Newark (WABC) — Ten people were injured after a taxi driver hit a bus and both vehicles ended up in a row of businesses in Newark early Thursday. The crash happened on Market Street around 12:30 a.m., with the No. 21 bus traveling east toward Newark-Penn Station.
By Van WadeThe Orange LeaderWEST ORANGE — The sun rises in the East and sets in the West. Which means that the West Orange-Stark Mustangs are playing for another Class 4A Division II state championship.Maybe that’s a stretch, but what a run it has been the last four years for the Mustang program and Orange County and Southeast Texas football fans.The two-time defending Class 4A Division II state champion Mustangs (13-0) will look to make it three straight in their fourth straight state appearance Friday when they take on the Texarkana Pleasant Grove Hawks (15-0) at 3 p.m. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. “They have a good tradition up there even though its their first state appearance,” said Thompson. “They really can get after you. They’re big and physical and most of all, experienced. They play over 20 seniors.”The Mustangs will face once again a Slot-T style of offense, something they’ve seen at least 27 times in the last three years. However, WOS may have not seen one as potent as Pleasant Grove’s offensive unit, one that averages 43.6 points a game.The Hawks pound out close to 433 yards a game, with about 310 of it coming on the ground. They had 366 yards on the ground against Graham. What makes them unique is they are not afraid to throw it, and when they do, they do it well.Pleasant Grove’s offense is led by a sophomore in quarterback Ben Harmon. He has completed 72-of-114 passes for 1,725 yards and 24 touchdowns. He doesn’t run often with 154 yards and four TDs on 61 carries but gets the ball in the right people’s hands.“You can tell he’s a competitor and he reminds us a lot like Jack Dallas when he was a sophomore,” said Thompson. “There’s nothing real flashy about him, he just flat out gets the job done. He’s very accurate with the pass when he rolls out on those bootlegs and he’s not afraid to throw the deep ball either. He’s just a solid player all the way around.”Of course, the running game is stout, sparked by two seniors and a sophomore in the backfield.Senior tailback T.J. Cole is who Thompson calls Pleasant Grove’s “bell cow.” Cole has rushed for 1,587 yards and 27 TDs on 205 carries and has 16 catches for 283 yards and three scores.“He’s one we need to bottle up for sure,” said Thompson. “But you can’t solely concentrate on him, they have so many weapons. They can gut you with several different backs and receivers.”Senior wingback Chauncey Martin has zipped for 1,009 yards and 15 TDs on 94 carries. Sophomore Bruce Garrett has zipped for 851 yards and seven TDs on 96 carries and senior fullback Josh Roberts is explosive as well.“They like to run those guys on buck sweeps and their offensive line can explode off the ball,” said Thompson. “They have a couple 300-pound tackles that can move you and their guards pull really well. They huddle, but when they break, they like to attack the line of scrimmage fast.”Harmon’s go-to receiver has been Carson Cox, who has hauled in 26 receptions for 775 yards and 12 TDs. Tight end Xavier Benson has 16 catches for 412 yards and five TDs.Thompson feels the Mustangs are preparing for a much different Slot-T unit then what they’ve seen in the past.“They have the athletes, much like Kennedale has,” said Thompson. “The major difference between the two is how well Pleasant Grove can throw out of it.”The Mustangs defeated Kennedale in non-district play 23-20 in overtime. Kennedale (14-1) is playing Carthage (15-0) for the 4A Division I title Friday at 11 a.m.Of course, the Hawks’ offense will face a Mustang defense like they’ve probably never seen before as well. WOS has allowed just 9.2 points per game.WOS is allowing a mere 178.8 yards per game, 96.9 on the ground and 81.8 in the air. Opponents are averaging just 3.1 yards per rush and opposing quarterbacks have completed just 74 of 181 passes and 12 interceptions.The Mustang offense had their most productive outing in the playoffs against Wimberley as they rolled up 415 total yards, 374 of it on the ground.Senior quarterback Chaka Watson had his best game ever as a Mustang as he shredded the Texans’ defense for 236 yards on 17 carries and two TDs.Watson has completed 79 of 140 passes for 949 yards and 10 TDs and has zipped for 813 yards and 18 TDs on 129 totes.The Mustangs are averaging 313.3 yards a game, 226.2 on the ground.Junior tailback Kayven Cooper has rushed for 1,124 yards and 19 TDs on 150 carries while junior back Justin Sibley has 565 yards and five TDs on 78 carries.Receiver Jarron Morris and Blake Robinson and tight end Kaleb Ramsey have accounted for 55 catches for 631 yards and five TDs.“Our offense really got it done last week and we’re super-proud of them,” said Thompson. “Our running game was superb and it was fun to watch Chaka get loose, he had some huge runs, which gave us a lot of momentum. We still have to iron a few things out. We weren’t too happy about some of the holding calls and lining up wrong. There is always something to work on.”One of the big keys for the Mustangs this year, is that they have not turned the leather over. They are a plus-14 in that category.“At this time of year, that’s so key and we’ve really protected the ball for the most part,” said Thompson. “We’re proud of the offense for that, and defensively, we’ve been able to get some key turnovers, which was big last week.”Pleasant Grove isn’t afraid to mix it up on defense either and is allowing only 16 points per game. The most they’ve given up this year was in a 41-38 win over Gilmer and a 48-31 win against Spring Hill.They are certainly sparked by senior linebacker Caleb Porchia. He has accounted for 175 tackles, 17 of them for losses. Benson, also a senior, has 96 tackles, 13 for losses, including six sacks.Thompson was also very impressed with freshman tackle Landon Jackson, who has piled up 91 tackles, including a team-high 25 tackles for losses and a team-high 10 sacks.“It will definitely be a battle of perhaps the two best defenses in the state,” said Thompson. “We’re certainly both here for a reason. They really fly to the ball and pursue well. The Porchia kid, he’s certainly a leader of that group. The Benson kid is a beast on both sides of the ball and that young Jackson kid is really impressive for his classification.”The Mustangs will hit the road Thursday to practice at Kennedale High School at 4 p.m. before heading toward Arlington.“We’re trying to stay on our same basic practice schedule, we don’t like to change things up around here,” said Thompson. “We’re looking for good, crisp practices. We want the kids to avoid a lot of hoopla and just go to work. I think they understand that.”The Mustangs are just a step away from accomplishing an amazing three-peat.“It’s going to be a challenge for sure because Pleasant Grove has a stout group and our kids will have to rise to the occasion for sure,” said Thompson. “We’re so proud of this group and we look for them to bow up one more time and get after it.”The Mustangs have got to be proud of all of their accomplishments thus far.“I’m going to mention to them at practice that they have no idea what they’ve meant and the impact they’ve made on Fruit City,” said Thompson. “Many of us went through the Hurricane Harvey ordeal and many of us are still putting our lives together. From missing a couple non-district games to start the year and dealing with flooded homes has been devastating but this group has held together so strong. It’s thrilling to look up in those stands and see our fans, plus fans from around the area supporting us. We know many are still dealing with losses of their homes and belongings and to see them travel to watch us despite all of that, we’re very grateful. I just want the kids to know that they need to savor the moment and this moment will be something they’ll never forget.” WOS is coming off a hard-fought 30-21 state semifinal victory over Wimberley last week while the Hawks hammered Graham 45-14.“We’re so happy and thrilled for our kids and what they have accomplished,” said Mustang coach Cornel Thompson. “When the year started, not many people thought the Mustangs would still be standing at this point. But those that believed the most — the kids and the coaching staff — flat got it done. This team, it consists of a lot of overachievers and they play with a lot of heart. We’ve had some tight games of late in the playoffs and they bowed up and got after it. Hopefully they can do it one more time.”No question, the Mustangs will be putting their state-leading 40-game winning streak on the line against a very formidable Pleasant Grove team, led by Coach Josh Gibson.The Hawks will be making their first state championship appearance but they will bring in what Thompson calls “one salty unit.”
The entry of a new set of players in U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects has highlighted the importance that funding issues can have on sponsor credit, according to a new Fitch Ratings report. Traditionally, LNG projects have been dominated by supermajors and national oil companies (NOCs) – entities whose generally very high credit quality and low net debt allowed them to fund large, multiyear projects with relative ease.By contrast, a newer set of players has begun to participate in such projects in North America, including large independent exploration and production (E&P) companies, utility/pipeline companies, and master limited partnerships (MLPs), with different credit profiles. Fitch believes that over the long run, LNG facilities could become a particularly attractive source of growth for larger MLPs.LNG export facilities typically take four to five years to permit and build, with costs incurred before cash is generated. For MLPs which rely on growing distributions to maintain their unit price, the long-term benefits of a well-structured project are balanced against these large financial commitments which may not pay out for an extended period. Some of the financial strategies MLPs may use to balance these considerations include: avoiding higher cost greenfield projects, keeping investments at manageable sizes through phased-in projects and joint ventures (JVs), and minimizing construction cash outflows.Development of U.S. LNG facilities to accommodate the boom in domestic shale production is becoming a reality, although political and market factors could pose a challenge for their completion. Eight of the nine onshore LNG import facilities in the lower 48 state are at some stage of development, with several greenfield projects also proposed. However, political opposition, long lead times to permit and build, high construction costs, and rising interest rates pose risks for these facilities being completed and/or new facilities started.The full report ‘Funding U.S. LNG Export Facilities’ is available at Fitch Ratings website.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, August 21, 2013
After record breaking rainfall in 2018, some areas of Western North Carolina are now experiencing drought conditions, the first such occurrence in close to two years. The latest drought monitor released Thursday morning shows several counties in the foothills and in the northeastern sections of Western North Carolina now in the “Abnormally Dry” category. Chris Sharpton, assistant district forester with the North Carolina Forest Service, said the agency has been seeing one to two small brush fires pop up daily, which is abnormal for this time of year. Sharpton said the fire danger is mostly in open areas that experience full sunlight.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… There was a lot of talk last week about Google Apps Premier, the Google-supported package of web-based office products. Many people spoke about it as if it was a rival to Microsoft Office. While Google Apps Premier is clearly targeted at small business, there’s a feeling that it’s also more than suitable for enterprises. Indeed Procter & Gamble Global Business Services and General Electric were wheeled out by Google as early customers of Apps Premier.So in this week’s poll we’re asking if you think Google Apps Premier is a tipping point, where a web-based Office Suite has became a viable competitor to Microsoft Office – for small and large businesses alike. Or do you think otherwise? Let us know… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Polls#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Gritty Entrepreneurs#start A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts bernard lunn In our search for that rare beast – the profitable VC backed venture – I interviewed Eileen Gittins, the CEO of Blurb. Blurb does Print On Demand publishing for both consumer and professional markets. They compete with Lulu, which announced today that it is “laying off 24 workers at its North Carolina plant because of the slowing economy”. That is 25% of their workforce and includes their President. Eileen and I both had the same reaction: “you mean you only just learned that hard times are coming?!”.Where Were The Alarm Bells When We Needed Them?Seeing the Blogosphere afire with tales of crisis in start-up land, with emails going from the wise investors to their portfolio companies, makes me think: no duh! Driving with your eye only on the rear view mirror is not smart. I hate to say “I told you so” but some times I cannot help myself. We have been banging this drum for a year. Not that it took a genius to see that a downturn was coming, it was bleeding obvious! We followed up with perspective here and here. When the sky started to fall a few weeks ago we started to look on the positive side.Of course companies should keep their costs as low as possible. That has been the obvious for centuries. So last week the advice was “spend like drunken sailors?”. Seriously, this kind of boom one day, gloom the next reminds me of the crazy behavior that got us into this mess and which, if you want a good laugh, you can watch here or embedded below. By the way, that video was from a year ago! Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Blurb Is Just An Old Fashioned StoryThe key points that came from Eileen Gittins don’t sound terribly interesting, except that in today’s world they are so unusual:1. A “seasoned” management team. Like somebody at the helm who has sailed through a storm before.2. Aligned with their VC. Some VCs push the “shoot for the moon at all costs” approach. Blurb’s backer, Canaan Partners, was aligned with the push to profitability before that was fashionable.3. Willingness to make trade offs. Sure we all want profits asap. But in the real world there are decisions and trade-offs. These may involve deferring features, leaving a market until later, being more niche than generalist. It is almost always a growth vs profit trade-off (“revenues are vanity, profits are sanity”). The Blurb story is full of those. Now Blurb are in a position to do the things they delayed earlier, while their competition is retrenching.4. Being contrarian to some degree. Blurb got funded in 2005. They had nothing to do with advertising and you would have to be a spinmeister to call Blurb “Web 2.0”. Blurb uses Internet technology (er, who doesn’t) to deliver a different value proposition to satisfy a demand that has not changed since Gutenberg. Canaan was clearly ready to be Real VC and back an unfashionable concept.And, What About The Impact Of The Financial Crisis?We ask that question to everybody. Eileen Gittins said “we watch the economy like a hawk, because that is what we have always done, it is in our DNA”. But so far, so good, they grew in September and the last quarter looks very strong. At least they don’t need to go to (more) VCs, who are spending all their time with their problem companies, to ask for more capital. With all the talk of revenue vs profits trade-offs, Blurb grew revenues this year around 3x – not shabby.
The current search and rescue operation includes a number of Japanese coast guard units as well as Indian Navy’s P81. Relevant authorities earlier said that the efforts are hampered by inclement weather at the site.World Maritime News contacted India’s Ministry of External Affairs for an update on the search and rescue operation, however, they are yet to reply.The Hong Kong-flagged ship was on its way from Indonesia to the port of Lianyungang in China when it encountered difficult weather conditions in the Pacific.World Maritime News Staff zoom Ten Indian seafarers are still unaccounted for following the sinking of the 57,367 dwt bulk carrier Emerald Star in the morning hours of October 13, according to data provided by India’s Ministry of External Affairs.The ship was sailing some 280 km east of the northern tip of the Philippines when it sent out a distress signal due to rough weather brought by a typhoon in the area.At the time, there were a total of 26 seafarers on board the vessel, 16 of which were rescued by nearby ships after the 2010-built vessel sank.There were 26 Indians on board the ship Emerald Star. Amongst them 16 have been rescued and 10 are still missing. /1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) October 16, 2017
zoom Indian Minister of Shipping has called upon all automobile manufactures to use coastal shipping mode for transporting their vehicles.Shri Nitin Gadkari, the country’s Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, informed that, besides saving time, coastal transport will also be more cost effective and environment friendly.The announcement was made on October 28, when the Minister digitally flagged off a vessel MV IDM DOODLE carrying a consignment of 185 trucks from Chennai Port to Mongla port in Bangladesh.These trucks, which are being exported by M/s.Ashok Leyland Ltd, were being sent to Bangladesh through the land route before, travelling a distance of about 1500 km. Transport by sea is expected to save 15-20 days of travel time.M/s.Ashok Leyland, which is currently exporting truck chassis to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, as well as other countries in Africa, expects to increase its exporting volume by 80% in the coming years. More than 500 trucks per month are expected to be exported via the sea route.The Coastal Shipping Agreement between India and Bangladesh was signed during Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh in June 2015. Based on the agreement sea transportation from Indian ports to Bangladesh ports is being treated as coastal movement, making it eligible for 40% concession on vessel related and cargo related charges. For coastal movement through RoRo vessels, 80% concession on vessel related and cargo related charges are applicable in Indian ports.
Staples and global superstar Katy Perry teamed up and helped hundreds of teachers bring learning to life through the 2016 Staples for Students program, which fulfilled $1 million in classroom projects through the non-profit organization DonorsChoose.org.Katy Perry attends the Staples for Students Winners VIP CelebrationCredit/Copyright: Casey Rodgers/AP Images for StaplesIn April, Staples announced a $1 million donation to DonorsChoose.org, a charity that has funded more than 800,000 classroom projects for teachers and has positively affected more than 20 million students across the country. As a result, Staples fulfilled 1,072 classroom projects across the country, providing 787 teachers in 402 schools with their classroom needs, and impacting 98,609 students.Additionally, Staples customers nationwide donated more than $330,000 to DonorsChoose.org at Staples stores and www.StaplesForStudents.com in the lead-up to back-to-school season.“We’re grateful to our customers and thank them for donating to the Staples for Students campaign, which helps teachers and classrooms across the country through DonorsChoose.org,” said Frank P. Bifulco, Jr., executive vice president global marketing, Staples. “It was a pleasure to once again team up with Katy Perry to raise awareness around this important cause and to help teachers bring learning to life for students.”The program was driven by a statistic from the Education Market Association that an estimated 99.5 percent of all public school teachers use their own money to equip their classrooms, frequently at a cost of more than $400 per year.“Teaming up with Staples in 2014 taught me firsthand how important it is to support our nation’s teachers, and how often they are forced to dig into their own pockets to provide even the most basic school supplies for their students,” said Katy Perry. “It was an honor to be able to work with Staples and DonorsChoose.org again this year, and I am delighted that our efforts have helped pave the way for students to realize their dreams.”“We’re so grateful for Staples’ continued partnership in helping teachers and students to succeed, as well as for the support of its loyal customers and Katy Perry,” said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. “This year marks the third time that we’ve worked with Staples to help teachers make more happen, and we’ve again heard directly from teachers that Staples and DonorsChoose.org have made a lasting impact on their classrooms.”$50,000 Scholarship WinnerKaty Perry presented the grand prize winner of the Staples for Students Sweepstakes, Patricia O’Keefe and her son Matthew, Deep River, Conn., with a $50,000 scholarship at a Winners VIP Celebration in Los Angeles on October 13th. Matthew is a senior in high school and is currently applying to colleges for enrollment in fall 2017. Four lucky first prize winners and one guest each also joined the celebration and met Katy Perry.