PENN RELAYS 2017 – Ja at the double in 4x400m

first_img Fitzroy Dunkley made up a 10 metres deficit on the final leg as Jamaica stunned their rivals in the men’s 4x400m. Jamaica won in 3:03.14, USA were second in 3:03.25 and Bahamas, third in 3:06.20. In the women’s 4x400m, Jamaica crossed the line in 3:28.32 , ahead of the United States,  3:29.30. Bahamas and Nigeria failed to finish. Jamaica’s team in running order was Stephenie McPherson,  Shericka Jackson, Dawnalee Loney and Janieve Russell. PHILADELPHIA  Pennsylvania Jamaica captured the men’s and women’s 4×400 metres in the USA vs The World contest at the Penn Relays a short while ago.last_img read more

Anaheim, L.A. and San Francisco: High-speed rail’s first route is set

first_imgThe first segment will start in Anaheim, go through downtown Los Angeles, stop in Burbank, Sylmar and Palmdale, then head up through the Central Valley and to the San Francisco Bay Area, at times reaching speeds up to 220 mph. The authority has yet to chose between two potential routes through Northern California or name specific stops in the Bay Area. High speed rail in California – now estimated to cost $40 billion – has struggled for decades to gain public support and funding, and once again is facing the threat of a setback. Gov. Schwarzenegger is trying to slash the authority’s operating budget and postpone a $10 billion bond measure that is tentatively slated for 2008. The bond measure had originally been scheduled for a vote in 2004, but the Legislature has already postponed it twice. Schwarzenegger has said he supports the concept of high-speed rail, but thinks the authority has to do more planning before it can receive major funding. In fact, authority members Wednesday discussed a financing plan that they acknowledged was very general and lacked any commitments from the private sector or the federal government. Travelers in Anaheim, Los Angeles and the Bay Area will be first to ride the state’s multi-billion dollar high-speed rail system – if it is ever built – the rail agency decided Wednesday. The California High-Speed Rail Authority board, which is pursuing the project in several segments, decided to first build in areas that are expected to have the highest ridership and bring in the most revenue. “If we wish to do something, we need to figure out how to start moving forward in bite-sized pieces – pieces that have true ends,” said authority board member Curt Pringle, the mayor of Anaheim. “I think this is an appropriate way to focus and move forward.” That means that while the first segment could open by 2017, planned stops in San Diego, Irvine, the Inland Empire and Sacramento will be postponed for years after that date. “The authority needs to come up with a strong financing plan on where that additional revenue is going to come from, before we move forward with the bond,” said Adam Mendelsohn, spokesman for the governor. “He’s absolutely committed to high-speed rail, believes it’s critical for California’s infrastructure growth, but also believes it’s in the best interest of taxpayers that there be a strong financing plan developed before the additional revenue is put forward. The Legislature is currently holding hearings to consider restoring at least some of the authority’s operating funding for next year. The authority was divided 5-2 in its decision Wednesday to pick an initial segment. Board member Lynn Schenk, a former congresswoman from San Diego, objected to her city being left off the initial route. Member Jeff Crane, an advisor to the governor, opposed the plan because he felt the project should have a more specific financing plan first. Schenk, who has been involved in high-speed rail since the 1970s, said the San Diego to Los Angeles segment would be heavily traveled and should be part of the first stage. “I believe by adopting the entire corridor as the first phase, we can get there much more quickly,” Schenk said. “I can’t vote for any plan approval that will leave San Diego in the high-speed rail dustbin of history.” But the board’s executive director, Mehdi Moshed, said several areas in the Southern California route are difficult to plan right now because regional governmental groups in San Diego and Los Angeles are studying independent, privately funded proposals to build high-speed rail systems using magnetic levitation technology, which would be incompatible with the steel-wheel technique used under the authority’s plan. (916) 446-6723 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, June 14

first_imgThis morning on Sportsday we looked back on the Republic of Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Sweden at Euro 2016.We also previewed all of today’s action and discussed FA chairman Gerg Dyke hitting back at UEFA with a strong defence of England fans behaviour in Marseille.last_img

CRA takes step to lure NFL to L.A.

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe vote Thursday, as well as others by various agencies over the last two weeks, involve plans for building an $800 million, 67,000-seat stadium inside the walls of the 83-year-old Coliseum. “We are very hopeful,” said Pat Lynch, general manager of the Coliseum Commission. “This has been a difficult negotiation, on both sides. “The NFL is not used to dealing with a situation where they will pay everything – $800 million for a new stadium and taxes as well. They’re more used to getting money.” Lynch said he is also encouraged by early indications from league officials who already have planned trips to Los Angeles to review the plans. Lynch said the CRA’s approval sent an important message to the NFL. Setting the stage for the City Council to sign off today on Los Angeles’ NFL bid, the Community Redevelopment Agency on Thursday approved a $25 million improvement program at the Memorial Coliseum – if professional football returns to the city. The CRA’s vote came five days before National Football League owners are set to possibly decide whether Los Angeles or Anaheim will host a team in Southern California. “The city has shown that it is doing all it can to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles,” said Councilman Bernard Parks, who chairs the council’s Ad Hoc Stadium Committee, which signed off on architectural and signage designs and an alcohol-sales policy for the Coliseum. The CRA committed $25 million for a series of infrastructure projects around the Coliseum, including $4 million for improvements on Martin Luther King Boulevard, Vermont Street and Figueroa Avenue; and $4 million for lighting in Exposition Park. “This is a significant symbol to the NFL,” Lynch said. “In terms of the overall project, this is not a great deal of money, but it shows the city’s commitment to wanting to improve Exposition Park.” While Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other city leaders have said there will be no public money involved in bringing football back to the city, the CRA payment is viewed as an investment for improvements around the Coliseum area that will be repaid with higher property taxes generated in the future. The CRA board also approved a long-term plan that is allowed under AB 2805, sponsored by Assemblyman Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles, that would extend the redevelopment project for an additional 12 years. That could make an additional $250 million available for improvements. Among the projects that would be considered in the long term include parking structures, development of a light rail station, building playing fields and various street improvements. CRA commissioners also said they wanted to look at developing a job-training program to take advantage of the work that will be done in and around the Coliseum if the NFL returns. “One of the only good things that a lot of the local folks are going to get out of this are jobs,” Commissioner Madeline Janis-Aparicio said. “It seems like we need to put some more thought and money into it to make sure that people are trained to get into apprentice programs or other work at the Coliseum. “I think we have to hold ourselves to a high standard if we are going to convince the public of this need.” On a related matter, Parks said he is not concerned about the announcement the NFL had hired a renowned architect to look at designing a stadium at the Anaheim site. “That’s something that’s strictly an NFL decision,” Parks said. “It doesn’t affect our negotiations with them at all.” (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgWho’s that with our Mark?LAST year he had his hands on the Sam Maguire.This All-Ireland weekend Donegal star Mark McHugh was in equally good company….with Grainne and Sile Seoige.And after getting a kiss off one of them, and his picture taken with both of them McHugh declared: “Sure what else would you be doing?” The player was also getting behind the Ladies GFA world bandana record attempt at the Ladies Finals next Sunday at Croke Park.Money raised will go towards the Irish Cancer Society. Bandana ManFORGET SAM! DONEGAL STAR MARK GETS HIS HANDS ON THE SEOIGE SISTERS! was last modified: September 23rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL STAR MARK GETS HIS HANDS ON THE SEOIGE SISTERS!Grainne SeoigeLadies GFAMark McHughSile SeoigeWorld record attemptlast_img read more

Protea Hotels in African expansion drive

first_img12 July 2012 South Africa’s Protea Hospitality Group has signed an agreement for the construction of its fourth hotel in Uganda, as part of a US$130-million African expansion drive including new builds and management acquisitions in Uganda, Nigeria and Zambia this year. “This is Africa’s time,” group CEO Arthur Gillis said in a statement last week. “Never before has the continent offered so much in terms of political stability and economic growth.” According to Business Day newspaper, Protea’s plans to build or acquire 10 further hotels in Africa will make it the continent’s biggest hospitality investor this year. The new hotel will be constructed in Hoima, in the centre of the Albertine Rift Valley oil exploration, extraction and processing region of Uganda. The Protea Hotel Kampala and Protea Hotel Entebbe are already open, while the Protea Hotel Mbale joined the company’s portfolio on 1 July. The new, 80-room hotel will have six conference facilities capable of hosting 300 delegates, two restaurants, a swimming pool, health club with gym, sauna and stream room, and disabled access to the property. Construction will begin in the third quarter and is expected to take 24 months to complete. Protea Hotels Uganda MD Stuart Cook said the company’s rapid expansion in Uganda was largely being driven by corporate travel “because there is a lot of economic growth within the country. There are four Protea Hotels now, but I certainly don’t expect this to be the last expansion announcement in the medium term,” Cook said. Gillis said the company was expanding both its Protea Hotels and African Pride Hotels brands into Africa “because there is demand for brands that are strong and trustworthy that offer exceptional guest service. “It’s exciting times for the continent, exciting times for hospitality as an industry here, and especially exciting for the Protea Hospitality Group as we further cement our position as Africa’s largest and leading hotel group.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Johannesburg on the move

first_imgIf you’re a city person, you will love Johannesburg. It’s a vibrant and dynamic place with a throbbing pulse and an awesome sense of rhythm.Johannesburg is known as the City of Gold. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterJohannesburg is the major international gateway into South Africa so you are quite likely to spend, at the very least, a few hours in this rather misunderstood and misrepresented city. It’s a vibrant and dynamic place with a throbbing pulse and an awesome sense of rhythm.Everyone is on the move – doing business, making money, jogging, going to gym, cycling, partying till late, eating out, and attending shows, movies and exhibitions. If you’re a city person, you will love Johannesburg.The older part of the city is developing an interesting character – in parts somewhat neglected and a bit scary, and in parts humming with a new kind of vibrancy.It is the de facto capital of Africa – in the centre of Johannesburg, you will find people from all over the continent, and in some pretty unusual and out-of-the way venues, you can sample their cuisine and jive to their music – not for the faint of heart, though.Also in the city centre is the Civic Theatre, and the Newtown Cultural Project, with Museum Africa. But the head offices of major corporations, and the majority of businesses, have moved out to the northern suburbs and to Midrand – the burgeoning industrial, commercial, semi-agricultural and residential area halfway between Johannesburg and Pretoria.The northern suburbs radiate a sense of opulence and prosperity. The many shopping malls carry a vast range of high quality consumer goods, including many luxuries, and the hundreds of restaurants and coffee shops offer a wide range of fashionable cuisines.There really is a lot to do in Johannesburg. You could go on an escorted tour of Soweto, which is not the voyeuristic horror it sounds like. It’s actually a mind-expanding experience as you see not only how other people live, but also how this resilient community contributed to South Africa’s liberation struggle.A visit to Gold Reef City is a fun day out with amusement rides and a reconstructed mining village, but it is a lot more authentic than most theme parks. The trip down a gold mine is a real eye-opener, but that’s nothing compared to the paradigm shift many people may experience in visiting the Apartheid Museum, also at Gold Reef City.And for the golf enthusiast, Johannesburg is a wonderful destination. The city boasts an ideal climate for spending time out on the fairways under the bright African sun, and golfers here are blessed for choice – there are golf courses aplenty in the city and more widely in its province, Gauteng.Golf courses in GautengIf you’d prefer something unbelievably beautiful, watch a performance by the Lippizaner horses on a Sunday morning, at their premises in Kyalami. You could do a walking tour to look at some lovely old buildings, or just park off at a coffee shop in a mall and watch the world and its wallet walk past.Source: South African TourismWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Ford will test driverless cars in Europe next year

first_imgBreak the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Donal Power Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img Tags:#Chariot#driverless cars#Ford#IoT#self-driving cars#transport Ford announced it will plans to start testing its autonomous vehicles on European roads by next year as it ramps up its robot car strategy.According to Digital Trends  the U.S. car manufacturing goliath is moving ahead with European testing as it pursues its ambitious strategy to introduce fully autonomous vehicles for ride-hailing by 2021.“It is important that we extend our testing to Europe,” said Ford of Europe’s manager for Automated Driving Thomas Lukaszewicz. “Rules of the road vary from country to country here, traffic signs and road layouts are different, and drivers are likely to share congested roads with cyclists.”Testing will begin at Ford’s Engineering Center in Essex, U.K. After this, trials will be expanded to its Germany-based Research & Advanced Engineering facilities in Cologne and Aachen.Ford indicated that the locations undertaking the testing were chosen because they are already familiarized with its self-driving technology.Ford already self-driving in USFord is already busy testing its autonomous car technology in the U.S. The ambitious testing regime is to enable Ford to meet its five-year target of rolling out autonomous cars for ride-hailing services.Ford hopes the European testing will allow the self-driving cars to be fully rolled out on the continent shortly after similar services are launched for consumers in America.In its road testing, the car-maker has used Ford Fusion Hybrid vehicles that are rigged up with a variety of cameras and sensors.Meanwhile, Ford recently made strategic moves to strengthen its capabilities in the autonomous vehicle space.It bought San Francisco-based  ride-sharing shuttle service Chariot, which incorporated Ford Transit Connect vans to shuttle people around.Ford also announced it is bringing GoBike, the company’s bike-sharing service, to the San Francisco Bay Area. It plans to have 7,000 bikes in SF by the end of 2018. Users will also be able to rent their bike on the FordPass platform, launching next year. 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA Player of the Year award

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has won his third UEFA men’s player of the year award in four seasons, beating Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon to get the trophy.Ronaldo helped Real to a second consecutive Champions League title and finished as the tournament’s top scorer with 12 goals last season. He has now won the award three times, one more than Messi. (UEFA Champions League: Champions Real Madrid draw Dortmund, Tottenham in Group H)Each of Ronaldo’s honors as the best player in Europe followed Real Madrid winning the Champions League.Reuters PhotoThe Madrid and Portugal star is strongly favored to get a fifth FIFA world player prize in October.The UEFA vote by journalists from 55 member federations was announced on Thursday at the Champions League group-stage draw.UEFA created a European prize after the original Ballon d’Or merged with FIFA’s world award.MARTENS BAGS WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEARBarcelona winger Lieke Martens was named UEFAwomen’s Player of the Year, beating VfL Wolfsburg striker PernilleHarder and Olympique Lyon midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan, Europeansoccer’s governing body announced during the Champions League groupstage draw in Monaco on Thursday.Martensguided the Dutch women’s team to their first international title whenthey won the European championship this year. The 24-year-old was namedplayer of the tournament.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more