Upgrade on the way to 230 km/h

first_imgWITH plans to build a high speed maglev route between Berlin and Hamburg now forgotten, German Railway is forging ahead with upgrading of its main line between the two cities to allow 230 km/h running. Work during 2003 alone is costing €220m. From July 14 to September 27 the main line will be shut over the 90 km between Nauen and Neustadt (Dosse) to allow upgrading work to proceed unhindered.Work scheduled during the blockade includes stabilising the formation over 13 km, replacement of nine level crossings by bridges, and reconstruction of a bridge over the Grosser Havelländische canal, together with rebuilding of a major road bridge in Nauen. At the same time 16 sets of points will be replaced and resignalling work carried out. ICE and IC services will be diverted via Stendal with journey times extended by up to 25min. Some regional services will be replaced by buses.Once the upgrading has been completed next year, DB expects to cut the fastest inter-city journey times over the 264 km route to 93min.last_img read more

Zimbabwe’s education stakeholders hail signing of “progressive” law

first_imgZimbabwe’s Vendor Law Zimbabwe says compliance with indeginization law still low MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JANUARY, 15 (RUSSIA OUT) President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa is seen during Russian-Zimbabwean meeting at the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, January, 15, 2019. Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa is having his first visit to Russia. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images) FILE PHOTO: President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)Education stakeholders in Zimbabwe welcomed a law signed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa which made sweeping changes to critical aspects of school life in the southern Africa nation.One of the major amendments of the Education Act is to prohibit government schools from excluding girls who fall pregnant from coming to school.Before the coming into force of the law, a girl faced expulsion from school for falling pregnant. However, the boy responsible for impregnating the girl, if so, did not face such consequences.The law also prohibits the use of corporal punishment by teachers on students. According to Human Rights Watch, more than 100 countries globally have banned the practice.Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) CEO Sifiso Ndlovu welcomed the law particularly praising the amendments of inclusion of pregnant girls and ending corporal punishment, the latter which he described as “an old-fashioned tool of instilling discipline.”“It (corporal punishment) has the effect of engendering a violent society. We also support any measure meant to safeguard the interests and rights of the girl child. One such provision is outlawing the exclusion of those that fall pregnant. This is what other societies have embraced and we fully support the provision,” Ndlovu said.However, Raymond Majongwe, secretary-general of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe, cautioned that the idea of banning corporal punishment needed further consideration. Majongwe argued that students might deliberately engage in illicit behavior in the knowledge that there will be no repercussions for their actions.“There should have been more consultation on these measures, especially on corporal punishment. Pupils and students may end up abusing drugs knowing they will not be punished.”In terms of the Act, any disciplinary policy shall not allow any treatment which does not respect the human dignity of a pupil. School authorities are now mandated to draw up a disciplinary policy in accordance with standards set out in regulations prescribed by the minister.The law also prohibits students from being excluded from school for non-payment of school fees. It also allows the minister to determine school fees taking into consideration the location and status of a given school.These amendments will be vital to keeping many students in school given the fact that many Zimbabweans struggle financially as the country’s economy continues deteriorating.Relatedcenter_img Zimbabwe repeals indigenization lawlast_img read more

Scottish Crime Survey Reveals People Feel Safer In Their Communities

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInJustice Secretary Humza Yousaf has welcomed official figures showing Scotland has become a safer place over the last decade following large falls in both overall crime and the likelihood of being a victim, a major survey has confirmed.The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS 2018-19) of more than 5,500 adults – which includes incidents not reported to the police – shows that people are less likely to experience crime than in 2008-09 and they feel safer in their communities.Overall crime in Scotland has fallen by 45% since 2008-09, while violent crime has almost halved (down by 48%) over the same period.One-in-eight (12.4%) adults in Scotland experienced crime in 2018-19, compared to one-in-five (20.4%) in 2008-09 – a rate that remains lower than England and Wales with an equivalent figure of 14.9%. The proportion of adults experiencing violence has fallen from 4.1% in 2008/09 to 2.2%.Victimisation rates continued to vary among the population in 2018-19. The likelihood of experiencing any crime was higher among those living in the 15% most deprived and urban areas, and lower for those aged 60 and over. There was no significant difference in the proportion of men and women who were victims.Repeat violent victimisation – where someone was a victim of at least two violent incidents – fell from 1.6% in 2008-09 to 0.7% in 2018-19. This group experienced around 60% of all violent crime.Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said:“While it is encouraging that Scotland remains a safer place than a decade ago, with fewer victims of crime, there is no room for complacency.“Our firm focus on early intervention and prevention, including through widely-recognised anti-violence initiatives such as the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, No Knives Better Lives and Medics Against Violence, have been, and continue to be, critical to our efforts to keep crime down and communities safe.“We continue to invest in Scotland’s excellent police service and in communities themselves – through education and a range of projects, to help people to stay safe, to steer those at risk of being drawn into crime away from it and to support those with convictions to turn away from offending.“Where people do fall victim to crime, the Scottish Government has been investing millions of pounds and implementing reforms to strengthen how the justice system, wider public services and other organisations can support them.”The survey also included findings from questions on people’s experience of cyber fraud or computer misuse. These covered a broad range of activity, from being sent a scam email through to theft of bank details – with the first results suggesting one-in-five adults (20.4%) experienced this in 2018-19.Most victims said that cyber fraud and computer misuse incidents had no impact on them, but they reported having changed some of their online behaviours as a result.The publication of this information marks an important step in enhancing the evidence base on cyber crime in Scotland. The Scottish Government is working closely with Police Scotland, and other partners, to raise awareness of cyber risks and how to become more resilient online, through a number of campaigns and educational interventions.BackgroundThe full statistical publication, drawn from interviews between April 2018 and May 2019, is available on the Scottish Government website.The Scottish Crime and Justice Survey is one of the Scottish Government’s flagship national surveys. The survey allows the people of Scotland to independently report their experiences and perceptions of crime, and influence the continued development and improvement of the Scottish Justice system.New for 2018-19 are results relating to experiences of cyber fraud or computer misuse. These questions represent an important step in developing the cyber crime evidence base in Scotland. The Scottish Government welcomes feedback from users on this data, including how to maximise the contribution it makes to the evidence base on cyber crime, and areas for future development. These results will also be used to inform the evaluation of the current cyber strategy for Scotland.last_img read more

Election Day melee

first_img RelatedFight breaks out on Election DayBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Two men were arrested on Election Day after an altercation involving a political candidate, local residents and police officers took place outside the steps of City Hall. Jose “Joe” Ochoa and Roger Salinas, who was running for Place 1 on the                 Port…May 11, 2018In “News”Salinas responds to PI’s partial motion to dismiss lawsuitBy Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Robert Salinas, former administrator for the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation, has responded to the City of Port Isabel’s partial motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Salinas, via his lawyer.  Salinas’ lawyer, Mark A. Sanchez, writes in the response that Salinas has given sufficient evidence…May 15, 2020In “News”Laguna Heights men charged with assault, theftBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Cameron County Sheriffs deputies aided Precinct 1 constables in the arrest of 36-year-old Laguna Heights resident Steven Amado Lopez last week. Amado was charged with one count of assault family violence, two counts of resisting arrest, one charge of evading arrest — all…April 29, 2016In “News” Sheriff’s office charges six in connection with altercationBy DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comA total of six people face felony charges in connection with an altercation that took place outside Port Isabel City Hall on Election Day.Former candidate for Commissioner Place 1, Rogerio “Roger” Salinas, along with his two sons, Roger and Robert Salinas, and Guadalupe Zurita have each been charged with one count of injury to a disabled individual — a third degree felony.Salinas’ wife, Elizabeth “Lisa” Salinas, has been charged with one count of assault on a public servant — a third degree felony, and one count of assault — a Class A misdemeanor. Another woman, Viola Cisneros, was also charged with one count of assault on a public servant.The four Salinas family members were arraigned by Associate Judge Louis S. Sorola Wednesday afternoon. According to magistrate court staff, Zurita and Cisneros were arraigned Tuesday evening.Sorola gave all four men $3,000 bonds payable by cash or surety. Cisneros was also given a $3,000 bond. But, for Lisa Salinas, Sorola assessed a $15,000 bond for the felony assault charge, payable by cash or surety, and an additional $5,000 personal recognizance bond for the misdemeanor assault charge.During a press conference at the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday morning, Sheriff Omar Lucio explained that the charges stemmed from assaults on four people during a fight that occurred across the street from Port Isabel City Hall on election night.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Sharelast_img read more

Anchorage Subway Trashed in Suspected Spice Induced Incident

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A naked woman who was suspected of being impaired by the drug spice trashed an Anchorage Subway Tuesday night. Anchorage Police received the report around 7:30 pm that employees witnessed a woman enter the east Anchorage restaurant, disrobe, and proceed to break computers, rip down ceiling tiles and spray a fire extinguisher. She was taken into custody by officers and transported to a local hospital. Kenai Peninsula resident Jessica Burch has created a group to increase the awareness of the damaging effects of that designer drug. Burch organized the October 4 protest to raise awareness of spice locally. Burch: “When I was diagnosed with pneumonia because I kept going to the hospital for breathing problems because I was smoking spice and I couldn’t breathe. I didn’t tell the doctor that I was smoking spice because I was embarrassed and so they just diagnose you off of what they know.” She says while she used spice she saw how the symptoms of its addiction can be easily mistaken for other things and believes that is why people do not see the problem in the community. Burch is now pursuing the education to become an addiction counsellor in the community with an emphasis on designer drugs like spice. Burch: “In Anchorage you hear and see on TV, it seems like it’s targeted by Beans Cafe and it’s just this special type of people that are using this stuff and it’s not.”last_img read more

All eyes on Miyazato in Hokkaido

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Unheralded Chiharu Yamaguchi found herself on top of the leaderboard after completing her round with a 5-under 67, which included six birdies and a bogey. center_img TOMAKOMAI, Hokkaido – Ai Miyazato put on a solid performance in the rain-hit opening round of her homecoming event, going 3-under-par after 17 holes at the Japan LPGA Championship Konica Minolta Cup on Thursday.U.S. LPGA Tour rookie Miyazato, making her first tournament appearance in Japan this year, carded four birdies and a bogey before play was suspended because of darkness with 36 players left on the Nidom Classic Course.last_img read more

‘It’s offer time’ becoming a frequent phrase heard by Clinton’s Akers

first_imgBy some measures, receiving a scholarship offer from a football program that owns multiple national championships is the high point for a prospect.It was certainly special for Clinton athlete Cam Akers, who was offered by Alabama on Monday.Fortunately, this is likely just the beginning for the state’s top-ranked sophomore.“(Alabama) got in touch with my parents first because they’re not able to contact me (directly) yet,” Akers said. “My dad said ‘it’s offer time’ and told me to call them.“For them to offer me, it’s big. Right now they’re one of the top three schools in college football, period. When you get an offer from them, it turns heads.”An Alabama offer provided a boost to Akers’ recruitment, but the 2017 athlete needed little help from any program to turn heads last season. The 6-foot, 205-pounder racked up 2,693 yards of total offense, passed for 20 touchdowns and ran in 17 of his own.Colleges took notice and the four-star prospect added offers from Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Vanderbilt to a list that already included Mississippi State and Ole Miss.This spring, the athlete continued to impress at camps throughout the southeast, and earned MVP honors at Rivals’ Dallas camp.“I just had to go put on for Mississippi,” he said. “With my performance (at the Rivals camp), I just had a feeling I was going to win. My route running, my catching, drill work was really strong.”Akers lined up as a wide receiver and running back in one-on-one drills. Going up against players older than him wasn’t intimidating.They were battles he expected to win.“The hardest guy I went up against, I know he committed to (play in) the Under Armour All-American Game. I made him look crazy,” he said. “Some other guy is a cornerback who just committed to Tennessee. I also made him look crazy.“I don’t care how old you are or what grade you’re in. If you get in front of me, I’m going to give you a run for your money.”Akers did just that routinely during his sophomore season, leading Clinton to a 10-win finish in 2014. Given where he might wind up on a Friday night – at quarterback, running back, slot receiver, or safety – the same question is often asked.Where will he play in college?“Pretty much all my schools want me at running back,” he said. “Georgia Tech runs the triple option and wants me at quarterback. Louisville hasn’t offered me yet but wants me at slot receiver or strong safety. That shocked me because I don’t have a lot of film out there of me at that position. I think Mississippi State may try to see what I can do at (strong safety), too.”A natural running back, Akers excels at making plays in a system that allows him the freedom to improvise and dominate opponents with his athletic edge.With roughly two years left in his recruitment, there are several offers Akers hopes to garner by the end of this summer – LSU, Florida State, Georgia and TCU included.Receiving attention early in the process from some of the top programs in college football serves to prepare the athlete for what he could face during his junior and senior year.Akers hopes his dad will have the chance to say ‘it’s offer time” more frequently.last_img read more

Di Matteo praises tireless Chelsea after demolition of QPR

first_imgRoberto Di Matteo hailed his players after their 6-1 demolition of QPR in the west London derby.The Chelsea interim boss had to make changes at the back, with David Luiz and Gary Cahill injured and Branislav Ivanovic suspended, but his team easily saw off a Rangers side that were outclassed from start to finish.Their Champions League exploits mean the games are coming thick and fast for the Blues as they chase a top-four finish, but they show no signs of wilting.AdChoices广告Di Matteo declared: “After a Champions League game it’s always difficult in the next game, so I am very pleased with the way we played.“I have to say the team surprised me. I wasn’t expecting that – I was hoping we’d really put a great performance in today.“Every player in our squad is important and we won with an unusual back four. They did brilliantly to keep QPR at bay.“It is great for this club that we have all these players full of confidence and belief.”Click here for our Chelsea v Rangers quizSee also: Terry scores and Torres nets a hat-trick as Chelsea humiliate QPRFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Derby v QPR player ratings

first_imgEmbed from Getty Images Ryan Manning: 7Again playing at left-back, Manning responded well to an iffy performance against Blackburn with another impressive showing. Was caused problems by Wilson but stuck to the task.Bright Osayi-Samuel: 7Lively throughout. A constant problem for Scott Malone, not least when he robbed the former Fulham man and created a great chance for Tomer Hemed.Massimo Luongo: 7Scrapped in midfield, helping Rangers frustrate the home side for large spells.Josh Scowen: 7Continued his recent good form. Won countless challenges and used the ball well, including when he played in Nahki Wells in the first half, but the striker was unable to take advantage.Luke Freeman: 7Desperately unfortunate to have a penalty awarded against him – particularly harsh in light of the outstanding defensive work Freeman contributed throughout the game.Nahki Wells: 6Worked hard up front but rarely posed a goal threat and didn’t react quickly enough when set up by Scowen in the first half.Tomer Hemed: 5Sluggish. As shown by his inability to get to Osayi-Samuel’s low cross.Matt Smith: 6Made an impact after coming on but missed a good chance by heading wide. QPR were beaten by two injury-time goals by Harry Wilson at Pride Park in their penultimate away match of a troubled season. Here’s how we rated each Rangers player in the 2-0 defeat against Derby.Joe Lumley: 7Almost kept out Wilson’s 94th-minute penalty having produced a number of saves, including when he pushed Mason Mount’s effort on to the post.Pawel Wszolek: 7Did well at right-back. Defended solidly, covered his centre-backs through the middle when needed and also managed to get forward frequently.AdChoices广告Darnell Furlong: 7Comfortable in the centre of defence, despite preferring playing at right-back. Defended well and went close to scoring with a first-half header.Geoff Cameron: 7Deployed at centre-back and his performance suggested he ought to have been given a role there before now.Embed from Getty Images See also:Mission accomplished for QPR, says EustaceQPR lose at Derby but are safe Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

MVP Semple leads President’s College to U18 title

first_imgPresident’s College, Marian Academy and the Bishops’ High were crowned Boys U18, Girls Division and U14 champions respectively when the National School Basketball Festival [NSBF] Regional Finals concluded on Friday. Staged at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Homestretch Avenue, East Coast Demerara unit President’s College beat Marian Academy 72-64 in the U18 final.Richard Semple registered a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Jushaun Bailey added 17 points and seven rebounds. Contributing 13 points was Jesse James.For Marian Academy, Jether Harris bagged a monstrous double-double of 35 points and 16 rebounds. He was assisted by Tyrese James who scored 11 points and five rebounds, while Shamar Atwell added eight points and four assists.The girls division winner Marian Academy In the awards section, Semple walked away with the Most Valuable Player [MVP] accolade, while Israel Yaw of Georgetown Technical Institute [GTI] was adjudged the Best Defensive Player.In the girls division final, Marian Academy defeated Queen’s College 36-24. Kelliann Sauers recorded 11 points and eight rebounds in the win, while Aaliyah Singh and Angel Rajaram added eight and five points respectively.For Queen’s College, Naomi Barkoye amassed 14 points and 20 rebounds while Luanna Mohan chipped in with four points and six rebounds. In the individual section, Sauers of Marian Academy copped the MVP award while Barkoye of Queen’s College was adjudged the Best Defensive Player.In the Boys U14 final,  Bishops’ High defeated St. Rose’s High 35-32. Jaden Howard recorded a double-double of 14 points and as many rebounds in the win, while Matthias Arrindell added nine points and eight rebounds.For the loser, Carmelo Man-Son-Hing tallied 15 points and six rebounds, while Chris Perez added seven points and 12 rebounds. Howard of the defending champion was adjudged the division’s MVP and Best Defensive Player. The tournament was sponsored by Edward B. Beharry & Company Ltd, Banks DIH LTD, Exxon Mobil and the National Sports Commission.last_img read more