Taking a chance

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In good company

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Intelligence

first_imgAustralia: Patrick Stevedores launched a thrice-weekly rail shuttle on April 29 to convey maritime containers between Melbourne and Adelaide; the wagons are hired from AN, which provides crews jointly with V/Line.Queensland Railways has launched a network of dedicated ’Cattletrain’ services to 40 key cattle producing areas, using a fleet of 250 wagons. This follows an A$10m investment in holding and spelling facilities over the past five years. Austria: Transport Minister Caspar Einem and his Hungarian counterpart Karoly Lotz have launched a feasibility study for electrification of the cross-border Graz – Szentgotthard – Szombathely line.Azerbaijan: Deputy Prime Miniser Abid Sharifov signed a protocol with representatives from Georgia and Ukraine on April 8 for creation of an international joint stock company to run rail and train ferry links between the three countries.Canada: Canadian National is installing its computerised Intermodal Terminal Management System at Toronto and Montréal after field testing in Vancouver.CN began an intermodal shuttle between Halifax and Boston on April 29. The New England Clipper is worked jointly with New Brunswick Southern Railway and Guilford Rail System.Czech Republic: The Transport Ministry has put forward proposals to privatise the branch line serving the Dukovany nuclear power station; Loko-Trans of Strelice has expressed interest in taking it over. Europe: On April 24 Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority confirmed that Eurostar patronage between London and Paris had overtaken air. In 1996 air traffic fell 10% to 2·9 million passengers, whilst rail loadings rose 70% to 3·6 million.The two pylon caissons to support the high bridge section of the Øresund fixed link between Denmark and Sweden were submerged on each side of the Flinte channel on April 6 and 16, after being towed from Malmlast_img read more

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Queen Show Committee appeals for sponsorship for contestants

first_imgQueen contestants (L-R; front row): Kimberly Dana Jno. Charles, Francille Lavanier, Nadira Lando. Second row (R-L): Ameka Cognette, Indiana Griffith and Shanel Dubique Head of the Queen Show Committee Mrs. Romulda Hyacinth is appealing to business organizations on island to come forward and offer sponsorship to the contestants vying for Miss Dominica 2012.The show is scheduled for the 17th of February and to date only one contestant, Francile Lavenier of Pichelin has received full sponsorship.Therefore, at a press conference of the Dominica Festivals Committee on Wednesday, Mrs. Hyacinth explained that the contestants were present to promote themselves with a view to attracting sponsorship.“We only have one sponsor so far and that’s from Bulls Eye Pharmacy hence the reason for the young ladies promoting themselves here this morning so at the end of this press conference I hope that the DFC get some calls.” Meantime, Kimberly Donna Jno. Charles who represents St. Joseph guaranteed the public that Miss Dominica Pageant 2012 will be a splendid one, but also echoed the sentiments of Mrs. Hyacinth by urging sponsors to come forward and assist them in making this possible.Nadira Lando representing Bataca and Pointe Michel described herself as a “determined young woman who passionate about her culture and its advancement through the upliftment of carnival”.Ms. Lando urged the public to attend the show as she will be displaying her “queenly attributes and amaze you with qualities which are fit to represent Dominica internationally”. In related news; the Queen Show Committee held a Queen Show Pre-Show in December 2011 where the question and answer segment was changed to a conversational style which many patrons believe should be done at the actual show.Mrs. Hyacinth announced that the contestants are practicing for a question and answer module as the committee has not yet made a determination on which method will be used for the finals. She also noted that the question and answer segment is an essential part as this is what is used in regional and international pageants so this may weigh heavily on their decision.Dominica Vibes News 33 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Queen Show Committee appeals for sponsorship for contestants by: – January 12, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

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Cardiff fans seek name change pledge

first_img Press Association “We would like a firm commitment from Mr Tan that a Hull City-style change of name will not be countenanced by him at any time in the future,” Trust chairman Tim Hartley said in a statement. “Once again, Mr Tan’s interview illustrates how important it is to have strong supporter involvement in football clubs, as happens at Swansea City and many other clubs across Wales and England, and in Europe in countries like Germany.” Hartley criticised the timing of Tan’s interview, with the club three points adrift of safety in the fight to stay in the Barclays Premier League, and has called on him to engage with fans’ groups. Hartley said: “We are disappointed Mr Tan has raised uncertainty about the future at a time when the team is fighting to retain Premier League status. “Mr Tan talks about wanting to unite with fans. The first thing he could do to help towards achieving that would be to meet the Trust and Cardiff City Supporters’ Club as was promised in December last year. “Putting that meeting into the distant future is not acceptable and shows disrespect to supporters. “While fans are grateful for the significant investment into Cardiff City, we don’t believe fans need to apologise for campaigning for a return to our traditional blue colours. “We are also concerned Mr Tan has yet to decide whether to convert the debt owed to him into equity, which is what fans were promised in no uncertain terms. “This season should have been an exciting experience for fans after an absence of more than 50 years from the top flight, but it has been soured by continuing off-the-field distractions,” added Hartley. Tan has given a wide-ranging interview to the BBC in which he stands by the decision to switch the club’s colours from blue to red, claims former manager Malky Mackay “got lucky” in winning promotion, criticised the British press for being “a little bit racist” in their portrayal of him and claimed that only a minority of supporters oppose his ownership of the club. Having seen Tan dispense with one tradition, the Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust now wants assurances from the Malaysian businessman that he will not seek to alter the club’s name. Egyptian businessman Assem Allam, who owns Hull City, wants to rename his club Hull Tigers for commercial reasons. center_img Cardiff fans have asked owner Vincent Tan to promise he will not consider changing the name of the club.last_img read more

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Robbie Keane’s brace helps Republic of Ireland to comfortable win over Gibraltar

first_img Press Association The victory, coupled with Scotland’s 1-0 defeat by the Georgians in Tbilisi earlier in the day, saw Ireland leapfrog Gordon Strachan’s side in the table and rekindled their hopes of clinching a play-off spot for next summer’s finals in France. It was Gibraltar’s seventh successive defeat in the group and they have now conceded 38 goals in total. Despite the manager spending much of the week insisting there was no room for complacency, most who turned up at the Estadio Algarve were expecting, if not a repeat of the 7-0 drubbing his side handed out to the Gibraltarians in Dublin last October, then at least a comfortable victory. In the event, his assertion that the group’s whipping boys had improved considerably in the meantime proved correct as they provided stubborn resistance, aided by some good fortune and a lack of suitable service to Keane with both Wes Hoolahan and Jeff Hendrick misplacing a series of passes, to frustrate the Republic during the early stages. Indeed, they came within two minutes of their longest competitive shut-out, the 28 minutes they managed against Germany in June, before Ireland finally broke the deadlock. Keeper Jordan Perez had already clawed a sixth-minute Robbie Brady free-kick out of his top corner when central defender Ciaran Clark headed against the crossbar with the Gibraltarians very much on the back foot. But after Jon Walters had seen a 12th-minute diving header correctly ruled out for offside, Jeff Wood’s men grew in confidence and with strikers Lee Casciaro, the scorer of the nation’s only competitive goal to date, and John Paul Duarte pressing the ball, there were several uncomfortable, if not critical, moments for the Irish defence. However, Christie came to the rescue when he drilled a low shot across Perez with the outside of his right-foot and saw the ball squeeze inside the far post, and it would have been 2-0 with 28 minutes gone had the keeper not acrobatically turned Walters’ dipping effort from distance over the bar. The 35-year-old struck twice inside three second-half minutes to extended the first-half lead Derby full-back Cyrus Christie had given his side with his first goal for his country on his competitive debut and in the process, to kill off any hope of a shock. Keane, who plundered a 13-minute hat-trick against the same opposition in October’s 7-0 win in Dublin, did not get the opportunity to repeat the feat when he was withdrawn with 20 minutes remaining as O’Neill cast an eye towards Monday night’s clash with Georgia at the Aviva Stadium, and it was his replacement Shane Long who completed a 4-0 win in Faro. Robbie Keane took his international goals tally to 67 with a double to kill off battling Gibraltar on a night when the Republic of Ireland’s hopes of Euro 2016 qualification received a significant boost. But far from wilting, Gibraltar came back at the Republic and keeper Shay Given, winning his 131st senior cap, had to produce two diving saves to keep out long-range efforts from midfielder Liam Walker as the half drew to a close. Ireland returned knowing there was work still to be done, but they turned the screw in devastating fashion inside the opening six minutes of the half as Keane ensured there would be no shock on the Algarve. He was on hand to tap gleefully into an empty net when defender Jean Carlos Garcia could only turn Walters’ driven 49th-minute cross against his own post and Perez was unable to prevent the ball squirming underneath him and into the arch predator’s path. Keane was taxed little further two minutes later when, after Hoolahan had been tripped by Walker as he stepped inside him, Croatian referee Marijo Strahonja pointed to the spot and the striker converted with customary aplomb. The game was won, but there was still time for Long to help himself to a goal when he powered home a header from Jeff Hendrick’s inviting cross to wrap up the win with 10 minutes remaining. last_img read more

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Cricket News A bit surprised at Pant’s omission: Sunil Gavaskar

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar Monday said he is surprised at young glovesman Rishabh Pant’s exclusion from India’s World Cup squad given his “exceptionally” good batting form and “great” improvement in wicket-keeping skills. The 33-year-old Dinesh Karthik pipped Pant in the fight for the second wicketkeeper’s slot in India’s 15-strong squad for the World Cup, starting May 30 in England. Gavaskar said the move is surprising but backed Karthik as a better wicketkeeper.”A bit surprised, looking at his (Pant’s) form. He was batting exceptionally well, not only in the IPL but before that also. He was showing great improvement his wicket-keeping as well. He brings that left-handed option in the top-six which is very handy against the bowlers,” Gavaskar told ‘India Today’.”The bowlers have to change their line (for a left-hander) and the captains have to do a lot of field arrangements. Pant has so far scored 245 runs in the ongoing IPL, compared to Karthik’s 111 but  Gavaskar said there was some merit in ignoring Pant’s batting form. “On a morning when say, MSD (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) has a flu and can’t play, you want somebody who is a better wicket-keeper. I think Karthik’s wicket-keeping skills, more than anything, have won him this place,” Gavaskar said.Former opener Sanjay Manjrekar agreed with Gavaskar on the point that Karthik’s inclusion was a bit unexpected.”It’s impossible to keep everyone happy with team selections but Karthik inclusion surprising. Selectors guilty of showing no consistency in his case. Discarded after Jan 2019 to select straight for the WC,” he said. Manjrekar said he stands by the prediction he made last month that India’s middle order will be be its Achilles heel in England.  Former England captain Michael Vaughan said India’s decision to omit Pant was nothing short of crazy.”No @RishabPant777 in the World Cup Squad … India must be bonkers !!!!!,” he tweeted. Gavaskar said Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar, who made it to the squad for his “three-dimensional qualities”, will be a very useful player for the team. “He is a cricketer who has improved over the last one year. He has grown in confidence. Shankar is a very useful cricketer. He is a very very good batsman, handy bowler, and an outstanding fielder,” the batting great explained.Manjrekar, on the other hand felt, “Shankar is a lucky man to make it.”Former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra said Pant’s elevation to the top tier of the central contracts had him believe that the youngster would make India’s World Cup squad. “Wasn’t Pant elevated to the top tier of the Central Contracts a few weeks back?? Not a certainty in two of the three formats,” Chopra wrote on his twitter page.”India has picked Shankar as #4 option. Without really knowing if it’ll work. DK will play only when Dhoni isn’t available.And no fourth seamer. Interesting choices. Hope it works. Good luck #CWC.”Former India medium-pacer R P Singh and star of India’s 2007 World T20 triumph said he hoped that the decision to pick experience over youth works in the team’s favour at the mega-event. “Clearly they’ve chosen experience and patience in the form of @DineshKarthik. Middle order will be very interesting to see @klrahul11/@DineshKarthik could be at number 4. Rest seems sorted with @JadhavKedar and @msdhoni at number 5/6,” Singh tweeted. Former batsman Mohammad Kaif focussed his views on Shami’s comeback from a period of personal turbulence but did mention that the Monday’s decisions will leave a “few disappointed players”.”Six months back, Mohammad Shami was nowhere near being considered for white ball cricket, but some outstanding performances has ensured he plays his 2nd World Cup. Him & Jadeja have fought their way back in…,” he tweeted. Sunil Gavaskar a little surprised on Rishabh Pant’s exclusion. The BCCI has announced World Cup squad on Monday. Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik feature in Indian squad.  highlightslast_img read more

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Northern Iowa seeks revenge on S. Illinois

first_imgVETERAN PRESENCE: Senior leadership has been on display for both of these teams. AJ Green, Isaiah Brown and Spencer Haldeman have collectively scored 49 percent of Northern Iowa’s points this season and 60 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Southern Illinois, Marcus Domask, Eric McGill and Lance Jones have combined to account for 53 percent of the team’s total scoring, including 63 percent of all Salukis points over their last five.FUELING THE OFFENSE: Green has made or assisted on 45 percent of all Northern Iowa field goals over the last five games. Green has accounted for 43 field goals and 16 assists in those games.SHARING THE BURDEN: Southern Illinois is a perfect 6-0 when at least four of its players score 10 or more points. The team is 10-12 when fewer than four Salukis players score in double-figures.STREAK STATS: Northern Iowa has won its last 14 home games, scoring an average of 79.7 points while giving up 65.GETTING DEFENSIVE: Southern Illinois has held opposing teams to 60.8 points per game this year, the 10th-lowest figure among all Division I teams. Northern Iowa seeks revenge on S. Illinois Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSouthern Illinois (16-12, 10-5) vs. Northern Iowa (22-5, 11-4)McLeod Center, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Sunday, 2 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Northern Iowa seeks revenge on Southern Illinois after dropping the first matchup in Carbondale. The teams last played on Jan. 22, when the Salukis forced 16 Northern Iowa turnovers and turned the ball over just six times en route to the 68-66 victory. February 21, 2020center_img ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press last_img read more

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Briggs inks two-year deal with Danish Superliga Club Vejle Boldklub FC

first_imgBy Rawle ToneyGUYANA’S Matthew Briggs inked a two-year deal with one of Denmark’s most successful clubs, Vejle Boldklub FC.The move will see Briggs, who up to last season, held the record for being the youngest player to ever feature in the English Premier League with Fulham FC, competing in the Danish Superliga, the top pro-league in Denmark.Briggs, 29, played for England at the U-16, U-17, U-19, U-20 and U-21 levels and made his debut for Guyana in 2015. He has since been a solid part of the Golden Jaguars’ squad.This is not the defender’s first time in Denmark, having played for the Copenhagen-based HB Køge last season.In an interview on the team’s website, Manager Jacob Krüger said he was impressed with Briggs during his stint with HB Køge.“Briggs,”, Krüger added, “has the image of a defender who has good skills with the ball and has good conditions, physically, which he has substantiated during the last few weeks’ stay in Vejle. He has been used on the left back, and here he has shown that he can also bid. Matthew is an experienced player who comes with matches at all levels in the English league system.”Guyana’s Matthew Briggs (#20) heads the ball against Gyasi Zardes (United States) during their encounter at the Allianz Field during the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)“Matthew can be used both on the back and as a left midfielder, and with the approach we get more options in the back chain. With the signing of the contract, we once again add strength in the air to the squad, and then we have also found a defender with speed, which he has shown in several of the matches already, where he has excelled in the field,” Krüger said.Meanwhile, speaking exclusively with Chronicle Sport following his signing, Briggs, who also played for Watford, Millwall and Colchester United in England, called his journey to Superliga side one that came in full circle, while reasoning that “it feels so good that all my hard work has paid off.”After three seasons with Colchester, Briggs found himself down the ladder of top-flight English football, with stops at Maldon & Tiptree FC and Coggeshall Town before joining HB Køge Nordicbet LIGA in 2019, just before playing for Guyana at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.“Sometimes when you drop down the leagues in your career it’s not easy to come back up and that’s what makes it a greater feeling” and to be back playing top flight football is amazing for me and I’m going to keep working hard to stay there (at Vejle Boldklub FC),” Briggs said.last_img read more

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Football Lakers blanked by Oneida, faces Chittenango next

first_imgA long time has passed since the Cazenovia football team dropped its first two games of the regular season.And the frustration the Lakers felt at New Hartford on Sept. 6 multiplied itself in Saturday’s home opener at Buckley-Volo Field, where the Oneida Indians kept Cazenovia off the board and, with a fourth-quarter touchdown, pulled out a 6-0 decision.Like so many others in the Class B East division, Oneida has endured more than its fair share of pain at the Lakers’ expense over the years, and celebrated its victory like it had claimed a league or sectional title. But it remained 0-0 as Cazenovia’s offense sputtered for long stretches. The Lakers only gained 82 yards on the ground, 66 of them by Ryan Romagnoli, yet nearly found itself gaining control late in the third quarter.A good punt, penalties and a poor Indians punt into the wind left Cazenovia at Oneida’s 26 with a short field. The drive stretched into the fourth quarter, where at the Indians’ 16 the Lakers fumbled and Will Merrell returned it 53 yards deep into Cazenovia territory.Now Oneida struck, moving the ball inside the 20, and then  having Andrew Smith go 18 yards to near the goal line, from where Ty D’Arcangelis sneaked in for the scored.Three more times, Cazenovia would have the ball, but never get past midfield and then watched as Oneida celebrated what could prove a breakthrough for a well-regarded program.Defensively, Vito Borio led with three solo and seven assisted tackles. Connor Wilson added nine tackles, five of them solo, with Keegan Bailey getting three tackles and four assists.Now the Lakers turn its attention to Saturday’s Homecoming game against its closest Class B East division neighbors, knowing it was something close to a must-win scenario.Chittenango arrives at Buckley-Volo Field with a 1-1 record, having won its opener over Mexico Sept. 6, but then dropping a tense 6-3 decision to Vernon-Verona-Sherrill at Sheveron Field a week later.Whoever won this game would have a place atop the B East standings, and it would largely hinge on the performances by the defenses on both sides.It helped, no doubt, that heavy winds grounded both passing attacks, and VVS’s defense kept Chittenango one-dimensional and off the board after a first-quarter drive nearly reached the goal line.The Bears drove inside the Red Devils’ five-yard line, but halted. Robert Connell hit a 21-yard field goal, but those would prove to be Chittenango’s lone points of the night.Defensively, there was little wrong with Chittenango, who prevented any points from VVS’s offense. However, one special-teams lapse proved costly.Punting into the stiff breeze in the second quarter, the Bears saw the Red Devils’ Bryce Palmer take that punt at the Chittenango 42 and sprint to the end zone for six points.Even as the second half wore on, VVS controlled the ball thanks to Kyle Burback’s 126 yards on 24 carries. And its defense stifled Chittenango, forcing three turnovers, all interceptions (one each by Burback, Matt Hicks and Derek Tudman), and having Andrew Fox record 10 tackles.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story At the very least, by improving to 2-0 and moving the Lakers to 0-2, Oneida helped to shape the early race in B East as the Indians stand tied with New Hartford and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill for first place.Meanwhile, Cazenovia could only take small solace in the admirable way its defense performed throughout the afternoon, constantly thwarting Oneida’s chances while the game was still 0-0.During the first half, the Lakers held the Indians to just two first downs. It also forced two turnovers, Chris Sparks intercepting a pass and Dylan Anderson recovering a fumble.center_img Tags: CazenoviaChittenangofootballlast_img read more

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