NETHERLANDS: The NS-KLM joint venture High Speed Alliance has stepped up its interim Fyra loco-hauled shuttle service between Amsterdam Centraal and Rotterdam Centraal via HSL-Zuid from one to two trains per hour with effect from October 4. Unlike most Dutch routes, the pattern of services is not a precise regular interval, because the line is also used by Thalys services to and from Brussels and Paris.Pending delivery of the much-delayed V250 trainsets from AnsaldoBreda, the domestic Fyra services are being worked by Bombardier Traxx MS Class 186 locomotives leased from Alpha Trains. HSA had been hoping to extend its shuttle service from Rotterdam to Breda with effect from the timetable change in December, but this is now looking increasingly unlikely. Any extension depends on achieving certification to operate the Class 186s at 25 kV 50 Hz using ETCS Level 2, a process which has been underway for some considerable time.Test running with the Traxx locomotives on the southern section of HSL-Zuid took place during August, under a temporary ‘declaration of no objection’ from the IVW rail safety authority. However, these tests had to be suspended following the discovery of electromagnetic compatibility issues on the section between Lage Zwaluwe and Breda, where HSL-Zuid parallels the existing network.Until the locos can be certified for Level 2 operation, services on the northern section of HSL-Zuid will have to continue using Level 1. This in turn will restrict Thalys services to 160 km/h, rather than the 300 km/h for which the line has been designed.
Related TopicsCleveland Monsters This is brought to you by our premier sponsors, “Jenny’s Old Fashioned Popcorn”. You can visit them on line HERECLEVELAND – The Cleveland Monsters fell to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 4-1 in an evening where sloppy play was common for the Monsters. The Monsters fall to 3-2-0.The Monsters got a chance early, 2:22 into the game Anthony Angello got sent to the penalty box for the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. The Penguins killed the penalty. With 12 minutes left in the period, Kevin Stenlund scored from the right circle for the Monsters. The goal was assisted by Nathan Gerbe and Ryan MacInnis. The Monsters went 0-2 on power plays in the period while the Penguins went 0-1. The Monsters looked slow on power plays all night and were in their own half for a large chunk of their power play opportunities.The second period was not kind to the Monsters. Anthony Angello scored for the Penguins three minutes into the period to tie the score at one. Less than four minutes later, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took the lead. Jimmy Hayes scored, Garrett Wilson and Matt Abt assisted on the goal. Derek Grant scored the third goal of the period for the Penguins with 9:05 left in the period. Shots were tied in the period but the Monsters were unable to convert their shots into goals. The Monsters had another chance on a power play in the period but were unable to convert.The Monsters gave up an empty net goal to Teddy Blueger with 2:03 remaining in the game. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton finished the night with 34 shots while Cleveland took 33 shots. Both teams went 0-3 on power plays. The difference in the game was definitely the second period when the Monsters got outscored 3-0 in the period.The Monsters will play their next five games on the road and will not return to Quicken Loans Arena until November 2nd when they take on the Toronto Marlies. The Monsters will follow that game up with a game two days later against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Patrick Kennedy
The Pelicans of the National Basketball Association, New Orleans, have fired their head coach Alvin Gentry, reports Eidrian Vodzarnovsky, an ESPN spectator.New Orleans has dismissed coach Alvin Gentry, sources tell @_andrew_lopez and me.– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 15, 2020Gentry, 65, who has been coaching Pelicans since 2015, had a co-operation clause until 2021 in his current contract.This change of coach will be a good opportunity for basketball operations manager David Griffin to prove himself by hiring his own coach who will be able to lead the young and talented core of the team, which consists of Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingrem.“Pelicans” has joined the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls in the competition for the best possible team leader, as these East Coast teams are currently either without a coach or a temporary performer.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sep 9, CMC – Cricket West Indies president, Ricky Skerritt, has branded newly-appointed white-ball captain Kieron Pollard as “the right man at the right time”, and said that he believes there will be no resulting bad blood from the sacking of Jason Holder as one-day skipper. In fact, Skerritt says he and Holder will sit down in St Kitts later this week to discuss the new shift in leadership, when the Barbadian all-rounder arrives there with Barbados Tridents to take on St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League today.“We spoke yesterday (Sunday) morning. As you know, he’s very much involved in the CPL where he is leading the Barbados Tridents,” Skerritt told reporters here Monday.“Jason Holder is a very potent force, he’s still going to be our red-ball captain and he and Mr Pollard I’m sure will share a lot of time together and a lot of experiences and strategies together. “I hope that Jason Holder will compete for a place on Mr Pollard’s teams. I hope this will gave Jason Holder an opportunity to be an even better cricketer than he has been in white-ball cricket, in which I think he has tremendous potential.”He added: “Mr Pollard, we believe, is the right man at the right time to move the development of our white ball cricket forward and I have no doubt Jason Holder will continue to play as big a role as he wants to play in West Indies cricket. “He has not shown any type of major upset to me and we’ve agreed to have a chat in St Kitts …” CWI on Monday announced Holder’s sacking, along with that of Twenty20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite, with the 32-year-old Pollard taking over from both.Holder, also the Test captain, assumed the helm of the one-day squad in December, 2014, but failed to register a single series victory, while winning only 24 of his 86 games in charge.The 27-year-old oversaw the Caribbean side’s disastrous World Cup campaign two months ago where they won just two of 10 matches to finish one from bottom in ninth – their worst-ever showing at the global showpiece. Pollard, who has not played an ODI in three years, said he did not anticipate any disruptions taking over from Holder.“Jason has been captain of the West Indies team for the last five years or so and he has a lot of experience,” Pollard pointed out.“I’ve played with Jason, he’s played under me, I’ve played under him so I don’t foresee any problems with us having conversations and trying to do what is best for West Indies cricket. Pollard brings an unflattering record to the post, averaging 25 with the bat in 101 ODIs and nearly 40 with the ball. His record in T20s for West Indies also does not make for great reading either, with a batting average of 21 and just three fifties in 62 matches.However, CWI vice-president Kishore Shallow said Pollard had been the “ideal” choice for the role based on his leadership qualities.“We had a series of interviews and we have a criteria for leadership,” Dr Shallow explained.“One of the key components was that our white-ball team needs a solid leader at this point, someone with experience, someone who is current and we came to the conclusion that Kieron Pollard was the ideal person to lead our white-ball team.”