BCCI sends strong message to Sehwag, Gambhir after rift in Australia

first_imgJust a week ago Delhi cricketers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir seemed to be leading a revolt against their captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on their ongoing tour of Australia. Now, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seems to have told them clearly to toe the line or face the music.On Wednesday, while Sehwag was ousted from the team on “medical grounds”, Virat Kohli’s elevation as vice captain ahead of Gambhir was being viewed as a strong message by the BCCI. The board’s message seems to repose its faith on Dhoni being the undisputed ringmaster in Team India.”I don’t want to talk about speculation.You have seen them play games. From time to time, physios take physical test of players on tour and the physio has given his report that Sehwag and Zaheer have been rested purely on injury grounds,” chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth said in Mumbai while announcing the team for Asia Cup on Wednesday.Srikkanth went all out to dismiss talks that the under-performing Sehwag was handed the axe from the Asia Cup. He clarified that the struggling opener’s appalling form down under had no role in his missing the flight to Dhaka.Quite recently, on February 21, dismissing Dhoni’s rotation policy Sehwag had said in Brisbane that he was “fit and available for all matches”. Now, Sehwag’s exclusion on grounds of fitness does raise doubts over the real reasons behind his ouster.Earlier, Gambhir had also raised a controversy saying he would have liked to finish a match against Australia earlier than Dhoni did. He had made the observation after the team’s narrow victory against Australia on February 12.advertisement”We shouldn’t have taken the game to the 50th over. That’s my personal observation. I know it’s always easier to talk when you are in the dressing room and it’s always tough in the middle, but my personal observation is we shouldn’t have let this game go into the last over,” Gambhir had said.Sehwag and Gambhir’s open challenge to Dhoni had exposed the split in the Indian camp out in the open. But it seems the selectors have now cracked the whip. By keeping Sehwag out of the mix for Bangladesh tour and ignoring Gambhir from vice captaincy responsibilities, a hard message has been sent to the warring seniors.- With inputs from Mumbailast_img read more

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Former UFC champion Conor McGregor arrested in Miami for smashing fan’s phone

first_imgConor McGregor was arrested in Miami Beach on Monday after a fan said the Irish mixed martial arts fighter smashed his phone and then walked off with the shattered remains, police records show.McGregor, 30, was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami on suspicion of robbery and criminal mischief, according to an arrest affidavit filed in connection with the incident, which took place shortly after 5 a.m. (0900 GMT) on Monday.”The victim and the defendant were exiting the Fountainbleau Hotel and the victim attempted to take a picture of the defendant with his cell phone,” the arrest report said, without identifying the second man’s name.”The defendant slapped the victim’s phone out of his hand, causing it to fall to the floor. The defendant then stomped on the victim’s phone several times, damaging it,” the report said, adding that the device was valued at $1,000.McGregor was taken into custody later on Monday. It was not immediately clear if he had retained a local attorney to represent him.McGregor was charged in April 2018 with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief after police said he attacked a charter bus in New York carrying UFC fighters, throwing a moving dolly through a window and injuring other fighters.He later pleaded guilty to a reduced disorderly conduct charge.last_img read more

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Talking Touch – January

first_imgTo view some of January’s media coverage, please click on the links below. Touch Fields Face Uphill Battle The look of despair on the faces of Mick Callow and Denise Edwards told the story of their task in getting the Cyril Connell touch fields up and running again this year.Callow is the president of Rockhampton Junior Touch football and Edwards the Rockhampton administrator.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/story/2011/01/19/touch-fields-cyril-connell-floods-rain/ Fields To Affect Rep PreparationsLittle wonder the work required to get the Cyril Connell Fields playable can’t be done quickly enough for Rockhampton Junior Touch president Mick Callow, as players should be preparing for the busiest part of their season.Touch is a very popular sport with all fields covered with players on most nights, and at this stage of the year the action on the park should not just be competition matches but also representative trials and training.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/story/2011/01/19/cyril-connell-fields-flood-affected/ Broadhead Trains For Touch TestSophie Broadhead has made the final Australian under 20 women’s touch team for the Trans Tasman Test Series to be played against New Zealand at the end of January. This follows impressive performances in the just completed Super League Series in Canberra and carrying out an extensive training program under the assistant Australian coach who is also based in the ACT.http://www.goulburnpost.com.au/news/local/sport/rugby-league/broadhead-trains-for-touch-test/2035794.aspx Speedster Up For Trans Tasman Touch SeriesDefences mean little to Townsville Touch Football flyer Nathan Norford, who has been selected in the Australian under-20 touch football side to play a Trans-Tasman series against New Zealand. The under-20 North Queensland Cowboys player, who won an A-grade grand final last year with Brothers in the Townsville and Districts Rugby League and with Brothers in the Townsville Touch competition as a coach certainly has the pedigree to step and turn on the international stage.http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2011/01/10/198441_sport.htmlThree Make Trans Tasman SeriesThree Redland players will be among the best up-and-coming touch football players from Australia and New Zealand on display in Canberra next week when the two countries meet in the 2011 Youth Trans Tasman Test Series. The Australian Boys and Girls 18s and 20s sides will take to the field against New Zealand at Viking Park, Tuggeranong from Friday to Sunday, January 21-23.http://www.baysidebulletin.com.au/news/local/sport/other/three-make-trans-tasman-series/2046818.aspx Wagga Girls Shine In Aussie Touch Rep TeamThe dream of representing Australia is one that is held by every sportsperson, young and old. Although the chance to don the green and gold is granted to very few, Wagga touch talent Jess Absolum relished the opportunity to represent her country, grasping the moment with both hands.http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/news/local/sport/other/wagga-girls-shine-in-aussie-touch-rep-team/2055638.aspxSymons In Good TouchUsually held at Albert Park in Melbourne teams were on the road to Morwell for rounds 12 and 13 of Victoria’s VT League touch football competition, but for one player it represented a nice change. Traralgon’s Jordan Symons has spent the past two seasons playing for Casey Cougars after representing Victoria’s under-15 state team.http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/news/local/sport/general/symons-in-good-touch/2061896.aspx Fast and FuriousSpeed and agility was on show as Victoria’s premier touch football competition, the VT League, visited Morwell on Saturday. Six men’s open and six women’s open teams played two matches each at Latrobe City Sports and Entertainment Complex to showcase the sport at its best. http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/news/local/sport/general/fast-and-furious/2061894.aspx If you have seen a Touch Football story in your area that you would like to see on the website, please email it to lauren@austouch.com.au.last_img read more

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History of Himalayas Tibetans Rebuilding life

first_imgGo beyond defining mountains only by their height, though the summit of a peak is nothing more than the point where it gives way to clouds and the sky; next, ponder over a paradigm shift in ancient Indian history in the modern day search for the mythical Sarasvati river; and finally, make your way through an emphatic and enhanced collection of stories about Tibetan refugees starting anew in India. Add these books to your shelf and immerse yourself as you acquire knowledge. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain ‘Wild Himalaya – A Natural History of the Greatest Mountain Range on Earth’ by Stephen Alter Born in Mussoorie, the author of 20 books of fiction and non-fiction and the founding director of the Mussoorie Mountain Festival, Stephen Alter considers himself an endemic species, having spent most of his life in what is rightly considered one of the greatest mountain ranges in the world. Not surprisingly, he begins his latest work with a parable about two mythical characters, Nilli and Nipu. The former made the earth and when complete, it turned out so big that the latter put the sky as a lid above it. But the lid was too small. So Nili pushed and pulled the soil together until the sky and earth were the same size – and as a result, parts of the world stood up as mountains. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”Living in the mountains shapes a person’s perspective, gazing out across the valley below or back into the interior Ganges, observing both the familiar and the unknown from the vantage point of home,” Alter writes. Travelling through India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal and China, Alter compiles in eight sections on-ground reports into the history, science, geology, environment, flora, fauna, myth, folklore, spirituality, climate and human settlements of the five countries for a nuanced and definitive natural history of the Himalayan region. ‘The Sarasvati Civilisation’ by Maj Gen G D Bakshi (Retd) “The quest for an ancient river that was irrevocably lost some 3,900 years ago, is quintessentially a quest for a lost sense of self in the Indian civilisation. It is in essence, a quest for unravelling its true identity. It is about – who are we as Indians,” writes Maj. Gen. Bakshi, a military historian and decorated combat veteran. Then, there are questions like who were the Indo-Aryans, who laid the foundations for our present day Hindu culture in India? Were they aliens or were they indigenous? If they were aliens, where did they come from? Where is the mythical Aryan homeland? Is it in Turkey-Anatolia? Or is it the steppes of Central Asia? Where do Indians have to go in search of their roots? You don’t have to agree with everything the book says, but a change in perspective is always welcome. ‘Tibet With My Eyes Closed’ by Madhu Gurung “Prayer flags of five colours are synonymous with Tibetan Buddhism. The Buddhists believe that flags promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom, with the winds carrying the goodwill and the blessings of the mantras pervading across all spaces to bless each sentient being. But even as they fade from exposure to the elements of nature, they become a permanent part of the universe,” writes Gurung. Each of the stories she tells of Tibetans rebuilding their lives in India epitomises one element of the prayer flags – space, wind, fire, water and earth – for they have some element of that colour woven into their background. “There is an old Tibetan saying: ‘If I tell you my dream, you might forget it. If I act on my dream, perhaps you will remember it, but if I involve you, it becomes your dream too’,” Gurung writes.last_img read more

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Fez Festival Moroccan Classical Pianist Marouane Benabdallah A Standout Performance

Fez – Thursday morning dawned to a magnificent piano recital by Moroccan classical pianist Marouane Benabdallah at the Batha Museum in which he returned to his Arabic roots.Benabdallah was born in Morocco and left at the age of 13 to pursue continuing musical studies in Hungary at the Bela Bartok Academy and at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. While the recital included several works by these well known classical western composers, the highlight of the concert was the compilation of works of relatively unknown composers from the Middle East, including Morocco, Egypt, and Lebanon, that are the culmination of a special project Benabdallah has embarked upon.Benabdallah’s project, entitled “Arabesque,” is the fruit of research into works of classical composers of the Arab world. Although the works were clearly compositions in the traditional western classical music genre, each was laced with echoes of its composer’s Middle Eastern origins. Maria Magdalena, which he said was composed three years ago, opened with lullaby sweetness reminiscent of Debussy or Satie, with some minor sonority lending a darkness and richness. Inspired by Chopin, he said afterwards, the piece ended with three dissident plinks to the mysterious – and timely — hoot of a nearby owl.Benaddallah also played a lively piece by Bartok, his fingers flying over the keyboard on the second and third movements, the latter reminiscent of Flight of the Bumble Bee with some Hungarian dances overlaying the busy line.The last two pieces were by a Lebanese composer. Benadallah began the first, a lively dance-like piece, with the birds in the trees above in the open air venue seemingly singing and whistling along with the music, as he plucked the piano strings with his left hand inside the piano, in dissonant chords, building to a crescendo.In the last piece, a low register, lively rhythmical underlay began the piece, again bringing to mind the Hungarian dances of Brahms. Then followed what sounded like a taqsim played by the right hand in the upper register in an Arabic maqam that would have been perfect on a ney; and then back to the dance.While the performance was worthy of a standing ovation, only this writer stood up to give one, although the applause continued long enough for two or three bows.Benabdallah returned to the stage for a beautiful encore — “something totally different,” as he put it, which turned out to be a slow and sweet piece by Franz Liszt.Benabdallah then took his final bow to appreciative audience applause, tall and distinguished in a beautiful Moroccan, hand embroidered, long jacket (designed by himself, he told Morocco World News) –- the perfect substitute for tails on this sunny, hot and humid morning in Fes.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Arrival of King Salmane in Morocco Handkiss greetings spark Criticism

Miami – Saudi Arabia’s King Salmane is once again the hot topic of the week. His vacation in Côte d’Azur, France had the locals and the authorities raging. The King and his entourage of 1,000 people cut their trip to the French Riviera short and decided to visit Morocco.Upon his arrival in Tangier last Sunday, King Salmane was welcomed by a large number of Moroccan officials, Heads of State, Moroccan military, and other important locals.The honorable greeting was televised on Saudi television and the images did not take long to create a stir with Saudis as well as Moroccans. The video shows King Salmane descending from his private aircraft followed by his entourage. At the bottom of the staircase he is then greeted by what seemed well over 20 high-ups who were lined up along a rolled-out carpet waiting their turn to salute the King. Between the excitement and joy of such event, the King was hand-kissed and shoulder-kissed by many, including Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane. But the greeting that sparked the most criticism was that of a man performing a series of hand kisses to the King.The scene has been harshly commented as many people have reported on social media outlets that the late Saudi King Abdallah ben Abdelaziz Al Saoud had prohibited this kind of greeting demonstrations since 2013.According to The HuffPost, the man who kissed the King’s hand with such intensity is just a man who runs a hotel in the area. Ironically, Benkirane who looked down on the man’s behavior, was himself also strongly criticized for kissing the King’s shoulder.King Salmane is for sure giving the region lots to talk about.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Calgary sees over four per cent GDP growth in 2014 almost 20000

by News Staff Posted May 26, 2015 6:05 pm MDT Last Updated May 26, 2015 at 6:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Calgary sees over four per cent GDP growth in 2014, almost 20,000 jobs Optimism seems to be the key word when it comes to Calgary’s economic future.Calgary Economic Development released its latest report Tuesday, citing a near 4.5 per cent increase in the city’s GDP and just under 20,000 jobs.Mayor Naheed Nenshi said despite the downturn in the last quarter of the year, 2015 numbers will obviously look different, but as much as people think.“In the first quarter of 2015, when we saw lots of headlines about job losses and layoffs, Calgary actually created more jobs then we lost,” he said. “Certainly our unemployment rate went up, but our unemployment rate largely went up because more people were moving here, so we’re in a very interesting space right now.”“I think it’s fair to say a lot of people are waiting to see if another show will drop.”Nenshi added the last job and GDP numbers recently came out and he hasn’t gotten a chance to look into them, but he did share what discussion have been like with business and industry leaders.“Generally we’re hearing a story that Q2 is going to be tough,” he said. “But I’m also hearing from business people across the city that they’re really trying hard to preserve their workforce.”Nenshi also said with construction, material and labour costs going down, now is the right time to build more infrastructure.The numbers came out at a presentation at the Telus Convention Centre and was also the last for outgoing president and CEO Bruce Graham, who said it’s an emotional departure.“You get really attached to the people you work with, the places you promote and quite frankly, it all came to a crest I guess up on stage,” he said while giving his best advice for a successor. “Collaboration, engaging with your community, looking at economic development from a broader context.”“This is a city that’s going to need to attract and retain the very best in the world and people are going to make this city grow, prosper and that’s a bigger part of economic development today than it ever was.” read more

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Transport News Brief – Tuesday 30 September 2008

Transport News Brief Week 40, Tuesday 30 September 2008 Motorhome Whole Vehicle Type Approval and registration seminar The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders is to run another seminar on Whole Vehicle Type Approval. This will deal specifically with motorhomes and include discussion of their registration. The seminar, on Thursday 16 October in the NEC at Birmingham will start at 14:00 and run until 15:30. It will coincide with the International Caravan and Motorhome show and aims to bring chassis makers and motorhome bodybuilders together to talk about the implications of the change in the law next spring. “It seems that all too many dealers and bodybuilders are ignoring the situation and may find themselves in trouble. We want to help them avoid problems, including the possibly complicated data issues that may arise as new motorhomes are registered. The ‘no approval, no registration, no sale’ comment from the Department for Transport is not a threat, it is a promise and one that people will ignore at their peril,” said Robin Dickeson, manager, commercial vehicle affairs at the SMMT. Places at the half-day seminar are on a first-come, first-served basis and are free to SMMT members. For non-members there is a £50 a head charge, payable in advance by credit card. More from Natasha James on +44 (0)2 073 441 621 or njames@smmt.co.uk Drug screening, quick and easy Dtec International says its DrugWipe system offers bus, coach, truck and van operators a quick, easy way to screen their people for illegal drug use. “The industry best practice test involves a simple, non-invasive, five-second wipe on the skin,” said Ean Lewin, MD. “The system gives the result, without an electronic reader in five minutes, allowing a ‘clear’ driver to proceed safely.” If, however the result is positive, Dtec will have a specialist subcontractor on site in two hours to arrange legally defensible laboratory screening. “We can provide Home Office Traffic Police specification breathalysers for alcohol sampling at the same time. Screening improves safety and cuts potential corporate manslaughter liability.” Lewin says the policy will pay for itself by cutting downtime from repairs to damage caused by “misjudgement”. More from Ean Lewin on +44 (0)7 768 252 197 or ean.lewin@dtecinternational.com Tesco puts more Modec vans to work Tesco just put an electric, battery-powered Modec home delivery van to work in Northern Ireland. The new van, based at the firm’s store at Newtownbreda runs solely on electricity, cutting carbon consumption. Each vehicle will save around nine tonnes of CO2 a year. The vans, introduced last year into the Tesco Shrewsbury fleet as part of a pilot scheme to check their suitability, generated lots of positive feedback. “We listened to our customers when they told us they are becoming more concerned about the environment,” said Maxine Thelwell, Tesco NI.com manager. The firm says the introduction of Modec vans is the next step in its commitment to cutting energy consumption. Each van has a custom-built refrigerated body with the same carrying capacity as a standard Tesco.com van, a range of over 100 miles and a top speed of 50mph. More from Catherine Hutt on +44 (0)7 894 683 366 or catherine.hutt@modeczev.co.uk Daily Electric from Iveco Iveco has a zero emission Daily van on its stand at the IAA commercial vehicle show in Hannover. The Daily 35S model has an all-electric drive and is designed specifically for urban use. The new vehicle has an electric traction motor-generator and a high-energy sodium battery system. The three-phase asynchronous electric motor is inverter-controlled to provide power and recover braking energy. The system gives a range of up to 120 km. More from Nigel Emms on +44 (0)1 923 259 513 or emms@iveco.com Normanton shows its hybrid locking system Normanton Laminating Services is showing its new ‘hybrid’ door locking system on stand C24 in Hall 13 at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover. “The system allows complete interchangeability between our standard barn doors with external locking gear and our Smoothliner 3 range of flush fitting doors,” says the firm’s Scott Porter. “For bodybuilders the ‘one lock, one frame and any door’ approach means common rear frame drilling patterns It also cuts inventory and simplifies production.” More from Scott Porter on +44(0)1 759 322 160 or scott@normanton.co.uk Improved anti-siphon from Tiss Tiss Security Systems has an improved version of its successful TankSafe Standard anti-siphon. The firm says the new ‘TankSafe’ Standard anti-siphon gives 27% more siphoning protection than the previous Tiss design and 30% more than the nearest competitor. It also allows a faster fuel fill rate. “The recent 50% increase in fuel theft means effective protection is now a necessity,” said Silvia Vitale for the firm, which claims it is the world’s leading anti-siphon provider. More from Silvia Vitale on +44 (0)1 253 400 401 or silvia.vitale@tissltd.com European Road Safety Day, Monday 13 October 2008 Interactive Driving Systems says it has updated its corporate social responsibility strategy to coincide with European Road Safety Day on Monday 13 October 2008, and wants others to use the day to focus attention on safer travel too. The EU aims to halve road deaths, going from 54,000 to 27,000 between 2001 and 2010 and last year set a European Road Safety day to encourage people to do more. This year’s has ‘road safety in our cities’ for its theme as this is where some two thirds of collisions and one third of all road fatalities occur. More from Dr Will Murray on + 44 (0)1 484 551 060 or will.murray@virtualriskmanager.net Dual purpose spray suppression Novo Tech has a new ‘dual purpose’ spray suppression mudguard. The Polish firm has the new products and its 3S Rain Flap on its stand at the IAA commercial vehicle show in Hannover. It has a distribution network in the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Poland and plans sales in Germany and Spain. “These spray suppression flaps are homologated to 91/226/EEC,” said Mukesh Patani, marketing manager. “The Spat Mudguard and its in-built spray suppression system is a dual-purpose mudguard and spray suppression unit and so is more cost-effective.” More from Mukesh Patani on+48 500 071 666 or mukesh@novo-tech.eu Bus bits from Bosal Bosal UK has made a move into the UK market for bus and coach exhaust systems. The firm has appointed Peter Winward as a new business development manager for its bus, truck and industrial products. It will also have a stand, S/EZ1 at the 2008 Euro Bus Expo at the NEC in November and has published a new catalogue covering its initial product range for buses and coaches, covering 15 brands and well over 100 models. This is available on request. More from David Rowlands on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or drowlands@automotivepr.com Irish Haulier of the Year Awards The Irish Haulier of the Year Awards at the Marriott Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield, Co. Meath gives an important opportunity to meet the senior decision makers in the Irish road transport industry in Ireland. For the first time, this year the ‘Irish Haulier of the Year’ and the ‘Irish Truck of the Year’ awards will be presented together, bringing together a unique audience of both manufacturers and operators. “If you want to develop your business in Ireland, you can’t afford to miss this one,” said Orla Sweeney, organiser. The hotel is a 30 minute drive from Dublin International Airport. More from Orla Sweeney on +353 (0)94 937 2819 or orla@fleet.ie TomTom tracks garbage trucks for Prowaste Prowaste is using TomTom Work to help track and manage its London-based compactor truck fleet. The firm’s trucks can collect up to 100 bins in an hour. Prowaste says the TomTom system helps improve efficiency, giving better use of the fleet and its fuel. “The connected navigation system offered by TomTom Work was exactly what we were looking for – it’s smart, simple and reliable”, says Paul Tinton, co-owner of Prowaste. TomTom Work’s solution involves the use of a Link 300 ‘black box’ fitted to each truck. This works with TomTom’s web-based software to give real-time monitoring of vehicle movements. More from David Rowlands on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or drowlands@automotivepr.com New Eurocargo Hybrid Iveco’s new Eurocargo Hybrid, on show for the first time at the IAA commercial vehicle show in Hannover, has a diesel-electric parallel hybrid driveline. It is designed for urban distribution work and should deliver a 30% fuel saving. Power is from a four-cylinder Tector Euro 5 diesel engine working with a 60 hp electric motor-generator driving through a six-speed automated gearbox. The system includes a 1.9 kWh lithium ion battery pack. Features include starting from a standstill in electric mode only, automatic starting of the diesel engine and additional power from the electric motor during acceleration and climbing and regenerative braking. The payload is 200 kg less than normal diesel-powered models. More from Nigel Emms on +44 (0)1 923 259 513 or emms@iveco.com Police warn on fuel theft Following a 50% rise in fuel theft, police forces are warning people about the risks. Typical of these initiatives is the Kent Police website’s ‘fuel theft advice’ document, which strongly recommends the use of anti-siphon devices as one of the most effective measures to tackle this problem. More from Silvia Vitale on +44 (0)1 253 400 401 or silvia.vitale@tissltd.com More Michelins on trial with White & Company White & Company plc, which says it is the largest independent removal firm in the UK, just got a new Scania drawbar rig. It is also the first truck in the fleet fitted with Michelin’s XDN2 Grip tyres on its drive axle. The firm also says it opted for a full Michelin policy three years ago, after successful trials showed the tyres have a longer life expectancy. “We are now trialling these new XDN2 Grip tyres as they are designed to improve traction in difficult driving conditions, ahead of hopefully rolling them out as standard fitment across similar vehicles in the fleet,” said Roger Brown, group fleet manager. The firm expects the new truck to do over 100,000km a year, mostly to Spain. More from Paul Cordle on + 44 (0)1 782 402 341 or paul-m.cordle@uk.michelin.com Daytime running lights coming The SMMT’s Week in Brussels says that European Commission has decided on the mandatory introduction of daytime running lights for all new passenger cars and small vans from 7 February 2011. Trucks and buses will follow 18 months later, in August 2012. “The introduction of Daytime Running Lights for cars, trucks and buses makes them more visible, which will increase road safety,” said Günter Verheugen, EC vice president for enterprise and industry policy. More from www.dft.gov.uk Transport secretary to go The SMMT’s Week in Westminster reports that Ruth Kelly MP, secretary of state for transport says she will stand down at the next reshuffle, for personal reasons. More from www.smmt.co.uk New man to head UK sales for Hitachi Capital Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Services says Mike MacDougal is the newly appointed head of vehicle sales in its UK sales team. MacDougal has over 30 years of experience in the industry. More from Jo Jamieson on +44 (0)1 189 882 992 or hitachi@berkeleypr.co.uk Transport figures show cut in casualties The UK’s Department for Transport has published Road Casualty Statistics Great Britain: 2007 Annual Report. The data show that in 2007 there were a total of 247,780 casualties of all severities, 4% lower than in 2006. The 2,946 deaths were 7% per cent lower than in 2006. More from www.dft.gov.uk Fiorino wins Van of the Year 2009 Fiat says its new Fiorino has been named the International Van of the Year 2009. It won 112 points out of a possible 140 from a jury of commercial vehicle journalists from 20 European countries. More from Puneet Joshi on +44 (0)1 753 519 591 or puneet.joshi@fiat.com Without trucks the UK can’t deliver Truck & Driver magazine says it has teamed up with the Road Haulage Association, producing a sticker ‘Without trucks the UK can’t deliver’ to promote the haulage industry. “Without trucks there would be no cars on the road, no beer in the pubs and there would be no food on the shelves,” says T&D editor Will Shiers. “Yet unfortunately the majority of the public fails to grasp this. Shiers says trucks are wrongly seen as dirty, smelly and dangerous and truck drivers don’t get the respect they deserve. “I know we can’t change public opinion overnight, but hopefully our campaign will at least make other road-users think about what a vital job Britain’s truck drivers do.’ Truck & Driver will give the sticker away in its November issue. “The RHA is delighted to support this punchy sticker,” says Jack Semple, RHA policy director. “I hope that T&D readers will use it where it can be read.” More from Will Shiers on +44 (0)2 086 523 721 or will.shiers@rbi.co.uk Road pricing conference The people organising this year’s annual Transport Times Road Pricing conference say that the Rt Hon Rosie Winterton MP, minister of state for transport, will speak at the event. It will be at Jurys Inn, Great Russell Street, London on 4 November. More from Karen Todd on +44 (0)1 315 567 704 or k.todd@mackayhannah.com DHL wins waste deal with Southern and Scottish Energy DHL says it has won a three-year domestic metal waste deal with Scottish and Southern Energy. The firm will collect old boilers and pipework from homes in Scotland and deliver the scrap to recycling centres and says this should mean that more waste metal is properly recycled. More from Luke Baines on +44 (0)2 074 133 332 or luke.baines@hillandknowlton.com Ten Dafs for Profile 22 A fleet renewal programme at PVCu window and door systems maker Profile 22 Systems has put nine Dafs to work, with a tenth due later in the year. Five are CF85 three-axle rigids and four are two-axle FT XF105 tractor units. A CF85 drawbar rig will join the fleet soon. The new trucks will work across the UK from the firm’s distribution centre in Telford, Shropshire. They all have Daf Space Cabs as the drivers can spend up to four nights a week sleeping in their cabs. Each truck has a Moffat demountable forklift and a tail-lift for unloading at sites with no mechanical equipment. Bevan Group did the rigid bodywork, which includes its air-operated buckle-less curtains. Daf service dealer Halesfield Truck & Van in Telford will look after the new trucks. More from David Rowlands on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or drowlands@automotivepr.com Lombard does £4.5 van and truck deal for housing group Lombard Vehicle Management says it has won another exclusive deal with a major housing group and says this one of the most comprehensive so far. Walsall Housing Group is to take some 210 vans and light trucks and four 12 tonne trucks on contract hire, a change from its previous spot-hire policy. The firm says its Van Plus in-house ‘build management’ service will deliver vehicles in 48 different specifications, based on Ford Connects, Transit Jumbos and Tippers. Parts of the van racking systems are recycled and refurbished, to cut costs and environmental impact. The housing group will also try Lombard Fleet Tracker. This can cut fuel and emissions, improve efficiency service and manage risk. More from Mark Carbery on +44 (0)1 832 272 197 or mark.carbery@longshoreconsultancy.com First Optares for Lothian Lothian Buses has put the first Optare buses to work in its 700 strong fleet. The Edinburgh firm says the six Solo SR low-floor midibuses will run on its three MacTour branded routes. The firm was recently voted ‘Best Public Transport Operator of the Year’. The new buses are also the first Solo SRs in service in Scotland. They run on MacTour routes 60, 61 and 69, high-frequency circular services in the city suburbs that offer a ‘hail and ride’ service along some parts of the routes. Five of the Solos are in Lothian Buses’ distinctive harlequin livery. The sixth is in the colours of insurance giant Standard Life and runs a shuttle bus service between three of the firm’s offices in Edinburgh. More from David Rowlands on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or drowlands@automotivepr.com Fleets sleepwalking into financial pain, says new Lombard boss Newly-appointed Lombard boss Alex Baldock says if fleets are not leasing their vehicles they risk compounding the financial pressures resulting the tough new economic climate. “I’m obsessed with helping customers to succeed, and while liquidity pressures in lending markets mean some of our competitors are unwilling to lend, Lombard is very much open for business and committed to finding ways of releasing cash. Leasing is a key way of doing this.” He says that although many firms lease vehicles, a lot either don’t lease all the vehicles they might, or even still purchase outright. “With vehicle fleets accounting for such a high proportion of business overheads, this may mean that a business is making life unnecessarily difficult for itself in worsening economic conditions.” More from Mark Carbery on +44 (0)1 832 272 197 or mark.carbery@longshoreconsultancy.comClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Hot Takedown for March 24 2015 Vintage Michigan State Fixing The Womens

Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. This week, we discuss the first weekend of March Madness and why Tom Izzo’s Michigan State teams always seem to beat expectations; whether the Princeton women, even in defeat, showed that they were criminally under-seeded; the rumors that the Oklahoma City Thunder may trade Kevin Durant before he bolts through free agency; and what it would take for cricket to go mainstream in the U.S.Stream the episode by clicking play above, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients below. Embed Code By Chadwick Matlin, Kate Fagan, Neil Paine and Jody Avirgan More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Links to what we discuss in this week’s show:FiveThirtyEight’s continually updated March Madness predictions.Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings.FiveThirtyEight’s ongoing March Madness reporting.Michigan State’s historical SRS ratings.The “white paper” prepared by Val Ackerman on the state of women’s college basketball.How the Celtics are trying to balance the middle ground between tanking and greatness.New Zealand reaches the Cricket World Cup final for the first time. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong.CORRECTION (March 25, 12:14 p.m.): In this week’s podcast, we incorrectly said the Cricket World Cup uses the T20 format for matches. It uses the typical One Day International format, which gives each side 50 overs. That is still much shorter than the traditional “test” matches, but longer than T20, in which each side gets 20 overs. read more

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Smart traffic lights which always turn green to be trialled on Britains

Smart traffic lights that will always turn green are to be trialled on Britain’s roads, it has been announced by Highways England. The new lights, which are designed to put an end to stop-go driving, will advise motorists of the speed they should drive at in order to arrive at the next set of lights when they turn green. The concept is one of five shortlisted entries into a competition hosted by the National Roads Commission (NIC), Highways England and Innovate UK to create roads for driverless cars. Discussing the goal of driverless vehicles, Sir John Armitt,  NIC chairman, said: “We can see for ourselves the progress in developing cars for the future, with trials of driverless cars taking place across the country.”We now need to make sure the technology on our roads keeps up.” Artist impression issued by the National Infrastructure Commission of smart traffic lights that will be tested in BritainCredit:PA Artist impression issued by the National Infrastructure Commission of smart traffic lights that will be tested in Britain “We are fortunate to be living and working in a city which has chosen to be an early innovator, deploying and testing these technologies on-street through existing research programmes. It’s truly inspiring and we are grateful to be a part of it.”Rod Dennis, RAC spokesman, added that it was “great to see novel technology like this being trialled”. He added that a reduction in start-stop traffic would be beneficial for drivers as it causes less wear in the brakes, as well as decreasing emissions. 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. In May last year it was announced that Milton Keynes would become the first city to install similar “smart” traffic lights that would be able to detect where there is a heavy concentration of vehicles and alter their pattern to ease congestion. The city, with the backing of Innovate UK and Tracsis, is investing £3 million in the technology that should start working by September this year.The scheme, developed by Vivacity Labs, would help traffic lights prioritise ambulances, buses and cyclists and ease the flow of traffic to prevent bottlenecks by being able to react to the volume of vehicles passing through the lights. The scheme has been designed by engineering firm AECOM in a bid to cut congestion and reduce vehicle emissions through more efficient driving. The scheme is now set to be tested using a simulation model of the A59 in York.”We are excited and are eager to get started so we can better understand the potential impact of vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies on our local road network in York,” Heather Hawkins, AECOM principal consultant, said. read more

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Le requin une espèce menacée mais difficile à protéger

first_imgLe requin, une espèce menacée mais difficile à protégerL’organisation Dive Tribe cherche à protéger les requins du massacre continuel dont ils sont victimes en Asie. Chaque année, environ 22.000 tonnes de requin, une espèce menacée, finissent dans les soupes chinoises, selon les estimations. Dix ans. Cela fait maintenant dix ans que, chaque année, 22.000 tonnes de requins en moyenne sont pêchés au large de la Thaïlande, selon les estimations. Plusieurs organisations affirment ainsi que 90% des individus de certaines espèces de squales ont disparu , alors que l’on comptabilise 72 millions de requins victimes de la pêche chaque année à travers le monde.Le requin est pêché pour son aileron, un mets de choix dans la cuisine asiatique. Si autrefois, seuls les élites en consommait, par tradition, c’est aujourd’hui devenu un plat très prisé par l’ensemble de la population de classe moyenne. Taïwan, notamment, est un gros pays pêcheur de requins. Mais samedi dernier, grâce à Dive Tribe, une organisation de protection des squales, 60 d’entre eux recouvraient la liberté, un par un, à 1h30 de la côte Thaïlandaise, après avoir été rachetés à des restaurants et des marchés. Sur la soixantaine, se trouvaient quelques requins à pointe noire et des requins-chabot, des poissons jeunes et absolument inoffensifs.Des mesures de protection Plusieurs pays, parmi lesquels les Maldives et le Honduras, ont mis en place des sanctuaires, emboîtant le pas à l’archipel de Palau, un petit pays d’Océanie, qui a inauguré l’initiative en 2009. De même, Taïwan envisage depuis peu de réglementer la pêche et la Malaisie, devrait prochainement complètement l’interdire à Bornéo.À lire aussiUn requin mako filmé en pleine attaque par une caméra embarquée (Vidéo)En 1999 déjà, l’Organisation pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture des Nations unies (FAO) avait adopté un plan pour protéger les requins. Mais selon l’organisation Traffic, les 20 plus gros pêcheurs de la planète ne respectent rien ou presque de ses principes. Pour Dive Tribe, un des principaux responsables est le film de 1975 de Steven Spielberg : “Les dents de la mer”. Inévitablement, ce film a fait assimiler l’animal à un prédateur d’humains assoiffé de sang. On attend avec impatience le film Shark 3D, l’histoire d’un groupe d’adolescents massacrés les uns après les autres par des requins affamés dans un lac salé de Louisiane ! Le film sort vendredi à Hollywood.Une mauvaise réputation qui coûte cher à l’espèce “On s’acharne à dire que les requins sont dangereux parce qu’aujourd’hui, il faut faire peur avec tout. En réalité les attaques contre l’homme sont rares”, assure Jean-Christophe Thomas, un professeur de plongée, est convaincu de la nécessité d’une action mondiale concertée. Les requins sont essentiels pour l’équilibre marin et leur disparition progressive modifie l’ensemble de l’écosystème. “En protégeant les requins, nous protégeons tout ce qui est en dessous. Donc les fonds marins aussi seront protégés”, résume un scientifique. “Nous devons faire comprendre aux gens à quel point les requins sont importants”, rapporte romandie.com.Pour certaines organisations d’ici cinq ans il sera trop tard. En réalité, il est presque impossible d’évaluer le nombre de requins restant dans les océans de par le monde. Quoiqu’il en soit, Gwyn Mills, fondateur de Dive Tribe insiste, “le commerce d’ailerons […] et des autres produits issus du requin doit être interdit pour l’instant. Nous perdons trop de requins chaque année”. Il est lucide quand aux moyens à employer : “la clé de la réussite sera financière”, explique-t-il, indiquant qu’un requin rapporte bien plus vivant, pour l’industrie du tourisme, notamment de la plongée, que mort dans l’assiette d’un restaurateur. Il réfléchit donc à un modèle économique qui permettrait d’indemniser les pêcheurs qui relâcheraient les squales. En attendant, l’important est de convaincre.Le 10 septembre 2011 à 18:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Rural Finance Secretary Testifies in Lamin Fatajo & Co Trial

first_imgBy Rohey JadamaMaimuna Sey, the Secretary to the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer and also the Data Entry Clerk of the Rural Finance Project, under the ministry of agriculture, yesterday, 26th November, 2015 testified in the trial involving Lamin Fatajo, former Coordinator of the said project and two others.The other accused persons are Lamin Mass, former acting Finance and Administrative Manager of Rural Finance Project and Madam Ada Gaye, former Agriculture Permanent Secretary.The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) appeared for the state, while Fatajo and Mass were represented by lawyers Borry S.Touray and Edward Singhatey represented Fatajo and Mass, and Madam Gaye by Sheriff M. Tambedou.Madam Sey told the court that she lives in Bakau and was the Secretary to the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer as well as the Data Entry Clerk of the project. She said she recognised Mr. Fatajo and that he was the former project Coordinator of the project. She added that she also recognised Mr. Lamin Mass, the former acting Finance and Administrative Manager.The witness told the court that sometime on the 13th February, 2013, she applied for a 3-month’s salary advance in the sum of thirteen thousand, one-hundred and seventy-five bututs from the management i.e. the project coordinator and the acting finance and administrative manager.“Approval was granted and I was given the loan, which was to be paid within 6 months and which I paid by instalment in September, 2014. I also travelled to Togo for 19 days to attend a gender and regional forum for the International Funds for Agricultural Development (IFAD) funded project,” said the witness.Under cross-examination by Lawyer Touray, the witness was asked how many times she received salary advances. “Three times,” she responded.“Can you remember who was the project Coordinator the first time you applied for salary advance?” asked defence counsel. “It was Dr. Alassan Bah and he was the Coordinator when I applied for it the second time too,” responded the witness.“All the three salary advances given to you, is it correct that you paid all?” enquired Lawyer Touray. The witness responded in the positive.“Are you still working with the project?” “No,” said the witness.“Are you aware as to whether IFAD has complained about this salary advances either to you or any staff?” “No,” replied the witness.“This salary advance paid to you, was it ever queried by auditors?”, “No.”“Who did you write to pertaining the salary advances?” “I wrote to the Coordinator of the project and I copied it to the Finance and Administrative Manager.”“Do you know that the Coordinator has powers to approve salary advances?” “Yes.”“It is Correct that this salary advances were not a subject of query by the project management team?” “No.”“Was it queried by the implementation support mission?” “No.”“Was it also queried by the direct supervision mission?” “No.”“The money that is funding the project which institution owns it?” “IFAD.”“This salary advances has it caused loss to the economy of the Gambia?” “No.”“The per diem paid to you, was it in excess to the money that you are entitled to?” “No.”At this juncture, the trial judge enquired from Lawyer Tambedou, Defence Counsel for Madam Gaye whether he has questions for the witness and he responded in the negative.The case was subsequently adjourned to 15th December, 2015 at 11am for continuation of hearing.last_img read more

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KPEDD Updates Borough On Current Issues Census 2020

first_imgAn accurate 2020 census means possible additional funding and representation for the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Dillon: “We’re in the process right now of putting together a committee that will focus on outreach, and we’re trying to make sure we get representation across the board from all of our different communities. We need to make sure people are counted and counted correctly, because it means dollars in the long run.” One large project on the EDD’s horizon, the 2020 census, which they will take a lead on. Dillon: ” This means a lot to the Kenai Peninsula Borough.  We need to make sure that people are counted and counted correctly because it means dollars in the long run.  Whether it be for some of the different social programs, some of the different loan programs, the re-districting of legislators and elected officials.” EDD Executive Director Tim Dillon: “Our leadership team remains the same from last year, Todd Smith is our president from Preferred Plumbing, Bruce Richards from the hospital (CPH), Rachel O’Brian from the Department of Labor, and Tim Redder from Wells Fargo.” Dillon stated that the EED is working on multiple issues including airports and communities, local employment, and emergency planning for small business.  A new website is planned for release on July 1st. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District Executive Director Tim Dillon, presenting to the Borough Assembly on Tuesday, covered a range of updates from the status of the leadership team to the effects of the 2020 Census.last_img read more

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Over 1000 Rohingyas feared killed in Myanmar army crackdown

first_imgMore than 1,000 Rohingya Muslims may have been killed in a Myanmar army crackdown, according to two senior United Nations officials dealing with refugees fleeing the violence, suggesting the death toll has been a far greater than previously reported.The officials, from two separate UN agencies working in Bangladesh, where nearly 70,000 Rohingyas have fled in recent months, said they were concerned the outside world had not fully grasped the severity of the crisis unfolding in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.”The talk until now has been of hundreds of deaths. This is probably an underestimation – we could be looking at thousands,” said one of the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity. Both officials, in separate interviews, cited the weight of testimony gathered by their agencies from refugees over the past four months for concluding the death toll likely exceeded 1,000.Myanmar’s presidential spokesman, Zaw Htay, said the latest reports from military commanders were that fewer than 100 people have been killed in a counterinsurgency operation against Rohingya militants who attacked police border posts in October.Asked about the UN officials’ comments that the dead could number more than 1,000, he said: “Their number is much greater than our figure. We have to check on the ground.”About 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims live in apartheid-like conditions in northwestern Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship. Many in Buddhist-majority Myanmar regard them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.In addition to the information the two UN officials gave Reuters, a report released by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday gave accounts of mass killings and gang rapes by troops in northwestern Myanmar in recent months, which it said probably constituted crimes against humanity.The government led by Aung San Suu Kyi said last week it would investigate the allegations in the report. It has previously denied almost all accusations of killings, rapes and arson.But mounting evidence of atrocities by the army puts Suu Kyi, who has no control over the armed forces under a constitution written by the previous military government, in a difficult position, Myanmar-based diplomats say.The Nobel peace prize winner has been criticised in the West for her silence on the issue, undermining the goodwill she built up as a democracy champion under years of junta rule and threatening international support. Challenging the generals, however, could put Myanmar’s democratic transition at risk.COUNTING THE DEADIndependent verification of what has been happening in Myanmar is extremely difficult as the military has cut off access to northwestern Rakhine.The OHCHR report cited supporting evidence including bullet and knife wounds sustained by refugees and satellite imagery showing destruction of villages.A second senior UN official, from a different agency in Bangladesh, told Reuters that the report only described “the tip of the iceberg”.The OHCHR report was based on interviews with 220 people, the majority of whom said they knew of people who had been killed or disappeared.Reuters also has reviewed a separate, internal UN analysis using a much larger sample size.In this unpublished report, based on interviews with families comprising more than 1,750 refugees, there were 182 reports of killings of people just in the interviewee’s home village, and 186 reports of people from their village disappearing, more than 10 percent in both cases.The document acknowledges the actual number in both categories was likely lower as interviewees from the same village may have separately described the same incidents.The UN says 69,000 people have crossed the border since October, so if the proportion reporting people killed or missing among all the refugees was consistent with those in the report the total number would run into the thousands.HARROWING ACCOUNTSAccording to refugees’ accounts provided to Reuters in camps in Bangladesh over the past two weeks, the army intensified its offensive in northern Rakhine in mid-November, unleashing what the OHCHR report described as a “calculated policy of terror” after an incident in which several hundred Rohingya attacked an outnumbered group of soldiers, killing an officer.The OHCHR report details deaths in random firings, including from helicopters and grenades; targeted killings of imams and teachers, slitting of throats with knives and locking people inside burning houses.Reuters reporters have heard similar accounts from refugees in the camps in Bangladesh.Khatun Hazera, a 35-year-old woman from the village of Kya Guang Taung, told Reuters that soldiers shot her husband, a teacher at the village madrassa, as he was returning from school with his students.”They shot him and then turned the body upside down, dragged it, put a sword inside it and took pictures,” she said. Her elderly parents-in-law, interviewed separately, gave similar accounts.Reuters could not independently confirm these accounts.Presidential spokesman Zaw Htay said the authorities “will try to verify” such reports, adding: “If it’s true we need to find out the reason and the background data about the incident.””WHERE ARE THE MEN?”The OHCHR report says that the vast majority of the new Rohingya refugees were women and children, raising questions about the fate of the men left behind, UN officials said.”Boys and men between the age of 17 and 45 were particularly targeted, as they are considered to be strong and seen as a potential threat to the army and authorities,” it said, adding that many accounts describe men of that age being rounded up and taken away with their hands tied behind their backs or heads.Zaw Htay said the police and army were doing their jobs in making arrests.Myanmar authorities have given little information about how many may have been detained, although prison officials told a UN human rights envoy last month that they were holding about 450 people.”If you look at the new arrivals – the majority are women – so many of them talk about a killed husband, a slaughtered uncle or a missing brother. Where are all the men?” said the first UN official.last_img read more

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Smartphone Deal Alert Samsung Galaxy S8 Fully Unlocked for 413 Original Price

first_img Share Tweet Submit Craving a Samsung Galaxy S8+ smartphone? Well, you can get one today for a mind-bogglingly low price of just $413 for a fully unlocked model.Fully Unlocked, Refurbished, 64GB Samsung Galaxy S8+ for Just $413 – Limited Pieces AvailableThe new hotness, Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, have been officially unveiled. But quite frankly, when compared to last year’s flagship phones from Samsung, the S8 and S8+, not a lot has changed. In fact, last year’s option just became a better choice for certain consumers as it has dropped down in price, and you can get an even better deal today if you opt for a refurbished model.Packing an octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM, the Galaxy S8+ in question stands strong regardless of what you throw at it. On the front there is a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display that is capable of displaying HDR content, which means that those Netflix binge sessions will look stunning. What’s more interesting is that the S8+ packs cameras that put a lot of current flagships to shame, and can even record 4K video. If you’re still not convinced, how about the fact that the device supports fast wireless charging, too? We have your attention now, don’t we?Since this is a refurbished phone, therefore it’s likely that you would see some sort of wear around certain corners. Other than that, the phone will function perfectly, and is up to spec to how Samsung intended to be. Needless to say that this is a pretty good deal.Just check out the link below for more details. Lastly, there are limited pieces available, so be vigilant if you wish to pick one up for yourself or someone else.Buy Samsung Galaxy S8+ [eBay link]last_img read more

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The Arizona Cardinals offensive line was bad in 2

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals’ offensive line was bad in 2012, but it wasn’t all bad. Overshadowed by the overall group’s poor performance was the rise of right tackle Bobby Massie.A fourth-round pick out of Mississippi, Massie was thrust into a starting role Week 1 due to injuries suffered by Levi Brown and Jeremy Bridges. And while he struggled initially, the second half of his season was significantly better than the first. According to ProFootballFocus.com, Massie gave up pressure on 14.5 percent of his pass-blocking snaps through the first seven weeks of the season. However, the reason Massie made the site’s “Secret Superstar” list is because of how he finished the campaign.From Week 8 onward, he had just two games where he finished with an overall negative grade, and just one where he graded negatively as a pass blocker. Suddenly, the player who was allowing pressure on 14.5% of his pass blocking snaps was making pass protection look easy.In those remaining nine games he allowed more than two total pressures in a single game just once, against the Chicago Bears in Week 16. And what about the 47 total pressures allowed over the first seven weeks? Just 14 from that point on – an incredible turnaround! The site notes Massie could stand to improve his run-blocking, but believes “he’s fully capable of being considered one of the best right tackles in the league by this time next year,” even after the incredibly rough start to his professional career.His improved level of play makes that seem so long ago, and the mere thought that the same player can be one of the best at his position might seem hard to believe, but that’s how impressive this Secret Superstar was late in the year, and we can’t wait to see how he progresses in 2013 and beyond. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Budget hotels and hostels in Newcastle Euro Hostel

first_imgBudget hotels and hostels in NewcastleEuro Hostel NewcastleThe Euro Hostel is the best cheap accommodation option in Newcastle. Choose from dormitories containing four, six, eight or ten beds, or, if you fancy splashing out, why not rent the hostel’s Bunkalow? This super-sized basement suite can sleep up to 14 people, and it contains everything you need for a short break in Newcastle, including a kitchen area (complete with fridge which can be pre-filled with your favourite tipples), lounge area and GHD hair straighteners in the bedrooms. The hostel’s bar and restaurant is the Ware Rooms, which is as equally popular with non-residents as it is with hostel guests. Get here early to nab one of the funky VIP booths.Where:City centreRooms:From £15* per bed per night Liked this? Sign up to our weekly newsletter for more of the same, plus flight deals and travel advice Read on for more tips on what to see and do the the UK:15 fabulous hotels in EnglandThe best places to stay on our very own fair isle.14 of the best restaurants in LondonIf you’re heading to the capital, here’s where to eat.15 unbelievably beautiful places to visit in CornwallA breathtaking, visual introduction to England’s prettiest county.*Published February 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only, for stays in February, and are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Find a cheap hotel in NewcastleMid-range and boutique hotels in NewcastleHotel du Vin NewcastleThis sexy boutique hotel makes a fantastic base, whether you’re on a romantic weekend away or a short break with friends. Housed in a beautiful Edwardian building, it’s one of Newcastle’s most luxurious places to stay, and the interior is inspired by the history of the property, which was once the headquarters of the Tyne Tees Steam Ship Company – hence the porthole windows in the bathrooms and the ship ropes in the courtyard. The 42 rooms are fully kitted out with Egyptian linen, hand-sprung mattresses and seriously powerful power showers, and the Bistro du Vin is a great place for a light lunch or afternoon tea. Where:BykerRooms:From £95 per room per night Jesmond Dene HouseDespite this hotel’s city centre location, you’ll feel more like you’ve checked into a country house if you stay at Jesmond Dene House, thanks to the surrounding woodlands and landscaped gardens. It’s Newcastle’s only independently-owned boutique hotel, and the rooms are ridiculously cosy, with heated floors, huge hot tubs and lavender-infused bath goodies. Dinner is eaten in one of two rooms; the music room or the garden room, which opens out onto the sprawling gardens.Where:City centreRooms:From £120 per room per night Need a little more staycation inspiration? Check out more top hotels in the UK Newcastle Marriott Gosforth ParkIf staying in a hotel close to Newcastle city centre isn’t a priority but being near the airport is, this place is ideal. Unlike other Newcastle airport hotels, you’ll find plenty of space at this four-star property, which is surrounded by 12 acres of beautiful parkland. You’ll also find some of the best conference facilities in Newcastle, including meeting rooms which can accommodate up to 600 people. The fitness facilities are pretty impressive, too – there’s an indoor swimming pool, cardiovascular gym and squash and tennis courts. Where:Gosforth ParkRooms:From £55 per room per night Roomzzz Newcastle CityWhere:City centreRooms:From £99 per room per nightOne of Newcastle’s best budget hotels, Roomzzz Newcastle offers a wide range of serviced apartments, ranging from two-person studios to four-person suites. Book early if you’re here for the football, because Newcastle United Football Club is under a mile away, while the historic Castle Keep is just a few metres from the hotel. Other attractions within walking distance include Theatre Royal and the Eldon Square retail complex. Although there’s no gym, you’ll get discounted access to the nearby Pure Gym. Hotel Indigo NewcastleThis is one of Newcastle’s best boutique hotels, and, luckily, one of the city’s best cheap hotels. Rooms are beautifully decorated, with splashes of colour and enormous wall murals, and the hotel’s Grainger Lounge is a gorgeous, light-filled area which will remind you of a chic New York cocktail bar. Head to the Lounge for sumptuous afternoon teas and cocktail masterclasses, then soak up all that alcohol at the hotel’s Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar & Grill. The city centre location is also fantastic as it’s just a a two-minute walk from Central Station – ideal if you’re arriving by train. It’s also close to the Great North Museum and the Tyne Bridge.Where:Grainger Town (historic heart of Newcastle)Rooms:From £52 per room per nightcenter_img Holiday Inn Express Newcastle City CentreThis next property is proof that a hotel in the centre of Newcastle doesn’t need to cost the earth. Base yourself at Newcastle city centre’s Holiday Inn Express and you’ll be a five minute walk from the main train station and a mere 15 minute drive from Newcastle airport. The complimentary breakfasts are a great way to fuel your exploration of this northern gem, and some of the city’s top tourist attractions are close by. The popular Discovery Museum – one of the UK’s best science museums – is right opposite the hotel, the 02 Academy is just around the corner and the retail meca of Intu Eldon Square is a short walk away.Where:City centreRooms:From £57 per room per night Luxury hotels in NewcastleCrowne Plaza Newcastle Stephenson QuarterThe Stephenson Quarter is one of Newcastle’s trendiest neighbourhoods, so this is a great base if you’re planning to sample the city’s nightlife and culinary offerings. But it’s also got pretty impressive facilities for a city centre hotel; amenities include a pool, fitness centre and hi-tech meeting facilities, and the atrium in the lobby creates an unexpected sense of space. If possible, opt for a room on the sixth floor – these are larger and have the best views.Where:City centreRooms:From £127 per room per night Malmaison NewcastleThis is one of Newcastle’s best hotels and if you’re familiar with the Maimaison brand, you’ll know what to expect: stylish decor, top notch customer service and delicious food. Its location, overlooking the city’s quayside, means that getting to Newcastle’s best clubs and bars is a cinch, although the hotel’s own cocktail bar is a pretty good way to kick off the evening. If a night on the town leaves you with the hangover from hell, sign up for a massage in Malmaison’s basement spa. There are 122 rooms, and it’s worth noting that if you want a room facing the river, you’ll pay slightly more.Where:QuaysideRooms:From £125 per bed per night Staybridge Suites NewcastleNeed more room for your budget break in Newcastle? This spacious property is a short walk from the city centre and a 15 minute drive from the airport. There’s a gym, convention centre and meeting rooms and during the week, nightly drinks receptions are held in the lobby area. The suites are perfect if you need a well-equipped base during your stay in the city, because amenities include toasters, dishwashers, dining areas and fully-stocked fridges, along with large working areas kitted out with all the essentials for a working weekend in Newcastle.Where:City centreRooms:From £100 per room per night ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTop 10 places to eat and drink and party in Newcastle for rugby fansOur top picks of the Toon – here to help you have a ball during the Rugby World Cup in Newcastle without having to try.10 best cheap hotels and hostels in RomePlanning a cheap city break in Rome? 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