Tough times for Stagecoach

first_imgStagecoach Group is facing tough times, according to its latest trading update, but remains on course to meet its goals announced in December.Revenue growth for the 40 weeks to the end of February was -0.1% in regional bus, -4.3% in London bus, -0.6% in USA/Canada, 3.2% in UK Rail and 2.8% at Virgin Rail.Trading at our UK Bus (regional operations) “continues to reflect the actions we took in early 2017 to adjust our pricing and services to respond to changes in customer demand,” says Stagecoach.Vehicle miles operated were 2.9% lower. Revenue per vehicle mile grew 2.9%, journeys per vehicle mile grew 0.2% and revenue per journey increased 2.7%. “We continue to maintain our focus on controlling costs.”The like-for-like revenue growth has been suppressed in recent weeks by the widespread snowstorms. During the most recent four-week period, like-for-like revenue declined by 2.5% from the equivalent prior year period, “illustrating the scale of the impact of these extreme weather conditions, on UK BusThe reported revenue decrease for the UK Bus (London) is in line with expectation and reflects the impact of contracts lost in the prior year.  “We remain satisfied by our performance on current year tenders for Transport for London contracts,” it adds.last_img read more

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Darren Sammy says racial abuse was encountered while playing in the…

first_imgJamaica: .Former West Indies player Darren Sammy says he and Sri Lankan star Thisara Perera suffered racial abuse while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. Sammy posted on Instagram that she and Thisara Perera were called black (legs in Hindi) and did not at first understand the meaning of the word “Kalu”.Sami said that he thought of himself as “strong” in the foot, but later understood the real meaning of the word. Sammy has stated that she is angry about things and that she is angry about what she said in her previous post.Following the death of George Floyd, a black man who was beaten up by police in the United States, many people in the sport came out to express their racial abuse. Sammy’s teammate, Chris Gayle, also shared his own misfortunes.Read also: Chris Gayle: Racism is not just in football but in cricketSammy had earlier said that reactions to the murder of George Floyd were not confined to the United States but were spreading throughout the world. Sami also called for the cricketing world to come up against discrimination.last_img read more

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Monday Pool League

first_imgJimmy’s Den B117486797324 Jimmy’s Den A1192986731229 Bootleggers A121111176354134 TeamPWLFA+/-BonusPts San Snack Bar10821005050226 Champions Bar1284978314327 Piss Bar1275968412526 Results & Standings for August 29 (week 12) Don’t Tell Mama11477392-19517 Aussie Ally’s11386798-31615 Caddy Shack1001050100-5077 Division 1 TeamPWLFA+/-BonusPts Results: Caddy Shack 5 v 10 Jimmy’s Den A,Country Road A 10 v 5 Aussie Ally’s, Devil’s Ballroom 4 v 11 CornerHouse, Don’t Tell Mama 8 v 7 Country Road Bcenter_img Country Road B10376684-18514 Celtic Tiger12578694-8722 Results: Bootleggers A 12 v 3 Happy NightBar, Celtic Tiger 10 v 5 I Love This Bar, Champions Bar 8 v 7 Piss Bar,Jimmy’s Den B 6 v 9 San Snack Bar, OK Bar 9 v 6 Bootleggers B Corner House111101105555033 OK Bar126693876523 Country Road A1183966927327 Bootleggers B123965115-50413 Happy Night Bar1211168112-44912 Devil’s Ballroom115683821520 Division 2 Woaw’s Pub105577734520 I Love This Bar112962103-41713last_img read more

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Mourinho names Messi among the game’s greats… but forgets all about Ronaldo

first_imgJose Mourinho forgot about Cristiano Ronaldo when talking about the ‘stars’ of football capable of creating the game’s greatest moments.  Upd. at 22:40 Sport EN 06/04/2015 CEST The Chelsea manager was asked about the goal scored against his side by Stoke City’s Charlie Adam, which was from inside his own half. center_img “It was a fantastic goal,” Mourinho conceded. “A goal which any of the world’s best players would like to score. If you talk with Pele, [Diego] Maradona or [Lionel] Messi, or any of those top players, they would like to score that goal. “And not all of them have [scored a goal like that] in their careers, so in that way [Adam’s goal] is magnificent.”  It adds another chapter to the Ronaldo-Mourinho story. That the Portuguese coach didn’t mention his former player on the list with Messi, Maradona and Pele could be deemed as an intentional dig.  The relationship between the two deteriorated significantly in Mourinho’s final months as Real Madrid boss.last_img read more

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Platform pledge

first_imgBy BEN CAMERON MORE than four kilometres of single train line will be duplicated between Bunyip and Longwarry if the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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PINERGY launches official energy partnership with Basketball Ireland

first_imgToday, PINERGY announced that it is the official energy partner to Basketball Ireland. PINERGY ambassador and shareholder Paul O’Connell teamed up with leading players from the Basketball Ireland Super League to make the official announcement and launch the #SlamSmarter campaign. As part of the partnership, PINERGY will  become the official analytics partner of Basketball Ireland and the official energy supplier of the National Basketball Arena. As the analytics partner, PINERGY will be sponsoring the analytics that will be used by coaching and backroom teams across the country, powering the insights behind the nation’s top performances. This mirrors PINERGY’s approach to its customers whereby SMART energy gives customers greater insight into their energy usage allowing them to make better choices around their energy consumption. To keep to date with PINERGY and Basketball Ireland, follow the PINERGY social channels:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PinergyIRL/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pinergyie/Twitter: https://twitter.com/PINERGY Pinergy Partnership with Basketball Ireland, National Basketball Arena 5/9/2018Paul O’ConnellMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacycenter_img #SlamSmarter recognises the vital role played by smart technology in achieving marginal gains on the court. Throughout the partnership PINERGY will aim to support the growth of the game in Ireland by fuelling these insights and supporting the fans through competitions and other promotions to enhance their engagement with the game.PINERGY will also be the official energy supplier of the National Basketball Arena. The National Basketball Arena will use electricity equivalent to that of 35 domestic homes this year and working with PINERGY will give them greater insight, analytics and control of their consumption of electricity.David Slattery, Head of Marketing at PINERGY said: “We’re delighted to announce that PINERGY is now the official energy and analytics partner to Basketball Ireland. In addition, PINERGY will also become the energy supplier for the National Basketball Arena. In our role as the official analytics partner, PINERGY will power the analytical equipment used by Basketball Ireland, unlocking valuable insights into their energy consumption through the partnership. We are delighted to support this growing sport as part of our portfolio of sports sponsorships.”Conor Meany, Commercial Manager, Basketball Ireland said: “We’re thrilled to have PINERGY on board as the official energy partner to Basketball Ireland. Basketball is one of the fastest growing sports in Ireland and with PINERGY’s sponsorship, it will help the game grow even further. Statistics are a major part of basketball and alongside Pinergy we strive to provide gains to our sport wherever possible. The energy in the National Basketball Arena on match day is something really special, we hope that this partnership with PINERGY will add to the already special energy that our fans produce.”Paul O’Connell, PINERGY Ambassador and former Irish international rugby player said: “In top level sport it’s all about making marginal gains. With PINERGY becoming the official analytical and energy Partner to Basketball Ireland, this will enable Basketball Ireland to make powerful gains using analytical insights that will allow the players to perform better on the court. PINERGY has a great tradition of supporting Irish sports and athletes, and this is something that I’m very proud to be a part of.” PINERGY is the official energy partner to Munster Rugby with its innovative #WeAre16 campaign. PINERGY also sponsors the Blackrock Ladies Rugby team, Young Munster RFC and Strata3 Velo Revolution cyclist James Davenport as part of its #PINERGYpassions campaign. For more information on Basketball Ireland, fans can visit basketballireland.ie or on the following social channels:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbireland/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/basketball_ireland/Twitter: https://twitter.com/bballirlprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Spurs to meet with Inter over Moussa Dembele, according to reports in Italy

first_imgTOTTENHAM will meet with Inter Milan transfer chiefs over their interest in Moussa Dembele, according to reports.Corriere dello Sport claim Piero Ausilio is heading to London to see if a deal can be done for the Belgium midfielder.4 Moussa Dembele has let his Tottenham contract run downCredit: Getty Images – GettyThe Italian paper insists the former Fulham man has told the North London side that he wants to move on.And, in reply, Spurs have slapped a £26million pricetag on the playmaker who is entering the final year of his contract.Dembele is in World Cup training camp with his national side and told Belgium reporters on Tuesday that there have been no talks over a contract extension.He said: “We have not really talked about an extension of my contract.4 Mauricio Pochettino will have the final say on the Spurs midfielderCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd4 Could Moussa Dembele have played his last game for Spurs?Credit: AFP or licensors“At the beginning of the season, I said ‘I had physical problems, I want to see at the end of the season how I feel’. That’s what the club and I decided by mutual agreement.“If we talk about a new contract in the middle of the season, it will cost energy. Imagine that a player feels not appreciated after a disappointing proposal, it can disrupt his game.DON’T BLOW MY CASH Jose Mourinho warns Man United board not to blow his budget on Gareth Bale4 Dembele is away with Belgium team-mates Kevin de Bruyne and Vincent KompanyCredit: AFP“At this moment, I am very happy at Tottenham. I do not lie when I say that I do not think about a big transfer. I want to play a World Cup and afterwards we will see.“Really, I’m not aware of the interest of other clubs. And, besides, I told my agent to wait for the summer to tell me about any offers.“For now, I’m only focussing on Tottenham. Maybe this is my last season.“Or maybe I’ll sign a new deal. We’ll see.”How to claim your FREE £10 bet1 Register for Sun Bets here2 Bet £5 or more3 Sun Bets will stick a £10 bet in your accountIs Mousa Dembele now Tottenham’s best player, even better than Harry Kane or Dele Alli?last_img read more

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Daniel, Spickes Earn Southland Men’s Track and Field Weekly Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian junior sprinter Rosen Daniel and Central Arkansas freshman pole vaulter Daniel Spickes were named Southland Conference Men’s Track and Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Honorable Mention: Cass Brown-Stewart, Stephen F. Austin; Connor Ryan, Central Arkansas. Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Daniel Spickes, Central ArkansasSpickes broke UCA’s record in the pole vault this past weekend at the Southern Illinois Invitational in Carbondale, Ill. The Rogers, Ark. (Rogers Heritage H.S.), native recorded a vault of 16 feet and 3.50 inches (4.97 meters) for a second place finish among a field of 12 competitors. Spickes mark broke the previous school record of 4.87 meters and helped the Bears claim a second place finish out of seven teams at the invitational. Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Rosen Daniel, Abilene ChristianDaniel posted the fastest times this year in the Southland indoor season over the weekend at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic in Albuquerque, recording altitude-adjusted 200-meter and 400-meter marks of 21.27 and 46.89 for fourth and second place, respectively. The Castries, St. Lucia, native also came in fifth in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:12.79. Daniel moved up to third among ACU’s all-time top performers with his 400m time and his 200m mark was the second fastest in ACU indoor history. The junior Coppin State transfer’s 4x400m relay posted the 10th fastest time in ACU indoor history.center_img Honorable Mention: Trey Darty, Stephen F. Austin. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the athletes of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own student-athlete. To receive honorable mention, an athlete must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.last_img read more

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Top 6 Overlooked Restaurants

first_imgAnimal KingdomFirst up, the overlooked restaurant in Animal Kingdom, Yak and Yeti. With all of the publicity of the newly opened Tiffin’s and the standing popularity of Rainforest Café, Yak and Yeti often gets forgotten as a wonderful table service option. As far as atmosphere, there are two levels to the restaurant with multiple rooms on each level, and each room is adorned with unique, ornate decorations. Every detail leaving the guest of an experience of actually eating in a quaint restaurant in Asia.As for the menu, it definitely offers some unique Asian fusion options that you find everywhere. Some guests may pass by Yak and Yeti because the menu seems too ethnic or daunting for their taste buds. Any guest who does venture in will be richly rewarded.  I can honestly account that the Kobe Beef Burger I had here was the best burger I’ve had anywhere. So, if you’re in Animal Kingdom, or looking for a fun and rewarding dining experience, be sure to not to overlook Yak and Yeti.Kobe Beef Burger at Yak and YetiMagic KingdomNext, we explore the overlooked restaurant in Magic Kingdom. Though Sleepy Hollow hardly qualifies as restaurant, in reality, it’s more of a snack stand. But still, the waffles sold here are large enough to be a meal by themselves. While the crowds rush to grab quick (and standard) bites at Cosmic Ray’s and Pecos Bill’s or have strained for months to get reservations at Be Our Guest or Cinderella’s Royal Table, Sleepy Hollow offers delicious and filling fare for a bargain. The menu often changes, sometimes offering spicy chicken waffles or ham and cheese waffles, but the classic that can always be found is the fresh fruit waffle with chocolate hazelnut spread. Located at the edge of Liberty Square, just overlooking the castle and the hub area, this place oozes with magical ambiance as you can munch on your waffle and watch as the Festival of Fantasy parade marches right past you!Sleepy Hollow Fruit WaffleEpcotThere are several dozen restaurant options Epcot, many of them you’ve heard of and have been scrambling to get reservations at (Le Cellier, Coral Reef, Via Napoli, etc). The restaurant I have for Epcot, is truly overlooked as nearly everyone sees it, some people even walk through it – but few people actually stop and eat here! Of course, I’m referring to Tangierine Café, a quick service restaurant in the Morocco Pavilion. I think this is a location that becomes victim of guests being scared that the cuisine might be too ethnic. Like most restaurants in Epcot, the food offerings here are very “American-friendly”. My favorite, the wraps (chicken or lamb) are offered self-assembly style, so you can make sure that your meal reflects your own culinary desires. Tangierine Café is an enclosed café, so it doesn’t offer much atmosphere in the seating area itself, but does offer open windows and doors to really get the unique experience of the Moroccan Pavilion.Morocco Pavilion is filled with beautiful details. Take a seat, enjoy your meal, and soak it all in.Photo courtesy of Disney (c)Hollywood StudiosIt seems like everyone has their favorite at Hollywood Studios, and maybe because it’s the smallest of the four theme parks in Walt Disney World, not a lot of restaurants are overlooked. That being said, I think the most under-recommended restaurant is Mama Melrose. Located near the back of Hollywood Studios in the Muppets Courtyard, Mama Melrose offers what I imagine every Italian mother in Chicago or New York would put on her Sunday dinner table. Options here are heaping portions of hearty Italian cuisine, including favorites like lasagna and spaghetti. Though the word is getting out about the deliciousness of Mama Melrose with its inclusion in the Fastasmic Dining Package, it’s still fairly easy to get a reservation here, or sometimes even walk right up for seat.  Fair warning, though, these meals are not to be taken lightly. Bring someone with you to share your entrees, or plan to take in a couple of shows after eating, because these hearty meals take some time to digest!Mama Melrose Dining room. Photo courtesy of Disney (c)Resort HotelsWith more than 25 Disney Resort hotels on Walt Disney World property, each offering their own dining options, there are more than few overlooked resort restaurants. Ranging from food court-style to signature dining to character meals, there are offerings are unique and special as the resorts themselves. With so many restaurants vying for this spot, it was difficult to come to one answer, but the one that stuck out the most upon my reflecting was The Wave at the Contemporary Resort.Serving primarily sustainable and locally sourced food, the menu changes frequently, but it’s always good! You can usually find a steak option, and a changing sustainable fish offering, along with other delicious but rather traditional side dishes. The theming of The Wave is more of an artistic interpretation of the ocean with waving lines and colorful ranges of blues. It’s a pretty restaurant, but nothing really distinctly “Disney” about it. I’d definitely recommend this restaurant as a restful break from Magic Kingdom, perhaps enjoying a nice dinner here and walking back to enjoy an evening in the park and fireworks. It definitely takes you away from the crowds and helps you relax and enjoy a delicious meal.Beef Tenderloin at The WaveDisney SpringsFinally, my overlooked restaurant selection for Disney Springs. With so many new restaurants seemingly opening every week, it’s hard to keep up with all of the dining options now available at Disney Springs. Though, it’s tempting to follow the crowds and try to get into try the newest, latest, and greatest, don’t forget about some of the classics that still serve up a great meal. My choice for Disney Springs is Wolfgang Puck Express. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it offers the quality of Wolfgang’s cuisine, but at a price that makes it one of the best values on property. Wolfgang Puck Express has two locations in the The Marketplace area in Disney Springs and the West Side and offers some classic comfort food. From chicken noodle soup, to pizza, pasta, and roast chicken, you and your family will all be pleased with this choice. And bonus, it’s quick service, so no reservations required!Wolfgang Puck Express in Disney SpringsSo, what are your thoughts? Do you have a favorite “overlooked” restaurant? Have you experienced one of these? Be sure to share your thoughts and comments below! Share This!One of the toughest choices to make regarding a Walt Disney World vacation is deciding where to eat. With all the options available at this amazing resort, it’s overwhelming for anyone planning their trip, whether they’re first-time visitors, or seasoned annual passholders. If you’ve done your research, you’ll see the pattern of some of the same names coming up over and over again in reviews and recommendations (Be Our Guest, Chef Mickey’s, Le Cellier, etc).But hopefully, after reading this article, I can introduce to some of Walt Disney World’s unsung restaurant heroes. I have selected my own top six overlooked restaurants at Walt Disney World. Each of these offers great food, value, and even atmosphere but somehow seem to get left out of the top popular recommendations. The plus side, is that because these are often overlooked, that means they are often less crowded and have open reservation availability. These aren’t ranked in any particular order, and range between table service and quick service, but you’ll find one selection from each park, a resort, and Disney Springs.last_img read more

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Sasol, Aus firm in Botswana energy JV

first_imgThe transaction is subject to final approval by the Botswana government. Coal bed methane is a clean natural gas by-product of ancient plant matter, trapped in underground coal seams. It is produced through a process of desorbing natural gas from coal using wells drilled for that purpose – similar to the mine safety processes used in degassing coal mines. 3 November 2011 Early stage of development The three prospecting licences cover an area of approximately 3 000km² and are located in the central province of Botswana. “The joint venture partners plan to conduct a number of exploration activities in the licence area during the next two years to determine the quantity of natural gas available and the feasibility for future commercial development,” Sasol said in a statement this week. Clean natural gas by-product SAinfo reporter Coal bed methane exploration is still in the early stages of development in southern Africa. However, coal bed methane accounts for approximately 10% of total natural gas produced in the United States, and makes up most of Australia’s natural gas supply.center_img Although coal bed methane is produced by unconventional means, it is sold and used in the same manner as conventional natural gas. South African petrochemical giant Sasol has entered into a joint venture with Australia’s Origin Energy, forming a new company called Kubu Energy Resources that has acquired three licences to explore for coal bed methane gas in Botswana. If the first exploration phase proves successful, the joint venture partners will consider committing to a more extensive exploration programme in Botswana. The water that is produced during the production process is pumped to the surface and treated so it can be disposed of or recycled for beneficial purposes such as agriculture. “A discovery of large volumes of coal bed methane in Botswana could be used to generate power and liquid fuels in southern Africa,” said Sasol. “The need to decrease greenhouse gas emissions also favours the increased use of natural gas as an alternative to coal.” “The first phase of the exploration will include an airborne magnetic survey, sampling of borehole cores and the drilling of test wells.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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