Arwind Santos squeezes in basketball before Good Friday procession

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines— Before fulfilling his annual Good Friday tradition, Arwind Santos made sure to sweat a little to keep in shape for the continuation of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Sunday. View comments In an Instagram post, Santos was seen throwing down a few dunks at a local basketball court before joining the procession for Good Friday.“Kahit sa araw ng Biyernes Santos bago mag-prusisyon, sige parin ang paghahanda para sa susunod na laban para sa aking mahal na pamilya at mahal kong team,” said Santos said in the caption.READ: ‘Pabasa’ and ‘prusisyon’: Petron’s Santos not slowing down this Holy weekWith Game 3 of the best-of-seven series between San Miguel and Phoenix scheduled for Easter Sunday, the players only have time for a quick break during the Holy Week.The Beermen, who are seeking a fifth straight All-Filipino crown, are looking to get a pivotal 3-0 lead against the Fuel Masters when the action resumes at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READcenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Out of sync so far in playoffs, Thunder’s Paul George looking to find rhythm SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more


first_imgHead coach Nelo Vingada knows that his side will get a Head coach Nelo Vingada knows that his side will get a good support from the crowd, but he said tomorrows match would be the toughest for his side so far in the league. “Delhi are a strong side and they have quality players. They beat Chennaiyin in Chennai and then drew with Kerala. They have big players like Florent Malouda, so it will be a tough match tomorrow,” said the Portuguese, who is nicknamed The Professor. “For me, tomorrows match will be the most important and most difficult so far in the league for two reasons. First, Delhi are a strong and well organised side. Secondly, we are playing our fifth match in two weeks. It is harsh on us but we hope to beat Delhi tomorrow,” said Vingada who has coached the national teams of Saudi Arabia and Jordan while also been the assistant coach of Under-20 World Cup winning Portugal team twice. Asked if NorthEast could make it to their maiden semifinals this season, he said, “Look, the beginning has been good so far and out aim to be in the play-offs. But it is early days and we are in the semifinals yet and we cannot be complacent. “There is not much of difference in the level of play among the eight teams and any team can beat any other team.” NorthEast will be without defender Nirmal Chhetri who was sent off in the match against Kerala. PTI PDS BS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Islanders Take Off Jackets, 4-3

first_imgNEW YORK — As the regular season approaches its end, the New York Islanders are nearing a return to the postseason.For the Columbus Blue Jackets, a long-since lost season cannot end soon enough.John Tavares scored twice and Anders Lee got a power-play goal 5:23 into the third period to lift the Islanders over the Blue Jackets 4-3 on March 31.Thomas Hickey also scored for New York, which improved to 42-25-9. The Islanders have won three straight to get to 93 points and have solidified their grip on the first Eastern Conference wild-card berth.“It’s a team win,” coach Jack Capuano said.New York is 24-9-4 in 37 games at Barclays Center this season, and four of the Islanders’ final six games are at their new home in Brooklyn.“We’ve wanted to settle into being home,” Tavares said. “You should feel your best in your comfort zone.”Thomas Greiss stopped 21 shots as New York swept the five-game regular season series with Columbus.Brandon Dubinsky, Brandon Saad and Boone Jenner scored for the Blue Jackets, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves.Columbus has lost four in a row and five out of its last seven overall.With David Savard serving a minor penalty for tripping Tavares, Lee poked a loose puck past a sprawled Bobrovsky. The sequence began with Johnny Boychuk firing a shot from the point that ricocheted off the end boards and back toward Bobrovsky’s crease.“He works so hard,” Hickey said of Lee. “The toughest job in hockey and he gets rewarded.”Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella used a coach’s challenge to see if Bobrovsky was interfered with, but the ruling on the ice was upheld.“We thought it was interference,” Tortorella said.The Islanders built a 3-1 lead in the first period by outshooting the Blue Jackets 15-2 and looked like a team ready for the postseason. Still, Columbus scored first when Dubinsky got his 15th goal 4:14 in on the Jackets’ first shot of the game.Tavares equalized at 7:25 with his 28th of the season, and Hickey’s fifth with 2:09 left put New York ahead. Tavares got his second of the period 41 seconds later.“We allowed them to dictate,” Nick Foligno said.It wasn’t all positive for the Islanders in the opening 20 minutes. New York suffered a blow when Travis Hamonic was lost for the game after three shifts with a lower-body injury.The Islanders weren’t able to sustain their first period level of play for the rest of the game, and the Blue Jackets took advantage. Columbus closed within 3-2 on Saad’s power-play goal with 4:12 left in the second.Columbus outshot New York 10-6 in the second. For the game, the Islanders outshot the Blue Jackets 27-23.Trailing 3-2 entering the third, Columbus drew even on Jenner’s 29th of the season 37 seconds into the period.“That was a solid effort,” Foligno said. “We crawled back into it.”Griess’ two biggest stops occurred late in the third. The first was a pad save on Saad with 6:24 left, and then he turned away Scott Hartnell at 17:06.“You’ve got to be mentally strong, mentally tough,” Capuano said about Greiss. “He made a couple of big saves in the last 7-8 minutes.”(DENIS P. GORMAN) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Matip won’t question Klopp’s methods

first_imgLiverpool Matip won’t question Klopp’s methods despite Liverpool’s defensive struggles Chris Burton 07:07 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp Joel Matip Liverpool Getty Liverpool Premier League Jürgen Klopp The Reds have faced plenty of uncomfortable questions again at the start of the 2017-18 campaign, but their centre-half retains confidence in his boss Joel Matip has “no doubt” that Liverpool are taking the right approach under Jurgen Klopp despite seeing their defensive frailties exposed.The Reds struggled at times last season, with errors at the back costing them priceless points.Those issues remain this term, with Klopp failing to bring in another centre-half over the summer despite being heavily linked with Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk throughout the window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Liverpool have now gone four games without a win in all competitions, with questions being asked of their ability to find the right blend between defence and attack.Matip, though, retains complete confidence in the system, telling NBC Sports: “Everything has its positive and negative sides but I have no doubt about our way of playing.”I cannot stand at the back and our attackers go forward and there is so much big space. We all have to fit together.”It is not always easy but this is our way of play. I think that is a good way of playing.”We have had our good moments and also our not so good moments. We were punished for these and it was ruthless, the first few games, but we have to carry on.”I am not in doubt about the quality in our team.”Matip was considered to be a positive in 2016-17 following his arrival from Schalke as a free agent.He did, however, see his campaign punctuated by injuries and a disagreement with Cameroon during the Africa Cup of Nations.Mignolet Britos Matip Liverpool WatfordThe 26-year-old believes he is now benefitting from a regular run in the side and is seeking continuous improvement as he aims to help Liverpool get back on track.Matip added: “For me it was really important to make the whole preparation [over the summer].“For me last season was not easy with all the injuries but injuries belong to football. You cannot always do something against that.“I hope preparation will help me a lot to get a good fitness level but there are a lot of points to work hard on. I have to improve a lot of things. It would be better to list all the things I don’t have to improve!“I don’t know things on this list. I have to improve at everything and get better to help the team.”While Matip has missed just one game for Liverpool this season – Tuesday’s Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester – he is now nursing a knock and is considered to be a doubt for Saturday’s Premier League reunion with the Foxes. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Caterpillar Marine Finishing Fure West Dual Fuel Conversion

first_imgzoom Hamburg-based marine engine builder Caterpillar Marine is completing the dual fuel engine retrofit conversion on the 472-foot Fure West tanker, owned by Furetank Rederi A/B, which will enable the vessel to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG).After conversion, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015, the Fure West will continue trading in the Northern European Emission Control Area (ECA), employed by Furetank Chartering.The MaK M 43 C diesel engine onboard the tanker will be retrofitted in hull to the 7 cylinder M 46 dual fuel platform, with each cylinder offering 900 kW of rated power.Additionally, Caterpillar is also supplying the complete gas system for the tanker, including bunker stations, 2x LNG tanks measuring 4.15 meters by 24 meters and the vaporizer.This project, backed by the European Union and developed with the Zero Vision Tool, will mark the second MaK engine dual fuel retrofit for Caterpillar.In 2014, Caterpillar successfully completed the dual fuel engine retrofit conversion on the Anthony Veder Coral Anthelia LNG carrier.”We’re pleased to continue to build upon our successful track record of dual fual conversions in the commercial marine industry and offer an increased scope of supply to our customers,” said Finn Vogler, Caterpillar Marine senior engineer. ”We have a market-ready technology available that our commercial marine customers can be completely confident in and after our success onboard the Coral Anthelia, we have seen the demand for MaK dual fuel solutions increase substantially.”last_img read more

Nordic American Tankers to Offload Tanker Pair

first_imgBermuda-incorporated Suezmax owner Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has decided to sell two ships, thus reducing its fleet size to 31 tanker vessels.The move has been described as a means of “retaining the flexibility of NAT going forward”.“We expect that the sales will take place over the next couple of weeks,” Herbjørn Hansson, Chairman & CEO of Nordic American Tankers, said.NAT did not disclose details on the vessels being sold and World Maritime News is pending a comment on the matter from the company.The sale is being announced as three newbuildings are expected to join the company’s fleet in July, August and October 2018, respectively.Hansen added that the fleet adjustment “should be seen in this light.”Moving forward the company says it is optimistic about the market outlook.last_img read more

ClearOcean Tankers Enters Market with Order for 6 Tankers

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: STX Commodities trading house Gunvor Group has entered into a joint venture with Oceangold Tankers and Maas Capital to form ClearOcean Tankers, a new ship holding company.The three partners hold an equal share in ClearOcean Tankers, which has been incorporated in Cyprus.ClearOcean Tankers hasn’t wasted time and has already entered into shipbuilding contracts with STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. for four MR2 product tankers, and with Daehan Shipbuilding Co for two LR2 product tankers.All six of the contracted vessels will be delivered during the first half of 2019, and will be eco-friendly and scrubber-ready, in view of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2020 Sulphur cap.Clearlake Shipping, Gunvor’s wholly-owned shipping division, has entered into long-term time charters for the vessels and Oceangold Tankers is also acting as construction supervision and technical manager of the vessels.A joint release from the trio hints that this is likely to be the first among many future investments of ClearOcean Tankers, which may involve additional newbuilding orders, resale or second-hand crude oil or product tanker acquisitions.“Expanding into vessel ownership and taking advantage of the historically low shipbuilding prices to contract eco-friendly, scrubber-ready newbuilding tankers represented an attractive opportunity. Teaming up with solid partners like Oceangold Tankers and Maas Capital enables us to control more vessels and to de-risk our investment,” Jan Andersen, Head of Shipping at Clearlake, said.John Dragnis, CEO of Oceangold Tankers, added that the partnership brings together one of the largest charterers of product tanker vessels in the world with in-depth market knowledge, a ship owning and management group with unblemished track record and a financial investor with a longstanding track record in the shipping industry.last_img read more

Canadian Lacrosse Association to discuss dropping use of midget term

first_imgTORONTO — The Canadian Lacrosse Association is the latest domestic sport federation to consider dropping the term ‘midget’ from its youth category classification system.The move comes after a number of sport associations from across the country, including hockey, football and athletics, announced similar plans. CLA executive director Jane Clapham said the topic of division names will be discussed by its board next year.The Canadian Press first contacted the CLA for comment last month as other organizations announced plans to consider dropping the term, which many consider to be a derogatory slur. The Little People of Canada also recently reached out to the organization to inquire about a possible change.“The CLA just received a letter from LPC this week requesting removing the term ‘midget’ from our age classification,” Clapham said in an email. “While this was not on our radar prior to receiving your communication this topic will be on the agenda for discussion at our next board of directors meeting in early 2019.”The age for midget players can vary depending on the sport. In lacrosse, the level is primarily for players in the age 15-16 category.In hockey, traditional youth age group names like novice, peewee, atom, bantam and midget could be revised sometime in the new year. BC Hockey appears to be leading the charge, as the organization has directed staff to make recommendations for new names for its membership. If approved by its board, the changes could be brought forward for consideration to the Hockey Canada membership for potential national implementation. Other regional hockey associations have said they were also planning reviews.Many international hockey organizations use age categories (U13, U15, U17, for example) and it’s likely that Canadian associations would follow suit if changes occur.The Ontario Basketball Association said last month that it would take steps to drop the ‘midget’ term, a move supported by Canada Basketball, which already uses age descriptors. A few days later, Athletics Canada said it would pursue the elimination of the term and Football Canada said it planned to review the subject.Little People of Canada president Allan Redford said the term originates from the oppression and exploitation of people with dwarfism in freak shows in the mid-1800s. He welcomed the development with the CLA and is hopeful there will be change in the new year.“It’s just one step closer to that acceptance, awareness, and bottom line — dignity — for our community of people with dwarfism,” Redford said Friday.The OBA made changes after hearing from Regina Scott of Guelph, Ont., who has a two-year-old son with dwarfism. She helped make a change at her local youth basketball association after noticing the term on a banner at a mall.“We’re trying to gain control over that m-word so that we can assert our right to self-identification,” Redford said. “As I’ve said before, ultimately it makes sense to treat others as you’d want to be treated and that comes down to dignity and respect.”———Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter.Gregory Strong, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

ASPCA And Animal Planet Present Second Chance Dogs

first_imgAs its 150th anniversary approaches in April, the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) partners with Animal Planet to take viewers behind the scenes of its Behavioral Rehabilitation Center.SECOND CHANCE DOGS – premiering Saturday, April 16, at 9 AM ET/PT during PETopia, Animal Planet’s pet-programming block – follows six dogs on their journeys from frightened canines to forever companions.Rescued from hoarding cases, puppy mills and other atrocities, these animals have lived their lives in constant fear and neglect, resulting in extreme distrust of humans and at times complete catatonia. These conditions make them unsuitable for adoption, which puts their lives at grave risk. ASPCA behavior experts at the New Jersey-based center accepts these dogs from across the country into their rehabilitation program to give them a second chance at a life they deserve. Each rescued animal that comes into the facility has suffered different emotional and physical abuse ranging from living in cages barely big enough to move around to fearing the touch of anyone. During the course of their stay, the experts work with these dogs to improve their quality of life and give them hope of a new, happy life.SECOND CHANCE DOGS is produced for Animal Planet by Dog Files Media. The one-hour special was written, directed and edited by Kenn Bell. ASPCA and Dog Files are executive producers. Meredith Russell is associate producer for Animal Planet.last_img read more

Body of woman found on Highway 401 in Toronto

Ontario Provincial Police say the body of a woman has been found on Highway 401 near Warden Ave. in Toronto. OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said a 49-year-old woman from Scarborough was struck by a transport truck shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday.Schmidt said a female pedestrian was spotted on the highway prior to the collision. Update Fatal collision: #Hwy401 WB express closed near Warden Ave.— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) March 1, 2018The Coroner is assisting OPP in the investigation. Police say they do not believe foul play is involved. Any witnesses who have not spoken with police are asked to contact the OPP. All westbound express lanes of Highway 401 at Brimley Rd. were closed during rush hour with traffic being diverted into the collectors lanes. The highway reopened around 9 a.m.UPDATE: ROAD RESTRICTION: #Hwy401 WB Express lanes remains CLOSED between Brimley Rd and Warden Ave (including all transfers). Reopening time unknown. Expect delays. ^ag— OPP GTA Traffic (@OPP_GTATraffic) March 1, 2018 read more

Citing monumental humanitarian needs UN official urges greater relief aid for eastern

“The fact that there are now 2.4 million IDPs [internally displaced persons] in the DRC, including more than 1.6 million in the Kivus, is a very bleak illustration of the dire humanitarian situation the country is facing,” the Director of Operations for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), John Ging, told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York. Mr. Ging – who spent a week in late October in the eastern provinces of North and South Kivu to assess the situation – noted that the UN and its partners have appealed for $791 million to provide life-saving assistance to DRC this year and have so far only received $429 million. “More funding is urgently and desperately needed,” he stressed.The Kivus have seen increased fighting since earlier this year between Government troops, with the support of peacekeepers from the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), and the March 23 Movement (M23), which is composed of soldiers from the DRC’s national army who mutinied in April. In addition to causing major internal displacement, the fighting – as well as that involving other armed groups – has also led to many people fleeing to neighbouring Rwanda and Uganda.“Eastern DRC has been hit this year by massive humanitarian needs triggered by the rise of the M23 rebel group and violence by more than two dozen other armed groups across the region, with widespread abuses against civilians including murder, rape and brutal reprisals,” said Mr. Ging. “As armed groups proliferate in the Kivus, it is the people who suffer: men are massacred, women are raped and children are forcibly recruited, while villages are looted and destroyed,” he added. The current emergency adds to what are already monumental humanitarian needs in the DRC, Mr. Ging said. Among the challenges the country faces are 4.5 million people who are suffering from food insecurity; one million children under five who are suffering from severe acute malnutrition; and 27,000 cholera cases this year. “It is crucial that we continue to step up our interventions and protect people,” Mr. Ging said. “We need a larger humanitarian response.”The UN is providing a huge amount of humanitarian aid to the people of eastern DRC, despite problems with access because of the volatile security situation. At the same time, Mr. Ging noted that the humanitarian challenge is ever-growing and “quite overwhelming.”While the humanitarian needs in the DRC have risen consistently in recent years, funding for the relief response has decreased steadily since 2009, according to OCHA, with annual contributions falling from $541 million in 2008 to $391 million in 2011. read more

UN humanitarian chief urges Security Council action to end immense suffering of

“It is difficult to find words that would justly describe the depth of suffering that the Syrians face on a daily basis. Having just returned from the country, I have seen a glimpse of this grim reality myself,” said Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien.“I left the country deeply saddened and outraged,” he continued. “The needless and immense suffering of ordinary Syrians and the abhorrent destruction this conflict has wrought on the country. I am angry, because we as the international community are not allowed and are not able to do more to protect Syrians who more than ever need our unfaltering support.” During his three-day visit earlier this month, Mr. O’Brien discussed with senior Government representatives the need to strengthen protection of civilians and the overall humanitarian response. “I urged the Government to grant full and unhindered access to all people in need, wherever they may be located. It is my sincere hope that the necessary steps will be taken towards improving access, including approving requests for inter-agency and agency convoys.”Since the conflict began over four years ago, more than a quarter of a million people have been killed in Syria and over a million people injured, Mr. O’Brien noted in his briefing to the 15-member body. Some 7.6 million people have been displaced inside the country. Over one million people have had to leave their homes this year alone.Over four million people have fled across borders in a desperate search for survival and a future, placing host countries and communities under pressure which is now stretched to breaking point. “We may all be living on borrowed time. In the name of both security as well as humanity, we do need to find a better, more sustainable way forward for the wider international community to share the burden in hosting Syrian refugees.”He reported that, over the past month, violence has continued to escalate across the country. Indiscriminate and targeted attacks by all parties to the conflict have resulted in loss of life, destruction of infrastructure; and access to basic services such as water, has been denied to hundreds of thousands of Syrians.“The parties’ callous disregard for human life and basic survival seemingly knows no bounds.”Despite the increasingly challenging environment, millions of people continue to receive lifesaving assistance using all available modalities, including across borders, Mr. O’Brien stated.During the first half of 2015, UN agencies and non-governmental organisations provided food assistance for 5.9 million people on average per month; medicine and supplies for 9 million people; water and sanitation support for over five million people; and basic relief items for more than four million people.“While these numbers are significant, I regret to say that many more could be reached should unimpeded access be allowed,” Mr. O’Brien said, voicing particular concern about the severely limited access to the 4.6 million people living in hard-to-reach and besieged areas.During the first half of 2015, the UN only reached 12 per cent of people in hard-to-reach areas with food each month and 3.4 per cent with health supplies, indicating major access challenges which limit the humanitarian community’s ability to reach the most vulnerable and affected people in Syria.Similarly, parties to the conflict continue to heavily restrict access to besieged areas, Mr. O’Brien reported. The UN managed to reach less than 1 per cent with food and non-food items each month and 2 per cent with health supplies each month during the first half of this year. In July, no food or other type of humanitarian assistance by the UN reached any besieged areas through official routes where some 422,000 people are located.The UN humanitarian chief said he came away from his visit to Syria “determined not to give up, not to be exasperated by the relentless repetitiveness of the challenges we as humanitarians face, and the need to explore every avenue to do everything possible to provide life-saving aid and protection to the people in need.” He urged members of the Council to do everything in their power to end this crisis. “With all the will in the world, humanitarian action cannot be a substitute for political action. The Council must exert leadership to push for a political solution.” read more

Pothole damage to cars soars despite dry and mild winter as road

first_imgDry weather usually offers a welcome respite for the UK’s roads, giving highways workers the chance to patch up the most notorious potholes.The RAC described the figures as a major concern because it expected the mild and comparatively dry winter to lead to a reduction in incidents.”Our figures sadly show a surprising and unwelcome first quarter rise in the number of breakdowns where the poor quality of the road surface was a major factor,” said RAC chief engineer David Bizley. “We had expected a figure no worse than that recorded in the first quarter of 2016 (4,026) and it is very concerning that the roads, strangely, appear to have deteriorated in a mild, comparatively dry winter.”A recent Alarm study by the Ashphalt Industry Alliance found that local authorities need more than £12 billion of funding to bring the road network up to scratch.The gap between the amount councils say they received in the last year, and what they require to keep roads in reasonable order, is almost £730 million. Pothole-related damage to cars has surged during the start of this year, figures show, despite a dry and mild winter that would normally see a reduction in breakdowns.The RAC said the condition of local roads is on a “knife-edge” and one season of cold and wet weather could make it worse than ever.It dealt with 6,500 breakdowns that were likely linked to poor road surface between January and March, which is an increase of almost two-thirds (61.4 per cent) on the same period in 2016.This included broken suspension springs, damaged shock absorbers and distorted wheels. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Bizley added: “We still have a long way to go to ensure the whole road network – not just our major roads which are enjoying one of the largest investment programmes in a generation – are really fit for purpose.”Certainly anyone that has experienced a breakdown as a result of hitting a pothole will know just how frustrating that can be, not to say dangerous and expensive if damage to their vehicle is sustained.”The backlog in preventative maintenance reported by the Alarm survey suggests we are on a knife-edge and it will only take one season of poor weather to take us back to where we were a few years ago.”The Local Government Association, which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, say councils fix a pothole every 19 seconds, amounting to 1.75 million per year.The Met Office said the mean temperature was 5C between the beginning of December and end of February, which is 1.3C up on the 1981 to 2010 average.There was a provisional estimate of 252mm in rainfall, which is 24 per cent less than the 1981 to 2010 average.In 2016 however, the winter was deluged by 529mm which is 160 per cent of the average.The RAC warned of pothole numbers increasing at an “unprecedented rate” after it released its last batch of breakdown data in January.center_img The RAC’s data included call outs for broken suspension springs, damaged shock absorbers and distorted wheels. The last time the firm recorded as many pothole-related defects was in the first quarter of 2015. It is very concerning that the roads, strangely, appear to have deteriorated in a mild, comparatively dry winterDavid Bizley, RAC chief engineerlast_img read more

Great Gift Apple or Lenovo Keyboard

first_imgSonos Multi-Room Music SystemCellphone, iPod Booster BatteryApple or Lenovo Replacement Keyboard HP or Synology Home File Server Neat Desktop Scanner, Kofax Software Whether you spent $199 or $1,199 for your latest PC, are you really happy with the keyboard? I added an Apple wired keyboard ($49 in Apple stores) on my PC for a year (it installs automatically), liked the key feel, and disliked that Apple keyboards don’t have a print-screen key, something I use a lot, and the occasional static shock touching the keyboard deck on winter days. I switched to the Lenovo ThinkPad USB Keyboard with TrackPoint with its equally wonderful key feel, a Trackpoint pointing device (you can disable it if you don’t like it), and that print-screen key. Understand that the Thinkpad keys are full size but the keyboard is compact, so there’s no separate numeric keypad. Do your fingers a favor and get a real keyboard. AdChoices广告Here are five gifts of gear most anyone would be happy to have. – BH last_img read more

Live At 35 Warner Music Signs Deal To Bring Live Music To

first_imgNews Warner Music Nashville announced today that it will expand and continue its popular Live At 35 airline concert program Brian HaackGRAMMYs Oct 27, 2017 – 1:54 pm Warner Music Nashville announced today that it has inked a deal with Southwest Airlines to expand and continue its curious Live At 35 program, a live concert series that takes place on airborne passenger planes. See Your Favorite Artists Perform At 35,000 Feet live-35-warner-music-signs-deal-bring-live-music-airplanes Launched in 2011, Live At 35 has become an extremely popular treat for passengers lucky enough to travel aboard one of the randomly selected flights that have featured artists such as Devin Dawson, NEEDTOBREATHE, Five For Fighting, O.A.R., and Better Than Ezra, among others. Dawson’s most recent appearance was booked to commemorate the deal signing.The expanded deal means the pop-up concert series will continue for the foreseeable future, with Warner Nashville continuing to employ Southwest as its carrier of choice when transporting featured artists by air.Keep an eye out on the next flight you take with Southwest — maybe you’ll get the chance to see one of your favorite artists play a set at 35,000 feet!Concerts & Technology: The Future Is Now NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 8, 2017 – 5:07 pm Devin Dawson Talks “Dark Horse” Origins Twitter Live At 35: Warner Music Signs Deal To Bring Live Music To Airplanes Email Facebook last_img read more

UPS Delivers 5 Million Commitment to Cardinal Athletics

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – UPS, the world’s largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialized transportation and logistics services with its main Global Air Hub located in Louisville, has committed $5 million to University of Louisville Athletics. “Our hope is that when someone is watching a game from the UPS Flight Deck, they’ll not only think of our beautiful aircraft flying overhead, but realize we’re connecting global communities with everything from medical supplies to e-commerce,” said Brendan Canavan, UPS Airlines President. “Continuing the relationship with the University of Louisville helps us educate a future workforce with the benefit of a tuition-free education at UofL. That’s a true team effort!””We have established a terrific partnership with UPS over the last 20 years,” said Vince Tyra, UofL Vice President and Director of Athletics. “We are now excited about the level of support and array of programs designed to strengthen this partnership over the 13-year term of our agreement.  We’re particularly delighted about the long-term benefits that our student-athletes will gain through the UPS Leadership Academy through the coming years.”The gift will establish the UPS Leadership Academy within UofL Athletics. The UPS Leadership Academy is intended to support sophomore student-athletes as they develop their leadership framework by examining and reflecting on their individual leadership style and moving into a collective leadership model as part of a team, classroom and community.The first Academy will consist of a keynote speaker and five workshops covering topics such as leadership styles and roles, emotional intelligence, leveraging athletic experiences to enhance career opportunities, servant leadership, goal getting/setting and will include a networking lunch of former student-athletes from varying career fields.The program will also include the UPS Executive Speaker Series, exposing UofL student-athletes to some of the top leaders throughout the world in a variety of fields including management, aviation, human resources, sales, public relations and other areas.  The program will also seek to create more high-level internships for UofL student athletes at UPS.  The $5 million gift extends a strong relationship with Cardinal Athletics.  UPS committed $3 million toward the expansion of Cardinal Stadium in 2009, with the upper deck of the football stadium named the UPS Flight Deck.  This new gift will extend those naming rights for an additional 13 years.About UPSUPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.In Louisville, UPS is the city’s largest employer, and also is part of Metropolitan College, a joint education-workforce-economic development initiative with the University of Louisville, Louisville Metro and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Metro College provides eligible Kentucky residents access to a tuition-free post-secondary education and outstanding employment opportunities.UPS can be found on the web at or and its corporate blog can be found at To get UPS news direct, follow @UPS_News on Twitter. Visit to learn more about opportunities at UPS.Print Friendly Version Story Links WATCH: UPS & Louisville Team Up last_img read more

US Coast Guard faces a new spike in Cuban boat people

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S.diplomatic opening with Cuba has spurred a seemingly unintended consequence: A flood of Cubans taking to makeshift rafts to get to the United States illegally due to concerns that a quick path to legal residency may end.The U.S. Coast Guard said Monday that it stopped 481 Cuban migrants in 37 events in December. That’s up 117 percent from December 2013, with most of them attempting to come after the governments in Washington and Havana announced they would renew diplomatic relations for the first time since January 1961.The Coast Guard sent 121 Cuba migrants it stopped in the last week to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, the service said on Monday. In the first five days of 2015, a total of 96 Cuban migrants have been interdicted at sea in seven separate events in the Florida Straits, U.S. officials said.The surge is prompted by concerns that the United States may end its “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy with Cuban migrants, officials said. The policy says that Cubans who are intercepted at sea trying to get the United States illegally will be sent back to Cuba or a third country, while those who make it to U.S. soil are allowed to stay and apply for a change in immigration status after one year.“U.S. Coast Guard missions and operations in the Caribbean, Straits of Florida and Gulf of Mexico remain unchanged,” said Rear Adm. Jake Korn, the Coast Guard’s 7th District commander, in a statement. “The Coast Guard strongly discourages attempts to illegally enter the United States by taking to the sea. The Coast Guard is aggressively maintaining a presence in the region and discourages these dangerous and deadly voyages. Individuals must have a visa or other permission to travel to the States and anyone located at sea will be returned to Cuba in accordance with immigration laws.”Other countries in the region — including Haiti and the Dominican Republic — do not have similar “wet-foot, dry-foot” policies with the United States. Marine Gen. John Kelly, the chief of U.S. Southern Command, said in an interview last month, before the announcement about Cuba, that illegal immigration in the region frequently spikes based on rumors.The Coast Guard and Navy frequently rescue migrants attempting to flee poverty in countries like Haiti, the general said. Smugglers known as “snakeheads” take money to help them leave the country on rafts, but they are often overcrowded and struggle to stay afloat.The Coast Guard said it intercepted 3,378 migrants in fiscal year 2014, up from 2,094 the year before. Of those 3,378 migrants, 2,059 came from Cuba. Other leading countries included Haiti (949), the Dominican Republic (293) and Mexico (48), where immigrants sometimes use boats instead of making their way across the U.S.-Mexico land border.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:US officials in Cuba to discuss embassies Cuba, US see good first day of historic talks In Havana, Pelosi delegation promotes Obama’s Cuba thaw US, Cuba resume talks amid Venezuela tensionslast_img read more

Highspeed rail encouraging Chinese to Hong Kong

first_imgConvenient high-speed connections between Hong Kong and several Chinese border cities assist the facilitation and drive the increase of mainland tourists.Transport is becoming more efficient and accessible for Chinese travellers to Hong Kong, the Hindu Business Line reported.Increasingly fast rail connections between Hong Kong and Shenzhen run every 10 minutes, with similar connections from other major Chinese cities, such as Guangzhou.Hong Kong Tourist Board spokesperson Alice Chu said the hi-speed train link with China will be operational by 2016, with travel time between Hong Kong and Shanghai significantly reduced.With an absence of sales taxes and strict regulations enforcing the sale of genuine brand-name products, Hong Kong has also become a popular shopping destination for many Chinese tourists.Ms Chu said some Chinese travellers make the journey to Hong Kong for their weekly groceries.Source = ETB News: P.T. Convenient transport links and shopping boost mainland arrivals.last_img read more

Chris Pine on his Outlaw King nude scene

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