NFL Power Rankings: Chiefs take over top spot, face No. 15 49ers; Raiders fall to No. 27

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.Sizing up the NFL as Week 3 begins:1. Kansas City (2-0)All aboard the Patrick Mahomes bandwagon. Through two games he’s projected for 80 touchdown passes. Last week: 6 Next: 49ers2. L.A. Rams (2-0)Apparently D-coordinator Wade Phillips had no problem blending in some big-named, big ego talent to play together. Last week: 5 Next: L.A. Chargers 3. Jacksonville (2-0)Slot corner DJ Hayden not only had four tackles, but …last_img

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Billions for transport projects

first_img14 February 2008South Africa’s transport and logistics infrastructure projects are progressing well, Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin told journalists in Cape Town on Monday, detailing the government’s plans for road maintenance, rail upgrades, taxi recapitalisation and the development of mass transit public transport networks.Erwin said the efficient and timely rollout of the country’s various infrastructure programmes was crucial to ensure that the government met its economic growth and poverty alleviation goals.He said the government had allocated R7.7-billion for the rollout of the taxi recapitalisation programme that aims to improve safety and help formalise South Africa’s taxi industry, with the target of scrapping and replacing 80% of the old taxi fleet by 2010.“The scrapping of taxis commenced in 2006 and to date more than 13 261 old taxi vehicles have been scrapped, amounting to payments of over R663-million,” he said.South Africa also plans to rehabilitate, maintain and preserve road infrastructure with the help of a budget allocation that has been raised from R600-million to R2.2-billion.Rail transportIn addition, the South African Rail Commuter Corporation is working towards ensuring that rail services support the integrated transport plans developed by the government.“Metrorail express services will be deployed effectively as part of our transport operation plans for both the Confederations Cup in 2009 and ultimately the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” Erwin said. “We have committed almost R10-billion to upgrade both rolling stock and infrastructure over the next three years.”In another programme, over 1 700 rail police have been deployed countrywide a further 5 000 officers are to be deployed by 2010.A further investment in rail infrastructure to the value of R16-billion is expected for the refurbishment and overhaul of coaches as the rail safety management system is implemented.South Africa has also developed a strategy to revitalise non-core rail lines to ensure the economic sustainability of small towns and rural communities, the minister said.Integrated, rapid public transportRegarding the public transport strategy, Erwin said the Cabinet had approved key projects aimed at achieving the goal of mass transit public transport networks.An essential feature of the strategy deals with a phased extension of the mode-based vehicle recapitalisation into integrated rapid public transport networks, which comprises rapid rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) priority corridors especially in major cities.Erwin said the Public Transport Infrastructure and System Fund had been allocated an amount of R9.2-billion between now and 2010 to fund projects including the Khulani Corridor, the N1 and N2 toll highway, the Rea Vaya BRT system in Johannesburg, the Sani Pass Road between South Africa and Lesotho and the BRT network in Pretoira.Airports Company South Africa, meanwhile, is developing the country’s airport infrastructure in line with passenger growth through its R19.3-billion capital expenditure programme, with passenger numbers expected to increase to 31-million by 2012.Smaller provincial airports are also being upgraded to meet growth demands, Erwin said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Passengers from hell! We want your opinion!

first_imgWhich is worse? The inconsiderate passenger reclining into your face for an entire flight or the out of control child running amok in the cabin? Editors at AirlineRatings.com, the world’s first safety, and product rating website, have listed its 10 worst passenger types with the seat recliner and the inconsiderate parent topping the list as the most hated. Now we want to know what tops our viewer’s lists. Select your choice here Click here to take surveyGeoffrey Thomas Editor and founder of Airlineratings.com said that “it was a tossup between parents that think their 200 fellow passengers are babysitters or the thoughtless passengers who recline into your space from takeoff to landing.”These two passengers have been dubbed Parentus Slapdashii and Reclinus Maximus.“Of course we all feel for the mother with the crying baby and we can always put a headset on to reduce the impact but it’s the children running amok and kicking your seat that angers fellow passengers.”“However Reclinus just wins according to our editor survey.”Various global surveys back up the airlineratings.com worst passengers picks.“One by the UK’s Telegraph newspaper found that nearly 70 percent of travelers would be prepared to pay more for a child-free cabin which underscores the problem of the irresponsible parent,” said Mr Thomas.“Responding to that Malaysian Airlines and Air AsiaX have both moved to child-free zones in the past 18 months.”Another growing problem passenger is Smellus Incredibilus.“There is no doubt that personal hygiene on planes is in decline and typically “Smellus” will also leave the toilets in a mess,” said Mr ThomasNext on the list is Armrest Grabbis who hogs the armrests and typically he has become more of the problem as passengers get larger.Chatticus Majorus makes up the top five and it seems no matter what you do if Chatticus wants to talk you are in for a long and boring trip!Making number 6 is Bladder Incredibilus who some bizarre reason always seems to request the window seat. Bladder not only affects the passengers in the same row but also the ones in front as he or she inevitably uses the seatbacks as a steadier.At number 7, often you can’t decide whether Carry-on Greedicus is stupid, arrogant or just plain inconsiderate. Maybe he’s all three.Greedicus is typically seated in row 30 or 40 but he thoughtlessly— particularly in the US — dumps his carry-on bag which is way toobig or too heavy or both in row 2’s overhead bin, rather than carry itall the way down the back.This of course causes chaos for passengers boarding after him.Holding down number eight position is High-and-Mighticus, who is almost always bathed in self glory. This tiresome traveler sees the overhead reading light more as a spotlight on their own special opening night stage rather than as reading aids.You will often hear Mighticus demanding before you see him and that tone will continue all flight.At number nine DVT – Avoidus would be funny if they were not so irritating.A real tell-tale sign of this trait is the traveler going through their yoga or tai chi routine in the boarding lounge.Once on board, they spend the entire trip doing arm stretches and leg raisers bumping the back of your seat or elbowing you in the head or shoulder.The final irritating passenger is “Window Hoggus” who takes the window seat and immediately after take-off pulls down the window shade and goes to sleep denying fellow passengers a view.And there is a dark side to these characters’ thoughtlessness in that it fuels air rage.“It is impossible to get accurate figures but one reliable estimate puts the air rage incidents count in the US alone as 10,000 a year,” said Mr Thomas.Extrapolated across the globe the number of air rage incidents could top 40,000 a year.“Another survey of frequent flyers found that 37 per cent occasionally felt a sense of rage on a flight,” said Mr Thomas.And it’s no longer just one passenger causing grief.Last month US airline Air Tran off loaded 100 school children and their chaperones, after a number refused to turn their mobiles off and sit down.last_img read more

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iRex Launches New Wireless eReader – Coming to a Best Buy Near You

first_imgTags:#E-Books#web IRex officially launched its new eReader today. As we reported last month, the iRex DR800SG will feature an 8.1-inch touchscreen with stylus navigation, and have wireless connectivity over Verizon’s network. The device, which will retail for $399, will be closely linked to Barnes & Nobles’ eBook store and users will be able to buy books from there over the wireless connection. Best Buy will carry these devices in its stores and will set aside space in its stores to showcase eReaders from iRex, Sony, and other eReader manufacturers.Who is iRex?As Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps point out, iRex has to overcome some challenges because its brand is relatively unknown in the US. According to the New York Times, iRex wanted to release a Barnes & Noble branded version of the DR800SG, but those negotiations apparently didn’t go very far. At the same time, though, iRex also has some advantages, especially in Europe – a market that other vendors have mostly ignored for now. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts At this point, however, it’s not even really about the launch of yet another eReader anymore – with Amazon, Sony, Asus, iRex, Plastic Logic, Coolreaders, and a growing number of other contenders, the market is now wide open and competition is already bringing prices down. Prices now start at $149 for refurbished 1st generation Kindles and go up to $489 for the Kindle DX, with Amazon’s competitors hitting every price point in between. For most consumers, any price over $99 is still too high for an eReader, but then, hardware prices always come down sooner or later and it is only a matter of time before somebody is going to release a decent $99 eReader.At $399, the new iRex reader is obviously one of the more expensive readers on the market right now, though its price is in line with competing wireless eReaders like the Sony Reader Daily Edition. Sony, however, offers a real touchscreen on some of its high-end readers though, something iRex has disavowed for now because it reduces the contrast of the screen.Getting eReaders Into the MarketplaceAnother important aspect of this announcement is that Best Buy will now set apart some space in its stores to feature eReaders. Until now, Best Buy only sold eReader on its website. Even though public interest in eReaders is high, only a relatively small number of people have actually held one of these devices in their hands. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Protest against NRC reverification notices

first_imgMembers of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Tuesday staged a demonstration outside the office of the State Coordinator for National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Guwahati to protest the “sudden” notices served on thousands of people belonging to the minority communities for reverification of their documents. The protestors demanded the revocation of the “inhuman” reverification process for people who were asked to go to NRC centres 300-500 km away within 24-36 hours. “This was unnecessary as the Supreme Court had rejected the Centre and State government’s plea for reverification,” CPI(M) secretary Deben Bhattacharya said.last_img

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Cebu to host Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific C’ship anew in 2018

first_imgChurch, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “When we started, we had only 583 athletes. I never thought that the sport of triathlon would have grown the way it has, that Filipinos would embrace the challenge of Ironman. It’s very heartwarming to see the people accept the challenge and come up and say that their life was changed, that they’re living a healthier lifestyle, and they feel better about themselves. I think we’ve created a healthy nation and that’s amazing,” he said.And it’s not just individual change, as Uytengsu said that the growing community of triathlon has also helped its host cities when it comes to income generation.“We’re doing our share in sports tourism. We’re bringing people to the Philippines for the first time, who probably wouldn’t come to the Philippines if not for Ironman,” he said.Uytensu teased that grander things are still in store for the Filipino triathlon community.“There’s some things I can’t say right now. There’s more good things to come. It’s really exciting and I’m a very happy man right now,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress TNT overcomes Alaska, Henton’s big game Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu and DOT secretary Wanda Teo announce the Cebu hosting of the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — For the second time in three years, Cebu will be the home for the best triathletes in Asia-Pacific as it is set to host the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship.Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu announced the development, together with Department of Tourism (DOT) secretary Wanda Teo on Friday here at Shangri-La Mactan, as the lead organizer for Ironman events in the country commemorates its 10th year in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I think it’s fitting. Ironman recognized our quality. The athletes really enjoy coming here and I expect another sell out crowd in a very short period of time,” said Uytengsu. “For the second time for us to do this, we want to do as many big, bold things as we could in our 10-year anniversary.”The awarding of hosting rights to Cebu for the Asia Pacific Championship continued the abundance of good news for triathlon aficionados in the country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEarlier in the week, Sunrise Events officially announced the staging of the first full distance Ironman race in the country next June in Subic Bay.Uytengsu can’t help but be overwhelemed overwhelmed with how the Philippines has accepted triathlon and the Ironman races since they started organized the events in Camarines Sur nine years ago. LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Report HMM Bins Long Beach Terminal Bid

first_imgzoom South Korean container carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has pulled out of a joint bid with the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) to acquire a majority stake in an operator of a container terminal at California’s Port of Long Beach, the Wall Street Journal reports.Earlier this month, HMM and MSC teamed up to jointly bid on a 54 percent stake in terminal operator Total Terminals International (TTI), currently controlled by the struggling Hanjin Shipping. The remaining 46 percent stake in the terminal operator is already held by MSC.HMM now plans to take a ”low double-digit stake” in TTI later on to save on cargo unloading costs, C.K. Yoo, HMM’s Chief Executive Officer, told WSJ.Following the recently signed agreement to enter into a ”strategic cooperation” with the 2M Alliance of Maersk Line and MSC, HMM announced plans to take 5 percent of global market share by 2021.The carrier currently controls 2.2 percent of global container capacity.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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