Maynes of Buckie adds two Noone Turas 900s

first_imgThe two Noone Turas 900-bodied Ategos were supplied by Minis to MidisMaynes Coaches of Buckie has purchased a pair of Mercedes-Benz Ategos with Noone Turas 900 midicoach bodies, supplied by Minis to Midis.They are finished in the Moray operator’s recently-revised silver-based livery and are to ‘executive plus’ specification. That includes a host of extras, such as USB charging points, an in-dash fridge, wood effect flooring and a mahogany interior finish.Length                 9.11mHeight                  3.18mWidth                   2.45mGVW                    10,500kgEngine                 Mercedes-Benz four-cylinderPower                  211bhpTorque                 850NmEmissions            Euro 6Gearbox              Six-speed automatedlast_img read more

Vikings can’t finish job in Dallas

first_imgVikings can’t finish job in DallasOctober 22, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrint>IRVING, Texas (AP) – Scoring a first-quarter touchdown wasn’t the spark the Dallas Cowboys thought it would be.Returning a blocked field goal for a touchdown for the first time since 1983? Yeah, that did the trick.Chris Canty swatted a potential go-ahead kick by Minnesota and Pat Watkins returned it 68 yards for a go-ahead touchdown for Dallas, sending the Cowboys past the Vikings 24-14 Sunday in a game they dominated but nearly gave away.Dallas bounced back from a lopsided home loss to New England and guaranteed itself at least two more weeks atop the NFC because of an upcoming bye. During the time off, the Cowboys can savor being 6-1 for the first time since 1995 (their last Super Bowl season) and having beaten the Vikings for the first time since 1996. Minnesota (2-4) lost for the third time in four games. Rookie Adrian Peterson followed his record-setting, 224-yard performance last week with only 63 this time.Vikings coach Brad Childress might have done the most to slow the NFL rushing leader, giving him only eight carries after the opening drive, during which Peterson ran four times for 27 yards, including a nifty 20-yarder for a touchdown.His final carry was a fumble near his end zone early in the fourth quarter. Dallas recovered at the 22 and wound up kicking a field goal for a 10-point lead that stood up.Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was 31 of 39 for 277 yards, with a touchdown and a fumble. He had 231 passing yards at halftime, but was slowed by what appeared to be a hamstring injury sustained while chasing a Minnesota fumble return for a touchdown late in the second quarter.last_img read more

Occupiers seek sustainable relations with landlords

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Boskalis Completes Sale of Dockwise Yacht Transport Activities

first_imgRoyal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has successfully completed the sale of the activities of Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT). These activities are to be transferred to Sevenstar Yacht Transport B.V. based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.With the acquisition of Dockwise in March 2013, Boskalis also acquired the activities of Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT). DYT’s core business is the transatlantic migration of luxury yachts between Florida, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.For Boskalis, these activities have no strategic value and do not fit with the group’s existing core business. Boskalis sold the DYT activities including 2 dedicated semi-submersible yacht transport vessels (Super Servant 4 and Yacht Express) for a total consideration of USD 40 million. This divestment will not have a material impact on Boskalis earnings.[mappress]Boskalis, October 18, 2013last_img read more

Domestic violence victims ‘routinely abused’ in family court – charity

first_imgCampaigners have called for immediate action to protect domestic violence victims when they step into family courts to face their abuser.Women’s Aid says protection afforded to people in the criminal court is not extended to the family court, with increasing reports of aggression at the court itself.The problem has been brought into focus since 2013 with the increase in litigants in person since the advent of legal aid restrictions.‘Verbal and physical abuse from the perpetrator towards the victim is routinely occurring on the family court estate,’ said Women’s Aid chief executive Polly Neate.‘This trauma makes it extremely difficult for the non-abusive parent to advocate clearly and effectively for the safety of their child.’The issue has been taken up in the House of Commons by Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson (pictured), a former abuse charity worker.Phillipson has asked a series of questions in parliament trying to establish how many family courts have special access measures for victims of domestic violence, and what assessment has been made of the increase in LiPs.The MP said: ‘All too often, women face the risk of further verbal abuse, intimidation, and even physical assault when attending family court hearings.‘The case studies collected by Women’s Aid are part of a much wider problem. The family courts have a long way to go until survivors of abuse and their children receive the support and protection they need.’Justice minister Caroline Dinenage said the family court takes the issue of domestic violence ‘extremely seriously’, with every family court having a system to support vulnerable court users.‘Protective measures are put in place whenever this is considered to be appropriate,’ she said. ‘These can include separate waiting areas, additional security and the use of separate entrances where appropriate.‘Parties can also request special measures such as the use of protective screens in the hearing or the use of a video link.’Dinenage said the MoJ has improved funding for support and advice projects led by the pro bono sector to assist LiPs and provide them with the information and skills to effectively represent themselves in court. She added that legal aid is still available for certain family matters.last_img read more

Seating in brief

first_imgGrammer is to supply its IC3000 range of first class seats for use in the Gold Class cars of the Dubai metro trains, currently under construction (RG 4.08 p225). The leather-upholstered seats will feature a folding table with laptop holder. The seat contours will be trimmed in blue and turquoise, reflecting the colours of the sea.The Fracilien trainsets being built by Bombardier will feature seats in an array of colours supplied by Compin. Each seat is 490 mm wide across the shoulders, and will be covered by a vandal-proof fabric. Paris suburban passengers are also to be provided with headrests for the first time.last_img read more

Jamaica gov’t cuts off private schools

first_img Share Education Minister Ronald Thwaites looks on while permanent secretary in his ministry, Elaine Foster-Allen, addresses a press conference, yesterday. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY)GOVERNMENT’S decision not to place any of the 39,438 students who sat this year’s Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in private schools is expected to result in savings of $15 million, which Ronald Thwaites said will be used to improve the public education system.Thwaites, the education minister, said that in addition to not placing students in private institutions this year, a decision was also taken to not send any of the GSAT students to any of the country’s all-age schools.“It is not that we are scorning them (private institutions), but we simply believe that the investment has to be in the public system, and that’s where we are creating the spaces,” the minister told a press conference at his ministry yesterday, where he gave a preliminary report on the results of the 2014 GSAT.Of those students who sat this year’s examination, 28,883 or a little over 70 per cent were able to gain placement at one of their five preferred schools, while 10,127 were placed by a computer programme to schools in close proximity to their primary schools and, to a lesser extent, to where they live.A total of 34,804 students were placed in high schools, 3,291 in technical schools, and a little over 1,000 in junior high schools.“Our experience is that, while there is heroic effort and exemplary success in some of the junior high schools, by and large, they have not shown the capacity to deliver the best results.As you know, they are follow-on from the primary school before the grade nine test that takes the student into a higher level, and so we have been trying hard to place as many students without overcrowding any school into the five-year programme,” Thwaites explained.The education minister noted that, while the average scores in the various subject areas have improved over the last six years, the levels were not satisfactory. As such, he said that efforts would be made to readjust the ministry’s budget internally to provide more literacy and mathematics coaches in schools.Students who have scored below an average of 50 per cent in the GSAT will be especially targeted for remedial work.Thwaites noted that girls continue to outdo boys in the national examination and there has been a gradual reduction in the number of students sitting the exam over the last few years.“It is 39,438 who actually sat earlier this year, and I think that is down from 42,000 last year. The birth rate is declining, and over the last five to 10 years we have come down from close to 52,000,” he said.The GSAT results will be made available to schools tomorrow evening, and while the minister anticipates that some parents will not be pleased with their children’s placement, he said there is a process to seek transfers.“All transfers must receive the approval of the ministry, and the practice where some schools decanted into other already over-supplied schools is not going to continue; and we would therefore ask for transfers to be approved here,” he said.Jamaica Observer Sharing is caring! Share 36 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet NewsRegional Jamaica gov’t cuts off private schools by: – June 19, 2014 Sharelast_img read more

Resilient Steelers bounce back _ again

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant (10) runs past Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (24) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are good again. For a week anyway.Yet if one of the NFL’s most enigmatic teams has learned anything over the last three months, it’s that stringing success from one Sunday to the next remains tricky. This week’s season-salvaging triumph is next week’s gut-punch loss. Thirteen weeks into an equally parts promising and puzzling season, Pittsburgh finally insists it’s ready to stop running in place.“I feel like this time of the year, you’re not allowed to have those slip-ups anymore,” linebacker Arthur Moats said. “If we want to be a team like we’re trying to be, we have to be successful this week.”Good luck with that. A trip to Atlanta is the only thing between the Steelers (8-5) and a two-game homestand against Kansas City and the Bengals that will determine whether they make it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Three wins and Pittsburgh captures the AFC North. Two and a return to January football is likely. Anything less — and the Steelers will almost certainly be favored in all three games — and another long offseason awaits.The math is simple. Breaking a pattern in which the Steelers have mixed euphoric wins against contenders to confounding losses to also-rans is not.Maybe that’s why dozens of players showed up at the team facility on Monday even though coach Mike Tomlin gave them the day off.“The actions on your off days speak a lot about you,” Moats said.Moats spent the first four seasons of his career in Buffalo, admitting “during my first two or three years there, going into the bye week, you pretty much knew it was over.”Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (26) scores on a 10-yard touchdown reception against Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Emmanuel Lamur (59) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Not this time. As uneven as Pittsburgh has been this fall, when the Steelers are on they are every bit as explosive as New England or Denver. The problem is what happens when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and stars Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown are off.Pittsburgh is on pace to set a club record for points in a season, needing to average just 19 points over the final three weeks to eclipse the 416 scored by the 1979 team that won the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl in season years. That club went 12-4 and won eight games by at least 11 points. The current group only has three blowouts under its belt, and while the romp over the Bengals qualifies, the Steelers still entered the fourth quarter trailing before scoring four times in less than 10 minutes.“I don’t care about the style points,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “We’re just trying to do what is necessary to get out of these stadiums with wins.”Of course, Tomlin would like to do it with some consistency. And while the Chiefs and Bengals will almost certainly have Pittsburgh’s attention on the final two weekends of the season, who knows what awaits in Atlanta. The Falcons are under .500 but in first place in the NFC South. The last time the Steelers faced a team like that, New Orleans blew them off the field.It’s why Moats, at best, is cautiously optimistic. He’s not the only player trying to make the postseason for the first time in his career. It can be a painful learning process. Truth is, the losses to Tampa Bay, the New York Jets and New Orleans didn’t seem as crushing in the moment. Any similar missteps here on out and the repercussions will extend into a murky future.“If you lose a game now, you’re talking about losing the division, missing the playoffs,” Moats said.He welcomes the pressure while allowing the defense needs to improve. Moats’ fourth-quarter fumble recovery kickstarted Pittsburgh’s late surge, one that was required after the Bengals spent three quarters popping one big play after the next.  When it mattered, however, the Steelers shut the door.The win allowed Moats to check his phone in the giddy aftermath to see how the rest of the AFC contenders fared. It beats the alternative, though the veterans in the locker room know it’s best to focus on their own games. Win games and what everyone else does hardly matters.“Every week is kind of a playoff week for us,” Roethlisberger said. “We’re going to give it everything we have every week. And it doesn’t get any easier moving forward.”Something the Steelers know only too well.Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a 94-yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Nolito hits out at false stories about his injury during transfer window

first_img “I have a contract with Celta Vigo. I’ve been annoyed that so many things which aren’t true have been said,” he told a press conference.   Sport EN CET On his injury, Nolito suggested the worst is now behind him and hinted that he could play a part this weekend – even if it’s only 20 minutes. “If one day I leave Celta, you know that I will be the first to tell you. I’m not in control of anything.” Celta Vigo forward Nolito says he is annoyed at some of the stories which came out during the January transfer window. center_img “People said that I’d injured myself on purpose, that I was simulating the injury, that Celta were punishing me… many things which aren’t true.  The Spain international was regularly linked with a move to Barcelona, but in the end remained in Galicia.  25/02/2016 at 16:33 “Even my mum called me and asked [about them]. I told her I was dedicated to playing football and to training. last_img read more

Exhibition coming to Lang Lang

first_imgThe Lang Lang Football Netball Club in conjunction with the Howler Brewing Company is involved in the presentation of a…[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