Donau launches Star Line

first_imgThe Star Lines regular service will connect Passau in southeast Germany to Ruse, just south of Bucharest, via Vidin in Bulgaria.Intermediate ports of call include Enns, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Turnu Severin, and Vidin. The service will be extended as far as Constanta and Reni, should sufficient demand exist.Two ro-ro vessels – Jumbo One and Jumbo Two – will operate on the new service. Each vessel is capable of handling loads 70 m long by 19.5 m wide. The maximum permissible load on the ro-ro ramp is 92-tonnes, with a maximum load on deck of 10 tonnes per sq m.Sailings are expected to commence in June 2015.  www.donaustar.comlast_img read more

Ann Billiau

first_imgAnn Billiau has been appointed Director-General of Network Access at Infrabel, succeeding Luc Vansteenkiste, who moved to become Director-General of Infrastructure on October 1. Having joined SNCB in 1993, she has worked in the Network Access unit since 2005.last_img

Voestalpine acquires Sydney Trains’ track component business

first_imgAUSTRALIA: Following a competitive tender, Sydney Trains has selected Voestalpine VAE Railway Systems to buy its Bathurst Rail Fabrication Centre track component and rail welding plant. ‘A 2012 review of the BRFC found it to be a solid business that would benefit from the innovation and technology of private sector expertise to fully realise its growth potential’, said Sydney Trains Chief Executive Howard Collins on December 16. ‘Having a company of this calibre bring its international experience to the BFRC is a win for those who are employed at the facility, as well as for the region and for Sydney Trains.’ BRFC has 51 staff and generated revenue of €34m in 2013. Sydney Trains has entered into a seven-year agreement for VAE to meet its welding, track and turnout requirements.‘BRFC is one of the five largest railway system providers in Australia’, said Franz Kainersdorfer, head of VAE’s Metal Engineering Division. ‘This acquisition extends our product and customer portfolio in Australia to include passenger and local traffic, and continues to expand our already excellent market position further. Thanks to the affiliated welding plant, we have opened up additional business opportunities within the Voestalpine Group’.last_img read more

Alstom slab track approved for testing

first_imgGERMANY: Federal railway authority EBA has approved Alstom’s NBT concrete slab track for operational testing.To obtain the German approval, Alstom worked with notified body TÜV Rheinland InterTraffic and Technische Universität München’s Department of Civil, Geo & Environmental Engineering.Alstom co-developed NBT for use on mixed-traffic main line railways with trains running at speeds of up to 360 km/h. The company says NBT offers a long lifespan and availability, and can be installed faster than traditional slab track using a construction process derived from its Appitrack urban rail technology which allows up to 300 m to be laid per day.last_img read more

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint: Episode 2 out now

first_img Credit: Ubisoft Credit: Ubisoft Credit: Ubisoft Credit: Ubisoft Credit: Ubisoft Credit: Ubisoftcenter_img Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint: Episode 2 has been released today for Xbox One, PS4, PC and Google Stadia. The Start of Episode 2 coincides with the release of the Title Update 2.0 which includes the new Ghost Experience and several other major additions.Breakpoint has received a fair amount of criticism since it launched and Ubisoft are hoping that this new update will reverse the fortunes of the game.Watch the Breakpoint Episode 2 trailer below:Update 2.0 is the biggest update yet for Breakpoint and will include:A new story Adventure: Tied to Episode 2 including eight narrative missions where players will team up with Sam Fisher, the renowned character from Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell. Together, they uncover a plot to develop mind-controlled military drones, and they will have to stop its development on Auroa. The Adventure will introduce new stealth-focused gameplay elements and feature cinematics with the voice of Michael Ironside. The full Adventure will be available to all Year One Pass owners or as a standalone purchase. All players will have access to the first mission and its 2 rewards for free and will be able to join co-op parties with friends owning the Adventure. In all, ten new exclusive Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell-themed mission rewards will be available for players to earn, provided they own the Year One Pass or Adventure from mission 2 onwards. Credit: Ubisoft Credit: Ubisoft Credit: UbisoftTwo new classes: Available in both PvE and PvP modes, with a one-week exclusivity for Year One pass owners, starting 24th March. The Echelon class: Focuses on stealth, allowing players to move silently to eliminate enemies quietly. The Echelon Class’s special ability, Sonar Vision, helps players detect enemies through walls and disturb drones.The Engineer class: Lets players deal more damage to drones and be more effective with grenade launchers and its special ability, the Defense Drone, will attack nearby enemies, while its class tool, the Supply Drone, provides allies with an extra magazine of buffed ammo.The Ghost Experience: A new mode free to all players that will offer new immersive and tactical options to players and let them fully customise their experience, with the possibility of removing gear level and using a more realistic loot system. All details about the new mode can be found here.PVP updates: Including 4 new maps and a map voting option.Update 2.0 also features a host of community-requested features, including camera placement, BASE jumping, weapon/gear sorting options, vehicles, respawn system improvements, gunsmith updates and more. All details can be found here.View some new screenshots in our gallery below:last_img read more

Brain surgery for newlywed after ‘Durban blast’ in family living room

first_img“On Thursday evening, Saleem Khan told local media that his son had undergone brain surgery and remained in critical condition.” Image courtesy: IOL “On Thursday evening, Saleem Khan told local media that his son had undergone brain surgery and remained in critical condition.” Image courtesy: IOLA victim of a bomb attack that injured five in a residential area of Durban has undergone brain surgery.Zakariah Khan, son to Saleem Khan – who is believed to have been the target of the attack – was seriously injured when a bomb hidden within a “Get Well Soon” gift exploded outside the Khan family home.Zakariah’s wife, Maseeha, and his grandmother, Sara-Bibi, were also injured in the attack.On Thursday evening, Saleem Khan told local media that his son had undergone brain surgery and remained in critical condition.“He also has massive burns on his skin,” Saleem told South Africa media.“My mother [Sara-Bibi Khan] is still in hospital and due to the extent of her lacerations, may require the amputation of her leg.“My daughter-in-law [Maseeha] is out of hospital but is very traumatised.”Two explosives hidden within a pot plant delivery, with a card saying “Get Well Soon” arrived at the Khan home last week. When 22-year-old Zakariah opened the parcel in the living room where his wife and grandmother were also sitting, the first explosive went off.The two delivery men who dropped off the parcel were also injured.Saleem arrived home soon after to find his family bleeding and in “extreme shock” in the ripped-up lounge.They were rushed to hospital, and police later found a second explosive in the pot.No suspects have been arrested yet.last_img read more

Elite taps Belo as No.1 PBA draft pick

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Elite taps Belo as No.1 PBA draft pick ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – Aiming to improve its campaign in the upcoming season, the Blackwater Elite has enlisted Rey Mark Belo as their top overall pick in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday at Robinson’s Place in Ermita, Manila.According to Elite head coach Leo Isaac, he chose to pick the former Far Eastern University Tamaraws star since he is the complete package: a big man that has a shooting touch from outside.“Although hindi talaga siya yung malaki na player, pero siya yung big guy na kumpleto at nakitaan natin ng galing locally and internationally sa napakamurang edad niya,” Isaac said.The Midsayap, Cotabato-native Belo, for his part, is ready to do everything he can to help the Elite, which finished in the lower half of the standings in its first two seasons in the league.“Ibibigay ko ‘yung best ko na makatulong sa team. Marami rin silang young players at mga veterans. Hopefully, marami kamig matutunan at maganda ang maitakbo ng team,” Belo said.Phoenix Fuel Master, on the other hand, drafted Filipino-American Matthew Wright as second overall pick, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings selected Kevin Ferrer at No. 3, while the Mahindra Floodbuster signed Russel Escoto at No. 4.Star Hotshots drafted Jiovani Jalalon at No. 5, the San Miguel Beermen picked up Arnold Van Opstal at No. 6, the Meralco Bolts went after Eduardo Daquioag at No. 7, while the NLEX Road Warriors enlisted Alfonso Gotladera at No. 8.Meanwhile, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters picked Chris Michael Tolomia at No. 9. The Alaska Aces selected Carl Bryan Cruz at No. 10, while GlobalPort Batang Pier and TNT Katropa claimed Von Pessumal and Roger Pogoy, respectively.BANAL TOPS ‘REGULAR DRAFT’Raphael Banal, meanwhile, was selected by the Elite as its top-overall pick in the PBA regular rookie draft, which succeeded the special drafts for the Gilas Pilipinas Cadets members.Elite team manager Jonson Martines said that they chose the 6-foot-2 Banal, son of former PBA coach Joel Banal, due to his ability to play point guard and his accurate outside shooting.“We’re very impressed with his (Banal) performance during the PBA Rookie Draft Combine,” said Martines. “He’s a big guard with a good outside shooting. I think he can really help us in our campaign next season.”/PN [/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Argo baseball team draws crowd at annual scout day

first_img Share Argo position players and pitchers were evaluated by major league scouts at the Argos’ Professional Scout Day. (Photo by UWF Athletic Communications)    PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida baseball team enjoyed a large showing from Major League Baseball organizations at its annual Professional Scout Day in October.The Argonaut position players were timed in the 60-yard dash and evaluated for arm strength, footwork, fielding ability and hitting by 12 different MLB organizations. Pitchers were clocked by radar guns in pitching sessions to determine velocity.”Every player we have come through our program has a dream of player professional baseball,” UWF coach Mike Jeffcoat said. “I believe that as long as the players understand that their teammates and the program come first to achieve team success, we will do all we can to help them reach the next level.”The UWF baseball team is entering its final month of fall activities before the winter break.For information on all UWF athletics, visit #ARGOS#Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Argo baseball team draws crowd at annual scout daylast_img read more

IATA: Penumpang Mabuk Dalam Penerbangan Naik 35 Persen

first_img(Daily Express) Insiden yang kerap kali terjadi dalam penerbangan yakni penumpang mabuk dan ini membuat awak kabin dan penumpang lain sulit untuk mengendalikannya bila terjadi hal yang tidak di inginkan. Bahkan insiden penumpang mabuk meningkat dalam beberapa tahun terakhir.Baca juga: Gara-Gara Vodka, Penumpang Mabuk Hina Awak Kabin dengan Sebutan “Pedofil”Asosiasi Transportasi Udara Internasional atau International Air Transport Association (IATA) yang menaungi maskapai-maskapai mengatakan dalam 1053 penerbangan ada satu keributan dan ini naik 35 persen dari tahun sebelumnya. IATA sendiri mengatakan 27 persen dari kasus tersebut melibatkan konsumsi alkohol dan 24 persen lainnya ketidakpatuhan terhadap rokok. “Amarah di udara karena minuman beralkohol lebih sering. Beberapa agensi yang mengawasi peraturan penerbangan sekarang berkolaborasi dengan maskapai komersial untuk meninjau praktik penjualan dan konsumsi alkohol saat ini di bar bandara maupun di dalam penerbangan,” ujar Robert Quigley, wakil presiden senior untuk SOS dan MedAire Internasional yang dikutip dari (6/4/2019).Bisa dikatakan masalahnya sebenarnya sederhana yakni banyaknya penumpang mabuk dalam penerbangan. Namun, solusi untuk masalah ini bukanlah hal yang sederhana dan beberapa penumpang mengatakan bahwa maskapai penerbangan untuk membatasi penjualan minuman beralkohol.Tetapi maskapai sendiri lebih kearah perbaikan peraturan dikarenakan mereka enggan kehilangan pendapatan dari penjualan minuman beralkohol. Untuk masalah penumpang mabuk, untungnya awak kabin juga dibekali pelatihan untuk menangani hal tersebut dan memiliki kebijakan ketat untuk mencegah penumpang mabuk tetapi hal tersebut tidak selalu bekerja dengan mulus.Randall Flick yang merupakan pensiunan pilot mengatakan, pelancong mabuk dan petugas gate sama-sama bersalah. “Dia (penumpang) seharusnya minum lebih sedikit sebelum naik. Dia (petugas gate) seharusnya menyaring dengan benar dan menjauhkan mereka dari pesawat,” ujarnya.“Petugas gerbang tidak selalu memperhatikan ketika seorang penumpang mabuk. Sebagian besar waktu, penumpang mabuk hanya pergi tidur ketika ketinggian kabin naik selama penerbangan. Tapi penumpang mabuk bisa membahayakan keselamatan orang lain selama keadaan darurat,” tambahnya.Sayangnya alkohol tidak selalu menjadi masalah utama, sebab tahun ini dalam penerbangan Delta Airlines dari Seattle ke Los Angeles ada seorang penumpang yang diduga menolak duduk dan berjalan ke arah kokpit beberapa kali. Hal ini kemudian membuat penerbangan tersebut dialihkan ke Portland, Oregon dan polisi mengamankan penumpang yang mengatakan kepada pihak berwenang dan ternyata menggunakan metafetamin sebelum naik ke pesawat.Industri penerbangan percaya bahwa lebih banyak peraturan akan membantu. Asosiasi transportasi, yang mewakili industri penerbangan di seluruh dunia, telah melobi untuk perjanjian internasional yang lebih kuat untuk mencegah perilaku nakal. Dikatakan celah dalam konvensi internasional yang mengatur pelanggaran seperti itu memungkinkan banyak penumpang yang nakal untuk lepas dari hukuman.Asoisasi ingin, setidaknya, pihak berwenang untuk mengklarifikasi apa yang merupakan perilaku tidak teratur dan untuk memperkuat hak maskapai penerbangan untuk mencari pemulihan biaya yang signifikan untuk berurusan dengan penumpang yang nakal.“Kami membutuhkan lebih banyak negara, termasuk AS, untuk meratifikasi perjanjian baru yang menutup celah yang memungkinkan penumpang yang tidak patuh menghindari konsekuensi hukum apa pun dalam penerbangan internasional,” kata Tim Colehan, asisten direktur asosiasi tersebut.Para ahli percaya bahwa beberapa langkah praktis juga akan mengurangi jumlah penumpang yang tidak teratur di udara. MedAire’s Quigley mengatakan maskapai penerbangan perlu mengembangkan kebijakan industri yang membatasi jumlah minuman per penumpang dan untuk menegakkan kebijakan ini secara konsisten. Proses penyaringan gerbang juga harus diperketat, katanya, dan harus melibatkan personel keamanan bandara, bukan hanya karyawan maskapai.“Pramugari tidak dilatih atau diharapkan bertindak sebagai agen penegak hukum,” kata Quigley.Salah satu solusi yang jelas adalah berhenti menyajikan alkohol di atas pesawat, sebuah ide yang layak diperhitungkan, meski ada fakta minuman keras, bir, dan anggur merupakan lebih dari setengah penjualan dalam penerbangan, jadi tidak mungkin industri penerbangan akan pergi ke sana.Baca juga: Gara-Gara Penumpang Mabuk, Pesawat Scoot TR7 Mendarat Darurat di SydneySeperti biasa, perbaikannya terserah penumpang. Demi keselamatan Anda dan sesama penumpang, hindari minuman beralkohol atau obat-obatan rekreasi sebelum dan selama penerbangan. Jika Anda duduk di sebelah seseorang yang mabuk atau tinggi, jangan menunggu pintu kabin ditutup, tetapi laporkan penumpang segera, tetapi secara diam-diam, ke pramugari.Seseorang yang berbau seperti penyulingan seharusnya tidak diizinkan naik. Jika awak pesawat tidak melakukan apa-apa, dan tidak ada kursi kosong untuk dipindahkan, minta untuk mengambil penerbangan berikutnya.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more

Livescore: Latest Premier League results for Week 2 (Saturday), 2019/2020 EPL scores

first_imgThe Premier League enters its Match Day 2 this weekend across England.Arsenal play their first home fixture of the season, when they host Burnley in the early kick off.Watford travel to Everton, Brighton welcome West Ham and Liverpool are away to Southampton.The late kick-off will see Manchester City clash with Tottenham Hotspur.Saturday, August 1712:30 Arsenal vs Burnley15:00 Aston Villa vs AFC Bournemouth15:00 Brighton & Hove Albion vs West Ham United15:00 Everton vs Watford15:00 Norwich City vs Newcastle United15:00 Southampton vs Liverpool17:30 Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspurlast_img read more