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first_imgA checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.Event Saputara Monsoon FestivalWhile the rest of the country is steeped in drought, Saputara has been flourishing, having received its fair share of rainfall. To celebrate the rains, the monsoon festival will be held this season. An expansive tent is,A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.EventSaputara Monsoon FestivalWhile the rest of the country is steeped in drought, Saputara has been flourishing, having received its fair share of rainfall. To celebrate the rains, the monsoon festival will be held this season. An expansive tent is to be set up to display tribal art, photography from the region and also host a Warli painting competition. Apart from this, a range of adventure sports activities will also be organized. The event is being put together by Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd (TCGL) and visitors heading to Saputara can avail a TCGL tourist package. The package is all inclusive and apart from monsoon festival related events, it will also include visits to the Mahal forest, Shabri Dham, Vaghai botanical garden, Girmal falls and Vansada. Visit gujarattourism.com for more details about the monsoon festival.Ongoing till: September 1.Price: Rs 450 for a one day tour; Rs 3500 for three day long tour packages.Where: Valsad Railway station which is about 384 kms from Ahmedabad.ArtArt on EMIThe Marvel Art Gallery will now be selling works by legendary artists on a payment model of EMIs (Every Month Instalment), thus making it much easier for the common man to get his hands on great art. Among their collection are masterpieces by the likes of MF Husain, Akbar Padamsee and SH Raza apart from works by various artists including Haku Shah, Shanti Dave, Manoj Kachangal, Bansi Khatri and Harshil Patel.Where: Marvel Art GalleryPvt.Ltd, Shapath I and II SG Road.Tel: 079 26870256.RestaurantadvertisementGlobal PlatterSoftly lit interiors with groovy jazz playing in the background set the mood at this latest entrant to the cafe scene in Ahmedabad, Turquoise Villa. This cafe opened in May and since then has been slowly yet surely becoming a favourite evening haunt for many Amdavadis. The cafe is designed to please with its turquoise blue and pearl white theme that might remind you of a villa you saw on a Greek isle. The seating space here is tastefully done with a mix of king size sofas and low rise chairs. The outdoor seating area is highly recommended on a pleasant day and is sure to set the scene for many lovely dinner dates.Their menu, despite being vegetarian, is a mishmash of global influences fusing many diverse tastes into one. Here you’ll find street food ranging from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk chaat specialities to New York style pizzas, from Latin American street food delights such as empanadas and tacos to Indonesian nasi goreng, or from a French creme brule to our very own Mumbaiya gola. A perfect example of fusion food can also be seen in the pav-bhaji fondue which is a hot seller here. Have the local Manek Chowk chilla chaat or perfectly done mezze and egg crepes. The jasmine iced tea is a great thirst quencher that goes well with any of their dishes.Average meal for two: Rs 300 to Rs 500.Where: Center Point, Panchvati, Ahmedabad.Tel: 079 40373000.last_img read more

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Cong asked to nominate Muslim leader from MP to Rajya Sabha

first_imgBhopal, May 21 (PTI) Muslim organisations in Madhya Pradesh today asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi to nominate a member from their community hailing from the state to the Rajya Sabha next month.In a letter to Gandhi, the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind, Madhya Pradesh president Mufti Abdul Razzaque Khan said that a member of Muslim community from the state should be nominated to the Rajya Sabha as his community members feel marginalised in the Congress.He recalled that the Congress had nominated the late Ghufran Azam to the Upper House of parliament in 1980s from the state, but since then no candidate from their community has got berth in the Rajya Sabha.The letter seeks to bring to the notice of the Congress chief that the BJP and the Samajwadi Party had last time nominated Najma Heptullah and Choudhary Munawwar Saleem to the Rajya Sabha, respectively.The demand has been echoed by Madhya Pradesh Muslim Vikas Parishad (MPMVP), besides Madhya Pradesh Congress Minority department in separate letters to Gandhi.”The filing of nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh would begin on May 24 and the last date of nomination is May 31,” an official of Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly said.The scrutiny of papers is scheduled to take place on June 1 and the last date of withdrawal of nominations is June 3, he added.If required, the elections for the three new Rajya Sabha members – two from BJP and one from Congress – would be held on June 11.The term of BJPs Anil Madhav Dave and Chandan Mitra and Congress Vijay Laxmi Sadho as Rajya Sabha members is about to end. PTI LAL MAS SDL UZM RYSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Kevin Anderson beats Ivo Karlovic to win Maharashtra Open title

first_imgTop-seeded Kevin Anderson won his sixth ATP title when he recovered from 5-2 down in the decisive tiebreaker to beat Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (4), 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5) in the Maharashtra Open final on Saturday.It was Anderson’s fourth victory in five meetings against Karlovic.Anderson, of South Africa, lost last year’s final against Gilles Simon but defeated the Frenchman in straight sets on Friday in the semifinals.Anderson: I really appreciate everyone, from the linesmen to the ball boys to all the sponsors. Congrats to everybody. I was happy to be in the final last year, and happy to win it this time around!#AdvantagePune #TataOpenMaharashtra #TOM2019 #ATP #ATPTour #TennisTata Open Maharashtra (@MaharashtraOpen) January 5, 2019The first confetti of the year and a 6th ATP titleCongrats, @KAndersonATP! @MaharashtraOpen pic.twitter.com/y2NVY2NfXwTennis TV (@TennisTV) January 5, 2019THE NO.1 SEED WINS THE SINGLES TITLE AT #TataOpenMaharashtra 2019A nail-biting encounter comes to an end at the Balewadi Stadium as ‘s @KAndersonATP wins the battle against Ivo Karlovic 7-6,6-7,7-6 in 2hrs and 45 mins #AdvantagePune #TOM2019 #ATP #ATPTour pic.twitter.com/xo4KHdd21xTata Open Maharashtra (@MaharashtraOpen) January 5, 2019Karlovic became the oldest player at 39 to play a tour-level final since 1977 when 43-year-old Ken Rosewall won at Hong Kong.STANDING TALLA perfect start to the 2019 season for @KAndersonATP who secures the @MaharashtraOpen title@TennisTV pic.twitter.com/355hxJmJZzATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) January 5, 2019Congratulations to Kevin Anderson for winning the @MaharashtraOpen singles 2019! Indeed a performance #LikeNoOther.#PlayLikeNoOther pic.twitter.com/w78i1IO35UadvertisementTata Motors (@TataMotors) January 5, 2019In another record, Anderson at 6-foot-8 (2.03 meters), and Karlovic at 6-foot-11 (2.11 meters), combined to make it the tallest final in the Open era, according to the ATP website. It beat Anderson versus John Isner at the 2013 Atlanta Open..@ivokarlovic: I will have to congratulate Kevin and his team for an amazing last year and this week, and would like to thank the crowd tonight my coach and the organisers, the linesman and everyone involved!#AdvantagePune #TataOpenMaharashtra #TOM2019 #ATP #ATPTour #TennisTata Open Maharashtra (@MaharashtraOpen) January 5, 2019last_img read more

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a month agoSheffield Utd defender Basham: No intimidation facing Liverpool

first_imgSheffield Utd defender Basham: No intimidation facing Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United defender Chris Basham insists there’s no intimidation facing Liverpool.Basham revealed Chris Wilder’s side believe they can shock the visitors by ending their eight month unbeaten run in the competition.Basham, a member of the squad which gained promotion last term, said: “We don’t get starry-eyed. “The Premier League is the hardest league in the world and teams get points off everybody. We have got to play our way as if we don’t, it could be a high score. Hopefully, we can get the result.”We can make little mistakes, but as long as no-one is getting on others backs. That is when the cracks start happening in a team. We are not like that, we are built on solid team foundations. We fancy ourselves for Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Vegas Predicts How Alabama Would Fare vs. College Football Playoff Teams

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field to face the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)If Alabama beats LSU this weekend, the Crimson Tide’s spot in the College Football Playoff will get a lot more locked up.In light of that, oddsmakers have started making predictions as to how the Crimson Tide would fare against their potential College Football Playoff opponents. And Alabama fans will have a lot to look forward to.According to BetDSI, Alabama will be favored by at least a touchdown against every potential playoff opponent.Clemson appears to have the best chance as they are only +6 against the spread. But everyone else are fish in a barrel for the Crimson Tide.Oklahoma is listed as second best as a +9.5 underdog, while last year’s SEC Champions Georgia are +10.5.Big Ten titans Michigan and Ohio State project as +11.5 and +14 underdogs respectively.Notre Dame would be one of several teams that has to overcome more than two touchdowns. They are +15.5 underdogs.Projected PAC-12 winner Washington State are +18.5, while undefeated UCF of the Group of Five are +16.5.last_img read more

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BC Lottery Corp boosts policies for high rollers at casinos

first_imgVANCOUVER – New rules are being brought in for big-spending gamblers at British Columbia’s casinos.The B.C. Lottery Corp. now requires anyone spending $10,000 or more at casinos within a 24-hour period to prove the source of their funds.The change was prompted by recommendations from former RCMP deputy commissioner Peter German, who was appointed by the province to review policies on money laundering prevention.The review was launched by Attorney General David Eby after a report was released saying the River Rock Casino in Richmond had accepted $13.5 million in $20 bills within one month, which police said could be proceeds of crime.The corporation says the new procedure applies to all cash, bank drafts and certified cheques used for buy-ins and the gambler must show a receipt of the transaction from the financial institution where the money was taken.It says the player must also sign a source of funds declaration form, and if any information appears suspicious or is missing, casinos must refuse the transaction and set off an investigation.German released a series of interim recommendations in December, ahead of his full report due at the end of March.The corporation says it is also supporting another recommendation to have investigators on site at high-volume casinos in the Lower Mainland at all times.last_img read more

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Nova Scotia man facing charges after allegedly shooting neighbours dog

first_imgLUNENBURG, N.S. – A man is facing several charges after allegedly shooting his neighbour’s dog on Nova Scotia’s South Shore.Lunenburg RCMP say the Labrador-pit bull mix was shot Monday shortly before 10 p.m. in a residential neighbourhood off Highway 103.Police say the dog was treated at a local veterinary clinic.A 46-year-old man from Italy Cross has been arrested and the firearm allegedly used in the incident has been seized.He’ll be facing charges of careless use of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm and injuring or endangering an animal.RCMP Cpl. David Ferguson said the dog is back at home resting, and is expected to survive.“It’s a family pet. To have something like this happen, it can be devastating,” said Ferguson.The man is scheduled to appear in Bridgewater provincial court on May 2.last_img read more

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Bank of Canadas costs skyrocket due to plastic money

As well, the bank says it anticipates additional costs as it embarks on major renovations to its downtown Ottawa office complex, which will involve the temporary relocation of most of its 1,200 employees.The Bank of Canada began printing the new plastic money, starting with the $100 denomination, in 2011, explaining that the notes would be more difficult to forge, were more durable and would last longer. After also rolling out $50, and $20 notes, it is expected to complete its run by introducing new $5 and $10 bills later this year.It has earmarked $166 million for the 675 million polymer notes in 2013, less than it had anticipated, but more than the 580 million it made last year.Still, the bank points out that the plastic money is expected to last 2.5 times longer than the previous cotton-based notes.In an explanatory note, the bank said that it is at the beginning of a new three-year strategic plan, and that costs were expected to be higher in 2013.“The bank will make investments to refocus and reconfigure some of its business models and operations to achieve future savings,” it said. “In 2014, as the bank begins to realize the benefits of these investments, operating expenses are anticipated to decline from their 2013 levels.”The central bank also reported that its total income for the second quarter was $393.6 million — $5.1 million higher than for the same period last year. On a year-over-year basis, income increased by $12.2 million. OTTAWA — The cost of printing plastic money is contributing to a 23% jump in operating costs at the Bank of Canada this year, but the institution says the investment in more durable bills will pay off in the long run.The central bank’s second-quarter report released Thursday shows operating costs ballooning by $114 million to almost $606 million this year, compared with 2012.Almost half the difference — or just above $50 million — is due to the increased cost of producing the new polymer bills, even though the bank is not making as many as it initially planned.Postmedia News read more

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UN meeting in Asia examines situation in occupied Palestinian territories

“It is critical for both sides at this stage to take good-faith, confidence-building steps so as not to impair future negotiations,” Mr. Annan said in a message to the UN Asian Meeting on the Questions of Palestine.He added that Israel’s construction of a barrier in the West Bank “is seen as counterproductive” in this regard. “It deepens economic and humanitarian problems facing the Palestinians, runs contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Road Map, and sows the seeds of mistrust and suspicion among Palestinians.”While underscoring Israel’s right to protect its people against terrorist attacks, he pointed out that this duty should not be carried out in a way that violates international law, damages prospects for the creation of a Palestinian State, or increases suffering among the Palestinian people. “The practice of collective punishment and extrajudicial killings further diminishes trust and further raises levels of frustration and anger,” he added.At the same time, he urged the Palestinian Cabinet to “decisively put an end to terrorist attacks.” He voiced his repugnance at “morally reprehensible” suicide bombings against innocent Israelis and stressed that terrorism harms the Palestinian cause. “The Palestinian side should live up to its Road Map obligations as regards security and take immediate and practical steps to rein in extremists committing terrorist acts,” he said.Recalling that the Palestinian Cabinet had declared its intention to establish law and order and to curb violence, the Secretary-General also noted that there were prospects of another ceasefire, and that moves were underway for a meeting between the two Prime Ministers.In the message, delivered by Kim Hak-Su, chief of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Mr. Annan also pledged his continued efforts to achieve a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement and said the UN and its agencies would remain engaged in development and humanitarian work on the ground. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 13, 2012 5:47 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,134.66 down 56.80 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Down seven cents, or 2.08 per cent, at $3.30 on 5,217,325 shares. The stock slid a day after Fitch Ratings downgraded the default and long-term ratings of the train and plane manufacturer one notch to BB with a stable outlook after the company reported weaker-than-anticipated results and negative free cash flow in the third quarter.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Down 15 cents, or 1.22 per cent, at $12.15 on 3,599,014 shares. The financial sector slipped 0.34 per cent to 181.59 points.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Up 21 cents, or 1.44 per cent, at $14.78 on 3,563,228 shares. The Vancouver-based company launched a US$500-million aggregate principal amount of unsecured notes due in 2020. Eldorado says that it will use the net proceeds for general corporate purposes.Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Up 27 cents, or 2.42 per cent, at $11.43 on 3,513,737 shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 19 cents, or 1.86 per cent, at $10.01 on 3,315,378 shares. The gold sector dropped 0.96 per cent to 326.71 points.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 10 cents, or 0.51 per cent, at $19.61 on 3,088,798 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,286.89 down 18.57 points):Anatolia Energy Corp. (TSXV:AEE). Oil and gas explorer. Up a penny, or 28.57 per cent, at 4.5 cents on 5,323,260 shares.TNR Gold Corp. (TSXV:TNR). Mine explorer. Down three cents, or 24 per cent, at 9.5 cents on 3,834,800 shares.Companies reporting major news:Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B). Media. Down 65 cents, or 1.84 per cent, at $35.90 on 26,329 shares. The Montreal-based company is cutting some 500 jobs at its Sun Media newspaper division in a move that includes the closure of two production facilities in Ottawa and Kingston. The move is part of an effort to reduce annual costs by $45 million.Sears Canada Inc. (TSX:SCC). Retailer. Down 71 cents, or 5.69 per cent, at $11.76 on 735,831 shares. The retailer’s third-quarter loss was slashed by half to $21.9 million or 22 cents per share from last year’s $44.1 million or 42 cents per share. The year-ago figure included negative items related to clearing excess inventory and internal restructuring at the national department store operation. Its revenue fell by about $76 million to $1.03 billion.Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. (TSX:SC). Pharmacy operator. Up $1.34, or 3.26 per cent, at $42.46 on 1,660,529 shares. The Toronto-based company’s third-quarter net profit slipped as it took a $13-million restructuring charge linked to the rationalization of its central office functions. Net income totalled $168 million, down from $172 million while sales gained 3.2 per cent to $3.2 billion. read more

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Transport News Brief – Monday 18 February 2008

Transport News Brief Week eight, Monday 18 February 2008 January boost for van and truck registrations UK van and truck registration figures recently published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show a strong start to the year, with rolling 12-month van registrations at 338,351 and trucks at 52,573 units. These put vans up 2.7% for January and 3.3% for the rolling year, while trucks are up 51.3% for the month, with artic registrations rising 137.7%. “We’ve seen a strong start to the year, with truck registrations back to expected volumes,” said Paul Everitt, chief executive at the SMMT. “January’s figures are encouraging, it’s early days, but by the end of the year we may well have a total that beats the year-end average for each of the last 10 years.” More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk Victory for Euro 5 deal Transport for London has agreed £2.00 congestion charge discounts for Euro 5 trucks. Starting from 27 October Euro 5 trucks will pay £6.00 a day rather than the £8.00 charge for older trucks. The deal lasts till 1 October 2010. At the same time, TfL says it will extend the 100% discounts for LPG and CNG powered trucks till January 2010. Euro 5 vans get a deal too, but lasting till January 2012. The SMMT, FTA and other people who’ve been lobbying for this have all welcomed the move. “Clearly incentives for the cleanest and latest technology make sense – they bring wider benefits than just better emissions; better brakes, less noise and greater safety, for instance,” said Robin Dickeson, manager, commercial vehicle affairs for the SMMT. More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk Hybrid truck trial for Deutsche Post Mercedes-Benz says it handed the first two hybrid trucks to the Deutsche Post Group, which it says is the first logistics company in Europe to trial hybrid trucks in its operations. The trucks involved are an Atego BlueTec Hybrid and Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid. The trial will initially include DHL Express operations in the UK as well as mail transport in Germany, with more Daimler hybrids to join the DHL fleet later. At the same time, Mercedes says the use of AdBlue in some 100,000 of its Euro 4 and 5 trucks so far has already saved 700,000 tonnes of CO2 More from Ian Norwell on +44 (0)1 908 245 949 or ian.norwell@daimlerchrysler.co.uk CV Show to be ‘an even bigger success’ Last week 4,910 people registered on the CV Show website www.cvshow.com for fast track passes for the Show. They will each get an advance copy of the CV Show Guide some three weeks before the event’s doors open, together with their ticket. “We’ve more people registering than we had this time last year,” said Claire Balch, CV Show co-ordinator, “which bodes well for attendance”. Previously the demand for Show Guides was enormous and we ran out by the morning of the third day, so it looks as though people are thinking ahead and making sure of their copies as soon as possible. The message is register soon if you haven’t already done so.” The organisers also say they’ve already successfully sold 99.5% of the available stand space, with two months to go before the Show opens. “This is great news because once again the CV Show will be an even bigger success this year than it was the last time”, said Claire,” it has grown more successful every year for the last nine years.” More from Claire Balch on +44 (0)1634 261262 or sales@cvshow.com Departmental delusion At a recent meeting on Whole Vehicle Type Approval, most of the people the Department for Transport invited from trade associations and industry bodies said that the DfT is deluding itself over the now infamous Type Approval By-pass. Once Whole Vehicle Type Approval starts, unscrupulous bodybuilders will be able to avoid the system and its costs by simply registering a van and then converting it, typically to a minibus. “That way, the bodybuilder avoids any safety checks and can undermine the entire system,” said Robin Dickeson, manager, commercial vehicle affairs for the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. The SMMT has been warning the DfT since last summer, but thinks the civil servants are deliberately ducking the issue and deluding themselves that “people wouldn’t do that” The SMMT’s own van maker members say that already some 40% of the nation’s estimated 10,000 minibus and crew-bus conversions follow the ‘by-pass’. “Unless the DfT wakes up and does something, it will create a system that penalises responsible firms while letting cowboys skimp and undercut them with potentially lethal vehicles. Ironically, this is the DfT’s take on legislation that is supposed to level the commercial playing field.” More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk Collease takes its first new Stralis Norwich-based Collease Truck & Trailer Rentals is the first contract hire and rental fleet in the UK to take the new Iveco Stralis heavy truck model. The initial order comprises 37 Stralis Active Space 6×2 twin-steer tractor units with mid-lift axles. A further 100 new Stralis tractors are due for delivery before the end of June 2008. The deal, won by Iveco distributor Norfolk Trucks, follows the delivery of 23 of the previous model Stralis AS tractors last August. Collease will use its new trucks across a range of contract hire and long term rental agreements. More from James Keeler on +44 (0)2 083 991 184 or jk@garnett-keeler.com New Actros gets PowerShift transmission as standard Mercedes says that as part of a package of ‘comfort, safety and economy’ changes, the new Actros truck model will get the PowerShift transmission as standard. The firm also says this is a first in the market in which the Actros competes. Mercedes has sold 550,000 Actros trucks in over 100 countries since its launch in 1996. More from Ian Norwell on +44 (0)1 908 245 949 or ian.norwell@daimlerchrysler.co.uk Truckers meet the Chancellor People from the Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association met Alistair Darling, Chancellor of the Exchequer recently to plead for the Government to scrap its plans to hike fuel duty by a further two pence a litre from 1 April. The FTA and RHA, which together represent operators of over 300,000 UK trucks, wrote a joint letter to the Daily Telegraph, with 11 major groups representing industry and motorists. This said that at 50.35 pence a litre, UK fuel duty for diesel and petrol is already the highest in Europe, double the EU average and that the increase will cause ‘further serious difficulties’ for the transport and forecourt industries. More from Kate Gibbs on +44 (0)1 932 838 917 or kate.gibbs@rha.net Scrap Dartford tolls says FTA The Freight Transport Association is angry that discounts for using the Dartford crossing are to be restricted to local residents and that the facility is not to be extended to local businesses. The FTA says that local industry, as daily users of the facility and providing employment and a contribution to the local economy, should also enjoy free transit. “We have always said that, since the construction of the crossing has long since been paid for, tolls at Dartford should be totally scrapped,” said Geoff Dossetter, director of external affairs for the FTA. For industry and motorists they are costly and inconvenient and the process of slowing traffic to collect a toll is very bad for air quality.” He says the discount scheme for local residents is good news and a step in the right direction but wants it extended to local truckers. “The continuing collection of tolls at Dartford is outdated, unnecessary and unfair and should be stopped.” More from Geoff Dossetter on +44 (0)1 892 552 255 or gdossetter@fta.co.uk MAN merges truck and bus divisions MAN says it has merged its Bus Division with MAN Nutzfahrzeuge, the firm’s truck division. The aim is to more rapidly exploit ‘synergies’ with the Truck Division. Joachim Dürr, previously managing director of the bus subsidiary is now senior vice president for corporate development in the MAN Group, responsible for the strategic development of procurement and IT. Detlef Romberg remains as head of bus sales. More from Dr. Detlef Hug on +49 (0)89 1580 2485 or detlef.hug@man.eu Experts advise MEPs on urban mobility The European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism has held a public hearing on urban mobility policy. MEPs and invited experts looked at the ways they might use EU policy and technology to cut urban traffic congestion and improve local people’s quality of life. More from www.smmt.co.uk Jochen Hahn to race for MAN MAN says Jochen Hahn will drive a 1,000hp racing TGS truck for the firm in this season’s truck racing championship. Hahn finished last season in fourth place, driving a Mercedes. The first round of the FIA controlled championship will be at Barcelona on 10 and 11 April. And on 26 and 27 July the European Truck Racing Championship will return to the UK for the first time in nine years, with an event at Donington, the circuit at which UK truck racing started in 1986. More from Dr. Detlef Hug on +49 (0)89 1580 2485 or detlef.hug@man.eu Further interest rate cuts unlikely Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England has warned that UK growth is likely to be less than 2% by the end of the year. “The near-term outlook is one of inflation rising sharply alongside a marked slowing in growth,” he said. The continuing risk of inflation makes further interest rate cuts unlikely, though King says that the UK is unlikely to see a full-blown recession. More from www.smmt.co.uk ‘Excellent’ results as Paccar records 69 straight years’ profit Paccar says 2007 delivered its second highest revenue and net income in its 102-year history. The firm earned a net profit for 69 consecutive years, according to Mark C. Pigott, chairman and chief executive officer. “Paccar’s excellent financial results” came in a year that saw North American heavy truck sales down 45% on the previous year. For the full-year 2007, consolidated net sales and financial service revenues were $15.22bn versus $16.45bn in 2006. The firm’s return on shareholders’ equity (ROE) was 27.5% in 2007 and total shareholder return was 29.8 percent. In the last ten years, its shareholder return has averaged 22.7% year versus the S&P 500 Index average return of 5.9%. More from Martin Hayes on +44 (0) 2 074 948 050 or mhayes@automotivepr.com VED evasion cost £79m in ’07/08 According to DfT figures released on Thursday, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency collected an estimated 98.5% of all potential revenue from road tax in 2007. However, the Conservative Party estimates that vehicle excise duty evasion is likely to cost the Treasury around £79m in 2007/08. More from www.smmt.co.uk Motor Transport Awards for 2008 Motor Transport says entries for its 2008 Awards competition are already looking good. There are 17 categories this year, including long-term stalwarts like Fleet Engineer of the Year and Haulier of the Year. There are also some new awards and some old favourites return: the Environment Award, International Operator of the Year, the Innovation Award, Best Use of Technology, and the Low Carbon & Efficiency Award. The deadline for entry is 28 March, but go to www.mtawards.co.uk to see how to enter the Awards, how they are judged and how to book tables at the black tie dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane on 2 July. Motor Transport will publish an Awards shortlist later this spring and announce the winners at the Awards dinner. “Remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it,” said Justin Stanton, editor. More from Justin Stanton on 02 086 523 500 or justin.stanton@rbi.co.uk Hino and Guangzhou agree a JV Hino Motors, Ltd. and the Guangzhou Automobile Group have agreed to set up a joint venture, called Guangqi Hino Motors Co., Ltd. or Guangqi Hino, in Guangzhou, China. The new firm will build and sell a range of commercial vehicles. More from www.hino.co.jp UK exhibition debut for new TomTom systems TomTom plans the UK exhibition debut for its Work, Webfleet and Go 720 software on its stand 12-319 at the CV Show in April. The firm says the range of software gives truckers 24-hour access to vehicle management and comprehensive reporting tools as well as sophisticated hands free phone and satellite navigation using what the firm says is the best-known and interactive European map range. Working with the firm’s recently launched Link 300, this can give fleet operators minute-by-minute journey information and a wide range of summary reports and data to show their vehicles’ whereabouts and drivers’ activities. More from Chris Wakeley on +44 (0) 2 074 948 050 or cwakeley@automotivepr.com Environmental best practice available online Lloyds TSB Autolease says it has developed an environmental best practice guide to help fleet managers find how to make their fleets greener at the click of a button. The guide will help with practical advice on how to measure, manage and improve the environmental performance of fleets. “Along with greater vehicle choice, online CO2 reporting and environmental consulting, a click of a button at www.lloydstsbautolease.co.uk gives fleet managers access to tips and common-sense advice on how to cut the carbon footprints of their fleets,” says Grahame Negus, head of Lloyds TSB’s specialist commercial vehicle unit. More from Lawrence Hamilton on +44 (0)1 614 477 251 or lawrence.hamilton@lloydstsbautolease.co.uk Isuzu wins orders for new heavies Isuzu says that it is winning orders for its newly announced ‘Forward’ range of 11 to 18 tonners. Keith Child, the firm’s marketing director says he thinks the industry’s ‘extraordinarily long order lead times’ are working in Isuzu’s favour. “We are already taking orders for the new vehicles because we can beat those lead times. To date we have approaching 30 orders ‘in the bag’ and indeed every one of the vehicles to be on our stand, 6-050 at the CV Show is ‘sold’”. He says the stand is the biggest the firm has taken at the CV Show, will display seven trucks and has an “even bigger hospitality area from which we can serve our now famous ‘bangers and mash’ lunch.” More from Keith Child on +44(0)1 920 463 962 or keith.child@isuzutruck.co.uk And finally New Scientist’s Feedback column reports that the instructions supplied with Bryan Carter’s Sonic Plakaway toothbrush include a warning: “Never use while sleeping.” More from www.newscientist.com Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Serena Williams Shifting Attention to 2013 Grand Slam Sweep

Serena Williams is shifting her attention to winning all four Grand Slam championships heading into the 2013 season as she prepares for the Australian Open in January.The 31-year-old Williams is coming off a Sunday victory over fellow American Varvara Lepchenko in the first-round of the Brisbane International. Williams needed less than hour to defeat Lepchenko 6-2, 6-1.Williams, who is a 15-time Grand Slam champion, has held all four majors in 2002-03 season, but has yet to win all four in the same calendar year. Steffi Graf was the last woman singles player to achieve all four Grand Slams in the same calendar year in 1988.The 2012 Women’s Tennis Player of the Year addressed reporters after the match on whether she can accomplish such an achievement in 2013.“I think for me, absolutely,” Williams said. “I think maybe whoever wins the Australian Open will have that same thought. I think there is no way that Victoria (Azarenka) or Maria (Sharapova) or maybe some other players don’t feel the same way. So I think I definitely feel that way.”Williams is coming off a stellar second half of the 2012 season where she won 31 of her last 32 matches. She won titles at Wimbledon, the Olympics, the U.S. Open and the WTA Championships. Her overall record in 2012 was an impressive 58-4.But if Williams is unable to capture all four Grand Slam titles, she plans to keep playing until the 2016 Games in Rio, which will allow her several more opportunities.Williams played in her first match since withdrawing from an exhibition in Thailand due to problems with her big toes. She ultimately had surgery on her toes, but was a little hesitant entering her first match since the surgery.“I was a little nervous, but I was completely fine,” Williams said. “The doctor said I would be fine. I was excited to get an early start, so just in case I did have any pain, I could have tomorrow off. But everything was fine.”Williams will now move to the second round and play either Australian Bojana Bobosic or Frenchwoman Alize Cornet on Tuesday. read more

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David Hockney designs first iPad window for Westminster Abbey in honour of

The Queen's Window David Hockney poses in front of The Queen's Window, a new stained glass window designed by Hockney and created by Barley Studio York, at Westminster Abbey A stained glass window designed on an iPad by David Hockney to celebrate the Queen’s reign has been unveiled at Westminster Abbey, saying:  “I hope she’ll like it”.The window, the artist’s first work in stained glass, reflects the Queen’s love for and connection with the countryside.Hockney’s design was created on his iPad and is set within his beloved Yorkshire and features hawthorn blossom.It uses his distinct colour palette of yellow, red, blue, pink, orange and greens.The new window, called The Queen’s Window, can be found in the Abbey’s north transept. Hockney was asked to design something symbolic or representational, rather than a figurative design.Attending the unveiling, Hockney said: “The iPad is back-lit like a window. It’s a natural thing to use.”Landscape is nature. The previous window put up in here was also nature, lilies.”I chose the hawthorn which is [for] four days [like] the moment when champagne looks as though it’s been poured over all the bushes.”It’s a rather celebratory thing. It’s the height of the spring and summer”. He said of designing his first stained glass window: “I learnt something about glass. It was a challenge.”The artist said of Westminster Abbey: “I know this is a historic place and I know it’s going to last.” The Queen’s WindowCredit:Eddie Mulholland The artist said of the window’s Westminster Abbey home: “I know this is a historic place and I know it’s going to last.”Hockney once said that he turned down the chance to paint the Queen because he was “very busy painting England actually, her country”. Tomorrow, a new stained glass window will be unveiled.It has been designed by one of Britain’s most influential contemporary artists, #DavidHockney. pic.twitter.com/kYkpX5Yq7o— Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) September 25, 2018 Hockney, 81, is one of Britain’s most-loved artists and famous for his Yorkshire landscapes and paintings of Californian life.Barley Studio, a stained glass studio based in York, created the window using traditional techniques. Asked whether he had any response to the window from the Queen, who has seen a sketch and will see the real thing when she visits Westminster Abbey in November, said: “Not yet, but I hope she’ll like it. I’m sure she will.” he said: “Not yet but I hope she’ll like it. I’m sure she will.”Westminster Abbey said that the result “reflects the Queen as a countrywoman and her widespread delight in, and yearning for, the countryside”.The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, said: “I’m excited by it.”I think there’s absolutely no harm at all in having something which is particular and vibrant and different. Today we’re revealing our new stained glass window, The Queen’s Window, designed by #DavidHockney and created by Barley Studio.More photos later. Meanwhile, here’s Hockney’s signature in the bottom right corner of the window.More info ➡️ https://t.co/BTSGjBnDAO pic.twitter.com/XS5I0O0anO— Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) September 26, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. David Hockney poses in front of The Queen’s Window, a new stained glass window designed by Hockney and created by Barley Studio York, at Westminster AbbeyCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph “Some of the glass here is not very good. Some of it is not too bad, but this has a wonderful, beautiful, easily accessible vibrant colour. I think people will enjoy it.”He added: “It’s going to be here until the end. Who knows what’s going to happen in the future.” read more

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Holger Glandorf tears Achilles tendon

Holger Glandorf ← Previous Story SG Flensburg win 80th “Landesderby” Next Story → Europe WCh 2015 Play-Off: Germany against Russia – Croatian “nightmare” strikes again – Sweden! SG Flensburg fans can’t feel a full joy of big victory ove the biggest rival THW Kiel in 80th “Landersderby” tonight. German NT right back and one of the most important gunners in team of Ljubomir Vranješ, Holger Glandorf suffered serious injury of Achille tendon, which put him out of the court for a few months. Glandorf retired from the national team, so that won’t be a loss for Germany in action Qatar 2015.

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Two men arrested after hijacking car from man in his 70s

first_imgPOLICE IN FOYLE have arrested two males after a report of a vehicle hijacking in the Bonds Hill area, Foyle in Northern Ireland last night.At around 8.30pm, it was reported that two males, aged 21 and 24-years-old approached a car driving in the area.AssaultA male driver, believed to have been in his 70s was assaulted during the incident and was taken to a nearby hospital for his injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.Both men were arrested on suspicion of hijacking, grievious bodily harm with intent and other offences. They are both currently assisting police with their enquiries.Read: Man arrested after taxi driver hijacking in Cork>Read: Appeal for witnesses after woman in her 80s seriously hurt in car crash>last_img

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Bank borrowing from ECB at lowest level since guarantee

first_imgIRISH BANKS ARE borrowing less from the European Central Bank (ECB) than at any time since the introduction of the bank guarantee in September 2008.Statistics released this morning by the Department of Finance show that borrowing to both covered and non-covered banks fell to €36.6bn during February, down around €0.5 bn on the previous month.The ECB lends money to European banks at both short and long terms in order to refinance banks, provide liquidity to the market, and to influence interest rates across the bloc.Borrowings down as banks turn to international lendersCompared with this time last year, Irish banks are borrowing around €17.5bn less, or 40 per cent, from Brussels. The Department of Finance said: The steady decline in reliance on ECB funding reflects the continued strengthening of the banking system that has been achieved through managed deleveraging , deposit gathering and the return of AIB, BoI and PTSB to international capital markets.Irish bank borrowing from the ECB surged to levels of around €140bn per month during 2010-2011, but has been steadily declining since February of 2012. Across the continent, the ECB is lending out around €25bn less to European banks than last year.Banks covered by the government’s deposit guarantee scheme borrowed €0.8bn less during Feburary. The Department said that this was caused by a reduction in the amount of capital banks needed to hold on their books, as well as improved access to capital markets after the bailout exit.2010 ECB letter to Lenihan could finally be made public>Steady as she goes: ECB holds interest rate at record low of 0.25 per cent>last_img read more

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Geek Daily Deals 4K Smart HDTV for 29999 Both Blade Runner Blurays

first_img55″ Sharp LC-55Q7030U 4K Smart HDTV for $299.99Crazy deal! If you want a big TV without breaking your budget, here’s a 55″ 4K Smart-enabled HDTV for $300, plus you can extend the warranty to 3 years for a measly $26. To top it all off, you get free 2-day shipping… on a 55″ TV. Since you’re getting it at Walmart, returns are easy too, since you can do it at any retail location.Get it at Walmart for $299.99 with Free 2-Day ShippingGet the 50″ model for $279.99Alienware Aurora Intel Core i5-8400 6-Core GeForce GTX 1080 PC $1079Paying $1K for any fully warrantied pre-built gaming desktop equipped with a GeForce GTX 1080 would be a fabulous deal. Lucky for you, this is an Alienware Aurora, one of the highest end models in Dell’s gaming lineup.Use code “SAVE17” to get it at Dell for $1078.99Dell XPS Intel Core i5-8400 6-Core GeForce GTX 1070 Desktop for $954Specs include the latest gen Intel Core i5-8400 6-core processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, and GeForce GTX 1070 video card.Use code “SAVE17” to get it at Dell for $954.49Blade Runner: Double Feature Blu-ray for $15.99Includes both Blade Runner 2049 and Blade Runner: The Final Cut.Get it at Walmart for $15.99Also get it on AmazonMasterbuilt 30″ Digital Electric Smoker for $120.65I have a Masterbuilt electric smoker and I’ve used it almost every week this summer. Going with an electric (digital) smoker has a few major advantages. First and foremost, you have precise temperature control compared to traditional charcoat or pellet smokers. Cleanup is also much, much easier, which means you’re likely to use it more often. Best of all, you still get the same smokey wood flavor you get with any proper smoker.Get it at Walmart for $113.85last_img read more

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Wilfired Zaha returns to Ivory Coast national team

first_imgWith the international break around the corner, the Ivory Coast national team head coach Ibrahim Kamara named his 20-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Central African Republic.Among the names that draw the utmost attention is the one of Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha. The 25-year-old forward is thus approaching his first international cap since March.Crystal Palace felt free to express their pleasure with Zaha’s new international call-up via their official website.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.After flopping at Manchester United, the tricky winger has managed to revive his career at the Selhurst Park. Zaha featured in 6 Premier League matches this season, scoring three goals and providing one assist in the process.Although Roy Hodgson expects to see more from his attacker, Zaha’s performance hasn’t gone unnoticed back in his home county.The Elephants look to qualify for the final competition that will take place in Cameroon next summer. Kamara’s team managed to bounce back from a surprising 3-2 loss to Guinea by defeating Rwanda on the road by two goals to one.last_img read more

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Should Magazines Like Maxim Have Movie Ratings

first_imgIf the U.K.—which tends to be more lenient when it comes to sex—is considering ratings for magazines, it may only be a matter of time before U.S. lawmakers try to force a similar system on American publishers. (I asked the Magazine Publishers of America for comment. I’ll post it here when they respond.)Outside of the stigma that already comes with slapping an adult rating on their magazines, another issue for publishers like Alpha Media and Complex could be the sub-par newsstand placement that goes along with being out of reach of children, which may hurt the many already-suffering titles. “We need to have age-related information put on the front of all lads’ magazines,” According to Curtis-Thomas said. “I do not want to censor this material, but we must do something about the display of these titles.” Get your popcorn ready.Britain’s MP Claire Curtis-Thomas is demanding that lad magazines be forced to carry cinema-style age ratings. Her Top Shelf report cites titles like Maxim, which are, she said, “little more than pornography and should be classified as such.”The reason for the guidelines now, said Curtis-Thomas, is that many U.K. retailers are displaying lad magazines at the average height of a nine-year-old boy. The ratings system will indicate those magazines that should be displayed on the top shelf, out of reach (and sight) of children.last_img read more

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Cards Hit the Road for ACCBig Ten Challenge

first_img Live stats vs. Northwestern (Friday) The road aheadThe Cardinals are embarking on a tough 2019 schedule which includes a total of 17 games against teams that qualified for the 2018 NCAA Tournament – including national champion Florida State. UofL will also face six opponents ranked among the top 25 and six receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA polls.• Louisville’s ranked opponents include No. 1/2 Florida State, No. 6/6 Tennessee, No. 15/17 Michigan, No. 21/18 Kentucky, No. 21/20 Auburn and No. 24 Notre Dame, No. 24 Indiana. Northwestern, Cal State Fullerton, North Carolina, NC State and Virginia Tech.  Cards on the airAt the start of the 2019 season, the Cardinals will have 25 games televised nationally including one contest on ESPNU. The television slate feature all of the Cardinals’ 19 home games.• All 12 ACC institutions sponsoring softball will be featured multiple times throughout the season, with more than 220 games streaming on ACC Network Extra, Watch ESPN and the ESPN App.  ESPN’s broadcast schedule will include more than 650 college softball games.• The Cardinals will appear on ESPN’s ACC Monday on 6 for the third game of its ACC matchup against 2018 national champion and preseason ACC favorite Florida State. The University of Louisville softball team will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. to face Northwestern and No. 15/17 Michigan in 2019 ACC/Big Ten Challenge at North Carolina’s Anderson Softball Stadium.Louisville (3-2) will open the tournament Friday against Northwestern at 10 a.m. and follow with a matchup against Michigan at 1:30 p.m. The Cardinals and the Wolverines will meet again Saturday at 12:30 p.m. UofL will wrap up its weekend against Northwestern Sunday at 10 a.m. Louisville picked to finish fourth in ACCThe Cardinals were picked to finish fifth overall and third in the Atlantic Division. In the team preseason poll, reigning national champion Florida State was unanimously selected to win its sixth-straight ACC regular season title. Notre Dame, North Carolina and Pitt respectively filled out the top five ahead of the Cardinals, who are coming off of a 33-20 campaign and a 10-12 mark in conference play.• In the Atlantic Division preseason standings, Louisville was picked to finish third behind Florida State and Notre Dame. Syracuse, Boston College and NC State round out the division. 2019 PRESEASON ACC COACHES POLL1) Florida State (121 points, 11 first-place votes)2) Notre Dame (102 points)3) North Carolina (95 points)4) Pitt (88 points)5) Louisville (75 points)6) Duke (69 points)7) Georgia Tech (55 points)8) Syracuse (51 points)9) Boston College (47 points)10) Virginia Tech (41 points, 1 first-place vote)11) NC State (29 points)12) Virginia (19 points)Atlantic Division          Coastal Division1) Florida State             1) North Carolina2) Notre Dame             2) Pitt3) Louisville                  3) Duke4) Syracuse                   4) Georgia Tech5) Boston College         5) Virginia Tech6) NC State                   6) Virginia Scouting the Wildcats:• Northwestern is receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball coaches’ polls. The Wildcats enter the weekend with a 4-1 record after opening the season the Titan Classic. The Wildcats collected wins over Utah State (12-0), Pacific (7-0), Louisville (1-0) and Idaho State (7-4), but suffered a 3-2 loss to Loyola Marymount.• The Wildcats are led by Jordyn Rudd, who is hitting .467 (7-for-15) with two home runs and 10 RBIs. Danielle Williams (3-0) shouldered the bulk of the pitching duties in the first weekend and produced a 0.51 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 17.2 innings of work.• The Wildcats posted a 38-19 overall record and a 14-8 mark in Big Ten, culminating with a runner-up finish in the conference tournament and trip to the Athens Regional in the NCAA tournament.•Rachel Lewis, an NFCA All-American in 2018, was named to the Player of the Year watchlist prior to the start of the 2019 season. Melton among Louisville’s career leaders in stolen basesIn 2018, Sidney Melton was a perfect 15-for-15 in stolen bases and improved her career total to 33 to move into tenth place on Louisville’s all-time list, needing two more to tie Kenzie Meisenburg (2001-02) for ninth.• Last year, the speedy infielder led the team with 45 runs and moved into a five-way tie for ninth place among the all-time single season leaders. Looking back to 2018• The Cardinals finished the season with a 33-20 overall record and reached the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship before falling 7-4 to eventual national champion Florida State.• Among the returners are National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region selections junior Caitlin Ferguson and Hensley as well as all-ACC honoree Melton and sophomore Maddy Newman, who earned 2018 all-ACC freshman team honors. Junior Celene Funke also returns after leading the team with a .355 batting average along with sophomore Danielle Watson who posted 14 wins in the circle during her freshman campaign. Cards in the ACC/Big Ten ChallengeLouisville carries a 7-5 record entering the fourth season of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Below is a breakdown of past tournament results.2018 (at NC State)Feb. 16 – Louisville 7 – Northwestern 6 (8 inn.)Feb. 16 – Louisville 3 – Northwestern 2Feb. 17 – Ohio State 6 – Louisville 5 (9 inn.)Feb. 18 – Ohio State 4 – Louisville 02017 (at North Carolina)Feb. 17 – Louisville 9 – Ohio State 0Feb. 17 – Louisville 6 – Purdue 5Feb. 19 – Louisville 9 – Purdue 1Feb. 19 – Ohio State 4 – Louisville2016 (at NC State)Feb. 19 – Louisville 7 – Wisconsin 1Feb. 20 – Nebraska 4 – Louisville 3Feb. 20 – Louisville 5 – Wisconsin 0Feb. 21 – Nebraska 3 – Louisville 0  Print Friendly Version Live stats vs. Northwestern (Saturday) Louisville celebrates 20th SeasonThe 2019 campaign marks the University of Louisville softball program’s 20th season. In two decades of softball UofL has compiled a 718-371 (.659) record with six conference championships, 13 NCAA regional appearances and four regional finals. Cards against the fieldNorthwesternSeries Record: Louisville leads 5-3Last Meeting: February 9, 2019 – Louisville and Northwestern will face off for the second time in a week after meeting in the Titan Classic on Feb. 9. The game featured a battle in the circle between Louisville’s Danielle Watson and Northwestern’s Danielle Williams. Each pitcher was in the midst of a one-hitter through six innings before the Wildcats broke through in the seventh.• Watson took the loss, giving up one earned run on two hits and striking out six in a complete game effort. Funke registered both of Louisville’s hits in the game.• Williams got the complete game shutout, holding the Cardinals to two hits and striking out 13 and retiring 17 in a row at one point. Maeve Nelson and Newport accounted for the Wildcats’ hits.Cards vs. Wildcats in the 2018 ACC/Big Ten ChallengeFebruary 16, 2018 – The Cardinals defeated the Wildcats 7-6 in eight innings and 3-2 in the opening doubleheader of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Raleigh, N.C.• Megan Hensley and Danielle Watson each picked up a win while Caitlin Ferguson went 3-for-5 with two RBI’s.Louisville 7 – Northwestern 6 (8 innings)Jenna Jordan’s two-out, three-run homer in the top of the seventh tied the score at 6-6 and senior Jamie Soles’ sacrifice fly drove in the go-ahead run as the University of Louisville softball team rallied from a 6-2 deficit to beat Northwestern 7-6 in game one.• Danielle Watson got the complete-game win, allowing two runs, one earned and striking out seven while scattering three hits. Offensively, Louisville outhit Northwestern 9-3, with Alison Szydlowski and Jordan each tallying two hits. • Kaley Winegarner took the loss, giving up three runs, two earned, on nine hits and striking out five in 6.2 innings of work. Lewis, Wilkey and Novak accounted for the Wildcats’ three hits. The Aprile Era2019 marks the first season under new head coach Holly Aprile following the retirement of Sandy Pearsall, who began the program in 2000. Aprile becomes only the second head coach in Louisville softball history.• Prior to her arrival at Louisville, Aprile, 2018 ACC Coach of the Year spent 10 seasons (2009-18) as Pittsburgh’s head coach and five years (2004-08) as an assistant. In 2018, she earned ACC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Panthers to the 2018 ACC Coastal Division title and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament. Hensley climbing the record bookMegan Hensley has entered Louisville’s top career list in several categories.• Tied for first for grand slams with four, along with Lacy Wood (2003-06).• Fifth with nine career saves and needs one more to tie for fourth with Tori Collins (2009-12).• Seventh in career appearances (96). Tori Collins (2009-12)  stands sixth at 142.• Seventh in career games started in the circle (67). Carlisa Connell (2011-14) is sixth with 98.• Seventh in career innings pitched (436.0). Caralisa Connell is sixth with 608.0.• Eighth career wins (41), needs one more to move into a tie for seventh with Aja Sherman (2002-05).• Eighth in career strikeouts (294), Aja Sherman (2002-05) is seventh with 463.• Ninth in career complete games (28). Needs four more to move into a tie for eight with Tara McClure (2000-01).• Tied for tenth in career home runs with 25 – needs one more to move into a tie for ninth with Maryssa Becker (2014-17).  Live stats vs. Michigan (Friday) About Louisville Softball • The Cardinals enter the weekend with a 3-2 record after opening the season at Fullerton’s Titan Classic. Louisville posted wins over Fullerton, Buffalo and Utah State, but fell to Idaho State and Northwestern.• The 2019 campaign marks Louisville’s 20th season as a program and first under new head coach Holly Aprile’s tutelage.• The Cardinals were picked to finish third in the Atlantic Division and fifth overall as voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches.• UofL is receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Coaches poll released on Feb. 12.• Louisville is led at the plate by junior Celene Funke, who is batting .400 with two triples, four runs and two stolen bases in the early season. Senior Sidney Melton follows at a .389 clip with four runs and two stolen bases. Junior Caitlin Ferguson has driven in a team-high six RBIs and has belted out a triple and a home run.• Danielle Watson (1-1) carried a team-best 0.58 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 12.0 innings of work. The sophomore has allowed only three hits in two appearances and is holding opponents to a .077 batting average.• Seniors Megan Hensley and Sidney Melton were selected to the 2019 Preseason All-ACC Team. Tournament Central Stingy pitchingThe Cardinals were impressive in the circle during their opening weekend, producing a 1.35 team ERA with two shutouts while holding opponents to a .174 batting average.• Sophomore Danielle Watson was impressive in her 2019 debut, tossing a one-hit shutout against Cal State Fullerton. In that game, she registered a career-high nine strikeouts and did not walk a batter. Watson was also impressive in the loss to Northwestern, carrying a one-hitter into the seventh inning and ultimately scattering two hits over the course of seven innings while fanning six.• Freshman Taylor Roby had an impressive debut in the circle, picked up two wins as Louisville went 3-2 in its opening weekend. The freshman posted a 2-0 record with a 2.10 ERA. She struck out 14 and scattered seven hits over 10 innings for a .184 opponent batting average.• In her first game against Buffalo, she tossed a one-hit shutout and struck out 10. She also got the win against Utah State.• Senior Megan Hensley (0-1) stands second on the team with a 1.56 ERA and also posted a career-high in strikeouts with 10 against Idaho State and did not give up a walk in the contest. She stands third on the team with 13 Ks in nine innings. Live stats vs. Michigan (Sunday) Story Links Ferguson driving them homeJunior Caitlin Ferguson leads the team with six RBIs. The shortstop used a two-run single and a three-run homer to drove in a career-best five runs as the Cards beat Utah State 7-5. Up NextThe Cardinals will hit the road for the third straight weekend, this time traveling to Knoxville, Tenn. for the Tennessee Classic which will take place Feb. 22-24 and will feature games against No. 8/8 Tennessee, Virginia, Bradley, Kansas and Tennessee State. MichiganSeries Record: Michigan leads 18-3Last Meeting: March 15, 2014 – Michgan won 9-1 at Ulmer StadiumScouting the Wolverines: No. 15/17 Michigan enters the weekend with a 3-2 record after opening the season at the USF Opening Weekend Invitational. The Wolverines defeated NC State (4-3), USF (10-1) and Illinois State (11-4). They lost to #7 Arizona (2-1) and #5 Florida (6-0).• The Wolverines are led by Lexie Blair who is batting .412 (7-for-17) with two RBI’s. Alex Storako leads Michigan from the circle, holding a 3-1 record with a 2.33 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched.• In 2018, Michigan finished with an overall record of 44-13 and 18-3 record in Big Ten play. The Wolverines lost in the first round of the Big Ten tournament but received a tournament bid to the Lexington Regional.• The Wolverines return 2018 NFCA All-Americans Meghan Beaubien and Faith Canfield for the 2019 season.last_img read more

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