first_imgBEIJING (AP):Usain Bolt returned to the track at the World Championships yesterday and eased his way through the preliminary round of his favourite race, the 200 metres.Justin Gatlin also cruised, doing nothing to diminish his role as Bolt’s top challenger.Win or lose, Bolt will leave Beijing still hailed as his sport’s fun-loving Superman. The chances of Gatlin getting a champion’s send-off: slim to none.It doesn’t bother him one bit.”Sometimes it has to be fuel,” Gatlin told The Associated Press as he left the Bird’s Nest to cool down at the nearby practice field following a preliminary heat of 20.19 seconds. “If you don’t let anything affect you at all, you have nothing to pull off of when you’re already running on fumes.”When Gatlin lined up for the 100-metre final Sunday night – a scintillating race he lost to Bolt by .01 seconds – he was on the line with three other athletes who had served doping bans: Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Mike Rodgers.Their doping pasts have barely been footnotes to the narrative in the 100. And the other athletes competing in Beijing, despite their doping pasts, have essentially gotten a free pass as well, even as track and field has been hit with multiple reports alleging doping among athletes in almost every corner of the sport.Gatlin? He takes all the heat.”If he wasn’t doing good, nobody would bring it up,” Dutch sprinter Churandy Martina said. “You do a million good things and one bad thing and people focus on the bad thing. It’s just people. It’s strange.”There has been vigorous debate over whether a convicted doper should be able to compete again. Gatlin has been snubbed by some meets since his return from his second doping conviction in 2010.But there is no keeping him out of major events like this one or the Olympics.In 2011 and 2012, the Court of Arbitration for Sport delivered a pair of decisions that spiked an International Olympic Committee (IOC) rule banning anyone who’d served a doping suspension of longer than six months from competing in the next Olympics. Those decisions sparked debate about whether a lifetime ban should be in order for a first offence. That didn’t happen, but last year, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) passed a rule that allowed for a four-year sanction for a first offence.”The reality is that your decisions have consequences, and some are permanent,” US Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart told the AP. “He made the decision to dope, and even if he’s fully eligible to compete again, some people can’t erase that from their minds.”Lost in all the handwringing of whether Gatlin belongs is that he’s hardly the scowling evildoer he’s often portrayed as. He’s spent time at schools to drive home the lesson that cheating certainly does not pay.Last night, he shouted down someone heckling his mother during the 100-metre medals ceremony – a widely retweeted story that has gotten him some good publicity.”She was explaining to the guy that you can’t always listen to what the media says,” Gatlin said.Bolt enjoyed a different interaction with the crowd when he got his medal – dancing, filming himself with a handheld camera, applauding back when the fans cheered for him.Back on the track Tuesday night for the 200 heats, Bolt worked hard through the turn, staked himself to a massive lead, then jogged to the finish and crossed the line first in a time of 20.28.”My fitness will be in question,” said the champion, who had run only three 200s this season, while he’s been nursing himself back to health. “Overall, it should be good. I’m confident.”In other races, David Rudisha won the 800-metre gold, and Nicholas Bett won the 400-metre hurdles to push Kenya to a leading fourth gold medal of the championships through Day 4. Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia won the 1,500 metres, and Denia Caballero of Cuba won the discus.Greg Rutherford of Britain took the long jump, while Jeff Henderson of the United States, who has this season’s longest jump, finished ninth – another disappointing effort for the Americans. With five days left in the meet, the United States are in sixth place, with only one gold, and six medals overall.Gatlin figures to add to the total – in the 200m finals tomorrow and the 4x100m relay this weekend.Getting the public to adore him, however, will be a tougher task, and he knows it.”All I ask for is respect,” he said. “You don’t have to cheer for me or be my fan. But I look for respect from the next man.”last_img read more

first_imgCollegiate squads test mettle of Young Gilas 5 Jeane Horton had 17 points and Rachel Anne Daquis 12 for Cignal, which played without import Sonja Milanovic and head coach Edgar Barroga.Barroga had to abandon the team to coach National University in the Palarong Pambansa in Vigan. Cignal also lost spiker Janine Navarro to an injury in the third set. —JAN JAIME DELOS SANTOS, CONTRIBUTORFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cocolife got great games from its imports on Tuesday to post a 25-22, 25-21, 28-26 win over Cignal HD and bag a semifinal berth in the Chooks-To-Go Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.Serbians Marta Drpa and Sara Klisura combined for 35 points in leading the Asset Managers to the win and a clash with powerhouse Petron in a best-of-three series.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Iriga-Navy sinks BaliPure for opening win in PVL “Through the Jr. NBA program, I look forward to this opportunity to contribute to our goal of getting more kids, especially girls, to play the game of basketball and help them understand how working hard on their craft in the same way it opened doors for my career, can unlock greater opportunities in life.”The National Training Camp finalists were selected from Regional Selection Camps in Bacolod, Baguio, Butuan and Metro Manila, and from the Alaska Power Camps in Manila and Subic. Celest Flores-ColinaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eight boys and eight girls will travel to Shanghai for a live NBA game between Philadelphia 76ers and Dallas Mavericks.Cauley-Stein, the third-year center for the Kings, is looking forward to witnessing the Filipinos’ passion for the sport in person.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I’m eager to work with these dedicated young players who have earned the right to be chosen as Jr. NBA All-Stars,” said Cauley-Stein in a statement. “I’m excited to share my basketball knowledge and help the kids become the best version of themselves on and off the court.”Willie Cauley-Stein of the Sacramento Kings dribbles against Los Angeles’ Larry Nance during the first half of a game at Staples Center on January 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPSwoopes, a four-time WNBA champion, meanwhile, is raring to share her knowledge with the kids, especially the young girls, who want basketball as a career. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident FILE – Sheryl Swoopes reacts during the 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Symphony Hall on September 9, 2016 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Jim Rogash/Getty Images/AFPSacramento Kings’ Willie Cauley-Stein and WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes are headed to Manila for the final stretch of the 2018 JR. NBA Philippines this month.During the training camp from May 18-20, Cauley-Stein and Swoopes will help identify the young stars who will be part of the 2018 Jr. NBA Philippines All-Star selection. They will also coach the Jr. NBA Alumni All-Star Game.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flamescenter_img LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgAn American doctor treating Ebola-infected patients in Liberia has contracted the deadly virus, the organization for which he works said Saturday.Thirty-three year old Dr. Kent Brantly has a private practice in Fort Worth in Texas, and had been working as the medical director for the Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center of Samaritan’s Purse in the capital of Liberia, Monrovia, since October 2013.The Samaritan’s Purse said Brantly has been receiving treatment at the organization’s isolation center at the Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) Hospital after he was diagnosed positive for the virus.Melissa Strickland, spokeswoman of Samaritan’s Purse, said Brantly’s wife and two children had been living with the doctor in Liberia, but currently they are in the U.S.Few days ago, a doctor in Sierra Leone, who is also leading the fight against Ebola, also catches the disease.The latest incidents of Ebola infection have increased fears that the virus might spread in other most densely populated cities in the region. Nigeria which is the largest city in Africa with 21 million residents, recorded its first case after a Liberian man died last week in Lagos, Nigeria.The Ebola outbreak has so far killed more than 600 patients in four West African countries this year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img– 2 females included in each teamsThe Guyana Water Inc. (GWI) has launched a 10/10 tape ball cricket competition, which is scheduled to commence on Saturday October 13, 2018 at the Transport Sports Club on Thomas Lands in Georgetown.GWI’s Eason Pearson receiving the competition T-shirt from Director of Guyana Water Inc (GWI) Dr Richard Van West-CharlesThis tape ball competition will be played on Saturdays, when countrywide members and staff of the GWI will participate.Speaking to Guyana Times Sport, Managing Director of the Guyana Water Inc. (GWI), Dr Richard Van West-Charles, explained that the competition is among the ongoing programmes of social and educational activities arranged for the GWI’s staff members across Guyana. He highlighted that a successful football competition was played by GWI staff members recently.Van West-Charles added that it is compulsory for the GWI female staff members to participate in the lively tape ball tournament, and it will be played in a franchise-like manner, where Berbice GWI staff members are likely to play for Georgetown GWI.In addition to the cricket competition, dominoes and karaoke competitions will be among the numerous competitions planned.GWI aims to integrate the company and play tape ball cricket nationally; where members of the public and staff members of GWI will be able to interact with each other.last_img read more

first_imgKasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick challenged Gordon for the pole, but neither was able to put down a faster lap. Gordon won it with a lap at 185.735 mph. “I really thought someone else was going to beat us because we went so early and with the sun going down,” said Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Hendrick Motorsports. “These guys have been working really hard to get u s back where we need to be with getting poles and running fast and leading laps and hopefully winning races and battling for a championship.” It was Gordon’s second career pole at California Speedway. He won his first in May 1998. Allmendinger, the promising rookie for Team Red Bull, failed to make his second race in a row. Ward Burton, a Daytona 500 winner, did not qualify for his second straight race as well. Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the No. 42 Dodge for Chip Ganassi Racing, was the highest qualifying rookie. He will start ninth. – Tim Haddock NASCAR Trucks Mark Martin lost another heartbreaker Friday night. Five days after being passed on the last lap and losing to Kevin Harvick by the length of a hood in the Daytona 500, Martin was dominating the NASCAR Craftsman Truck race at California Speedway before Ron Hornaday Jr. bumped him out of the lead on a restart with five laps to go. Former series champion Mike Skinner jumped past Hornaday into the lead before the caution flag came out and stayed out front, earning his 20th truck victory. “We have to thank Ron Hornaday,” said Jeff Hensley, Skinner’s crew chief. “Mark Martin had us all covered. We lucked into one.” Hornaday said Martin was slow on the restart. “I feel sorry for Mark, but he just kept getting slower and slower and slower and you can only hit the brakes so much in that situation,” Hornaday said. “We were all stacking up behind him. “Mark and I are the only ones who really know what happened and I know he tried to get the second-place truck to get out of the gas. If that happens, then maybe I’d be the guy who wound up spun out. But I did hit him and Mark is such a clean competitor I hated to see it happen.” Martin, who pitted after spinning into the infield grass, wound up 23rd. “You know, the thing just kind of lifted up, starting spinning its wheels and I got behind on the steering,” he said. “But that’s OK. We had a good race. That truck was really fast and I had some fun.” It appeared Martin, driving his first race for the Wood Brothers/JTG Racing, would easily match his victory here a year ago after holding off a challenge from Skinner’s Toyota on a restart on lap 92 of the 100-lap event. But David Starr brought out another caution, his second of the night, with a spin on lap 93, giving the challengers one more chance. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon qualified early Friday afternoon at California Speedway in Fontana and he was fast. But even he didn’t think he was fast enough to hold on to the pole for Sunday’s Auto Club 500. Once the sun went down and the track started to cool, he anticipated some even faster times from the drivers who were qualifying later. center_img What might be more interesting are the drivers who did not qualify. There were 51 trying to earn a spot for the Cup race, which meant eight were going home. Michael Waltrip, who was at the eye of the cheating storm at Daytona International Speedway last week, was one of those eight. He was knocked out of the race by his own driver and teammate David Reutimann, who will start 33rd. Waltrip, who owns a three-car Toyota-powered team, saw his other driver, Dale Jarrett make the race on a provisional for being a past Cup champion. “(Waltrip’s) put a lot into this team and this program and I want all three of us to be in and we’re not,” Reutimann said. “Hopefully we’ll keep gaining and make the whole organization stronger and we don’t have to worry about not making r aces anymore.” Jeremy Mayfield, a previous winner at California Speedway, also did not qualify. A.J. last_img read more

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BETHLEHEM, Pa. – A middle school principal accused of selling crystal methamphetamine from his office after school and on weekends was arrested after police found the drug on his desk, authorities said Wednesday. There was no indication that John Acerra sold the drug to students at Nitschmann Middle School, where he was arrested Tuesday, said Dennis Mihalopoulos, an agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Police said they began investigating Acerra in early February after an informant told them the principal was using and distributing the drug. Acerra, 50, who was in custody in lieu of bail, has an unlisted phone number, and it wasn’t clear whether he had an attorney. No one answered the door Wednesday at his modest rowhouse along a narrow alley in Allentown. A letter was sent to parents informing them of the arrest, and teachers had spoken with the 950 students at the school where Acerra had been principal since 2000, said schools Superintendent Joseph Lewis. According to court documents, police last Thursday watched Acerra sell a small amount of meth to a customer in a store parking lot. They stopped the buyer, who told officers he had been to Acerra’s home 10 to 15 times over the past three months, officials said. Police then arranged for an informant to buy $200 worth of meth from Acerra on Saturday in the parking lot of an Allentown drug store, according to court documents. On Tuesday, police set up another $200 deal with Acerra and the informant, who wore a listening device as he began conducting the transaction inside the principal’s office, authorities said. Acerra did not have enough meth to sell to the informant, and he and the informant arranged to meet later that night to complete the buy, Mihalopoulos said Wednesday. After the informant left the building, police entered Acerra’s office and found him sitting at his desk with a bag of meth next to a glass tube with meth residue and burn marks on it, according to court documents.last_img read more

first_imgJerry Bailey was thinking retirement for several years and finally, a few weeks into this season, he knew it was time for his illustrious Hall of Fame career to come to an end. “I still enjoy competing in the biggest races on the best horses on the biggest days,” the two-time Kentucky Derby winning rider said. “But to get to those days, there are a lot of routine days and I just didn’t feel the passion I should have felt.” Perez became only the 20th player in PGA Tour history to shoot 60 or lower. The record is 59, shared by David Duval, Chip Beck and Al Geiberger. Consistently nestling his fairway shots close to the pin, Perez made 12 birdies and no bogeys over the 6,930-yard Arnold Palmer Course at PGA West for a three-shot lead over Chad Campbell. Steve Elkington was a stroke behind Campbell. John Huston, Olin Browne and Tom Pernice Jr. were tied for fourth with opening 65s. Phil Mickelson, the Hope champion in 2002 and 2004, shot a 6-under 66 at La Quinta Country Club in his seasonal debut and was in a group six shots off the pace. Palffy retires Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Ziggy Palffy retired, leaving the team without its second leading scorer and another question mark in a puzzling, disappointing season. Palffy wasn’t at a news conference held by general manager Craig Patrick during the team’s practice. Patrick wouldn’t comment on a Slovak newspaper report that Palffy retired because of a lingering shoulder injury. “No, I’m not going to talk about our discussion,” Patrick said, saying Palffy cited only “personal reasons.” Palffy told Patrick of his decision Tuesday morning. They agreed not to announce it until Wednesday because Patrick hoped Palffy would reconsider. Earlier this year, Palffy retired from the Slovak national team ahead of the Turin Olympics. Palffy had 329 goals and 384 assists in 684 games in 12 NHL seasons with the New York Islanders, the Kings and Penguins, scoring 40 or more goals three times with New York. Ex-NBA star charged Former NBA player Ralph Sampson has been indicted on charges of lying about his finances to obtain court-appointed counsel in a federal child support case. Sampson, 45, was indicted on one count each of perjury and making a false claim, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Tuesday. The charges are related to an affidavit Sampson submitted in May to obtain a court-appointed lawyer in a child support case. The 7-foot-4 former Virginia All-American and top NBA draft choice is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 1 on charges he failed to pay $307,036 in child support to two daughters by different women. The children live in northern Virginia. Two days after scoring the highlight goal of the NHL season, Washington Capitals rookie Alex Ovechkin learned that he will stay in the league. A judge ruled that he cannot be forced to return to Russia to play for his former team, Dynamo Moscow. Peter Forsberg will miss at least one game because of a groin injury, but the Philadelphia Flyers’ leading scorer hopes to play Saturday. Lobos hire Toledo Former UCLA coach Bob Toledo was hired as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at New Mexico, returning to college football after a three-year absence. Toledo said he’s had other opportunities to get back into coaching but none had appealed to him until now. “I had opportunities to be a head coach and to be an assistant, actually some pro opportunities,” Toledo said. “But I wanted to be somewhere where I really enjoyed being around the people.” Fresno State coach Pat Hill agreed to a contract extension through 2010 after interviewing for several NFL head coaching positions this month. Briefly The Mets and Japanese right-hander Yusaku Iriki agreed to a $750,000, one-year contract as New York attempts to add pitching before spring training. The Boston Red Sox and reliever Julian Tavarez finalized a $6.7 million, two-year contract. Wisconsin center Greg Stiemsma is taking a temporary leave of absence from the team for medical reasons, the school said Wednesday. Grant Hill will be sidelined 7-10 days because of continued abdominal pain, the Orlando Magic said Wednesday. A charge against Xavier point guard Dedrick Finn that he stole his ex-girlfriend’s dog was dropped. Kristine Lilly scored the opening goal in her world-record 300th international game, leading the United States past Norway 3-1 at the Four Nations tournament in Guangzhou, China. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With that, Bailey said Wednesday he’ll retire after riding at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28. The 48-year-old Bailey will then begin his next career as a racing analyst for ESPN and ABC Sports, where he will be part of about 20 telecasts, including the Belmont Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup. Bailey cited other reasons for his decision, “but the one that matters the most is I just really feel it’s time time to spend more time with my wife, Suzee, and my son, Justin.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card And after a 31-year career, “I also want to walk away in one piece.” Bailey has been racing’s top rider for nearly 15 years, usually ending up on many of the best horses in training. Among his greatest accomplishment was the campaign aboard Cigar, a two-time Horse of the Year who gave him perhaps his greatest win the 1996 Dubai World Cup. Winning the Kentucky Derby “is probably the pinnacle of any jockey’s aspirations, but if I had to pinpoint a race for me it would be the Dubai World Cup with Cigar,” he said. “Not only was it a victory for me, but I was representing the United States. It was as close to being an Olympian as I could probably ever be.” A classic round Pat Perez shot a 12-under 60 in the opening round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in Palm Desert, joining some elite company. last_img read more

first_imgMegan Walker is no globetrotter, but she knows enough about traveling to have booked her summer trip to Washington state almost five months in advance. Flights were much cheaper then, even nonstop flights, which is important to the 30-year-old Woodland Hills church secretary, who doesn’t have money to burn. And Walker knows she can save additional cash by booking a room on East Sound, the least popular of the San Juan Islands. “On the other islands, rooms are $200 or $300 a night. I got a room at a bed-and-breakfast for $84,” she said. “I had to really hunt.” The cost of travel has been increasing all year. Fliers are paying more as airlines pass along soaring jet-fuel expenses, and roadtrippers are having to account for Los Angeles gas prices that have soared an average of about $1.20 in the past five months. The U.S. travel industry also is enjoying greater pricing power in large part because it has succeeded in minimizing the supply of airline seats, hotel rooms and rental cars at a time when demand for these services is rising. With Monday being Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, the sweetest deals may already have been snapped up, travel experts said, though it is still possible to save a few bucks by planning ahead and remaining flexible when it comes to itinerary details. For example: Families that can get time off together in June and September will generally find travel to be more affordable, and less crowded, than those taking trips in July and August. When visiting coastal towns, consider staying at a hotel that is, say, a one-mile drive – or better yet, walk – from the beach, instead of splurging for the ocean view. Begin and end 7-day trips midweek instead of on weekends, when airports are busier and ticket prices tend to be higher. Guidebook author Pauline Frommer said that while travel Web sites are an effortless way to search thousands of rooms and rates at once, it is also worthwhile to try and negotiate an even better deal over the phone, particularly when dealing with smaller family-owned hotels. “Sometimes it will work,” she said. “Just make sure you’re not taking “No” from somebody who doesn’t have the authority to say Yes.’ “ But probably the best strategy of all, Frommer said, is to “look at the places that aren’t as popular in summer,” such as the Caribbean, Mexico and Australia. Putting up with potentially very hot weather, she added, may just be “part of the deal.” Dick Spencer of Nashville understands this. He and his wife have visited St. Croix, a U.S. Virgin Island, many times during the summer and they are planning to return this year. However, even to St. Croix, Spencer found that airfares were noticeably higher this year, and that the least expensive tickets may require flying in a less-roomy 50-seat regional jet. Still, lodging is significantly cheaper in summer throughout the Caribbean. Spencer, who is an executive with a biometrics technology provider, said years of frequent business travel have made him a savvy purchaser of airline tickets. He books flights through the carriers rather than third-party Web sites because in his experience the service is usually better if there is some kind of mixup or an itinerary needs changing. And Spencer said he prefers to start and end his vacations on Wednesdays “both because of the lower number of travelers and because the fares are generally less.” When it comes to rental car rates, consumers have some decent leverage, experts said. Unlike airlines and hotels, many car rental agencies do not charge cancellation fees, so there is no risk in booking early and then, just before the trip, checking to see if the rates have dropped. These tricks of the trade may be more useful than ever before given that travel costs have climbed across the board: Airline ticket prices are on the rise as demand from business and leisure travelers increases at the same time carriers trim are reducing their domestic carrying capacity to keep costs down – a strategy that has also resulted in jam-packed planes. The soaring price of jet fuel has also prompted major carriers to raise fares five times this year. Compared with last year, the average price of the cheapest domestic leisure fares is 4 percent higher than a year ago, according to Harrell Associates, a New York-based consultancy. “Airlines are trying to lean more on price than volume,” said John Heimlich, chief economist of the Air Transport Association. Hotel rates are climbing for similar reasons. With very few new hotels built in 2005, the existing properties are filling up quickly and from a pricing standpoint “the hotels are back in the driver’s seat,” said Jan Freitag, a vice president at Smith Travel Research, a Tennessee-based lodging consultant. Room rates are up between 6 and 9 percent from a year ago, with the biggest increases occurring in the luxury market. The cost of renting a mid-sized vehicle one week in advance in the U.S. could rise to about $55 during the peak of the summer, according to Neil Abrams, a New York-based consultant. Last year, that figure was closer to $50. With the nation’s rental car fleet growing at a “very conservative” rate, Abrams said the industry has been “able to squeeze more from less.” And for those hitting the road in their own cars, the fuel burden will be hefty. According to the Energy Department, the price of gasoline is expected to average $2.71 a gallon this summer, an increase of 14 percent from last year. Those extra cents per gallon really piled up for the Hooymans of Appleton, Wis., who recently took a 10-day road trip through the southwest. Upon returning from the 3,180-mile trip, Pamella Hooyman said her husband added up all of the gasoline and hotel receipts (fuel averaged around $2.94 per gallon and hotels about $120 per night) and decided it would have been better to just fly to Albuquerque. “We could have gotten there quicker and seen more things,” she said. Hooyman said the rising cost of travel is even putting a dent in the plans of her church group to visit Biloxi, Miss., to help the city rebuild what was lost during last summer’s vicious hurricane season. She said the group, Volunteers in Mission, usually travels in two chartered buses carrying about 60 people, but that only half that number is expected this summer due to the run-up in travel costs. “A lot of our team members are elderly and live on fixed incomes,” she said. Heather Leisman, director of merchandising for the travel Web site Orbitz, a unit of Cendant Corp., said the best value is available for those who book an airfare and hotel at the same time, even though the cost of each will not be broken out. This so-called pricing “opacity” benefits the travel suppliers by making it difficult for customers and competitors to make comparisons. Travelers can also benefit from very clear pricing that does not change from minute to minute, or even from month to month. For example, many large tour companies typically print the costs of their various packages once a year. “The best thing is to buy a package. Don’t do it separate,” said Margie Dolan, owner of Coast to Coast Travel Agency in Granada Hills. “My clients know that. I have trained them to buy packages.” Dolan said that if someone isn’t willing to buy a travel package or go on a cruise, where meals and entertainment are included, they should wait summer out and enjoy the warm weather of early fall. “It’s almost obscene how low in the fall they bring the prices,” she said. But for those who can’t travel any time but now, hope remains. “There are still discounts and deals to be had,” said Minneapolis-based travel expert Terry Trippler. “You just have to be more eagle eyed this year.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgMrs Catríona Gallagher (Patrick Gallagher Bus Travel) , Mrs NormaSummers (school principal), Mr Samuel Rankin (parent), Mrs StaceyTease (Board of Management), pupils from the school, Mr and MrsGilbert Allah-Mensah and Cllr Ciaran Brogan at this morning’s bus launch.A tiny two-teacher school has been forced to launch its own bus service to attract more pupils so it can survive.Trentagh National School, just ten minutes outside Letterkenny, has a proud history of education down through the years.But dwindling numbers has seen it battle to survive in recent years and the Department of Education is now threatening to reduce it to a one-teacher school. Ironically pupil numbers at the school is set to rise considerably in the next three years.But the Board of Management and principal Norma Summers are fearful the Government could reduce the teaching staff by 50% this September.Mrs Summers has pleaded to the Department to give them some breathing space.“We are simply asking the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn to back off and leave us alone for a year,” said Mrs Summers bluntly. The Board of Management has decided to run a bus service serving the Letterkenny and Kilmacrennan areas.This morning was its maiden voyage and it is hoped it will attract lots more pupils along the route in future months and years.Mrs Summers said the school is grateful to Cllr Brogan and other election candidates such as Cllr Ian McGarvey John Watson and Grace Boyle, along with her party colleague Deputy Joe McHugh who have been vocal in showing their support to smalll schools such as theirs.“The school is funding the service themselves, a position which we feel we have been forced into thanks to Minister Quinn’s determination to make life as difficult possible for small rural schools. “Trentagh National School is fighting back and we intend to win,” added principal Summers.Councillor Ciaran Brogan urged all local Government members to support the school’s plight. “Having met with the parents and members of the Board of Management, I can feel the pride and passion they have for their school. Th very fact that they now have to fund their own transport to get an extra two pupils for September I think is something the Government needs to look at as a matter of urgency.“It is very unfair to parents and the Board of Management that this is where their focus has to be .“Common sense should allow for the Minister to intervene at this stage. I am calling on the Government representatives in the county to go to the Minister directly about this matter,” he said.SHAMEFUL! TINY SCHOOL FORCED TO PAY FOR ITS OWN BUS SERVICE TO SURVIVE was last modified: May 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bus serviceDepartment of EducationdonegalNorma SummersTrentagh Nationl Schoollast_img read more