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first_imgAlmaty needs helpSir – In your news item on Kazakstan (RG 12.96 p786) reference is made to the signature of a letter of intent for Skoda Plzen to rehabilitate the tramway networks in Almaty and Akmola. Some difficulty may be experienced in rehabilitating the Akmola network, as while Akmola has trolleybuses, it has never operated a tramway.Even to rehabilitate the Almaty tramway would involve much effort. Since the end of the Soviet era, six of the nine routes have closed, and the fleet of 202 cars has diminished to about 55, of which only 36 are capable of operation on any one day. The condition of both vehicles and track is almost beyond redemption, and the local authority sees the future in terms of franchising urban motor bus routes for private sector operation.That said, it is understood that certain issues have been discussed at central government level concerning Skoda’s capabilities in the sphere of electric transport development, especially for Almaty. However, as yet there have been neither specific feasibility studies nor any business plans, nor has there been any discussion about the scale or apportionment of investment. Thus at present electric transport rehabilitation is little more than an idea, although it may gain some tangible shape when Skoda’s delegation arrives in Almaty for negotiations.Some sort of aid package would make sense, as Almaty currently holds the dubious distinction of being the world’s only major city which is simultaneously abandoning its tramway and failing to open its metro (on which work ceased in 1993). The national and local authorities might be well advised to consider integrating the still physically intact tramway with the metro tunnels to create a San Francisco style subway-surface light rail network.T V RunnaclesNorth Point, Hong Konglast_img read more

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Beatrice Spring Nationals moved forward one day

first_imgBEATRICE, Neb. (March 7) – Racing at the 24th annual IMCA Spring Nationals at Beatrice Speedway has been moved to Thursday and Friday, March 9 and 10. The open practice now runs from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, with the $500 to win Race of Champions for previous Modified winners at Spring Nationals set for 9:15 p.m.Hot laps will start at 5 p.m. with the first heat race at 6 p.m. both Thursday and Friday.Volatile weather forecasts are the reason for the change in schedule, promoter Toby Kruse said.The event will be broadcast live on Speed Shift TV.IMCA Modified features Thursday and Friday both pay $2,500 to win, a minimum of $250 to start and are Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet North­ern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks race Thursday and Friday, Mach-1 Sport Compacts on Friday.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, re­gional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded both nights.Grandstand admission Thursday and Friday is $15 for adults and $5 for kids ages 10 and under. Pit passes are $10 on Wednesday and $30 on Thursday and Friday.More information about Spring Nationals is available from Kruse at 515 231-5444.last_img read more

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Sunman residents voice concern over MGP-Ingredients tax abatement, mold concerns

first_imgSunman, In. — The Sunman town council will meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. following the approval of a tax abatement to MGP Ingredients Indiana. The distillery plans to use a portion of the Duefol facility to age spirits.In recent weeks residents have used the Facebook page Sunman Area Citizens Against MGPI of Indiana to organize and spread the message, “The Angels Share is going to cause one hell of a problem.”The slogan refers to a fungus that grows as a result of evaporating ethanol. The black fungus will coat surfaces like houses and cars. Some fear property values could take a hit. The fungus, Baudoinia compniacensis, is documented in other distillery locations in Scotland and Ireland. In 2007, a scientific study was done that directly tied growth of the fungus to ethanol.A judge ordered Penrod Ricard to pay Lawrenceburg and Greendale residents $1.23 million in 2016 following a class action filed in 2005.Town officials say James & Linda Middlebrook, David Bruns and Carla Hacker are on the meeting agenda to address council. There are unconfirmed reports that residents will ask council members to resend the tax abatement.Sunman residents get a hearing on ‘barrel house’ proposalSunman group opposes ‘barrel house’ planSunman warehouse to be transformed into ‘barrel house’last_img read more

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Eden Hazard says rivals want to ‘kill’ champions Chelsea

first_img After Spain’s win in Macedonia, Costa said on as.com: “I’ve got a lot to improve and I’ve got to start scoring goals. “There will be no lack of effort on my part. I’ll keep working hard at my club to improve. “I am always filled with ambition whenever I get called for the national team. “On a personal level I am not happy because I didn’t manage to score.” The Blues are eight points adrift of leaders Manchester City after four points in four games and suffered a rare home loss – Jose Mourinho’s second at home in 100 league matches – against Crystal Palace before the international break. Chelsea next play at Everton on Saturday in a contest which could have added spice after the champions’ unsuccessful bid to sign defender John Stones. Hazard, the recipient of numerous awards as Chelsea’s star last term, is one of a number of players yet to hit the same performance levels, much to Mourinho’s dissatisfaction. The Belgium playmaker told fashion website HypeBeast.com: “It’s difficult to play as a champion because everyone wants to beat you, everyone wants to kill you. “We wear the gold badge and… yeah, it’s very good. We had a fantastic season last season… if we could do the same this season we’d be good.” Mourinho labelled Hazard one of the three best players in the world last term, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Hazard added: “Every day I try to reach a better level. This is my job, every day I try to score. Every game I try to score. “I just want to be champion. I just want to be a champion and win everything like I did last season.” Diego Costa made a stunning start to life at Chelsea last season and scored nine goals in his first seven league games, including two in a 6-3 win at Goodison Park. The Spain striker, though, has only struck once for club and country this season. Press Association Eden Hazard says Chelsea are finding life as Premier League champions challenging as “everyone wants to kill you”. last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger: Arsenal form creates confidence ahead of Anfield trip

first_img Arsenal are expected to return to full strength for their trip to Anfield as they look to defend their two-point lead at the top of the table. And Wenger, who remains hopeful a deal for Egypt international midfielder Mohamed Elneny will be completed by the end of the week, feels the current run holds his side in good stead heading into the game with Jurgen Klopp’s men. “The momentum creates confidence and confidence is vital at that level,” he said. “In December and now in January we have been consistent and we go into a very important part of the season because we play many games and that consistency is a good basis to go into the next game with the right belief. “The consistency of our results is very important. Therefore it was important to win on Saturday and not to break that belief. “It was good for me to see some players that have played less and to be down 1-0 and respond in the way we did and have an outstanding second half. It was all a very positive basis in preparation for Liverpool.” While Wenger will call upon his key men at Liverpool, one player who will not feature is Chile forward Alexis Sanchez – who continues to recover from a hamstring complaint. “We should have Ozil and Mathieu Flamini available,” Wenger said of his squad. “We will have to test David Ospina who is not available on Saturday. For Alexis, the Liverpool game will come too soon for him but he has a chance to be available for Stoke and his development is going well. “He is always keen to play. If you listen to Alexis, he can always play – even when he is injured. We try to be cautious. With a muscular injury you never exactly (know) how big the risk but he is very close. If you look at him training he is very close.” Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal’s current run of form means they go to Liverpool with the right belief to maintain their place at the Barclays Premier League summit. The Gunners have won seven of their last eight matches in all competition, with a Boxing Day defeat at Southampton the only blemish on their recent good run. Wenger made five changes for Saturday’s FA Cup third-round victory over Sunderland with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker rested completely for the 3-1 win. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Campus prepares for inauguration Friday

first_imgIn preparation for President C.L. Max Nikias’ inauguration on Friday, USC staff, faculty and students are working together to plan events for more than 10,000 expected attendees, university staff said.Take a seat · About 10,000 chairs from Classic Party Rentals blanket campus from Doheny Library to Bovard Auditorium in preparation for President C.L. Max Nikias’ inauguration on Friday. The installation ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a picnic. – Dan Doperalski | Daily Trojan Preparations for the inauguration began in March when the university announced that Nikias would serve as USC’s 11th president, said Jeff Olsen, managing director of academic events.“We’ve only had 10 [inaugurations] before and that’s pretty rare for a university that is so old,” Olsen said. “[This is] a special experience.”Three committees consisting of about 80 people from Facilities and Management Services, USC Transportation and many other departments are helping to oversee and plan the inauguration, Olsen said. In addition, about 400 people will be involved in facilitating the events Friday.Staff set up about 10,000 chairs on campus earlier this week between Doheny Library and Bovard Auditorium, Olsen said.An integral component of the event will be the approximately 200 hosts — including volunteers from Society 53, Trojan Knights, USC Helenes and various departments — that will be stationed around campus on Friday available to answer any questions that visitors or students might have, Olsen said.“Really, people shouldn’t be able to go about more than 50 feet without bumping into another host,” he said. “[They will] provide a friendly face especially for people who have never been to campus before.”Preparations for Friday are similar to the ways in which the campus prepares for commencement by cleaning up, replanting and working to keep everything neat around campus, Olsen said.In the event that it rains, the inauguration will be held in the Galen Center.“We have to prepare for anything,” Olsen said. “We’ve got it all planned.”Department of Public Safety officers will be on campus Friday to ensure that fire lanes remain clear, but people are still encouraged to attend inauguration even without a reserved seat, Olsen said.“We’re anticipating that more people will show up than we have seats for, but that’s great. That’s what we want,” he said. “There’s space for everyone.”The university invited the entire Trojan Family — students, staff, parents, alumni and members of the community — to attend the inauguration, Olsen said.“It’s that kind of event that students are going to want to look back [on] and say, ‘I was there when it happened,’” Olsen said.last_img read more

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Whicker: Justifying the lonely Cy Young ballot for Hyun-Jin Ryu

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco At that point, the Dodgers’ left-hander had an ERA of 1.45, ridiculously low in this day and time. He had given up no home runs in July. Not only that, he had a lead in the ERA race that would have been the largest in modern baseball history had he maintained it.He had become a southpaw Greg Maddux, outfoxing the hitters with an endless pitch mix and drone-caliber location. He was not a strikeout generator like deGrom, with 163 for the season, but his strikeout/walk ratio was 6.79, ahead of deGrom’s 5.80 and behind leader Scherzer’s 7.31.By then the Dodgers were deep into the recreational phase of their season. On Aug. 17, they were 18-1/2 games ahead in the NL West. They had already conducted an experiment with Joc Pederson at first base. The burning question was whether, or when, rookie Gavin Lux was going to make it to Dodger Stadium.So Ryu had four tough starts. He didn’t make it through the sixth inning in any of them and had a 9.93 ERA. That only inflated his season ERA to 2.45.Then he gave up three runs in his final three starts of the year, going seven innings in each, and wound up winning the ERA title. One was a classic matchup with deGrom in which Ryu shut out the Mets through seven, but the Dodgers lost 3-0.Had the voting happened in mid-August, Ryu not only would have been the only real contender for the Cy Young but probably would have deserved Most Valuable Player as well. After all, he had been the ultimate outlier, bulletproof in a year of record offense.So to deprive Ryu of the Cy Young because of four games that meant approximately as much as a G-League exhibition seemed a little silly.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Flaherty enjoyed one of the best second halves in the history of pitching and ranked first in WHIP and batting average-against. Strasburg led the league in innings, or in recording outs. Scherzer led the NL in quality-starts percentage, keeping the Nationals in a position to win 79 percent of the time.DeGrom led the league with 255 strikeouts and ranked second in ERA (to Ryu) and in WHIP (to Flaherty). He also led the NL in lowest OPS-against and on-base-percentage against.After July, deGrom had 15 starts and got 21 outs in 13 of them. His ERA dipped from 3.32 to 2.43 and he was 7-1 in that stretch. He alone couldn’t get the Mets into the postseason, but this is not the Most Valuable Pitcher award.So why Ryu?Go back to Aug. 11. And, yeah, Ryu was 14-5. Win-loss records aren’t everything. They’re not nothing. To pitch 29 times as a starter and get the loss only five times is worth something.Baseball is a slave to numbers, of course, but there’s no reason its evaluators have to be. When you’re comparing a pitcher with a 0.910 WHIP to one with a 0.927, is that a distinction without a difference. Are we dealing with one extra baserunner over a three-game stretch?Ryu was 13th in innings pitched, which was a function of that August vacation as well as the Dodgers’ cautionary approach. He hadn’t pitched 150 since 2014. And he walked 24 batters all season.As one might imagine, a Twitter riot burst out from Queens on Thursday when the voting came out. Accusations of homerism came my way, which must have amused those who were just as savage in 2012 when I voted Miguel Cabrera over Mike Trout for AL Most Valuable Player.Whether a baseball award should trigger the same intensity as a death-penalty debate is a question for another day. In the end, the Dodgers would have popped champagne if you’d told them in March that Ryu would be a Cy Young runner-up. And they did. Once, anyway.center_img There were six deserving candidates for the 2019 National League Cy Young Award. Maybe at some point they’ll go to Hall of Fame rules and give out six awards, for meritorious service.Until that dreaded day arrives, only one man wins.Jacob deGrom of the Mets got 29 of 30 first-place votes to take the Cy for the second consecutive year. Hyun-Jin Ryu got the 30th vote, from yours truly.Stephen Strasburg, Jack Flaherty, Max Scherzer and Kirby Yates had cases to state. It was notable, for instance, that Yates gave up two home runs all season, as San Diego’s closer, in the year of the souvenir. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Six Nations 2019: Stuart Hogg ruled out as Scotland adds to squad

first_imgHead coach Gregor Townsend may also be without Russell. The fly-half was injured Sunday playing against Top14 leaders Toulouse and faces a nervy wait to find out if he can be involved for his country this weekend. Scotland has added six players to its training squad for the upcoming match. Fly-half Duncan Weir and Edinburgh trio Magnus Bradbury, Dougie Fife and James Johnstone have been drafted in, along with Glasgow Warriors front-row forwards Zander Fagerson and George Turner.SQUAD UPDATE | Head Coach Gregor Townsend today added six players to the Scotland squad ahead of this Saturday’s round three Guinness Six Nations Test against France in Paris, and provided an update on Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg.https://t.co/kCPMn0lOpb pic.twitter.com/ApFYWTeC2Q— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) February 18, 2019Injured Glasgow Warriors duo George Horne (shoulder) and Stafford McDowall (ankle) miss out, as do David Cherry, Murray McCallum and Jake Kerr. Stuart Hogg has been ruled out of Scotland’s Six Nations contest against France, while Finn Russell will go through return-to-play protocols after suffering a head injury for Racing 92. Full-back Hogg sustained a shoulder injury after a challenge from Peter O’Mahony in the 22-13 loss to Ireland at Murrayfield and will not be considered for selection for the trip to Paris in round three, Scottish Rugby confirmed Monday. last_img read more

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Ronaldo double seals new Juve record, Balde rescues Inter Milan

first_imgSampdoria pulled level following a penalty awarded following an Emre Can handball with Quagliarella making no mistake beating Mattia Perin in the Juventus goal.The 35-year-old became the first player to score in nine consecutive Serie A games since David Trezeguet for Juventus in 2005.Audero deflected over a Ronaldo header on the hour but the hosts went ahead when the referee pointed to the spot for an Alex Ferrari handball off a corner after a VAR viewing.Substitute Saponara looked to have grabbed a point deep into injury time but VAR ruled he was in an offside.“The first half of the season has gone really well,” said Ronaldo, “but there’s still a long way to go. We must stay focused and keep working away if we want to achieve great things.”In Tuscany, Inter Milan earned back-to-back wins with Balde scoring on 72 minutes to move closer to Napoli, who they beat by the same scoreline amid controversy three days ago.Luciano Spalletti’s side were playing without their fans after racist abuse aimed at Napoli’s Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly in Milan.“It was fundamental that we win this match,” said Spalletti.Roma profitted from Sampdoria’s defeat to move up to fifth thanks to second half goals for Bryan Cristante (58) and Cengiz Under (75) in a 2-0 win over promoted Parma.Lazio were held 1-1 by Torino in the Stadio Olimpico, as Atalanta beat Sassuolo 6-2 with Slovenian Josip Ilicic scoring a second-half hat-trick.The battle for European football is tight with just six points between Lazio in fourth and Fiorentina in tenth position.Meanwhile, bottom club Chievo achieved their first top flight success with a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Frosinone. Milan, Italy | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as voracious Italian champions Juventus finished 2018 on a high with a 2-1 win over Sampdoria to set a new points record in Serie A before the winter break as Inter Milan’s Senegalese winger Keita Balde scored the only goal in a win over Empoli days after the club were embroiled in a racism controversy.Ronaldo curled in the opener after just two minutes in Turin adding a second from the penalty spot on 65 minutes, putting the Portuguese top of Serie A’s scoring charts on 14 goals.Fabio Quagliarella pulled the Genoa outfit level with a penalty on 33 minutes, but a late Riccardo Saponara goal was ruled offside after consultation with the video assistant referee.“It was important to end the year on a high and it wasn’t at all easy,” said coach Massimiliano Allegri.VAR proved decisive in the game with Sampdoria coach Marco Giampaolo, dismissing Ronaldo’s penalty as “a gift,” adding “that Saponara goal should never have been cancelled”.“Juventus are strong, they consume everything. They are a cannibal,” said Giampaolo.“For me, morally, the game was 2-2.”Juventus open up a 12-point lead at the top of Serie A ahead of Napoli who can reduce the gap when they host Bologna later on Saturday.Inter Milan are third two points behind Napoli.Seven-time reigning champions Juventus also have a record number of points before the three-week winter break with 53 from 19 games.“Records are meaningless, if not to improve and raise the bar,” said Allegri.The reigning champions have dropped points just twice, being held 1-1 by Genoa at home in October and 2-2 against Atalanta midweek, and are firmly on track for an eighth consecutive Scudetto.“With Ronaldo, the perception is different. He’s the best player in the world,” continued Allegri.“37 points, give or take a few, are missing for the Scudetto.”– Battle for Europe –Ronaldo had come off the bench to score in Bergamo last Wednesday but returned to the starting line-up in the Allianz Stadium.And the Portuguese striker found a way through early, picking up a Paulo Dybala cross to fire in past Sampdoria’s on loan Juventus goalkeeper Emil Audero. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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7,835 to Sit UL 1st Entrance and Aptitude Test

first_imgFlashback: Candidates who previously wrote the test at one of the centers.Nearly 8,000 undergraduates and graduate applicants, who registered for the 1st University of Liberia (UL) Entrance and Placement Examination, and the Graduate School Aptitude Test, will sit both exams on Saturday, April 6 and 13, 2019.According to a release, tomorrow’s exam takes place on the university’s Capitol Hill campus, but applicants seeking admissions into the University’s David Straz-Sinje Vocational and Technical College, the College of General Studies, the Graduate School, and the Medical School are eligible to write the exams.According to the University Testing and Evaluation Center, a total 7,835 candidates completed registration for the undergraduate colleges; 4,895 or 62.5 percent are males and 2,940 or 37.5 percent are females.The data also shows that only 18.7 percent of the candidates that completed registration for the undergraduate colleges are from public schools, 45.8 percent are from the private schools, 32.8 percent are from the faith-based schools, 1.3 percent are from company schools, while 1.4 percent are from community schools.Of those that completed registration from the undergraduate colleges, 81.88 percent are from schools located in Montserrado County; followed by Margibi County (6.08 percent), Nimba County (3.66 percent), Lofa County (1.93 percent), Bong County (1.70 percent) and Grand Bassa County (1.09 percent), etc.The data shows that 99.71 percent of the candidates that completed registration are Liberians, while the rest are either Ghanaians, Nigerians, Guineans or Sierra Leoneans. 89.7 percent of the candidates that completed registration are high school graduates, while the rest are either current 12th Graders (9.0 percent) or students from Other Universities (1.3 percent).428 completed registration for the Graduate School Aptitude Test, with 274 of them being males and 154 females. 169 candidates completed registration for the College of General Studies.  105 of them are males, while 64 are females.101 candidates completed registration for the Medical School; 61 of them are males, and 40 are females.“The aptitude test and entrance exam for the Graduate Schools, Medical College, College of General Studies, and Sinje Technical and Vocational School, are scheduled for tomorrow,” the UL release said.The entrance exam for the undergraduate colleges are, meanwhile scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2019, while the date for the aptitude test for the School of Pharmacy, and the Law School will be announced later.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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