Warriors have encouraging news on Steph Curry’s finger injury

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – Things appeared normal as Stephen Curry swished most of the shots he took.Well, except for one thing. During his shooting workout at the end of Thursday’s practice, Curry still had tape around his recently dislocated middle finger on his left hand. Though Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Curry practiced on Thursday without any restrictions, it appears …last_img

Chinese, SA firms help ‘green’ COP 17

first_img9 December 2011A Chinese investment company is to buy carbon credits from a Johannesburg brick factory registered under the Kyoto Protocol’s emissions trading scheme to offset the travel of over 750 UN-sponsored delegates to COP 17 in Durban, it was announced on Thursday.The 398 secretariat staff and 369 supported delegates’ travel to and from the UN Climate Change Conference will generate an estimate 1 844 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.Chinese donor Guangzhou Shengzhou Investment Limited Corporation has agreed to purchase certified emission reduction (CER) units originating from the Corobrik Lawley Fuel Switch Project in Johannesburg to offset these emissions.The Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism (CDM) allows emission-reduction projects in developing countries to earn CER credits, each equivalent to one tonne of CO2. CERs can be traded and sold, and used by industrialised countries to meet a part of their targets under the Protocol.South Africa’s largest brickmakerCorobrik, the largest supplier of bricks in South Africa – the company produces around 73-million bricks annually – converted its Lawley factory from a coal-fired to a natural gas-fired operation and implemented enhanced extrusion technology to further reduce the company’s carbon footprint.Corobrik registered its Lawley fuel-switch project with the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism Committee in 2005, and in 2008 became the first company in sub-Saharan Africa to be granted approval to trade carbon credits within the framework of the UN emissions trading scheme.The agreement to buy Corobrik’s carbon credits was brokered by the South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange and the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation in the UN Development Programme.South-South cooperation, imagination“This effort, which has brought together public sector agencies, a private sector partner and an emission reduction project incentivized by the Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism, is an example of the kind of cooperation and imagination needed to tackle climate change,” Richard Kinley, deputy executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said in Durban on Thursday.Li Jun Feng, deputy director of the Energy Research Institute in the National Development and Reform Commission of China, said there were “many great opportunities for cooperation between China and South Africa in both CDM capacity-building and environmental technology transfer, particularly in wind and solar technologies.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Gasoline prices should stay low for summer despite supply disruptions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Current supplies of gasoline and expected production this year should keep prices at the fuel pump 40 to 60 cents per gallon lower than last summer despite supply disruptions that have pushed prices higher in recent months, especially in the Midwest, Purdue University energy economist Wally Tyner said.“We enter the summer season with gasoline and crude oil markets a bit out of kilter,” he said.Tyner said U.S. crude oil and gasoline supplies are above normal, which would suggest that prices should fall. But he noted that several disruptions in supplies globally have moved prices higher. Crude oil prices have increased about 80% since January, from $26 per barrel then to $47 on May 16.“Yet all the forecasts call for global production to exceed consumption through the end of 2016,” he said. “So what, we might ask, is going on?”Here’s the situation, as Tyner explains it:• There have been long-term supply issues in Nigeria and Venezuela. Production in Nigeria is at a 22-year low because, in part, of civil war, and political instability in Venezuela “continues to put a drag on production,” he said.• A labor strike in Kuwait halted production there for several days. That strike has now ended.• The biggest disruption affecting the Midwest involves the Canadian oil sands, where a widespread fire in Alberta province shut down Canadian oil sand production. Although the fire was not in the oil sands area, it destroyed the living paces of most of the workers, so production was halted. That resulted in a loss of 1 million barrels per day for U.S. imports.Because the largest refinery in the Midwest gets a large share of its crude from the Canadian oil sands, particularly affected are consumers in Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio, Tyner said.“So the bad news is that until Canadian oil sand production gets back up to normal, we are likely to see higher prices than in previous weeks,” he said.Despite that, Tyner said the standard production and consumption trends suggest prices at the pump staying fairly steady over the summer. Consumers are expected to drive more this summer, but production should keep prices 40 to 60 cents per gallon lower than the summer 2015 range of $2.60 to $2.80.“Of course, just like the Canadian wildfire, unforeseen supply disruptions can always send prices up temporarily,” Tyner said. “But with global production forecast to exceed consumption through 2016 and inventories already high, we should be able to weather any temporary disruptions.”last_img read more

Chris Wondolowski breaks Landon Donovan’s MLS goals record

first_imgOther Bay Area professional teams were among those to offer congratulations, including the San Jose Sharks, Oakland Athletics and two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors.Wondolowski will long be remembered for a miss at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He failed to score from close range in the final minute of second-half stoppage time as the Americans were eliminated with a 2-1 extra-time loss to Belgium in the round of 16. He sailed that one-touch try wide and over the crossbar as the goalkeeper charged out.Aleksandar Katai scored with a long-distance shot in the 83rd minute for the Fire (4-5-4).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He has shined with little fanfare — just the way “Wondo” prefers it as he focuses on the preparation he still so enjoys and being an example for young teammates — playing at home in the Bay Area, having grown up in the East Bay suburb of Danville. He went to college at tiny Division II Chico State, not part of an elite youth national team program. He didn’t even make his debut with the U.S. national team until six days before his 28th birthday in January 2011.The 36-year-old two-time Golden Boot winner (2010, 2012) broke the record in the 48th minute with a left-footed punch from close range to the upper corner after poaching a loose ball from goalkeeper David Ousted as he tried to control a shot by knocking it down.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I love visualization, I love going through different things. I always pictured hitting a 30-yard blast going upper 90, didn’t really picture the goalkeeper dropping it and tapping it in, but I’ll take it,” Wondolowski said. “Honestly, I’m just having fun right now. It’s kind of rejuvenated, reignited this passion and I’m really having fun right now.”“It was an honor to play with and against you @ChrisWondo Congrats on an incredibly well deserved achievement,” Donovan posted on Twitter. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Horsing around: Riderless colt races to Preakness finish Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski, center back, is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the Chicago Fire during the first half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN JOSE, Calif. — Chris Wondolowski scored four times to pass Landon Donovan for most career MLS goals, and the San Jose Earthquakes beat the Chicago Fire 4-1 on Saturday.Wondolowski tied Donovan’s record at 145 with his first goal in the 21st minute. Shea Salinas sent in a curling pass that Wondolowski punched home from just inside the 6-yard box.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Wondolowski added goals in the 74th and 76th minutes, finishing assists from Cristian Espinoza and Jackson Yueill to make it 4-0 for the Quakes (4-6-2). Wondolowski hadn’t scored a goal so far this season coming into the match but ended the day with 148 career goals.Wondolowski’s teammates tossed him in the air. He high-fived fans on a rainy Bay Area day as soaked supporters chanted “Won-do! Won-do!”Passing someone like Donovan, widely considered the best player in MLS history, means so much. Dating to last season, the Quakes tracked each Wondolowski goal in the lead-up to the record-breaker on social media with “Wondo Watch.”He had to wait until this season, perhaps a good thing after a lost year in 2018 for San Jose. Former Argentina midfielder and Guadalajara Chivas coach Matias Almeyda is now in charge.“It’s looming just ’cause it’s there, but to be honest this year has been so much fun,” Wondolowski said. “I think that this coaching staff and this locker room have reignited that passion and a love for the game and I’m just enjoying it out there. I’m going out there not to score goals, I’m going out there because it’s fun.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Louie Gonzales hopes to turn JRU into one of NCAA’s most hardworking team

first_imgNew JRU coach Louie Gonzales. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Louie Gonzalez is eager to change Jose Rizal University’s identity for the better.Barely a month into his tenure with the Heavy Bombers, Gonzalez said he sees a golden opportunity to mold his players into one of the grittiest team in the NCAA.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting China undergoes ‘patriotic education’ to win Women’s World Cup Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES “The most important thing, though, is I want my personnel to play selflessly.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “The mentality that we’re trying to set is we want to be known as one of the hardest working and most patient team offensively and defensively, I want to establish a situation that nothing’s easy,” said Gonzalez in Filipino Thursday at Filoil Flying V Center.Gonzalez inherited a Heavy Bombers team that’s composed mainly of role players from seasons ago when Vergel Meneses still called the shots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGone are the days when Teytey Teodoro, Paulo Pontejos, Ervin Grospe were still the stars in the team, and this gives Gonzales practically an open page for him to create a new system.“We’re a rebuilding team and most of our players still have four or five years of collegiate eligibility and I see it as an opportunity to build our identity,” said Gonzalez who last coached for De La Salle in the UAAP. Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal PLAY LIST 01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon02:09‘Very evasive cop’ ordered detained in Bilibid02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too The Green Archers’ former head coach added he wants his players to be more selfless on the floor and get their bodies ready for the demands of his new system.Gonzalez employed one of the most demanding systems in collegiate basketball when he coached the Green Archers in 2018.La Salle was one of the stingiest teams in the UAAP Season 81 basketball tournament limiting opposing teams to 70.8 points while amassing an 8-6 record.The Green Archers were also the second-best rebounders during that time averaging 46.9 boards, just a shade below Ateneo’s mark of 47.1.“It’s a process and I know we should be quicker with it so what we’re doing right now is we’re doing a lot in practice so my players will be ready for the demands of the system,” said Gonzalez.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more

More blessed than the other greats, says R Ashwin after becoming quickest to 300 Test wickets

first_imgRavichandran Ashwin stormed past Australian great Dennis Lillee to become the fastest to 300 Test wickets. While Lillee reached the milestone in 56 Tests, Ashwin got there in 54.In the process, Ashwin, who made his Test debut in November 2011, left behind some of the greatest names in cricket history. The Tamil Nadu off-spinner now sits on top of a list which also includes besides Lillee, Muttiah Muralitharan, Richard Hadlee, Malcolm Marshall, Dale Steyn, Shane Warne and Allan Donald among others.Only 30 of the world’s greatest ever bowlers managed to enter the 300-wicket club before Ashwin today but the Indian superstar was the fastest among them. However, the senior pro was completely modest about his achievement and refused to be drawn into comparisons with any of the greats.Do you think @ashwinravi99 can become India’s record Test wicket-taker? #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/FrMu5RBArQ- ICC (@ICC) November 27, 2017″We are a bit more blessed than the other greats. We have technology to help. We have help with our fitness so we shouldn’t compare,” Ashwin, who finished with eight wickets in the second Test as India hammered Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs in Nagpur, said.In fact, Ashwin got his 300th wicket with the carrom ball and he was proud of that, especially because he had been away from international cricket since the last time India played Tests in Sri Lanka.”The carrom ball was a good ball, I haven’t bowled many of those in the last 24 months.”300th Test wicket for @ashwinravi99 and #TeamIndia take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match Test series. India seal the 2nd Test in Nagpur by an innings and 239 runs #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/mq56alEczDadvertisement- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 2017Ashwin was rested from India’s limited-overs sides and he used the time to work on several facets. He knows the next big challenge he will face is when India tour South Africa. It will be arguably the biggest test for the world no. 1 Test side. “I have worked on different releases for it and now that we are travelling, I think I needed that extra bit.”last_img read more

India should aim USD 40bn gold jewellery exports by 2020 WGC

first_imgIndia, the world’s largest gold consumer, should target five-folds increase in gold jewellery exports to USD 40 billion by 2020 from the current level of USD 8 billion, according to the World Gold Council (WGC).The country should also put to use about 22,000 tonnes of gold lying idle with households and temples and reduce its dependence on imports in the next five years, it said.Besides, it should aim creation of 5 million new jobs across the gold value chain – manufacturing, retailing, assaying and recycling areas, it added. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cash‘Our vision for gold is that it should be put to work for the economy, creating jobs, developing skills, generating exports and revenues – an essential part of the financial, economic and social structure of the country,’ WGC said in its Vision 2020 for the country.In the next five years, India should target to be ‘jeweller to the world’ and gold jewellery exports from here should increase five-fold to USD 40 billion from the current level of USD 8 billion, it said in a statement. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsWGC said that the country should meet 40 per cent of gold demand from its domestic stocks and the rest 60 per cent through imports and mining. That apart, India should target 75 per cent of gold sold to be standardised and hallmarked in the next five years. It should also provide higher loan to value ratio for hallmarked jewellery and ensure mandatory hallmarking for pieces above a designated selling price, WGC said.WGC also suggested the government launch ?Karigar welfare scheme? towards skill development and training of artisans and promotion of Gold tourism circuit, showcasing handcrafted Indian jewellery. ‘This vision is to outline objectives for the industry that address the savings habit underpinning gold demand, support value addition, increase employment opportunities and benefit the industry in an organised way without curbing supply or impacting the current account deficit,’ it said.last_img read more