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Vettel on pole again amid chaos and carnage

first_imgVenezuelan Maldonado appeared to steer his Williams deliberately into the side of Hamilton’s McLaren as they came out of the La Source hairpin at the end of Q2, and after the chequered flag.Maldonado was later punished by the race stewards and demoted from 16th to 21st on the starting grid while Hamilton was reprimanded.Earlier, on a day of unpredictable weather and erratic outcomes, seven-time champion Michael Schumacher, 42, crashed out of qualifying without clocking a time when his Mercedes shed its right rear wheel on his first lap in Q1.“I’ve had some experience on three wheels before, but to lose a rear wheel is a bit more difficult to handle,” said Schumacher, who this weekend celebrates the 20th anniversary of his F1 debut with Jordan at the same track.“Initially, I didn’t know I’d lost a rear wheel. There is no reason to blame anybody, we all try our best, but at the end of the day we are all human.“I’ve had some interesting races from the back so it’s going to be entertaining,” added the German, who will start Sunday’s 44-lap race from the back of the grid.Schumacher’s philosophical acceptance of his plight was in contrast to the relief of Vettel, and the shock felt by Hamilton, after they had completed their qualifying efforts with high-speed laps in the final minutes.Vettel said: “It was a difficult session all in all. Q1 and Q2, with the tricky conditions and the circuit drying up very quickly, and it being tricky on inters (intermediate tyres) — the main target was to get through.“I didn’t feel comfortable right in the beginning, but in Q2 we made a big step forward. I rediscovered Spa in a way and found some better lines than all weekend.”Hamilton, who had to compete in Q3 with a car partially held together by heavy black tape across the side-pods, said it had been fortunate that Maldonado’s driving had not caused a major accident.Over the team radio, he said: “He did that deliberately.” But after the session he was more circumspect.He said: “I’ll have to look at it. The Williams was just sitting there, it was very slow. I had to try and get past, which I did. I saw Maldonado approaching quite quickly — he happened to swipe across me.“My front wing was quite damaged. I’ll sit and wait for the stewards to call me up rather than going back to McLaren.“Once the flag was out and the red light was on there is no need to be racing. There should never be any incidents like that.”Maldonado denied he had driven deliberately into Hamilton’s car.He said: “It was a difficult moment — there was no reason from my side to have contact and from the side of Lewis. It wasn’t rainy conditions and we need to understand what happened.“There was no need for contact after the chequered flag.”Hamilton wound up second by four-tenths of a second, but a full second clear of third-placed Australian Mark Webber in the second Red Bull.For Webber, it was an anti-climax on his 35th birthday after he topped the times in final practice on the morning when it was confirmed he will stay with Red Bull in 2012.Brazilian Felipe Massa was fourth for Ferrari ahead of German Nico Rosberg of Mercedes, Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari of Toro Rosso and, remarkably, Brazilian Bruno Senna, on his debut with the Renault team after an acrimonious promotion in place of German Nick Heidfeld.Two-time champion Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was eighth ahead of Mexican Sergio Perez of Sauber and Russian Vitaly Petrov in the second Renault.Vettel’s pole brought him his best starting position to date in Belgium.“Oh yes, oh yes!” he screamed over the team radio on his slowing-down lap. “That’s the answer. Thank you.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium, August 28 – Sebastian Vettel grabbed his ninth pole of the season in dramatic fashion at the end of an incident-filled qualifying for Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday.The defending world champion and current series leader drove his Red Bull to the 24th pole of his career on a day that also saw Lewis Hamilton emerge unscathed after an ugly incident involving Pastor Maldonado.last_img read more

I have no authority to ban Gor, AFC- Kidero

first_img0Shares0000Nairobi Governor, Dr. Evans Kidero (right) with Gor Mahia’s chief supporter, Jaro Soja (third right). The County boss says he has no authority to ban AFC Leopards or Gor from playing in Nairobi. PHOTO/FacebookNAIROBI, August 23- Nairobi County boss, Dr. Evans Kidero, has discounted reports he had banned SportPesa Premier League titans, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards from playing their matches in the capital following the violence that saw the latest Mashemeji Derby abandoned on Sunday.Speaking to Capital Sport on Monday, the Governor asserted the reports associated with him did not emanate from his person as he called on the two self-supporting community clubs to stamp out hooliganism from their ranks. “The statement wasn’t from me; I think probably, somebody sent that statement in error.“I have been a long term supporter of Gor and I’ve been a long term supporter of AFC, and you recall I used to sponsor AFC in the previous years. All we have done is say, games must be played with calmness and peace and there should be no violence or destruction of property,” Kidero stated.“I don’t have the authority and capacity to ban. I’m their biggest supporter and I will always support them. Action is being taken on the person who sent the message in error,” the County boss added.The latest derby between the champions who were playing at home and struggling Leopards was locked at 0-0 when Gor were awarded a spot-kick for Jackson Saleh’s needless handball in the box on 66 minutes.A section of Ingwe faithful took the cue to hurl projectiles onto the pitch disrupting the match for the second time following fracas that broke out on the stroke of half time and after a 25-minute stoppage, Match Commissioner, Paul Kaunda, called off the clash for security reasons.Last year, Machakos County Governor, Alfred Mutua, banned Gor from Machakos after supporters of the team went on rampage after losing 3-2 to Sofapaka and K’Ogalo are yet to play there this season ahead of their October 18 second-leg clash slated for Kenyatta Stadium.It remains to be seen whether Mutua’s ban is still in force having fined K’Ogalo Sh10m for the damage caused to businesses and other amenities within the County headquarters.Meanwhile, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) is awaiting Kenyan Premier League (KPL) report on the derby before deciding what action to take following the latest acts of hooliganism in the derby.In a statement signed by Media Officer, John Kariuki, the federation blamed KPL and lax security arrangements by the host team for the aborted match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

TRANSFER FIGHT! Liverpool and Everton battle looming over French defender

first_img Soualiho Meite [left] in action for Lille 1 Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton are set to go head-to-head over Lille midfielder Soualiho Meite.The 22-year-old is currently impressing out on loan at Zulte Waregem, who are five points clear at the top of the Belgian top-flight.The club have the option to make the move permanent for just over £250,000 and, aware of interest in Meite, they are set to do that as quickly as possible.Then, according to reports, they are preparing to sell him to the highest bidder in January – and he could be on his way to England.It has been reported that Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke are all keeping tabs on his progress while West Ham retain an interest.But the most solid interest is said to come from Merseyside with both the blue and red half keen on launching a bid.And any move would be considered reasonably low-risk as Zulte may sell him on for as little as £4.25m.last_img read more

The State of the Nation in numbers

first_img21 years – since former President Nelson Mandela walked to freedom after 27 years as a political prisoner. 17 years – since South Africa’s transition to a non-racial, non-sexist, equal and democratic society. 400 000 – the number of additional South Africans served with a basic water supply in 2010. 81% – the proportion of the country now electrified, compared to 63% in the year 2000. 8.6% – the decline in the murder rate in South Africa over the past year. 15-million – the number of South Africans currently receiving state social grants. R9-billion – state fund to support job creation in South Africa over the next three years. R10-billion – funds set aside by the Industrial Development Corporation for investment in economic activities with high job creation potential over the next five years. R20-billion – tax allowances or tax breaks to be put in place to promote investment, expansion and upgrades in South Africa’s manufacturing sector. R550-million – funds set aside for infrastructure upgrades and expansions countrywide. 30% – the mining industry’s contribution to South Africa’s total export revenue. 7.3-million – the number of tourists that arrived in South Africa in 2010. 95 – the number of major international meetings and conferences that South Africa has already secured between now and 2016. R2-billion – the contribution of the creative and cultural industries to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP). R475-million – the contribution of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival to the Western Cape economy. 2 000 – the number of jobs created during the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in 2010. R75-billion – Eskom’s investment in the new power stations Medupi, Kusile and Ingula, as well as the return to service and transmission of other projects. 400 000 – the number of South African households that should have security of tenure by 2014. R2.6-billion – the amount that the government will spend on water services this year. 4.5-million – the number of work opportunities that the Expanded Public Works Programme aims to create. 800 – the number of construction jobs created by South Africa’s bid for the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope. 6 000 – the number of students supported by Denel, Eskom, South African Airways and Transnet in acquiring technical and engineering-related scarce and critical skills. 105 – the number of nursing colleges that will be revitalised countrywide to train more nurses. 5-million – the number of voluntary HIV/Aids tests conducted since the launch of the testing campaign in April 2010. 700 000 – the number of first-time identity documents issued in Libode in the Eastern Cape following the launch of the National Population Registration Campaign. R800-million – the funds allocated for immediate relief to assist communities affected by the recent floods across South Africa. 2 000 – South African National Defence Force personnel deployed as peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and the Central African Republic. 2.5-trillion – the value of South Africa’s mining assets – in US dollars.Source: Government Communication and Information Systemlast_img read more

South Africa to host 2012 business congress

first_imgSepti Bukula said that the congress will expose South African businesses to opportunities in the country and other parts of the world. (Image: Septi Bukula) MEDIA CONTACTS • Septi Bukula  ISBC 2012 director  +27 11 791 2774RELATED ARTICLES • Online help for small business • SA improves global competitiveness • Eastern Cape entrepreneurs in spotlight • SA big business helps entrepreneursShamin ChibbaSmall business in South Africa will get a boost next year when the country hosts one of the biggest international business congresses in Johannesburg.Representatives from the US, Europe and the rest of the world will gather at the Sandton Convention Centre between 15 and 18 September 2012 for what will be Africa’s first International Small Business Congress (ISBC).The congress, which is hosted in partnership with The City of Johannesburg, Foundation for African Business and Consumer Services, Khula Enterprises and Finance and the Small Enterprise Development Agency, will showcase activities surrounding small business development in South Africa and around the world.According to 2012 congress director Septi Bukula, the focus of the conference is to expose small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to business opportunities in South Africa and in different parts of the world.Those expected to attend the congress are SME practitioners, policymakers from government, trade associations, banks looking to assist small businesses, small business support organisations, academics and entrepreneurs.The congress will also host an exhibition where companies can display and market their products.The theme for the event is Fostering small business in new and high-potential industries worldwide, and will concentrate on getting SMEs involved with emerging industries with high-growth prospects.First congress in AfricaSince the first congress in Hawaii in 1974, the ISBC has brought together global small business players looking to improve small business practices with a particular focus on entrepreneurs and their environment.The 2012 event is a milestone for the ISBC and the continent, as it will be the first time the congress is hosted in Africa.“ISBC recognises that South Africa is an exciting destination and Africa is an emerging global player. The ISBC is trying to build in Africa because it never really focused on it before,” said Bukula.Topics to be discussed at next year’s congress include e-commerce and how small firms can use the internet to their benefit.Other discussion topics will be mechanisms to strengthen management capacity; gathering and disseminating information on new and high-growth opportunities; incubation and technology demonstration; as well as innovation, intellectual property, and research and development capabilities.Challenges facing SMEsThe poor state of the current global economy has had a negative impact on small businesses worldwide, according to Bukula. This will also be one of the main talking points at next year’s congress.“We will be looking at the impact of the current global economy. We may also cover ways in which small businesses will respond to a depressed economy,” he said.However, he added that in many instances, small businesses do not have the capacity to respond to a struggling economy.The congress will also address the difficulties small businesses face when accessing new markets, looking for finance to either start-up or expand, and operating under strict government regulations.Though these challenges relate to small businesses worldwide, South Africa has its own hurdles. Bukula said the country’s small businesses are hampered by limited skilled labour, which he attributes to the education system.“Our entrepreneurial abilities are not very strong because of the … education system. We don’t prepare people to be self-employed,” he said.Although the government has invested a lot of money in small business development, Bukula said there is a need to develop more entrepreneurs in the sector.He said that the gap can be closed if students and pupils realise that becoming an entrepreneur is a viable career choice. Bukula is working with the Department of Trade and Industry to find strategies to address this challenge.Change our value systemFindings of a study conducted by the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship revealed that South African students’ role-models are politicians, pop stars and sports stars. “Not a single entrepreneur was listed, yet they are the ones who are the backbones of the economy and provide jobs,” Bukula said.This is because entrepreneurs, especially those who are struggling, are stigmatised by society if they fail.He added that attitudes towards business need to change to ones that are not fearful of failure.“Instead of stigmatising business people who struggle or fail, they should be encouraged to try harder, try again or try something else,” said Bukula.He explained that individuals who have work experience and the necessary skills and knowledge are well-equipped to start their own businesses, but they do not think of entrepreneurship as an option.The reason, he said, is a shortage of programmes to encourage individuals to become business people.One way to encourage individuals to become entrepreneurs is for the government to provide incentives when starting up a business, according to Bukula.Entrepreneurs must be given access to existing support programmes so that they can gain confidence knowing there is a back-up system in place.last_img read more

User Ignorance Causes Cloud Security Leak; Accounts, Passwords Revealed

first_imgAnd Why Me?A spokesperson for Amazon pointed out that snapshots were private by default and users must choose to share them. According to Amazon, “in general users understand this feature very well as this is no different than users explicitly choosing to share their data by any means.” However, as we’ve seen, users are obviously making their data inadvertently public. Amazon said they were updating their documentation “to provide more explicit guidance on this feature,” and that they would be “reaching out to the few who may be unknowingly sharing their snapshots.”The question, though, is: Is it too easy to accidentally make your data public – and whose role is it to play data cop?This leads to me, at 1 a.m., and finding security leakage with Amazon’s cloud customers while doing unrelated housekeeping. Look, I’m anything but an IT Security guy; I’ve got enough on my plate to worry about. For god’s sakes, I have 6 kids! Moreover, I’m an outspoken supporter for moving companies to the cloud – and I exclusively recommend Amazon’s cloud because of its reliability and features. Why is it me that finds this security issue – one that has been open since January of this year if the Snapshot dates are accurate.This tells me that there is a pattern about to be replayed: That the users on the cloud today are a motley crew. That we need more supervision and hand-holding – whether we like it or not. That powerful services like CloudKick and CloudSplit need to be encouraged to add security as a top-priority feature. And we need to budget for their services and embrace their boring, yet hyper-important role as perimeter guard and security inspector.If I were to try to keep this security problem in the bag – and avoid alerting the community – I would be fostering a sense of complacency that is antithetical to the marketplace needs. The cloud is so young that when we find a problem we need to admit it and find real, workable solutions. Since the cloud represents new ways of doing things, it gives us new ways of getting in trouble, and we need a lively forum for nipping these issues in the bud and laying a framework for ongoing success.What Now?If you are on Amazon’s cloud, I can’t stress enough that you need to immediately go to your AWS Management Console. Check at a minimum that your Snapshots, for every Region, are marked PUBLIC only if you mean them to be available to ALL other Amazon Web Services users. I’ve already checked mine. If you find data that you did not intend to make public, you need to engage your security team to remove the snapshots from the public and mitigate any data exposure.Hopefully this gets chalked on the wall as a lesson learned – and we continue our march to the cloud with a deeper appreciation of our security support needs. This isn’t about calling people out. I work in the cloud and am passionate about its development. These mistakes could very well have been ones I made – or any other cloud user. To move the cloud forward we need to encourage a dialog about our new found power, new paradigms and new needs in the cloud. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting guest author 1 Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#cloud#security#Trends Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… At 1:00 a.m. on Sunday morning I was doing routine maintenance on my personal Amazon Web Services account and instead found myself looking at something I had no right to be seeing: A database with 800,000 user accounts to the e-card site Along with that were the database passwords and back end of a major U.S. Public Broadcasting Service news show website (Gwen Ifill’s Washington Week), including daily updates from panelists on the stories they cover.I wish I wasn’t the person to find this. I founded one of Amazon’s earliest dashboards. My consultancy is on Amazon’s European Customer Advisory Board. But this highlights a significant issue in the cloud today: There is a whole new user profile acting as developer and administrator. We are becoming empowered with amazing tools – and being given enough rope to really hang ourselves.Guest author Jonathan Siegel is a serial entrepreneur and founder of the cloud applications consultancy as well as a handful of cloud startups. Jonathan’s book, Electric Connections, is due out in June of this year.I am an early adopter, business builder and owner of a cloud consultancy. On Sunday morning I went to clear out my personal Amazon Web Services account of excess files after seeing huge usage numbers from a report by CloudSplit. For those technically inclined, I was clearing out my S3 buckets and moving the few files that I wanted to save into an EBS disk instead.My EBS disk ran out of space and I went to use a feature called EBS Snapshots. Snapshots are like a tape backup of your EBS disk drive. That’s when I noticed something odd: My EBS Snapshot account was filled with hundreds of snapshots, when I knew I had only made a handful. I wondered, Why do I have access to these backups? Were these backups made by my teammates? Shared snapshots from Amazon? Or something else… How Did This Happen?Amazon is the largest and longest running public cloud computing platform. It has pushed the boundaries of technology infrastructure for us users. In fact, it has given us tools that are more powerful than anything we previously had available in our own small datacenters. This is great, because before we needed to hire trained Cisco or NetApp administrators in order to do basic tasks as our websites scaled. This was expensive and added another step – a delay – to our deployments. Amazon’s infrastructure commoditizes much of this technology into simple Web calls; paste some XML to Amazon and your website gets a full incremental backup to live-networked NAS. But as Stan Lee has warned us: With great power comes great responsibility.By giving programmers control of the network and storage, we’ve empowered developers to take on system administration chores. This power has come too quickly or is being digested too lightly – as my discovery has shown.In the case of PBS’s Washington Week there was quick acceptance of the issue. “It was human error and nothing personal was exposed,” said Kevin Dando, PBS’s Director of Digital Communications. “Although we weren’t aware of the issue initially, it was easily corrected. Because of Amazon’s strong audit capabilities we could pinpoint the error and fix it quickly.”Despite numerous attempts we were unable to reach highlights a deeper issue in the cloud today: Despite what you may think, cloud security is not sexy. We are seeing products that address the baseline needs of cloud functionality, like Amazon’s dashboard and the support sites for the cloud. They focus on the sexy: deploying mobile apps, auto-scaling, grid processing and other buzz-word-friendly features. But the dirty truth is that the cloud has a whole new user profile acting as administrator and needs a new set of tools and expectation management to ensure that little mistakes make little problems and not big ones.Remember: This is not something that Amazon did wrong. This is an intentional switch thrown by Amazon’s users that allowed their data to be public to any other Amazon user. The users did not mean to hit that switch and it’s unclear whether those users would have found this issue without my notification.This is the switch in Amazon’s Web Console. It can be more subtle when packaged deep within cloud-assisting tools: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… What I saw were backups of Enron emails, a genomics database and then two made my stomach turn – a database for 800,000 user accounts to and the database and site files for the Washington Week website. Yeah, the Enron emails are a non sequitur and the genomics database was likely meant to be public. But the other two, there’s no way they were intended for the public, yet here they were – marked as public and available to me or any other Amazon cloud user. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

eBay Acquires Mobile Payments Company Zong to Boost PayPal

first_imgToday, eBay announced that it has purchased mobile payments company Zong for $240 million, to integrate into PayPal.By buying Zong, eBay is attempting to position PayPal to be a leader in mobile payments for the years to come. Mobile payments are expected to be a $670 billion industry by 2015 according to report from Juniper Research. Zong is a middleman connection between merchants and telephone companies that allows users to make mobile purchases with carrier billing. Can Zong keep PayPal relevant in the mobile payment arms race that includes Google, Square, Verifone and many others?Buying Zong is a talent acquisition by eBay as much as it is a technology addition. “The company expects that Zong will add complementary technology and talent that help strengthen PayPal’s leadership position in mobile payments and digital goods,” eBay said in a press release. Zong is connected to 250 carrier networks worldwide and claims a reach of 3.2 billion mobile devices. The idea is to be able to use PayPal with the nine million merchants worldwide that accept the payment from the platform. Users can also buy digital goods with PayPal through Zong. PayPal expects to process $3 billion in mobile payments in 2011. Juniper said that mobile payments will be a $240 billion industry segment this year. PayPal is definitely feeling the pressure of the competition. When Google Wallet was announced, PayPal executives were one of the first to offer comments to ReadWriteWeb. Here is what Anug Nayar said at the time:“Put simply – before you try mobile (or any other payments) solution, you need to be great at payments. There is so much more than just technology involved to get payments right … Any new solution must deliver something better than the existing way to do it. Not just different … better.”Will Zong make PayPal better? Probably. It will also help it become a more ubiquitous option among all cellphones (smart and feature phones) devices across the world, which could make it a very important acquisition for eBay. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#e-commerce#mobile#news#NYT#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Okta Has New Cloud Active Directory Integration

A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Announcements#cloud#saas Okta today announced its Directory Integration Edition cloud-based identity service. The idea is if done correctly, end-users should not even know which of their apps is on-premise and which is based in the cloud. And as more apps migrate to the cloud, the seamless integration of where they are located means that the directory services piece has to function better and recognize more off-premises apps with ease.The notion of directory integration with cloud-based apps isn’t new: Previously, Okta offered through its Cloud Service Platformthe ability to federate authentication between a single cloud app and AD. And there are lots of others in this space, including Cloudswitch, Centrify, and Microsoft’s own Active Directory Federation Services who have been available for some time. Today’s announcement adds a SaaS-based service that replicates an on-premises Active Directory store with a number of cloud-based services. Setup is fairly straightforward and requires a downloadable Windows-based software agent to make an outbound connection across the link. Okta’s Directory Integration Edition goes beyond federation to provision and update user information across the cloud/premises links. It can handle thousands of multiple cloud apps that they have already cataloged for this kind of integration. Here you can see an example of how to setup your Salesforce integration using this service. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting david strom Related Posts This means once a user logs into a Windows domain, their identity is maintained no matter what other app they bring up on the local network or in whatever cloud apps they pull up in their browser. Pricing is $1 per user per month, with discounts beyond 200 users. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… read more

Philadelphia PHLASH Downtown Loop Is Back For The 2018 Season With Free Rides And A New Route

first_imgGetting from point A to point B is a breeze in Philadelphia, thanks in part to the popular Philadelphia PHLASH Downtown Loop.The purple bus service is back from March 29 to December 30 (on select dates) to transport residents and visitors all across the city with ease.PHLASH, which is operated by the Independence Visitor Center, picks up and drops off residents and visitors at each stop roughly every 15 minutes between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.Read on for more details about free rides, the route, the schedule and ticket prices for 2018.Free PHLASH Rides on Thursday, March 29For opening day only, it’s not just affordable to ride the PHLASH — it’s free!PHLASH is offering free rides this Thursday, March 29, to kick off its 2018 season. Residents and visitors can either visit the Independence Visitor Center (6th and Market streets) or City Hall Visitor Center (15th and Market streets) to pick up a free pass for the day or just hop aboard at any of the PHLASH’s stops and get to where they’re going free of charge. PHLASH RouteFor the 2018 season, the PHLASH has added two new stops to its route: one in front of The Franklin Institute, and another that’s just two blocks from the Mütter Museum.Other stops are located near Penn’s Landing, the National Museum of Jewish American History, the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, the Perelman Building, Eastern State Penitentiary, the National Constitution Center, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Reading Terminal Market, the Shops at Liberty Place, the Please Touch Museum, the Philadelphia Zoo, One Liberty Observation Deck and the Museum of the American Revolution. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia) The PHLASH offers quick and inexpensive transit service to popular attractions across Philadelphia.While the Philadelphia Zoo and Please Touch Museum are still accessible via the PHLASH route, note that these stops are not numbered this year, and getting to these locations requires transferring to the Philadelphia Zoo and Please Touch Museum Loop shuttle at the stop outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art.For more details about the 2018 route, refer to the official PHLASH map.Schedule, Tickets and FeesAs mentioned, PHLASH rides this Thursday, March 29, are free! Moving forward, rides between March 30 and December 30 are $2 per person per ride or $5 for an all-day pass. Children four and under and seniors always ride free.The PHLASH’s service schedule varies throughout the calendar year. From March 29 through April 29, PHLASH operates only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.Daily service runs from May 1 through September 3. Weekend service (Friday through Sunday) will resume again from September 7 through November 18.Daily service returns once more for the holiday season, from November 23 through December 30. There is no service on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve.PHLASH will announce special programming and services throughout the season. Stay tuned, sit back and enjoy the ride! Philly PHLASH Downtown LoopWhen:March 29-December 30, 2018 (select dates) Where:Stops at various locations including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Cost:March 29: Free; March 30-December 30: $2, single rides; $5, all-day pass; free, seniors and kids 4 and under www.phlvisitorcenter.comlast_img read more

Manchester United sink Liverpool 3-0 for sixth straight win

first_imgRobin van Persie celebrates after scoring Manchester United’s third goal.Manchester United recorded a sixth successive Premier League win when they beat old rivals Liverpool 3-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday. The latest victory, sealed with goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie, kept them in third place, five points behind neighbours Manchester City and eight behind the leaders Chelsea.But they had Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea to thank for such a convincing margin. He made a series of fine saves from Raheem Sterling and then substitute Mario Balotelli.Rooney scored against the run of play from Antonio Valencia’s inviting pass to put United ahead in the 13th minute and although Mata was clearly offside as Van Persie flicked on Ashley Young’s cross to him shortly before halftime the goal was allowed to stand.De Gea made further important saves before Van Persie completed the scoring in the 72nd minute.last_img read more