News in Brief – October 2008

first_imgRENFE’s freight business has formed a joint venture with logistics company Algeposa aimed at increasing its share of the steel products market. The Spanish national operator owns 49% of Railsider which it hopes will increase its turnover from this sector to €71m this year from €67m in 2007. The planned merger of CD Cargo and ZSSK Cargo was endorsed by Czech and Slovak Prime Ministers Mirek Topolánek and Robert Fico on August 21. They agreed that both countries would have an equal stake in senior management after the merger, which has been under negotation since October 2007 (RG 8.08 p474). The equal representation is a political decision, as CD Cargo is a somewhat larger business than its Slovak counterpart. Passenger services between Shanghai and Chizhou in China’s Anhui province were launched on September 1. Construction of the line took four years. Swaziland Railways has spent US$16m upgrading the eastern line from Mpaka which connects end-on at Goba with the Mozambique Railways branch to the port of Maputo. SR CEO Gideon Mahlalela said the line is now in good condition for another five decades, and he foresees a revival of iron ore mining, the original reason for building the railway. On September 15 Class 120 Alvia gauge-changing trainsets replaced Talgo IV formations on RENFE’s Vigo – Barcelona service, which at 1 341 km is the Spanish national operator’s longest daytime route. Using high speed infrastructure between Zaragoza and Barcelona has cut 2 h 04 min from the journey time, with the service now operating daily instead of three days a week in each direction.Czech Railways began running test trains through the Vitkov tunnels in Praha on September 1. The KC9bn cross-city link provides a high-capacity connection between three of the country’s main rail corridors (RG 1.06 p42). Pakistan’s Minister for Railways told the senate last month that a study has determined that is it not commercially feasible to construct a rail link from Havelian to China over the Khunjerab Pass which crosses the mountains at 4 700 m. Following electrification of the Tours – Vierzon route, the Centre region of France has funded the introduction of a suburban service between Tours and Bléré-la-Croix, comprising 11 return workings each day. The region provided €1·5bn or 65% of the necessary investment, including turnback facilities at Bléré to avoid conflicting movements with other services.On September 17 DB Schenker subsidiary Railion Italia announced its offer to buy a 49% stake in Milano-based NordCargo had been accepted. Spun off from Ferrovienord in 2003, NordCargo transports freight between Germany, Switzerland and Italy, with 182 employees and revenue of €34m in 2007. To finance the acquisition of 24 double-deck EMUs and 16 AGC trainsets for SNCF TER services, France’s Rhône-Alpes region has signed a leasing agreement with a consortium of three banks led by Caisse D’Epargne Rhône-Alpes. The 38-year lease represents a saving of €25m on orders worth €300m, according to the region. On August 25 Prime Minister Vladimir Putin formally postponed construction of the 460 km Kyzyl – Kuragino railway in the Tuva region of Russia from 2012 to 2014. The governments of Chile and Argentina have both now declared the project to build a 23 km base tunnel under the Andes (RG 3.08 p137) to be of public interest. A new hydroelectric plant at Punta de Vacas has been proposed to provide power for the electrified route. As part of a programme of legal reform in anticipation of possible EU membership, last month Croatia passed legislation to establish a railway agency which will provide independent safety regulation and ensure non-discriminatory access to the network. Under the Gröna Tåget research programme (RG 9.08 p725), a Bombardier Regina EMU set a Swedish rail speed record of 303 km/h between Töreboda and Skövde on September 14. On September 10 the European Commission approved an extension to the financial support being provided by the French and Italian governments during the experimental phase of Modalohr rolling motorway services on the 175 km Fréjus corridor between Aiton-Bourgneuf and Orbassano. Train services are suspended for three months until November 18 on the 94 km Torralba – Soria route in Spain as a €16·6m programme of track renewals is undertaken. On August 8 the Croatian and Serbian national railways restarted regular freight traffic across the Bogojevo bridge over the Danube. Passenger services are planned for December. SNCF and the Pays de la Loire region have signed an agreement covering the operation and funding of TER services in 2008-14. The French region is planning to undertake €700m of rail investment up to 2014. Discussing the Singapore – Kunming Rail Link at the 10th ASEAN-Mekong Basin Development Co-operation meeting held in Singapore during August, ministers agreed that a conference to attract investment for the project will be convened in early 2009. Malaysia accepted an invitation to be permanent chair of the working group.last_img read more

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Burkina Faso recalls ambassador to Libya over “slave markets” report

first_imgMinister of Foreign Affairs Alpha Barry of Burkina Faso in Manhattan, New York, U.S. September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Minister of Foreign Affairs Alpha Barry of Burkina Faso in Manhattan, New York, U.S. September 19, 2016. REUTERSBurkina Faso’s foreign minister said on Monday it had recalled its ambassador to Libya over a report that black African migrants were being auctioned as slaves there.The decision comes after CNN broadcasted footage of what it said was an auction of men offered to Libyan buyers as farmhands and sold for $400, a chilling echo of the trans-Saharan slave trade of centuries past, Reuters reports.Foreign Minister Alpha Barry announced the decision by President Roch Marc Kabore in a news conference.“The president of Burkina Faso has decided to recall the ambassador to Tripoli, General Abraham Traore, for a consultation,” Barry said.He added that he had also “summoned the Libyan charge d‘affairs in Ouagadougou to express our indignation at these images that belong to other centuries, images of the slave trade”.African and European leaders are due to meet in Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan next week, where migration and Europe’s efforts to tackle it by co-opting Libya will be high on the agenda.The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein said last month that a European and African deal to stem the flow of migrants coming through Libya to Europe had failed to tackle the severe abuses they face.A study by the UNHCR revelled that movements by sea from Libya to Europe, have increased and are likely to rise, despite being the most dangerous route for reaching the continent.last_img read more

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Watford player’s future ‘increasingly in the air’ – Hornets want €15m,…

first_imgAfter Watford’s relegation to the Championship, you’re likely to hear numerous rumours about the future of their players. Reports have already indicated that the Hornets will oversee an overhaul and get rid of numerous players, with the Pozzo family determined to focus on youth instead.Thus, the speculation will be plentiful, and one player who you’ll definitely hear about is striker Luis Suárez.The Colombian has spent the season on loan at Real Zaragoza and impressed, scoring 19 goals in all competitions and earning himself plenty of praise, and attention, around Europe.There’s been months and months of speculation about his future as a result, with clubs in Spain and Italy competing for him and Watford seemingly trying to figure out what to do.Embed from Getty ImagesSport Aragon cover the situation today and state that the player’s future is ‘increasingly in the air’ after Watford’s relegation.Them dropping down a division has increased the chances of Suárez leaving Vicarage Road this summer and, while it’s not yet clear where he’ll go, Real Zaragoza remain an option.If they are promoted to La Liga, one of Suarez’s options would be to stay at his current club for a second loan spell.His situation at Watford is ‘complicated’ at present. He has two years left on his current deal, and they have offered him a new one, but that is ‘paralysed’.If he refuses to sign that deal, his departure will be ‘immediate’, on either loan or in a permanent deal, and he has ‘no shortage of offers’.Watford will only sell for €15m, which is a price that Napoli and Lazio, and even a club in Turkey have already offered for him.Suárez, for his part, is keen to play in the top flight in Spain or Italy, which indicates he will look to Vicarage Road at some point this summer.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending Today聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoDating.comTop Successful Single Men in Tung ChungDating.comUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undolast_img read more

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Brown wins IMCA RaceSaver Sprint showdown at Susquehanna

first_imgDave Brown won the Saturday IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature, co-sanctioned by the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series and the Pennsylvania Sprint Series, at Susquehanna Speedway. (Photo by Erika Palmai Wagner)By Erika Palmai WagnerYORK HAVEN, Pa. (May 20) – Dave Brown took the checkered flag Saturday at Susquehanna Speedway, for the ninth time in his Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series career.Tyler Reeser, Cale Reigle, Darren Miller and Kyle Ganoe completed the top five in the first IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car event co-sanctioned this season by MASS and the Pennsylvania Sprint Series.Reigle took control from the start and led the first 11 of 20 circuits. Brown started fourth and ad­vanced quickly, using the very top of the race track.By halfway, Reigle caught up to lapped traffic, with Brown lurking closely behind.  Brown stayed in the ultra-high groove to take the lead away the next time around. Reeser also made the most of the top line and took over second on the last lap.“With most of the field leaving the top side open, it was less patience and more of a hammer-down mindset that I was thinking when getting around the slower cars,” Brown said.  “I just knew the top was the fast way around and I wasn’t going to move down to try and pass any lapped cars, just in case there was someone close behind.”Brown was one of 16 MASS regulars who made the haul to the Central Pennsylvania speedway. Entries totaled 34.On Sunday, May 28, the Engler Machine and Tool-sponsored Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series will make the first of four appearances at Grandview Speedway.Feature results – 1. Dave Brown; 2. Tyler Reeser; 3. Cale Reigle; 4. Darren Miller. 5. Kyle Ganoe; 6. Colby Dice; 7. Austin Bishop; 8. Kyle Craker; 9. Stefanie Carberry; 10. Ken Duke Jr.; 11. Scott Ellerman; 12. Dave Grube; 13. Billy Ney; 14. Tommy Carberry; 15. Rick Stief; 16. Jeff Geiges; 17. Tim Tanner Jr.; 18. Brendon Poff; 19. Scott Frack; 20; Nick Sweigart; 21. Stephanie Dodson; 22. Jay Krout; 23. Cody Hackenberry; 24. Alex Potosky.last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018

first_imgWellington Police notes: Wednesday, October 3, 2018•6:07 a.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 200 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•5:20 a.m. Carol S. Brown, 74, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective tag light.•10:52 a.m. Officers took a miscellaneous report in the 200 block W. Harvey, Wellington.•12:20 p.m. Officers investigated a sexual assault report in the 1200 block N. Blaine, Wellington.•2:26 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 200 block W. 2nd, Wellington.•7:02 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 500 block W. Harvey, Wellington.•10:39 p.m. Officers took a lost property report in the 1100 block W. 8th, Wellington.last_img

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