TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to the sidelines for the play call against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama backup quarterback Jalen Hurts suffered a minor injury that required a minor surgery following the Crimson Tide’s win over Tennessee.Nick Saban revealed today that Hurts suffered an ankle injury in the win over the Volunteers. He will probably be out this week – an off week for Alabama – but could return in time for the LSU game.Hurts has played well in backup duty for Alabama, often getting several snaps a game behind Tua Tagovailoa, who’s also dealt with an injury this season.AL.com had more details:Nick Saban, speaking in Birmingham on Monday, revealed Jalen Hurts had “a bit of a high ankle sprain” in Knoxville.“They did a minor procedure to try to help the healing,” Saban said. “”I think he will be out for one week, probably this bye week and he will probably be ready to start working again next week.”The injury occurred on Hurts 21-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. He stayed in the game before eventually being replaced by Mac Jones in the fourth quarter.Alabama is set to play at LSU on Nov. 3.The Crimson Tide and the Tigers are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on CBS.
NRW Holdings Ltd’s Action Drill & Blast subsidiary has announced new contracts at two of the biggest development projects in Australia.It has been awarded a 15-month extension by Talison Lithium for services at the Greenbushes mine, in Western Australia, which is currently in the process of going through an expansion to boost lithium carbonate equivalent production to more than 160,000 t/y.The contract extension is for blasthole drilling, grade control and blasting services and builds on the relationship from 2011 when the original contract was awarded. The contract, which incorporates an increased scope of works, has an estimated value of A$13.5 million ($9.6 million), according to NRW.The subsidiary has also been awarded a sub-contract for drill and blast services at the South Flank iron ore project, also in Western Australia, which is owned by BHP.The contract is valued at some A$11 million and will have a duration of eight months, NRW said.South Flank is a $3.6 billion development, involving construction of an 80 Mt/y crushing and screening plant, an overland conveyor system, stockyard and train loading facilities, procurement of new mining fleet and substantial mine development and pre-strip work. It is expected to result in first ore coming out from the new mine in 2021.
AGRICULTURE MINISTER SIMON Coveney has said that the abolition of the Seanad will be a decision of the people and has hinted that if the upcoming referendum is defeated then it could be reformed.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, the Minister said that the people of Ireland were being asked whether they want the government to abolish the upper house and insisted it was their choice.He also indicated that rejection of the proposal to abolish the chamber could mean it is reformed, saying: “If the people in their wisdom decide that they want a reformed Seanad and they want to retain it well then of course it’s their right to make that decision.”Independent senator Katherine Zappone, who was nominated to the Seanad by the Taoiseach two years ago, hit out at the proposals calling for reform rather than abolition and criticised planned changes to Dáil committees and other measures proposed by the government yesterday.“All we have in terms of Dáil reform is a promise, a press release,” she said saying that although Fine Gael had abolition of the chamber in their election manifesto there were other aspects of the programme for government which have not come to fruition.She also suggested that there did not need to be a rush to hold a referendum – which is set to take place in early October – saying: “What’s the rush? Why are we rushing to do this massive significant change of the governance of our country?”Coveney insisted that the proposal to abolish the Seanad was being done in conjunction with changes to local government to give councils more autonomy and pointed out that a unicameral system – where a country has one parliamentary house instead of two – is common in countries of a similar size to Ireland.“The government is putting this to the people. We are not abolishing the Seanad, we are asking the people of Ireland whether they want us to do that,” he said.“So we are providing the ultimate public debate now in the form of a long public referendum campaign between now and early October when we can have a national discussion on this as we are starting today.”Read: Government announces Dáil reform plans if Seanad is scrapped