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MEPC’s £20m spec scheme

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Bees Fall In Regional Final

first_imgBridgehampton hoop fans who attended Friday’s tournament game felt the magic in the air.Their Killer Bees, like so many times before, would accomplish the improbable, rise up and defeat a bigger more talented rival, and make the storybook ascension to the State Final Four tournament.But on this night in Center Moriches, playing for the New York State Class D regional final, reality quickly set in—and it wasn’t pretty. There are no Cinderellas in high school basketball.Newfield advanced all the way to the title game last season before losing in the final minute to Moriah, and the Trojans, winners of 20 of 22 games, are bent on getting back to the Final Four. They didn’t buy into any of the Killer Bees mystique—the visitors had the better team and they knew it.The Bees didn’t help themselves by coming out ice cold with a shooting malaise that was to linger the entire game.Despite scoring only two points in the entire first quarter though, the locals were miraculously still in the game, 9-2.The Bees were blocking shots, playing tough defense, and controlling the defensive boards, and the feeling persisted that if the shots started falling they could make a game of it. The Trojans knew better.After all, they had spent the entire first quarter virtually ignoring a six-one bulldog named Josh Wood, who stood in the left corner all by himself, as if he had been banished there by a teacher for not doing his homework.Certainly the Bees must have known it was Wood who torched Martin Luther King Senior High School in the other regional semifinal, bombing for 27 points.Still, the Bees left him standing there alone. Suddenly the ball started swinging his way. Wood as it turned out, can do two things extremely well: he can bury the open three-pointer, and he can charge into the paint like a fullback smelling the end zone.The Bees finally woke up in the second stanza. J.P. Harding scored to make it 9-4, and Elijah White drilled two free throws to make it 10-6.Then Wood took over. He scored on a put back. He stole the ball and drove the lane for a layup, and he answered a White put back with another bucket to make it 23-12. His layup off a nifty pass from Greg Moravec made it 25-12 at halftime.The Bees had one more run in them. Nae-Jon Ward opened the second half scoring with two long bombs from the top of the key, and for a moment—just a moment—it seemed as if the fabled nine-time state champions were back in it. White, with a chance to cut the deficit to nine, missed, and Wood, fouled, converted both charity tosses.Harding answered, scoring in heavy traffic deep in the paint.But Wood dropped home a bomb, and Jacob Humbe followed a Bees’ turnover with another trey. Opera singers could be heard in the distance. This thing was over.Wood pounded the final nail, a three-point play to put the Trojans up by 22. The final was 61-44, but it really wasn’t that close.Harding (18), Ward (14), and White (12) led the Bees, though the team had a dismal shooting night. Wood, only a sophomore, tallied 22, all but one in the second and third quarters when it really mattered. Newfield also got its wish—the defending champions, Moriah (24-0) will be their opponent tomorrow.The Bees knocked Moriah from the ranks of the unbeaten to capture the State Class D title in 2015. Newfield is 21-2.The Bees labored much of the season under first year coach Ronnie White, wining only eight games in the regular season—six of those came against League VIII doormats Ross School, Shelter Island, and Smithtown Christian.But with Ward returning to the nest after a brief sojourn to Southampton the Killer Bees return all five starters next season, and might well get another shot at Newfield come March.rmurphy@indyeastend.com Share The Bridgehampton Killer Bees succumbed to a strong Newfield team in the New York State Class D regional final. This page: Nae-Jon Ward looks to score over the tournament MVP, John Wood. The team, disconsolate after the loss, was told by head coach Ronnie White to remember what it feels like to lose.center_img The team, disconsolate after the loss, was told by head coach Ronnie White to remember what it feels like to lose.last_img read more

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NSC’s Weekly Piracy Update (Africa)

first_imgThere are currently no vessels being held by pirates in the HOA region, however there are at least 50 hostages remaining in various locations. During the past week there have been indications of pirate activity ashore. (NFI) This activity could be in anticipation of the inter monsoon season which will bring more favourable conditions for small boats, skiffs and fishing throughout the Somali Basin. Furthermore, such activity is a reminder that the pirates retain a capability and intent to conduct acts of piracy.In the near term the forecast for small boat / skiff operations is becoming more favourable along the East Coast of Somalia extending from the tip of the Horn of Africa down through the Somali Basin as SW monsoon influence is showing gradual decline. These conditions will last until the North East Monsoon begins, historically around Mid-November. Small boat activity may be observed earlier than this in the more prominent fishing areas and Coastal waters depending on the local conditions.It is the ship Masters’ responsibility to conform with the standard operating procedures for reporting possible acts of piracy to UKMTO as primary point of contact in according with BMP4. Also, it is important to remember that without providing this information in a timely manner, UKMTO, MSC HOA and NSC cannot pass data onto warships in the region. Delays in reporting incidents increase the search area and therefore decrease the likelihood of investigating and/or capturing possible pirates. It is recognized that the Gulf of Aden and the Bab el Mandeb is a very difficult environment in which to distinguish benign activity from that of potential pirates however a clear and timely flow of information is critical.[mappress]NSC, September 13, 2013last_img read more

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Brazilian Vale Mulls Fleet Expansion

first_imgBrazilian mining giant Vale is looking to expand its shipping fleet as it eyes doubling of iron ore shipments to China, according to Jose Carlos Martins, Vale’s head of ferrous metals.To support the export volume increase Vale is reviewing its options which include adding new extra large carriers, through ownership or leasing, the second one being more preferable option on the table, as explained by Martins.Vale plans to export about 400 million tonnes of iron ore a year within five years, almost a double amount when compared to that of 270 million tonnes it exported in 2013.China is interested in joining forces with Brazilian miner Vale to transfer iron ore from its huge Valemaxes onto smaller vessels, as these large vessels are banned from Chinese ports, as reported by Drewry.The shipping partnership would save money, as moving iron ore from Valemax ships, which boast a carrying capacity of over 400k tonnes of iron ore, directly rather than transferring onto barges for discharging at Chinese ports would result in lower freight costs.As a result of the ban, the Brazilian miner developed a transhipment terminal in the Philippines in February 2012, where the Valemaxes transfer iron ore into smaller ships bound for China. Vale is also setting up a centre for iron ore storage and distribution in Malaysia, which is expected to start operations this year.[mappress]World Maritime News Staff, August 8, 2014last_img read more

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WWPC digs deep for charity

first_imgAn auction was held in favour of the Al-Jamia-Tul-Fikriya Educational Trust, established by WWPC member Suhail Shaikh, of Sahil Freight Express Private Ltd, India.The items sold included model Antonovs, a sailing to Genoa with Rickmers Linie, weekend accommodation at the Beluga School for Life centre in Thailand and a large painting donated by Suhail Arts.HLPFI’s Luke King, attending the conference, said Fritz Mumenthaler, of General Transport AG, was a lively and humorous auctioneer.”It was a pleasure to see the members of the WWPC in India and we appreciate their kind support for our trust,” added Mr Shaikh.The conference was opened by children from the AJF Islamic English and International School, who sang a welcome song for the attendees.last_img

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DB’s bumpy ride

PASSENGERS travelling on one of German Railway’s ICE services on the Hannover – Hamburg main line had a lucky escape on November 17. Their train was close to Bienenbüttel, near Lüneburg, when it passed through a crossover limited to 80 km/h at around 180 km/h. The ICE did not derail, but cups in the dining car flew through the air and several passengers were knocked over.The driver had a full line speed indication from his LZB inductive train control apparatus, but he spotted a distant signal indicating that his train was routed over the crossover, although this was not reflected on the LZB in the cab. He promptly applied emergency braking, and the reduction in speed before the train struck into the crossover may just have saved his train from disaster.DB’s subsequent investigation established that a relay had not been functioning correctly in the interlocking. The fault had not been discovered because that particular route had apparently never been set – nor, presumably, tested – since installation in 1979; no fault was found in the LZB. DB at once examined another 400 identical installations, and two similar faults were identified.Another incident occurred on the evening of November 15 when trains passing an ICE service near Offenbach on the Karlsruhe – Basel main line reported smoke pouring from the rear power car. The driver had noticed a problem and halted the train, allowing the blazing vehicle and the adjacent trailer to be detached; all passengers detrained safely.Karlsruhe – Basel had been in the news in October when the Federal Railway Office had ordered the CIR-ELKE computerised signalling and traffic control system to be switched off. Intended to increase line capacity by up to 40%, Computer Integrated Railroading – Erhöhung der Leistungsfähigkeit im Kernnetz (Capacity Increase on the Core Network) went live on June 22 last year, paving the way for some of the lineside signalling to be dismantled. With CIR-ELKE out of use, DB was forced to operate over long block sections between stations, severely reducing capacity.The problem was related to inaccuracies in the on-board distance-travelled measuring equipment, with nine incidents of trains reporting their position to be up to 100m from their true location during July to September. Investigations found that the inaccuracies did not exceed specified tolerances, with the location errors no worse than when a 300m LZB loop fails. As there was found to be no danger, CIR-ELKE was switched back on at the end of November.Legislation enacting the findings of the Rail Task Force (RG 11.01 p727) has been delayed until after the next German election in September. read more

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Boston Green Line light rail extension contract awarded

first_imgUSA: The award of a design and build contract for Boston’s Green Line light rail extension was approved by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on November 20.The winning bidder was the GLX Constructors joint venture led by Flour and including Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Herzog Contracting Group and The Middlesex Corp. The contract is worth $1·08bn, including six options for platform canopies, additional lifts, public art, walking routes and depot enhancements which had been separated from the main works with the aim of lowering costs after the project was put on hold in 2015.One other bid was submitted, a third bidder having dropped out. ‘The selection process was extensive and thorough, and we are pleased that the outcome is that the cost is under our affordability limit’, said MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez. The project includes the construction of two branches of the Green Line totalling 6·9 km, one running from the relocated Lechmere stop to Union Square and the other from Lechmere to College Avenue station. The will be six new stops, and a depot. The project will also require relocating sections of heavy rail routes. Construction is scheduled to get underway in 2018 for opening in late 2021.The extension is intended to offer a one-seat ride to central Boston, with the aim of reducing car usage. Daily ridership is estimated to reach 45 000 by 2030.last_img read more

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South African President to hold talks with President Buhari

first_imgSouth African President Jacob Zuma is in Nigeria for a  two -day state visit.Zuma arrived in Abuja on Monday at the invitation of his Nigerian counterpart President Muhammadu Buhari.Zuma will hold talks with President Buhari and meet with the Nigeria’s Senate President Bukola Saraki. A number of key issues will be on the agenda- ranging from political and economic between the continent’s two biggest economies.last_img

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FIFA names woman as secretary general for first time

first_img 100 Views   no discussions InternationalNewsPrintSports FIFA names woman as secretary general for first time by: Associated Free Press – May 13, 2016 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AFP) – FIFA named a Senegalese UN diplomat as its first ever female secretary general on Friday, a surprise and historic move announced at a congress to overhaul the scandal-plagued organisation.Fatma Samoura, 54, comes from outside the football world, having worked with the United Nations for 21 years. She is currently based in Nigeria for the UN Development Program.FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who announced her appointment during the annual congress in Mexico City, said his future number two was “a great person” with experience managing big organisations, budgets and staff.“We have to be serious when we say we embrace diversity and we believe in gender equality,” Infantino said.“She will bring a fresh wind to FIFA, somebody from outside, not somebody from inside, not somebody from the past but somebody new.”Samoura will take her post by mid-June after undergoing an eligibility check administered by an independent review committee.“Today is a wonderful day for me, and I am honored to take on the role of FIFA’s secretary general,” Samoura, who has also worked at the World Food Program, said in a statement.“I also look forward to bringing my experience in governance and compliance to bear on the important reform work that is already underway at FIFA.”The former secretary general, Jerome Valcke of France, was sacked in January and banned from football for 12 years over misconduct in television deals and World Cup ticket sales — one of the many scandals that hit FIFA.Germany’s Markus Kattner had been serving as interim secretary general since then.FIFA officials gathered in the Mexican capital to formally implement changes that were adopted at an extraordinary congress in February to overcome a deep corruption crisis.“Today we pass from the words to the actions, from the proclamations to the facts,” said Infantino, who was elected in February after his predecessor Sepp Blatter was brought down by the scandal.“You will see us reborn” through this congress, he added.In another step towards restoring trust, the North and Central American and Caribbean football confederation (CONCACAF), which has been in the eye of the corruption storm, elected a new president on Thursday.Canadian football chief Victor Montagliani became CONCACAF’s fourth president in five years after his three predecessors were ensnared in corruption allegations, with the last one arrested in December.FIFA’s new council, meanwhile, resumed on Tuesday the process to select the host of the 2026 World Cup, which had been frozen since last year over claims of misdeeds in awarding the tournaments to Russia for 2018 and Qatar for 2022.“After all the issues, or criticisms, or whatever, which happened around the last World Cup bidding process, it is absolutely crucial for FIFA’s credibility that we have a bullet-poof bidding process in place for 2026,” Infantino said.He noted that human rights requirements will be examined during the process for the first time and that bidders that fail technical requirements will be excluded.But the scandals keep haunting world football.On Monday, Infantino’s former boss, Michel Platini, said he will step down as head of European football body UEFA after failing to overturn his ban from all football-related activity over allegations that he received a dubious two million Swiss franc ($2 million, 1.8 million euros) payment from FIFA.Earlier this month, FIFA banned two top executive members from Chile and Colombia for life over bribes.World football’s governing body must now ratify reforms that were approved by the special congress, which renamed the disgraced executive committee as the FIFA Council and pruned its powers.The reforms came into force on April 27, 60 days after the vote.The governance reforms include term limits, transparency in salaries and more powers for the secretary general.In other decisions, the congress faces prickly votes over the admission of Gibraltar and the former Serbian province of Kosovo, taking the world body to 211 members.The FIFA Council recommended on Tuesday that both be admitted, which would entitle them to participate in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.FIFA’s executive originally rejected Gibraltar’s bid, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ordered that the congress take a vote on the British territory, which is also claimed by Spain.last_img read more

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Nikiski Middle/High Teacher And Coach Cited For Indecent Exposure

first_imgErkeneff: “The School District, first of all, is always concerned for the safety and welfare for all of our students, that’s our top priority. I can confirm that he is employed by our School District and is a coach. He is currently on administrative leave while an investigation takes place.” The alleged incident occurred almost two weeks ago. According to court records, the alleged victim was 16 years or older. Zimmerman’s next court date is November 22nd. The Class B misdemeanor carries a possible sentence of no more than 90 days in prison. According to Alaska Statute, “An offender commits the crime of indecent exposure in the second degree if the offender knowingly exposes the offender’s genitals in the presence of another person with reckless disregard for the offensive, insulting, or frightening effect the act may have.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Nikiski Middle/High School teacher has been accused of indecent exposure in the parking lot of a Kenai business. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has confirmed Zimmerman is a history teacher and soccer coach. Pegge Erkeneff with the School District says they work closely with law enforcement and were informed of the matter as a courtesy. She says they acted immediately Zimmerman was placed on administrative leave this morning (Wednesday). Kenai Police shared few details and did not name the business since the investigation is continuing. In a press release, Sergeant Paul Cushman wrote, “on October 14, 2016, the Kenai Police Department responded to the report of a man in a vehicle exposing himself in the parking lot of a local business. During the course of the investigation, Troy Zimmerman, age 49 of Nikiski, was issued a misdemeanor citation for Indecent Exposure in the Second Degree.”last_img read more

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