Sasol’s R70m gas-testing centre

first_imgA Sasol Oil plant. The petrochemicals giant has pioneered the technology to produce oil, petrol and other chemicals from coal. (Image: Sasol, more free photos, visit the image library.) reporterFind out more about using materialSasol, South Africa’s multinational fuel and chemicals giant, has opened a R70-million (US$8.9-million) Fuels Application Centre in Cape Town, in the company’s biggest intervention to test the impact of its fuels on vehicle performance and greenhouse-gas emissions.Opened on Friday, the centre is one of a handful of such test facilities in the world, and the first of its kind in southern Africa. It is an extension of the existing fuels research facility situated at the Sasol R&D facility in Sasolburg and adds to the work done at the Sasol Advanced Fuels Laboratory at the University of Cape Town.Established in 1950 as a state-owned enterprise, Sasol invented and perfected the technology for making petrol and diesel from coal. Its main plant in the province of Mpumalanga – the only commercial coal-to-liquid plant in the world – produces about 150 000 barrels of synthetic fuel a day and meets about 28% of South Africa’s annual fuel needs.The new Cape Town facility will use some of the most advanced engine-testing and emissions-measurement technologies, helping Africa compete with the world’s best fuels research facilities.But unlike similar international test centres where the focus is on routine engine production verification, certification and component development, the new facility aims to improve understanding of vehicle emissions and their impact on the environment.“This facility has six engine test cells that are used for research and testing,” Willem Louw, Sasol Technology managing director, said in a statement. “Inside each cell is a specific engine that is coupled to a dynamometer – an electrically controlled brake to simulate vehicle operating conditions – so that the engine can be run under the entire scope of operating conditions that it would in its normal application.”The facility will look at both the performance of fuel in the engine and the gasses and particulate matter emitted from the exhaust pipe. Three of the six cells have the ability to analyse these gases accurately, making it possible to determine the effects of various fuel formulations on exhaust emissions in an effort to help minimise greenhouse gas emissions.Speaking at the launch, Sasol chief executive Pat Davies said the centre will showcase local innovation. “This centre will facilitate state-of-the-art fuels research and development while showcasing the best of our home-grown technology, from the African continent, to the rest of the world.”Sasol has embarked on a programme to research and find the best mix of solutions to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. This includes renewable energy projects such as solar, wind, biomass and algae power, and work on carbon capture and storage.“We are serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions that result from the use of our products,” Louw said. “We want to help reduce emissions in ways that result in least cost to society and our economy.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesLiquid fuel from coalSA delves into carbon storage Corking carbon emissions Investing in a clean future Sasol on Dow sustainability indexUseful linksSasolDepartment of Energy Department of Science and Technologylast_img read more

Nitrogen recommendations for wheat

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio State University recommends applying nitrogen between green-up and Feekes Growth Stage 6 (early stem elongation), which is generally the latter part of April. The potential for nitrogen loss will decrease by waiting to apply closer to Feekes 6; however, when we reach greenup, a common sense approach would suggest applying when field conditions allow application equipment, particularly since days available for field activities may be limited between greenup and Feekes 6. Having that green, actively growing, plant in the field does help in holding nitrogen in place.We still suggest following the Tri-State Fertility Recommendations for N rates in wheat. This relies on the yield potential of a field. Once you have set a value for your realistic yield potential, the recommendation may be based on the following table for mineral soils. Nitrogen rate for wheat by yield potential.Yield potentialTotal N ratebu/Alb/A6058758490110105120** 120 is the highest recommended rate. We do not give any credit for the previous soybean or cover crop, since we do not know if that organic N source will be released soon enough for the wheat crop. The Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations suggests that you subtract from the total (spring N) any fall applied N up to 20 pounds per acre. When do we need to apply nitrogen to corn?Even though we promote the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations as the tool for setting rates for P and K, not so with nitrogen. Even at the time the Tri- State Recommendations were written the philosophy on N was changing. Today we no longer recommend nitrogen rates based on yield goal. Recommendations today are based on economics and research trials to mange this nutrient.The current tool for nitrogen recommendations in Ohio is the MRTN web-based calculator. MRTN (for the Maximum Return to N), also suggests the most profitable N rate: The current recommendation for Ohio with a corn-soybean rotation is about 160 pounds of N per acre. Please go to the website and run your own scenarios. If you read the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations for N rates you see there are some efficiencies that can be gained and should still be valid today. I like these tips:For inadequately drained soils with high denitrification potentials, N should be either: applied in a split application; applied as anhydrous ammonia with a nitrification inhibitor; or concentrated in a band to minimize soil contact.Corn grown on coarse-textured/low CEC soils with high leaching potentials may benefit from split or multiple N applications.For soils with greater than 30% residue cover, the majority of applied N should be either: injected below the soil surface; dribbled in bands using N solutions; or broadcast only if the material contains no urea (i.e., ammonium nitrate or ammonium sulfate).No-till corn, corn planted into cold, wet soils, corn following anhydrous ammonia applied less than two weeks prior to planting, and corn following spring-tilled legumes or cover crops should receive some N at planting — 20 to 40 pounds of N per acre banded near the row.Many of these conditions apply to Ohio soils, so almost every field can benefit from a split N application.And when do we need nitrogen for corn? Some recent work at the University of Illinois shows that corn really doesn’t need much N until well into the growing season. This chart from an article on the website, titled “Modern Corn Hybrids’ Nutrient Uptake Patterns”, shows when and how N is used by the plant throughout the growing season.This work shows that we can get to V8 or later without a lot of nitrogen. A delayed application of N is more efficient, and less likely to be lost. Lost N costs the farm money, and becomes an environmental concern.Take action on weedsThe United Soybean Board has developed some very nice materials to fight resistant weeds. Mark Loux our Extension Weed Specialist supplemented and printed several thousand of these packets for Ohio – they have been very popular at our winter pesticide re-certification training programs. The campaign to manage resistant weeds is called “Take Action” against herbicide resistant weeds. The website to get more information is I especially like the Site of Action chart: are no new herbicides — not quite a true statement, as there are many new names — but it is the active ingredient that is important, the rest is about marketing the name. So the site of action chart will help determine the active ingredient in the commercial product. I still remember as we were discovering the resistant marestail across Ohio, a farmer told me he had the solution to his marestail problem. He had been using “Roundup” until he learned it didn’t work any more — so he switched to “Buccaneer.” Only to learn that Buccaneer has the exact same active ingredient as Roundup. This chart will help avoid those mistakes.last_img read more

Ohio’s soybean farmers look to a bright future

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Reese and Dale MinyoWhile the current situation for soybeans is less than ideal, there was plenty of talk concerning the bright future ahead at the this week’s 2018 Ohio Soybean Industry Dinner.“Today is not a good situation with disappointing prices and Mother Nature has given us a tough fall to work with in many places. Basis levels are low futures prices are low, but we have to keep the outlook that we continue to be in a growing global demand industry,” said Jim Sutter, CEO of the U.S. Soybean Export Council who spoke at the event. “Soy demand has outstripped growth for corn and wheat for 20 years and will continue to do so. We’ve got some exciting market opportunities around the world outside of China. We’re trying to work in basic markets where we can continue to grow for the long term future and we are working very hard on our “What it takes” initiative to get our U.S. market share up to almost 100% in these non-China markets around the world. It helps that Brazil is focusing on selling their soybeans to China so we have the opportunity to sell our soybeans other places. I know that is not helping with the prices in the very short run, but I think in some months we will see more demand rolling in and then we’ll start to see prices moving to a higher level.”The much-discussed meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping also offers some reason for hope.“Farmers also have to watch closely on Nov. 29 when there is a dinner between President Trump and President Xi. I hate to hang too much on one dinner of two people, but they happen to be two very important people,” Sutter said. “I think they are going to talk about a lot of things relative to trade. Soybeans are the No. 1 ag commodity relative to trade that will be discussed. So, watch carefully what the outcome of that is.”In addition, the Ohio Soybean Council and Ohio Soybean Association recognized retiring board member farmer leaders in their organizations including: Allen Armstrong (who finished his term as OSA president), Adam Graham (OSA board member), Todd Hesterman (OSA board member), Cindy Parker Haring (OSA board member), and John Motter (OSC board member). Motter also was recognized as the first farmer from Ohio to ever serve as the chairman of the United Soybean Board. Former Ohio Farm Bureau executive vice president Jack Fisher was recognized with the OSC Outstanding Achievement Award. Jim Sutter, CEO of the U.S. Soybean Export Council Former Ohio Farm Bureau executive vice president Jack Fisher was recognized with the OSC Outstanding Achievement Award. Allen Armstrong finished his term as OSA president. Todd Hesterman, retiring OSA board member Adam Graham, retiring OSA board member Allen Armstrong finished his term as OSA president. John Motter was recognized as the first farmer from Ohio to ever serve as the chairman of the United Soybean Board. Kirk Merritt, Executive Director of the Ohio Soybean Council John Motter (right) was recognized as the first farmer from Ohio to ever serve as the chairman of the United Soybean Board. Steve Reinhard, OSC Chairmanlast_img read more

Top 10 Startup Products of 2009

first_imgdana oshiro Real-Time Reference – Aardvark: Reinventing Q&A, ReadWriteWeb covered Aardvark’s launch in March 2009. The service allows users to ask and answer questions through a network of friends via IM, iPhone application, Twitter, email or web interface. Because the system automatically routes questions to people with the right expertise, answers are fairly accurate and there is little need to use the service’s flagging system. The company claims that 90% of questions get answered in five minutes or less.Location-based Apps – Foursquare: Launched at SXSW, Foursquare is a location-based social application where users check in on their iPhone at various businesses and compete against their friend network for points. ReadWriteWeb first covered the company’s launch in March. Since then it has partnered with Bay Area Rapid Transit and a number of businesses to offer location-based deals to users.iPhone App Recommendation – Appsfire: In a world where iPhones seemed to saturate the earth, Appsfire offers a great way for users to share their favorites. Launched in August, ReadWriteWeb praised the convenience of the iPhone app. Four months after downloading it, many of our RWW teammates are still sharing their apps via the embeddable Appsfire widget and the iPhone application.Real-Time Search – Collecta: If you’re interested in finding out the latest info on a particular product, Collecta offers real-time search with a variety of results including blog posts, photos and Twitter and posts. ReadWriteWeb covered the company’s release, which launched in June. In September the company released its API to developers.Twitter App Discovery – OneForty: Dubbed the “unofficial Twitter app store,” OneForty is a marketplace where Twitter developers add their applications for discovery. End-users can add their reviews and recommendation to be featured on the service’s front page. Launched in September, Oneforty breaks down the applications into easy-to-understand categories and features the most popular apps and recently uploaded apps on the homepage.All-You-Can-Eat Music – MOG All Access: Although MOG has been around as a blogging network for a few years, earlier this month the company launched its much-anticipated $5-per-month streaming music service. The product’s unique features include a discovery bar slider where users can play streaming radio and tweak the flow of recommendations to their liking. Coupled with an iPhone app that is promised to encompass offline caching, MOG All Access is a great service rivaled only by close competitor Spotify.Web TV – Clicker: Launched in mid November, Clicker is considered the TV Guide for Internet television. The company indexes 400,000 full episodes from 7,000 shows and features a DVR-like playlist (including Netflix Instant Streaming and Amazon VOD) and integration with Facebook connect. Clicker also has a Boxee app that pulls in metadata for shows, channels and actors.Semantic Search – Evri: Evri is a semantic search engine with a matching algorithm that creates connections between people, products and concepts. Launched in mid-June, ReadWriteWeb first reported the product’s ability to distinguish between subjects, verbs and objects to make connections.Conversation Aggregation – JS-Kit’s Echo: While JS-Kit has been around for three years, the company’ latest product Echo is a better iteration of blog comments. ReadWriteWeb first wrote about the product launch in July. The service allows users to embed a simple line of javascript in their blogs in order to gather a real-time stream of Diggs, Tweets, comments and reactions.Augmented Reality – Layar: ReadWriteWeb readers first got a glimpse of Layar in June. Created by SPRXmobile, the service places images and data on the mobile browser for a new form of location-based augmented reality discovery. In July, SPRX released the company’s first developer keys for the API and by August it had celebrated an Android release with an iPhone app to follow. The company currently has a gallery with several cool 3rd-party applications. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market There were a ton of great products launched in 2009 by big companies and startups alike, but in this post we focus on the best products released by startups.The easiest way to become a leading product in your industry is to meet a need better than anyone else. The following 10 have proven themselves with great features, substantial marketplace momentum and, most importantly, a game-changing approach to solving a problem.ReadWriteWeb’s Best Products of 2009:Top 10 Mobile Web ProductsTop 10 Consumer Web AppsTop 10 Semantic Web ProductsTop 10 International Web ProductsTop 10 RSS & Syndication TechnologiesTop 10 Enterprise ProductsTop 10 Internet of Things ProductsTop 10 Real-Time TechnologiesTop 10 Startup ProductsTop 10 Web Platforms Tags:#2009 in Review#web#Year in Review Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Microsoft Xbox One To Launch In November, But You Won’t Like The Price

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout taylor hatmaker When Microsoft jumped the gun and announced its next-generation Xbox console last month in Redmond, Wash., it left out two of the most important details — when and how much? On Monday, at its Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) keynote speech, Microsoft let the cat out of the bag: The Xbox One will grace 21 markets this year, retailing for $499 in the U.S, 499€ in Europe and £429 in the U.K. The new console will launch in the U.S. this November, just in time for the holidays (surprise!).Paying For Everything And The Kitchen SinkThe $500 price tag is already freaking out gamers on Facebook and Twitter, which is a bit understandable considering that Microsoft’s “premium” Xbox 360 launched for $100 less back in 2005. But the last console wasn’t nearly as packed with features — consider the Xbox One really, really future-proofed. Powered by an 8-core CPU and packing Kinect 2.0, a Blu-ray drive, 500GB of hard drive storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi (with Wi-Fi Direct), HDMI in and out, gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0, this console is designed to withstand the test of time. What About The Games?Beyond price and availability, Microsoft also answered a lot of questions about upcoming gaming content for the Xbox One. At the Xbox One’s launch event, Microsoft placed a heavy emphasis on the console’s robust interactive TV and home entertainment features, but at E3 the name of the game is, well, games. Microsoft intends to deliver a flotilla of exclusive launch titles including Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5, Sunset Overdrive and Killer Instinct designed to show off the next-gen hardware’s considerable oomph. Privacy And The All-Seeing Eye Of KinectEven as the long-awaited console remains on track for the holiday retail season, some concerns remain. The Xbox One ships with a built-in Kinect motion-sensing camera, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea — especially now that the sensor is not only capable of seeing and hearing you but taking a peek at your heartbeat too. If having a quasi-sentient multisensor entity at the epicenter of your home doesn’t unsettle you, then perhaps you’ll be up in arms about the Xbox One’s connectivity habits or its utter disregard for your existing collection of games?(See also Microsoft Wants To Turn Kinect Into Big Brother.)Finally, despite the anticipation surrounding the Xbox One, it could be merely setting the stage for Sony to unveil the successor to the PlayStation 3, which is expected to happen Monday night at E3. The Xbox One is an extremely powerful home entertainment hub, but Microsoft’s console may not have the price advantage this time around. Sony’s PlayStation 4 is expected to undercut the price of the Xbox One, but as for the rest, we’ll just have to wait and see.Photo by Taylor Hatmaker. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#gaming#Microsoft#PlayStation 4#Xbox#xbox one last_img read more

AI Based Conversational Interfaces Will Become a Substitute for Web Forms

first_imgAccording to Cisco, there would be 50 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020. If Cisco prediction is true, we will have an IoT revolution in a couple of years and we see shades of that already. Smart home, smart cities, and smart devices are no longer buzzwords; they have become a phenomenon which is reshaping our lives. A challenge that is hindering its wider adoption is the lack of support for visual interfaces. Lack of support means that developers will have to create a separate interface for IoT devices. The separate interface for IoT devices is where conversational interfaces can come into play. With voice-based interfaces, we can easily incorporate these devices into our environment. Buttery Smooth User Experience With conversational AI based interfaces, your users won’t have to learn how to use the interface first as is the case with traditional web forms. All your users have to do is to either speak or write, and the speaking AI interface-bot will respond back. Simply put, this speaking process minimizes the steep learning curve we use to associate with traditional web form — thus improving the user experience significantly. The users can achieve the desired results without much effort. Whether you want to use standalone applications or services or want to integrate a voice-based interface with a unified platform, you can easily do that thanks to cross-platform support. Cross-platform support means that you can use voice-based interfaces for a wide range of applications as well. The platform support streamlines the process by ensuring all your apps and services are compatible and works perfectly with voice-based interfaces. You don’t have to download separate applications to make it work. All you have to do is to connect the services you use with a chat interface, speak out commands, and you are good to go. Zubair Hassan Zubair Hassan Thanks to the advancement in voice technology, now users can personalize everything from the accent, tone, gender, and even the pace of speech. This personalized speaking pattern usage allows businesses to create a deeper personal connection with their user. By truly personalizing the experience, users start to think of devices as their close friend instead of a machine. With users demanding personalized experiences — you have no choice but to ditch the traditional web forms and jump on the voice-based interface bandwagon. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Realistic Feel Evolution of Design Zubair Hassan is a digital marketing expert . He loves to work for companies who need his skills in the marketing domain to market their product and make a mark for itself. He can offer you tools and strategies so that you can get in touch with your customers and able to communicate with them through all the popular social media platforms of your choice. Please contact him for further details as how he can assist you in your digital aspirations… How do you communicate with your friends and family? You convey your message via spoken words. Voice-based user interfaces take the same formula and makes it more interesting. By attaching a voice with technology, it makes the whole process more natural and realistic and less artificial. On the contrary, you cannot achieve the same feat with visual interfaces. Many businesses are switching from visual interfaces to voice-based interfaces to keep the interaction more realistic. The changing trend is here to stay and will continue at a faster pace in years to come. Most newer web design companies, such as Miami, delivers a realistic feel by harnessing the power of voice-based interfaces. User and Technology are Ready AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Voice-based interfaces have brought about a revolution in design. Conversational interfaces have changed the way we use to design products. Previously, interfaces were designed to support physical input and visual output. Now, UX designers have to design interfaces and experiences that support voice-based input.Having criteria based on the input will force companies to focus on aspects that have never been explored by UX designers. Such issues as creating anticipatory designs, giving voice-based suggestions by analyzing the context and prioritizing data, will all have to be addressed in the IoT playbook. Specialty issues will have to be addressed and will take the design industry in a new direction and will change everything.By taking advantage of the context of voice-based suggestions, UX designers will have to make it easy for users to understand what voice-based interaction systems can do for them. Similarly, UX designers will use context to create user flow for their anticipatory designs. Give your users the convenience to ask questions with voice-based interfaces instead of forcing them to fill out lengthy web forms. It seems that voice-based interfaces will replace everything — not just the traditional web forms. The good news for voice-based user interfaces is that both the users and technology is ready. This means that we won’t have to wait long to see these interfaces go mainstream. With more than 33% of global population having access to smart-phones and voice-based devices that supports voice-based interactions, we are not far away from seeing conversational interfaces take control. Users are already accustomed to interacting with chatbots on the website as more and more business use chatbot to deliver quick and satisfactory responses to user queries. We will see more new devices and applications that will accelerate the adoption of voice-based interfaces in the future. Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Personalized Experience The pace at which the web design industry has evolved and is continuing to evolve is mind-boggling. From static web pages laden with text to dynamic websites with all the bells and whistles attached to them, we have certainly come a long way. Introduction of new technologies leads to new web design trends. Some of these trends are here to stay while others evaporate into thin air. We will see how AI based conversational interfaces will become a substitute for web forms.One web design trend that has taken the web design industry by storm is the development of conversational interfaces. With more people using their voices to interact than using their fingers and voice-based gadgets going mainstream — it seems that AI-based conversational interfaces have a bright future.The conversational interface is all set to replace the web forms because it has many advantages over web forms that make the AI a better alternative.An AI interface helps you build trust and improves engagement while delivering more convenient and superior user experience. This type of consumer usage crosses platform integration, and the ability to adjust questions according to user needs puts it miles ahead of traditional web forms. Her is how conversational interfaces will replace web forms. Tags:#AI web design Related Posts Cross-Platform Support IoT Device Interactionslast_img read more

Uichico rues Gilas’ bad shooting in tough outing vs Thailand

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo PH bets also snatch gold, silver in women’s triathlon Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Gilas shot 6-of-30 from the downtown.“Four more shots and we are shooting 30 percent, that’s still not good but we could have won the game by a big margin,” Uichico told reporters, who stayed out until before midnight at MABA Stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingUichico has valid reason to be upset.He has a first-rate team with first-rate players like Kiefer Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks Jr., Mike Tolomia, Troy Rosario and Fil-German Christian Standhardinger. They are not the best version of the Gilas program, but the country has employed collegiate players and still won the SEA Games gold through the years.“I told them to just make the basket, that’s all,” said Uichico, referring to the tense moments of the game when Thailand was trading leads down the stretch.He said the Philippines wasn’t able to practice at the 5,000-seater stadium whose administrators had to send away hundreds of people who would like to watch the games live.“But this is the toughest team out there, and we hope to face them again because that means we are in the next round,” Uichico said.Gilas won’t have a game Monday but will practice based on its performance Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Gilas big man Troy Rosario tries to protect the ball against Thailand during the 2017 SEA Games basketball tournament. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Miserable shooting was the main reason Gilas Pilipinas struggled against Thailand Sunday night.“If we made four more shots from the three-point line instead of six (Gilas shot 6-of-30), then it would have been a different score,” said Uichico, who emerged from the dugout where he was overheard dressing down the team.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Pelicans will allow Anthony Davis to play rest of NBA season

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town “Ultimately, Anthony made it clear to us that he wants to play and he gives our team the best opportunity to win games. Moreover, the Pelicans want to preserve the integrity of the game and align our organization with NBA policies,” Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said in a statement. “We believe Anthony playing upholds the values that are in the best interest of the NBA and its fans. We look forward to seeing Anthony in a Pelicans uniform again soon.”The Pelicans initially appeared inclined to move on without Davis and focus on the players who might help them going forward. Davis’ image has been removed from promotional materials, the club’s official website and even a team hype video that plays before home games on the Smoothie King Center’s expansive scoreboard screens hanging above the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut benching a healthy player could potentially infringe on NBA rules designed to protect the investments of ticket holders and broadcast partners alike against the prospects of star players being arbitrarily rested.Those rules, for example, prohibit clubs from “resting healthy players for any high-profile, nationally televised game.” Doing so, the rules state, “will constitute conduct prejudicial or detrimental to the NBA and result in a fine of at least $100,000.” MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations — Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has said the club had decided not to play Davis before Thursday’s trading deadline. However, he had offered no indication of what the club would do if Davis remained in New Orleans for the rest of the season.—Giving Davis playing time potentially creates an awkward situation in the locker room because he is essentially a lame-duck star. Also, his playing time could come at the expense of players the Pelicans want to develop for the future.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next — It would be in the Pelicans’ interest to avoid any risk of a basketball-related injury to Davis, given the likelihood of re-engaging a number of teams in trade talks after the season.—The market for Davis becomes clearer after the NBA draft lottery, when all teams’ 2019 picks have more concrete trade value.— In addition, the market for Davis should improve when the Boston Celtics are able to strengthen trade offers they make this summer.Boston, which has a stockpile of draft picks and promising young players as trade bait, is not eligible to trade for Davis under NBA rules until July 1, unless the Celtics also trade away Kyrie Irving. Irving is a factor because of what’s known as the Rose Rule, which says NBA teams cannot trade for more than one player who has signed an extension. Irving currently is playing under an extension signed with Cleveland that has an option year after this season, meaning it could be renegotiated in a way that also allows Boston to bid for Davis.—The NBA Players Association could have gotten involved on Davis’ behalf if he had been benched against his wishes.The union did not return messages left by The Associated Press on Thursday. Paul, who represents Davis, also declined comment.PLAYING DAVIS— Playing Davis helps the Pelicans put the best product on the court for fans in the stands and give them the best chance to win. New Orleans entered Thursday night’s action six games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 27 games left.— The decision reduced the odds of a fight between the Pelicans and the union or discipline from the NBA.— Davis appears healthy. Before New Orleans defeated the Bulls in Chicago on Wednesday night, he was not on the club’s injury report, meaning he was technically available to play after recovering from a Jan. 18 sprain of his left index finger that had sidelined him the previous eight games. He was not listed on the Pelicans’ injury report released on Thursday afternoon in advance of the game against the Timberwolves. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES Triple-double magic from Russell Westbrook leads Thunder past Grizzlies SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Pelicans play next on Friday night at home against Minnesota, and the game is slated for national television.There is a gray area in that the rules provide for exceptions in “unusual circumstances,” but the Pelicans elected not to force the NBA into a position of having to rule on whether Davis’ public trade request through his agent, Rich Paul, constituted an unusual circumstance in this case.Public trade requests are also banned by NBA rules, and Davis was fined $50,000.Here are some other considerations the Pelicans had to weigh:SITTING DAVISADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH 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 New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left, sits on the bench with center Julius Randle, guard E’Twaun Moore, second right, and guard Elfrid Payton, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — After Anthony Davis found out he wouldn’t be traded Thursday, the six-time All-Star learned the New Orleans Pelicans will let him suit up for the remainder of the season.While Davis had stated publicly that he’s ready to move on from New Orleans, he also had said he was prepared to play for the Pelicans as long as he remained under contract with them.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Lundqvist, Couturier Injuries Hugely Affect NHL Playoff Series Early

first_imgSTEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer___AP Sports Writers Will Graves in Pittsburgh and Stephen Hawkins in Dallas contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shares WASHINGTON — The Philadelphia Flyers will have to try to mount a comeback against the Washington Capitals without one of their best players. The New York Rangers are optimistic they will have their franchise player back for a rally against the Pittsburgh Penguins.The Flyers announced Friday that center Sean Couturier will miss the rest of the first round because of an upper-body injury. And Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said he hopes to be back on the ice for Game 2 on Saturday (3 p.m. EDT, NBC) after taking a teammate’s stick to the eye Wednesday but avoiding what could have been a catastrophic injury.“Happy it’s nothing serious,” Lundqvist said. “Probably 20-30 seconds there I had some really bad thoughts going through my head. Very scary, actually. Everything happened so fast.”Rangers coach Alain Vigneault will wait until Saturday to decide whether Lundqvist will make his franchise-record 112th consecutive playoff start or go with backup Antti Raanta. Lundqvist looked sharp during an hour-long practice session Friday, saying there are no apparent issues with his eyesight despite continued swelling.Injuries have already had a major impact on the two Metropolitan Division series. The Penguins were without their top goaltenders, Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray, for Game 1. Fleury, who has been out with a concussion, said he didn’t expect to return Saturday, which would mean another start for No. 3 goalie Jeff Zatkoff, who made 35 saves in his playoff debut.New York will be without defenseman Dan Girardi because of an undisclosed injury, while Pittsburgh appears closer to getting center Evgeni Malkin back. Malkin practiced Friday, and his presence would be a major boost for the Penguins.“Anybody who’s injured and starting to practice with the team, it’s encouraging,” captain Sidney Crosby said. “He looks really strong. It’s only a matter of time here.”The Flyers said Couturier is expected to be out for two weeks and they will miss his penalty-killing, faceoff abilities and overall defensive prowess against skill-heavy Washington.“It’s huge,” Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said. “Coots is our defensive anchor out there. He’s such a good defensive forward. We’re going to miss him, but it’s the next guy in line sort of mentality.”Brayden Schenn will likely slide into the second-line center spot and 21-year-old Scott Laughton who will get into the lineup after being a healthy scratch for nine of the past 11 games. Neither player brings the same all-around game of Couturier, whose departure from Game 1 coincided with the Capitals taking over.“It probably didn’t hurt because I know Sean is a quality hockey player and relied on by the Flyers to be sort of their stopper guy,” Washington coach Barry Trotz said. “Couturier’s an important part of what they do.”Effort isn’t a question and neither is intensity, especially after a physical start to the series that included a big hit by the Capitals’ Tom Wilson on Andrew MacDonald and an ensuing fight with Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds. The big question is how Simmonds might respond in Game 2 on Saturday night (7:30 p.m. EDT, CNBC).“He’s the X-factor for them,” Wilson said. “I hope I didn’t wake him up there. He’s obviously going to be coming out in Game 2 flying like the rest of their team. They’re going to be champing at the bit to get another crack at us.”Other things to watch for on Day 4 of the Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday:___Wild at Stars, Dallas leads 1-0, 8 p.m. EDT, NBCSNAfter going with the hot hand and playing Kari Lehtonen in Game 1 of the playoffs, Stars coach Lindy Ruff wasn’t saying Friday whether he’d go back to him or start Antti Niemi in Game 2. It sure seems like he has a fairly easy decision after Lehtonen stopped 22 shots against Minnesota for his second career playoff shutout.“He didn’t make any mistakes,” Ruff said after the 4-0 win for the top-seeded Stars. “He played a real great game for us.”Stars center Tyler Seguin appears to be on pace to return from an Achilles injury that has sidelined him since mid-March. Ruff said there was “no comparison” between how Seguin looked Friday from where he was earlier in the week, a great sign for Dallas.___Sharks at Kings, San Jose leads 1-0, 10:30 p.m. EDT, NBCSNThe Sharks could face a depleted Kings blue line in Game 2 after Alec Martinez played just under 12 minutes Thursday. Los Angeles recalled defenseman Kevin Gravel from the minors, and Martinez did not skate with the team Friday.It could be Jamie McBain’s opportunity to step in to make his postseason debut. Either way, the Sharks know better than to feel confident about leading the Kings after blowing a 3-0 series lead to them in 2014, when Los Angeles went on to winlast_img read more