Homeward Bound takes gold at awards night

first_imgWimborne minicoach operator takes plaudits for being best of its kind at industry’s leading ceremonyHomeward Bound Travel won the Excellence in Minibus Operation awardHomeward Bound Travel triumphed in the category for Excellence in Minibus Operation at the prestigious routeone Awards, held by the sister title to miniplus on the first evening of Coach & Bus UK.In a very strong field, Homeward Bound just pipped Chester-based BusyBus, Passenger Plus of Kent and White’s St Albans to the coveted award.The judging panel – which is made up of highly-respected road passenger transport professionals – noted: “Our winner has maintained a steady path over several years without wavering from its aim of guaranteeing satisfied customers.”The award was presented to Homeward Bound by miniplus Editor Tim Deakin, and Director Louisa Morgan reports that while winning was a delight, the rest of the show was no disappointment.“There was a good representation on the mini and midicoach front. Seating suppliers are always top of my list of exhibitors to visit as the show is a great opportunity to compare comfort and quality side-by-side.“We also researched cameras (both inward- and outward-facing) on various stands so seeing the software and the quality of the playback was a bonus. Chatting and catching up with like-minded operators and friends is what a show visit is all about, so CBUK served its purpose perfectly.”last_img read more

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Jamaican doctor suffering from swine flu dies

first_imgA 50 year old medical doctor is the first person to succumb to the H1N1 virus at the University of the West Indies Hospital. Swine flu illness now on high alert listA 50 year old medical doctor is the first person to succumb to the H1N1 virus, also known as the Swine Flu.Suzanna Roye died at the University Hospital of the West Indies, after being transferred from a hospital in the central parish of Manchester. The report adds that another female doctor is in the intensive care unit at the University Hospital, however, she is responding to treatment.Last week, the Ministry of Health upgraded Swine Flue to a category one illness – meaning that within 24 hours of suspecting a case of severe acute respirator illness, medical practitioners must report it to the health authority.So far, nine cases of swine flu have been confirmed in the island – the cases originated from the Corporate Area as well as central and western Jamaica.Meanwhile the main opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has called on health minister Horace Dalley to provide Jamaicans with an update on the H1N1 virus.“The Jamaica Labour Party is calling on the Minister of Health to tell the country what is happening with the H1N1. What steps are being taken to protect health workers. …We want to know when the first case was reported, when the first case was diagnosed,” said the JLP’s spokesperson on Health, Marlene Malahoo Forte.Acting chief medical officer, Dr Winston De La Haye stated that Jamaicans should remain on the lookout when it comes to mosquitoes as there are now 23 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne disease dengue fever in Jamaica.Dengue fever is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is also responsible for the transmission of chikungunya and Zika. Dr De La Haye said the same preventative measures, such as getting rid of mosquito-breeding sites, should continue in order to mitigate the risk of contracting the mosquito -borne diseases.Read more: Guyanese swine flu victim dies in US hospitallast_img read more

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South Africa plunges into darkness as power cuts continues

first_imgSouth Africa launches Medupi power station South Africa set for third day of power cuts A shopkeeper waits for customers in his candlelit fast food store during a load shedding electricity blackout in Cape Town April 15, 2015. South African power utility Eskom expanded rolling blackouts for a second straight day to the “Stage Three” level on Wednesday, meaning it needs to cut 4,000 megawatts from household and industrial consumers to prevent a grid collapse. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY South Africa’s struggling state power utility Eskom warned that power cuts would occur again from 9 a.m. (0700 GMT) on Friday until 6 a.m. on Saturday, as its generating units continue to perform at low levels of reliability.FILE PHOTO: Steam rises from the cooling towers of Matla Power Station, a coal-fired power plant operated by Eskom in Mpumalanga province, South Africa, May 20, 2018./REUTERSThe utility will cut up to 2,000 megawatts (MW) of power from the national grid on a rotational basis.The company produces more than 90% of South Africa’s power but has struggled to keep up with demand, leading to nationwide power cuts that have deterred investment.On Thursday, Eskom said the system was severely constrained, with unplanned breakdowns of generating units with above 12,300 MW capacity.It extended power cuts on Thursday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Friday, as a result of further unplanned breakdowns, critically low water levels at its pumped storage schemes and as it had to manage its diesel reserves.“With units not returning, we were unable to replenish water reserves overnight for our pumped storage schemes,” it said in a statement on Friday.“We are currently utilizing diesel at our open cycle gas turbine to supplement capacity and to limit the level of load-shedding, of which we currently have sufficient reserves.”The utility has a total of around 45,000 MW of generating capacity.Relatedcenter_img South Africa’s Eskom suspends power cuts but warns system vulnerablelast_img read more

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Hercor nips CenterPhil in Dumarao cagefest

first_imgRaffy Arguelles led the way with 18 points while Dale Lautrizo and McHermor Lerado had 14 and 12 points, respectively, for Junior Jaguars, which tallied its second straight win on Saturday.Charles Sindol and Jason Sugatan finished with 13 points apiece while Jedrick Tigris and Lester Paraico had a combined 17 points for Silver Knights, which suffered its first loss.Meanwhile, St. Roberts International Academy Panda Rockets tallied its second-straight victory by beating Bethany, 65-51. Kevin Barranco topped with 10 points for St. Roberts.Hua Siong and Junior Jaguars are currently tied on top of the standings with a 2-1 win-loss slate.Silver Knights and Santa Clarita International School Primes followed, both with a 1-1 record. Panda Rockets had 2-2 and Bethany, 0-2.The 14th Mayor’s Cup Basketball Tournament was being held annually in Dumarao, Capiz as part of the Padagyaw Festival honoring Nuestra Senora delas Nieves./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Hercor nips CenterPhil in Dumarao cagefest ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – Hercor College Junior Jaguars escaped with an 83-82 win over CenterPhil Montessori Silver Knights in the 14th Mayors Cup Basketball Tournament at the covered gym in Dumarao, Capiz.After seeing its lead trimmed to a solitary point, Junior Jaguars bucked down on defense in the final 10 seconds of the match to prevent Silver Knights from having a decent attempt on the basket.last_img read more

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Title Real Madrid’s to lose, says Zidane

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane pictured in May © AFP/File / GERARD JULIENMADRID, Spain, May 20 – Real Madrid have all they can ask for with just one La Liga game of the season to go and that is the destiny of the title in their own hands, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday.Madrid lead Barcelona by three points at the top of the table and just need to avoid defeat at Malaga on Sunday to be assured of a first La Liga title in five years. Barca need to beat Eibar at home to have any chance of leapfrogging their fierce rivals.“It is in our hands which is important for us,” said Zidane.“There is just one game to go and we have worked very hard to get to where we want to be.“We deserve to be in the position we are just now.”Zidane is unusually expected to name the same side that started a 4-1 win at Celta Vigo on Wednesday.However, a vital part of Madrid’s success this season has been the depth of their squad as Zidane has managed to keep many of his most important players fresh by rotating heavily throughout the season.And he hailed the contribution of every player in his squad.“Watching what they do on the pitch, this squad is spectacular.“They are all very good. That has been the key, that they are all important.“Those that have played less have been at the same level as those that have played the most and, in a 60-game season that is very difficult physically, that has been important.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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