Mantena awarded Coradia Nordic maintenance

first_imgSWEDEN: Alstom Transport has awarded Norwegian train maintenance company Mantena a seven-year contract worth €22m to maintain the 49 Coradia Nordic electric multiple-units which will be delivered to Skånetrafiken from next month. Under the contract announced on October 22 Alstom will supply Mantena with spare parts for the units, which were ordered in December 2006 at a cost of €240m and are currently being built at Salzgitter in Germany.last_img

Bi-mode order planned as Hull Trains gets 10-year access agreement

first_imgUK: The Office of Rail & Road has approved open access inter-city operator First Hull Trains’ application for track access rights for a further 10 years from 2019. The FirstGroup subsidiary said this would enable it to go ahead with a £68m plan to order five Hitachi electro-diesel multiple-units which had been announced by the operator on September 3. Entering service in 2020, these five-car units would be able to work under the 25 kV 50 Hz electrification on the East Coast Main Line from London King’s Cross and then on diesel power on the unelectrified line to Hull and Beverley, eliminating the current need for extensive diesel operation under the wires.‘The approval of a 10-year track access enables us to deliver our longer term plans, including new bi-mode trains that will be faster than those we operate today’, said Will Dunnett, Managing Director of First Hull Trains on March 23. ‘We will also be able to increase our fleet to five units with more seats on each, meaning a 50% increase in the number of seats for passengers. The ORR’s approval of our track access until 2029 secures the long term future of First Hull Trains, whilst at the same time safeguards and enhances the region’s rail connectivity to the capital.’The operator is also to spend £0·5m to enhance its current fleet of Alstom Class 180 DMUs, installing onboard CCTV and rolling out screens providing real-time train running information. FirstGroup expects to hear later this year the outcome of its separate application for paths to operate five trains/day each way between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh, designed to compete with low-cost airlines.last_img read more

Jamaican government continues to support JDF

first_imgNewly appointed National Security Minister Dr. Horace Chang, says the Government will continue to provide the necessary resources to bolster the capabilities of the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF).JDF must remain relevant in safeguarding JamaicaChang, in a recent interview with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) said the objective is to ensure the JDF remains relevant in safeguarding Jamaica’s borders as well as providing training for at-risk youth in a wide range of skill areas.“The JDF does very well with the resources they have, but certainly need more. The JDF is the primary agency for air/sea rescue missions and to safeguard our coastal waters, and resources in that area have been depleted over the years. We have taken steps to restore capacity and they may still need more support,” Chang said.Impressed with training, but more neededThe Minister said he is “very impressed” with the JDF’s training activities, but noted that additional support will allow the Force to strengthen offerings and create a wider pool of highly skilled individuals that can make a positive contribution to the Jamaican economy.Chang spoke following a tour of facilities at the JDF’s headquarters –  Up Park Camp, that was led by Chief of Defense Staff, Major General Rocky Meade.Chang said the meetings and the tour were very informative.  He commended the JDF for displaying high standards in carrying out its programs and projects.Recruiting inner city youth“They have taken on the mission outlined by the Prime Minister very seriously and they have taken on a group of young men from inner-city areas through the National Service Corps (NSC). I was quite impressed with the work being done,” he said.“It is designated that, this year, the NSC will expand its numbers, so there have been resources allocated in this Budget to give the it additional capacity required,” he pointed out, noting that the NSC has become a model locally and internationally.For his part, Major General Meade said the Government continues to provide “tremendous support” to the JDF, “and I can’t complain.”last_img read more

Somalia, Kenya agree to joint probe into crash of Kenyan registered…

first_imgSomalia bans khat imports from Kenya Kenyan government to deploy additional police reservists along Kenya-Somalia border Kenya recalls ambassador to Somaliacenter_img Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) with his Somalia counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo at State House, Nairobi. PHOTO | PSCU Somalia president Mohamed Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has reached out to his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta following the shooting down of a Kenyan registered aircraft in its airspace.Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) with his Somalia counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo at State House, Nairobi. PHOTO | PSCUIn a communique from Kenya’s foreign ministry, President Farmaajo expressed his regret and conveyed condolences after six people were killed following the incident.Kenya had earlier asked Somalia to investigate “unclear circumstances” under which the light aircraft was shot down in Bardale area.The cargo plane, operated by African Express, was carrying aid supplies for use in the fight against Covid-19.Of the six who were in the Embraer 5Y-AXO plane belonging to African Express, two are Kenyan pilots and four Somali nationals.During their phone call, President Farmaajo informed President Kenyatta that he had instructed Somalia’s Civil Aviation Authorities to immediately mount an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.He further extended an invitation to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) to team up with their Somalia counterparts to complete the investigations expeditiously.“H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta thanked H.E. Farmaajo for the call and undertook to convey his condolences to the families of the two crew members who perished in the aircraft crash,” read part of the statement.Eyewitnesses reported that the light Kenyan-registered aircraft appeared to have been shot down while it was landing.Relatedlast_img read more

Port Health Officers Monitoring Yachtees

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Although the island’s borders are closed to passenger traffic, the Ministry of Health maintains constant monitoring of maritime vessels including yachts and sailboats.Chief Environmental Health Officer, Tassie Thomas updated the nation on the work of Port Health Officers who are still at work guarding against importation of COVID19 cases.“We have cargo boats coming in to bring important supplies such as food, medicine and medical equipment. We cannot say no to this,” Thomas said. “We have measures in place and we respond accordingly.”From early March, she added, a large number of yachts were moored in Portsmouth for a regatta which did not take place.“Some of them have left but as many as 64 remained.”Three yachtees have been in the Portsmouth bay for almost year who Thomas says, “have been very instrumental in helping the Port Health Officer to monitor the yachts.”She says the boats are counted daily and the yachtees have been educated on COVID19 procedure.“Their 14-day quarantine period has expired and nobody as reported any sign or symptoms of any diseases,” detailed the Environmental Health Chief.Thomas says a yachting representative in Portsmouth acts as a liason providing supplies for the ship-bound residents.“Some of them are able to come ashore to do banking, for example,” she said of those whose quarantine period is over.According to her, at the end of March, as  many as 27 boats left leaving 40 moored off Portsmouth who continue to be monitored. Tweetcenter_img 291 Views   no discussions CoronavirusHealthLifestyleLocalNews Port Health Officers Monitoring Yachtees by: – April 11, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

BikeFest relocates off SPI

first_img Share PRESS Staff ReportThe renowned and well-attended SPI BikeFest has found a new home and will bear a new name. Starting this fall, Bikefest, one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the state, will be held in Corpus Christi and will now be known as Budweiser Corpus Christi BikeFest.BikeFest, held during the month of October, typically drew over 10,000 bikers and motorcycle lovers to South Padre Island and was widely considered one of the most recognizable events in the Rio Grande Valley.BikeFest organizers said Corpus Christi leaders simply offered them a better deal and that the Corpus area will to draw more bikers and attendees, in essence allowing the event to grow.“We had 19 wonderful years at South Padre Island and the move will not be an easy one,” said G.J. Reyna, BikeFest Coordinator. “The Island, the people, the businesses and especially our loyal biker brothers and sisters, made SPI BikeFest the third largest biker rally in Texas. It was not an easy decision for us.”There were many things to consider, he added in a press release; BikeFest is a huge operation and the larger we got the more things we had to consider. Things got to the point where we were forced to seek another venue. BikeFest staff considered many locations throughout the Valley, including the Mercedes Livestock Showgrounds, the McAllen Convention Center, the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo and more.The City of Corpus Christi approached BikeFest and they “Rolled out the Red Carpet,” Reyna added. “Corpus Christi city officials, businesses, restaurants, bars, they all are getting ready for us.”He added that the venue offered more room to facilitate more bands, more venues, and more restaurants and bars and the opportunity to make, “Our rally bigger and better than ever. We are keeping the island feel, but we’re thinking “outside the box.”Read this story in the Feb. 28 edition of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedWELCOME BACKBikers show up for bike rally’s return By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press The overwhelming sentiment among the hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts who flocked to South Padre Island last weekend was one of renewed welcome for the bike rally which had drawn them here. The SPI BikeFest, also known…February 24, 2017In “News”THE BIKERS ARE COMING! Area readies for Bikefest this weekendSpecial to the PRESS Get ready for four days of entertainment, food and fun at SPI BikeFest. Thousands of bikers will mount their rides in this the 17th annual event packed with three days of food, merchandise and live entertainment at South Padre Island Convention Centre and Visitor’s Bureau, beginning…October 11, 2012In “Gallery”Bikes, babes at this year’s Roar by the ShoreBy SCARLET O’ROURKE South Padre Parade Beach, bikes and babes – what more could be asked for in a weekend jam-packed for the Roar by the Shore South Padre Island BikeFest. Oct. 13-16 will mark the days for the festival starting off the event with registration at noon at the…October 13, 2011In “South Padre Parade”last_img read more

Di Korea Selatan, Bangunkan Penumpang di KRL Bisa Dapat Kopi Gratis!

first_imgSumber: Dinginnya udara pagi yang menusuk tulang tidak menyurutkan niat para pegawai kantoran yang memutuskan untuk menggunakan jasa transportasi umum seperti KRL Jabodetabek sebagai sarana mobilisasi mereka. Selain harus berdesak-desakan dengan penumpang lainnya, tantangan yang harus dihadapi oleh para komuter ini adalah rasa kantuk!Baca Juga: Pyka, Aplikasi Unik Untuk Penumpang Yang Sering Ketiduran di KeretaYa, tidak sedikit kita melihat banyak penumpang yang terlelap selama perjalanan karena rasa kantuk yang menggelayuti. Bahkan tidak jarang para komuter yang terlelap ini ketinggalan pemberhentian merek karena teralu nyenyak. Walaupun di hampir semua armada KRL Jabodetabek sudah menggunakan teknologi pengeras suara yang akan mengumumkan pemberhentian selanjutnya, namun tidak jarang para komuter yang terlelap ini ketinggalan pemberhentian mereka karena teralu nyenyak.Berbeda dengan yang ditempuh oleh perkeretaapian India, dimana negara penghasil film Bollywood tersebut pernah menelurkan sebuah terobosan berupa teknologi reminder yang akan mengingatkan penumpang jika sudah hampir sampai stasiun tujuan via telepon genggam mereka. Dengan begitu, diharapkan tidak ada lagi penumpang yang ketinggalan stasiun pemberhentian mereka.Lain India, lain Indonesia, lain pula jalan yang ditempuh oleh Negeri Ginseng, Korea Selatan. Demi mengentaskan permasalahan ini, salah satu merk burger kenamaan dunia, Burger King mengadakan kampanye yang merupakan bentuk kerja sama mereka dengan sebuah perusahaan pemasaran di bawah Grup Samsung, yaitu Cheil Worldwide.Dalam kampanye ini, pihak Burger King membagi-bagikan masker penutup mata yang dilengkapi dengan tulisan, “Tolong bangunkan saya di stasiun (nama stasiun tujuan)” secara gratis kepada para calon penumpang. Dengan begitu, si penerima masker penutup mata tersebut dapat beristirahat sejenak selama perjalanan menuju stasiun tujuan.Jika sudah hampir tiba, penumpang lain yang membaca tulisan di masker penutup mata tersebut secara spontan akan membangunkan si penumpang, dan ia tidak akan ketinggalan pemberhentiannya lagi.Kupon Tersembunyi di Balik Masker Penutup Mata Burger King. Sumber: adobomagazine.comTidak berhenti sampai di situ, dalam masker penutup mata tersebut, pihak Burger King juga sudah menyelipkan dua buah kupon yang dapat ditukarkan dengan kopi khas Burger King di lebih dari 200 gerai yang tersebar di Negara penghasil musik K-Pop tersebut. Penumpang yang membangunkan si pengguna masker berhak menerima satu kupon berkat aksinya tersebut.Sebagaimana yang dihimpun dari laman (22/4/2015), pihak Burger King meminta bantuan kepada Cheil Worldwide untuk meningkatkan pangsa pasarnya, khususnya di pagi hari. “Burger King sudah mendunia dengan produk burgernya, kini perusahaan tersebut ingin mempromosikan kopinya,” ungkap Art Director Cheil Worldwide, Hyungkyun Oh.Baca Juga: Jadi Ajang Kampanye Produk, Pegangan Tangan di Angkutan Umum Dibuat UnikBerangkat dari situ, lahirlah sebuah kampanye bertajuk “Breakfast Like a King” yang sekaligus mempromosikan produk kopi terbaru mereka, King Americano. Adapun kampanye ini berlangsung sejak 23 Februari hingga 15 April 2015 silam. Tidak sia-sia, peningkatan penjualan Burger King di pagi hari meningkat 18,7% seiring dengan berjalannya kampanye tersebut. Di media sosial pun, pamor kampanye nyentrik ini meningkat sebanyak 44,5% pada periode yang sama.Nampaknya, ini bisa menjadi benchmark bagi pengusaha di Indonesia yang hendak mempromosikan produk barunya kepada khalayak ramai. Contoh nyata yang diterapkan oleh Burger King tiga tahun silam membuktikan bahwa semua aspek bisa saling terkoneksi selama semuanya dikemas dengan ide nyeleneh nan unik!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedBikin Geli, Inilah Kumpulan Gaya Tidur Penumpang di Kereta Komuter Lokal09/08/2019In “Domestik”KRL Premium, Apa Bedanya dengan KRL Reguler?21/12/2018In “Darat”Pyka, Aplikasi Unik Untuk Penumpang Yang Sering Ketiduran di Kereta16/11/2017In “Basis Aplikasi”last_img read more

NPFL Clubs In Limbo As FG Reverses Course On Football Resumption

first_imgContrary to widespread reports, the Federal Government has clarified that restrictions on contact sports, including football, remain in place putting paid to hopes of an imminent return of professional football in Nigeria.The PTF last week released guidelines for the phase three of eased lockdown which granted permission for resumption of “sporting leagues” without fans, which many interpreted as green lighting the return of football.“Restriction is removed on outdoor communal (non-contact) sports and use of recreational parks for supervised physical exercise; and sporting leagues to resume with no fans in stadiums and with necessary NPIs to be directed by the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development and the NCDC (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control),” the guideline stated.However, National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Dr Sani Aliyu, explained at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, that the guidelines covered only non-contact sports while restrictions on contact sports remain in place.“I’m a football fan, but sadly, we have not allowed contact sports at the moment,” Dr Aliyu clarified.“We have only allowed non-contact sports, and so, football is not included.“All those football fans, it’s not yet time, but we are looking at this, and we will continue relaxing when the time comes and it is safe to do so,” Aliyu said.The development is sure to throw a spanner in the works for Nigeria Professional Football League clubs who had on the strength of the earlier guidelines, reconvened players and started preparations for preseason training in anticipation of the new season.The Nigeria Football Federation had set September/October kick off date for the 2020-21 season for all domestic leagues but that appears unlikely in light of recent developments.The League Management Company, organisers of the NPFL, had primed clubs to start preparations ahead of the new season by providing a schedule for clubs to fulfil their licensing obligations, a prerequisite for participating in the incoming season.It is not clear if the PTF’s stance materially affects the LMC’s preparations for the 2020-21 season but the Sports Ministry has already warned that clubs which fail to adhere to the licencing demands will not be allowed to compete in the league whenever it kicks off.RelatedFootball Returns Without Fans As FG Lifts BanSeptember 4, 2020In “Featured”Coronavirus: Sports Return Uncertain As PTF Boss Takes Jibe At NPFLJune 12, 2020In “Featured”Sports Ministry Gives Conditions For Domestic LeaguesSeptember 6, 2020In “Featured”last_img read more

Ingle Departs Vixens For Liverpool

first_imgIngle joined Bristol two years ago from Chelsea Ladies and has been an integral part of the team ever since, playing in the club’s historic win over Barcelona in the Champions League at Ashton Gate and replacing Grace McCatty as the club’s captain in 2015.Manager Willie Kirk thanked Ingle for her efforts since his appointment earlier in the year: “I had a tough task of appointing a new captain on my arrival, and I chose Sophie.”She was a great help to me both on and off the pitch and I thoroughly enjoyed working with her as a footballer and as a person. I am sure that she will be a success at Liverpool and she leaves with my best wishes.”last_img

MSU assistants paid elite nationally, but bottom of SEC

first_imgDefensive coordinator Manny earned the highest salary among Mississippi State's assistants in 2015.Defensive coordinator Manny earned the highest salary among Mississippi State’s assistants in 2015.Mississippi State pays its assistant coaches better than most schools in the country, but falls toward the bottom among Southeastern Conference programs.MSU paid its nine assistant coaches $3,287,500 in 2015. That ranks 21st in the country. Within the SEC, it is 11th out of the 13 teams that reported their coaching salaries to USA Today. In the West, MSU paid its assistants sixth most of seven schools.Vanderbilt is a private university and isn’t required to release that information. All 13 SEC teams ranked in the top 30.Ten SEC teams ranked in the top 20. LSU led the nation paying its assistants $5,471,236. Auburn was second followed by Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M rounded out the top 5.Each Mississippi State assistant received a raise this year. MSU’s paid its assistants $2,682,500 last year.Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz earned $575,000 in 2015, which was the most by an MSU assistant. The total ranked 48th overall in the country and 20th among SEC assistants.Auburn’s Will Muschamp earned the highest salary among assistant coaches in the country at $1.6 million. LSU’s offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was second at $1.51 million followed by Alabama’s defensive coordinator Kirby Smart ($1.501 million) and Texas A&M’s  defensive coordinator John Chavis ($1.5 million).Muschamp is now the head coach at South Carolina. Smart accepted the head coaching opening at Georgia.As MSU’s assistant head coach and safeties coach Tony Hughes earned as much as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach John Hevesy. They made $400,000 in 2015, which ranked 139th in the country and 48th in the SEC.Billy Gonzales, who holds the other half of MSU’s offensive coordinator title along with wide receivers coach, made $375,000. Greg Knox’s salary matched that as MSU’s running backs and special teams coach. Their salaries ranked 167th among schools who reported and 57th in the SEC.Defensive line coach David Turner’s $350,000 salary ranked 191st in the country and 70th in the SEC. Cornerback coach Deshea Townsend earned $312,500, which placed him 242nd in the country and 86th in the SEC. Quarterback coach Brian Johnson’s $300,000 salary wasn’t far behind at 266th nationally and 90th in the SEC.Tight end coach Scott Sallach had the lowest salary in the SEC among positional coaches with three others.  Sallach, Ole Miss’ Grant Heard, Kentucky’s Andy Buh and Florida’s Mike Summers, each made $200,000 in 2015. The salary ranked 473rd in the country.Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen earned $4 million in 2015, which ranked 16th among head coaches.Schools (record)total salary for assistant coaches1. LSU (8-3, 5-3), $5,471,2362. Auburn, (6-6, 2-6), $5,41,9003. Alabama (12-1, 7-1), $5,227,0904.Georgia (9-3, 5-3), $4,807,2005. Texas A&M (8-4, 4-4), $4,419,3606. Clemson (13-0, 8-0), $4,329,6067. Florida State (10-2, 6-2), $4,284,8008. Michigan (9-3, 6-2), $4,248,6679. Ohio State (11-1, 7-1), $4,021,95010. South Carolina (3-9, 1-7), $3,995,60016. Missouri (5-7, 1-7), $3,630,00017.Tennessee (8-4, 5-3), $3,540,70018. Arkansas (7-5, 5-3), $3,529,55020. Florida (10-3, 7-1), $3,415,00021. Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4), $3,287,50026. Ole Miss (9-3, 6-2), $3,091,00030. Kentucky (5-7, 2-6), $3,007,200Contact Michael Bonner at Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.last_img read more