Australia: CNR Qiqihar has begun delivering 120 Series Q stainless steel wagons ordered by Rio Tinto to carry 139·5 tonnes of iron ore within a 40 tonne axleload. Wabtec has supplied ECP braking equipment. Belarus: In December Belarussian Railways signed a firm order for a further six Stadler Flirt EMUs to be delivered in 2013-14. Intended for regional routes, the five-car EMUs will offer greater comfort and more luggage space than units delivered for Minsk suburban services. Bolivia: Under its US$10m investment programme for 2013, Ferroviaria Oriental is looking to acquire 80 wagons. Having moved 1·3 million tonnes of freight in 2012, it is expecting to carry 1·4 million tonnes in 2013. Bulgaria: Sofia Metro has signed a contract for Metrovagonmash to deliver 10 three-car trainsets in 2013. China: Under contracts signed on December 28 CSR Zhuzhou will provide 33 new trainsets for Shenzhen Metro Line 1 in July 2014, and CNR Changchun will deliver 38 trainsets for lines 2 and 5 in January 2015. Croatia: Passenger operator HŽ Putniki Prijevoz has called tenders for 16 regional and 16 suburban EMUs and 12 DMUs. Egypt: In December the National Authority for Tunnels signed an E£2·16bn contract for Hyundai Rotem to supply 20 nine-car trainsets for Cairo metro Line 1. Of these, 16 will be assembled in Egypt with locally-made components accounting for at least 22% of the value. There is a two-year warranty and Hyundai Rotem will maintain and repair the cars for a further eight years. Europe: Siemens is to equip 32 of DB Schenker’s Class 189 electric locos with ATP, external cameras and gas fire extinguishing systems for use on cross-border trains from Germany to Poland and the Czech Republic from the end of 2014. They will also be suitable for use in Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and Austria. Germany: Hessische Landesbahn has awarded Alstom contracts totalling €40m for the supply of seven new Coradia Lint DMUs and the refurbishment of seven Lint DMUs for Eifel-Westerwald-Sieg services. Modernisation of the DMUs currently operated by Vectus will include hardware and software upgrades, new seats, and fitting CCTV, power sockets and LED lighting. Finance is being provided by KfW IPEX-Bank and Helaba. WestfalenBahn is to lease rolling stock from Alpha Trains Europa for use on the EMIL-Netz services which it is to operate under contract for 15 years from December 2015. Tatravagonka Poprad is to supply DB Netz with bogie well wagons of two lengths which will be used to carry emergency equipment. Bombardier is to supply 20 three-car and 15 five-car Talent 2 EMUs to Abellio Rail NRW under a €172m contract announced on December 31. They will be deployed on Saale-Thüringen-Südharz services which Abellio is to operate from December 2015 under a 15-year contract. India: BEML’s Rail & Metro business segment has announced orders totalling Rs4·5bn to supply IR with 64 Mainline Electric Multiple-Units and 72 AC EMUs totalling 600 vehicles. Iraq: On December 15 IRR signed a US$115m contract for Dongfang Electric Corp to supply 10 DMUs. Two units are scheduled to be delivered within a year. IRR said the 160 km/h units would be modern, sophisticated and built to a high specification. Poland: Lubuskie voivodship has selected Newag to supply four two-car DMUs suitable for use in Poland and Germany at a cost of 46·7m złoty. Chemical company PCC Rokita has ordered two Lokotractor 22.520 road-rail shunting vehicles from Wichary Technologies. Russia: RZD has begun taking delivery of 32 TEM18V shunting locomotives built by TMH’s Bryansk plant with 882 kW Wärtsilä 20LA engines. Sinara’s STM Service has signed a five-year contract to maintain 2ES6 electric locos being supplied to RZD. Switzerland: SBB has awarded a consortium of Windhoff and Dräger a SFr30m contract to supply two fire and rescue trains which are to be based at Erstfeld and Biasca for use in the Gotthard base tunnel. Turkey: In December CNR Tangshan signed a €7·5m contract to supply five 100% low-floor trams to Samsun. The 42 m long four-section 70 km/h trams will have aluminium bodies and a floor height of 350 mm. Ukraine: EBRD is providing UZ with a loan of up to US$62·5m to finance the purchase of wagons under its rolling stock renewal programme. USA: Greenbrier received orders for 4200 wagons worth $430m in the last quarter of 2012, including 1250 tank cars worth $160m. Las Vegas Railway Express has selected Rail Enterprises Inc to refurbish coaches for its proposed X Train service (RG 1.13 p8). Uruguay: AFE has bought five Fiat Y1 single–car DMUs from Sweden for the reinstatement of passenger services from Montevideo to Florida and Sudriers which were suspended in June owing to a lack of serviceable locomotives.
Stephen Vascianni Former Jamaican Ambassador to the U.S., Stephen Vasciannie has announced his support for the U.K.’s controversial £25 million offer to build a prison on the island. Vasciannie says the plan will go a long way in improving Jamaica’s current prison conditions, which he argues are an urgent human rights problem.He argues that Jamaicans should not dismiss the main issue which is the need for a new prison to improve the current conditions.The United Kingdom has offered the Jamaican Government some £25 million to build a new prison so that certain Jamaican criminals in the UK can be sent home to complete their sentences.The £25 million is about 40 per cent of the money needed to building a 2,000-prisoner capacity, state-of-the-art facility.The Government says it has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to continue discussions on the proposed prison deal and transfer of prisoners.
Chairman of Policy and Resources, Councillor Rob Davidson welcomed the decision. He said;“I am pleased my fellow Councillors agreed with the report recommendations and that the agreement can be altered. This will allow Moffat CAN to make some small but timely changes to the way the operate and will also realign the organisation with the community’s needs, as outlined from the result of their consultation. As a Council, we are keen to improve recycling in an way we are able to and this decision today by my fellow Members will help Moffat CAN do this.”Vice Chair, Councillor Elaine Murray echoed these thoughts by stating;“As a local authority we want to assist local communities in achieving their aims. There’s clear evidence that the locals in and around Moffat would like the Moffat CAN to be more aligned to the local community plan, and by agreeing to change the terms of the agreement that was signed almost ten years ago, we are well on our way to helping both the organisation and the local community progress and flourish.”A copy of the report, and the Moffat CAN Ltd Business Plan can be found by visiting;https://dumfriesgalloway.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=138&MId=4461 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInAt today’s (24 January) meeting of Policy and Resources Committee, Dumfries and Galloway Councillors agreed to vary the terms of an agreement with Moffat CAN (Carbon Neutral) Ltd that will allow the company to refocus and make changes to make their organisation more sustainable.Moffat CAN is based at the former Council owned Burgh Yard site, after the Council agreed to sell the former depot site to Moffat CAN for £1 almost a decade ago.In May 2018, the Council’s Annandale and Eskdale Area Committee received a request from Moffat CAN to make changes to the agreement that was signed back in 2009. Members of the Area Committee sought further information from the Moffat CAN in relation to what they were hoping to achieve by refocussing the company.A new business plan was presented to Members, detailing that the local and national changes in recycling meant that the current business model of the Moffat CAN needs to be altered to remain current and timely. The organisation also completed community consultation on the business plan, and how the organisation should fit into the local community in Moffat. The Council’s Ward Officer for Annandale North assisted Moffat CAN with their consultation work, which was based around a survey of residents and stakeholders. The findings of the survey stated that over three quarters of respondents felt Moffat CAN should fit into the Moffat Community Plan. There was also strong support from those who completed the survey that the organisation should restrict its activities to Moffat itself, rather than expand to out-with the town.Members of today’s committee were given two options in the report presented to them and agreed on Option One – Agree to vary the terms of the Minute of Agreement as outlined. The report laid out that by agreeing this, Moffat CAN could expand their project and in doing so, become more sustainable in the short and longer term. There will be a legal cost of less than £500 for the changes to be made to the agreement. Moffat CAN has agreed to pick up the legal costs for the changes to be made.
Share By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comIf you drive down Highway 100, just west of the Port Isabel city limits and out past Laguna Heights, you’ll see a familiar sight. To the right, between the bay and the road, is a blur of dusty green vegetation. Thick brushy weeds, purple sage brush and prickly pear cactus carpet the ground, with the occasional yucca plant rising up to provide a blip against an otherwise flat landscape.Another plant you’ll see — at least in part — are the long, long flower stalks of century plants, otherwise known as Agave americana. The flower stalks tower over the rest of the verdant landscape, like tree trunks that have forgotten to sprout boughs and branches.Their name is a bit of a misnomer, as the plants only live for about 25 – 30 years, all told. Near the end of that lifespan, though, the plant pours all its energy into creating a single flower stalk which grows upwards from its center, sometimes as tall as 30 feet.At the top, narrow branches jut out, filled with flowers which remain for quite a while before turning to seed and slowly dropping off. Soon after, the plant dies away, leaving the barren flower stalk behind. It will persist for months — even longer if the weather is good.And that brings me to another familiar sight. Since the stalks are some of the highest things around, they make perfect lookout towers for local birds of prey. In fact, our resident population of ospreys can regularly be seen perching atop the capitals of these organic pillars. These clever birds take advantage of the unfettered 360 degree view to keep an eye on possible meals swimming in the shallow bay waters nearby, or simply to take a respite from their hunts.I’ve noticed that a small handful of osprey will occupy the same flower stalks over and over again. Given the distance between one bird sighting and the next, it’s clear they’ve worked out some sort of territorial lines amongst themselves.It always makes me smile to see them as I drive around. They can be as reliable a landmark as the sky blue colored water towers, or the high school, or the Lighthouse.Hang around here long enough and you’ll learn that it’s not just ospreys that are creatures of habit. I know of at least one great blue heron and a green kingfisher that make regular appearances at the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. There’s also a peregrine falcon that will sometimes drop in for a visit at the Port Isabel Lighthouse. And if you’ve got birdfeeders in your yard, you’ll notice hummingbirds and other winged visitors will soon make your house a part of their daily circuit.With the warm weather we’ve had as of late, our feathered friends have been more than happy to hang about. That’s a good thing, because this Saturday the Bay Area Birders will be hosting their annual Bird Fest and Nature Quest at the South Padre Island Golf Club in Laguna Vista. If you want to learn more about the birds that share this space with us, stop on by. It’s sure to be plenty of fun. And as always, visit us online at www.portisabelsouthpadre.com.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedThe Versatility of a Determined PlantBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press email@example.com “It’s so pretty!” I said to my dad last weekend as we lazed on a couch in the living room on a quiet Saturday evening. The TV was turned on; the sound of whatever program Dad was watching providing shapeless sound for all…November 2, 2018In “Editor’s Column”Writer’s Block: Perennial Prickly PearBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press firstname.lastname@example.org “I sometimes think drivers don’t know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly. If you showed a driver a green blur, Oh yes! he’d say, that’s grass! A pink blur! That’s a rose garden!” That quote has stuck with me…April 7, 2017In “Editor’s Column”Writer’s Block: Wildflower Scavenger HuntBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press email@example.com If you’re anything like me then I’m sure you’ve noticed the bright spots of color that have begun to dot the landscape, whether that be the open pastures along Highway 100 or on the lawns that line our residential streets. Everywhere, spring wildflowers…March 23, 2018In “Editor’s Column”
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Will Power and Helio Castroneves use an umbrella during the drivers meeting Saturday May 24, 2014 at The Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayThere were some Saturday who couldn’t be bothered by the pageantry of the final drivers meeting before the Indianapolis 500. Consider Ed Carpenter’s children among them.Nestled next to the wall on pit road, 5-year-old Ryder and 2-year-old Cruz pushed toys cars across a mat with a layout of Indianapolis Motor Speedway while sitting on the famed track.They did this while their dad accepted his starter’s ring for the 99th Indy 500. They did this while the Borg-Warner Trophy sat 30 feet away. They did this as Al Unser pulled up next to them in his Johnny Lightning car, and they didn’t even flinch — those kids have no sense of history. More importantly, they did this 24 hours before the speedway they’re playing on becomes the track the world looks to on racing’s most important day.To the left of Carpenter’s kids, in front of a packed in grandstand, the 33 drivers who comprise Sunday’s field joined together for the public drivers’ meeting, fulfilling another step in the monthlong build up to the 500. It’s a ceremony that rewards champions, breeds jealousy and honors boldness.IndyCar’s Charlie Kimball: ‘There’s no gas in the gas tank’Which was what Unser was there for on Saturday. After exiting his car, the four time 500 winner addressed the audience and showed envy.“I’d really rather be sitting up there,” Unser said, looking to the bleachers occupied by drivers. “Who wants to trade me? I don’t want the back row.”You could hear a hint of seriousness, too. He implored drivers to be safe and finish the race. Unser wanted to smile and laugh with all of them when the day was over.The day’s biggest winner was also one of the track’s most familiar names. With Michael Andretti unavailable, his father Mario started collecting Andretti Autosport’s awards. First Firestone presented him with the owner’s champion ring. A few minutes he was called back up to receive a replica Borg-Warner Trophy with 2014 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.Andretti jokingly argued that he deserved the big one. He relented after a moment, but not before taking over the podium.Doyel: Carb Day is the Indy 500’s humanity insanity“This has been a very productive morning for me,” Andretti said holding his baby Borg. “Thank you, Michael. I’m keeping that.”As Andretti finally gave the microphone up, the other drivers wouldn’t let Hunter-Reay sit back down until he said a few words. He stepped up to the lectern still laughing about it all.Hunter-Reay took a few seconds to gaze around the Speedway — looking at the fans and the pagoda and the bricks — and did what he could to say thank you before he puts his title as reigning champion up for grabs.“It’s been an absolute honor being champion of this great event over the past year,” Hunter-Reay said. This event has given me, my family and my team of some the greatest memories we’ll ever have.”Patrick Dempsey is honorary starterActor and auto racing aficionado Patrick Dempsey will be the honorary starter for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.Best known for his role on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” Dempsey has competed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in sports cars. He also drove the Indy 500 pace car in 2007.Follow Star reporter Blake Schuster on Twitter: @Schustee.
GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC) – West Indies are poised for their first series win over a higher-ranked nation in six years but will be wary of a wounded Sri Lanka, when they clash in the second Test at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground starting here today.The Windies’ last series win over a major nation came when they swept New Zealand 2-0 in the Caribbean back in 2012. Since then, their only successes have come against minnows Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.However, following their emphatic 226-run victory in the opening Test in Port of Spain last weekend, the Windies are now well-placed to turn the screws on Sri Lanka, and captain Jason Holder said the opening win had given his side a massive boost of confidence.“The mood is pretty good. All the guys are upbeat about the occasion. We won a series last year against Zimbabwe, we won a few Test matches last year against numerous oppositions. This is another opportunity for us to win a series,” the all-rounder said on the eve of the Test.“We have two matches to close the series out. I would like ideally to close it out in this game but I’ve told the guys not to focus on the result.“We need to focus on the process and focus on what we need to do to win the Test match, and that’s individuals accepting their roles and performing – just carrying out their particular roles.He added: “And if we string together that as a collective unit then we’ll get the results we’re looking for.”West Indies surprised many with their crushing win at Queen’s Park Oval, outplaying Sri Lanka throughout. They chalked up an imposing first innings total of 414 for eight declared, and used aggressive fast bowling and then spin on Sunday’s final day to bundle out the tourists cheaply twice.The victory handed West Indies precious momentum while putting immense pressure on Sri Lanka, who are yet to win a series in the Caribbean in three previous attempts.Holder pointed out it was now important to keep the pressure on Sri Lanka with strong, consistent all-round cricket over the next few days.“It is very good to start the series well. It’s been a downfall of ours in the past, not being able to start the series well and playing catch-up cricket,” Holder explained.“But we’re out front here in this series and it’s just for us to try and keep our foot on the accelerator right now.“The guys are pretty focused, I’m really pleased with the two days preparation that we’ve had and all things going well, we just need to be consistent in all three departments and once we do that, we should beat Sri Lanka again.”Neither team had much time to regroup, with a quick turnaround time between the first two Tests. In the interim, the Sri Lankans have suffered two blows with Angelo Mathews returning home for personal reasons and fast bowler Lahiru Gamage forced out of the series with a fractured finger.West Indies, in contrast, have no such concerns and Holder said their preparation revolved around light work, especially with the workload involved in the opening Test.“(It was) not too intensive. It (training session) was mainly just to top up. The guys just stipulated to the coaches exactly what they wanted to do leading up to this second Test match,” Holder said.“Obviously we had a reasonable workload in the first Test match so it was basically trying to maintain the guys throughout the entire series.“It is a quick turnaround between games and obviously we’ve got a quick turnaround between series against Bangladesh (next month). All that must be taken into account. We just try to top us and get what we need out of the practice sessions.”SQUAD:WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Miguel Cummins, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Jahmar Hamilton, Devon Smith.SRI LANKA – Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Mahela Udawatte, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Janith Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Asitha Fernando.
Raheem Sterling fears for his future at Manchester City, the Daily Mirror claims.The 21-year-old from Harlesden, who joined City from Liverpool only last summer in a £47m deal, is said to be suffering from a crisis of confidence.It is suggested Sterling feels his natural game has been stifled by manager Manuel Pellegrini’s accent on two-touch football, which is likely to become even more pronounced under successor Pep Guardiola.AdChoices广告Sterling, left, was a QPR player until moving to Liverpool in 2010Sterling, who was with QPR between the ages of nine and 16, is “privately struggling for self-belief”, the Mirror believes.He scored 11 goals in 42 appearances in his debut season at City, and is likely to win his 22nd cap for England in Friday’s friendly with Australia. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Former West Indies Under-19 players Tevin Imlach and Javier Spencer were the new faces in the squad of defending four-day champions, Guyana Jaguars for the upcoming 2018/2019 Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Cricket League (PCL). The draft for the upcoming season was held yesterday at the headquarters in Antigua and was done under the guidance of Auditing Firm, KPMG.Imlach and Spencer were both picked from the draft along with Christopher Barnwell, Akshya Persaud and Ramaal Lewis as the five players to complete the quota and Lewis and Spencer being the overseas players in the quad.
MOSCOW, (Reuters) – Two goals each for Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard and one for Michy Batshuayi swept Belgium to a 5-2 victory over Tunisia yesterday that put them in command of World Cup Group G and underlined their status as one of the tournament favourites. After racking up two wins and a goal difference of plus-six Belgium are virtually assured of advancing but it is not yet guaranteed – and they will be aware that they will need to tighten up at the back to handle the threat of the big guns deeper into the tournament.Should Belgium lose their final game against England, currently on three, and if pointless Panama somehow beat England and Tunisia, all three would have six points and the top two would be decided on goal difference, though it would need a footballing freak show to stop Roberto Martinez’s side.Tunisia, also without a point after two matches having extended their 40-year World Cup winless run to 13 games, are also still in with a theoretical chance of making it on through three points. “It’s not easy to score that amount of goals in two games,” said Belgium coach Martinez following their 3-0 opening win over Panama.“Today was a different game to Panama, they were very deep and structured, we had to find solutions. You have to give a lot of credit to Tunisia for wanting to press high up and make it a really open game. It is really good for us to be able to adapt to different types of games.“We had to suffer in spells but when we were in full flow going forward, we look really sharp. On top you have the talent and the quality but since we came together it’s been a joy to see a group of players working so hard.” RAGGED DEFENDINGBelgium were much the better team from the off, looking dangerous on almost every attack, but they were seriously aided and abetted by some ragged defending and non-existing marking from their opponents.Syam Ben Youssef needlessly crashed into Hazard to give away a sixth-minute penalty, which the captain calmly converted. Ali Maaloul then gave the ball after 16 minutes to allow Dries Mertens to drive forward before rolling it into the path of Lukaku to plant it low into the corner.Tunisia hit back two minutes later with a Dylan Bronn header as Belgium’s own sometimes shaky defending was exposed but another misplaced Tunisian pass enabled Thomas Meunier to feed his goal-hungry striker as Lukaku clipped in to make it 3-1 in stoppage time.Following his double against Panama it took the him to four goals for the tournament, level with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, and made him Belgium’s highest scorer at a single World Cup – after one-and-a-half games. An inch-perfect Kevin de Bruyne pass sent Hazard clear for his second six minutes after the restart, the midfielder showing superb balance and skill to round keeper Farouk Ben Mustapha.Substitute Batshuayi then had a remarkable last 20 minutes, having a shot cleared off the line, hitting the bar inexplicably from point-blank range and having another effort brilliantly saved before finally finding the target in the 90th with a good finish.Belgium were generally on cruise-control for the final half hour, with Hazard and Lukaku taken off for a rest, though the North Africans had the last word as Wahbi Khazri scored in stoppage time.“The Belgian team is a superior side,” Tunisian coach Nabil Maaloul said. “We would like to apologise to the Tunisian fans. We did our best and we will try to improve our performance in the future.”