Here’s how the process works, via the IIHF:
The top-9 men’s nations and the top-6 women’s nations according to the 2012 IIHF Men’s and Women’s World Rankings respectively will be qualified automatically for the Ice Hockey Tournaments at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Additionally, three more men’s teams and two women’s teams will be determined through a series of qualification tournaments during the 2012/2013 season, starting in autumn 2012 and ending with the final qualifications in February 2013.
The groups of the men’s and women’s tournaments in Sochi as well as the seeding for the qualification tournaments will be determined based on the 2012 IIHF World Rankings as calculated following the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship in Burlington, Vermont (USA), 7-14 April; and the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Helsinki (Finland) and Stockholm (Sweden), 4-20 May.
The field of men’s teams, and listed by their current men’s world ranking:
|1. Russia||17. Italy|
|2. Finland||18. Slovenia|
|3. Sweden||19. Ukraine|
|4. Canada||20. Hungary|
|5. Czech Republic||21. Great Britain|
|6. USA||22. Japan|
|7. Switzerland||23. Poland|
|8. Germany||24. Lithuania|
|9. Norway||25. Croatia|
|10. Slovakia||26. Romania|
|11. Belarus||27. Spain|
|12. Latvia||28. Serbia|
|13. Denmark||29. Korea|
|14. France||30. Mexico|
|15. Austria||31. Israel|
|16. Kazakhstan||32. Bosnia-Herzegovina|
New photovoltaic power generation venture to stretch across 120 acres in south, produce 35 mega watts of electricity for national power grid
The Industrial Council Ramat Hovav approved a new venture that would see Israel’s biggest solar venture constructed in its limits, Ynet learned.
The Ramat Hovav Tenders Committee accepted an NIS 80 million (approx. $21.5 million) bid by Sol Project 7, a subsidiary of Solar Israel Ltd. The company will lease 120 acres for the purpose of building a photovoltaic power generation farm.
The area in question has been deems unfit for agricultural or urban development, as it once housed the Ramat Hovav wastewater evaporation ponds.
The project is expected to generate 35 megawatts of electricity and once it is operational it will be included in the national power grid.
The facility’s construction is expected to cost $100 million and its operational costs are estimated at $2.1 million a year.
The lease will be in effect for 22 years and Ramat Hovav stands to make about NIS 40 million ($10.75) off the venture.
“These are lands that no one ever thought could be used again, and all of a sudden it turns out they’re worth millions,” a Ramat Hovav councilmen told Ynet.
Ramat Hovav Council Head Andre Suzan said the project represented a “great environmental victory,” adding that “what was once an environmental nuisance will become a source of clean energy.”
A Sol Project 7 statement added: “The project represents maximal use of space without infringing on open spaces… Once complete, the Ramat Hovav solar farm will be the biggest in Israel.”
Along Sage, CEO of Sol Project 7 added that the company was “proud to be a part of this project. It’s an added bonus for the environment.”
The River is an upcoming American paranormal/adventure/horror series that will debut during the 2011–12 television season on ABC as a midseason replacement. Eight episodes will be produced for the first season. The series will premiere February 7, 2012
Famed explorer Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) went looking for magic deep in the uncharted Amazon and never returned. The shocking truth about his disappearance is out there, somewhere, just waiting to be discovered. To the millions of kids who grew up watching his nature show, Dr. Cole was a hero. To his own son, Lincoln (Joe Anderson), he was more of an enigma. Now, six months after he vanished, Lincoln is finally ready to bury the past when Dr. Cole’s emergency beacon suddenly goes off. At the urging of his mother, Tess (Leslie Hope), Lincoln reluctantly joins her on a search for his father. To fund the rescue, they agree to let Dr. Cole’s cagey ex-producer, Clark (Paul Blackthorne), film the mission documentary-style. The mixed crew of old friends and new acquaintances includes the sexy and resourceful Lena (Eloise Mumford), loyal mechanic Emilio (Daniel Zacapa) and lethal bodyguard Captain Kurt Brynildson (Thomas Kretschmann)