January 14

BLUES HEAD TO HAMILTON FOR OUA CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgStory Links The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s and women’s cross country teams are off to Hamilton, Ont., for the 2019 OUA championships on Saturday, October 26 at Bayfront Park.The women’s 8km race is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., with the men’s 10km race to follow at 12 p.m.Toronto’s women will be looking to return to the podium after a fifth-place finish last season. Prior to that, the Blues earned the overall silver medal in 2017 and bronze medal in 2016.U of T will rely on a solid group of fourth and fifth-year veterans to lead the charge. Fourth-year standout Lucia Stafford will make her 2019 cross country debut on Saturday. The engineering major from Toronto is a two-time OUA all-star and U SPORTS all-Canadian in cross country and is coming off a breakout summer on the track, which saw her represent Canada at the 2019 FISU Summer Universiade in Naples, Italy.Fellow fourth-year standout Jazz Shukla returns to the cross country scene after placing 14th and earning OUA all-star honours in 2016 and finishing 16th overall in 2017. Tanis Bolton and Katherine Lampard are set to compete in their final OUA championships. Bolton led the Blues with an 11th place finish to earn an OUA all-star nod last season, while Lampard joined the Blues after her undergrad with the Western Mustangs, where she earned OUA all-star and U SPORTS all-Canadian laurels in 2017.The Blues men are coming off their best finish at the OUA championships since 2011, after placing fourth overall last season.Fifth-year veteran Craig Klomp is expected to lead Toronto’s men. The architecture major from St. Mary’s, Ont., placed 14th overall at last year’s championships to garner an OUA all-star nod.He will rely on fellow veterans Ben Devito, Sam Kinahan and Cam Cira to lead the team. Kinahan led the Blues with a 12th place finish at the Bill Slater Western International Invitational earlier this season, while also leading the Blues at the Paul Short Invite in Bethlehem, PA. Devito was the first Blue to cross the finish line, placing 15th at the Marauder Bayfront Open last week in Hamilton.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

January 13

Pedal cyclist dies in Silver Hill accident

first_imgPedal cyclist Raymond Isaacs died on Monday at approximately 16:50h following a collision with a hire car along the Silver Hill Public Road, Linden-Soesdyke Highway.Guyana Times understands that hire car H 7383, driven by 31-year-old Steven Pearson of West Watooka, Wismar, Linden, was reportedly proceeding north along the western carriageway of the Silver Hill Public Road at a fast rate when it collided with the 21-year-old Silver Hill resident, who allegedly turned on to its path while proceeding in the same direction. Isaacs was reportedly flung on to the western parapet and sustained severe injuries. Rushed to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC), he was pronounced dead on arrival.The driver of the hire car is presently in custody of the police at Linden, assisting with the investigations.last_img read more

January 6

Taarabt still fighting for his QPR future

first_img1 QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt is still fighting for his future at the club after playing for an experimental side against Wolves on Friday.The Moroccan – who has hardly featured this season with an ankle injury alongside general fitness and conditioning problems – played his part in a 2-0 win.The player was loaned out to Fulham and AC Milan last season and his agent claimed last week that he was given permission to find a new club in Janaury.Rs midfielder Matt Phillips scored both the goals in the friendly victory that included a number of players on the periphery at Loftus Road.Bobby Zamora, Clint Hill and Richard Dunne and Shaun Wright-Phillips all featured in the match. Adel Taarabt in action for QPR last_img

January 3

Metrolink’s challenge to Glendale train crash negligence claims to be heard

first_imgAn appellate panel has agreed to hear Metrolink’s challenge of a judge’s decision to allow plaintiffs to pursue negligence claims stemming from a train wreck that killed 11 people, the agency announced today. The Jan. 26, 2005, crash at the Glendale-Los Angeles city line also injured more than 180 others. In June, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Emilie H. Elias rejected an argument by Metrolink’s attorneys that the transit agency was immune from negligence claims in the case. But she encouraged the 2nd District Court of Appeal to review her ruling before the first trial involving three consolidated lawsuits begins next July 14. The Metrolink lawyers maintained the agency’s immunity stems from relevant federal laws that override state statutes and because of regulations set forth by the Federal Railroad Administration. The plaintiffs allege the agency was negligent for having locomotives push passenger trains from the rear, where they cannot act as a buffer during a crash in the way a locomotive can. Jerome L. Ringler, the lead lawyer for the plaintiffs, said he was not surprised by the appellate court’s decision to review Harris’ ruling. He said his clients have additional claims for negligence that go beyond the alleged liability stemming from the push-pull method. Ringer said Metrolink has at least three alternatives to the push-pull method, including putting locomotives at both ends of the train. He maintains the trains can be made safer at a lower cost than Metrolink’s plans to buy stronger passenger cars and continue to keep one up front while pushing. Juan Manuel Alvarez, 28, is accused of driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee onto the railroad tracks that day and getting out of the vehicle before a Metrolink train slammed into it. That train and another Metrolink train — going in the opposite direction – – derailed. Alvarez, who was arrested shortly after the crash and has been in jail without bail since then, faces 11 murder charges. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Alvarez, who is due back in court on Sept. 13 for a pretrial hearing. The former construction worker’s wife and cousin said after the crash that Alvarez was suicidal — a claim challenged by Glendale police. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The FRA left it up to local operators around the country whether they wished to use the “push-pull” method to drive trains where engines travel at less than 125 mph, Metrolink attorneys argued. In her 16-page ruling, Elias stated “negligence law appears to be a reasonable check on operators’ conduct or inaction.” In a friend-of-the-court brief filed by the American Passenger Transportation Association on behalf of Metrolink, lawyers for APTA argue that Harris misread the law and rendered a decision that “threatens (train) operations across the country.” Metrolink continues to use the push-pull method, in which trains are pulled by a locomotive one way and then pushed when they go in the opposite direction, making it appear the trains are traveling toward their destinations in reverse. An engineer sits in the front of the leading passenger car during the push method and controls the train by remote control. In the January 2005 Metrolink crash — the deadliest rail crash since 1999 — the cars were being pushed. last_img read more

December 25

Klopp delivers Rangers blow by ruling out loan move for Liverpool starlet

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Ryan Kent will not be returning to Rangers on loan this summer.The 22-year-old impressed during his temporary spell at Ibrox last term and Steven Gerrard had been hopeful of getting him back on loan. getty LATEST REVEALED three-way race Ryan Kent missed the Napoli defeat with a virus moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing 1 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets TOP WORK However, the Reds will only consider a permanent deal, signalling an end of Rangers’ pursuit.“His time is over for loans,” Klopp said after his side’s pre-season defeat by Napoli at Murrayfield.“At the age he is now, he needs to find a place where he can settle. We will see what happens but a loan is not planned.” targets Nonetheless, Klopp praises the impact of Rangers on Kent’s development, particularly the influence of Liverpool legend Gerrard.The winger was named PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year after scoring six goals in 43 appearances for the Gers.“He came back as a completely different player and it was a very important year for him,” he said.“It helped being with a good manager, at a good club, with good competition, and it was exactly the right thing for him at the right moment.” LIVING THE DREAM last_img read more

December 24

Andy Murray loses out in five-set thriller to Juan Martin del Potro

first_imgThey were on their feet once more moments later when Murray levelled the match at one set all but Argentina’s captain Daniel Orsanic was furious at premature noise from the British fans.Several breaks of serve followed in the third set before another controversial call. At a crucial point, Murray believed the point had been stopped only for the umpire to allow the game to continue and hand Argentina a 5-3 lead. Murray produced another stunning lob which sparked a memorable comeback to take the set on a tie break.Any thoughts of an easy ride from there on in were dispelled as the world number 64 produced a beautiful drop volley to take the fourth 6-3.Both players were battling fatigue but still managed to produce moments of genius with del Potro chasing down a smash to unleash a glorious forehand passing shot and break for a 4-3 lead.And it proved to be enough as del Potro served an ace to secure an epic victory. Andy Murray endured the longest match of his career as he lost a five-set thriller to Juan Martin del Potro in the Davis Cup.The world number two, who was missing his grandfather’s funeral to take part in the match, dug deep but was unable to overcome his opponent as Argentina took a 1-0 lead.Dunblane ace Murray played for over five hours before going down 6-4, 5-7, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4.The match started with Murray producing three outstanding lobs over the 6ft 6in Argentine but del Potro quickly found his rhythm. He made his move at 3-3 to take the initiative and duly claimed the opening set 6-4 with a fine service hold.Too many errors were coming from Murray’s backhand while del Potro’s thunderous ground strokes were being used to great effect.The world number two was having to work hard to remain in the match, digging deep to hold serve until the business end of the set. At 5-4 and 15-15 Murray chased down a lob before producing a stinging forehand on the turn to send the home crowd wild.last_img read more

December 21

Mountaineer catches eerie light phenomenon on Errigal

first_imgErrigal mountain was cloaked with its first snowfall of 2019 this week – and along with it came an amazing natural spectacle experienced by one lucky adventurer.Rock climber Iain Miller of Unique Ascent was on the summit of Donegal’s highest mountain on Friday when he saw a ‘Brocken Spectre’ shadow. This is a rare light phenomenon that occurs on mountains when a person’s shadow is cast in front of them onto clouds or mist.The strange and sometimes spooky figure is usually surrounded by a circular halo. Iain’s shadow was made even more stunning this week as it was set against the snow-capped Errigal.“This one was the biggest I have ever seen being approx 100 metres in diameter,” Iain told Donegal Daily. The Brocken Spectre light event was named after the Brocken mountain in Germany, where the weather effect was first recorded.https://twitter.com/UniqueAscent/status/1086274494430294017 A very specific combination of conditions is needed for the figure to appear.In Iain’s case, he said he had a thick cloud to the east of Errigal, which mean the sun was casting Errigal’s summit shadow onto the clouds to the north east. Iain and fellow climber Mickey Coll were met with ‘good snow’ and thick ice cover near the top of the mountain on this day.Iain was also one of the first people to experience the first snow of 2019 on Errigal. He took the below video on Thursday morning when the snow line was down to 400m: Thanks to Unique Ascent for sharing the above images and videos. Mountaineer catches eerie light phenomenon on Errigal was last modified: January 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:brocken spectreErrigalIain MillermountainUnique Ascentlast_img read more

December 19

South African provincial governments

first_imgEach of South Africa’s nine provinces has its own legislature, with 30 to 80 members elected according to proportional representation. The legislature in turn elects one of its members as premier, head of the provincial government.(Image: National Council of Provinces (NCOP))Brand South Africa reporterThe premier appoints an Executive Council (akin to the national Cabinet), consisting of members of the legislature, to administer the various departments of the provincial administration. These heads of department are known as members of the Executive Council, or MECs.The legislature makes provincial laws, and may adopt a Constitution for the province if two-thirds of its members agree. A provincial Constitution must be in line with the principles of the national Constitution.Provinces are allowed legislative and executive powers – alongside the powers of the national government – over a number of issues. These include gambling, education (excluding university education), the environment, healthcare, police services, vehicle licensing and welfare.The provinces can take responsibility for administration of these issues if they have the capacity.Provinces also have exclusive powers over a number of areas, including abattoirs, ambulance services, liquor licences, local museums, culture and recreation, and provincial roads and traffic.*Updated: 6 November 2015Source: South African Government Communication and Information SystemWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more