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first_imgGreen issuesSir – Articles in your November 1996 issue on train noise raise the issue of ’greens’ causing railway operators excessive costs, although they fail conspicuously to complain so vociferously about road noise. Here in the US the words are the same, the melody just a bit different. Too many rail proposals have been besieged by not-in-my-back-yard types who have stopped good rail projects and forced road alternatives.In Washington, the reauthorisation of the ISTEA Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act is a hot item for Congress in 1997. It is of great importance to keep all provisions for ’flex funding’ so that a road project can be changed to rail, although naturally some parties wish to strike out this provision. The battle lines are drawn and the next few months will be critical.Environmental activists opposing new railway projects should be made aware that rail travel uses less energy, is less polluting and requires less land than comparable road schemes. Rail is also a proper tool for land use planning. The greens should either put up or shut up.William R WrightCranford, New Jersey, USAStill an islandSir – Travelling by train in Britain makes you think about how different Britain is – at least when it comes to track maintenance. In January 1997 I used Gatwick Express from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria, a straightforward journey just as the brochure described it. But going in the other direction on a Sunday was an entirely different matter.According to the Gatwick Express leaflet, there should have been trains leaving Victoria at 00, 15, 30, 45 minutes past each hour, with a 30min journey time, but beware 35min on Sundays. So if I left Victoria at 08.45, I should be at Gatwick at 09.20 with plenty of time for my 10.20 flight. But no! Arriving at Victoria at 08.35 I was shocked to see that trains were departing at 00 and 30, with a 50min journey time! 50 min became 53, and I arrived panting at the airport – only just in time to catch the plane.To the continental visitor this practice, obviously quite common in Britain, is absolutely outrageous. Despite serious attempts at making the timetable more complicated no continental railway (not even the French) has deviated from the basic idea that the running time from A to B is the same every day of the week and that track maintenance must take this into account. How the private train operating companies can continue to accept this probably 19th century nonsense from Railtrack escapes me. I will certainly think twice before travelling on Railtrack metals on a Sunday!Bertil HylénLinkøping, Swedenlast_img read more

Everitt Leon Shirley

first_imgEveritt Leon Shirley age 79 of Holton, Indiana passed away Monday evening, February 20, 2017 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood, Indiana . He was born March 22,1937 to the late Joseph and Francis Young Shirley in Jackson County, Indiana. Everitt married Bonnie Jean Densford June 3, 1961 and to this union they were blessed with five children. Later he was married to Margie Shirley who preceded him in death.He lived most of his life in Crothersville, Indiana. There he had been a past 20 year employee of Farm Bureau Co-Op in Crothersville. He and his family had attended the Christian Church. His family stated that their dad had always been a hard worker and loving father. Everitt was known for his large and bountiful garden that he raised every year. Another hobby he so enjoyed was working with wood. He was very creative with his woodworking, building furniture and even a tread mill! Before he had married, Everitt proudly had served his country in the US Marine Corp being discharged in August of 1956 and was also a past member of the Crothersville VFW.Survivors: In order of birth:Daughter’s; Tammy Jean Speer of Indianapolis, IN, Tina Louise Wilson of Crothersville, son’s; Joseph Leon (Jean) Shirley of Holton, John Francis (Cory) and James Andrew (Amy) Shirley all of Crothersville. Five sisters survive; Mary Bell Hickerson, Janey Lewis, Jean Stark, Katherine Mantz all of Crothersville and Sherry Shirley of Illinois. Twelve grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by one brother, Joseph Shirley.A memorial graveside service will be held Friday, February 24, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Crothersville Cemetery, Crothersville, Indiana.Arrangements by: Neal’s Funeral Homewww.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Leicester plan to fortify attack with victor Osimhen

first_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Biggest Cities In The World So FarWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet Youngster Osimhen has had an impressive season for the French side with 18 goals and six assists in 38 appearances across all competitions this season. The Foxes have also asked about highly-rated midfielder Filip Krastev from Bulgarian side Slavia Sofia. read also:Ligue 1: Osimhen, Simon, Kalu to undergo medical checkups from May 11 The Bulgaria U19 international has made seven first-team appearances this season and is valued at around £4.5million. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Osimhen has attracted interest from Brendan Rodgers’ scouts as well as Chelsea, Manchester United and Everton this season. However, cash-conscious Lille are demanding around £60million for the 21-year-old Nigeria international while he also has strong interest from Italian sides Juventus and Inter Milan with the latter fearing they will lose Lautaro Martinez to Barcelona. Leicester want a versatile forward to compete with and ultimately succeed Jamie Vardy.Advertisement Leicester City have intensified their bid to fortify the team with Nigeria and Lille striker, Victor Osimhen.last_img read more

No dates set for return of Spanish football

first_img There are growing fears that the 2019/20 campaign will not be completed due to the indefinite suspension of football in Spain caused by the coronavirus pandemic, although La Liga insist that the intention of the league remains to complete the season. However, despite hopes that provisional dates for player’s returning to training and club facilities may be announced, that step has yet to be taken. As highlighted by The Spanish Football Podcast, there are no provisional dates as yet while the Spanish health authorities will decide when players would be tested for the virus – an essential part of training sessions and matches returning.Advertisement Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Iconic Roles Nobody Wanted To PlayThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Top 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be Enemies6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? A decision on when Spanish football clubs can return to training has been delayed, following a meeting between Spain’s higher council for sport (CSD) and the AFE players union. Loading… Read Also: Aguero decorates sitting room with hat trick match balls, EPL awards Real Sociedad announced earlier this month that they were preparing to be the first La Liga club to return to training, following the league suspension due to the Coronavirus pandemic. They had planned to return on 14 April but their request by the Spanish health authorities was denied, which led to an official statement from the club to say they had abandoned such plans. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Football News Manchester City, Liverpool slug it out for top spot as Premier League enters final stretch

first_imgChelsea continue to struggle in the 2018/19 Premier League.Manchester United have appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as full-time manager.Manchester City lead Liverpool by two points. London: Manchester City and Liverpool enter the Premier League home straight this weekend as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes his position in the Manchester United dugout for the first time as permanent boss. With the international break over, City have eight games to retain their title but should they slip up, Liverpool arew poised to pounce and become English champions for the first time since 1990 by winning their seven matches to come. Pep Guardiola’s City, trailing Liverpool by two points, can crank up the pressure on Jurgen Klopp’s side by winning at Championship-bound Fulham on Saturday.     Liverpool have the far harder task of hosting Tottenham on Sunday but know that a win will be a huge step towards the title with a relatively kind fixture list to come, barring a home game against Chelsea. “A season is like that, you constantly prepare a basis for the final weeks,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website. “We are now in the final weeks and there will be no interruption anymore, there will only be game after game after game and they all are very, very important.”RELATED     Klopp has no injury concerns and plenty of reasons for optimism with Spurs mired in a slump and in danger of crashing out of the top four.     Mauricio Pochettino’s men have taken just one point from their last four league games and could see their three-point cushion over fifth-placed Manchester United cancelled out by the time they kick-off at Anfield.     Top-four race     Tottenham’s slide means Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are involved in a four-way battle for the two Champions League places behind Liverpool and City. Unai Emery’s Arsenal are the form team in that group and go into their match at home to Newcastle on Monday buoyed by their win against Manchester Untied before the international break.     “In these next eight matches, we need to play with a lot of personality like we did against Manchester United,” Emery told Arsenal’s website. “We know it’s going to be difficult because we are surrounded by other big teams but I think we are working very well and we are taking confidence to have chances in the last matches.”      United will be looking for a bounce after Solskjaer was appointed on a full-time basis on Thursday. They take on Watford at home on Saturday licking their wounds after defeat to Arsenal was followed by an FA Cup exit to Wolves, which has taken the shine off the Norwegian’s flying start to life at Old Trafford.     “We are now in a great position to get into the Champions League but that is not decided until May 12 (the final day of the season) probably,” Solskjaer said.     “Eight games to go and two, so a quarter of what is left, against two fantastically improved teams in Watford and Wolves, best of the rest at the moment, so our focus and mine is on those two games,” he added.     Chelsea have stumbled in recent weeks with manager Maurizio Sarri facing multiple problems including a misfiring attack and pedestrian midfield.     Sarri hasn’t considered teenage winger Callum Hudson-Odoi ready for a Premier League start by Sarri, but made his full debut for England against Montenegro earlier this week to pile pressure on the Italian to unleash him when Chelsea visit Cardiff on Sunday.     Relegation scrap     Another Chelsea slip up, though, could also have serious ramifications at the bottom of the table.     Cardiff are third from bottom, two points behind Burnley and Southampton with Brighton, Crystal Palace and Newcastle all within seven points of the drop zone.     Brighton and Southampton have a huge chance to gain some breathing space when they face off at the Amex on Saturday.     Huddersfield, rooted to the bottom 16 points from safety, appear doomed while Fulham also look headed for the drop unless they can shock City and eat into the 13-point gap that separates them from survival. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Woods to return to golf next month in Bahamas

first_imgNEW YORK (Reuters) – Tiger Woods announed on Monday that he will make his return at the Nov. 30–Dec. 3 Hero World Challenge at Albany in the Bahamas after nine months away from competitive golf.“I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge,” tournament host and 14-time major champion Woods said in a statement.”Albany is the perfect setting and it will be great to join this outstanding field…”The 41-year-old American has only played six competitive rounds in the past two years while trying to recover from multiple back surgeries.last_img read more

Badgers use bye week for rest, fun

first_imgMegan McCormick/The Badger HeraldAside from being the captains of their respective hockey teams, Sean Dolan and Alex Ovechkin don’t have much in common. Ovechkin, a star forward for the NHL’s Washington Capitals, is perennially among the league’s scoring leaders; Dolan’s 12 points so far this season are a career high. When thinking of Ovechkin, images of pucks being fired into the net come to mind. With Dolan, the images are of him firing himself into – well, the net, the boards or anything that moves.But now, both men can call themselves breakaway champions at a skill competition.Using a late-season bye week to hold a skill competition, Dolan was voted by his Wisconsin teammates as the winner of the breakaway trick-shot shootout. The senior’s repertoire included him flinging a glove at third-string goaltender Mitch Thompson to distract him and pulling a switcheroo on Brett Bennett – making a move to the right with a decoy puck, then dropping another out of his glove and scoring that one instead.In the final round, which included sophomore Derek Lee and freshman Jason Clark, Dolan’s piece de resistance was a simple rush to the net and quick goal – followed by the St. Louis native taking his gloves off and giving himself a standing ovation.“I think the dumber the things you think about, the better it looks,” he said. “You’ve just got to do something crazy and it all comes out as fun.”The rest of the skill competition consisted of three other challenges: Fastest skater, hardest shot and most accurate shooter.The competition, encouraged by College Hockey, Inc., was a departure from the Badgers’ normal mid-week practices – but a welcome departure.“Yeah, definitely, it lifts the guys’ spirits,” junior Jordy Murray said. “We’ve been on a grind, we haven’t had a weekend off yet this year. It’s good for us, a little fun here and there doesn’t hurt anyone.”Sophomore defenseman Justin Schultz won the fastest skater competition, over defensive partner and early favorite Jake Gardiner. Junior Jordy Murray took home the most accurate title, as the only Badger to hit five of five shots – all four corners and the five-hole.It was an 18-year-old freshman who launched the hardest shot, as defenseman Frankie Simonelli’s best blast clocked in at 94 mph.“USCHO and ESPN had me ranked No. 1 going into the competition,” Simonelli joked. “Guys were hitting 85 or so, I just went up and swung the bat and hit 95.”“I don’t think anyone expected Frank to win there,” Schultz said.Senior Podge Turnbull had a notable day as well, being the only other player to hit 90 mph. His other achievement was better measured in decibels, as he wiped out and slammed violently into the boards during the skating time trial, before bursting out in laughter.The competition was a relaxing day of practice for a team that openly admits it needed a bye week. The No. 7 Badgers didn’t practice Tuesday and then benefited from a class-free snow day Wednesday before practice.Head coach Mike Eaves said no players are “100 percent,” health-wise, as the Badgers have been battling small injuries, bruises and the occasional illness.“I think that’s really important. We’ve got a lot of guys that have been battling pretty hard out there,” Schultz said. “A bunch of us got bumps and bruises, so… these two weeks here, it will definitely be nice to heal up some of those.”The healing comes as UW readies for its stretch run. Wisconsin has four more weekends of regular season play starting next weekend with a trip to Nebraska-Omaha. UW returns with a home series against Minnesota, trip to St. Cloud State and finishes in Madison versus Colorado College. Eaves and his players noted the timing of the bye week offered a nice chance for the Badgers to catch their breath – especially since UW got no such luxury last season.“I think actually it was perfect timing,” Murray said. “Everyone’s a little run down, getting a little sick, so everyone, especially with the snow day here, everyone slept in, is getting their rest back, their health back.”Prior to the season, it was hard to imagine this bye being as important as it is. Despite all the losses from last season’s national-title contending team, the Badgers are tied with North Dakota for most wins in the nation at 19. Wisconsin sits alone in fourth place in the WCHA with 24 points, just four back of the league lead.And despite losing four 50-point scorers, the Badgers have responded by getting big years from Schultz (15-24-39, most points by a defenseman in the nation), Gardiner (7-23-30), center Craig Smith (15-20-35) and freshman Mark Zengerle (5-27-32). The last two times UW had four players score at least 30 points, the Badgers played for the national title.In other words, the 19-8-3 record is a bit of a surprise.“You can describe it in many ways. Pleasantly surprised would be one of them,” Eaves said. “If people had said we would have had this record at this time, we probably would have been scratching our head and wondering if they were truly here with us on this planet.”Yet here Wisconsin is,12-1 in its last 13 and still in contention for the conference crown. The only worry with the extra time to rest and recharge is to make sure UW’s second-half surge doesn’t sputter.“We were winning some games there, so hopefully we can keep the momentum we had going into this week, into next weekend and come out with two big wins in Omaha,” Dolan said.last_img read more

Former Syracuse standouts Melo and Joseph assigned to D-League by Celtics

first_img Published on November 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 After playing a combined three minutes over the Boston Celtics’ first seven games, center Fab Melo and small forward Kris Joseph were assigned to the Celtics’ NBA Developmental League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.The former Syracuse stars were both selected by Boston in June’s NBA Draft. Melo was the No. 22 overall pick in the first round of the draft. Joseph was a second round selection, No. 51 overall.Melo appeared in all eight preseason games for the Celtics, but has yet to record a minute of regular season action. Joseph played three minutes in Boston’s Nov. 2 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, tallying one rebound and an assist after also playing all eight preseason games. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

GOtv Boxing 19: New Opponent for Baby Face as Lartey Pulls…

first_imgDaniel Lartey, the Ghanaian billed to face reigning West African Boxing Union (WABU) champion, Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde of Nigeria, in an international welterweight challenge at GOtv Boxing Night 19 has pulled out of the fight.Babatunde will now face another Ghanaian, Eden Biki, at the event’s headline fight, which holds on Sunday, 14 July, at the National Stadium, Lagos. The news of Lartey’s withdrawal was announced on Monday by Flykite Promotions, the event organisers.Biki is reputed to be a tough boxer, with nine wins in as many fights. He is expected to provide a formidable challenge for Baby Face, who has the same fight record. Biki also has an impressive knockout record, ending 78 per cent of his bouts within the distance. Six other bouts are scheduled for GOtv Boxing Night 19, with Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, current African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight champion, squaring up against Tope “Berinja” Agboola; and Hammed “Ese Hammed” Ganiyu challenging the incumbent WABU lightweight champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu in the national lightweight challenge division.Taiwo “Esepo” Agbaje will take on former ABU featherweight champion, Waidi “Skoro” Usman; and Kazeem “The Light” Oliwo will go head-to-head against Tope “TP Rock” Musa in the featherweight category.The event will also feature national light welterweight challenge bouts between Akeem “Sugar Boy” Olaiwola and Waheed “Showmax” Shogbamu; and Adeyemi “Spirit” Adekanla and “I Star” Chukwudi respectively.The best boxer at the event will go home with a cash prize of N1 million alongside the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.GOtv Boxing Night 19 will be beamed live on Africa’s biggest sport channel, SuperSport, in 47 African countries.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more