A blind British adventurer touched down in Sydney, Australia, Monday to end an epic 13,500-mile flight by microlight aircraft from London. Miles Hilton-Barber braved snowstorms, freezing temperatures and torrential downpours during his 54-day journey under the supervision of sighted co-pilot Richard Meredith-Hardy. “It’s the fulfillment of an amazing dream,” Hilton-Barber, 58, told reporters at Sydney’s Bankstown airport. “I’ve wanted to be a pilot since I was a kid. Now I’m totally blind and I’ve had the privilege of flying more than halfway around the world.” Hilton-Barber, who lost his eyesight to a hereditary condition about 20 years ago, is hoping the trip will raise $2 million for the charity Seeing is Believing, which works for the prevention of blindness in developing countries. He took to the skies from Biggin Hill air base in south London on March 7 in a microlight aircraft, which looks like a cross between a tricycle and a motorized hang-glider, with the aid of an audio device that reads out navigational information such as air speed and altitude. Hilton-Barber also has conquered Mount Kilimanjaro and Mont Blanc, run marathons in the Sahara and Gobi deserts, and even attempted to reach the South Pole, hauling a sledge over 250 miles of Antarctic ice. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this video on your mobile device.)The Warriors (9-1) have a good thing going. But they sure could use some quality time at home.Last week, the Warriors spent four days in New York and one day in Chicago. They had limited practice time. And to avoid burnout, the Warriors held optional shootaround before Friday’s game against Minnesota and an optional practice on Saturday. This week, the Warriors play at Oracle Arena against Memphis (Monday), …
Nemanja Matic was sent off when Chelsea lost at West Ham in OctoberKick-off: 3pm, Saturday 19 March 2016Referee: Bobby Madley (Wakefield, Yorkshire)Match in a nutshell: Chelsea aim to avenge October’s defeat at Upton Park but West Ham will want to enhance their push for a Champions League place.BetVictor.com preview: Chelsea are playing for pride but should beat West HamFive key battles: Including Branislav Ivanovic v Dimitri Payet Injuries and suspensionsCHELSEARuled out: Eden Hazard (thigh), Kurt Zouma (knee), Radamel Falcao (match fitness), Diego Costa (suspended).WEST HAM UNITEDRuled out: James Collins (hamstring), James Tomkins (calf), Victor Moses (ineligible because of loan agreement). Possible line-upsChelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Traore. Subs from: Begovic, Amelia, Aina, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Baba, Kenedy, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Pato, Remy.West Ham United: Adrian; Byram, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Kouyate, Noble; Antonio, Lanzini, Payet; Emenike.Subs from: Randolph, O’Brien, Oxford, Henry, Hendrie, Song, Obiang, Dobson, Carroll, Sakho, Valencia. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesChelsea total: D W W W D (11 points)Home: D W D D D (7 points)West Ham total: W W W D L (10 points)Away: W D L L W (7 points)Top scorers – all competitionsChelsea: Costa 15; Willian 10; Oscar 8; Pedro 5; Traore 4; Cahill 3, Fabregas 3, Ramires 3, Remy 3; Azpilicueta 2, Hazard 2, Ivanovic 2, Kenedy 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Matic 1, Mikel 1, Terry 1.West Ham: Payet 11; Antonio 7; Sakho 6; Lanzini 5, Valencia 5, Zarate 5; Kouyate 4; Carroll 3, Noble 3; Emenike 2, Jelavic 2, Jenkinson 2, Moses 2, Tomkins 2; Cresswell 1, Lee 1, Maiga 1, Ogbonna 1.Last five meetings24 October 2015: West Ham 2 Chelsea 14 March 2015: West Ham 0 Chelsea 126 December 2014: Chelsea 2 West Ham 029 January 2014: Chelsea 0 West Ham 023 November 2013: West Ham 0 Chelsea 3Chelsea 3 wins, West Ham 1 win, 1 drawFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
WASHINGTON — No retreat, no surrender is how President Donald Trump frames his decision to temporarily reopen the government while still pursuing a border wall deal.Some of his conservative backers have a different take, using words like “pathetic” and “wimp.”Other Trump supporters seem willing to give Trump the benefit of the doubt, while insisting that any ultimate government funding deal the president signs must include money for a wall.Trump defended himself Saturday from the conservative backlash to his decision to end the 35-day partial government shutdown without money for his promised border wall.He says if he doesn’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will shut down again on Feb. 15 or he will use his executive authority to address problems on the southern U.S. border.Deb Riechmann And Steve Peoples, The Associated Press