Thurston County Groups Welcome 3-2 Stryker Brigade Home

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by City of LaceyMore than 4,000 soldiers returning from Afghanistan’s “Operation Enduring Freedom” will receive an enthusiastic South Sound welcome during a February 4 ceremony at Lacey’s Saint Martin’s University. Members of the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 2nd Infantry Division, also known as the “Arrowhead Brigade,” are finishing a year-long tour of duty in that region. The brigade is under the command of Colonel Charles “Chuck” Webster, Jr.“These brave military personnel are integral members of both Lacey and the greater South Sound community,” commented Lacey Mayor Virgil Clarkson. “We want to recognize their outstanding service to our country and extend a warm welcome home.”Voice for the Army – Support for the SoldierThe event, which is not open to the public to ensure enough space for the 3-2 Stryker Brigade soldiers and their families, runs from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the university’s Marcus Pavilion and Norman Worthington Conference Center. The event will feature appearances by local elected officials and military dignitaries, a buffet lunch, and entertainment, including an appearance by the Seattle Seahawks Sea Gals. The festivities are being organized by the Captain Meriwether Lewis Lacey Subchapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).Joint Base Lewis-McChord is the third largest employer in Washington. Saint Martin’s University has an extension campus at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where it has served active military students and their dependents for more than 40 years.“We are very pleased to have these fine soldiers home and we truly appreciate the Lacey community for helping us honor them,” said Carlene Joseph, AUSA Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter President. “We’re looking forward to showing the 3-2 SBCT how much we care about them and to simply show our gratitude for their service.”For more information, contact Carlene Joseph at (253) 312-9279 or read more


first_imgMULTI-TALENTED FRANK MIRAHMADI BACK AT SANTA ANITA MICROPHONE FOR 23-DAY AUTUMN MEET, WHICH BEGINS FRIDAY, SEPT. 27ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2019)–As he nears completion of his first year as Santa Anita’s full-time announcer, the incredible Frank Mirahmadi, who also doubles as the voice of Monmouth Park in New Jersey, will be present, accountable and ready to ramble when Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet opens on Friday, Sept. 27.Growing up in Beverly Hills, Mirahmadi, who will turn 52 on Oct. 20, was introduced to racing as a small boy by his late father, who made frequent visits to Santa Anita and Hollywood Park throughout Frank’s youth, infusing in him a burning desire to one day call races at a major track.“I’m glad my dad, who passed away in 1997, knew I became an announcer,” said Mirahmadi on Monday.  “And I’m so happy that my mom has visited me in the booths at Hialeah Park, the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton (CA), Monmouth Park, Oaklawn Park and Santa Anita Park.”And it’s safe to say that many thousands of racing fans are glad Mirahmadi, following a circuitous journey that has taken him to tracks throughout North America, is now firmly entrenched as the successor to legends such as Joe Hernandez, Dave Johnson and Trevor Denman.The following are questions posed to Mirahmadi, who in addition to being a talented race caller, is a world-class impressionist, comedian and highly sought after master of ceremonies:     Q.  How did you get interested in racing?     A.  I became interested in racing at a very young age, attending well before I would’ve even known where I was at.  By age eight or nine, it became my favorite sport, by far.     Q.  Looking back, who are some of your favorite horses?     A.  Spectacular Bid, John Henry, It’s the One, Danebo, Champagne Bid, Precisionist, Best Pal, Farma Way, Del Mar Dennis, Old Trieste, Golden Pheasant, Kotashaan, Hacawind, Norbet, Track Robbery, Winning Colors, Bayakoa, Stormy But Valid Lit de Justice, Sir Beaufort and Heart of Joy.     Note:  “When Stormy But Valid tackled Bayakoa over a one-turn mile at Hollywood Park in 1990, I was in Australia on a business trip and called a friend to listen to Bill Garr’s call on KIEV.  When I got the hotel bill, that call was eighty dollars!”     Q.  Favorite jockey?     A.  As a kid, it was Bill Shoemaker.     Note:  “I loved The Shoe and have vivid recollections of getting his autograph a few times at Santa Anita as well as Del Mar. I was also a big fan of Chris McCarron, and then later Gary Stevens took over as my favorite jockey.  He used to win so many races around the far turn.  And of course, he rode three of my all-time favorites–Golden Pheasant, Winning Colors and Farma Way.  We had such an incredible jockey colony, with Shoe, Laffit, McCarron, Eddie Delahoussaye, Darrel McHargue, Sandy Hawley, Patrick Valenzuela and then Stevens and Kent Desormeaux joined.”     Q.  Favorite trainer?     A.  D. Wayne Lukas     Note:  “Watching him develop young horses made me a D. Wayne fan.  What a legend.  I wish I could’ve met Charlie Whittingham.  I saw him and may have said hello for about two seconds, but never had a chance to talk to him.  Ron McAnally trained Bayakoa and John Henry, and he trained for my first employer, John Brunetti (owner of Hialeah Park and Red Oak Stable).  About eight or 10 years before I got the Oaklawn job in 2012, he told me one morning at Del Mar on the backstretch that he was close friends with Charles Cella, and that when their announcer Terry Wallace retired, he would get me that job.  Sure enough, he put the call in for me and the day I first met Mr. Cella, he said ‘Ron told me you’re the best.’  And that was the end of the auditions.”     Q.  Favorite sports other than racing?     A.  Baseball for sure.  My favorite gift for me as a kid was a Johnny Bench catcher’s mitt. That Reds team was phenomenal.  I loved George Foster’s unique, powerful swing.     Q.  Favorite movies?     A.  Heaven Can Wait (Warren Beatty) is my favorite. Like everyone, I loved The Godfather, One and Two. Goodfellas is an all-time classic and who wouldn’t include Shawshank Redemption?  More recently, the latest A Star is Born with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga easily made my all-time favorite list.     Q.  Favorite books?     A.  I have read an embarrassingly low number of books.  My favorite is Betting on Myself by Steve Crist.     Q.  Favorite races called?     A.  Tiznow’s Super Derby win in 2000.  He was a man among boys.  It was my first Grade I call as well as my first on ESPN.  I called him “a superstar in the making” and was then concerned that it may have been an over-the-top comment.  A moment later, I saw the final time and felt good about what I said as he shattered the track record at Louisiana Downs.The 2015 Arkansas Derby, which was won by American Pharoah, was also a fun race to call.  I received an email from Trevor Denman the next day as well as a simple text from Tom Durkin, “Good Call,” so it has to be one of my best calls ever.The 2015 Malibu Stakes ranks way up there, because the feeling of calling opening day at Santa Anita is impossible to describe.  Runhappy, owned by my dear friend Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, was running.  He asked me who should ride the horse and of course I said Gary Stevens immediately….How could anyone write a script where I get to call my favorite jockey to ride the overwhelming favorite for the Malibu–then call the race and he wins.  My voice cracked…but I’m perfectly fine with it, because it came from genuine emotion and joy.In 2000, the late Luke Kruytbosch arranged to have me as part of All-Star Announcer’s Day at Churchill Downs.  It was my first visit to Churchill and I called two races.  The first one went well and the second one, the last race of the day, was the highlight of my race calling career. I loaded the horses into the gate as Sean Beirne and Vic Stauffer, then called the race, in order, as Luke, John Asher, Mike Battaglia, Tom Durkin, Trevor Denman and Dave Johnson. Trevor, my idol, stuck around for the last race, then came into the booth afterward and said to me: “You’re a magician, how do you do it?”  I can’t ever top that moment.     Q.  Who’s the greatest horse of all-time and why?     A.  Spectacular Bid!  I watched him win the Malibu.  What a monster!  And then, his world record performance in the 1980 Charles H. Strub Stakes at a mile and a quarter in that great race with Relaunch, Valdez and Flying Paster is a race I could watch 500 more times. Relaunch’s pedigree line shows up in so many great horses, and his best moment as a racehorse may have been setting up The Bid that day.     Q.  You’re obviously a good listener.  At what age did you discover you could impersonate people and make people laugh?     A.  I started imitating things shortly after learning how to talk.  By age four or five, I was imitating Tom Jones singing Delilah.  I used to stand up on the coffee table and/or picnic tables and entertain my family and parents’ friends.  My late father used to eat toast and sip coffee in a loud manner.  I imitated him once and it didn’t go over too well.Harry Henson’s distinct voice was my first track announcer impression.  When I called the first two races of my career at Hollywood Park on closing day, Dec. 24, 1992, it was an incredible honor on many levels, but being in that booth with Gary Henson, who was filling in for Trevor that day, was as good as it gets.     Q.  If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?     A.  A dinner for four with my mom and brother, along with my late father.  We would have a lot of laughs as well as tears, catching up on things.     Q.  As a fan, what is your all-time favorite race call?     A.  Trevor Denman’s Preakness call at Pimlico in 1989.  The epic battle between Sunday Silence and Easy Goer.last_img read more

Gaidi take out honours with 3-1 win

first_imgKicking off under lights at 7.45pm in Central, the game provided plenty of action with players from both sides eager to catch the eye of Team Manager of Hekari United FC, Vonnie Kapi Natto, who was there scouting for new talent.It was Gaidi who struck first after Jack Karo opened the scoring in the first half to give his side the lead, going into the break.Netta equalised minutes into the second half through the boot of Kila Polena, who powered one past the keeper.With the game right back in the balance and the clock ticking down, it was going to take something special to turn scoring opportunities into points to break the deadlock.This came for Gaidi in the middle of the second half when an unmarked Ryan Gerega pounced on a loose ball in Netta’s goalmouth. He slotted it into the nets to take back the lead.Gaidi put the result beyond doubt just minutes later when Gerega’s cousin Willie scored his side’s third goal.With all the momentum their way, Gaidi held their lead until the final whistle to win the match and make it a double celebration. This was after the Gaidi netball team won the netball grand final in the afternoon.Gaidi walked away with K500 in prize money with runners up Netta taking K200.The final team placings and prize money:1. Gaidi (K500), 2. Netta (K200), 3. Me2 (K100), 4. Nuavi (K50), 5. U19 (K50), 6. GoKam (K50).last_img read more

How much will each Premier League club stop earning?

first_imgNorwich19.043.133.2625.43 Aston Villa22.17,3.655.7431.56 And after these calculations, Manchester United is the one that loses the most money. It would stop earning 62.9 million euros for Premier League rights, 22.95 million in revenue per game day and 66.24 from its establishments, making a total of 151.79 million euros, that is, almost 50% more than what it cost them Paul Pogba (105 million), the most expensive signing in its history. Sheffield50.602.091.9654.64 Wolverhampton54.902.876.1363.90 Brighton31.174.962.6138.73 Tottenham54.6421.9131.69108.23 The newspaper Daily Mail has done a study on how much money each club in the Premier League would lose due to the coronavirus crisis. He Liverpool reversed his ERTE after pressure from fans and some clubs have joined, such as the Manchester Citywho will not make layoffs knowing that if a large England doesn’t do that, the rest should follow suit. Meanwhile, teams like Tottenham have already announced that they will fire their employees, while the Norwich City it already has.But regardless of what is decided in this regard, the British newspaper has made a rough estimate of the money each club will lose from the television rights of the English league, of the expected income on game days (such as tickets sold) and from the collections of the stores. For this they have taken into account details such as the position in the leaderboard (television income was going to be distributed, among other things, depending on the position), the remaining championship games or those that each had left to play at home. All thinking about the assumption that the competition does not resume.Premier League club losses due to coronavirus West ham32.347.828.6148.77 Burnley45.643.2616.3065.20 Chelsea64.2914.2140.29118.80 Liverpool71.9817.7344.08133.79 Arsenal52.1620.0825.3097.54 Newcastle39.646.266.6552.55 Crystal Palace41.602.484.3048.38 ClubTVParty dayShopsTotal Southampton33.644.174.0441.86 Manchester City69.8918.1354.38142.40 Leicester63.242.876.3972.50 Manchester United62.5922.9566.24151.79 Watford26.342.352.8731.56 Bournemouth23.862.612.3528.82 Everton41.994.179.3955.55 Total901.72167.70342.561,411.98 The other city team, Manchester City, would be second with 142.40 million losses, while Liverpool would be third (133.79), Chelsea fourth (118.80) and Tottenham fifth (108, 2. 3). Arsenal, already below 100 million in losses (97.54), would be the sixth, closing the group of the six most powerful clubs in England. This means that they would lose more than their most expensive transfer cost, since From Bruyne (76), Van dijk (84.65), Kepa (80), Ndombélé (60) or Pépé (80) did not reach these figures. This, at the same time, is proof of how the transfer market could be affected once your next window opens.However, those clubs also generate a large amount of income, so they have more leeway to get ahead even if they tighten their belts, unlike the rest. Perhaps mid-table clubs have more problems than any other, especially Wolverhampton. (sixth), the sheffield (seventh) or the Burnley (tenth). They do not usually generate as much money and they would stop earning a lot for television rights thanks to their good season.Everyone except the Bournemouth (28.82) and the Norwich City (25.43), they will lose at least 30 million euros if the remaining nine days of competition are not disputed (ten in some cases), making a total of 1,411.98 million euros in losses (901.72 in television rights, 167.70 on game days 342.60 from the collection of their establishments) And if we add up what all the English First Division clubs would stop winning during the pandemic.last_img read more

VCB ready to face trials

first_imgDOHA, Qatar:Despite having 17 Olympic and World Championships medals to her name, Veronica Campbell-Brown knows it will be as difficult as ever to make Jamaica’s team to this year’s Rio Games when national trials roll around in June.”Based on my experience, it is always tough to make my team,” Campbell-Brown said. “Jamaica has a lot of great athletes. I expect it to be as tough as always.”Campbell-Brown, who will turn 34 on May 15, says she feels as fresh as ever and, therefore, is not ready to pronounce this as being her last Olympics despite the fact that she will be 38 in 2020 when the next track and field spectacle is slated for.FEELING YOUNG”Actually, I don’t feel a day older. I feel as young and as fresh as ever,” Campbell-Brown said. “So I will just train hard and stay focused as I feel good.”I do not put limits on myself, and I am not closing any doors because I do not know what God has in store for me. So I will just take it season by season, and right now I am focused on the 2016 season.”The former Vere Technical High student, one of the greatest female sprinters of all time, is the first to admit that last season was not one of her best. She did recover, however, to take bronze in the 200m at the World Championships and helped Jamaica to gold in the 4x100m.”I do expect things to be better and to move smoother than last year. Preparations have been going well. I am excited about the season.”Campbell-Brown, who has a personal best of 10.76 seconds in the 100m and 21.74 in the 200m, was unwilling to say how fast she is likely to go this season.”You never know. I don’t know. We will see,” Campbell-Brown said when asked how fast she believed she would go this season. “I am just focusing on making the team to Rio and then go from there.”ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

President confirms ‘operational interference’ in Army – Opposition Leader

first_img…ranks concerned about “whimsical” changes affecting promotions, benefitsChanges being sporadically and whimsically made by the Ministry of the Presidency into the operations of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) are affecting the promotion of army ranks and inevitably their morale.This is according to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who recently told the media that an anonymous letter highlighted the complaints and concerns from some army officials about practices which are having negative impacts on their performance and their future in the military.However, he noted that President David Granger was yet to address those issues raised, which specifically spoke to allegations that centred on his involvement and interference in the smooth operations of the GDF.“They (army ranks) are saying that the changes, that the junior officers, have a shifting goal post to meet to get to be promoted and that the standards and that the rules keep changing all the while. And that they are done based on the whims and the fancies of the Ministry of the Presidency, and it is not discussed with the senior officers even in the GDF. That is a very specific allegation that it is done this way, that, therefore, officers’ promotions are affected and they don’t get answers,” he said.Jagdeo pointed to another major concern that was raised by the army ranks which revolve around the process of interdiction.“The rule has been changed now that if you are interdicted and one year passes, the instruction from the Ministry of the Presidency and the President, is to terminate your employment. And they are saying that the court matter could even take more than a year. So, if their employment is terminated now before the case is concluded, and they prevail, how do they then address that situation?” he queried.Resignation vs retirement of military personnelThirdly, the Opposition Leader zoned in on the issue of military ranks retiring from the GDF in comparison to him (Granger) resigning. Changes that have been apparently made by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government have resulted in many of them having to worry about their future and benefits if they choose or have to retire, he said.“They claimed in the past once they had served after 20 years, they were free to leave, to retire from the Army, with all their benefits once they had met that threshold of 20 years. So, this government has changed this now to say that even if you finish the 20 years and you want to retire, you cannot get your full benefits because we will treat it as a resignation. Therefore, you don’t get any of your benefits, you have to wait out all the years … so this is a big change too,” Jagdeo stated.He added that he, along with the rest of his Party, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), do not want to politise such issues, but if the ranks themselves were crying out for intervention and have done so publicly, then he would have to speak out on their behalf.“All I want to say to the Army is to ensure that we treat our soldiers well and the Joint Services…If these concerns have been raised and now publicly, then they need to be addressed and if they are counterproductive, I think the Government should change this.”Jagdeo also lashed out at the President for his direct interference in the smooth operational process that the GDF had enjoyed prior to the coalition coming into power.He noted that while President Granger wishes to cast blame on the PPP/C for what he deemed as “organisational neglect” resulting in the destruction of the National Cadet Corps, this is far from the truth.“I am not sure it was destroyed, but look how disingenuous this is. This government now has former chiefs of staff Atherly, Collins and Gary Best, together they span almost two decades or so, a decade and a half, of governance at the helm of the GDF, so what they are saying is those people presided over the destruction of the National Cadet Corps, and they have all of them in their bosom across there and that’s what they are saying.”He added that the response from the Ministry of Presidency to that letter mainly focuses on an explanation seeking to justify President Granger’s involvement in the affairs of the army but that he failed to address any concern that the ranks desperately need addressed.“The release said that the President in his private capacity before entering office complied a book called “Values and Standards of the GDF”. So, imagine what they are saying, they didn’t deny interfering, they are saying the President when he was private citizen compiled a book and now implying that the Army, a State institution must follow what the President complied when he was not even President. So, they have only confirmed now what the officers are saying that there is operational interference.”last_img read more

NLC Looking for Homestay Hosts

first_imgNorthern Lights College is looking for homestay hosts for international students. In September, NLC is expecting 24 new students from Austria, China, Colombia, Japan, Korea and Macau. Host are need to provide a home away from home for these students.Homestay has been offered to students around the world for many years and has become a preferred housing option for international students studying English. Post-secondary institutions in British Columbia have been leaders in developing a reputable Homestay program in Canada.The Fort St. John community also benefits from the presence of international students. They bring a multicultural perspective to the community, especially when they volunteer in elementary schools where they talk about their culture and language.- Advertisement -Homestay hosts must be located in Fort St. John, and provide a furnished bedroom with linens and towels, three meals a day, and a friendly environment. Hosts receive $600 a month to help with the expenses of having a student in their home.More information about becoming a Homestay host can be obtained from NLC’s International Department at 250-785-6981.last_img read more

‘Ostrich’ journalist tells talkSPORT: ‘I’ll accept an apology from Nigel Pearson’

first_imgIan Baker, the journalist on the receiving end of Nigel Pearson’s ‘ostrich’ outburst, has told talkSPORT the Leicester boss crossed the line with his bizarre rant but insists he would happily accept an apology.Pearson took offence to a question from Baker, of the Wardle Whittell Agency, following his side’s defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday night and launched an angry attack before storming out of his press conference.He has since been accused of bullying the young reporter, but Baker was keen to play down the spat when he joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday.“As a journalist you have got to have thick skin and be able to take these things,” he said.“Clearly, if he did that to someone in the street it would be a bit different, but as journalists you have to accept it goes with the territory and be as strong as possible in those situations.“I think he probably did cross the line and I think he will admit that he did. I don’t know whether he will apologise or not. If he would like to apologise to me, I would certainly accept the apology.“He is a very passionate football man and, having briefly got to know him away from the media, he presents a very different picture. Away from the cameras, he has come across as a top notch guy.”last_img read more

Train safety pushed year after crash

first_imgGLENDALE – Nearly a year after a horrific Metrolink crash killed 11 people and injured nearly 200, a state Assembly committee on rail safety called Wednesday for a ban on the controversial “push-pull” running of trains – where the engine pushes trains from behind – which critics decry as unsafe. Flanked by families of victims from the Jan. 26 crash, Assemblyman Dario Frommer, D-Glendale, released the committee’s report and proposed a three-year phase-out of push-pull operations on Metrolink and three other commuter lines in California. Frommer said if the rail operators don’t voluntarily comply, he’ll seek legislation this session to impose the ban. “This is going to be a fight,” said Frommer, the safety committee chairman, after a morning press conference near the crash site in his Glendale district. But Metrolink attacked the proposals as unrealistic, while officials of other commuter lines said they cannot afford a $3 million locomotive for each train or to purchase land for a turn-around yard with the high cost of California real estate. Plus, they maintain, evidence shows push operations are safe. “We think he’s wrong. We don’t think he has the science behind him,” said Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell. “These alternatives they mention are not rational alternatives. They’re not realistic financially. They’re not realistic physically. And they won’t deliver what’s promised.” Metrolink instead is focused on new technology to reduce the serious impact of crashes, and will be the first in the nation to outfit its cab cars – the lead car when the train is in the push mode – under a massive procurement being carried out to replace its 40 cab cars this year. “We’ve operated in the push-pull mode from our inception,” Tyrrell said. “We have faith in it, believe in it, ride it ourselves.” Along with Metrolink, the proposed ban would apply to Caltrain, the Coaster train in northern San Diego County and the Altamont Commuter Express. “The expense is egregious,” said Jonah Weinberg, a spokesman for Caltrain, which operates between San Jose and San Francisco. “The millions of millions of dollars that would be spent on putting in two engines would not allow us to pursue these other things like grade separation, fencing off the corridors.” The report from the Assembly Special Committee on Rail Safety also called for additional safety measures, such as better crossing gates, a track warning system to alert conductors of problems on the tracks and immediate action to prevent passengers from sitting in the cab cars. Metrolink and other lines have roped off some rows of the cab cars already. Frommer also said he would try to get $500 million for grade-separation projects statewide into Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s vast infrastructure proposal that is being considered this year in Sacramento. He blasted the state for funding grade separations at the same low level for the past 30 years, saying that at that rate it would take 2,500 years to grade-separate the most dangerous crossings. But the prohibition against push-pull was the committee’s key finding, and came after months of investigation and a public hearing after last year’s crash. Banning push-pull could face legal obstacles because the Federal Railroad Administration historically has authority over train operations nationwide, and it believes push-pull is safe. However, Frommer was confident that the state has the authority to prohibit the operation, and the report cites several legal cases in which local powers have been able to pre-empt the federal regulation. A spokesman for the FRA said Wednesday that commuter lines are welcome to do away with push-pull, but that the federal government is not stepping in to mandate it. “The data that has been accumulated does not suggest the need for us, the federal government, to take action in that regard,” said FRA spokesman Steve Kulm. “It has been safe, and it is safe, and we’re working to make it safer.” But family members of those lost in the crash say the authorities have not done enough to protect passengers, and they want an end to what they see as a dangerous push-pull operation. Lien Wiley, whose husband, Don, was on the southbound train headed to work that morning, hopes the practice will be changed. She said the past year has been difficult as she still can’t believe her husband of 12 years is gone. “I still cry every day,” said the Simi Valley resident. “Every day, every afternoon, I still listen to the garage door and wait for him to come home. I still can’t believe he’s never coming home again. “The government fell asleep at the wheel. The government’s supposed to regulate them and monitor them,” she said. “I will never forgive myself if I don’t do something.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “There is no doubt in my mind that the push-pull configuration is a killer and one that needs to be outlawed in California,” he said. Injured passengers have filed lawsuits claiming Metrolink was negligent for operating the push-pull system, in which a locomotive pushes lighter cars ahead of it one way and pulls them on the return. “There are allegations that pushed trains are more likely to derail because the lighter passenger cabs in the front can be pushed off the tracks more easily,” the state report said. The practice has come under increased scrutiny since last year’s crash, the worst in Metrolink’s history, when a train in the push mode crashed into a sport utility vehicle parked on the tracks, then collided with an oncoming train and a parked train. A despondent handyman who parked his SUV on the tracks has pleaded not guilty to murder charges. Frommer said it’s up to train operators to determine an alternative mode, but the report suggested using a second locomotive, a turn-around yard at the end of each line or a so-called “cabbage car” – a locomotive filled with heavy materials such as lead or ballast to make it less susceptible to derailing or crushing. last_img read more

Premier League statistics: Best facts and figures from the weekend

first_imgIt wasn’t the most thrilling weekend of Premier League action, but it did still throw up some fascinating statistics.The north London derby saw Tottenham win 2-0 against Arsenal, and confirm they will finish above their rivals for the first time since 1995.Meanwhile, Liverpool took advantage of slip ups from Manchester United and Man City, with a win over Watford – thanks to Emre Can’s stunning goal.Meanwhile, at the bottom of the division, Sunderland’s relegation to the Championship was confirmed.But what were the best facts and figures from the weekend? Click the right arrow above to find out… 8. Against Everton, Chelsea kept their first clean sheet in the Premier League since they beat Hull City in January. 1. Saturday was the first time in Premier League history that no home side scored a goal on a day with at least four games. 5. Lucas Leiva has three assists in five games, as many as in his previous 163 Premier League appearances. 10 10 3. Hull City have now conceded 12 penalties in the Premier League this season, the most by any team in a single season since 1992. 10 2. West Brom have failed to score in five consecutive games for the first time in their history. 4. The average age of the Tottenham team that beat Arsenal 2-0 on the weekend was just 3.5 years old when Spurs last finished above the Gunners in the Premier League (in 1995). Dele Alli wasn’t even born then! 10 10 10 6. Opponents have hit the woodwork 20 times against Watford, more than any other Premier League side. 10 10 10. Sunderland have now been relegated from the Premier League for the fourth time in their history – more times than any other club. 9. Manchester United are now unbeaten in 25 top-flight games – the longest in their history. 10 10 7. Tottenham have won more points at White Hart Lane this season (50) than in any previous campaign. last_img read more