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first_imgAirport trainsSir – We should like to correct the picture caption in RG 3.97 p141 about rolling stock for Hong Kong’s Airport Railway.At the end of 1994, the Mass Transit Railway Corporation awarded a contract to Adtranz-CAF Joint Venture for the delivery of 23 trains for Hong Kong. The leader of the Joint Venture is Adtranz (Germany), whose scope of supply comprises the traction equipment including the control equipment, while CAF will deliver the car bodies, bogies, the interior fittings and the air-conditioning equipment, as well as the complete auxiliary equipment (including static inverter). Assembly and static commissioning will be carried out in Spain, while final acceptance is to take place in Hong Kong.Dave Barry and Edward EvansABB Daimler-Benz Transportation (Deutschland) GmbHRTC Nahverkehr, Großprojekt (Hong Kong-LAR)Hennigsdorf, GermanyTilt realitySir – Your editorial addition to Roger Ford’s article on tilting trains strikes a negative note, though it is good to know that your daughter’s balance canals are in good health. It was during the war that the Royal Aircraft Establishment published the link between vision, balance and nausea which has been so useful ever since to those of us prone to motion sickness.All trains are tilting trains round bends, but most of them are limited to 6in of superelevation whilst tilting trains work around double that, but your daughter never has any discomfort making 1·4 ’g’ turns (40in super-elevation) on her bicycle or skates. Of course the trouble arises when the real eyes are not in a position to see the real fixed world so she should shut those eyes and open the inner virtual reality eyes to paint a picture in line with what those canals know is happening. Once one learns the trick, a rough sea at night can be as pleasurable a sensation as a roller coaster ride in daylight.R L WhiteleyPenwortham, Preston, Great Britainlast_img read more

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West Brom name Irvine head coach

first_imgWest Brom have announced former Preston and Sheffield Wednesday manager Alan Irvine as their new head coach on a 12-month rolling contract. Press Association The Scot will succeed Pepe Mel, who left the club by mutual consent the day after the Barclays Premier League season finished last month, once he “signs off” from his current role as Everton’s academy manager. Rob Kelly, who worked under Irvine at Preston and Wednesday, has also been appointed joint assistant head coach, alongside Keith Downing. center_img Albion technical director Terry Burton told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted we have been able to secure the services of Alan and Rob.” The Baggies had been heavily linked with former Tottenham coach Tim Sherwood and Saturday’s news may be slightly underwhelming for Baggies fans, given Irvine’s lack of management experience in the top flight. The Glaswegian was sacked at both Preston and Wednesday, who were relegated to League One under his tenure, and he has not taken charge of a club since leaving Hillsborough in 2011. However, he has played a prominent role at Everton, helping to bring through the likes of Ross Barkley and Jack Rodwell to the senior team. And the Baggies are now convinced they have the set-up in place – with Dean Kiely remaining as goalkeeping coach – to improve on last season’s 17th-placed Premier League finish. Burton added: “With the support of Keith and Dean, we firmly believe we have put in place the right coaching team to move the club forward. “From the outset, we decided to pursue candidates who are renowned for their coaching ability and Alan was very much at the forefront of our thoughts because of his achievements in the Premier League and the high regard he is held within the game. “In the end it came down to two outstanding candidates for the role. “But, following a detailed recruitment process, we decided Alan and the team around him are best suited to tackle the challenges we face in the Barclays Premier League. “He has a vast knowledge from grassroots up thanks to the roles he has performed during his decades in the game and knows what it takes through good and testing times.” last_img read more

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Football News Lionel Messi scores twice, Argentina warm-up for Copa America with 5-1 win over Nicaragua

first_imgArgentina have not won a major trophy since 1993.Argentina plays Colombia in Salvador before taking on Paraguay and Asian champions Qatar.Nicaragua are competing in the Gold Cup for the second time. highlights San Juan: Lionel Messi scored a first-half double as Argentina warmed up for the Copa America with a comprehensive 5-1 win over Nicaragua on Friday in San Juan. The Central Americans, who will participate in this month’s Gold Cup tournament while Argentina battles it out in Brazil, frustrated the home side initially. But it was left to captain Messi to spark his side into action in their only warm-up match ahead of the tournament, expertly opening the scoring on 37 minutes before grabbing another just 96 seconds later. Lautaro Martinez, the Inter Milan forward, also scored twice, coming off the substitutes bench at half-time to give coach Lionel Scaloni food for thought ahead of the opening match with Colombia on June 15. Scaloni, brought in after Jorge Sampaoli was sacked following a disastrous showing at the World Cup last summer, is aiming to build a younger team and end Argentina’s 26-year wait for a trophy.     Indeed, in Scaloni’s Copa America squad only Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria remain from the one that was beaten by Germany in the World Cup final in Rio five years ago. An on-song Messi, however, is needed for the South Americans to prosper over the next few weeks. Messi has lost three Copa finals — 2007, 2015 and 2016 — and the last time Argentina won an international title was in the same competition back in 1993 when the diminutive forward was just six years old. They have reached four of the last five finals.  With Brazil missing the injured Neymar for the showpiece event, which starts on June 14, Argentina is one of the favourites.RELATED     Early on in Friday’s first meeting between Argentina and Nicaragua, Scaloni’s team failed to inspire in front of a sell-out crowd of 25,000 at San Juan del Bicentenario stadium in San Juan, Argentina. Aguero looked dangerous in the opening stages and Messi really should have done better on 12 minutes when he uncharacteristically shot wide from close range. Nicaragua, however, were defending well while regularly asserting their physicality — Messi was twice hauled down in the opening half hour — to frustrate Argentina and their supporters. River Plate’s Matias Suarez had a shot pushed onto the post by visiting keeper Justo Lorente on 26 minutes but the two time World Champions were being made to work hard for openings.     Nicaragua, ranked 129th in the world and competing in their second successive Gold Cup, will prove a stern test for Costa Rica, Haiti and Bermuda despite this thrashing. They have yet to win a game in two appearances at the tournament — lost six with just one goal scored — but won’t go down without a fight. Messi, however, is a danger for any team and his brilliant run and finish saw the Barcelona star beat three defenders before clinically finishing past Lorente. He grabbed his second soon after when Aguero’s shot was parried. Scaloni withdrew key men Messi and Aguero at half-time, which allowed Martinez, 21, to impress with a well-taken effort on 63 and 72 minutes.     Watford’s Roberto Pereyra made it five with nine minutes remaining while Nicaragua’s deserved consolation came through Juan Barrera’s late penalty. Argentina plays Colombia in Salvador before taking on Paraguay and Asian champions Qatar in Group B.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Saints pull front-running TRU back by stopping Spartans 6-0

first_img“TWU is a hard-working team that can be very difficult to break down defensively, and even when you do they’ve got one of the top goalies in the league to stop the puck.””Tonight we made some skilled plays, but we were also tough to defend in how we moved our feet and cycled the puck,” Dubois added.”It’s really how we need to play night in, night out to be successful on a consistent basis.”Cody Fidgett opened the scoring midway through the first period when he converted a feed from Saints captain Logan Proulx and beat Spartans netminder Harry Fredeman high to the glove.And the hosts doubled their lead 22 seconds later when Garrett Kucher created space down the right wing and fed a nifty cross ice pass to Darnell Dyck for a tap-in at the far post. Fidgett and Dyck continued to do the damage offensively in the second period, as Fidgett scored on a tic-tac-toe passing play from Proulx and Jackson Garrett before Dyck fired a shot on a shorthanded rush to extend the lead to four. Mason Spear beat Fredeman from in tight on a Saints’ power play in the third period and Dyck completed his hat trick with just 22 seconds remaining in regulation to cap the scoring. Selkirk netminder Chris Hurry picked up his second shutout of the season, turning aside 23 shots. Fredeman, who entered the game with a 1.15 GAA and .966 SV%, allowed six goals on 53 shots but also made a number of outstanding saves that kept his team close over the first 40 minutes of action. The victory was the fifth straight on home ice for the Saints to open the BCIHL regular season and the ninth overall dating back to preseason play in September.Overall, the team has won 26 of 27 games on home ice since the start of the 2012/13 campaign. “Getting wins at home is something that we pride ourselves on,” says Dubois. “We have great fans and the guys very much appreciate and feed off of the energy in the building on game nights. There’s certainly an extra motivation to perform when you’re receiving such tremendous support.” The two teams return to action, this time for a doubleheader in the Fraser Valley.The series opens Friday at 7 p.m. before the teams wrap up the set Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre.Both games can be viewed online at www.FastHockey.com. The Saints’ next home game is on Saturday, November 16th against Simon Fraser University. Selkirk College Saints jumped into a three-way tie for top spot in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League standings after posting a convincing 6-0 shutout over visiting rinity Western University Saturday at the Castlegar Recreation Complex. The win maintains a perfect home record for the Saints in the 2013/14 season.on Saturday, scoring a pair of goals in each period to top Trinity Western University by a 6-0 score at the Castlegar Recreation Complex. TWU entered the game atop league standings with a 5-1 mark.But Saints carried the play through most of the game and outshot their visitors by a finally tally of 53-23.”We headed into tonight’s game off a couple of losses and our whole group came out prepared to dictate the speed and tempo of the game,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.last_img read more

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SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS SET TO COMPETE IN 48TH ANNUAL HOLY ANGELS BOYS CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME FEB. 12, PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT PERMANENTLY DISABLED JOCKEYS FUND, HOLY ANGELS ATHLETICS & EYE ON JACOB FOUNDATION

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2015)–The 48th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels School Charity Basketball Game will take place Thursday, Feb. 12, at La Salle High School in Pasadena with proceeds to benefit the Holy Angels athletic program, the Kentucky-based Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Sponsored by J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park, game time is 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will be available for an autograph signing session beginning at 6:30 p.m.With Pincay serving as honorary team captain, Desormeaux, Smith and Solis will comprise a team of fellow active riders such as William Antongeorgi, Tyler Baze, Rafael Bejarano, Brice Blanc, Brandon Boulanger, Alex Canchari, Victor Espinoza, Santiago Gonzalez, Mario Gutierrez, Aaron Gryder, Edwin Maldonado, Felipe Martinez, Corey Nakatani, Irving Orozco, Martin Pedroza, Fernando Perez, Tiago Pereira, Flavien Prat, Iggy Puglisi, Kayla Stra, Joe Talamo, Elvis Trujillo, Drayden Van Dyke and perhaps others.“We look forward to this game every year,” said Nakatani, perennially one of the most competitive jockeys on the squad. “The game is fun for everyone, the jocks, the Holy Angels kids, all of our families and the fans that come to support us. It’s a great night where we can all get together, have fun and help raise money for some great causes. I’ve really enjoyed it over the years.”The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, who is the 16-year-old son of Hall of Fame jockey, Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.HRTV’s Kurt Hoover, a former standout cager at Arcadia High School, will again coach the jockeys’ team. Known for his laid-back approach, Hoover stated his game-day approach will be similar to that of past years–“We’ll keep the clock runnin’ and just let ’em run and gun.”Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita. Additionally, there will be opportunities to win a trip to Las Vegas and a Paintball Package to Hollywood Sports Paintball and Airsoft Park.La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles northwest of Santa Anita. Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels School. –30– EVENT SPONSORED BY J. PAUL REDDAM’S CASHCALL & SANTA ANITA PARKlast_img read more

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Latest: Chelsea 0 Man Utd 1 – United within sight of victory at the Bridge

first_imgJesse Lingard’s goal put Manchester United ahead at Stamford Bridge shortly after Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma was stretchered off.Wayne Rooney nudged Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s cross towards Lingard, who cleverly turned away from Cesar Azpilicueta and smashed past Thibaut Courtois.Courtois was called upon twice in the opening 15 minutes, comfortably gathering low-range efforts from Borthwick-Jackson and Michael Carrick.Blues keeper Courtois then produced a fine save, diving to his left to push away Anthony Martial’s curling shot.Chelsea skipper John Terry was given a predictably rousing reception on his first appearance at the Bridge since announcing that he is not being offered a new contract and will leave when his current deal expires at the end of the season.There was nothing rousing about the home team’s start, but midway through the half they suddenly clicked into gear.Nemanja Matic’s header from Willian’s right-wing corner was saved by United keeper David De Gea, and Diego Costa fired narrowly wide after being put through by Oscar’s clever through-ball.Oscar then had two chances in quick succession, but he shot over after exchanging passes with Azpilicueta and was just unable to connect with Willian’s low cross.And in the final seconds of the first half, Chelsea felt they should have been awarded a penalty when Willian sent the ball in from the right and Daley Blind blocked Terry’s shot with his arm.United made a blistering start to the second half and Rooney and Lingard had shots saved by Courtois, while Martial fired wide of the near post.It prompted Guus Hiddink to bring on the fit-again Eden Hazard and a couple of minutes later the Chelsea interim boss was forced to make another change after Zouma landed worryingly awkwardly after going up for a header.Worse followed for Hiddink’s side on the hour mark when Lingard broke the deadlock.De Gea then produced stunning saves to deny first Branislav Ivanovic and then Cesc Fabregas as Chelsea, unbeaten since Hiddink was placed in charge, pushed for an equaliser.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Zouma (Cahill 59), Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic (Pedro 66); Willian, Fabregas, Oscar (Hazard 54); Costa.Subs not used: Begovic, Baba Rahman, Loftus-Cheek, Traore.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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A’s make their first move of MLB Winter Meetings

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The A’s are in dire need of starting pitching, but their first signing of the offseason helps fill a hole at another position.Kicking off an offseason that is expected to include several signings was an agreement to a one-year deal with catcher Chris Herrmann Tuesday afternoon. Herrmann, 31, appeared in 36 games with the Seattle Mariners last season and hit .237 with two home runs and seven RBIs. A left-handed hitter, Herrmann gives the A’s a chance to platoon at catcher with …last_img

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#GivingTuesday with Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentThis Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, consider donating to the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. Every gift helps the Foundation do something that might not otherwise be possible, from supporting student scholarships, to funding innovation in communities, to driving economic growth.Make a Gift!Your donation supports these effortsInvesting in tomorrow’s leadersTraining the next generation of agriculture producers, scientists, and business and community leaders is a key priority facing our state. The campaign for the OFB Foundation will expand our endowment to provide increased support for scholarships and professional development opportunities allowing individuals to advance their knowledge, share ideas, and improve people’s lives.Driving economic impactCapturing opportunities that build prosperity, create jobs, and enhance the quality of life for Ohioans by funding projects that spur economic growth in local communities.Environmental StewardshipFunding sensible solutions that contribute to a healthier, cleaner, and more sustainable Ohio by focusing on increased care for land and water.Make a Gift!  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

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Maria Sharapova claims in memoir Serena Williams had nasty words against her

first_imgRead Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Russian tennis pro Maria Sharapova’s memoir “Unstoppable: My Life So Far” gives an inside look on her personal life and career.Image: Twitter/@mariasharapovaBefore the book’s release, the 30-year-old athlete shared excerpts with People magazine. One of the highlights is her relationship with top-ranking player Serena Williams.ADVERTISEMENT In this March 7, 2016, file photo, tennis star Maria Sharapova speaks about her failed drug test at the Australia Open during a news conference in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Following the controversy, Williams said she “showed a lot of courage” for being honest about the drug test.In one of the excerpts, she cites that the media called her “a cheater and a liar” and that she was “overjoyed” when her suspension was reduced from two years to 15 months. She wrote, “Before I was thinking only about how I would make my exit. Now I think only about playing.”  Niña V. Guno  /raRELATED STORIES:Drug in Sharapova doping case used by Soviet troops in 1980sTennis: Sharapova back in business, like it or not Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments She and the American went head to head in 2004 when at 17, Sharapova defeated Williams in Wimbledon.At the time, Williams was still recovering from a left-knee injury she had endured since 2003.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn her autobiography, the five-time Grand Slam winner shared that both of them “should be friends…but we are not.”She states that after the finals, Williams hugged her and said “good job.” WWE: Pro wrestler Ric Flair out of surgery and resting SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension However, in the locker room she heard “guttural sobs.”“I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon,” wrote Sharapova. “But mostly I think she hated me for hearing her cry. Not long after the tournament, I heard that she told a friend—who then told me—‘I will never lose to that little b…. again.’”She blames that moment for her dismal record against Williams, which is two wins in their 19 matches.Sharapova also opens up about testing positive for the banned substance mildronate at the Australian Open in 2016, earning her a suspension. The Russian said she needed it for health reasons and that “in Russia, millions take it, even my grandmother!”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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Pumaren’s double duty for Adamson, GlobalPort up for discussion by PBA Board

first_imgLATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters But the PBA Board of Governors is apparently leaning toward allowing coaches to hold concurrent head coaching positions in the pro and varsity level, though it has not been made official.“It has been previously tackled by the Board before the season started, but they have yet to discuss it again,” said PBA media bureau chief Willie MarcialFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingFor UAAP’s part, it doesn’t have a rule prohibiting Pumaren from splitting time between the two teams, according to UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag.“It depends on the school. If they’re willing to let the coach divide his time equally, it’s an internal issue. We’re not here to second guess the wisdom of the administration on who they want as the coach,” said Saguisag. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pumaren opened his second season at the helm for Adamson on Saturday, where the Soaring Falcons fell to Ateneo, 85-65 in the opening day of the UAAP Season 80.He is still manning the sidelines for GlobalPort, which sits idle with a 3-5 slate in the ongoing 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.Marcial said the PBA Board will meet again for a final decision on the Pumaren’s case. Until then, there seems to be no immediate problem with Pumaren wearing two hats.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFranz Pumaren’s role as concurrent head coach for Globalport and Adamson has been a source of confusion for some discerning fans.In the past, a head coach in the PBA is not allowed to hold the same post in the collegiate level at the same time.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side TNT KaTropa turn emotional as ‘brother’ Ranidel moves on after 9 years Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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