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Zambia set to host India-Southern Africa Regional Conclave Summit South Africa bans honey from Zambia Related Talk Africa : Zambia After Michael Sata Zambia prevented the head of Glencore Plc’s local unit from leaving the country after police intercepted him at the airport, further intensifying a dispute over the commodity trader’s move to halt unprofitable copper operations.Nathan Bullock, CEO Mopani Copper MinesPhoto courtesy: ThemastonlineNathan Bullock, the chief executive officer of Mopani Copper Mines, was stopped at the airport in Lusaka, state-owned ZNBC TV reported, citing Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo. The minister said Bullock was detained on suspicion that he was fleeing the country without informing the government.Glencore said the CEO was heading back to his home in Australia to spend time with his family. He was detained in connection with the company’s decision to place its mines on care and maintenance last week and has since been released, the company said in a statement.Glencore said last week it needs to close shafts at Mopani due to falling metal prices, disrupted logistics and travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. The government has described the closure as illegal and on Tuesday escalated the dispute by threatening to strip Glencore of its mining license.“Glencore is committed to engaging in a constructive dialog with the Zambian authorities,” the company said on Wednesday.
WorldSBK is about to get more interesting this year as HRC unveils the 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP for their factory squad. Enveloped in HRC’s iconic tri-colour scheme, the race bikes were presented in Japan together with their star riders, Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam. HRC and their riders are up against quite a few high-profile riders, but they seemed to be very confident in what the 2020 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP can do when placed into the hands of Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam. After ‘escaping’ the clutches of Ducati and Kawasaki, both riders are looking into redeeming themselves this season.According to Alvaro Bautista, “I’m very pleased to be part of what is such an important project for Honda and HRC. I see all the work that is going into it and feel very positive energy from everyone at the company and on the team. It’s a very important year for me too. We know that we face a big challenge and that we have a lot of work to do; we’re a new group that is growing together to reach the top as soon as possible. Our goal is to be strong and fast with the Honda, a very competitive bike that can undoubtedly achieve great results. I hope to have fun and entertain all our fans this season.”As for Leon Haslam, “It all feels so real now we’re here in Tokyo. We’re at the Honda HQ and the first races are just around the corner; it’s a dream come true. I am extremely excited and also a little nervous, because I really want to do well, and know we have the potential to do that. We’re ready to work hard and do our very best to achieve strong results. As for the first race, we’re at one of my favourite tracks, Phillip Island, where I’ve been successful in the past. We’ll have to see with regards to the competition of course, but I admit I’m really looking forward to the opening round.”They will also have to face the defending WorldSBK world champion, Jonathan Rea and his seemingly unstoppable Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR. Kawasaki is so confident with their rider-machine combo, they even approach Dorna to see if they can enter a MotoGP race as a wildcard entry. Yup, that happened.Then there’s also the British Superbike champion, Scott Redding, who seems to have an ultra-awesome chemistry with the Ducati Panigale V4 R. His dominance in BSB bumped him into WorldSBK where he looks not only into bringing some positive results for his team but also to challenge the current ‘King of WorldSBK’, Jonathan Rea.The first round of the WorldSBK 2020 season will begin at the end of the month (28 Feb – 1 Mar 2020) at Phillip Island for the Yamaha Finance Australian Round. The season opener will definitely be an epic occasion as we gauge who has the upper hand for the upcoming and long season ahead.MotoGP: Marc Marquez extends Honda contract until 2024!–Ads–
The Ravens officially learned Friday that they will receive a third-round compensatory pick in the 2017 draft in April.This marks the first time since 2010 that Baltimore will not have multiple compensatory picks in the draft. The maximum number of compensatory picks allotted to a team in a single draft is four.Trying to revamp a roster that missed the postseason for the third time in four years, general manager Ozzie Newsome will have a total of eight selections — his standard choice in each round as well as the third-round compensatory pick at 99th overall — in this year’s draft. It’s worth noting that compensatory picks are permitted to be traded beginning this year.The Ravens lost guard Kelechi Osemele, quarterback Matt Schaub, and linebacker Courtney Upshaw as unrestricted free agents and signed unrestricted free agents Benjamin Watson and Eric Weddle last offseason, a net loss of one free agent that put them in line for the single compensatory pick. Osemele signed a five-year, $58 million contract with the Oakland Raiders, which fetched the Ravens the third-highest overall compensatory pick in this year’s draft and their earliest one since 2014.Determinations for compensatory picks are based on a formula considering the salary, playing time, and postseason honors earned by unrestricted free agents who left their teams the previous offseason.Since the compensatory pick program started in 1994, the Ravens have led the NFL in receiving 48 compensatory choices as the organization has often resisted signing unrestricted free agents over the years while losing many of their own. Green Bay is second with 38 compensatory picks over that same period of time.Compensatory choices have been used on the likes of Pro Bowl fullback Kyle Juszczyk and starting right tackle Rick Wagner in recent years. Baltimore selected defensive tackle Willie Henry (fourth round), running back Kenneth Dixon (fourth round), and cornerback Maurice Canady (sixth round) with three compensatory choices last year.Below is a history of the Ravens’ compensatory picks since 1996 with the round in which the player was selected noted in parentheses:1996: none1997: LB Cornell Brown (sixth), QB Wally Richardson (seventh), S Ralph Staten (seventh), DT Leland Taylor (seventh)1998: TE Cam Qualey (seventh)1999: G Edwin Mulitalo (fourth)2000: none2001: none2002: WR Javin Hunter (sixth), RB Chester Taylor (sixth), S Chad Williams (sixth)2003: FB Ovie Mughelli (fourth), OT Tony Pashos (fifth), C Mike Mabry (seventh), S Antwoine Sanders (seventh)2004: WR Clarence Moore (sixth), WR Derek Abney (seventh), G Brian Rimpf (seventh)2005: QB Derek Anderson (sixth)2006: RB P.J. Daniels (fourth), TE Quinn Sypniewski (fifth), P Sam Koch (sixth), CB Derrick Martin (sixth)2007: LB Antwan Barnes (fourth), FB Le’Ron McClain (fourth), QB Troy Smith (fifth), LB Prescott Burgess (sixth)2008: OL Oniel Cousins (third), OL David Hale (fourth), S Haruki Nakamura (sixth), RB Allen Patrick (seventh)2009: none2010: none2011: CB Chykie Brown (fifth), DE Pernell McPhee (fifth)2012: S Christian Thompson (fourth), CB Asa Jackson (fifth)2013: FB Kyle Juszczyk (fourth), OT Rick Wagner (fifth), OL Ryan Jensen (sixth), CB Marc Anthony (seventh)2014: TE Crockett Gillmore (third), DE Brent Urban (fourth), RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (fourth), G John Urschel (fifth) 2015: CB Tray Walker (fourth), TE Nick Boyle (fifth), G Robert Myers (fifth)2016: DT Willie Henry (fourth), RB Kenneth Dixon (fourth), CB Maurice Canady (sixth)
Odd Utah Jazz shrine turns heads in downtown Salt Lake City ahead of Game 4 Related Loud crowd: Why Donovan Mitchell called Jazz fans ‘unbelievable’ SALT LAKE CITY — Monday’s Game 4 between Utah and Oklahoma City was marked by several incidents of physicality and verbal exchanges between the two teams, with seven technical fouls being called.Make that eight.Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook was assessed a “postgame technical foul” for a verbal and physical confrontation with Utah’s Rudy Gobert midway through the fourth quarter Monday night.There was speculation that Westbrook could be suspended for Wednesday night’s game because of an NBA policy that players who leave the bench during on-court scuffles such as the one between Gobert and Raymond Felton.Westbrook had been waiting to check in, so he wasn’t on the bench or in the game when he said something to Gobert and gave him a little shove as he walked by on his way to the Jazz bench.A ruling had been expected all day, but wasn’t announced by NBA Communications until nearly 8 p.m. EDT. Besides being assessed a technical foul, Westbrook was fined $10,000, but he will be eligible to play Wednesday.FIRST ASSIST: Usually NBA teams bring two, or perhaps three, players to postgame press conferences during the playoffs. The Utah Jazz have been bringing four players, which makes for some entertaining exchanges between the players as they sit together on the podiumAfter Monday’s win, Joe Ingles was asked a question, but with Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio sitting to his left, there weren’t enough microphones.So when Gobert slid a microphone in front of Ingles, the Australian drew laughter from the media when he said, “Thanks Rudy, that’s your first assist.”Ingles pointed to the stat sheet and said, “it says zero right here,” only to have Gobert scan it and point out, correctly, that he did have one assist in the game.FINAU GETS HELP: Utah PGA golfer Tony Finau, who made international news at the Masters earlier this month when he tore ligaments in his ankle after a hole-in-one celebration and went on to finish in a tie for 10th place, is a big Utah Jazz fan and was seen at a late-season game.The Salt Lake native recently tweeted about the help he’s received from Utah Jazz trainers and the University of Utah Orthopedic Center.“I’ve learned so much these last 2 weeks about my ankle and the supporting muscles thanks to … Mike Elliott, Tony Giovacchini, Jordan Harding, Travis Maak & Kim Cohee. Thank you for working with me on a daily basis to get me ready and back on tour ASAP,” Finau wrote.JAZZ NOTES: With 33 points, Donovan Mitchell set a Jazz rookie postseason single-game scoring record, surpassing Karl Malone’s 31 points against Dallas on April 20, 1986. … Mitchell also became the first rookie to score 30-plus points in a playoff game since Brandon Jennings in 2010. … Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan scored at least 110 points in their first four playoff games as Mitchell has done . … Every Jazz starter has scored in double figures in the two playoff games at Vivint Arena. After Monday’s win, Utah Jazz have indeed put Oklahoma City in must-win situation Jazz are the team acting like it’s been there, done that Donovan Mitchell explodes for 33 points to help Utah Jazz take commanding 3-1 series lead against OKC Thunder