Nuclear research project to get go-ahead for extension

first_imgThe changes are being driven by budgetary concerns. Japan is still committed to fusion energy research but is feeling the impact of Asia’s financial crisis.The US is also under pressure to channel some of its contribution to the multi-billion-ecu project back into its own domestic fusion research programme.The proposed extension would postpone the start of the planned construction phase of the project for a further three years.But European scientists insist that this would not detractfrom ITER’s long-term goal and stress that there is no suggestion of the programme being closed down.“We would not be abandoning the grand design completely as it has its own value,” said one. “A smaller ITER would be compatible with present spending levels, but it would not give the answers to all our questions. Some of these would have to be put off to the next stage.” The EU, the US, Japan and Russia, who jointly participatein the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project (ITER), are seeking to extend the current engineering design phase for a further three years.The Commission must agree the extension with the three other partners before the 20 July deadline for completion of the current design phase.The terms of reference for the teams involved in the project will also be modified to allow them to examine alternatives to the demonstration reactor now on the drawing board.last_img read more

Locked down and dreaming of his next fight

first_imgJunior welterweight boxer Jami Weapons Webb aims to have a shot at the SA title once the Covid situation is resolved. With most of the Covid-19 regulations still in place, there’s only one thing a fighter can do: dream of the next time he steps into the ring. If anything, the lockdown period has presented an ideal time to reflect, prepare and sharpen his skill, says Jami “Weapons” Webb, one of the Cape’s most promising junior middleweight prospects.Although relatively new to the sport, Webb, 30, from Kuils River, has done enough to impress boxing fans since turning professional two years ago. Understandably so, especially considering his fight record of 6-0.His tall, slender frame is reminiscent of former WBA welterweight champion, Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns (32-0) who became the first boxer in history to win world titles in five weight divisions: welterweight, light middleweight, super middleweight, cruiserweight and light heavyweight. Boxing aficionados will recall that, in 1981, Hearns lost his first professional fight when he fought WBC champion, Sugar Ray Leonard (30-1) in an epic clash dubbed “The Showdown”.Like The Hitman, Webb is also good with his hands and boasts a height advantage that gives him an edge over his opponents. In fact, it’s his hands that earned him the nickname “Weapons” and, he says, once we’re in the clear of this whole Covid-19 situation, he’ll be able to put it to good use.“I’ve always been passionate about boxing,” he said, recalling that one time his older sister had to bail him out in a schoolyard brawl.“Funny story is, my first fight was actually in primary school. I think I was in Grade 1 and my sister was Grade 2,“So I got into a fight and my sister came to save me. She’s like, stop it guys, leave my brother. Stop hitting my brother.“I started crying, not because I was hurt, but because I wanted to fight,” he said.Although big sis saved the day, young Jami made up his mind, he was going to be a boxer. Fast forward to Philippi Plaza, some years later, at an event called Future Champs, when he stepped into the ring for the first time. Unknown to him at the time, he said, was an experienced opponent who happened to be undefeated at that point.“It was a bit intense in there, I can’t explain it. The atmosphere was brilliant, every one was singing songs and shouting… I fought my first fight and I beat the guy. From there I was hooked, I couldn’t stop, I just wanted to continue fighting,” he said.The rest, as they say, is history, which, in more recent times includes the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. What followed was an end to all sporting activities and a total lockdown as declared by president Cyril Ramaphosa just over a month ago.“The Covid-19 has affected my goals but it’s good that we can stay at home and basically solve this together. It’s actually a good time now to plan for the future,” he said.“My goals after the lockdown are to continue training, get a tune up fight and then fight for the SA title,” he said. Visit CCNSport Facebook page to check out the video.last_img read more

LSU Notes: Miles hasn’t lost big for quite some time

first_imgBATON ROUGE – The most points LSU coach Les Miles had lost a game by prior to the 41-7 loss at Auburn Saturday was 38-17 to Alabama in 2013, which equaled the 21-0 loss to Alabama in the BCS national championship game in the 2011 season.The 34-point deficit was Miles’ most lopsided loss since his Oklahoma State Cowboys feel 55-16 to Texas in the 2003 season, which came a week after he lost 52-9 to No. 1 Oklahoma.“Certainly, there’s a philosophical piece about hard times, and to me I’ve kind of recognized that there’s so much to gain on days like today,” he said early this week. “There’s so much opportunity to improve. There’s so much really that a program like this could take and learn from.”The Tigers (4-2, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) play at Florida (3-1, 2-1 SEC) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on the SEC Network.“There’s some other pieces that we need to attack and get after, and if we can get to those next Saturday we can play best,” he said. “And to play best is really what we’re after. And we haven’t got there yet, and I think the week to week chore is to get us to that point.”Miles recovered from the 52-9 and 55-16 losses in 2003 at Oklahoma State by beating Kansas 44-21 and Baylor 38-21 to finish 9-3 overall and 5-3 in the Big 12 for third place. His team then lost 31-28 to Ole Miss and Eli Manning in the Cotton Bowl.By the numbers: Miles goes after his 100th win as LSU’s head coach at Florida, and he will bring to it a 24-1 record in games after a loss. … The only time Miles has lost back-to-back games as LSU’s coach was in 2008 as he fell to Ole Miss and Arkansas in November. … The last time an LSU team opened a SEC season 0-3 was in 1999 when Coach Gerry DiNardo fell to Auburn, 41-7, Georgia, 23-22, and Florida, 31-10. DiNardo went on to lose the first seven SEC games that season and was fired before the eighth SEC game of the season. Interim coach Hal Hunter guided LSU to a 34-10 win over Arkansas to end the season. … The Tigers’ game at Florida Saturday will be their first as an unranked team since Nov. 28, 2008, when LSU lost 31-30 at Arkansas.last_img read more

Town Ball Schedule/Standings

first_imgUPCOMING SCHEDULELAKEWOOD LEAGUESaturday July 7th 720p HD 1080p HD Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip About Connatix V56892 About Connatix V56892center_img Auto (360p) 1/1 360p Sauk Rapids Cylcones @ Brainerd Bees   1:30CENTRAL VALLEY LEAGUESaturday July 7th Eden Valley Hawks @ St. Augusta Gussies        2:00Sunday July 8thSt. Augusta Gussies @ Kimball Express   2:00Watkins Clippers @ Luxemburg Brewers  2:00Eden Valley Hawks @ Pear Lake Lakers    2:00Cold Spring Rockies @ St. Nicholas Nicks         2:00SAUK VALLEY LEAGUESaturday July 7th Foley Lumberjacks @ St. Joseph Joes      1:30Sunday July 7thSt. Joseph Joes @ Becker Bandits             1:30Sartell Stone Poneys @ Foley Lumberjacks 1:30STEARNS COUNTYFriday July 6thRoscoe Rangers @ Farming Flames 8:00Saturday July 7thLake Henry Lakers @ St. Martin Martins     8:15Sunday July 8thElrosa Saints @ Greenwald Cubs                          1:30Meire Grove Grovers @ Spring Hills Chargers    1:30Richmond Royals @ New Munich Silverstreaks 1:30VICTORY LEAGUEFriday July 6thFreeport Black Sox @ Lastrup Lakers                  7:30Saturday July 7thSt. Stephen Steves @ St. Wendel Saints    1:30EXHIBITION GAMESCOLD SPRING SPRINGERS @ COORS LIGHT CLASSIC(2018 Jordan/Shakopee July 6th, 7th and 8th)(Pool A)                                           (Pool B)Jordan Brewers                                      Shakopee IndiansSacred Heart Saints                     Moorhead BrewersCold Spring Springers                 Green Isle IrishNorthfield Knights                        Hampton CardinalsFriday July 6thCold Spring Springers vs. Sacred Heart Saints 8:00 @ JordanSaturday July 7thCold Spring Springers vs. Northfield Knights     12:00 @ ShakopeeCold Spring Springers vs. Jordan Brewers                     4:00 @ JordanChampionship @ ShakopeeSunday July 8th1:00 Pool A #1 vs. Pool B #1Friday July 6thKimball Express @ Maple Lake Lakers      7:30Saturday July 7thSartell Muskies @ New Market Muskies     12:30Sartell Muskies vs. Waterville Indians                     2:30         @ New MarketPearl Lake Lakers @ Farming Flames                  7:30Fort Ripley Rebels @ Cold Spring Rockies         7:00Clear Lake Lakers @ Monticello Polecats  7:30Lake Henry Laker @ New London-Spicer Twins          7:30Starbucks Starts @ Elrosa Saints                          8:300Saturday July 7thPearl Lake Lakers @ Farming Flames                            7:30Richmond Royals @ Glencoe Brewers                4:00Sunday July 8thBig Lake Yellowjackets @ Albertville Villains        7:30LEAGUE STANDINGSLAKEWOOD LEAGUEBeaudreaus Saints             3-0Cold Spring Springers       2-1Sauk Rapids Cyclones      1-2Brainerd Bees                      0-3CENTRAL VALLEY LEAGUENorth Watkins Clippers                 10-2Luxemburg Brewers           9-3Pearl Lake Lakers               4-7St. Nicholas Nicks               1-10SouthSt. Augusta Gussies          6-4Cold Spring Rockies          7-3Kimball Express                  5-5Eden Valley Hawks             2-8SAUK VALLEY LEAGUESartell Muskies                    10-0St. Joseph Joes                            6-2Foley Lumberjacks             6-3Clear Lake Lakers               4-5Albertville Villains               1-6Sartell Stone Poneys                   1-5Becker Bandits                    1-5STEARNS COUNTYNorthElrosa Saints              7-2New Munich                6-3Spring Hill Chargers 5-5Meire Grove Grovers 4-6Greenwald Cubs        2-8SouthRichmond Royals      7-2Lake Henry Lakers    6-3Roscoe Rangers        5-5St. Martin Martins       4-6Farming Flames                  2-8VICTORY LEAGUE SOUTH Avon Lakers               9-2Freeport Black Sox   6-4St. Stephen Steves    6-4St. Wendel Saints      3-6Opole Bears                3-6Roger MischkeThe Mat RatGuillotine WriterClass A State Ratings EditorUSA Wrestling Magazine State EditorSt. Cloud Tech College/Amateur Baseball/Wrestling Beat Writeremail: [email protected]last_img read more