SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch Delayed by 24 Hours Due to Bad Weather

first_imgThe advent of the Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon represents a new era of commercially developed space vehicles – owned and operated by a private entity rather than NASA – being used to carry Americans into orbit.“The history being made this time is we’re launching what we call an operational flight to the International Space Station,” NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said at a press conference at Kennedy Space Center on Friday.Musk, the billionaire Silicon Valley titan who also is chief executive of electric carmarker and battery manufacturer Tesla, usually attends high-profile SpaceX missions in person. But his presence for the launch was thrown into question on Thursday after he said he had taken a series of four coronavirus diagnostic tests, with two coming back positive and two negative.Asked if Musk would be in the launch control room for liftoff, Bridenstine said agency policy required employees to quarantine and self-isolate after testing positive for the disease, “so we anticipate that that will be taking place.”Whether Musk came into contact with the astronauts was unclear but unlikely since the crew has been in routine quarantine for weeks prior to the flight.NASA contracted SpaceX and Boeing in 2014 to develop competing space capsules aimed at replacing the shuttle program that ended in 2011 and weaning the United States off dependence on Russian rockets to send US astronauts to space.Boeing’s first crewed test mission with its Starliner capsule is planned for late next year.© Thomson Reuters 2020Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. SpaceX’s newly designed Crew Dragon capsule, dubbed “Resilience” by its crew, was rescheduled for launch atop the Falcon 9 at 7:27pm Eastern time on Sunday (0027 GMT on Monday) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.The crew for the flight to the International Space Station includes three American astronauts – Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and the mission commander, Mike Hopkins, a US Air Force colonel who is to be sworn into the fledgling US Space Force once aboard the orbiting laboratory.The fourth crew member is Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, making his third trip to orbit after flying on the US space shuttle in 2005 and a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in 2009.- Advertisement – The journey to the space station – lengthened from about eight hours to a little over a day by the new launch time – is considered SpaceX’s first “operational” mission for the Crew Dragon.A so-called test flight of the vehicle to and from the space station with two crewmen aboard the Dragon in August marked the first space flight of NASA astronauts launched from US soil in nine years, following the end of the shuttle program.NASA officials only just signed off on Crew Dragon’s final design earlier this week, capping a nearly 10-year development phase for SpaceX under the space agency’s public-private crew program.- Advertisement – NASA and high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX announced on Friday a 24-hour weather delay of their planned launch of four astronauts into orbit for NASA’s first full-fledged human mission using a privately owned spacecraft.The liftoff time slipped from Saturday to Sunday evening due to forecasts of gusty, onshore winds over Florida – remnants of Tropical Storm Eta – that would have made a return landing for the Falcon 9 rocket’s reusable booster stage difficult, NASA officials said.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

A combination of blue and green Croatia. Istrian hoteliers visiting Slavonia

first_imgSlavonian delicacies are offered by the best Istrian hotels and restaurants, and tourists are looking for them more and more. Istrian hoteliers and caterers paid a two-day visit to Vukovar-Srijem County. The meeting is the result of cooperation between municipalities in the field of sports and culture, and hoteliers visited Lovas, Otok and Stare Jankovce. he writes HRT.After a working meeting with County Prefect Božo Galić, delegations from Valamar Riviera – Poreč, Aminess Laguna Hotels – Novigrad and Hotel Malin – Malinska met with representatives of branch clusters and family farms from Vukovar-Srijem County to establish even better cooperation. The meeting at the Srijem Palace in Vukovar was joined by a delegation from the Istrian municipality of Tar-Vabriga, as well as employees of the county company Agro-klaster, led by director Zdenko Podolar.The desire for cooperation is mutual and has already been realized in some segments, said Vukovar-Srijem County Prefect Božo Galić.The director of the company Agro-klaster doo, which was founded by the Assembly of Vukovar-Srijem County in order to implement development projects in the field of agriculture and rural development, Zdenko Podolar, explained what exactly the Istrian hoteliers and domestic producers have agreed. ” We have quality products and producers who can already produce significant quantities and are present on the market, but we do not have enough intensive production and quantities. The Istrians have expressed their readiness for dried meat products, cheeses and wines, and together we are thinking about a project for the production of free-range eggs. We have already taken some steps in that direction, it would be a very significant project and ensure long-term cooperation – Podolar pointed out.He highlighted two issues, quantity and distribution. “If we raise production, we must provide distribution channels, have logistics centers at sea, provide cold storage, etc. We are ready as a county to enter it either through EU funds or independently, and for now the most important thing is that our producers appear in these hotels. said Podolar.last_img read more

Gary Neville outlines the main reason behind Shkodran Mustafi’s struggles at Arsenal

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Gary Neville believes that Shkodran Mustafi has lacked a leader alongside him at Arsenal (Getty Images)Gary Neville believes that Shkodran Mustafi has struggled for his best form at Arsenal due to not having a strong defensive partner alongside him.The 27-year-old has been strongly criticised for his performances this season and was partly at fault for all three of Crystal Palace’s goals during their shock 3-2 win over Arsenal last weekend.Mustafi was subsequently dropped for Arsenal’s 3-1 loss to Wolves on Wednesday before being recalled for their trip to Leicester City with Laurent Koscielny dropping down to the bench.Neville, who worked alongside Mustafi during his ill-fated time in charge of Valencia, suggested that Mustafi can be impulsive and his forays forward can leave his teammate’s vulnerable.ADVERTISEMENT Gary Neville outlines the main reason behind Shkodran Mustafi’s struggles at Arsenal Gary Neville worked alongside Mustafi at Valencia (Getty Images)‘I had Mustafi in Valencia for three or four months and he’s committed, he’s really good in the air but he needs someone alongside him who can pull him into position and hold him there,’ Neville said on Sky Sports.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He does like to wander into midfield. If you think about a back four staying in shape, spaces together, making sure you don’t become disconnected, he does like to run into midfield.‘What that then does for someone like his partner or the full-backs, they suddenly have to adjust their positions quickly, you almost quicken up the attack and then give spaces for the attackers to run into and it’s a real problem.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I think at the moment he doesn’t have a strong partner alongside him. He had [Nicolas] Otamendi at Valencia the year before I got there who did really well with him. The year after obviously Otamendi went to City he then had a different partner and it became really difficult for him.‘Arsenal signed him and if they are going to play Mustafi they need a really strong partner alongside him.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSunday 28 Apr 2019 12:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link147Shareslast_img read more

Revealed: The 10 record-breaking southeast QLD suburbs of 2019

first_imgOne of the city’s grandest homes — featuring a chandelier that cost as much as a small apartment — sold for more than $4 million in 2019 — setting a new record for a home sale in Chandler.Two decades after building the mansion, retired builder and developer Domenico Casagrande and his wife Lucia sold the iconic property at 303 Archer Street in September.Spanning 1200 sqm under roof, the palatial home has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a porte-cochère entry, marble floors, a feature staircase capped by a domed ceiling and a $200,000 Swarovski crystal chandelier.Selling agent Joseph Lordi of McGrath Bayside Manly said Chandler was starting to attract more interest from buyers wanting statement homes on acreage close to the city — and at a relatively affordable price.“If you picked that up and put it in Ascot, you’d be paying around $9 million for it,” Mr Lordi said.Records show the previous highest sale in Chandler was a property at 652 London Road, which fetched $3.85 million in October last year.The median house price in the suburb is $1.45 million, according to CoreLogic. MORE: Australia’s biggest housing jump in 16 years Records were smashed in at least 10 suburbs across the state’s southeast corner in the past 12 months – an indicator of a shortage of stock and increase in demand in a number of competitive markets. Here are some of the benchmark busters of 2019:1. BULIMBA This property at 95-99 McConnell St, Bulimba, sold under the hammer for a Brisbane auction record price.Brisbane achieved a new residential auction price record in September, with the sale of a stunning riverfront property for $8.4 million representing the highest price ever paid for a home under the hammer in the city.Two local buyers — one from the northside and one from the southside — battled it out for the five-bedroom European-style mansion at 95-99 McConnell Street.Place Bulimba agent Sarah Hackett, who marketed the showstopping residence, said there were three registered bidders at the auction, but ultimately it was a “two horse race”. Francisco and Rebecca Smout with daughter Annabelle, 1, at their development site in Abbott St, Ascot. Photographer: Liam Kidston.SOME are home to the state’s most luxurious mansions and waterfront homes, while others offer bang for your buck and growth potential.These are the southeast Queensland suburbs that outperformed their peers in the residential property stakes in 2019 — breaking records for sale price, number of sales, rental rates or for smashing through the million-dollar median price ceiling for the first time.Benchmarks have been beaten in blue-chip areas like Noosa Heads, Bulimba and Paradise Point, as well as quiet achievers, including Kalinga, Chandler and North Lakes. RELATED: Brisbane now best of Aussie cities as rates stay at historic low The $8.4 million price eclipses the previous residential auction record of $7.75 million, which was achieved at 39 Griffith Street in New Farm earlier this year, and equalled that set when a St Lucia house went under the hammer a decade ago.The New Farm property was bought by Ben Seymour, the grandson of Queensland rich-lister and developer Kevin Seymour.Bulimba has a median house price of $1.3 million. Place Estate Agents managing director Sarah Hackett at the home at 95-99 McConnell St, Bulimba, that she marketed. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Top five reported home sales in Bulimba in 2019 Address Sale price1. 95-99 McConnell Street $8.4m2. 15 Addison Avenue $3.36m3. 51 Waterline Crescent $3.15m4. 42 Duke Street $2.91m5. 33 Addison Avenue $2.85m(Source: NOOSA HEADS An apartment in this apartment at 55 Hastings St, Noosa Heads, sold for close to $10m.The highest price ever paid for an apartment in Noosa — $8.25 million — was achieved in July by the sale of 2/23 Hastings Street, only to be eclipsed by the sale of another beachfront unit in November.The property at 6/55 Hastings Street, which was sold by Tom Offermann Real Estate, was listed with a price guide of $11 million and is understood to have sold for more than $9 million in a cash unconditional deal.Records tumbled in the seaside town this year following a resurgence in beachfront property sales, according to Tom Offermann of Tom Offermann Real Estate.“It’s been a successful November for us with over $50 million in property transacted and the market looks to be getting hotter, just like the weather, over the summer holiday break,” Mr Offermann said. “The prestige end of the market is particularly active. “We negotiated five unconditional sales from $5 million to $10 million in Noosa Heads, which we can’t disclose details about until they are settled. “Confidence in Noosa is high.”But Mr Offermann said there was still good value to be found in the seaside enclave, as proven by the recent sale of a one-bedroom unit in Peppers Resort for a modest $380,000. The view from the apartment at 6/55 Hastings St, Noosa Heads.Top five reported home sales in Noosa Heads in 2019 Address Sale price1. 6/55 Hastings Street $9m-plus2. 2/23 Hastings Street $8.25m3. 54 Noosa Parade $7.1m2. 5/36 Hastings Street $6.1m3. 27 Mossman Court $5.75m4. 49 Witta Circle $5.67m5. 56/71 Hastings Street $5.5m(Source: KALINGA This house at 119 Nelson St, Kalinga, achieved a new sale price record for the suburb.It’s one of the city’s smallest and most unassuming suburbs, which is why many people have never even heard of it.But Kalinga put its name on the map this year when it set a new sale price record for the suburb in 2019, with the sale of a massive, inner-city estate.The home of mining executive Brad Gordon sold under the hammer at auction this month for $5.15 million — blitzing the suburb record set by the same house two years ago by more than $1 million.With views over Kedron Brook, ‘Winbrook’ at 119 Nelson St, Kalinga,.was an abandoned estate when Mr Gordon bought it in 2017.His renovation turned it into a five-bedroom stunner on 3383sq m, with Ray White New Farm lead agent Christine Rudoph welcoming 50 groups through the home during its campaign.Tucked in between the stately suburbs of Clayfield and Wooloowin, Kalinga only reclaimed its identity as a suburb in 2015, after the state government altered Wooloowin’s boundary on Brisbane’s north side.Kalinga has a median house price of $1.225 million and is now the 10th most expensive suburb in Brisbane, according to CoreLogic. The sale of the house owned by mining industry veteran Brad Gordon at 119 Nelson St, Kalinga, set a new sale price record for the suburb.Top five reported home sales in Kalinga in 2019 Address Sale price1. 119 Nelson Street $5.15m2. 151 Nelson Street $2.47m3. 114 Kent Road $1.83m4. 20 Woombye Street $1.725m5. 25 Emma Street $1.565m(Source: CHANDLER The sale of this house at 303 Archer St, Chandler, set a new suburb record in 2019.It’s not just Brisbane’s inner-city suburbs that are driving property price growth.center_img This palatial home in Chandler sold for more than $4m.Top five reported home sales in Chandler in 2019 Address Sale price1. 303 Archer Street $4m plus2. 598 Boston Road $1.6m3. 783 London Road $1.6m4. 220 Charleton Street $1.55m5. 515 London Road $1.53m(Source: NORTH LAKES This house at 38 Hare St, North Lakes, was one of the biggest sales in the suburb in 2019.This burgeoning suburb on the city’s northern outskirts had the highest number of houses change hands in 2019, according to many as 338 houses have been sold in North Lakes so far this year.REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the fact North Lakes was a new suburb with many new houses being built would have boosted sales.“Nevertheless, it is a popular area for buyers,” Ms Conisbee said. “There are a lot of reasons for this. It has a golf course and a big Westfield shopping centre. “Lake Eden and the surrounding parklands provides outdoor green space for residents.”The suburb, which is 28km from Brisbane’s CBD, has an affordable median house price of $480,500, according to CoreLogic. This house at 38 Hare St, North Lakes, was one of the biggest sales in the suburb ni 2019.Top five reported home sales in North Lakes in 2019 Address Sale price1. 16 Kennedy Court $1.55m2. 38 Hare Street $1.1m3. 64 Cowen Terrace $1m4. 4 Mickelson Street $875,0005. 2 Gleeson Street $835,000(Source: HOPE ISLAND Hope Island made the million-dollar club for the first time in 2019.This suburb had been lingering on the outskirts of the Gold Coast’s elite million-dollar club for months before finally making the cut in September this year.It joins Mermaid Beach, Surfers Paradise, Tallebudgera Valley, Broadbeach Waters, Clear Island Waters and Bundall, making it the only northern suburb in the group.Hope Island, which includes the exclusive enclave of Sanctuary Cove, only earned entry after its median house price jumped 12.4 per cent in the 12 months prior to reach $1 million.But Ray White prestige agent Matt Gates, who specialises in Sanctuary Cove properties, said it was likely to continue climbing as house hunters were attracted to the area’s lifestyle.“We’re getting lots of interstate buyers seeing value in the lifestyle that the (Sanctuary Cove) resort offers,” he said.“There’s been steady price growth and plenty of record sales.”The sale of the Roman-inspired mansion owned by the former chair of Dreamworld operator Ardent Leisure, philanthropist Neil Balnaves, was the biggest deal of the year in Hope Island.The 2834 sqm estate at Killymoon Drive fetched $4 million in October when it sold to a Chinese buyer. This Hope Island residence at 1063-1064 Killymoon Drive sold for $4 million. Inside the Roman-inspired home at 1063-1064 Killymoon Drive, Hope Island.Top five reported home sales in Hope Island in 2019 Address Sale price1. 1063-1064 Killymoon Drive $4m2. 8441 Magnolia Drive East $2.845m3. 3123 Riverleigh Drive $2.49m4. 7625 Fairway Boulevard $2.37m5. 2306 Belmont Court East $2.2m (Source: NEW FARM This apartment at 10/170 Bowen Tce, New Farm,The most searched suburb for buying a home in 2019 was New Farm, according to biggest sale in the suburb this year was the property at 39 Griffith Street, which sold under the hammer for $7.75 million in March.Another home that fetched a high price in New Farm in 2019 was an incredible apartment at 10/170 Bowen Terrace, which sold for $6 million in September.Ms Conisbee said New Farm home prices had declined over the past 12 months, but that was likely to turn around. “Typically, suburbs that see high views per listing go on to see better than average price growth,” she said. “New Farm has a lot of appeal.“It’s on the Brisbane River, close to the James Street retail precinct and Fortitude Valley, and there is a lot of diverse housing and great cafes and restaurants.”New Farm is one of Brisbane’s most expensive suburbs with a median house price of $1.5 million, according to CoreLogic. The view from the bathroom in the apartment at 10/170 Bowen Tce, New Farm.Top five reported home sales in New Farm in 2019 Address Sale price 1. 39 Griffith Street $7.75mMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago2. 10/170 Bowen Terrace $6m3. 10/81 Moray Street $5.52m4. 5/9 Griffith Street $4.766m5. 4/9 Griffith Street $4.6m(Source: ASCOT This home at 10 Morgan St, Ascot, became Brisbane’s most expensive rental property in 2019.The affluent, inner-city suburb made headlines early in the year when The Courier-Mail revealed a young Brisbane entrepreneur was forking out 13 times the average weekly rent to live in one of the city’s most lusted-after mega mansions.For the princely sum of $5500 a week, the house described as “the trophy home of the decade” is the most expensive rental ever achieved in the river city, according to the Residential Tenancies Authority.The ultra-private, luxury residence at 10 Morgan Street, Ascot, is built into the side of Bartley’s Hill and spans four levels, with more than 1470 sqm of living space.The home has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, space for 10 cars and killer views.For $5500 a week, you also get a commercial grade marble kitchen, an infinity lap pool, oversized bar and entertaining area, a climate-controlled wine cellar, a private gym, shower and steam room, and an internal lift.Eadan Hockings of LivingHere, who leased the property, said his research also showed it was the highest rental price achieved for a residential home in Brisbane.“We’ve seen an influx of tenants with $4000 plus per week to spend as a result of this landmark rental,” Mr Hockings said.“We’re dealing with a lot of people who, if they can’t find a place to buy, are often happy to put down up to $250,000 a year in rent.” The city views from the house at 10 Morgan St, Ascot.Brisbane couple Francisco and Rebecca Smout have lived in Ascot for the past five years and have seen the suburb change and grow in appeal.“When we moved in, we noticed it was quite an older suburb, but in the last five years, a lot more young couples have moved to the area,” Mr Smout said.“We just feel it is gentrifying. There are some really good spots opening up and … the new Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade is fantastic.”The couple is renovating a house and in the process of building a new one next to it on a block they subdivided in Abbott Street.“We can see ourselves here for a long time to come,” Mr Smout said. Francisco and Rebecca Smout with daughter Annabelle, 1, at their development site in Abbott St, Ascot. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Top five reported home sales in Ascot in 2019 Address Sale price1. 38 Charlton Street $4.2m2. 50 Massey Street $3.3m3. 4 Sutherland Avenue $3.2m4. 19 Upper Lancaster Road $3.075m5. 133 Yabba Street $3.05m (Source: and CoreLogic)9. PARADISE POINT The bathroom in the home at 37-39 Brittanic Cres, Sovereign Islands, is beyond decadent.A Sovereign Islands mansion sold for a whopping $11 million in September, making it the highest residential sale on the Gold Coast this year.The sprawling residence at 37-39 Brittanic Crescent, in the affluent gated community within Paradise Point, knocked a Main Beach penthouse, which sold for $8.25 million in February, out of the top spot.The deal was inked before the property even had a chance to hit the market.Amir Prestige Property Agents’ Ivy Wu, who handled the sale with Isaac Kim, knew the buyers and that they would be interested in the property so she approached them before it was listed.The residence is the epitome of opulence with soaring ceilings, feature lighting and luxury detailed finishes throughout.It has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms while a ‘Gold Lounge’ cinema room, wet bar and outdoor entertainment pavilion with pool are among its highlights.Ms Wu said she had never seen the Gold Coast’s high end luxury market so active in 2019, with many local, interstate and overseas house hunters looking to upgrade their current luxury residences. This house at 37-39 Brittanic Cres, Sovereign Islands, sold for $11m.Top five reported home sales in Paradise Point in 2019 Address Sale price 1. 37-39 Brittanic Crescent $11m2. Beach House 24 Ephraim Island $3.8m3. 40-42 Peninsula $3.33m4. 26702 Ephraim Island $2.25m5. 23 Dobell Avenue $2.25m6. 26701/2 Ephraim Island Parade $2.165m(Source: WINDSOR This house at 30 Constitution St, Windsor, was the biggest reported sale in the suburb this year.The inner-north Brisbane suburb of Windsor experienced the highest median price growth in the past 12 months.The suburb’s median house price has climbed 19.14 per cent so far in 2019 to sit at $905,500, according to biggest reported sale of the year was a five-bedroom, three-bathroom house on Constitution Road for $2.95 million, according to Conisbee said Windsor was “an incredibly popular suburb on” and one that would often have the highest views per listing on the site. “This is now flowing through to price growth,” she said. “The suburb has a high level of appeal. “It is close to the city and a large number of Queenslanders. This housing type is particularly popular.”The median house price in Windsor is $902,750, according to CoreLogic. This Windsor home sold for $2.95 million in 2019.Top five reported home sales in Windsor in 2019 Address Sale price1. 30 Constitution Road $2.95m 2. 12 Rupert Street $2.385m3. 61 Constitution Road 2.375m4. 38 Palmer Street 2.23m5. 39 Bush Street $1.9m(Source: Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:09Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:09 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Iloilo City gov’t puts unruly drivers, pedestrians on notice

first_imgAfter the Diversion Road, next to bemade a “traffic discipline zone” is McArthur Drive from Barangay Tabuc Suba,Jaro district to Barangay Balantang. But in October 2017 Mabilog wasdismissed from the service by the Office of the Ombudsman for unexplainedwealth. Then vice mayor Espinosa who assumed Mabilog’s post put the project onhold. ILOILO City – There is no dearth ofnational laws and local ordinances regulating traffic. The pandemonium on thecity’s streets, the congestion and accidents here are mostly caused byundisciplined drivers and pedestrians not following traffic rules and regulations,according to the city government. Conlu said these included the speedlimit ordinance, the ordinance against modified mufflers, points where to loadand unload passengers, the law on the use of helmets and other body protectivegears by motorcycle riders and the maximum number of back riders allowed, thelaw on the use of seatbelts, the law on the non-use of cellphones while drivingand clearing of windshields from gadgets that directly distract the driver’sline of sight, among others. As proposed by Mabilog, the firstphase of the ITS would be on the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue because thishighway is prone to vehicular accidents due to overspeeding drivers. City hall is thus implementing this montha new scheme aimed at disciplining drivers and pedestrians, although narrow inscope for the time being. Mabilog thought of having an ITS forthe city to address traffic congestion, stop illegal parking and curb recklessdriving that mostly result to vehicular accidents. What are the traffic rules andregulations to be fully imposed? He said an ITS would discouragedrivers from disregarding traffic rules and regulations, and it would also helplaw enforcers to easily identify and catch violators. Phase II would be on the coastal road,Phase III on the McArthur Highway Drive going to the municipality of Leganes,Iloilo and Phase IV on the Circumferential Road going to Oton, Iloilo./PN In January 2017 Mabilog formed atechnical working group and the city government allotted P25 million for thesystem. “Angwala gatabok sa pedestrianlane…tudloan man naton kondiin dapat insakto magsakay,” he said. Like the Diversion Road, McArthurDrive is also “problemado pirmi satraffic because of lack of discipline,” he explained. An ITS involves the use ofclosed-circuit television cameras capable of determining the speed of vehicles(if they are overspeeding) and of recording them. It would also entail theestablishment of a command/monitoring center.center_img The mayor previously said he would pushthrough with the intelligent traffic system (ITS) that former mayor Jed PatrickMabilog proposed in 2017. Treñas also said gianttelecommunications company Philippine Long Distance Telephone offered toestablish a traffic command center with closed circuit television cameras onthe Diversion Road for the monitoring of vehicles. Going ahead with the ITS without acomprehensive study on the city’s traffic situation would not be an intelligentmove, explained Espinosa. “I want this scheme initially tried onthe Diversion Road para mapakita ngapwede maobra ini,” said Treñas. “Gustoni Mayor (Jerry) Treñas ma-start na kita this January,” said Conlu. The Philippine National Police (PNP),Highway Patrol Group (HPG) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) will be helpingthe PSTMO enforce this new scheme. Conlu said law enforcers wound bearmed with, among others, breath analyzers to catch those driving while underthe influence of alcohol and speed guns to catch drivers who are exceeding thespeed limit. All traffic rules and regulations(national and local) will be strictly enforced on the avenue round the clock. DISCIPLINE ZONE. The 14-kilometer Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue (Diversion Road) in Mandurriao district is the pilot area for the Iloilo City government’s Traffic Discipline Zone, a scheme that aims to restore order on the city’s streets by enforcing national and local traffic rules and regulations without fear or favor. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN It was unclear, though, if Espinosaordered a comprehensive study right after suspending his predecessor’s project. In the first few days or weeks,however, the PSTMO and its partners would focus more on informationdissemination on the Traffic Discipline Zone scheme. There will be noapprehensions but traffic laws and regulations would be strictly enforced,stressed Conlu. The 14-kilometer Sen. Benigno AquinoJr. Avenue (Diversion Road) in Mandurriao district will be made a “TrafficDiscipline Zone”, according to the city government’s Public Safety andTransportation Management Office (PSTMO) head Jeck Conlu.last_img read more

Rev. Kenneth Earl “Kenny” Miller

first_imgRev. Kenneth Earl “Kenny” Miller, age 72, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on January 31, 1945, in Milan, Indiana, the son of the late, Arnold Wilbur and Gladys Mary (Lindsay) Miller. He was a 1963 graduate of the Vevay High School. Kenny was united in marriage on July 26, 1963, at the residence of Roy and Agnes Wolf, to Carolyn J. Reed and to this union arrived two sons, Scott and Steve to bless their home. Kenny and Carolyn shared nearly 54 years of marriage together until his death. He farmed the family farm in Pleasant, Indiana, where he raised his sons, drove a school bus for years, and eventually helped form the church now called, Vevay Assembly in Vevay, Indiana. Kenny pastored for the Vevay Assembly Church for 35 years before retiring in 2011. Kenny resided in the Switzerland County community his entire life. He enjoyed going to AJ’S Diner in Vevay, Indiana and spending time with his family and friends. Kenny went to be with his Lord and Savior with his loving family by his side at 6:45 pm, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at his residence in Vevay, Indiana.Kenny will be deeply missed by his loving wife of nearly 54 years: Carolyn J. (Reed) Miller of Vevay, IN; his sons: Scott Miller and his wife: Jennifer of Pleasant, IN and Steve Miller and his wife: Melody of Kasilof, AK; his grandchildren: Nicholle (David) Davanzati of Prospect, KY, Jacob (Deborah) Miller of Clarksville, IN, Caitlin (Vaughn Ashby) Miller of Louisville, KY, Brittany Miller of Louisville, KY, Kelsey Miller of Pleasant, IN, Judd, Ian, Gus and Luke Miller of Kasilof, AK; his great-grandchildren: Noah and Kyle Sedam, Aubrey Miller, Kyndell Furnish, Vaughn Ashby, Kingston and Malakiah Miller, Alex Davanzati and Caroline Miller; his sister: Carolyn Griffin of Pleasant, IN; his sisters-in-law: Tootie Leap and her husband: John of Vevay, IN and Pam Reed of Bennington Pike, IN; his brother-in-law: Davy Reed of Lake Geneva, IN and his nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents: Arnold Wilbur and Gladys Mary (Lindsay) Miller; his sister: Marilyn Morgan; his brothers-in-law: Pastor Robert Morgan and Dean Griffin and his father-in-law and mother-in-law: David and Becky Reed.A Celebration of Kenny’s Life will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at 2:00 pm, by Bro. G.B. Turner, at the Vevay Assembly, 721 Main Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Friends may visit from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Sunday, March 12, 2017, at the Vevay Assembly, 721 Main Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions may be made to the Vevay Assembly Building Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Adebayor defends Spurs absence

first_img Adebayor claims the TFF left him and his team-mates stranded in a hotel in South Africa for four days while they tried to fly to Togo to meet the country’s president, who wanted to see them after their historic progression to the quarter-finals. Adebayor says they arrived in Togo on Friday morning, which meant he could only return to London later that day when Spurs chartered a private jet to get him back to England. “I read about (criticism), but, I was just trying to help my team-mates in the national team,” Adebayor said following Thursday night’s 1-1 draw in Lyon. “We went out on the Sunday, then we tried to find a plane to go to Togo to see the family and the president. “It took us four days to get a plane. On Thursday I had to call the president (Faure Gnassingbe) to tell him we had to leave South Africa. He told us to get to the airport at 4pm. We did, and we ended up staying at the airport for more than 10, 12 hours. “That’s not my fault, I couldn’t do anything. I can’t just put something on my body and fly from South Africa to London. I couldn’t just abandon my team. We went to the quarter-finals of African Nations Cup, which was historical for my country. “I could not just jump on a plane and come back to Tottenham, because the president of the country wanted to see us and congratulate us. I am the captain so I have to be there. So that’s what I did. Then I got the flight the club sent to me.” Adebayor has often lashed out at the TFF over what he sees as an unprofessional approach to organising a national football team. He was so worried that the federation would not organise sufficient security around the team in South Africa that he feared there could be a repeat of the deadly gun attack on the team in Angola three years ago. Things have not gone smoothly for Adebayor at club level this year either as he has scored just three times this season, leading to questions over his commitment. However, Adebayor said: “I’ve seen people dying in front of me. I’ve seen people with guns so I take 30,000 people abusing me as a joke. I get a tough time but I have to keep going because I could have been worse.” Emmanuel Adebayor insists poor organisation by the Togo Football Federation, and not his own laziness, was the reason behind his late return to Tottenham following the African Nations Cup. Togo were eliminated on February 3, but despite the fact that he was Tottenham’s only fit striker, Adebayor did not land back in England until five days later – less than 24 hours before the club’s crucial Barclays Premier League game against Newcastle. Adebayor on Thursday night lifted the lid on the events of a bizarre week which saw him stranded in Africa thanks to what he claims was a lack of organisation on the part of the federation – something that has riled the former Arsenal striker in the past. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Schurrle hails new Blues duo

first_img Fabregas earned the praise of manager Jose Mourinho and after the Spaniard was linked with Manchester United and a return to Arsenal, the Blues are pleased to have him. Schurrle said: “I think a player like Cesc – every team wants him. “So we are happy that he decided for Chelsea. We are happy that he is a Blue now. I am 100 per cent sure he will help us this season.” Schurrle himself is playing catch-up after his involvement in Germany’s World Cup win meant a late start for pre-season training. The 23-year-old said: “I’ve only been training for two weeks after my holidays – it was from zero to 100, directly into team training and everything. “So there’s a lot of work for me, but I’m feeling good. I’m enjoying my game, I’m enjoying being on the pitch. “I think the whole team played well. We had a lot of control, passes, good combinations. It was a lot of fun on the pitch.” Schurrle is now in his second season at Stamford Bridge following an £18million move from Bayer Leverkusen. He has been linked with a move as Mourinho reshapes his squad but Schurrle has no intention of leaving and plans to use his World Cup experience to make a big impression. He said: “I enjoyed the World Cup a lot, so I got out of that with a lot of confidence. “I am hungry, I want to achieve something with Chelsea. I want to win titles with Chelsea. “It was a good start for me but when I am 100 per cent fit, there will be more.” All the goals at Turf Moor came in a 20-minute spell after Scott Arfield had rewarded the Clarets’ early enthusiasm by rifling in a 14th-minute opener. Costa pounced to level three minutes later after an Ivanovic cross was deflected onto the post and Fabregas then set up Schurrle before crossing for Ivanovic from a corner. One of the main talking points was Mourinho’s selection of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who has returned from a successful loan at Atletico Madrid, in place of long-time number one Petr Cech. Schurrle hopes it does not spell the end for Cech at the club. He said: “I hope he stays of course. He is a great character and is very important for the team. “He is a fantastic keeper, one of the best. It’s his decision what he wants to do, but everyone wants him to stay and with him we have a better squad. “We will need everyone because hopefully we will have 50-60 matches in all competitions.” Asked if the pair could make the difference, Schurrle said: “Yes, I hope so. It was very good. “I think for Diego it was a perfect start. For a striker to come in and score his first goal is always important. “He played fantastic in the friendly, and he scored. And now his first goal in competition. “Cesc was fantastic for me as well – he always had control of the game. He was always running; two assists. “So it was a fantastic night for them both – but it was only the first match and we have to keep going.” One of the Fabregas assists, to put Chelsea 2-1 ahead, was for Schurrle – and came out of the top drawer. After a mazy run by Eden Hazard and a link with Branislav Ivanovic, Fabregas volleyed a well-weighted first-time pass into the box for Schurrle to run on to. The German timed his run perfectly and tucked the ball home with the final touch of a move that contained 25 passes. Press Association The new Blues duo, signed for a combined £60million this summer, made an immediate impact as the title favourites opened their Barclays Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win at promoted Burnley. Former Atletico Madrid striker Costa lashed in a quickfire equaliser after Burnley had taken a shock lead while ex-Arsenal playmaker Fabregas was influential throughout and had a hand in two goals. World Cup winner Andre Schurrle believes Chelsea may have found the extra ingredients needed to win titles in Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.last_img read more

Jonathan Walters to remain at Stoke

first_img The forward had even been granted leave from international duty by Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill in an attempt to resolve his future, but after reportedly handing in a transfer request amid interest from Norwich he will remain at the Britannia Stadium for the foreseeable future. “Helicopter away for the year. Sorry LVG it’s not happening,” Walters tweeted, to which his team-mate Charlie Adam added: “Great news @JonWalters19 staying”. Hughes had previously said of Walters’ future: “Jonathan wants a little bit more in terms of the lengths of a new contract, but we are hopeful we can come to an agreement. “But if we don’t, then we will probably keep him and let his contract run down.” Stoke’s summer recruitment of Xherdan Shaqiri and Ibrahim Afellay, and the return to fitness of Bojan, has reduced his importance to manager Mark Hughes in attack. And, with his contract due to expire next summer, Walters had hoped to move elsewhere in the Premier League. Jonathan Walters is to remain at Stoke after Tuesday’s transfer window closed without him succeeding in securing his desired move away from the club.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Trojans’ defense passes crucial dual-threat test

first_imgFollow Will on Twitter @WillLaws “Laying Down the Laws” runs Mondays. To comment on this story, email Will at or visit In the modern game of college football, there are basically three types of offenses that are widely used.There’s the classic pro-style offense that uses a strong running game to wear out defenses and set up play-action passes. There’s the spread offense that utilizes a strong-armed pro-style quarterback and dynamic receivers. And there’s the hybrid spread scheme that employs a dual-threat signal-caller who could either distribute the ball to speedy skill players or take it upon himself to elude defenders in the open field.With their victory over Utah State, the Trojans have now demonstrated that they can stop all three.USC showed the ability to stifle pass-heavy playbooks by overpowering Hawai’i and Washington State, who combined for 79 pass attempts against the Trojans.In dominating Boston College and its running back Andre Williams, who rushed for just 39 yards against USC after entering as the nation’s third-leading rusher, the Trojans’ gargantuan front seven indicated they wouldn’t be beat by a pro-style run-heavy system.And on Saturday, USC overcame a prestigious mobile quarterback for what seemed like the first time in years by bottling up Utah State’s Chuckie Keeton, who’s totaled some impressive statistics in two-plus years as a starter for the Aggies.Keeton was 21-of-39 for 179 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday, giving him a raw quarterback rating of 19.5 after he had averaged a QBR of 92.3 in the Aggies’ first three games.Perhaps more importantly, Keeton was held to -15 yards on 12 carries. The longest rush Keeton had all day against the Trojans was his last, a six-yard pickup on Utah State’s failed fourth-and-nine attempt that spelled the end for the Aggies.USC head coach Lane Kiffin credited defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast’s strategy to contain Keeton, which entailed aligning defensive ends and linebackers wide before having them angle in and rush tight to keep Keeton in a makeshift bottleneck in the pocket.“Clancy had a great plan going in of condensing the rush lanes against him,” Kiffin said. “Anytime you have a great player at QB like they do, it’s going to be hard to take him out of the game … So many times Utah State had an opportunity to score but our defense just kept going out there.”After just four games, it’s clear that Pendergast and his aggressive 5-2 scheme are a much better fit at USC, and could be just what the Trojans need to halt the ascension of those pesky avians in Eugene and those silly shrubberies from Palo Alto.Under Monte Kiffin, the Trojans struggled mightily against quick quarterbacks who could run the read option or at least catch the attention of USC’s defense when they left the pocket.Last year, USC’s season was derailed by a 39-36 loss to Arizona, as quarterback Matt Scott had 100 yards and a rushing touchdown on the ground in addition to 369 yards and three touchdowns through the air.UCLA’s Brett Hundley didn’t exactly rip USC’s defense with his legs last November, as he gained just 10 rushing yards, but he did have two rushing touchdowns that proved pivotal in the Bruins’ 38-28 victory at the Rose Bowl.And of course, there’s Oregon’s vaunted mile-a-minute offense that has recently torn USC to shreds and revolutionized college football.Last year, the Ducks broke just about every offensive record held by USC’s opponents through the Trojans’ illustrious 125 years as a varsity football program. In what would be his final game against USC as Oregon’s head coach, Chip Kelly oversaw perhaps the most impressive performance of any team under his tutelage as the Ducks romped for 62 points and 730 yards. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was nearly flawless, completing 20-of-23 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for 96 yards on 15 carries.And even though that dismantling was truly a one-of-a-kind display, it wasn’t exactly an aberration. USC hasn’t held Oregon under 35 points since 2008.Some might say that learning how to stop Stanford’s power-running attack is more vital to USC’s success. After all, the Trojans haven’t beaten the Cardinal since 2008, and a matchup against Stanford looms large on the schedule this season while USC gets to avoid Oregon.But there are far more teams in college football incorporating the read-option into their offense, and it’s imperative that USC learns to contain those dual-threat gunslingers. Arizona, Utah and UCLA all feature quarterbacks who feel just as comfortable tucking the ball and running as they do setting their feet in the pocket.When USC upset the Ducks 38-35 in Eugene in 2011, Oregon running backs Kenjon Barner and LaMichael James still managed to combine for more than 200 yards on 35 rushing attempts. But the Trojans bottled up quarterback Darron Thomas, who gained just five yards on nine carries, and no Oregon running play went for more than 17 yards.As the Trojans enter the bulk of their Pac-12 slate, the defense will be tested each week by a variety of schemes in a conference that’s made its case for the deepest league in the country by going 29-4 against nonconference opponents this season.“I think now in our conference, the offenses are better than they used to be,” Kiffin said after the victory over the Aggies. “I think we’re going to be tested in different ways from some high-powered offenses and today we passed that test.”The team is preparing to face its toughest opponent — yet again — in Arizona State this Saturday. But I’m confident that at least the defense will show up to play in Tempe. The offense, you ask? Well, we’ll see.last_img read more