Africa: Using Chinese financial support, Tazara has ordered six diesel locomotives with GE Transportation technology to be delivered from China later this year.Bulgaria: Sofia has acquired 20 Tatra T4D-C trams from Halle. Canada: On March 14 Bombardier announced a C$125m order to supply Toronto’s GO Transit with 50 BiLevel coaches from November, bringing the operator’s double-deck fleet to 565 cars. Metrolinx has placed a C$53m order with Sumitomo and Nippon Sharyo for 12 two-car DMUs to be used on the planned link to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Based on DMUs ordered by Smart in California (RG 2.11 p19), they will be designed for future conversion to electric power. China: Nencki is to supply two more bogie test stands to CNR Changchun for use with Velaro C bogies. CSR Sifang has ordered a fourth stand for bogies from 380 km/h trainsets. Europe: Czech supplier Legios is to supply leasing firm Touax Rail with 100 Sggrss 80 articulated container flat wagons by August, with an option for another 90 which would bring the value to KC900m. Ambrogio Trasporti ordered 1000 similar vehicles last September. Finland: At a total cost of €28m VR Transpoint has ordered 220 lumber wagons from its Pieksämäki workshop, and 106 peat wagons will be converted to carry woodchips. Germany: Stadler Pankow announced its largest ever rolling stock contract on March 7, a €200m order to supply Veolia with seven three-car and 28 six-car Flirt EMUs for use on the E-Netz Rosenheim network in Bayern from December 2013. India: Interpipe is to supply 200 KLW brand wheels to the Delhi metro. Israel: On March 2 Vossloh España confirmed that ISR had placed €100m of firm orders for diesel locos. It will deliver 14 Euro 4000 locos from November for passenger and later freight trains, while 15 Euro 3000 passenger locos will be supplied from September 2012, with options for more. Poland: SKM Warszawa has selected Newag and Millennium Leasing to supply six EMUs for a 10-year period, with delivery within 16 months. Due to be unveiled in October, the E4ACU ‘Elephant’ locomotive, a 6 MW Bo-Bo with a top speed of 200 km/h, is being developed by ZNLE Gliwice to designs by EC Engineering. ZNLE’s ‘Dragon’ prototype (RG 11.10 p75) is currently on test. Russia: In February UVZ reached an agreement to deliver 20000 open wagons to Freight One by 2014. Freight One is testing an initial six Type 19-9835 fertilizer hoppers built by the Tikhvin plant which offer a higher capacity than Soviet-era designs. Severstal is to supply Tikvin with rolled steel for wagon manufacturing. South Africa: The US Ex-Im Bank has approved a US$100m loan guarantee to support Transet’s purchase of 100 GE C30ACi locomotives (p101), and a preliminary commitment of US$200m for more. Spain: CAF has handed over the first of 30 four-car Series 900 EMUs it is building for EuskoTren under a €201m contract. Three will enter service on the Lasarte Oria – Hendaye route by the end of June, with deliveries completed in early 2014. Sweden: Last month Västtrafik exercised a €66m option with Alstom for an additional 11 Coradia Nordic X61 four-car EMUs. Switzerland: BLS has placed a SFr38m order with Bombardier and Alstom for four more Lötschberger EMUs to be delivered between September and December 2012, bringing its total order to 25 units. Ukraine: Poltava has ordered 400 Type 12-9046 iron ore pellet wagons from Stakhvin with an option for 600. The base price of US$65000 per wagon is subject to market adjustments. USA: On March 15 leasing firm GATX announced an agreement to buy 12500 wagons from Trinity Industries over the next five years. Brookville is to deliver 10 BL36PH commuter locomotives with MTU engines to Florida’s Tri-Rail by the second half of 2012. There is an option for 17 more, four of which are earmarked for Sound Transit. Harris County MTA has allocated $83m for the purchase of a further 19 Siemens Avanto S70 LRVs for delivery to Houston from October 2012. They are part of an option for up to 180 which Utah Transit Authority agreed to enable other operators to obtain cars at a favourable price. This month American Railcar Industries will begin delivering 3500 wagons ordered by CIT Rail Resources.
UK: The roll-out of smartphone app versions of Railcards which offer discounts on fares is to begin shortly and start with the 16-25 Railcard, the Rail Delivery Group announced on July 29. The Network Railcard will follow later this summer, with the full range to be available to new and renewing customers by the end of autumn.RDG said the new app would ‘make the problem of forgotten Railcards a thing of the past’. Customers who lose their smartphone or run out of battery power would be able to swap a digital Railcard to another mobile device ‘quickly and easily’.A rule change means that a customer who fails to show a Railcard and is asked to pay extra will be guaranteed a refund on at least the first occasion in any year provided they can produce the Railcard later.A digital Railcard will cost the same as a paper or plastic Railcard. Customers can choose to have their Railcard on their smartphone, posted to them or to buy a Railcard at a station. National Railcards and the Network Railcard will be available on the new app, but local Railcards and other concessionary discount cards will not be available.
In the latest episode of Ray Donovan, Ray (Liev Schreiber) tried to help Ferrati (Zach Grenier) finish his deal.If you’re not up to date with Ray Donovan and like to avoid spoilers we suggest you don’t read any further.The episode opened up with Bunchy (Dash Mihok) still at the hospital. He was checking in on the teenager he shot and tried to apologise to the mother. Understandably she was in no mood for an apology and lashed out at an equally upset Bunchy. Security separated them and one of them gave Bunchy a business card to a meeting of the Knights of Manhattan. He later attended the meeting and found a group of racists who seemed threatened by anyone who isn’t white. Bunchy didn’t look comfortable there and hopefully he doesn’t get caught up in it.Credit: ShowtimeAfter giving away the photo of Kevin Sullivan last episode, Ray found his office tossed by the cops. They did the same to Molly Sullivan’s (Kerry Condon) apartment but didn’t find the photo as it was now with Kevin. Ray told Molly he’d sort it and went to see Ferrati who requested a payment of $9 million from Kevin’s father for their deal to pass.Meanwhile, Daryll (Pooch Hall) was getting friendly with his neighbour Jasmine (Keren Dukes). They were interrupted by his mother Claudette (Sheryl Lee Ralph) who had bought him a ticket to return home with her. Claudette’s husband, Alan (Paul Michael Glaser), also had a job offer for Daryll and he was very tempted to leave. He sought the advice of Bunchy, which didn’t help, but something else cropped up that might make the decision for him.That something was his father Mickey (Jon Voight) who didn’t really leave the country for the Maldives. He called Sandy (Sandy Martin) with his latest get rich quick scheme which involved tricking people into renting out houses that they had taken photos of.Credit: ShowtimeBefore Sandy could get involved she had a job to do for Ray first. This involved going to retrieve an item from a lock box which belonged to Jim Sullivan. She retrieved the item, a bag containing money, and also took a familiar looking gold coin. Opening the box set off an alert but Ray had expected it and was able to get the bag from Sandy before she was searched. Ray took the money to Ferrati so he could move forward on his deal.Sandy met up with Mickey and showed him the gold coin that she found. It seems that the coin was from the heist that Mickey did with Sullivan back in 1977. It was the reason Mickey first went to prison and the coin proved that Sullivan had screwed him over. Mickey was excited by the coin and took it to Claudette with the promise of the life they used to dream of. She didn’t want Mickey to get Daryll involved and when he ignored her she made a call to Detective Perry (Quincy Tyler Bernstine).Elsewhere in the episode, Terry (Eddie Marsan) tried to persevere at the healing group that Liberty (Louisa Krause) took him to. Not seeing any results or improvements frustrated Terry. Things turned worse when he stumbled upon a naked Liberty who offered to sleep with him. Terry took her up on the offer but found himself impotent which upset him further. After talking again to the shaman, Terry took a walk, filled his pockets with rocks and began walking into a lake. He changed his mind when a woman named Dolores (Lois Smith) talked him down. He then appeared to leave group to head back home.Credit: ShowtimeWith Ray busy sorting out business for the mayor, he was too busy to help Adam Rain (Michael Esper) with a situation involving Jonathan Walker Hanson (Clay Hollander). Hanson was all over the news after infecting several women with herpes. Bridget (Kerris Dorsey) stepped up and took Smitty (Graham Rogers) along to help. She had Hanson and Smitty swap clothes and wear wigs so they looked like each other. They then used Smitty as a decoy so that Hanson could escape the recording studio unnoticed. Bridget suggested that Hanson put out a statement and he used an idea that Smitty came up with to refer to his herpes as hispes to show he wasn’t sexist and took responsibility.At the end of the episode, Ray went to update Molly. She asked him to stay for a drink and confessed that she likes him. The pair kissed and while Ray seems happy, things just got a lot more complicated.Can’t wait for the next episode? Read our preview of Ray Donovan – 7×05 An Irish Lullaby.Ray Donovan season 7 episodes air Sundays at 9pm ET/PT on Showtime in the US and Tuesdays at 9pm on Sky Atlantic in the UK.
South Sudan’s government has summoned the governors of Jonglei and Boma states to Juba, following an attack that left 44 people dead.Authorities in the capital want explanations for the deadly violence between the two communities, which occurred despite a peace deal signed in May.The Tuesday attack in Duk Payuel, Jonglei State in the eastern part of the country, and youth from Jonglei’s neighbouring Boma state are suspected of being behind the incident.Aside from the dead, the number of wounded, missing, or abducted – including women and children – remains unknown.The attackers also looted property including more than 1,000 livestock, and tensions remain high in the area.The unity government has been trying to restore peace between the communities of Jonglei and Boma states.In mid-2017 South Sudan’s First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai visited both areas which led to the signing of a community peace deal.Analysts say this latest attack shows just how difficult it is to bring peace to South Sudan at a time when there is proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the hands of the civil population.Nearly four years of conflict has fueled ethnic divisions and inter-communal conflicts in the country.
A journalist and television presenter from Cameroon’s restive anglophone region was released on Saturday after being detained on charges of “attacking state security”, her employer said.Mimi Mefo, who heads English news for privately-owned Equinoxe broadcasting, was charged by a military tribunal on Wednesday and placed in preventive detention in the commercial capital Douala, lawyer Alice Nkom said.The station said she left prison on Saturday and broadcast images of her returning to her home with colleagues.“It is the head of state who personally decided to stop the prosecution in a gesture of magnanimity,” said army spokesman Colonel Didier Badjeck.“This does not mean, far from it, that this journalist is innocent,” he added.Mefo was charged over a social media post which said the army was responsible for the death of US missionary Charles Trumann Wesco who died in October after an attack in the English-speaking North West region, her lawyer said.Nkom said her client had also posted the government’s version of what happened.“Her innocence is established and the proof that her imprisonment was planned is overwhelming,” said the National Union of Cameroon Journalists.Eighty percent of Cameroon’s population are French speakers while the rest are anglophones, who are concentrated in the country’s troubled west.Related Schools in Cameroon re-open under tight security Freed journalist demands Ethiopia lift state of emergency Cameroon Boko Haram Hostages Freed
Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share FeaturedLocalNewsRegional Venezuela Forgives Dominica’s $100 Million Debt by: teleSUR – November 22, 2017 Share 277 Views no discussions Venezuela’s Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza addresses the media during a news conference in Caracas. | Photo: ReutersVenezuela has written off Dominica’s outstanding PetroCaribe debt of more than US$100 million, it has been announced.Jorge Arreaza, Venezuela’s minister of foreign affairs, said Tuesday that he had been instructed by President Nicolas Maduro to announce the move in a gesture of solidarity between the two nations.“We do not want to end this meeting without announcing a concrete provision for a country that has suffered the most which will allow the brothers of the Caribbean to enter the process of recovery,” he said.“That is why I bring instructions from President Nicolás Maduro to formally announce before this forum an act of solidarity with our brethren in Dominica, whose precedent goes back to a similar action taken by President Hugo Chávez after the earthquake in Haiti.”The PetroCaribe Initiative was created in 2005, by late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Since then, several Central American and Caribbean countries have joined to reach a total of 18 members.The scheme allows beneficiaries to pay only 40 percent of a shipment’s invoice in the short term and postpone payment on the other portion, which can be paid in a 25-year credit with a grace period of two years and an annual interest rate of one to two percent.Countries can also barter to pay the debt with different good and services, from cattle to nutmeg. In 2013, Venezuela received 650,217 tons of food and materials – from beans to components to make cement – to pay off a portion of the invoices (16 percent less than in 2012).”Due to the difficult conditions facing our brethren in Dominica after the passage of Hurricane Maria, Venezuela is announcing the start of a process of debt forgiveness in the short- and long-term term for supplies of PetroCaribe from its creation until September 10, 2017,” Arreaza continued.“This means the cancellation of a sovereign debt that exceeds US$100 million dollars in order to allow the government of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit funds for the reconstruction of his country, as well as the creation of a fiscal space that allows access to new credits.”The U.S. government has been looking to undercut Venezuela’s ties with Caribbean nations by proposing alternatives to PetroCaribe. Spearheaded by Senator Marco Rubio, the proposed Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Democratic Governance Act bill proposes that the United States offers “Support for Caribbean Countries” through U.S. initiatives to advance Caribbean energy independence.
The former reporter and owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club objected to a subpoena, but she was overruled. Egbe says the order should be worrisome to those who take a stand on any issue. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Public Offices Commission is continuing to investigate Charlene Egbe, better known as the Anchorage reporter who quit live on air to pursue the legalization of recreational marijuana. Egbe, who went by the name “Charlo Greene” is challenging APOC’s request for her financial records. There is some concern she used crowdsourcing funds to advocate for the ballot initiative. If she did, Egbe would be required to report her spending.
The City is offering the grants to businesses located in Kenai, with at least $10,000 in gross revenues in 2019 and which have been hurt by a loss of sales or changes in their operations due to the ongoing public health emergency. The City has contracted with Divining Point, which provides website and online marketing assistance for the City of Kenai, Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, and other enterprises in Alaska and Texas. Under the City of Kenai program, each eligible business will receive a grant covering the first $1,000 worth of work with Divining Point. If a business wants to continue past the $1,000, it is their decision. The City Council has approved the use of up to $50,000 in federal CARES Act money to pay for the marketing grant program. The marketing and online assistance is in addition to the City’s earlier grant program that disbursed more than $2.2 million in CARES Act money to local businesses and nonprofits. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As part of its ongoing effort to help local businesses get through the COVID-19 public health emergency, the City of Kenai is offering grants of up to $1,000 each for individualized marketing and e-commerce development plans. City of Kenai CARES Act Project Lead Larry Persily: “Let’s say you’re a Kenai business and the world has changed this year. You’re doing online orders. Your sales and services, you’re delivering them differently than you used to before. You want to build-up your website. You want to set-up e-commerce online purchases, online ordering. You want to do more social marketing, but you’re really not sure of how to do it. Maybe you’re like me, you’re 68 years old, you don’t even have a clue of how to do it. The idea was: let’s help the businesses adapt and evolve into the new world that we’re seeing.” He also noted that the City of Kenai does not decide how the money is spent, though there are a few rules: “You’ve gotta spend it by December 30. You’ve gotta work with the city’s contractor if you want to use yours to design a new website, set up a whole new online ordering system for your customers, or if you want to get into social media marketing. You can use it for anything that helps your business, that’s legal, that’s in the boundaries of good taste, that helps you get through and adapt your business to the way people are going to shop and spend money, and the way you’re going to have to advertise and market going ahead.” Applications are available online at the City of Kenai’s website. The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. on November 6. Businesses must use their $1,000 grant by December 30.
The 19-year-old will finish the campaign as the club’s top scorer, having netted 26 times to date, with just Sunday’s home clash with Birmingham City left to play (kick-off midday).Abraham is arguably City’s most successful loanee and the Chelsea forward is sure to have plenty of suitors in the summer, should an opportunity at Stamford Bridge not be forthcoming.Regardless, the striker’s sole focus at present is on his final outing in a City shirt and saying thank you to the supporters.He told Bristol City Player HD: “It’s been an amazing season for me and Bristol City will always hold a special place in my heart now.“This club has given me my first chance to express myself and show what I can do.“I don’t know what the future holds, so this weekend I’ll say goodbye to the fans. They’ve been brilliant to me; they’ve made me feel like family.“I’ve enjoyed living by myself in the past nine months. I was used to my mum’s cooking before – my cooking is still rubbish!“It’s my dream to go as far as I can in my career. I’ll keep working hard – this is just the start.”He added: “When I first came here, knowing it was Championship football, playing against experienced men, I knew it would be tough. You’d be hard pressed to find players as tall as me at Academy level but that all changed when I came here.“I had to adapt some parts of my game. I feel like I’ve learnt so much here. You see how much winning and losing games matters.“We’re showing everyone where we should be now on the back of this good run and now the club needs to take that into the start of next season.”
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