Why newspapers lack interest in court reporting

first_imgThe name Mike Taylor is not one that many lawyers will recognise, even though he has spent his entire working life writing about the law. In an extraordinary 42 years at the Press Association law courts news service, he reported countless cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords with speed and clarity. His reward was to see his words used by every news organisation in the country — though almost invariably under someone else’s byline. Taylor hit the age of 65 on Sunday and retired immediately. So far he has not been replaced. There used to be 25 reporters covering the law courts for Britain’s national news agency. Now, only four are left. That would matter less if newspapers still kept their own reporters at the law courts. But those days have gone, and not just because of the recession. Editors take the view that their readers no longer need to understand why the courts have reached a particular decision. It was against this background that the lord chief justice expressed concern last week about the decline in coverage of the courts, with local papers in particular no longer sending reporters to hearings. ‘If there is no one to walk in, the public interest is damaged. That is the harsh reality.’ Experience of local government reporting was also being lost, Lord Judge said in a speech to the Society of Editors. There was evidence that some weeklies were relying too much on council press offices and not enough on independent, objective reporting. ‘Just as an independent press can expose the errors made by local authorities and governments, so too, the administration of justice in the courts should be open to the public scrutiny which an independent press provides,’ Lord Judge told journalists. ‘Unless the right has been expressly taken away, your right to be in court is no different to and no less than the right of the lawyers, the advocates, even the judge himself or herself. You are not performing the same function as the judge, but you have a valued function to perform.’ Lord Judge’s comments were welcomed by Jack Straw when the lord chancellor launched a bill intended to allow reporters greater access to the family courts. ‘We want to create a system that is transparent, accountable, and inspires public confidence in its good work, while still protecting the privacy of children and families involved,’ Straw said. Although ‘accredited media representatives’ have been permitted to attend family courts since April, they are not allowed to report the substance of those proceedings without express permission from the court. Incidentally, bloggers and other freelance commentators are unlikely to qualify as accredited media representatives. Straw initially wanted new rules of court that would have allowed accredited reporters not only to cover hearings but also to inspect and report documents filed at court. Parties would have been permitted to disclose information about their cases to accredited media representatives who would then have been able to report this information — even if they had not been in court — unless a judge had ordered otherwise. There were plans for medical reports to be supplied in redacted form. But Straw was forced to water down his proposals in the summer after strong opposition from family judges. They feared that publication of medical reports could harm the children involved as well as discouraging experts from speaking frankly. Judges were also concerned that allowing journalists to interview parties would lead to self-serving accounts and do little to increase public understanding of the courts. They even suggested that Straw’s rules were unlawful. So instead of new, more open, rules that could have been in force by Christmas, we are to have much narrower primary legislation that cannot take effect before next spring at the earliest. The Children, Schools and Families Bill starts from the default position that it will be contempt of court to report family proceedings, apart from those that are open to the public. It then provides an exception for ‘authorised news publication’. But this is very narrowly defined. First, the information must have been obtained by the accredited media representative by observing or listening to proceedings that he or she was permitted to attend. Gone is the option of asking the lawyers to fill you in if you missed something. You can’t even ask another reporter. Second, the information must initially be published either by the representative or by someone the representative works for. So law firms will not be able to publish their own accounts of their own cases. Next, it must not be ‘identification information’ or ‘sensitive personal information’ or ‘restricted adoption information’ or ‘restricted parental order information’. Some of these restrictions may be lifted by the court, but only if this would be in the public interest or the interests of a party. Specific permission will be needed to report court judgments, and the court can still restrict publication of any information at the request of an interested person. The legislation may be reviewed after 18 months. But, in a final twist, it will reverse the burden of proof. If publishers want to avoid going to prison for contempt of court, it will be up to them to prove they ‘did not know and had no reason to suspect’ that the information they published was covered by these restrictions. There must be an overwhelming temptation to write about The X Factor instead. Only a child could imagine that the family courts will deliver a renaissance in court reporting.last_img read more

European contract law – the film

first_img Jonathan Goldsmith is secretary general of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, which represents about one million European lawyers through its member bars and law societies. He blogs weekly for the Gazette on European affairs only if both parties voluntarily and expressly agree to it; to cross-border contracts, where most of the problems of additional transaction costs and legal complexity arise – member states will have the choice to make the Common European Sales Law applicable to domestic contracts as well; to contracts for the sale of goods – the bulk of intra-EU trade – as well as digital content contracts, such as music, movies, software or smart-phone applications;for both business-to-consumer and business-to-business transactions;if one party is established in a member state of the EU (traders can use the same set of contract terms when dealing with other traders from within and from outside the EU, giving the Common European Sales Law an international dimension). The Commission claims that traders who are dissuaded from cross-border transactions due to current contract law obstacles forego at least €26bn in intra-EU trade every year. Meanwhile, it says, 500 million consumers in Europe lose out on greater choice and lower prices because fewer firms make cross-border offers, particularly in smaller national markets. There will be doubtless be plenty of gun-slinging challenges in the future, particularly from Hollywood’s favourite baddies – those with an English accent. Commissioner Reding has made other appearances as well. The lipsticked vamp is within her repertoire. I have written before about the opposition to her measure to ensure the right to a lawyer from the beginning to end of criminal proceedings for suspects and defendants in all member states. Five member states, including the UK, have indicated their opposition. The signs here are that the tough-talking Commissioner will not give up – but will also not get into a gunfight. Rather, she will turn the lights low, put on some old Frank Sinatra records, and play a long game of persuasion. It will not be long before she is asked to leave her footprint outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Hollywood agents regularly comb Brussels for their future stars. This week, we had President Barroso featuring as King Kong, beating his chest and roaring, hoping to terrify the financial markets into having faith in the euro. Commissioner for justice, Viviane Reding, has appeared in several guises before – country-and-western singer and cowboy. Now she has turned up in a film noir, as the fast-talking, no-nonsense dame, battling her way through the dangerous alleys of European contract law in search of a better life. Many UK audiences cannot bear the blood-and-gore of contract law films. This one has a special EU certificate, suitable only for those mature enough to tolerate harmonising initiatives. Be warned before you read further. Contract law has been a long saga – with weekly serials, just like in the early days of cinema – and this week commissioner Reding delivered her first shot: an optional (I stress optional) Common European Sales Law. The Commission claims that it will facilitate trade by offering a single set of rules for cross-border contracts in all 27 EU countries. If traders offer products on the basis of the Common European Sales Law, consumers will have the option of choosing it with just one click of a mouse. The Commission’s proposal now needs approval from EU member states – guess which way the UK will vote? – and the European Parliament (which has already signalled its overwhelming support in a vote earlier this year). Some UK lawyers have given early negative views in a piece in the Gazette, and the Law Society has issued a statement with doubts and warnings. The Common European Sales Law will be applicable in the following circumstances:last_img read more

Company

first_img David Foxton QC (instructed by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP) for the claimant; Anthony Boswood QC and Nigel Dougherty QC (instructed by Wragge & Co) for the defendant. The first claimant company was a property development and management company. The second claimant company was its largest shareholder. A share and option agreement (the SOA) was created between the first claimant and the defendant company, S Ltd, to enable S Ltd to buy shares in the first claimant. The SOA envisaged that S Ltd would acquire shares in two tranches: the ‘first shares’ and the ‘option shares’. Clause 5 of the SOA concerned the purchase of the option shares. In October 2010, S Ltd purported to exercise the first put option. A number of disputes arose between the parties: in particular, the claimants contended that S Ltd had issued press announcements that had damaged the first claimant, that it had wrongly published confidential information and impeded the first claimant’s admission to the main market of the London Stock Exchange. They further challenged the exercise of the first put option. The first claimant applied for summary judgment. The first claimant sought summary judgment on the main issue, namely whether it was entitled to a declaration that the first claimant had not breached clause 5.2(b) of the SOA and that S Ltd had no right to exercise the first shares put option. In deciding that issue, consideration was given to the meaning of the word ‘investor’ in clause 5.2(b) of the SOA. Clause 5.2(b) provided that: ‘Within 5 (five) business days following the option payment date… the company shall: (a) apply for admission of the option shares to trading on the alternative investment market; (b) allot and issue the option shares to the investor; and upon which: (c) issue a share certificate for the option shares to the investor (unless the investor has given notice to the company no fewer than 5 (five) business days prior to the date of allotment of the option shares that the investor wishes the option shares to be credited to a Central Securities Depository (CREST) Account, and supplying details of such account)…’ The essential issue raised by S Ltd’s defence was whether as a matter of construction the ‘investor’ in clause 5.2(b) meant and could only mean S Ltd as legal and beneficial owner, or whether it also embraced S as beneficial owner of shares held by a nominee. The claim would be allowed. First, construing clause 5.2(b) as only applying to S Ltd as legal and beneficial owner would run contrary to the contractual scheme whereby shares were to be held through the CREST system. Secondly, when properly construed, the word ‘investor’ was capable of embracing S Ltd as beneficial owner of shares held by a nominee. The meaning of ‘investor’ would not change according to the form of notice that was to be given: either it would be wide enough to cover a notified nominee or not. On S Ltd’s own case it would be wide enough. Thirdly, it would be remarkable if clause 5.2(b) could not be met in circumstances where option shares were held through a nominee at S Ltd’s request. The ability to hold shares through a nominee was a matter for the convenience and benefit of S Ltd. The form in which confirmation that the shares be credited to the CREST account was given did not affect the reality that the claimant had done exactly what S Ltd had requested, with a result clearly contemplated by clause 5.2. Fourthly, if ‘investor’ was to be construed in the narrow and limited way suggested, other provisions of the SOA would be rendered unworkable or insensible. Fifthly, S Ltd’s construction of clause 5.2 was contrary to business common sense. If 5.2 was to be construed in that way, S Ltd would be entitled to exercise the put option notwithstanding that it had and would maintain beneficial ownership of all the put option shares. Further, the fact that there might be other legal means by which the apparent consequences of their construction might be avoided, would not bear on what the parties’ intentions would reasonably have been understood to be at the time that the contract had been made and was not a good reason for accepting a construction that flouted business common sense (see [40]-[49] of the judgment). Clause 5.2(b) did not fall to be construed in the manner put forward by the S Ltd (see [39] of the judgment). R.G.I International Ltd and another company v Synergy Classic Ltd: Queen’s Bench Division, Commercial Court (Mr Justice Hamblen): 19 December 2011center_img Shares – Agreement for sale – First claimant seeking summary judgmentlast_img read more

Latham’s legacy

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The housing block

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Welcoming our guest workers

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Hansom

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Room for improvement

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Halifax house price time machine takes us back to the Spring of 2006

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One giant leap for womankind

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CIPS figures show construction activity in 2009 ending with a whimper

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Nobody was left

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If the Government wants to a boost from construction it better be quick about it

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A quick guide to provisional liquidation

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No stay of execution

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Heat networks aren’t always a hot idea

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Delivering a healthy digital railway

first_imgFor those of us looking to shed unwanted festive pounds through a healthier diet it can be a confusing business. The Times, for example, recently reported that switching from sugary drinks to diet alternatives can actually make us fatter over the long term (as we unconsciously over compensate for the subsequent caloric deficit through other comestibles). In other words, drinking diet cola will not make you thin… on its own. Similarly, to make our railways more efficient, safer and provide much-needed capacity, the adoption of a computer-based train control system will not realise the true vision of a digital railway on its own. As with long-term healthy diets, balance is the key.Digital technology is only part of the answer to improving our railways, and taken on its own it may even make things worseThe commercial and industrial world is largely driven by getting the biggest bang for its buck. So, with evidence showing that the European Train Control System (ETCS) could reduce costs by 25% and increase capacity by 40%, why not deploy it everywhere? But without considering its overall impact, adopting ETCS in isolation could have an adverse effect over the long term too by increasing the unreliability of the rail network through lack of maintenance experience, for example.ETCS has the potential to play a vital role in the brave new world of the UK railway, but it needs to be part of a range of informed decisions. Indeed, in one of the many research studies I have been involved in over the years, we found that by combining ETCS with other more conventional upgrades, such as a grade separation, the benefits of its implementation would be increased tenfold by freeing up additional train paths that could then make use of the ETCS capacity benefits.Of course, implementation is one thing, but ensuring tomorrow’s digital systems will operate efficiently and be maintainable long into the future requires fundamental organisational and cultural changes including a fully thought through and tested operational and maintenance plan.Digital technology is only part of the answer to improving our railways, and taken on its own it may even make things worse. Only through combining new technology, good old fashioned enhancements, like track realignment, and a change in the culture of how our railways operate can we make meaningful improvements to our largely Victorian railway.Working closely with all stakeholders – including route owners, train operators and technology providers  – the cross-industry Network Rail lead team driving the Digital Railway forward is working hard to achieve a balanced ‘diet’ that will yield long-term improvements to the health of our UK rail.Steve Denniss is a rail technical director at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhofflast_img read more

It’s up to employers to make apprenticeships work

first_imgThe government’s recognition of the need to focus on grassroots recruitment through a number of avenues is to be applauded, and the introduction of the apprenticeship levy will directly increase the number of businesses growing apprentice numbers across the UK.Technical skillsets, in particular in sectors such as construction, engineering and health and social care, are vital to the strength of UK Plc but are currently in short supply so this policy represents a significant step in the right direction.The impetus to increase take up can’t be led by government alone; now is the time for greater collaboration and industries with skills shortages should unite to better promote the benefits to young people of undertaking apprenticeships, and pursuing a career, in their respective areas.Although the emphasis of the government to date has been on apprenticeship starts, importantly we must move to placing an equal emphasis on measuring and reporting on completions across all sectors and the quality of the training provided, as observed by the Commons Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy.Partnering to deliver better learning outcomesEnsuring course quality also comes through collaboration with the Further Education College or independent provider delivering the apprenticeship. It is vital to set out the expectations on both sides of the equation (apprenticeship provider and employer) in a service level agreement right at the start of the relationship. This avoids confusion and sets out the quality expected of the course delivered without a doubt.The onus isn’t just on the college or provider to deliver an excellent learning experience: the employer should take an active interest in the content and delivery of the tuition to its apprentices.Apprentices need a real understanding of the application from industry experts on technical subjects – onsite, where new techniques are being developed all the timeAt Redrow we ensure we have regular contact with the individual on the ground delivering the tuition and also someone operating at the strategic level. This varies from provider to provider but is often the chief executive or a senior relationship manager. Regular reviews involving these key players as well as the apprentices – around every six weeks – is important for checking progress. Feedback from all parties on what’s working, and what might need improvement, builds a full picture of course quality.It is also important for employers to regularly input into the course content, ensuring continued relevance and up to date methods with materials, resources and plans used at the forefront of construction. Textbook understanding is important; however apprentices and trainees also need a real understanding of the application from industry experts on technical subjects – onsite, where new techniques are being developed all the time.Tutors delivering training may not have been on a construction site for a number of years so we help them with their continued professional development, encouraging them to sit in on some of the courses we deliver to employees at Redrow.The Apprenticeship Levy should be viewed as one element of a holistic strategy and we need better collaboration on best practice within the industry on what works in terms of attracting and developing our apprentices. Collaboration is also crucial to safeguard the quality of the tuition delivered. Employers must work with the apprenticeship provider from the get-go and constantly input into course content and delivery to help them hone the very best learning experience.Karen Jones, HR director at leading housebuilder Redrowlast_img read more

Geodis Wilson launches new projects division in Houston

first_imgIt is already meeting the demands of oil and gas, engineering, drilling and engineering procurement contractors (EPCs) based in the Houston area, providing a one-stop shop for transport management by truck, barge, air and ocean, as well as offering order expediting, customs brokerage, storage and inventory functions, materials management and distribution.Essential in serving this sector is provision of an industrial packing capability, which Geodis Wilson’s Industrial Projects Division meets through its own 65,000 sq ft (6,000 sq metre) packing and temporary and long-term storage warehouse close to Houston Airport, complete with two acres of outside area for marshalling heavy plant and project equipment. Supplementing this facility, a mobile packing team will service projects at the docks where necessary.”When you have to move heavy or out-of-gauge cargoes into countries that are not your typical destinations it is very specialized and you need a team that is not only familiar with the type of cargoes involved and how to handle and treat them, but also has the know-how to deal with matters in other countries, and all of this expertise is consolidated here in Houston in one group of people,” said Philippe Somers, the division’s Senior Vice-President, who has a 20-year management pedigree in this sector.last_img read more

ALE plays key role in i54 project

first_imgThe bridge is an important part of the i54 project that has seen three local councils invest in the development of a 1,000 sq m business park. The 45 m bridge will serve a new engine manufacturing plant and water treatment works. It will also act as a footpath across the M54 motorway, near Wolverhampton.The bridge was installed in a nighttime operation requiring a partial closure of the M54. ALE used 24-axle lines of SPMTs to shift the heavy load approximately 400 m from its fabrication position to the installation site.The bridge will be temporarily used for construction traffic for the i54 project before being opened to the public later this year.Gareth Evans, project engineer at ALE said: “The move and installation itself was fairly straightforward utilising our SPMTs and their hydraulic functions to install the bridge to its abutments.”www.ale-heavylift.comlast_img read more

V. Alexander crosses countries

first_imgThe largest pieces – the crane girders measuring 33 m long – posed the toughest challenge along the 4,500 km route. V. Alexander encountered heavy snow and icy weather systems and poor road conditions en route; the long girders required a special kind of fastening on their trucks due to overhanging lengths of almost 10 m. The shipment was convoyed on 45 fully-loaded trucks to the Manzhouli Chinese border rail terminal. From there it was transferred onto 35 rail wagons and forwarded the remaining 2,500 km to Bogouchany. V. Alexander Germany is a member of the Cargo Equipment Experts (CEE) network. www.valexander.comwww.cargoequipmentexperts.comlast_img read more

Noble delivers heavy SGBC

first_imgThe 2,000 cu m shipment consisted of six out-of-gauge units, the largest of which weighed 71.7 tonnes. The discharge of the units at Karachi port proved to be a challenging task. Tight stowage slowed down the discharge operation; as the daylight faded the operation was suspended.  The following morning the vessel’s two onboard cranes were used to complete the heavy lifts. The consignment was safely unloaded onto heavy-duty trailers and transported to the final project site Northern Pakistan – a distance of some 1,500 km away. The job was completed in 45 days, within the agreed timescale of the project. Noble Shipping Services is a member of the Project Cargo Network (PCN), representing Pakistan.By Luke King. www.nobleship.comlast_img read more

Erickson adds Crespo to sales team

first_imgCrespo joins Erickson Air-Crane with more than 20 years of international experience in global sales, marketing, finance and management. He most recently served as global key account director of CHC Helicopter, where he was responsible for managing oil and gas business with revenues in excess of USD1 billion.Crespo is also familiar with Evergreen Helicopters – which was acquired by Erickson Air-Crane in March 2013 – having previously served from 2006-2010 as its director South American sales and marketing.Crespo succeeds Gary Zamieroski who returns to California, USA to pursue other business opportunities.Santiago Crespowww.ericksonaircrane.comlast_img read more

L.Branco joins GPLN

first_imgHeadquartered in Setúbal in southwest Portugal, L.Branco – Navegação e Trânsitos has a strong background in the international heavy project forwarding market, including the power, construction and energy sectors.Luis Branco, who has more than 40 years of experience in the international shipping industry, manages the company.GPLN is one of the largest non-exclusive projects logistics networks, specialising in international projects movements and specialised lifts.  www.gpln.netwww.l-branco.comlast_img read more

Teekay Offshore Partners to acquire ALP Maritime Services

first_imgALP will continue to operate fully independently within the Teekay Group and believes that being of the group will allow it to learn and better understand other segments of the maritime industry as well. Teekay Offshore is an international provider of marine transportation, oil production and storage services to the offshore oil industry focusing on the fast-growing, deepwater offshore oil regions of the North Sea and Brazil. ALP Maritime Services provides commercial and operational services in the towage, transport and installation market to the offshore oil and gas industry internationally.www.alpmaritime.comwww.teekayoffshore.comlast_img read more

Super lift for Kalmar

first_imgThe new DRG-1000-92 ZXS reachstacker range is the world’s largest industrial reachstacker in Kalmar’s Gloria range, claimed the company.The new design has been developed to meet customer specifications, with lift capabilities of up to 120 tonnes depending on application.Kalmar says that the innovative boom design with rotation, and the wide range of attachment options, means that these machines can be adapted for a huge variety of applications, including steel handling, wind turbine construction, and other demanding heavy lifting tasks.  www.kalmarglobal.comlast_img read more

Liebherr lifts Schares fleet

first_imgThe new Liebherr crane will be the company’s largest machine. “The crane fits neatly into our existing fleet with a 350-tonne capacity model previously being our largest crane. The bigger crane will expand and supplement our portfolio perfectly,” said Schares managing director Katrin Schleiting.The equipment for the new 500-tonne capacity crane can be transported using Schares’ existing fleet of tractor vehicles and trailers, which the company says is a major advantage.Planned applications for the new LTM 1500-8.1 include handling work, bridge installations and prefabricated concrete assembly work.  www.liebherr.com www.schares.delast_img read more

Cargolux returns to Rio

first_imgFlight CV7645 will leave Luxembourg on Fridays at 12:00 GMT and arrive in Rio de Janeiro at 23:30 GMT, before continuing to Viracopos and returning to Europe as CV7656. Arrival in Luxembourg is scheduled for Saturdays at 15:30 GMT.Cargolux says that the return to Rio de Janeiro was driven by growing demand for freight capacity before the Olympic Summer Games 2016, which will take place from August 5-21.As well as equipment for the games, Cargolux expects to carry car parts and spares, chemicals, electrical goods, consolidated freight and household goods.  www.cargolux.comlast_img read more

NR Rail established

first_imgThe new entity will provide railfreight services between Finland and Russia. Rustranscom is one of the largest providers of rail services in the region, in areas such as forest and agricultural products. It has a rolling stock fleet encompassing more than 44,000 wagons.  This deal follows news that a new agreement on international railway transport between Finland and Russia is due to be ratified in the near future. The bi-lateral agreement will see the deregulation of rail transport between Finland and Russia on the Finnish rail network. “The aim is to start the locomotive business in the second half of 2017. What we are setting out to do is to maintain our commitment to developing cost-effective and transparent logistics services to benefit Finnish import and export industries,” said Marko Tuunainen, president and ceo at Nurminen Logistics. www.nurminenlogistics.comlast_img read more

Big barges sail with Hude

first_imgHenrik Thejll, director of E.W.v.d. Hude & Son, explained that it took two years to develop the shipment from Nantong, with huge amounts of preparation and discussion required, as well as unfortunate delays in China due to floods, bad weather and stowage. The barges – the heaviest of which weighed in at 1,350 tonnes – were loaded on board the Saga Welco ship by floating cranes and discharged in Rotterdam by the same method. www.hude.dkwww.petersandmay.comwww.sagawelco.comlast_img read more

Call to arms on ballast water deadline

first_img“The industry may collectively need to spend around USD100 billion in order to install the new ballast water treatment systems that will be required by law. We therefore have to get this right,” says Esben Poulsson, ICS chairman (pictured).Poulsson has called on shipowners, equipment manufacturers and governments to co-operate to ensure that proper implementation of this significant new regulatory regime will deliver maximum environment benefit.”We need to ensure, so far as practicable, that the systems installed on ships will indeed be fit for purpose in all known operating conditions worldwide. We are therefore advising shipping companies that they should make it clear to equipment manufacturers they will only consider fitting treatment systems which have been certified in accordance with the revised IMO type-approval standards adopted in 2016, even though this is not yet a mandatory requirement.”ICS has welcomed the important decision, made by IMO in July, to adjust the implementation dates of the Convention, so that existing ships (ships constructed before September 8, 2017) will not be required to install treatment systems until the date of their first International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) renewal survey after September 8, 2019.”We acknowledge the pragmatic approach to implementation taken by IMO member states that accepted the arguments made by ICS and other industry associations that there is little logic, from an environmental protection standpoint, in requiring thousands of ships to comply until they can be fitted with systems that have been approved under the more stringent standards,” explained Poulsson.”Shipowners must make full use of this additional time to identify and invest in far more robust technology to the benefit of the environment,” Poulsson added.  “And in view of the significant concessions that IMO has now made in response to the industry’s representations, shipping companies should not anticipate any further relaxation to the implementation schedule.”ICS believes that as a result of the industry’s intensive efforts to explain its implementation challenges to regulators, shipowners will hopefully now have the clarity needed to get on with the job.The chamber was previously ambivalent about encouraging flag states to ratify the BWM Convention in advance of some serious implementation issues being fully resolved. But now that the Convention is at the point of entry into force, and in recognition of the actions agreed by IMO, ICS is now encouraging all IMO member states to ratify as soon as possible  www.ics-shipping.orglast_img read more

France’s first floating turbine installed

first_imgThe UK-headquartered heavy transportation and rigging specialist said the installation was part of pre-commissioning works for the Floatgen demonstrator, under development by Ideol. ALE was contracted to complete the mechanical and electrical installation of a 2 MW V80 wind turbine onto a floating foundation.The turbine components, including two tower sections, a nacelle, hub and three blades, were lifted using 1,200-tonne capacity crane. A 100-tonne capacity auxiliary crane was also used to assist with the erection and lift of the tower sections.ALE simultaneously performed ballasting operations on the floating foundation during the lifting operation, in order to maintain stability. Four submersible pumps were used to supply water to the ballast tanks situated at the corners of the foundation.Once the wind turbine was mounted the electrical components and cables were connected and assembled, and the client’s sensors and measuring equipment were installed.Antonio Martin Garcia, project manager for ALE, said: “This was a unique job for ALE and the first time we have undertaken such a complex scope of work in this sector. We were able to provide a bespoke solution for this challenging operation and by providing experienced operators with expertise in each discipline, including the installation, ballasting and lifting, as well as coordination so we could ensure smooth project management.” www.ale-heavylift.comwww.ideol-offshore.comlast_img read more

From Antwerp to Açu

first_imgThe vessel transported a Siemens gas turbine for a thermoelectric power plant developed by Gás Natural Açu (GNA) – a joint venture of BP, Siemens and Prumo, the parent company of Porto do Açu.The gas turbine was delivered by barge from Mülheim, Germany, to the Katoen Natie terminal in Antwerp, where it was subsequently loaded into the hold of the BBC Amethyst, together with other bulky components.Since 2017, Port of Antwerp International, a subsidiary of the Antwerp Port Authority, has been a shareholder of and consultant to the port of Açu, with a goal of promoting trade with the Belgian gateway.portodoacu.com.brwww.portofantwerp.comwww.bbc-chartering.comlast_img read more

Call for more mall security

first_imgThe Athlone Community Police Forum (CPF) has called for rigorous security to ensure the safety of shoppers at Vangate Mall this coming festive season after Clicks was robbed of R80 000 last Sunday.Athlone police confirmed the robbery took place just before 7pm on Sunday November 20.Four unknown armed men entered the store and two of the men went to the back office where the big safe is located and removed R60 000 worth of coins, while the other two jumped over the front counter and ordered the two cashiers to empty their registers into black bags which amounted to R20 000.The manager told them that she did not have access to the drop safe where the notes are kept. They then ushered the employees into the back room and left the scene.Sergeant Zita Norman, Athlone police spokeswoman, said no shots were fired and no injuries were sustained.Aziza Kannemeyer, chairperson of the Athlone CPF, said mall owners need to provide sufficient security, especially with the upcoming festive season when shoppers carry more cash on them. “Not enough is being done in terms of security. Irrespective if the area has a high crime rate, quite a few communities still shop at the mall because there are no other malls in the area. Vangate Mall is a prime spot for hijacking and robberies of shoppers inside the mall. “People are getting good returns on their investments so surely they can invest in extra security for the shoppers,” said Ms Kannemeyer.“The businesses in the mall deserve security and the shoppers also deserve more, if it were not for them the mall wouldn’t make money. This is the beginning of the festive season. What can people expect from the mall that will ensure their safety? The mall owners have a role to play,” she said.However, Gouwa Waja-Stemmet, Vangate Mall marketing manager, assured customers that their safety remains the highest priority and that they will continue to ensure that all security measures are in place. “Security procedures are constantly being evaluated and tenants and staff are being educated accordingly. Mall management and security personnel are working closely with SAPS to ramp up security during the festive season. “SAPS will provide additional manpower during this period, while working closely with a local neighbourhood watch group. Various other neighbourhood watch groups will also participate in a festive season awareness campaign. Private security will be substantially increased over the period, while the mall’s hi-tech CCTV surveillance equipment will continue to play a vital role towards enhancing safety and security,” said Ms Waja-Stemmet. Ms Kannemeyer warned shoppers to be alert when visiting malls and business hubs.last_img read more

Cape Town Festival of Beer

first_imgThe Cape Town Festival of Beer takes place from Friday November 30 to Sunday November 2 at Hamilton’s Rugby Club in Green Point. The festival features over 60 breweries and distributors and offers more than 200 beers ranging from international mega-breweries such as Stella Artois to local microbreweries such as Drifter, Saggy Stone, Little Wolf and Urban Brewing. There will also be top-class pop-up restaurants and gourmet food trucks as well as a line up of local DJs. Tickets cost R120 on Friday, R150 on Saturday and R100 on Sunday. Book through Webtickets. The festival has partnered with Taxify as the official transport supplier. New users will receive a free trip to the value of R150 and existing users will receive 80% off their trip to the value of R100. Visit www.capetownfestivalofbeer.co.za for details.last_img read more

Two South Carolina men charged after forcing alligator to drink beer

first_img SHARE Author: CNN Two South Carolina men charged after forcing alligator to drink beer Published: May 27, 2017 6:48 AM EDT Updated: May 27, 2017 8:11 AM EDT center_img RIDGELAND, SC (CNN) Two South Carolina men each face a harassment charge after pictures surfaced on social media showing them pouring beer down the throat of an alligator, authorities said.Joseph Andrew Floyd Jr., 20, and Zachary Lloyd Brown, 21, both of Ridgeland, are accused of harassing wildlife, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said in a news release.The incident took place on Wednesday in Jasper County, located in the coastal region in the southernmost part of the state.The men admitted to investigators that they picked up the juvenile alligator after they saw it crossing a road, forced beer down its throat and watched it swim away in a nearby pond, according to the release.Pictures posted on social media alerted officials the next day.“We started receiving a lot of e-mails and phone calls about this. People had taken screen shots from Snapchat accounts,” the agency’s spokeswoman Kyndel McConchie told CNN.In one of the six photos obtained by CNN from authorities, the alligator’s neck is being squeezed and a beer can is pressed against its snout. The text on the photo says “Gator Shotgun.”Other photos show beer being dripped into its mouth while its neck is held tightly. Another picture shows smoke being blown onto the face of the gator.Besides the state misdemeanor charge of harassing wildlife, Floyd and Brown also face a maximum fine of $300.There is federal protection in place to ensure alligators are legally harvested for international trade. But for a case like this, no federal protection applies, the Department of Natural Resources said.“Alligators are protected under state law and even federal law where they are still listed as threatened solely due to their similarity of appearance to other endangered crocodilians worldwide,” SCDNR Alligator Program Coordinator Jay Butfiloski added.The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources posted the photos on Twitter:Two men have been charged with harassment of wildlife after posting photos to social media. https://t.co/yRJr2fkLxb #SCDNR pic.twitter.com/eMOK3jl3md— SCDNR (@SCDNR) May 26, 2017 Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

Explosion outside US Air Force recruiting office under investigation

first_img SHARE Published: July 11, 2017 6:21 AM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Recommended Massive Beirut blast kills more than 60, injures thousands Explosion outside US Air Force recruiting office under investigation Propane tank explodes in Bonita Springs Author: CNN BIXBY, Okla.(CNN) Local and federal authorities are investigating an explosion at a US Air Force recruiting office.Bomb squads from Bixby and Tulsa police responded around 10:30 p.m. local time Monday to the reported explosion, near Tulsa, Bixby Police Sgt. Tim Scrivner told CNN.The FBI and ATF are on scene and investigating the cause of the explosion, according to ATF public information officer, Meredith Davis.The incident hasn’t officially been called a domestic case of terrorism, but if it is considered one, the FBI would have jurisdiction over the [email protected] this was before police arrived. pic.twitter.com/NsypKbaYH6— Jaycie (@WhitworthJaycie) July 11, 2017A photo taken after the incident showed the glass doors to the Air Force office opened with scattered debris on the ground and a dangling light fixture.last_img read more

2 more GOP senators oppose health bill, killing it for now

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE Published: July 17, 2017 10:01 PM EDT Updated: July 17, 2017 11:03 PM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) The latest GOP effort to repeal and replace “Obamacare” was fatally wounded in the Senate Monday night when two more Republican senators announced their opposition to the legislation strongly backed by President Donald Trump.The announcements from Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas left the Republican Party’s long-promised efforts to get rid of President Barack Obama’s health care legislation reeling. Next steps, if any, were not immediately clear.center_img 2 more GOP senators oppose health bill, killing it for now Trump, who had predicted success for the legislation just hours earlier, responded with a tweet urging: “Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!” But Republican leaders rejected that clean-repeal approach months ago because it could not pass Congress.Lee and Moran both said they could not support Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s legislation in its current form. They joined GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky, both of whom announced their opposition right after McConnell released the bill last Thursday.McConnell is now at least two votes short in the closely divided Senate and may have to go back to the drawing board or even begin to negotiate with Democrats, a prospect he’s threatened but resisted so far. Or he could abandon the health care effort, which has proven more difficult than many Republicans envisioned after campaigning on the issue for years, and move on to tax legislation, a bigger Trump priority to begin with.McConnell’s bill “fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act or address healthcare’s rising costs. For the same reasons I could not support the previous version of this bill, I cannot support this one,” said Moran.Lee said, “In addition to not repealing all of the Obamacare taxes, it doesn’t go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families; nor does it create enough free space from the most costly Obamacare regulations.”It was the second straight failure for McConnell, who had to cancel a vote on an earlier version of the bill last month when defeat became inevitable.Trump had kept his distance from the Senate process, but Monday night’s development was a major blow for him, too, as the president failed to rally support for what has been the GOP’s trademark issue for seven years – ever since Obama and the Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act. Republicans won the White House and full control of Congress in large part on the basis of their promises to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” but have struggled to overcome their deep internal divisions and deliver.The Senate bill, like an earlier version that barely passed the House, eliminated mandates and taxes under Obamacare, and unraveled an expansion of the Medicaid health care program for the poor and disabled. But for conservatives like Lee and Paul it didn’t go far enough in delivering on Republican Party promises to undo Obama’s law, while moderates like Collins viewed the bill as too extreme in yanking insurance coverage from millions.McConnell’s latest version aimed to satisfy both camps, by incorporating language by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas allowing insurers to sell skimpy plans alongside more robust ones, and by adding billions to treat opioid addiction and to defray consumer costs.His efforts did not achieve the intended result.There was no immediate reaction from McConnell’s office. But Democrats could barely contain their glee.“This second failure of Trumpcare is proof positive that the core of this bill is unworkable,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. “Rather than repeating the same failed, partisan process yet again, Republicans should start from scratch and work with Democrats on a bill that lowers premiums, provides long term stability to the markets and improves our health care system.”Prior to the stunning announcements from Lee and Moran, the GOP bill stood on the knife’s edge, with zero votes to spare but not dead yet. It was apparent that no GOP senator wanted to be the third to announce opposition and become responsible for killing the bill, so the news from Lee and Moran came simultaneously.It arrived as about a half-dozen senators were at the White House meeting with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence about the next steps in the GOP effort to ensure passage of the bill.There are at least a half-dozen or so others who are undecided, so it’s quite likely that more “no” votes will be announced in the hours and days ahead.In a Senate divided 52-48 between Republicans and Democrats, McConnell could lose only two senators and still prevail on a procedural vote to open debate on the bill. He had hoped to hold that vote this week, but Sen. John McCain’s recovery following surgery in Arizona had already pushed back that timeframe.Earlier this month, Moran faced tough questions from constituents at a town hall in tiny Palco, Kansas, about the impact of the GOP bill. About 150 people tried to squeeze into a community center room and many applauded his opposition to the initial health care bill. The session underscored the evolving position of many Americans to government-run health care, with loud approval for programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.“I will choose country over party,” Moran told the town hall. “I will choose Kansans over party.” Related Articles:Trump says he’ll be ‘angry’ if Senate health care bill flopsTrump presses Congress on health care bill: Get it done2 GOP senators suggest bill to repeal health care law ‘dead’Trump makes push on health bill; repeal-only vote an option Author: Associated Press last_img read more

Anthony Weiner reports to prison for sexting conviction

first_imgAnthony Weiner reports to prison for sexting conviction Published: November 6, 2017 1:57 PM EST Author: AP AYER, Mass. (AP) Former Rep. Anthony Weiner reported to prison Monday to begin a 21-month sentence for sexting with a 15-year-old girl.Weiner is being held at the Federal Medical Center Devens in Massachusetts, a Bureau of Prisons spokesperson said.The facility in Ayer, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Boston, has over 1,000 inmates at the medical center and over 100 more at an adjacent minimum security satellite camp. It’s the same prison that once housed Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.Weiner was sentenced in September by a judge who said the crime resulted from a “very strong compulsion.” At the time, a tearful Weiner said he was undergoing therapy and had been “a very sick man for a very long time.”Amid a sexting controversy involving women, the New York Democrat resigned his U.S. House seat in 2011 only to have new allegations doom his 2013 run for mayor.MORE: Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in sexting caseLast year, a criminal probe into his sexting with a high school student intruded into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House. Then-FBI Director James Comey announced in late October 2016 that he was reopening the probe of Clinton’s use of a private computer server after emails between Clinton and Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin – formerly Clinton’s closest aide – were found on Weiner’s computer.Two days before Election Day, the FBI declared there was nothing new in the emails. But in a recent interview, Clinton called Comey’s intervention “the determining factor” in her defeat.Abedin and Weiner are in divorce proceedings.At sentencing in Manhattan federal court, Weiner attorney Arlo Devlin-Brown said his client likely exchanged thousands of messages with hundreds of women over the years and was communicating with up to 19 women when he encountered the teenager.Devlin-Brown declined to comment on Monday.MORE: Ex-US Rep. Anthony Weiner pleads guilty in sexting case SHAREcenter_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Recommended Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in sexting case last_img read more

Taking a view on gay marriage

first_img David Hadfield, Forest Row, East Sussex I confess to having been taken aback that a committee of the Law Society has responded to the government’s consultation on ‘gay marriage’ at all, but the more so because its response is prefaced by a reference to the Society representing solicitors in England and Wales, thus giving the impression that this response is made on behalf of all solicitors. Leaving aside the issue of whether this is a matter that should concern committee members in anything other than their private capacities, how can it be proper to head the response in this way? Neither I nor any other solicitor I have spoken to has been asked for an opinion on what is both a legal and (whether the committee likes it or not) a theological issue.last_img read more

IBA 2012: former president of American bar dismisses ‘risky’ ABS model

first_imgThe immediate past-president of the American Bar Association has strongly denounced alternative business structures, arguing that non-lawyer investment in law firms compromises the client’s best interests and undermines professional independence. William T (Bill) Robinson III gave the strongest indication yet that the US will not bend soon to pressure for liberalisation, pointing to the jurisdiction’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct to underpin his arguments. Robinson was speaking at a panel session on ABSs at this year’s International Bar Association conference. Also on the panel were Solicitors Regulation Authority chief executive Antony Townsend, former Law Society president Bob Heslett and Christina Blacklaws, director at Co-operative Legal Services. Though stressing that he was not speaking on behalf of the ABA, Robinson said his views broadly reflect the consensus among US lawyers. ‘What you need to understand is that from the US perspective, the Model Rules start and end with a focus on the interests of the client,’ he said. ‘There is a strong sense that in the ABS approach there is an inherent conflict of interest. Investors invest to make money and, as we say, “he or she who has the gold makes the golden rule”. They don’t bring a higher quality of practice or integrity.’ He added: ‘If there is one investor in a firm and that investor is Walmart, it is not unrealistic to expect that investor to communicate what is to be done and that will be in the investor’s best interests. That is why we are not stepping up to this. ‘Another concern we have is the continuing attack on the legal profession and its independence across the world in the name of consumerism and bringing the price down. The reality is that specialised training and years of extra education are necessary to impute the required discipline and time to protect the client. Profit as an influencer of human choices under pressure is just too much of a risk.’ Robinson acknowledged the potential benefits of ABS status to lawyers and law firms, but said he had ‘yet to hear how the interests of the clients are enhanced’. He also raised the spectre of government interference in the profession to protect shareholder interests, ‘just as the Securities and Exchange Commission has intervened to protect corporations’. He added: ‘They will come in behind the investors and tell us what to do; we will have become not a profession, but commerce’. In the US, ABSs would also have to clear other practical hurdles. ‘What about exit strategies? In the US lawyers cannot be required to sign non-compete agreements, it is up to the client to decide whether to waive privileged, confidential information.’ Robinson also dismissed the claim that liberalising ownership will enhance access to justice, an argument made by Co-operative Legal Services. He said: ‘In the US there is no money in access to justice and pro bono; it’s an overhead that derives from commitment and professionalism. I am perplexed as to how having investors involved enhances access to justice. Too much pro bono inhibits return on investment.’ Responding, Christina Blacklaws described it as an ‘insult’ to suppose other professionals who might co-own firms adhere to lower professional standards. However, an inquisitor from the German bar questioned using the Co-op as an exemplar of ABS status, pointing out: ‘The Co-operative is more analogous to a trade union owning a law firm that will provide services to its members. That is very different from a third-party investor seeking a return on their money.’ In her address, Blacklaws pointed to the rigour of the SRA’s ABS licensing process and joked: ‘We have seen very little evidence of the mafia or al-Qaida applying.’ Co-operative Legal Services now has 48 licensed managers and expects annual turnover this year of £45m, placing it among the top 75 legal firms. Townsend meanwhile, expects the number of ABSs approved, which recently hit 30, to double by the end of the year. There are about 100 more applications ‘in the wings’, some of which may come to nothing. ‘We are beginning to see the evolution of a more dynamic market,’ he said. Heslett, meanwhile, was notably more muted about ABSs, saying: ‘I think the changes are extremely limited. The Co-op may raise standards on the high street but I don’t think the major firms [in England and Wales] will ever get involved.’ International interest in following the UK and Australia’s lead on ABSs is clearly limited. Fewer than 50 of the 5,000 delegates registered at this year’s conference attended the session.last_img read more

My conviction is unsafe, says QC jailed for VAT fraud

first_imgA London silk sentenced today to three and a half years in prison after being convicted of a £600,000 VAT fraud says he will fight to clear his name. Rohan Anthony Pershad, who practised from Thirty Nine Essex Street, was convicted at Blackfriars Crown Court earlier this month of one count of cheating the public revenue of £624,579, between 1 June 1999 and 24 September 2011. A statement from HM Revenue & Customs said that instead of paying the VAT due, Pershad spent the money on two homes in Surrey and Somerset and on school fees for his children. HMRC said that it cancelled Pershad’s VAT registration in 2003 with effect from 1999, after his repeated failures to submit tax returns or tell the authorities about a change of address. The statement said: ‘Pershad effectively became a missing trader, disappearing below the VAT radar. This meant he was unable legally to trade above the VAT threshold, which was between £54,000 in 2001 and £67,000 in 2008. However, his self-assessment tax returns showed his income had increased from £85,000 in 2001 to £346,000 in 2008, breaching the VAT registration limit by £279,000.’ During this period, the Revenue said Pershad continued to use his invalid VAT number on invoices, meaning he was collecting the VAT on fees but pocketing the money for himself. HMRC’s director of criminal investigation Donald Toon, said: ‘Pershad’s 12-year history of tax evasion was blatant theft from the public purse. He thought he was above the law, but someone in his profession should have known better than to try to cheat the system, as HMRC will not stand by while criminals try to cheat the taxpayer.’ Confiscation proceedings are underway. Following notice of his prosecution, Pershad voluntarily suspended his membership of chambers. A spokeswoman for the Bar Standards Board said that it had raised a complaint about Pershad and the case will be referred to a five-person disciplinary tribunal, which has the power to disbar him. Pershad’s solicitor, Angus McBride at London firm London firm Kingsley Napley, said Pershad will appeal both the conviction and sentence. In a statement via his solicitor, Pershad said he believed the conviction to be unsafe. He said: ‘I have not acted dishonestly in relation to the payment of VAT and I will be seeking to have my conviction overturned in the Court of Appeal.’ He said: ‘There have been a number of inaccurate and misleading comments made publicly since my conviction. I will seek to correct them at the appropriate time. ‘I am very grateful to all the many people that have stood by me at what has been a deeply distressing time – most of all for my family.’ Pershad added: ‘I am not a dishonest man. I have never sought to defraud or cheat anyone. I will fight to clear my name.’last_img read more

Conservatives: court fees? Let’s talk about solicitors’ costs – Faulks

first_imgLawyers’ costs are just as big an obstacle to people conducting litigation as court fees, justice minister Lord Faulks has said.Speaking at a fringe event of the Conservative party conference, Faulks (pictured) accepted there is ‘anxiety’ from some in the business community and elsewhere about the level of fees charged for commencing claims in court.But the QC said fees charged by lawyers remain the ‘elephant in the room’ and hinted that the government is still keen to do more to reform ‘enormous’ legal costs.‘I don’t think we have got a grip on the overall amount that lawyers charge,’ he said.‘The Germans, for example, have very much more in the way of fixed costs. Once you decide to go [down] the court routes you know what is coming at the end of the road.’He added: ‘[Court fees are] not too much compared with the fees you come up with for solicitors.’The session itself concentrated on the importance, take-up and consistency of mediation as a form of alternative dispute resolution.Speaking at the event, former City solicitor and recently elected Conservative MP Alberto Costa said some of his ex-colleagues are still not doing enough to encourage and promote ADR.‘Looking back over the last 15 years we are not where ADR was promised to be. Most business people don’t know what ADR stands for.‘The majority of litigators, particularly in the City, are still not qualified [in ADR]. People are still wedded to the court system.’Costa said he would like to see ADR clauses as standard in contracts drawn up by lawyers for their clients and said ‘without exception’ his own former clients had approved of such clauses being inserted when the potential benefits of ADR were explained.Costa, a member of the House of Commons justice select committee, also hinted that the committee is preparing to consult on the Legal Services Act ahead of a review by justice secretary Michael Gove, with a view to getting more smaller businesses to access legal help.last_img read more

‘Innovative’ financial list formally unveiled

first_imgA specialist list hosted at the Rolls Building to deal with financial market cases has taken a further step towards full operation with the publication of practice directions at a formal unveiling last night. Speaking before representatives from the legal and financial professions, lord chancellor Michael Gove praised the financial list, which launched on 1 October, as one of the most ‘exciting innovations in the field of British justice’.  The list was a key part in ensuring the modernisation of the legal system, he said.Bank of England deputy governor Sir Jon Cunliffe said the central bank ‘wholeheartedly supports’ the initiative for financial stability and competitive reasons.‘This isn’t just something that matters for the UK and UK financial stability. It is something that matters [for] international financial stability as well,’ he said.Lord chief justice Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd said that the list would be kept under review, but added: ‘I do hope this initial experiment will work and we will try and improve it wherever possible.’The financial list will initially run as a two-year pilot until the end of September 2017. Cases will be heard by 12 judges from the Commercial Court and Chancery Division.Alasdair Douglas, chair of the City of London Law Society, said: ‘The facility to bring market test cases, where authoritative legal guidance is needed, will be an important feature of the financial list initiative. ‘Litigants expect judges to be familiar with the subject matter of a case, and the financial list will offer the assurance that these significant cases will be heard by a high-calibre judge who, for example, has an understanding of the global financial markets.‘The financial list will improve, and be seen to improve, the service provided by the English courts to international litigants.’The first case, between foreign parties and concerning derivatives transactions, was transferred onto the financial list last week and is in the course of being tried by Mr Justice Blair.last_img read more

MoJ seeks to plug legal aid housing gap

first_imgThe government has moved to plug at least one of the gaps in legal aid housing services highlighted by the Law Society last week in a shocking infographic, the Gazette has learned.The Society’s ‘legal aid deserts map’ showed that nearly a third of legal aid areas have just one solicitor provider who specialises in housing and whose advice is available through legal aid.Surrey, Shropshire and Suffolk have no housing provider at all.A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice told the Gazette that housing contracts are being offered for the Surrey procurement area after firms were invited to submit an ‘expression of interest’ in April.Services will be in place ‘imminently’, the spokesperson said.Society chief executive Catherine Dixon said early legal advice on housing matters could make the difference between a family being made homeless or not.Citizens Advice has warned that some families trying to keep a roof over their head are finding that no local legal aid lawyers will take their case.Citizens Advice chief executive Gillian Guy said (pictured): ‘People threatened with eviction and facing homelessness are among those who often can’t access free legal representation, even if they qualify for it.’Research shows that nine out of 10 Citizens Advice bureaux have encountered difficulties in referring people to the specialist legal advice they need since 2013, when the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act emasculated civil legal aid.Guy said: ‘It is crucial that people who qualify for legal aid can find lawyers that can help them with housing problems, especially with more people turning to us for help after being threatened with eviction illegally.’Guy said that in the 12 months to March 2016, 2,000 people sought Citizens Advice’s help after being threatened with illegal eviction, representing a 47% rise from the previous year.last_img read more

Council chiefs under fire over ‘emergency’ grant to solicitors firm

first_imgCouncil bosses in Bolton are today facing calls to resign over a ‘secret’ emergency grant of £300,000 handed to a local solicitors firm that posted a £1m loss last year.Asons Solicitors was awarded the grant earlier this month under the Emergency Powers Procedure, used by the authority to take ‘any action on behalf of the council in any cases of urgency’.The meeting at which the grant was awarded to the personal injury firm was closed to press and public. In a statement, the council has said the grant will guarantee that 263 jobs are retained in the town centre for at least the next five years. But local solicitors are outraged by one local firm apparently gaining a competitive advantage through taxpayers’ money. The council refused to confirm the size of the grant but local press reported that the figure is £300,000. The cash is understood to have been intended to assist the firm with its move to different premises in the town earlier this year.With our madam mayor of #Bolton pic.twitter.com/5HG5wkT3C2— Dr Imran Akram (@DrimranKakram) 30 August 2016Council leader Cliff Morris (Labour), who has come under pressure over the award, said: ‘Financial transparency and trust at this challenging time is more important than ever and this is why I am calling for a full independent audit of this investment to reassure the public.’In a statement sent to the Gazette, he added: ‘The council’s investment will be repaid through their business rates, which we estimate to be more than £460,000 and this will be reinvested across the borough. This is on top of the value from retaining the firm in the town centre, which should return £10m to our local economy over the next five years.’This assurance is sure to be called into question however, as Asons has itself stated that the key risk facing its business is a potential rise in the small claims limit. Last week the government announced plans to raise that limit five-fold, a potentially devastating development for the claimant PI sector. Opposition leaders have hit out at the grant. David Greenhalgh, leader of the Conservative party, told the Bolton News: ‘A growing number of decisions are being made by this council under emergency powers. This process should only be used when absolutely necessary.’Other local solicitor firms have also voiced concern, including Craig Morris, a partner at Fieldings Porter and Stephen Crompton, joint managing partner at Russell and Russell.Crompton said: ‘This is extremely worrying. Law firms up and down the country have been subjected to the same challenging market conditions as Asons, so why has it been given preferential funding?’Local UKIP leader Sean Hornby has called on residents to stage a mass protest outside Bolton Town Hall (pictured) ahead of the council’s next meeting at the end of November. Bolton TUC, meanwhile, has today called for the resignation of the officers and politicians at the council ’who have been involved in subsidising Asons while proposing cuts to services for the disabled and other vulnerable members of the Bolton family’.Latest published accounts for Asons Solicitors list the sole director as Kamran Akram. Asons Solicitors Ltd posted a pre-tax loss of £1.14m on annual turnover of £13.6m for the year to 31 May 2015. This compares with a profit of £864,444 on turnover of £15.9m in 2014.Under ‘principal risks and uncertainties’, the director’s report states: ‘The key risks facing the business are changes in UK legislation that impact on the small claims limit.’In 2013 Dr Imran Akram, chief executive of Asons Solicitors, was crowned ‘Business Person of the Year 2013’ at the Bolton & Bury Business Awards. He is pictured above with the mayor of Bolton at the opening of the new Asons office.The flamboyant Akram has also attracted media attention for collecting Lamborghinis.The Gazette has contacted Asons for comment.last_img read more

Businesses offered ‘no win, no fee’ deal on commercial disputes

first_imgA consortium of litigation firms is offering a commercial dispute resolution on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis backed by external funding. Caresso Law, which opened for business last week, provides a ‘fully funded’ litigation service for claims where damages are below £5m.Currently made up of four firms, it offers clients immediate after the event (ATE) insurance, typically reserved for personal injury and clinical negligence claims. The consortium, which covers ‘most types of commercial disputes’, is managed by a media agency called EightFooted, which takes a cut of firms’ fees after the successful conclusion of cases.Lee Jones, CEO of EightFooted, said: ‘Our research shows that the legal services market in the UK is ripe for change. We have worked with the firms to develop a unique commercial litigation service that meets technological and financial challenges head on.’He added that the consortium is committed to access to justice and bringing litigation funding ‘into the mainstream’.‘This is streamlined litigation at the more moderate end of the scale,’ he said.David Haynes, underwriting and marketing director of ARAG plc, which provides insurance to Caresso Law, said: ‘Many individuals and smaller businesses with well-founded claims are prevented from pursuing their legal rights because they cannot fund their case. Caresso Law is offering a new solution that will reduce both the risk and cost of seeking justice.’last_img read more

Solicitor fined £7.5k – with four times that in costs

first_imgA solicitor has received a £7,500 fine, but four times that amount in costs, for his ‘sloppy’ conduct in a property transaction.The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal said Daniel Mun Kin Tang’s work on the transaction in 2012 ‘was more than sloppy’, in a judgment published on its website.Tang, a partner at north London firm Christopher Mathew Solicitors and admitted to the roll in 2006, acted for TP Ltd in relation to the purchase of three flats. He was instructed to prepare and execute an investment agreement to part-fund the £252,000 purchase. Tang denied the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s allegation that the transaction had ‘a number of dubious features’. The judgment states that he ‘accepted that he was “sloppy” in the way that he handled the transaction and ought to have satisfied himself that certain features of the transaction were not dubious, but that did not mean that the features were dubious’.Tang, who had acted for the parties previously, said he had ‘not been on such guard as he would have been if this was the first time he acted for them’.However, the tribunal identified ‘red flags’ that ‘merited further investigation and enquiry’. The tribunal said it was not within Tang’s remit to advise Ms FA, a third party part-funding the transaction, to seek independent financial advice – ‘but, as he accepted, he should have advised her to [seek] independent legal advice’. He did not take unfair advantage of her, the tribunal said.Tang admitted he lodged an application to register a charge on the property without Ms FA’s written consent when he ‘ought to have known’ this was required.The tribunal said Tang ‘appeared to have fallen into a trap where he failed to distinguish between the personal and professional when he was doing business with a family with whom he was acquainted’.The tribunal found that Tang made an error in the way he completed a MGO1-particulars of a mortgage charge form. ‘The tribunal accepted that this was a genuine mistake but having made the mistake and knowing that he had made the mistake the respondent did not rectify it or advise TP Ltd of the error and what could be done to rectify it,’ the judgment states.In mitigation, Tang ‘acknowledged that this was not a shining example of his work’ and that he had been far too “sloppy” in his approach’. The ‘minimal’ harm caused was ‘due to luck and not the respondent’s judgement’, the tribunal said, assessing the conduct to be ‘at the higher end of moderately serious’.Counsel for Tang argued that the SRA’s claim for £34,760 costs was ‘manifestly excessive for a one transaction case’, reminding the tribunal ‘that costs should not be a penalty and if they were disproportionately larger than the sanction they could be seen as a penalty’.However, the tribunal concluded the allegations were properly brought. Tang was ordered to pay a £7,500 fine and £32,469 costs.Tang has been approached for comment.last_img read more

Hillsborough: Police solicitor and senior officers charged

first_imgA solicitor is among six people who have been charged with criminal offences in relation to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster and its aftermath, the Crown Prosecution Service announced today.Peter Metcalf acted for South Yorkshire Police during the Taylor inquiry and the first inquests. He is charged with doing acts with intent to pervert the course of public justice relating to material changes made to witness statements.The CPS says Metcalf was instructed by Municipal Mutual Insurance to represent the interests of the force at the Taylor Inquiry and in any civil litigation that might result from the Hillsborough disaster. According to the CPS statement, he reviewed the accounts provided by the officers and made suggestions for alterations, deletions and amendments. The CPS alleges these were directly relevant to the Salmon letter issued by the Taylor Inquiry and for which there appears to be no justification.Also charged are:David Duckenfield, who was the Match Commander for South Yorkshire Police on the day of the disaster;Graham Henry Mackrell, who was Sheffield Wednesday Football Club’s company secretary and safety officer at the time of the disaster in 1989;Former Chief Superintendent Donald Denton of South Yorkshire Police;Former Detective Chief Inspector Alan Foster of South Yorkshire Police;Norman Bettison, a former officer with South Yorkshire Police and subsequently Chief Constable of Merseyside and West Yorkshire Police.All defendants except Duckenfield will appear at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on 9 August.Sue Hemming, head of the CPS special crime and counter terrorism division, said: ‘Criminal proceedings have now commenced and the defendants have a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.’According to the Law Society’s Find a Solicitor service, Metcalf was admitted as a solicitor in June 1977 and now works as a locum.The Gazette called Metcalf’s office and was told he has no comment to make about Hillsborough.An SRA spokesperson said: ‘We are aware of the CPS’s statement. We continue to work closely with other authorities involved in this matter. We will now await the conclusion of this case before deciding on appropriate action.’last_img read more

Legal profession dominates social mobility awards shortlist

first_imgThe shortlist for a newly established set of awards to honour social mobility has highlighted the strides the legal profession has taken to become more diverse.Law firms and solicitors dominate the shortlist for the inaugural UK Social Mobility Awards. Winners will be announced in London in October.In-house solicitor Barry Matthews, director of legal and third party sales at ITV, and Sarah Hyde, of counsel at international firm CMS, are among six finalists for the ‘outstanding achievement of the year’ award.Matthews founded the Legal Social Mobility Partnership, which has been nominated for the ‘innovation award’. Matthews told the Gazette: ‘I’m extremely honoured to make the shortlist, although the scheme we have created is a true partnership and I will be representing the 70 law firms, commercial organisations and professional sports clubs all committed to creating a meritocratic ennvironment for the solicitors of the future.’Hyde is behind CMS’s bursary scheme, now in its sixth year, which provides aspiring young lawyers from disadvantaged backgrounds with financial help, work experience and support. One of the scheme’s first students will begin her training contract at the firm this year.CMS said the scheme’s success ‘comes as a direct result of Sarah’s initial idea, passion and devotion’.Claudine Adeyemi, a real estate associate at London firm Mishcon de Reya, has been nominated for the ‘rising star of the year’ award. In her spare time, Adeyemi founded and runs The Student Development Co, CIC, a non-profit organisation which provides career support to 16-24 year olds from less privileged backgrounds. She also created a mobile app, Career Ear, to improve access to quality careers advice.Adeyemi said it was ‘incredible’ that her work with The Student Development Co and everything she has achieved to improve young people’s experiences have been recognised.Daniel Levy, partner and head of Mishcon de Reya’s property litigation group, said Adeyemi is ‘passionate about helping young people reach their potential. These kind of pro-active social initiatives, in addition to the social impact opportunities we give our people, are something we greatly encourage and celebrate as a firm’.James Wickes, a partner at City firm RPC, is one of five nominees for ‘mentor of the year’. Wickes co-founded Limitless London a decade ago, which provides career guidance to school pupils in Wickes’ hometown of Barking and Dagenham.Wickes said: ‘I set it up because I didn’t have any real guidance when I was at school in terms of moving on to higher education or employment. When I got to university, I realised the lack of opportunities I had.’Over the past four years Limitless London has focused on helping Year 10 students. Wickes said the charity wanted to ‘get the message across’ at an earlier stage to help pupils ‘turn their predicted Cs into As’.The Ministry of Justice has been nominated for ‘organisation of the year’.International firm Simmons & Simmons, the Law Society of Scotland and the Legal Social Mobility Partnership will be competing for the ‘innovation award’.Magic circle firm Clifford Chance and international firm Pinsent Masons have been shortlisted for the ‘recruitment programme of the year’ award.National firm Browne Jacobson is nominated for ‘progression programme of the year’.Magic circle firm Allen & Overy and international firm Herbert Smith Freehills have been shortlisted for ‘community programme of the year’.last_img read more

Dormant legal aid accounts to be closed

first_imgThe government will close solicitor accounts that are not being used to access the Legal Aid Agency’s services following a system upgrade to prevent glitches that led to the portal going offline for nearly a week.The online web portal provides single sign-on access to the agency’s core applications for legal aid providers and LAA staff. Applications include contracted work and administration, the client cost management system, eForms, Crown court remuneration and litigation fees as well as management information.This week the agency announced that, starting next month, it will begin closing accounts that have not been accessed for more than six months. Solicitors must contact their system administrator to restore access or set up a new account. Shared accounts will no longer be allowed for security reasons.Last year the portal was upgraded to improve performance and stability, ‘and decrease the likelihood of the occurrence of the types of severe issues that caused it to go offline for nearly a week in 2016’, according to guidance published by the agency.In March 2016, the Law Society reported that ‘significant ongoing problems’ with the portal for submitting electronic crime applications had severely delayed legal aid applications and applications for prior authority to do essential work on cases.The agency says the upgraded portal has improved security and data protection, quicker log-in times, a more user-friendly password reset process, a status bar for all applications which provides up-to-date information on issues affecting performance, and an upgraded message function.The guidance states that solicitors will no longer need to clear the cache to reset their password. They have 10 attempts to correctly state their username and password before they are locked out of the portal for 30 minutes. As long as a session is not idle for more than an hour at a time, solicitors will be able to access the portal for up to eight hours before the session must be re-authenticated.last_img read more

A&O joins other magic circle firms with student grant boost

first_imgAllen & Overy has confirmed it will increase the maintenance grant it awards for future trainees taking the legal practice course (LPC) – the last of the magic circle firms to do so.The firm said its grant will be increased by 43%, from £7,000 to £10,000. It will be backdated to the January 2018 LPC class.Claire Wright, graduate recruitment partner at A&O, said the increase is in ‘recognition of the fact that living costs have increased and as part of our overall commitment to social mobility’.She added: ‘We have a responsibility to ensure our profession is attractive and accessible to talented people who have the potential to succeed. We don’t want financial considerations to be a barrier to entry.’Last week Slaughter and May and Linklaters signified their intention to increase the grant from £7,000 to £10,000. Earlier this year, Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer also boosted the grants by the same amount.All five magic circle firms cover LPC course fees.last_img read more

Costs penalty for defendant who withheld the ‘full story’

first_imgMichael Mylonas QC, instructed by Irwin Mitchell, appeared for the claimant. Michael de Navarro QC, instructed by Hempsons, represented the defendant. A winning defendant has been denied full costs in a clinical negligence case after crucial evidence which killed the claim emerged on the third day of trial. The Honourable Mrs Justice Lambert DBE said the defendant in Harrap v Brighton & Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust omitted important details from written witness evidence submitted in December 2017.Instead, the case continued to trial in March this year, but the claim was discontinued after new evidence emerged for the first time during cross-examination of a defendant witness. The evidence amounted to a change of circumstances and claimant lawyers accepted it was fatal to their case.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Justice LambertThe defendant argued that the usual costs order should follow the discontinuance of a claim and said the claimant’s case was always ‘doomed to failure’. Any effort to claw back costs based on the conduct of litigation was ‘ingenious’ but ‘merely a smokescreen’ to mask the breakdown of the claim.But claimant lawyers argued the change in circumstances was due to the failure to set out the full story in the witness statement, with evidence emerging at trial being ‘wholly new’.The judge refused to accept the claim was doomed to failure and concluded the change of circumstances was a consequence of what came out at trial. ‘The new evidence had a direct bearing upon the claimant’s case and its effect was to shut down the claim on factual causation.’The judge said omission of details in the witness statement was unreasonable and that no explanation had been provided.The claimant was ordered to bear the costs up to December 2017, with no order for costs thereafter.last_img read more

Baker McKenzie and Clyde & Co tough it out in Venezuela

first_imgTwo international firms in Venezuela have indicated that they have no plans to cease practising in the country, despite high profile exits from the troubled South American nation.The Gazette understands that both Clyde & Co and Baker McKenzie will continue to operate and have no plans to leave. In the past year both Hogan Lovells and Norton Rose Fulbright have left.Venezuela has been ravaged by hyper-inflation and food shortages and its currency, the Bolivar, has been rendered near worthless. Further, the US and more than 20 other nations have recognised president Nicolas Maduro’s opposition Juan Guaidó as interim president.Hogan Lovells announced its departure from Caracas in May last year and last week Norton Rose Fulbright also departed citing ’challenging market conditions’.Norton Rose’s base in the country was snapped up by international behemoth Dentons which said it had agreed to create Despacho de Abogados miembros de Dentons, S.C.last_img read more

Fieldfisher takes on litigation funders with DBA insurance

first_imgInternational firm Fieldfisher has challenged litigation funders with a ‘more competitive’ insurance policy for damages-based agreements.Having introduced a litigation funding service for commercial claims last year, the firm has announced a DBA insurance policy that will guarantee a proportion of the firm’s unbilled work in progress and disbursements at the end of the case. Fieldfisher said the product is the ‘first of its kind’ as it covers a portfolio of cases directly funded by the firm.The City practice moved into the litigation funding market in 2019 with FeeSolve, a package of alternative funding arrangements including DBAs. Such agreements have proved largely unpopular with the profession because of the risk involved. Tony Lewis, dispute resolution partner and head of FeeSolve at Fieldfisher, said: ‘This product is a real challenge to funders in the market and incredibly timely. In the new Covid 19 world, businesses more than ever are looking at how they can manage costs. We are providing certainty of cost for clients and showing that we have skin in the game, without the need for funders. We are taking the risk and costs off of businesses bottom line. Why should clients share a hefty portion of their winnings with funders when they can work directly with us on a more competitive basis?’The firm said it has restructured internally to provide ‘unbiased and independent assessment’ about the chance of winning and likely costs of completing the case. It has triaged around 20 cases so far.last_img read more

Don’t worry about stuffy courts, says HMCTS

first_imgFind advice and updates here. Please see the Gazette’s dedicated coronavirus page here >> Ventilation in courtrooms should not concern users, according to the government’s response to worries about stuffy courts, saying the risk of transmitting coronavirus through the air is ‘extremely low’.HM Courts & Tribunals Service said nothing beyond what is normally expected in workplaces is needed to regulate air flow and ventilation. Where normal air-handling systems are in operation – or where windows can be opened – rooms should be considered safe, it said.In a letter to the Criminal Bar Association (CBA), HMCTS said it had consulted public health officials, who advised that the risk of transmission of Covid-19 through an airborne route is ‘extremely low’.The CBA had raised concerns with the government about stuffy courtrooms, and asked whether the fact that parties often speak loudly in a court setting had been taken into account. It was assured that the risk assessments for the courts address the airflow management system.Jury trials have now re-started in Reading, Warwick, Winchester, Manchester Minshull Street, Bristol, Cardiff and the Old Bailey. In her weekly message, chair of the CBA Caroline Goodwin QC said court buildings ‘look and feel very different’ and ‘the effort by the staff has been nothing short of impressive’.‘If someone were to ask me would I go into court and conduct a hearing. The answer would be yes,’ she said. center_img *The Law Society is keeping the coronavirus situation under review and monitoring the advice it receives from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Public Health England.last_img read more

IBA warns against Assange extradition

first_imgThe human rights arm of the International Bar Association has strongly criticised the potential extradition of Julian Assange to the US as the Wikileaks founder’s hearing resumes at the Old Bailey. Australian-born Assange is fighting efforts to send him to the US where he faces 18 counts of violating the Espionage Act. In a statement today the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) said that granting the US government’s request would:  Contravene the Extradition Treaty between the UK and US;Constitute a violation of freedom of expression;Set a dangerous precedent in the restriction of press freedom in the UK, US and in other countries;Potentially subject Assange to an unfair trial in the US where, if convicted, he could face up to 175 years imprisonment.‘We are concerned that this case is politically charged,’ IBAHRI’s director, Baroness Kennedy (Helena Kennedy QC), said: ‘We can have little confidence in the extremely polarised situation in the US at present and are concerned that there is a risk to justice in the case of Julian Assange. We hope that the English court hearing his case is true to its commitment to the rule of law, human rights and justice, and delivers a fair outcome in this extradition hearing.’IBAHRI co-chair and former Justice of the High Court of Australia, the Hon Michael Kirby, said: ‘If Mr Assange is extradited, it will set a dangerous precedent endangering freedom of the press and expression in two countries boasting mature democratic systems. It will have a chilling effect on free expression by whistle-blowers and journalists disclosing to the public potentially grave human rights law violations. The UK and US must remember their obligations under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights guaranteeing an individual’s right to freedom of expression.’last_img read more

Berlin cross-city links

first_imgGERMAN Railway is to launch a network of cross-city regional express routes in May to integrate services radiating from Berlin. Following completion of reconstruction work on the city’s Stadtbahn core (RG 1.98 p22), regional services feeding the outer ends of the S-Bahn network will be extended into the city centre and paired up to create cross-regional corridors. Limited stop services will provide much faster links to cities up to 250 km from Berlin.DB will initially launch five RE routes, combining to give an intensive service along the Stadtbahn between Hauptbahnhof and Zoo. They are:RE1 Brandenburg – Frankfurt (Oder);RE2 Werder – Cottbus;RE3 Dessau – Pasewalk – Stralsund;RE4 Wittenberge – Jüterbog;RE5 Stralsund – Neubrandenburg – Elsterwerda.Another route, RE7, will link Lichtenberg and Schwedt, interchanging with RE3 at Bernau. On December 18 S-Bahn Berlin GmbH inaugurated services on a further section of the city’s S-Bahn ring, from Neuklast_img read more

DB joins loco leasing pool

first_imgGERMAN Railway revealed on February 2 that it had reached agreement with Austrian Federal Railways to form a joint locomotive leasing pool. An initial fleet of 50 locos is being allocated: 25 of DB’s Siemens-built Class 152 freight locos and 25 of ÖBB’s similar Class 1016 Taurus design. According to ÖBB Director General Helmut Draxler, the Eurotraction pool will be expanded over the next five years, and could eventually total 2000 locos. Rail Cargo Austria has placed orders for 130 new diesel locos and 400 Taurus units, including multi-system versions designated Class 1116.Meanwhile, the Angel Trains/Vossloh joint venture Locomotion Capital has agreed to purchase a further 20 locos from Vossloh Schienenfahrzeugtechnik, augmenting the initial fleet of 16. The second build will include the G2000 design, as well as the established G1700. Fret SNCF is leasing six G1500s, as Class BB461000, and plans to form a joint venture with Locomotion to buy up to 790 diesel locos from VSFT.General Motors has decided to build a speculative batch of 10 JT42CWR diesels for demonstration and leasing in mainland Europe. Almost 300 of this design have been delivered to Great Britain as the Class 66, and two are already in service with HGK in Germany.Last month, Siemens Transportation Systems confirmed that it was restructuring its Dispolok leasing business as a stand-alone subsidiary, Siemens Dispolok GmbH. Based in München, Dispolok is currently leasing 17 electric and diesel locos, and plans to add a further 40 locos over the next two years. nlast_img read more

Capacity expansion flags up asset management challenges

first_imgINTRO: Attention to vehicle and track component life at high axleloads has enabled BHP Billiton Iron Ore to boost the capacity of its Mount Newman rail operationsBYLINE: Mike Darby, Peter Mutton and Graham Tew ** Mike Darby is Vice-President, Railroad, at BHP Billiton Iron Ore Pty Ltd. Peter Mutton is Associate Director of the Institute of Railway Technology at Monash University, and Graham Tew is Director of the Institute.GROWTH in the international iron ore market has spurred BHP Billiton Iron Ore (originally Mount Newman Mining) to expand the capacity of its heavy haul rail network in Western Australia. The A$77m PACE (Port And Capacity Expansion) programme due for completion by the end of this year is intended to boost annual carryings from around 70 million to over 100 million tonnes (RG 9.03 p531).The expansion programme has already seen the opening of the recently-completed 38 km branch from the Yandi line south to Mining Area C, increasing the total network to 734 route-km. Other developments include increasing the number and length of passing loops to accommodate more and longer trains.Expansion of the wagon fleet will come from the addition of 250 wide-bodied gondola cars. The bodies for all new vehicles are being assembled from corrosion-resistant steel to minimise long-term structural degradation (top). The latest cars are fitted with an upgraded design of three-piece bogie which will permit operation with 40 tonne axleloads in the future.For many years, BHP Billiton Iron Ore has increased capacity on its predominantly single-track railway by raising axleloads. In doing so it has achieved rolling stock productivity levels that are the best in the world1. This strategy has been supported by an ongoing research and development programme that has focused on the effects of heavier axleloads on component performance2. Today’s maximum axleload is one of the highest in the world. The wide-bodied cars used on trains serving the Yandi mining operations have enabled average loadings of 37·5 tonnes to be achieved (Fig 1). This figure was achieved by the introduction of more consistent and even loading procedures. Unlike some other railways which serve a single mine, BHP Billiton draws its ore from several different locations. Differences in the design of loading facilities between mine sites resulted in a greater variability in axleloads. This necessitated tight limits on peak loads, to avoid any risk of the wagon suspensions bottoming when running at speed on the main line.Longer not heavierAlthough a further increase in the axleload is being considered, at present the scope is limited by the increased risk of component deterioration and failure, particularly the aluminothermic rail welds. The current increase in capacity is therefore being implemented through increased use of three-rake (300-car) train formations. As the name suggests, three-rake trains are formed by coupling three 100-car sets together and controlling the intermediate locomotives remotely from the front unit. Three-rake operation began in July 2000, and has steadily increased (Fig 2). Today the line carries four or five such trains each day, out of a total of nine; the others are predominantly two-rake (200-car) trains, with the occasional single-rake train. All ore trains are worked using driver-only operation. Coupled with the use of longer trains has been the introduction of automatic train protection to improve safety. However, the increased use of longer trains has brought additional challenges in the management of in-train (longitudinal) forces. The railway has been working to identify optimum driving strategies for long trains, to avoid delays due to broken trains and damage to couplers and drawgear components.Building on previous research and development programmes, a three-pronged strategy is being applied to the management of track and rolling stock to enable the higher haulage rates required:last_img read more

Dubai looks at light rail

first_imgPLANS TO develop a network of light rail lines in Dubai were unveiled by the Chairman of the emirate’s Roads & Traffic Authority Mattar Mohammed Al-Tayer at the Metro Rail conference in Roma on March 29. With Dubai’s population expected to reach 5·25 million by 2020, RTA is forecasting that total daily travel demand will rise from 5·1 to 21·9 million trips. To alleviate growing road congestion, Al-Tayer said Dubai would invest US$6·3bn on its automated metro network and US$2·5bn on light rail routes over the next 10 to 12 years.Two metro routes totalling 75 km are currently under construction (RG 9.06 p493), and boring of the Green Line tunnels under Dubai Creek is scheduled to start this month. The Red and Green lines are on course to open by 2009, and planning for the Blue and Purple lines is already well advanced. Al-Tayer said further extensions would eventually bring the four-line metro network to 318 route-km.According to the CEO of RTA’s Rail Agency Abdelmajid Al-Khaja, the seven light rail routes totalling 268 km are envisaged as local feeders to the metro, which would remain the backbone of the rail network. The first routes to be built would link stations on the Red Line with hotel and office developments along the coast west of the city centre. Tenders for design and construction of these lines could be awarded by the end of 2008, he said.last_img read more

World rail market November 2007

first_imgArgentina: National Railway Equipment Co of the USA is supplying two E2300 diesel locomotives to Ferrosur Roca. They are similar to the General Motors GT22 design already operated by the railway.Austria: Last month ÖBB placed a €76m order for a further 17 Class 4124 four-car Bombardier Talent EMUs, bringing its total Talent fleet to 188 units. The 15 kV/25 kV dual-voltage units with Elin EBG electrics will be delivered by May 2009 for use on services to Hungary.France: SNCF has awarded Thales a €15m four-year maintenance support contract extendable for two years covering 2 300 ticket gates on the Transilien network.Italy: FNM subsidiary Nordcargo has agreed a nine-year lease of three out of a batch of 10 Traxx E483 DC electric locos ordered from Bombardier by Angel Trains in 2005. They will be delivered by the end of this year.South Korea: Last month Rail.One began work on a contract to supervise the installation of Rheda 2000 ballastless track which has been selected for use on the Kyungbu Line, the Taegu – Busan second phase of the high speed line from Seoul (RG 4.04 p227). The German firm is to supply Sampyo E&C with 150 000 twin-block concrete sleepers to be produced at a recently-completed plant in Sangju.Netherlands: On October 24 Betuwe Route infrastructure manager Keyrail signed a contract for maintenance of the dedicated freight line with Strukton Infra, which had installed ERTMS and erected electrification equipment. Five parties had participated in tendering for the contract, which runs for three years from January 1 2008 with an optional two-year extension subject to meeting cost and performance targets. Norway: NSB has awarded Bombardier a €64m contract to refurbish 56 Class 5 coaches dating from 1977-81, including new doors, windows, HVAC and seats. BT5000 bogies will be fitted during the work, which will be carried out in Norway and Hungary from November 2008 to June 2010. South Africa: Voestalpine is to supply 84 turnouts for the Gautrain standard-gauge line, including swing-nose crossings suitable for speeds of up to 200 km/h. Deliveries will run from January 2008 to November 2009.Spain: A joint venture of Acciona Infraestructuras and Obras Subterráneas has been awarded a €113·8m contract for civil works on the 4·7 km Aranjuez – Ontígola section of the Madrid – Valencia high speed line. Work is due to take 24 months.Arcelor España has been awarded a contract worth €50·3m to supply 51 000 tonnes of rail for track renewals on the conventional network. Under a separate contract worth €13·4m, turnouts are to be supplied by a joint venture of Amurrio, Felguera Melt, Jez Sistemas Ferroviarios and Talleres Alegría.ADIF has awarded Dimetronic a €10m contract to install digital ASFA intermittent ATP equipment (RG 6.05 p303) on a further 211 vehicles. With the first converted trains now back in service, Renfe is installing 2 650 sets of onboard equipment at a cost of €80m.Thales Rail Signalling Solutions has been awarded a €11·4m contract to install signalling including LZB and ASFA on the direct connection outside Madrid between the high speed lines to Sevilla and Barcelona. Work is due to take 18 months to complete.Switzerland: Rhätische Bahn has placed a further SFr50m order with Stadler for five four-car single-voltage EMUs, to be delivered by July 2012 (RG 7.07 p404).Taiwan: THSRC has placed a €10·5m order with Windhoff for six 100 km/h maintenance vehicles of two types, and three trailers, which will be delivered by summer next year. Turkey: TCDD has added an additional two trainsets worth €37m to its €180m order placed with CAF of Spain in 2005 for 10 high speed trains based on Renfe’s Class 120 (RG 12.05 p752). With the fleet due to enter service between Istanbul and Ankara in 2008, the first unit was expected to be shipped to Turkey last month.UK: Scottish Borders Council has appointed consultancy Scott Wilson as engineering advisor for the Waverley Railway Project in a contract which is expected to be worth up to £9m by the time the 47 km line is reinstated, now planned for winter 2011.USA: On October 10 The Greenbrier Companies and the Rail Services division of GE Equipment Services announced an agreement for the supply of 11 900 tank and covered hopper wagons over eight years, marking Greenbrier’s entry into the US tank car market. Delivery of the first 3 400 wagons is scheduled for 2008-11. Capital Metro has selected RailComm to provide its Domain Operations Controller track warrants and centralised train control for the 52 km Austin – Leander commuter line scheduled to open in autumn 2008.RailComm is also to supply CTC for the Washington County commuter rail project, a peak-hour service between Beaverton and Wilsonville over the Portland & Western Railroad which is due to start in late 2008.last_img read more

Siemens coaches arrive at Ashdod

first_imgISRAEL: The first six of 87 coaches ordered from Siemens for inter-city and regional services was unloaded at the Port of Ashdod on June 18. ISR expects to have two complete 10-car trains ready for trials by the end of August, and plans to put the first into passenger service during October or November. Each of the single-deck cars is 24·4 m long, 2·86 m wide and 4·35 m high, and weighs 47 tonnes. One end car per rake incorporates a generator and driving cab for push-pull operation at speeds up to 160 km/h, and three cars for train will be suitable for wheelchair users. The vehicles will initially be hauled by diesel locomotives, but provision has been made for future electric operation. The new stock is ‘essential in order to cope with ever-growing demand and for the new lines to be opened’, said ISR General Manager Yitzhak Harel. ‘The 87 cars will reinforce the existing fleet and enable the replacement of old outdated equipment.’ The €125m order was placed with Siemens in early 2006, with deliveries then expected to begin in 2007. The bodyshells are being built in Praha, and the bogies supplied from Graz. Final fitting-out will be undertaken locally. ISR has options worth €900m for up to 585 additional vehicles.last_img read more

DB orders more Twindexx Vario electric multiple-units

first_imgGERMANY: Deutsche Bahn announced a €50m firm order for a further five Bombardier Transportation Twindexx Vario double-deck electric multiple-units on October 1. Delivery is scheduled to start in the second half of 2014. The four and five-car 160 km/h EMUs will be used on regional services south from the Baltic coast.The order has been placed under a December 2008 framework agreement for double-deck stock including EMUs, and includes three previously-ordered powered driving cars. The EMUs will have low-floor entrances and a multi-purpose area on the lower deck of each car, providing space for luggage and up to 36 bicycles per unit. The middle cars will be equipped with vending machines, and an area for people with reduced mobility including an accessible toilet. The upper deck of this car will have a first class area with 2+1 seating. The driving cars have conventional toilets. The cars are to be built at Görlitz, with development undertaken at Hennigsdorf, bogies from Siegen and the traction systems supplied from Vasteras in Sweden Bombardier Twindexx double-deck stock ordered by DB under 2008 framework agreement DateValueVehiclesTypeRouteDelivery January 2011€362m (includes 27 Traxx locos)135 coacheslong-distance December 2011€34m18 coachesregionalKreuz Bremen March 2012€160m16 x 4-car EMUsregionalHamburg – Kiel/Flensburg 2014 October 2012€50m5 x 4/5-car EMUs (includes 3 previously-ordered powered vehiclesregionalBaltic coast – Berlin/Sachsen Anhalt2014last_img read more

Infrabel warns of project delays

first_imgBELGIUM: Meeting on December 16, the board of infrastructure manager Infrabel approved a 2015 budget incorporating savings of €170m. Given the ‘very difficult’ economic climate, spending has been reduced across all categories with the exception of safety investment where €332∙4m is to be spent on programmes including the installation of TBL1+ and ETCS.Infrabel says that €45m will be saved through internal economies including the deferral of buildings and structures maintenance, a reduction in the training budget and lower IT costs. With the aim of saving €30m without the need for compulsory redundancies, staff recruitment is to undergo a major freeze with only key posts in engineering disciplines to be filled.While insisting that no line closures are planned for 2015, Infrabel has warned of delays to major investment projects as spending is targeted on safety programmes. Such projects are likely to include the upgrade of the Namur – Luxembourg route and four-tracking between Ottignies and Brussels for RER services, although Infrabel says it would be ‘premature’ to specify the extent of the delay.last_img read more

London Suburban Metro and local input to franchising proposed

first_imgUK: The Department for Transport and Transport for London released a consultation document on January 21 proposing the creation of a partnership to ‘provide joined-up strategic direction for the specification and management for passenger services across London and the South East’. The aim would be to increase local input into the franchising process, increase capacity, reliability and customer service levels, and possibly create a London Suburban Metro based on the inner-suburban rail network. ‘We are working closely with TfL to agree the best way of delivering integrated, seamless journeys for passengers both inside and outside of London, and as we continue these discussions, we want to hear people’s views’, said Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin. A prospectus proposes ‘new mechanisms’ to enable local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and other bodies inside and outside London to have a direct say in the way services are planned and specified by DfT and TfL.DfT would remain accountable for outer-suburban and longer-distance services, while services operating wholly or mostly within Greater London would be transferred to TfL when the current operating franchises expire. The precise boundaries ‘will take time to agree’, and TfL told Railway Gazette that the current consultation is a ‘top level’ overview. Details such as the operating contract model and possible integration with the existing TfL-controlled London Overground operating concession have still to be decided.Aims include ensuring ‘service improvements for all and no detrimental effect on fares or for longer distance services.’ There would be ‘clear safeguards’ for services from outside London, with a ‘guiding principle’ that their train paths would not be affected by any changes within the capital.Options are to be explored for a London Suburban Metro, which would provide at least four and ideally six trains/h within Greater London ‘in the medium term’; this would increase the percentage of south London stations with a minimum service of a train every 15 min from 67% to more than 80%. There would be consistent stopping patterns and ‘clear, identifiable routes’, while new ‘metro-style’ trains could offer more doors and standing space with better acceleration. The prospectus says London Suburban Metro would ‘require significant investment and take some years to achieve’, and the partners are to ‘work to identify options for funding this’. Intra-London fares could be integrated to operate on a zonal basis irrespective of services used, with simplification of fares from outside London which are valid across the two networks. However, the prospectus cautions that the financial pressures on DfT and TfL mean ‘this may take time.’The prospectus does not commit to specific infrastructure proposals, or changes to accountability for infrastructure, because a separate review of the funding and structure of Network Rail is currently being undertaken by HS1 Ltd Chief Executive Nicola Shaw.Paul Plummer, Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group which represents Network Rail and train operators, said the industry ‘works closely with both TfL and DfT to run services and will work with them to help continue to improve services for passengers and make the best possible use of scarce capacity’. He said ‘the railway in and around London is full in many places and, even with planned improvements to allow more trains to run, the desire for more services for passengers in the capital will have to be balanced with the needs of passengers further away and with the needs of rail freight.’ Franchise renewal dates South West Trains(bidders for the next franchise have been asked to propose plans for a separate inner-London business unit which could be transferred to TfL in 2020, once capacity works at Waterloo have been completed) 2017 Southeastern 2018 Thameslink Southern Great Northern 2021last_img read more

Ethernet switches for rail infrastructure

first_imgMICROSENS: On the Euromicron group stand at InnoTrans 2018 Microsens will be showing its high-availability, robust and intelligent gigabit ethernet switches.These are designed with high electromagnetic immunity and vibration resistance, making them suitable for use in transport infrastructure applications such as CCTV and real-time data transmission.last_img

LocoTech to plan ÖBB locomotive modernisation

first_imgAUSTRIA: Transmashholding’s maintenance services business LocoTech and Austrian Federal Railways’ ÖBB Technische Services have signed an agreement to co-operate to modernise, maintain and lease locomotives used in Austria, Hungary and southeast Europe.As the the first stage of the planned co-operation, LocoTech is to develop a concept for the modernisation of electric locomotives. ÖBB TS is interested in the modernisation of up to 80 Class 1144 electric locomotives originally manufactured by BBC, ELIN, Siemens and SGP in 1976-95 as Class 1044.last_img read more

Systra awarded Grand Paris Express contract

first_imgGrand Paris ExpressFRANCE: Grand Paris Express metro project promoter Société du Grand Paris has awarded Systra a contract to provide technical project management assistance services for construction of the East and West sections of the future automated Line 15.What Systra described as ‘an exceptionally large’ contract, and one of the biggest it has won in France, will see the consultancy support SGP during the programme definition, tender management and construction phases between September 2019 and the completion of commissioning, which is scheduled for 2030.Line 15 will provide an orbital loop around Paris, and is expected to carry 1 million passengers/day when complete.last_img read more

UK companies sought to join InnoTrans 2020 start-ups festival

first_imgUK: Not-for-profit networking and development organisation the Rail Innovation Group is seeking recently-founded companies to join a Start-Up Festival to take place at the InnoTrans 2020 trade show in Berlin in September.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The start-up recruitment campaign was launched in London on January 27.RIG launched the start-up recruitment drive in London on January 27 at an event attended by Business, Enterprise, Innovation & Skills Minister Nadhim Zahawi.Entitled ‘Start Up Rail: Unleashing UK Start-Up Culture’, the national tour is intended to discover the most promising UK start-ups to bring to InnoTrans 2020. Recruitment events are planned in Liverpool, Glasgow, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham, Belfast and on the south coast to engage with digital suppliers which may not currently be considering the rail market.RIG says that Start Up Rail builds on the government’s ambitions to promote the UK technology sector’s role in fighting climate change and increasing exports, as well as its Rail Sector Deal commitments to harness the innovation of small suppliers.RIG hopes to target a wider community which is ‘not part of the traditional rail supply chain’, broadening the experience and talent pool available to the national rail industry.‘There are a huge number of exciting opportunities across the sector as we look ahead to InnoTrans 2020’, Zahawi said. ‘The Start Up Rail programme will help to unleash the potential of UK tech communities to meet national challenges and promote global opportunities for even the newest UK businesses.’‘As the founder of a start-up company in Bristol, the Start Up Rail programme has been invaluable to us in discovering the scale of routes into the rail sector’, added Emily Kent, founder of intelligent video software specialist One Big Circle Ltd. ‘The national tour will have a definite impact on the tech communities given the opportunity to engage with the rail market from their own locations.’‘I’m always impressed by the commitment of the rail sector to embrace new technological approaches’, emphasised Liam Henderson, Chair of RIG. ‘Start Up Rail is our way of showing this energy to small companies across the country, keen to see their businesses thrive on a national and international stage. We’re truly encouraged by the approaches we’ve had from stakeholders and welcome new partnerships across industry.’last_img read more

Journey to the Savage Planet expansion Hot Garbage coming to PC and Xbox this week

first_img505 Games and Typhoon Studios have announced an expansion to Journey to the Savage Planet with the reveal of the Hot Garbage expansion. The expansion will debut on Xbox One and for PC from the Epic Games Store on Wednesday, 15th April priced at £7.99. The Hot Garbage expansion will also be available to PlayStation 4 players in the near future.Journey to the Savage Planet’s Hot Garbage expansion rockets players to a new alien planet named DL-C1. Players are tasked with investigating reports of strange spikes in pollutants at Kindred Aerospace’s (voted 4th Best in Space) new interstellar waterfront resort. Watch the Journey to the Savage Planet – Hot Garbage DLC trailer below:After discovering robotic representatives from Vyper Corp. (voted 2nd Best in Space) are using Kindred’s resort as a toxic waste dump, players will explore their way through more alien goo and report their findings back to corporate headquarters. Using the Kindred scanner to report their discoveries, players will unlock new upgrades to gear and abilities including lead boots for adventuring underwater, a specialized Kindred suit for traversing toxic areas, an unlimited stamina ability for endless sprinting and the power of flight (well, sort of).The Hot Garbage expansion also introduces Kronus, a trash talking piece of Vyper Corp. property with a single mission to berate players throughout their adventure. The new area of this weird and wonderful world also brings new flora and fauna, including a goofy variation of the bird-like Puffer and a fleet of ‘harmless’ Vyper Corp. cleaning and flying security bots. After a long day of dumpster diving, return to the Javelin habitat to view a selection of new commercials for the galaxy’s hottest products and services the future has to offer.Read our Journey to the Savage Planet review to see what we thought of the game. Xbox One players can find the game currently available via Xbox Game Pass. Check out the official website for more information.last_img read more

Walkabout Blu-ray review

first_imgWhere the performances are concerned, it’s little wonder that Jenny Agutter carved out a rich and successful career. She carries the bulk of the dialogue, though there are long tracts of the film without any at all. Although his character doesn’t speak English, David Gulpilil is impressive as the Aboriginal boy, conveying much of his intent through body language and laughter. Luc Roeg, although very young, is perfectly convincing as the boy. Credit: Second Sight Films There are few humans in the film outside the trio of children. But those who do appear are unsympathetic. There’s a business owner who mistreats the Aboriginals who work for him, and the father we’ve already met. Then there are the hunters who butcher cattle for sport. But what of the girl? It’s impossible to speak of Jenny Agutter’s character arc without giving away the ending, but, suffice it to say, the way in which she romanticises her adventure in the outback, especially given how it ends, is repellent in its dishonesty. Credit: Second Sight Films This limited edition Blu-ray box set is attractively packaged and comes with a whole host of special features, not least a copy of the original novel on which the film is based. The picture is presented in 4K and looks sharper and more vivid than ever before, really bringing to life the stunning Australian land. There is an audio commentary with Luc Roeg and David Thomson, as well as new interviews with Luc Roeg and Jenny Agutter. Danny Boyle fans will enjoy the celebrated director’s evaluation of the cinematic contributions of Nicolas Roeg, and the late director is also represented with some archive footage. This is the full-on collector’s edition. That synopsis makes the film sound charming, safe, perhaps even a utopian view of childhood. In reality, it’s nothing of the sort, and it always leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. There are many moments that are simply horrifying. Not least the reason the children become stranded in the outback in the first place. They are ostensibly taken on a picnic by their father, who appears to have inappropriate lascivious feelings about his daughter. He attempts to kill his children before settling for suicide, effectively killing his kids too by leaving them little chance of survival against the elements. Credit: Second Sight Films Nicolas Roeg’s Walkabout is, like all his films, intriguing and compelling, inviting multiple viewings before you even start to get beneath the skin of it and discover what it’s really about. The British director was behind the camera for the psychological drama Don’t Look Now, in which Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland mourned their young daughter in Venice. That too is a layered, complex, nuanced piece that divulges many more of its secrets to careful and attentive viewers. Cast: Jenny Agutter, David Gulpilil, Luc Roeg Director: Nicolas Roeg Writer: Edward Bond Certificate: 12 Duration: 100 mins Released by: Second Sight Films Release date: 31st August 2020 Walkabout was released in 1971, a few years before Don’t Look Now, and it was the first feature film in which Roeg was the sole director. All of his trademarks are very much in evidence: the topography becomes a character in itself, whereas the humans are much more inscrutable. The narrative follows two children – a teenage girl (Jenny Agutter) and her young brother (Luc Roeg – the son of the director) as they become lost in the Australian outback. As city kids, they struggle to survive on their own, lacking the knowledge of what fruits are safe to eat, and how to find water beneath the scorched earth. Luckily, they encounter an Aboriginal boy (David Gulpilil) who is on his coming-of-age Walkabout, and he helps them to survive. Despite the cultural divide, they strike up a friendship, and enjoy an adventure as they cross the desert. Walkabout is uncomfortable viewing for many reasons, not least the difficulty in fathoming what, if any, lessons we should derive from it. Some scenes are harrowing for viewers who will struggle to see animals hunted and killed. But it is also a brilliantly realised film, and its classic status perhaps lies in its moral ambiguity. It is possible to be thoroughly absorbed by a story that retains the power to shock and appal on return viewings. If you like challenging films and ones that make you think about them for days afterwards, Walkabout may be your kind of movie. If you prefer a popcorn blockbuster, this isn’t one for you. The challenge is to watch it again a decade later and see if it’s the same film you remembered. Then there’s the topography I mentioned earlier. There is a bleak beauty to the outback – the orangey land, cracked and dusty beneath an unforgiving sun. It looks magnificent on screen, the desert colours vivid, the endless stretches of perfectly flat land unimaginable to those of us used to living in towns and cities. But Roeg constantly reminds his audience of the savagery of nature. There are bones, bleached by the sun, dust blowing into long-empty eye sockets. Living creatures too, are magnificent in their variety and diversity, but they are dangerous and inimical to life. Even the ants quickly emerge to cover and devour the fruit the girl was eating only moments before. Credit: Second Sight Filmslast_img read more

Hardy – ‘A Rock’ album review

first_img‘So Close’ featuring Ashland Craft is one of the album’s biggest surprises. The song is a sultry R&B-infused Country track and it features a very soulful vocal from Hardy. You hear him pushing his vocals in a direction you haven’t heard before and he soars on the explosive chorus. On ‘Hate Your Hometown’ Hardy injects some rock into the mix and his gritty voice sounds fantastic against the backdrop of heavier guitars, while on ‘Where Ya At’ he ups the tempo for a rousing Country anthem. Track list: 1. Truck 2. Boyfriend 3. Give Heaven Some Hell 4. Boots 5. Where Ya At 6. Ain’t a Bad Day 7. One Beer (feat. Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson) 8. So Close (feat. Ashland Craft) 9. Broke Boy 10. Hate Your Hometown 11. Unapologetically Country As Hell 12. A Rock Record label: Big Loud Release date: 4th September 2020 Buy A Rock Mississippi native Hardy was enjoying plenty of success as a songwriter before he decided to step into the artist spotlight himself. He co-wrote singles for Florida Georgia Line (‘Simple’, ‘Talk You Out Of It’), Blake Shelton (‘God’s Country’) and Morgan Wallen (‘Up Down’). In 2018 and 2019 he released EPs and last year he unleashed his well-received Hixtape, Vol 1, which saw him collaborating with 17 artists. At the moment Hardy is riding high in the US with his single ‘One Beer’ featuring Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson, and today he’s released his debut album ‘A Rock’. Credit: Big Loud ‘A Rock’ is a storming debut from Hardy. It builds on the promise that we’ve seen over the last couple of years and delivers a cohesive body of work that marks him out as one of the big new stars of the genre. Any of the songs on here could be singles and the record could very well see him blow up in the genre. A confident and assured collection, ‘A Rock’ showcases Hardy’s talents as a songwriter and an artist, and it will definitely put him on more people’s radars. Elsewhere on the record the ballad ‘Ain’t a Bad Day’ could very well give Hardy a huge radio hit, ‘Unapologetically Country As Hell’ embraces rising star’s redneck side, and ‘Broke Boy’ combines shimmering guitars with a steady beat for one of the album’s highlights. The title track, ‘A Rock’ closes the record and it’s the most vulnerable track here. It’s refreshing to hear Hardy with a stripped-back production and it allows the more soulful side of his voice to shine. In the lead-up to ‘A Rock’ Hardy has been showcasing his versatility as both a singer and a writer. Fans have been treated to several songs including the Florida Georgia Line-esque ‘Give Heaven Some Hell’, the surprisingly romantic ‘Boyfriend’ and the Country boy anthem ‘Truck’. The variety heard between those songs is a good indication of what to expect from ‘A Rock’. All of the 12 songs on the record are distinguishable from each other with Hardy trying different sounds and styles on every track.last_img read more

POST OFFICE UPGRADE “GOOD NEWS FOR CANONBIE”, SAYS LOCAL MSP

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPost Office Ltd have written to Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray confirming that they have begun a public consultation on the re-location and upgrade of the Canonbie Post Office. Following a lengthy process of identifying suitable new premises in the village, Post Office Ltd have confirmed that the Annex at the Cross keys Hotel in Canonbie is their proposed new site.If the move is confirmed following the public consultation, the new Post Office will have upgraded facilities, a convenience store and improved opening times, including Sunday openings.The public consultation will run from the 16th March until the 25th May.Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said:“This is good news for Canonbie, and it’s great to see that Post Office Ltd have stuck to their word in retaining the service in a suitable location in the village. If all goes well, the new Post Office at the Cross Keys Hotel will have improved services and longer opening hours. I know many local people were concerned with the lengthy process of finding suitable new premises, but hopefully this news will bring peace of mind that the Canonbie Post Office is here to stay. I’d encourage as many people as possible to get involved with the public consultation to find out precisely what Post Office Ltd are proposing, and to ensure your voices are heard.”last_img read more

Jamaica Stock Exchange best performance in the world

first_imgA look at some of the top stories making the news today, December 28, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.Congresswoman Frederica Wilson for South Florida has expressed her approval of the Haitian government’s recent decision to postpone the presidential run-off, and investigate the legitimacy of the elections. Rep. Wilson said she had recommended the delay, based on input from South Florida’s Haitian Diaspora.Fort Lauderdale plans to start 2016 on the right road, as the city joins the international Vision Zero initiative to eliminate all road deaths and injuries. Fort Lauderdale, which has the 2nd highest pedestrian fatality rate in the nation, plans to improve safety with new engineering, urban design and a public education platform.Celebrating the new year, Jamaica Youth for Christ will be hosting the Genesis Gospel Benefit Concert on Friday, January 1st, starting 7 p.m. and the First Baptist Church of Plantation. Headliners include international recording Jamaican artiste URIM7, singer Tawana Ross and the Emmanuel Mass Choir of Miramar. Simultaneous concerts will be held in Montego Bay, Portland and Mandeville in Jamaica.In sports, The Board of Control for Cricket in India says the team will tour the Caribbean next year provided West Indies return to India to complete their 2014 abandoned series following a players’ strike, according to the west Indies Cricket board. The Players Association, however, still needs to approve the deal.What’s trending:The Jamaica Stock Exchange has been ranked the top performing index of 2015, out of 92 global markets, according to a Bloomberg report. Bloomberg attributes the exchange’s success, to “foreign acquisitions, stronger investor safeguards and a rebounding economy.”For Today’s Weather Forecast:Scattered Thunderstorms in Broward County with a high of 84 and a low of 74. For Miami-Dade, scattered thunderstorms with a high of 83 and a low of 73.For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com.last_img read more

Jamaica to focus on gastronomy tourism

first_imgThe Jamaican government says it is renewing the focus on culinary assets or gastronomy to boost the tourism sector after indicating that gastronomy has grown into a US$150-billion industry globally.Tremendous value-added potentialTourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, speaking at the opening of the US$7.2-million “renovated and rebranded” Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience in the parish of St. Elizabeth last  weekend, said the gastronomy industry “is now ripe for our taking.If we can get even two per cent of that market that would be tremendous value added to what we are doing.“Attractions like the Appleton Estate Rum Experience contribute significantly to our efforts to develop Jamaica into a gastronomy center of excellence, as visitors are taken on a journey through the history of rum and view first-hand the development of the spirits from cane to cup,” he added.Bartlett said more people are travelling to experience the food culture of other destinations, “whether it is local restaurants” or “bars, farms and markets, vineyards and distilleries.Jamaica is second to none“The fact is that gastronomy tourism has grown considerably and has become one of the most dynamic and creative segments of tourism globally,” he said, noting that as competition between destinations increases, it will be cultural heritage, entertainment offerings and the unique local and regional intangibles like food and cuisine that will make the difference, and Jamaica is second to none in this regard.Gastronomy networkBartlett said the fusion of cultures has created a delicious melting pot of wonderfully diverse foods that “make us ideally positioned to take advantage of the growing phenomenon of culinary travel.“This is why the Ministry has put in place the framework to develop our culinary offerings. Our Gastronomy Network, which falls under the aegis of our Tourism Linkages Network, has been rolling out a number of innovative initiatives to strengthen Jamaica’s competitiveness in this subsector, including establishing the island’s first Gastronomy Centre at Devon House and the Blue Mountain Culinary Tour,” he added.Bartlett lauded J. Wray and Nephew’s parent company, Gruppo Campari, “for your vision and belief in Jamaica”, noting that the US$7.2-million investment was a testament “for love of country and the people of the south coast.“As the island’s oldest distillery, Appleton Estate is already the biggest tourist attraction on the south coast, bringing in tens of thousands of visitors a year. With the new upgrade, more than 200,000 visitors are expected to visit the home of Appleton over time to experience how the world-leading premium rums are produced,” he said.last_img read more

West Indies expected to win Test series against Bangladesh

first_imgAlthough the West Indies are rated lower than Bangladesh in the ICC’s Test rankings, Jeffrey Dujon expects the home side to win the upcoming Test series.During a recent interview on the Line and Length show Dujon, a former West Indies wicketkeeper said he believed the Windies would emerge victorious in the two-match Test series, despite the visitors being ranked eighth – one spot ahead of the home side.“I didn’t think that I would ever say it, but Bangladesh are above us in the Test rankings…but it is a series that we should win,” he said.However, Dujon, who worked as a commentator during the just concluded series between the West Indies and Sri Lanka, said the result of the series would come down to the type of pitches which were prepared,He said it would be in the Windies’ best interest if livelier wickets were prepared. “We need something that our bowlers can work with, we still don’t have that strong a bowling unit, but we need to give the bowlers a bit more help and the batsmen have got to stand up and be counted…” Dujon maintained.The first Test match begins on Wednesday, July 4 at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in Antigua.last_img read more

Habitat for Humanity of Broward aiming to improve home affordability

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE – Nearly 19 million households across the United States are spending at least half of their income on a place to live, often forgoing basic necessities such as food and health care to make ends meet.Affordability problemsAccording to the Broward County Affordable Housing Needs Assessment of 2018, In Broward County 58 percent of renters are cost-burdened, and 87 percent of households cannot afford the median sales price of $350,000. The average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $$1,902 per month with more than 30 percent of renters spending more than half their income on rent and 54 percent of workers are in lower-range service sector jobs.The stability that housing should bring continues to remain out of reach for many people.On Wednesday, Habitat Broward joined Habitat organizations across the country to launch a new national advocacy campaign aimed at improving home affordability for 10 million people in the U.S. over the next five years.Cost of Home campaignMarking significant growth in Habitat’s commitment to ensuring that everyone has a safe and decent place to call home, the Cost of Home campaign seeks to identify and improve policies and systems through coordinated advocacy efforts at the local, state and federal levels.Cost of Home focuses on improving housing affordability across the housing continuum in four specific policy areas: increasing supply and preservation of affordable homes, equitably increasing access to credit, optimizing land use for affordable homes, and ensuring access to and development of communities of opportunity.Habitat Broward already has taken several steps toward these goals. Habitat Broward addresses the critical need for housing by bringing every community sector together to build and renovate 20 to 25 homes per year alongside people in need of decent, affordable housing. To date, Habitat Broward and its community partners have empowered over 400 hardworking families to build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.“At Habitat Broward, we know that a family should never have to spend more than 30 percent of their income on a home. But consider that today nearly 19 million U.S. households pay half or more of their income on a place to live, this is unacceptable, that is why we have joined forces with other Habitats nationwide to do something about this,” said Marcia Barry-Smith, Director of Community Outreach and Advocacy for Habitat Broward as she addressed the Broward County Commissioners on Tuesday, June 11 to share some startling facts regarding affordable housing and homelessness.  About Habitat for Humanity of BrowardSeeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Broward brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat Broward offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” to low to very low-income families who are unable to qualify for conventional financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives. Key initiatives include empowering partner families through education, resources and support to successfully achieve their personal, academic and professional goals; teaching the youth of future homeowner families the skills and attitudes needed to make better life choices and break the intergenerational cycle of poverty; increasing awareness and educating the community regarding issues related to the affordable housing crisis and what they can do to help; pursuing green building certification for Habitat Broward homes in order to make our design more sustainable and eco-friendly; as well as revitalizing and strengthening the community by building affordable homes throughout Broward County. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Broward call (954) 396-3030 or visit www.habitatbroward.orglast_img read more

Online tutorials enable people to create their own recycling centre

first_imgThere are four machines in all that can be built with readily available materials in just a few days. A plastic shredder, an extruder which turns plastic flakes, an injector which heats the flakes and uses them to create mould which can be used to create large objects.“With this project we want to try and improve plastic recycling by providing the tools to get started. Sot this is all the basic information people need to start their own little recycling business anywhere in the world. ” Said Dave Haakens,  Founder, Precious PlasticHakkens is encouraging users of the site – www.preciousplastics.com – to spread the word and wants people across the globe to create their own small recycling centres and products.A recent study by the National Resource Defense Council found that recycling 75 percent of the United States’ waste could generate 1.1 million jobs by 2030. The project originally started as the 2013 graduation project of Dave Hakkens for the Design Academy Eindhoven.last_img read more

Orphaned South Sudanese girls find solace in singing

first_imgTens of thousands of children in world’s youngest nation South Sudan have been left orphans at a very tender age following decades of conflicts in the country.These girls are among the vulnerable children rescued from the harsh environment that exposed them to both rape and sexual exploitation, africanews.com reports.But for them, the orphanage in the country’s capital Juba has given them a ray of hope.“I started with three girls and then the number grew. By providing them something to eat, water, and a place to stay. The whole program started growing. We started by discussing the things that happened in the night, because most of the girls were spending the night in nightclubs,” said Cathy Groendijk, Director of Confident Children out of Conflict center in Juba.“I like singing the songs because we sing to praise glory to God. And I love the songs,” said Regina Keji, one of the orphaned girls.Apart from restoring their confidence, the choir also instills in them a sense of responsibility through their daily chores and also in their studies.“Here we practice tough love. They have to change they have to be clean they have to participate in everything. They have to keep the environment where they sleep very very clean. They have to go to school regularly,” said Cathy.South Sudan’s fragile peace agreement was broken by intense fighting in Juba last month that saw the loss of lives of more than 100 people.last_img read more

Ivorian football star Yaya Toure apologizes to Man City for “misunderstandings”

first_imgIvorian and Manchester City football star Yaya Toure has apologised to Manchester City “for the misunderstandings from the past” as he attempts to resurrect his career at the Etihad Stadium.His apology brings to an end a long-running saga between him and manager Pep Guardiola after his agent criticized the coach for leaving the player out of the Champions league squad.Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk questioned whether Guardiola had “the balls to say that he was wrong to humiliate a great player like Yaya” should City not win the Champions League. Guardiola then insisted Touré would not play for him again unless Seluk apologised for his comments and on Friday, the four-time African Player of the Year moved to make peace with a statement on his website.“I wish to apologise – on behalf of myself and those who represent me – to the management team and all those working at the club for the misunderstandings from the past,” read the statement.“Those statements do not represent my views on the club or the people who work there. I have nothing but respect for Manchester City and only wish the best for the football club.“I am immensely proud to have played a part in the club’s history and want to help City succeed further. I live to play football and entertain the fans.“On that note, I would like to thank all of the fans for their messages through this difficult period. This means a great deal to me and my family.”Touré has been training with the Citizen’s first team squad despite not being in contention to play and it remains to be seen whether he features for City again, although comments from Seluk on Thursday evening hinted he could still have a future at the club.“I have spoken to Yaya in the last few days and he has asked me to make the peace with Pep,” Seluk told the Mirror.“I agreed with him that I had to do what I could to make the situation better, because Yaya and Manchester City have been caught in the crossfire. I am genuine in what I say.“This is a genuine gesture. I hope Pep accepts that my hope is that we can start with a clean page.“Of course, I hope Pep takes the decision to bring Yaya back into his squad. But even if he doesn’t, I can assure him that I am not going to speak about him any more in the media. I felt it was important that it was me who make the first step towards peace, respect and friendship.“I really do hope this can be a new start and that Yaya can help Manchester City to win more trophies.”last_img read more

Tougher law drives away Zimbabwe’s street dealers of foreign currency

first_imgIllegal money changers disappeared from the streets on Friday after Zimbabwe passed a law to jail offenders for up to 10 years.The government on Thursday gazetted a Statutory Instrument that allows for the arrest and prosecution of illegal currency dealers and authorizes the police to seize the cash being transacted.Harare’s streets, especially around Eastgate Mall in the central business district and a cross-border bus terminal to the east, had become hotspots for illegal foreign currency dealers who have partly been blamed for the economic hardships the country faces, particularly the cash crisis.While banks have been short of cash, including the surrogate bond notes, illegal cash vendors have been making brisk business in the streets selling the U.S. dollar at a premium.However, there was general calm in the trade zone Friday as the vendors went underground, leaving their makeshift tables and chairs unattended on the pavements.A traffic marshal at Eastgate Mall said they were scared of being imprisoned, while a worker in one of the nearby shops said “they are still around”.“They are simply going to use cell phones to communicate with their clients and will just stop flashing the money in public,” she said.The new regulations also impose several other penalties including the freezing of funds, if the illegal deals are conducted through banks, while the courts may impose fines three times the value of the currency confiscated.Prior to the new regulations, the Banking Act only allowed the central bank to impose penalties on offenders.last_img read more

British aid budget to boost trade in Africa- PM Theresa May

first_imgBritain’s Prime Minister Theresa May is greeted by school children waving flags during a visit to the ID Mkhize Secondary School in Gugulethu near Cape Town, South Africa, August 28, 2018. Rodger Bosh/Pool via REUTERS Britain will use its international aid budget to boost its national interest and deepen trade ties with Africa, Prime Minister Theresa May told South African media.The PM will also visit Nigeria and Kenya as part of a three-day visit to Africa alongside a group of business delegates.Children wait for the visit of Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May ahead of her visit to the ID Mkhize Secondary School in Gugulethu, South Africa, August 28, 2018. Rodger Bosch/Pool via REUTERSShe recommited to maintaining the overall British aid budget at 0.7 percent of economic output but added that she will be “unashamed” to use it in a way that helps Britain.The target has previously come under fire from many of May’s own lawmakers who say it is a blunt tool that is too high and should be spent elsewhere or in Britain itself.May says she wants Britain to become the biggest investor in Africa out of the countries in the Group of Seven nations, overtaking the United States, by using the aid budget to help British private sector companies invest on the continent.“I am unashamed about the need to ensure that our aid programme works for the UK,” May said in her speech.“Today I am committing that our development spending will not only combat extreme poverty, but at the same time tackle global challenges and support our own national interest. This will ensure that our investment in aid benefits us all, and is fully aligned with our wider national security priorities.”Related South Africa budget expectations Talk Africa:Tackling Africa’s budget deficitcenter_img South Africa steps up aid relief for victimslast_img read more

World Bank scraps plan to loan Tanzania $300 million

first_imgTanzania’s Exim Bank acquires Imperial Bank Uganda World Bank, partners launch flood management initiative for Tanzania World Bank approves $455 million loan for Tanzania power projectscenter_img Tanzania is now on the spot because of the recent affirmation of its policy on banning pregnant girls from school.The World Bank has now scrapped a plan to loan Tanzania $300 million. The Washington-based lender made the decision in October and cited Tanzania’s ban as the reason why.“The World Bank supports policies that encourage girls’ education and make it possible for young women to stay in school until they reach their full potential,” the Bank said in an e-mailed statement.“Working with other partners, the World Bank will continue to advocate for girls’ access to education through our dialogue with the Tanzanian governmentTanzanian authorities did not answer calls for comment on Wednesday.President John Magufuli’s government has been condemned by rights groups and a Western government for what they say is its growing authoritarianism and intolerance of dissent. The government has rejected that criticism.Tanzania has banned pregnant girls from attending state primary and secondary schools since 1961.Last month, the World Bank also criticized new Tanzanian legislation which will punish anyone who questions official statistics, saying the law will undermine the production of useful, high-quality data.At the same time, it also suspended visiting missions to Tanzania, according to an internal note seen by Reuters, after an official in Dar es Salaam threatened to launch a crackdown on homosexuals.The foreign ministry said the official’s anti-gay campaign represented his own views and not a government position.Relatedlast_img read more

UNHCR concerned about Italy’s law on immigrants

first_imgRelated Illegal immigrants are transferred to Tripoli’s naval base in Tripoli, Libya, on June 21, 2018. Image courtesy: XinhuaThe Italian parliament on Monday made a decision to change into law a security decree that could impose more severe penalties on boats and people conducting search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean sea.This has seen the United Nations High Commission on Refugees worried about the fate of the immigrants from Africa headed to Europe.Under these new changes if approved by Parliament, will see fines for private vessels that undertake rescue of persons and do not respect the ban on entry into territorial waters  rise to a maximum of €1 million.This is in addition to the fact that, the vessels will now be automatically impounded.The UN Refugee Agency decried the decision saying imposing financial or other penalties on ship-masters could deter or impede sea rescue activities by private vessels at a time when European states have largely withdrawn from rescue efforts in the Central Mediterranean.It added that “NGOs play an invaluable role in saving the lives of refugees and migrants attempting the dangerous sea crossing to Europe. The commitment and humanity that motivates their activities should not be criminalized or stigmatized.”UNHCR is concerned that commercial vessels might be forced to transfer those rescued at sea to be disembarked  in Libya.It said the situation in Libya is volatile and it is not a safe place for the immigrants.UNHCR called on States to build on recent discussions in Paris-France to establish a temporary, predictable arrangement for disembarking people after they have been rescued. Zimbabwe’s Vendor Law Would-be immigrants stand on a coastguard vessel as they arrive at Tarifa’s harbour on August 11, 2014, after being rescued off the Spanish Coast. Spain’s coastguard today rescued more than 260 sub-Saharan African migrants crossing the Strait of Gibraltar on small boats. Many migrants from sub-Saharan Africa attempt to cross into Spain from Morocco, either by sea through the Strait of Gibraltar or overland, via the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in the extreme north of Morocco. AFP PHOTO / MARCOS MORENO (Photo credit should read MARCOS MORENO/AFP/Getty Images)center_img UNHCR Concerned on the Humanitarian Situation in South Sudan Zimbabwe repeals indigenization lawlast_img read more

Kenyan president hails sports teams for great performances

first_imgKenyan president vows vengeance for Somalia attack resident Kenyatta (centre) with Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed when they posed for a photo with Team Kenya members at State House Nairobi. Photo/PSCU.Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday congratulated Kenyan teams in various international sport events for outstanding performances.Kenyatta said he has been closely following exploits by the country’s sports men and women, adding, “I am particularly impressed by the performances by our teams at the 12th African Games in Rabat, Morocco.”The east African nation is ranked seventh at the African Games with 11 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze medals.Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa occupy the top three positions with 270, 126 and 87 medals respectively.According to Kenyatta, the hard-fought win on Friday evening by Malkia Strikers, the country’s women volleyball team, was typical of the resilience and the fighting spirit of the Kenyan people.“We all saw how our volleyball queens put up a spirited fight to win gold last (Friday) night. They fought hard against a tough Cameroonian team to retain their title as African Champions,” he said.Kenyatta also lauded team captain in Rabat, Julius Yego who not only retained his African Championship by winning gold but also ensured fellow Kenyan Alexander Kiprotich came second.He also congratulated the Kenyan team which finished second at the World Martial Arts Mastership Tong Il Moo Do in South Korea for a splendid performance.Other notable Kenyan performances at the continental games which end today include a silver medal win by boxer Shaffi Bakari in the 52kg flyweight, the half marathon gold win by Titus Ekiru and a podium sweep by Kenya in men’s 5,000m as well as the gold win by George Manangoi in 1,500m.Related Kenyan President heads to China for FOCACcenter_img Kenyan judge elected ICC vice presidentlast_img read more

Springboks make six changes for must-win game against Italy

first_imgTOYOTA, JAPAN – SEPTEMBER 28: Jacques Nienaber (Defence Coach) of South Africa chats to the players during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool B match between South Africa and Namibia at City of Toyota Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Toyota, Japan. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images) TOYOTA, JAPAN – SEPTEMBER 28: Makazole Mapimpi of South Africa celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s seventh try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group B game between South Africa and Namibia at City of Toyota Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Toyota, Aichi, Japan. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)Tendai Mtawarira, Bongo Mbonambi, Lood de Jager, Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am are the only players retained in South Africa’s starting XV for Friday’s must-win Pool B match against Italy at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.In all, South Africa’s rugby coach Rassie Erasmus made six changes to the side that started in the 57-3 win against Namibia at the Toyota Stadium on Saturday.Of particular interest in the latest 23-man squad is the fact that Erasmus has named six forwards on the bench and only two backs.Erasmus noted that South Africa wants to have plenty of ammunition for what is likely to be a major forward battle.“This game is going to be decided by the forwards and at the set phases and we wanted to maximise our options in those battles,” Erasmus said.Regular captain Siya Kolisi is also restored to the starting lineup having been on the bench for the ‘African derby’.Handré Pollard, who will start at fly-half, is on the cusp of a couple of milestones. Pollard needs four points to reach 400 career points in Test matches. He also needs 11 points to overhaul Percy Montgomery’s Springbok record of 111 points at Rugby World Cups.South Africa has won 13 of the 14 matches it has played against Italy. However, this will be the first ever encounter between the two sides at a Rugby World Cup.Italy currently leads Pool B with 10 points while South Africa is second with five points.Related “Three new changes” lead China-Africa win-win cooperation, says Chinese foreign minister Injuries force South Africa Springboks to make changescenter_img Nigerians celebrate Anthony Joshua’s win against Takanlast_img read more

Senegal beats Netherlands to qualify for U17 World Cup last 16

first_imgSenegal’s elimination means Africa bids 2018 FIFA World cup goodbye Algerian World Cup Fan VITORIA, BRAZIL – OCTOBER 30: Aliou Balde of Senegal celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 group D match between Netherlands and Senegal at Estádio Kléber Andrade on October 30, 2019 in Vitoria, Brazil. (Photo by Maddie Meyer – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images) VITORIA, BRAZIL – OCTOBER 30: Pape Sarr of Senegal celebrates with Souleymane Faye after scoring a goal during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 group D match between Netherlands and Senegal at Estádio Kléber Andrade on October 30, 2019 in Vitoria, Brazil. (Photo by Maddie Meyer – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Senegal secured its place in the Round of 16 at the 2019 FIFA Under-17 World Cup following a 3-1 come-from-behind win against 10-man Netherlands at the Estadio Kleber Andrade in Cariacica, Brazil, on Wednesday.Naoufal Bannis opened the scoring after 10 minutes after he found himself unmarked at the far post following a corner to smash the ball into the roof of the net.Samba Diallo leveled the game with a header three minutes later but the goal was ruled out after a VAR check as Souleymane Faye was judged to have committed a foul in the buildup to the goal.Five minutes later, Bannis thought he had doubled Netherlands’ lead but the goal was ruled out as Jayden Braaf was offside in the buildup.Pape Sarr’s deflected long-range strike less than a minute after the restart drew Senegal level.Sarr grabbed his brace in the 87th minute through a penalty after Melayro Bogarde fouled Mouhamadou Diaw in the penalty box.Bogarde was subsequently sent off after receiving a second booking for the foul.The Young Lions of Teranga then sealed the win in the fifth minute of stoppage time after a counterattacking move saw Sarr release Aliou Balde who rounded Dutch goalkeeper Calvin Raatsie to score.Senegal tops Group D with a maximum six points from two games, two ahead of Japan, whom they will face in their final group game.Senegal joins Nigeria and Angola as the other African teams to advance to the knockout stage of the Under-17 World Cup.Relatedcenter_img Senegal beat South Africa to qualify for World Cuplast_img read more

Libyan navy rescues over 200 migrants

first_imgLibyan navy rescues more than 100 immigrants FILE PHOTO:Mediterranean Sea. Rescue operation 20 miles of the coasts of Libya. (Photo by Fabrizio Villa “2013 Getty Images)”The Libyan Coast Guard on Friday rescued more than 200 migrants off the country’s western coast, the International Organization for Migration in Libya (IOM Libya) said.“Over 200 migrants were returned to Libyan shore by the coast guard,” the IOM Libya tweeted earlier Saturday.https://twitter.com/IOM_Libya/status/1200542641307443200?s=20“While our staff are at the disembarkation point to provide needed emergency assistance, we reiterate that Libya is not a safe port,” said the United Nations Migration Agency in Libya.Libya has become a preferred departure point for migrants hoping to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe due to the insecurity and chaos in the North African country following the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi.The Libyan navy said it has rescued nearly 500 illegal immigrants off the country’s western coast over the past few days.“There are over 600,000 migrants in Libya, many of whom are in need of assistance especially as conflict continues,” the IOM Libya said. Libyan navy rescues 458 migrants off western coast Relatedcenter_img Libyan navy rescues 22 migrants off western coast FILE PHOTO:Mediterranean Sea. Rescue operation 20 miles of the coasts of Libya. (Photo by Fabrizio Villa “2013 Getty Images)”last_img read more

Kenya to re-introduce betting tax

first_img“The removal of this tax happened during the committee stage of the bill…The National Treasury will be proposing to the National Assembly the re-introduction of the excise duty on betting within the next six months.” Kenya announces new sports betting regulations Tax on betting companies was scrapped after an obscure stakeholder group — identified only by a non-existent website shade.co.ke made the proposals on May 15.FILE PHOTO: A gambler uses his cell phone to launch the Sportpesa online betting link, along the streets of Nairobi, Kenya. /ReutersAnd the parliamentary committee justified the reversal saying the taxes hurt the industry, which has led to the closure of betting companies in Kenya, yet international players continue to operate. The scrapping of the excise duty tax has coincided with restructuring of ownership at SportsPesa raising speculation the company is about to return. A sports enthusiast holds a betting slip while different games are broadcast on screens at a sports betting shop in July 15, 2019 in Nairobi. – Kenya’s Betting Control and Licence Board announced sweeping restrictions in May 2019, on gambling advertisements, including outright bans on celebrity endorsements and social media promotions, in a blow to the fast-growing gambling industry in East Africa. (Photo by SIMON MAINA / AFP) (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images) The leading sports betting firm SportPesa Global Holdings made a profit after tax of almost Sh1.6 billion in 2018, according to its financial statements. Last year, the government again slapped the industry with additional taxes, introducing a 20 percent excise duty charge on any amount staked. Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani blamed the Parliament, saying the industry has been lobbying the government for the removal of the taxes. “The players in the industry have been petitioning the government to reduce taxation in the industry,” said Mr Yatani. This saw the government and the betting industry face off in a move that led to SportPesa losing its betting licence last July before it withdrew from Kenya last September in response to what it called “the hostile taxation and operating environment in the country”. Their withdrawal resulted in 400 job losses and cancellation of its local sports sponsorships. In 2018, the National Treasury introduced a 15 percent tax on betting companies and 20 percent withholding tax on all winnings. Betting gained prevalence in Kenya, which saw the industry expand on the back of mobile payments and digital applications, creating a multi-billion industry. Entrepreneurs worried as Kenya plans to introduce digital tax Related Tax paid by betting firms in Kenya almost triples in three years The Kenyan government will bring back excise tax on betting companies in the next six months after a public outcry over scrapping of the 20 percent duty in the Finance Bill 2020.last_img read more

Uganda reports fifth COVID-19 death,as cases surpass 1200 mark

first_imgUganda confirms 14 new COVID-19 cases FILE PHOTO: Uganda’s Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng looks on during the commissioning of the 1st Port Health laboratory in Uganda. COURTESY: TWITTER/Ministry of Health Uganda FILE PHOTO: Uganda’s Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng looks on during the commissioning of the 1st Port Health laboratory in Uganda. COURTESY: TWITTER/Ministry of Health UgandaUganda’s health ministry on Tuesday reported eight new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the East African country to 1,203.Through a statement by the ministry, the 1,765 samples collected over the past 24 hours, four Ugandan cross-border truck drivers, two alerts, one contact, and a returnee from abroad tested positive for the virus.Additionally, 12 foreign truck drivers who tested positive for COVID-19 at Uganda’s common border points of entry were not permitted into the country.According to the ministry, the country has a total of 1,073 recoveries and five deaths since the index case was reported on March 21.Related COVID-19 cases in Uganda cross 1,000 markcenter_img Uganda registers 2nd COVID-19 deathlast_img read more

POLICE APPEAL FOR MOTORISTS TO BE AWARE OF VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland Roads Policing Inspector Campbell Moffat in Dumfries this week wants to remind motorists across the Dumfries and Galloway that the start of the school summer holidays is a time to remember that there is a likelihood of more vulnerable road users using our roads. This will include people out walking, cycling, or even on horseback, as the summer months usually sees an increase in people out and about using the roads across our countryside.Inspector Moffat said, “ I ask that drivers be mindful of how busy the roads network can be at this time of year with children off school on holiday and out and about on our roads, whether in town or in the countryside. Drivers must be careful of and considerate towards all types of road users especially those requiring extra care. The roads in the region are there to be shared by all motorists, including older, learner and inexperienced drivers, as well as other vulnerable groups such as pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. We all have a duty to help each other stay safe.“Extra traffic brought about by tourists visiting, or passing through Dumfries and Galloway for their summer holidays only adds to the potential dangers. The increase at this time of year in slow moving agricultural vehicles for harvest activities also can pose further danger on the roads network. Slow moving and often large and wide vehicles used in farming today can increase the potential for coming across the unexpected, particularly on some of the narrower roads in our countryside. This often includes the hours of darkness because when the weather is right, harvest activities will go on around the clock.“I also ask those involved in the harvest and other farm work to remember to take their time and expect the unexpected on all our rural roads, no matter how well you think you know them. Complacency itself can be a danger and just because the last five times that day you haven’t met anything on the road back to the farm doesn’t mean that you won’t meet something on the sixth journey. We all have a duty of care on our roads.“Parents and those who care for children and young people should have the relevant conversation with them about road safety in general. Reducing the number of casualties on our roads is a priority for Police Scotland, however we all need to work together to help achieve this goal.”last_img read more

McAlpine Celebrates Economic Potential of Rabbie Burns’ Legacy

first_imgMs McAlpine suggested it was time to update a 2003 study by World Bank economists that calculated the Bard boosted the economy by £157m per year. Commenting, Ms McAlpine said: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfries and Galloway MSP Joan McAlpine this week led a debate in the Scottish Parliament celebrating the economic impact of Rabbie Burns’ legacy for Scotland.  The research was done before the watershed Homecoming Year of 2009, Burns 250th anniversary, which reached out to Scotland’s diaspora as never before, as well as the opening of Burns’ Birthplace museum and the launch of the Winter Festival Programme. The study was based on Burns related tourism and merchandising, as well as the bonanza of the supper season, with spending on everything from hospitality, whisky and haggis sales, kilt hire and even paying the piper. “The bard has enriched our culture but it is by investing in his cultural legacy that we shall also enrich ourselves and the prosperity of the people Burns loved so much.” “I think we Scots are, in general, more confident about celebrating our cultural heritage today than we have been in the past, and I am really proud of the role that the SNP Scottish Government has played in promoting our precious cultural assets like the life and poetry of Rabbie Burns.“Burns the brand helps promote Scotland’s exports and trade links through Burns suppers around the globe, including through more than 250 member clubs of the Robert Burns World Federation.“And year-round Burns-related tourism is on the increase thanks to Burns Scotland partner destinations such as the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Ellisland Farm near Auldgirth, the Monument Centre in Kilmarnock and Burns House Museum in Mauchline, as well as numerous other places in Scotland associated with the poet.“Not to mention fantastic initiatives like the Big Burns Supper in Dumfries, which has become a staple feature of the Winter Festivals Programme.“The Centre for Robert Burns Studies has, in and of itself, been an income generator and job creator – with students from all over the world are coming to the centre to study Burns and others writers of his period. The Centre secured an Arts and Humanities Research Council or AHRC grant worth £1.1 million towards the project editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century. Over 15 years it will produce a new multi volume edition of his entire work published by Oxford University Press and with an accompanying website and social media engagement.“Of course, we cannot put a price on the cultural value of Burns. Burns cemented our national identify and self-confidence. But we can be sure that the Bard’s legacy wields soft power, spreading Scotland’s influence far and wide, and is a huge part of our contribution to the world.last_img read more

Kirkcudbright Man Toasts The Immortal Memory At Scottish Parliament

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPresident of the Robert Burns World Federation, Kirkcudbright man Ian McIntyre was in Holyrood last week at the Scottish Parliament Burns Supper. There was a strong Galloway presence at the event. Ian was invited by host for the evening, Emma Harper, MSP, to toast the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns. A packed Members Restaurant also saw Finlay Carson Address the Haggis and contribute to Tam O’Shanter. Sir Paul Grice, Chief Executive Officer of the Scottish Parliament toasted The Lasses and Deputy Presiding Officer, Linda Fabriani, MSP, replied on behalf of the Lasses.last_img read more

Government Cracks Down On Spread Of False Coronavirus Information Online

first_imgHeadline – always read beyond the headline Error – look out for bad grammar and spelling Specialist units are operating to combat misinformation about coronavirus and five to ten incidents are being identified and tackled each day.Specialist units across government are working at pace to combat false and misleading narratives about coronavirus, ensuring the public has the right information to protect themselves and save lives.The Rapid Response Unit, operating from within the Cabinet Office and No10, is tackling a range of harmful narratives online – from purported ‘experts’ issuing dangerous misinformation to criminal fraudsters running phishing scams.Up to 70 incidents a week, often false narratives containing multiple misleading claims, are being identified and resolved. The successful ‘Don’t Feed the Beast’ public information campaign will also relaunch next week, to empower people to question what they read online.Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:We need people to follow expert medical advice and stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. It is vital that this message hits home and that misinformation and disinformation which undermines it is knocked down quickly.We’re working with social media companies, and I’ll be pressing them this week for further action to stem the spread of falsehoods and rumours which could cost lives.When false narratives are identified, the government’s Rapid Response Unit coordinates with departments across Whitehall to deploy the appropriate response. This can include a direct rebuttal on social media, working with platforms to remove harmful content and ensuring public health campaigns are promoted through reliable sources.The unit is one of the teams feeding into the wider Counter Disinformation Cell led by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, made up of experts from across government and in the tech sector.The Cell is engaging with social media platforms and with disinformation specialists from civil society and academia, to establish a comprehensive overview of the extent, scope and impact of disinformation related to coronavirus.The Culture Secretary will be contacting social media companies this week to thank them for their good efforts to date, assess the progress made and discuss what other potential measures can be put in place to ensure accurate, honest information consistently reaches users of their platforms.Penny Mordaunt, Paymaster General said:Holding your breath for ten seconds is not a test for coronavirus and gargling water for 15 seconds is not a cure – this is the kind of false advice we have seen coming from sources claiming to be medical experts.That is why government communicators are working in tandem with health bodies to promote official medical advice, rebut false narratives and clamp down on criminals seeking to exploit public concern during this pandemic.But the public can also help with this effort, so today we implore them to take some simple steps before sharing information online, such as always reading beyond the headline and scrutinising the source.The public can help stop the spread of potentially dangerous or false stories circulating online by following official government guidance – the ‘SHARE’ checklist (see further information). This includes basic but essential advice such as checking the source of a story and analysing the facts before sharing.Certain states routinely use disinformation as a policy tool, so the government is also stepping up its efforts to share its assessments on coronavirus disinformation with international partners. Working collaboratively has already helped make the UK safer, providing ourselves and our allies with a better understanding of how different techniques are used as part of malicious information operations – and how to protect against those techniques more effectively.These measures follow recent advice from the National Cyber Security Centre, which revealed a range of attacks being perpetrated online by cyber criminals seeking to exploit coronavirus earlier this month.This included guidance on how to spot and deal with suspicious emails related to coronavirus, as well as mitigate and defend against malware and ransomware.Further informationTo help the public spot false information the government is running the SHARE checklist and Don’t Feed The Beast campaign here. This gives the public five easy steps to follow to identify whether information may be misleading: Source – make sure information comes from a trusted source AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn Analyse – check the facts Retouched – does the image or video look as though it has been doctored?last_img read more

Dumfries and Galloway Museums, Galleries and Customer Service Facilities Re-Open!

first_imgCommunities Committee Chairman, Councillor Andy Ferguson, visited The Ewart Library. He said;“The reopening of our Customer Service Centre facilities is very timely for communities across the region. These places are ‘one stop shops’ for a lot of people who take the opportunity to bring the kids along to pick up a book, use the ICT equipment on-site and perhaps ask a question of a Council service or function. We’ve taken steps to protect service users and our staff by deploying large screens and sanitiser and we’re looking forward to welcoming people back in. It’s worth checking the website before visiting though, as some services require an appointment and opening times have altered for most sites.”Updates to opening times, events and exhibitions will be posted on www.dgculture.co.uk and www.dumgal.gov.uk/lia Communities Committee Vice Chairman, Councillor John Martin paid a visit to Gracefield Arts Centre earlier this week. He commented afterwards;“This site, along with all our facilities have spent a lot of time making sure our sites are health and safety compliant to allow visitors to enjoy their experience in the facility. There’s hand sanitor everywhere you turn and the booking system allows us to hold records for test and protect as well as control visitor numbers. We will be opening our other museums and galleries next week and I would encourage locals and visitors alike to get themselves booked in, as I did today, and come along.”Last week also saw our Customer Service Facilities reopen, with library services resuming first of all and the wider customer service functions following on. From this week you can now visit a customer service facility for assistance with NEC applications, blue badge renewal or applications, pick up dog bags or pay a bill. As with all our facilities, there’s hand sanitiser available as you enter and exit buildings and some of the opening times have altered for each site. Opening times for each facility can be found on our website at www.dumgal.gov.uk/lia Kirkcudbright Museum, Due to reopen on Tuesday 1 September 2020 – Image Credit -DGWGO AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInOver the past week, and into the next week, Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Museums, Galleries and Customer Service Facilities have started to reopen and will continue to reopen, following their enforced closure due to Covid-19.Last week, Gracefield Arts Centre and Kirkcudbright Galleries opened their doors, and the remainder of our museums and galleries will reopen on Tuesday 1 September with the exception of the Castle of St John in Stranraer (due to social distancing guidelines). Visitors are encouraged to book beforehand and can do so online at www.dgculture.co.uk or by calling our Midsteeple Box Office on 01387 253383. The Box Office is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm.last_img read more

Remembrance service for Jeff Joe

first_imgLocalNews Remembrance service for Jeff Joe by: – November 23, 2012 Tweet Share Jeff Joseph performing at the 2011 World Creole Music FestivalToday marks the one year anniversary of the passing of Dominica’s Cadence icon Jeff Joseph.Joseph who hailed from the village of St. Joseph passed away after unsuccessful emergency surgery in Martinique last year.His death sent shock waves throughout his homeland Dominica and the rest of the world. Jeff Joe as he was affectionately known was a founding member of the Grammacks New Generation and performed with his band at last years 15th edition of the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF).He was known for his significant contribution to the musical industry in Dominica and is described by many as a “creative genius” particularly due to his instrumental role in the development and promotion of Cadence Lypso and Dominica’s WCMF.Jeff Joe was one of Dominica’s Goodwill Ambassadors and recognized as a “great humanitarian”, community activist and diplomat and a dedicated family man.In celebration of the life of Jeff Joe and his contribution to music in Dominica, this year’s 16th edition of the WCMF paid homage to the Cadence icon.A special service in remembrance of the life and great works of Jeff Joe will be held at the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church from 7:00 p.m. this evening. Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share 15 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

National volleyball team training begins

first_img Share NewsSports National volleyball team training begins by: – April 16, 2013 45 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Twenty-four volleyball players have been selected for the national team’s training squad for round 2 of the World Championship qualifying tournament, scheduled for June 13th to 17th in Guadeloupe.Training sessions will commence on Wednesday April 17th at the Lime Sports Complex and the players are asked to attend as some very important matters will be discussed.They are:• David Toussaint,• Ronald Bruno,• Ronelle Joseph,• Germain (stevie)Ettiene,• Ray Robinson,• Shayne Guiste,• Lincon Riviere,• Travis Lawrence,• Chevon Ambo,• Kerwin George,• Reginald Thomas,• Shervan (spral) Thomas,• Luciano Dupuis,• Okimo Bedminister,• Johnny Seraphine,• Calvin Dublin,• Sherwin (power)James,• Ithoma James,• Kairann George,• Dion Vidal,• Dexter (posey) Daniel,• Presley (bamboo) Telemaque,• Allison (Al) Alfred and• Sheldon Joyce.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Male adult fatally stabbed in Roseau

first_img Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img A stabbing incident in River Street on Friday evening has left a male adult dead.Police has confirmed that Jeffrey Winston, 40, of River Street was pronounced dead about 8:55pm at the Princess Margaret Hospital on Friday, 26th July.According to the police public relations officer, inspector John Carbon, Winston sustained a single stab wound to his upper right abdomen.Mr Carbon also confirmed that another male adult has been detained in connection with the incident.The incident occurred in the vicinity of Fervrier’s Enterprises about 8:30pm.Dominica Vibes News 76 Views   16 comments LocalNews Male adult fatally stabbed in Roseau by: – July 27, 2013last_img read more

2013 hurricane season officially ends

first_img Share The Layou River overflowed it’s banks during the trough system in April, 2013Today, Saturday, November 30, 2013 marks the official end of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season.According to a 2013 Hurricane season summary posted on the Dominica Meteorological Service’s official website, the 2013 season “was remarkably quiet with the formation of thirteen (13) Named Storms and two (2) Hurricanes”.The island was affected by only one storm for the entire season, Tropical Storm Chantal damaging the road networks, housing and agricultural sectors. Some utility companies also reported some level of damage in July.Acting program officer at the Office of Disaster Management (ODM), Steve Joseph has advised however, that although the official season ends today, citizens should not let their guards down in light of the change in climate activities.“It is only the official close of the season, it doesn’t mean that we are totally out of the woods, this is not exact science so we don’t want people just putting on their guards totally,” Joseph said in an interview with Dominica Vibes on Friday, November 29.“We could certainly be hit by an event outside of the official hurricane season but here at the Office of Disaster we look at comprehensive disaster management as a year round event,” he continued.Joseph further warned that the country must always be prepared to face disasters at any time.He noted that the trough system which claimed the lives of two footballers in April, 2013, before the hurricane season commenced, should serve as a warning to all Dominicans.“We cannot just put our guards down because the official season comes to a close, we have to be more vigilant with the changing of the climate that we could be impacted with just rain in Dominica”.Severe rainfall has in the past caused flooding in some villages; Massacre and St Joseph and landslides that affects some of the more vulnerable communities.He added that preparation for the 2014 Atlantic season has already begun; ODM is currenlty assessing disaster shelters across the island to ensure that the island is better prepared to weather any storm.“We do not wait until the last hour before the season would open in 2014 to begin to look at those things, we want to address them much earlier”.He called on citizens to also take a leaf from that approach “to make sure that it’s a continuous thing even outside of the hurricane season that we are considering preparedness activities”.Dominica Vibes News 33 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews 2013 hurricane season officially ends by: – November 30, 2013 Sharelast_img read more

Twenty-two y-o back in jail

first_img Share 41 Views   no discussions Share Akim Vaughn Smith, 22, of Canefield who was granted bail on March 31, 2014, has found himself in trouble with the law again.Smith pleaded guilty to entering the Wesleyan Hotel on 9th Street, Canefield for unlawful purposes on April 15, 2014 at a Roseau Magistrate’s court on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 and was ordered to serve two months imprisonment.Police prosecutor sergeant Valda Powell told Magistrate Arley Gill that about 6:45 am on April 15 the hotel manager Cedric Joseph heard a sound in the corridor like someone trying to open a door.Joseph went to investigate and saw the defendant trying to open one of the doors with a key. He ran back inside, retrieved a cutlass and held the defendant by his shirt.The defendant, who began screaming, took off his shirt and ran down the stairs. Joseph pursued Smith but was unable to catch him; hence he made a report at the Roseau Police Station.On the April 17, at about 3:25 pm Smith was cautioned about the incident on Great George Street, Roseau.“Officer, I don’t know nothing about that,” was Smith’s response.He was informed that he was going to be arrested for vagrancy to which he responded, “I don’t know what you are charging me for”.When magistrate Gill asked Smith whether he wanted to make a plea in mitigation for himself, Smith explained that he went to the hotel in search of his friends. “Before I went to jail, I had some women friends there; I just want to see if they were still there, I had no intentions of stealing or anything”.When he was questioned as to why he had a key for the hotel, he said that he had “a key before I went to jail so I was just trying it”.Smith, who has a list of similar convictions and was not supposed to commit any offenses as part of his bail conditions, was sentenced to serve two months in prison.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Twenty-two y-o back in jail by: – April 22, 2014center_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Dominica reports first commercial geothermal well

first_img Share 22 Views   no discussions LocalNews Dominica reports first commercial geothermal well by: – June 17, 2014 Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! A six day flow test to determine the generation capacity of a geothermal production well in Laudat, Dominica has been completed. Results from the flow test of the first commercial geothermal well indicate that the well is productive and can be used for electricity generation. The test report also indicates that Dominica could generate over ten megawatts of electricity. Drilling, testing and monitoring consultant, vice president Geothermal Resource Group Will Osborn reported at a press conference on June 16, 2014 that the flow test conducted between June 10 to 16 was successful. “Today we have completed a six day well test, the first commercial geothermal well of the country, we measured the output of this well and we expect it to be capable of more than 10 megawatts”.Osborn explained that this capacity “is enough to replace the current diesel power generation on the island and bring energy Independence to the common wealth of Dominica”.The US Geothermal expert urged citizens to continue to learn about geothermal energy and support the initiative as it will result in cheaper electricity rates on the island. “It is also misunderstood in many countries and as you know it is used for power generation in over 50 countries around the world already”. He said there are thousands of geothermal wells operating safely every day around the world, “so we urge you to continue to support the initiative”. Energy Minister Rayburn Blackmoore noted that reports from the flow test indicate that Dominica could generate up to 11.4 megawatts of electricity. “This surpasses the capacity that we once thought of which was five megawatts [and] that is commendable”.“It tells you that the Dominica Labour Party is on the right track and we shall take Dominica to the next level by ensuring that we have cheaper energy, cleaner energy, more reliable energy and at the same time contributing to combating climate change,” he said. Minister Blackmore called on citizens to take ownership of the island’s geothermal energy project.“We are confident going forward that the people of Dominica will demonstrate the requisite ownership of this project by ensuring that they work with us and understand the processes involved, what we are seeing today also demonstrates our commitment to transparency”. Mr Blackmoore also assured citizens that the geothermal project, once complete, will reduce the cost of electricity. “I am happy to be part of this administration that have been able to deal with this issue of high energy cost and of course today you are witnessing leadership from in front by having the presence of the Prime Minister,” he said.– / 23Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Monell Williams to be installed as UWP senator

first_img Share LocalNews Monell Williams to be installed as UWP senator by: – June 27, 2014 Share Share 292 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Monell WilliamsThe Dominica Parliament is expected to welcome a new female senator next week.Monell Williams, the Opposition United Workers Party candidate for the St Joseph constituency, will be sworn in as a senator on July 1 replacing former senator Ronnie Isidore whose candidacy was withdrawn by the Party in May of this year.Ms Williams will replace former senator Ronnie Isidore whose candidacy was withdrawn by the Party in May of this year.Opposition Leader Hector John confirmed to Dominica Vibes that the UWP wrote to President Charles Savarin on June 24, 2014 seeking his endorsement. Mr John said Miss Williams’ appointment as a senator will bring gender balance to the Parliament.He added that she will bring effective representation to the Parliament “as a woman, as a single parent, a very articulate, very bright candidate for the United Workers Party in the St Joseph constituency”.Felix Thomas (Facebook picture)“In terms of the different issues we will be dealing with she will be making a presentation as a young woman looking at issues within the St. Joseph constituency that she can bring at Parliament,” she said. He added that she is expected to deal with the many challenges that single mothers face at present particularly in the St Joseph constituency.The other UWP Senators are Ezekiel Bazil, Norris Prevost, Daniel Lugay and Ronald Green.Meanwhile, the United Workers Party has a new candidate for the Mahaut constituency. Felix Thomas, a contractor by profession has replaced Ronnie Isidore and will run against the Dominica Labour Party’s candidate, Rayburn Blackmore in the general election constitutionally due in May, 2015. “The people from the Mahaut Constituency Association has nominated Felix Thomas to represent the constituency on a UWP ticket for the next general election and the management committee of the UWP accepted the nomination,” John told Dominica Vibes on Friday. The United Workers Party (UWP) sacked Isidore in May, due to “trust and respect issues”.Mr Isidore, who contested the Mahaut seat at the 2009 general election and lost, was subsequently named a UWP senator.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Portsmouth fire officers get relief

first_img Tweet LocalNews Portsmouth fire officers get relief by: – August 16, 2014 Share Share The plight of sixteen fire officers stationed at Portsmouth is said to be receiving some attention.Fire officers have been protesting over the last two weeks over deplorable working conditions which includes rat and termite infestation, poor ventilation and leaking toilets.The officers camped outside the fire station for several nights with the hope that their cries will be heard.Deputy fire chief Jones Lawrence told Vibes news on August 15, the officers will be relocated to a new facility effective today, Saturday August 16.“Officers will be relocated to the place where we had already identified for them. This is in Portsmouth central and the accommodation is very good, it is not a hope, it is a fact that things will be ok,” he said.Lawrence could not say whether the new facility could become the permanent location of the station.“Until it is changed, we can just possibly look at it as first temporary and secondly permanent because we do not know,” he said.The sixteen fire officers, who were stationed at Portsmouth, were transferred to other stations earlier this week.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 33 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Over $36, 000 raised JA Dominica’s Power Breakfast

first_imgLocalNews Over $36, 000 raised JA Dominica’s Power Breakfast by: Dominica Vibes News – November 7, 2014 Junior Achievement (JA) Dominica, an organization which aims to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy, has raised over thirty-six thousand dollars through a fundraising initiative.On Friday, 7 November 2014, JA Dominica held its second annual Power Breakfast at the Fort Young Hotel under the distinguished patronage of President of Dominica and First Lady Mrs. Clara Savarin.The Power Breakfast, one of Junior Achievement’s major fundraising initiatives which began last year, invites private and public sector partners “to commit a small percentage of their funding to the JA programme”.This year more than fifty (50) partners were engaged and thirty-six thousand, two hundred and sixty thousand ($36,260.00) dollars was donated. This amount is almost double to last year’s total of EC twelve thousand dollars ($12, 000).Junior Achievement Dominica has also received over one hundred thousand US dollars ($100 000) donation from a U.S agency. It will go towards educational and entrepreneurial programs for students. “The need for experimental learning is not tomorrow but it is now,” executive director of Junior Achievement Dominica, Natasha Yeeloy-Labad said.Mrs Labad noted that JA Dominica, which started in 2011, has been a journey of excitement. “We want young persons to have the understanding to be economically successful but also while they are in the safety of the work place to have the real experience of working for someone or for themselves”.According to Mrs Labad, one of the challenges faced by JA Dominica is after investing resources into educating these young persons “we realize that a large majority of those young persons still say to us they want to go out and find a job”.There are six levels of sponsorship; Platinum EC$10, 000.00, Gold EC$5,000.00, Silver EC$3,000.00, Bronze EC$2,500.00, Power Partner Level EC$1,500.00 and Event Sponsorship.Meanwhile, Junior Achievement awarded three companies; the National Development Foundation of Dominica (NDFD), Dominica Electricity Services Limited (DOMLEC) and LIME Dominica for supporting and making financial contributions to the organization.– / 18 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! 523 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Public servants warned to campaign discretely

first_imgDominica Labour Party supporters at its campaign launch on the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles BoulevardGeneral secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) Thomas Letang has called for a review of the Public Service Act where the involvement of public officers in politics is concerned. In an interview with Dominica Vibes on Monday 17 November 2014, Letang noted that there must be some “tidying up” of the Act.“At some point we have to review the Act and to try to tidy up that Act because if the Act was tidy, certain things would not be allowed and it would be clear in people’s minds as to what they can do and they cannot do”.Letang said while the current Act does not “speak to any sanctions”, the Public Service Commission can take disciplinary action against a public officer “if a person goes overboard”.“If one feels that somebody has gone overboard the disciplinary procedure would be referring the matter to the Public Service Commission”.United Workers Party rally in Newtown to launch Joshua Francis“The Public Service Commission doesn’t really say exactly what specific disciplinary measures can be taken against that person but they have a number of ways they can deal with the these persons,” he informed.Meanwhile, Letang noted that while he is not against public officers attending political meetings; this must be done in a discrete way. At a recent meeting of the United Workers Party in Newtown, political leader Lennox Linton asked the public servants attending the meeting to raise their hands and make themselves known because the DLP Government is on its way out and there can be no implications for them.Letang said public officers have a right to join any democratic process and attend political meetings, but warned that the Public Service Act prohibits public officers from “active canvasing where they go to the political platforms”.He also advised that public officers should stay away from wearing political shirts along with other paraphernalia. “Even the shirts, while all the parties have been doing it, I believe that the more that you can stay away from identifying yourself with a political party is better for you”.“While I would not discourage public officers from attending meetings if they so desire, but to go onto the political platform, I would advise them against doing that and if they can avoid wearing those t-shirts that would even be better,” he said. Sharing is caring! Tweet 543 Views   one comment Sharecenter_img Share Share LocalNewsPolitics Public servants warned to campaign discretely by: Dominica Vibes News – November 17, 2014last_img read more

PHOTOS: 2015 Carnival Mother’s Queen

first_img Share Share 540 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share EntertainmentLocalNews PHOTOS: 2015 Carnival Mother’s Queen by: Dominica Vibes News – February 9, 2015 On Saturday, 7 February 2015, Frances Lockhart, 28, of Vieille Case won the 2015 Carnival Mother’s Queen.Ms Lockhart outshined six other contestants in the third annual Carnival Mother’s Queen show at the Arawak House of Culture in Roseau on Saturday 7 February.Ms Lockhart, who won the awards for Best evening wear, Best in evening wear and Miss Intelligence, was crowned by Heather Vidal of Portsmouth, the 2014 Carnival Mother’s Queen.Taneka Albert, 21, of Laudat who emerged 1st runner up, won the awards for Best traditional ole masquerade wear and Best in traditional ole masquerade wear.Elloise Etienne, 26, of Kalinago Territory & Stockfarm, placed 2nd runner up and won the awards for Best swimwear, Best in swimwear and Miss Amity.Annadale Jacob, 26, of St Joseph placed 3rd runner up while Kendra Stephen, 30, of Newtown won the Miss photogenic award.The other contestants were Geraldine Davis, 28, of Fond Cole and Lena Durand, 28, of Calibishie.– / 69last_img read more

‘Ropeman’ apologises to all females in Trinidad

first_img Sharing is caring! 237 Views   no discussions Share PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Trinidad Express)– Sunil Ramcharan, the farmer who tethered a woman with rope and walked her along a road like an animal because she allegedly stole peppers from his land has apologised to all women for his actions.Ramcharan, who has been derided as inhumane by most who have seen the social media video of his actions, said it was the first and last time he would do such a thing.The Express spoke with Ramcharan shortly after he was released from police custody yesterday. He was taken to the Gasparillo Police Station at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, gave a statement to investigators, spent time in a cell and was allowed to leave at 11 a.m. yesterday.Ramcharan said: “I apologise to the nation for what I did and it will never happen again.”The ex-Caroni Ltd cane-cutter said he has been planting crops on rented land at Reform Village, Gasparillo, for several years, but had been robbed of his produce on many occasions.Ramcharan explained what happened last Saturday that led to his actions at Massy Lands, Gasparillo.He said: “I was driving along the Massy Land Main Road heading to the garden. When I almost reached the garden, I saw two persons. When I reached close up to them, the man ran first in front and the woman ran to the back. She had on a green top and red skirt. I drove out to the main road side. I saw her coming. I tied a rope around her waist and she admit yes she and she husband took the peppers and that was the end of it. I loosed her and then she went she way. It was not to harm her, not to do her anything.”Ramcharan said he was not sure if the woman, Zaheeda Mohammed, would have been armed with a weapon, and the rope was put around her for his own safety.Ramcharan, who is not married and has no children, said of the praedial larceny: “It is distressing. We are planning to cut down the crops because there is too much of losses. We paid $5,000 for tomato seeds and we are afraid right now because we don’t know if we will get any and to pump money in that right now, it is not making sense.”Ramcharan said he apologised to the woman after he untied her and she accepted his apology.He said his family members also visited her home but were chased away. Mohammed lives with her husband, Kimchan Mohammed, at Reform Village.When Ramcharan first saw the video on Monday night during a televised news broadcast he said he was horrified because he said he could not believe the man in the video was him.He said: “I could not believe it was me. It was frustration that made me do that. When you have to face the agriculture shop and you have to face the bank, in these kind of places you have nobody to help you and nobody to be with you.”Ramcharan said he never did anything like that before but if he sees someone else in his garden he “will leave it in the hands of the law”.He said: “I am sorry for what I said to her and I apologised to her. I apologised to her when I let her go and I apologised to her in front of the police.”Kimchan Jordan, the husband of Zaheeda Mohammed who was tied up with the rope by Ramcharan for allegedly stealing his peppers gave a different story from the one given by Ramcharan.Jordan 31, who said he picks coconuts and rears goats for a living, alleged Ramcharan came into his home when he was not there and took his wife out of the house, tied up her up and made her walk through the land.He said his wife was sleeping at the time. He also said she received no apology from Ramcharan and no member of the Ramcharan family attempted to speak with them after the incident.He admitted however, that he was charged with stealing from Ramcharan’s land.Mohammed was not at home when the Express visited yesterday. Jordan said on Wednesday she left with her mother “to go somewhere in Penal”, and he did not know when she would return.Mohammed appeared in court on February 7 for stealing melongene valued at $100 from a farmer at Massy Lands. She was placed on a TT$3,000 bond to keep the peace for a year or in default serve 12 months hard labour. Sharecenter_img NewsRegional ‘Ropeman’ apologises to all females in Trinidad by: TRINIDAD EXPRESS – March 13, 2015 Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Dominica begins annual abolition of slavery celebration

first_img 156 Views   one comment Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share LocalNews Dominica begins annual abolition of slavery celebration by: Dominica Vibes News – July 22, 2015 Dominica’s annual celebration in observance of the abolition of slavery has begun.Emancipation 2015 commenced with a media launch at the Old Mill Cultural Centre in Canefield on Wednesday 22 July 2015 and an Art Exhibition featuring the work of Dominican artistes.Acting Chief Cultural Officer, Jacinta David said Emancipation is a celebration of freedom, the struggles of our ancestors, maroons and others to abolish slavery. “It is an occasion to pay tribute to those who gave up their lives in that struggle and to those who died during the Atlantic crossing and as a result of inhumane conditions and brutality of slavery. It is an occasion to celebrate who we are as a people and a time to reflect on our freedom,” Ms David said.She indicated that this year’s theme ‘Breaking The Chains Of Mental Slavery’ affords us an opportunity to explore the detrimental effects of slavery on our people, the manner in which they socialize, the treatment of the environment and cultural values.“Have you ever wondered why lighter skin blacks are treated differently than darker skin blacks? Why many blacks still feel ashamed of their color and basically do everything to make themselves look dissimilar to the way they were born, like bleaching their skins, have plastic surgery on their faces or straightening their hair? Why we still see black as inferior and white as superior. Why as a child we preferred white dolls over black dolls. Why it that a large proportion of black males feel that it is okay to have children with multiple women. Why is it that many of our young women are single parent, how about the strong woman syndrome,” Ms David posited.According to Ms David, it is time for our people to break the chains of slavery as it was abolished over one hundred and eighty years ago in 1834.“We are all created in the image and likeness of God. As Bob Marley said “emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds” and so Emancipation this year will focus on breaking those chains by creating awareness. Break those chains of mental slavery beginning today,” she urged.Among the activities to commemorate Emancipation 2015 are a Film & Rap Session on 30 July, Emancipation Walk and Concert on 31 July, Golden Drum Awards ceremony on 1 August and the Nature Island Literary Festival on 6 -9 August.– / 7last_img read more

Severed head found inside dumpster in T&T

first_img Share 440 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img The dumpster in Trinidad where the severed head was reportedly found. (Photo: Trinidad Express)PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The severed head of a man was found on Wednesday at a concrete dumpster in what is described as a crime ‘hot spot’ in Port of Spain, Trinidad.The gruesome discovery was made about 6:00 am by a garbage collector who was on duty.The garbage collector was reportedly removing rubbish from the concrete dumpster when the head was found among bags of garbage.Police were then contacted and have said that they are now trying to identify the man. NewsRegional Severed head found inside dumpster in T&T by: Jamaica Observer – October 28, 2015 Tweetlast_img read more

Politicians & youth urged to care more for seniors

first_img 198 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share LocalNewsPolitics Politicians & youth urged to care more for seniors by: Dominica Vibes News – June 16, 2016 Dominican politicians and youth have been urged to pay more attention to and care for senior citizens. During an interview with Dominica Vibes on Wednesday June 15, 2016 Robertine Carrette Seaman of the Dominica Council on Ageing said politicians should not only look for the senior’s vote during election.“Keep going to them and keep loving them. Sometimes they are hungry and they need something to eat, so take them something to eat. Dominica will be more blessed as a nation because of that.”Wednesday was observed as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and the Council observed the day with a Cake Sale outside of FLOW’s office in Roseau.Seaman said one of the frequent complaints from seniors is that they do not see their parliamentary representatives.“During the election they go out there to them [seniors], they ask them to vote so after the election they should go to them…just to come and visit them, ask them how they are doing and you will be surprised,” she said.“We are pleading to the politicians; let’s care more for our senior citizens,” she added.In addition, Seaman called on the youth to assist the elderly. “Sometimes you see the senior citizens trying to get on a bus and no young person would move to give them a sit that is comfortable. They end up siting in areas where they have to be coming on and off the bus.”She further noted that one of the ways that the generation gap can be breached is by young people visiting and spending time with the elderly.“Bring your young children to the elderly so they can relate to them of how life used to be for them. Today we can say ‘lateh ecleway’ as they use to say in creole, because in the days gone by our senior citizens had to by bread and keep it for 6-7 days. They had to make bakes in pots and some of us don’t even know that.”She pointed out that the younger generation has life so much easier than the senior citizens and it is due to their hard work which paved the way.The first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on 15 June 2006 by theInternational Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations (UN) in an effort to unite communities around the world in raising awareness about elder abuse. WEAAD is in support of the UN’s International Plan of Action acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.last_img read more

Agent proposes inclusion of marketing component to citizenship programs

first_img Share Tweet 573 Views   3 comments LocalNews Agent proposes inclusion of marketing component to citizenship programs by: Dominica Vibes News – January 5, 2017 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Samuel Raphael (file photo)An authorized citizenship agent has proposed that government considers including a marketing component in the economic and citizenship by investment programs.Sam Raphael, the proprietor of Jungle Bay Resort and Spa and Hummingbird Airlines, made the observation while a guest on a QFM radio program on Thursday 5 January 2017.He disclosed that in May 2015 he was contacted and interviewed by two female CBS reporters about Dominica’s programs and explained that in the process, usually these international news agency conduct preliminary interviews. However his interviews were not included in the ’60 Minutes’ report because it is “either you make the cut or you don’t; I didn’t make the cut, it could have been my status wasn’t high enough”.Raphael indicated that the questions the female reporters asked were not accurate with respect to the representation about security and he refuted them.“I thought I should explain the process, as I am doing to the people here, and they basically ignored that because they had an agenda, and their agenda again was to write a negative story on the Caribbean programs and they were going to do that,” he said.Raphael said he thought that the idea for the program had died until recently when he realized that they went ahead with it.“And they chose to air it and to time that program at a time as I said earlier when you had a transition of administration, where you could have maximum impact and they give us a black eye,” Raphael stated.Thus, his advice to the Dominica and regional governments where the program is operated, is to become collaborative competitors.“Sometimes we have to collaborate and just like the Caribbean came together to form the tourism association, we formed the banana growers association, we really, as a region, need to approach the CBI program [in the same way] to ensure that as a region it is protected,” Raphael said.While Raphael indicated that Dominica’s programs are being operated transparently, he said there is need for public education about the programs.“Because if we don’t begin to get people on board, and if we don’t begin to get our local populations behind the program, then it’s going to be hard to defend it in the international community,” he said.“I think the program is transparent, as far as I’m concerned, but there’s not a lot of public education and I think there’s a difference really between when you say transparency and public education,” he continued.Raphael said there are certain things about the programs which cannot be divulged due to privacy restrictions; “you cannot have a list of all the names of the people who have been granted citizenship, that goes against privacy and so on and so forth”.But, there are certain other things that persons have some questions about for example, how many people have been granted citizenship, the revenue generated.“These things they are available,” he noted, but added that “maybe they can be made more available to the people so that we can at least feel more comfortable to defend the program”.last_img read more

Thousands to benefit from UNICEF Emergency Cash Transfer Programme

first_img Tweet Share Share Hurricane MariaLocalNewsRecovery Thousands to benefit from UNICEF Emergency Cash Transfer Programme by: Dominica Vibes News – November 22, 2017 Sharecenter_img 482 Views   one comment UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Deputy Representative, Muriel Mafico (left) with Helen Royer, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Services, Family and Gender AffairsSix thousand children here on Dominica will benefit from a cash donation through an Emergency Cash Transfer Programme. This donation was made possible through a partnership between the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Area and the Ministry of Social Services, Family and Gender Affairs. The benefiting children are those most vulnerable on the island who have been affected by Hurricane Maria. According to a post on UNICEF Eastern Caribbean’s Facebook Page a program document was signed with the Ministry of Social Services, Family and Gender Affairs for the implementation of this emergency cash transfer. “The Program…aims at reaching the country’s most vulnerable households and raising the capacities of the country’s social protection system to respond better to future emergencies,” the post continued. A total of 8,300 households will receive an unconditional cash transfer for a period of 3 months with the specific aim of contributing to adequate access to food as part of the programme. It will also support the immediate needs of 6,000 of the most vulnerable hurricane affected children by providing unconditional cash child grants for the same duration. UNICEF is also providing technical assistance and accompaniment to the Ministry to support the implementation of the cash transfer, it added. Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Rotary Club of Dominica Investiture Ceremony 2018

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 115 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Rotary Club of Dominica Investiture Ceremony 2018 by: – July 23, 2018 Share Rotary Club of Dominica Board of Directors & Committee Chairs 2018/2019(Press Release) Rotary Club of Dominica Investiture Ceremony 2018. June 30, 2018Garraway Hotel“Be the Inspiration”. The Rotary Club of Dominica, held its 44th Investiture Ceremony at the Garraway Hotel on June 30, 2018, where outgoing President Mr. Aylmer Irish handed over the gavel and reigns of presidency to incoming President, Mr. Cecil Shillingford. Outgoing President Aylmer Irish highlighted the most challenging rotary year in the club’s history in which the island was hit by a catastrophic hurricane. In the true spirit of Rotary’s motto “Service above Self” Immediate Past President Aylmer received tremendous unwavering support from members to respond to the plight of fellow Dominicans. Lobbying and the receipt of innumerable amounts of contributions from neighboring clubs in the region, international partners and supporting organizations, Rotary Club of Dominica was able to be the vehicle by which vulnerable Dominicans would be served with much needed food, water, clothing, medical supplies, shelter material, building material, tools among other items. Rotary Club of Dominica was also able to provide a number of local organizations with support, which included the Princess Margaret Hospital, the Grotto Home for the Aged and the Operation Youth Quake. Presently, the Club is receiving donations and is actively contributing towards recovery and rehabilitation efforts. Rotary Year 2018/2019 seeks to explore the theme “Be the Inspiration”. Incoming President Cecil Shillingford charged the club with the idea of getting their hands dirty.“As your new President, I just want to say to us all to prepare to dirty our hands and I am willing to be the inspiration. I have a passion for community work and assisting the less fortunate and post Maria there is a lot of that which needs to be addressed.” In his current capacity as Disaster Risk Management Consultant, President Cecil has committed to starting the job with a view to increasing rotary’s ability to be better prepared for disaster and the aftermath thereof. He believes that it is time for the Club to augment relief and early recovery efforts with Preparedness, Prevention, Mitigation, and Recovery to adverse events and Adaptation to Climate Change.” A Disaster committee has been formed, which will spearhead efforts to achieve the disaster preparedness goals of the new administration. President Cecil is also keenly interested in the restoration of Dominica’s rainforest. His aim is that every Rotarian would plant at least one tree. There are also plans for collaborating with sister clubs in French Guyana to embark upon a massive tree-planting program in Dominica.At the ceremony, Dr. Francis O. Severin, Orator for the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus, delivered the feature address. Dr. Severin encouraged Rotarians to note the meaningful nuance between the two phases to be An inspiration versus To be THE inspiration, as one suggests superiority, singularity and a dedicated courage and willingness to be and do what others may not readily be inclined to. He moved on to remind Rotarians that the effectiveness of the club and the extent to which one can be THE Inspiration is constrained by both individual and collective thoughts.Accompanying the installation of a new president, a New Board of Directors for 2018-2019 was installed:President: Cecil ShillingfordVice President – Annie EdwardsSecretary – Darin GrellPresident Elect 2019-2020 – Lima JervierSergeant-at-Arms – Dr. Fr. Reginald LaFelurCommittees Chairs:Service Projects – Grayson Stedman Jr.Rotary Foundation – Marvlyn BirminghamClub Membership – Roslyn SorhaindoPublic Relations – Delbert ParisYouth Services – Nigel ShillingfordClub Administration – Jermaine Jewel Jean-PierreDisaster Coordinator – Donalson FrederickThe President of the Commonwealth of Dominica and Mrs. Savarin, Justice Bernie Stephenson, Rotarians, Rotaractors, Partners in Service and Friends of Rotary graced the installation ceremony.last_img read more

NEP employs more than 2000 workers

first_img 104 Views   no discussions LocalNews NEP employs more than 2000 workers by: Dominica Vibes News – August 2, 2018 Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Member of Parliament for the La Plaine Constituency and Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Petter Saint JeanMore than two thousand persons have been employed under the National Employment Programme (NEP) according to Member of Parliament for the La Plaine Constituency, Peter Saint Jean.Mr. Saint Jean, who is also Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, said those employed under the National Employment Programme work in a number of areas across the private and public sector. The National Employment Programme began in December 2013 with an initial target of five hundred interns. Under the NEP, he said, there are three hundred and twenty-seven within the public sector, three hundred and eighty-one within the private sector, seventy-five within the private sector working under the 50/50 programme where the proprietor pays half of their salaries and state pays the other half, under the Community Employment Initiative there are one thousand eight hundred and seventy-six persons, and one hundred and forty-two individuals are employed as Education Mentors.last_img read more

Maersk moves North-East England coverage from Immingham to Hull

first_imgThe service will be calling Rotterdam on Tuesday-Wednesday with a Saturday arrival/departure in Hull. “At Maersk, we continuously work on improving our local product offering, ensuring that our portfolio meets the expectations of our customers and helps them grow their business. Our short-sea connections complement our ocean services and connect our customers with markets around the world”, adds Asbjorn Kops. Author: Baibhav Mishra The English North-East is gaining importance for exports of fish and fresh produce to some of the world’s major markets and improved supply chain solutions create new opportunities for local businesses. Sea News, December 21center_img Starting January 12th, 2019, the short sea service, operated by BG Freight and currently calling Immingham, will be moved to Hull Container Terminal in East Yorkshire, also operated by Associated British Ports. “We are very pleased with the feedback received from our customers, who appreciate this short-sea connection with continental Europe, giving them full access to major ocean services via the transhipment hub in Rotterdam”, says Asbjorn Kops, Maersk’s Product Manager for UK & Ireland. “We’re proud to welcome the world’s largest container shipping line, Maersk, on board to the Hull Container Terminal, and we look forward to strengthening our partnership and untapping potential trade links”, said Simon Bird, ABP Humber Director.last_img read more

DON’T FORGET THE FIRE-FIGHTING REQUIREMENT WITH A SCRUBBER RETROFIT, ADVISES SURVITEC

first_img“It canbe a major task updating the drawings and submitting the paperwork for classapproval,” said Peruga. “It could take four to five months fromtaking an order to getting the approvals in place and carrying out theengineering before the vessel returns to service, assuming drydockavailability,” The IMO 2020regulation does not explicitly mention an adequate increase in fireextinguishing systems, but former safety expert Survitec now reminds us. “Whenvolume is increased, the system needs to be re-calculated and re-engineeredwith additional CO2 cylinders and additional nozzles. New flow calculationsneed to be carried out to verify the new system will discharge the correctamount of gas within the required two minutes. Drawings must also be sent tothe classification society for approval before installation can take place.This means some installations may have to be removed and reinstalled,”continued Aas. “Shipownersdo need to upgrade their fire-fighting systems at same time they install thescrubber. Otherwise, it will not be approved in time, which often comes asquite a surprise to the shipowner.” Due to theIMO 2020 regulation, many ship owners now have to install new exhaust gascleaning systems. However, one has to consider that these new components couldexceed the current capacity of the fire extinguishing systems. So beforeinstalling new exhaust gas cleaning systems, one should check this. Commentingspecifically on Chinese shipyard availability, Beibei Qiu, Country ManagerChina, Survitec, said: “Slots are difficult to find with many yards fullybooked due to the increased demand for scrubber retrofits. One Shanghaishipyard I visited has 80 vessels booked in for scrubber installations thisyear, which doesn’t leave a great deal of room for other projects. While mostupgrades to the fixed fire-fighting system are relatively simple, requiringadditional CO2 cylinders, nozzles and extra pipework, some projects haverequired complete system redesigns or a totally separate fire-fighting system. “Inquiriesare coming in just one or two months before the drydocking, which is far toolate. This can result in delays to the vessel re-entering service andunbudgeted drydocking costs.” “If ascrubber is installed in a totally separate space, with a bulkhead facingtowards the engine room, then there is no need for an additional fire-fightingsystem. In other cases, additional nozzles will have to be connected to theexisting pipework covering the scrubber area, or additional CO2 cylinders maybe required. However, we have seen scrubber retrofits that have requiredcompletely new fire-fighting systems. It all depends on the calculations andthe CO2 concentration.” “We havecompleted more than 30 retrofit projects over the past two years in Europe alone,”said Michal Peruga, Operations Director, Survitec Fire Solutions.“However, we are seeing a number of inquiries where shipowners have leftit too late and have realised the need for CO2 upgrades only whenclassification surveyors begin certifying the scrubber installation. Dagfinn Aas,Director, Technical Management, Survitec Fire Solutions, said: “A scrubberinstallation often requires extending the engine room in the casing area andwhen the engine room’s volume is increased the capacity of the extinguishingagent – in most cases CO2 – must also be increased.“ In the run-upto January 1, 2020, an increase in the retrofitting of fire extinguishingsystems could be noticed. As up to 6% of the world’s merchant fleet will have ascrubber installed by the end of the year, the company advises advanceplanning. Author: Sue Terpilowskilast_img read more

Prairie Farms Dairy jumps on Greek yogurt bandwagon

first_imgPrairie Farms Dairy, a farmer-owned cooperative headquartered in Carlinville, Illinois, now offers a line of Greek yogurt with seven flavors. According to a press release from the co-op, the new line was added in response to consumer demand for Greek yogurt, which now accounts for more than a third of the market. The press release quotes Rebecca Leinenbach, Sales Program Director for Prairie Farms Dairy: “Prairie Farms is known for making high quality dairy products and our new Greek Yogurt will play off of our heritage to delight existing customers and bring new ones into the category.”Prairie Farms Greek Yogurt is available in retail outlets throughout the Midwest. PDadvertisementadvertisement—From Prairie Farms news releaselast_img read more

Separate lawsuit sought in Northeast antitrust case

first_imgNortheast dairy farmers opposing a proposed settlement agreement in a seven-year-old antitrust lawsuit have “opted out” of that agreement and are pursuing their own legal action. Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave [email protected] The group of more than 125 dairy farmers retained legal representation for a separate lawsuit against Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and its marketing arm, Dairy Marketing Services (DMS), according to Mike Eby, a Pennsylvania dairy farmer.advertisementadvertisementThe original class-action lawsuit (Allen v. Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., No. 5:09-CV-230) was filed in 2009. It alleged Dean Foods, DFA and DMS were involved in anti-competitive milk marketing conduct within Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) 1.Dean Foods agreed to a $30 million settlement in 2011, which was approved.DFA reached a $50 million settlement agreement in late 2014. However, in April 2015, Judge Christina Reiss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont rejected that agreement after a majority of dairy farmers testifying at a “fairness hearing” expressed opposition.Without admitting wrongdoing, DFA and DMS negotiated a revised $50 million settlement agreement with plaintiff attorneys and court-appointed farmer representatives early this year. The agreement is preliminary until approved by the court.Read: Northeast antitrust lawsuit settlement agreement revisedadvertisementJudge Reiss set an April 29 deadline to accept comments on the latest agreement and will hold a fairness hearing on May 13. If approved, individual farmer shares depend on the amount of raw Grade A milk produced in and pooled on FMMO Order 1 from Jan. 1, 2002 to Dec. 31, 2014. It is estimated the average payment per farmer would be about $4,000, if 8,000 dairy farmers filed claims.Farmers who opt out of the settlement sacrificed their share of the payment if it is approved, but retain any legal claims to pursue further litigation.According to Eby, both the agreement’s financial payment and requirements steering DFA and DMS marketing practices are inadequate. Instead of being bound to the terms of the settlement in the event it is approved, the farmers opted out by a April 22 deadline and will now pursue a separate lawsuit.“Not only are we seeking greater compensation, but we feel this option gives us the best hope DFA and DMS will be forced to answer to the antitrust allegations in the case and not simply buy their way out,” Eby said. “We hope Judge Reiss will deny the current proposed settlement and proceed to trial, but we are unwilling to stake the future viability of our farms on the hope that the current settlement will not be approved.”Eby is chairman of the National Dairy Producers Organization (NDPO). He emphasized NDPO has not endorsed the separate lawsuit, but the organization’s official position is to work in opposition of the current settlement agreement. A recent NDPO newsletter said the group will charter a bus to help members attend the May 13 fairness hearing in Burlington, Vermont.Eby said farmers already joining the effort have dairy herds ranging in size from 30 to 2,000 cows. He invited other Northeast dairy farmers who officially opted out of the settlement agreement by April 22 to join their legal action with a goal of proceeding to a jury trial. The group is represented by Boston trial attorneys Nystrom, Beckman and Paris LLP.advertisementThe pending agreement and upcoming fairness hearing have generated campaigns on both sides, urging fellow dairy farmers to either accept or reject the settlement.In a letter to Progressive Dairyman, Vermont dairy farmer Alice Allen, one of the original plaintiffs, urged acceptance.Read: Northeast antitrust lawsuit plaintiff urges settlement, by Alice H. AllenIn another letter to Progressive Dairyman, Jacob Ricker, a NDPO member, expressed opposition. Read: Letter: Northeast antitrust lawsuit settlement agreement falls shortNew Jersey dairy farmers Peter and Marilyn Southway of Springhouse Dairy in Fredon, N.J., also urged approval. The Southways, independent dairy producers marketing milk through DMS, were among court-appointed farmer representatives tasked with negotiating a new settlement. They also asked farmers in support of the settlement agreement to attend the fairness hearing.  PDlast_img read more

Farmington voters bring on two new council members

first_imgNewly elected Farmington city council member Maria Taylor expected to win a seat in the Tuesday, Nov. 7 local election.The 26-year-old, first-time candidate did not expect to pick up more votes than anyone else in the race. She topped the field with 1,567 of the more than 2,300 votes cast.Former Farmington city council member Joanne McShane congratulates newly elected council member Maria Taylor at Farmington Brewing Company.Taylor believes the time she spent talking with voters gave her an edge. By her own count, she knocked on more than 2,500 doors since launching her candidacy in May.“I asked them what their issues were and talked to them about those issues,” Taylor said. “I wasn’t afraid to take a stand on issues people care about.”Former Farmington city council member Joanne McShane, who publicly endorsed Taylor, said she believes the community was “ready for change.” McShane served with the youngest candidate ever elected in Farmington, long-time city council member and mayor Bill Hartsock.“I think it’s a very positive direction for the community to have a younger person with different ideas and different ways to progress in the city,” she said.Newly elected Farmington city council member Joe LaRussa celebrates at Brown Dog Barlor with his wife, Missy, and children Sofia and Matteo.Taylor and incumbent Bill Galvin, who won a second term following his appointment to council in 2011, picked up four-year terms. In an election-night statement, he said he is honored to have been re-elected. “I occasionally talk about stewardship as a locally elected official.  As the elder statesmen of this new council, I hope to demonstrate that we are stewards entrusted as caretakers with accountability to serve our community,” he wrote. “The first step in this process of stewardship will be an organizational meeting.  In Farmington we appoint the mayor among city council members for a two year term.  It has been a rewarding experience to fulfill the mayoral duties for Farmington since 2013.  However it is time to engage another council member with that figurehead leadership role.  It is another exciting part of our democratic process here in Farmington.”Joe LaRussa, another first-timer, won a two-year seat with the third highest vote total.The 41-year-old industrial engineering manager and father of two said he looks forward to bringing his technical skills to the table and adding to the discussion about Farmington’s future. He was also taken aback by Tuesday’s election results.“I was surprised that two incumbents were displaced, that’s something almost unheard of in a municipal election in a small community,” he said, adding Jeff Scott and Greg Cowley were both “strong” candidates. “I’m really humbled that Farmington would give me the chance.”Get election news and more local headlines sent toyour inbox every morning (except Sunday). Reported by admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Farmington Hills 8th grader has top-notch vocabulary skills

first_imgYash Mehta, an eighth grader at Warner Middle School, received a perfect score in final round of the 2018 WordMasters Challenge, national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students.Yash Mehta (Farmington Public Schools)Competing in the Blue Division, Mehta was one of only 43 eighth graders to achieve a perfect score of 20. He also earned Individual Highest Honors in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 57 out of 60 points, coming in fourth in the nation. Highest Honors are reserved for students who place among the top 10-15 students in their division.The WordMasters Challenge first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships. To learn more, visit wordmasterschallenge.com. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UPDATE: Celebrate Motown at Farmington Hills Stars in the Park

first_img admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) The final Stars in the Park concert in Farmington Hills celebrates the legacy of Motown with The Prolifics, a Detroit ensemble known for their high energy performances.Rainy weather moves this concert to the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd.The Prolifics began as five teens singing a cappella on the street corners of Detroit. For the past decade, they’ve performed 130 days a year as the house band on the Detroit Princess, a reconditioned riverboat that was once a gambling venue on the Mississippi River.Taking turns as lead, the group includes Gary Guinn, first tenor; Ed Brown, bass; Thomas Walker, high baritone; Stanley Greer, low baritone; and Rick Littleton, second tenor. The Prolifics will perform music from The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye.Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, the exclusive sponsor of the summer concerts, will offer a second random raffle drawing of the season for concert goers to win a Mercedes-Benz driving experience. Attendees (21 years or older with a valid U.S. driver’s license) may enter by visiting the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services vehicle display during this final concert on August 16.To learn more, call 248-473-1848. Show cancelation or location change announcements will be recorded on the hotline no later than 5 p.m. on the day of the concert. Reported bylast_img read more

Farmington Schools health occupations win big at conference

first_imgStudents from Farmington Public Schools’ three comprehensive high schools, three middle schools, and one STEAM school competed at the HOSA-Future Health Professionals Region 8 Leadership Conference, held November 30, 2018, at Novi High School.More than 1,100 students from South Oakland County competed in more than 50 events and the winners will represent Farmington Public Schools at the State Leadership Conference in March 2019.HOSA Future Health Professionals, an international student organization, promotes career opportunities in the healthcare industry and enhances the delivery of quality healthcare.Three Farmington Public Schools’ Career and Technical (CTE) instructors, Janet Cadeau (Farmington High School/Middle School division), Amy Donato (North Farmington High School), and Jennifer Yarger (Harrison High School), assisted the following students with their achievements at the HOSA Regional Leadership Conference.North Farmington High SchoolSriram Bettagere, Nishka Khimasia, Ilakiya Rajaguru, & Adithya Vijayan – Biomedical Debate – 1st PlaceApoorva Bommanaveni & Anu Selva – Existing Medical Innovation – 1st PlaceCamryn Nelson – Medical Assisting – 1st PlaceNilay Mistry – Prepared Speaking – 2nd PlaceSrihari Srinivasan – Medical Terminology – 2nd PlaceRebecca Weisberg & Kate Wernicke – CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) – 2nd PlaceGriffin Davis, Patrick Nader, Jacob Michel & Benjamin McColl – Community Awareness – 3rd PlaceSonia Desai & Akansha Pandey – CPR/First Aid – 3rd PlaceJuliana Rabban – Extemporaneous Health Poster – 3rd PlaceKat Vicini, Cat Wong, & Satvik Suneja – Creative Problem Solving – 3rd PlaceRishabh Budhraja – Transcultural Health Care Test – Top TenClaudia Cerezo, Kristina Dawood, Allie Lumberg, & Serena Senawi – Community Awareness – Top TenCole Dawkins – Clinical Specialty – Top TenJessica Furtado – Medical Terminology – Top TenHannah Hulett – Pharmacology Test – Top TenAlexandra Howard & Sarah Zalubas – Forensic Science – Top TenOulabi, Kareem – Dental Terminology – Top TenJasmine Kuhnhenn – Epidemiology – Top TenSanjana Kumar – Dental Terminology – Top TenJordan, Manela – Medical Law & Ethics – Top TenMariya Matsko – Clinical Nursing – Top TenDanielle Morgott & Ariella Stein – Community Awareness – Top TenJuliette Quenioux & Vaishnavi Vemuri – Forensic Science – Top TenSophia Ramold – Medical Reading – Top TenMolly Rose & Amber Wei – Health Career Display – Top TenHarrison High SchoolSephora Dafinescu – Human Growth & Development Test – 1st PlaceDiya Dani – Prepared Speaking – 1st PlaceKatarina Jevtic – Epidemiology – 1st PlaceAwab Tanoli – Pharmacology Knowledge Test – 1st PlaceUsman Ali – Biomedical Debate Team – 2nd PlaceZoe Dawson – Nurse Assisting – 2nd PlaceCameron Duplessis – Biomedical Debate Team – 2nd PlaceSahej Kohli – HOSA Bowl Team – 2nd PlaceRaiyaan Movania – Biomedical Debate Team – 2nd PlaceManasvini Nannapuraju – HOSA Bowl Team – 2nd PlaceNiharika Narra – Medical Reading – 2nd PlaceJoseph Nordan – Medical Law & Ethics Knowledge Test – 2nd PlaceShiv Seshan – HOSA Bowl Team – 2nd PlaceUma Sriram – Human Growth & Development Knowledge Test – 2nd PlaceElizabeth Fisher – Dental Terminology – 3rd PlaceMeghana Karumuri – Nutrition Knowledge Test – 3rd PlaceHafsa Sultana – Medical Spelling – 3rd PlaceLaiba Bhatti – Public Service Announcement Team – Top TenTeodora Cazacu – Behavioral Health Knowledge Test – Top TenAnum Fatima – Physical Therapy – Top TenJade Forest – Health Career Photography – Top TenPrerana Gunda – Public Service Announcement Team – Top TenHuda Hussaini – Public Service Announcement Team – Top TenRahimah Iman – Researched Persuasive Speaking and Writing – Top TenAlexis Juncaj – Public Service Announcement Team – Top TenHussain Kapasi – Pathophysiology Knowledge Test – Top TenAmna Khan – Pharmacology Knowledge Test – Top TenAasiyah Khan – Transcultural Healthcare Knowledge Test – Top TenBrizesh Maddipati – Transcultural Healthcare Knowledge Test – Top TenMohammed Malik – Sports Medicine – Top TenSelena Mangat – Behavioral Health Knowledge Test – Top TenTejas Maire – Forensic Medicine Team – Top TenAndrew Pan – Forensic Medicine Team – Top TenPavan Purusothaman – Public Service Announcement Team – Top TenAnagha Shah – Transcultural Healthcare Knowledge Test – Top TenSanjiv Seshan – Pharmacology Knowledge Test – Top TenMuhammad T. Siddiqui – Dental Science – Top TenHammad Tanoli – Epidemiology – Top TenAmulya Velaga – Public Service Announcement Team – Top TenEvyn Wiedyk – Pathophysiology Knowledge Test – Top TenFarmington High SchoolChristina Arshansky, Insiyah Shakir & Olivia Valli – Community Awareness Team – 1st PlaceAjay Kumar – Pathophysiology – 1st PlaceNiranjana Magesh & Akhila Mullapudi – Medical Innovation Original Team – 1st PlaceHemil Shah – Biomedical Lab Science – 1st PlaceSamah Ashraf, Apoorva Dayananda, Nami Patel, Prutha Raghava & Easheta Shah – Public Health Team – 2nd PlaceTanisha Deshmukh, Jenna Salhab & Dhakshniy Sivakumaran – Community Awareness Team – 2nd PlaceKatie McCown – Pharmacology Science – 2nd PlaceAbhinav Patelu – Pharmacology Knowledge Test – 2nd PlacePaul Aren – Pharmacology Knowledge Test – 3rd PlaceAbbey Carvey – Clinical Specialty – 3rd PlaceRachel Hendrian & Simran Sompore – Community Emergency Response Team – 3rd PlaceAdithi Voleti – Medical Terminology Test – 3rd PlaceRana Aabed & Julia Tatone – Health Career Display – Top TenFatema Ali – Health Career Photography – Top TenRahul Anche, Anish Gaddam & Satyak Khare – Biomedical Debate Team – Top TenShreya Aravabhumi & Shrika Gubbala, Dhara Patel – Public Service Announcement – Top TenNyil Ashraf, Teodor Pitu, Om Sonawane & Eric Winston – Creative Problem Solving – Top TenRithik Babu & Parth Nakirikanti – Community Emergency Response Team – Top TenPooja Balani – Medical Law & Ethics Knowledge Test – Top TenCiara Braska, Delanie Butler, Paige Meier & Evie Penner – Public Service Announcement – Top TenVishal Chava – Medical Reading – Top TenJacob Hume, Melvin Joseph, Yuan Wu Lu & Lohith Pula – Medical Innovation Original – Top TenGautham Jayaraj, Jay Koduri & Sanjit Manda – Public Service Announcement – Top TenSivani Kasula – Veterinary Science – Top TenPritham Kura – Nutrition Knowledge Test – Top TenNolan Mohr & Rohan Putumbaka, Sanjam Singh, Saiprashant Vaka – Medical Innovation Original – Top TenSahana Nandigama & Shreya Kankanalapalli (NFHS) – Health Education – Top TenMaria Pitu – Human Growth & Development Knowledge Test – Top TenShreya Salwi & Radhika Sriram – Forensic Science – Top TenRachel Scott – Health Career Photography – Top TenAnika Shah – Prepared Speaking – Top TenKriti Shirodkar – Medical Law & Ethics Knowledge Test – Top TenPraneet Voleti – Medical Math – Top TenMiddle SchoolVeer Agarwal – Medical Terminology – 1st PlaceTanishka Bhadri – Extemporaneous Health Poster – 1st PlaceYatin Bichala – Nutrition Knowledge Test – 1st PlaceVivek Chava – Health Career Exploration Knowledge Test – 1st PlaceSanjana Datla – Prepared Speaking TOPIC-Define Your Purpose – 1st PlaceLayla Edwards – Healthy Lifestyle – 1st PlaceJonathan Manela – Medical Reading – 1st PlaceNidhi Mistry & Aashnaa Singh – Health Career Display – 1st Place Abigail Dafinescu – Nutrition Knowledge Test – 2nd PlaceMariah Johnson – Health Career Exploration Knowledge Test – 2nd Place Mehar Khanna – Medical Reading – 2nd PlacePreya Patel & Prachi Tilwankar – Health Career Display – 2nd PlaceLena Rose – Medical Terminology – 2nd PlaceJayna Shah – Prepared Speaking Topic: Define Your Purpose – 2nd PlaceNikki Bakhmutsky & Katie Rose – Health Career Display – 3rd PlaceAnoria Franchi – Nutrition Knowledge Test – 3rd PlaceEdimari King – Prepared Speaking Topic: Define Your Purpose – 3rd PlaceSurya Pugazhendhi – Medical Terminology – 3rd PlaceTejaswini Sivalokanathan – Medical Reading – 3rd PlaceNethrasri Anburaj – Medical TerminologyAdvay Das – Medical TerminologyElla Hanson & Preeti Sonawane – Health Career DisplayEddie King – Medical TerminologyOlivia Lupas – Medical ReadingSamarth Punjala – Medical TerminologyAmatullah Poonawala – Medical TerminologySamarth Punjala – Medical TerminologyShobhna Sahoo & Ria Velvadapu – Health Career DisplayArya Sajan – Medical ReadingDaniel Saleem – Nutrition Knowledge TestTeja Vijayakumar – Nutrition Knowledge TestPeter Willner – Medical ReadingJaiden Wynn – Medical ReadingLearn more about HOSA at hosa.org.–Press release Reported by admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rohde & Schwarz is the only vendor to offer a full portfolio of test solutions for the complete mobile network lifecycle

first_imgAt Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Rohde & Schwarz together with the Rohde & Schwarz companies SwissQual and ipoque will be exhibiting its entire range of test solutions for mobile network operators. From RF and protocol test systems for vendor selection, to handheld instruments for on-site installation and interference hunting, to drive test systems, benchmarking and deep packet inspection — no other company offers a comparable range and depth of test solutions to ensure the quality of a mobile network. Rohde & Schwarz test solutions assist mobile network operators in a number of ways: initially to choose the correct vendors of infrastructure and user equipment. Network operators then use Rohde & Schwarz test solutions to plan and deploy the network quickly and effectively and to optimize it for efficiency and subscriber experience. Moreover, benchmarking solutions from SwissQual provide critical competitive data on the performance of the network while deep packet inspection from ipoque delivers in-depth knowledge of subscribers’ behavior and allows the traffic to be analyzed, controlled and monetized. Christian Leicher, President and COO of Rohde & Schwarz, commented: “With the recent acquisitions of SwissQual and ipoque we have extended our existing portfolio to now offer a uniquely integrated set of test tools from a single source for the different stages of the network lifecycle. This integrated approach not only brings efficiency to our customers but also helps them reconcile the demands of subscribers with their financial objectives in a demanding business environment.” Rohde & Schwarz, SwissQual and ipoque are showcasing their combined range of T&M solutions at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona. Rohde & Schwarz can be found in hall 6/booth E30, SwissQual in hall 6/booth E122, ipoque in hall 6/booth E126.last_img read more

AT&T Accelerates Deployment of LTE-M Network for IoT

first_img Smart water meters with Capstone Metering Smart pallets with RM2 Smart beverage fountains with PepsiCo Consumer devices with Samsung Shipping container monitoring with Xirgo Technologies Connected vehicles and fleet & asset management with CalAmp Home security and automation with Telular. AT&T has decided for nationwide deployment of its LTE-M network for the Internet of Things (IoT) ahead of schedule in the second quarter of 2017. The roll out will ultimately support a North American footprint across the AT&T 4G LTE network in the U.S. and Mexico which covers nearly 400 million subscribers.The plans will follow the successful establishment of the AT&T LTE-M Low-Power Wide-Area network at AT&T Labs in San Ramon, California which is also North America’s first LTE-M enabled commercial site.According to AT&T, LTE-M will be the catalyst for large-scale IoT deployments and the devices designed to operate on the LTE-M network will have significant advantages over traditional IoT connectivity options such as lower device costs, longer battery life (expected up to 10 years), better coverage underground and deep inside buildings as well as tiny module sizes (as small as 1/6 the size of current modules).AT&T is currently testing LTE-M network and chipset technology in:last_img read more

Keyssa Announces Contactless Connectivity Solutions Designed for Mobile Applications

first_img 3 x 3mm package with integrated antennae Support for multiple high-speed video and data protocols including USB 2.0 Operates at speeds up to 6Gbps Very low system BOM (bill of materials) High reliability and high customer system yields Keyssa, a leader in high-speed, contactless connectivity, has announced its next-generation component connector product, the KSS104M, delivered in an ultra-compact 3 x 3 mm footprint and featuring improved electrical and mechanical allowances for ease of design in, drastic reduction in power, and support for many industry standard high-speed protocols. Keyssa will also be releasing the KSS104M-CW (Connected World), a ready-to-use contactless connectivity module that includes all the system-critical electromagnetic and mechanical requirements to implement the KSS104M in mobile and other system products.The KSS104M is the latest in the line of Keyssa’s Kiss Connectivity solutions, which are tiny, low-cost, low-power, solid-state electromagnetic connectors that enable large amounts of data to be securely transferred between devices at very high speeds. As with prior generations, the KSS104M can be easily integrated into customers’ end products without requiring any changes to their software or firmware, by supporting several industry standard high-speed data and video protocols. The KSS104-CW, an electromagnetic module system based on the KSS104M, addresses power delivery, mechanical attach mechanisms, electromagnetic channel design including, waveguides case properties (including colors and finish) and materials requirements. This module can be used across multiple application spaces enabling faster time-to-market utilizing highly-reliable contactless connectors.The KSS104M-CW represents commercialization of Keyssa’s vision to free the mobile phone from annoying cables, eliminate unreliable mechanical connectors and the interference they create, provide data throughput that far exceeds what is available on wireless networks, and ultimately unleash industrial design innovation previously blocked by traditional connectors.Consumers and manufacturers have always begrudgingly accepted the need for mechanical connectors. Keyssa has spent 9 years in R&D to understand all the technical requirements needed to implement high-speed contactless connectivity in mobile products. After countless man hours and the filing of 250 patents, they developed the KSS104M and the KSS104M-CW. This compelling connector-free capability is available to manufacturers who want ease of implementation and testability, enabling very high volume and confidence in system yield and reliability.With the KSS104M, they have focused on extending their leadership in contactless connectivity by combining performance and power and delivering it in an extremely tiny footprint, ideal for embedding in compact mobile or embedded IoT devices. Further, the KSS104M has been designed to deliver very high customer system yields due to its high reliability and industry-leading mechanical allowance that simplifies high-volume manufacturing.Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT), an investor in Keyssa, is working to help bring Keyssa’s product to market by building high-speed contactless connector modules (KSS104M-CW) that can be integrated into systems. Keyssa’s contactless connectivity solution represents a completely new and disruptive form of device connectivity, free from wires. With the KSS104M’s advantages in contactless signal connectivity, it is expected that by integrating the KSS104M with power and mechanical attach mechanisms in a contactless connectivity module, the module can be used across multiple application spaces enabling faster time-to-market and highly reliable contactless connectors.The KSS104M-CW has been designed with the Connected World initiative in mind. Their ecosystem partners need to know that high-speed connectivity can be easily and reliably implemented in systems, with extremely high system yield, in volumes in the range of hundreds of millions, and at a very low system BOM (bill of materials).Beyond the technical improvements of the KSS104 product line, the KSS104M key features include: The KSS104M is currently running through extensive high-volume manufacturing qualification across tolerances, temperature, humidity, drop test, protocol backward compatibility (USB), movement, vibration, and other high-volume mobile qualifications. The KSS104M is currently sampling to customers.Click here to learn more about this technology.last_img read more

Cobham Showcases High-speed Maritime Broadband Antenna for Yachts

first_imgCobham SATCOM is showcasing its state-of-the-art SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku satellite antenna at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2017. As the lightest, most compact and technically advanced antenna system for bringing high-speed broadband to users at sea on global Ku-band VSAT networks, SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku has initiated a transformation of maritime satcom by making it possible for more yachts and luxury vessels to enjoy VSAT-based connectivity and voice calling.Previously the realm of commercial ships and large super-yachts, VSAT is viewed as the best performing and most cost efficient way to achieve broadband Internet connectivity at sea as it offers flexible data packages coupled with pay monthly fixed costs. It has traditionally required antennas one meter or larger to ensure satisfactory availability and quality of satellite service globally, so previously only very large yachts with the space and budget for these antennas could realistically enjoy its benefits. This changes now with the innovative SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku.With Cobham SATCOM bringing the latest in its 60 cm VSAT antenna portfolio to Fort Lauderdale, visitors can see the potential for even more yachts to join the VSAT revolution and enjoy stunning HD quality streaming TV, access social media and improve safety with digital applications all on high throughput Ku-band networks globally. The SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku is designed to leverage powerful new High Throughput Satellite Services (HTS), such as Intelsat EpicNG, which enable smaller antennas to deliver high throughput service globally. With an unprecedented G/T of 15.9 dB/K the new SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku is the most powerful 60 cm class antenna ever built and together with HTS, it can provide a stable, high throughput link to enable maritime broadband anywhere on the oceans.While performance is critical in order to enable VSAT for more users, Cobham SATCOM has also managed to lower the entry and overall lifecycle costs with its 60 cm antennas by i.e., allowing for streamlined installation. SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku is designed for quick and cost-effective deployment and at just 35 kg, it can be carried on board, making it especially relevant for installations where no cranes or forklifts are available.Further innovations include the use of Dynamic Motor Brakes so the radome can stay on in shipping and no-power situations, and because it is a super-light solution, it is more cost-effective to ship. It also features Automatic Calibrations for the boat’s centre-line and antenna cables, saving time during installation and reducing errors.last_img read more

TekBox Introduces Economical EMI Tent Enclosure For Bench-top Pre-compliance Tests

first_img Outer dimensions: 47.25” x 24” x 24” Opening: 33.5” x 13.8” Frame: 0.8” x 0.8”extruded aluminum supports Shielding: 2 layers of conductive fabric Seal: conductive Velcro tape Suspension: Velcro strips Filter panel: 1 x 240V/10A AC filter; IEC socket                        2 x 240V/10A DC filter; cables with female Banana couplers­­­                        3 x N- female feed through connector with screw caps                        1 x BNC-female feed through connector Attenuation: >58 dB in the range DC to 1.5 GHz Weight: 23.75lb Applications include: wireless device testing, EMC pre-compliance testing, secure communications, satellite communications, medical equipment shielding, operator safety, etc.Click here to see shielded test enclosures from the leading manufacturers. Saelig has introduced the TekBox TBST120/60/60/2 Shielded Tent, providing an economical RF/EMI-attenuated environment for a variety of bench-top “EMI quiet” applications. The new TBST-120/60/60/2 is a compact shielded tent, designed to suppress interference from ambient noise during EMC pre-compliance measurements. With outer dimension of 4’ x 2’ x 2’ it can accommodate pre-compliance test equipment such as LISNs or TEM-cells or others as well as the device under test, yet easily fit on a test bench.The Saelig TBST120/60/60/2 has been designed with two layers of conductive fabric, suspended on rigid aluminum supports; the double-layer design significantly improving the tent’s shielding effectiveness. A filter panel mounted at the side provides one 240V/10A AC filter, two 240V/10A DC filters, and four coaxial feed through adapters with screw caps. The front opening provides access to the test space and is closed using conductive hook-and-loop tape in order to avoid compromising the shielding efficacy.When measuring the conducted noise spectrum of a powered device being tested in an unshielded setup, conducted noise to be measured is often hidden below the ambient noise level, making accurate measurements impossible without eliminating the interference.Specificationslast_img read more

China Telecom, State Grid, and Huawei Jointly Release Report on 5G Network Slicing for Smart Grids

first_imgChina Telecom, China’s State Grid, and Huawei have jointly released a report which details results of the 5G network slicing project, a major national initiative. Entitled 5G Network Slicing Enabling Smart Grid, the initiative marks a new stage of cooperation between operators and China’s electric power industry in the 5G field. It illustrates challenges encountered during smart grid development, potential application scenarios of 5G network slicing in smart grids, and analysis from the aspect of 5G network slicing and smart grid.This report elaborates the service features and technical specifications in different smart grid applications emerging in the 5G era. 5G network slicing technologies allow for intelligent operation of the power grid. The 5G core network provides network slices with differentiated capabilities to fulfill the communication requirements of new services in specific scenarios. In addition, 5G network slicing enables grid utilities to control and manage network resources visually in the entire process, which significantly decreases the 5G network slice deployment cost and promotes application innovation for a smarter grid.The three parties will continue to work together to develop solutions for typical services and further verify the 5G network slicing capabilities in power grid service instances. They aim to build, on top of 5G network slices, a world-leading, green, smart grid featuring low carbon, high efficiency, great convenience, and robust reliability.Click here to read more about 5G Network Slicing Enabling Smart Grids.last_img read more

Wireless Innovation Forum Releases List of First Six CBRS Approved Test Labs

first_imgThe Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) has announced the names of first six test labs set to bear the “WInnForum CBRS Approved” logo for Citizen’s Broadband Radio Service Device (CBSD) testing for WInnForum standards compliance.The CBRS CBSD Standards approved labs are: According to Lee Pucker, CEO of the WInnForum, approval of WInnForum standards certified test labs provide a significant step towards commercialization of the CBRS Band and that these approvals are to be considered as the first wave of WInnForum CBRS Approved test labs with more to follow.The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be certifying CBSDs against CFR 47 Part 96 using FCC Authorized Test Labs. Among other requirements, obtaining an FCC certification requires demonstrating that the CBSD meets the general and technical requirements for communicating with the Spectrum Access System (SAS). The FCC has stated in the “Licensed Service Rules and Procedures” for Part 96 that conformance with the WInnForum SAS to CBSD Interface Specification (WINNF-TS-0016) as demonstrated by testing against the WInnForum CBSD Test Specification (WINNF-TS-0122) meets this criteria, with a caveat that the test lab is “recognized by WInnForum.”Accordingly, the WInnForum is facilitating CBSD certification testing, against this test specification by approving FCC approved test labs to run the WInnForum CBSD tests. In December 2017, WInnForum selected CTIA to run the test lab approval program. WInnForum supports the development and advancement of spectrum sharing technologies based on the three-tier architecture detailed in 3.5 GHz CBRS Band rules defined by the FCC. The Forum recently announced the completion of the full set of baseline standards required for WInnForum certification of CBRS equipment. This watershed event allows the finalization of CBRS products for official testing and sets the stage for the rollout of commercial CBRS networks. Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services (Hong Kong) Ltd., Taoyuan Branch, Mobile Communications DEKRA Certification, Inc Nemko (multiple approved locations) Nokia Global Product Compliance Laboratory Sporton International Inc TUV SUD Canadalast_img read more

Sensera Adds Dicing, Wafer Bonding and Electroplating Capabilities to its Fab Facility

first_imgLeading MEMS devices and IoT solution provider, Sensera, has added additional thin-film processing equipment including a dicing saw, wafer bonder and an electroplating cell to meet the growing customer demand in this segment. The new production equipment substantially broadens Sensera’s existing tool set and enables greater vertical integration and process control.The new dicing saw operates in either fully-automatic or semi-automatic mode for full wafer and custom cuts, featuring a positional accuracy down to 1 μm and a cutting speed of 300 mm/sec. It supports small pieces and allows for custom shaping of silicon, sapphire, Pyrex, quartz, ceramics and metals. Operating under high vacuum, precisely controlled temperature and high-pressure conditions, the new wafer bonder facilitates extremely demanding applications.Eutectic, thermal compressive, adhesive and anodic bonding processes with a wafer alignment accuracy of 2 μm have been smoothly integrated into Sensera’s qualified processes, thus enabling the company to offer many wafer level packaging (WLP) solutions to its current and future customers in multiple applications and market spaces: Microfluidic devices for bio-analysis, medical research and drug development Pressure sensors for human implantable surgical devices Precision accelerometer and gyroscope devices for geo-positioning Micro-mirror devices for laser based Automotive self-driving applications The wafer bond chamber is configurable to process small coupons (from ~10 mm2) and wafer diameters from 25 mm (1”) up to 200 mm (8″). The electroplating cell is able to plate and electroform wafers or discreet parts up to a size of 200 mm (8″). Typical applications include MEMS, Integrated Circuits (IC) on silicon, gallium arsenide and similar glass-type substrates. Sensera’s qualified processes achieve exceptionally low residual stress and enable tight thickness uniformity control.According to Sensera CEO, Ralph Schmitt, to drive down cycle times, improve quality control and reduce costs, Sensera’s fab requires ongoing capability upgrades. Their objective here is to bring previously outsourced processes back in-house and to expand internal capability to develop and produce complex MEMS products and solutions. The new dicer, bonder and electroplating cell are just some of the essential steps required to enable innovative development programs and commercial volume customer shipments.last_img read more

Wi-Fi Chipset Delivers 2 Gbps Throughput Using Multi-User MIMO

first_imgQuantenna announced that they have achieved over 2Gbit/s total throughput for Wi-Fi network performance. This was attained by connecting multiple laptops with commercially available Intel Wireless-AC 9260 2x2AC MIMO wireless modems to a Quantenna-based 8×8 MIMO access point and utilizing the latest Wi-Fi features such as multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO). This significant breakthrough demonstrates once again Wi-Fi’s constant evolution and the importance of performance optimization and interoperability testing. Users globally benefit from reliable high-performance connectivity which enables simultaneous use of demanding applications such as video streaming, online gaming, or remote cloud access.Quantenna’s Wi-Fi 6 QSR10GU-AX Plus chipset provides integrated dual-band, dual-concurrent 2.4GHz, and 5GHz functionality, supporting up to a maximum speed of 10Gbps and 12 simultaneous streams. It includes the SmartScan feature that offers enhanced radar detection and spectrum analyzer capabilities with wide frequency range analysis. The QSR10GU-AX Plus also supports advanced MU-MIMO schemes, allowing for transmission to multiple devices at the same time. The Intel Wireless-AC 2X2 160 MHz delivers Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds and includes two antennas for reliable connections, making it possible for users to experience smooth gaming and 4K UHD video streaming, and fast file transfers and backups on their devices. Click here for more information.last_img read more

VIAVI to Test Brazil’s 5G Spectrum Ahead of Scheduled Frequency Band Auctions

first_imgBrazil’s national telecommunications agency, Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL), has partnered with Viavi, to evaluate and test Brazil’s 5G-suitable spectrum ahead of auctions that will take place in 2020. The planned auction is the biggest in the history of ANATEL and will involve the 700 MHz, 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz and 26 GHz frequency bands.Unlike many national spectrum auctions, ANATEL does not plan to generate revenue from the bids. Instead, it will seek investment commitments from bidders with deadlines for network implementation, as well as coverage and capacity goals that must be met. When the auction is complete, ANATEL will continue monitoring and supervising development of subsequent networks using test and measurement equipment from Viavi.To ensure the full use of the frequency bands for 5G deployments, ANATEL is evaluating coexistence between IMT-2020 (International Mobile Telecommunication system), analog TV signals and satellite digital television reception systems in various frequency ranges. Peculiarities in frequency spectrum distribution in Brazil also necessitate spectral analysis of 5G new radio (NR) access technology.The VIAVI CellAdvisor portfolio of base station analyzers is being used to measure and troubleshoot 4G LTE TDD and 5G NR signals. According to Luiz Cesar Oliveira, Vice President, Americas, VIAVI, the auction represents a tremendous opportunity for operators in the region. ANATEL’s approach of bringing in a 5G test and measurement leader like VIAVI early in the process is commendable and worthy of emulation in other territories. Luiz believes, data, video and the IoT will likely spur massive growth in the number of devices using Brazilian airwaves over the next several years, making it critical for auctioned frequencies to be able to handle the expected requirements from 5G.Click here to view Viavi’s complete CellAdvisor lineup.last_img read more

Compact, Light-Weight Antennas to Help Evaluate Living Conditions on Mars

first_imgTo study extreme conditions related to Dust storms, ionizing cosmic radiation, and extreme cold at night on Mars, the research team of Christophe Craeye, a professor at the UCLouvain School of Engineering, developed antennas for the ‘LaRa’ measuring instrument (Lander Radioscience), which will go to Mars in 2020. The LaRa Measuring Instrument will help research life stability on Mars to help define the conditions that will make the red planet livable.LaRa uses an X-band antenna to communicate with the Earth. The Doppler shifts are measured from the Doppler tracking observations called “Two-way” by comparing the frequency of the radio signal received from LaRa with the frequency of a ground-based reference signal. It is designed to obtain an optimal antenna gain centered on an elevation (angle of the line-of-sight from Lander to Earth) of about 35-45 degrees.On behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), UCLouvain has developed antennas for the LaRa instrument that will go to Mars in 2020 to study the red planet’s habitability. From concept to creation, the antennas were manufactured in three months – quite a feat! The originality of UCLouvain’s concept: the antennas are produced from a single block of aluminum to achieve lightness (weighing only 132g), miniaturization (hand-sized) and great resistance (particularly to day-night temperature variations of more than 200° C).Prof. Craeye’s laboratory has been producing antennas for more than 15 years, for various uses: road radars, magnetic resonance imaging, tracking objects equipped with radiofrequency identification (RFID) chips. The goal is always the same: retrieve remotely the data sent by a measuring instrument (of a vehicle’s speed, the body’s internal functions, an object’s or individual’s location, etc.).For this expertise, as part of the ExoMars mission, the ESA contacted (via Antwerp Space) UCLouvain. The mission’s purpose is to study the rotation of Mars in order to learn more about the composition of its core and determine whether the planet was/will someday be habitable. How? By means of the LaRa instrument, which will communicate with Earth via radio waves. Thus the importance of antennas: they receive and emit radio waves. By measuring the Doppler effect – the difference between the frequencies of the waves emitted on the way (Earth-Mars) and those on the return (Mars-Earth) – the antennas will make it possible to better understand the movement of Mars and therefore the composition of its core. This is why LaRa is equipped with 100% UCLouvain-made antennas: a receiving antenna and two transmitting antennas (one of which is a backup).Production requirements:Resilience: Earth’s atmosphere protects us from the sun’s rays and limits temperature variations between day and night, which makes our planet habitable. Mars doesn’t have an atmosphere. Temperature ranges from 80° C during the day (when the sun is most intense) to -125° C at night. Not to mention vibrations generated by dust storms.Lightweight and miniaturized: the LaRa instrument will be equipped with multiple components, each for specific use as part of the ExoMars research mission. Its total weight is distributed among its components, which must, therefore, be the smallest and lightest possible.The advantages of UCLouvain’s design:An innovative manufacturing process: antennas of unprecedented shape were created by milling from a single block of aluminum – no welding means increased resistance to vibration and temperature variations, in addition to being extremely lightweight. The receiving antennas weigh 132g maximum, the emitting antennas 162g maximum. And they fit in the palm of the hand. The design’s originality won over the ESA.Exceptional sensitivity: the antennas are capable of capturing a radio signal from any direction, and focus it on the transponder’s electronics – an area of less than 1 cm² in the centre of the antenna – for the strongest possible signal.Applications are being developed in the field of satellite communications. And many industrial collaborations exist in fields beyond space and as varied as medical imaging, radio-frequency sensors, radar, and telecommunications.last_img read more

Indonesia draw puts Azkals’ AFF Cup semis bid in danger

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Indonesia draw puts Azkals’ AFF Cup semis bid in danger ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – The Philippine Azkals’ hopes of reaching the 2016 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup has been put in peril after settling for a 2-2 draw with Indonesia on Tuesday night at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan.The Azkals, which drew goals from Misagh Bahadoran and Phil Younghusband, now faces a must-win scenario against the Thailand War Elephants on Friday to have a shot at its fourth straight semifinals stint.“It was an exciting game. Both teams can live with the result,” said Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley. “We struggled a little bit. We created some chances but failed to capitalize.”Indonesia quickly jumped to a 1-0 lead following a conversion by Fachruddin Wahyuti Aryanto. But the Azkals responded on a conversion by Bplahadoran in the 31st minute to knot the count at the end of the first half.Early in the second half, Indonesia regained a 2-1 edge on a goal by Boas Theofilus Erwin Salossa, but the Azkals levelled the count anew on a free kick by Younghusband.The Azkals had multiple chances to surge ahead in the final minutes of the match but the attempts of Stephan Schrock and Bahadoran were defended well by Indonesia’s goal keeper.“We saw a very interesting match. We should have won it. Very unlucky but the football is like this,” said Merah Puti head coach Alfred Riedl. “Our chances are minimized (by the Azkals defense).”In the other match, the War Elephants formally clinched a spot to the semifinals with a 1-0 escape over the Singapore Lions courtesy of a last-minute goal by Sarawut Masuk.At the end of the two day preliminaries, the War Elephants remained on top with six points, followed by the Azkals with two points, Merah Puti with one and the Lions with none. Only the top two teams will advance to the next round./PN [/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Curry leads Warriors to big second half win over Kings

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Curry leads Warriors to big second half win over Kings’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]Wednesday, January 11, 2017[/av_textblock][/av_one_full][av_three_fifth first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”] [av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]SACRAMENTO – Steve Kerr pulled a Gregg Popovich. One missed defensive assignment with no backdoor help on DeMarcus Cousins, and Kerr called a timeout 18 seconds into the game.”Nobody can make a move like Pop, I’m a very cheap version of him, if at all,” the Golden State coach quipped about Popovich, the longtime San Antonio coach.”It definitely made a statement,” Draymond Green said.Stephen Curry scored 30 points and the defense started rolling after halftime, with the Warriors taking their first lead midway through the third quarter on the way to a 117-106 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.Once the 3-pointers began to fall, the Warriors were on their way.Kevin Durant had 28 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four blocks, and Klay Thompson added 18 points. The Warriors reached 124 regular-season games in a row without suffering back-to-back defeats.”It’s deflating for other teams when we can get stops and protect the rim, get steals, force them into tough shots and tough misses and on the other end we’re just running it right back down the paint,” Curry said. ”We have to allow that part of our game to shine.”Green had 10 assists for his 12th game with double digits assists and third in four, while Zaza Pachulia scored 10 points to reach double figures for the fourth straight game. Yet one for the highlight reel was Pachulia’s no-look, backward over-the-head pass to Curry after the big man got the ball when Durant blocked a shot by Cousins.”We scored, right? Nobody’s going to say anything. If it was a turnover, first thing on the film,” Pachulia said.Golden State had 30 assists for the 26th time this season and won its 13th straight against the Kings, seventh in a row in Sacramento. (AP)[/av_textblock][/av_three_fifth][av_two_fifth min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/sports-Curry.jpg’ attachment=’92506′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’][/av_image][/av_two_fifth]last_img read more

WV booters excel in both Palaro, National PRISAA

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’ WV booters excel in both Palaro, National PRISAA’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By Rhick Lars Vladimer Albay[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=”]Tuesday, April 25, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/sports-WVRAA.jpg’ attachment=’104057′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’][/av_image] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]ILOILO City – With the two largest sports meets in the country scheduled in the same week – the 2017 Palarong Pambansa in Antique (April 23 to 29) and the National Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) Championships in Iba, Zambales (April 22 to 29) – many feared the conquest of most teams could be gravely affected, as young athletes had to choose joining just one of the two tournaments.But the two Western Visayas football contingents – competing in the simultaneous meets – are proving them wrong, coming out even stronger.The WVPRISAA secondary men’s football squad, led by Central Philippine University, dealt a crippling 21-0 drubbing on Bicol Region on Monday in Zambales.Team captain Joshua Supeña hit five goals, as Joshua Gatinao and Raynce Manejable netted three shots apiece in their first game in the National PRISAA. Centralians Andre Lopez, Patrick Sumergido and Andrew Supeña also hit two points each, as Lester Castor, Fritz Montilla, Steven Macaraeg, and Mark Amogod finished off the dominant victory, each scoring a hit.Meanwhile, the West Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) secondary boys’ delegation swept CARAGA, 9-0, on Sunday in their second eliminations assignment in the Palarong Pambansa. Barotac Nuevo booters Jarlson Roy Derutas and Jan Bernard Delariarte scored three points each to lead the way for WVRAA’s success. On Saturday, the team claimed its first win on a 2-1 rout of CALABARZON-STCAA.The WVRAA elementary boys’ football team and secondary girls’ futsal squad also started on a winning note, blanking Region V–BRAA (Bicol Region) 3-0 and handing a 7-2 upset to NMRAA-Northern Mindanao, respectively./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

CPU, Doctors in Leon volley finals

first_img[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-desktop-hide=” av-medium-hide=” av-small-hide=” av-mini-hide=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=”][/av_textblock][av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’CPU, Doctors in Leon volley finals ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]CENTRAL Philippine University (CPU) and Iloilo Doctors’ College (IDC) advanced to the finals of the 2017 Open Invitational Volleyball Cup men’s category in Leon, Iloilo.CPU defeated University of San Agustin (USA) while IDC ousted Mandurriao Volleyball Club in knockout semifinals games at the Leon plaza court on Thursday.In the quarterfinals on Thursday morning, CPU defeated Western Institute Technology while IDC edged San Miguel. USA swept Maasin (La Luna Sangre) as Mandurriao dominated Cabatuan.The championship match between CPU and IDC as well as the battle for third place between USA and Mandurriao were ongoing as of press time.Meanwhile, powerhouse Team Limitless (Buncag), CPU College, CPU High School, and John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University advanced to the semifinals of the women’s division.Team Limitless (Buncag) was reinforced by Petron Blaze Spikers star Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and National University Lady Bulldogs’ Princess Anne Robles, while CPU College tapped Generika Ayala Lifesavers’ Fiola Ceballos.The knockout semifinals on the distaff side was being played as of Friday afternoon. The finals and the battle for third place was scheduled later in the day./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

San Miguel takes Renaldo Balkman

first_imgSalud issued the ban on Balkman five years ago over an incident where the latter grabbed teammate Arwind Santos around the neck. Balkman was also slapped with a P250,000 fine for flagrant misconduct.The Puerto Rican forward is coming from a successful stint with Alab Pilipinas in the 2017-2018 ASEAN Basketball League. He will make his PBA return when Beermen takes on Alaska Aces on Saturday in Dumaguete City.Elsewhere, Star Hotshots will have to find another import as its current reinforcement Vernon Macklin decided to accept a lucrative offer in China.Macklin will still be present when Hotshots plays Meralco Bolts on Friday.Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings is also looking to replace Charles Garcia with Justin Brownlee while TNT KaTropa is still in talks with former import Joshua Smith to replace former NBA big man Jeremy Tyler./PN Renaldo Balkman chose to come back to the PBA despite offers in China, his agent says. ASEAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE MANILA – Aiming to revive its title-retention bid in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, San Miguel Beermen has tapped Alab Pilipinas forward Renaldo Balkman as import.Balkman’s agent Sheryl Sanchez Reyes confirmed that the former NBA forward is set to replace Troy Gillenwater, who was unimpressive in his first two matches with Beermen which they both lost.“Despite having offers in China, Renaldo chose to come back to the PBA and finish what he started,” Reyes said in a Facebook post. “Balkman will be San Miguel’s new import. He will start his practice on Wednesday.”Balkman is good to go for a PBA return with Beermen after Commissioner Willie Marcial recently lifting his lifetime ban, which was imposed by former PBA commissioner Angelico Salud.last_img read more

1-0 PBA finals lead not safe – Magnolia Hotshots

first_imgMagnolia Hotshots’ Rome dela Rosa, Rafael Reavis and Ian Sangalang ganged up on Alaska Aces’ Mike Harris in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup best-of-seven finals at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. PBA PHOTO MANILA – If there is one team that knows a Game 1 victory in the best-of-seven finals series is not a guarantee of a PBA championship, it should be the Magnolia Hotshots.Two conferences ago, the Hotshots drew first blood in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup finale with San Miguel Beermen. But the latter went on to win the next four games to clinch the crown.In the ongoing 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup titular showdown, the Hotshots again took the 1-0 advantage after shooting down Alaska Aces, 100-84, in the series-opener on Wednesday evening at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.Hotshots head coach Chito Victolero said their experience against the Beermen would serve as a lesson for his crew not to be complacent of the Aces ahead of Game 2 tonight at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We are happy to win Game 1 but this is only the start of the series. After (Wednesday) night, we need to prepare hard for Game 2. Our mindset is do-or-die,” said Victolero.Added the former Mapua Cardinals mentor: “There’s a long way to go. Hindi kami dapat mag-relax. Kailangan naming mag-push pa because it’s a best-of-seven series. Isa pa lang nakukuha naming.” Andy Mark Barroca and Jiovani Jalalon, who both played a key role in the Hotshots’ Game 1 victory, agreed that they should be prepared for the planned comeback of the Aces in Game 2.“Maganda lang ‘yung depensa namin (noong Game 1) and ‘di lang maganda ‘yung opensa (ng Alaska). Next game magbabago ‘yan, kailangan namin trabahuhin,” Barroca said.Jalalon added: “Hindi namin alam gagawin ng Alaska sa Game 2 kaya kailangan prepared kami. Nanalo kami ng Game 1 pero hindi pa tapos ‘yung laban, kasi ganoong-ganoon din ang nangyari sa amin noong Philippine Cup.”/PNlast_img read more

No one is safe yet at iloilo squad

first_imgCURRENT players of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) newcomer Iloilo United Royals could not afford to be complacent as they can be replaced anytime if they underperformed.Dexter Dy, Royals’ head recruiter for Western Visayas, told the Buzzer Beater that Royals’ team owner JJ Javelosa plans to make a pool of players from those who tried out in Iloilo City that are ready to replace underperforming players.“No one is safe sa team,” Dy said. “Lahat nung mga naka-lineup na players puwede pang mapalitan or ma-waive if they underperformed. The team can change players naman until the playoffs.”“Boss JJ wants to develop a grassroot program from those who tried out in Iloilo. If they were not selected from the tryout, they should not give up because they will be considered if the team waives a player.” “Their talent has been seen (by the coaching staff during the tryout) and they can be activated in the future,” he said. “There are a lot of talents in Western Visayas all they need is opportunity.”The entry in the MPBL served as Iloilo’s return to regional basketball scene after previously participating in the Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA) in 1998 as Iloilo Megavoltz.***A week after Bobby Ray Parks made his impressive league debut for Blackwater Elite, another league newcomer have showed his wares in the ongoing 2019 Honda PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Jaymar Perez erupted for a new career-high of 39 points in steering Columbian Dyip to its breakthrough win in the Commissioner’s Cup at the expense of the NLEX Road Warriors.Perez went 15-of-21 from the field and had nine rebounds, three assists, three steals, and just a single turnover in 35 minutes of play as the Dyip finally made the win column after losing their first three outings.Perez’s career-best made him the hands down choice as the PBA Press Corps-Cignal Player of the Week from May 29 to June 2 making him the second rookie to earn the weekly citation aside from Parks.Perez was on beast mode in the game against NLEX that deputy mentor Jojo Lastimosa, calling the shots for the team in the absence of coach Yeng Guiao, admitted the Road Warriors had no answer against the former NCAA MVP from Lyceum.In the end, Lastimosa, a member of the league’s 25 Greatest Players, gave Perez the ultimate compliment by referring to him as “a star in the making.”/PNlast_img read more

Legends of Chess: Carlsen wins first finals set

first_imgCarlsen, M (2863)-Nepomniachtchi, I (2784) [B06] ******* Nepomniachtchi, I (2784)-Carlsen, M (2863) [B90] chess24.com (2.16) 2020 The key to our last problem is 1.Bb7! Black’s futile options are    1…Rxb7 2.Rh5#; 1…Re5 2.Qxc1#; 1…Re4, Se4 2.Sxe4#; 1…Rc6 2.Qxc6#; 1…Sxb7 2.Qh5#; 1…Sb3+ 2.Sxb3#./PN 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Rg1 b5 7.g4 Bb7 8.g5 Nxe4 9.Nxe4 Bxe4 10.a4 e5 11.axb5 Be7 12.Rg4 axb5 13.Bxb5+ Nd7 14.Bd2 Bb7 15.Nf5 0-0 16.Rxa8 Bxa8 17.Rh4 g6 18.Qg4 Nc5 19.Qh3 h5 20.Rxh5 gxh5 21.Qxh5 Ne6 Here, Stockfish 11 gives a mate-in-10 with 22.g6 and a mate-in-12 with 22.Nh6. 1-0 World champion Magnus Carlsen grabbed the first match of the best-of-three series finals against Ian Nepomniachtchi, 4-2, to lead the ongoing Legends of Chess Online Rapid Tournament on the chess24.com server. The win meant Carlsen becomes the champion if he takes victory again in the second set. Nepomniachtchi, I (2784)-Carlsen, M (2863) [B90] chess24.com (2.11)2020 chess24.com (2.13) 2020 Nepomniachtchi, I (2784)-Carlsen, M (2863) [B90] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3 g6 7.g4 Bg7 8.Bg2 0-0 9.Be3 Nc6 10.Qd2 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 b5 12.g5 Nh5 13.Bxg7 Nxg7 14.e5 Ra7 15.0-0-0 Rd7 16.Bc6 Rc7 17.Bf3 Bf5 18.exd6 exd6 19.Ne4 Ne6 20.h4 Rc4 21.Nf6+ Kh8 22.Bd5 Rxc2+ 23.Qxc2 Bxc2 24.Kxc2 Nf4 25.Kb1 Kg7 26.Rd4 Nxd5 27.Rxd5 h6 28.Rhd1 Qc8 29.a3 Qh3 30.R1d4 Qf1+ 31.Ka2 Qxf2 32.Rxd6 hxg5 33.hxg5 Qg3 34.R6d5 Rc8 35.Rd3 Qf4 36.R3d4 Qh2 37.Rd2 Qc7 38.R2d4 Rh8 39.Rd7 Qe5 40.R7d5 Qe3 41.Rd3 Qc1 42.Rc3 Qf4 43.Rc2 b4 44.a4 b3+ 45.Kxb3 Rb8+ 46.Ka2 Qxa4+ 47.Kb1 Rh8 48.Rc1 Qb3 49.Rd2 Qe6 50.Rc5 a5 51.Rcd5 a4 52.Ka2 Qe3 53.R2d3 Qb6 54.Rd6 Qg1 55.R6d5 Rh1 56.Ka3 Qa1+ 57.Kb4 Qxb2+ 58.Ka5 Rh8 59.Rb5 Ra8+ 0-1 MATE IN TWO. 1.Nf3 d6 2.d4 g6 3.e4 Bg7 4.Nc3 a6 5.Be3 b5 6.Bd3 Bb7 7.a4 b4 8.Ne2 Nf6 9.Ng3 a5 10.c3 Na6 11.0-0 0-0 12.h3 c5 13.Qe2 bxc3 14.bxc3 cxd4 15.cxd4 Nb4 16.Rfc1 Rc8 17.Bd2 Rxc1+ 18.Rxc1 Qa8 19.Bb1 Bc6 20.Bxb4 axb4 21.Qc4 Bxa4 22.Qxb4 Bc6 23.Qb6 Rc8 24.Bd3 Bd7 25.Rxc8+ Qxc8 26.Qb2 h5 27.Qd2 Qa8 28.e5 dxe5 29.dxe5 Nd5 30.Be4 Bc6 31.e6 f5 32.Bxd5 Bxd5 33.Nh4 Kh7 34.Ngxf5 gxf5 35.Qg5 Qa1+ 36.Kh2 Qe5+ 37.f4 Qxe6 38.Qxh5+ Kg8 39.Nxf5 Bf8 40.Qg5+ Kf7 41.Qh5+ Qg6 42.Nh6+ Bxh6 43.Qxd5+ e6 44.Qb7+ Kg8 45.Qc8+ Kh7 46.Qb7+ Bg7 47.Qf3 Qf6 48.Qe4+ Kg8 49.Qa8+ Bf8 50.Qe4 Kg7 51.g3 Qb2+ 52.Qg2 Qb3 53.Qe2 Bd6 54.h4 Kf6 55.Qd2 Qd5 56.Qb2+ Kf7 57.Qe2 Qd4 58.Kh3 Qc5 59.Qe4 Qh5 60.Qb7+ Be7 61.Qe4 Qd5 62.Qh7+ Ke8 63.h5 Qh1+ 64.Kg4 Qd1+ 65.Kh3 Qh1+ 66.Kg4 Qd1+ 67.Kh3 Qd5 68.Qg6+ Kd7 69.h6 Qh1+ 70.Kg4 Qd1+ 71.Kh3 Qd4 72.h7 Bf6 73.Qf7+ Kd6 74.Qf8+ Kd5 75.Qg8 Qa1 76.Qf7 Qh1+ 77.Kg4 Qd1+ 78.Kh3 Qf1+ 79.Kg4 Qe2+ 80.Kh3 Qb2 81.Qd7+ Ke4 82.Qxe6+ Kf3 83.Qd5+ Ke3 84.Kg4 Bh8 85.Qf3+ Kd4 86.Qd1+ Kc5 87.Qd7 Qf6 88.Qf5+ Kd6 89.Qxf6+ Bxf6 90.Kf5 Ke7 91.Kg6 Bh8 92.g4 1-0 chess24.com (2.15) 2020 PUZZLERS WHITE TO MOVE, Carlsen started the match with a hard-earned win by slamming his Russian opponent with the black pieces in 48 moves in a chaotic Sicilian Najdorf.Nepomniachti struck back in Game 3, crushing the Norwegian’s Sicilian Najdorf in just 21 moves.The two repeated the first seven moves of the first game until Carlsen deviated with 8…Nxe4.With the regulation tied at 2-2, the duo went to the mandatory two 5+3 blitz games which Carlsen both won with great difficulty. 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Rg1 b5 7.g4 Bb7 8.g5 Nfd7 9.a3 g6 10.h4 Bg7 11.h5 Nc6 12.Be3 Nc5 13.f3 0-0 14.hxg6 fxg6 15.Nxc6 Bxc6 16.Bh3 Bxc3+ 17.bxc3 e5 18.Bg4 Qe7 19.Qd2 Rad8 20.c4 bxc4 21.0-0-0 Ne6 22.Qc3 Bd7 23.Qxc4 Kg7 24.Qb4 Nf4 25.Bxf4 Bxg4 26.Rxg4 Rxf4 27.Rxf4 Qxg5 28.Rxd6 Qxf4+ 29.Kb1 Rxd6 30.Qxd6 h5 31.c4 Qxf3 32.Qxe5+ Qf6 33.Qd5 h4 34.c5 Qf1+ 35.Ka2 Qg2+ 36.Kb3 Qg3+ 37.Ka4 h3 38.c6 h2 39.Qd7+ Kh6 40.Qd8 Qe5 41.Qh4+ Kg7 42.Kb3 Qb5+ 43.Kc3 Qxc6+ 44.Kd3 Qd6+ 45.Ke2 Qxa3 46.Kf2 Qb2+ 47.Kg3 Qf6 48.Qh3 Qc3+ 0-1last_img read more

MTT 420RR Turbine Hyperbike – 420hp & 810Nm of MADNESS!

first_imgThe creators of the Y2K turbine-powered motorcycle is back with a bigger project which has been dubbed the MTT 420RR.Using a Rolls Royce Allison – 250-C20 Series Gas Turbine engine, Marine Turbine Technologies is planning for their upcoming MTT 420RR to produce 420hp and 810Nm of torque!No news on when the bike will be officially introduced but with the specs stated by MTT, it’ll probably be the fastest road-going production motorcycle of all time. The creators of the super manic turbine-powered Y2K superbike are back with a bigger and more “off the charts CRAZY” project. Like most manufacturers, they too felt that they can and should do better than their previous 320hp turbine-powered Y2K superbike which was built back in 2000.Just when you thought that having around 200hp on the standard road-going superbikes that are available in the current market to date, the folks over at Marine Turbine Technologies feel that bigger is always better and their next project is a BEAST.After 17 years of success with their larger than life Y2K motorcycle that produces 320hp and goes up to 227mp/h (around 365km/h), they’re turning everything up to 11 with their upcoming MTT 420RR turbine-powered monstrosity.Using a Rolls Royce Allison – 250-C20 Series Gas Turbine Engine usually used for powering helicopters of the face of the Earth, MTT is tuning it to churn out a massive 420hp at 52,000rpm and 810Nm of head-decapitating torque as low as 2,000rpm.All that firepower is transferred down to the rear 17-inch carbon fibre Dymag wheel via a 2-speed automatic gearbox and a final chain drive. Together with its aluminium alloy frame and a fuel tank capacity of 34 litres of diesel and kerosene, the MTT 420RR sits roughly at around 226kg which is roughly around the average weight of a cruiser.Of course, just talking about it won’t probably make much sense considering how crazy it sounds right about now. That’s why MTT has released a short snippet to turn all the doubters into believers. Check out the soundtrack in the video below! To add a bit of class into the mix, the new 420RR will come with a colour dash monitor and control screen make sure that all the information regarding the helicopter engine sitting right in between the rider’s legs are functioning as it should.All in all, we’re confident that once this baby is up for sale, it will be the most powerful and fastest road-going motorcycle to world has ever seen. All we can do now is wait or if you’re interested to know the complete specs of the MTT 420RR, CLICK HERE.Source: Marine Turbine Technologies–Ads–last_img read more

Bee’s Route Elyria 8-1 in Sweep

first_imgELYRIA, Ohio – It was Chris Fryer’s (JR) turn tonight to toss a gem for the Medina Bee’s. Fryer kept Elyria hitters at bay all night in an 8 – 1 victory. The win completed a dominant two night, two game sweep of Elyria and improved the Bee’s overall record to 10 – 5 as they head into a crucial rematch at home against the Strongsville Mustangs tomorrow night.The Bee’s overcame a 1-0 deficit in the first inning and never looked back from there. They scored 1 to tie it in the second, followed by a four run explosion in the third inning that put the game away as it gave them a 5 – 1 lead they would not relent. Right Fielder Austin Provost had the game of his life, with several big hits along the way that kept the Bee’s scoring and in command. Provost had a single in the first and then another single in the third inning that crashed against the fence or it will still be rolling. He remained the impossible out when he gathered another single in the fourth inning. He was robbed of a hit in the fifth inning or else it would have been a four hit performance.The Final Box score is brought to you by “Aimes & Hills”, hey, they could still make a comeback right?Medina – 8 runs on 7 hits with 1 errorElyria – 1 run on 3 hits with 5 errors.Winning Pitcher – Nick FryerLosing Pitcher – Ryan ShopeNews & Notes – The Bee’s wore their yellow sweep jerseys.Luminaries in attendance included – Charlie The BulldogThe Medina JV team won 11-1 Wining pitcher was Garret McLeod who went the distance.P – Chris FryerC – Jake Smith1B – John Curtis2B – Collin WintersSS – Cade Pipoly3B – Bryce FinkLF – Robbie HansenCF – Jordan FultzRF – Austin ProvostYou can follow Vince McKee on twitter at VinceTheAuthor Related TopicsAustin ProvostElyriaMedina Bees Vince McKeelast_img read more

Kluber & Tomlin Outduel Sale & Quintana; Tribe Takes Three of Four From White Sox

first_img Related TopicsCorey KluberJosh Tomlin Kyle Lewandowski Corey Kluber and Josh Tomlin took care of business for the Tribe this week when they led the Indians to a pair of victories against two of the American League’s best starters so far this season in Chicago’s Chris Sale and Jose Quintana.Tuesday night was a battle of undefeated starting pitchers as Tomlin (6-0) took the ball for the Indians against Sale who had won his first nine starts of the year entering the game with a miniscule 1.58 ERA.It looked like it was going to be a long night for the Tribe bats after Sale breezed through the lineup the first time around allowing only two singles while striking out five. After that it was all Indians. The Tribe roughed up Sale for six runs (all earned) on seven hits and drew four walks in the process. The 27 year-old lefty didn’t even make it out of the fourth inning in what was by far his worst start of the season.Tomlin faced a tall task in defeating Sale who is in the running for the Cy Young Award year in and year out but before the game Tribe manager Terry Francona had a feeling that the veteran would give the team a chance to win.In the first inning Tomlin allowed a solo blast to White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton to put Chicago up 1-0. Tomlin would allow only one more run after back-to-back doubles by Jose Abreu and Brett Lawrie in the fourth.After the long ball in the first Tomlin was simply magnificent. He finished the night going eight innings, giving up two runs on five hits and one walk as he struck out six.The Tribe took it 6-2.While Tuesday may have been Tomlin’s most impressive outing to date in 2016, the righty has been the most consistent pitcher so far for the Indians as he moved to 7-0 on the year with a 3.35 ERA.One tough lefty to face after the other for the Tribe when Quintana took the mound for the White Sox looking to rebound from the previous night’s loss. Quintana entered Wednesday’s matinee 5-3 with a 1.98 ERA on the season.The Tribe jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on a Lonnie Chisenhall triple to right that scored Juan Uribe and Yan Gomes. The Indians would tack on another in the third when Uribe hit a sac-fly to center scoring Jose Ramirez.That’s all the damage the Tribe would do to Quintana as the lefty went six innings allowing those three runs on five hits, one walk while accumulating eight strikeouts.That’s all the help Kluber would need (well sort of, the extra security run in the eighth helped).After picking up his third win of the year last weekend in Boston the former Cy Young winner followed it up with another dandy in Chicago.Kluber was excellent for the Tribe lasting 7.1 innings allowing only two runs (one earned) on seven hits while walking one and striking out nine.Bryan Shaw came on in the eighth to hold the lead at 4-3 before Cody Allen slammed the door with a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his 11th save in as many opportunities.On the season Kluber now holds a 4-5 record with a 3.78 ERA.Kluber and Tomlin helped the Indians get to five games above .500 by moving to 25-20.After taking three of four from the White Sox the Tribe has put themselves just a half game in back of first place in the Central Division behind Chicago.last_img read more

VIDEO: Cavaliers Pay Tribute to Cleveland Indians’ Great Season

first_img Related Topics Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. During the first quarter of Thursday night’s Cavs-Celtics game, the Cavaliers paid tribute to the Cleveland Indians’ fantastic 2016 season.Watch below:Despite falling short in World Series, Cavs and their fans are proud of Tribe. pic.twitter.com/AYPgFK0dNA— Matt Medley (@MedleyHoops) November 4, 2016center_img Matt Medleylast_img read more

Avon Lake Shocks Avon 27-26: Video Highlights

first_imgThe Avon Lake Shoremen stunned the Avon Eagles 27-26, ending their perfect season in a rivalry game that went down to the wire.Avon Lake jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, as senior quarterback Mark Pappas found Jason Sullivan for a 9-yard passing touchdown.The Eagles answered back quickly, as Matt Kelly connected with Mitch Cooper on a 44-yard touchdown pass, but a missed PAT kept the Shoremen in front 7-6.The Eagles had a chance for a 40-yard field goal early in the second, but the kick was blocked – which would prove to be another huge play for the Shoremen defense. Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. Related Topics Matt Medleycenter_img The comeback began midway through the third, when Pappas found Denny Burns for a 9-yard passing touchdown to make it a 10-point game.Pappas to Burns 9 yard TD for @AvonLakeSports – don’t get the 2 – trail @avoneagles 23-13 6:55 3rd Q @NEOSportsInside @AM930WEOL @FOX8FNTD pic.twitter.com/4c2Y1rhsxd— Matt Loede (@MattLoede) November 5, 2016What followed from that point forward was a set of circumstances not many could have predicted.Avon fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, setting up the Shoremen at the Eagles’ 34-yard line.Pappas struck quickly, finding star receiver Carson Toy for a 34-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to three with 6:38 left in the third.The Eagles were driving near the Avon Lake 35-yard line when Kelly, the starting quarterback exited the game due to injury.Sophomore Ryan Maloy entered the game and led the Eagles into field goal range, setting up Cooper for a 43-yarder to make it 26-20, with more than 15 minutes of regulation remaining.Avon Lake’s offense continued to roll, as Tyler Nelson punched in a 2-yard rushing touchdown to give the Shoremen a 27-26 lead heading into the [email protected] takes the leadTyler Nelson 2 yard rushing td makes it 27-26 with 1:11 left in 3rd qtr pic.twitter.com/ec1VXHVwsq— Matt Medley (@MedleyHoops) November 5, 2016Avon had a chance to take the lead with 6:45 to play, but rather than kick what would have been a 37-yarder, the Eagles opted to go for it on 4th and short, and were stood up at the line of scrimmage by the Shoremen defense.HUGE STOP for @AvonLakeSports on 4th and inches. Shoremen take over up by 1. 6:45 remaining pic.twitter.com/yhKG31uZoX— Matt Medley (@MedleyHoops) November 5, 2016The Eagles got the ball back with 4:30 to play and would start at their own 30, marching methodically all the way into the red zone.Avon seemingly had the game where they wanted it with 1:03 remaining and the ball at the Shoremen 9-yard line.Rather than run the clock all the way down and kick a 25-yard field goal, Avon went for the knockout punch on 2nd and 8, but Maloy threw an interception in the end zone, hauled in by safety Andrew Butrey, which would seal the Shoremen victory.INTERCEPTION @AvonLakeSports Shoremen will eliminate Avon! pic.twitter.com/SXqx5TQaNr— Matt Medley (@MedleyHoops) November 5, 2016 Avon took control of the game, scoring 17 unanswered points to lead 23-7 with just under 11 minutes to play in the third quarter.Both touchdowns came courtesy of running back Mason McLemore.last_img read more

Writer’s Block: Six More Weeks

first_img Share By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] 5, 2015Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this week. And right on cue, the sunny skies we saw over the weekend dimmed into memory as dull gray clouds scuttled overhead, ushered in by a chill breeze.If the plump, yet shy rodent is to be believed, we’ve got six more weeks of winter awaiting us still. And while his predictions prove correct less than half the time, today — this year — I think the little guy might be onto something. As I sit writing this column, I’m snuggled in a hooded sweatshirt. My feet are tucked into my boots, with hot pink and purple argyle-patterned socks stretching up to my knees. And I’m still cold!But, as I’m sure many of our Winter Texan readers can attest to, we’re pretty fortunate here in the Valley. The spotty showers and stout winds we’ve seen over the past few weeks are hardly an inconvenience compared to some of the things friends who live farther north have had to deal with recently.Here, we don’t have to worry about leaving our toasty beds an hour earlier than usual just so we can shovel a path through the snow from our driveways to the street. And while the salt in the air may leave a haze on the windows and windshields of our cars, we don’t have to worry about a salt-laden rime eating away at their undersides.Yup, we’ve got it good. The water may be too cold to go swimming in, but there’s nothing to prohibit a nice walk on the beach. And speaking of the beach, there, too, are we fortunate. I may be biased, but I think we’re home to the best beach in Texas.So, the chilly weather may be around for a little longer still, but it’s not such a bad thing. I actually relish the chance to wear all the whimsical long socks that are way too warm for any other time of the year. And soon enough we’ll be back at triple digit temperatures with the sun searing down relentlessly, longing for a day like today.It’s all about looking at the brighter side of things. Earlier this year I wrote about making New Year’s resolutions to become more physically fit. One other resolution idea people often overlook is to be more mentally positive.I may grumble in the mornings at the sudden rush of cool air when I push the blankets aside and try to shake the cobwebs of sleep from my mind, but there are things I love about this time of year, too. This is perfect “caldo weather,” as my mom would say. Also, though it may be too chilly for outdoor fun, a warm house is the perfect place for family to gather for a game of Lotería, or Mexican bingo. Sitting around a table with the tablas laid out in front of you, the room quickly fills with laughter and the weather is soon forgotten.Six more weeks of winter, says Phil? I say, bring it on!Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedWriter’s Block: Adventure GardenBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Maybe it was the cold we experienced this winter. I love cold weather days, but in measured doses. Maybe it was the weeks upon weeks of fog. I love the fog, too. But, as with winter, fog is a treat I like to…March 30, 2018In “News”Writer’s Block: Fall EquinoxBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] I saw a meme on Facebook recently. It said it’s fall in Texas and asked the reader if they knew what that meant. It then answered the question by saying “Absolutely nothing! It’s still 90 degrees out!” Boy, is that ever true. The…September 22, 2017In “Editor’s Column”Writer’s Block: Small ObservationsBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Sometimes I struggle with what to fill this space with every week. Kind of paradoxically, when your options are nearly limitless, you can suddenly find yourself at a loss for what to do. Having too many options can occasionally feel just as constricting…March 1, 2019In “Editor’s Column”last_img read more

Band officers essential for smooth running

first_img Share RelatedSilver Tarpon Band Finally Gets on the FieldBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Silver Tarpon Marching Band gave its first performance of the 2015 marching season last Friday night at Tarpon Stadium.  The band took the field for the first time this year at halftime of the football team’s 31-19 win over the…September 4, 2015In “News”Saxophones, Clarinets and Flutes!By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS When anyone who has ever watched a marching band in action is asked to think of a marching band instrument, it’s probably going to be a brass or percussion piece. As the self-professed “Old Snare Drummer from Iowa” I myself, am naturally biased…August 8, 2015In “News”Summer Band Camp starts June 25By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS It’s official – the 2017-2018 school year is over and the countdown to next year has begun.  A number of things, however, are scheduled to start up long before the first day of classes, and one item that shows up on the calendar…June 1, 2018In “News” By LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSIt takes more than a few directors to run a high school marching band, at least in Port Isabel.  Every year the Port Isabel High Silver Tarpon Marching Band elects a number of officers, including a president and vice-president, a librarian and even a spirit leader.The directors, starting with the head director of bands in the Port Isabel school system, Scott Hartsfield, are in charge, of course.  But the band officers, elected by and from the band membership, are essential to the smooth operation and success of the band.In part, band officers serve as liaisons between their fellow bandsmen and the directors.  For one sort of problem or another it’s often easier to start with a friend or classmate who is a band officer than it is to go straight to one of the directors.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

Lighthouse repairs delayed again

first_imgBy DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] 25. That’s the new estimated date of completion for the repairs to the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse, announced City Manager Jared Hockema at Tuesday’s city commission meeting.Hockema announced the news with a note of disapproval in his voice as he described an email Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) had sent the City just that day notifying them of the additional delays. TPWD, which is footing the cost of the repairs, had initially told the City repairs would take approximately two months and be completed in February, but work has been delayed repeatedly since then.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedCeremony held for Port Isabel Lighthouse’s state historic site designationBy Gaige Davila [email protected]   The Port Isabel Lighthouse, after 69 years of operation under Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), became a state historic site under the Texas Historical Commission (THC) on September 1.  The 86th Texas Legislature transferred the Lighthouse, along with six other Texas sites, from the…October 4, 2019In “News”Pompano Park dock to be repairedBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Deteriorating conditions on a portion of the wooden dock at Pompano Park spurred the Port Isabel City Commission to discuss repairs to the structure during Tuesday night’s regular meeting. “We’ve had some deterioration of the dock over a period of time,” City Manager…September 30, 2016In “News”Port Isabel worries Lighthouse future could be in jeopardyBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Port Isabel city leaders are taking action to help ensure the use and operation of the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse remains the same in years to come after news that the Texas Sunset Commission has suggested certain historical sites currently owned by the…July 27, 2018In “News” Sharelast_img read more

Blessing of the Fleet slated for Monday

first_img Share By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected]’s a tradition that spans decades and is honored at harbors across the Gulf coast and this Monday, the Texas Shrimpers Association (TSA) will be hosting it for shrimpers who call the Rio Grande Valley home. It’s the Blessing of the Fleet, a nondenominational ceremony dedicated to offering good will and prayers to the region’s shrimping fleet.As it has been in the past, Monday morning’s ceremony will be presided over by the Rev. Mark Watters. Watters will deliver a sermon at Zimco Marine located on Highway 48 between Port Isabel and Brownsville before boarding a shrimp trawler for a tour of the shrimp basin.As the vessel makes its way through the various channels of the basin, Rev. Watters will recite prayers, anointing them with Holy Water, and offering his traditional call for “a bountiful catch.”Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedBlessing of the fleet: Shrimpers hope for bountiful seasonBy FREDDY JIMENEZ Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] With summer here and as the shrimping season will be initiating soon, the Texas Shrimp Association (TSA), per tradition, hosted the Blessing of the Fleet on Tuesday, July 9 at the Brownsville Shrimp Basin. Children, women, and men- shrimping families, TSA employees,…July 12, 2019In “News”PRAYING FOR PEOPLEBlessing includes pleas for relief in wake of worker shortage By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] “The storm is never the story,” the Rev. Mark Watters said Monday, using a metaphor about sailing in rough seas to describe the current situation faced by local shrimpers just days before the…July 14, 2017In “News”Fisher of Men: Priest blesses shrimp fleet ahead of season’s startBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Shouting out, “Bountiful catch! Lots of shrimp!” the Reverend Mark Watters raised his arm and sprinkled holy water in the direction of one shrimp boat after another during the Blessing of the Vessels Tuesday morning in Brownsville. Watters, a resident of Selma, Alabama,…July 10, 2015In “News”last_img read more

Sambut New Normal, Bandara Changi Kerahkan Robot Pembersih dan Toilet Tanpa…,Pengamat Penerbangan: Petugas ATC dan Kondisi Pesawat Ikut Andil dalam Kecelakaan…

first_imgSelain mempersiapkan diri menghadapi pembukaan kembali perjalanan udara dalam dan luar negeri seperti sediakala, Bandara Changi Singapura beberapa waktu lalu juga dikabarkan telah menandatangani perjanjian kerjasama dengan enam kota dan provinsi di Cina. Utamanya, kerjasama tersebut terkait dengan perjalanan bisnis.Tak hanya Cina, Bandara Changi Singapura juga bergerak cepat dengan menggandeng beberapa negara, seperti Malaysia, Selandia Baru, dan Korea Selatan. Posisi tawar, nama besar, dan status Singapura sebagai hub penerbangan internasional di Asia Tenggara menjadikan mudah bagi bandara tersebut untuk menjajaki kerjasama perjalanan bisnis oleh berbagai negara.Senada dengan Bandara Changi, flag carrier negara itu, Singapore Airlines (SIA) juga telah mempersiapkan diri selama fase pembukaan penerbangan secara bertahap. SIA belum lama merilis fitur companion app pertama di dunia.Dengan companion app pertama di dunia itu, nantinya pelanggan tak perlu lagi mengakses atau mengendalikan KrisWorld, sistem hiburan dalam penerbangan (IFE) SIA, dengan berbagai sentuhan dilayar IFE secara langsung, melainkan dapat dengan mudah mengaturnya melalui perangkat seluler pribadi. Jadi, mengurangi sentuhan di berbagai benda di pesawat selama penerbangan.Sejak Singapura mulai kembali membuka diri pada 2 Juni lalu, perlahan sederet aturan new normal memang telah menerapkan sederet peraturan ketat. Dari banyak negara yang telah mengeluarkan berbagai kebijakan new normal, sejauh ini, Singapura menjadi negara pertama yang membedakan pemakaian face shield dan masker.Di Singapura, face shield umumnya hanya digunakan oleh anak-anak berusia balita atau maksimal 12 tahun, pengidap gangguan pernapasan, penyakit kulit di sekitar wajar atau alergi, guru di sekolah, hingga penyandang disabilitas yang mengandalkan mimik wajah untuk berkomunikasi. Selebihnya, mereka tetap harus menggunakan masker tanpa terkecuali.Baca juga: Berkah Covid-19, Singapore Airlines Tawarkan Companion App Pertama di Dunia, Ini KegunaannyaGuna menertibkan aturan tersebut, otoritas Singapura juga telah mengerahkan robot anjing. Robot-robot umumnya disiagakan di pusat-pusat keramaian, salah satunya seperti taman.Robot anjing Singapura ini dibekali dengan teknologi AI dan kamera canggih untuk mendeteksi kerumunan masyarakat dan mengingatkannya bila mereka tidak menerapkan physical distancing; termasuk di dalamnya mendeteksi atau mengingatkan bila warga kedapatan tidak menggunakan masker atau face shield.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedBantu Petugas dan Penumpang, Bandara Changi Operasikan 47 Unit Robot07/09/2020In “Bandara”Berkat Check-in Tanpa Sentuhan, Changi Dinobatkan Jadi Bandara Teraman di Dunia17/09/2020In “Bandara”80 Persen Toko F&B dan Outlet Ritel Kembali Dibuka di Bandara Changi08/07/2020In “Bandara” Bandara Changi, Singapura belum lama ini tengah sibuk mengujicoba langkah-langkah terbaru menghadapi pembukaan kembali penerbangan secara bertahap. Saat ini, Singapura memang masih menerapkan pembatasan perjalanan, utamanya internasional, untuk mencegah kasus impor corona.Baca juga: Bandara Changi Hadirkan Transit Holding Areas untuk Penumpang Singapore AirlinesDilansir Bloomberg, langkah-langkah yang dimaksud terkait banyak hal, mulai dari check-in kiosks berlapis cairan disinfektan anti-mikroba, sekat akrilik di check-in counter, robot pembersih yang menyemprotkan disinfektan secara otomatis, hingga toilet tanpa sentuhan. Disebutkan, semua itu hanyalah beberapa langkah terbaru otoritas bandara dalam menghadapi new normal selama pandemic Covid-19.last_img read more

Airbus Dorong Penerbangan “Fello’Fly” Guna Capai Efisiensi Bahan Bakar Hingga 15…,Bangkitkan Kebersamaan Antar BUMN, Makna dari Hari Perhubungan Nasional

first_imgIlustrasi penerbangan fello’ fly. Foto: Airbus via CNN Usai mengujicoba program ‘fello’fly’, yang terinspirasi dari angsa untuk mencapai konsumsi bahan bakar pesawat yang lebih rendah sekaligus mengurangi polusi tahun 2016 dan 2019 lalu, Airbus bertekad untuk mempercepat diterapkannya fello fly atau penerbangan formasi di tahun-tahun mendatang. Langkah itu akan dimulai kembali dengan uji coba lanjutan penerbangan fello fly bersama sejumlah pihak, seperti Frenchbee, SAS, Direktorat Jenderal Penerbangan Sipil Perancis, NATS, dan Eurocontrol.Baca juga: Airbus Tiru Formasi Angsa dalam Uji Coba “Fello’Fly” untuk Menghemat Bahan BakarDilansir CNN International, fello’ fly merupakan terobosan dalam sebuah penerbangan dimana dua pesawat atau lebih terbang secara bersamaan dan berdekatan untuk membentuk formasi “V” dalam penerbangan jarak jauh, layaknya angsa yang bermigrasi. Program ini sebetulnya pernah ditargetkan bakal terlaksana di dunia pada pertangahan tahun ini, namun, wabah Covid-19 memaksa peneliti Airbus UpNext menundanya. Proragm fello’ fly umumnya ditargetkan bakal terlaksana pada penerbangan jarak jauh. Tak harus lepas landas dalam waktu yang bersamaan, pesawat yang sudah berada di udara nantinya akan diatur sedemikian rupa oleh ATC untuk bertemu di sebuah waypoint untuk kemudian menerapkan formasi fello’ fly. Bergantung pada rute dan jam, dalam satu airways usai bertemu di waypoint, fello’ fly bisa saja melibatkan banyak pesawat.Selama menjalankan fello’ fly, pada skema dua pesawat (detail skema fello’ fly lebih dari dua pesawat masih butuh uji coba lanjutan), antar mereka akan dibatasi jarak masksimal 3km (1.5nm) dan pesawat yang berada di belakang akan memposisikan di bawah leader (pesawat yang ada di depan) di ketinggian 304 meter (1.000 kaki). Dalam perjalanan menuju bandara tujuan, leader yang akan memimpin komunikasi dengan ATC.Nantinya, pesawat yang berada di belakang akan menikmati updraft atau hentakan ke atas (biasa juga disebut vertical draft) efek dari wingtip vortex yang dihasilkan pesawat yang berada di depan. Sehingga, pesawat tak perlu mengeluarkan tenaga ekstra dan pada akhirnya membuat penerbangan jadi jauh lebih hemat bahan bakar.Fello’ fly AIrbus. Foto: Airbus via CNNSelama fello’ fly, untuk mendapati hasil yang lebih maksimal dan aman, pesawat perlu didukung oleh teknologi autopilot yang ajeg untuk mempertahankan posisi, baik ketinggian maupun jarak antar pesawat, serta menghindari efek wake energy retrieval yang berlebihan.Pada prinsipnya, fello’ fly akan membuat penerbangan jarak jauh lebih efisien hingga 5-15 persen. Namun, dengan memperpendek jarak antar pesawat menjadi 1.5 nm (Nautical Miles), jauh lebih kecil dari batas 5nm atau sembilan kilometer yang ditetapkan oleh FAA saat ini, ruang udara yang bisa dijajaki pesawat jadi lebih luas.Baca juga: Pesawat Punya Kecepatan Jelajah dan Kecepatan Maksimum, Apa Bedanya?Hal itu tentu bagus mengingat IATA telah memprediksi bahwa jumlah penumpang yang bepergian melalui udara akan mencapai 8,2 miliar pada tahun 2037 atau terjadi peningkatan sekitar 3,5 persen per tahun hingga 2037.Bila saat ini saja 40,3 juta penerbangan dan mengalami lonjakan sekitar 3,5 persen per tahun, bisa dibayangkan, berapa banyak penerbangan yang akan terjadi di tahun 2037 dan di tahun-tahun selanjutnya? Luas langit tentu sudah paten, namun, jarak aman antar pesawat, termasuk jarak saat lepas landas, taxing, dan lain sebagainya antara satu pesawat dengan pesawat lainnya masih bisa diubah untuk mendukung banyaknya perjalanan udara di masa mendatang.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedAirbus Tiru Formasi Angsa dalam Uji Coba “Fello’Fly” untuk Menghemat Bahan Bakar17/03/2020In “Analisa Angkutan”Pesawat Punya Kecepatan Jelajah dan Kecepatan Maksimum, Apa Bedanya?10/09/2020In “Analisa Angkutan”Pertama di Dunia, Airbus A350-1000 Berhasil Lepas Landas, Landing, dan Taxi Otomatis! Pilot Terancam?30/06/2020In “Featured” Fello’ fly atau penerbangan bersama dengan membentuk formasi V dalam pelaksanannya tak selalu bisa benar-benar terbang bersamaan dalam jumlah banyak seperti migrasi angsa. Sebab, hal itu cukup rumit dan butuh kerjasama dari ATC, maskapai, dan regulator seluruh dunia.last_img read more

Pelatihan Terhadap Pengemudi Bus Akan Meminimalisir Tingkat Kecelakaan

first_imgPengemudi Bus yang KelelahanIni merupakan salah satu imbas dari kelalaian pengemudi bus, yaitu kondisi tubuh yang sudah mulai lelah. Biasanya ini terjadi kepada pengemudi bus yang mengambil jatah mengemudi walaupun batasnya sudah habis. Tidak jarang pengemudi yang kelelahan ini mengantuk lalu bus berada diluar kendali. Lebih buruk lagi, pengemudi yang kelelahan seperti ini tidak menutup kemungkinan terserang sleep apnea, pembunuh nomor 1 di jalur bebas hambatan di Amerika. Sleep apnea adalah gangguan tidur serius di mana pernapasan sering berhenti selama tidur. Akibatnya, organ tubuh, terutama otak, mungkin tidak mendapat oksigen yang cukup, serta kualitas tidur menjadi buruk, yang dapat membuat pasien merasa lelah keesokan harinya.Cuaca yang BurukHujan deras disertai angin merupakan musuh semua pengemudi. Jarak pandang akan menjadi pendek dan mewajibkan pengemudi untuk lebih berkonsentrasi. Selain itu, bisa saja cuaca buruk seperti ini mempengaruhi kondisi jalan, dimana jalan menjadi licin, atau terdapat lubang besar yang tertutup oleh genangan air. Dalam kondisi seperti ini, pengemudi bus harus terlatih dan memiliki jam terbang yang tinggi.Blind Spotblind spot di busMengacu pada kamus Merriam Webster, definisi blind spot adalah area yang tidak telihat oleh mata telanjang atau peralatan yang sudah tersedia (spion). Dalam kasus ini, tidak sedikit pula bus yang mengalami kecelakaan karena terdapat blind spot yang mengganggu si pengemudi. Ini mungkin saja terjadi apabila pengemudi tidak terlebih dahulu mengatur posisi dari kaca spion sehingga blind spot yang ditimbulkan semakin besar.BerbelokBanyak pengemudi bus yang mengalami kesulitan saat berbelok. Di Indonesia, pengemudi bus kurang handal mungkin agak susah untuk berbelok ke kanan, karena blind spot yang ditimbulkan saat berbelok ini cukup besar, sehingga tidakmenutup kemungkinan bus akan menyerempet kendaraan lain yang berada di sebelahnya. Di sini, pengemudi diharuskan untuk “maju mundur” yang akan memudahkan pengemudi untuk melihat patokan sisi bus.Pengemudi LainWalau pengemudi bus sudah berhati-hati dalam berkendara, tapi apabila pengemudi lainnya tidak berhati-hati, ini mungkin saja menyebabkan kecelakaan. Hanya pengemudi bus yang sudah terlatih saja yang bisa meminimalisir terjadinya kecelakaan akibat pengemudi lain yang tidak berhati-hati. Karena biasanya pengemudi yang terlatih tidak mudah panik saat kondisi ini terjadi.Kebakaran BusTerbakarnya bus akan membuat para penumpang terjebak di dalamnya. Biasanya, api akan cepat merambat dari 2 titik, yaitu bagian mesin yang sudah terlumuri oleh bensin dan bagian ban. Kebakaran seperti ini mungkin saja terjadi akibat mesin yang kotor dan lain-lain. Dengan sedikit percikan kecil api saja dapat dengan cepat menyulut kebakaran pada bus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related ilustrasi kecelakaan bus. Sumber: liputan6.com Salah satu moda darat yang ramai dicari penumpang apabila sedang musim libur ini menyimpan satu ancaman kecelakaan yang bisa berakibat fatal. Tidak jarang, banyak bus dewasa ini lebih memperhatikan marka jalan daripada mereka harus menanggung beban akibat terjadinya kecelakaan. Layaknya kecelakaan pada umumnya, ada banyak faktor yang dapat menyebabkan kecelakaan bus. Michiganautolaw.com menyebutkan ada 8 faktor penunjang terjadinya kecelakaan.Kelalaian Pihak Perusahaan BusSalah satu penyebab kecelakaan bus di Michigan dan di hampir seluruh negera adalah kelalaian dari pihak perusahaan bus. Moda yang bisa membawa 700 juta penumpang setiap tahunnya di Amerika Serikat ini memiliki kelemahan di bagian pencatatan dan pemeriksaan bus. Kurangnya pengawasan terhadap moda ini membuat perusahaan bus sering dicap sebagai perusahaan yang kerap kali menutup mata terhadap peraturan federal yang berlaku, seperti melatih pengemudi dan menjaga armada yang mereka miliki. Hal ini membuat perusahaan bus lebih mengorbankan keselamatan penumpang untuk meraup keuntungan yang lebih besar. Dengan kata lain, pihak perusahaan bus harus berkomitmen untuk meminimalisir terjadinya kecelakaan.Kelalaian Pihak Pengemudi BusWalaupun sudah banyak undang-undang yang mengatur tentang pengemudi bus, namun peraturan tersebut sering kali dilanggar, terutama oleh bus pariwisata (tur) dan bus sewaan. Contohnya adalah aturan tentang waktu kerja dan waktu istirahat, masih banyak pengemudi bus yang melanggar aturan tersebut. Tidak jarang juga pengemudi bus memainkan ponsel mereka ketika mereka sedang mengemudi. Hal-hal seperti inilah yang akhirnya menyebabkan kecelakaan terjadi.last_img read more

Warga UEA Setujui Aturan Penggunaan Sabuk Pengaman dan Car Seat

first_imgMobilku.org Awalnya para ekspatriat yang tinggal di Uni Emirat Arab (UEA) mengeluhkan terkait masalah sabuk pengaman dan kursi duduk anak (car seat) di dalam mobil. Namun, sekarang ini justru berbalik, para ekspaktriat UEA tersebut justru merasa bahwa sabuk pengaman dan kursi anak dalam mobil adalah hal yang aman untuk digunakan.Baca juga: Foto Viral Ini Ingatkan Pentingnya Car Seat Untuk AnakKabarPenumpang.com kemudian melansir khaleejtimes.com (6/7/2017), saat ini justru banyak ekspatriat UEA yang menginginkan adanya juga penerapan peraturan tersebut di negara asal mereka. Peraturan ini baru berlaku pada Sabtu (2/7/2017) dan banyak sekali manfaatnya. Salah seorang warga Dubai, Amit Singh mengatakan bahwa dirinya mendukung inisiatif ini, dirinya berharap, di India negara asalnya juga ada peraturan seperti itu. Amit pun mengaku di awalnya tidak nyaman dengan peraturan tersebut karena belum terbiasa.“Tapi perlahan mereka akan menyadari bahwa ini bermanfaat untuk keselamatan anak-anak dan juga untuk seluruh keluarga,” katanya.Baca juga: Qantas dan JetStar Izinkan Car Seat Dibawa ke Dalam KabinSeorang ekpatriat asal Palestina, Rawan Al Hussain mengatakan, bahwa dengan peraturan sabuk ini maka pengamanan Dunia Arab perlu diubah. “Ini adalah aturan terbaik yang dibuat untuk keselamatan anak-anak. Sabuk pengaman menyelamatkan nyawa dan dalam kasus kecelakaan akibat benturan besar, penumpang di kursi belakang sering terlempar dari mobil jika sabuk pengaman tidak dipakai.”Ahmed Lasheen seorang penduduk Mesir mengatakan, di negaranya sendiri peraturan penggunaan sabuk pengaman sudah ada. Tetapi belum berlaku untuk anak-anak dan penumpang mobil dan ini adalah suatu perubahan baru. Menurutnya, ini adalah hal positif terhadap undang-undang lalu lintas federal dimana pengemudi dan penumpang bisa terlindungi. Selain itu, ini juga memperbaiki tingkat disiplin saat mengemudi.Baca juga: Lampu Sabuk Pengaman Mati, Waktu Yang Tepat Gunakan ToiletPadahal di Eropa, Amerika dan Australia peraturan penggunaan sabuk pengaman dan tempat duduk anak sendiri sudah lama penerapannya. Hal ini pun dibenarkan oleh Jeff Price dan Zeyna Sanjania para ekspaktriat Inggris dan lama tinggal di UEA. “Saya mendukungnya 100 persen, kami selalu menerapkannya dan bagi mereka yang tidak setuju dengan hal itu, mereka perlu menyadari bahwa ini demi keselamatan anak-anak mereka dan orang lain,” ujar Price.Baca juga: Untuk Penumpang Obesitas, Perpanjangan Sabuk Pengaman Belum Jadi Prioritas“Sungguh mengejutkan bagi saya untuk melihat anak-anak di kursi depan duduk di pangkuan ibu mereka, tapi itu terjadi di sini. Namun, saya harap sistem denda dan poin yang parah merupakan inisiatif yang baik untuk mengubah pola pikir ini,” katanya.Namun beberapa warga masih mendapati dampak finansial dari peraturan tersebut. Abdul Sharef yang berdomisili di Dubai mengatakan meskipun peraturan baru tersebut mempromosikan keamanan, tetapi menjadi beban bagi keluarga besar.“Car seat masih sangat mahal dan beberapa keluarga tidak mampu membelinya. Bagi keluarga dengan beberapa anak yang berarti banyak unit harus dibeli.” Dan dia masih skeptis terhadap peraturan ‘sabuk pengaman untuk semua’. Sabuk pengaman untuk semua anggota keluarga besar tidak praktis. Ini adalah kebiasaan budaya, dan anak-anak yang tidak terlatih duduk di kursi atau memakai sabuk pengaman akan sulit menyesuaikan diri,” ujar Sharef.Baca juga: Soal Keselamatan Penumpang, Moda Laut Seperti DianaktirikanSementara itu ekspat Filipina, Richard Dela Cruz, setuju dengan peraturan pengaman menggunakan sabuk keselamatan, hukuman pelanggaran terhadap Dh400 “terlalu besar”.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedHanya 12,3 Persen Masyarakat UEA Gunakan Sabuk Pengaman di Kursi Belakang24/02/2019In “Darat”Sabuk Pengaman Ternyata Sudah Ada Sejak 1800-an05/08/2019In “Darat”Lima Kesalahan dalam Memasang Car Seat di Kendaraan24/03/2018In “Darat”last_img read more

Menyambut HUT RI Ke-72, PT Angkasa Pura II Beri Cash Back Pada Maskapai

first_imgBaca juga: Barisan Menteri Ajak Warga Dukung PT Angkasa Pura II Untuk Penghargaan InternasionalAwaluddin menambahkan, untuk memastikan kebijakan cash back berjalan lancar, pihaknya mengimbau agar semua maskapai nasional berkoordinasi dengan Senior General Manager Bandara Internasional Soekarno-Hatta dan General Manager di 12 bandara yang berada di bawah naungan AP II.Adapun sebelum kebijakan cash back dalam rangka Hari Kemerdekaan ini, AP II sebelumnya juga telah memberikan sejumlah insentif kepada maskapai guna mendorong pertumbuhan industri penerbangan nasional dan semakin luasnya jaringan penerbangan atau konektivitas udara sejalan dengan nawacita yang dicanangkan oleh pemerintah.Berbagai insentif yang diberikan pada tahun ini ke maskapai diantaranya juga guna mendorong pertumbuhan penumpang, baik itu pebisnis maupun wisatawan, di seluruh bandara AP II. Pada semester 1 tahun 2017 pergerakan penumpang sebanyak 49,38 juta penumpang di mana hingga akhir tahun ditargetkan dapat mencapai 104 juta penumpang. Sementara itu, pergerakan pesawat pada Januari-Juni 2017 tercatat sebanyak 397.792 pergerakan dan hingga akhir tahun ini ditargetkan mencapai 756.943 pergerakan. (Time) PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) memberikan kado yakni insentif untuk menyambut HUT RI Ke-72 berupa cash back pada maskapai yang melayani penerbangan domestik pada 17 Agustus 2017 di seluruh bandara yang berada di bawah naungan BUMN tersebut. Insentif Cash back ini diberikan seperti perayaan memperingati tanggal kemerdekaan Indonesia 17 Agustus 1945.Baca juga: Angkasa Pura II Beri Insentif Maskapai Untuk Extra Flight DomestikCash back yang diberikan yakni sebesar 17 persen dari biaya Jasa Pendaratan, delapan persen dari biaya Jasa Counter dan 45 persen dari biaya Jasa Aviobridge. “Pemberian cash back ini merupakan salah satu cara AP II dalam merayakan Hari Kemerdekaan bersama-sama dengan stakeholder lainnya khususnya maskapai nasional. Semoga dengan kebijakan ini dapat turut membantu biaya operasional maskapai, di mana insentif dalam bentuk lainnya juga akan diberikan AP II pada kesempatan lainnya,” jelasDirektur Utama PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) Muhammad Awaluddin yang dikutip KabarPenumpang.com dari siaran pers (11/8/2017). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more

Argos’ Jessica Young Captures Player of the Week Award

first_img Jessica Young (www.jimhoguephotos.com) BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Jessica Young (Hillsboro, Ala./Wallace-Hanceville CC) nabbed her first Gulf South Conference Player of the Week award this week for an outstanding performance in last week’s conference action. The honor marks the second consecutive week that West Florida athlete has been recognized as the GSC East Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.Young has been instrumental both offensively and defensively for the Argos this season, and averages a double-double with 11.6 points and 10.7 rebounds per contest. She is the GSC leader in rebounds as the only player in the conference to average double figures.The junior was a dominant factor in the UWF effort last week, totaling 41 points and 28 rebounds in two conference matchups against Montevallo and West Alabama. Her second and eighth double-doubles were secured in both games, and she averaged 20.5 points and 14 rebounds per game in the two-game span.UWF basketball will continue their campaign on the road this weekend, as both teams face Valdosta State in a double header this Saturday, January 31st. Tip-off is slated for 2 pm. For more information or to follow along live, visit www.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Version Sharecenter_img Argos’ Jessica Young Captures Player of the Week Awardlast_img read more

West Florida Suffers First Loss of Season

first_imgWest Florida Suffers First Loss of Season WINTER PARK, Fla. — The No. 15 ranked University of West Florida men’s soccer team saw their first loss of the season come on the road to Rollins College, a 2-0 decision to the Tars on Friday night in Winter Park, Fla. It was a hard fought match for the Argos but tough defensive Tars squad managed to shutdown the Argos offense.The Tars, coming off a 2-0 shutout of then No. 8 ranked West Texas A&M a week prior, kept the same theme alive in the match against the Argos. Dennis Chin got the Tars out in front in the 15th minute when he received a pass at the top of the box and slid one past Argo keeper Elliott Purdom (Manchester, England/Viterbo University) for the 1-0 lead. Five minutes later the Tars went on the offensive once again, this time the power came from the foot of J.D. Gruenwald. On two touch passes from Stephen Wright and Adam New, Gruenwald put it in to give the Tars a 2-0 lead which would stand the remainder of the match.For the first time all season West Florida was outshot 8-4 and trialed the corner kick count 5-1. The Argos will be back in action this Sunday, September 13th at 12pm ET when they take on Florida Southern in Lakeland, Fla.For more information on Argonaut athletics or to follow along with live stats, fans can keep up with the action at www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Version Jay Mainville (Photo courtesy of John Blackie) center_img Sharelast_img read more

UWF and Panhandle Sports Broadcasting to Air Six Fall Events

first_imgUWF and Panhandle Sports Broadcasting to Air Six Fall Events Share PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida and Panhandle Sports Broadcasting will air six total broadcasts of UWF soccer and volleyball during the month of October.  The package of games will begin this Saturday, October 10 as the Argonauts volleyball team hosts Gulf South Conference opponent West Georgia at 1:00 p.m. CT for the team’s annual Pack it Pink event.  All games will be free to all users.Saturday’s game will be broadcasted live online at www.GoArgos.com and www.psblive.com.  The second volleyball game to be broadcasted will be Tuesday, October 27, the team’s 7:00 p.m. match versus GSC East Division rival West Alabama.  Both matches will be offered live, and fans will be able to access links to the games at www.GoArgos.com.The first UWF soccer games to be broadcasted will be on Homecoming night, October 23, featuring the men’s game against William Carey and the women’s game versus GSC opponent North Alabama.  The second set of soccer games to be aired online will be Saturday, October 31, with both teams facing Lambuth.  Due to internet availability at the UWF Soccer Complex, these games will not be offered live but will be available on demand the following day.For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#2009 UWF Fall Sports Video Broadcast Schedule10/10: Volleyball vs. West Georgia – 1:00 p.m.10/23: Men’s Soccer vs. William Carey – 5:00 p.m. (available online the following day)10/23: Women’s Soccer vs. North Alabama – 7:30 p.m. (available online the following day)10/27: Volleyball vs. West Alabama – 7:00 p.m.10/31: Women’s Soccer vs. Lambuth – 12:30 p.m. (available online the following day)10/31: Men’s Soccer vs. Lambuth – 3:00 p.m. (available online the following day)Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Watch the NCAA Division II Soccer Selection Show Tonight at 6:00

first_imgWatch the NCAA Division II Soccer Selection Show Tonight at 6:00 Share INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA Tournament fields will be announced tonight starting at 6:00 p.m. for Division II men’s and women’s soccer online at www.ncaa.com.  The UWF women’s soccer team earned an automatic bid to the tournament with their Gulf South Conference Tournament championship on Sunday.  The Argonauts men’s soccer team also won the GSC title, but there is no automatic qualifier on the men’s side.Stay tuned to www.ncaa.com and www.GoArgos.com for the latest updates on the 2009 NCAA Tournament championship field.Print Friendly Versioncenter_img 2009 GSC Men’s and Women’s Soccer Champions (Photo by UWF Sports Information) last_img read more

Argonaut Weekly: March 29-April 4

first_img Share Argonaut Weekly: March 29-April 4 Argonauts of the Week: (L-R) Dustin Lawley, Shannon Miles, Barbara Oliveira center_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida baseball team is off to a 5-1 start to its Gulf South Conference schedule, as the Argonauts are tied for first atop the East Division standings.  Elsewhere in UWF Athletics, the No. 14 men’s golf team had a solid finish among some strong Division II programs at the Bobcat Invitational, and the No. 15 UWF softball team went 2-2 for the week.  Finally, the Argonauts tennis teams continued their tough schedules, with each team falling to Valdosta State in their first GSC losses of the season while also picking up victories in their other matches.ARGONAUTS OF THE WEEKDustin LawleyJunior Third BasemanBaseballOn the week Dustin Lawley (Bessemer, Ala./Wallace State CC – Hanceville) was outstanding at the plate, batting .615 with eight runs batted including a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the ninth in the Argos 6-5 game one win over West Georgia. In six games played this week the junior recorded multiple hit games in all but one contest and is currently riding a seven game hit streak. He has now tallied 13 multiple hit games on the season which is one off the team high of 14. He currently leads the team in batting (.392), on-base percentage (.464) and stolen bases (14) and is second on the team with a .536 slugging percentage and 38 hits.Shannon MilesSenior First BasemanSoftballShannon Miles (Shreveport, La./Bossier Parrish CC) used a .455 average at the plate and nine RBI to help the No. 15 UWF softball team to a 2-2 record on the week. Miles launched three homeruns over the course of the week, including her second grand slam of the season in a loss to No. 4 Valdosta State. The senior tallied five extra-base hits, and had two four-RBI performances in four games. Miles leads her team with nine homeruns and 43 RBI this season, and she is also batting .374 with a team-high .727 slugging percentage.Barbara OliveiraJuniorWomen’s TennisBarbara Oliveira (Belo Horizonte, Brazil/Seminole CC) of the No. 9 UWF women’s tennis team led the Argonauts to a pair of victories in three matches last week.  The junior transfer was perfect in singles and doubles, picking up a 3-0 record at No. 1 singles, including a three-set win over No. 7 Natali Gumbrecht of Valdosta State, and a 2-0 mark in doubles alongside partner Mariana Sonnervig.For all of your hotel needs in the Pensacola area, visit www.highpointe.com.BASEBALL (23-12, 5-1 GSC)- 3/23 vs. Arkansas Tech (DH): 5-1 W, 6-4 W- 3/24 vs. Arkansas Tech: 7-9 L- 3/27 @ West Georgia (DH): 6-5 W, 7-6 W- 3/28 @ West Georgia: 8-2 WThe Argo baseball team continued to roll this week, picking up five wins including a three game sweep over Gulf South Conference opponent West Georgia. The Argos began the week by taking two-of-three from Arkansas Tech in a non-conference in-region matchup at Jim Spooner Field. The Argos then hit the road on the weekend for their first GSC road test against West Georgia, eventually sweeping the Wolves in three close ballgames.West Florida Head Coach Mike Jeffcoat earned his 150th win as the Argonauts skipper as his club defeated the Wonder Boys of Arkansas Tech 5-1 and 6-4 in a doubleheader sweep.  Josh Reed, in his first career start, took to the mound in game one of the series against Arkansas Tech and was outstanding on the hill. He allowed just one run in eight strong innings while scattering five hits with six punch outs to earn his first win as an Argonaut. In the nightcap the Argos held on for a 6-4 win, fending off a three-run seventh inning rally from Tech.In their first GSC road series of the season the Argos took advantage of a struggling West Georgia team and capitalized with a three game sweep. It was not an easy road to victory for the Argos as they erased five-run deficits in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader to pull out one-run victories. Dustin Lawley was the hero in game one, blasting a go-ahead two-run homerun in the top of the ninth to give the Argos a 6-5 victory. In game two it was Jack Materne who blasted his first homerun of the season, a two-run homer, in the top of the sixth to put the Argos on top 7-6. On Sunday afternoon it was Materne who once again used the long ball to spark the Argos offense and break a 1-1 tie in the top of the ninth. Seven runs would cross the board in the inning to give them eventual 8-2 win and a series sweep over the Wolves.This week is a short week for the Argos, playing four games in five days. On Tuesday they will host visiting NAIA Mobile at Jim Spooner Field with first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m. CT. The Argos will then hit the road for another GSC test when they travel to Livingston, Ala. for a three game series against West Alabama. First pitch for Friday’s doubleheader will begin at 4 p.m. with game two to follow and on Saturday the third and final game will begin at 1 p.m.MEN’S GOLF- 3/22-23 @ Bobcat Invitational: 4th of 17 teamsAfter being tied for the lead coming into Tuesday’s final round, the No. 14 West Florida men’s golf team shot a third round 306 for a total 888, but it was not enough to hold on. The Argonauts dropped back three spots to finish the Bobcat Invitational hosted by No. 2 Georgia College and State in fourth place, just seven strokes from tournament winner No. 8 Lynn.The Argonauts had two players finish in the top-15 of the field individually, with junior Otto Bonning placing low overall for the team at a tie for sixth place. Bonning shot a final round 77 for a total 219, five strokes back from individual winner Peter Tarver Jones from Belmont Abbey. Freshman Blake Olson’s consistent play allowed him to finish tied for 13th after a five-over 75 the last day, shooting a total 221 (73-73-75).The Argonauts will travel to their final tournament of the regular season April 5-6 when they head down to Miami Shores, Fla., to face No. 1 Barry in the Buccaneer Invitational at the Normandy Shores Golf Club.SOFTBALL (27-6, 6-4 GSC)- 3/22 vs. Wisconsin-Oshkosh (DH): 10-1 W (5 inn.), 9-7 W- 3/25 vs. Freed-Hardeman (DH): rained out- 3/27 @ No. 4 Valdosta State (DH): 6-14 L (6 inn.), 4-8 LWest Florida softball remained at No. 15 in the national poll and posted a 2-2 mark in action this week. The Argos swept Spring Fling opponent Wisconsin-Oshkosh to kick off the week, but fell in a doubleheader with No. 4 Valdosta State over the weekend. Shannon Miles stood out on the week, as she launched three homeruns, including her second grand slam of the season in a loss to VSU. In their final Spring Fling doubleheader of the week, the Argos cruised to a 10-1, five inning victory in the first game and then staged a 9-7 come-from-behind victory behind the arm of Harvey in game two over Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Miles stood out at the plate with a 2-3, four RBI performance that included two homeruns in the first game victory, while Crystal Thompson led with four RBI in the second game.The No. 15 Argos fell victim to the overpowering offense of No. 4 Valdosta State in a doubleheader sweep by the Lady Blazers on Saturday afternoon. While West Florida held leads in both games, they dropped the first game in six innings by a 14-6 score, and surrendered 8-4 in game two. Three Argonauts homered in the two contests, as Karri Bisbee led with three hits on the day.The Argos will be back in GSC action this weekend, traveling to West Alabama for a noon doubleheader on Friday. West Florida will then wrap up the weekend at North Alabama on Saturday, with first pitch also scheduled for noon.MEN’S TENNIS (7-7, 3-1 GSC)- 3/23 vs. No. 41 North Alabama: 8-1 W- 3/25 vs. No. 11 Georgia College & State: rained out- 3/26 vs. No. 21 Drury: 7-2 W- 3/26 vs. No. 3 Valdosta State: 4-5 L- 3/28 vs. Delta State: 8-1 WThe No. 7 UWF men’s tennis team went 3-1 for the week, with all four matches at home at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex.  The Argonauts picked up wins over No. 41 North Alabama, No. 21 Drury, and Delta State, but they fell to No. 3 Valdosta State 4-5 in their first GSC loss of the season.The Argos claimed an 8-1 win over UNA in the first match of the week, improving to 3-0 in conference play.  The Argonauts swept doubles play and dropped just one doubles match on the way to the victory.  After a match against No. 11 Georgia College and State was rained out, UWF returned for two matches on Friday.  In the morning match against Drury, the Argos swept doubles play once again and won four of six singles matches to pick up the 7-2 win.The Argos then hosted conference rival Valdosta State that afternoon, falling 4-5.  UWF went up 2-1 after doubles, as Kevin Ducros and Leandro Ferreira won 8-6 at the No. 1 spot and Sean Gunnels and Patrick Bateman also won 8-6 at No. 3.  After a stoppage of play due to darkness delayed the match until the following morning, VSU went back on top with wins at the No. 1, 4, 5, and 6 singles spots.  Ferreira had a big win at No. 2 singles for UWF, upsetting the No. 1 ranked player in the country Philip Pakebush 6-3, 7-6.In Sunday’s 8-1 win over Delta State, the Argonauts took two of three doubles matches and swept all six singles matches to improve to 7-7 overall.  Gunnels and Lue were especially impressive at the No. 5 and 6 spots, respectively, as Gunnels won 6-0, 6-2 and Lue picked up a 6-1, 6-1 victory.The Argonauts will next face No. 27 BYU-Hawaii (12-1) on Monday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex at UWF main campus in Pensacola, Fla.WOMEN’S TENNIS (8-6, 3-1 GSC)- 3/23 vs. North Alabama: 8-1 W- 3/25 vs. No. 31 Georgia College & State: rained out- 3/26 vs. No. 6 Valdosta State: 3-6 L- 3/28 vs. No. 27 Delta State: 9-0 WThe No. 9 ranked Argonauts went 2-1 last week, and they started things off with an 8-1 win over visiting North Alabama.  The Argonauts swept doubles play and dropped just one match in singles.  UWF then faced No. 6 Valdosta State, and the Lade Blazers outlasted UWF, handing the Argos a 6-3 loss.  Barbara Oliveira was one of two for West Florida to win at singles, and she defeated No. 7 Natali Gumbrecht at the No. 1 spot 3-6, 7-5, 10-0.  In the final match of the week, UWF bounced back with a 9-0 sweep of No. 27 Delta State.With the win over Delta State, West Florida women’s tennis improved to an 8-6 overall record. The Argonauts will now face No. 3 BYU-Hawaii (18-0) on Monday, March 29 at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex at 9:30 a.m. The match will be a challenging one, as the Seasiders count on the top ranked doubles pair formed by Elwen Li and Yuan Jia. In singles Li is ranked No. 2 in the nation, followed by Jia who is ranked No. 3. BYU-Hawaii also counts on Jenny Chin who is ranked No. 20 in the country in singles.MULTIMEDIAThe UWF Sports Information office is proud to offer a variety of ways to stay updated on Argonaut Athletics:- Live Audio- Live Video- Live Stats- eScores- E-mailing List- www.Facebook.com/GoArgos- www.Twitter.com/GoArgos- Photo Galleries- RSS Feeds- Podcasts2009-10 ARGONAUTS OF THE WEEK3/29Dustin LawleyBaseballShannon MilesSoftballBarbara OliveiraWomen’s Tennis3/22Ashleigh AllgoodSoftballDaniel Vargas-VilaBaseball3/15Melissa ChastangSoftballEric KrollBaseballAndrey PozhidaevMen’s Tennis3/8Taylor BrewsterWomen’s Tennis3/1Natalia EspinosaWomen’s GolfJason PostillBaseballBhavna ShettyWomen’s Golf2/22Amy DrakeWomen’s BasketballJillian LafranceSoftball2/15Amber IngramSoftballBlake OlsonMen’s Golf2/8Zach CatesBaseball1/18Jose DavilaMen’s Basketball1/11Sabrina StambouliWomen’s Basketball1/4Max HoggardMen’s Basketball12/14Ken MitchellMen’s Basketball12/7Amy DrakeWomen’s Basketball11/30Dominique BoykinsWomen’s BasketballMaurice ThomasMen’s Basketball11/23Shameka GordonWomen’s SoccerJonathan JacksonMen’s BasketballTiffany WilliamsWomen’s Basketball11/16Courtney JonesWomen’s SoccerJamie NicholsVolleyball11/9Frank CopeMen’s SoccerLindsay HommeVolleyball11/2Shakira DuncanWomen’s SoccerPatricia GandolfoVolleyball10/26Kara GonzalezVolleyballEddie PaganMen’s Cross CountryJordan StoneWomen’s Soccer10/19Valissia BrathwaiteVolleyballRichard DixonMen’s Soccer10/12Donald DavisMen’s Cross CountryShakira DuncanWomen’s Soccer10/5Kevin DucrosMen’s TennisLeandro FerreiraMen’s TennisBailee HedstromWomen’s Cross Country9/28Patricia GandolfoVolleyballJenny LinesWomen’s GolfKaley MorrisWomen’s Soccer9/21Tyler BowmanMen’s Cross CountryJay MainvilleMen’s Soccer9/14Kimberly ClarkVolleyballDernelle MascallWomen’s Soccer9/7Shaneka GordonWomen’s SoccerMegan SteinocherWomen’s Cross Country8/31Paul WilloughbyMen’s SoccerTHIS WEEK’S UWF ATHLETICS SCHEDULEMonday, March 29W. Golf @ Barry Bucs Women’s Invitational (at Miami, Fla.; Don Shula’s Golf Club)M. Tennis vs. BYU-Hawaii 2:00W. Tennis vs. BYU-Hawaii 2:00Tuesday, March 30W. Golf @ Barry Bucs Women’s Invitational (at Miami, Fla.; Don Shula’s Golf Club)Baseball vs. Mobile 5:00 Thursday, April 1M. Tennis vs. TBA (Blue Gray Championships) (at Montgomery, Ala.)W. Tennis vs. TBA (Blue Gray Championships) (at Montgomery, Ala.)Friday, April 2M. Tennis vs. TBA (Blue Gray Championships) (at Montgomery, Ala.)W. Tennis vs. TBA (Blue Gray Championships) (at Montgomery, Ala.)Softball @ West Alabama (DH) (at Livingston, Ala.)* noonBaseball @ West Alabama (DH) (at Livingston, Ala.)* 4:00 Saturday, April 3M. Cross Country @ Tiger Invitational (at Auburn, Ala.)W. Tennis vs. TBA (Blue Gray Championships) (at Montgomery, Ala.)M. Tennis vs. TBA (Blue Gray Championships) (at Montgomery, Ala.)Softball @ North Alabama (DH) (at Florence, Ala.)* noon Baseball @ West Alabama (at Livingston, Ala.)* 1:00For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Argos Make it Two in a Row as They Down Privateers

first_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Argonauts held the University of New Orleans to a -.022 attack percentage as the University of West Florida volleyball team picked up its second straight win, 3-0, 25-16, 25-14, 25-13.UWF (5-7) walked away with a team .329 hitting percentage as well as a season high nine service aces as the Argos grabbed the victory in their first ever meeting with UNO (2-6). The opening set saw seven ties with neither team jumping out to more than a two point lead until Jenny Bellairs (Osage, Iowa) smacked her second of four service aces to put the Argos up, 16-13. West Florida then went on a five point run to extend the lead before grabbing the set one win, 25-16, on a Privateer error.Set number two started off as another close affair until reigning Gulf South Conference Offensive Player of the Week Lindsay Homme (Willowbrook, Ill.) served into three straight UNO attack errors as the Argos went up, 10-7. UWF then went on an 8-2 run that was highlighted by big Homme and Amanda Rhein (Pleasant View, Tenn.) kills. Chandler Carney (Indianapolis, Ind.) then sent home a kill before three straight UNO errors put UWF up two sets to none.The Argos then eased out to their biggest lead of the night as they went up 14 points on the Privateers in the third set. With the match in hand, West Florida sealed the deal on back-to-back kills by Rhein and Bellairs.Offensively, junior Leah Buchanan (Winter Park, Fla.) led the way with nine kills and a season high .600 attack percentage while Bellairs and Carney each finished with six. A trio of Argos including KaLee Duggan (Port Orange, Fla.), Autumn Duyn (Venice, Fla.) and Anna Stoecklein (St. Charles, Mo.) finished with seven digs. Duggan also led UWF in assists with 23.West Florida also out blocked its opponent, 9-3, with Bellairs earning six block assists.The Argos remain undefeated in the UWF Field House and have yet to drop a set on their home court.Christian Brothers (10-2) now awaits the Argos as West Florida kicks off conference play this Friday at 7 p.m. in Memphis, Tenn. For the latest in scores and stats for UWF volleyball, visit www.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Version Share Bellairs was good for four aces and six kills against the Privateers. center_img Argos Make it Two in a Row as They Down Privateerslast_img read more

Yelton announces 2012-13 schedule

first_img Share Yelton announces 2012-13 schedule Senior Hanna Vette looks to finish her career on a high note this season for UWF (Photo by Bill Stockland) center_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – Stephanie Lawrence Yelton will begin her tutelage as the head coach of the University of West Florida women’s basketball team with a trio of tournaments to begin the 2012-13 season. The Argonauts will play host to two tournaments including the Tip Off Classic on Nov.9-10 and the Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 23-24. The Tip-Off Classic includes Barry, Georgia Southwestern, and Southern Indiana.The Thanksgiving Classic will include Gulf South Conference member West Alabama, Flagler and former conference foe Lincoln Memorial. In between the two home tournaments the Argos will head to North Georgia to compete in the North Georgia Tournament on Nov. 16-17.UWF will play 30 regular-season games including 18 conference contests beginning Nov. 29 at North Alabama. The Argos will wrap up 2012 facing newly welcomed GSC member and last seasons’ NAIA National Final runner-up Union (Tenn.) University on Dec. 1 before facing MilesCollege on the road on Dec. 8 and at home on Dec. 17.  The Argonauts will open up 2013 by facing new GSC member Shorter University at home on Jan. 3. Next on the schedule for the Argos is Alabama-Huntsville at home on Jan. 5; UAH went 2-0 against the Argonauts last year. UWF will then hit the road to face West Alabama on Jan. 10 and West Georgia on Jan. 12. The Argos will look to get revenge against West Alabama, who knocked UWF out of the GSC Tournament in the quarterfinals last season.UWF will then head home for a five-game stint beginning with Valdosta State on Jan. 19. The Argos will hit the road and head to Shorter on Feb. 7 and then to UAH on Feb. 9. West Florida will make a quick return home to once again face West Alabama on Feb. 14 and West Georgia on Feb. 16. UWF will finish out the regular season on the road to face Valdosta State on Feb. 23, Delta State on Feb. 28 and Christian Brothers on Mar. 2. Following the completion ofthe regular season schedule, the Argonauts will take part in the GSC Tournament where they look to make up for 57-60 first-round loss to West Alabama last year. The Argonauts return several key pieces from last year’s campaign, including Hanna Vette who scored 12.8 points per game and led the team in 3-point field goal percentage (.382) last year. Fellow junior Kelseigh Hughes added a team-high 79 assists last season and will help Vette carry the workload.The 2012-13 will also be the first year for Yelton’s new assistant coach John Motherwell. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com2012-13 UWF Women’s Basketball Schedule#ARGOS#Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

West Florida falls in second game of new year

first_img Argos fall 75-89 to West Alabama (Photo by Bill Stockland) Share  PENSACOLA, Fla.  – The University of West Florida men’s basketball team fell to the University of West Alabama 75-89 in a conference match-up. The Argos were led by senior Nate Johnson (Lincolnshire, Ill.) who posted his third straight double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Mario Stramaglia (Birmingham, Ala.) added 18 points and two assists in 36 minutes of play. UWF falls to 2-8 (1-3 GSC) on the season while West Alabama improves to 6-5 (3-2 GSC).Both teams started the first half trading baskets back and forth and with 13 minutes left in the half the score was tied 9-9. However, that would be the last time the Argos would even the score with the Tigers when UWA went on runs of nine, six, and five during the half. At halftime, West Alabama had a 14 point lead at 49-35. UWF shot 48.3% (14-29) from the field but couldn’t match the Tigers’ 65.6% (21-32) hot shooting. The Argos came out of the second half showing better effort on defense and held UWA to 44.1% (11-26) shooting in the half, but the first half lead proved to be too much for UWF to overcome and West Alabama earned the fourteen point victory. West Florida shot 45.5% (25-55) throughout the game and 36.4% (4-11) from the three point line but they didn’t have an answer for UWA’s 54.5% (36-66) shooting. Behind Johnson and Stramaglia, junior Terrence Townes (Danville, Va.) scored 15 points for his third straight game with 15 or more points. West Alabama’s Sandy Underwood led all scorers with 31 points (13-18) in 34 minutes, and three other players scored double digits for the Tigers.West Florida will be on the road next weekend when the play conference opponents Union (Tenn.) and North Alabama Jan. 9 and 11. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#Newspaper Box ScoreUWAMBB vs West Florida1/6/14 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Fla. (UWF Field House)At Pensacola, Fla. (UWF Field House)UWAMBB 89, WEST FLORIDA 75UWAMBB (6-5 (3-2 GSC))Sandy Underwood 13-18 4-5 31; Desmond Raymond 8-16 1-2 19; Lleon Tillman7-14 2-2 17; Jarell Byrd 4-6 1-2 11; Mychael Bester 2-6 1-2 5; KervensCalixte 1-1 0-0 2; Demetrius Powe 1-2 0-0 2; Aaron Cobb 0-0 1-2 1; DeMarcoSpears 0-2 1-2 1; Marcel Moorer 0-1 0-0 0; Kradrailous Kemp 0-0 0-0 0.Totals 36-66 11-17 89.WEST FLORIDA (2-8 (1-3 GSC))Nate Johnson 7-13 8-9 22; Mario Stramaglia 7-13 2-3 18; Terrence Townes 5-164-6 15; Ellis Young 1-3 2-4 4; Justin Williams 1-2 1-2 4; Jonathon Gac 1-21-2 3; Deangelo Legrier 1-3 1-1 3; Savon Bracey 0-0 2-2 2; Tyler Funk 1-10-0 2; Sean Voss 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 25-55 21-29 75.UWAMBB……………………   49   40  –   89West Florida………………   35   40  –   753-point goals–UWAMBB 6-16 (Jarell Byrd 2-2; Desmond Raymond 2-6; LleonTillman 1-1; Sandy Underwood 1-4; DeMarco Spears 0-2; Mychael Bester 0-1),West Florida 4-11 (Mario Stramaglia 2-5; Terrence Townes 1-3; JustinWilliams 1-2; Nate Johnson 0-1). Fouled out–UWAMBB-None, WestFlorida-Jonathon Gac. Rebounds–UWAMBB 34 (Lleon Tillman 12), West Florida32 (Nate Johnson 12). Assists–UWAMBB 15 (Desmond Raymond 7), West Florida12 (Nate Johnson 4). Total fouls–UWAMBB 20, West Florida 16. Technicalfouls–UWAMBB-None, West Florida-None. A-235– www.GoArgos.com –Print Friendly Versioncenter_img West Florida falls in second game of new yearlast_img read more

Two Argonauts earn All-GSC honors for men’s golf

first_imgTwo Argonauts earn All-GSC honors for men’s golf Esteban Castro (left), head coach Steve Fell (center) and Juan Miguel Heredia (right) Sharecenter_img BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The University of West Florida men’s golf team had two student-athletes earn All-Gulf South Conference honors and freshman Esteban Castro won the GSC Freshman of the Year award on Friday. Head coach Steve Fell also extended his record by earning the GSC Coach of the Year award for the 12th time since 1995.Castro (Bogotá, Colombia) becomes the second UWF golfer to be named GSC Freshman of the Year in the last three years. Castro had one tournament win and five finishes in the top-10 on the year while averaging 72.67 per round. The freshman was also one of five student-athletes across the league named to the All-GSC Team.Juan Miguel Heredia (Cuenca, Ecuador) also earned a spot on the All-GSC Team after winning the GSC Tournament and posting a GSC record lowest 54-hole score of 203. Heredia has three finishes in the top-10 and is averaging 72.93 this year. The junior has also posted 11 rounds of par or better for the season.With the GSC championship, the UWF men’s golf team earned an automatic bid to the NCAA South/Southeast Regional hosted by Armstrong in Pooler, Ga. on May 5-7. The official tournament field will be announced on NCAA.com on Friday, April 25. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#Official GSC Release  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

UWF volleyball earns No. 5 seed in first NCAA DII South Regional Rankings

first_imgNCAA Division II Volleyball Region Rankings INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The University of West Florida volleyball team came in at No. 5 in the first set of NCAA Division II Volleyball South Region rankings. West Florida has a 16-3 in-region record and is the highest ranked team out of the Gulf South Conference in the regional rankings. West Florida (23-5, 15-1 GSC) has the third-highest winning percentage in matches against in-region opponents among the south region teams that appeared in the first set of regional rankings. UWF is one of four teams from the south region that appeared in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Coaches Poll. Tampa (20-4) earned the top seed while Palm Beach Atlantic (21-3) came in as the No. 2 seed in the first set of NCAA DII South Regional rankings. Saint Leo (16-8) earned the No. 3 seed while Florida Southern (19-6) came in as the No. 4 seed. The Gulf South Conference had three teams appear in the regional rankings, with North Alabama (18-5) coming in as the No. 7 seed and Valdosta State (19-5) earning the No. 8 seed. West Florida will next face a pair of GSC opponents on the road including Union (Tenn.) on Friday, November 6 at 7 p.m. CT before facing Christian Brothers on Saturday, November 7 at 2 p.m. CT. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS#  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Men’s Golf Opens NCAA Play Tuesday in Denver

first_imgLIVE SCORINGUWF NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES (pdf)The No. 4 ranked UWF men’s golf team will open play at the 2016 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships this week at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver, Colorado.UWF PAIRED WITH CAL BAPTIST & TIFFIN FOR FIRST TWO DAYS* By virtue of its fourth-place finish inthe regional tournament, UWF is paired with California Baptist and Tiffin University on Tuesday and Wednesday for the first two rounds of competition. The teams will be off No. 1 from 12:05-12:49 p.m. on Tuesday and No. 10 from 7:30-8:14 a.m. on Wednesday. All times are Mountain Time.ARGONAUTS RETURN TO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP* The UWF men’s golf team is making its 10th overall appearance at the NCAA Championship, but its first since 2013. In fact, the 2013 showing in Houston three years ago is the only time since the 2008 NCAA Championship that the team has advanced out of the regional tournament.UWF’S NCAA HISTORY 101* UWF has appeared in nine previous NCAA Championships, winning the title in 2001 and 2008. The Argonauts have now participated in the last 20 NCAA Regional tournaments.* Orjan Larsen is the only UWF player to win the individual title, claiming the crown in 1998. The Bergen, Norway native shot a final-round 66 for a 280 total to win the tournament by eight strokes, helping UWF finish fourth in its first appearance on the national stage.* Kevin Warrick tied for first in 2001 with a 286 total before losing in a 3-way playoff that went four holes.* Bryan Clarke finished second in 2000 with a 282 total.UWF NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTSYear Score Place Location1998 1,181 4th Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.1999 1,159 3rd Valdosta, Ga.2000 298-293-295-296=1,182 5th Turlock, Calif.2001 296-279-279-294=1,148 1st Allendale, Mich.2002 310-308-301-297=1,216 9th Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.2003 299-295-286-295=1,175 t-6th Sunriver, Ore.2004 303-310-295-308=1,216 6th DeLand, Fla.2008 292-275-276-286=1,129 1st Houston, Texas2013 312-307-297=916 17th Hershey, Pa.FOUR ARGONAUTS VOTED ONTO GCAA PING ALL-REGION TEAM* A group of four UWF men’s golf standouts were named the Division II PING All-Region Team, as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America Monday. Chandler Blanchet, Jacob Huizinga, Talin Rajendranath and Henry Westmoreland IV were among the 25 student-athletes named to the South team.* The four honorees are tied for the most in school history, matching the numbers in 2001 and 2008 – the two previous years UWF won the NCAA Championship.UWF FINISHES FOURTH AT NCAA REGIONAL* UWF advanced out of regional play for the first time since 2013 and just the second time since 2008, finishing fourth at te NCAA South/Southeast Regional. The Argonauts stormed out to a first-round lead following a 8-under-par 280 on the El Campeon course at Mission Inn. UWF followed with a 295 on the second day, to slip to second place before battling the rain and wind for a final round 299 and 874 total.* Sophomore Chandler Blanchet finished third with a 7-under-par 209. He opened the tourney with a 65, marking his lowest round in two years at UWF.UWF CLAIMS RECORD 14TH GSC TITLE IN DRAMATIC FASHION* UWF overcame a seven-shot deficit on the final day and won a thrilling 2-hole playoff to win its record 14th Gulf South Conference Championship at the RTJ Trail Fighting Joe Course in mid April. The Argonauts trailed Lee by seven to start the day and five at the turn before eventually forcing a team playoff on Chandler Blanchet’s 25-foot birdie putt on the 54th hole.* Blanchet never lost the lead on Tuesday, firing a bogey-free round of 69 that included birdies at Nos. 15 and 18. His total of 71-68-69=208 afforded him a 4-stroke victory. He became the third-consecutive UWF men’s player to win the GSC title and 12th overall. Blanchet posted the best scoring average in the field on Par 3s and 4s over the three-day tournament, going 2-under and 5-under on those holes, and he led the field with 12 birdies.UWF SWEEPS GSC POSTSEASON AWARDS, FOUR ARGOS NAMED ALL-CONFERENCE* The UWF men’s golf team completed a sweep of the Gulf South Conference individual postseason awards and had four representatives on the all-conference teams.* Sophomore Chandler Blanchet was named to the Player of the Year, Bryce Geraghty was named the Freshman of the Year and Steve Fell was voted Coach of the Year by the other coaches.* Blanchet was a first team selection, while Geraghty was joined on the second team by senior Talin Rajendranath and sophomore Henry Westmoreland IV.* Blanchet is the 12th UWF player to claim the top individual honor and the third in the last six years.* Geraghty is the seventh Argo to grab the top rookie award from the GSC in the 10 years since the honor transitioned from the top freshman at the league tourney to a vote of the head coaches.* Fell, who is in his 22nd year at his alma mater, records his 13th yearly honor from the league coaches.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

UWF’s Second-Half Surge Not Enough Against Hot-Shooting UAH

first_img Full Schedule Roster North Alabama 1/2/2017 – 7:30 pm West Florida (5-4, 0-4 GSC) faced a large challenge when going into halftime down 41-26. UAH (7-3, 3-1 GSC) shot a blistering 8-for-13 from three-point range and shot 51.7% from the floor in the first half to create a near insurmountable deficit for the Argonauts. Live Stats Over UWF’s remarkable 29-10 run, Marvin Jones collected eight points while going 2-of-3 from beyond the arc during that span. Jones and Deangelo Legrier led the team with 11 second-half points each. UWF shot 53.3% from the field in the second half, including a 40% clip from distance. West Florida outscored UAH 41-35 in the second half, and held advantages in turnovers (3-7), blocks (6-0) and assists (11-6). BOX SCORE: WEB | PDF For the entire contest, UWF outscored UAH in the paint at 28-20, on second-chance efforts at 10-6, points of the bench at 12-8 and on the fast break at 6-4. West Florida posted a season-high eight blocks in the effort, led by Darryl Tucker who had three. UWF allowed a season-high 13 three-point field goals. Webster concluded his impressive performance with 25 points and 16 rebounds to lead all players in both categories. Previewcenter_img Next Game: For information on all UWF athletics, visit GoArgos.com.  Print Friendly Version PENSACOLA, Fla. –  No. 24-ranked Alabama Huntsville held a 24-point advantage with 15:45 remaining but the UWF men’s basketball team held its own against the defending Gulf South Conference Regular Season Champions by going on a 29-10 run over the next 10:10 to cut UAH’s lead to 64-59 with 5:35 remaining in regulation. Unfortunately for the Argonauts, the squad will have to wait until 2017 for its first GSC win as Alabama Huntsville eventually held on for a 76-67 victory on Saturday afternoon. Watch Live DII Bulletin preseason All-American Seab Webster led the offense for the Chargers, scoring 17 first half points while going 6-of-10 from the floor. With UAH leading 19-16, Webster converted on long-range shots on each of UAH’s next three possessions to hand the Chargers a 25-18 advantage. Webster’s effort provided a spark for UAH for the remainder of the half with the Chargers stringing together a 16-8 run to close the first 20 minutes. West Florida will start 2017 with a home contest against North Alabama on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Jones contributed a season-high 20 points, while Legrier, Jason Laatsch and Tucker all contributed double-digit point totals at 14, 13 and 10, respectively. Laatsch matched his career-high with seven rebounds, as he tied Legrier for the team-high. Rashaan Benson contributed seven assists to help set up the Argonaut offense.last_img read more

Santos mourn death of Brazil 1970 skipper Carlos Alberto

first_imgCarlos Alberto, captain of the great Brazil team that won the 1970 World Cup, died on Tuesday of a heart attack in Rio at the age of 72, Brazil’s Sportv, for whom he worked, announced. Carlos Alberto starred alongside Pele, Tostao, Jairzinho and Rivelino in the Brazil team that beat Italy 4-1 in the final in Mexico and is considered as one of the greatest sides of all time.A right-back, he scored the last, brilliant, goal in the final, running onto a Pele pass and smashing in a thunderous shot with his right foot.Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1944, “Capita” as he is known in Brazil, also played alongside Pele at Santos from 1966 to 1974 and at the New York Cosmos from 1977 to 1980 after beginning his career with Fluminense. “Santos mourn the death of idol Carlos Alberto Torres,” said Santos in a statement, describing him as the club’s greatest ever right-back and decreeing three days of mourning. “Thanks for everything”, the club added on Twitter along with a picture of him in their black and white colours. The Cosmos tweeted: “We’re deeply saddened by the loss of Carlos Alberto, a legendary player and wonderful person. He’ll always remain part of the Cosmos family.” He won more than 50 caps for his country — missing the ill-fated 1974 World Cup trophy defence due to injury — and was later named by FIFA in a list of the 100 greatest living players in 2004. “He was my brother. More than a friend,” said Clodoaldo, a midfielder in the Brazil 1970 side who also starred for Santos. “We spoke to each other all the time. When I heard the news, I was paralysed. He was a star and the best captain we ever had.” Carlos Alberto hung up his boots in 1982 and started his coaching career with Rio giants Flamengo, winning a Brazilian title before working in the United States, Colombia, Mexico, Oman and Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijan position was to be his last in coaching after he was sacked in 2005. He then became a television pundit, appearing in Sportv’s coverage of last weekend’s Brazilian league action.last_img read more

Patrick van Aanholt: Crystal Palace sign Sunderland defender in potential £14m deal

first_imgCrystal Palace have signed Sunderland defender Patrick van Aanholt in a transfer that could rise to £14m.Netherlands international Van Aanholt, 26, made 95 appearances for Sunderland after joining them in a £1.5m move from Chelsea in the summer of 2014.On Friday, Palace boss Sam Allardyce said: “He will increase the speed and energy levels of the squad. I look forward to him joining me again.”Sunderland are bottom of the Premier League, with Crystal Palace in 18th.last_img

Super Eagles handlers should focus on players’ psyche – Omokaro

first_imgEx-international Bright Omokaro has advised Super Eagles handlers to ensure that the players are psychologically prepared for their encounter with Argentina on Nov. 14 in Russia.He gave the advice in an interview in Lagos on Monday.Omokaro said that playing a friendly against great teams like the Argentines would boost the morale and improve the confidence of Super Eagles players.While commending the team’s current form, Omokaro, who won silver for Nigeria at the 1988 Morocco African Cup of Nations competition, said the team needed lots of motivational advice for the World Cup matches in Russia in 2018.“This is not just a friendly match; it will test our players’ tenacity. The match will give our players all the confidence they need before the World Cup kicks off.‘’It will boost the morale of the players, if they perform well because of the status of the country involved. Psychologically it will prepare them towards what to expect in Russia.“And it is also important for the handlers of the team to constantly charge these players mentally so that they will be prepared and understand that they are no second fiddle to the Argentines.“This match will improve our profile if we ensure that we give our team all the needed support to hold their ground in Russia,’’ Omokaro said.As part of the preparation for the 2018 World Cup, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had organised a friendly with Argentina in Russia.Omokaro, a former 3SC of Ibadan defender, said that the choice of Russia as location for the friendly was appropriate.“At least they get to stay a few days in Russia which will help them acclimatise at the World Cup proper; the NFF has really out-done itself, kudos to them.’’last_img read more

Nadal knocks Cilic out of U.S. Open

first_imgRafa Nadal faced his stiffest challenge yet at the U.S. Open but raised his game to beat Marin Cilic 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-2 on Monday, and continued his quest for a fourth Flushing Meadows title.The second-seeded Spaniard was in cruise control as he took the first set behind some superb serving and stout defense, but the big-hitting Croatian battled back to snatch the second.That was as good as it would get for Cilic, however, with the momentum shifting decisively in Nadal’s favour when he jumped in the air to hit a spectacular overhead smash that electrified the crowd.Cilic would double fault later in the game to give Nadal a 3-1 lead, and would never threaten again on a hot and humid night in New York, with Tiger Woods, among the star-studded crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium cheering on the Spaniard.“It means a lot to me to have him supporting.“He’s an amazing inspiration; all the things that he accomplish in sport, the way that he managed to keep fighting that hard,’ Nadal said of Woods.Nadal fired a forehand winner on match point to seal the victory and make his 40th quarter-final at a Grand Slam event.“For some moments in the second set, I felt there was too many points in his hands.“He was pushing me back … after (the) second set I thought something needed to change,’ he added.The 33-year-old has had a relatively stress-free time at the tournament so far, dropping just one set and getting a walkover in the second round.Next up for the 18-time Grand Slam champion is a meeting with Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who toppled Alexander Zverev in their round of 16 clash earlier in the day.The diminutive Argentine had faced Nadal seven times and lost every meeting but has proven a difficult test in the slams, forcing the Spaniard to go four tough sets at the 2018 Australian and French Opens.“He is one of the most talented players on our tour,” said Nadal, who sometimes trains with Schwartzman.“He has everything, amazing control, amazing speed.“He has the ability to read very well, your shots, and to understand very well, the game; it’s not a surprise he is there.“I know people can think that Zverev was favoured before that match. Honestly for me, today, Schwartzman was favoured.“I saw him play a couple of matches during this tournament, he was playing great.“I need to play my best in the next round to have the chance to be in that semi-finals”, said Nadal.Nadal is on a collision course with third seed Roger Federer, and could meet his old rival in Sunday’s final if both players advance.Federer faces Grigor Dimitrov in the quarters on Tuesday.last_img read more

Lorain tops Elyria thanks to second-half onslaught

first_img Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42 Related TopicsElyria PioneersElyria Pioneers footballLorain TitansLorain Titans football **This recap brought to you by b.a. Sweetie Candy Company, which you can visit HERE, or at 6770 Brookpark Road Cleveland, Ohio 44129**LORAIN, OHIO– When it comes to Lorain County sports, there are few rivalries as good as the Lorain Titans and Elyria Pioneers.Thursday night gave us another great installment, as the the two schools went head-to-head at George Daniel Field in Lorain. This year, it’s Lorain (2-1) that will own the bragging rights, as they defeated Elyria (0-3), 38-17.This year’s contest was bound to be another physical affair, and fans got a taste of that as the game was scoreless after the first quarter, and largely paced by both teams’ defense.In the second quarter, however, the Titans came out and got two quick scores to go up 14-0. The first came when Daylin Dower punched the ball in for a two-yard touchdown run on a continuation of the Lorain drive that ended the first quarter. Dower’s night ended with 96 yards on 18 carries.The second came about four minutes later, when Mikey Harrell ran the ball in from the three-yard line. Quarterback Justin Sturgill was able to complete the two-point conversion to give Lorain a 14-0 lead.On the ensuing drive, however, the Pioneers would answer the Titans and score a touchdown when quarterback Dontae Beckett found Deviian Williams on a 31-yard touchdown pass. Williams ended with 74 yards on seven receptions.The next touchdown also came courtesy of Beckett, when he found Scott Ethington in the end zone during the closing seconds of the half.Considering they allowed two quick scores, Lorain head coach Dave McFarland challenged his team to come out with more focus in the second half.“I was just infuriated with the second quarter because it’s about character, it’s about doing the right things in life, and you get punched and you gotta keep fighting,” McFarland said when asked about Elyria’s comeback. “So, we challenged them at halftime to come out and play with energy and character, and just fight.”And fight they did. Following the break, Lorain struck first again. On the first play of their first drive in the half, Harrell ran the ball for a 78-yard touchdown to give the Titans a six-point advantage, 20-14. Harrell had a rather impressive evening for the Titans, ending with 92 yards and his two touchdowns on nine carries.“I was excited after that because he came a long way, I grew up with him, played with him since eighth grade, and I knew he always had the potential to do special things like that,” Sturgill said of Harrell’s 78-yard run.While the Titan offense came out after halftime strong, the Elyria offense was nowhere to be found.“We come out, and we just laid an egg,” Elyria head coach Sean Arno said. “We made too many mistakes on offense, various things and I’m not sure why.”The Pioneers opened the fourth quarter by getting their lone score of the second half on a field goal. Lorain, however, would once again answer immediately, as Sturgill found Tyshawn Lighty for a 70-yard touchdown pass to give the Titans a 26-17 lead.  Lighty contributed 114 total receiving yards to the Lorain offense.Elyria began their next drive, but it was once again stopped short as the ball was fumbled near the Pioneers’ own 30-yard line. Lorain’s Isaiah McDowell, a 5’5” linebacker, would come away with it, and run all the way into the end zone to give the Titans a 32-17 point advantage.“He’s a tough kid, he wants to play football,” McFarland said. “He’s what high school football is all about. A small guy with a lot of toughness, a lot of want too, and he makes things happen.”At that point, lightning literally struck, and the game was sent into a lightning delay with just over nine minutes left to play.When the game continued, Lorain was incredibly successful at running down the clock, but still scored one last touchdown when Dakota Mincy punched the ball in to make the final 38-17.Sturgill ended the game going three-of-eight passing with 114 yards and one touchdown.For the Pioneers, Beckett went 14-of-21 , with two touchdowns and 161 passing yards. He also rushed for 32 yards on 14 carries. Beckett also split time with Tristan Arno, who went two-for-nine with 43 passing yards and one interception.As the Titans were able to overcome the Pioneers in the second half of the game, McFarland offered a pretty simple explanation for what he thought changed.“I was really proud of the character of our kids in the second half, and I think that was the difference.”PLAYER OF THE GAMEWhile the Titans had plenty of guys get in on their offensive action, the honor this week goes to Mikey Harrell. His 92 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns were the standout performance of the game.“Savon (Chavis) hurt his groin early on, and Mikey went in for him at fullback,” McFarland said of Harrell’s performance. “He’s not a very big kid and he got beat up a little bit, and then he hit that seam. That was a great play for us. But that’s part of running option football, you dive, dive, dive and then you hit one.”**This recap brought to you by b.a. Sweetie Candy Company, which you can visit HERE, or at 6770 Brookpark Road Cleveland, Ohio 44129**center_img Ashley Bastocklast_img read more

Photo Gallery Premier Championship Wrestling November Pain

first_imgPremier Championship Wrestling presented “November Pain” last evening from a packed Turners Hall.See below for photo’s taken ringside by Kayden Reinke alone with a full write off the shows results below the photo gallery.Upset that you missed the big show?  Don’t be, because you will have another chance to catch The Very Best in Local Pro Wrestling once again on December 2nd as Premier Championship Wrestling presents “Holiday Havoc” from Turners Hall.  You will want to buy your tickets now for this event before they sell out.Matches include,Premier Champion Andrew Palace vs. Ron Mathis (If Palace Is Disqualified, He Loses His Championship!)No Disqualification: Krimson vs. G-RaverPlus much more!Swing by http://www.joe-dombrowski.com/  to pick up your tickets right now! Official results from Premier’s “November Pain” event from 11-18-171. Sonny Vice beat Remy LaVey. After the bout, Vice once again demanded a match with J-Rocc, until Dave Kich, personal ring announcer of J-Rocc to interrupt and refuse on J-Rocc’s behalf. Director of Operations Joe Dombrowski ordered that if J-Rocc refused to accept Sonny’s challenge by January 6, then Kich himself, still under contract, would have to wrestle Vice instead.Following this incident, Gory emerged to dress down a defeated Remy, claiming he needs Remy’s head in the game and help with more bodies and back-up for The Culmination.2. Marion Fontaine beat Alex Jordan w/ Shawn Phoenix. During the match, Remy LaVey re-appeared, having a conversation or argument with Phoenix ringside.3. Lee Moriarty beat Cole Radrick4. Joseline beat Jinx and Ray Lyn in a Women’s Division three-way bout.5. Welterweight Champion Jason Gory beat Gregory Iron after a distraction from Lee Moriarty6. Jack Pollock w/ RC Dupree beat Bryan Castle7. Nate Wings beat Dylan Bostic8. Ty Cross & Edric Everhart beat Premier Tag Team Champions Atticus Cogar & Otis Cogar via disqualification. (Cogars retain the championships)9. Premier Champion Andrew Palace, Jackson Stone & Rickey Shane Page beat Chris LeRusso, Ganon Jones Jr. & Duke Davis when Page pinned LeRusso. After the match, Page piledrove LeRusso onto the ramp, while Jones Jr & Stone brawled around the building, and Davis injured the knee of Palace before leveling him with a choke-bomb.Premier Championship Wrestling returns to Turners Hall in Cleveland, OH on Saturday, December 2 at 7pm for “Holiday Havoc”! Tickets will go on sale tomorrow at Joe-Dombrowski.com! Related TopicsPremier Championship Wrestlingcenter_img Vince McKeelast_img read more

Thoughts on the Cavs’ five-game road trip

first_img Related TopicsCavsCleveland CavaliersNBA NEOSI Staff by Nick BroulisCANTON, Ohio– The Cleveland Cavaliers have plenty of offense, but “Where’s the defense?!” That and more, in this edition of the Broulis Beat Report.ABOUT ISAIAH THOMAS:The Cavs don’t have to worry much about offense anymore from the PG position. Thomas has looked good on the court, and he’s only played in two games. Once Thomas gets in game condition and no longer has a minutes restriction, he’ll be a force. This will help LeBron James get some rest. James is currently third in the NBA in minutes per game at 37.2. Only Khris Middleton (37.3) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (37.9) play more.Isaiah Thomas can also create his own shot, play well off the ball and facilitate for others. Thomas doesn’t need the help of James or anyone to get his shot or score. Cavs’ fans have already seen how beautiful a pick and roll play can work between Thomas and James and anyone else that is rolling to the rim while Thomas dribbles the ball. Defenses are so worried about Thomas pulling up for a jump shot or driving to the rim, that they really aren’t sure what type of defense to use yet. Cleveland will start to run the offense more and more through Thomas the more he gets comfortable with his teammates.TYRONN LUE:Lue is in a good situation right now. He has the luxury of having the best player in the NBA on his team and a team that is loaded and will only get better as the season goes along. A lot of winning can sometimes overshadow how good a coach really is. I’m not here to slam coach Lue, but I have some problems with his coaching that, perhaps nobody is paying much attention to.Why isn’t Channing Frye playing Tristan Thompson’s minutes? Frye is a decent rebounder, can spread the floor with his ability to hit from deep and has shown the ability to get points in the paint. Frye isn’t a horrible defender either.With Thomas coming back, Lue also must figure out a way to get LeBron’s minutes down. This happened last year and, whether or not it caught up with James in the Finals is debatable, but there is no reason for James to be averaging 37+ minutes a game.Finally, Cedi Osman. Osman seems to be getting more and more comfortable on the court despite being very young. Osman is 6’8 and 220, but has shown the ability to defend and shoot from outside and finish at the rim.DERRICK ROSE:Earlier in the week, news broke that Derrick Rose could potentially come back during the Cavs’ current five-game road trip.My question is, how and why is Derrick Rose still being considered to be on this roster, let alone getting a chance to play meaningful minutes? Rose has issues with defending an staying healthy. Therefore, it’s difficult to understand what his role could be on a team that is trying to win an NBA title.Rose was extremely talented when he first came into the league, but the injury bug got ahold of Rose and has never really let go. I wrote a few months ago, when Rose left the team to consider retiring, that it would be in the best interest of both him and the Cavs, to retire. Today’s NBA requires guards to be able to shoot well from the field. Not just the ability to drive to the rim. Rose shot 43 percent or higher from the field in his first four seasons. Then his ACL injury happened. Rose shot 47 percent from the field last season with the Knicks when he played in more than 60 game, but this season he hasn’t been able to shake an ankle injury he suffered in the second game of the year.With Wade running the second team, I think it would hurt the team, both offensively and defensively, if Lue put Rose out on the court with Wade or James at the same time.NO DEFENSE:Cleveland has the offensive fire power to compete with just about anyone. But, the Cavs are terrible on defense. Going into Monday night’s game in Minnesota, Cleveland’s defensive rating 108.5 (28th). That’s not going to win you a title. When Cleveland beat Golden State for the title kn 2016, they were ranked as the 10th best defense in the NBA. That’ll give you a chance, as long as you can score as well.Boston ranks first and Golden State is second in defensive efficiency, followed by OKC, Portland, Toronto, Philadelphia, Washington, Utah and Charlotte.Cleveland ranks 14th in opponents’ points off turnovers, 17th in opponents’ second chance points at 12.4. Perhaps the most glaring stat defensively for Cleveland right now is the fact that the Cavs are ranked 21st in the NBA in points allowed in the paint with 45.5. Cleveland is also allowing their opponents to shoot 37 percent from deep, which ranks them 21st in the NBA.The defense must get cleaned up.Defense comes down to effort, but effort only gets you so far when it comes to rim protection. And Cleveland doesn’t have anyone that is a true rim protector. They may have to go out and get that by trading. Cleveland doesn’t have a player in the top 30 of blocks per game. James ranks 32nd with 1.03 blocks a game.The man in front of James? DeAndre Jordan. There have been rumors that the Clippers may be willing to trade Jordan. While the asking price isn’t completely known yet, the deal would have to include Thompson. But, who else would the Clippers want? The Cavs will need two players to complete a trade for Jordan, as Jordan is owed $22 million and Thompson is owed $16 million. Cleveland could throw in Iman Shumpert or Channing Frye.Also, it’s being mentioned that the Clippers would want the Brooklyn pick that Cleveland currently owns thanks to the Irving trade. Reports are coming out that Cleveland isn’t willing to include that pick, which is smart.Either way, Cleveland needs to figure out a way to get better defensively and that means finding someone who can protect the rim better than Thompson.last_img read more

Kevin Love Says Sitting Out in Cavs Victory over Celtics Sunday Felt Like Missing 1st Day of School

first_imgLove along with everyone else on the Cavs, and the whole city of Cleveland have been rejuvenated and are once again excited to see what this new squad brings to the table. Related TopicsBoston CelticsCleveland CavaliersGeorge HillJordan ClarksonKevin LoveKevin Love injuryLarry Nance Jr.Rodney Hood On Sunday, the Cleveland Cavaliers played against the number one seed in the Eastern Conference, Boston Celtics. This game was the first game that the new acquisitions that the Cavs have acquired at the trade deadline played together.George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson, and Larry Nance Jr. all played a part in the Cavs 121-99 defeat over the Celtics, chipping in with 49 points. For the first time in a while, the Cavs actually looked like they were happy to play basketball. As you can tell in the video below: Payton Vincecenter_img Cavs All-Star Kevin Love told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin that he felt like he had to stay home sick on the first day of school. Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for LastWordOnSports.com. He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on AllSportsCleveland.com.last_img read more

PREVIEW: Indians take on Kansas City in a weekend series

first_img Michael Rodgers Click to comment KANSAS CITY– The Indians will travel to Kansas City to take on the Royals to finish out the month of August and their seven game road trip. After a four-game split (losing the last two) against the Boston Red Sox, the Tribe will look to continue their dominance against the Royals and stellar road play since the beginning of July.Time: 8:15pmPitching Matchup: Mike Clevinger (9-7, 3.25 ERA) vs. Brad Keller (6-5, 3.32 ERA)TV: STOOnline: MLB.TVRadio: WTAM 1100 AM, WMMS 100.7 FM, Indians Radio NetworkHere’s three things to look forward to in tonight’s game. Pages: 1 2 3 4 Related TopicsClevelandCleveland IndiansKansas City RoyalsMLBcenter_img Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Denzel Ward Earns NFL Rookie of the Week For The Second Time This Season

first_img Related TopicsDenzel Ward The great rookie season Denzel Ward has been having, continued today as he was named NFL Rookie of the Week. This is the second time in the first five weeks of the season he has earned this award.The play of Ward is a big reason why the Browns lead the league in takeaways with a plus minus of 8. Earlier this week, he was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week as well.The rookie out of Ohio State is off to a blazing start with no signs of cooling off. GM John Dorsey took some heat last spring by drafting him fourth overall, but it appears to be have been the right move thus far.Against the Ravens, Ward had one interception to snuff out a touchdown drive at the goal line. A blocked field goal, three passes deflected and 5 tackles in the Browns big 12-9 win.Ward and the Browns will look to stay hot as they welcome in the LA Chargers to First Energy Stadium this Sunday at 1pm. Vince McKeelast_img read more

Pitching Matchups for the Indians-Astros Series at Progressive Field

first_imgTwo of the best in the American League will do batter over three days at Progressive Field starting on Tuesday evening, as the Indians will host the AL West champion Houston Astros for a set of games.The Indians are coming off a 5-2 road swing, losing a game each to the Jays and Royals. The Astros are 68-39, eight games up on the A’s in the AL West.Here’s the pitching matchups for the next three days in Downtown Cleveland. July 30 v Houston, 7:10PM (SportsTime Ohio/WTAM/WMMS/IRN)RHP Shane Bieber vs. RHP Justin VerlanderJuly 31 v Houston, 7:10PM (SportsTime Ohio/WTAM/WMMS/IRN)RHP Adam Plutko vs. RHP Jose UrquidyAugust 1 v Houston, 7:10PM (SportsTime Ohio/WTAM/WMMS/IRN)RHP Zach Plesac vs. RHP Gerrit Cole Matt Loede Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.center_img Related TopicsAstrosfeaturedIndianslast_img read more

Pot Businesses Gearing Up For Legalization

first_imgMayor Porter: “I’ve already had some calls from people in our community wondering what the City Council plans to do about that and so it makes you think, well what can we do about it? And then it’s really interesting because the way the bill was written, the proposition was written, it actually gives cities a lot of latitude, which is a good thing. So I wanted the Council to consider that we need to start listening to our constituents and see what kind of a footprint they would like to see that have in our community.” Three trade shows connected to pot are scheduled this spring in Anchorage and cannabis associations are forming. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Dozens of marijuana-related business names are already being registered with state regulators, though the sale of pot won’t be legally defined for at least nine months. Home rule cities will also have the authority to ban marijuana sales within city limits. Kenai Mayor Pat Porter said she’s listening to her constituents…center_img But that doesn’t mean pot shops can start opening their doors. The initiative gives the state nine months to decide how the plant will be grown, sold, and tested. The recent voter initiative will take effect February 24, allowing adults in Alaska to possess up to an ounce of pot under state law. Under federal law, possession of marijuana is still a legal offense.last_img read more

Community Meetings on Process for New Principals Beginning

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Two long-time Soldotna principals will be retiring soon. He said the meetings with the communities will be to ask parents and administrators their input. Dusek: “At 4 o’clock at the SoHi Library I’ll be going through the hiring process with the Soldotna community about Soldotna High School. And then Wednesday at 5 o’clock I’ll be in the Connections Soldotna office.” Interim Superintendent Sean Dusek said Principal Todd Syverson of SoHi and Principal Lee Young of Connections are retiring and those meetings start today. Dusek: “I’m looking for answers to the following questions: what qualities are you looking for in the next principal and questions might you like to see asked at the interview? And that’ll help us determine the candidates that’ll be brought forward some time in February when we do that, and we’ll talk about possible dates for interviews.”last_img read more

Governor Offers Mediator to Legislature, Sends State Worker Notices

first_imgWalker said the offer has been extended to legislative leaders although they had not heard back as of 1:30 pm. Matt Peterson said he was called early this morning and has cleared his schedule this week in an effort to help reach an agreement. He added that there is no other choice than to find a way to fund the budget because otherwise it is “a check that bounces.” Gov. Walker: “We hope that this process works and we also hope that this process isn’t necessary because they come to a resolution very quickly.” Notices have begun being mailed to around 10,000 state workers and if the state goes through with the layoffs, Alaska’s unemployment could hit 9%, the worst in the nation.center_img Peterson: “I have a plan as to how I would like to proceed, I’ve cleared my calendar for the rest of this week and I’m prepared, starting this afternoon, to meet with the House leadership and the Senate leadership as the governor has asked me to make myself available to do whatever I can to help the process of helping negotiations between the sides so that we can come up with a final budget that we can move forward with our finances this year. Beyond that I can’t really discuss any specifics.” Fees for the mediation from Peterson would be out of the governor’s budget. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Bill Walker has called in a mediator to offer services to the legislature as around 10,000 layoff notices are sent out and the budget standoff continues.last_img read more

Chuitna Decision Imminent

first_imgThe precedent setting water rights decision is not mentioned on the Dept. of Natural Resources’ “Division News and Hot Topics” page. A deeper dig reveals that PacRim Coal “is currently working on updating its permit application but has given no time frame for when it will be submitted. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The State of Alaska has six days to decide if water rights go to environmental groups or to what would be the state’s largest coal mine. laine on chuitnaShavelson: “Governor Walker certainly has a lot on his plate from the gas line to the fiscal crisis, but the decision he has to make in the Chuitna water shed in Upper Cook Inlet is precedent setting – it’s a decision whether to protect salmon habitat or give it away for a one time use. Bob Shavelson is a director at Cook Inletkeeper who, along with the Chuitna Citizens Coalition and others met with the governor a month ago. Alaska’s only other operating coal mine, Usibelli, has stopped all exports due to poor markets. Fish Radio’s Laine Welch spoke to one of the environmental activists… The decision on water rights for salmon or coal will be made jointly by Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Mallott. The deadline is October 6.last_img read more

Public Comment Taken Today on Justice Reforms

first_imgPublic testimony will begin at 5:00 p.m. and be limited to three (3) minutes per testifier. Those interested in attending are encouraged to attend at the Kenai LIO on Main St Loop. Governor Walker says the changes are needed to keep Alaskans, and the budget, healthy… FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享After a spate of inmate deaths last year, Governor Bill Walker launched an administrative review of Alaska’s criminal justice system; now the proposed changes are being codified. One of the changes would raise the felony property theft threshold, making thefts of up to $2,000 simply a misdemeanor. Currently a theft of $750 or more is a felony. In her sponsor statement, Rep. Millet explained, “The bill offers changes to our pre-trial procedures, sentencing, community supervision, and incorporate priorities important to victims and victim advocates. Perhaps most importantly, however, are crucial reinvestments derived from cost-savings from the previously listed policy changes.”center_img Gov. Walker: “This isn’t about us trying to coddle felonies or those incarcerated. We’re not. This is about making sure there are safe conditions for the corrections officers as well as for those that are incarcerated, so it’s across the board, not just one versus the other.” Public comment is being taken today on Rep. Charisse Millett’s HB 205 which would reduce penalties and jail time for certain types of non-violent crime.last_img read more

Frazier ousts Ai

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 NEW YORK – Japan’s Ai Sugiyama made another early exit from the U.S. Open on Thursday after going down in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 to American Amy Frazier in the second round of the women’s singles event.Sugiyama, ranked 19th in the world, has never progressed further than the third round of the singles competition at this tournament. She had no answer to Frazier’s powerful serve and pinpoint returns and admitted that she had been played off the court at Flushing Meadows.center_img “There was absolutely no way I could stop Amy today. Her serves and returns were unbelievable and she played some magnificent shots. No matter how hard I tried I was never going to beat her today,” Sugiyama said. last_img read more

Joanie’s in town, and she’s ready to kick some butt

first_imgDressed in high-heels, stockings, denim shorts and a tight-fitting T-shirt (any T-shirt would be tight-fighting around that upper body), Laurer gets straight down to business just as she is known to in the ring. Like any true fighter, she anticipates my moves, answering my questions before I can ask them.“I’m in Japan to fight for legendary Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki’s New Japan Pro Wrestling group,” explains Laurer. “Japanese wrestling, as opposed to the WWF version in America, is far more traditional and physical. In America, the contest is designed to be a show whereas in Japan we just go out and fight.”Struggling to comprehend how any of the smaller-framed female Japanese fighters could possibly pose a threat to Laurer, I inquire as to who her “victims” will be.With a mix of pride and trepidation, she informs me that she will be fighting Japanese champion Masa Chono at the Tokyo Dome on Oct. 14 in front of an expected capacity crowd of 70,000 screaming fans. This should not be an intimidating prospect for a seasoned WWF (now known as WWE) fighter, one would be justified in pointing out. The difference here, however, is that the fighting will not be choreographed as it is in the WWE and that she will be fighting in the physical Japanese style in which she is not yet accustomed, against the Japanese male champion no less.In the male-dominated society that is Japan, this is no minor undertaking.“The Japanese tend to idolize their sporting heroes in a way that America idolizes its movie stars. The concept of a western female beating up on one of their male idols in the ring may be difficult for many to digest,” says Laurer.I can’t help thinking that taking on a woman of the proportions of Laurer in the close physical confines of combat could at best prove decidedly awkward for the traditionally reserved Japanese male.“Sure, the guys in training at first didn’t quite know where to put their hands, but after dealing them a few solid blows of my own they soon lost their inhibitions. I think I earned their respect and a lot of the guys had to swallow their pride pills.”During the course of the interview, a unique contrast becomes apparent: that of a superwoman who once went four rounds in the ring with ex-con Joey Buttafuoco in a celebrity boxing match in front of a television audience of 20 million and that of someone who is just as eager to show off her feminity, doing so emphatically by posing nude for Playboy in an issue that was one of the magazine’s highest selling of all time.Further evidence of this contrast is provided when Laurer proceeds to show me a Hello Kitty photo album, the contents of which contain a selection of hardcore wrestling shots in which she is depicted wearing a variety of elaborate costumes meticulously designed herself.Despite her unbridled physical prowess, Laurer is friendly and personable. She also possesses a steely determination to be successful and is not afraid of new challenges.“In life, you have to take chances,” she explains. “You never know where life will take you and you have to be ready for what comes your way.”Clearly this philosophy has stood her in good stead in the ring.Not only does Laurer have the destruction of Chono as her primary short-term target — a goal for which she has been training five hours a day — she also aims to encourage the exchange of Japanese fighters with the United States in order to promote the sport in Japan and to provide competition for former employer Vince McMahon’s WWE, which monopolizes the industry in her home country.Laurer is under no illusions as to the magnitude of the task that lies ahead but has her sights firmly set on her immediate challenge.“Fighting Chono at the Tokyo Dome will be the biggest challenge of my career,” Laurer explains, momentarily shifting gears from her cheerful disposition into her fighting mode.“So, what do you bench?” I offer as a parting shot while Laurer gets ready to sneak out for an ice cream.“About 315 pounds.”Enough said. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img Joanie Laurer lists herself as 5’10”. She looks more like 6’4″ in the flesh. Built like a brick lighthouse, former World Wrestling Federation (WWF) star “Chyna” cuts an imposing figure as she greets me at the door to her hotel room.With her reputation for throwing grown men twice my size around a ring and the room being on the 29th floor of a Tokyo hotel, I follow through with my pre-planned interview strategy of taking a seat as far way from the window as possible. Laurer seemed friendly enough on the telephone but I ain’t taking any chances.last_img read more

Wainaina to run in Nagano Marathon

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Sydney Olympic silver medalist Eric Wainaina will compete in the April 20 Nagano Marathon, race organizers said Friday.The Japan-based Kenyan, bronze medalist in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic marathon and runnerup to Ethiopia’s Gezahgne Abera in Sydney four years later, was originally set to run in the Boston Marathon on April 21 but decided instead to take part in the race over the Nagano Olympic Memorial Course. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img

JAAF names runners for worlds

first_imgWataru Okutani and Satoshi Irifune also qualified in the men’s field.In the selection for the women’s field, the 23-year-old Hara made an impressive marathon debut with her surprise victory Sunday in the Nagoya International Women’s Marathon in 2:24:19.The JAAF turned to two other runners from the Nagoya race — runnerup Megumi Oshima, who finished six seconds behind Hara, and third-placed Ryoko Eda. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 National record holder Toshinari Takaoka and Yumiko Hara, fresh from winning the race in Nagoya in her marathon debut, head the list of 10 runners named Monday for the marathon races at this summer’s World Athletics Championships.Fukuoka winner Tsuyoshi Ogata and Mari Ozaki, runnerup in the Osaka women’s marathon, also received the nod as the Japan Association of Athletics Federations announced its selection of five runners each for the men’s and women’s races in Helsinki in August.center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

Tour de France gets jolt from fast, furious seventh stage

first_img Tour de France, Peter Sagan, Egan Bernal, Wout van Aert, Adam Yates Wout van Aert celebrates as he crosses the finish line at the end of Stage 7 during the Tour de France on Friday in Lavaur, France. | AFP-JIJI Lavaur, France – The most thrilling day of racing so far at the Tour de France produced multiple winners Friday, kick-starting a race that had been something of a slow-burner and setting the stage for more hard riding this weekend in the high mountains of the Pyrenees.Wout Van Aert took the Stage 7 victory. It was the resurgent Belgian rider’s second win at this year’s race. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOScenter_img KEYWORDS Defending champion Egan Bernal and other top contenders for the overall title dealt a blow to their principal rivals by leaving them behind in crosswinds on the speedy approach to the finish.Three-time world champion Peter Sagan reclaimed the green jersey, awarded to riders who collect the most points in sprints, after his team caused havoc on the road by riding furiously from the start.British rider Adam Yates negotiated the stage’s multiple traps to keep the overall race leader’s yellow jersey.”A really tough day,” Yates said. “We never really had a rest.”After two relatively quiet stages, the 168-km (104-mile) route into southwest France from Millau to Lavaur had also seemed ho-hum on paper. But it delivered a jolt ahead of a weekend of climbing in the Pyrenees, with start-to-finish surprises.Sagan’s Bora-Hansgrohe teammates rode like madmen from the get-go, setting a pace so punishing Bora rider Emanuel Buchmann set a new top speed so far at this Tour: a whopping 96 kph (60 mph). Many of Sagan’s sprinting rivals couldn’t keep up.Among them were Alexander Kristoff, the winner of Stage 1, and Caleb Ewan, who won Stage 3. Sam Bennett, who started the stage wearing the green jersey that Sagan covets, also fell behind. Sagan has already won the points-for-sprints competition a record seven times at previous Tours and is gunning for an eighth win when the Tour finishes Sept. 20 in Paris.In a mid-stage sprint and again later at the finish, Sagan picked up enough points to wrest back the jersey from Bennett. Sagan might have collected more had his chain not caught as he weaved to the line. He placed only 13th, a meager reward for his teammates’ untiring work in more than three hours of racing.”They did an extraordinary job,” Sagan said. “I didn’t have any luck in the sprint because my chain got a bit stuck.”Van Aert made his own luck and was unstoppable in the final dash. He also won Stage 5. He suffered a serious leg injury at last year’s Tour that sidelined him for months. But the three-time cyclocross world champion is becoming a dominant force this year in a cycling season upended by the coronavirus pandemic, which pushed the Tour back from its usual slot in July.”I’m really proud of this one,” he said. “Straight from the gun, it was all out.”After Sagan’s team shattered the pack and distanced rivals at the stage start, Bernal’s teammates inflicted further pain by taking advantage of winds that swept across the flat approach to the finish. Dizzying accelerations by Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski with 35 km (20 miles) left to race hurt several contenders for the podium in Paris.Among them was Tadej Pogacar, a Slovenian rider who’d been third overall at the start of the stage but dropped back to 16th one minute and 28 seconds behind Yates. Also caught out by the winds and pace that prevented them from making up the lost ground were Australian rider Richie Porte, fifth at the Tour of 2016, and Spanish rider Mikel Landa, a top-10 finisher at the last three Tours.To ride back into contention, they may be tempted to try something on the Pyrenees’ climbs. But since neither of the stages on Saturday and Sunday finish with steep uphills, top contenders such as Bernal and his principal rival Primoz Roglic are more likely to save as much energy as possible for tougher challenges in the second and third weeks.”We know the climax is going to be the last week,” said Marc Madiot, general manager of the French team Groupama-FDJ.He said the coronavirus pandemic is part of the reason that this Tour hasn’t matched last year’s edition for excitement so far.”To those who are watching the Tour de France and think it’s a show, I say that first and foremost that it’s a sporting event and in a sports events there are highs and lows. If they want spectacle, they can watch a TV reality show and perhaps be less disappointed,” he said.”This is an exceptional year. We had an extremely long lockdown, where people were confined at home. We resumed training and rejigged training and competition schedules,” he added. “The riders came here with some 10 days of competition under their belts, which is three times less than normal. Usually, we get to the Tour de France with 35 to 40 days of racing.” IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

CES Reports One Fatality In Sterling Highway Collision

first_imgAccording to CES Chief Dan Grimes there was one fatality as a result of the collision. The accident occured on the Sterling Highway just north of  Fred Meyer by Kleeb Loop Road. The name of the individual has not been released while next of kin is notified. The two vehicles involved sustained major damage. Traffic was rerouted through Kleeb Loop Road while respondents remained on scene.center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Services in Soldotna responded to a two vehicle head-on collision at 5:20 a.m., this morning.last_img read more

Joint Chamber To Host Public Luncheon On Pebble Mine Project

first_imgThe luncheon will take place on April 4, from 12-1 p.m., to RSVP visit the Kenai or Soldotna Chamber of Commerce website. The event will take place at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. In a release from PLP they stated that this formally begins the permitting process under the rigorous National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process and other permitting efforts associated with the project. According to the Pebble Limited Partnership (PLP) their permit application was accepted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in January. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai and Soldotna will be hosting a joint Chamber of Commerce Luncheon with guest speaker Mark Hamilton, VP for External Affairs for the Pebble Limited Partnership.center_img This is the first year since 2015 that a representative from the Pebble Partnership has addressed the Kenai Chamber. Kenai Chamber of Commerce President Johna Beech: “We are pretty excited, they have a new project plan and they are in the permitting process now.” last_img read more

Salmon In The Classroom Egg Takes Scheduled

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) Aquatic Education Program is kicking off this school year’s “Salmon in the Classroom” program with elementary school students from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. ADF&G staff will be conducting hourly presentations at both locations. Bear Creek presentations are scheduled from 9:15a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and Anchor River presentations are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Each school will take approximately 300 coho salmon eggs back to their classrooms to incubate. Next spring the coho salmon fry from these incubation projects will be released back into Bear Creek or at a specified landlocked lake. Students will arrive hourly at each location to participate in the egg takes and learn about the salmon life cycle, egg fertilization, external anatomy, salmon identification, and habitat requirements. Classes must preregister to attend the events.center_img Students will have the opportunity to attend two local coho salmon egg take events. Soldotna Fishery Biologist Andrew Waldo: “The Salmon in the Classroom program provides students a unique perspective they wouldn’t normally be able to experience. The incubation project allows students to watch their coho salmon eggs develop into fry and learn about the salmon life cycle in their classroom this year.” The first egg take is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3, at Bear Creek near Seward and the second egg take is scheduled for Thursday, October 4, at the Anchor River in Anchor Point.last_img read more

New Barricades Stolen From Soldotna Creek Park

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The lock was cut and an unknown individual stole some of the brand new barricades from Soldotna Creek Park, according to a post from the Soldotna Parks & Recreation Department on Friday. Carmichael: “It’s disheartening. Nothing surprises me too much after the years, but then suddenly I get surprised again.”  Andrew Carmichael Parks & Recreation Director: “They were stolen on Sunday, and we noticed on Monday. We contact the Soldotna Police. We have so many events, and stuff going on all the time, but we believe it was mid-afternoon on Sunday.” If anyone has any information regarding this incident contact Soldotna Police 907-262-4455. The city had a total of 75 at the start of the summer season. A total of 12 were stolen, and according to Carmichael they cost roughly 100/barricade.last_img read more

Three New Kenai Peninsula COVID-19 Cases

first_imgThere were also four cases out of Anchorage, two from North Pole, two from Juneau, two from Sitka, one in Kodiak, one from Fairbanks, one from Palmer, and one from the Northwest Arctic Borough. These cases are reported using the state’s timetable of reporting counts: 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on June 10. A total of 69,011 tests have been administered in Alaska thus far, which includes 4,040 in the Kenai Peninsula. The number of active cases of COVID-19 in the Kenai Peninsula is 65. The number of active cases in the state of Alaska is now 202. That is the highest recorded count of active COVID-19 cases to date in Alaska. Yesterday marked the highest total since the pandemic began, and today topped that total as active cases continue to rise in Alaska. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported 17 new positive COVID-19 cases in their Thursday update, including three in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Two cases are in Homer and one from an area of the Kenai Peninsula with fewer than 1,000 residents.last_img read more

Scrabble: Airpopper Sign Ghana-based Ubeidi, Unveil Team For 2020 MSPL

first_imgThe Airpopper Scrabble team have indicated their preparedness to mount a serious challenge for the title in the 2020 edition of the MGI Scrabble Premier League by being the first to unveil their squad for next season.The unveiling of the team early this week barely few days after the conclusion of the 2019 season, appears to underline the ambition and the readiness of the ‘Poppers’ who finished third behind Brainiacs and Blazers in 2019Most of the players that participated in the recently concluded season including former national champion Olatunde Oduwole, David Webber Ogedengbe, Hakeem Olaribigbe, Igbinadolor Negro and James Ewruje retained their seats.Team Manager Adegbesan ”The Sheikh” Koyejo disclosed to MGI Media that his desire to upset the apple cart in the coming season encouraged him to go across West Africa to acquire the services of a Ghana-based player Stanley Ubeidi who came third at the 2016 Nigeria Scrabble Players Competition.Meanwhile, in a related development, organisers of the League have called on interested sponsors of scrabble teams to indicate their interest ahead of the September 30 deadline.The deadline was informed by the desire of Mindgames Incorporated to build on the successes of last season.To this end, sponsors according to a statement made available to MGI Media, are expected to indicate their expression of interest (EOI) in writing to the organisers before the deadline. 12 teams have so far signified their interest in participating in Division A of the 2020 edition of the league.They include AIRPOPPER, BLAZERS, BRAINIACS, BULLDOZERS, GRACIOUS PICKERS, HURRICANES, and INDOMITABLES.Others are LEKKI BOMBERS, OLOWOYEYE PREDATORS, PHOENIX, SUPREME AND TEKENA DRONES.In Division B, five teams have so indicated their participation including AIRPOPPER B, BRAINIACS B, ARIES, UNDERDOGS and WARRIORS. An improved cash prize of seven million naira will be contested for in the 2020 MSPL with the Division A winners guaranteed a sum of N1.5 million naira while the top team in the newly introduced Division B will get one million naira.Team Blazers created history in the just concluded season by emerging the inaugural champions of the MGI Scrabble Premier League and winning a cash prize of one million naira in the process. RelatedScrabble Premier League: 12 Teams To Battle For Three Million Naira In Cash PrizesMarch 11, 2019In “Sports”International Players Confirmed For Mindgames Scrabble Championship Grand Finale.November 5, 2019In “Scrabble”Scrabble: MindGames Scrabble Premier League Gets Official Score BookSeptember 3, 2019In “Sports”last_img read more

Prudent Energy Handball Premier League: Kano Pillars, Safety Babes Look To Continue Momentum As…

first_imgThe 2019 Prudent Energy Handball Premier League enters its second phase on Saturday with matches teeing off at the Rowe Park Sports Center, Yaba, Lagos.The early kickoff in the male category of the tournament which will run till 17 October sees De Defenders take on Kada Stars by 7am following which COAS Shooters tackle league leaders Kano Pillars in what shapes up to be an epic encounter.Sokoto Rima will then take to the courts against Bornu Spiders with Safety Shooters tackling Owena Kings in the next fixture.In other matches to be played on Saturday, local favourites Lagos Seasiders will hope to ride the support of the crowd to victory when they play Prison Key Boys while Plateau Vipers will face an uphill task against defending champions Niger United.In the female category, leaders Safety Babes will look to maintain their early season momentum when they square up against Abia Valliants, Edo Dynamos faceoff against Desert Queens while home team Seasider Babes tackle Akure based Owena Queens.Other games in the female category, Defender Babes take on defending champions Plateau Peacocks, Kada Queens play Owerri based Imo Grasshoppers while Safety Babes return to the fray against Ghanaian champions, Ghana Police Force in a non-scoring contest sure to rekindle the ever present rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana.Meanwhile, the president of the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) Mr. Samuel Ocheho has praised the sponsors once again for identifying with the top flight handball league.Relatedlast_img read more

‘Dark day in boxing’ – Local promoter and boxer worried about future after Contender halt

first_imgLocal boxing promoter Paul Patmore said that the decision to bring the Contender Series to an end has brought about a ‘dark day in boxing’. Title sponsor Wray & Nephew has decided to pull support from the competition, meaning it cannot continue unless new backers come on board and a new structure implemented. Patmore says the timing of the news is hard to take. “With Sakima (Mullings’) illness (retinal injury) right now, it’s really a double blow for boxing because he was one of the persons keeping the Jamaica flag going when it comes to local boxing,” he said. “With him out and the Contender out, it’s a bad day for boxing in Jamaica.” Patmore is worried about the ability to find new sponsors to create more tournaments and opportunities for young boxers, especially those looking to go professional. “For the past couple of years, Contender has been one of the things that has been keeping boxing in Jamaica alive,” he said. “As a promoter, I really feel disappointed, but we had expected it because most of the sponsors are not really interested in boxing now. It’s one of the sports that’s not getting any support from corporate Jamaica.” Boxer Ricardo Planter, who competed in four seasons of the Contender, agrees that a new structure is needed to allow fighters a fair chance to grow their careers. “It was a platform that allowed boxers to show what they can do, so it will be missed,” he said. “But I think it could be done better. If they don’t have anything to replace it, it would be sad, but I hope they come with something to benefit fighters more across the board. “The Contender used to be a bit difficult, because every fighter has to try to make the same weight, even if it’s not your natural weight. “If you have a defeat on your record, it’s hard to make money. With the Contender, if you don’t win it every year, you’re gonna have a defeat on your record, so if you enter three, four, five years, you’re gonna have three, four, five losses in it, if you even win it one time. That kinda don’t sell well across the world, with losses, especially at the lower level.” Considering options Patmore says he is considering other options for boxers but the news of the cancellation of the show means he has to push those plans forward. “We’re really disappointed and as a promoter, I’m looking at starting a new programme,” he said. “We were looking at putting it in place further down in the year to assist the boxers. “It’s really pressuring right now because I never really planned to do anything until further down in the year. “But with the Contender not happening for this year, we have to do some forward planning and try to drop something sooner. We can’t afford for no boxing, because we can’t afford for it to die. We have to just try and get something going right now. “If you notice last year, we put on the amateur boxing night with America versus Jamaica. It was a success. The turnout was good and both countries applauded it. It’s an opportunity to now develop amateur boxing for another two or three years.”last_img read more

CWI to revamp selection policy

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Cricket West Indies (CWI) is set to revamp its selection policy in an effort to rid the process of “politics or petty emotional situations”, in a move geared towards having the best squad selected for the upcoming ICC World Cup.New president Ricky Skerritt said the selection policy had come under heavy scrutiny ever since he and Vice-President Dr Kishore Shallow assumed the reins of the regional governing body two weeks ago, and it was now hoped that the changes would result in a broadening of the selection pool.“In the last two weeks, one of the most critical points that has been embedded as a selection policy is that if a player can still get selected for the team, they must be considered,” Skerritt told cricket website, Cricbuzz.“There must be no reason for non-consideration other than cricket or medical or physical health. No administrative issues, politics or petty emotional situations must prohibit or prevent players from being considered for selection.”New Cricket West Indies president, Ricky Skerritt.He continued: “The last 10, 11 days since the election, we’ve been bringing in changes in terms of personnel and policies to make sure that we can reach out to everybody who wants to play for West Indies. WIDE SLATE “The people responsible for selecting, managing and leading the squad to the World Cup have been reaching out to players who may be interested, to let them know that the policy has changed and to be clear whether they are available or not, so that when the group gets together next week to make their final decision on the squad, they have as wide a slate to choose from as possible.”Selection politics has remained a perennial issue in West Indies cricket but became a major talking point in recent years as the relationship between senior players and the Dave Cameron-led CWI administration frayed.Darren Sammy was inexplicably axed as captain and dropped from the squad five months after guiding West Indies to the capture of the Twenty20 (T20) World Cup in India three years ago, with many believing the move was as a result of his controversial public criticism of Cameron and CWI’s handling of player issues in the lead-up to the tournament.Similarly, recently retired all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was never picked again in a one-day squad after playing a key role in the contentious, abandoned tour of India in 2014. He was also sacked from the T20 squad in 2016 following the disastrous tour against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, which followed the firing of head coach Phil Simmons – a development subsequently criticised by Bravo.last_img read more

‘Bomber’ Jones – Boxing is still alive

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Boxing Board (JBB) Stephen ‘Bomber’ Jones believes that the future of the sport is very bright despite the cancellation of the popular made-for-TV Contenders Series. Main sponsors Wray and Nephew announced late last year that they were withdrawing support for the series, pulling the plug on the competition that for much of the last eight years had brought life to an ailing sport. The series, which featured some of the island’s most popular boxers, had become one of the country’s most popular sporting events since its inception. However, Jones told The Gleaner that the cancellation of the Contender Series would not affect the growth and development of the sport, while sharing that the association was continuing its work to improve the sport locally. “I can tell you this. I have seen some great proposals come on my desk,” said Jones, “At our last board meeting, we were saying what steps would be necessary to fill these gaps, and we have taken up the positives. Some of the positives were the number of eyes that saw the sport and got involved with the sport. “The negatives in terms of if there was ever one, was that it only touched eight boxers at a time. It was eight real Jamaican boxers that had a chance to take part in a season,” Jones said. The administrator said that the JBB is now focussed on maximising on the increased popularity of the sport and have begun engaging and consulting stakeholders concerning some of the plans being considered. “What we are looking for now is how could we capitalise on what we have learned in terms of the sport getting a lot of following islandwide,” Jones said. Road shows “For that, we are saying now that we should have road shows and we have spoken to coaches and boxers themselves and they say they would love to have it go islandwide in such a way that more weight classes, more boxers and more opportunities (could be presented),” Jones added. The JBB boss noted that his board, along with the boxing community, is upbeat about the prospects, and he is hoping that these things will come onstream by the end of the year. “We have put these requests to the managers and the people who have been involved in the growing of the sport, and we have seen some great proposals along those lines, and so it is a matter of now just seeing how they are funded and how they get sponsorship towards these things,” said Jones.last_img read more

Muhammad revels in world record

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP):The running joke between Dalilah Muhammad and some of her competitors goes like this: She orders the wet conditions. Because she reigns in the rain.On a drizzly Sunday night, Muhammad broke a 16-year-old world record in the 400m hurdles by finishing in 52.20 seconds at the US Championships.“I’m just shocked,” Muhammad said. “I broke the world record.”With puddles formed on the track, the defending Olympic champion sloshed her way around the track to eclipse the mark of 52.34 set by Yuliya Pechonkina of Russia on August 8, 2003.Running out of the fourth lane, Muhammad didn’t let the raindrops deter her. She looked at her time and was almost taken aback.No way that can be real, right?It was.Muhammad smiled, briefly put her hands on her hips and then slumped down when her time flashed on the screen at Drake Stadium. Third-place finisher Ashley Spencer emphatically celebrated behind her and teenager Sydney McLaughlin came over to hug Muhammad after finishing second.It was also lightly raining when Muhammad won the Olympic gold at the 2016 Rio Games. Her competitors might want to start looking at the weather reports for the Tokyo Games, which are a year away.“Ashley said, ‘You’re the one that brings the rain,’” the 29-year-old Muhammad cracked. “I don’t know what it is.”In workouts, Muhammad has often been on world-record pace.She put it all together for real.To think, Muhammad fell in a training session two weeks ago and suffered a mild concussion. She missed three days of workouts to heal.She lost none of her speed. Then again, the level of the competition brought out the best in her.Muhammad believes the mark may not last too long. It may even fall again at the World Championships this fall in Doha, Qatar. Defending world champion Kori Carter didn’t even compete at nationals in the event since she has an automatic bye into worlds.“That 52 is going to get broke,” Muhammad said. “If not by me, by the other women.”McLaughlin finished in 52.88.last_img read more

Paul Wright | Sour summer of sports

first_imgThere is a Chinese curse that translates to “May you live in interesting times.” I am sure that the Chinese have not cursed us, but when it comes to sports in Jamaica during the summer, we are indeed “living in interesting times.” The unbelievable continued slide into the abyss of failure by the much-vaunted Jamaica Tallawahs in the current Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign has proven that the fortunes of sports are, indeed, a sine curve. When you are up, winning and on top of the world, be very aware that the slide to the bottom of the standings is inevitable. Once the slide is recognised, however, there must be analyses and changes to the status quo in order to lift up the group or individuals from defeat. In team sports, the coach/manager is usually the first one to be placed under the microscope as the search for the reason behind the multiple failures begins. The coach of the Jamaica Tallawahs has to date offered no reasonable explanation for the train wreck that is the 2019 Tallawahs. I do believe that he knows that his time in charge is rapidly coming to an end, so I hope that he doesn’t do the usual by throwing players who are obviously not pulling their weight under the bus. The bowling unit of the Tallawahs is the worst bowling unit ever assembled for a T20 tournament. Our chief bowler, Jerome Taylor, has demonstrated that his time should now be spent on the political hustings, and, maybe, giving back to Jamaican cricket his time and expertise in helping young fast bowlers to make the transition from domestic league cricket to International cricket. I have long postulated that the under-15, under-17 and under-19 cricketers in the island must be identified, coached and mentored as they move from domestic to international cricket. This is where Jerome Taylor may be of assistance. Certainly, bowling in the CPL competition is definitely not an option, and he should be put out of his obvious misery as soon as possible. It is just not fair to him. His legacy as a fast bowler of some repute should not be subjected to what is happening to him this year. The other bowlers are not blameless in any way. Oshane Thomas needs to understand that there is thought behind the success of all great fast bowlers. Running up and bowling at speed is not the answer when facing modern, thinking batsmen. Bowlers of merit think when running up to bowl. Issue of substances Change is inevitable when the team for the other games are considered. But it has to be swift and sure and not looking and waiting for potential cricketers to come good. In other sports, the vexed issue of the use of banned substances continue to plague the sanctity of sports. The news of the three missed tests of Trinidadian sprinter Michelle-Lee Ahye and the upcoming trial of our young sprint sensation, Briana Williams, are in the news. It is known that sporting organisations loathe the news of positive test results when stars are accused. The Russia and Kenya scandals where positives were hidden or winked at is now a part of the sordid history of sports. The exoneration of one of the leading sprinters from the United States, Christian Coleman, who was accused of missing three drug tests in 12 months is a case in point. The governing body has ruled that the timing of the 12-month period peculiarly, does not start from the time of the first missed test, but from the time when the testing period starts. Thus the sprinter and favourite for the 100-metre race in the World Championships will be there, running. Similarly here in Jamaica, the news of our national junior sprint sensation testing positive drew comments of “certain” exoneration from officials not involved in the hearing of the case. Further her selection to the team before the case is heard seems to send a strong signal to the panel hearing the case, that “you know what is expected”. The Kent Gammon led tribunal has proven integrity on their side, but why put so much public pressure on the group? An expectant nation dares not exhale until the hearing is over. In the USA, word has surfaced that Justify, last year’s Triple Crown champion had tested positive for a banned substance before the running of the first leg of the Triple Crown, but the news only surfaced this year. In April of last year Justify was a 12-1 outsider going into the Santa Anita Derby, a qualifier for the Triple Crown. After winning the race a drug test revealed the presence of the banned substance Scopolamine. The level of this drug in the horse were far above the allowable threshold. Scopolamine has been implicated as a contaminant of feed, being found in Jimson weed, which grows wild in California. The excuse by representatives of the horse have identified this method of contamination as the reason for the positive test. However, an unnamed vet familiar with the case has postulated that the levels of Scopolamine found in the horse suggests “intentional intervention”. Positive results The positive result was identified on the April 18, and the trainer the legendary Bob Baffert was informed on the April 26. As is customary, a B sample test was requested and this was done on the May 1. The confirmation reported on May 7. It wasn’t until the August 23 last year that the hearing was held, after the horse had won the Triple Crown. The chairman of the tribunal that heard the case was Chuck Winner, a man reported to have shares in Baffert-trained horses. The committee that held the hearing voted to effectively forget that the horse tested positive. Interestingly, the horse should have been disqualified from the Santa Anita Derby whether or not the feed was contaminated. The horse ran with the substance in its body. It is important to remember that if Justify was disqualified from the Santa Anita Derby, the horse would not have qualified for the Triple Crown! Once again the sport stars, those who the public want to see and will pay to watch, seem to have a free pass whenever a rule violation or transgression is found. Yet we all yearn for a “level playing field”.last_img read more

Five big wins for Nunes

first_imgANTHONY Nunes swept five of yesterday’s last seven races, including the three feature events, extending his lead to $13.7 million ahead of 18-time defending champion, Wayne DaCosta.Canada-based Dane Nelson, who himself bagged five winners on his first race meet back home, opening the 11-race card with MSMYRTLERICHIEGIRL, proved to be the leading trainer’s magic charm, handing him his first win, ROYAL APPROACH, via the stewards’ room, after 9-1 outsider EROY’s disqualification in the second event.DaCosta, whose bid for a three-timer on the 11-race card was derailed by American-bred UNCLE POLLY’s flop in the event awarded to ROYAL APPROACH, predictably landed the third and sixth races with KING ARTHUR and BIG BLACK NATION, respectively, but had no answer to Nunes’ four-race flurry – LATAPY, PRINCE CHARLES, PRINCESS AVA and LEGALITY.Apprentice Reyan Lewis helped himself to a three-timer, starting with BELTANE in the fourth, before booting home the first two of Nunes’ four consecutive winners, LATAPY and PRINCE CHARLES, in the seventh and eighth events, respectively.Nelson, who had his second win astride CLASSY VISHALA in the fifth, topped off five-­timers for himself and Nunes with stirring stretch finishes aboard PRINCESS AVA and LEGALITY in the ninth and 10th races, respectively.Nunes’ five wins added $2.6m worth of breathing room to his $11.1m lead ahead of DaCosta, who is set to unleash his fury in this afternoon’s Diamond Mile in which he has the country’s two best horses, STRANGER DANGER and SHE’S A MANEATER, aiming at approximately $10m in stakes.Nunes, who is aiming to win his first trainers’ title, suffered a Diamond Mile blow with the recent death of three-time runner-up, BIGDADDYKOOL. His main runner in the event is Superstakes ­runner-up, TOONA CILIATA. [email protected]last_img read more

KC hotshot Atkinson credits hard work

first_imgKingston College are on the verge of a title double in this year’s schoolboy football season. The defending ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup champions face Jamaica College in today’s semi-final at the National Stadium at 5:00 p.m and will look to dethrone Clarendon College in the final of the ISSA Champions Cup this Saturday. The one constant for the team’s success in 2019 has been the play of their striker, Dwayne Atkinson.Atkinson was part of last year’s success, helping to capture the Purples’ first Manning Cup title in more than three decades. The main adjustment from last season’s squad to this year’s he says, is the integration of the new players who made their tournament debuts.“It’s much different because you have some guys coming from Pepsi, Colts, and now are playing in the Manning Cup, and we have built good chemistry between them and I,” Atkinson told The Gleaner. In addition to his team’s success, the 17-year-old is also in the running for individual honours, specifically scoring titles on both fronts. He has managed to terrorise opposition defences with 18 goals in the Manning Cup, and he has contributed with two in the Champions Cup, one behind Jamaica College’s Philon Lawrence. Fierce opposition Sharing second place with Atkinson is Clarendon College’s Sheldon Smart and Rodrick Granville, who will provide fierce opposition when they meet in the final. Atkinson’s Champions Cup form has earned three KFC Man of the Match awards, an accolade reflective of his stellar play this year. It could have been a different story had things turned against them in their final Manning Cup quarter-final group game against Camperdown High on November 12. Needing only a point to secure passage to the semi-finals, it was Camperdown that took the early lead. Atkinson’s goal in the 46th minute started a comeback en-route to a 2-1 win that secured their advancement. That game, he says, was the toughest of the season to date. Now in his third Manning Cup season, Atkinson credits his performances to his commitment in training and the mindset of always giving maximum effort every time he puts on the Kingston College jersey. “The hard work that I always keep putting in training, I just continue to work till it pays off,” Atkinson shared. He will be hoping that his work will continue to pay dividends in his upcoming assignments.last_img read more

Paul Wright | Sports, slavery and second-rate administrators

first_imgHistory will record that it was sometime in the 1940s that the world began to realise the extraordinary talent that Jamaicans have for sports. The early pioneers, Arthur Wint, Herb McKenley et al, prompted experts from around the globe to try to figure out what made Jamaican sportsmen and women so great. I am a believer in the genetic theory that postulates that the slave trade that resulted in captured warriors and other Africans being sold to men with ships and transported across the Atlantic Ocean in the worse possible conditions, resulted in some of these men and women physically protesting their fate. As a result of their ‘behaviour’, the ‘rebels’ were the first to be unloaded at the first sight of land: Jamaica. Here, in an attempt to ensure that these slaves were strong and capable of the non-stop work required on the plantations, the strongest and fittest men and women were selectively paired and forced to produce offspring that were capable of continuing the demands of the work without the owners having to be constantly buying new slaves. Through the years, we Jamaicans, (and to a lesser extent West Indians, whose ancestors also shared in that Middle Passage), have shown that in sports, once you show us how to play the game, eventually, the world would see and be amazed at our athleticism. So it was in cricket, so it is in track and field. In track and field, our stars were enticed to foreign shores where their athletic superiority enabled colleges and clubs to dominate in their events. Then along came Stephen Francis and Glen Mills, who proved that our stars did not need to go abroad to continue to dominate. They could stay here and train and become even greater. ‘WITH SUCCESS COMES ENVY AND BAD MIND’ In cricket, once a West Indian learnt the game and was able to hone his craft against those who had mastered the game, we were unbeatable for year after year. But with success comes envy and bad mind. Administrators, some who played and some who never played or participated in the sport at a high level, saw a way to become famous and financially comfortable by convincing those who play that it was the administrators who could decide if you made it in sport. Rules and entry criteria were adjusted so that only those who bowed and scraped to the administrators would get a chance to enthral the world with their skill and expertise. Thus began the decline. Team sports were the main sufferers, but even in track and field, where your individual performance screamed for attention, rules and entry criteria were sometimes used to deny potential greats from becoming just that: great. In cricket, our men gradually slipped down the totem pole of world ranking until we were forced to qualify for the World Cup by playing against the ‘just come’ to world cricket. Now, in women’s football, two men – Jamaica Football Federation President Michael Ricketts and his General Secretary, Dalton Wint – with the financial support of Cedella Marley, were allowed to assemble and hone a group of young women to the pinnacle of football, the World Cup. All they needed, all they craved was support. Support from us, we the people (which they got), but also from (need I say it) the administrators. That support was not to be. Trips had to be promised and delivered; funding that was promised could not be obtained; and so ‘promise them something, but don’t pay them … yet’ became the play of the day. So, the dream died. The architects of success were removed and Wint boldly proclaimed that, essentially, “a nuh nutten”. So, on to the Olympic Qualifiers. Practice was pooh-poohed (lack of funds), and a new coaching team was put in place. The result, a most humiliating and abject display of non-football that resulted in a 9-0 defeat last week to Canada. What we reap is what we sow. What next? Dr Paul Wright is a radio personality and sports medicine specialist.last_img read more

Premier League Opponents Await For League One Pair

first_imgIt will certainly be a Sky Bet League One team hosting Premier League opposition, with the top-flight duo due to play tomorrow night.City and Doncaster, who drew 1-1 at Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday, will replay on Tuesday, January 13th (7.45pm).The fourth round tie will take place on the weekend of January 24th/25th. Subsequently the League One game away at Doncaster Rovers has already been postponed.last_img

Cotterill Beaming With Pride As City Sign Off With Eight-Goal Win

first_imgIt was party time for the double winners as Cotterill’s side shared four first-half goals with Walsall at a sold-out Ashton Gate.But City confirmed their status as runaway champions with six second-half goals without reply to rack up an unprecedented 8-2 victory, including an Aden Flint hat-trick to take the defender’s tally to 15 for the campaign.“We weren’t too sharp in the first half but we had a few words at half-time and I thought the boys were fantastic in the second half,” said the boss.“To score eight goals in a game is no mean feat. It’s fantastic because we’ve gone right to the end – right to the 93rd minute in the last game of the season.“They deserve all the plaudits they get. They’re a fantastic group and I love working with them.“I’m pleased for Steve Lansdown, Keith Dawe and the rest of the Board; and everybody at the football club, because it’s had some tough times. “From the moment we turned up to the moment the season finished, it’s been one big effort by everybody. I can’t thank everybody enough.“It’s been a truly fantastic season and now the boys can go and enjoy their summer holidays – I suppose we all can!”last_img read more

City Quartet Attend Trust’s Holiday Camp

first_imgCommunity Trust’s head of operations Dan White expressed his gratitude to the players for attending, saying: “I am extremely grateful to the four players for taking the time to come and visit our holiday camps. “For the children to get the opportunity to play alongside their heroes is something special. All the children and the players left with beaming smiles on their faces. “Community engagement is vital for the club and these camps demonstrate the club really is based at the heart of the community. “”This is the second time we have delivered our camps at South Bristol Sports Centre and once again it has been hugely successful, both in terms of numbers and the standard of delivery.  “Our relationship with the venue is continually strengthening, and we now deliver several sessions at South Bristol Sports Centre each week, for males and females of all ages and abilities.” The Trust will be hosting a football-fun holiday camp over the Easter holidays. The dates will be released shortly, so keep an eye on the Trust’s website. Packed with skill sessions, speed guns, target cages and small-sided matches, Lee Tomlin, Josh Brownhill, Hordur Magnusson and Scott Golbourne surprised the participants on Friday as they took time out to visit to the camp. The coaching sessions took place at South Bristol Sports Centre for just the second time, following on from its recently launched partnership with the club. “The facilities are unbelievable and to have 150 kids every day just shows how big Bristol is,” said Tomlin. “I’ve really enjoyed it. You can see how much fun the kids have had and they all want to learn. It’s good for the future of Bristol.”last_img read more

Media Watch – March 3rd/4th

first_imgSky Sports, BBC Sport, ESPN, The Star, and the Bristol Post report on City’s emphatic 4-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.A hat-trick from Bobby Reid and a first-half strike from Josh Brownhill moved Lee Johnson’s side back into the play-offs, as ESPN writes.In his post-match press conference, the City head coach was full of praise for his team, as the Star highlights.The Bristol Post also features Johnson’s post-match comments, with the head coach suggesting Bobby Reid has been more effective this season than former loan star Tammy Abraham.Lee Johnson provided an update on Bailey Wright and Nathan Baker, after the defensive duo were ruled out of Saturday’s victory through injury, as the Post report.Following the defeat in BS3, Owls boss Jos Luhukay heaped praise on City to the Yorkshire Post, saying they were “too strong” and had “too much quality”.last_img read more

The debrief: Sheffield United (H)

first_imgBelow is a summary of what he had to say in the post-match press conference.Lee JohnsonLee Johnson admitted the game wasn’t a classic but believed it was a “classic result” given the strength of the oppositionThe head coach passed the credit fully on to his players for “executing the game plan”He said City had to go “toe to toe” with Sheffield United but “the plan was always to get us back to the way we play but with rejuvenated energy.”City’s three clean sheets in four pleased Johnson saying “that has got to be our backbone and our spirit.”On the team’s fitness he said: “We are fit team but we also brought fitness and energy on.”Johnson was “already proud of the players and the effort to nullify, contain and then go the other way. It was all the stuff that was unfashionable that we did well – the tracking of runners, filling those areas, the things you wouldn’t normally see unless you were analysing it. I was sitting there already proud, whether it had been a nil-nil draw or if we had been beaten one-nil.”A fan of goal-scorer Watkins, he said: “You’ll learn to love Marley over the 46 games because he’ll score goals, he’s strong and athletic. He’s not silky like Callum (O’Dowda), Eliasson (Niclas) or Pato (Jamie Paterson) but everybody has their individual qualities.”Johnson said Eros Pisano’s thigh problem had kept him out of the game and his injury is still being assessed.last_img read more