Shinkansen decisions postponed

first_imgBattle has raged since Japan’s general election last October over funding the next round of shinkansen construction, now that the mini-shinkansen from Morioka to Akita is about to open (p72), and work on the Hokuriku line as far as Nagano enters the final year of fitting out and commissioning. Members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party were lavish with promises during the election campaign, and have been pushing the finance and transport ministries hard to deliver high speed travel to their constituencies.The LDP’s Big Idea was that the three profitable companies on Honshu (JR East, JR Central and JR West) would be relieved of an obligation to pay 100% property taxes to local government from April 1, having enjoyed since they were created in April 1987 a transitional concession requiring only 50% to be paid. The saving, some ´60bn a year, would be paid instead towards shinkansen construction, and provided national and local government together contributed the same amount, this would allow the whole programme to be finished in 20 years.Astute readers will note that it is local government which loses out, but the three JR companies strongly opposed the idea as interference by government in their affairs and a potential threat to shareholders’ profits. At a press conference on December 17, the normally diplomatic JR presidents condemned it as ’a stupid demand totally against JR’s sound management and the principles of company accounting.’When the draft budget for the year commencing April 1 1997 appeared on December 25, shinkansen construction was projected at ´173bn of which only ´10bn is for new projects. Token work continues on the Tohoku line towards Aomori, the Kyushu line to Kagoshima, and the Hokuriku line beyond Nagano (RG 4.92 p254). The government has set up a committee charged with reporting in August on which sections should be pushed ahead, and to what technical standards – by which time it hopes pre-election promises will have been forgotten. olast_img read more

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Arteta in ‘good spirits’ after coronavirus case

first_img Loading… Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has returned to working from home the club confirmed on Thursday after testing positive for coronavirus last week. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has recovered well after testing positive for COVID-19Advertisement As a result of the Spaniard’s diagnosis, the Arsenal squad were sent into self-isolation for 14 days. “We’re pleased to say that Mikel is feeling much better,” Arsenal said in a statement. Read Also: Ronaldo missing as Mbappe leads race for most valuable players“He’s in good spirits, doing detailed planning with the coaches and speaking to the players regularly.”The Gunners do not know when they will return to action on the pitch with football in England suspended until at least April 30 due to strict measures on mass gatherings to control the virus.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney Movieslast_img read more

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Three repeat winners at Davenport

first_imgBy Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (May 27) – Going into Friday’s races at Davenport Speedway, no driver had won more than one point paying feature this season. Now there are three.The Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Models continued their streak of different winners as Brunson Behning captured his first victory of the year at Davenport.Jay Chenoweth led the first couple laps before falling off the pace. Andy Nezworski led one lap before yielding to Behning, who led to the checkered flag. Ray Guss Jr. tracked Behning down but could only get to within a couple of car lengths. Nezworski held on for third, with Rob Toland fourth. Matt Ryan came from dead last to finish fifth.In the Eriksen IMCA Modifieds, Mitch Morris posted his second victory of the season. Chris Lawrence led the first handful of laps, with Rick Ratliff leading the next five. On lap 11, Morris went to the front and led the remaining laps despite two late race cautions.Joe Beal was the big mover on the evening. Beal use the high line to drive from 21st starting position to second. Bruce Hanford finished third, followed by Doug Crampton and Dakota Hayden.Tony Olson led the final 12 laps of the Hawkeye Auto IMCA SportMod main. The win was his second of the season. Andrew Burk battled to a second-place finish over Jarrett Franzen. Phil Anderson made a late race move to take fourth. Dan Anderson completed the top five.last_img read more

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Men’s Rowing: Team looks to continue success despite postponed season

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s rowing team is finding ways to overcome adversity as a result of having its fall 2020 season postponed.The conversation of COVID-19’s effect on collegiate sports has primarily centered around college football, regularly dismissing how less mainstream sports programs are dealing with the Big Ten’s decision. UW men’s rowing is one of these programs. Drawing attention to the postponement’s effect is something Head Coach Chris Clark said is incredibly important.“It is easy to forget that the vast majority of college athletes are in sports like rowing that don’t get a lot of attention,” Clark said. “For people that aren’t really aware of athletics, they have no idea how impactful college sports are on a kid. They don’t see how much it changes your life.”The team is not new to dealing with coronavirus-related cancellations, already experiencing a compromised spring season earlier this year. March 13, the team and staff abruptly canceled their Friday afternoon practice, instead gathering for a farewell meeting and departing back home. Clark said this experience was unprecedented in his time as head coach.Club Baseball: How two people brought managing back to UW baseballSince its relegation to a club sport in the early 90s, not much has changed with the Wisconsin baseball program. Read…“This was the first time for me since 1992 that I didn’t have a racing season I was involved with,” Clark said. “For me, personally, it was bizarre.”Beyond coaching staff, seniors on the team were deprived of the final season of their rowing careers. Assistant Coach Beau Hoopman said this loss was quite a blow to those graduating in spring.“They didn’t get their final say on their career, and they kinda just went off into the real world without any finality to their rowing careers,” Hoopman said. “You feel for those guys.”Months later, an Aug. 11 statement released by the Big Ten created additional hurdles for the rowing program as it was announced the Big Ten would be postponing the fall season. Clark said this decision was not a surprise to him.UW Athletics: Big Ten announces fall athletics will be conference-only amidst COVID-19 pandemicThe Big Ten released a statement July 9 stating that the conference will adjust their fall sports schedule to “conference Read…“We’re watching football, and we realized if football’s not doing it, we’re not doing it. Not just rowing, any other sport,” Clark said. “So once football looked like it was going down the tubes for at least the near future, we figured we were as well.”As a result of the prolonged off-season, a major concern for the program is the team’s inexperience. Limited contact this summer has furthered the problem with out-of-season rules prohibiting coaching and practices at the facility.Unfortunately, this means a number of the team’s current sophomores still have no rowing experience whatsoever. Hoopman said targeting this problem is the biggest priority for UW men’s rowing.“If we can control having practice and getting the guys some experience, that’s what we wanna do. We’re not worried so much about not having a legit racing season at this point,” Hoopman said.Identifying as a “development program,” Clark said he and his staff pride themselves on finding the team’s hidden gems. The program looks to build up experience and skills this fall while modifying practices to follow pandemic-related guidelines.The team begins practices this week, focusing on running as well as developing rowing skills in single and pair boats at remote rowing sites. Every rower also gets tested for the virus weekly. Despite having to rework fall plans, Clark said the team looks as promising as ever.“The makeup of the people we have is starting to resemble what we had in years’ past when we were pretty good,” Clark said.The coaching staff has also altered their techniques with recruiting potential walk-ons at UW. In past summers, team representatives have visited Union South during student orientation to speak with incoming freshmen. This method has proved successful for maintaining the program’s impressive participation, as walk-ons make up well over two-thirds of incoming numbers every year.Breaking down Wisconsin football’s wonky conference-only scheduleThe announcement of the Big Ten Conference to keep all fall sports competitions strictly conference-only made waves throughout the college Read…The team has now shifted to online resources as a way of contacting participants. This summer, men’s rowing sent an online questionnaire to all incoming freshmen via email to spark potential interest. With freshmen having persevered through lots this year, Clark said he is encouraged by their resiliency and how it has translated to their level of interest in the program.“I’ve already been really impressed with how many are excited about rowing,” Clark said.The program has also taken time to analyze the postponement’s effect on finances. At least half of the budget is not being spent this year due to lack of need for travel and equipment. In regard to funding the team, Coach Clark said he hopes UW Athletics can develop a system similar to many of his team’s opponents.“The Ivy Leagues, which are a lot of our competitors, have endowments that pay for their entire programs,” Clark said. “I think that’s a great way to go, and we should be moving in that direction.”Despite the drastic changes thrust upon men’s rowing this fall, Clark said he is ultimately supportive of the Big Ten’s decision.“The Big Ten did exactly what they needed to do. They had all the information, and I’m part of that team, so I support it 100%,” Clark said. “There’s no other option.”Coach Hoopman said he also agrees with there not being a season right now.“From our perspective, it’s viable not to do it. We don’t need to put anybody’s life at risk to watch a game,” Hoopman said.Clark said he is also impressed with how UW Athletics has navigated this situation.“I’m proud of not just our guys but the entire athletics department. Believe me, I know from talking to other institutions how well and unbelievable Wisconsin Athletics has handled the entire thing,” Clark said.The team looks to make the most of resources and time available in hopes for a regular spring season. In spite of the challenges being faced, Coach Clark said he is confident in the work being done by his program and realizes the impact this experience will have on his rowers.“We’re communicating with the team a lot more and everybody seems to be motivated,” Clark said. “In the long run, these kids are gonna be really prepared for life.”last_img read more

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24-year-old Harnaam Kaur enters Guinness Records as youngest female with beard

first_imgA 24-year-old British Sikh model-cum-campaigner sporting a six-inch-long facial hair today entered the Guinness World Records as the youngest female with a beard.Harnaam Kaur from Slough in Berkshire in south-east England, described her entry as “absolutely humbling”.”Now with a beard measuring as long as six inches in places, she overcame years of bullying to take ownership of her appearance and achieved this record title at the age of 24 years,” her record citation reads.”She describes her place in the ‘Guinness World Records’ book as ‘absolutely humbling’ and hopes it will help her to impart her empowering message.WHO IS HARNAAM KAUR2016 has been a huge year for Harnaam, having become the first female with a beard to walk the runway at London Fashion Week in March,” it adds.Kaur has polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal condition that can result in the growth of excess facial hair.She describes herself on social media as “Bearded Dame, Body confidence activist, Anti-Bully Activist, Plus Size Model” and dresses in a Sikh turban.”I can now proudly announce that I am a ‘Guinness World Record’ book holder. I have been wanting to publish this news for absolutely ages, but I had to keep things under wrap until the book launched,” she said in a social media post.PROUD MOMENTShe added, “I am super proud to hold this record, the inner child in me is so pleased. I grew up reading this book, I even tried breaking some of my own records wanting to be in this book. It is amazing to be valued and celebrated being a Bearded Lady. I am proud to hold this amazing record.”advertisementShe said, “I hope those who read or see my record can take away positivity, inspiration and realise that no matter who you are or what you look like, you are officially amazing!”Kaur, who was bullied as a child, has gone on to model for Urban Bridesmaid Photography and made her debut on the catwalk by opening the Marianna Harutunian Royal Fashion Day show in March, wearing her traditional Sikh turban, a navy dress and black heels.The longest pet cat and a llama who has made the highest jump are among the other stand-out entries this year.”The 2017 edition teems with fun and educational content that will fascinate, entertain and educate knowledge-seekers of all ages and interests,” ‘Guinness World Records’ said in a statement.last_img read more

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