first_imgAlan Campbell has been voted Reading Buses ‘Star of the Year’ for 2018 at a presentation ceremony in the Concert Hall, Reading.Alan, 59, of Southcote, a service supervisor who has worked for Reading Buses for nearly eight years, was described as an ‘amazing all-rounder’ who cares about every aspect of his job.Martijn Gilbert, Reading Buses Chief Executive Officer, says: “Alan demonstrates all the Reading Buses values of unrelenting customer focus, being caring, doing the right thing, staying safe and healthy, constantly creative and having fun.“He is an outstanding role model and ambassador for Reading Buses.”Also in the final were Pratap Shrestha, 38, of Caversham who has worked for Reading Buses for nine years and was Driving Star of the Year, and Steve Hamblin, of West Berkshire who has worked for the company for just under a year, who was Engineering Star of the Year.Says Martijn: “I am so proud to be crowning these three stars as our shining lights of the company.  They show what a role model looks like and have truly shone this year to become our top stars.“It has been an amazing year of awards with a whole host of fantastic external achievements which have celebrated our people and their work in the community.”last_img read more

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first_imgA decision in the US on whether or not to allow UK alternative business structures to operate across the Atlantic is unlikely to be made until well after 2012, the new American Bar Association (ABA) president Stephen Zack told the Gazette in an interview this week. Zack said he anticipates that existing prohibitions – if they are removed at all – will remain in place until well after the ABA completes its study of ABSs, or until US courts rule on the legality of the new structures. He suggested that the issue might reach the US Supreme Court (pictured). The long timeframe means that City and national firms with a US presence which are seeking to convert to ABSs may see their plans delayed further. In the UK, ABSs will be able to begin operations from 6 October 2011. ‘This whole issue will be taken in small bites,’ Zack said. ‘There is no proposal to have ABSs similar to those in the UK. I have spoken to your bar leaders and public officials, and I think a lot of them have serious questions as to how it’s going to succeed.’ The ABA has previously said that it will not make any decision on whether to permit ABSs until its ethics commission 20/20 reports in 2012 . But Zack suggested that the ABA house of delegates would not recommend any amendments to state legislatures until well after the report’s publication – if at all. Zack said that, if the ABA does decide to embrace ABSs, then the association would suggest model rules to state legislatures, which would then decide whether or not to adopt the rules as law.last_img read more

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first_img Share By LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSTraditionally it’s called summer basketball.  It actually begins in the spring about the time the school year comes to an end, and continues into July.  It’s a modified version of the high school game that gives returning players the opportunity to work on their game and have a little fun while they’re at it.Most Port Isabel High varsity prospects are involved in the game this season.  Currently they are playing the La Feria Spring League and four games have been played so far.  All games are played at La Feria but no games are scheduled for this week because of graduation activities at La Feria High.  The schedule resumes next week with each team playing two games on Wednesday nights.  The Tarpons have three wins in their first four games.The Press found P.I. head boys basketball coach Anthony Velarde at the school this week and was able to pick up on his observations on this spring/summer version of the game.“It’s less structured.  We’ve got a lot of guys coming back, so it’s great to see them playing together and doing well.”Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedLady Tarpons Begin Summer Hoops PlayBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel High Lady Tarpons basketball team will be participating in a summer hoops league, and have already played their first two games. The Press found girls’ basketball coach Blake Ramsey busying himself at the athletic offices this week, and was able…May 20, 2016In “News”Tarpons Active in Summer HoopsBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Port Isabel Tarpon basketball players are once again participating in a summer hoops league and games have already been played. Port Isabel High Junior Varsity coach Gilbert Rodriguez is assisting with the team, while recent former Tarpon Chris Garza is the actual head…June 12, 2015In “News”Practice is On for Tarpon HoopsBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Practice has started for the Port Isabel High basketball team and optimism is the order of the day. The Press found head coach Mike Hazelton and the players in Tarpon Gym this week working on their shots and getting in basketball shape. “The…November 7, 2019In “News”last_img read more

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first_imgTo lose or not to lose.For John Calipari, that is the question.With Kentucky sitting at 26-0, Calipari hits the home stretch of the regular season wondering if a well-timed loss might serve a purpose as the Big Blue angles for a national championship.In theory, a loss would do two things: It would relieve the pressure of trying to make history and it would prove to all those young players on the Kentucky roster that they are not invincible.At the same time, though, losing is losing. It can create the shadow of a doubt.(OK, I know what some of you cynics are thinking: Why bother losing a game when all you have to do is wait a couple of years for the NCAA to vacate all the wins? Shame on you.)Vols see positives in loss to KentuckyVols fall to No. 1 KentuckyFor those keeping score, only seven teams have gone undefeated on their way to national championship in men’s college basketball — none since Indiana in 1976.Since then, only three teams have reached the NCAA Tournament undefeated — Indiana State in 1979 (Larry Bird’s team lost to Magic Johnson and Michigan State in the national championship game), UNLV in 1991 (lost in the national semifinals) and Wichita State last year (lost in the second round to a Kentucky team that was underseeded at No. 8).Two others, Kentucky in 1954 and North Carolina State in 1973, had perfect seasons but imperfect resumes. That Kentucky team turned down an NCAA Tournament bid when three players were declared ineligible and N.C. State was barred from the postseason because of recruiting violations.All of which begs the question: Is a loss in the short term helpful over the longer haul of the postseason?Tennessee men vs. KentuckyCalipari seems to be leaning in that direction. Last week, he tried to turn a mistake by freshman Karl-Anthony Towns in the second half at LSU into a teachable moment, going so far as to tell his players he wanted to lose the game.“I even said, ‘I hope we lose. Watch this!’ ” Calipari said after the game.Indeed, a sideline camera caught Calipari turning toward his own bench and fist-pumping after LSU’s Keith Hornsby nailed a 3-pointer shortly after Towns was whistled for a technical foul by doing a chin-up on the rim after a dunk.“I’m not worried about losing,” Calipari said. “This is about getting better.”Kentucky has flirted with defeat. The ‘Cats went to overtime against Ole Miss and Texas A&M in their first two SEC games. And then there was the LSU game.As for what remains in the regular season, only a home game against Arkansas and a trip to Georgia offer more than token resistance. Then there is the SEC Tournament, where Kentucky fans will turn Bridgestone Arena into Rupp Arena South.Vols coach Donnie Tyndall: Kentucky among best everAs good as this Kentucky team may be, it doesn’t measure up to some of its predecessors that did not go undefeated. The best SEC team I ever saw was Kentucky 1996. The Big Blue was loaded. There were six eventual first-round NBA draft picks on that Rick Pitino-coached team.Consider: Ron Mercer, then a freshman, started only three of 16 SEC games but was the sixth overall pick in the NBA draft a year later.That Kentucky team lost to UMass in the second game of the season (coached by Calipari, as a matter of fact) and then won 27 straight. But in the final of the SEC Tournament, the ‘Cats encountered Mississippi State and Dontae Jones, who lit them up for 28 points in one of the most electrifying individual performances in SEC history.After Mississippi State’s 84-73 win, Pitino didn’t sound too alarmed. In fact, he said the loss was the best thing that could’ve happened.“As great as people make us out to be, we couldn’t have made a great run in the tournament unless we lost tonight because things have come too easy,” he said.Things have come pretty easily for the current ‘Cats. Would a loss serve as a reset entering the postseason?I say no. Given the choice, I would refuse to lose.David Climer’s columns appear on Friday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. Reach him at 615-259-8020 and on Twitter @DavidClimer. REMAINING GAMES Games remaining on No. 1 Kentucky’s (26-0, 13-0 SEC) regular-season schedule:Saturday: Auburn (12-14, 4-9), 6 p.m., ESPNWednesday: at Mississippi State (12-13, 5-7), 6 p.m., SEC NetworkFeb. 28: Arkansas (21-5, 10-3), 3 p.m., WTVF-5March 3: at Georgia (16-9, 7-6), 8 p.m., ESPNMarch 7: Florida (13-13, 6-7), 1 p.m., WTVF-5last_img read more

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