in just 30 league games.“I want to give 100 percent in every match. I want to show I’m worthy of the shirt. I want to do everything I can to make sure we win titles,” Lacazette told Arsenal’s website. “There are quite a few French players here, which makes it easier to settle in. In my opinion, Arsenal is also the club that plays the best football in England so I really wanted to come here.”He had been at Lyon since the age of 12, and scored 129 goals for the senior team, including 100 in Ligue 1.Lacazette, who has made 11 international appearances for France, last season became the first player to score 20 goals or more in three successive French top-flight seasons since Jean-Pierre Papin in 1992.“I am very pleased with the success of Alexandre, who, besides being one of Olympique Lyon’s best-ever strikers, is a charming player who I became very close to,” said Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas in his club’s statement.Meanwhile, the signing puts the Arsenal future of Olivier Giroud in doubt.The former Montpellier front-man is currently above Lacazette in France coach Didier Deschamps’ pecking order, but he could now struggle to find a place in Wenger’s Gunners starting XI under pressure from his compatriot.Giroud has been linked with possible moves to both Everton and West Ham United.But Arsenal supporters will be delighted to see Wenger spending big, as they look to mount a serious challenge on a first league title since ‘the Invincibles’ lifted the Premier League trophy in 2004. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Tiger Woods getting strong reviews in return to golf

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “It looked like there was a little hesitation the last time I played with him,” Reed said. “This time, he was fully committed and fully trusted in his body. There was no pain. That’s the biggest thing for me. If he stays healthy, then he’ll be back playing golf, hopefully like he used to. I want to see it and I want to compete against it.”Johnson said Friday’s round with Woods and the president was a big change from when the two played the opening two rounds at Torrey Pines together in January, when both missed the cut.“His speed was back. He played a lot better than he did in San Diego, for sure,” Johnson said. “He’s healthy. To me, he looks strong. He’s swinging with speed instead of in San Diego. When I played with him there, he wasn’t swinging at it. You could tell he was hurt.”The question is whether there is rust from having been gone from competition for so long.Woods has played only three tournaments since August 2015. Three of the four times that he returned to competition dating to that first back surgery before the 2014 Masters, Woods lasted no more than three starts before taking more time off. “Tiger looked great to me,” Faxon wrote in a story for Golfweek . “I was impressed with how far he hit the ball. Probably on the 10 holes that they were both hitting driver, Tiger hit it past Dustin half the time and Dustin hit it past Tiger half the time. He looked great. I think more than anything, he looked at ease. He was not concerned about swinging hard and going at it with driver. The ball flight, the sound off the club, all of it was right there.”Johnson is among the elite power players in the game. True story?Johnson smiled.“He hit it by me a couple of times,” Johnson said. “Did I bomb one and he hit it past me? No. But he did it past me a few times. He was moving it, though.”All this hype in the chill environment of the Bahamas should sound familiar. It was only last year when Woods returned after 15 months away from the game. He had gone through three back surgeries at that point, the first one right before the 2014 Masters, and Woods looked relatively normal, with freedom in his swing. He made 24 birdies, along with enough mistakes that he finished 14 shots out of the lead, in 15th place among an 18-man field.Woods missed the cut at Torrey Pines two months later, flew to Dubai and managed one round — a 77 in calm conditions — before withdrawing with back spasms.What appears to be different this time, at least from those who have played with him, is the absence of pain.Patrick Reed played nine holes of practice with him Monday morning. He saw Woods do whatever he wanted with his swing and saw an assortment of shots — a stinger off the tee, a low draw, a high cut.“He seemed to have command of not only the golf club, but his body,” Reed said.It was the first time Reed had played with Woods since the opening round of the Hero World Challenge last year. The difference Reed noticed was that Woods looked more free and fluid in going after any shot. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Woods was on the back end of the practice range Monday at Albany Golf Club, hitting balls with Patrick Reed, when he looked up at a drone buzzing some 50 feet over him in the cloudy sky. He had no idea that Daniel Berger was at the controls.Berger was on the front of the range, blocked by a row of bushes in the sand dunes. As the drone’s camera zoomed in, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Kisner and their caddies crowded around Berger to look.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThey cared more about his reaction to the drone than his swing.But they are curious about his game. 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(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)NASSAU, Bahamas — All eyes are on Tiger Woods and his return to golf, even the players he has to beat.Especially the players.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ And those who have played with Woods in recent weeks believe there is reason for the hype.“People are going to be shocked at how good his game looks,” PGA champion Justin Thomas said.Thomas will have the best seat in the house Thursday when Woods, who had fusion surgery on his lower back in April, plays for the first time in 10 months at the Hero World Challenge. Thomas, named the PGA Tour player of the year after winning five times and the FedEx Cup, is paired with him in the first round.Thomas spends a fair bit of time with Woods at their Florida homes, and they played a few weeks ago.The attention on Woods increased in recent days as more players joined him for casual rounds. Brad Faxon caused a stir when he played with Woods, Johnson and President Donald Trump on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Ellen Receives New UNMEER Head

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has met with the new Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.The Liberian President received Mr. Ahmed and his delegation at her Foreign Ministry office during a courtesy call on Tuesday, January 6, 2015,  where brief acquaintance pleasantries were exchanged.   Mr. Ahmed, a Mauritanian, replaces Mr. Anthony Banbury. Special Representative Banbury was the first envoy appointed by UN0 Secretary Ban Ki-Moon during the heat of the Ebola crisis in the sub-region. He initially noted that his mandate was to eradicate the virus from the sub-region. Mr. Banbury’s tour of duty ended over the weekend, thereby ushering in the new envoy.President Sirleaf welcomed the new Head of UMEER to Liberia and described the work of his predecessor as excellent and very supportive of the country’s fight to contain the deadly ebola virus disease.“Your predecessor effectively spearheaded the operations of UMEER with huge progress. Even though the country still has a lot to be done with regards to Ebola, much was achieved with the assistance and cooperation of UNMEER,” President Sirleaf indicated.She pledged her government’s support to the transitional process in UNMEER and emphasized the need for improved and strengthened regional collaboration and cooperation in the continued fight against the further spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease.She named exchange of information, experiences and best practices as important elements required to enhance regional cooperation and collaboration in the Ebola fight, thereby acknowledging that some level of regional collaboration is taking place, but still below the level it ought to be and stressed that the regional dimension of the virus makes it difficult for progress to be made in one country without the corresponding progress in the others.The new UNMEER Head, Cheikh Ahmed, expressed appreciation for the leadership and commitment of the Liberian government, which he considers the main factor responsible for the level of progress made in Liberia’s fight against the further spread of the Ebola virus disease.He pointed out that the mechanism for coordination may not be perfect but has impacted the Ebola fight in Liberia and the region very efficiently.Mr. Ahmed indicated that UNMEER will also focus on helping government reactivate the educational system and declared the mission’s support to the back to school effort. He,  however, advised that appropriate measures and processes be put into place to protect both the students and staff as Ebola is still active in Liberia.Mr. Ahmed was accompanied by the Secretary General’s  Special Representative of the UN Mission in Liberia, Karin Landgren; UN Ebola Envoy, David Nabarro; and Mr. Peter Graff; while Health Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale; Minister of State Without Portfolio, Mr. Sylvester Grigsby; and Dr. Emmanuel Dolo, were also in attendance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Simeon Freeman to Slice Gov’t

first_imgMPC standard bearer, Simeon Freeman, believes the government of Liberia needs to be relieved of deadweight caused by certain ministries and agencies“My administration will reduce the number of ministries and agencies,” he saysSimeon Freeman, the political leader of the opposition Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), has been saying it since he first ran for president of Liberia in 2011: that, if elected, he would reduce the current size of the Liberian government from 82 to 22 ministries and agencies.Mr. Freeman reiterated his promise recently at the second regionalized presidential debate organized by Liberia Media for Democratic Initiatives and the Public Trust Media Group in Tubmanburg, Bomi County.He said government was spending over US$240 million annually on its workforce, because the ministries and agencies are overlapping the functions assigned to the other.Freeman said his idea to slice government ministries and agencies would enable his proposed administration to save significant amounts of money, which he intends to redeploy to empower the private sector.The President of Liberia cannot close down a ministry unilaterally; the decision requires a legislative procedure. For any ministry of government to be closed down, the President would need to communicate said desire to the Legislature, whose prerogative it would be to determine whether or not to endorse the President’s request. This will include the implications of how much it would cost the government to provide severance package for hundreds, if not thousands of civil servants affected by the closures.The MPC standard bearer said he would set up 30 private agricultural companies in the 15 counties to empower Liberian farmers. The companies, Freeman said, would intervene in the agriculture sector by providing implements and equipments, free of charge, to make the sector viable.Freeman noted that the companies would also add value to farmers’ products for export.He promised to direct some of government’s revenues to set up 200 factories, including corn oil producing plants.The factories, he said, would help to provide employment for 100,000 Liberians in his first 100 days in office.“Liberians don’t need college education or high school certificates to work in factories, but practical knowledge and commitment,” Freeman stated.He said Liberia has had bad leaders, “because of the criteria the citizens have set to elect a president, senators, and representatives.”He noted that many candidates have promised to develop the country, but have not said where they would get the money from to do so.Freeman said Liberians are not considering that it would be difficult to borrow money for Liberia from any international partner in the new government, “because the country is already indebted to multi-national firms.”Freeman claimed that under the President Johnson Sirleaf administration, 20 percent of Liberia’s forests have been cleared and shipped out of the country, in good faith, “but only that citizens are yet to feel the impact.”If elected in October, Freeman said he would use his expertise to mobilize money domestically, but did not say how he was going to achieve that objective.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Precaution urged when driving Chetwynd area highways

first_img“Driving in northern British Columbia can be especially dangerous given the terrain and remoteness,” argues Corporal Scott Clay. “Limited daylight hours and sudden changes in weather conditions can place extra demands on an individual’s driving skills and the capabilities of their vehicle.”Drivers travelling through the area are reminded to plan their trip ahead by checking road conditions on www.drivebc.ca and ensuring their vehicle is ready for the season with winter tires and snow and ice cleared before departing. Clay also suggests adjusting your driving to the weather conditions, as the posted speed limits are made for “ideal” driving conditions. In the event that you get stuck or stranded while travelling, it’s recommended to keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle at all times that includes blankets, clothing and non-perishable food items. Flares are especially useful, as cell phone coverage is limited between Prince George and Dawson Creek on Highway 97. – Advertisement -Lastly, Clay advises drivers to stay in their vehicles should they get stranded, and to run the motor sparingly. When doing so, make sure the vehicle’s exhaust pipe is clear of snow and a window is kept open for fresh air. More winter driving tips are available at www.shiftintowinter.ca.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Gunners firing on all cylinders pose questions over Ozil future

first_img0Shares0000German World Cup winner Mesut Ozil has been able to spend time doing things off the pitch as the best paid player at Arsenal has not played in the last four matches © POOL/Getty Images / Eamonn M. McCormackLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 7 – Mesut Ozil has missed Arsenal’s last four matches and may be absent again when the Gunners host Huddersfield Town on Saturday.The 30-year-old playmaker is being treated for a back problem and manager Unai Emery has hinted that he could be passed fit on Friday if he comes through sessions with the club’s physiotherapist unscathed. The German had been on the training ground on Thursday “running and touching the ball”, Emery told a press conference.But even if Ozil is given the green light to return there are no guarantees that Emery will pick the club’s highest earner, even for the bench.That despite being a World Cup winner in 2014, and a player with skills few others on the planet can reproduce, especially when it comes to setting up colleagues to score.Emery, it seems, had already decided he could do without the former Germany international in his comprehensive overhaul of a squad that had forgotten how to win trophies under previous manager Arsene Wenger.It was the Frenchman who had sanctioned a salary-doubling, £350,000-a-week, three-year contract extension for Ozil just three months before stepping down as manager.Ozil’s omission from the starting line-up at Bournemouth on November 25 was the big reveal to a world that could not fail to notice.Emery’s explanation could hardly be misinterpreted either: Ozil was named on the bench — and left there for the entire game — at Bournemouth because his manager felt he could not deal with the “physicality and intensity” of the Gunners’ opponents.Few failed to notice at the time that the reason for his omission carried little weight as Bournemouth are one of the least aggressive in the Premier League.His absence mattered little as the Gunners’ unbeaten run simply carried on without him.– ‘Years of inertia’ –The Gunners can take that to 21 matches against the Terriers with Ozil’s return to the side likely to be delayed till they play Qarabag in the Europa League next week.Wenger, in his final season, used the competition to keep fresh fringe men he had decided not to employ in the Premier League even though three of them — England duo Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere plus Olivier Giroud of France — were internationals of experience and reputation.Ozil is not the only world class player to suddenly find themselves unable to get into the starting elevens, Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and ex-Gunner Alexis Sanchez falling foul of the volatile Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.Emery wants his players to work hard off the ball and attack with intensity with it and Ozil, for all his attributes, seems to tick neither of those boxes.Ozil’s post-World Cup fall out with Germany cannot have helped either, coming at a time when every Arsenal player knew he had to impress the new man after years of inertia under Wenger.The player felt he was the victim of both racism and disrespect because of his Turkish roots, claiming “I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose”.Such sentiments were no doubt genuine and deserving of sympathy but Emery appears to care about one issue only: whether a player can thrive under his system.The answer to that, at the moment at least, appears to be no for Mesut Ozil.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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CHINESE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PART IN DONEGAL CANNABIS GROWHOUSE

first_imgA Chinese man has pleaded guilty to his part in a growhouse operation of cannabis in Co Donegal.Pui Lam Sam pleaded guilty to three charges following the discovery of the growhouse in Ballintra on January 24th last.Lam Sam appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday charged with possession, possession for sale of supply and also the cultivation of cannabis. Judge John O’Hagan asked if the case related to a growhouse situation and was told it was.He was remanded in custody to appear at a future sitting of the court for sentencing.CHINESE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PART IN DONEGAL CANNABIS GROWHOUSE was last modified: October 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cannabisJUdge John O’HaganPui Lam Samlast_img read more

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Gardai looking for owner of this flash BMW – no kidding!

first_imgGardai in Letterkenny have issued an appeal for the owner of this red BMW and they’re not kidding.Well, actually they are.The red sporty child’s BMW was found today in Letterkenny Town and is now at the Garda Station. A spokesman said “Is this fast car yours? Are you furious that you have lost it?“We are sure that there is a child somewhere missing it!”Please call Letterkenny Gardaí on 0749167100 if you are the owner.And no, there are no outstanding parking tickets on it….. Gardai looking for owner of this flash BMW – no kidding! was last modified: December 14th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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