How to make a stand

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Network Rail announces electrification framework agreements

first_imgUK: Infrastructure manager Network Rail has awarded Balfour Beatty, AmeyInabensa, CarillionPowerlines and ABC Electrification a total of six geographical framework contracts for its £2bn electrification programme. The agreements announced on February 4 run for seven years, with the potential for three one-year extensions. Network Rail electrification framework agreements RegionSupplierSupplier details Southern AmeyInabensa Amey/Inabensa joint venture Central (London North Western, South) ABC Alstom, Babcock and Costain Central (East Midlands) CarillionPowerlines Carillion/SPL Powerlines 70:30 joint venture Central (London North Western, North) Balfour Beatty Scotland & North East CarillionPowerlines Western & Wales ABC Jeremy Candfield, Director General of the Railway Industry Association, said the frameworks would ‘encourage suppliers to invest in the training and equipment needed for the growing national electrification programme and pave the way for suppliers’ greater involvement to maximise the efficient delivery of the projects.’ ‘Our work to electrify two thousand track-miles [3 200 track-km] represents the biggest programme of rail electrification in a generation and will provide faster, quieter and more reliable journeys for millions of passengers every week while cutting the cost of the railway’, said Simon Kirby, Managing Director of Network Rail’s Infrastructure Projects division. ‘To deliver this work in the safest and most efficient way possible, we need to make the most of the huge potential within our supply chain.’ According to Network Rail, once electrification schemes including the Great Western and Midland main lines, Liverpool to Manchester and Preston, the Valley Lines in South Wales and the ‘electric spine’ from Southampton to the West Midlands and Yorkshire are complete, more than half of the network would be electrified, with electric trains accounting for three-quarters of all traffic.last_img read more

Backyard sheds reimagined as pubs, studios, getaways

first_img“It’s gaining in popularity. It’s all over the board what people are using them for,” she said.The sheds range from stylized structures with sliding glass doors to buildings made from repurposed materials.Ford-Workman and her husband spent about $300 fixing up their structure, which friends have dubbed “Barshed.” They furnished it with cast-off furniture from friends.“Our Barshed is nothing to put in a home-design magazine by any stretch of the imagination, but all our friends rave about its existence,” she said.Studio Shed in Louisville, Colorado, sells prefabricated structures to people who want more living space or to enhance their backyard, said Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, the company’s creative director. The buildings, which range in price from $7,500 to $20,000, offer flexibility and are less expensive than adding a room to the house, he said.Jennifer and Eric Antonow added a shed to their Palo Alto, California, property because they can’t afford a bigger house.“It made so much economic sense,” she said.They use their shed as a home office and recording studio. It sits next to their hot tub, so sometimes they use it as a changing room. She also anticipates serving drinks there while entertaining outside.The Antonows needed a permit to install the shed, which rests on a concrete slab. City and county rules vary, so check with the local zoning department before adding a structure, said Jim Ayers, a contributor to hometalk.com, an online home and garden forum for do-it-yourselfers.He did not need a permit to build the gardening shed that he later converted into a tiki bar at his Nashville, Tennessee, home. The building, which sits on concrete blocks, is not a permanent structure, he said.He transformed the shed into a party spot at the urging of his wife, Monika. “It didn’t take much for me to go her way,” he said.He estimates he spent about $500 on the project. He already had some of the lumber. Many of the items are repurposed.The Ayers spend a lot of time in their backyard, and love to invite friends.“If we’re not at somebody else’s place or away on a trip, we’re out there,” he said. “My wife loves it. In her younger years, she was a bartender.” This undated photo provided by courtesy of Morgaine Ford-Workman shows the bar shed she and her husband created in the backyard of their house in Morrisville, Penn. A growing number of homeowners have begun throwing parties in converted sheds and outbuildings constructed for entertaining. (Morgaine Ford-Workman via AP) This photo provided by Studio Shed shows how one homeowner used a shed to enhance the backyard and create additional space for entertaining and outdoor living in San Carlos, Calif. Homeowners around the country are using sheds as a place to hang out. (Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski/Studio Shed via AP) In this undated photo provided by courtesy of Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski/Studio Shed, the shed that Jennifer and Eric Antonow built near their backyard hot tub provides some extra living space in Palo Alto, Calif. The high cost of California real estate made the shed a more affordable option than building an addition. (Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski/Studio Shed via AP) When Morgaine Ford-Workman and Wren Workman bought a house with a backyard shed, they saw the potential for something more than storing garden tools.The couple transformed the 10-by-12-foot building into a bar to use during outdoor parties at their house in Morrisville, Pennsylvania.“We’re involved in community theatre and we like to throw a lot of parties,” Ford-Workman said. “It’s an extra place to hang out.”People looking to get more use out of their backyards are building or converting sheds for a variety of purposes. There are backyard pubs. “She sheds,” when they’re built by women. Home offices. Art or yoga studios. TV rooms.“As we continue to explore other ways we can utilize our backyard space, we will continue to see trends like this,” said Stacy Nelson, who owns a backyard-design consulting firm, Backyard Mamma, in Weston, West Virginia. “We want to be in nature and unwind.”The do-it-yourself element and the sheds’ visual impact have made them popular on social media sites, Nelson said.last_img read more

Glenn edges Burnie in high score shootout

first_imgThirty-six was also the winning score in division 2 for Eiichi Matsumoto, with William Chang in second two points behind while Fred Temminck beat Andy Oz on a 18/17 back-nine count back for third after they both scored 33 points each.There were no ‘2’s today so both divisions are rolled over to Pattavia on Wednesday.Near pins went Gerry Cooke, Peter Pedder, Chris Voller (2), Magne Gunnarson and Howard Stanley.Wednesday, Nov. 20, Pattavia – StablefordThis was our first visit here since the re-vamp of the course and what a delight it turned out to be.  Everyone was surprised with the condition, especially the bunkers and the greens, and the majority view after the round was what a wonderful turnaround this course has made.  The new club house is being built now and is scheduled to be finished on the third week of January so we have a booking here in late December and also early February.Two 42 point scores were returned in division 2 today with Glenn King edging the win over Burnie Sinclair in second, and nine points behind in third place was Rodney Howett.Chris Voller topped division 1 standings with 37 points, Billy Fitzgerald was second two points behind and Dennis Scougall placed third with 33.There were some humorous heckling at the presentation at Siam Cats when it was revealed that the third group out had recorded three ‘2’s, all on the 13th green.  Well done Gerry Cooke, Billy Fitzgerald and Rod Howett.  Curtis Hessler birdied the 4th for a share of the pot also.Near pins prizes went to Billy Fitzgerald, Don Head, Lindsay Phillips, Jan Sordal, Peter Grant, Tom Novak and Matty SwireFriday, Nov. 22, Eastern Star – StablefordA very busy course today with a few Korean groups out in front of us but this did not prove a problem with the flow of play.Wilf Latham won division 1 (0-15) today with 34 points and with his new handicap of 15, John Walsh took second with 33.  A remarkable six players were tied on 32 points for third place but Tim Dale had the best back-nine of 20 to pip Bill Bertram, Billy Fitzgerald, Ted Gardner, Roger and Chris Voller.Frank Kelly came back into the limelight with 37 points to win division 2 ahead of Miss Nut in second with 35 and the darkside boy Andy Baber took third on 34 after beating Iain Walsh on count back.Tony Thorne and Roger birdied the 6th and 13th to split the ‘2’s pot in division 1 and the near pins were shared amongst Tim Dale, Roger R, Tony Thorne, John Walsh, Andy Baber, Magne Gunnarson and Frank Kelly. Jomtien Golf with the IPGCMonday, Nov. 18, Plutaluang – StablefordThere was a Navy tournament on the North and West courses today so we were allocated the East and South nines.  There were seven groups out today with the equal cut at 7-18 and nineteen plus in the two divisions.  In division 1 three 36’s came in and with a back-nine count back of 20, Dennis Scougal was the winner ahead of Pete Sumner in second and Billy Fitzgerald third.Jan Sordal, Chris Voller and Magne Gunnarson.last_img read more

Spring League invites Rice, Manziel, adds former NFL players

first_imgSpring League CEO Brian Woods told The Associated Press he had conversations with representatives for Rice and Vince Young, and challenged Manziel to prove himself on the field in a few months.“If Johnny Manziel is serious about a future in the NFL, the Spring League is willing to provide him with a platform to prove he’s still relevant,” Woods said.Manziel declared on Twitter this week that he’s trying to be “a good person” and suggested he’s stopped partying.The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner has been a free agent for most of the past year.The Browns released him in March following two tumultuous seasons defined by inconsistent play and numerous problems off the field, including a stint in rehab.Since then, the 24-year-old quarterback has been dumped by two agents after both demanded a second rehab trip, and navigated a domestic violence charge in Texas that prosecutors agreed to drop when he pledged to meet certain conditions for a year.Manziel told ESPN Friday he’s achieved sobriety without professional help and that his next goal is to play football.“A preseason game, anything I don’t care what it is,” Manziel said. “Only need one team to believe in me and I’ll do anything to make that a possibility.”The Spring League debuts in April with four teams composed of free agents. They’ll start training April 5 at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, and will play a total of six games there in a three-week span. The league isn’t affiliated with the NFL, but NFL teams plan to send scouts to games and workouts.“Our core strategy is to address deficiencies in the current pro football landscape by providing a showcase to experienced NFL players and an instructional platform for younger talent in need of live game repetitions, which are paramount for development,” Woods said.Longtime NFL scout John Peterson is the league’s president.The Spring League is ideally looking for players in their mid-20s, but wouldn’t turn down older players such as Rice or Young because they provide more publicity.Rice hasn’t played in the NFL since he was suspended in 2014 following a domestic violence incident. The former three-time Pro Bowl running back turns 30 on Sunday.Young, a 33-year-old quarterback and former college star, last played with Philadelphia in 2011.Wide receiver Jalen Saunders, another player with character concerns, has already agreed to play in the league. Saunders was a fourth-round pick by the Jets in 2014 and spent time with six teams in two years. He was suspended the first 10 games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.Other players who’ve already agreed to play in The Spring League include: former Georgia QB Hutson Mason, RB Zach Bauman, LB Will Smith, S Pierre Warren, DBs Justin Green and Ellis Lankster and LB Tyler Starr.Smith, Starr, Tull and Lankster also were former draft picks. Warren intercepted two passes in a game for the Saints against Chicago in 2014. Green was a member of New England’s practice squad when the Patriots won the Super Bowl two years ago. Lankster played five seasons with Bills and Jets.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_RobMaaddi,Spring League CEO Brian Woods told The Associated Press he had conversations with representatives for Rice and Vince Young, and challenged Manziel to prove himself on the field in a few months.“If Johnny Manziel is serious about a future in the NFL, the Spring League is willing to provide him with a platform to prove he’s still relevant,” Woods said.Manziel declared on Twitter this week that he’s trying to be “a good person” and suggested he’s stopped partying.The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner has been a free agent for most of the past year.The Browns released him in March following two tumultuous seasons defined by inconsistent play and numerous problems off the field, including a stint in rehab.Since then, the 24-year-old quarterback has been dumped by two agents after both demanded a second rehab trip, and navigated a domestic violence charge in Texas that prosecutors agreed to drop when he pledged to meet certain conditions for a year.Manziel told ESPN Friday he’s achieved sobriety without professional help and that his next goal is to play football.“A preseason game, anything I don’t care what it is,” Manziel said. “Only need one team to believe in me and I’ll do anything to make that a possibility.”The Spring League debuts in April with four teams composed of free agents. They’ll start training April 5 at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, and will play a total of six games there in a three-week span. The league isn’t affiliated with the NFL, but NFL teams plan to send scouts to games and workouts.“Our core strategy is to address deficiencies in the current pro football landscape by providing a showcase to experienced NFL players and an instructional platform for younger talent in need of live game repetitions, which are paramount for development,” Woods said.Longtime NFL scout John Peterson is the league’s president.The Spring League is ideally looking for players in their mid-20s, but wouldn’t turn down older players such as Rice or Young because they provide more publicity.Rice hasn’t played in the NFL since he was suspended in 2014 following a domestic violence incident. The former three-time Pro Bowl running back turns 30 on Sunday.Young, a 33-year-old quarterback and former college star, last played with Philadelphia in 2011.Wide receiver Jalen Saunders, another player with character concerns, has already agreed to play in the league. Saunders was a fourth-round pick by the Jets in 2014 and spent time with six teams in two years. He was suspended the first 10 games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.Other players who’ve already agreed to play in The Spring League include: former Georgia QB Hutson Mason, RB Zach Bauman, LB Will Smith, S Pierre Warren, DBs Justin Green and Ellis Lankster and LB Tyler Starr.Smith, Starr, Tull and Lankster also were former draft picks. Warren intercepted two passes in a game for the Saints against Chicago in 2014. Green was a member of New England’s practice squad when the Patriots won the Super Bowl two years ago. Lankster played five seasons with Bills and Jets.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_RobMaaddi In this Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice sits on the sideline in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Baltimore. T (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)An independent football league debuting in April is embracing high-profile NFL players who were shunned, extending invitations to Johnny Manziel and Ray Rice and lining up several former draft picks with the promise of a shot to display their talent.last_img read more

Manchester United pick up three points at St. James’ Park to maintain Solskjaer’s 100%…

first_imgAdvertisement 1ptaNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs0gjkmsWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ejco( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5a21Would you ever consider trying this?😱cxqCan your students do this? 🌚29y8rhoRoller skating! Powered by Firework Despite a slow start, Manchester United managed to come out with all three points in what wasn’t an entirely comfortable victory for the Red Devils. Second half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford sealed the game for the away side, bringing them within five points of fourth placed Chelsea, three points behind fifth placed Arsenal.Advertisement United started the game comparatively slower than the previous ones under Solskjaer. Newcastle’s compact midfield and well built defence were tough to break down. The sides went to their changing rooms level at half time, leaving United fans a bit frustrated.Advertisement Solskjaer’s message for the second half was to play with more pace and attacking intent, as he said in the post match interview, and that was clear on the pitch from the players in red. They createdmpre chances, pressed high when they lost the ball and the front three were making runs near the Newcastle penalty box more often. The score however remained unchanged.Solskjaer brought on Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku a little after the hour mark and the two had an immediate impact. Lukaku scored a tap in with his first touch from a rebound, much like the Norwegian boss himself back in the day, in the 64h minute to give United the lead. A little later in the 80th minute, the front three of Sanchez, Lukaku and Rashford combined for a beautiful finish by the England international to seal the points.Advertisement United face Reading next up in the FA Cup in what should be a comfortable win for the Red Devils, before the mammoth task of Tottenham on 13th January.Read also :Pulisic to Chelsea implies two Chelsea players on the way outReason behind Jurgen Klopp snubbing Pulisic – One Liverpool player Advertisementlast_img read more

Best of Instagram

first_imgShare This!Welcome spring! We’ve got a little bit of everything for you this week in the best of Instagram.If you’re new to this series, we post highlights from our Instagram page, along with a top comment or photo featuring YOU, our subscriber.Enjoy!March 18, 2019March 19, 2019March 20, 2019March 22, 2019March 23, 2019March 24, 2019Top Follower(s) of the Week!Many, many responses about the upcoming end for the long run of IllumiNations. It’s hard to say goodbye to such an old friend, but it is exciting to think what might be coming along to replace it. I know my family wants to squeeze in a couple more viewings before it disappears. Do you think that IllumiNations is the best show that Walt Disney World has ever had? (Or at least the best nighttime show at Epcot?) Let me know what you think. Are you going to try and see it one last time?Should this post inspire you to give our Instagram page a follow, I’ll leave the link right here: http://www.instagram.com/touringplans.last_img read more

Brand South Africa gets dirty cleaning up Simunye High School

first_imgVolunteers from Brand South Africa and The Randburg Methodist Church as well as locals from in and around Bekkersdal came together to give Simunye Secondary School a make over for Mandela DayOn Mandela Day, 18 July, Brand South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Methodist Church of South Africa gave Simunye High School, in Bekkersdal in Gauteng, a makeover.Mandela Day is devoted to the late leader’s commitment to serving humanity, and in honour of his 67 years fighting for freedom, people around the world are asked to devote 67 minutes to making the world a better place.Brand South Africa, the South African Christian Leadership Initiative (SACLI) and the Nelson Mandela Foundation organised the day and supplied materials for the renovations, which included cleaning and fixing windows, replacing doors and repainting peeling walls.Some 170 people attended the event to kick-start renovations on the school; Brand South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation will work with the Bekkersdal community to keep the school in good condition.Delegates at the event included presiding bishop of the Methodist Church of South Africa, Bishop Zipho Siwa; Gauteng premier, David Makhura; Reverend Moss Ntlha, from the South African Council of Churches; and Siki Dlanga, SACLI youth coordinator.GETTING DIRTY TO COME CLEANA few licks of paint and new doors and windows were installed at Simunye Secondary School in Bekkersdal for International Nelson Mandela DayDlanga exhorted the community and volunteers to be courageous, saying, “We want to awake a post-Mandela generation of courageous, visionary, ethical God-fearing young leaders to serve South Africa,” while Makhura emphasised the importance of education; “Education is the ray of hope. If we get education right we will solve all the problems in the nation.”Siwa and Ntlha were fiery in their conviction that young people take up the torch to lead South Africa into greatness through service, as Nelson Mandela wanted.Bishop Siwa said, “Young people… you have the choice to pick up the mantle of your elders so that God will anoint you as leaders to build our nation of South Africa. Equally you can choose to walk away and allow others to shape the nation and perhaps erode our freedom. If each one of us heeded the call … we would be living Nelson Mandela’s legacy and helping to build a country of our dreams. The baton of leadership has been handed over to us. It is in our hands now to make a positive difference.”Ntlha said to the youngsters attending the event; “Mandela’s mantel has fallen and is within reach of everyone in this generation. After all, is it not this generation who has travelled with this great prophet, statesman and gentle spirit? Have we not breathed the same air he breathed?“While others will only read of him in years to come, we are heirs – sons and daughters of the Mandela generation. We are his progeny and harbingers of hope for the future. We have been endowed with a rare privilege to take his legacy further. His mantle is in our hands. What will we do with it?”Having charged the audience with continuing and living Mandela’s legacy of service, Ntlha concluded; “You have to get dirty to become the person living in a clean environment.”The audience took his words to heart and got down to work, singing as they revamped the dilapidated school. They joined South Africans around the country to devoting 67 minutes of service to making the world a better place.last_img read more

Huawei Honor 4C and Bee launched in India for Rs 8,999 and Rs 4,999

first_imgChinese smartphone giant, Huawei has launched two new smartphones in India under its Honor brand, which sells products exclusively through e-retail channels. The Honor 4C and Honor Bee are the two new phones in question. Along with this, the company has also launched a massive 13,000mAh battery. The smartphones cost Rs 8,999, Rs 4,999, respectively, while the powerbank is priced at Rs 1,399. The products will be available exclusively on Flipkart starting 6PM today.The Honor 4C is essentially a smaller version of the Honor 4X, which was launched in India a couple of months ago. It has a 4.7-inch screen with a 720p resolution, 2GB RAM and a Hi-Silicon octa-core processor. It also has 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot and dual-SIM capabilities.The phone sports a 13-megapixel camera on the back, a 5-megapixel snapper on the front in an Android KitKat package customised Huawei’s Emotion UI. The company promises an update to Android Lollipop. There’s also a 2,550mAh battery on the back.The Honor Bee is on the other hand is an entry level offering. It has a smaller 4.5-inch 854×480 pixels display, which is also known as a FWGA resolution. It is powered by a SpreadTrum quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz coupled with a Mali 400 GPU, 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage.Luckily, the memory is expandable as there’s a microSD card slot. There is also a 8-megapixel camera on the back paired with a dual-LED flash and a 2-megapixel camera on the front. It has a 1,730mAh battery and runs on Android KitKat. The phone, like most products in the segment, also supports dual-SIMs and has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to boot.advertisementThe power bank, that Huawei has launched has a 13,000mAh capacity, which, according to the company, can charge an iPhone 6 – six times over when fully charged. It is also bigger than the Xiaomi Mi Bank, which maxes out at 10,500mAh. Chances are it will also be more easily available.Also read: First Impression Huawei Honor 4Clast_img read more