Winners of largest German tender named

first_imgGERMANY: Berlin-Brandenburg transport authority VBB has selected DB Regio and Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn as the winners of regional operating contracts with a total value of €1·3bn in the largest rail tendering process undertaken in Germany. VBB managed the tendering on behalf of the Länder of Berlin, Brandenburg, Sachsen-Anhalt and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The contracts cover 16 passenger services totalling 22 million train-km a year, which were combined into four lots and tendered with the condition that one company could not be awarded all four contracts. The contracts for the operation of regional services begin in December 2011, with Regional Express trains following a year later. All run to December 2022. DB Regio won two of the lots with a totoal of nine services, and will run the Berlin Brandenburg International airport express which is to be launched in November 2011. From December 2014 it will run also Berlin-Lichtenberg – Eberswalde services. DB Regio is to refurbish the double-deck stock used on some of the routes to increase capacity, and will deploy Talent 2 EMUs on other routes from December 2011. Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn’s two lots cover five routes totalling 7 million train-km a year. Double-deck Flirt EMUs will be ordered from Stadler, along with GTW 2/6 DMUs.last_img read more

How safe is your container?

first_imgEUROPE: Due to conclude next month after three years of research, the Arena programme, part funded by the EU, is intended to protect freight shippers from the risk of hijack, theft or piracy of their high-value goods, which is estimated to cost €8·2bn per annum.Arena is a research and development programme focused on ‘architecture for recognition of threats to mobile assets using networks of affordable sensors’. The use of sensors attached to the shipment assets themselves — whether transported by rail, water or road — is intended to detect autonomously threats posed in ‘large unpredictable environments’, such as a rail freight terminal. ‘Arena delivers a model based on existing surveillance technology to alert personnel to threats’, explains Asa Waern of the Swedish Defence Research Agency, Project Co-ordinator for Arena. ‘While some monitoring systems may already exist at the station, port or terminal, when the vehicle is in transit, there are none that can continuously monitor the platform. We are addressing that vulnerability.’last_img read more

Coronavirus: Kenya bars athletes from global travel

first_imgThe pandemic has disrupted other sporting events in North America while soccer matches in Europe have also been hit hard, with many high-profile fixtures taking place in empty stadiums.Related Berlin Marathon – Berlin, Germany – September 29, 2019 General view during the marathon-REUTERS Kenya’s athletics authority said on Thursday it had barred its athletes from traveling to international events due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.Kenya’s athletics authority said on Thursday it had barred its athletes from traveling to international events./ Image by Athletics Kenya.The announcement comes a day after the World Health Organization labeled the outbreak a pandemic.More than 126,000 people have been infected globally by the virus and more than 4,600 have died, according to a Reuters tally based on official announcements.The East African nation, which has not had a confirmed case of the virus, boasts some of the world’s top athletes, who regularly win medals at premier competitions in Europe, Asia and North America.“Following a directive from the Government of Kenya and due to the global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, Athletics Kenya has suspended all clearance and travel to international events for athletes,” Athletics Kenya said in a statement.“In a bid to safeguard the athletes and consequently the country from the virus, we urge all athletes to cancel travel arrangements for the next one month pending further communication.”Bernard Ouma, who coaches 1,500m world champion Timothy Cheruiyot, told Reuters on Thursday: “Collectively we are taking precautions just as the country is taking precautions.“The risk of importation is what we are trying to avoid. So whatever measures are being taken by the authorities we will abide with them.“At the end of the day it’s about health … if by traveling you will get sick, then you avoid traveling.”A host of sporting events around the world have been canceled or postponed as countries try to contain the spread of the virus by discouraging mass gatherings.There are growing concerns that the outbreak may impact this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, though organizers say they are pressing ahead with the schedule.Late on Wednesday, the National Basketball Association (NBA) said it was suspending the season until further notice after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus. Global Entrepreneurship Summit:Kenya looking for economic gains Egypt bars Qataris over coronavirus fears Kenya Athletes Shine at Chicago Marathonlast_img read more

MATCH NOTES: No. 1 UWF men’s tennis to face three GSC opponents at home

first_img Share MATCH NOTES: No. 1 UWF men’s tennis to face three GSC opponents at home Felipe Frattini has won three straight singles matches and is 9-3 on the year. (Photo by Emmele Photography) center_img   PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 1-ranked University of West Florida men’s tennis team will face three Gulf South Conference opponents at home this weekend at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex. West Florida (15-0, 4-0 GSC) will face No. 13 Valdosta State at home on Friday, March 28 at 1 p.m. CT if weather permits. UWF will face Lee on Saturday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m. CT before facing No. 43 Delta State on Sunday. March 30 at 9 a.m. CT.Match Notes: UWF men’s tennis to play host to GSC opponentsARGONAUTS EARN TOP ITA RANKING FOR FIRST TIME IN SEVEN YEARSThe University of West Florida tennis team earned the top spot in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division II men’s tennis rankings released on Wednesday. This is the first time in nearly seven years that the Argonauts have earned the No. 1 ranking. West Florida has started the season undefeated and has earned wins over 10 teams this season ranked in the top 25.70 CAREER SINGLES WINS FOR SAVIBruno Savi had a career record of 70-6 (.921) in his three years at West Florida. Savi has only lost one match at number one singles in his career at UWF.25 STRAIGHT REGULAR-SEASON WINSDating back to last season’s March 2nd road win over No. 3 Lynn, the UWF men’s tennis team has won 25 straight regular-season matches including 15 straight to start the 2014 spring season.FRESHMAN PEYROT STARTING CAREER STRONG AT UWFAlex Peyrot currently ranks No. 9 in the country in the latest ITA DII Men’s National Rankings after starting the season 12-0 in singles play. Peyrot is playing in the number three singles spot as a freshman for UWF and has not dropped a set this season.WEST FLORIDA RANKED NO. 1 IN SOUTH REGIONThe No. 1-ranked UWF men’s tennis team came in at No. 1 in the second ITA Division II Men’s Regional Team Rankings.For information on all UWF athletics, visit  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Hammett, Nakatake assigned interim coaching duties for Brave Blossoms

first_img Brave Blossoms, Japan Rugby Football Union, Jamie Joseph, Mark Hammett, Ryuji Nakatake GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Sunwolves coach Mark Hammett was on Thursday named as one of two interim coaches for upcoming Japan national team matches, deputizing for incoming Brave Blossoms’ coach and fellow Kiwi Jamie Joseph, who is unavailable due to commitments with his Highlanders Super Rugby team.Hammett takes control for three full test matches in June, one to be played in Canada and two others against Scotland in Japan, while Ryuji Nakatake has been tapped to manage the team’s four Asian Championship matches against South Korea and Hong Kong in April and May.center_img KEYWORDS “I am happy to be able to support Japanese Rugby as the interim head coach for the Cherry Blossoms for our June test matches against Canada and Scotland,” Hammett said in a press release.“My aim is that we are competitive in our three June test matches and that our management group hand over a successful team to new head coach Jamie Joseph.”The Japan Rugby Football Union’s director of rugby, Masahiro Kunda, has recommended that the core of Hammett’s squad should come from Japan’s overachieving Rugby World Cup 2015 group, with Michael Leitch continuing in the role of captain.Nakatake, however, will coach a team largely made up of under-20 players with a few overage players sprinkled across the pitch. The JRFU’s coaching director, Nakatake is currently in Fiji coaching the Junior Japan team in the World Rugby Pacific Rugby Challenge, and he will likely see a lot of overlap between that squad and Japan’s Asian Championship team.Japan fielding an under-strength team for the games against Hong Kong and South Korea could be a concern as the matches were recently given designation as full test matches, with world rankings points on the line. The Brave Blossoms will be hoping their underage players can perform well against their lower-ranked opponents from Asia.Joseph is scheduled to take up his role with the Brave Blossoms in Japan in August or September as he remains unavailable while piloting his Highlanders in their Super Rugby title defense. Hammett, it seems, was able to find time in his own tough Super Rugby schedule, knowing the importance of Japan’s rugby fortunes with an eye on the 2019 World Cup.Japan’s first Asian Championship match is against South Korea on April 30 in Kanagawa. The team will then take on Hong Kong away on May 7, South Korea away on May 21 and Hong Kong on May 28 in Tokyo.On June 11, the Brave Blossoms will face Canada in Vancouver before returning home for two matches against Scotland, on June 18 and June 25. last_img read more

Ole Miss’ Kelly takes command in blowout

first_imgOle Miss defensive backs Trae Elston, Channing Ward, and Maquis Haynes stop Fresno State's Marteze Waller on third down in the red zone.Ole Miss defensive backs Trae Elston, Channing Ward, and Maquis Haynes stop Fresno State’s Marteze Waller on third down in the red zone. Ole Miss senior linebacker Aaron Morris protects Chad Kelly on Saturday against Fresno State.Ole Miss senior linebacker Aaron Morris protects Chad Kelly on Saturday against Fresno State. Quincy Adeboyejo lands a 44 yard pass from Chad Kelly for a touchdown.Quincy Adeboyejo lands a 44 yard pass from Chad Kelly for a touchdown. Robert Nkemdiche celebrates the sack of the Fresno State Quarterback by the defensive line.Robert Nkemdiche celebrates the sack of the Fresno State Quarterback by the defensive line. OXFORD – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze insisted earlier this week that the quarterback competition was still ongoing, but Chad Kelly’s play on Saturday afternoon in a 73-21 victory over Fresno State at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium begged to differ.Kelly was electric offensively, leading touchdown drives on all five of his series at quarterback in the first half while also leading touchdown drives in his three second half series as well. He created big plays in the passing game while showing the ability to create with his feet as well and became the first SEC quarterback to be responsible for five touchdowns in a half since Johnny Manziel did the same in 2012.“Chad Kelly is the starter,” Freeze said after the game. “I said yesterday, to the ESPN crew, that the job was his to lose. Chad has certainly done nothing to put himself out of the job, so he is the starter. I expect that to continue.”Kelly finished the afternoon 20 for 25 for 346 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He also added 26 yards rushing on four carries with a first-quarter touchdown.“I think we’re doing well,” Kelly said. “We just have to make sure we’re hitting on all cylinders every play of the game and that we don’t take anything for granted.”In two games thus far, the addition of Kelly at the quarterback position has given the Ole Miss offense an element that it has not had under Freeze thus far, a true deep threat. Kelly completed six passes of 20 yards or more against Fresno State while also having four such passes last week against UT-Martin.“His deep balls are one of the better balls that I’ve ever encountered from high school and since I’ve been here,” said Quincy Adeboyejo, who had five receptions for 120 yards and three touchdowns.Ole Miss has recruited high-caliber wide receivers under Freeze, and the early returns have shown that the addition of Kelly has brought out the most in that talent. Cody Core had catches of 23 and 33 yards, Adeboyejo had catches of 44 and 50 yards, Laquon Treadwell added a 28-yard catch, and Damore’ea Stringfellow also had a 23-yard catch, all from Kelly.With Ole Miss’ 73-point performance, the Rebels have scored 49 points or more in consecutive games for the first time in school history.Ole Miss’ big plays weren’t limited to the offensive side of the ball as Tre Elston intercept and returned a Chason Virgil pass 38 yards for a touchdown, and C.J. Johnson helped set up another Rebel touchdown when he intercepted Virgil and returned it 70 yards to the Fresno State 20-yard line. Chief Brown would also add a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown well after the game had been decided.“It was man-to-man,” Brown said of his mindset before the interception. “They pushed up the field and switched. I was right there but the quarterback made a good throw. I said next time that I had to make up for that. If they throw the ball my way next time, I’m grabbing it no matter what. (My position) is supposed to make a play and swat (the ball). The next time the guy pushed up and stopped. I thought that no way this ball’s hitting the ground. I knew I was scoring a touchdown. No one was going to stop me.”Ole Miss thus far has passed its first two tests of the 2015 season with flying colors, but the Bulldogs and Skyhawks present nowhere near the challenge that awaits the Rebels next week in Tuscaloosa — No. 2 Alabama.In addition to playing the vaunted Crimson Tide, it remains uncertain whether or not Ole Miss will travel to Tuscaloosa with its starting left tackle, Laremy Tunsil following a joint statement from Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork and Freeze.“We have been preparing as if Laremy Tunsil will not play and that status will continue until the matter is resolved,” The statement read. “The team of our university administration, athletic compliance, and outside counsel are working daily on this university matter. Although the process is ongoing, the decision to withhold Laremy is not related to any current items involving our football staff, and we have been assured everyone is aggressively seeking a resolution. We continue to support Laremy in every way. In early July, the University offered (Laremy accepted) separate legal counsel with experience in similar matters, and the University continues to pay for Laremy’s counsel, as permitted by NCAA rules.”The task of defeating the Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide in Bryan-Denny Stadium is difficult enough, but it becomes even more for the Rebels should they be forced to play without Tunsil.KEY PLAYERCHAD KELLY, OLE MISSHe has given the Rebels a deep threat, throwing passes of 20 yards or more six times against Fresno State (and four times against UT-Martin last Saturday).KEY FIGURE49The number of points Ole Miss has surpassed in consecutive games for the first time in school history. The Rebs scored 76 against UT-Martin last week.last_img read more

De Gea denys Sevilla striker Muriel a goal

first_imgSoccer Regardless of the 0-0 result, the Champions League clash between Sevilla and Manchester United was a thrilling affair, with the highlight of the match coming at the end of the first half when Red Devils keeper David De Gea made an astonishing save to deny Sevilla striker Luis Muriel. Two schools of thought emerged on social media almost as soon as the save was made; firstly, that the Spanish keeper’s intervention would go down in history for its brilliance, and secondly that Muriel had absolutely botched a gilt-edged chance. Even if you are in the latter camp, there is no denying De Gea did well to keep the shot out, and he had an all-round excellent showing in a game where Sevilla troubled Manchester United’s defence on a regular basis. Thanks to the Spanish goalkeeper, and a slice of luck, Jose Mourinho’s side will go into their home leg at Old Trafford in three weeks’ time with a slight advantage. United themselves played some expansive football, and were also unlucky not to find the net, particularly through giant Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku. Muriel was gracious enough to acknowledge De Gea’s great first-half effort, though he may have been feeling a little sheepish that he wasn’t able to guide the ball into the corner of the net from such close range. In the day’s other game, Shakthar Donetsk came from behind to beat AS Roma 2-1 in freezing conditions in Ukraine. Youngster Cengiz Under opened the scoring for the Italians before the hosts took the lead in the tie thanks to goals from Facundo Feyreyra and Fred.last_img read more

Stoops: Kentucky football players ‘all my guys’

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:ddf636b9996247b86866a6d2 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-988251-3841223141001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.“Everybody started off on the same playing level. He gave everybody the same opportunity,” said senior defensive tackle Mike Douglas, who deflected a pass to fellow senior Bud Dupree for the game-winning touchdown against South Carolina two weeks ago. “There’s no separation between whoever he’s brought in and us.”And after suffering through so much losing before this staff’s arrival, the older players appreciate what’s happening now more than anyone. They remember what it felt like to lose all eight conference games by an average of 25 points in 2012 and can hardly believe they’re currently tied for first place in the SEC East.“(Stoops) came upon a program that was kind of in — I don’t want to say in ruin, but not really as good as where me, as a fan, and this state wanted it to be,” said third-year sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles, one of the holdovers. “But he’s done — obviously, the proof’s in the pudding — a phenomenal job of getting this program back on track.”While freshmen and sophomores and junior-college transfers have made big splashes, veterans have played a significant role in the resurgence, too. Towles ranks fourth in the SEC in total offense, while four of the team’s top four tacklers — and three of its four starting offensive linemen — were here when Stoops arrived.New guys do outnumber them now, but still 20 of the 44 players in this week’s two-deep are players who signed with previous coach Joker Phillips. Many of them were unsure of what was in store for them under a new staff.“I’m not even going to lie, I was extremely nervous,” senior fullback D.J. Warren said. “But when they came here they told me straight up, ‘You’re going to have a chance.’ From that point on, I’ve just been working so hard, trying to get better every day.”RELATED: Kentucky’s J.D. Harmon to sit 1st half for blockRELATED: Patrick Towles more than game manager for UKHe has. The Cats have. Kentucky travels to LSU this weekend needing just one more win to be eligible for a bowl game for the first time since 2010.“I tell myself all the time I wish I was a freshman right now,” Warren said. “Honestly, it’s an incredible feeling to be a part of something like this. It sucks that it’s my senior year. I kind of wish I could stick around a little bit longer.”Not every senior can say that after experiencing a coaching change halfway through his career. Most of them on this team, though, share Warren’s opinion of Stoops.“He stands in front of this group and says, ‘There is no my guys. You’re all Kentucky Wildcats. You’re my guys. Whether I recruited you or I didn’t recruit you, you’re my guys,’ ” offensive coordinator Neal Brown said. “He’s sincere. I think that probably doesn’t get talked about enough, but he’s a really sincere individual, and the kids understand.“He’s not one that is trying to sell anything. He’s sincere, and when he says, ‘You’re my guy,’ that’s what he means.”Kyle Tucker can be reached at (502) 582-4361. Follow him on Twitter @KyleTucker_CJ. LEXINGTON, Ky. – The simple way to explain the University of Kentucky football team’s dramatic turnaround is that it’s all about the new guys. Second-year coach Mark Stoops has recruited better than at any point in the program’s recent history and the players he’s brought in are making an instant impact.Ten of the Wildcats’ top 11 receivers this season are Stoops recruits. Each of the top four rushers on this surprise 5-1 team are guys the new coach and his staff landed since December of 2012. Because of that, Stoops has fielded plenty of questions about his guys.He bristles at the implication.“They’re all my guys. I care about all of them,” Stoops said. “I think the tone is set by our older guys. I don’t think they get enough credit for what they’re doing to change the culture in our locker room. They’ve really been good, and they’ve been a pleasure to coach.”Kentucky’s veteran players say that isn’t just lip service, that Stoops has gone out of his way to make them feel as much a part of this transformation as the new blood. That was his message from the very first meeting with his team some 22 months ago.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

Bamford feels his patience has paid off

first_imgSee also:Chelsea youngster likened to Torres after superb performanceSolanke’s maturity is the key to his progress, says Nevin Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Blues U-19s demolish MariborClick for more“Everyone wants to start every game. With our [Boro’s] squad it’s difficult and you’ve got to be patient,” Bamford said.“I think I had to be patient at the start but I’m enjoying the run of games at the minute.”Tuesday’s thrashing of Norwich took Boro above the Canaries and up to second in the table.Bamford added: “I’m loving it. It’s nice scoring but the most important thing is helping the team win. I’m delighted I can do that.“We’re happy because we’re winning games, but it’s still only November and I don’t think you can get carried away.”Bamford scored eight goals in 21 appearances during a loan spell at Derby last term.The Rams snapped him up after he netted 14 times in 23 league appearances during a loan spell at MK Dons earlier in the campaign.center_img Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford feels he has been rewarded for his patience since joining Middlesbrough on loan.The 21-year-old striker was a substitute for Boro at the start of the season and four of his 11 appearances for the Championship club have been from the bench.But he has played a starring role of late, scoring in both games as they beat Rotherham 3-0 and Norwich 4-0.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Transfer gossip: Begovic looking to leave Chelsea, Sun say

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving the area’s clubs…With the transfer window now closed, there is already speculation over what might happen when it reopens in the summer.Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has become frustrated at Chelsea and is looking to leave, according to The Sun.AdChoices广告The newspaper has been predicting an exodus of players from Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. And following Ramires’ recent move and skipper John Terry’s announcement that he will be leaving in the summer, The Sun say Begovic is ‘preparing to join the exodus’.The Bosnian is said to have been ‘stunned’ that he was not selected for Sunday’s FA Cup game at MK Dons.Begovic has been frozen out since Thibaut Courtois’ return from injuryMeanwhile, Italian media reports say Marco Motta could still secure a move to QPR.West London Sport recently revealed that the former Juventus defender, 29, was on trial at Loftus Road and later revealed that a short-term deal was discussed before Motta was eventually told he would not be getting the contract he wanted.But reports in his native country still claim that there is a chance he could be retained. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more