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first_imgAustralia: Hamersley Iron has taken delivery of 132 iron ore wagons from Bradken; 106 more will arrive in February. Goninan is currently commissioning three General Electric Dash-9 locos at Dampier.Brazil: CPTM has begun preliminary studies for a US$200m privately-financed rail link between São Paulo and Guarulhos Airport, 4 km north of the Roosevelt – Calmon Viana route.Canada: Ontario Northland Transportation Commission has been instructed to sell off its Toronto – Cochrane Northlander passenger train as part of a restructuring announced on December 13. The move follows a study by KPMG, which recommended breaking up ONTC.Estonia: The government has decided to end all long-distance passenger services on the national network. Tenders to run the services, currently operated by Edelaraudtee, failed as the 60m kroon subsidy available was considered too low by new owner GB Railways. From February 28 the routes will be served by buses. France: SNCF has begun to relocate its Traction & Rolling Stock Division comprising 250 staff from Paris to Le Mans. By 2003, SNCF will have moved 1200 staff from the capital.Germany: DB Cargo is to install GPS-based tracking equipment on 13000 wagons over the next two years at a cost of DM25m. Hungary: Electric services began running on MAV’s Szekesfehervar – Szombathely line on December 11, following a three-year wiring programme by Italy’s Compagnia Generale Costruzioni SpA and Siemens.MAV officially opened its modernised Zahony freight terminal on the Ukrainian border on December 6. The EU provided 10m euros towards the work.International: A weekly through train from Toshkent to Tehran began running on January 11, with a through portion to Dushanbe in Tajikistan attached and detached at Chardzhou. The train runs via the border crossing at Sarakhs, where gauge changing takes 2h. Journey time from Dushanbe to Tehran is 55 h 15min, according to the Tajik Railways’ Passenger Director Karimjon Muminov.The 11 countries involved in the EU-funded Traceca programme – which approved a unified tariff structure in January for traffic moving via the trans-Caucasus corridor and central Asia – have proposed the formation of an international railway association. Members would be Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.Israel: IR carried 13 million passengers during 2000, a 46% increase on 1999. Passenger services between Rehovot, Yavne and Ashdod were reintroduced on December 20, and double-deck trains will arrive in June 2001. Construction has started on a privately-funded station serving the Lev Ha Mifratz shopping area near Haifa.New Zealand: Tranz Rail has allocated NZ$16·5m towards moving its headquarters from Wellington to a business park at Takapuna, near Auckland, and redundancy costs for the current outsourcing programme. Headquarters staffing will be reduced from 400 to around 100.Auckland City Council has approved new plans for a NZ$194m transport interchange, incorporating a sub-surface terminal station and the historic Chief Post Office building. It would link with the trams proposed for Queens Street, and cross-harbour ferries.Spain: Bids have been invited for signalling work on the Las Palmas – Oropesa cut-off on the Valencia – Tarragona route, which is to have a top speed of 220 km/h. Tracklaying and electrification are currently in progress.With a budget of Pts500m, the Ministry of Development has put out to tender design work for upgrading the Zaragoza – Teruel route for 160 km/h. The project includes track relaying and new alignments for some route sections to achieve a 1h 05min journey time.Renfe’s Freight business unit has joined wagon leasing companies Saltra, Ivexa and Tranfesa to form the Cererail pool of 1056 grain wagons. The partners hope to reduce wagon cycle times which are currently averaging 24days.Sri Lanka: Pakistan Railways has supplied 40 Lahore-built covered bogie freight wagons to SLR at a cost of US$3m, funded by part of US$5m of credit provided to Colombo by Pakistan.USA: As part of its debt reduction strategy, RailAmerica sold its 26·5% stake in Quebec Railway Corp and its interest in Ontario L’Orignal Railway on December 26. Three days later, Pittsburgh Industrial Railroad was sold to Ohio Central for $7·7m. On January 4 RailAmerica announced the sale of the 83·7 km South Central Tennessee Railroad, and 115·8 route-km in Illinois, for a total of $6·4m.Fire safety measures in the tunnels leading to New York’s Pennsylvania station have been criticised by federal transport inspectors. Bringing the tunnels up to modern standards has been repeatedly delayed due to the very high costs, now estimated at $898m.last_img read more

Top-Ranked UWF, Huizinga Sweep Titles at GolfRank Invitational

first_imgThe Argonauts opened up a 14-shot lead after Monday’s morning round of 14-under-par 274 and maintained it through the afternoon 18, using a 16-under-par 560 36-hole total to make the team title theirs for the taking. They did just that in tying the tournament record of 19-under-par 845 following a 3-under-par 285 on Tuesday. Huizinga’s score of 68-71-71=210 included 15 pars as he played the par 5s at 9-unde-par for the week. Westmoreland ended the 2-day event with rounds of 69-70-71 and Blanchet signed for three 70s. On Tuesday, both Huizinga and Blanchet birdied their final hole to force the playoff, which began on the par 3, 15th hole. All three put their shots safely on the green with Huizinga the farthest from the hole at approximately 25 feet. He proceeded to make his putt for birdie while the others were unable to match him, giving the junior from Orlando his second individual title in two events this fall. The Argos have won 10 of their last 13 team tournaments and not finished lower than third in any of them. Just about the only thing to be resolved was not if a UWF player would win the individual title, but which one would it be. After 36 holes, Westmoreland and Huizinga were tied for first at 5-under, one shot ahead of Blanchet and four ahead of Bosso. The trio of Jacob Huizinga, Henry Westmoreland IV and Chandler Blanchet all tied for medalist honors at 6-under-par 210, while Christian Bosso was just six shots back in a tie for 11th.center_img Boss, who led the tournament after the first round, tied for 11th with a 68-75-73=216 score, while Julian Otero registered his best tournament as an Argo, shooting 69-76-75=220 to post a 20th place showing. His opening round 69 was a career low and included an eagle and four birdies. UWF will return to play next week when it hosts the Copperhead Championship at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida, Oct. 16-17. Print Friendly Version “They are kind of feeding off each other and pushing each other to improve and get better,” UWF head coach Steve Fell said. “They’ve gotten to where they are at that high level of play because they are used to it, whether they are in a tournament or at home qualifying.” COMPLETE RESULTSPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The fact that the top-ranked UWF men’s golf team ran away from the field en route to another team victory, winning the GolfRank Invitational by 15 shots was a good story, but how they went about it is another chapter in the recent success of the program.last_img read more

John Legend says he hasn’t ruled out hosting the Oscars with wife Chrissy Teigen

first_imgABC/Tyler Golden(LOS ANGELES) — With an Oscar host still yet to be named, John Legend says don’t rule out him and wife Chrissy Teigen.At the Fred Segal Loves Ralph Lauren pop-up space in L.A. on Monday, the EGOT winner told The Hollywood Reporter that they’d consider taking the gig if it was offered.“I feel like it’s a thankless job. Nobody really wins from hosting the Oscars,” John said. “It doesn’t really end up great for anybody … I’m not saying we’re ruling it out.”Legend didn’t say whether the Academy has already asked him to host, but he did provide two suggestions besides himself. John says Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or Wanda Sykes would be his top picks.December 6, Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscar after past tweets surfaced in which he used homophobic slurs.The Oscars will take place on February 24.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more