If the Gophers are to use the same approach as previous seasons, the team will rely on someone with little or no game experience in college to fill that third spot in the backfield rotation. The player could come from a trio of redshirt freshmen in Cam Wiley, Treyson Potts or Jason Williamson.Wide ReceiversOf course, one of the biggest questions remaining for the Gophers is whether junior Rashod Bateman will be able to return to play. Shortly after the Big Ten announced the conference would be starting in October, Bateman decided he wanted to return to the Gophers, after originally deciding to forgo the season due to health concerns over COVID-19. If Bateman is able to suit up for the maroon and gold, the 2019 Big Ten Wide Receiver of the Year will be a dynamic option for Morgan on the outside.With the departure of Tyler Johnson and with or without Bateman, redshirt juniors Chris Autman-Bell and Demetrius Douglas are two receivers poised for more work this season. Autman-Bell caught 28 passes in each of the last two seasons and contributed 371 yards with five touchdowns last season. Douglas has spent some time on the field as a receiver and made his mark as a return specialist. The Gophers have some youth at the position as well, with five redshirt freshmen.Offensive LineAn integral role in Minnesota’s rushing attack and protecting Morgan, the Gophers should be stout again up front with all five primary starters returning. Continuity at the line of scrimmage could be key for the Gophers to continue to have offensive success in a shortened season as the running backs and linemen are all familiar with each other and the scheme.Junior right tackle Daniel Faalele will continue to be a staple in the run game with redshirt senior Sam Schlueter protecting the left side at tackle. Redshirt senior Conner Olson and redshirt junior Blaise Andries both are able to move around with Olson playing nine games at center and three at left guard while Andries played 10 at left guard, two at right tackle and one at left tackle.Redshirt sophomore Curtis Dunlap Jr. entered the transfer portal this offseason but quickly returned to the Gophers and will continue to play right guard. Redshirt juniors John Michael Schmitz and Axel Ruschmeyer are two reserves Morgan mentioned as players who will also be important to the offensive line.Tight EndsAn extension of the offensive line for much of last season, Minnesota returns most of its primary contributors at this position. Redshirt junior Jake Paulson returns after missing four games to injury in 2019. Redshirt seniors Bryce Witham and Ko Kieft, along with redshirt sophomore Brevyn Spann-Ford, look to play significant snaps and add depth at tight end. Gophers football returns familiar faces in 2020The Gophers’ football team returns much of its roster from its successful 2019 campaign, but head coach P.J. Fleck understands that new faces may need to step up at a moment’s notice.Liam ArmstrongWide receiver Chris Autman-Bell raises his arms in celebration of a touchdown at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Gophers defeated Penn State 31-26 to bring their record to 9-0, a first since 1904. Brendan O’Brien, Sports ReporterSeptember 25, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrint“Next man up” is a cliché mentality for many football teams to adopt over the course of a season when players get injured.But Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck said Tuesday that this could be more important than ever in a season with COVID-19. Fleck acknowledged that any player who’s low on the depth chart could be thrust into a starting role at any time given the circumstances.With that in mind, here is what the Gophers offense is projected to look like when the team kicks off against Michigan at TCF Bank Stadium on Oct. 24.QuarterbackTanner Morgan will be playing his second full season as the starter under center, the first Gophers quarterback to start consecutive seasons since Mitch Leidner from 2014-16. The redshirt junior is coming off a record-setting 2019 season in which he set several single season records at Minnesota, including passing yards, touchdowns and completion percentage.Morgan and the other Gophers’ quarterbacks used the extended offseason to focus on details specific to the position, like recognizing defensive fronts and coverages as well as improving footwork. If he takes another step forward, Morgan and the Gophers could be in for another explosive season on offense.Redshirt sophomore Zack Annexstad projects to be the backup while redshirt senior Seth Green adds a unique element to the Gophers offense as the goalline and short-yardage wildcat quarterback.Running BacksA running game that gained yardage and controlled the clock was a key component to the Gophers’ success in 2019. Minnesota rotated between Rodney Smith, Shannon Brooks and Mohamed Ibrahim throughout the season to form a powerful three-headed backfield. Losing Smith and Brooks to graduation, Ibrahim returns as the leader in the running back room and is already 24th on Minnesota’s rushing list with 1,764 career rushing yards after playing in 21 games.Plenty of carries are up for grabs now following the departure of Smith and Brooks. Redshirt sophomore Bryce Williams appears to be a prime candidate to get part of the workload after playing a significant role in 2018. Williams played in all 13 games two seasons ago, running the ball 117 times for 502 yards and four touchdowns. He only played in two games before being redshirted last season.
Jan 25, 2010Avian flu flaring in VietnamH5N1 avian influenza has broken out in the Vietnamese provinces of Ha Tinh in the center of the country and Dien Bien on the northwest border, according to media reports confirmed by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). In Ha Tinh, 200 birds died and 378 more were destroyed, and authorities imposed a local ban on the sale, slaughter and transport of poultry. In Dien Bien, 1,400 poultry were culled.Jan 25 Saigon Daily reportJan 24 OIE reportIndonesia relocates poultry slaughterhousesTo control the spread of H5N1 avian flu, the city government of South Jakarta, Indonesia, has ordered 90 chicken slaughterhouses to move from the prime residential district of Kebayoran Lama. The moves must be completed by late April 2010. According to the online service Viva News, potential locations include subdistricts elsewhere in South Jakarta as well as in the neighboring municipality of East Jakarta, including Rawa Kepiting, Pulogading, Cakung, Srengseng Raya and Petukangan Utara. The moves are part of a larger plan by local governments to control avian flu, which sickened 11 people in South Jakarta last year and 1 so far this year. Vehicles that transport poultry are being inspected and, last year, two markets that sell pet and exotic birds were relocated as well.Jan 25 Viva News reportCanada’s food-safety system lags other countries’The Canadian Food Safety System has fallen behind ones operated by the United States, Australia and countries in the European Union, an analysis in the Canadian Medical Association Journal contends today. Surveillance is a patchwork of regional systems, and inspection standards vary by jurisdiction, according to the article. The Canadian government should revamp efforts so that data on foodborne pathogens can be used to make predictions about risks and decisions about which pathogens to prioritize, the journal said.Jan 25 CMAJ article citation read more
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Re: ‘Woolf lambasts failures in CPR’ (see  Gazette, 22 October, 1). I have steered clear of litigation for most of my 40 years in practice, but I did advise one party on the pension aspects of a financial settlement following divorce. It was one of the most time-wasting jobs I have done, albeit quite profitable. The litigation lawyers would do nothing without running back to court for an order or to counsel for advice. The court, when its bureaucracy got the right papers in the right place, interfered in matters which it barely understood. Case management, if my experience is typical, is no more than a gravy train generating mounds of paper (in this electronic age!) and hour upon hour of billable time spent on complying with the procedure instead of dealing with the issue. Had it been a commercial negotiation, it would have been resolved in a quarter of the time and at very much less expense. Roderick Ramage, Stafford read more
The customer already operates six Gottwald floating cranes. Instead of the conventional rubber-tyred chassis that mobile harbour Cranes are usually installed on, the floating cranes are mounted on barges. “With our two new Gottwald floating cranes, we aim to achieve a flexible increase in our cargo handling capacities and usefully extend our existing logistics”, states Paul E. Morton, president of St. James Stevedoring Partners, Llc. Thomas H. Hagen, member of the management board of Demag Cranes AG and COO, states, “Thanks to their high performance and versatility, our Floating Cranes are becoming more and more established in the market, as shown again by the follow-up order received from St. James. St. James Stevedoring Partners has confirmed that in addition to the transhipment of bulk materials the two Model 8variant G HPK 8400 B floating cranes will be handling heavy and over dimensional cargoes and are the first Gottwald floating cranes that can handle heavy loads weighing up to 100 tonnes. They are also fitted with a verifiable weighing system that is installed directly on the crane. This system is far more precise than conventional load measuring solutions on cranes and can be integrated into the handling process more easily than external weighing systems, claims Gottwald. read more
Reports suggest the new terminal is over 70 percent complete and will primarily be used for exporting Indorama’s dry bulk fertiliser, and for handling breakbulk and containerised cargoes.The terminal will have a 320 m quay and be able to handle vessels ranging from 5,000 dwt to 35,000 dwt, while 6.2 ha of terminal space will be used to house cargoes. It is estimated that it will be able to process around 150,00 tonnes of breakbulk cargoes annually, in addition to 1 million tonnes of dry bulk cargo.www.indoramaeleme.com
CHINA: Investors including Bank of China signed an agreement on May 6 to establish Jinyulu Railway Channel Co, which will develop a 99·8bn yuan freight line running 1260 km from coal mines at Xingxian in Shanxi province, through Henan to the Yellow Sea port of Rizhao.Bank of China is to invest 7·5bn yuan to take a 14·5% stake in the joint venture. The bank has also announced plans to spend 6bn yuan on a 4·5% stake in Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway Co.
WABTEC: ‘During 2016 we faced many challenges, including significant headwinds in our freight and industrial markets’, said Wabtec President & CEO Raymond T Betler when presenting the group’s annual results on February 21. ‘Yet, our financial results were among the best in our history, we generated more cash from operations than net income, and we completed the most important strategic acquisition we’ve made to date.’Sales totalled $2·9bn in 2016, down from $3·3bn in 2015. Higher sales in the Transit Group which covers the passenger market were more than offset by lower sales in the Freight Group, which was affected by lower revenues from train control equipment, a decrease in rail traffic volumes and lower industry deliveries of new locomotives and wagons. Net income for the full year was $313m, down from $399m. At the end of the year the company had cash of $398m and debt of $1·9bn.Betler said he was ‘pleased with how our team responded to difficult market conditions’ in 2016. He expects these conditions to persist in 2017, when the company will continue to manage costs ‘aggressively’ and work on the integration of Faiveley Transport. ‘We will also continue to invest in our balanced growth strategies and expect to benefit from our diversified business model and rigorous application of the Wabtec Excellence Programme’, he said.Revenues in 2017 are expected to be about $4·1bn, with the second half of the year expected to be stronger than the first. Wabtec estimates synergies from the acquisition of Faiveley of $15m to $20m in 2017, with long-term synergies expected to exceed $50m. read more
The Senate in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday unanimously approved a request by President Luis Abinader for an extension of the state of emergency for 45 more days to combat COVID-19, and continue social distancing measures. The Presidency’s request, approved unanimously, would be the seventh extension since the first state of emergency established on March 19 to face COVID-19. The request was delivered while the session was taking place and was immediately put to a vote and obtained the approval of the senators. The Dominican Republic’s outbreak of COVID-19 has affected the neighboring Haiti, which leads the CARICOM countries in the number of cases, with over 8,000 confirmed cases. Meanwhile, the Public Health Ministry on Thursday said COVID-19 has killed 17 Dominicans in the last 24 hours in the Dominican Republic, bringing the number of deaths to 1,630. In addition, 407 new cases were reported. The country now has 92,964, the highest number of cases in one country in the Caribbean region. Many Haitians that lived in the Dominican Republic have fled back to their home country as agencies like the UN Migration Agency have been introduced initiatives to monitor the border. read more
Internet abuzz with rumour of a possible new Suzuki GSX-R250 quarter-litre model.Rumour has surfaced online indicating the possibility of a new Suzuki GSX-R250 quarter-litre model coming soon.This comes following a report published by a Japanese magazine that featured a rendered mock-up of how Suzuki’s new quarter-litre model could look like. What remains uncertain though is whether the supposed quarter-litre Gixxer would adopt a single-cylinder or twin-cylinder powerplant.For Suzuki, entering the quarter-litre market would be a huge challenge. Rivals Kawasaki, Yamaha and Honda have already set a strong foothold in the segment.Leading this pack is none other than Kawasaki as the brand offers both single- and twin-cylinder versions of its 250cc range – Ninja 250, Ninja 250SL, Z250 and Z250SL.Yamaha have also entered the foray with its twin-cylinder YZF-R25 model. Honda has its single-cylinder CBR250R model, but a recent rumour could see the mighty H-brand expand into the twin-cylinder quarter-litre front too.Furthermore, all three rivalling brands offer larger 300cc versions of their 250cc models for the European market as well, which means Suzuki will need to follow in the same footsteps if it wishes to become competitive in this segment. For now, the quarter-litre entry-level bike category is a profitable segment in emerging markets such as Asia, and we suspect Suzuki aims to capitalise on this.Sources did not report of a possible target debut date, but optimistic expectations suggest at least a concept or prototype of the Suzuki GSX-R250 to be shown at one of the bike shows scheduled during the autumn season this year.Sources: Asphaltandrubber and Visordown–Ads– read more