SHANGHAI (AP):Formula One’s drivers have made another statement of unity, this time in the form of a selfie over a group dinner in China.Nearly all of the drivers on the circuit got together for dinner before the start of the Chinese Grand Prix on Wednesday night and posed for a group selfie that Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg posted on Instagram with a message targeted at F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.Rosberg hash-tagged the photo, #RacingUnited, and then wrote, “or in Bernie’s words: #windbagsunited.”The barb was in reference to comments that Ecclestone made to the media in Bahrain after F1 drivers wrote a joint letter demanding an overhaul of F1’s administration.The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association wrote the letter to F1 stakeholders amid frustrations over the much-criticised rolling elimination format of qualifying that was introduced this season and then promptly dropped for the Chinese GP, as well as other problems in the sport.WINDBAGS COMMENTEcclestone dismissed the drivers’ concerns, and when asked by reporters if he believed they were “windbags,” he replied, some of them were.Rosberg, said yesterday he wasn’t upset by Ecclestone’s comments, adding the drivers were only “trying to help” with the letter.”We love the sport, we want the sport to be the most fascinating, exciting sport in the whole wide world,” he said. “And if we’re together and we raise our opinion, we have a certain power.”Apparently, the only thing the drivers can’t agree on is who should have picked up the bill for dinner.Reigning F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, who chose the restaurant and put down the deposit for the tables, said after the meal he suggested one driver pick up the bill and someone else could pay next time.”And then someone said, ‘Let’s just share it, so it’s 17 drivers sharing that freaking bill,” he said. “We all got a receipt – it was 17 receipts, 17 credit cards. It was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen.”When asked who insisted on paying individually, Hamilton joked. “I’m pretty sure it was Nico.”Rosberg responded in kind by saying his Mercedes teammate should have treated because the “agreement usually is that the world champion pays.”
Former England manager Roy Hodgson 1 Former England boss Roy Hodgson was shocked by the performance his players put in against Iceland, admitting the three group stage showings had given him no ‘real cause for concern’ about an exit from Euro 2016.The Three Lions were knocked out of Euro 2016 in humiliating circumstances, going ahead against Iceland before losing 2-1 to the minnows.However, it was not an unlucky loss, with the victors by far the better, and much more deserving, team.England’s performance was one of the worst of recent memory, and Hodgson has claimed the previous games gave no suggestion that his players would struggle to overcome Lars Lagerback & Heimir Hallgrimsson’s men.The 68-year-old, who resigned minutes after the final whistle, said: “I don’t think before last night’s game the performances had given me any real cause for concern, other than us not taking our chances.“I didn’t see, and neither did the players, the sort of performance we gave last night that saw us knocked out. Iceland were possibly the better team on the night despite us having the best of possession.”Despite leaving his post as manager, Hodgson is willing to aid the FA in the search for his successor.There are few outstanding candidates to take charge of the national team, but the now-former coach said: “They know, Martin [Glenn, FA chief executive] knows, Greg Dyke knows, David Gill, if he is going to be involved, knows that if I can be of assistance in any way whatsoever, I will do. But it will be up to them to come to me.“As far as I am concerned now I am an ex-England manager and can only wish the new England manager the best of luck. I think, as I said in my statement, that I am leaving a good group of players to work with.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Farm Report will televise a roundtable discussion hosted at JD Equipment in London, Ohio, for its special nationwide TV segment focused on used ag equipment. The program, entitled “On the Road with Machinery Pete,” features local John Deere equipment dealers from around the country discussing trends in the market with U.S. Farm Report hosts and Farm Journal’s used equipment expert, Greg Peterson.Portions of the first “On the Road with Machinery Pete” program were filmed at JD Equipment’s Annual Ag Auction, which took place on Saturday, December 5. The auction, that approximately 500 people attended, featured more than 125 pieces of equipment valued at more than $5 million.The segment also includes a roundtable discussion with Ted Miller, used equipment director, and John Griffith, general manager, both with JD Equipment, Farm Journal’s Peterson and U.S. Farm Report host Clinton Griffiths. The group discusses a variety of farm machinery topics, including used equipment trends in the area.The “On the Road with Machinery Pete” episode featuring JD Equipment airs Saturday, January 16, at various times and on several stations in the Central Ohio area:Mansfield and North Central Ohio: WMFD, Saturday 6:00 a.m. ESTLima: WLIO, Saturday 5:00 a.m. ESTToledo: WTVG, Saturday 5:00 a.m. ESTYoungstown: WKBN, Sunday 4:30 a.m. ESTZanesville: WHIZ, Saturday 6:00 a.m. ESTAdditionally, U.S. Farm Report will air on RFD-TV and Sirius XM (audio only on channel 147) at the following times:RFD-TV: Saturday, January 16, 9 a.m. EST; Sunday, January 17, 1:00 p.m. ESTSiriusXM: Saturday, January 16, 7 p.m. EST; Sunday, January 17, 8:00 a.m. ESTFor more information on the On the Road with Machinery Pete program on U.S. Farm Report, visit www.AgWeb.com/USFR.
After a week of rain, the New South Wales Touch Association did a fantastic job to get the fields looking as good as they did. Please find the scores for all of the divisions below:Men’s Premier LeagueHornsby Lions 7 defeated Penrith Panthers 6Player of the Final: Dylan Hennessey (Hornsby Lions)Women’s Premier LeagueWollongong Devils 10 defeated Wests Magpies 4Player of the Final: Nicole Beck (Wollongong Devils)Mixed Premier LeagueEasts Roosters 5 defeated Central Coast Dolphins 4Player of the Final: Men’s: Manu Wakely (Easts Roosters)Women’s: Liz Wilbow (Central Coast Dolphins)Women’s Development LeagueManly Sea Eagles 4 defeated Easts Roosters 2Men’s Division OneBankstown Jets 10 defeated Penrith Panthers 6Women’s Division OneCampbelltown Ghosts 4 defeated Varsity Stingers 3Men’s Division Two Hornsby Lions 6 defeated Liverpool Lightning 5Women’s Division Two Manly Sea Eagles 4 defeated Ryde Eastwood Hawks 2Men’s Division ThreePenrith Panthers 5 defeated Hills Hornets 2Men’s MastersWests Magpies (1) 6 defeated Penrith Panthers (1) 5 Women’s Premier LeagueThe Wollongong Devils have defeated Wests Magpies 10-4 to claim their first Women’s Premier League Vawdon Cup final. After being promoted to the Premier League division three seasons ago, the Devils came from fifth place on the ladder to take the win. Led by current Australian Women’s Open squad members Ashleigh Dobbins, Jessica McCall and Nicole Beck, the Wollongong side are now looking for the double, next month’s New South Wales State Cup title. The Devils were on the scoreboard early, when Nicole Beck scored a length of the field intercept touchdown to give her side a 1-0 lead. Jessica McCall made it 2-0 one minute later, capitalising on a penalty close to their attacking line, diving over to give her side their second touchdown. Back-to-back penalties gave Wollongong good field position and in the ninth minute a Nicole Beck long ball gave Leah Hayes her first touchdown, and gave the Devils a 3-0 lead. Strong Wollongong defence kept the Magpies off the scoreboard until the 15th minute, when Nicky Albery dived over to score following back-to-back sets of six to take the score to 3-1. Wollongong’s Kristen Whittacker scored her first touchdown on the half-time siren to give her side a 4-1 lead at the break. It only took two minutes into the second half for the Devils to further extend their lead, when a Melissa McCall long ball set up Hayes for her second touchdown, to take the score to 5-1. Australian Women’s Open squad member Nicole McHugh led by example for Wests in the fourth minute, diving over the line to bring her team back to within three touchdowns, 5-2. Whittaker scored her second touchdown of the game one minute later, when the Devils created an overlap to take a 6-2 lead. The Devils soon took their lead out to five touchdowns when Bianca Mounsey dived over in the corner in the eighth minute to give her side a 7-2 advantage. Some fancy footwork by Whittaker in the 11th minute gave her a hat trick of touchdowns and helped further extend her teams lead, 8-2. A good half run set up the Magpies’ Tara Mohi to score in the 16th minute off the back of a penalty close to their attacking line to bring the score back to 8-3. Two quick touchdowns to the Devils, through Rachel Beck and Melissa McCall, gave their team a 10-3 lead. Wests’ Elisha Dougal scored in the 19th minute to bring the margin back to six touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough, with the Devils taking a 10-4 win. Wollongong Captain, Ashleigh Dobbins, was ecstatic about the win, paying tribute to her side that has played together for several years. “We’re very excited, we’ve played together for a long time, since we were 15 or 16, so we’ve been together for a long time.”“Last week was amazing, we were scared that last week we played our grand final, but we had another one in us and it gives us confidence for State Cup as well,” Dobbins said. “We’re great friends inside and outside of Touch so we are really, really happy.”The Devils’ Jessica McCall was proud of her team’s performance and can’t wait to go for the double in Port Macquarie at the start of next month. “I think it’s just amazing, this feeling isn’t going to go away for a couple of weeks. It’s such a good lead up to State Cup, it’s probably the best lead up we’ve ever had. So I’m looking forward to going for the double,” McCall said.Men’s Premier LeagueThe Hornsby Lions have beaten a fast finishing Penrith Panthers side to win the 2010 Men’s Premier League Vawdon Cup final.The Lions, who finished fifth in the regular season, won back the title they last won in 2008, taking the game 7-6. Hornsby was the first team to score, with Nathan Wong diving over the line in the first minute to give his side a 1-0 lead. Penrith hit back in the next minute, with Matt Moylan sliding over the line to level the scores at 1-all.Hornsby’s Tom Hillard gave his side the lead in the sixth minute, when the Lions capitalised on an overlap, with Hillard scoring in the corner. The Panthers levelled the score four minutes later, when Matt Moylan set up captain Nick Good’s touchdown to bring the game to two touchdowns all. Hornsby hit back in the 11th minute, with Joseph Tarau scoring, and they took their lead out to two touchdowns when Hillard scored his second to give his side a 4-2 advantage. The teams traded touchdowns in the final minutes of the first half, with the Panthers Dean McKechine scoring in the 19th minute, while the Lions hit back in the final minute of the half through Michael Abood to take a two touchdown lead into half time, 5-3. The Lions were in again in just the second minute of the second half, when some good footwork from captain Dylan Hennessey gave them a three touchdown advantage.Two touchdowns in the space of three minutes put Penrith back into the game, with Nick Good and Daniel Springfield scoring, to hit back to within one touchdown. Potatau Berryman scored for the Lions in the 14th minute to take his side’s lead to two touchdowns, before the Panthers’ Dean Springfield’s touchdown in the next set brought the game to seven touchdowns to six. The Panthers tried hard to level the score in the dying minutes, with plenty of possession close to the line, but strong Hornsby defence kept them out, with the Lions taking the title with the one touchdown win. Hennessey, who was named Player of the Final, was proud of his team’s achievements, but admits they were lucky to take the title over a strong Penrith side. He says that the title win was due to the side playing as a team. “It’s our second win now, we are missing two of our boys so we just came up and lifted for them, we were lucky to get away with it.”“With our team we don’t know if we are going to play on the day or not or if the boys are going to turn up but today we turned up and decided to play so we were lucky with that,” he said. The win is a good lead up for the Hornsby side who are looking to put back-to-back titles together at this year’s New South Wales State Cup after winning the title over the Panthers in 2009. “It would be sensational (to win), we are not even thinking about that at the moment, we’ve just got to get to the semis and the finals and hopefully we can get there,” Hennessey said.
CS Square LogoCollege Spun is expanding.College Spun, founded in September of 2012, is an independent sports blog that brings you the most interesting college athletics stories of the day. The publication, which reaches over three million unique readers per month, focuses on the social media aspect of the industry.We’re looking for one full-time social media manager to add to our staff for our Hoboken, New Jersey (next to NYC) office. Candidates must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and have a love for all-things college sports. The social media manager will work closely with the CEO and the editorial team to optimize College Spun’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine accounts. The ideal candidate will have 1-3 years of experience in the field.Qualifications:You must be entrepreneurially-minded and OBSESSED with college sports.You must have experience at an online publication.You must be well-versed in all forms of social media.You must be creative. We’re looking for someone to bring fresh ideas on how to market College Spun’s product.You must have experience with both photo and video editing.You must not care about a 9-5, Monday-Friday lifestyle. Games are all on nights and weekends.You must be competitive by nature and self-motivated.You must be willing to relocate to the NYC area.Think you’re the perfect candidate? Then we can’t wait to meet you. If that’s not you but you know someone else who is that person, please introduce us.To apply, please email [email protected] with your resume.
Viking Line’s passenger ship M/S Viking Grace has been fitted with a rotor sail for the utilization of wind power, becoming the world’s first passenger ship to feature the technology.The Rotor Sail Solution, developed by the Finnish company Norsepower Oy, will cut fuel consumption and reduce emissions by up to 900 tonnes annually, Viking Line said.The LNG-fueled Viking Grace will be deployed on wind-assisted voyages between Turku, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden from April 12, 2018.“As the rotor is spinning, the passing air will flow with a lower pressure on one side then the opposite side. The propulsion force created by this pressure difference will drive the vessel forward. The rotor sail operation is automated and the system will shut down in response to any disadvantageous changes in the direction or force of the wind,” the company explained.The cylindrical rotor sail installed on M/S Viking Grace is 24 m in height and 4 m in diameter and it uses the Magnus effect for propulsion.“We want to pioneer the use of solutions that reduce the environmental load. Based in Finland, Norsepower has developed a world-class mechanical rotor sail solution that will reduce fuel consumption. We are proud of the fact that our Viking Grace will be the first passenger ship in the world to benefit from this innovative solution,” Jan Hanses, CEO of Viking Line, said.The Finnish cleantech company’s rotor sail solution bodes well with the tightening environmental requirements.“The last traditional windjammers in the world were owned and operated by shipping companies based in Åland, so it’s fitting that Åland-based Viking Line should be a forerunner in launching modern auxiliary sail technology,” Tuomas Riski, CEO of Norsepower, said.In addition, Viking Line plans to utilize wind propulsion on the company’s new vessel, which is due to be operational in 2020. Built in China, the passenger ship will be equipped with two mechanical rotor sails supplied by Norsepower, thus doubling the wind power potential.Image and Video Courtesy: Viking Line
zoomImage Courtesy: Flickr/Janko Hoener / CC-BY-SA-4.0. Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik has received another newbuilding contract cancellation, this time from a Kuwaiti client.Namely, Kuwait-based Livestock Transport & Trading Co. cancelled a contract for the construction of a 28.000 m2 livestock carrier with the shipbuilder on April 1.The contract was terminated due to Uljanik’s inability to deliver the newbuilding no. 526 in line with the terms defined by the agreement.However, according to the shipbuilder’s stock exchange filing, the company was willing to negotiate new contract terms with the financially troubled Uljanik in order to continue construction. The parties have launched negotiations on the matter.A number of ship owners decided to abandon newbuilding contracts with Uljanik during 2018 and earlier in 2019. A little over two months ago, Luxembourg-based CLdN RoRo canceled a contract for the construction of a RoRo vessel at the shipyard.The contract for one 5,500 lane meter ship (hull no. 531) was terminated on January 27, 2019. Only days later, Uljanik received a shipbuilding contract termination for one self-propelled cutter suction dredger from Dredging and Maritime Management SA (DMM) Luxembourg.World Maritime News Staff
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reassured fans he will never repeat his wild Merseyside derby celebrationThe German was fined £8,000 – the standard penalty – after admitting a Football Association misconduct charge.Klopp is known for his exuberant displays of emotion on the touchline but he believes he can control his emotions to prevent another pitch invasion.“I didn’t want to do it and I can say it won’t happen again,” said the Reds boss as cited by Belfast Telegraph, ahead of the trip to Burnley.“The last time I did it was around 14 years ago. I’m not that quick anymore. It will be fine. It was not on my radar that it was still possible.“We make mistakes, but usually I learn from it. At least over a long period.Mo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“It’s not a massive mistake. If there was no rule against it we, as managers, would constantly celebrate on the pitch and you would say ‘That’s nice’.“I don’t think anybody thought it’s massively wrong or whatever, not even the ref, they were probably surprised themselves.“There’s nothing to say actually. It’s a fine, I pay it. Let’s carry on.“I couldn’t avoid it obviously, but that’s what the rules are for, and if you break rules you have to be fined for it.“That’s what happened, no problem with that, it’s completely normal.”
Leicester City manager has declined comments on the future of Portuguese International Andre Silva despite making just one start in the Premier League for City this season.The 29-year-old is expected to go out on loan in January, with a possible return to his former club Sporting Lisbon likely. Andy King and Yohan Benalouane are also among Leicester city players likely to depart.“I cannot speak about any player but we know in the window we will see some moves for some players to get some game time,” he told Leicester mercury.“There will be some decisions made with different players.“We are only focused on this important game on Saturday and do not speak about the transfer window.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It is not my concern at my moment. The most important thing is we have busy weeks ahead with a lot of games in a short time and we need to keep our focus on this game because we want to perform.“We will see in January what we decide to do with different players.“Perhaps in January it is a good opportunity to reduce the squad and to keep all the players with a positive attitude and concentration on our game.“We have 30 players and it is difficult to keep all the intensity and motivation for them all.“For them and for us it is a good thing to find a balance in the squad and we will see in time after some discussions with some players we will see the desire of the players.”
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard talks about the high stakes involved that make derby games special occasions.The former Liverpool captain took part in his fair share of Merseyside derbies during his time at Anfield, with little camaraderie displayed on or off the pitch when the Reds face Everton.The clashes between Liverpool and Everton are often dubbed ‘the friendly rivalry’ but Gerrard insists there’s no chance the Glasgow derby between Rangers and Celtic getting such a tag.“There were certain times when we were both pushing for the top four and there were some juicy ones in there,” Gerrard said, according to Evening Times.“But form and where you lay in the table seemed to go out of the window. It was about bragging rights, the build-up and it just felt different as a fixture.”“That’s how this has felt. More people stop you around the city. You have a little bit more verbals on the street and some more good luck messages.”Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“That’s just the way it is. It’s a huge fixture and will never change.”“There was certainly hostility. Certainly to me, anyway. But that’s what makes them – the banter, the rivalry.”“I used to go out of my way to come and watch these games when I was on the outside. To now be part of it is a great feeling.”