first_imgArgentina: Siemens has won a 12-year US$27·2m contract to refurbish and maintain 64 cars for Buenos Aires metro Line E.Czech Republic: Skoda AS is to refurbish a second batch of 10 T3 trams for Liberec, and fit them with IGBT chopper controls and regenerative braking. Seven T3s are being refurbished for Plzen.France: Lyon metro has completed the refurbishment of its first train in a FFr60m in-house programme covering 32 sets. India: The 4 km Chepuak – Tirumailai section of the Chennai Mass Rapid Transit System has been completed, and work on the 11·5 km Tirumilai – Velachery Phase II is now being taken forward by the Tamil Nadu government and Indian Railways.Netherlands: Rotterdam Metro has begun the renovation of its north-south line from De Akkers to Centraal, including installation of lifts at all stations, lighting improvements and graffiti removal. Wider platforms and additional escalators are being provided at Beurs. Singapore: The Land Transport Authority has invited prequalification bids for civil works at Changi Airport and Somapah stations on the MRT extension.Spain: Bilbao Metro has opened the final 1·8 km underground section of Line 1 from Casco Viejo to Bolueta, with intermediate stations at Santutxu and Bassarrate. Thailand: Ove Arup & Partners International has been selected to design the north section of the Bangkok MRTA Blue line. The contract covers 9 km of twin-bore 6m diameter tunnel and nine stations.USA: Chicago Transit Authority completed its conversion from tickets and tokens to magnetic farecards on September 15, when manned ticket offices at elevated and underground stations in the city centre were replaced by vending machines. San Diego MTDB’s 9·8 km Mission Valley West light rail extension is due to open on November 20, with revenue service starting on November 23.San Francisco Municipal Railway has been allocated US$13·8m to buy another 59 Breda LRVs to replace its last Boeing Vertol cars. Utah Transit Authority has announced plans for a 17·5 km second light rail line from Salt Lake International Airport to the University of Utah costed at US$374m.last_img read more

Born at 23 weeks: A family’s story of survival

first_imgNZ Herald 26 November 2017Family First Comment: #NotABlobOfTissueWhen baby Holly arrived after only 23 weeks’ gestation, time slowed and every milestone was treasured.At neonatal care units across the country the smallest leaps and bounds are celebrated.One millilitre of milk for feeding turns into two, then three, and so on. Incremental weight gains are successes, so is being able to wipe your baby’s eyes, change its nappy, and then- incredibly- have the first cuddle.“It’s a big rollercoaster,” Sarah Blaney says.“The hardest part is when they are little, they talk about long term being a few hours. Your friends and family are saying, ‘will she survive?’ (But) you have to take it hour by hour.”In March 2013 Sarah and David Blaney were looking forward to meeting their first child, a girl, due in July.But at 23 weeks Sarah went into labour and baby Holly was born weighing just 640g- slightly bigger than a block of butter.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Dudus’ lawyer stands firm

first_img 5 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Convicted Tivoli Gardens don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke is surrounded by DEA agents shortly after his extradition to the US.NEW York, USA — The lawyer representing convicted Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke is standing by controversial statements alleging complicity between United States (US) authorities and the Jamaican government in bringing charges against, and subsequently extraditing, his client.Notwithstanding that the claims have outraged the Jamaican Diaspora here, attorney Stephen H Rosen, in an interview with the Observer, was adamant he is correct in his assessment.Rosen said the only part of his comments that he was prepared to retract was a reference to the US Secretary of State not wanting the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to win the last general election.“I meant the State Department, not Secretary of State,” he said in a follow-up interview last week.Rosen said that the previous People’s National Party (PNP) government had a close relationship with the US State and Justice Departments and charged that politics was responsible for Coke’s arrest and subsequent extradition.He said that the US government “has always seem to favour the People’s National Party”.“One of the first acts by the US after the JLP took office was to issue a request for Mr Coke’s extradition,” the attorney noted.Asked if he could provide evidence to support his charges, Rosen referred to the controversial ‘wiretap’ Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) between the Jamaican and US governments, as well as information on the matter which he said are contained in documents from the Supreme Court of Jamaica.The matter of the MOU’s, signed by Dr Peter Phillips under the previous PNP administration, allowing the US to eavesdrop on local telephone calls, are pivotal to the prosecution’s case against Coke.“I don’t know anything about Jamaica’s internal politics. I have never sat in a room with a Jamaican politician,” Rosen said.“These are (pieces of) information that were gathered by our lawyers in Jamaica and which is available for all to see. I don’t make up these things, I am just a simple lawyer working to provide the best representation for my client,” he said.Rosen also accused the previous PNP government of misleading the Supreme Court on the wiretap evidence.Outside a Manhattan courtroom where he first made most of his charges two Fridays ago, Rosen sought to debunk claims that Coke’s removal from Jamaica had led to a reduction in crimes there.“They moved him out, an election is called, the old government is voted out and a new one takes over, yet there’s more murders in the first few days than before,” he charged.But in a sharp response, Irwin Clare, who heads the Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board for the Northeast United States, described Rosen’s comments as “an insult to the intelligence of Jamaicans”.He said that there was no evidence of US interference by way of preference in the last elections, which he described as fair and clean.Clare said that while he understands Rosen’s right to do the best for his client, he should not use his position to “attack our democracy and democratic institutions”.But Rosen said that “we can prove the charge of complicity”. He said that Coke’s defence team is now awaiting the next move by prosecutors in the case.A week ago, Friday, the Coke defence team seemed to have won a major victory when Judge Joseph P Patterson ruled that prosecutors had not provided sufficient evidence to support their request for the imposition of the maximum 23-year prison sentence being sought under a plea-bargain agreement.The parties are to return to court on May 22. Rosen has indicated that the defence could go into the discovery process if evidence to back certain claims by prosecutors are produced.BY HAROLD G BAILEYJamaica Observer Sharecenter_img InternationalNewsPrintRegional Dudus’ lawyer stands firm by: – March 26, 2012 Share Tweetlast_img read more

Batesville Boys Sectional Pre-lims Results

first_imgBHS Boys Swim Results from Sectional Pre-lims.Sectional Finals begin at 1 PM on Saturday, February 21 at Columbus North High School.Sectional Finalists.200 Medley Relay: Miller, Pelo, K. Main, Patel: 2:00.42 qualified 8th w/best time of season50 Freestyle: Miller: qualified 16th 24.32100 Butterfly: K. Main; qualified 14th 1:00.85 personal best200 Free Relay: K Main, E Main, D Main, Pelo 1:50.81 qualified 9th 2nd best time of season100 Back: Miller: qualified 11th 1:04.18 personal best (was seated 14th)400 Free Relay: Miller, K Main, E Main, Patel 3:54.58 qualified 8th w/ best time of seasonOther results.200 Free: E Main-22nd 2:13.99 personal best (was seated 22nd)200 IM: D Main-22nd-2:40.40 personal best (was seated 24th); Pelo-23rd (season best)50 Free: Kunkel-29th-28.90 personal best (was seated 30th), Greene-32nd100 Fly: Hall—23rd 1:12.19 personal best (was seated 24th)100 Free: E Main-21st 59.07 personal best(seated 22nd), Patel-22nd 59.16 personal best (seated 25th)Kunkel-30th500 Free: D Main-20th 6:22.36 personal best (seated 21st), Pelo-23rd100 back: Patel-22nd 1:13.70 personal best (seated24th), Hall-23rd100 breast: Greene-21st (seated 21st), Rogers-23rd (seated 23rd)last_img read more

Batesville student earns national scholarship

first_imgPhoto courtesy of FacebookBatesville, Ind. — A future student of Purdue University and Batesville High School alum has been awarded a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. Joseph Barr is among 3,200 winners out of a field of 15,000 nominees. Barr plans to study computer programming.The scholarships are awarded by a panel that evaluates test scores, course difficulty and demonstrations of leadership.Another list of award winner will be released by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in July of this year.last_img read more

MLAX : Lerman has rough day in net as Johns Hopkins’ offense steals momentum from the start

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: BALTIMORE – Thirty-five seconds into the game, John Greeley wound up and fired a rocket from 20 yards out past Syracuse goaltender Matt Lerman. Arms thrown out, his teammates rushed to meet him, jumping on the Johns Hopkins midfielder.Nine seconds into the third quarter, Brandon Benn whipped a shot from in close into the top right corner of the net. Again, Lerman was late raising his stick for the save attempt. And again, the Blue Jays celebrated a quick goal.Lerman knew what was coming each time. He just didn’t have an answer for the explosive Hopkins offense.‘We expected them to do that. We knew they were going to come after us,’ Lerman said. ‘They have a lot of offensive guns, and I let a few in. My defense gave me some good shots, and I didn’t come through for them and that’s on me.’Lerman was overmatched in net in Syracuse’s 11-7 loss to Johns Hopkins (7-0) Saturday. The SU (3-2, 1-0 Big East) goaltender made just two saves and allowed seven goals in the first half before giving up two more quick scores in the second half that sealed the Orange’s fate with nearly 26 minutes to play. Lerman finished with eight saves on the day in another tough performance for the first-year starter.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLerman was challenged immediately on the game’s first possession, and the Blue Jays offensive attack was relentless for the rest of the half. But that first goal set the tone as the crowd at Homewood Field erupted.‘It seems like at the beginning of quarters we’re coming out slow, we’re coming out not very energetic and we have to come out hot right from the get-go,’ SU defender Brian Megill said. ‘… I think if we come out and maybe get the first tally or hold them for a while before they get their first tally. I think it’s a different game if we get a little bit more momentum.’After Derek Maltz evened the score, Hopkins ripped off three goals in the final seven minutes to jump ahead 4-1.Greeley scored again, finding the top right corner, this time with a clear shot from the left side. Benn followed with his first of a game-high four goals, scoring easily on a cut to the right side.Finally, JHU midfielder John Ranagan finished the opening period with another goal. SU midfielder Matt Pratt matched up with him defensively, and Ranagan sidestepped Pratt after he lost his footing and fell to the turf. He then bounced one past Lerman with 11 seconds left.SU didn’t fold. The Orange responded with another goal from Maltz minutes into the second period, and it appeared Syracuse and Hopkins were in for a battle.‘I thought once we got going, we started to make it competitive in the second quarter and had some opportunities to make it a little closer,’ Desko said.But whenever SU seemed to cut into the Blue Jays lead, Hopkins always responded. Three times in the second period, the Orange moved within two goals. Each time, JHU quickly extended the lead back to three.The final answer came after Maltz’s third goal got SU within 6-4 with 3:29 remaining. Less than a minute later, Benn found Wells Stanwick from behind the cage moving along the crease. Stanwick caught the pass and deposited it past Lerman to give the Blue Jays a three-goal cushion heading into the half.Desko said he felt his team was still in good position at halftime. But that changed at the start of the third quarter when Benn found the back of the net.After battling Hopkins the entire first half, the flood gates opened.‘Whether it’s me or someone else, I think it’s nice for us to come out of the halftime like that and get the first one,’ Benn said. ‘Kind of bring some life back that maybe we could have lost at halftime or maintained. But I think either way it just brings the life back.’Benn and the Blue Jays rode that energy after the early goals to victory. JHU held the Orange scoreless in the third period and held all the momentum.And Lerman finished out another disappointing performance. The Hopkins offense was nearly flawless in the first three periods, but the SU goaltender knows he needs to make more saves between the pipes.‘I got to expect them to take shots, and I’m there to stop them,’ Lerman said. ‘And the opposition, it’s their goal to attack me, and I got to be ready for that a little bit better.’rjgery@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Juniors Simon, Firenze provide stability for Syracuse midfield

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 24, 2014 at 12:15 am Contact Paul: | @pschweds Syracuse junior forward Erin Simon was still on the field 30 minutes after practice last Wednesday.Simon, the only player left, practiced step-overs, pullbacks and toe taps with the ball at her feet. She dribbled forward and backward and side-to-side around cones within a 5-yard space. It was quiet, simple and consistent, three trademarks of her style on the field.And she continued to work with assistant coach Alyscha Mottershead while head coach Phil Wheddon fittingly answered questions about his team’s consistent performers.Half of the Syracuse (3-4-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) roster is new to the program this year, which has placed a premium on consistent play from its veterans, especially in the midfield. Simon and junior captain Jackie Firenze have both exhibited that this season, even while Wheddon has tweaked the supporting cast around them in almost every game.“One of the things that you need in a program is consistent performers,” Wheddon said of Firenze and Simon. “And I think we’re getting to a point now where we’ve got that and we’ve had that for a couple years.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSimon has played in every single game for SU since 2012 and Firenze has played in all but two.Finding the right combination of players in the midfield has been one of Wheddon’s goals during the first half of the season, and having Simon and Firenze to lean on has given support to younger players.“It’s important for anyone on the team to be consistent,” Firenze said. “That’s something that we all look for. Consistent and growing at the same time is something any player needs to strive for.”Syracuse has stronger leadership this season compared to the past, Wheddon said, and that could have something to do with Mottershead’s presence.When Simon and Firenze were freshmen in 2012, Mottershead was their captain. Firenze looked up to her and now models her captainship after her current assistant coach, and both Firenze and Simon continue to learn from Mottershead as a first-year assistant coach.Firenze — with the help of vice-captains Taylor Haenlin and Alexis Koval — has organized team meetings, which didn’t happen much in the past. The meetings have raised the level of accountability among teammates resulting in a higher standard of play on a daily basis.By giving maximum effort in practice, Simon hopes to make her teammates better, she said. Simon rarely has an off game and that’s because her role is predicated on effort — something she can control.Simon is listed on the Orange’s roster as a forward but has played defense and outside midfield this season. When playing outside midfield in SU’s 3-5-2 formation, she does more running than any other player on the field.With these examples set by Simon and Firenze, the consistent effort is trickling down to the freshmen.“It shows the rest of the players what they need to do to be successful and that’s what we need,” Wheddon said. “We need that kind of leadership from those players that have been around.”The two midfielders are making impressions on SU’s younger players, starting with things like staying after practice to improve footwork.“When we leave, they can look back and say ‘Oh, I remember Jackie and Erin and all of us,’” Simon said. “They can look back on that and be like ‘Oh, I want to be like them, I want to play like them. They were so hard working.’” Commentslast_img read more

Drone injures guest at Pi Kappa Phi party

first_imgAt a registered party hosted by the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity on Saturday night, a drone managed by the event planning company Extreme Greeks fell on a party attendee, causing her to be transported to a local hospital.According to a Department of Public Safety report, the person in question was a non-USC female who suffered a cut to her head after the drone, which was being used to take aerial photos of the event, fell from the sky.“I’m glad to say that the girl is doing fine after what happened Saturday night,” Pi Kappa Phi president Austin Horton said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “We are working with Extreme Greeks to determine what caused the drone to fall.”Events of this magnitude are officially cleared with USC and DPS, which helps ensure a quicker response time when incidents like this do occur.“Companies like Extreme Greeks provide added security to make a safer environment for social functions at USC,” said Jake Simon, president of the Interfraternity Council.Both IFC and Pi Kappa Phi declined to address whether the company would be facing any legal action as a result of the incident.Extreme Greeks also declined to comment on the incident.The Delta Chi fraternity’s fall register this Saturday is also employing Extreme Greeks. However, the fraternity’s social chair, Spencer Gilbert, has confirmed they will not be using drones.last_img read more

USC chosen for newest LinkedIn Pulse platform

first_imgUSC has been recently chosen as one of 21 universities represented on LinkedIn’s publishing platform, LinkedIn Pulse, as part of a new initiative, the LinkedIn Campus Editor Program.LinkedIn bought Pulse, a professional publishing platform, for $90 million in April 2013. The LinkedIn Pulse website functions as a communal blog.Members can publish articles through this platform everywhere, sharing their work with LinkedIn’s users. It serves a hub of creative and self-reflective content from varying perspectives in different arenas of the job market.Since purchasing Pulse, LinkedIn has served a wider purpose than solely creating online resumes and managing professional networking. LinkedIn has repeatedly pushed to become one of the major players in the social media arena in regards to personal branding, promotion and student engagement. This is achieved in part through the LinkedIn Campus Editor Program made available through Pulse.USC is one of the first campuses to have a LinkedIn Campus Editor. The USC branch is led by Natalie Riso, a sophomore majoring in business administration.“By editing their articles, they not only are able to have confidence in the soundness of their articles, but anything edited by a Campus Editor is also considered for extra promotion in the Pulse Channels,” said Riso in an email to the Daily Trojan. “These promotions can turn your article from a reach of your connections to LinkedIn’s millions of users.”In addition to being named one of the 21 LinkedIn Campus Editors, Riso has been named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices of 2015 last quarter as part of LinkedIn’s effort to promote student engagement. These top ten individuals were ranked by LinkedIn data and awarded this honor in their respective fields of expertise. Some areas include finance, social media, marketing, venture capital and health care. LinkedIn’s recognition of Riso’s work in the marketing sector has increased the celebrity and popularity of her published articles on her LinkedIn page.LinkedIn has also launched a new initiative, Student Voices, in addition to the Campus Editor program.This platforms allows university students to chime into a different conversation each month, centered on a broad theme provided by LinkedIn. Students draw on personal experiences, current events and their field of study at their own college. For example, Student Voices kicked off 2016 with January’s topic, “New Year, New Me.” The stories submitted to this sector with the hashtag “#StudentVoices” are then reviewed by the LinkedIn Campus Editor from that respective institution.“As a Campus Editor, I am in charge of curating the best content USC has to offer from its students,” Riso said. “This includes finding top achievers in the USC ecosystem and editing their work for LinkedIn.”Riso said that having someone editing other people’s stories will not only help the quality of their work but also help connect users to more people online.“As one of 21 universities chosen by LinkedIn, it is an absolute honor to be chosen as one of the first campuses to have a LinkedIn Campus Editor and to be recognized as one of the most impressive student bodies,” Riso said.last_img read more

LEADING OFF: Indians restrict Clevinger, Plesac; Stanton out

first_imgLast Updated: 12th August, 2020 07:22 IST LEADING OFF: Indians Restrict Clevinger, Plesac; Stanton Out The Indians made the moves after the right-handers broke team rules and Major League Baseball protocols by leaving their hotel in Chicago last weekend and risking exposure to the COVID-19 virus First Published: 12th August, 2020 07:22 IST Associated Press Television News A look at what’s happening around the majors Wednesday:C YOU LATERCleveland is minus two of its top starting pitchers after putting Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac on the restricted list. The Indians made the moves after the right-handers broke team rules and Major League Baseball protocols by leaving their hotel in Chicago last weekend and risking exposure to the COVID-19 virus.The Indians had implemented a code of conduct for players to follow on road trips, forbidding them from socializing outside of the team’s players and staff.MLB permits teams to use the restricted list for players who are unavailable to play for non-baseball reasons. The players will be paid during their leave and be given service times. They can come off the list at any time.SIDELINED SLUGGERYankees designated hitter/outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is expected to miss three to four weeks after being diagnosed with a grade 1 left hamstring strain.Manager Aaron Boone says the team is still evaluating the 2017 NL MVP and the timeline could be adjusted.CHECK HIMThe Braves will see how outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. is doing, a day after he was scratched from the lineup at Yankee Stadium because of a sore left wrist.Acuña was pulled about 90 minutes before he was set to bat leadoff and play center field. He was taken out after five innings during a blowout loss in Philadelphia on Monday, but did not appear to have suffered an injury.The 2018 NL Rookie of the Year hit three homers over a doubleheader Sunday and seemed to just be heating up for the reigning NL East champs.AILING ARMSOpening day starter Joe Musgrove has become the sixth Pittsburgh pitcher put on the injured list this season.Musgrove (0-3, 6.75 ERA) is out with trouble in his right tricpes. The Pirates’ parade of sidelined pitchers includes starter Mitch Keller and relievers Nick Burdi, Clay Holmes, Michael Feliz and Kyle Crick. Not on the list is closer Keone Kela, who has yet to pitch this season after testing positive for COVID-19.The Pirates began the shortened season with starters Jameson Taillon and Chris Archer already out due to injury.Image credits: AP LIVE TV WATCH US LIVEcenter_img FOLLOW US COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Written Bylast_img read more