Plan IT, damn it

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LSH appoints City chief

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek to demand playing assurances from Chelsea before signing new contract

first_imgLoftus-Cheek feels he should be a regular starter at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Chelsea will offer Loftus-Cheek a lucrative new deal and the Englishman is expected to start against Arsenal in the Europa League final.Loftus-Cheek has played a pivotal part in Chelsea’s run to the final, scoring in the semi-final second leg against Eintracht Frankfurt.With the Europa League final just weeks away, Chelsea must juggle their preparations with a 6,544-mile round trip to Boston after leaving for the United States on Monday.MORE: Christian Pulisic names the ONE Chelsea star he can’t wait to play alongside Metro Sport ReporterMonday 13 May 2019 3:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link233Shares Advertisement Chelsea want Loftus-Cheek to sign a new contract (Picture: Getty)Ruben Loftus-Cheek will only sign a new long-term contract at Stamford Bridge if Chelsea assure him of a regular place in the first-team next season, reports say.The midfielder is a big favourite among the Chelsea fans, but started just six Premier League games under Maurizio Sarri this campaign.Loftus-Cheek has played regularly in the Europa League and Chelsea are eager to tie the 23-year-old to a new deal – his current contract expires in 2021.However, the Sun claim Loftus-Cheek will only extend his stay at Chelsea if he is given playing time assurances by the club.ADVERTISEMENT Maurizio Sarri on Leicester drawTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:23FullscreenMaurizio Sarri on Leicester draw is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Loftus-Cheek feels he deserved to start more games under Sarri and could wait to see how Chelsea’s transfer ban plays out.AdvertisementAdvertisementFifa rejected Chelsea’s appeal of their two-window ban, but the Blues are expected to take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.If Chelsea are blocked from signing any new players in the next two windows, the club will be forced to rely on their homegrown talent, like Loftus-Cheek, and their current crop of players. Ruben Loftus-Cheek to demand playing assurances from Chelsea before signing new contract Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Vetoes Senate Bill 48

first_img July 05, 2019 Governor Wolf Vetoes Senate Bill 48 Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf vetoed Senate Bill 48.“Pennsylvania must secure its elections and provide real reform that makes it easier to vote,” said Governor Wolf. “Senate Bill 48 makes changes to our elections that I do not believe strike the right balance to improve access to voters or security. The bill weakens the ability of the commonwealth and counties to quickly respond to security needs of voting systems in the future, creating unnecessary bureaucracy and potentially harmful delays.“Further, as we approach an election with anticipated large turnout and new voting technology, I’m concerned the isolated removal of a convenient voting option would increase waiting times and could discourage participation. I repeatedly sought improvements to this bill that would ease access to voting and decrease waiting times, but those changes were not accepted.“National security and cybersecurity experts, including the Trump administration, are urging Pennsylvania and other states to have new voting systems with advanced security and a paper trail. Counties have embraced the need to replace voting machines to combat hacking and improve the accuracy of recounts. I applaud their dedication to protecting the integrity of our elections, and I remain committed to voting machine funding.”The governor’s full veto message:TO THE HONORABLE SENATE OF THECOMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA:Pursuant to Article IV, Section 15 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, I am returning herewith, without my approval, Senate Bill 48, Printer’s Number 1080.Voting is what powers and sustains our democracy. I firmly believe that both I and the General Assembly have an obligation to strive to make voting more secure and more accessible to the citizens of this Commonwealth. Unfortunately, this legislation does not seek to increase voter participation in Pennsylvania. This failure is a missed opportunity to enact meaningful voting reforms.This legislation, while purporting to secure elections, binds the hands of future administrations through a decertification procedure which weakens the ability of the commonwealth and counties to quickly respond to flaws that would require the decertification of large numbers of machines fewer than 180 days before an election. This is not acceptable as a legislative measure.Finally, this bill eliminates straight party ballot voting. This policy choice removes a convenient voting option which is used by voters of any party affiliation. To implement such a change, particularly as new machines are being used for the first time, could lead to voter confusion and longer lines at the polls. These factors may lead to decreased voter participation, which, again, is in conflict with an inclusive approach to our system of elections. I sought amendatory language at various points to include voter-friendly reforms in this legislation, but those changes were not accepted.For the reasons set forth above, I must withhold my signature from Senate Bill 48, Printer’s Number 1080.Sincerely,Tom WolfGovernorcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Creating a path to the future

first_imgSuperconducting MaglevINTRO: Interest at this month’s high speed railways conference in Okayama commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Sanyo Shinkansen will focus on the 300X experimental train, but JR Central is poised to start levitation trials with the maglev train on the Yamanashi test lineBYLINE: Yoshiyuki Kasai PresidentCentral Japan Railway CoOVER THREE billion passengers have travelled on the Tokaido Shinkansen since it opened in 1964 as the world’s first dedicated high speed line. Running from Tokyo to Osaka, a distance of over 500 km, the line has made an enormous contribution to the cultural and economic development of Japan.Today there are 11 departures an hour in each direction at peak times, and Tokaido Shinkansen trains now carry about 360000 passengers every day. The increasingly important mission of the line is to provide safe and reliable service along Japan’s principal transport artery linking Tokyo with Nagoya and Osaka. Its role has become especially significant in recent years because of rail’s environmental credentials.At present Series 300 Nozomi trainsets operate on the Tokaido Shinkansen at up to 270 km/h. In our pursuit of the ultimate railway technologies, we have been carrying out trials since January 1995 with the experimental 300X trainset. This train reached a record speed of 443 km/h on July 26 1996 on one of many test runs conducted at speeds of over 400 km/h to gather diverse experimental data.For JR Central to make further progress towards a high speed railway that is safe, reliable and which generates relatively little noise and vibration, continuous advances are needed not only in rolling stock design, but also in operating systems and infrastructure. In a continuing effort to improve the overall quality of Tokaido Shinkansen services, the results of the 300X trials will be used to reshape current Shinkansen operations. They also form an essential part of development work for the Series N300 trains that will follow Series 300.Chuo ShinkansenThe capacity of the Tokaido Shinkansen is now reaching its limits. Traffic volume has risen over the years in line with economic growth and the expectation is for expansion to continue gradually in the future. To cope with this situation, JR Central plans to increase operating capacity by raising the number of hourly departures in each direction to 15. This will alleviate the bottleneck for the time being.The Tokaido Shinkansen was fortunate in escaping serious damage during the Great Hanshin Earthquake of January 1995, but it is not inconceivable that a similar tremor could disrupt Japan’s principal trunk route. The construction of the Chuo Shinkansen as an alternative to the Tokaido Shinkansen has therefore become even more important.In addition to serving as a second major transport artery, the Chuo Shinkansen is a project of national importance, as it will support further development of the Japanese economy and help resolve energy use and environmental issues.As the Chuo Shinkansen line has the same mission and objectives as the Tokaido Shinkansen and will serve many passengers in the same market, it is vital that JR Central is in a position to control and manage both arteries. In 1990 under the Nationwide Shinkansen Railway Development Law, the Minister of Transport directed JR Central and the Japan Railway Construction Public Corp to undertake topographical and geological surveys for the Chuo Shinkansen. These are currently in hand. Superconducting MaglevIn choosing the most appropriate technology for the Chuo Shinkansen, JR Central has put great emphasis on devising a system suited to 21st century operations. We have been pursuing superconducting maglev technology in our efforts to develop the ideal ultra-high-speed mass transport system. Japanese National Railways began development of maglev in 1962, and in 1979 an experimental unmanned maglev vehicle reached a top speed of 517 km/h on Miyazaki test track.April this year sees full-scale operational test runs begin on the Yamanashi maglev test line (RG 1.97 p14). This has been built under government leadership so that it can form part of the future Chuo Shinkansen.The first test train is about to begin levitated runs that will lead to verification of the 550 km/h maximum speed. When the second train is delivered this autumn, we shall be able to test the conditions for trains passing in opposite directions. Continuous high-speed running tests will also be carried out.Confirmation is expected in 1999 of the practicality of using maglev technology for regular operations. Testing and development is in the hands of JR Central and the Railway Technical Research Institute.From the experience gained with operation of the Series 300 Nozomi and the test results from the 300X experimental train will come the Series N300. This will represent the culmination of over 170 years of railway technology – perhaps we can say that the train will be close to perfection.Meanwhile, tests with the superconducting maglev train begin in Yamanashi this year. This and its related technologies will continue to grow, develop and bear fruit through the 21st century. We are sowing the seeds of the future, to be reaped by the generations of tomorrow. oCAPTION: Levitation trials with the first maglev vehicle on the Yamanashi test track are due to begin next month. 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USACE Releases Permit Update on Owasco Flats Scheme

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, said in its latest release that their regulatory section is working diligently to finalize the permit decision for the Owasco Flats Wetland Restoration Initiative, with an anticipated completion date the week of August 7.Given the complexity of the project and the substantial State permitting review, the Corps of Engineers was awaiting receipt of the State’s Section 401 Water Quality Certification before completing the final evaluation, to ensure there were no further changes to the proposed work.Once the State permits were issued on July 14, the USACE project manager prioritized the Corps of Engineers’ action so that a permit decision could be made in a timely manner.The Corps of Engineers has worked closely with the Cayuga County Planning Department and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation throughout the permitting process, resulting in project modifications to reduce impacts to waters and wetlands.last_img read more

Coral EnergICE Begins Regular Loading at Zeebrugge Terminal

first_imgThe newly built ice class vessel Coral EnergICE has started regular loading operations with the first loading at the Zeebrugge LNG Terminal.The vessel will be making regular calls for delivering small-scale LNG to Scandinavian ports, according to Belgium-based Fluxys.Designed to operate in the sub-zero temperatures of the Baltic Sea, Coral EnergICE has a loading capacity of 18,000 m³ and is currently assigned to make year-round small-scale LNG deliveries to northern ports in Sweden and Finland.Today approximately 100 ships are using LNG as a fuel in Europe and their number is set to double by 2020 when more stringent sulphur emission standards come into force. The development of new infrastructure is in full swing to support this growth of the small-scale LNG market.The Zeebrugge LNG terminal has been offering LNG trailer loading services since 2010. Small LNG vessels can load at the terminal since 2010 as well and the facility’s recently built second jetty is specially designed for loading also small LNG bunkering vessels.last_img read more

Ronaldo reveals what he admires about long-time rival Messi

first_img “The only common point between all the big rivalries in the sport is that they are healthy.” As aforementioned, Messi has also previously spoken out on Ronaldo. Ronaldo and Messi are widely regarded as two of the best footballers of a generation Read Also: Klopp: Messi is the best, but I admire Ronaldo After the Portuguese left Real Madrid for Juventus, he said: “It was nice to play against Cristiano, he made Madrid a stronger side. I said at the beginning of the season that Madrid would miss him, as any team would. “It made a lot of Madrid fans a bit angry but that is the reality. Any team would miss him. He scores 50 goals a season and he was the key player for them, of course they were going to miss that.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganBest Car Manufacturers In The World6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right NowA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Unusual Facts About Bollywood, Pollywood And Tollywood Cristiano Ronaldo said he really admires Lionel Messi’s career and the way he has pushed him to improve his own game. Ronaldo and Messi are widely regarded as two of the best footballers of a generation, and have won 11 Ballon d’Or awards between them. Cristiano Ronaldo said he admires the way Lionel Messi has pushed him to improve At the peak of their rivalry the duo were playing at Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, where they both won La Liga titles and Champions League trophies. Ronaldo and Messi have spoken out on each other on occasion, and admitted that while they are rivals they have a deep respect for what the other has achieved. Ronaldo previously told RMC Sport: “I really admire the career he has had so far. He has already said that he had trouble when I left the Spanish league because it is a rivalry that he appreciates. “It is a good rivalry that exists in football, but this is no exception. Michael Jordan had rivals in basketball, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost were great rivals in Formula One.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Howes knows how to find podium in race for IMCA Arizona Tour Northern SportMod crown

first_imgHurryin’ Missourian Austin Howes won the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod Arizona Tour championship. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography) HIS CREW: Kiersten Pratt and Kelvin Gale. Working his way up from mid-pack or deeper starts most nights, Howes made up for a DNF in the Canyon Speedway Park show to win the tour crown. Second- and third-place finishes at Somerton preceded his victory on championship night.  HIS SPONSORS: McKenney Storm and Log of Clarksville; Brian Foundation Repair of Edina; Arment Enterprises of Columbia; Kelvin Gale Farms of What Cheer, Iowa; Precision Performance of Oxford, Iowa; Outdoor Power of Quincy, Ill.; and Envision Home Inspection of Port St. Lucie, Fla. He didn’t have any problem finding the fastest way around them once he got there. “It was a lot of fun to go out there without knowing anything about the tracks, run with the guys who race at them weekly and beat them,” he said. “This definitely has been the highlight of my career so far.” center_img Closer to home, he’d race at nine different tracks in four states, winning four times. Three of those checkers came at Quincy Raceway. MEMPHIS, Mo. – Austin Howes admitted to having some concerns about finding the tracks during his travels on the Karl Performance Arizona IMCA Tour.  Howes chalked up a win and six top five finishes in topping point standings for the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod half of the February tour. The Memphis, Mo., driver wrapped up the title with a convincing run to the checkers in the finale at Cocopah Speedway. Wins-1                    Top Five Finishes-6           Starts-8last_img read more

Rodgers not questioning integrity

first_img Press Association Sport understands the Football Association is looking into Rodgers’ comments. Rodgers claims he was trying to make a valid point and did not intend to slight Mason. He said: “In terms of geography, I certainly wasn’t questioning the integrity of referees. “I fully understand the job. It was more than logical (as a comment) in terms of having a referee from that part of the world refereeing a game in Manchester. “I wouldn’t suspect that Mike Dean, from the Wirral, has refereed many games for Liverpool over the years.” Rodgers, speaking to the press again to preview Sunday’s game at Chelsea, would make his point to the FA if disciplinary action did follow. He said: “I think it is probably something that naturally happens. “I was only speaking honestly after the game. I think the FA and the Referees’ Association know perfectly well I am someone who engages in supporting the referees. Brendan Rodgers insists his remarks about referee Lee Mason after Liverpool’s loss at Manchester City were not meant as an attack on the official’s integrity. Liverpool boss Rodgers questioned the appointment of a Greater Manchester referee in Mason, of Bolton, to the Reds’ Boxing Day clash against City at the Etihad Stadium. Rodgers spoke out after the game as he expressed his frustration at a number of decisions made by Mason or his assistants during the 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat. Press Association “I am not one that berates referees at all after games, I always respect them. I ask my staff to be respectful. We are never chasing fourth officials or anything on a matchday. “I think they know when I come out and make a statement like I did yesterday – I was obviously emotional after the game, of course – it is obviously something I speak honestly on. “Whatever action they take they will decide.” The FA does not appoint referees for Premier League fixtures, that is the responsibility of Professional Game Match Official Limited, the body headed by former referee Mike Riley. Dean, incidentally, was dropped from the FA Cup final between Liverpool and West Ham in 2006 for geographical reasons. Rodgers’ views on the various incidents in the game at City had also not changed. Liverpool were frustrated by a number of decisions, most notably when Raheem Sterling was incorrectly flagged offside when clean through in the first half. Rodgers said: “I think it was continuous throughout the game – the decision-making being poor. I think there was evidence of that. “I have to speak on behalf of the supporters of this club. This club is an emotional investment for many millions of people throughout the world. As the manager I represent them. “I am sure wherever they were throughout the world they would have been asking questions on the decision-making. I repeat, I didn’t think it was so good. “I am sure it is something they will look at, but I will always fight my corner. “That is the type I am, and always will be, but I respect the authorities. We will see what happens.” last_img read more