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first_imgModel passengersAs part of its drive to encourage courteous and safe behaviour, Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway Corp has presented gold pendants to 20 Model Passengers. The winners received their awards from four celebrities who star in MTR safety literature to demonstrate the ’proper modes of behaviour’ for the travelling public.Creative Star Ltd has chosen the name ’Octopus’ for its multi-modal smart card (RG 1.97 p54) to be introduced by five Hong Kong operators in mid-1997 (below).The stars look downIn a task likened to Michelangelo’s painting of the Sistine Chapel, a team of five restorers has been climbing 35m above the main concourse of New York’s Grand Central station to clean a ceiling mural depicting the cosmos.The US$4·2m component of an architectural restoration scheme is expected to use 1500 gallons of water and 6500 rags as the dirt accumulated since the mural was repainted in 1945 is painstakingly removed by hand.last_img read more

Kosmos makes major gas find off Mauritania

first_imgDallas-based Kosmos Energy said that the Orca-1 exploration well has made a major gas discovery offshore Mauritania in the BirAllah area.The results continue the 100 percent success rate from nine wells targeting the inboard gas trend in Mauritania/Senegal, Kosmos said in its statement on Monday.The Orca-1 well, which targeted a previously untested Albian play, exceeded pre-drill expectations encountering 36 meters of net gas pay in excellent quality reservoirs. In addition, the well extended the Cenomanian play fairway by confirming 11 meters of net gas pay in a down-structure position relative to the original Marsouin-1 discovery well, which was drilled on the crest of the anticline.The location of Orca-1, approximately 7.5 kilometers from the crest of the anticline, proved both the structural and stratigraphic trap of the Orca prospect, which Kosmos estimates has a mean gas initially in place (GIIP) of 13 TCF.In total, Kosmos believes that Orca-1 and Marsouin-1 have de-risked up to 50 TCF of GIIP from the Cenomanian and Albian plays in the BirAllah area, more than sufficient resource to support a world-scale LNG project.In addition, a deeper, untested Aptian play has also been identified within the area and surrounding structures.Commenting on the results of the Orca-1 well, chairman and CEO Andrew Inglis said, “The Orca-1 well concludes a very strong year for exploration and appraisal in Mauritania and Senegal. Orca-1, which we believe is the largest deepwater hydrocarbon discovery in the world so far this year, further demonstrates the world-scale quality of the Mauritania gas basin.”Following the drilling results and due to the scale and materiality of the Orca-1 discovery, Kosmos is extending the timeline of its Mauritania/Senegal sell-down process into 2020, giving potential bidders additional time to analyze the new data.Located approximately 125 kilometers offshore Mauritania, the Orca-1 well was drilled in approximately 2,510 meters of water to a total measured depth of around 5,266 meters.Partners in the BirAllah gas hub, located offshore Mauritania, include SMHPM, BP, and Kosmos.last_img read more

PDEA tightens watch on WV seaports for holidays

first_imgMeanwhile in Iloilo City, PDEA conductedrandom paneling and profiling of passengers at the Iloilo Fast Craft Terminallocated in Barangay Progreso, Lapuz district. ILOILO City – The Philippine DrugEnforcement Agency (PDEA) are stepping up its campaign against illegal drugsthis Christmas season by curbing drug smuggling through the ports and highseas. To ward off entry of narcotics the region, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region 6 deploys K-9 units at Kalibo International Airport in Aklan province. PDEA REGION 6 On Dec. 16, PDEA K9 conducted andinterdiction unit conducted random inspection at the cargo warehouse andbaggage conveyors of the Kalibo International Airport in Aklan province. PDEA national director General AaronAquino, said unmanned runways and private ports have become favorite landingspots for private airplanes, seaplanes and even yachts, loaded with bulk ofillegal drugs. PDEA’s on-going inspections aim to wardoff entry narcotics in the region and send warning to couriers that areas aremonitored regularly for any possibility of illegal drug transactions and thisholiday season. (With a report from PDEARegion 6/PN) PDEA has established seaportinterdiction units assigned in key seaports in the region and has entered intoagreements with the sea authorities that empowered the inspection of allmaritime transportation. PDEA also conducted random paneling andprofiling at Tumanda Wharf in Barangay Cabano, San Lorenzo, Guimaras last week. The antidrug agency said a markedincrease in the demand for illegal drugs is expected this Christmas seasonbecause people have more money and a lot of parties take place.last_img read more

Cardinals 7th Grade Team Place 2nd At St. Bartholomew’s “Battle of the Saints” Tourney

first_imgThe St. Louis 7th Grade finished runner up in the St. Bartholomew’s “Battle of the Saints” last Friday and Saturday. The Cardinals defeated St. Francis & Clare’s Friday night 43 to 31. Scoring was spread across 6 players combined with great defense and rebounding. The Cardinals went on to defeat the host team of St. Bartholomew’s Saturday 49 to 35 before falling to a very talented St. Charles team from Bloomington in the championship game Saturday night 42 to 28.Connor Miles averaged 17 points per game. Hank Ritter averaged 13 points per game. Carson Meyer averaged 7 points and 10 rebounds per game.Miles and Meyer were selected to the All Tournament team as Hank Ritter, Eli Werner, Preston Conway, Thomas Lohmueller, Eli Weiler, Eli Volgesang, Marco Canessa, and Evan Flaspohler all contributed to the Cardinals team average of 40 points per game. The Cardinals now stand at 9 and 5.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Chad Miles.last_img read more

Ripley County 4-H offers Drone Club

first_imgRipley County, In. — Area students from grades 3 to 12 are welcome to join the Unmanned Aerial System (Drone) SPARK Club. The group has meetings planned for March 14 & 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Extension Office at the Ripley County Fairgrounds.Some topics discussed will be airspace classification, weather effects on drones, reading weather charts, emergency procedures, radio communication and aeronautical decision making.A 4-H Drone Challenge will be held at the 2019 Ripley County 4-H Fair.The program is free to 4-H members. Non-members can register for $20, for more information call 812-689-6511. .last_img read more

Moseley calls for calm after third defeat

first_imgLEICESTER, England (CMC) – Assistant coach Ezra Moseley has assured there is no need to press the panic button despite watching West Indies Women slump to their third straight warm-up loss here yesterday.The Caribbean side were once again below par as they went down to India Women by five wickets at Leicester Grammar School, following up losses to a near full-strength England and Southern Vipers side last week.“This is the third game we have lost and some people would start to panic a little bit. We’re not panicking, this is all part of our preparation,” the former West Indies seamer said following the defeat.“Today though, I think we did some things well. I think we had a good start with the batting but we didn’t really get the score we were looking at on a pitch which was a bit on the slow side.”He continued: “After having the Indians 80 for five, I thought that we were in with a chance of winning the game. Somehow, it seemed as if we went flat from the 25th over right up to the end of the game and that is something we constantly talk about where we say we have to play a full 50-over game. We certainly didn’t play a full 50-over game today.”West Indies batted first but squandered a 70-run opening stand between Hayley Matthews (50) and Felicia Walters (20) to find themselves restricted to 174 for nine off their 50 overs.When they bowled, they reduced India to 37 for three and then 86 for five but then put down chances in the field to let their opponents off the hook.Moseley said it was now imperative that the training sessions took on a new level of intensity.“We’re going to have to really work hard at our next practice session and leading up to the tournament, we’re going to have to raise the intensity of the training a little bit to get the girls a little bit sharper,” he pointed out.While West Indies enjoyed familiar sunny conditions yesterday, they have had to battle with the unpredictable English weather over the last two weeks as they staged their training camp in Southampton.Moseley said he believed the girls were becoming acclimatised, however, but said they were still hoping for more of the Caribbean-type weather during the actual tournament.“Leading up to this game I saw a lot of hands in pockets; today I didn’t see that,” he said.“So although today was a lot warmer than the last two games, hopefully this weather would stay for a little while because we know the girls enjoy this type of (weather).“Going into the next game, hopefully we should do a lot better and I am hoping we could put in a lot of work towards the next game.”West Indies take on Pakistan in their first official ICC warm-up game next Tuesday.last_img read more

Syracuse crushed after early lead in 11-3 loss to Tulsa

first_imgSyracuse (5-11) was in control entering the bottom of the fifth inning against Tulsa (11-7), leading 3-1.But after sophomore Sophie Dandola and junior Alexa Romero allowed a single and four consecutive walks, the score was suddenly tied. Then, with the bases loaded and only one out, Tulsa junior Alexis Perry fired a single into center field, scoring two runs. The Golden Hurricanes posted two more runs that inning, and four more in the next.Just one inning after holding a 3-0 lead, the Orange fell 11-3 in only six innings.SU started the game off strong, using consecutive errors from the Golden Hurricanes to drive in two runs. Two innings later, junior Toni Martin doubled to right, sending home sophomore Alex Acevedo.On the mound, Dandola allowed only one hit and two total runners on base through the first three innings. Yet, come the fifth, she began to waver, allowing one earned run before Romero took her place.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe senior wasn’t any more successful. She only pitched the last two outs of the fifth but saw five Tulsa runners touch home plate. Romero was relieved by freshman Peyton Schnackenberg in the sixth inning. Schnackenberg also struggled as she watched the lead stretch to eight runs in the 11-3 defeat.The second game of the doubleheader against Illinois was canceled due to cold weather, per SU Athletics.Syracuse will be back in action on March 8 against Wagner at 12 p.m. Comments Published on March 2, 2019 at 6:49 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

DACA program temporarily reinstated by federal court

first_imgIn a surprising decision last week, a Federal Court in California ruled against Trump’s cancellation of DACA, temporarily blocking the Administration from ending the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ) program. The judge ordered the Trump administration to immediately reinstate DACA and to allow Dreamers who had DACA status prior to the date Trump cancelled the program on September 5, 2017, to continue to renew their DACA status and to accept new DACA applications, until lower courts make final decisions in the pending lawsuits. As a result, according to the order, Dreamers should be able to immediately apply for DACA renewals. The USCIS has updated its DACA website page and issued specific instructions on new DACA applications and renewal filings. Dreamers are advised that the Trump administration can appeal the ruling and if that happens there is a possibility that the program could be halted again. In light of this, it is very important that Dreamers file DACA applications and renewals as soon as possible! New Immigration deal could drastically reduce family immigrationThe bipartisan DACA deal being negotiated between Democrats and Republican is said to reduce overall U.S. immigration, including reductions to family immigration. Without details, some experts believe the final deal could eliminate entire family immigration categories like those for siblings (F4) and perhaps even reduce the ability of U.S. Citizens to sponsor married children and their families (F3). President Trump rejected the deal last week because he decided that it did not go far enough in reducing family “Chain Migration”. As a result, any new deal presented to the White house may include further reductions in family immigration, which could drastically alter our present system. To keep one step ahead of likely changes which could be signed into law in the coming weeks or months, U.S. Citizens and Residents who plan to sponsor family members should act quickly to file applications before the final Bill is signed into law. Those with filed applications will remain eligible to immigrate, even when the new law changes and restricts immigration going forward.Trump administration could restrict H-1B Visa extensionsUnder current policies, H-1B workers are allotted six (6) years total to be in the U.S.. However, once they are sponsored by an employer for a Green Card and are waiting in a line in order to immigrate, the law allows them to continue to extend their H-1B visa. This policy came about as part of the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act (AC21) passed by Congress years ago and has allowed employers to extend worker’s H-1B visa in three-year increments once their Immigrant Visa is approved. However, the Trump administration is considering an Executive Order or Memorandum which would limit the ability of employers to extend an H-1B worker’s visa beyond the six-year limit in one-year increments, rather than three. Experts are certain that any such attempt by the Administration would be overturned in Federal Court, however that has not stopped the Whitehouse before.last_img read more

FCPPL Preview: The day Ashgold win the title and Bechem get relegated?

first_imgThe First Capital Plus Premier League returns for last two rounds of matches starting this weekend.Earlier in the week, the Disciplinary Committee of the Football Association upheld a protest by Hearts of Oak against rivals Asante Kotoko. Hearts claimed that Kotoko’s Obed Owusu was unqualified to play the match day 25 game since he had accumulated three yellow cards and had not served the needed one game ban.Three points and three goals were thus rewarded to Hearts from Kotoko’s total and a further three points deducted to serve as punishment.Despite the drama, match day 29 will go ahead. All the games will be played simultaneously.Hasaacas v Asante KotokoDespite disagreement with the decision of the Disciplinary Committee, Asante Kotoko will go ahead to play their last two games.Concerns had been raised that the club could seek an injunction to halt or boycott the rest of the games. Kotoko will travel to southwestern Ghana to play Hasaacas. They will be heading into the match to prove their worth and show that they indeed can survive despite adversities. So quickly, the Sekondi Stadium has been thrown into the spotlight to see if indeed the Porcupines will emerge warriors and not be dragged out of the top division.Kotoko’s record would have been four wins and one draw in their last five games but that has changed very to become three victories.Hasaacas (8th) last five games: L W L D WKotoko (15th) last five games: W D W L WAshanti Gold v WAFAThe league could be won this Sunday at the Len Clay Stadium in Obuasi. That is if the Miners can win this game against visiting WAFA. This match may have been overshadowed by that of Hasaacas and Kotoko, but it does not remove its importance.A win will hand the title to Bashir Hayford and his boys with a game to spare just as Bashir had promised. Experience will most likely work in favour for AshGold against the young squad from Sogakope, who are players from the club’s football academy system.AshGold (1st) last five games: D W D W LWAFA (5th) last five games: L W L D LHearts of Oak v Berekum ChelseaThe tides do indeed change and they can change very fast. While wallowing at the second-to-last position, Hearts filed a protest against rivals Asante Kotoko, won, and are now seventh on the league log. Amazing.The Phobians need just a point now to reach the 40 points needed to beat the much dreaded relegation. Chelsea’s journey to Accra is pretty cut out for them.Nothing big is at stake.They had a real chance to win the title but failed to live up to the occasion. Although they moved one place up to third during the week after the DC ruling, they are totally out of contention for the title. Hearts (7th) last five games: D W W W LChelsea (3rd) last five games: D L L D LB.A United v Liberty ProfessionalsLiberty Professionals have benefited from the point deductions meted to the Porcupines.They have moved one place above their last position at the end of the last match day. The Dansoman side travel to face already doomed B.A United and if they play just a little bit better, they should be able to knock the home team over to capture the three maximum points.In their last game against Asante Kotoko, United gave the defending champions a scare by drawing two goals back in their 4-2 defeat. They just might want to console their home in the last stretch of the league. B.A Utd (16th) last five games: L D L L LLiberty (6th) last five games: W W L L WHeart of Lions v Great OlympicsOlympics have miraculously managed to lift themselves out of the relegation zone. Currently 12th on the log and needing only three points to reach that 40 point safety net, they understand how being relegated would be disaster for the club.Over the years they have been in and out consistently but will want to stay this time round. Hosts Hearts of Lions are in a similar situation and also need those three points to get to that safety net. Last year’s second placec team has struggled this season to stay on top of the league. They are in real danger of being relegated and will want to reverse the tide of this dramatic fall from grace episode in the club’s history.]Lions (13th) last five games: W L W L WOlympics (12th) last five games: W D W D WInter Allies v Bechem UnitedInter Allies have been one of the surprise packages this season.Built around relatively young players, they have played their way all the way to the summit of the league under the direction of the experienced coach Paa Kwesi Fabin.They will host a struggling Bechem United at the Tema Stadium. Bechem are one of the teams Joy Sports has predicted to go down and out this season and with Allies’ strong record at home, it is very unlikely that Bechem will get those much needed survival points.Allies (4th) last five games: L D D W LBechem (14th) last five games: W L D D WWa All Stars v Medeama SCAll Stars need just two more points to ensure that they would stay in the league.The club had some shaky times especially in the second half of the league. A very formidable side in the top four in the past few weeks, they have now dropped to about six places below their last position to 10th.All Stars will host Medeama who are fresh from their FA Cup victory over Asante Kotoko last Sunday. A confident and motivated Medeama will want to finish the season on a high note. The once formidable Wa Park is now easy prey for determined teams and the visitors will want to steal those three points all the way back to their base in Tarkwa.All Stars (11th) last five games: L L L W LMedeama (10th) last five games: D L W D LAduana Stars v Edubiase FCAduana Stars will have to forget dreams of winning the title this time round. They have failed to take up those critical chances when they needed to, to pile up the pressure on league leaders AshGold.Who wins the title will no longer be determined by them but by AshGold itself.Mathematically, they do still have the chance to win the title, that is if they win this game against struggling Edubiase and AshGold doesn’t.Edubiase will work very hard to try to get that one point needed to reach the safety net this weekend from Aduana Stars who come into this game on the back of a 1-0 loss to Lions on matchday 28.Aduana (2nd) last five games: L D W W WEdubiase (9th) last five games: W D D L W–Commentary of key games from around the country will be on the Joy Sports Arena from 3pm, Sunday on Joy 99.7FM. The show will be hosted by Gary Al-Smith with update from our reporters across the nation. There’ll be live social media updates on our Twitter: @Joy997FM. Hashtag is #joysportslast_img read more

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai-Juan Francisco Estrada rematch set for April 26

first_imgTo net another crack at Rungvisai, Estrada (38-3, 26 KOs) has netted victories over Felipe Orucuta and Victor Mendez. Also announced for the show is a junior featherweight title unification bout featuring WBA titlist Danny Roman and IBF titleholder TJ Doheny. The card will also feature the 154-pound debut of former two-division world champion Jessie Vargas. After capturing the WBA belt from Shun Kubo in September 2017, Roman (26-2-1, 10 KOs), who will be looking for an astounding 18th consecutive win, has made three title defenses including a sensational 10th-round TKO of Gavin McDonnell in October.Doheny (21-0, 15 KOs) won the IBF strap from Ryosuke Iwasa in August and successfully defended it for the first time, battering Ryohei Takahashi by 11th-round TKO in January. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearRungvisai and Estrada went toe-to-toe for 12 hard rounds in February 2018 with the former earning a narrow majority decision victory. Rungivisai jumped out to an early lead due to his aggressiveness and his powerful lead left hand, which kept Estrada at bay. But in the last five rounds, Estrada made it a fight by throwing caution to the wind and going shot-for-shot with the SN No. 9 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Estrada started the flurry a little too late, though, and saw his 10-fight winning streak snapped. Since then, the 32-year-old Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41 KOs) stopped Young Gil Bae in the first-round in July and then scored a unanimous decision win over Iran Diaz back in October. “I am extremely excited and honored to be back fighting in the U.S. again,” Rungvisai said in a press release. “Estrada is a great fighter and we had an amazing fight last year.” One of the best fights of 2018 will run it back one more time. WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai defends his title against Juan Francisco Estrada on Friday, April 26 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, live and exclusively on DAZN. The bout marks Rungvisai’s first in a multi-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing and the global sports streaming service. last_img read more