USA: Amtrak announced on February 5 that it had reached agreement with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority covering two enhancements to passenger services. The first is a long-standing proposal to allow MTA Metro-North to use Amtrak infrastructure to reach Penn Station in Manhattan, while the second envisages investment to enable Amtrak inter-city trains to serve Long Island. The Penn Station Access programme would see Metro-North trains use some of the spare capacity that is to be freed up in 2023 when Long Island Rail Road trains are diverted to serve the deep-level terminus at Grand Central Terminal under the much-delayed $11bn East Side Access scheme. Metro-North currently uses the capacity constrained upper platforms at GCT as its Manhattan hub, but PSA would allow the operator to share Amtrak-owned infrastructure between New Rochelle and Sunnyside Yard. The so-called Hell Gate line passes through residential districts in the Bronx, and four new stations are proposed at Hunts Point, Parkchester, Morris Park and Co-op City. The PSA agreement will see MTA fund a programme of enhancements along the Hell Gate line, including signalling, track and power supply renewal; MTA will also share the costs of operation and maintenance of the upgraded route with Amtrak. Amtrak and MTA have also agreed to start planning how inter-city trains could reach destinations on Long Island that are currently only served by LIRR. An Amtrak spokesman told Railway Gazette that ‘no specific’ details of this plan were yet available, but one immediate challenge would be to manage the transition between the third-rail electrification used on LIRR and the mix of overhead AC supply and diesel traction used by Amtrak. ‘We are pleased to have reached an agreement that will allow MTA to advance with design and construction of improvements related to the Penn Station Access project, the eventual operation of new Metro-North commuter rail service into New York Penn Station and construction of four new commuter rail stations in the Bronx’, said Amtrak’s Senior Executive Vice President Stephen Gardner. ‘We are also looking forward to working together on advancing direct Amtrak service to and from key population centres on Long Island.’
The Flamingos, quarter finalists at the 2010, 2012 and 2014 FIFA U17 World Cup finals, missed the last edition of the competition hosted by Uruguay but have vowed to return at the seventh edition billed for India later this year.Earlier scheduled to fly out of the country to Conakry on Thursday, 27th February, the Flamingos will continue their technical and tactical sessions under the watchful eyes of first assistant coach Bankole Olowookere and the technical team. They will now travel on Thursday, 5th March.Guinea ousted neighbours Guinea Bissau after two legs in the first round of the qualifying race to be eligible to file out against the FlamingosShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Federation Guinean de Football (FGC) has pleaded with the Nigeria Football Federation for postponement by one week of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup second round, first leg qualifier between both countries earlier scheduled for this weekend in Conakry.FGF’s reason is that the set date of Saturday’s 29th February coincides with the Guinean legislative election, and it would not be auspicious to host such an important game that same day.The NFF has sent a letter of no objection, and though the FGF has fixed a new date of Saturday, 7th March for the encounter and the NFF has accepted (meaning there would be only one week in-between the first leg and the return slated for the Agege Stadium, Lagos), the Confederation of African Football still has to give a stamp of approval, as a formality.
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Kevin Hart is bouncing back in a major way after his controversial Oscar bow-out On Monday, the comedian announced he’s landed his first-ever Netflix comedy special titled Kevin Hart: Irresponsible. In a new Instagram post, Hart shared the news.“Mark your calendars damn it,” he captioned a video teaser of the announcement. “My Comedy special will be dropping on April 2nd on Netflix. I can’t wait….Let’s gooooooo #Irresponsible.”According to Vulture, the special was taped during a sold-out show at the O2 Arena in London as one of the stops for Hart’s current Irresponsible Tour.Even with his recent Oscar controversy, in which Hart decided to step down as host after he was asked to apologize for decade old homophobic tweets, the comedian has been staying pretty busy.In addition to the special, Hart is producing FX’s upcoming comedy series starring Lil Dicky as well as a live-action Monopoly movie. This is, of course, in addition to working on a sequel to the hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle opposite his buddy and sometime social media sparring partner Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Tremendous one handed catch by Jester Weah #Pittsburgh pic.twitter.com/4sdm34ipBu— Don Juanson (@donjuanson34) November 12, 2016He could be more of a red-zone threat than one who can expose you in the open field — but he did go for 60 and a score in Stillwater last year. While he went for 870 and 24.2 yards per catch in 2016, Browne hasn’t done a lot for him, averaging just 7.72 yards per completion.The real story for the Cowboy defense will be containing sparkplug Qadree Ollison. With 126 yards against Penn State, the Cowboy linebacker group will have their hands full keeping him between the tackles. Try to tackle @Pitt_FB’s Qadree Ollison. He’ll just jump over you. #MustSeeACC pic.twitter.com/ES12BrSKwV— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) September 2, 2017Same Ol’ StoryGoing behind enemy lines, here’s what a Panther writer had to say about Pitt’s defense:Even if the pass defense improves as the season goes on, it doesn’t seem likely that unit will be a strength of the team. That means Pitt will always be vulnerable to quick-strike offense and to be consistently competitive, they’ll need the ability to respond in kind. [Pitt Sports Now]Let those words seep into your brain wrinkles: “always be vulnerable to a quick-strike offense”. From a stylistic and personnel point of view — it’s not in Pitt’s favor for the game to evolve into a shootout. Penn State, another prolific offense, lost the time of possession battle (38:20 to 21:40) but led 28-6 late in the game.And while it’s unwise to project emotions and excitement levels of 19-year-olds from week to week — Heinz Field (on Saturdays) hasn’t exactly been a Saturday night in Death Valley.Jester Weah touchdown, Bricen Garner interception in end zone secure Pitt win over Youngstown State, 28-21, in overtime. pic.twitter.com/o31ZNndVUr— Matt Freed (@mattfreedpghpg) September 2, 2017 Cowboys go P-5 this week against the ACC’s Pitt Panthers, hitting the road for Coal Country. Quarterback Nathan Peterman and running back James Conner are hanging out on NFL rosters and coordinator Matt Canada is sipping on some gumbo in Baton Rouge but plenty of talent remains on the roster that beat Clemson and Penn State last year.Not a Controversy?Five-star QB-turned USC expat Max Browne will be the starter on Saturday but don’t expect him to be the only guy behind center all day.…(T)he Panthers struggled through three quarters under Max Browne in Saturday’s 33-14 loss to Penn State before backup Ben DiNucci finally got the Panthers across the goal line in the fourth quarter and led yet another long drive afterwards.DiNucci provided the offense a spark that it lacked at times throughout the day, particularly with his ability to escape pressure in the pocke(t) and scramble. [Pitt Sports Now]You can loosely compare the two to the Oil Baron (Max Browne) and Wudtee (Ben DiNucci). Browne should make less mistakes and manage the game well while Dinucci is a relative unknown but provides a spark with his athleticism as an underclassmen.Dinucci played well against the Penn State backups playing prevent but who knows, heaven help us if he looks like a K-State third team WR throwing passes.As far as Ben DiNucci, he can run but no one knows if he can pass. That’s not a criticism just reality.— Pgh Sports Now (@PghSportsNow) September 11, 2017Leak-ProofWhile Tulsa has some talent in the passing game, Pitt has a big play wideout in Jester Weah. Who knows if anybody can get the ball to him downfield (no version in the current QB stable has) but he’s a 6-3, 210-pound wideout that will be by far be the best OSU has seen yet. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
In case you haven’t heard about OSU’s big addition over the weekend, former five-star receiver and LSU freshman transfer Tyron Johnson pledged to the Cowboys over the weekend. The former Warren Easton High School standout will be forced to sit out the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer requirements, but will have three years to play out his remaining eligibility.Johnson wore No. 3 for LSU last season, and also wore No. 3 some in high school, too. But his dominant number in high school, and the Under Armour All-American game was No. 13 — the number he will wear at OSU. (Also, because senior receiver Marcell Ateman wears 3 already.)Jordan Sterns reps No. 13 for the defense, and Nyc Burns, freshman quarterback from Berryhill, wears No. 13. So Burns will slide from 13 to 12, a number repped by a guy he may know a little about. This from his dad was posted to twitter:Hey @NYCQB13, #12 is going to look GOOD on you! #NYCQB12 pic.twitter.com/oXuwv8gfBV— Eric, Bam! (@ItsMeBigE) August 21, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.