SINGAPORE’s Land Transport Authority has called tenders for design, supply and installation of trackwork on the planned 20 km North East line and the 6·4 km Changi Airport branch off the existing MRT East line. The NEL package also includes trackwork for the Sengkang depot, which will accommodate a fleet of 50 five-car trains on a 27 ha site at the outer end of the underground line. Bids for both routes are due at the end of June.This month sees the deadline for prequalification submissions to design and build LTA’s planned light rail line or automated peoplemover serving Sengkang and Punggol. This will connect new housing developments along the northeast coast of Singapore Island with the outer end of the North East metro line. Final tenders for a turnkey contract covering design, manufacture, installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance will be invited later in the year. o
There’s a pretty good reason why the Selkirk College Saints are in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League Championship for the second consecutive year.Part of the reason was unveiled Tuesday when the BCIHL announced its individual award winners for the 2013-14 season. And the Saints were well represented with no less than eight award winners, including team captain Logan Proulx was a co-winner of the BCIHL’s Most Valuable Player award.Winners were selected in a vote conducted by the league’s coaches. Proulx shared the honour with Trinity Western University forward J.P. Villeneuve. Proulx led Selkirk to their second straight BCIHL regular season title, was the team’s points leader with 42, and set a new BCIHL league record with a 22-game point streak that stretched from October 4th to February 22nd. Netminder Chris Hurry was also honoured for his strong play, earning the league’s Top Goaltender award. Hurry won a BCIHL-high 14 regular season games between the pipes and posted league-bests in goals-against average (1.87), save-percentage (.925) and shutouts (3). Saints head coach Jeff Dubois was the team’s third award winner, splitting BCIHL Coach of the Year honours with Trinity Western University’s Barret Kropf. Under Dubois, Selkirk finished with a league-best 20-3-1 record that included a 12-0-1 record over the final 13 games of the regular season. “Logan and Chris both had outstanding seasons and it’s very gratifying to see their accomplishments recognized by coaches around our league,” said Dubois.”Logan has been a tremendous leader for our program and a driving force behind our on-ice success. When you combine those characteristics with his offensive output and his work on the penalty kill, it’s tough to identify anybody in our league who makes a more substantial impact in all facets of the game and plays at such a high level night in, night out.” In addition to the Saints’ individual award winners, a total of six players were named to BCIHL All-Star teams. Proulx and Hurry were joined on the league’s First Team by defenceman Stefan Gonzales, who was a standout at both ends of the rink in his rookie season.”For Chris, this honour really is a validation of just how far he’s come as an athlete since he joined our program two seasons ago. He’s shown an incredible commitment to developing his game and put in a tremendous amount of time with Alex Evin to work on his technique,” Dubois said.”Chris was a rock for us all season and gave us huge games whenever we needed them. When you look at the statistics it really jumps out at you that there was a gigantic gap between him and every other goaltender in our league this season.”Forwards Cody Fidgett and Connor McLaughlin, who tied for the BCIHL lead in goals with 22, were both named Second Team all-stars along with blueliner Tanner Lenting, who led the league in assists by a defenceman with 17. “The fact that Stefan was recognized as a one of the league’s top defencemen despite modest offensive numbers shows you just how well-respected he is for his skating and strong two-way play,” says Dubois.”Cody and Connor have very different styles but both of them were outstanding putting the puck in the net for us, and Tanner’s game improved steadily this season to the point where he was in the mix with the league’s top scorers as a defenceman while also logging tough minutes defensively.”2013/14 BCIHL Award Winners: Most Valuable Player – (Tie) Logan Proulx, Selkirk College & J.P. Villeneuve, Trinity Western University Top Defenceman – Jared Eng, Simon Fraser University Top Goaltender – Chris Hurry, Selkirk College Rookie of the Year – J.P. Villeneuve, Trinity Western University Most Sportsmanlike Player – Jono Ceci, Simon Fraser University Coach of the Year – (Tie) Jeff Dubois, Selkirk College & Barret Kropf, Trinity Western University2013/14 BCIHL First All-Star Team: Forward: Jono Ceci, Simon Fraser University Forward: Logan Proulx, Selkirk College Forward: J.P. Villeneuve, Trinity Western University Defence: Jared Eng, Simon Fraser University Defence: Stefan Gonzales, Selkirk College Goaltender: Chris Hurry, Selkirk College2013/14 BCIHL Second All-Star Team: Forward: Cody Fidgett, Selkirk College Forward: Connor McLaughlin, Selkirk College Forward: Nick Sandor, Simon Fraser University Defence: Tanner Lenting, Selkirk College Defence: Blair Murphy, Trinity Western University Goaltender: Andrew Parent, Simon Fraser University
I am a Swiss lady of 63 years. I left Switzerland – this wonderful, clean and well-organized country – in 2000. It was too narrow-minded for me, and I emigrated to Spain.I lived at the Spanish coast six long years, until I decided to book a 2-week holiday in South Africa. Why SA? I don’t know. The only part of Africa I ever have been before was Morocco – and I was fascinated by the North African culture.Hence I arrived in Johannesburg the 23rd of July 2005, booked a Hotel close to the Airport, and after waking up the next morning I went outside.I have taken a deep breath and got tears in my eyes because of the arising feeling: “I am home”. This feeling was so strong, also during the next 2 weeks travelling around in the Cradle of Humankind that I decided: I want to live in this beautiful country. Not only because of this feeling, but also how I experienced the people.‘You must be crazy’Everyone I was talking about living here, told me: “You must be crazy; there is no future in this country. Look only at the crime.” I must admit that there is also lots of crime in Spain and in Switzerland, but not as brutal.Wherever I went – whatever problem I had: everybody was friendly and helpful. That was something new for me.When I was standing in a queue and had to wait, people were talking to me. Something I never experienced before, not in Switzerland and of course never in Spain. I was amazed . that’s communication!I was sad when my holidays ended and it was clear: I am coming back! Five months later, after having sold my business and everything I had, I arrived Christmas Day 2005 in Johannesburg, only with two suitcases of clothes and 2 dogs.I didn’t know where to liveI didn’t know where to live and how to make a living. But that was not too important. I only wanted to be here, in this beautiful country, with all the birds and animals, with a wonderful climate, a warm sun and a wide sky full of inspiring clouds. I wanted to discover the mentality of the South Africans and also experience black people and their beliefs – and was astounded about the variety and the depth.I felt very much attracted to the area of Magaliesburg, and the first few weeks I was living in self-catering cottages. It was not easy to find such kind of accommodation with two dogs. But the ones that allowed pets were very friendly.I didn’t know the heavy rainfalls here and experienced some surprises to drive my VW Chico on dirt tracks. One day I stuck. Only a few minutes later a friendly man in a 4×4 stopped and pulled me out – we became friends.Finally I found a nice little house to rent in this area and moved in. I bought new furniture, curtains and what else I needed. After a few days the company delivered a fridge and washing machine – and now I could start really living in South Africa.Everything was goneFor the first time I used my washing machine with all my dirty clothes and hung them outside in the sun before I left for shopping – that was my first mistake. Because of the not really secure fence (there were some holes in it), I took my (hunting) dogs along – that was already the second mistake.When I drove back home I immediately noticed at the gate that the washing rack was not anymore where I placed it. With very bad feelings I entered the house. Everything was gone, everything except the furniture! All new clothes, all bed sheets, all shoes – everything. The only thing left, was what I wore.The friendly Policemen have taken a report – and you wouldn’t believe it: after a few weeks I got more than 50% of my stuff back!It depends on the way of lookingI think it depends on the way of looking at this incident. I am living in South Africa and it is well known that (almost) nothing is secure, except the increasing prices. But I only lost some clothes and towels and suitcases – not my life. If I would be scared of crime, I rather should move into another country. It is part of the life here.Anyway, I moved closer to Johannesburg to reach my clients and rented a beautiful tiny house and applied for a Business Permit; I am a Health consultant. It took me a while until I got it, but with the friendly help of a lady at the DTI Department of Trade and Industry finally I received my Business Permit and I was able to start my work.This small house was not big enough to put all my furniture in it, so I had to look for storage. A friend of a friend of a friend, I never have seen before – offered me a complete empty Container to store my furniture: for free! I didn’t believe it, but it was true: I can store my stuff at least during three years there. Unbelievable!South Africa is the country of contrast and it is a challenge to live here. In spite of all the warnings of people around me, I want to apply for Permanent Residence.Why? I experienced so many positive things in the 28 months I am living here, I never experienced in my life before, and I was living in different countries in this world. And I want to make a difference – I love South Africa. I need some more time to explore the entire huge country .Story submitted to SAinfo on 12 April 2008
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18, in addition to Tuesday, January 22, during normal business hours. The offices will be closed for the federal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 21.In almost half of FSA locations, FSA staff will be available to assist agricultural producers with existing farm loans and to ensure the agency provides 1099 tax documents to borrowers by the Internal Revenue Service’s deadline.“Until Congress sends President Trump an appropriations bill in the form that he will sign, we are doing our best to minimize the impact of the partial federal funding lapse on America’s agricultural producers,” Perdue said. “We are bringing back part of our FSA team to help producers with existing farm loans. Meanwhile, we continue to examine our legal authorities to ensure we are providing services to our customers to the greatest extent possible during the shutdown.”The locations in Ohio that will be open Jan. 17, 18 and 22 include:Bellefontaine Service Center 338 County Road 11, Bellefontaine, OH 43311 (937) 592-8896Celina Service Center 220 W. Livingston Street, Suite 2, Celina, Ohio 45822 (419) 586-3149Defiance Service Center 06879 Evansport Road, Suite D, Defiance, Ohio 43512 (419) 782-4781Eaton Service Center 1655 N Barron Street, Eaton Center, Eaton, OH 45320 (937) 456-4211Georgetown Service Center 702 S Main Street, Georgetown, OH 45121 (937) 378-6173Jackson Service Center 2026 Fairgreens Road, Jackson, OH 45640 (740) 286-1402New Philadelphia Service Center 277 Canal Avenue SE, Suite A, New Philadelphia, OH 44663 (330) 339-4791Norwalk Service Center 8 Fair Road, Norwalk, OH 44857 (419) 668-4113Ottawa Service Center 1800 N. Perry Street, Ottawa, Ohio 45875 (419) 523-4871Salem Service Center 1834 S. Lincoln Avenue, Suite A, Salem, OH 44460 (330) 424-5525Tiffin Service Center 3140 S State Route 100, Suite C, Tiffin, OH 44883 (419) 447-7071Washington Court House Service Center 1415 US 22 SW, Suite 700, Washington Courthouse, OH 43160 (740) 335-0890Xenia Service Center 1363 Burnett Drive, Xenia, OH 45385 (937) 372-4477Zanesville Service Center 225 Underwood Street, Suite 300, Zanesville, OH 43701 (740) 454-2824Staff will be helping with certain programs, including:Processing payments made on or before December 31, 2018.Continuing expiring financing statements.Opening mail to identify priority items.Additionally, as an intermittent incidental duty, staff may release proceeds from the sale of loan security by signing checks jointly payable to FSA that are brought to the county office by producers.While staff are available in person during this three-day window, most available services can be handled over the phone. Producers can begin contacting staff on Thursday, Jan 17.Reopened FSA offices will only be able to provide the specifically identified services while open during this limited time. Services that will not be available include, but are not limited to:New direct or facility loans.New Farm loan guarantees.New marketing assistance loans.New applications for Market Facilitation Program (MFP).Certification of 2018 production for MFP payments.Dairy Margin Protection Program.Disaster assistance programs, such as:Livestock Indemnity Program.Emergency Conservation Program.Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program.Livestock Forage Disaster Program.Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish.While January 15, 2019 had been the original deadline for producers to apply for MFP, farmers have been unable to apply since December 28, 2018, when FSA offices closed because of the lapse in federal funding. Secretary Perdue has extended the MFP application deadline for a period of time equal to the number of business days FSA offices end up being closed, once the government shutdown ends. These announced days of limited staff availability during the shutdown will not constitute days open in calculating the extension. Producers who already applied for MFP and certified their 2018 production by December 28, 2018 should have already received their payments.
Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks hangs on the rim after dunking the ball in the second quarter against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Madison Square Garden on November 7, 2017 in New York City. ages/AFPNEW YORK — No Knicks player has ever started a season like Kristaps Porzingis.He won’t celebrate now, since he only cares about the finish.ADVERTISEMENT Doug McDermott added a season-high 20 points off the bench and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19 for the Knicks, who have won six of seven after an 0-3 start. New York shot 60 percent from the field to catch up and eventually pass Charlotte.Asked what has keyed the Knicks’ turnaround, McDermott said: “Just unselfish play and having a guy like KP who is playing the best basketball in the NBA, borderline.”Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard and rookie Malik Monk each had 21 points in the Hornets’ third straight loss.The Knicks, who erased a 19-point deficit against Indiana in their last game, were down 15 in this one before mounting a charge in the fourth quarter with Porzingis on the bench. They cut it to four with about 7 minutes left, but Howard converted a follow shot and Walker banked in a 3-pointer to push the lead back to 109-100 with 5:34 to play.New York answered with four 3-pointers in a 14-2 run, with Porzingis’ clutch shot from straightaway making it 114-111. His drive to the basket with 11 seconds remaining made it 116-113, and Monk missed a 3-pointer before Walker lost the ball out of bounds on the sideline.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “Too many mistakes down the stretch,” Walker said. “We made some really bad mental mistakes at the end and they capitalized. This is stuff we’ve got to learn from. We’ve got to be better with our execution.”The Hornets were 7 of 9 from 3-point range in the first quarter and led 41-32. They increased the lead to 69-58 at halftime even with the Knicks hitting 61 percent of their shots in the first 24 minutes.TIP-INSHornets: Howard was listed as probable before the game with a sprained right foot, though coach Steve Clifford didn’t seem concerned that Howard would have to sit. … Walker snapped out a shooting slump by going 8 for 16 from the field. He was 8 for 27 during the Hornets’ losses to San Antonio and Minnesota.Knicks: The Knicks (6-4) are over .500 after 10 games for the first time since the 2012-13 season, when they won the Atlantic Division title. … Enes Kanter scored 14 points.COMEBACK KIDSThe Knicks have come from at least 15 points down in back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 18 and 20 against Utah and Charlotte.STRENGTH OF SCHEDULEThe Hornets have not only had a tough schedule to open the season, but they had to play it short-handed. Nicolas Batum has missed all 11 games with a sprained left elbow, while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has missed five. Charlotte has played Houston, Minnesota, San Antonio and Memphis, some of the strongest teams in the Western Conference.“With the schedule that we’ve played, if you would have told me no Nic, really no MKG, missing Cody (Zeller) for a number of games, that we’d be 5-5 with this sked, I’d be fine with it,” Clifford said before the game. “We have a good team. This is by far the most talented team we’ve had since I’ve been there, and you can’t play without two starters. Not at the wing position or anywhere else.” Read Next View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Porzingis scored 28 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining, and New York beat the Charlotte Hornets 118-113 on Tuesday night for its third straight victory.The Eastern Conference player of the week was held below 30 for only the third time in 10 games this season, but he delivered when it mattered, scoring seven points in the final 2:32.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat gave him 300 points through 10 games, two more than Bernard King had to open 1984-85.“The sweetest thing for us, the best thing for us, would be to make the playoffs. 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Samsung will soon launch its first smartphone with dual cameras. We know that Samsung is presently working on bringing the successor of the fiery Note 7, dubbed Galaxy Note 8 in real life. Apart from this, the South Korean smartphone manufacturer is also working on another smartphone, which is reportedly the Samsung Galaxy C10. Not much is known about the Galaxy C10 at present, apart from the fact that it may come with dual cameras set up.If rumours prove true, Samsung Galaxy C10 will probably be the first ever phone by the South Korean smartphone maker to come with dual cameras. To recall, previously leaked rumours about the upcoming Note 8 also shows the coming of dual cameras. That being said, Samsung, if the speculations are to be trusted upon is probably emphasising a lot to adapting the new dual camera trend.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro review: Good but not enough to beat the bestIt is no deniable fact that dual camera is the new on-going trend that most smartphone manufacturer has been. The recently announced Xiaomi Mi 6 comes with exactly the same camera configuration. And now, Samsung is probably gearing up to adopt the trend, and lead the race. We say this as the leaked press renders of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy C10 shows the coming of dual cameras. Galaxy note 8 is also rumoured to sport dual camera set up. However, these bits of information are just rumours and should be taken with a pinch of salt until the official announced the devices.advertisement Press renders of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy C10 was shared on Weibo, and was first spotted by Android Headlines. The image shows only the upper half of the rear side of the unfinished phone. Apart from showing the dual camera in all its glory, it also shows that the power button will be placed on the right side of the device. The leak also tips that the Galaxy C10 will be announced in Rose colour. However, Samsung may announce several other colour variants as well.Previous leaks suggest that the Samsung Galaxy C10 may sport dual-LED flash, which will reportedly be placed in between the dual rear cameras. As of now, no other details about the smartphone have been revealed yet.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro Vs Galaxy A5 2017: When size mattersApart from C10, Samsung is also working on Galaxy Note 8 and the refurbished Note 7, which will reportedly be called Note 7R. Rumours suggest, in terms of specifications, the to-be-announced Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will sport a 6.3-inch display and will also feature a dual-camera setup, like the C10. Furthermore, the smartphone is expected to feature a 12-megapixel wide-angle CIS dual camera and a 13-megapixel telephoto CIS. Rumours further reveal that Note 8 will support 3X optical zoom, come with dual 6P lenses, and support dual OIS.
Nordoff Robbins is tremendously excited to announce that the phenomenal Barry Gibb is to receive the Sony Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s O2 Silver Clef Awards. Barry says, “I am honoured to be given the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the O2 Silver Clef Awards. Having had music play such an important role in my own life for over 50 years I can truly appreciate the work Nordoff Robbins do, using music to transform other people’s lives.“I first got to know of Nordoff Robbins work in 1993, when the Bee Gees were awarded the Special Achievement Award at the Silver Clefs and it has been amazing to see how the charity has grown and developed and continues to support so many people with music therapy.” Famed for being one third of the incredibly successful Bee Gees, Barry Gibb has had an exceptional career, selling over 220 million records since the Bee Gees were founded in 1958.Known for his instantly recognisable falsetto singing voice, particularly on the cult Saturday Night Fever soundtrack album, which went 15 times platinum and stayed on Billboard’s album charts for 120 weeks, it epitomized the disco phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic in the late 1970s.Gibb shares the record with Lennon and McCartney for six consecutive Billboard Hot 100 Number Ones as a writer and is in the book of Guinness World Records as the second most successful songwriter in history behind Paul McCartney. In the 1990s Barry was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has achieved the astonishing feat of having No. 1 hits across each of the past five decades and his music continues to delight fans the world over. Aside from his accomplishments as an artist Barry has also had great success as a record producer with the likes of Andy Gibb, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Kenny and Dolly and famously wrote and produced the track, ‘Grease’, for the hit movie, which featured vocals by Frankie Vali and sold over half a million copies. It is exactly 20 years since The Bee Gees won their well-deserved Special Achievement Award at the Silver Clefs in 1993. David Munns, Nordoff Robbins Chairman, said,“I can think of no better artist to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award than Barry Gibb. With a career spanning over 50 years, he has released, written and produced some of the most influential music the world has ever heard. It is exactly 20 years since The Bee Gees won their well-deserved Special Achievement Award at the Silver Clefs in 1993, so what better way to pay tribute to Barry’s fantastic career than by honouring him in 2013 with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.”Nordoff Robbins uses music to reach children and adults whose lives are constrained by illness, disability, trauma or exclusion. This year’s Silver Clef Awards takes place on June 28 at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Also being honored on the night are Coldplay and Alison Balsom. Find out more here.
For further questions you are asked to call; 250.784.3200 or you can CLICK HERE for answers to FAQ DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Cecil Lake and Goodlow Transfer stations will be temporarily closed from Tuesday, January 22nd and anticipated to resume regular operations Friday, January 25th, 2019.Due to vandalism that took place on the weekend, the transfer stations require attention.The PRRD expresses there regards to the inconvenience this closure may cause.
FiveThirtyEight’s current NBA predictions give the Brooklyn Nets an 81 percent chance of making the playoffs. That’s way better than the odds before the season began, when our predictions gave Brooklyn only a 34 percent chance of making it past the regular season. In the video above, Chris Herring takes a look at how the Nets got here and the challenges the team faces in maintaining this new success.
Genoa boss Ivan Juric expressed delight at his dream debut after ending the perfect Juventus start saying “We pounced at the right moment.”Juric was brought back to replace Davide Ballardini, who was dismissed from the job following a poor run of games“I am back to doing what I love,” said Juric in his Press conference via Football Italia.“I saw positive things today and we have a big margin for improvement. I also liked the first half, as the team showed patience and pounced at the right moment, although we could’ve played with more quality.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“The lads had the right spirit and we’ve got the foundations to build on this going forward.”Genoa’s position in the table – considering they have a game in hand to play against Milan – was not that bad, so the decision to fire Ballardini was surprising.“It’s going to be very difficult against Udinese, as they are particularly dangerous away from home on the counter. I have confidence and we’ll be working more on self-belief.”