Investment pace hotting up

first_imgTHE LAST month has seen furious activity in Britain as the industry struggles to keep pace with constant change. A ’Rail Summit’ attended by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott was scheduled for May 25, prompting many parties across the industry to try and demonstrate that they were pulling their weight.Among the more significant developments was an announcement by rolling stock leasing company Angel Trains on May 24 that it had placed a £90m order with Siemens for 25 four-car Desiro trainsets, with options for 500 cars. At this stage there is no lessee in place, but the units are destined to replace trains formed of MkI rolling stock which cannot legally remain in service after December 31 2002 unless fitted with devices to limit one underframe riding over another.Also of note is a ruling by the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority to put proposals for a high speed line to northern Britain (RG 4.00 p217) on a back burner while more studies are carried out. Selection of a preferred bidder for the InterCity East Coast franchise on the existing route is expected to be completed ’by July’.The SSRA’s refranchising process is forging ahead, and there were some surprise bidders for the second batch of three replacement franchises announced on April 19. South West Trains attracted interest from Netherlands Railways (which poses some interesting questions about subsidised national railways running ’private sector’ services in other countries), as well as Group 4, which specialises in running prisons under contract. Other bidders were the incumbent Stagecoach, Connex, GNER Holdings and FirstGroup. For the newly-drawn Trans-Pennine Express franchise budding franchisees included Arriva, FirstGroup, Virgin, VIA GTI, Connex, GNER, Serco and Group 4. National Express and Group 4 submitted bids for the Central Trains franchise.May 11 saw the Confederation of British Industry, the Freight Transport Association and the Rail Freight Group join train operators English Welsh & Scottish Railway, Freightliner and GB Railways in the launch of a campaign to promote investment in the rail freight industry. EWS published its own wish-list of projects and enhancements, which it estimates would cost £5bn. The company says this ’pales into insignificance’ compared to ’social and environmental benefits of existing volumes of freight by rail, estimated at £750m per annum or £7·5bn over 10 years.’ Around £2·7bn would be needed for capacity enhancement, £865m for loading gauge enhancement, £526m for running longer trains, nearly £300m for heavier axleloads, and £228m would be spent on electrification.Meanwhile, Railtrack has begun installing the Train Protection & Warning System at 11000 ’key signals’ across the network at a cost of £330m. For more details read Rail Business Intelligence. Call +44 1444 475 630 to subscribe.last_img read more

Dominica wants Europe to lift visa requirement to stimulate trade

first_img Share Share 55 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Dominica wants Europe to lift visa requirement to stimulate trade by: – November 30, 2013 ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – Dominica says it is pursuing efforts to get the European Union to remove the visa requirements for nationals travelling to Europe, saying that it was important to stimulate trade under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) signed with Europe five years ago.Junior Foreign Affairs Minister Alvin Bernard said Dominica has joined several countries in making the request.‘We have made some progress and we have had tremendous commitment from various representatives of the Council, but at the moment, the most recent report that we have received is that the Council is at the moment preoccupied with two other countries that have been included on the negative list.“Apparently the consideration of the request from Dominica is still for consideration…but it has been delayed because of the countries from the Middle Eastern area included on the list”.Bernard said Dominica was pursing the initiative “because we see the lifting of the visa requirement for Dominica and other affected countries, particularly signatories to the Economic partnership Agreement as critical.Dominica and other countries of the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) grouping signed the EPA in October 2008 that also provides substantial EU aid for trade.According to the European Union website, the purpose of the agreement is to make it easier for people and businesses from the two regions to invest in and trade with each other and thus to help Caribbean countries grow their economies and create jobs.“As you know we are signatories to the Economic Partnership Agreement between ACP (African Caribbean and Pacific) countries and the European Union and in order to fulfill the objectives of this agreement it is critical that we have free movement of our respective citizens because the EPA covers a number of areas including trade and in order to fulfill that it is important that we have free movement,” said Bernard.Last year, Cecilia Malmström, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs said the Commission was putting in place measures to allow citizens from six Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries travel to the Schengen area without a visa.She said the change is more than “just a symbolic gesture” and was intended to have a direct impact between the European Commission and Grenada.The countries named were St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.The Schengen area includes 22 EU member states and four associated States. The visa waiver will also apply to Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus which are not yet full members of the Schengen area.Caribbean Media Corporationcenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

‘Summer Fun under the Son’

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share EntertainmentLocalNews ‘Summer Fun under the Son’ by: – July 27, 2015 Sharecenter_img Share 294 Views   no discussions Roseau, Dominica July 27, 2015: Zion Praise Productions, known for the annual gospel event ‘Dominica Gospel Explosion’, is pleased to announce its first family fun day dubbed ‘Summer Fun under the Son’. Zion Praise Productions Inc. is an organization, established with the view of giving hope and encouragement to the youth of Dominica. Their upcoming event, Summer Fun under the Son, promises to be a very fun fill day with a total package set to accommodate the entire family. The event will feature Trinidadian gospel artist Positive known for his popular song Blessing after blessing. Also sharing the stage is an array of local artists carefully selected to cater to the all age groups. They are God Sent Team, Solace, Hill Top Singers, Sanctified, KJV, N’harmonikz, DJ Alfy, DJ Miracle and various dance ministries from across the island. Families will also have the chance to engage in family oriented activities and games to include the bouncing castles and competitive water and land sporting games. Family Fun under the Son is carded for Monday August 3, 2015 (August Monday) at Macoucherie Beach from 10 am to 6 pm.Sponsors for the event are Arden Sounds and Lights, Vibes Radio, Digicel, Fort Young Hotel, Image Area, Jolly’s Pharmacy, Robinsons and Associates, FedEx, Direct Auto, D&D Plumbing, Tonge Group of Companies, PetroCaribe, Archipelago Trading, Caribbean Concrete, Optipharm Inc., The Power of 8, Voice of Life Radio, M&R Trading, Greener Pastures Taxi Service, Andrea Tour Guiding Taxi Service. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 15 years and under and can be purchased from CLC Bookstore, Chaymack Hardware, Dominica Cabrits Agencies in Portsmouth and Zion Praise Productions members; Albert ‘DJ Alfy’ Raffoul, Gregory Christian, Yannick Victor and McPherson Thomas at Chaymack hardware.last_img read more

Nagico to give all Tropical Storm Erika claims ‘top priority’

first_imgBusinessLocalNews Nagico to give all Tropical Storm Erika claims ‘top priority’ by: – August 31, 2015 158 Views   2 comments Chairman of the NAGICO Group, Imran McSood AmjadNAGICO Insurances has made a commitment to settle all claims related to Tropical Storm Erika as quickly as possible in an effort to restore stability to their clients in Dominica as soon as possible following the devastation left in the wake of Tropical Storm Erika last week.The insurance company has issued a mandate to all its regional offices, in their 19 territories, to allow all their Dominican native clients residing in their respective islands to submit their claims there at any of their local Branch offices.“First of all we would like to offer our condolences and sympathies to the people of Dominica, following this catastrophic storm which has dealt a tremendous blow to the people and the country. We at NAGICO have been through this type of devastation before, as we have weathered several hurricanes in the past, so we understand how difficult a time this must be right now for the island. We intend to do our part to make the restoration process for our clients, as efficient and hassle free as possible,” Chairman of the NAGICO Group, Imran McSood Amjad said. “And as such we have already deployed additional staff from some of our neighboring territories to assist our local staff who are no doubt suffering loss or traumatized at this time given the recent events and we do not want to put them under any further strain. We have also deployed a team of Claims Adjusters who will be solely focusing on handling the storm related claims submitted by our clients, as well as other resources necessary to complete the claims process in a timely manner.”“Our hearts go out to the families who suffered loss and the entire population of Dominica at this time,” he said. “We have made a donation to the relief efforts and have started an internal Fund to further assist with restoration efforts, but one of our main focus now is to assist our client by settling their claims in a fast and fair manner as we have done in other territories which have had similar experiences like with Hurricane Lenny, Luis and Gilbert to name a few.”NAGICO Insurances has also advised that in addition to regular Monday to Friday office hours, their Branch Office in Dominica will be open on Saturdays until further notice, to handle all claims matters related to Tropical storm Erika. McSood also reminded clients that the sooner their claim is reported, the quicker they will be settled. “We know that communication is limited and transportation at this time almost non-existent as a result of the destruction caused so we are opening all avenues to our clients,” he said. “They can report their claim via our info@nagico.com email address, via our Dominica NAGICO facebook page by simply sending us a message, or call us at our office 449-8990 or mobile: 275-1314.” Share Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

MOE & Caricom Secretariat hosts TVET Forum

first_img Sharing is caring! Share EducationLocalNewsSecondary MOE & Caricom Secretariat hosts TVET Forum by: – March 8, 2016 64 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Roseau, Dominica…The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development in collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat will host a two-day seminar on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) on March 9 and 10, 2016 at the Fort Young Hotel.The TVET- Industry Linkages Forum is part of efforts to strengthen the region-wide implementation of the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) and to increase Dominica’s readiness to implement CVQs. The Caribbean Association of National Training Authorities (CANTA) and the Dominica Technical and Vocational Education and Training Council (DTVETC) are also supporting the forum. Private sector representatives as well as other TVET stakeholders will focus on the new CARICOM approved TVET strategy and its implications for strengthening the economic competitiveness of the region. The forum will also share the results of the CARICOM Trade and Competitiveness Project (CTPC) and raise issues of national socio-economic importance to guide discussion on the formulation of a national TVET Policy and a national strategic plan for TVET development. Participants of the forum will include educators, providers of TVET training, policy makers and industry practitioners who provide employment for graduates of TVET programmes. It is anticipated that the forum will generate intense discussion on how stakeholders will collaborate to develop a robust and sustainable system for implementing TVET in Dominica.last_img read more

RFMD® Announces ITC Lawsuit Withdrawn By Plaintiffs

first_imgRF Micro Devices, Inc. announced that Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (PSMI) has filed a motion to voluntarily withdraw the lawsuit it filed against RFMD in the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in February 2012. RFMD believes the decision by Peregrine to terminate the ITC proceeding is in response to developments in the case that have consistently validated RFMD’s longstanding position that no infringement of Peregrine’s patents occurred, and that the validity of the asserted Peregrine patents is clearly in doubt. RFMD respects the intellectual property rights of others and takes care to avoid infringements. RFMD has a strong intellectual property portfolio relating to RFICs and switching technology that RFMD has developed over many years. The Company is fully committed to its industry-leading product portfolio and plans to continue to vigorously defend its position in the companion case filed by Peregrine in April 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. For more information visit http://www.rfmd.com/last_img read more

Veteran Shimada to take title shot

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Veteran Takehiro Shimada will take on champion Paulus Moses of Namibia in a bid to wrest away his WBA lightweight belt later this month, Shimada’s gym said Friday.The 37-year-old Shimada will be bidding to become the oldest Japanese world champion when he fights Moses in the Namibian capital of Windhoek on July 25. “I want to deliver a performance that will move and encourage my fans,” said 13th-ranked Shimada.Shimada failed in his first shot at a world crown in June last year when he lost by technical knockout to Edwin Valero in a WBA super featherweight title fight. center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Sharks’ Evander Kane notches hat trick in first period in triumph over Hurricanes

first_img San Jose Sharks, Carolina Hurricanes, Evander Kane His only other hat trick was a four-goal game for the Sharks at Calgary on March 16, 2018. Kane also had an assist Wednesday. Barclay Goodrow and Tomas Hertl also scored goals, and Brent Burns and Hertl each had two assists for San Jose.Penguins 3, Avalanche 2 (OT)In Pittsburgh, Brandon Tanev scored a short-handed goal with 1:03 left in overtime to give the Penguins a win and hand Colorado their first loss of the season.Tanev’s shot from the bottom of the left circle was inadvertently knocked across the goal line by Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog near the far post.Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, Jake Guentzel scored and Matt Murray made 26 saves for Pittsburgh, which won its fourth straight.Matt Calvert and Nathan MacKinnon scored for the Avalanche, who entered the game 5-0-0, the last remaining NHL team without a loss. Philipp Grubauer made 30 saves for Colorado.Oilers 6, Flyers 3In Edmonton, Connor McDavid scored once in a five-point game, and Leon Draisaitl scored twice and added an assist as the Oilers made quick work of Philadelphia with their sixth win in seven games this season.McDavid has 17 points through seven games this season, a feat equaled by in franchise history only by Wayne Gretzky.Mikko Koskinen stopped 49 shots for Edmonton, which has won six of its seven contests.Ducks 5, Sabres 2In Anaheim, Rickard Rakell, Ryan Getzlaf and Adam Henrique scored second-period goals as the hosts rallied to hand Buffalo its first regulation defeat of the season.The Ducks, returning from a 2-2-0 road trip, won at home for the third time in three tries. The Sabres had their three-game winning streak snapped.Victor Olofsson scored his sixth goal of the season on the man advantage in the second period for Buffalo, extending his own record by becoming the first player in NHL history to score the first eight goals of his career all on the power play.Capitals 4, Maple Leafs 3In Washington, John Carlson finished with one goal and two assists and the hosts used a three-goal burst over 78 seconds in the second period to top Toronto and pick up their first home win in four tries this season.Carlson now has three goals and 11 assists to rank among the NHL scoring leaders. The defenseman assisted on Washington’s first two goals and scored the fourth one, while Nicklas Backstrom added a goal and an assist, and Jakub Vrana and Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for the Capitals.Toronto got first-period goals from Kasperi Kapanen and Ilya Mikheyev, seemingly taking charge with a 2-0 lead.Blue Jackets 3, Stars 2In Columbus, Zach Werenski and Alexander Wennberg each had first-period goals, and the hosts added to Dallas’ early-season misery.Sonny Milano had a highlight-reel, third-period goal, and Joonas Korpisalo stopped 30 shots as the Blue Jackets posted back-to-back wins for the first time on the young season. Columbus also extended its winning streak over Dallas to eight games.The Stars fell to 1-6-1 and continue to struggle on offense. KEYWORDS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOScenter_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Evander Kane scored a hat trick in the first period, and Martin Jones made it stand up with 36 saves as the San Jose Sharks picked up their third consecutive win with a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurriances on Wednesday.Kane became the first San Jose player to complete a hat trick in an opening period. He also became the ninth Sharks player to score three-plus goals in a single period, the first since Patrick Marleau had four goals in the third period at Colorado on Jan. 23, 2017. The Sharks’ Evander Kane (left), seen in a file photo, had five points against the Hurricanes on Wednesday in San Jose. | APlast_img read more

Aric Holman to have knee surgery, out up to four months

first_imgMississippi State incoming freshman Aric Holman will have knee surgery Wednedsay.Mississippi State incoming freshman Aric Holman will have knee surgery Wednedsay.STARKVILLE — Incoming freshman Aric Holman will have knee surgery on Wednesday and will miss three to four months, Mississippi State coach Ben Howland told the Clarion-Ledger.The micro fracture surgery is to repair a patellofemoral disorder that causes pain in the front of the knee. It’s a result of repetitive stress that wears down cartilage, eventually leading to cartilage detaching from the bone.The procedure could jeopardize Holman’s first year in Starkville.Holman signed with the Bulldogs at the end of May as a four-star, 6-foot-10 swing forward. The Owensboro, Kentucky native averaged 15.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.9 blocks per game last year.Holman is the fifth Bulldog to have surgery this year. Craig Sword had a second back surgery in the spring. Travis Daniels had surgery in May for a sports hernia. Fallou Ndoye should return by October after surgery on his wrist. Earlier this month, Xavian Stapleton underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.Sword, MSU recovering from an offseason of surgeriesWithout Holman, Mississippi State is limited to Ndoye, Daniels and Gavin Ware in the frontcourt.Howland hoped to use Holman as a swing-power forward that could spread the floor for Ware and Ndoye inside.Holman shot better than 60 percent from beyond the arc last year. He’s also a very good passer.“He has an unbelievable skill level,” Howland said when Holman signed in May. “His ability to shoot the ball and he’s not a good passer, he’s a great passer. He can handle the ball on the floor. He’s got a very, very bright future.”Howland believes Aric Holman will make immediate impactThe role now belongs to Daniels, who shot 28.9 percent from 3 last season.Howland has raved about Ndoye’s progression during the offseason. Ndoye’s biggest problem was staying on the court last year. He averaged a foul every five minutes. He fouled out of four games last season.Ware returns as the veteran among the bigs. He finished second on the team last year averaging 10 points per game. He also led the squad with 7.1 rebounds per game. Howland said in the offseason, he wants to get Ware more touches in the post this year.Practice opens for the Bulldogs on Oct. 5. The season begins Nov. 13 against Eastern Washington.Contact Michael Bonner at mbonner@gannett.com. Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.last_img read more

Madang hosts ‘friendship’ rugby challenge

first_imgRUGBY UNION BY FRANKIY KAPIN fkapin@spp.com.pg THE inaugural Madang Friendship 10-a-side rugby tournament kicking off this weekend is not only a sporting challenge but importantly reuniting a community of friendship. Madang Rugby Football Union President Jacky Tokom applauded the University of Divine Word for stepping in big and fielding the entire 10 teams for the tournament. He said the approach by the DWU and MAFU is about reviving the communal feeling of getting together and respecting one another. Tokom said the games to be hosted at the DWU rugby oval once more is aimed at the removing the negative perceptions in the once beautiful and tourism hub of Madang currently felt on all corners and aspects of livelihood including the social and recreational community. “This year Madang rugby pre-season is taking a different approach by introducing the friendship and unity pre-season rugby 10s challenge. The aim of the challenge is to build friendship between students at Divine Word University and the Maritime College with the outside community. Students who play rugby create teams from which the rest of the rugby union community in Madang town are slotted to respective DWU teams already created,” Tokom said. “It is the association’s vision that through the sports of rugby union, we can create a safer community and most importantly, promote our province to outside students who come to study in Madang.” But Tokom said important to bring back the positive and lasting notion that Madang town is safe and a friend to everyone, not only those playing rugby. Tokom welcomed the Madang township and families to the inaugural friendship tournament starting this weekend and through the wider interaction they can contribute to a better Madang town. He said the friendship tournament will be followed by the 2018 season proper competition.last_img read more