Krogmeier, Roberts and Hill get first wins of the season at 34 Raceway

first_imgBy Dana RoyerBURLINGTON, Iowa (Aug. 2) – The 34 Raceway pits were packed Saturday for the night’s competition on the 3/8-mile oval. Three racers got their first wins this year when Chad Krogmeier, got his first career IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win, Kyle Hill raced to his first Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod win of the year and Bill Roberts Jr. got his first win of the year in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature. Krogmeier scored the win in the flag-to-flag 20-lap Stock Car feature. Krogmeier took the lead from his front row start and had to work to hold off Dane Fenton, Jake Wenig, John Oliver, Ray Raker, Tom Bowling and Shane Watts.Krogmeier, in his second year in the division, scored the victory ahead of Fenton, Wenig, Oliver and Bowling. Kyle Hill picked up his first Casebine Credit Union IMCA Northern SportMod feature win by holding off Bobby Anders in an exciting finish. Hill took the lead from Dave Cloke on lap three of the 15-lap race and continued to pace the field as four-time winner Anders was advancing through traffic. Anders passed Hill in turn three on the final lap, but Hill responded by taking the lead back coming out of turn four on his way to the exciting win, his first of the season. Dakota Simmons, Sean Wyett and Joey Gower rounded out the top five. A nice field of 19 Ryner Transportation IMCA Modifieds were on-hand with Dugan Thye and Dennis LaVeine on the front row of the 20-lap feature. LaVeine took the early lead, but gave it up to Bill Roberts,Jr. on lap six. Roberts held his lead with LaVeine and Jeff Waterman not far behind. Roberts went on to take the win, his first this season, with LaVeine and Waterman following. Just a car-length separated the top three in a close finish. There will be no racing this Saturday, August 9 for the Summer Fun Pit Stop as drivers, crews, race fans and employees get the night off. Racing action resumes Saturday, August 16 for the Brockway Mechanical Sprint Invaders Nationals with racing for the 360 sprints as well as IMCA Stock Cars and mod lites. Vintage cars get a chance at taking their machines around the high banks, as well. Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Bill Roberts Jr.; 2. Dennis LaVeine; 3. Jeff Waterman; 4. Tyler Cale; 5. Brandon Banks; 6. Mitch Morris; 7. Chris Zogg; 8. Tyler Glass; 9. Mike Weikert Jr.; 10. Dugan Thye; 11. Blake Woodruff; 12. Lonne Heap; 12. Dustin Smith; 14. Chadwick Giberson; 15. Dean McGee; 16. Josh Woodruff; 17. Darrow Lillie; 18. Troy Greiner; 19. Larry McConnell.Stock Cars – 1. Chad Krogmeier; 2. Dane Fenton; 3. Jake Wenig; 4. John Oliver Jr.; 5. Tom Bowling; 6. Shane Watts; 7. Ray Raker; 8. John Brockway; 9. Randy Wachter; 10. Joe Gerdes; 11. Bo Hunter. Northern SportMods – 1. Kyle Hill; 2. Bobby Anders; 3. Dakota, Simmons; 4. Sean Wyett; 5. Joey Gower; 6. Adam Shelman; 7. Creston Williams; 8. Andre Laporte; 9. Scot Van Buskirk; 10. Tony Olson; 11. David Cloke; 12. Ethan Allen; 13. Jonny Williams; 14. Tom Lathrop; 15. Brett Timmerman.last_img read more

Cerro Gordo County Engineer encourages people not to be “mudding” on rural roads

first_imgMASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Engineer is encouraging people not to use the county’s roads for mudding. Brandon Billings says it does more harm than good when people try to have fun at the expense of the condition of the road.   “People are starting to decide and do mudding on the roads, so I just want to make sure everybody’s aware that there’s real trouble you can get in by going out and doing donuts on the gravel roads or on the dirt roads. Don’t go out there and do damage. I’d appreciate it if people drove respectfully on the roads as they do the rest of the year. It just seems like in the spring it happens every year.” Billings says there was an instance on Tuesday morning of a bad mudding incident that he says resulted in the county putting quite a bit of time and money to get it back into shape. Billings says they inform the Sheriff’s Department if there’s been mudding activity noticed.  ”We tell them to patrol extra in those areas, just to see if they can catch someone out there. We have a description of the vehicle that did it this time. If I can figure it out from that area, which there’s some names that were given to me, I might just go talk to the person and say ‘look here, this could be some real trouble for you, I’d prefer if you don’t do this’. I don’t actually want somebody to get in trouble, I’d like to make sure they are aware that this could cause some trouble and let them know to stop before this turns into a thing.” Billings made his comments at today’s meeting of the county’s Board of Supervisors.last_img read more

Will 49ers pursue Le’Veon Bell? Don’t count on it

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device SANTA CLARA — This time last year, the 49ers won a bidding war to sign dual-threat running back Jerick McKinnon. A year later, the 49ers don’t figure to break the bank for another running back.Instead, the 49ers will exercise more patience rather than rush McKinnon back in spring drills, after he spent all last season recovering from knee reconstruction.So when free agency begins on March 13, don’t expect a …last_img

$40m wave energy plant for SA

first_img23 April 2007Canadian-based energy company Finavera Renewables has committed more than US$ 40-million to build a 20-megawatt wave-energy power plant off the coast of South Africa over the next five years.Finavera Renewables chief executive Jason Bak made the commitment at the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) conference in New York late last year. Organisations are asked to generate innovative solutions to limit some of the world’s pressing problems as part of their commitment.The company stated last week that they had completed the initial site evaluation and selection process, identifying two sites off the western coast of South Africa.“This project represents our commitment to reduce energy poverty in South Africa and develop a clean source of renewable energy in the country. The site selection report confirms the strong wave resource off the coast of South Africa and identifies two areas for potential development,” he said.“Further work needs to be carried out before a final site selection is made, but we are well on our way to making this project a reality.”“A more sustainable energy model”According to the company, Southern Africa suffers from intermittent power disruptions as demand outstrips supply, and a serious power crisis is expected if investments in new energy projects are not madeWith South African energy demand projected to double over the next 10 years, the government has made a commitment to satisfy a portion of that demand with clean energy sources.“This type of project will help address the electricity needs of South Africa, parts of which are plagued by brownouts, and create a more sustainable energy model for developing countries,” said Bak.The project will generate more than 30 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per month, save $2-million per year in fuel and avoid approximately 4 000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.In addition, the company said that a percentage of the return from the project will be used to alleviate energy poverty and will provide economic benefits to local communities through the creation of jobs.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa cuts interest rate

first_img20 July 2012 South Africa’s Reserve Bank decided on Thursday to cut its interest rate for banks, known as the repo rate, by 50 basis points to 5.0%. The prime rate at the country’s retail banks will now decline to 8.5%. Prior to Thursday’s cut, the Bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC) had kept the repo rate at a more than 30-year low of 5.5% for its last nine meetings. The repo (repurchase) rate is the rate at which the Reserve Bank lends money to the country’s banks. “While it is recognised that such a move on its own will not overcome the challenges facing the economy, it is felt that it can help alleviate some of the pressures faced by some sector,” Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus said following the MPC’s fourth meeting this year. The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) welcomed the decision. “This decision will go a long way towards alleviating cost pressures on households and businesses (and SMEs in particular), although the measure in and of itself is unlikely to have a significant impact on improving economic activity,” Sacci said in a statement. The cut was a welcome indication that long-term inflation is expected to moderate. The Reserve Bank revised its economic forecast for 2012 and 2013 slightly downwards. South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth is now projected to moderate to 2.7% (from a previous 2.9% forecast) before it picks up to 3.8% (from a previous 3.9% forecast) in 2013. In a research note, Nedbank economists said the decision was “unexpected but not unreasonable given the rapid deterioration in the global economy in recent weeks. “What happens next depends on whether the combined global monetary stimulus sparks some recovery later in the year (in which case rates will remain stable) or whether the global economy slips into recession (expect further easing)”, Nedbank said. Nedbank added, however, that it expected rates to remain stable well into 2013. The MPC will hold its next meeting from 18-20 September. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

API Providers Wish for More Third Party Innovation in 2011

first_imgTags:#hack#news Related Posts klint finley Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?center_img Mashery, a provider of API services, recently conducted a survey of attendees of its Business of APIs conferences in London, New York and San Francisco.The survey found that 64% of respondents cite “fostering third-party innovation” through APIs as a high priority for 2011. This was the most popular goal for API providers. The second most popular goal was “getting on as many devices as possible,” which 41% of respondents cited as a high priority.Mashery also announced new analytics capabilities this month, which will help API providers measure the business value of APIs as developers use those APIs to spread web services to multiple devices. Disclosure: Mashery is a sponsor of the main ReadWriteWeb site.Delyn Simons, director of platform strategies at Mashery, said she expected “getting on as many devices as possible” to be the most popular goal. She was surprised that third-party innovation also came out ahead of working with second-party partners to create API solutions.We cover many APIs that are open to third-party developers, so it’s no surprise for us that it’s a high priority for API providers. The survey found that 71% of respondents already cite third-party developers as key consumers of their APIs. This demonstrates the extent to which companies are relying on APIs to build brands and businesses.MailChimp co-founder Ben Chestnut wrote on the MailChimp blog:I *can* definitely say that one of the best investments we ever made as a company was in our API. It’s probably the best marketing we’ve ever done. I’ve joked about this before, but it’s true — if you’re an early-stage technology company, and you’re thinking about hiring sales people, or some marketing rock star, don’t do it. Just work on your API.Many other companies are seeing APIs a marketing tool. That’s where the analytics tools come in. As of now there’s what Mashery staffers are calling a “reporting black hole” when web applications leave the browser and start operating on mobile devices or through third-party clients. Mashery hopes to provide API providers with information such as which third-party developers are using the APIs the most, how users are interacting with applications and more.The analytics tools are already available for select Mashery customers, and will be generally available in the first quarter of 2011. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Building More Resilient Communities in the Face of Climate Change

first_imgOn a 2015 flight to New Mexico, Lane Johnson looked out the airplane window on the sprawling suburbs of Albuquerque and was struck by the sight of the Rio Grande, the thin ribbon of freshwater on which the region relies to survive. Johnson, a researcher from Minnesota who studies tree rings to model and reconstruct fires, had recently taken a job in Santa Fe with the U.S. Geological Survey because the arid Southwest presented a trove of professional opportunity. It also raised some questions. What makes the American Southwest a good place for fire research makes it a pretty bad place for much else. It’s prone to drought, limited in freshwater sources and precipitation, and home to some of the highest average annual temperatures in the country. It also has a population growth rate that’s been at least twice as high as the rest of the country since the 1950s. In the face of a changing climate, these challenges will only become greater. “It’s a delicate position that many hundreds of thousands of people have put themselves in,” Johnson says. Growing up in the Great Lakes region, Johnson says the lack of water in New Mexico concerned him. “There’s always that unsettling feeling of—by being there, am I contributing to the problem that I’m concerned about?” he says. “That maybe we’re at our carrying capacity in the Southwest, or beyond it if something related to water supply were to go poorly.”RELATED ARTICLESIs It Time to Move Our Cities?Resilience: Designing Homes for More Intense StormsBuilding Resilience for a ‘Close Encounter’ with DisasterClimate Change Resilience Could Save TrillionsRebuilding America and the ‘New Normal’ of Resilience As he settled into his job and his new life in Santa Fe, Johnson began wondering whether and how Albuquerque could bounce back in the face of an environmental crisis—and whether any place can really be resilient to the challenges posed by climate change. So, earlier this year, when Ensia put out a call to its readers for questions they wanted the magazine to report on, Johnson wrote in with what he’d come to realize was a very personal set of questions: “What does community resilience look like, and how can it be created and enhanced? Where are the most resilient communities in North America?” How communities respond to change The first part of answering these questions was to define resilience. In an explainer published in May, Ensia contributor Kate Knuth shows that scientists, researchers, and practitioners in various fields have interpreted the question differently, but all tend to associate resilience with how people and systems respond to change. Johnson’s questions are more narrowly focused on how communities respond to change. Just as some scientists look at the resilience of ecosystems or individual species, a growing number of researchers are studying the resilience of communities. They’re looking at environmental conditions that affect places—how sea level rise is likely to affect coastal Florida, for example, or how rising temperatures will spark more wildfires in California—but they’re also learning about elements that are not specific to the environment that make a place more likely to bounce back from extreme change. Katrina Brown, a geography professor at the University of Exeter in England, says community resilience should be thought of not as a trait or a characteristic but as a process that develops among community members. “It’s something that emerges from a set of activities and interactions,” says Brown, whose research focuses on the environment, global development, and the resilience of communities to change. “Rather than thinking that community X has this amount of resilience compared to community Y, actually it’s much more about looking at the social dynamics and the interactions that happen amongst people and how that might be building capacities to deal with different types of change and different types of shocks.” Brown has studied communities facing climate-related challenges around the world, and she’s found that many prioritize building physical infrastructures like seawalls to prevent or recover from change. But in areas where threats recur, she argues, communities should also focus on building support networks and response plans so they can meet residents’ needs when disaster strikes. “If you don’t have the capacity to organize, the capacity to plan ahead, and the capacity to bring people together and communicate and learn, then actually the physical infrastructure is only going to take you so far,” she says. This mirrors what architect Doug Pierce—who helped develop RELi, a rating system and set of standards for building resilience in infrastructure and communities—told Knuth. “Even if you have a building, neighborhood or infrastructure that can weather some kind of extreme event, if you don’t have cohesiveness within the population that is part of that, it’s hard for them to respond to the event while it’s happening,” he said. “And they can’t rebuild afterward if they are not cohesive.” Brown has seen that a community’s strengths in dealing with one kind of problem also tend to make it better at dealing with others. For example, flood-prone communities she’s studied in coastal England often develop elevated levels of social cohesion after floods that then enable them to collaborate in the face of other challenges, such as the economic blow of a local factory closing. That kind of resilience isn’t just about preparing for or recovering from disaster, though. In poor and flood-prone villages in Kenya, Brown says, she heard from many people that the resilience of their communities hinged on much more fundamental concerns. “What people said was, ‘We can’t actually build resilience in these communities if we aren’t educating our girls, because that means we’re only building the capacity of half of our community.’ So in a way they were taking a much more general view of what they needed to build capacity within their communities—not just for extreme weather events, but for a whole range of risks they were exposed to.” Social justice and shared responsibility “There’s a huge social justice consideration and dimension to this work,” says Steve Adams, director of urban resilience at the Vermont-based Institute for Sustainable Communities. Adams’ organization works with communities primarily in North America and Asia to develop policies and programs that address a wide range of climate-related risks. Increasingly, Adams says, the work has shifted from getting city governments to think about resilience to working with community-based organizations and nonprofits to improve their ability to address climate concerns, particularly in disadvantaged communities. Recent work with Maricopa County in Arizona has centered around organizations that offer low-income families financial assistance to help pay power bills during increasingly common extreme heat events. Adams says his organization helped create maps of utility service calls and power shut-offs during extreme heat to see how different communities were affected. Knowing where people were more likely to need assistance helped nonprofits better allocate resources, which Adams says has helped cut down on heat-related emergencies. The process helped “to surface how climate impacts rebound into a growing demand for social services, which is a cost that most local governments seek to contain, rather than seeing it as a pathway through which they can build community resilience,” he says. Building community resilience also requires shared responsibility, says Elizabeth Cook, a postdoctoral fellow at the Urban Systems Lab, a research group at The New School in New York that is focused on the social, ecological, and technical systems within cities. Cook is conducting a five-year study of nine cities in the U.S. and Mexico that are developing long-term sustainability and resilience plans. The challenges vary in these cities—ranging from Syracuse, New York, to Hermosillo, Mexico—but Cook says a common element in these cities’ planning efforts has been to put more power in the hands of neighborhood organizations that can respond to local crises. “There’s a lot of discussion around developing a more participatory governance system…essentially creating more opportunities for local communities to really actively engage in how decisions are made in cities,” Cook says. By decentralizing climate change planning, cities can let neighborhoods prepare for the threats that are most relevant to them. “I think that’s part of helping to build this connected network and this connected trust within the community,” she says. In Portland, Oregon, neighborhoods themselves are seen as instrumental to creating a resilient community. In its environmental and sustainability planning, Portland has prioritized policies that ensure resilience at a neighborhood level, particularly by focusing on the city’s urban form. The ideal is the creation of so-called complete neighborhoods that “improve community resilience to natural hazards by providing access to local services, offering multiple ways to get around, and fostering community connections.” In its latest comprehensive plan, the city has set a goal of making it possible for 80% of Portlanders to live in complete neighborhoods by 2035. Such tools for developing resilience in communities, though, can only go so far. Sometimes, Brown says, tough decisions have to be made when a place simply can’t become resilient to the extreme changes it faces. She says communities need to prepare for those types of decisions as they consider the implications of climate change. “It’s about thinking, ‘When do we need fundamental system change?’ And that fundamental system change might mean relocation of communities or structures, it might mean a change in your source of livelihood, and I think that that is part of the whole resilience issue,” she says. A more resilient place? After working and living in New Mexico for two years, Johnson moved back to Minnesota. He ended up in Duluth, a city that Jesse Keenan, a lecturer in architecture at Harvard whose research focuses on urban development and climate adaptation, recently declared an exceptional site for “climigration,” or climate migration. For Johnson, the pull back to Minnesota was more personal than environmental, but the resilience of the Southwest had been a concern during his time there. In Minnesota, he sees resilience in a variety of ways—from strong community interactions, to knowing that his food is coming from within a short radius, to having confidence that the farms providing that food are less likely to be struck down by catastrophic drought. All these issues were far more of a concern in Santa Fe. “My partner and I occasionally like to talk about other places where we could imagine ourselves living,” Johnson says. “Santa Fe is still one of those places, but thinking about 30 years out and the changes that might occur…Santa Fe’s lower on the list.” Johnson recognizes that the Great Lakes states have their own climate challenges, such as heavy precipitation and flooding, but compared with other places, they seem more likely to be resilient in the event of extreme changes on a variety of fronts. For example, all that freshwater can’t hurt. “When I wake up and get to commute to work and look out over the largest body of freshwater by surface area in the world, which is Lake Superior, that’s kind of a comforting thing to see and to know is there,” he says. Nate Berg is a former staff writer at The Atlantic Cities who now covers cities, science and design. He is based in Los Angeles. This post originally appeared at Ensia.last_img read more

On Basketball: Kyrie gets a new address, but Cavs win trade

first_imgFILE – In this June 7, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) is guarded by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland. Irving gets his new address and Isaiah Thomas gets to play with LeBron. They both can say they won in this Celtics-Cavs blockbuster deal. But the sum of the parts says Cleveland got the better of Boston in this swap of All-Star point guards. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)MIAMI— It’s not the principals that will define the blockbuster trade between Cleveland and Boston. Great point guard leaves one city for another. That seems fair.All the other parts, they will tell the story.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ Regardless of all these Celtics-Cavaliers fireworks, it’s still Golden State’s world and probably will be for a long time. This deal didn’t change that.The Warriors will still be the favorites to win the last game of next season.The first game of next season, as luck would have it, just happens to be Boston at Cleveland.And just like that, the NBA has drama again. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES LeBron James heads to Manila again on September 2 View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Minnesota never offered Andrew Wiggins. Miami never offered half its roster. Portland wasn’t giving up Damian Lillard. In the end the Cavs still got a star for a star, and since Thomas is only making about $6.3 million next season they got plenty of bonus parts as well to make the trade work.It also solved one big Cleveland problem.James’ only motivation is rings, and this move gives him just that.He will be looking to go to the Finals for the eighth consecutive year. Only three teams in NBA history have been to four straight finals — the Lakers, the Celtics, and the Miami Heat when James was with them. Golden State will be heavy favorites to join that club next June. The Cavaliers won’t surprise many if they join them.James will show up at camp in a couple of months and begin plotting ways to get his team back to the Finals. Had Irving still been there, James surely would have been wondering if they could make it work again. With Thomas, there won’t be a question. James and Thomas already have great respect for one another, and Thomas runs on the same prove-people-wrong gasoline that James uses.Cleveland has been through the free-agency-is-looming dance with James before, of course. If the Cavs want to keep him next summer, they simply have to go all-in to make him as happy as possible. This trade probably wasn’t a bad start on that front.In Boston, the Celtics will look very different this season.Irving and Hayward are in; Thomas, Crowder, Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and Amir Johnson are out — meaning five of Boston’s seven top scorers from a No. 1 seed now play elsewhere.The Cavs weren’t overhauled; Irving is gone, Thomas, Derrick Rose and Jeff Green arrived.From a continuity standpoint, obvious edge to Cleveland as well. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program There are many ways to claim victory in the deal made Tuesday night. Kyrie Irving wanted his own team and got it, so he wins. Isaiah Thomas gets to play with LeBron James, so he wins. The Cavaliers got rid of a supposedly disgruntled star, so they won. The Celtics now won’t have to decide if Thomas is worth something like a $180 million deal next summer, so they won. It’s all semantics.But look past all that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the end, Cleveland won. James won, too.Here’s a few reasons why James will be celebrating this deal: He’ll still have a high-octane point guard; he’s getting an absurdly good defender in Jae Crowder (he could have helped the Cavs’ cause against Golden State in The Finals); he won’t be going into the season dealing with drama about Irving’s Cleveland future; this trade might even reap the Cavaliers the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft. Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses All good things, all edge to Cleveland.Give the Celtics credit for being bold. Danny Ainge knew winning the Eastern Conference’s regular-season crown last season was meaningless, so he completely blew up a team that was a No. 1 seed and got hammered by the Cavaliers in the East finals. Sure, the Celtics played most of that series without Thomas, but that wasn’t going to matter. The Cavs weren’t losing that series.So Ainge goes out and gets an All-Star point guard in Irving, after he hauls in Gordon Hayward during free agency and adds probable rookie of the year front-runner Jayson Tatum to the mix in the draft — plus gets another draft pick in either 2018 or 2019 for his trouble.It’s not a bad deal for the Celtics. They get Irving. It’s his team. A storied franchise is in his hands and he will savor that.It’s just a better deal for Cleveland, at least right now.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

IPL players’ auction on Jan 8-9, decision on Kochi after Nov 27

first_imgInsisting that the season four of Indian Premier League would have eight teams like its previous editions, the IPL governing council on Wednesday decided that the auction of players would be held on January 8 and 9. That means the eighth team issue has to be resolved by the first week of January 2011. The governing council however refrained from any decision on the Kochi team as the deadline to resolve its ownership dispute ends on November 27. After the meeting, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice-president and IPL governing council member Rajiv Shukla said, “Now that preparations for IPL-4 have started in full swing, we have to make it a big success. Eighth and ninth January has been set for the players’ auction in Mumbai.” “The BCCI president has already said that there will be eight teams in the league and the format will remain unchanged,” he added. The controversial Kochi IPL franchise’s fate has been uncertain even as it got an extension to sort out its problem pertaining to ownership. Though the latest deadline set by the governing council lapses in 10 days, reports had suggested that the franchisees might throw in the towel as they have failed to resolve the issue. On the question of Kochi team’s ouster Shukla said, “Kochi team was not discussed today. It has been given one-month notice which lapses on November 27. So any decision on Kochi will be taken after 27th only. Kochi was not on the agenda today.” Since no letter of withdrawal was received from the franchisees, the decision on Koci team’s ouster was not taken on Wednesday. However the governing council has been busy preparing for the exit of Kochi team as it also deliberated on the tender process options in lieu of Kochi’s axe from the season four. Earlier, amidst indications that the group of investors in the Kochi franchise have been unable to resolve their differences over its ownership the IPL governing council members huddled at Mumbai Cricket Association’s Recreation Centre at Bandra Kurla Complex. Options before BCCIEven before a decision on the Kochi team, the BCCI has already started weighing its options and might call for a fresh bid for the eighth franchise if its decision goes against the Kochi team. If that happens, the BCCI would in all likelihood put out an invitation to tender on November 28 and ask for the bids in 15 days. With Kochi’s fate hanging in the balance, the IPL for the moment only has seven confirmed teams in the fray for the forthcoming season. BCCI president Shashank Manohar had earlier told Headlines Today that the governing council would examine all operational and organisational matters pertaining to the IPL season four. If the governing council decision goes against Kochi, the time would be of the essence as player auctions can only be completed once the teams are decided. In case of a new team, the base price could be $225 million.advertisementlast_img read more

9 months agoSarri tells Chelsea: I need a Cesc replacement

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sarri tells Chelsea: I need a Cesc replacementby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has told club chiefs they need a midfield signing after victory over Newcastle.With Cesc Fabregas having left the club yesterday, Sarri hopes we will be able to bring in a replacement for the midfielder.He said, “As you have seen today, Jorginho was in trouble and on the bench there wasn’t a player for that position, so I need a player for that position, I need another option for Jorginho.”The club knows very well my opinion. I need a player there so it depends on the club’s decision, I can’t do anything more.” last_img