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Heroes of the Trail | 5 Inspiring Regional Runners

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first_imgMirna Valerio pulled to the side of the highway and took some deep breaths. Panicked, and feeling like she was having a heart attack, she took a few minutes to regroup on the shoulder of a busy interstate. She finished the drive but scheduled an appointment with her doctor, who told her that if she wanted to watch her then-five-year-old son grow up, she needed to lose weight.Valerio was a big woman based on sheer genetics, but before moving to New Jersey the year before, she’d kept active her whole life. She played field hockey and lacrosse in high school, and later ran occasional road races. Growing up in Brooklyn, she was used to traveling by foot. But since moving to New Jersey, she drove everywhere and didn’t have time to exercise anymore.The doctor’s warning pushed her back toward exercise. Valerio started with 17-minute miles on a treadmill, then signed up for a road race. She volunteered at the New Jersey Trail Marathon and became aware the race was also offered in 50-kilometer, 50-miler and 100-miler versions.“I thought, oh my god, these people are crazy,” says Valerio, 40. “The race director, Rick, one of the race directors of the NJ trail series, he’d say we’ll see you next year at the trail marathon. Then I signed up and just did it,” in 2012.Encouraged by her newfound trail-running community, she did the same with a 50K trail race a year later. She struggled during the race but just kept going. She remembers the encouragement from volunteers and other runners, and at the finish line, “I was hooked,” she says. “I can’t say I was hooked while I was doing it, but the minute I finished, I thought, wow, that was great. I’m going to do it again, and I’m going to better my time.”As of November, Valerio had run seven ultramarathons, including her first 100K, the Javelina 100K in Arizona, which took place on Halloween and All Saints’ Day.She doesn’t exactly burn up the trails, running a roughly 12-minute pace most of the time, but Valerio, who stands 5 feet, 7 inches, runs doggedly, and often. She’s displayed discipline throughout her life, beginning with her vocal training at the Juilliard Pre-College Division, a program of the New York City music academy which prepares singers and musicians for conservatory. Instead of singing professionally, she channels her energy into teaching and running.RabunGap 587_FIXValerio now lives in the foothills of Appalachia in Rabun Gap, Georgia, where she teaches and coaches cross country at a private school, and she finds few things more satisfying than hitting a local trail.“Personally what drives me to the trails is being outdoors,” Valerio says. “I love living in the country. I was a city girl but I love being in the country and being in nature as much as possible. It makes me a healthier person, makes me a nicer person. I just love the fellowship of being a human in nature. We’re meant to be outside, we’re meant to be moving outside.”Valerio’s not sure of her maximum weight back in New Jersey, but early in her renewed exercising, when she’d noticeably lost weight, she checked the scale: 302 pounds. Today she weighs about 240 pounds, a fairly steady figure that serves as inspiration to her supporters and a target for trolls and detractors on social media and her popular blog, Fat Girl Runs.She started writing FGR in 2011 while training for the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., which she has now run four times. Her posts focused not on the goal of weight loss—“The weight was coming off, so I wasn’t concerned about it and didn’t care about what others thought.”—but about health and fitness generally. Sometimes months passed between posts.Then, early last year, Valerio received an email from Rachel Bachman, the Wall Street Journal’s fitness and exercise writer. The ensuing story boosted her traffic before an extended profile in Runner’s World a few weeks later exploded it. Valerio had become an inspirational icon for a certain segment of would-be runners who just needed a nudge in the right direction.For her part, Valerio is bemused by the attention.“A lot of people say, thank you for being out there, thank you for letting people see you, thank you for being you, thank you for giving me permission to go outside and run and show my body, to try to run even though I’m fat. That’s surprising to me that there were so many people afraid to exercise or run out in public and let people see them. That’s depressing, but also really cool it opened the door for them.”As a teacher, both in her personality and profession, Valerio has embraced the role of inspiration, using motivational advice and selfies alike to reach her audience. In 2016, she wants to run at least a couple more 100K races, a triathlon, and her first New York City Marathon. Eventually she wants to run a 100-miler, but she’s doubtful it will happen this year.Valerio offers four pieces of advice: First, just get outside, no matter the weather. It will pay off on numerous levels. Second, turn off your television, computer and phone more often. Third, engage your children in outdoor activities. Finally, “just lace up and go.”“You’ve got to let go of preconceived notions of what running is,” Valerio says. “If you think you’re running, you’re running. Just because someone is faster doesn’t mean they’re more of a runner than you are. Let go of all of that. Just get outside and try.”Michael Wardian started running because it was cheap and efficient.The former college lacrosse player had laid down his stick during the tail end of his junior year but wanted to stay fit. “I picked up running because it was cheap and I was poor,” Wardian says. “It was really effective, because you could do an hour run and be good for a workout for the day.”He started running longer and longer, and then while visiting a friend’s house during Easter, his friend’s mother talked about recently completing the Boston Marathon. “I thought if that lady can run a marathon, I can run a marathon,” Wardian says. “I asked her if she could help me, and she was kind enough to give me a program. Now I know, she just copied it out of a training manual.”He was hooked. Today, Wardian, 41, who lives in Arlington, Virginia, has become a running celebrity. He qualified for the Olympics in 2004, 2008, and 2012, and although he didn’t actually compete he did represent the United States in 50K and 100K world championship races over that stretch.It made sense for Wardian to make the jump from marathons to ultras, but even he has been surprised by his 2015, which included the Vermont Marathon, the Western States 100 Miler, the 105K Buff Epic Run, the SpeedGoat 50K, the Chaski Challenge 80K in the Andes Mountains, and the Spartathalon—a 246K run from Athens to Sparta.All the while, Wardian has maintained a regular job as an international ship broker specializing in vessels carrying humanitarian food-aid cargo.“As I was growing up, I wanted to be the best lacrosse player in the world. There’s not a huge future in that,” Wardian says. “I never thought of myself as a runner, but now I’m one of the best in the world at what I do. It’s cool to get to challenge yourself against people in the North Pole, or Antarctica, or the far east. In college I would have been happy to finish a marathon. Now I’ll do a 100-mile race and the next weekend do a 50-miler. I race back to back to back.”Wardian’s advice for other runners? Be consistent, even if it’s only running short distances. “It builds on itself and becomes part of who you are and what you do,” he says. “You start to crave it, then get faster as your body becomes used to it. It’s very reflective of the amount of time you put into it. Mostly it’s this: If you do the work, you get the results. There are no judges in this sport. The clock is the clock no matter where you are in the world. I like that about it.”SHININGSophie Speidel got hooked on trail running during an early version of Blue Ridge Outdoors’ own Blue Ridge Burn 10K race in the late ’90s, when it was held at Walnut Creek Park near Charlottesville, Virginia.That event launched a passion that most recently culminated in the completion of her tenth—and final—Hellgate 100K. Afterward, Speidel took to her running site, Shining’s Ultra Blog, to reflect on the experience.“I had taken a calculated risk for this final ride, gambling that the warm 50 degree temps overnight and 70s during the day would not be an issue; I was wrong,” Speidel wrote. “After 42 miles of cruising comfortably near PR pace, on the hot grind up from Bearwallow Gap, the course once again reminded me who was in charge. And that’s the way it should be.”Speidel has been an athlete for her whole life, including playing lacrosse for the University of Virginia. After graduating, she and her husband both participated in sprint and international-length triathlons. She dabbled in road marathons before discovering trail running at the Burn.Ahead of her 40th birthday, Speidel heard about the Hard Rock 100 and the Barkley Marathons, both 100-mile trail races that attract an intense bunch of grizzly runners. She ran her first ultra in 2002 at the Holiday Lake 50K near Appomattox, Virginia, and then a year later ran her first 50-miler at the Mountain Masochist Trail Run near Lynchburg.“I was really hooked,” Speidel says. “Ultra-running attracts a lot of likeminded folks, refugees from other endurance sports: road marathons or triathalons or folks being athletic for the first time in their lives. That’s what is attractive for me, just the people.”Speidel, 53, runs from her home base in Charlottesville, where she lives with her husband. They’ve raised three children, ages 23, 21 and 18, two of whom have also played lacrosse at the collegiate level. When she first got into ultra-running, those children were 9, 7 and 4. Running provided an outlet for release.In a race, “you just have to focus,” Speidel says. “I’m a mom. How great is it when all you have to worry about is, are you eating enough? Are you moving at a reasonable pace? Isn’t it beautiful out tonight? Are you eating enough? You have to be very present, and pay attention to things you don’t normally get a chance to think about. I think about the moment I’m in. I check in.”That enables her to be more present when she is with her children, her students or the young athletes on the junior varsity lacrosse team she coaches. In fact, her “shining” nickname was bestowed on her by her 2005 team in honor of the Aaron Carter pop song, “Girl You Shine.”Don’t be surprised if you see one of those girls, inspired by Speidel, coming sometime soon to a trail race near you.WARRIORTrue runners become consumed by what began as a hobby, spending more time on the trail and running through life’s ups and downs.Anita Walker Finkle ran through cancer and out the other side. Finkle, 49, a Roanoke resident since 2003, started running in high school, first to supplement her soccer play and then as her primary focus. She walked onto the cross-country teams first at the University of Texas at El Paso and then at West Virginia University.Finkle ran her first marathon in 1996. Later, as she trained for more marathons, one of her training partners talked her into signing up for her first ultra, the Beech Mountain 50K in 2001. The following year she ran the Umstead 100, her first 100-miler. In January 2002, she met her future husband at the finish line of the Salem Lakeshore Frosty 50K. The following weekend they went on their first date, both running the Charlotte Marathon.“That was our social life, to go out and run,” Finkle says. “I think I always liked running and hiking, but I didn’t like carrying the big backpacks and everything. Here in Roanoke, this is trail mecca. It’s so beautiful and the people are so good to hang out with.”In 2010, Finkle went in for a mammagram after she found a lump in her breast. Doctors told her the lump was just a cyst, but to be cautious they took a biopsy. Initially the cyst looked to be non-invasive, but further investigation revealed a highly aggressive cancer that required not only surgery but chemotherapy. Those treatments lasted from July through September and were followed by a course of radiation.During radiation treatment, Finkle not only ran a 5K race in Roanoke but began training for the Indianapolis Marathon. “It was real slow, but [husband] Jay ran the whole way with me. I was exhausted but I was able to do it.”Finkle continued periodic intravenous treatment until the following spring, and then “I was just able to run through everything,” she says. That included the Crooked Road 24 Hour Ultra in 2011, along with a handful of 50Ks and, last year, the Umstead 100 again.In late 2011, Phil Phelan set out to quit boozing and turn his energies toward a life passion: documenting all of the trails, both official and vigilante, that ran through North Carolina’s Linville Gorge.Phelan, 35, had grown up exploring the gorge. He moved with his family from Texas to Raleigh, North Carolina, when he was 9 and spent weekends and summers traveling back and forth between the city and gorge. When he went to work on the guidebook, Phelan decided to really delve into the gorge’s many trails.“The U.S. Forest Service acknowledges 17 trails; there’s more like 300, the majority of them cut illegally,” Phelan says. While he doesn’t want to promote illegal or vigilante trails, he says they’re an important part of understanding how the gorge trail system works.“The problem is the fact that you have a trail—let’s say you head down on Babel Tower Trail,” he says. “At 1.4 miles you’ll take a right. But there’s an illegally cut trail not on the map one mile down. You’ll come down to that illegally cut trail that’s not on the map and get lost. That’s the problem with Linville these days. When you’re leaving things like that out, what’s a guidebook for if it’s not telling you everything?”Another aspect of Phelan’s fascination with Linville Gorge involves its cliffs and boulders. He’s constantly looking for unmapped and undiscovered spots to climb, both within and beyond the gorge.Although most of his work goes toward his books, Phelan also has won attention for his record-setting runs. He just notched the fastest-known-time on Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, completing the 575-mile journey in just over 17 days.[divider]Read More[/divider]last_img read more

VP Biden Joins Cuomo in Announcing ‘Reimagine’ NY Plan

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Vice President Joe Biden (Left) joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Right), who announced a sweeping plan to rebuild New York.With Vice President Joe Biden by his side, Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined a sweeping plan Tuesday to “re-imagine” New York, a complex blueprint to rebuild the state’s infrastructure in response to damaging storms such as Sandy.Cuomo unveiled his plan, which has been in the works for more than a year, one day before the governor’s annual State of the State address. The governor said the plan was too complex and intricate, so it “deserves a presentation and time of its own.” He detailed major projects as Biden viewed the presentation, which the vice president said should be a blueprint for the rest of America.“We’ve gotta get back on our game,” Biden said of the United States’ infrastructure.After Sandy, the governor called on his administration and state leaders to “literally re-imagine the state,” he said, after Sandy wreaked havoc on shore lines, power grids and paralyzed nearly every major transportation system in the state, including the Long Island Rail Road.The result was a comprehensive—and expensive—plan to create more than 1,000 projects at a cost of nearly $17 billion. Some are as complex as retrofitting the entire New York City subway system and undergoing the most fundamental redesign since the system was created. Others are small, community-based experiments, such as creating a “Citizen First Responder Corp,” which would train 100,000 New Yorkers in emergency preparedness.The plan will be funded by a portion of the $60 billion the federal government appropriated for the state after Sandy.“Extreme weather is the new reality, like it or not,” Cuomo said. “What caused it is a separate discussion for another day.”Many of the projects Cuomo outlined for LI have already been announced, such as building dikes, levees and flood walls around the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant, creating two “micro grids” in both Nassau and Suffolk counties so communities could operate their own electric grid when the main network goes down and adding strategic fuel reserves on LI and across the state.The plan will also expand the existing New York Rising program to include 22 other communities statewide, including Bay Shore.“What we went through was horrendous,” Cuomo said, “but at least we want to learn from it.”Keeping with the theme of Mother Nature’s destructive force, Cuomo also noted that the current weather detection system is “inadequate” and “dangerous.” He called for the state to more than quadruple the number of weather station sites to 125 from the current number of 27. More sophisticated weather stations could report real-time information regarding extreme weather and flood conditions to emergency management officials, which would help streamline response efforts, according to the plan.The $5 billion plan for New York City’s subway system includes an effort to close all 540 openings in the subway system before it can be flooded, and to retrofit all stair openings that go into the subway system.The state will also allocate $257 million to strengthen John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, and to build a flood wall around LaGuardia.The state additionally intends to launch the first College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, Cuomo said.The presentation at times felt like a history lesson on Cuomo’s part, noting New York’s desire to expand out to sea for more than two centuries. That logic doesn’t work anymore, he said.“We have to think in different terms…about our relationship with the coast,” he said. “The ocean is still moving in” Cuomo added, “and it’s reclaiming the shore line.”Biden’s presence appeared to be a mostly symbolic gesture to demonstrate how the federal government and states can work together to help rebuild.“We have to re-imagine America,” Biden said. “We have to do what you’re doing,” he added, turning to Cuomo.last_img read more

CUNA continues push to DOD for MLA clarity, changes

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first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA continues its push on the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) for guidance and possible revisions to the Military Lending Act (MLA). CUNA sent several potential revisions to the MLA to the DOD, which asked CUNA to submit guidance suggestions last month.The DOD finalized changes to the MLA last year, adding a number of protections on loans extended to covered military servicemembers. Covered loans to borrowers cannot exceed a 36% military annual percentage rate (MAPR).In the letter, CUNA Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer Elizabeth Eurgubian asked for an update on the status of additional changes to the MLA, as well as the status of the development of compliance guidance. CUNA urged the DOD to develop the guidance in coordination with the NCUA, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and other federal financial regulators.CUNA also asked the DOD to consider the following substantive changes to the MLA rule, in order to lessen the likelihood of harm to servicemembers resulting from the rule’s unintended consequences: continue reading »last_img read more

3 questions every engagement survey must ask

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first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Not long ago I worked with a mid-sized manufacturing plant in St. Louis that had a remarkable record of attracting and keeping in-demand workers. Although the company offered competitive wages, their formula for employee retention did not include offering above-market compensation, perks, or benefits.When I asked Darrel, the plant manager, his secret for hanging on to his skilled machinists and technicians who were frequently courted by headhunters and other employers, he said,“It’s simple, really. I know exactly what they want from their job. My job is to find a way to give it to them.”Darrel then told me that for several years he had included a one-sided black and white photocopied sheet of paper inside the paycheck envelope for every employee. On that paper, employees were asked three questions:What do you like best about working here?What do you like least about working here?If you could make one change to your job, what would that be?Next to the time clock where workers punched in and out was a slotted box bearing a sign that read: continue reading »last_img read more

Are wealth management services core to your credit union? Here’s why they should be

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first_imgHire and empower high-quality advisor talent: Research points to a direct correlation between number of advisors and the number of members helped by wealth management services.Offer incentives for advisory business: Firms that do so enjoy a 2.4 times greater share of their revenue from advisory business compared to firms that do not.[13]Include and emphasize financial planning services: These services help address key member concerns regarding their financial stability and preparing for the future.Improve member awareness and referral practices: As your members have a pleasant experience with their advisors, they’re more likely to spread the word. Develop a referral policy that recognizes and rewards members for their loyalty. They feel appreciated and you get new business — it’s a win for everyone. 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Rob Comfort Rob Comfort is the president of CUNA Mutual Group’s broker-dealer, CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. (CBSI). In this role, Rob leads 430 advisors at 285 credit unions managing $25 billion … Web: https://www.cunamutual.com Details Credit union leaders are always in search of new ways to better serve members and add value to their lives. While your organization doesn’t chase shareholder returns in the same way that other financial institutions might, finding new opportunities to meet member needs and generate new business is still important. And when those two goals intersect, opportunity awaits. Wealth management is such an intersection. After all, financial security is the top priority for credit union members of all ages. At the same time more than half (52%) of members prefer accessing financial services at a credit union,[1] but member penetration for investment services is a mere 3%,[2] according to a February 2019 report, “Making Wealth Management Core in Credit Unions” by Kehrer Bielan and sponsored by CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. (CBSI). The report found that, when credit unions make wealth management core to their business, they can:[3].· Increase the share of members helped by the wealth management unit by 29%· Double the revenue production of the wealth management unit· Increase the net profit contribution of the wealth management unit to the credit union by 56%But what does it mean to make investment services “core” to the business? The report found that wealth management becomes a key part of the credit union’s offerings when members think of the credit union as a provider of investments as readily as they view it as a provider of traditional deposit and loan services. The report also found that integrating wealth management services, such as retirement planning, investment services and overall financial planning yields a number of significant benefits. Here are four advantages the report identified that credit unions may enjoy when wealth management services become core. 1. Expanded wallet shareHouseholds that have investment holdings with their credit union keep 42% more savings and investments at their credit union than those who simply consider the credit union to be their primary depository.[4] The typical credit union household keeps just 17% of their savings and investments with their credit union.[5] However, the report found that when just one investment relationship is added, credit unions increase wallet share by 159% and the relationship has a positive impact on member loyalty and retention.[6] 2. Increased customer life cycleWhen credit unions offer more products and services, they not only give members more options, but they also strengthen member relationships. By adding just one investment relationship, credit unions can increase wallet share by almost 160%.[7] And when a household considers the credit union its primary financial institution, assets held by the credit union jump by 82% on average.[8] In addition, the report found that wealth management client households stay with their credit unions for 1.7 more years on average versus households that view credit unions as being their primary depository.[9]3. Added points of saleMembers with investment relationships at their credit unions are often in need of other financial services, too. Those with investment relationships are:[10]· 35% more likely to have a first mortgage· 100% more likely to have a second mortgage· 50% more likely to have a home equity line of credit · 93% more likely to have an automobile loan· 77% more likely to have a money market account4. Higher levels of member trustWhile the report found that 44% of credit union households with one credit or depository account have a great deal of trust in their credit union, that number drops to 41% when a second deposit or loan product is added.[11] However, when an investment or insurance account is added, members are 20% more likely to have a great deal of trust in credit unions.[12]There are numerous ways credit unions can integrate investment services into their core services. The Kehrer Bielan report identified four essential components: last_img read more

Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea

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first_img Brighton v Tottenham Brighton have only won one of their last 16 Premier League games and their 3-0 win at Vicarage Road on the opening day of the season suddenly seems a very long time ago for Graham Potter’s side.Ten-man Spurs gained a much-needed three points at home to Southampton last weekend and I think they will follow up at the Amex with the Seagulls continuing to struggle to create opportunities. Indeed, since the start of the 2017-18 season Brighton have failed to score in 34 Premier League games – more than any other club. I expect to see Spurs win a low-scoring affair.Tip: Spurs to win and under 2.5 goals Arsenal v Bournemouth Arsenal were good value for their point at Old Trafford on Monday and I expect them to brush aside the challenge of Bournemouth back at the Emirates on Sunday.The Gunners only defeat so far this season came at Anfield although they must improve defensively if they are to return to the Champions League automatically at the end of the season.Tip: Arsenal to win and both teams to score Watford v Sheffield United Watford are without a win in their last 11 league games and they have already conceded 20 league goals so far this term in just seven matches. These are worrying times for the Hornets who meet a Sheffield United side unbeaten away from home so far this term.I don’t expect to see many opportunities at Vicarage Road, and this is another game that I am having difficulty splitting the teams.Tip: Game to finish 1-1 Southampton v Chelsea: Frank Lampard press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:54FullscreenSouthampton v Chelsea: Frank Lampard press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/southampton-v-chelsea-frank-lampard-press-conference-2019852/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. Burnley v Everton Striker Chris Wood has scored three times in the last couple of league games for Burnley having drawn a blank in his previous nine. I believe the Clarets will have their opportunities against an Everton side who have lost their last three league games and have picked up just one point on their travels so far this season.The Blues did have eight shots on target against Manchester City last weekend – the most the champions have faced since November 2015, but I believe things are likely to get worse before they get better for Marco Silva’s side at Turf Moor.Tip: Burnley to win and both teams to score  Comment Southampton v Chelsea Southampton will feel they missed a decent opportunity at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last weekend given the hosts played the majority of the game with 10-men.The Saints have struggled for points at St Mary’s so far this season and I think Chelsea will edge what promises to be a terrific game. Frank Lampard’s side scored five at Wolves in their last league game on the road and I expect his young side to continue to go from strength-to-strength this season.Tip: Chelsea to win and both teams to score Liverpool v Leicester City Brendan Rodgers returns to Anfield for the first time since he left Liverpool back in 2015. The Foxes’ boss will take heart from the fact that it was Leicester who were the last Premier League side to stop the Reds on home soil courtesy of a 1-1 draw back in January on a snowy evening on Merseyside.Since that night Liverpool have won their last 10 home league games scoring 33 times in the process and I believe Jurgen Klopp’s side will gain a 17th successive league win although I expect the Foxes’ to play their part in, what promises to be, a terrific game between two inform sides.Tip: Liverpool to win and both teams to score Liverpool v Leicester: Jurgen Klopp press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 17:40FullscreenLiverpool v Leicester: Jurgen Klopp press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/liverpool-v-leicester-jurgen-klopp-press-conference-2019870/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea Man City v Wolves: Pep Guardiola press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:11FullscreenMan City v Wolves: Pep Guardiola press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/man-city-v-wolves-pep-guardiola-press-conference-2019830/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. West Ham United v Crystal Palace West Ham remain unbeaten in the league since their opening day mauling at the hands of Manchester City. I expect them to have too many guns in this London derby for a Palace side who saw Wilfried Zaha back to his very best in their win over Norwich at Selhurst Park last weekend.Tip: West Ham to win Brighton v Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 24:00FullscreenBrighton v Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/brighton-v-tottenham-mauricio-pochettino-press-conference-2019754/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. Norwich City v Aston Villa Two of the newly promoted sides go head-to-head at Carrow Road. I am struggling to split the sides and expect to see an entertaining low-scoring draw.Villa were pegged back twice at home to Burnley at Villa Park last weekend and they have now scored twice in their last couple of league games but picked up just one solitary point. They will need to improve defensively against a Norwich side who have lost their last couple of games without scoring on the road, since they famously beat the champions in their last home game.Tip: Game to finish in a draw Advertisement Michael Owen has delivered his Premier League predictions (Picture: Getty)Michael Owen has delivered his predictions for this weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures.Leaders Liverpool welcome in-form Leicester City to Anfield, while defending champions Manchester City face Wolves at the Etihad.London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea take on Bournemouth and Southampton respectively, and struggling Manchester United visit Newcastle.There are also crucial fixtures at the the bottom end of the Premier League, with relegation battlers Norwich City and Aston Villa meeting at Carrow Road.ADVERTISEMENTIn a blog for BetVictor, former England striker Owen has dissected each Premier League fixture and revealed his predictions ahead of the weekend. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 4 Oct 2019 11:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link667Shares More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Manchester City v Wolves Wolves gained a much-needed first league win of the season at home to Watford last weekend, but they are likely to find the champions a very different proposition at the Etihad on Sunday.Kevin De Bruyne picked up a groin injury at Goodison at the weekend and, at the time of writing, it is uncertain if the midfielder will be available for the visit of Wolves. One thing is for sure Pep Guardiola will not be gambling on the fitness of the Belgian midfielder who has been sensational so far this term.Tip: City -2  Newcastle United v Manchester United Newcastle failed to have a shot on target in their 5-0 drubbing at the King Power on Sunday although they did play much of the game with 10-men following the red card given to Isaac Hayden.The Magpies are struggling to create opportunities, but I think they will get a draw against Manchester United in what promises to be a nervous, edgy St James’ Park on Sunday.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side did get a draw at home to Arsenal earlier in the week and there was no lack of effort from the hosts, but they lack the quality that you associate with the club and these are worrying times, arguably, for both these famous clubs.Tip: Under 1.5 goals Advertisementlast_img read more

Second concession awarded

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first_imgOn June 26 the Mexican government accepted the bid by Grupo Ferroviario Mexicano SA for a 50-year concession to run the Ferrocarril Pacifico – Norte. As expected, GFM was the sole bidder, offering 4·197bn pesos for the 6200 km network and the Ojinaga – Topolobampo section of the Chihuahua – Pacific Railway. Mexican National Railways confirmed that GFM complied ’wholly and satisfactorily’ with all the requirements of the privatisation process. GFM is a joint venture of Grupo Mexico SA, which owns 76%, Empresas ICA SA and Union Pacific, each of which holds 12%.Three days earlier, on June 23, Transportación Ferroviaria Mexicana formally took control of Mexico’s Ferrocarril Noreste in a ceremony at Monterrey attended by President Ernesto Zedillo and other government officials. Several hundred guests witnessed the transfer of Mexico’s first railway to be privatised. A short time later the first TFM train moved south into Mexico via the International Bridge at Laredo, Texas. TFM is a joint venture of Transportación Maritima Mexicana and Kansas City Southern Industries. Executive Vice President Brad Skinner says that the concessionaire will invest around US$40m on capital improvements to the right-of-way during the rest of 1997. Additional money will be allocated to rolling stock, locomotives, and end-of-train devices; Noreste currently owns 371 locos and 10665 wagons. Skinner said TFM expects US-Mexico trade to increase by 17% a year, excluding any business won to rail from road. olast_img read more

Bourbon to support Total’s drilling operations offshore Namibia

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first_imgFrench offshore vessel owner Bourbon has been awarded an integrated logistics contract by compatriot oil major Total in Namibia.Source: BourbonBourbon said on Monday that its Marine & Logistics arm would support Total’s deep offshore exploration campaign in South Namibia in 2020.The project scope covers the provision of a logistics base, freight forwarding, custom clearance, material storage, and warehousing, handling and lifting, marine port visits support along with tank cleanings and logistics operations planning and conduct.This new contract follows Bourbon’s initial assignment in integrated logistics in Bulgaria.According to the company, Bourbon will provide integrated logistics services through a local branch Bourbon Logistics Namibia with local partner Logistics Support Services.Bourbon added that Namibia represented great growth opportunities for many oil companies who will closely watch the results of the exploration well in south Namibia.The project started in early August 2019 and should last approximately one year with drilling activities expected in the first semester of 2020. The operations will be managed out of Lüderitz, a port in the south of Namibia.Grégoire Durand, VP of oil and gas logistics of Bourbon Marine & Logistics, said: “We are extremely pleased to support Total E&P in this new exploration project, and will ensure to provide efficient cost-effective integrated logistics services, with the help of our local partner.”It is worth reminding that energy intelligence firms Wood Mackenzie and Rystad in early 2019 listed Total’s Venus-1 well offshore Namibia as one of the top wells to watch this year but, according to reports, the well will be not be drilled in 2019.The Venus prospect will be one of the deepest wells ever drilled in Africa. The well is located in a giant basin floor fan of the Orange Basin and will target 2 billion barrels of oil close to the South African maritime boundary.As reported by energy media outlet Upstream Online,  Enzo Insalaco, Total’s vice president for Africa exploration, told delegates at the Africa Oil Week conference that the company was planning to drill up to ten offshore exploration wells offshore Africa.The priority locations for the wells will be South Africa, Angola, and Namibia. As previously reported, Total plans to drill up to three exploration wells off South Africa.Insalaco added that the Maersk Voyager and Deepsea Stavanger rigs were contracted for the 2020 African drilling campaign.After completing work off Angola, the Maersk Voyager will begin mobilization to Namibia to drill the Venus wildcat before returning to Angola to spud two step-out exploration wells in Block 17.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Russia’s Novatek celebrates another Yamal LNG milestone

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first_imgYamal LNG (Image courtesy of Novatek)The Novatek-operated Yamal LNG project located in the Russian Arctic said Wednesday that it has shipped its thirtieth million ton of the chilled fuel since the start of the project.The Arc7 ice-class tanker “Nikolay Yevgenov” loaded the 411th cargo as the project reached 30 million tons of LNG dispatched since the start-up of Train 1 in December 2017, according to the Yamal LNG statement.The facility is currently exceeding the design capacity of 16.5 million tons per annum of LNG, the statement said.In 2019, the first full year of simultaneous operation of all three liquefaction trains, Yamal LNG produced 18.4 million tons of LNG, exceeding the plant’s design capacity by 11 percent or 1.9 million tons.Yamal LNG is building a 17.4 mtpa natural gas liquefaction plant comprised of three trains of 5.5 mtpa each and one LNG train of 900 thousand tons per annum, utilizing the hydrocarbon resources of the South-Tambeyskoye field in the Russian Arctic.The first train began production in the fourth quarter of 2017 while trains 2 and 3 started producing the fuel in July 2018 and November 2018, respectively.Yamal LNG shareholders include Novatek (50.1%), France’s Total (20%), China’s CNPC (20%), and the Silk Road Fund (9.9%).last_img read more

Missing school girl found alive after 40 days

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first_img 84 Views   2 comments Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Missing school girl found alive after 40 days by: – March 29, 2011 Photo credit: GIS NewsAfter being out of sight for 40 days, Shanice Jemmot, 15, of Layou has been found alive as well as the man she supposedly disappeared with.Police discovered Jemmot and Webster Edmund Monday evening in Clarke Hall, a major breakthrough in the matter which police have been blasted for not doing enough.Police said they knew what they were doing and family members of the Isaiah Thomas secondary school girl were relieved to know she was found living.“I feel happy I jump up in the house, I happy tonight,” Jemmot’s mother Josette Paul told reporters at the princess Margaret hospital where Jemmot had to be examined. She has also been taken to the Psychiatric Unit for evaluation.Dorris Paul, grandmother of Jemmot, said she had given up hope.“First time I get stressed out in my life first time”, the 70 year old said. “I tell people Webster Edmund kill my child and he kill himself,” she told reporters. But said she was extremely excited when she was told her granddaughter had been found.Chief of Police Cyril Carette said police found Jemmot in the school skirt she had been wearing the day she disappeared. Jemmot left home for school 17 February and was only noted missing when she did not return home that Thursday.She turned 15 on 13 March while still missing. “I’m really excited about it,” said Police Public Relations Officer Claude Weekes, Tuesday morning in response to Jemmot’s return. Both Edmund and Jemmot had been taken to the Criminal Investigation Department CID after they were found.Dominica Vibes News Tweetlast_img read more