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Trainee solicitor banned after cocaine find while on duty

first_imgA trainee solicitor found on duty at a police station with cocaine on him has been told he can no longer work in the profession.William Bowes Mawdsley, a trainee with Buckinghamshire firm Hine Solicitors, was convicted at Wiltshire Magistrates Court in April 2018 of possessing a class A drug.Mawdsley, who had been with the firm for five months, was also convicted of driving a motor vehicle with excess alcohol, and being in possession of a class B drug, cannabis.According to an SRA notice, Mawdsley had driven to a police station as a police station representative, but was breath-tested while he was there and found to be over the limit. He was also found to have the cocaine in his possession.The SRA notice records that Mawdsley was dismissed by the firm in January 2018 and is not currently working for any authorised firm.He was found in breach of SRA principle six, namely to behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in him and in the provision of legal services.Due to his conviction, the SRA handed Mawdsley a section 43 order, effectively banning him from working for any regulated entity without the regulator’s permission.This is the second section 43 order issued against a trainee solicitor within a matter of weeks. On the other occasion, Reading-based Olivia Philp had represented a client at a police station interview, then for a further six weeks, but ‘provided inaccurate and inconsistent explanations to both the firm and the SRA, as to the nature and extent of her relationship with this client’.last_img read more

West Coast Route Modernisation still faces tough choices

first_imgRichard Hope outlines the huge effort required since January 2002 to rescue critical elements of a project whose estimated cost has multiplied six-fold since delivery of 225 km/h operation with tilting trains was promised back in 1998,INVESTMENT on Network Rail’s West Coast Main Line upgrade from London Euston to Glasgow Central, including branches to Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool, is expected to peak at £1·51bn during the year to March 31 2004. This will bring the total spend on renewing track, structures, signalling and catenary since West Coast Route Modernisation was launched in 1996 to £4·55bn. All WCRM costs quoted are at 2002-03 prices.This is exactly half the latest official estimate of £9·1bn for completing the job by 2008. Funding is committed at least to September 2004, when half-hourly services from London to Manchester and Birmingham at 200 km/h with tilting Pendolinos are promised. How much work the government is willing to fund after that remains an open question.The problem with WCRM is that right from the very beginning the cost, scope and dates for delivery of enhancements in speed and capacity have been almost continuously under review. This situation shows little sign of changing, despite publication on June 16 of a ‘definitive’ strategy which the Strategic Rail Authority’s West Coast Project Sponsor Stuart Baker claimed on June 27 had been approved not just by the Transport Secretary but also by the Treasury.On July 24, the Rail Regulator Tom Winsor published a review of WCRM as part of the process by which he will decide how much money NR should receive in a new five-year Control Period 3 starting on April 1 2004. Triggered by NR’s request for an Interim Review of its finances, the new CP3 will supersede the existing five-year CP2 which was originally planned to run until March 31 2006.Winsor favours a ‘radical restructuring option’ for WCRM that is ‘likely to result in some rephasing of the renewals carried out after September 2004’. He will announce his decision in December, but even then it is for the government to decide during 2004 what NR can actually spend in subsequent years.Since WCRM is now programmed for completion in 2008, three years later than originally planned, major elements of the SRA’s approved strategy may be contingent upon ‘securing efficiencies beyond September 2004′, according to Winsor. And if these cost reductions don’t materialise, he postulates a Minimum Cost option lopping nearly £2·5bn off the total project cost (K on graph, p562). Meanwhile, the reviews continue.How it all startedA defining point for WCRM as regards scope and delivery was the approval by the Rail Regulator in June 1998 of the Passenger Upgrade 2 contract between Virgin Trains as franchised operator of West Coast inter-city trains and Railtrack, NR’s predecessor. PUG2 promised 200 km/h operation of Virgin’s tilting Pendolino fleet by May 2002, with 225 km/h running on the core section between London and Crewe from May 2005. As it turned out, the Pendolinos were delivered late by Alstom and are still subject to restrictions on the number that can be operated until electromagnetic compatibility issues are resolved. About 40% of the fleet of 53 trains is now available for service, and they are carrying passengers from Euston to Manchester and Preston, and to Wolverhampton via Birmingham. However, there has been no increase in the maximum line speed of 177 km/h, nor is tilt permitted.WCRM with the PUG2 commitments was essentially the project analysed in detail in our November 2000 issue, although there had already been changes. In particular, plans to replace lineside signals with ERTMS Level 3 on the southern part of this exceptionally complex and busy network were dropped in December 1999, in favour of renewing conventional signalling. This decision had major cost implications, driving the total up to £6·34bn at today’s prices. ERTMS Level 2 was supposed to provide automatic train protection for 225 km/h operation, but even these objectives were subsequently deferred indefinitely. One element of WCRM successfully delivered in 2000 was the complete replacement of track on the approaches to Euston; the new layout has markedly reduced delays. Remodelling of Proof House Junction likewise went well, reducing delays at Birmingham New Street. But by 2001 it was obvious that the track renewal programme was seriously behind schedule. The programme for resignalling, following the decision to drop ERTMS Level 3, also remained unclear. A building was erected at Saltley in Birmingham to house a Network Management Centre directly controlling all train movements on the WCML, at least south of Crewe, but installation of equipment has now been deferred indefinitely.WCRM almost scrappedAfter Railtrack went into administration in October 2001, the Strategic Rail Authority assumed control of WCRM, and Bechtel was brought in to sort out the mess. A thorough review of the whole project was launched early in 2002. James Martin, now Network Rail’s Project Director, West Coast, revealed in June 2003 that the whole WCRM project was very nearly aborted.Among other things, Bechtel had calculated that the cost had increased six-fold from £2·26bn in 1998 to £13·5bn. To put this figure into perspective, it is three times the cost of the K?€?ln – Frankfurt Neubaustrecke opened last year, and at least 25 times more expensive than the 1420 km railway currently nearing completion between Alice Springs and Darwin (RG 4.02 p187).’We didn’t stop, and that was an active decision’, says Martin, ‘but it was certainly discussed very seriously in spring 2002 whether the right thing to do was to stop the job entirely. Nobody had ever changed the specification and amended procurement and all the other things we’ve done on this job while it was live. It is like changing the engine of a jet while it is going over the Atlantic. Well, we’ve got a long way to go yet, but we can see land in sight.’The current projectThe SRA published revised WCRM proposals for consultation on October 9 2002. On June 16 2003, the definitive strategy appeared with a ‘cost cap’ of £9·9bn. The enhancement element of this was put at £2·3bn. The remainder represents renewal of assets deemed to be life-expired, or insufficiently reliable to meet SRA’s performance target which is to have 90% of inter-city trains arriving within 10min of the advertised time by 2007-08, compared with 73·5% in 2002-03.As already noted, the real cost estimate was revealed 11 days later as £9·1bn by Stuart Baker. This reduction from Bechtel’s £13·5bn assessment was the result of a project review lasting from June 2002 to February 2003 which in Baker’s words produced ‘a plan of work that is agreed, costed, programmed and deliverable’.Specific reasons given for the lower costs included not resignalling the Coventry area (or any of the routes through the West Midlands), and the adoption of blockades where lines are closed completely for several days, weeks or even months. Martin cited the four-month blockade through Stoke-on-Trent, which began in May and is still in force, as allowing work to be done ‘30% to 40% more efficiently’.As indicated on the map, SRA’s latest strategy provides for most routes to be cleared for 185 to 200 km/h on the Fast pair of tracks. From 2008 there could be up to 12 inter-city departures in the peak hour from Euston, which is one more than the best that JR Central currently achieves on the Tokaido Shinkansen (RG 4.03 p201). This represents an 80% increase in inter-city paths.With commuters using Euston effectively confined to the Slow lines, albeit upgraded to 160 km/h, peak-hour suburban departures will be reduced from nine to eight. Compensating capacity will be provided by lengthening platforms from eight to 12 cars.WCML is also the UK’s major freight corridor, and the latest WCRM strategy is designed to deliver 60% to 70% more capacity. In the final stages of the project the intention is to quadruple most of the remaining sections between Stafford and Rugby which today have only two tracks. The biggest task here is constructing two extra tracks over 18 km between Armitage and Tamworth.Four junctions require major changes to reduce conflicting movements and raise speeds. Rugby station will be totally rebuilt to raise speeds from 120 to 200 km/h, while the objective at Stafford is to simplify the layout. A disused flyover is being brought back into use at Nuneaton to segregate north-south and east-west flows, and the track layout through Stockport to Manchester Piccadilly is being extensively altered.But renewals remain the major task, with 1256 out of a total of 2673track-km scheduled to be relayed along with 39% of 2900 switches and crossings. A severe constraint on this work is the ruling imposed since the project started that trains cannot continue to run on adjacent tracks while relaying takes place. This means that whenever work is undertaken on an ‘inside’ track of a four-track line, the line must be closed – a situation that would be inconceivable in any other country.One odd result of this restriction has been electrification this summer of a 13 km link between Crewe and Kidsgrove. This will allow diversion of southbound electric trains from Crewe to Euston via Stoke-on-Trent, facilitating closure of the direct route for renewal works.Electrification upgradeIn total, 940 km amounting to 57% of the WCML overhead line equipment requires alteration of one kind or another. On the Fast lines between Euston and Crewe the contact wire, auxiliary catenary and droppers are being replaced with a heavier section contact wire suspended from the original catenary wire, where this is still fit for service. This creates pre-sagged catenary suitable for 225 km/h.With trains set to increase in both speed and frequency, the power requirement is more than the original 1960s feeder stations can provide. Four new feeder stations have therefore been installed on the busiest section between Rugby and Euston. The original intention was to install 50 kV transformers at five locations feeding autotransformers along the route, but this idea was dropped in 2001. Two years later, it was realised that beefing up the power supply was beneficial in terms of narrowing the gap between freight and passenger speeds, and thus increasing line capacity, so 2 x 25 kV AT feeding has been resurrected. However, implementation is likely to await hard evidence that the demand for more freight power is actually going to emerge. CAPTION: Slab track is being laid to increase the loading gauge for higher speeds on the southern approach to Macclesfield tunnelCAPTION: Line speeds on much of the WCML will be raised from 177 to 200 km/h, but plans for 225 km/h have been put on holdCAPTION: An autoballaster train at work near Alsager between Crewe and Kidsgrove.Electrification masts are in place for wiring this 13 km link The rise and fall of WCRM costsCAPTION: The Core Investment Programme (A) in Railtrack’s 1996 prospectus renewed WCML assets in modern form without increasing speed or capacity, whereas PUG1 (B) and PUG2 (C) increased both speed and capacity. The 1999 review (D) downgraded ERTMS from Level 3 to 2, requiring replacement of conventional signalling, and a further review (E) followed in 2000. Bechtel’s review early in 2002 (F) priced PUG2 at £13·5bn, which was clearly unacceptable. With 225 km/h abandoned, SRA proposed a cut-down version in October 2002 (G), and in June 2003 SRA’s new WCRM strategy (H) made further reductions, abandoning ERTMS altogether. In July 2003, The Regulator’s consultants BAH suggested a Base Option (I), Radical Restructuring (J) or a Minimum Cost Option (K)Unit costs far too highWRCM’s problems must be viewed against the background of massive rises in the cost of maintaining, renewing and enhancing Britain’s railways since they were privatised in the mid-1990s.When Railtrack was privatised in 1996, unit costs were expected to decline as a consequence of contracting out all work, although the need to address a backlog of asset renewals was recognised. The company said then that by 2005-06 it believed annual maintenance costs would have fallen to £0·58bn at 2002-03 prices, but Network Rail’s latest business plan predicts that they will be more than twice as much at £1·25bn.The gap between expectations in 1996 and 2003 is far wider for renewals, with NR’s estimate for 2005-06 more than five times higher than Railtrack’s. This reflects an increase in anticipated work volumes as well as much higher unit costs. It all adds up to strident demands from the government and the Rail Regulator that unit costs must be brought down – quickly. WRCM is not insulated from these pressures. The Regulator engaged consultants Mouchel to report on unit costs generally across the network, and Booz Allen Hamilton was asked to look specifically at WCRM. Based on their work, the Regulator reported in July that WCRM costs ‘appear to be much higher than unit costs on the rest of the network’ and the difference is ‘so large as to raise major concerns in relation to efficiency within the WCRM project’.Unit track costs being used to prepare WCRM estimates were £379 per ‘composite yard’, although Mouchel found they were actually £435 when it examined sample sites. Yet NR’s business plan assumes unit track costs across the network are £233 per yard and it ‘expects to make 12% cost savings by 2006-07’. NR has apparently told the Regulator that ‘WCRM track costs are 43% higher than the national figure, and that signalling costs are twice the national figure’.BAH identified a number of reasons for these higher costs, but essentially they add up to bad project management practice. For example, the much-trumpeted ‘alliancing’ contracts in which NR and its contractors share under/over-runs on a target cost ‘not only contributed to increases in scope, but also to lack of control of costs’. Overheads of NR and its contractors ‘represent a very large proportion of costs’ because of ‘the low level of productivity being achieved’.BAH recommends a ‘pause’ after the flagship 200 km/h service to Manchester is delivered in September 2004 so that ‘management and efficiency changes can be implemented’, because it is not possible ‘to achieve the full extent of cost reductions if project delivery is constrained by the current schedule’.last_img read more

AU launches eco-friendly scheme to promote sustainable production

first_imgSimplice Nouala, head of division for agriculture and food security at the African Union Commission, told journalists in Nairobi that the EcoMark Africa label is a continent-wide harmonized standard for African products in tourism, agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors.“The Ecolabelling standards are set for goods and services which meet set of environmental, societal, economic and legal principles,” Nouala said.He said that the Ecomark Africa certification will contribute towards improving the environmental and social profile of African products and therefore expand market access for African products.The AU official said that the EcoMark certification system is a tool for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) initiative.Nouala added that the launching of the scheme fits within the goal of the AfCFTA which calls for deeper economic integration and the free movement of goods and services.He observed that the Eco Mark Africa certification could cement bilateral relations among African countries and alleviate some of the testing and conformity assessment issues encountered by African traders.Related EU, AU delegates debate sustainable solutions to curb migration The African Union on Friday launched an Eco-friendly certification scheme to promote sustainable production and consumption in the continent. Tobacco farmers in Zimbabwe call for reform to ensure sustainable production AU to reveal details on production and issuance of the African passportlast_img read more

What’s on your summer playlist?

first_img Share RelatedWriter’s Block: Remembering Last Year’s Snow DayBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press At this very moment, as I sit at my desk typing this week’s column, I’m listening to the dulcet sounds of Bing Crosby as he croons, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.” Feeling festive, and eager to partake in holiday cheer, I’ve been…December 7, 2018In “Editor’s Column”Writer’s Block: So Long, 2015!By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press Here we are at the twilight of another year. These past 12 months have flown by so fast and now a new year greets us with new opportunities, new possibilities, new resolutions. Looking over the resolutions I made at the beginning of this…December 31, 2015In “News”Writer’s Block: WOWE, IndeedBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press The 21st Annual Winter Outdoor Wildlife Festival, also known as WOWE, is currently underway at the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. The atmosphere was rather intimate on the opening day of the festival. In the muted stillness of a foggy morning…January 29, 2016In “News” By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comWhether you’re working or playing, summertime seems to call for a change of tempo in more ways than one. With temperatures on the rise and the wintertime blues finally shaking off, I often find myself wanting to listen to music I can tap my feet or lip-sync to.Before you ask, trust me, it’s better for everyone involved if all I do is lip-sync. My voice isn’t exactly a graceful one when put to a melody.Over the past few months, I’ve been in the habit of listening to a lot of post-rock: sweeping instrumentals that move in waves of sound that combine traditional instruments and digital sounds. I’ve been listening to a lot of stuff by groups like Explosions in the Sky, The XX, God is an Astronaut and Porcupine Tree.I’ve also been listening to a lot of Metric, The Postal Service, The Whitest Boy Alive, Vampire Weekend, Silversun Pickups, Phoenix and The National. What a lot of this music has in common is that it’s all fairly mellow. It’s the kind of music that will soothe your ears at the end of a long day (or at least it does mine). It’s not exactly something that will draw you out of your seat for an impromptu dance party.I’m not complaining. I wouldn’t listen to it if I didn’t like it. And it’s good music if you want to buckle down and focus on a task. But while driving around this weekend, “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves came on the radio and I didn’t even think about it: I just started singing along while dancing — as much as one can dance while driving a car — in my seat. In fact, I’m playing it as I write this and already my feet are tapping away.It’s a side effect of summer. We seek out up tempo music as lemony bright as the sunshine warming up the sand and surf outside. I know I have, anyway. I’ve been looking up music like OK Go, David Guetta, even P!nk. Ok, P!nk may, in fact, be one of my guilty pleasures.Regardless, I find myself in the mood for fast, light and fun music. I’m sure I can’t be the only one. So what’s on your playlist, reader? Visit us online at and let us know!Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking herelast_img read more

UWF cross country teams begin season ranked in USTFCCCA regional polls

first_img Share UWF cross country teams begin season ranked in USTFCCCA regional polls NEW ORLEANS – The University of West Florida cross country teams will begin the 2014 season ranked in the top 10 in the South Region, as the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its Division II regional rankings on Tuesday. The UWF men came in at No. 5 in the region, while the UWF women will begin the year ranked eighth in the south.Saint Leo was voted No. 1 in the region on the men’s side, while West Alabama, who was unranked at the end of 2013, will be No. 2 in the region to start 2014. Defending regional champion Florida Southern will begin in the third spot, while defending Gulf South Conference champion Alabama Huntsville is ranked fourth. UWF is the second highest team from the GSC at the No. 5 spot.The Argos return six of the team’s seven runners that competed in last year’s men’s regional. Cody Haden (Navarre, Fla./Navarre HS), Nick Merrett (Christchurch, New Zealand/Burnside HS) and Tim Wenger (Inverness, Fla./Citrus HS) are expected to lead the way, as all three Argos earned All-South Region honors last year.UWF will open the year ranked No. 8 in the region on the women’s side. Defending regional champion Tampa leads the way at No. 1, followed by defending GSC champion Alabama Huntsville at No. 2. Coming in at No. 4 was Union (Tenn.), a team in its first year as an eligible postseason participant.The top returners for UWF on the women’s side are Kelley Bahn (Tallahassee, Fla./Lawton Chiles HS), Sarah Smith (Snover, Mich./Lake Superior State) and Alexis Parnell (Gulf Breeze, Fla./Gulf Breeze HS), and all three were All-South Region finishers last season.The UWF cross country teams will open their seasons on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Furman Cross Country Classic in Greenville, S.C. For information on all UWF athletics, visit USTFCCCA Release Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Photo by John Blackie last_img read more

Rilis Tisu ‘Kontroversial,’ Delta Air Lines dan Coca-Cola Minta Maaf Kepada Penumpang

first_imgJika dilihat dari bentuk fisiknya, tisu kontroversial ini hanyalah tisu makan biasa yang pada salah satu sisinya terdapat cetakan lambang “Diet Cola”, dan beberapa versi tulisan nyeleneh. Dilansir dari berbagai laman sumber, salah satu tisu kontroversial tersebut berisikan tulisan, “Ini mungkin cara kuno, tapi cobalah tulis nomor ponselmu di sini dan berikan kepada orang yang kamu taksir di pesawat ini. Kamu tidak tahu apa yang akan terjadi selanjutnya,”Lalu yang lainnya bertuliskan, “Kamu sedang berada di dalam sebuah penerbangan yang dipenuhi oleh orang-orang yang menarik dan hey … kamu tidak tahu apa yang akan terjadi selajutnya,”Bagi sebagian orang, mungkin mereka akan menanggapi tisu ini sebagai lelucon belaka – namun tidak bagi sebagian lainnya yang memandang tisu tersebut sebagai sesuatu yang ‘menyeramkan’. Mereka yang lalu menganggap bahwa tisu ini menyeramkan langsung menyuarakan pendapat mereka melalui media sosial Twitter.“Hei @Delta dan @CocaCola, tissue ini sangatlah menyeramkan. Saya sangat yakin bahwa tidak ada yang mengapresiasi siapapun yang sudah menaruh nomor ponselnya di tisu ini, tidak seperti jaman dulu,” tulis pengguna Twitter dengan nama akun @ducksauz.“Itu tidak baik untuk dilihat,” tandasnya.“#Delta #Coke hilangkan tisu-tisu ini, mereka sangat menyeramkan #TimesUp #boycottcoke,” tulis pengguna Twitter lain, @ceokeeffeaolco1.Baca Juga: Karena Masalah Sepele, Tara Reid Dikeluarkan dari Penerbangan Delta AirlinesMenanggapi banyaknya pihak yang tidak setuju dengan peredaran tisu ini, maka pihak Delta dan Coca-Cola meminta maaf atas beredarnya tisu kontroversial tersebut.“Kami minta maaf untuk itu dan telah mengeluarkan tisu-tisu tersebut dari pesawat kami sejak bulan Januari kemarin,” ungkap pihak maskapai dalam sebuahh keterangan.Hal serupa juga diutarakan oleh pihak Coca-Cola, “Kami dengan tulus meminta maaf kepada siapa pun yang mungkin telah kami sakiti. Kami bekerja dengan mitra kami di Delta untuk mulai mengeluarkan tisu tersebut bulan lalu dan menggantinya dengan desain lain,” Sumber: New York Post Maskapai penerbangan asal Negeri Paman Sam, Delta Air Lines kini tengah menjadi perbincangan hangat setelah menyediakan tisu yang sedikit kontoversial kepada para penumpangnya. Tidak hanya pihak Delta saja yang terpaksa meminta maaf kepada para penumpang, melainkan brand minuman kenamaan Coca-Cola pun diwajibkan melakukan tindakan yang sama seperti Delta. Ini dikarenakan kedua perusahaan beda ranah ini saling bekerja sama dalam menyediakan tisu kontroversial tersebut.Baca Juga: Ini Fakta yang Mungkin Belum Anda Ketahui dari Delta AirlinesYa, mungkin Anda bertanya-tanya, “apa yang dituliskan pihak Coca-Cola di dalam tisu tersebut? Apakah berbau pornografi atau konten sensitif lainnya?” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related[Video] Tutup Mesin MD-88 Delta Airlines Lepas di Udara, Penerbangan Ke Baltimore Dialihkan!16/07/2019In “Featured”Sybil Peacock, Eks Pramugari Delta Air Lines Wafat di Usia 103 Tahun22/10/2019In “Featured”Mengapa Orang Pilih Timbun Tisu Toilet Ketimbang yang Lain? Ini Dia Jawabannya31/03/2020In “Featured”last_img read more

Neymar fitness concerns continue as Brazil forward misses training

first_imgNeymar missed Brazil training on Monday following concerns about his left foot after Brazil’s opening World Cup game, a 1-1 World Cup draw with Switzerland on Sunday.The forward was fouled 10 times in the game, which was his first competitive match since February when he fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, an injury that ended his club campaign early and required surgery.Brazilian football federation said that Neymar, Paulinho and Thiago Silva did not participate in full training but instead stayed in the gym or worked with the physiotherapist.“[It is] nothing to worry about. It’s normal to do it after the match,” team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said.On Instagram, Neymar posted a picture of his foot while receiving treatment alongside the message “work hard”.Phillipe Coutinho, who opened the scoring against Switzerland, said Brazil expect to be targeted by opponents.“Yes, Switzerland hit us a lot… but all matches will be like this, I guess,” Coutinho told reporters. “We’re talking about a World Cup so everybody will try to defend their game.“Neymar is OK, of course. But, as you can see during the match, sometimes the opponents make turns to foul and in many passes when it’s not necessary to foul, you have it and the match gets paralysed — but that’s how it is.Brazil face Costa Rica on Friday in their second Group E game as they look to claim their first win of the tournament.last_img read more

VIDEO: Lorain County Nightmares Want To Pump You Up For Home Opener Saturday Night!

first_img Related TopicsCleveland RamsLCN NEOSI is the official media outlet of the PAFL’s most popular team, the Lorain County Nightmares. They open up the home portion of their schedule this weekend against the visiting Cleveland Rams at Oberlin College, Saturday May 19th at 7pm.Not yet familiar with the pride and joy of Lorain County? You will be soon, just check out one game and you will be hooked! Come join your Lorain County Nightmares and NEO Bubble Soccer for the 2018 season home opener.NEO Bubble Soccer will host a bubble soccer game for the halftime show. More information including registration and sign ups will be available at the stadium. As always, enjoy Pizza Hut pizza and other various Pizza Hut items including Pepsi products.Tickets are $5 at the gate.KIDS 5 and under are FREE.Gates open at 6pm, kickoff is at 7pm!Season passes and merchandise will be available.Need more convincing? Check this out and you will have goosebumps shortly! Vince McKeelast_img read more

Nikiski Man Hits Gas Line, No Damage

first_img20-year-old Michael Woodworth of Nikiski was attempting to turn around at the intersection of Holt Lamplight and Emerald in Nikiski when his vehicle hit the barrier. State Troopers and ENSTAR responded. Woodworth and his passenger, 29-year-old Talon Osterhout-Delay of Nikiski, were uninjured. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A vehicle hit an ENSTAR gas line in Nikiski yesterday after sliding off the road. Officials say there was no damage to the line itself, but both the vehicle and the pipeline impact barrier suffered functional damage.last_img

Toshiba tops Kobe to capture JRF Championship

first_imgSir Clive Woodward famously said during England’s successful Rugby World Cup campaign, “We’re not here to be Torville and Dean, we’re here to win.”And so it was for Toshiba Brave Lupus, which won the 41st Japan Rugby Football Championship at Tokyo’s National Stadium on Sunday, beating the Kobe Kobelco Steelers 22-10. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 “It’s been a long season,” said Toshiba captain Teppei Tomioka after the game, poignantly wearing a T-shirt bearing the slogan “Never surrender.” “But after finishing runnerup in the Top League and the Microsoft Cup we were still motivated and believed we could win today.”The game, between the top two teams in the Top League, was always going to be a tight one, with the defensive lines dominating and with both sides hoping to force the other into a mistake. There was probably more kicking in this game than in an entire season in the old company leagues though much of it was poorly directed and executed as the players seemed to struggle with the swirling wind.In the end the game came down to Toshiba making the use of the opportunities that came its way and its three tries were mainly down to the individual brilliance of Goshi Tachikawa (who followed up his own chip ahead to touch down in the sixth minute); Daisuke Mori (who showed a great change of pace and direction to score from 55 meters out in the 52nd minute); and Hidetaka Shinagawa (who was on hand to take a pass from Tsutomu Matsuda to seal the game in the 79th minute).The Steelers managed a try of their own through Daisuke Ohata but an inability to control the ball in contact situations was to prove their undoing.“We didn’t get any quick second or third phase ball,” said Andy Miller, who was playing his final game in Japan after six years with the Kobe team. We needed to be more patient, but we just didnt fire today.”The win was Toshiba’s fourth in the competition and reward for the innovative style of play that coach Masahiro Kunda, who was a player in the previous three championship-winning teams, has introduced to the team — the former hookers’ efforts being recognized by the Japan Rugby Football Union with the coaching job of Japan A when it tours New Zealand in April.The result also means the Steelers were unable to see off head coach Mitsutake Hagimoto in style after his appointment as head coach of the national team was confirmed by the JRFU.It also ensures that Japan rugby has three champions in Kobe (Top League), the NEC Green Rockets (Microsoft Cup) and Toshiba. center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more