first_imgAustralia: Western Australia’s government has provided funding for Westrail to increase it’s order for locos being supplied by Clyde to a total of 19 standard gauge 4000hp locos, and 11 narrow gauge 3000hp locos.Germany: Hessische Landesbahn has ordered 15 low-floor GTW2/6 DMUs from Deutsche Waggonbau and Adtranz for DM45m; they will have electric three-phase drive, and will be built under licence from Stadler-Fahrzeuge AG.Adtranz has won a DM48m contract to build 9 EMUs of types ET425 and 426 from the Land of Hessen, DB and the Nordhessische Verkehrsverbund; they will be used on regional services between Bebra and Glast_img

Behind the glass doors of this million dollar mansion in Annandale

first_img“The only reason I’m selling is to downsize,” the owner said.“There used to be seven people living here but I don’t need that much space anymore.“The house has been designed for dual living so two families could live here.”The top level of the house features a master suite which occupies the entire top floor and an ensuite with a curved glass feature wall and spa. AN Annandale mansion with a price tag almost as steep as it’s main staircase is on the market in Townsville for a cool $2.4 million, boasting it’s own lift and waterfall. The owner of the property at 3 Fairlight Crescent in Annandale, who wanted to remain anonymouse, purchased this architecturally designed house about seven years ago to be a family retreat that he could also work out of.READ MORE Expert’s top flipping tips for home buyers “The initial idea was to work out of the house but that ended up changing for a few reasons,” The owner said.“The lift takes you up to a number of private spaces that can be used as offices otherwise you can configure them however you like.“There are water views from majority of the rooms and the open layout of the house creates a magnificent breeze.” Spread over three levels, spanning almost 1000sq m under roof, the house has six bedrooms and overlooks the Ross River. Cranbrook properties held near and dear There are also dual studies, a private lounge and huge walk-in-robes on the same level. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Downstairs is fully self contained with a second well-appointed kitchen and open plan living area. There is also two large bedrooms which both feature ensuites and robes, plus a separate wing of the house which has an additional two bedrooms, family bathroom and open play room. REMAX Excellence agent Michele Hyde who is marketing the million dollar property said now was the perfect time for buyers to snap up the property. “I truly believe we are coming out of a doldrum in Townsvilles’ real estate market and there’s a lot of indicators to suggest that the market will soon return to more realistic prices,” Ms Hyde said. “We don’t see a lot of homes this size in Townsville that are this large in size but over the years Annadale has definitely come to be a suburb with quite a lot of high end properties. “I think this home will be purchased by a discerning buyer who appreciates classic design and beautiful finishes.” READ MORElast_img read more

Fidel Castro publishes memoirs

first_img 8 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img NewsRegional Fidel Castro publishes memoirs by: – February 6, 2012 Share Fidel Castro presenting his memoirs in Havana on FridayHAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — The leader of the Cuban Revolution and former president of Cuba, Fidel Castro, attended the launch on Friday of his memoirs, a two-volume book titled “Fidel Castro Ruz: Guerrillero del Tiempo” (Fidel Castro Ruz: Guerrilla of Time), at Havana’s Convention Palace.The book is a compilation, in nearly one thousand pages, of conversations between Castro and writer and journalist Katiuska Blanco. It opens with the Cuban leader’s memories of his childhood and closes in December 1958, just before the triumph of the Revolution. The presentation took place lasted about six hours, during which Castro greeted personally a number of attendees, among whom were old comrades from the Moncada military action and the Granma expedition. The volumes were presented by Cuban Culture Minister Abel Prieto and the president of the Association of Cuban Writers and Artists, Miguel Barnet, who recounted some of the anecdotes contained in the book.The book is a published by the Casa Editora Abril Cuban publishing house and the Federico Engels printers, with photos and drawings by Ernesto Rancaño, who also designed the cover. Talking with and answering questions from the audience, Castro spoke about a number of things: the battles fought by students in Latin America and the rest of the world over their rights; tremendous scientific discoveries and emerging technologies; the risk of shale gas and the fabulous perspectives of nanotechnology. Castro told the audience he reads hundreds of press releases every day; devours all the information he gets; follows closely the situation in Venezuela commemorating on February 4 the 20th anniversary of the military uprising led by Hugo Chavez.He also spoke about the threats hanging over Syria and Iran, while the US and Europe are trying to convince Russia of the “ridiculous” idea that the antimissile shield was established to protect that country from the threats of Iran and North Korea. Writer Graziella Pogolotti, president of the Alejo Carpentier Foundation, started the round of questions and told Castro that he should continue writing about his experiences as a fighter and his meetings with world personalities.Castro said he is willing to do everything possible to pass on “whatever he remembers well”, and added: “I’m aware of the importance of writing all of this to pass it on, so that it can be useful.” In closing the meeting, Castro regretted that time had run out and remarked, “I feel very happy, but I like to collaborate with the doctors. And, just for the record, I don’t do it as an act of courage but as an act of intelligence.”Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Cursive writing curriculum bill passes senate

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — An education bill authored by State Senator Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) passed the full Senate yesterday.Senate Bill 86, which would require elementary schools to add cursive writing to their curriculum, passed by a vote of 35 to 14.“Being able to write in cursive is a life skill everyone should have, including elementary-aged children,” Leising said. “We use our signature to sign agreements, make purchases and validate our driver’s licenses, and our children need to be prepared.”Cursive writing was a curriculum requirement until 2012.Senate Bill 86 will now be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.last_img

Why Heartland FC crisis lingers — Chairman

first_imgThe Chairman of Heartland Football Club Management Board, Charles Ezekwem, says the major problem setting the Owerri-based club back was political interest from some appointees of the Imo State Government.Ezekwem said this during a meeting with some members of the state chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria on Thursday in Owerri. He however warned of dire consequences if the state government failed to register the club and pay outstanding seven months salaries of players, staff and coaches.He said: “This may stop the club from participating in the new football league season.“It will be an embarrassment to the people of Imo if the only club owned by the state failed to feature in the country’s football league.”The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the League Management Company has set Friday as deadline for clubs’ registration for the 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League.Ezekwem said Heartland FC were yet to register their players as at Thursday. NAN reports that the state Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Dan Ogu, had recently dissolved the club’s management board headed by Ezekwem.However, Ezekwem said during the meeting with Imo SWAN members that the Commissioner lacked the power to dissolve the board.While reacting to some allegations on misappropriation of funds by the board, Ezekwem said all the money released for the club under his watch were used judiciously.He threatened to resign his position as board chairman if the state government sacked the club’s General Manager, Godson Onyemaobi.He said: “I know that I am not the target in this crisis, but the GM. “So, if he is sacked, I will resign because I know he is a performing GM.”Ezekwem said the state government officials should rather be focused on making sure that Heartland FC were registered and licensed.“But it is unfortunate that they were busy looking for a way to sack the GM,” he said.On the slashing of players’ salaries by the club management, Ezekwem said it was not a decision he unilaterally took.RelatedPosts Sustain Ihedioha’s blueprint on sports development, administrator urges Imo governor COVID-19: Lagos, O’jeez distribute palliatives to Lagos SWAN SWAN renews call to immortalise Rashidi Yekini He said: “It was in full agreement with all the players.“When I was appointed as the board chairman, I reviewed the salary of both players and staff just to motivate everybody to perform.“But when we saw that our N23 million subvention could not carry the club’s liabilities, we decided to cut the salaries of both players and management staff in agreement with everybody.”Ezekwem said the decision affected Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa whose salary of N700,000 was slashed to N500,000.He said the action was to enable them pay the salaries of other players and workers.He said: “The Management Board under my watch ran a deficit of N1.1 million every month, and on some occasions my personal money was used in running the club.”Tags: Charles EzekwemHeartland Football Club Management BoardSports Writers Association of Nigerialast_img read more

Avotins sisters finish1-2 at girls golf sectional tournament

first_imgEveryone was forced to scramble a bit when heavy rains the previous Sunday moved the sectional tournament from Kanon Valley, its home the last few years, to Barkers Brook, an unfamiliar layout for most of the field.This didn’t bother the Avotins, though, as Mia Avotins calmly shot an 80 to earn the individual sectional title, and only Nataly Avotins finished close to her, her 83 finishing second by five strokes.Meanwhile, Liverpool fought for the sectional large-school team title, and finished at 390, second only to Fayetteville-Manlius, who won for the fourth year in a row by posting 371. C-NS had a strong third-place showing at 402, led by Krohl, whose steady round of 89 put her alone in sixth place, easily among the top nine to advance to the state tournament.Ainsworth finished with a 93, tying for eighth place, and while not in the main field for the state tournament, she will serve as a second alternate.Krohl and the Avotins are joined at the state tournament by F-M’s Bailey Wallace and Lucy Fowler, plus Danielle Caringi (Camden), Lena Jones (Jamesville-DeWitt) and Gabby Papale and Belle Pepe from the combined Utica-Notre Dame-Whitesboro-Oriskany side.Just before all this, Liverpool beat C-NS’s Blue team 191-196 in a head-to-head match as Mia Avotins shot a 37, but Nataly Avotins’ 42 was topped by Krohl’s 41.Ainsworth shot a 45 to finish fourth and teammate Jessica Ricciardi had a 50, but the Warriors held on with a 51 from Hanna Dombroski and a 61 from Lindsey Toper. Emma Piper had a 60.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: C-NSGirls golfliverpoolcenter_img All spring long, Liverpool girls golfers Mia and Nataly Avotins set the standard among individual performers, both in the Salt City Athletic Conference Metro division and across Central New York.And that fact was reinforced during Wednesday’s Section III championship tournament at Barkers Brook in Oriskany Falls, where the Avotins sisters earned the top two individual finishes.They weren’t the only local standouts, though. Two Cicero-North Syracuse golfers, Amy Krohl and Abby Ainsworth, joined the Avotins in earning place at this weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships.last_img read more

No. 56 Hoosiers hose No. 75 Badgers 7-0

first_imgUW AthleticsDespite a valiant effort and close matches across the board, No. 75 Wisconsin fell 7-0 to No. 56 Indiana Sunday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.“The losses are never easy,” Wisconsin head coach Greg Van Emburgh said after the match. “[Indiana] competed well and they played the important points really well.”Wisconsin (11-10, 2-7 Big Ten) fell behind 2-1 in doubles play to give Indiana (16-11, 6-3) the doubles point.The first match to wrap up was court No. 2 doubles, where the Badgers’ duo of freshman Alexander Kokorev and junior Petr Satral lost 8-2 to the Hoosiers’ Daniel Bednarczyk and Josh MacTaggart.On court No. 1, Wisconsin’s best doubles pairing made up of seniors Billy Bertha and Alexander Kostanov faced the No. 21 ranked doubles tandem in the nation, Indiana’s Sam Monette and Isade Juneau. It was knotted up at 7-7 until the Hoosiers were able to break Bertha’s serve and go on to win the match 9-7, clinching the point for Indiana.UW freshmen Jakhongir Jalalov and Oskar Wikberg were able to come from behind and beat Chris Essick and Dimitrije Tasic 8-7 (7-5) for Wisconsin to avoid the doubles sweep.In between doubles and singles play, Van Emburgh told the team “to compete hard and try to win,” according to Satral, who believed the team still had a chance to come away with a win as six points still remained up for the taking. After all, the team had come back from a deficit just two days ago to steal a win away from Purdue.“We won two other conference matches after losing the doubles point so I told the team that we’ve come back before and I felt that we were even or better in most of these matches,” Van Emburgh said. “We were ready for a long day and I told the guys that we were going to have to fight like we did on Friday night [against Purdue].”The Hoosiers, however, were able to carry over the momentum from doubles and bring it to the court for singles play. First to finish was court No. 2, where MacTaggart beat Satral soundly 6-2, 6-1. The resounding victory was followed shortly after by Essick defeating Wisconsin freshman Frederik Strabo in No. 6 singles 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.After dropping his first set against Juneau in No. 3 singles 6-0, Bertha fought his way back into the match with a 7-6 (8-6) tiebreaker in which Bertha was awarded the second set after Juneau received a point penalty. Juneau, however, kept his composure to win the final set 6-3.For the first time all season, Kostanov found himself playing at the No. 1 position for Wisconsin and competed against freshman phenom and No. 106 Monette. After dropping the first set 7-5, Kostanov pushed the second set to a tiebreak, but came up just short 7-6 (7-3), ending the match in two sets.On court five, Jalalov and Bednarczyk played three extremely close sets, but in the end the Badgers couldn’t hold on to a one-set lead as Jalalov fell 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 1-0 (10-7).For the second time in as many matches, Wikberg played in the final match. After losing the first set, 6-1, the freshman pulled out a second set win, 7-5. In the third set, which lasted over an hour, including a 16-minute final game, Tasic won 7-6 (7-4) after fighting off five match points to secure the 7-0 victory.“Oskar had three or four match points so I’m sure he’s a little upset about that,” Satral said. “But he played extremely well and that was just another example of a great match with a bad ending.”The Badgers will head to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on the Hawkeyes Friday with hopes of finishing the season off strong.“We want to try and have a good couple of days of practice this week,” Van Emburgh said. “Iowa is a good team and even though they’re last in the conference right now, they have good players that are going to try to go out, compete and beat us. We just have to be ready for their best day and we have to make sure that we [give them] our best day.”last_img read more

Gardiner puts title on the line

first_imgThere are ten titles up for grabs in total with Clonmel’s Dean Gardiner in action in the Super Heavyweight final – he will defend his title against Thomas Carty of Glasnevin.European Games champion Michael O’Reilly will be targeting a third consecutive middleweight title when the faces Newry’s Conor Wallace while Brendan Irvine has stepped-up to flyweight for a contest against fellow Antrim native, TJ Waite.Elsewhere, David Oliver Joyce will go up against Sean McComb in a repeat of their 2014 final.last_img

Betfred makes US move with OPTIMA and SCCG Management

first_img Betfred will be debuting the suite of managed sports betting and trading products from OPTIMA at this week’s Betting on Sports America conference.The world’s largest privately owned retail bookmaker is ready to make its move in the post-PASPA US market in partnership with both OPTIMA and SCCG Management.The full suite of managed products as part of OPTIMAMGS™ includes BI/Analytics, Anti-Fraud, Trading, Compliance/GDPR, Customer Support, Payments and Marketing.SCCG Management – the Las Vegas-based management consultancy brought in to represent Betfred in the US Native American and Non-Tribal gaming market – will be promoting this OPTIMAMGS™ platform.Betfred Managing Director Mark Stebbings said: “The entire team is energized by the opportunity to bring the totality of our experience and technology to the diverse and innovative US sports wagering leaders who are responding to the tremendous opportunity these markets present.” Stephen Crystal, Principal Partner of SCCG Management, added: “The scope and scale of the combined resources and experience of Betfred, Optima and SCCG Management allow us to bring a turnkey, industry leading set of tools and talent to the sports betting industry. We’re working tirelessly as a team to present flexible, comprehensive solutions to the US sports betting industry.”With the support of the OPTIMAMGS™ platform, Betfred is ready to provide US customers with superior retail customer service, market automation, in-play sports betting offerings and innovative solutions such as the “bet builder”, where customers can create their own bets within the same match. StumbleUpon Share Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020last_img read more

2018 NBA Draft: Who is Jerome Robinson, the Clippers’ 13th pick?

first_imgAge: 21Position: Point guardHeight: 6-foot-5Stats: He averaged 20.8 points and 3.3 assists and shot 40.9 percent from 3-point range for the Eagles last season. He was the ACC’s second-leading scorer and had a 46-point game (seven 3-pointers) at Notre Dame.Honors: First Team All-ACC What they say: Robinson is a scoring point guard who can create offense through his tight handle and crafty finishing ability at the basket. His jump shot is still a huge question mark. Look for him to back up veteran point guard Patrick Beverley.Notable: This is the highest NBA draft selection for a Boston College player since John Bagley was selected 12th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1982. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img With the 13th pick of the 2018 NBA Draft, the Clippers selected Boston College guard Jerome Robinson.Here’s a quick look at who the Clippers are getting:School: Boston CollegeYear: Juniorlast_img read more