Thames Valley Harriers manager Paul Oppe has spoken of his joy at the club’s promotion to Division One.Oppe’s team were third in the table going into their final match of the season at Derby, where Basingstoke’s last-placed finish meant they were leapfrogged by Harriers, who edged out Exeter to take the second promotion place.Oppe said: “It is only when you experience the release of emotions at the end of such a tough season that you realise how important this promotion is to the team managers and athletes.AdChoices广告“I can’t tell you how impressed I was with the performance of every single athlete – I am proud to be the manager to such a talented and committed team. We are already making plans for 2012.”The track man of the match award was presented to Chris Smith for his personal best of 9:25.57 for second place in the 3000 metres steeplechase.Steve Whyte (pictured above) was the field man of the match for his massive contribution in the hammer (53.67m), discus (42.26m) and shot (13.86m).
Ackerstein:Defense wins championships. Chris Long is the best defensive player in the draft.Thus, St. Louis should make Long the second pick in this weekend’s draft.Long, a defensive end from Virginia, registered 14 sacks his senior year and was a destructive force for almost his entire time as a Cavalier. Unlike LSU tackle Glen Dorsey, there aren’t any questions about Long’s health, and he should be able to play from day one wherever he goes.He’s the safest, most consistent pick on the board, and he has the potential to anchor the St. Louis defense for years to come.While Long’s on-the-field talent speaks for itself, it’s what he has going for him off the field that makes him the can’t-miss selection for the Rams.Long is the son of former Oakland Pro Bowler Howie Long, and with Howie still doing analysis for Fox on Sundays, the Rams aren’t just drafting a defender, but a friend in the media.If St. Louis repeats its terrible start from a year ago in 2008, by drafting Long they can ensure they’ll have the support of at least one media member.This ally is in addition to the thing that will endear Long to Rams fans the most — he already has a sandwich named after him.Apparently, a deli in his hometown of Charlottesville has given Long a sandwich bearing his name, and it should help him fill the role of St. Louis hero once held by another guy who shared a name with a sandwich, Mark McGwire.He may not be Big Mac yet, but it’s a start.He’s got talent, lineage and lunch. Long is St. Louis’ man.Mason:Chris Long is easily one of the top talents in this year’s draft, without question. But there is one name that turns more heads than any player going pro: Darren McFadden.But wait, don’t the Rams already have a 1000-yard rusher in Stephen Jackson?Yes, yes they do. But the things McFadden can do with the ball are simply too good for any team to pass up, and frankly it wouldn’t have been a bad move for the Dolphins to take him No. 1 overall.This situation happened exactly one year ago, when the Minnesota Vikings selected Adrian Peterson with the seventh overall selection. They already had Chester Taylor on their roster, a perfectly capable back who rushed for 1,216 yards in 2006.Looks like the move worked for the Vikes. AP ran for 1,341 yards in 14 games and set the single-season NFL rushing record with a 296-yard performance against San Diego. Meanwhile, Taylor rushed for 844 yards as the dangerous running back duo guided Minnesota to an 8-8 record, just missing out of the NFC playoffs.OK, enough about the Vikings. What I’m trying to say is the two-back system has been proven to work, especially when you’ve got such raw talent in Peterson or McFadden. Both were far and away the best rushers in their respective drafts, and both are destined for NFL stardom.The Rams finished 3-13, so it’s tough to say one player can change everything. But statistically speaking, St. Louis was much worse offensively than on the defensive side of the ball. Their 95.4 yards per game rushing the ball were 25th in the NFL. By giving up 115.3 per game on the ground and 225.8 a contest through the air, the Rams finished no worse than 21st in each category.A one-two punch of Jackson and McFadden? Scary.
Halifax has become the latest bank operating in the UK to allow its customers to block transactions made on gambling websites, joining the likes of Barclays, Lloyds, Santander, and RBS. The new blocking feature has been designed ‘in recognition of the ways in which the bank can support customers to manage their money and gamble responsibly’.Elyn Corfield, Managing Director of Consumer Finance at Halifax, commented: “We know that people who gamble a higher proportion of their income are more likely to face financial pressure – so we’ve introduced the freeze tool to help them manage that. Importantly, by also introducing a defrost period we’re helping to protect those who might otherwise make an impulsive return to gambling.”Halifax has confirmed that the tool will be made available via its mobile app. Customers of the bank will be able to self-exclude both their credit and debit cards from being used at bookmakers and gambling websites.As well as being able to freeze gambling transactions, Halifax customers can also use an accompanying ‘defrost’ period, allowing customers to reverse their decision to freeze gambling transactions after 48 hours. The bank emphasised that ‘this time period allows customers to thinking time to ensure their decision isn’t made in haste or under duress’.The feature forms part of the bank’s wider strategy to protect its customers from the risks associated with gambling. Halifax has since committed to offering additional training to customer facing colleagues the branch network and telephony services, and sharing further support information for customers online. This has been accompanied by a collaborative study with Warwick University to review and analyse the impact of gambling related harm. The findings are due to be shared with the Gambling Commission and other external organisations in the coming months.At the end of 2018, Barclays became the first UK high-street bank to integrate a ‘gambling-block’ component across its customer-facing digital platforms. The gambling-block feature, co-developed with citizen financial advisory the Money Advice Trust, allows customers to turn-off engagements with all gambling-related properties. Lloyds enhances gambling safety with Gamban February 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share William Hill secures £224m bookbuild in less than 24-hours June 17, 2020 NatWest Chief confirms expansion of ‘GamCare walk-in’ scheme March 9, 2020 Related Articles Share
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The ad hoc studio will be Gubicza’s home for the Angels’ 30 road games this season.“It’s a pretty good-sized trailer,” he said. “The sound is good. It’s a soundproof truck, no sound is filtering in from the ballpark. It’s different but we got acclimated pretty quick.”A Fox Sports West production team occupied a separate trailer nearby, with a producer, director and staff inside. Most of the conversation between the two units is done by text or phone, Gubicza said, “even if they’re feet away.” The group is able to control every element of the broadcast with one notable exception: the cameras.With ballpark access severely restricted, only the home team’s crew and equipment will be allowed inside. That has consequences. If you’re the kind of viewer who enjoys a long look inside the Angels’ dugout, for example, don’t hold your breath. Fox Sports San Diego employed the nine camera operators for Monday’s game. At least their visuals weren’t entirely focused on the Padres.“What you’re seeing is teamwork between the home and road camera crews, and the directors,” Gubicza said. “It’s almost like we’re treating it like a national broadcast. That’s probably the best way to explain it. It’s not leaning one side or the other. We have the phone numbers of every play-by-play and color analyst we’re working with. It’s teamwork all the way through.” Camera time between the teams figures to be equitable whether the Angels are home or away. At least at home, Gubicza and Rojas will be in their normal booth on the third floor of Angel Stadium. There won’t be any fans in the stands, which creates an additional question: how do you dramatize every moment on the field when the fans aren’t there to help?“A lot of TV is about the crowd reactions, and you don’t talk as much,” he said. “I remember learning that from Vin Scully and others. … Often the best things we show on TV are the fans’ reactions, good or bad. It’s our job now to explain it even more, so the people at home, they get it.”Almost like radio.The radio play-by-play guy: Terry SmithTerry Smith’s first job out of college found him doing play-by-play for the Double-A Jacksonville Suns. The Suns didn’t have the budget to send Smith to road games, so one day their general manager approached Smith with an idea: “He said, why don’t you try re-creating them?”The experiment lasted about 20 games. Broadcasting from a radio studio, Smith played fake crowd noise in the background. When a batter made contact, Smith tapped a piece of wood on his table. Each broadcast began about an hour after the actual first pitch. A local sports writer would recap the play-by-play three innings at a time. This was 1978, so communication options were limited.“Sometimes calling the sports writer, the number was busy,” Smith recalled. “We were saying just to stall our broadcast because we didn’t have the fourth, fifth or sixth inning. In that case we’d make something up: ‘looks like the pitcher has a finger blister!’ ‘The manager is going out to talk.’ We were acting like the weather was getting bad, even though it could have been clear as a bell.”Calling this season won’t be nearly as challenging. Smith, Mark Langston and producer Jorge Sevilla will sit in the 830-AM studios adjoining Angel Stadium. Each of them will have two television monitors. One will carry the game. The other will display four feeds on one screen: the home and away bullpens, the scoreboard (balls, strikes, outs, line score), and the high home camera aimed at the field from behind home plate. That’s the most important one.“That allows us to see all nine fielders, the baserunners, the home plate area, a pitcher on the mound, base coaches,” Smith said.Seeing all those things on a screen one-quarter of the size of the large screen isn’t ideal. Neither is the inability to see the field during commercial breaks. Mid-inning pitching changes, defensive replacements, and other changes won’t be revealed until the game feed returns. For every broadcaster, being able to mingle with players and coaches is off-limits. Those interactions often yield tidbits that a broadcaster can weave into the ample down time during a baseball game.Otherwise, Smith had little reason to complain. He won’t need to slap his table with a baseball bat.“The best compliment you can receive is, ‘You can’t tell the difference,’ and we’ve heard that internally and externally,” he said. “We’re not trying to deceive anyone. The first two games, we’ve told our listeners ‘although the game’s at Petco Park, we’re in our AM-830 studios at the Big A, watching off monitors.’ ”The television producer: Mike LevyIf calling the games sounds like a unique challenge, trying pulling it all together from a production studio. That’s the task facing Mike Levy, who will produce the Dodgers’ broadcasts for SportsNet LA.“The biggest difference will be that nobody’s going to be traveling,” Levy said. “All our announcers – Joe (Davis), Orel (Hershiser) and Alanna (Rizzo), plus Pepe (Yñiguez) and Fernando (Valenzuela) on the Spanish side, as well as the radio announcers, will call every game from Dodger Stadium, home and road.”Coordinating the camerawork with opposing teams for the Dodgers’ away games required weeks’ worth of production calls, Levy said. The home team’s producers will tell Levy’s crew what camera angles to expect in advance. Levy’s team will do the same when the Dodgers play at home. Given the great need to coordinate with people working out-of-state half the time, it’s a minor miracle the broadcasts will not be delayed any longer than usual.In a small way, the broadcasts might be better. Levy said SportsNet LA added two more robotically operated cameras to its stable for this season. Now he’ll have four robotically operated cameras, eight human-controlled cameras, and one RF (radio frequency) camera at his disposal for home games.The schedule presents another production challenge: it’s short. Every game means a bit more than normal – 2.7 times more, to be exact. With no crowd shots to convey the heightened importance of high-leverage situations, what’s a producer to do?“I have had that conversation with Joe and Orel and Alanna,” Levy said. “Will we need to create our own energy for this game? Because without fans, you don’t realize how much the big moments – tie game, bottom of the eighth, runner on third, Cody Bellinger’s up and you know the Dodger Stadium fans are going to rise to their feet. Joe just doesn’t talk. Vin did that. It’s a big moment. How do you create it?”SportsNet LA will be carried on AT&T and DirecTV this season for the first time, bringing Dodger baseball to millions more homes following years of behind-the-scenes wrangling. The timing couldn’t be better, now that in-person viewing isn’t an option. It also means that the pressure is on, in a way it’s never been on before.“I think it motivates us to re-create some of the way we do things, to think outside the box,” Levy said.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros To consume baseball in 2020, chances are you won’t be able to sit inside a ballpark. That’s true if you’re a fan and, sometimes, it’s true if you’re a broadcaster.Major League Baseball games will feature different sounds, like artificial crowd noise. They will look slightly different from what you’re accustomed to seeing on TV. The substance of the broadcasters’ banter will be different. The hope, among the men and women who broadcast the games, is that fans will enjoy the product just the same. After months of behind-the-scenes bickering, it wasn’t always clear there would be a product to enjoy.Now that the mini-season is here, I wanted to take a closer look at what to expect when you tune in to a baseball game in 2020. I reached out to one local television broadcaster, one radio broadcaster, and one television producer. The job has changed for each of them, and not necessarily the way you think.The TV analyst: Mark GubiczaWhile the Angels played an exhibition game in San Diego on Monday, Gubicza was in Angel Stadium – sort of. He was sitting in a trailer in the parking lot behind the bullpens. Play-by-play partner Victor Rojas was in there too, “a minimum of 13 to 15 feet apart,” Gubicza said. A portable restroom sat outside. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield
FedEx has announced that it will no longer serve as a carrier service to Amazon starting next month. The company reported Wednesday that it plans to let its ground shipping contract expire at the end of August just as it did with it’s air shipping contract in June.While FedEx has been on of Amazon’s biggest partners, Amazon’s push to serve as it’s own delivery network to allow for even faster deliveries has essentially been cutting out the middle man.FedEx reported that in 2018, Amazon accounted for less than 1.3% of its total revenue. The company also noted that it has been successful in taking steps to allow them to “focus on the broader e-commerce market.”Neither company seems scorned about the change. Amazon released it’s own statement saying that they are thankful for their partnership with FedEx:“We are constantly innovating to improve the carrier experience and sometimes that means reevaluating our carrier relationships,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement. “FedEx has been a great partner over the years and we appreciate all their work delivering packages to our customers.”
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“We have maps and data that support that smoke from this size stack will travel for six miles. If accurate, you’re not talking about a local issue. This covers a large part of northern Monmouth County. You’re talking north to Hazlet and Holmdel; west to Marlboro and south to Red Bank and Little Silver. This is not just a couple of neighborhoods in Middletown that should be worried,” added Clark, who recently launched an online petition denouncing the crematorium. The petition currently has more than 4,000 signatures. Rather than a location set behind the cemetery’s mausoleums, which are visible to drivers traveling the state roadway, the developers have eyed a vacant, forested area on the other side of the railroad tracks identified on the municipal tax map as Block 865, Lot 136. According to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) press officer Lawrence Hajna, Fair View Cemetery applied for an air pollution control pre-construction permit three years before submitting its application to the township in 2017. Unlike the original site among the cemetery’s thousands of headstones, which includes vital infrastructure like roadways, parking areas and utilities, this 19.5-acre plot is completely undeveloped and, if approved, would place the crematorium directly across Oak Hill Road from the entrance to the Poricy Park Nature Center and a residential development accessible via Ivy Hill Road. It would also be adjacent to Fairview Fields, a series of soccer fields used by township athletes. Currently there are no regulating measures on the books in Middletown pertaining to crematoriums. Mackiewicz said when the application first came before the planning board, she questioned a developer’s professional about the chamber emissions and was troubled to hear the response. “They told me the only thing that comes out of the chamber is water vapor. But that’s a vague statement. After questioning them about the vapor, they said it would not be 100 percent clean. They said it’s the same effect as if I was running my own fireplace. But I’m not putting bodies in my fire place. There’s other things in a body we need to worry about,” Mackiewicz told The Two River Times. Clark also noted there is mercury present in some deceased bodies, mostly derived from silver dental fillings, that is most dangerous to pregnant women and small children. Though crematoriums are considered low emitters of potentially hazardous materials, a group of township residents are not so sure. QUESTIONINGEMISSIONS According to the New Jersey Cemetery Association there are an estimated 25 operational crematoriums in the state, and around the country they are being viewed as a viable option for cemeteries that are running out of plots. A crematorium is a permitted use at Fair View Cemetery, one of the largest nonsectarian cemeteries in the Garden State. Two years ago the application was granted conditional approval by the Middletown Planning Board. The DEP approved thatpermit June 19, 2014, andthe permit is due to expireJune 18, 2019, Hajna toldThe Two River Times. Regina Mackiewicz said she began monitoring the situation in April 2017, and is the founder of the Facebook group Stop Fairview Crematorium, a private group that has nearly 550 members. Fair View Cemetery, a 90-acre parcel bordering Route 35 South, Oak Hill Road and the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line railway, initially proposed the construction of a crematorium in April 2017. However, the site of theproject will be moved. Clark, who was an active member of the Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE) group, which was instrumental in defeating a $111 million power line proposal by JCP&L, said a new resident opposition group is growing in the township and is collecting data that shows the potential dangers which could arise from the crematorium chambers. The scope of the project is expected to remain the same when Fair View Cemetery goes back to the planning board March 20. A NEW LOCATION Despite several attempts, Fair View Cemetery superintendent William Rockafellow could not be reached for comment. “For me, it’s the environmental impact and it’s the toxins that are most troubling. The smoke stacks are said to be low emitters, but there are still hazardous materials like mercury we need to worry about,” said Andrew Clark during a Feb. 25 interview with The Two River Times. Mackiewicz noted that some bodies can contain medical implants, silicone implants and even unaccounted-for pacemakers. “If pacemakers aren’t removed at the funeral home, who is to say they’ll be removed by the crematorium operators? It could be overlooked, and pacemakers do explode inside crematorium chambers, damaging the chambers and filtration systems, which could lead to bigger problems.” But when the developer, Fair View Cemetery Association, sought a setback variance a few months later, which would have allowed them to build the facility just 50 feet away from the nearby highway, the application was snuffed out with a unanimous vote at the July 24, 2017 zoning board meeting. According to the projectdescription delivered to thezoning board in September2016, the project called fora 1,128-square-foot humancrematorium facility withtwo chambers. Because the application is open before the planning board, Middletown Township personnel and elected officials declined comment. RESIDENTS RALLYIN OPPOSITION MIDDLETOWN – After lying dormant, an application for a proposed crematorium is scheduled to go back before the township planning board in March. Crematoriums have been a controversial topic in the area in recent years, including a 2014 case in Oceanport in which elected officials said they would mount a legal defense against Woodbine Cemetery. Though Woodbine proposed a crematorium, it could not obtain an air pollution permit from the DEP. In 2016, a group of Manalapan residents entered a similar fight against a proposed crematorium at the Old Tennent Cemetery. The planning board ultimately refused to hear the application.
Featuring some of the international ICC Legends, the event is part of the award winning program “Don’t Drink & Drive” Legends Big Bash.It aims to address the issue of the rising cause of deaths in the country due to driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.For the second time in the event’s history, Coalition For Change (CFC) will also be a supporting partner of this event.CFC is a community-based advocacy group that is working towards achieving cultural change in PNG regarding violence against women and children.The Pacific MMI “Don’t Drink and Drive” Legends occasion will include various events, including media conferences, school visits and high performance training programs.The biggest draw card will be the Pacific MMI “Don’t Drink and Drive” Legends Big Bash Cricket Event, where all the legends will be involved.The four-day program will run from August 31st to September 3rd at various venues yet to be announced.
Jeremy Miado sets the tone for Filipinos in ONE: Conquest of Champions card Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino strawweight Jeremy Miado expects the same result when he fights Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in a rematch on Friday in ONE: Call to Greatness in Singapore.Miado sees himself beating Amnuaysirichoke again after knocking the Thai warrior just 84 seconds into their first fight last year.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “It’s going to be an explosive contest and I expect to emerge the victor once again,” Miado said.“I have the greatest respect for Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, but I am coming for the win and I am confident I can do it again in this rematch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAmnuaysirichoke, meanwhile, vows to be a better fighter the second time around.“Jeremy Miado is a tough warrior and I can’t underestimate him. I will give a better performance in this rematch and make my fans in Singapore and Thailand proud,” the former strawweight champion said. View comments MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Steph Curry joins Barack Obama at ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ event LATEST STORIES