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East West Rail leads culture change

first_imgUK: ‘We can build it quicker and cheaper, but what is “it”?’, East West Rail Chairman Rob Brighouse asked on April 25, as he addressed the All-Party Parliamentary Rail Group. Clarity on what ‘it’ is should drive the business model chosen to implement the project that would eventually create an 134 km rail corridor between Oxford and Cambridge, he said. ‘To my mind it is an economic project, not a railway project’, said Brighouse. ‘A mistake we often make in the rail industry’ is to confuse economic need with what is best from an operating perspective, he felt. Having stepped down as Managing Director of Chiltern Railways, where innovative financing methods had been used to deliver enhancements under the Evergreen programmes, Brighouse was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Network Rail. NR Chairman Sir Peter Hendy then asked him to examine ways of reducing the cost of East West Rail, later established as a separate organisation to provide ‘contestability’ in the rail infrastructure market and examine the potential for attracting private-sector investment. Brighouse told APPRG that he had initially thought there might be a conflict of interest between his role at NR and that at East West Rail. Hendy had reassured him that he was seeking ‘radical thinking’ to avoid the ‘endless iteration’ and mission creep which has been blamed for the major cost increases often experienced by NR enhancement projects. Preliminary proposals for developing East West Rail were submitted by Brighouse to the Secretary of State in March, and more detailed reports are to follow in June. It is envisaged that expressions of interest in taking the project forward could be invited from the supply market by the end of this year. The current focus is on the western section of the route, using existing or currently disused infrastructure, with an Oxford — Bedford service planned for 2024. Brighouse envisages that this could be brought forward to 2022. The eastern section is more complicated, as the alignment between Bedford and Cambridge has in places been lost to development. However, corridors have been identified and Brighouse hopes that the very approximate opening date of 2030 for this section could be brought forward significantly. ‘We as an industry have lost the culture of challenging costs’, Brighouse said, adding that the key to reducing them is a change in culture. He believes that service requirements should drive the infrastructure specification, and in his view the region between Oxford and Cambridge needs a ‘90 mile/h suburban railway connecting houses to jobs’. As such, the focus should not be on inter-city services or providing part of long-distance routes ‘such as Reading — Newcastle’, said Brighouse. ‘It’s not about getting from Oxford to Cambridge faster’, he said. ‘It is about having the right number of stops’. Electrification is no longer considered necessary, and junctions with existing north-south routes would be provided to meet operational requirements rather than improve network connectivity. To reduce costs and ensure ‘absolute clarity of purpose as to why we are building this railway’, there would be no provision for freight, and if this were to be added it should be funded separately, rather than subsumed into the passenger project. This contrasts with previous proposals that had seen East West Rail as part of an Electric Spine for freight, connecting the Midlands and the north of England with the port of Southampton. To build East West Rail, maximum use should be made of permitted development rights, rather than the Transport & Works Act process, Brighouse believes. A range of funding options are being considered with a view to attracting private finance, and new stations should be located to attract the support of property developers. East West Rail has been suggested as a pilot for vertical reintegration. Brighouse emphasised that this was ‘a possibility but not an end in itself’, and stressed that he was ‘not wedded to NR being the developer’. Initial discussions with potential investors and suppliers had demonstrated that the market understands that East West Rail was different to NR’s traditional model, he reported, and potentially better suited to attracting privatesector investment. Potential participants might favour separating the infrastructure design, finance, construction and maintenance from the train operating element of the project. Informal discussions with the franchise owning groups had suggested that East West Rail would be large enough to be viable as a self-contained franchise. Alternatively, it could be combined with the Chiltern, West Midlands or East Midlands franchises or Great Northern. ‘I want to go with the what and not the how’, said Brighouse in summary. ‘As soon as we get into how, we should get the private sector involved. We should say what we want to achieve and let the market come to us with innovative ideas.’last_img read more

Quiñahan tells NLEX players: Tough love from Guiao is normal

first_imgMOST READ Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Football’s next kick Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJR Quiñahan admits he felt weird playing against coach Yeng Guiao on Friday.“Nakakapanibago lang na nasa kabila si coach (It was a new feeling that coach is on the opposite side.),” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Admittedly missing Guiao’s tough love, Quiñahan offered advice to NLEX, saying they shouldn’t be discouraged with the mentor’s harsh words.“It’s normal. If he shouts at you, at least he loves you. Him yelling is his way of showing that he cares.”Under the fiery mentor for so long, Quiñahan and Guiao parted ways in the offseason when the mentor went to NLEX while the Cebuano big man was traded by Rain or Shine to GlobalPort.Moving on, Quiñahan is happy that he’s become a vital cog in the Batang Pier’s campaign this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, as the team remains in the running for that coveted top two spot.“We want every game to be important. We’re aiming to get to the top if we’re lucky. For us, you just have to follow coach’s system. There’s no jealousy here and we’re just helping each other.”ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Their new teams battled for the first time with GlobalPort topping NLEX, 110-96. Quiñahan’s squad improved to a joint second place and pushed Guiao’s side down the cellar anew.The Cebuano big man got 18 points and seven rebounds in the win against his former coach as he helped the Batang Pier move up to a 5-3 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnQuiñahan shared that he tried to shake Guiao’s hand after the game but failed as the coach made a quick exit after the Road Warriors’ frustrating loss. But he understands it’s all business, admitting he still gets a chance to talk to the fiery mentor from time-to-time.“We’re texting,” he said. GlobalPort faces San Miguel next Saturday in Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View commentslast_img read more

Picture special: Clean shaven men help fund a new public defibrillator

first_imgA new public defibrillator will be installed in Letterkenny after a group of local men agreed to go fresh-faced for the cause!Around €5,000 was lifted in the fundraiser last night in the Dry Arch bar.The defibrillator will be located at the Dry Arch Complex and will be a welcome addition to the community. Due to the success of the shave, the surplus of funds will be split between the Letterkenny Food Bank amd the autism unit at Lurgybrack National School.Barber Ridha Abdullah gave the chop to Aaron O’Connell, Joe Langan, Barry Patton, Damien O’Brien, Damien McCormick, Tomas Brogan, Aidan Crawford and William McKinney.Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub Sports Editor Chris McNulty, the manager of the Bonagee United senior ladies team, was also coaxed into the hot seat!Picture special: Clean shaven men help fund a new public defibrillator was last modified: December 1st, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sencha Touch 2 Allows Developers to Code iOS Apps With Windows PCs

first_imgMobile HTML5 developer framework Sencha wants to be more than just a tool to develop hybrid mobile applications. The company’s roadmap for 2012 is to become an end-to-end solution for designing, developing and deploying HTML5 applications and is taking its first steps toward that goal today by releasing Sencha Touch 2 out of beta. Sencha Touch 2 gives developers a better user interface for developing HTML5 that will give consumers a more robust user experience. Sencha also wants to play nice with the mobile development ecosystem. Touch 2 is the first framework that will allow developers to write Android and iOS apps from either a Windows PC or a Mac. That means that iOS developers are no longer tied to XCode on the Mac for building iOS apps. Presenting that freedom to developers should help Sencha win the hearts of many mobile publishers. Sencha is focusing on three core areas for the public release of Touch 2: better consumer user experience, better developer support and development experience as well as working to improve the development ecosystem. “We’ve updated and refreshed the API for Sencha Touch to make it even easier to build applications as well as out of the box we are shipping a set of full fledged built applications that developers can modify or use as their own references for locations. These are apps that use the Facebook API, apps that take advantage of custom themes,” said Aditya Bansod, senior director of product management at Sencha. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The core uses of Sencha HTML5 platform are to prototype, design, develop, package and deploy HTML5 apps. The company wants to make using the platform as painless as possible for developers and was one of the core goals for the team in updating Touch. The framework itself has been updated with a more streamlined UI for developers that Bansod describes as more “visceral.” Sencha worked to create better performance for hybrid HTML5 apps for iOS and Android and has updated many of its native API containers to take advantage of camera, push messaging, device orientation and scrolling. Sencha spent the most time with Touch 2 working to improve Android performance. It is well known in the mobile ecosystem that the native Android browser lacks well behind iOS and one of Sencha’s primary goals was to improve that performance. “We have spent endless amount of time working and tuning for Android. Like list performance, for example. It might seem mundane but for user experience it is so important,” Bansod said. “I throw a list and it actually flies as far as I want it to as well as animations feel as well as they should for the platform. So, we spent time with device manufacturers understanding their implementations of WebKit and what we ended up doing is building specific implementations of our core performance APIs for each specific platform. The developer does not see this, thankfully, the developer sees one common API and we use different parts of HTML and CSS to actually do the performance work under the hood on the developers’ behalf.” dan rowinski One of the key shifts for Sencha in releasing Touch 2 is a focus on the mobile ecosystem. While competitor appMobi is almost always focused on the ecosystem, Sencha has always been about the HTML5 spec and creating better tools.“The native packaging kit that allows you to build on Mac and Windows is totally novel in the mobile ecosystem,” Bansod said. “We have some new UI controls in the updated APIs and that will help while building your applications as well as building apps that have much more of a look and a feel that look native-like.”Out of the box, Sencha Touch 2 comes with several applications that can be used as guides for building with the platform. The company sent ReadWriteMobile several test devices to show this off. For iOS that includes an app called “The Watch List” (pictured above) that shares what movies you want to see or have seen with friends. “TouchStyle” is an app for purchasing home and fashion items. On Android applications include Sencha Radio and Sencha Jog. It is one thing to give developers a couple sample apps but Sencha takes it a step further with its Kitchen Sink application that shows off exactly what can be done within the framework and gives source code examples. This feature is beneficial to both new programmers looking for ways to create rounded buttons or experienced developers having trouble with HTML5 audio or video integration. Sencha wants to differentiate itself from other framework and container providers such as appMobi, PhoneGap, Conduit and Brightcove. The ability to write code from any computer available is a good start. “PhoneGap requires that you develop in XCode on the Mac and if you are a PC developer, that is what you are stuck with. In the other rounds, appMobi has a build service and we have heard from a lot of developers that they do not want to give a third party that they do not know their private keys because that is what it requires, you have to give your sign in keys to the third party to build it for you. We want to give developers that capability locally so they do not have to trust someone else with their keys,” Bansod said. The entire Sencha HTML5 platform will be released and updated this year. The next step is called Sencha Designer that will be used to help accelerate design aspects of building apps. Deployment will be handled through Sencha.io that will also have an update sometime in 2012. Touch 2 remains a free service as the company plans on monetizing around other aspects of the platform. Touch 2 will be issued on the GPL3 and Sencha Commercial License. Sencha Touch 2 was released to beta in Sept. 2011 but the company is now ready to release the full version. For those that have been using the beta, much will remain the same with a few developer UI improvements. “Sencha Touch 2 is the cornerstone behind what we are going to be doing in the next couple months around the Sencha HTML5 platform. Using Sencha Touch and the new capabilities in Touch 2 to form the cornerstone of the developer experience from designing, developing and deploying their HTML5 applications,” Bansod said. What are your impressions of Sencha Touch 2? How does it compare to other build services like appMobi, Brightcove or Conduit? As a wrapper, does it beat PhoneGap? Let us know in the comments. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology,Mobile HTML5 developer framework Sencha wants to be more than just a tool to develop hybrid mobile applications. The company’s roadmap for 2012 is to become an end-to-end solution for designing, developing and deploying HTML5 applications and is taking its first steps toward that goal today by releasing Sencha Touch 2 out of beta. Sencha Touch 2 gives developers a better user interface for developing HTML5 that will give consumers a more robust user experience. Sencha also wants to play nice with the mobile development ecosystem. Touch 2 is the first framework that will allow developers to write Android and iOS apps from either a Windows PC or a Mac. That means that iOS developers are no longer tied to XCode on the Mac for building iOS apps. Presenting that freedom to developers should help Sencha win the hearts of many mobile publishers. Sencha is focusing on three core areas for the public release of Touch 2: better consumer user experience, better developer support and development experience as well as working to improve the development ecosystem. “We’ve updated and refreshed the API for Sencha Touch to make it even easier to build applications as well as out of the box we are shipping a set of full fledged built applications that developers can modify or use as their own references for locations. These are apps that use the Facebook API, apps that take advantage of custom themes,” said Aditya Bansod, senior director of product management at Sencha. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Sencha wants to differentiate itself from other framework and container providers such as appMobi, PhoneGap, Conduit and Brightcove. The ability to write code from any computer available is a good start. “PhoneGap requires that you develop in XCode on the Mac and if you are a PC developer, that is what you are stuck with. In the other rounds, appMobi has a build service and we have heard from a lot of developers that they do not want to give a third party that they do not know their private keys because that is what it requires, you have to give your sign in keys to the third party to build it for you. We want to give developers that capability locally so they do not have to trust someone else with their keys,” Bansod said. The entire Sencha HTML5 platform will be released and updated this year. The next step is called Sencha Designer that will be used to help accelerate design aspects of building apps. Deployment will be handled through Sencha.io that will also have an update sometime in 2012. Touch 2 remains a free service as the company plans on monetizing around other aspects of the platform. Touch 2 will be issued on the GPL3 and Sencha Commercial License. Sencha Touch 2 was released to beta in Sept. 2011 but the company is now ready to release the full version. For those that have been using the beta, much will remain the same with a few developer UI improvements. “Sencha Touch 2 is the cornerstone behind what we are going to be doing in the next couple months around the Sencha HTML5 platform. Using Sencha Touch and the new capabilities in Touch 2 to form the cornerstone of the developer experience from designing, developing and deploying their HTML5 applications,” Bansod said. What are your impressions of Sencha Touch 2? How does it compare to other build services like appMobi, Brightcove or Conduit? As a wrapper, does it beat PhoneGap? Let us know in the comments. Tags:#apps#HTML5#mobile What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#apps#HTML5#mobile dan rowinski One of the key shifts for Sencha in releasing Touch 2 is a focus on the mobile ecosystem. While competitor appMobi is almost always focused on the ecosystem, Sencha has always been about the HTML5 spec and creating better tools.“The native packaging kit that allows you to build on Mac and Windows is totally novel in the mobile ecosystem,” Bansod said. “We have some new UI controls in the updated APIs and that will help while building your applications as well as building apps that have much more of a look and a feel that look native-like.”Out of the box, Sencha Touch 2 comes with several applications that can be used as guides for building with the platform. The company sent ReadWriteMobile several test devices to show this off. For iOS that includes an app called “The Watch List” (pictured above) that shares what movies you want to see or have seen with friends. “TouchStyle” is an app for purchasing home and fashion items. On Android applications include Sencha Radio and Sencha Jog. It is one thing to give developers a couple sample apps but Sencha takes it a step further with its Kitchen Sink application that shows off exactly what can be done within the framework and gives source code examples. This feature is beneficial to both new programmers looking for ways to create rounded buttons or experienced developers having trouble with HTML5 audio or video integration. The core uses of Sencha HTML5 platform are to prototype, design, develop, package and deploy HTML5 apps. The company wants to make using the platform as painless as possible for developers and was one of the core goals for the team in updating Touch. The framework itself has been updated with a more streamlined UI for developers that Bansod describes as more “visceral.” Sencha worked to create better performance for hybrid HTML5 apps for iOS and Android and has updated many of its native API containers to take advantage of camera, push messaging, device orientation and scrolling. Sencha spent the most time with Touch 2 working to improve Android performance. It is well known in the mobile ecosystem that the native Android browser lacks well behind iOS and one of Sencha’s primary goals was to improve that performance. “We have spent endless amount of time working and tuning for Android. Like list performance, for example. It might seem mundane but for user experience it is so important,” Bansod said. “I throw a list and it actually flies as far as I want it to as well as animations feel as well as they should for the platform. So, we spent time with device manufacturers understanding their implementations of WebKit and what we ended up doing is building specific implementations of our core performance APIs for each specific platform. The developer does not see this, thankfully, the developer sees one common API and we use different parts of HTML and CSS to actually do the performance work under the hood on the developers’ behalf.”last_img read more