IPL 2017 Venues: Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium, Pune

first_imgLocated at Gahunje near Pune, the Maharashtra Cricket Associationstadium has been home to the Maharashtra cricket team. The stadium wasformed in 2012 following the growth of Indian audience and influencetowards international cricket. The MCA thereon commissioned HopkinsArchitects of London to design a new 36,000 seat stadium in Pune.The stadium witnessed it’s first-ever cricket match in the 2012 IPL clashbetween Kings XI Punjab and Pune Warriors in April. It also went on tohost it’s first T20 International match played between India and England in December, 2012.In 2013, the Indian company Sahara IndiaPariwar bought the naming rights and the stadium was renamed the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium. However, the name was changed back to theMaharashtra Cricket Association Stadium because Sahara paid only a partof the Rs 200 crore that it had promised when acquiring the rights.last_img read more

Daily Bullets (Oct. 20): Pokes, Sanders at a Crossroads This Season

first_imgNon-OSU Bullets• Loved this pod on Milk Bar. Show up and mean it is the best phrase. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I’m wearing all black this morning.Bullets Rundown• OSU’s crossroads• Sanders’ crossroads• How we view GundyScores• FB: OSU 45 | Baylor 27OSU Bullets• Jenni Carlson writes about OSU’s crossroads here.So, what will become of this season?Road games at Iowa State and West Virginia remain along with home games against TCU, Kansas and Oklahoma. Wins against at least two or three of those teams seem possible, but it’s hard to say that any of them are sure wins.“We’ve still got a whole bunch of football to play still,” Wallace said. “It’s really now about testing the kind of football player, the kind of person you are. Are we going to go in here and just kind of lay down? Or are we going to go out there and fight? [NewsOK]I normally chuckle at the “OSU will be lucky to make a bowl game” crowd. I don’t think I’m chuckling this year.• Guerin Emig writes about how Spencer is at a bit of a crossroads himself.He knows that. Youth isn’t an excuse, as Sanders himself realizes, saying: “A lot of people are like, ‘He’s a freshman.’ Nah. You can’t say that anymore. It’s my fault. I’ve gotta fix it.”He’s the only one who can do that. Gundy and Gleeson can talk about drilling ball security in practice, can even try to game-plan to promote it, but this is ultimately on the player.… So we’re back to Sanders playing through it, a kid who means well and wants so badly to do well, playing through the most trying stretch of his young career. [Tulsa World]Listen, I’m going down with the ship if it goes down. But the last eight quarters have been rough.• Not sure this is it …Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy complimented and criticized the fans all in one postgame interview and I get what he is saying. The comments from some of the fans as they were rushing out of the stadium after Baylor converted the last touchdown in 45-27 come from behind win at the start of the fourth quarter was pretty brutal, most of it aimed at Gundy. He’s the leader of the program and over the years, despite his success, he has won some fans over, but alienated others. [Go Pokes]This frames the entire thing to make it seem like people just don’t like Gundy because he’s Gundy. No, people are frustrated with Gundy for legit reasons because OSU is 10-13 in their last Big 12 games and 7-6 as a home favorite since 2017. That’s not reactionary, it’s a reality.• Only six teams have a worse turnover margin than OSU right now. The names are not encouraging: UNLV, New Mexico, Rutgers.• Here are my 10 thoughts on the game. And a notebook.• This thread on Gundy — if you’re a PFB+ subscriber — is amazing to roll through. If you’re not a subscriber, you can become one here.• Kyle Cox wrote about how OSU isn’t considering a change at QB.• This is what won the dunk contest, which I hope is not foreshadowing of the season.That was close 😅#DunkContestChamp | #okstatehc pic.twitter.com/DDin0tUdry— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) October 19, 2019• A summation of the Kansas-Texas game! OSU, by the way, is a Texas FG from being tied for last in the Big 12 heading to the end of October.Kansas coach Les Miles: “You think that people that leave the stadium will know Kansas? I think they will know that phrase. Kansas. It seems a little bit more now to me. Kansas.”— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) October 20, 2019• Here are those B12 records by the way.Screen Shot 2019-10-20 at 6.46.24 AM.png• This is pretty good.Sunday’s #OKState postgame cover in @TheOklahoman:@JenniCarlson_OK: https://t.co/e0tWX1LtVW@ScottWrightOK: https://t.co/fF2R4LtUqa@jacobunruh: https://t.co/i4rCMXi0wEGrades: https://t.co/5ic6G95enb🔢: https://t.co/i4rCMXi0wESubscribe: https://t.co/AqBi7ijXUU pic.twitter.com/2Kw0sFKyNT— Jeff Patterson (@jeffpattOKC) October 20, 2019• LOL at this.Are you ready? @Rudolph2Mason’s ready! @EmanOgbah’s ready! We’re ready! Let’s goooooooo! 🔶 #GoPokes | #OKStateHC ⚫️ pic.twitter.com/maYhDO9ijR— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 19, 2019• I think this is where I’m at, too.#okstate pic.twitter.com/X5xwR6A4Je— Walch (@Walch21) October 20, 2019• I stayed up for this and I’m glad I did.GO CRAZY, HOUSTON!!! pic.twitter.com/QCOSDExsSV— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 20, 2019last_img read more

Live Blogging from Dreamforce

first_imgKatya’s note: My colleague Jono, who guest-starred here at the blog earlier this year when I was on a tropical island, is at Salesforce’s Dreamforce meeting out in San Fran. He’s going to share some reports hot from the center of relationship management nirvana. Network for Good has been working with Salesforce.com to adapt its database tools to nonprofits. Here’s what he’s heard so far — more to follow!By Jono SmithHundreds of nonprofit marketers and fundraisers are among the 7,000 attendees from 42 countries gathering this week in San Francisco at Dreamforce 2007, Salesforce.com’s annual users’ conference. I will be blogging from Dreamforce this week with examples and tips for using technology to improve the effectiveness of nonprofit marketing.In the meantime, I am currently live blogging from the opening keynote, where salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is speaking about how community-driven models—arising from the Internet—create new possibilities for organizations to innovate without huge investments in software and technology infrastructure. Marc just introduced another Marc–Marc Sternberg is the principal of Bronx Lab School, a nonprofit, public college preparatory school funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.The vision for Bronx Lab School is uncomplicated: with the right support, work ethic and attitude, its students can succeed. Through small class and school size, a passionate and cohesive staff committed to innovative and dynamic project-based instruction, and a non-negotiable culture of excellence, Bronx Lab’s students excel.School Principal Marc Sternberg is speaking about how his Bronx Lab School is managing accountability by using salesforce to measure and track behavior, attendance and homework.”One of the important metrics we must report to the Department of Education is our student attendance. With accurate attendance benchmarks, we can retain control of the way we run our school, and stay up-to-date on our teaching staff needs. Salesforce has allowed us to create a detailed student database that does much more than generate the reports we need for the city, it helps us identify students who may need extra help to stay in school.”If you are interested in examples of how technology is helping nonprofits improve their marketing and online fundraising results, stay tuned this week for more updates from Dreamforce. If you are attending Dreamforce, stop by and visit Network for Good in the nonprofit pavilion on Tuesday between 11am-12:30pm.last_img read more

WHO Recommendations for Prevention and Treatment of Maternal Peripartum Infections: Webinar on 17 May!

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 10, 2016July 28, 2016Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched new guidance on the prevention and treatment of bacterial infections of the mother during the peripartum period.  To review the 20 recommendations and learn how these evidence-based guidelines were developed, attend the webinar on 17 May! Please join Dr. Mercedes Bonet from the Department of Reproductive Health Research online; details and RSVP link below.WEBINAR: WHO recommendations for prevention and treatment of maternal peripartum infections17 May 20169:00-10:00 CET (7:00-8:00 GMT, 15:00-16:00CST)To register for the webinar, click here.If you have any questions, please email khand@who.int.If you’d like more information on the prevention and treatment of maternal infections, you can take this online course developed by our partners at the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research.Share this:last_img read more

Advancing Maternal #HealthForAll at the 2017 Institutionalizing Community Health Conference

first_imgPosted on March 13, 2017May 19, 2017By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) is delighted to participate in and support the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference (ICHC) in Johannesburg, South Africa, taking place 27-30 March 2017. The conference will bring together 350 leading experts in community health workforce from nearly 40 countries for a four-day, highly interactive event.The conference, hosted by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), aims to help countries strengthen partnerships with communities for improved maternal, newborn and child health. As stated in WHO’s Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030, maximizing the education and deployment of community-based health workers is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Agenda. The Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030) affirms community health work as an essential component of health system resilience.Join the discussion on social media and follow along virtually!Participate in a Twitter Chat on 14 March to discuss why community health is crucial to achieving sustainable development and universal primary health care. Please see the Twitter Chat toolkit for full details.14 March 2017 | 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM EDTHashtag: #HealthForAllTwitter Handle: @MCSPGlobalJoin the discussion and submit questions to panelists during the conference using the hashtag #HealthForAll. The MHTF will be live-tweeting select sessions, focusing on the link between community health and maternal newborn health. Please see the conference social media toolkit for full details.Watch the live-streamed plenary sessions and host a viewing party with colleagues to promote the discussion on community health! Access the live-stream and viewing party toolkit here.Attending the conference? Join us at the following MHTF-supported panels:Session 26: Community empowerment and genderSession 30: Building national capacity and demand for implementation research to take forward the community health agendaSession 32: Selected topics in implementation research for community-based service deliveryPlease see the conference program for full details.—The MHTF will be at the conference gathering the most relevant information on how advancing community health approaches can improve global maternal newborn health. Subscribe to receive key updates, takeaways and lessons learned from ICHC 2017!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Tough times for once-mighty South Africa cricket team

first_img Comments Share your thoughts The South Africa cricket team has gone down faster than a downhill skier, and the climb back for one of the world’s greatest squads to its former glory will be long and arduous.The touring Proteas were whitewashed 3-0 in the Test series in India, and it was painful to see them hurtle downhill without putting up a fight one would normally associate with a world-class outfit.A fired-up India completed South Africa’s humiliation on the fourth day of the final Test in Ranchi on Tuesday, when spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, making his debut, took the final two wickets on consecutive balls to lead the home team to an innings and 202 runs win and complete the rout.The day’s play lasted a mere 12 balls as South Africa folded for 133 after being made to follow on after India posted 497 for nine. South Africa was shot out for 162 in the first with pace men Mohammad Shami (two for 22) and Umesh Yadav (three for 40) doing the damage.Shami padded his wicket haul with three for 10 and Yadav grabbing two for 35 in the second, while Rohit Sharma completed his dream debut as an opener by compiling yet another double century (212) and Ajinkya Rahane making 115. It was Sharma’s second double ton in the series with other double-doubles from Mayank Agarwal (215) and captain Virat Kohli (254 not out).Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.For the Proteas, who lost two of the three Tests by an innings, it was one of their worst series since readmission in 1991 following its international isolation because of the country’s apartheid rules.South Africa’s poor run started in February, when it lost at home to Sri Lanka in a series it was expected to win without blinking.Then came that disastrous showing at the World Cup, where it finished seventh and in the process it fired coach Ottis Gibson.A new management has not helped as evidenced by the thrashing in India and even though it has lost high-profile players such as Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, and Dale Steyn, that is no excuse for its showing in India. After all it fielded a first-class bowling unit that included Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander, and Keshav Maharaj, and solid batsmen in Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Theunis de Bruyn, and Temba Bavuma.It has a couple of months to get its act together before England lands in now not-so-sunny South Africa in a couple of months.KUMAR ON FIREToronto-born Nitish Kumar earned his first cap for Canada at the age of 15. Ten years later, the former captain of the national team and now a mature all-rounder is carrying a huge load on his shoulders as he looks to pilot his country to its first T20 World Cup finals in Australia in 2020.Canada, one of 14 countries in the qualifiers being held in the United Arab Republic, has made a tremendous start in its effort to grab one of the six available places and heads Group B with two victories thanks to Kumar, who was named man-of-the-match on both occasions.In the opener against Jersey, Kumar’s quick-fire 36-ball 83 propelled Canada to 176 for five and Jeremy Gordon then claimed three for 14 to restrict Jersey to 123 for a 53-run win.In the second game against Nigeria, it was Kumar and wicket-keeper Hamza Tariq who were at their best. Kumar struck a superb unbeaten 57 off 36 balls and Tariq smashed a 16-ball 33 with three sixes as Canada posted 159 for seven. Nigeria stumbled to 109 for eight to hand Canada a 50-run win.NOT ANOTHER TOURNEY?What the heck is The Hundred? It’s another ridiculous tournament set to join the cricketing circus in 2020. It is the brainchild of some Englishmen who could no longer sit back and see the Indian Premier League and Australia’s Big Bash League earn millions of dollars through television revenue while the country that introduced the game could only watch.So The Hundred has been born and that means an even more crowded calendar taken up by another slam-bang competition that I believe will eventually lead to the death of Test cricket. Even before the first ball is delivered, the clowns who came up with this tournament have achieved their goal. The Hundred has landed a massive TV deal.So how does this tournament work? It just happens to be a form of limited cricket with each innings consisting of 15 traditional six-ball overs followed by a 10-ball over. It’s just another bastardized version of the T20 game and should last under four hours. The eight-franchise tournament will be played in July and August next year, and several Aussie players were recruited because of their availability. The top players will earn a whopping $160,000 (U.S.) and they include Steve Smith, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, and Glenn Maxwell.The world’s best T20 bowler, Rashid Khan, Afghanistan’s ace leg spinner, became the first overseas player to be picked for $160,000 and among those sensationally snubbed were West Indies power-hitter Chris Gayle, Sri Lanka’s fast bowler Lasith Malinga, and Kagiso Rabada, who were expected to fetch top bucks. Other high-profile omissions include West Indians Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, and New Zealand left-armer Trent Boult. 0last_img read more

Maradona open to Argentina return amid Gimnasia links

first_imgDiego Maradona said it would be an “honour” to coach in Argentina, though the footballing great insisted he has not received or rejected any offers amid links to Gimnasia La Plata.Superliga Argentina strugglers Gimnasia want Maradona as head coach, with reports claiming contact between the two parties is already official.Maradona has been out of work since leaving Mexican second-tier side Dorados in June due to health reasons – the 58-year-old undergoing shoulder and knee surgery. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Amid speculation linking him to Gimnasia – who are winless and bottom of the table after five games – former Argentina boss Maradona took to Instagram to address the rumours.”I want to clarify that I did not receive or reject any proposal from Argentine teams, as they are saying,” Maradona wrote.”I had no official contact with any club. I am in good health and of course it would be an honour for me to lead in my country.”I always liked the challenges. I send a hug to everyone.”Maradona joined Dorados in September 2018 and led the club to the final of both the Apertura and Clausura, but lost on both occasions to Atletico San Luis, therefore missing out on promotion to Liga MX.At the end of his stint in Mexico it was announced that he would be stepping down because of health concerns. Regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, Maradona’s playing career saw him represent Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys.Maradona – who led Argentina at the 2010 World Cup – also spent some time coaching in his homeland, leading Textil Mandiyu and Racing Club in 1994 and 1995, while he served as mental coach at Deportivo Riestra from 2013 to 2017.last_img read more

Xhaka reveals injury issue amid form questions

first_imgGranit Xhaka claims to have been carrying a knock for “a few weeks” at Arsenal, with an Achilles complaint impacting on his form over the early weeks of the season.The Switzerland international midfielder has come in for criticism again at Emirates Stadium.He has struggled to convince many over the course of a three-year spell in north London, with questions continuing to be asked of his temperament. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Another reckless lunge inside his own penalty area during a north London derby date with Tottenham almost cost Arsenal dear, with Unai Emery’s side having to battle back from two goals down to snatch a point.Xhaka, though, has revealed that a fitness issue which he is now clear of has been holding him back.He told reporters while away on Euro 2020 qualifying duty: “I’ve been suffering from Achilles tendon pain for a few weeks now. I felt it during the game.”It hurts now, but it should be okay otherwise.”Xhaka has been able to call upon the support of his manager during a testing start to 2019-20, with Emery shrugging off any mistakes, but Arsenal icon Ian Wright has suggested that the 26-year-old’s place may come under threat at some stage in the near future.He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “He shouldn’t be named captain, he should be focusing on his own game.”The captaincy and all the responsibility that comes with that, he makes the mistakes that, if I’m on the pitch and Tony Adams is on the pitch making mistakes like that, I’m thinking ‘what are you doing?!’.”He made so many fouls [against Spurs], he could have easily been sent off. I saw [Matteo] Guendouzi make a challenge in the box where he saw the danger, started to ease over to him and he intercepted it.”He doesn’t recognise danger, Xhaka. I do feel like we’ve come to the stage where Joe Willock is pushing him, Guendouzi is definitely pushing him, picking up the ball from deep and doing the job that he’s doing and alongside David Luiz, whatever anyone says about him, he sprays some unbelievable balls.”The fact is, I think he slows it down now.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

FIFA player ratings: The evolutions of Ronaldo, Messi & Neymar

first_imgLionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are the three best players in FIFA 20 – but they weren’t always as highly rated in the game.The trio started at the bottom but have progressed over the years to become the most brutal weapons used by gamers today.Goal analyses the base cards of the top five-rated players in FIFA 20 from their first appearances in the franchise up until today…last_img

Liverpool face being thrown out of Carabao Cup

first_imgLiverpool face being disqualified from the Carabao Cup as the EFL has opened an investigation into the eligibility of one of the players they fielded against MK Dons on Wednesday.Jurgen Klopp fielded a much-changed starting XI in midweek as the Reds beat the League Two side 2-0 in their third round tie.However, one of those included, 22-year-old Pedro Chirivella, may not have met the registration criteria – related to an International Transfer Certificate issue. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The EFL has the authority to fine or eject the club from the competition altogether, but sources told Goal that they believe there will be a strong mitigation.”The club are aware of a potential administrative issue pertaining to one of our players,” a statement issued by Liverpool said. “We are working with the relevant authorities in order to establish the facts of the matter and will be making no further comment until this process is complete.”The Reds made 11 changes to the team that beat Chelsea 2-1 in the Premier League, as Herbie Kane and Sepp van den Berg made their debuts against MK Dons and Caoimhin Kelleher, Rhian Brewster and Harvey Elliott also featured.Even if the Anfield outfit are found guilty of the offence, precedent suggests they are likely to be handed a fine.The EFL hit Sunderland with a financial sanction in 2014 after they fielded striker Ji Dong-Won in the competition – also against MK Dons.The South Korean also featured in four Premier League matches, leading to the club being fined by both bodies.That case also related to a registration error, as the Black Cats did not realise they required international clearance to field Ji upon his return from loan at German side Augsburg.But one of the mitigating factors in the Ji case was that Sunderland were losing when the attacker was taken off, though they then went on to win 4-2.Sunderland went on to reach the cup final that season, where they lost to Manchester City.Liverpool have been paired with Arsenal in the fourth round of this year’s competition and will host Unai Emery’s side at Anfield on October 30. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Mohamed returns as Monterrey manager

first_imgHe’s back.After more than a week of speculation about who would take over Monterrey’s vacant managerial job, it’s a familiar face returning to the bench for Rayados. Antonio Mohamed, who coached the team from 2015-2018 is returning, the club announced Wednesday night.”Football Club Monterrey Rayados informs that Antonio Mohamed will take over as manager of the team,” a statement read. “Mohamed will come to take charge of the commitments we have in the current semester, the 2019 Liga MX Apertura and the Club World Cup which will take place in December in Qatar. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “Mohamed and his coaching staff will take charge of the team from Monday.”Mohamed won league titles with Club Tijuana and Club America but wasn’t able to get Monterrey over the hump for its first crown since the 2010 Apertura. His Monterrey team twice finished runner-up in the league and also were the 2017 Apertura Copa MX champions.The 49-year-old left Monterrey and took over La Liga side Celta de Vigo but struggled to get results in Spain and was sacked just three months into in the 2018-19 season. He returned to his native Argentina and coached Huracan, his first professional club as a player, for the fourth time but parted ways with the team after failing to advance past the Copa Libertadores group stage.”Honestly, the happiness I have is enormous,” Mohamed said in a video posted to social media that started with his sign off to fans on the last day as Monterrey manager.”We’re going for the rematch. We need to support of the best fans in Mexico to go for glory together. See you soon.” Former Chivas manager Matias Alemyda reportedly was Rayados’ top target, but the Argentine is currently employed with the San Jose Earthquakes. Almeyda reiterated his commitment to the Quakes in a press conference on Wednesday.Mohamed was replaced by former Pachuca manager Diego Alonso, who the team let go at the end of September after a run of poor results in league play was capped off by a defeat to rival Tigres. The first game of his second stint will come on October 20 when Monterrey hosts Chivas at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer.last_img read more

‘Jorginho will always have desire to return to Serie A’

first_imgJorginho may be happy at Chelsea for now, but the Italy international’s agent has admitted that the midfielder “will always have the desire” to return to Serie A.The Brazil-born star traded life in the Italian top-flight for that in the Premier League during the summer of 2018.He followed Maurizio Sarri in swapping Napoli for Stamford Bridge, with the pair having enjoyed a productive working relationship. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career It was suggested during the last transfer window that Jorginho may look to remain under Sarri’s stewardship by securing a switch to Juventus.No move came about, with the 27-year-old claiming to be fully committed to the cause at Chelsea.His representative, Joao Santos, says that remains the case, but admits that a return to Italy could be made at some stage in the future.He told Radio Sportiva: “Anything is possible in football, he will always have the desire to come back.”He acquired valuable experience in the Premier League and he would give a big contribution in Serie A. He could play for two or three sides that fight for the title.”Jorginho Chelsea 2019-20Jorginho was, unsurprisingly, a favoured option for Sarri during his debut campaign in west London.He has retained a prominent role in Frank Lampard’s plans, with Santos considering the talented playmaker to have benefited from working under two very different coaches.”It’s been a positive year for him,” he added.”He’s doing well in the national team and can play the Euros. He always scores from a penalty, I’m very happy for him as he works hard and seriously every day.”His debut with [former Italy boss Giampiero] Ventura surely wasn’t positive, but he slowly secured a spot in the starting eleven.”Playing at Chelsea counts for a lot, it’s a very intense type of football and he learned a lot with Sarri and Lampard.”I think Jorginho will do very well in the Euros and why not, in the following World Cup as well. Besides, there are not many chances in the national team and you need to be ready to star in each game.”Jorginho has helped Italy to book their place at Euro 2020 with three games to spare, while he is also looking to help Chelsea secure another top-four finish and Champions League progress.last_img read more

Sterling: Don’t talk to me about Messi & Ronaldo!

first_imgRaheem Sterling admits he would need to net “50 or 60 goals a year for the next 15 years” to get near Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Manchester City winger not overly keen on comparisons to two all-time greats.The England international has been placed into a talent bracket towards the very top of the world game after starring for club and country in recent years.End product has been added under the guidance of Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium, with 48 club goals recorded across the last two seasons. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Sterling has another nine to his name this time, while helping to fire the Three Lions towards Euro 2020, but does not consider himself to be anywhere near the standard set by two five-time Ballon d’Or winners on the books of Barcelona and Juventus.He told FourFourTwo: “Messi’s one of a kind.“Bro, if I’m scoring 50 or 60 goals a year for the next 15 years, then you can talk to me about that – right now, don’t talk to me about Ronaldo or Messi!“I don’t want to hear that connection.“I’m not saying I don’t value myself, but those are two guys who have been doing it for 15 years. That’s not heard of: 40, 50, 60 goals for 15 years.”Raheem Sterling, Man CitySterling has positioned himself on an upward career curve and is already being talked about as a potential Golden Ball winner of the future.At 24 years of age, and with plenty of potential to still unlock in his game, the in-form forward is, however, reluctant to get caught up in the hype which now surrounds him.Sterling added: “There’s a long process to go for that. “But I’m developing and I want to get my numbers better every single year.“If I’m doing that in 10 or 15 years’ time, then OK, maybe. But it’s early days.”Sterling will be hoping to get back among the goals when City return to Champions League action against Atalanta on Tuesday.Pep Guardiola’s side will then play host to Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday as they seek to continue eating away at the six-point lead Liverpool hold at the top of the table. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

A’s clinch playoff berth, then beat Mariners 7-3

first_img The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. Subscribe Today Published: September 24, 2018, 11:12pm Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share: GO Share: One big contributor is Davis, the team’s designated hitter, with 120 RBIs. Davis has hit at least 40 homers and driven in over 100 runs in each of this three seasons with the Athletics.Blake Treinen, who pitched a perfect ninth inning , is 9-2 and one of the top closers in baseball this season with 37 saves and a 0.81 ERA, the lowest of all major-league relievers with at least 75 innings pitched. Opponents have a .091 batting average against Treinen this season with runners in scoring position.“It’s amazing,” Melvin said. “Not only is he doing it closing games, he’s doing in game when we’re tied and he’s pitching two innings at times. The numbers are absolutely fantastic. I don’t know that I’ve seen numbers like that from any closer in quite some time. He’s meant a lot to this team.”The A’s are the only team in the majors with an undefeated record this season when leading after seven innings (68-0) and have the best record in one-run games at 31-13. Oakland made key moves to bolster the pitching staff via trades over the summer by adding veteran relievers Juerys Familia and Fernando Rodney and starter Mike Fiers, who is 5-1 with a 2.90 ERA since joining the Athletics.The A’s overcame losing key starters from their rotation down the stretch. That included left-hander Sean Manaea, who pitched a no-hitter on April 21 against Boston and is done for the year recover from arthroscopic shoulder surgery that took place this past week.The Athletics will be making their fourth playoff appearance in the last seven seasons, all under Melvin, and their 27th overall. The A’s lost at Kansas City 9-8 in 12 innings in the 2014 wild-card game, the last time Oakland reached the postseason.The last time the A’s reached the World Series was 1990, losing in four games to Cincinnati. Oakland won the 1989 World Series after the Bay Area earthquake, sweeping San Francisco.center_img By Associated Press Oakland Athletics’ Trevor Cahill is doused in the clubhouse celebration after clinching a wild card spot after the baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) SEATTLE — The Oakland Athletics clinched their first playoff berth since 2014, then beat the Seattle Mariners 7-3 Monday night behind Khris Davis’ major league-leading 46th home run.Jonathan Lucroy, Jed Lowrie and Matt Chapman also homered for the A’s, assured no worse than a wild-card berth.Oakland was one out into the game when Tampa Bay was eliminated with a 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees. The A’s went on to win after Chapman broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run drive in the seventh off Shawn Armstrong (0-1).Coming off three straight last-place finishes in the AL West, the A’s (95-62) are 4½ games behind AL West-leading Houston. They trail the Yankees by 1½ games for home-field advantage should they meet in a wild-card matchup. TRAINER’S ROOMAthletics: Oakland starting pitcher Daniel Mengden was on the ground writhing in pain when he took a liner off his right foot that was hit by Denard Span. Mengden was on the ground for about five minutes, but got up and surprisingly stayed in the game. LHP Ryan Buchter (5-0) got two outs, and three more relievers completed a six-hitter.Mariners: LHP James Paxton, making his first start since Sept. 7 after a bout with pneumonia, allowed two runs — both on homers— and three hits. He left after four innings and 71 pitches because he was on a pitch count.UP NEXTAthletics: LHP Brett Anderson (4-5, 3.96 ERA) will make his third start Tuesday since coming off the 10-day DL (strained left forearm) on Sept. 13. Anderson is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA since coming off the DL.Mariners: RHP Mike Leake (10-10, 4.10 ERA) will make his 31st start Tuesday. Leake gave up five runs in 6.1 inning in his last start at Houston, but allowed only one run over 13 innings in his two starts prior to that outing. Robinson Cano and Dee Gordon homered for the Mariners.Few predicted the A’s could make the playoffs this season, a young team with few proven stars and a team that was 75-87 a year ago. Oakland won only 68 games in 2015 and 69 in 2016. The A’s have the third-lowest payroll among the 30 major league clubs at $78 million for their 40-man roster, ahead of only the White Sox and Rays.Oakland was 34-36 and 11 games behind Seattle in the wild-card on June 15. The A’s have gone 61-26 since.“We’ve had some younger players mature and become, for me, stars,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said Monday before the game. “I think the two guys on the corners (third baseman Matt Chapman and first baseman Matt Olson) should win Gold Gloves.“Our defense is night-and-day to what it was and it’s gotten better as the year’s gone along. We’ve gone from last year being one of the worst defenses in the league to now one of the best. Our bullpen has been a strength for us all year. We don’t just rely on one facet. We seem to be able to win in different ways.” By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. A’s clinch playoff berth, then beat Mariners 7-3 Yankees beating Rays put A’s in playoffslast_img read more

Mountain View inches closer to 3A GSHL crown, tops Evergreen 55-14

first_img Mountain View’s Garrett Moen runs the ball against Evergreen defender at McKenzie Stadium on Thursday night, Oct. 11, 2018. (Nathan Howard/The Columbian) Photo Gallery GO —MOUNTAIN VIEW 55. EVERGREEN 14M. View 14 28 7 7 – 55Evergreen 0 7 0 7 – 14First quarterMV — Makai Anderson 29 pass from Garrett Moen (Jude Mullette kick)MV — Moen 25 run (Mullette kick)Second quarterMV — Jack Mertens 26 run (Mullette kick)E — Eli Vaa-Leiataua 4 run (Eli Del-Angel kick)MV — Mertens 25 run (Mullette kick)MV — Philip Earnhardt 60 pass from Moen (Mullette kick)MV — Michael Bolds 6 pass from Moen (Mullette kick)Third quarterMV — Mertens 35 run (kick blocked)Fourth quarterMV — Malikiah Batties 6 run (Mullette kick)E — Vaa-Leiataua 5 run (Del-Angel kick)INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRUSHING — Evergreen: Eli Vaa-Leiataua 17-76, Ryan Blaize 1-(minus-2), Zyell Griffin 3-12, Cam Smith 1-3; Mountain View: Jack Mertens 9-130, Garrett Moen 7-92, Bobby Shepard 1-8, Colton Drake 1-(minus-1), Xavier Mayo 1-17, Alec Cann 5-20, Malikiah Batties 5-26, Juan Jimenez 1-(minus-4). PASSING — Evergreen: Ryan Blaize 14-20-2-186; Mountain View: Garrett Moen 7-11-0-181, Kury Santiago 2-2-0-47RECEIVING — Vaa-Leiataua 2-6, Jaylen Fite 1-20, Tae Marks 3-18, Zyell Griffin 4-91, Eli Vaa-Leiataua 1-7, Isaijah Griggs 3-51; Mountain View: Philip Earnhardt 4-125, Michael Bolds 2-37, Dominic Stephens 2-47, Makai Anderson 1-29. Share: What is Mountain View’s preparation going into its showdown with undefeated Kelso next week for the 3A Greater St. Helens League title? The same preparation that’s led the Thunder to a 6-1 record, a top-5 Class 3A Associated Press ranking, and now winners of six straight games after Thursday’s home win over Evergreen.“It’s going to be the same thing every week,” said junior tight end Dominic Stephens, who had two catches Thursday for 47 yards from backup quarterback Kury Santiago. “We prepare the same for everybody. Even if it’s Kelso or Union, we don’t change anything, and we get after it.”Thursday’s 55-14 victory over the Plainsmen at McKenzie Stadium likely sets the Thunder (6-1, 3-0) up with Kelso with the league title at stake for the third straight season. 15 Photos Evergreen PlainsmenMountain View Thunder Receive latest stories and local news in your email: @MegWochnick Follow The Columbian on Instagram 17 Photos Next week, though, is a step up in preparation. No social media, coach Adam Mathieson told his players postgame. “We don’t want anymore targets on our back than we already have,” senior Justin Lufkin-Quant said. Last season, Mountain View edged Kelso in overtime at McKenzie Stadium on its way to completing its undefeated league season and reaching the first round of the  3A state playoffs. The Thunder know all too well to expect perhaps its toughest test since its season-opening loss to 4A Union against a Kelso (6-0) team that’s averaging 40 points per game and hasn’t allowed more than 18 points in a single game. Lufkin-Quant believes he and the Thunder are “living a dynasty.” Thursday’s win is now 13 straight 3A GSHL wins. A win next week plus a victory over Fort Vancouver (0-6) to conclude the regular season would complete a third straight unbeaten league season for Mountain View. Despite losing two straight, Evergreen (3-4, 1-2) is still alive for a playoff spot. The Plainsmen can secure the final berth with wins over Hudson’s Bay and Prairie the next two weeks. Bay and Prairie play Friday. A loss in either contest increases the likelihood of a three-team tie with Hudson’s Bay and Prairie to settle third place and the final playoff berth. Winning a three-team tiebreaker is how the Plainsmen reached the postseason in 2016. Eli Vaa-Leiataua had both of Evergreen’s touchdowns. Zyell Griffin finished with four catches for 91 yards. center_img Meg Wochnick Columbian staff writer By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer Published: October 11, 2018, 7:58pm Tags Mountain View inches closer to 3A GSHL crown, tops Evergreen 55-14 Thunder face Kelso (6-0) next week with league title at stake meg.wochnick@columbian.com Follow By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Mountain View Vs. Evergreen Football Photo Gallery The winner of next Friday’s game at Kelso’s newly turfed Schroeder Field also receives the league’s top seed and a home game to open the playoffs. Thursday, Mountain View scored on a 29-yard touchdown reception by Makai Anderson from Garrett Moen on its first play. By halftime, the Thunder led 42-7, scoring touchdowns on its first six drives from Moen (25-yard run), Jack Mertens (runs of 25 and 26 yards), and Philip Earnhardt (60-yard pass) and Michael Bolds (6-yard pass). Mertens, one of eight Thunder ball carriers on the night, finished with a game-high 130 yards on nine carries and three touchdowns. His 35-yard run to open the second-half scoring put the Thunder’s lead at 48-7 with 10 minutes, 11 seconds left in the third quarter. Moen threw three touchdown passes in addition to his rushing score. Share: (360) 735-4521last_img read more

Explore the ‘Seven Kingdoms’ and Beyond with Insight Vacations

first_imgDELRAY BEACH, Fla., July 18, 2017 – The seventh and penultimate season of HBO’s much-loved show “Game of Thrones” is finally here! Any fan worth their Valyrian steel sword will be glued to the TV for the next few weeks to learn the fate of Jon Snow, Daenerys, Cersei, Littlefinger, Melisandre  – and all the other characters that have enthralled and enraged them for the past six years. If simply watching the show isn’t enough, Insight Vacations® can help fans of the epic fantasy series walk in the footsteps of their favorite characters. The glorious landscapes, cities and monuments of Iceland, Ireland, Spain, and Croatia served as settings for the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos, from frigid Castle Black to balmy Meereen. Insight, the leader in luxury and premium escorted journeys, offers dozens of itineraries in these countries. And while Insight can’t provide a dragon for transport, they can get you there in the comfort of a luxury motor coach, with an expert Tour Director at the helm. It should come as no surprise that Iceland’s stark, snowy landscapes stand in for the frigid lands “beyond the wall” where the Wildlings, the Night’s Watch and the White Walkers battle it out. The awe-inspiring glacier and surrounding hills in Snæfellsjökull National Park depict series landmarks like The Fist of the First Men and the unforgiving Frostfang mountains. Known as “the jewel of western Iceland” and home to the country’s most famous volcano, the park’s many famous and fascinating sites can be explored by Insight guests on the 10-day “ Natural Wonders of Iceland” itinerary. No “Game of Thrones” travel guide would be complete without a nod to Croatia. Krka National Parkwas used to shoot many of the countryside scenes in the series, and the exquisite fortress city ofDubrovnik is instantly recognizable as King’s Landing. Dubrovnik, with its Venetian gothic architecture and marble-paved renaissance squares, was also used in scenes depicting Qarth and Slaver’s Bay. Insight offers several itineraries that highlight the beauty of Krka or Dubrovnik, including “ Country Roads of Croatia,” “Eastern Capitals and the Dalmatian Riviera,” “ Treasures of the Balkans” and“Dalmatian Elegance.” Spain has been the scene of many “Game of Thrones” shoots. The city of Seville has been frequently used as the setting for Dorne, and the Plaza de Toros, an active bullfighting ring, appears in the show as Meereen’s infamous fighting pit. Guests on the “Highlights of Spain” tour not only get to immerse themselves in Seville’s distinctive “Dornish” architecture, culture and history, but also explore four other cities, see a fiery flamenco show, and indulge in delectable Spanish cuisine. Northern Ireland is not only where the show’s interior scenes are filmed – sound stages in Belfast double as Winterfell, Castle Black, the High Hall of the Eyrie, and the Great Sept of Baelor – it’s also where many of the outdoor scenes depicting the Seven Kingdoms are shot. On Insight’s “Country Roads of Ireland,” the Emerald Isle’s wildly rich and enchanting landscape, ruined castles, and quiet lakes make guests feel as if they’ve traveled right into the heart of Westeros, whether they’re Team Stark or Team Lannister. For reservations, agents can contact Insight Vacations at 800-582-8380. Insight pays a minimum of 10% commission on land.For more information, please visit us at www.insightvacations.com, and join the conversation using the hashtag #INSIGHTVACATIONS or #INSIGHTMOMENTS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  About Insight Vacations Insight Vacations® is “in a class of its own,” providing premium escorted journeys that embody The Art of Touring in Style® . Guests are introduced to more than 50 countries in Europe and North America, with destinations expertly brought to life by renowned Tour Directors. Now is the time to take pleasure in authentic Signature Experiences, exciting regional cuisine and excellent hotels always handpicked for their great locations in the heart of the action. Guests enjoy a variety of smaller group touring styles guaranteed to suit all preferences and fulfill travel dreams. About The TreadRight FoundationCreated as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. Founded by Brett Tollman, Chief Executive Officer, TTC, to date TreadRight has supported more than 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. As an official Diamond Sponsor of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, TTC is dedicated to bringing the industry together with a shared goal of benefiting local communities and the environment.last_img read more

AMResorts Introduces its Newest Brand, Reflect Resorts & Spas

first_imgAMResorts, a leader in the luxury all-inclusive market, celebrates the opening of Reflect Krystal Grand Cancun and its co-branding partnership with Grupo Santa Fe, during Cancun Travel Mart  CANCUN, MEXICO (October 12, 2018) – AMResorts®, an Apple Leisure Group®(ALG) brand, and Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe, one of the leaders of Mexico’s hotel industry, hosted a cocktail reception for all Cancun Travel Mart attendees to celebrate the launch of Reflect® Krystal Grand Cancun, the product of a strategic co-branding alliance recently announced by both companies. Under the co-branded partnership model, AMResorts is responsible, through its new Reflect Resorts & Spas brand, for brand management, sales and marketing of three Grupo Santa Fe resorts in Cancun, Los Cabos and Nuevo Vallarta. The three properties were managed under the Krystal Grand® brand until June 30, 2018. Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe maintains ownership and operational control of the resorts. Now operating under the Reflect Resorts & Spas brand, these three resorts have 1,329 rooms combined with the goal of increasing international sales and attracting new clients by using ALG’s strong distribution channels. ALG is the largest seller of vacation packages in the U.S. for travel to Mexico and the Caribbean, representing approximately 3.2 million travelers annually. AMResorts is a globally-recognized leader in the luxury all-inclusive sector, with a solid sales, marketing and distribution platform. The company has nearly 20,000 rooms in its portfolio operating under several award-winning brands in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. ALG is the top seller of all-inclusive vacation packages in the U.S. leisure travel industry, possessing a vertically-integrated business model that serves travelers and destinations worldwide. Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe is a Mexican company with a long history of proven success and more than 28 years of experience in the country’s hotel industry. The Group has acquired and developed more than 10,000 rooms throughout Mexico and Latin America. Currently, it owns 27 hotels, more than 6,600 rooms and is listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange under the ticker HOTEL. “We are confident that our alliance with Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe and the Krystal®brand will certainly prove successful, as it leverages the strengths of two leading, globally-recognized hospitality groups with complementary products and service offerings,” said Alex Zozaya, CEO of Apple Leisure Group. “Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe’s growth in Mexico’s hospitality industry makes it an ideal partner for us to launch our new shared brand Reflect® Krystal Grand, which offers an innovative and unique beach resort concept.” In turn, Francisco Medina Elizalde, CEO of Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe, pointed out that “this strategic alliance gives us access to more direct, diversified and profitable distribution channels. Combined with our proven track record as one of the best hotel operators in Mexico, this alliance optimizes the results of those properties, and we can expand this model to a larger number of hotels.” Likewise, he indicated that the company is investing $8 million to renew and adapt the three properties to the standards required by AMResorts for the Reflect® Resorts & Spas brand. Gonzalo del Peón, president of AMResorts said, “this alliance allows us to continue to grow our new brand through these iconic hotels in their destinations, as well as expand our product portfolio according to the tastes and preferences of all types of travelers under our new Unlimited-Luxury® concept.” Similarly, he revealed the company’s expansion plans, including the upcoming opening of the new Sunscape Star Cancun, as well as more resorts across various brands in the region by the end of 2019 and during 2020. The company plans to reach its target of 81 hotels with nine brands in 11 countries and 36 destinations in the near future. Reflect Resorts & Spas is a family-friendly brand that will operate under theUnlimited-Luxury® model, where everything is included: reservation-free dining with à la carte service at gourmet restaurants, 24-hour room and concierge services, an unlimited premium beverage program, comprehensive day and nighttime activities for the entire family, included taxes and gratuities, and more – all without wristbands.The resorts’ vibrant beachfront locations in different exciting destinations offer the perfect escapade for all types of travelers, offering adults-only swimming pools to relax in isolation, and family-friendly swimming pools for fun, as well as enriching activities and experiences inspired by the culture of each place and more.  About Grupo Santa FeGrupo Santa Fe is one of the leading companies in Mexico’s hotel industry focused on the acquisition, development and operation of its own hotels, as well as franchises and licensed brands. The company focuses on strategic hotel location and quality, a unique hotel management model, strict expenditure control and the proprietary Krystal® brand, as well as other international brands. As of year-end 2017, the company employed over 3,200 people and generated revenues of MXN 1,581 million. For more information, please visit www.gsf-hotels.com. About Apple Leisure GroupApple Leisure Group® (ALG) is the leading North American travel, hospitality and leisure management group with the only vertically-integrated business model, serving travelers and destinations worldwide. ALG consistently delivers exceptional value to travelers and strong performance to resort owners and partners by strategically leveraging the power of its portfolio of businesses across five segments, comprising: the largest seller of vacation packages in the U.S. for travel to Mexico and the Caribbean, moving approximately 3.4 million passengers annually through the well-established vacation brands Apple Vacations ®, Travel Impressions®, CheapCaribbean.com®,, Blue Sky Tours®, Southwest Vacations, Funjet Vacations®, and United Vacations; brand management of 5-star and 4-star luxury resorts through AMResorts® award-winning brand portfolio including Zoëtry® Wellness & Spas Resorts, Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas®, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Now Resorts & Spas®, and Sunscape®Resorts & Spas; best-in-class destination management services provided by Amstar DMC and Worldstar®, the exclusive travel loyalty program Unlimited Vacation Club®; and the innovative technology solutions provider Trisept Solutions®, connecting over 88,000 travel agents with leading travel suppliers. To learn more about the Apple Leisure Group advantage, visitappleleisuregroup.com. About AMResortsAMResorts collectively provide sales, marketing and brand management services to seven individually unique resort brands including Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets, Breathless, Dreams, Now, Reflect and Sunscape Resorts & Spas. The Newtown Square-based company is continuously raising the all-inclusive concept to a new level of luxury with its signature Endless Privileges®, Unlimited-Luxury®, Defined Delights™ and Unlimited-Fun® programs. Located throughout Mexico, Jamaica, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Panama, AMResorts’ 55 award-winning properties treat every guest to premium accommodations, desirable locations and extraordinary inclusions. The brands in the collection include: boutique Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts (zoetryresorts.com; 1-888-4-ZOËTRY); adults-only Secrets Resorts & Spas (secretsresorts.com; 1-866-GO SECRETS); high-energy Breathless Resorts & Spas (breathlessresorts.com; 1-855-65-BREATHE); family-friendly Dreams Resorts & Spas (dreamsresorts.com; 1-866-2-DREAMS); vibrant Now Resorts & Spas (nowresorts.com; 1-877-NOW-9953); spirited Reflect Resorts & Spas (reflectresorts.com; 1-855-4REFLECT); and fun-filled Sunscape Resorts & Spas (sunscaperesorts.com; 1-866-SUNSCAPE). Images, logos and informational material about the AMResorts Collection of brands and properties are available at amresorts.com/mediasite/media.last_img read more

Major Milestone for PGN FSRU Lampung Project

first_imgzoom The PGN FSRU Lampung project reached a significant milestone on 17 May, when the installation and connection of the FSRU and the Tower Yoke Mooring System were finalized on site, 6 km offshore Lampung, Indonesia.The project will commence commercial operation under a 20 year time charter with PGN by the middle of June 2014.Sveinung J.S. Støhle, President and CEO of Höegh LNG, stated: “We are proud to have a leading role in this pioneer project where a Tower Yoke Mooring System, which is part of Höegh LNG’s scope, for the first time is used for an LNG import terminal. The construction of the FSRU and the Tower Yoke Mooring System have taken place in Korea and China and were completed on time and budget. This project restates Höegh LNG’s ability to develop and deliver innovative, technological advanced and tailor-made solutions to our clients.” Höegh LNG, May 19, 2014last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Victoria Bridge on Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for repairs and paving until Wednesday, Sept. 1. A traffic signal is in place. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, Havre Boucher Overpasses Frankville Road and Linwood Road overpasses, on Highway 104 near Havre Boucher, have alternating lane closures for concrete repairs, joint replacement, waterproofing, until Wednesday, Sept. 15. There will be timed lights at both overpasses to assist drivers through the construction zone but delays are expected. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Drivers can use Trunk 4 as an alternate route between Exit 37 (Monastery) and Exit 38 (Havre Boucher). Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 between Exit 15 and Exit 16 will be reduced to one lane for paving until Tuesday, Aug. 31. There will be periodic lane closures and motorists should expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Shore Road West Shore Road West, from Parker Mountain Road east for about four kilometres to Young’s Cove, will be reduced to one lane for chip sealing until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Route 201 Route 201 from Old Mill Road in South Farmington, east for about 500 metres will be reduced to one lane for paving and shoulder repairs from Monday, Aug. 30 until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office; 902-825-4151 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge, on the Cabot Trail two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 3 Sections of Trunk 3 (St. Margarets Bay Road) are reduced to one lane between Cleveland Point Road and Boutiliers Point Road for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until Sunday, Oct. 31. Local Area Office: 902-229-1109 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Traffic on sections of Trunk 7 is reduced to one lane east from the intersection of MacKinley Point Loop to allow for repaving until Thursday, Sept 30. Traffic will be directed by traffic control people and a pilot vehicle. Motorists should drive with caution and patience through the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 KINGS COUNTY: Black Rock Road Traffic on Black Rock Road will be reduced to one lane at the Highway 101 overpass for overpass repairs. Traffic signals are in place until the end of September. Drivers should expect delays and travel with extra caution in the construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Route 362 Traffic on Route 362, from Mosher Hill north for about one kilometre, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shoulder repairs from Monday, Aug. 30, until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office; 902-825-4151 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102, between Exit 12 at Brookfield and Exit 13, will be reduced to one lane for crack filling until Friday, Sept. 3. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5790 HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 2 Sections of Trunk 2, from Shubenacadie River north to the intersection of Route 214 at Elmsdale, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 12 Trunk 12, from English Mountain Road, south for about three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for brush cutting, culvert replacements, ditching and paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fox Harbour Bridge The Fox Harbour Bridge on Ferry Road, near Wallace, will be closed to traffic starting Monday, Sept. 30. A temporary, one-lane detour bridge will be opened at that time to serve drivers in the area during repairs to the regular bridge. Traffic crossing the detour bridge will be controlled by traffic signals. Drivers should travel with caution and be prepared for delays. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 CONTINUING WORK Pictou County: MacKay Road Closure Beginning Monday, Aug. 30, MacKay Road will be permanently closed at the Trans Canada Highway. Traffic from MacKay road between Trunk 4 at Linacy, and Route 347 at Coalburn, will have to use an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 VICTORIA COUNTY: Foyles Bridge Foyles Bridge located on Big Baddeck Road will be closed for bridge repairs until Monday, Aug. 30. Detour route will be posted. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101 Drivers on Highway 101, between Exit 24 (Bear River) and Exit 26 (Digby), should be prepared for heavier traffic volumes during the annual Wharf Rat Motorcycle Rally from Wednesday, Sept. 1 to Monday, Sept. 6. A large number of vehicles turning off at Exit 26 may cause traffic to back up onto Highway 101. Traffic control people will be on site during the peak arrival time (Saturday, Sept. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) encouraging drivers to slow down and proceed carefully. Construction on the Bear River Bridge may also contribute to traffic congestion. Drivers are asked to use caution. Local Area Office: 902-245-4090 KINGS COUNTY: Route 221 Route 221, from Black Rock Road east for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Thursday, Sept. 30. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, Exit 24 Closed North Foord Street, south of the ramps from Highway 104, is restricted to one lane for roundabout construction at the Foord Street, Exit 24 intersection until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control will be on site. Expect delays and use an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-752-2946 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Route 201 Route 201, from Paradise Lane west to Mount Hanley, will be reduced to one lane for asphalt removal, patching, crack and chip sealing until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge During construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street in Antigonish, traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge. The temporary bridge will be in place until Friday, Dec. 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 347 Traffic on Route 347 at Exit 26 from Highway 104 will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Aug. 31 during twinning of Highway 104. Delays are expected and drivers should use extra caution in the construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-755-6224 KINGS COUNTY: English Mountain Road English Mountain Road, from Trunk 1 to Trunk 12, will be reduced to one lane for brush cutting, culvert replacement, ditching and paving from until Thursday, Sept. 30. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 4 Highway 104, from Charles MacLean Road east to Reeves Road, will be reduced to one lane for road repairs until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 INVERNESS COUNTY: Plateau Bridge Plateau Bridge, on Cheticamp Back Road, will be closed for repairs until Monday, Aug. 30 Detour route will be posted. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 30, Cabot Trail Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail), from East Big Interval Road for about 2.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving, shoulder work, and guardrail repairs until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Traffic on sections of Trunk 2 between the Truro town line and Kennedy Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until the end of October. Drivers should expect delays or use an alternate route if possible. Local Area Office: 902-893-5790 KINGS COUNTY: Route 359 Route 359, from Thorpe Road to Al Bennett Road, will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and chip sealing until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 NEW WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Mines Bass River Road Mines Bass River Road will be closed for bridge repairs until Friday, Jan. 31, 2011. Detour route on East and West Montrose Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Spa Springs Road Spa Springs Road, from Route 362 to the bridge 500 metres west of the Route 221 intersection, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shoulder repairs from Monday, Aug. 30 until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office; 902-825-4151 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 376 Route 376, from Pictou Rotary for about five kilometres to Route 256, will be reduced to one lane for pipe work until Sunday, Oct. 31. Delays expected. Traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic on sections of the eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 104 between the Cobequid Pass toll plaza and Exit 8 (Westchester Station) will be reduced to one lane for road repairs and micro-surfacing until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Motorists should drive with caution in the construction zone and watch for signs and traffic control people. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, for replacement. Detour from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Victoria County/Inverness County: Road Closures The Salmon River Bridge and Bay Saint Lawrence Road are closed to traffic because of damage from heavy rain. Staff continue to assess damage to other roads and motorists are advised to use caution in the area. -30- CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 4 A 6.5-kilometre section of Trunk 4 from Wentworth Collingwood Road to Barclay Loop will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, repaving and bridge repairs until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends if required. Local Area Office: 902-447-3160 DIGBY COUNTY: Lewiston Road Bridge Lewiston Road Bridge in Ashmore will be reduced to one lane for a windmill project until Wednesday, Sept. 1. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-245-4090 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 VICTORIA COUNTY: Cabot Trail Construction Sections of the Cabot Trail (Trunk 30) will be reduced to one lane from south of Lewis Mountain Road north for about 6.5 kilometres for repaving. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and is scheduled to be finished by the end of October. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Larry Uteck Interchange Traffic on Highway 102 at the Larry Uteck Interchange will be restricted to three lanes instead of four while new ramps are being built. The closed lane will vary depending on the time. Two lanes will be open for inbound traffic in the morning and outbound traffic in the evening. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from almost two kilometres east of the provincial park in Whycocomagh, east for about five kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for micro-surfacing until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, from the intersection with Route 252 south 1.4 kilometres, and Trunk 19, from the Port Hastings Rotary north for five kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for crack filling, sealing and seal coat until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 KINGS COUNTY: Brooklyn Street Brooklyn Street, from Route 360 west to McLean Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Thursday, Sept. 30. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Until Tuesday, Aug. 31, sections of the east and westbound lanes of Highway 104 along the Cobequid Pass, will be reduced to one lane, for patching between the toll plaza and Exit 12 at Masstown. Traffic on both sides of the Cobequid Pass toll plaza may also be reduced to one lane for road repairs and micro-surfacing. Drivers should watch for signs and drive with caution. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Sections of Route 215, from Academy Street in Maitland to the Route 236 intersection west of the bridge, are reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 22 Trunk 22, from about two kilometres north of Catalone Gut Road, south for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 KINGS COUNTY: Aylesford Road A five-kilometre section of Aylesford Road, 12 kilometres north of Dalhousie Road, will be reduced to one lane for gravelling and paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic control is on site. Expect minimal delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10, North Ridge Road Trunk 10 at North Ridge Road, about five kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement, patching and paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, west of Trunk 4 at River Tillard, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic control personal and pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Route 201 Route 201, from Morse Road west to Paradise Lane, will be reduced to one lane for ditching and pipe installation until Thursday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, Westbound Lanes Traffic on sections of the westbound lanes of Highway 104 in the New Glasgow, Stellarton, Westville area is reduced to one lane to allow for patching and resurfacing. Work is taking place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Wednesday, Sept. 15. Drivers should travel with extra caution through the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Sections of Route 236, from the intersection of Route 354 in Kennetcook to the intersection of Northfield Road, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from 1.3 kilometres east of Cape Breton/Richmond County will be reduced to one lane for about five kilometres for paving and bridge repairs until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Keltic Drive Keltic Drive, from the tracks east for 20 kilometres to Sydney River Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for milling, upgrading and repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 15. Traffic control personnel and a vehicle will be on site. Detour route: Highway 125 to Exit 5 and 6. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Traffic on Highway 102 is reduced to one lane in each direction at Exit 9 (Milford) to allow for the construction of a new interchange. Delays are possible. Drivers should exercise caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction zone. Work takes place from dusk until dark until the end of the year. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Delays Expected Traffic on Highway 101 is reduced to one lane west of Exit 14 at Coldbrook for bridge repairs until further notice. Delays are expected and alternate routes should be taken if possible. Please drive with extra caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, west of Exit 22 for about nine kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for guardrail replacement, patching and paving until Wednesday, Sept. 1. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-7311 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 347, Sherbrooke Road Traffic on sections of Route 347, from Meiklefield Road south for 5.6 kilometres, and from Moose River Road south to French River Road for 2.6 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4, from Meadows Road west to St. Mary’s Church, are reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. A pilot vehicle will guide motorists. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, near Ellershouse, Exit 4 to Exit 5, will be down to one lane on both the east and westbound lanes for construction until Tuesday, Aug, 31. Local Area Office: 902-798-6888 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, east bound lane, abouty 200 metres past Exit 25, will be reduced to 80 kilometre to complete work related to the Highway 104 Twinning Project until Friday, Sept.10. Overnight lane closures are infect until Friday, Sept 10. Detour routes posted. Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 On Friday, Aug. 20, traffic on Highway 104 near Exit 27 in Sutherlands River, will be diverted to a newly built 450-metre detour around the construction zone. Delays are expected as the changeover occurs but two-lane traffic will be maintained once the detour is in use. A speed limit of 70 km/h remains in place through the construction zone. The detour is expected to be in place until October. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 INVERNESS COUNTY: Cheticamp River Bridge Cheticamp River Bridge on the Cabot Trail will be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Sunday, Oct. 31. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, from Route 201 in Nictaux south to Varnier Mountain Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shoulder repairs from Monday, Aug. 30, until Sunday. Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office; 902-825-4151 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Northbound Lanes On Sunday, Aug. 29, northbound traffic on Highway 102 at Exit 9 (Milford) will be closed for five, 15-minute intervals between 6 a.m. and noon to place girders for a new overpass. The northbound on-ramp from Trunk 14 onto Highway 102 will be closed for the six-hour period. Traffic will be detoured to Exit 10. Local Area Office: 902-883-3535 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, for about 5.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for construction until Sunday, Oct. 31. There is a detour on Keltic Drive. Traffic control people and a vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-2518 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Gardiner Road Gardiner Road, for about four kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, pipe work and paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-2518 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road There are lane reductions on Grand Lake Road from the traffic signals at Central Supplies to the entrance to Mayflower Mall for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and is scheduled to be finished by the end of October. Drivers should travel with extra care in the area. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Kings County: Morden Road Morden Road, from Brow of Mountain Road to McNally Road, will be closed to replace a culvert from Monday, Aug. 30 until Monday, Sept. 6. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Shore Club Road Shore Club Road will be closed at the entrance to Trunk 3 for road repairs until Monday, Aug. 30. There is a detour along Shankel Road. Local Area Office: 902-450-5281 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 326 Route 326 from Earltown to MacBains Corner will be reduced to one lane for ditching, installation of cross culverts, widening, cold planing and paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902- 893-5785last_img read more

Programs warning youth against driving high ramp up ahead of legalized pot

first_imgTORONTO – Alexis Vegh is working what could be a tough crowd — about a dozen young people in their late teens and early 20s — and she’s here to speak to them about the risks of driving high after smoking pot.“I use quite a bit of slang during the presentation,” she bluntly informs them as she begins her hour-plus-long talk.“Weed, piff, kush,” she says, firing off some street names for cannabis to surprised laughter. “Lit is high. Ball up. Spark up.”Vegh is speaking their language — and she’s got their attention.As a facilitator of the Weed Out the Risk program offered by Springboard, a community-based organization that supports at-risk youth and adults, Vegh has delivered her talk more than 200 times in the last three years, mostly to high school students. In all, more than 8,500 youth have been exposed to the message.And with Ottawa preparing to legalize recreational marijuana next year, that message is considered more critical than ever.Springboard is among a number of Canadian organizations ramping up efforts to teach youth about the risks of driving high, which many young people erroneously believe is not as dangerous as drinking and driving.The main mind-altering ingredient in pot — tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — impairs short-term memory, slows reflexes and reaction times, and narrows peripheral vision.“Statistically, we know that young people have a fairly good ability to recognize the risk of driving under the influence of alcohol, but we see the numbers being significantly lower in their ability to recognize the risks of driving high,” says Vegh.And it’s not just those who smoke up and slide into the driver’s seat: surveys show 41 per cent of youth are not concerned about getting in a vehicle with a high driver.“The reason this scares me is this statistic right here,” she says pointing to the screen. “In one in five accidents, people under 18 test positive for weed. If we put that up to (age) 29 … I’ve seen numbers as high as 50 per cent.”Still, Vegh’s presentation is meant to be informative and interactive — not preachy.“It’s not about finger-waving,” she tells the group of young people taking employment courses at a Springboard office in Toronto. “We do this from the harm-reduction principle. We know that people are going to use or not use and we may or may not be able to change that depending on where they’re at.“What we’re looking to do is educate people around their choices.”And those choices can be deadly, as illustrated by a video Vegh runs on a screen at the front of the room, in which family and friends remember five teenaged boys from Kanata, Ont., who were killed in a fiery multi-vehicle crash in 1999 that also injured 11 others.Toxicology tests showed the 17-year-old driver who caused the collision had significant cannabis in his system. He was convicted of impaired driving causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm, resulting in a year in jail.While many parents have discussions with their teens warning of the dangers of mixing alcohol and wheels, far fewer have a similar conversation about driving while zoned out on marijuana — or being a passenger with a high driver, says Vegh.“So to me it doesn’t make any sense that we’re not having at least a frank conversation about what are the effects, what are the risks, what does it look like and how do you keep yourself safe.”Sparking conversations between parents and young people is at the heart of a campaign by Drug Free Kids Canada called The Call that Comes After, a “transmedia experience” that combines online elements with a device central to teens’ lives — their mobile phones.“Our approach has always been on targeting the parents,” says Marc Paris, executive director of the private sector-funded, non-profit charity that encourages young people to live their lives free of drug or alcohol abuse.“And the reason we target the parents is that we find that they’re the first line of defence in any drug-prevention strategy,” explains Paris. “They have the most influence over kids, even though sometimes they don’t quite believe they do.”Parents who visit Drug Free Kids Canada’s website can customize a short online video on the dangers of driving high by inputting their teenager’s name and cell number, as well as the name they use for the parent, for example “Mom.”A video is then sent to their child, showing a group of teens who make the decision to drive after smoking pot. The video culminates with a crash, followed by an increasingly frantic series of texts from a parent asking if they’re OK.The narrative then jumps to real-life as the same messages begin appearing on their child’s phone or other digital device.“As the child is watching the video, when they get to the point after the crash, the phone is on the floor (in the video) and it starts saying: ‘Billy, this is Mom. Where are you?’” says Paris. “This is Billy seeing his name on the video.“If the kid then responds to mom … they get a note from us saying, ‘Your mom asked us to send you this and we hope this is opening a conversation with your mom about high driving.’”Since launching the campaign at the end of January, visits to the website have continued to rise, with more than 100,000 over the last three months alone, he says.Mike Serr, deputy chief of the Abbotsford Police in B.C., sent the interactive video to his two university-aged children to get their reactions.“I think the first words were, ‘Dad, you kind of freaked me out,’ followed by us having a really good conversation,” one of many they’ve had on the subject.Serr, who’s chairman of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police drug advisory committee, says he’s also been pushing other parents to go to the website and sign up their own children.“With alcohol, I think we’ve done a pretty good job of changing the perceptions of driving under the influence, but I don’t think that’s occurred yet with marijuana,” he says. “And certainly in studies we see — especially with youth — they don’t see the same level of danger.“We need to spend a lot of time and effort re-educating the public and the youth about that danger.”—Online: https://drugfreekidscanada.org/– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more