Denver light rail extends

first_imgGROUNDBREAKING ceremonies were held on January 21 for Denver’s 14 km Southwest Corridor light rail extension. Regional Transportation District Chairman Ben Klein said the event marked ’the culmination of a dozen years of studies, planning and preparation.’ Detailed engineering design is due to be finished by the end of this year, but construction will start in earnest during the spring for completion in 2000. The Southwest Corridor runs from the existing terminus at I-25 & Broadway to Mineral Avenue in the suburb of Littleton (RG 10.96 p649). RTD signed a full-funding grant agreement with the Federal Transit Administration last May, under which the FTA has promised $120m towards the $156m extension and 14 extra LRVs. A second tranche of money was released on January 15, providing $1·3m towards the purchase of railway right-of-way, and bringing the FTA contribution so far to $2·8m. olast_img read more

British couple convicted of keeping immigrant as slave for 24 years

first_imgA British couple was found guilty on Tuesday of keeping a Nigerian immigrant enslaved for more than two decades, forcing him to work for no pay and threatening him with deportation if he tried to escape, prosecutors said.Emanuel Edet, 61, and Antan Edet, 58, held their victim captive from the time he was brought to Britain when he was 14 years old, said the Crown Prosecution Service.The husband and wife were convicted at Harrow Crown Court in northwest London on charges of child cruelty, slavery and assisting in illegal immigration.They had told the teen when they brought him from Nigeria in 1989 that they would pay him and provide him with an education, prosecutors said.Instead, the victim, now 40, was forced to cook, clean, garden and care for the couple’s children without any pay for up to 17 hours a day, they said. He was forced to eat alone and typically slept on hallway floors, they said.He got no education and had only very limited contact with his family and the outside world. The couple took his passport, and he had no identity documents, prosecutors said.Prosecutor Damaris Lakin said the Edets told their captive he would be arrested as an illegal immigrant and deported if he left the house and contacted police.“He believed this and felt trapped and completely dependent on the Edets,” Lakin said in a statement. “Emanuel and Antan Edet have cruelly robbed this victim of 24 years of his life. They have treated him with complete contempt.”“This was a shocking case of modern day slavery,” he said.The convictions came on the first day of a two-day Trust Women conference in London on women’s rights and human trafficking held by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Prosecutors said the Edets had changed the victim’s name and added him to their family passport as their son when they brought him into Britain.– by Reuterslast_img read more

Bullpens lose their way but Dodgers walk away with another win in San Diego

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Machado also hit a two-run home run off Clayton Kershaw Friday, giving him three home runs in two games against the Dodgers (and five in 31 games against the rest of the league).“There might be a little extra incentive,” Roberts said of Machado facing the Dodgers. “Obviously playing for the division, a division rival is one thing. But also, the familiarity — he’s got teammates in this clubhouse that I know he wants to show also. You see a little extra fire and focus, certainly.“Hopefully Andy (Green) gives him a day off tomorrow. Day game after a night game.”Padres starter Joey Lucchesi held the Dodgers to one run on four hits through the first five innings. But things fell apart for him in the sixth.Corey Seager beat out an infield single when Lucchesi tried to scoop his dribbler to the first baseman. When Lucchesi followed that by walking David Freese (and reaching 100 pitches for the night), Padres manager Andy Green swapped out left-handers and brought in Brad Wieck.Wieck fell behind 3-and-1 then hung a slider over the heart of the plate. Muncy relocated it to the right-field seats to give the Dodgers the lead. Three more hits followed off Wieck with Matt Beaty getting his first major-league RBI on a pinch-hit single. Another run scored on a forceout.Related Articles Kelly and Yimi Garcia combined to make that lead go away in the bottom of the sixth. Kelly gave up one run and left the bases loaded for Garcia who gave up a rocket down the left-field line by Ian Kinsler — that was ruled foul. So he hit Kinsler to force in a run and walked Machado to force in another, tying the game.“I think we keep talking about the same thing and that’s execution,” Roberts said of Kelly who has an ERA of 10.13 as a Dodger, allowing hitters to bat .377 against him. “You get ahead of guys. That (Ty) France at-bat, he just couldn’t put him away and it just took a lot of pitches (14) and he ends up leaving a ball middle-middle for a double. The breaking ball 1-2 to (Alex) Dickerson it was left up.“I think it’s just one of those things where we’ve got to keep running him out there and bet on his execution.”It stayed tied until the ninth when Justin Turner led off with a single off Yates. It was the only hit — and only ball put in play — during the game-winning rally.After striking out Seager and Joc Pederson, Yates lost his way. He walked Max Muncy then hit Russell Martin with a pitch to load the bases. Yates walked Alex Verdugo on five pitches to force in the go-ahead run.“For me, Yates has a really good splitter, likes to feed off the bottom of the zone, let it work down and kind of feed off the hitter’s aggressiveness,” Verdugo said. “Bases loaded, two outs — you can get kind of riled up in that situation. I just tried to take a couple deep breaths, stay with my normal approach.” “There’s a lot of emotions that you’ve got to keep inside,” Roberts said of living with the volatile nature of bullpens liable to upset a night’s worth of planning at any high-leverage moment. “As a manager, you don’t want to think about the bad situations, bad things happening.”There was plenty of time for contemplation and introspection Saturday. At four hours and 12 minutes it was the longest nine-inning game in Petco Park history and it was a long zig-zag journey to a familiar outcome — the Dodgers have now beaten the Padres in 16 of their past 21 meetings (and 101 of 152 since the start of the 2011 season).It started the same way as Friday’s game — with Manny Machado haunting his former team. Machado hit two home runs off Dodgers starter Rich Hill — first driving a curveball down the line off the Wester Metal Supply building in the first inning then crushing a first-pitch fastball in the third and sending it into the Padres bullpen in center field.“I pitched like crap,” said Hill who left the game in the fifth inning, trailing 3-1. “I need to do a better job next time out, make better pitches. I left too many balls out over the plate.“(Machado) is obviously an elite hitter. He’s in the top 5 percent in the league. I think he’s one of the best hitters in the league. I think obviously again it comes down to making pitches and making better pitches.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire PreviousSan Diego Padres relief pitcher Kirby Yates wipes his face after walking the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo with the bases loaded during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 4, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, left celebrates with left fielder Chris Taylor (3) after the Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 7-6 in a baseball game Saturday, May 4, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)The San Diego Padres’ Austin Hedges reacts after striking out to end the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, May 4, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSan Diego Padres’ Manny Machado breaks his bat as he fouls out while batting during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, May 4, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Alex Verdugo, second from right, celebrates with shortstop Corey Seager (5), third baseman Justin Turner, left, and center fielder Enrique Hernandez, second from left, after the Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 7-6 in a baseball game Saturday, May 4, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy watches his three-run home run hit during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Saturday, May 4, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen, right, celebrates with catcher Russell Martin after the Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 7-6 in a baseball game Saturday, May 4, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres relief pitcher Kirby Yates reacts after walking Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo with the bases loaded during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 4, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)San Diego Padres relief pitcher Kirby Yates wipes his face after walking the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo with the bases loaded during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 4, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, left celebrates with left fielder Chris Taylor (3) after the Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 7-6 in a baseball game Saturday, May 4, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)NextShow Caption1 of 8Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, left celebrates with left fielder Chris Taylor (3) after the Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 7-6 in a baseball game Saturday, May 4, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)ExpandSAN DIEGO — Bullpens, huh — what’re you gonna do?The Dodgers signed Joe Kelly to be part of the solution in their bullpen. But he has been a problem. Saturday night, Dave Roberts put him in a game the Dodgers were leading for the first time in over two weeks. Kelly retired just one of the five batters he faced and the San Diego Padres tied the game.Kirby Yates allowed one run in his first 16 appearances this season as the Padres closer, saved 14 games in April and was named the National League Reliever of the Month.But he created his own bases-loaded mess in the ninth inning Saturday night then walked in the winning run as the Dodgers beat the Padres 7-6 by scoring against Yates in the ninth inning for the second night in a row. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more