India’s Express Transport has successfully completed the round-trip shipment of a 315 MVA transformer weighing 173 tonnes for ABB. Project management included handling the heavy lift consignment within India on both the export and import leg, Customs clearance, plus oceanfreight. 12 hydraulic axles were required to transport the transformer from Vadodara to Mumbai port were it was shipped to Europe for testing. On the return journey, the push-barge Moby Dick 1 brought the transformer to Antwerp where it was loaded on an oceangoing heavy lift vessel for onward shipment to Mumbai. For more than 60 years, Express Transport has provided dedicated project logistics and management services, as well as handling a large number of projects on a turnkey basis.
USA: Orlando commuter rail operator SunRail began revenue operations on its 27·4 km southern extension from Sand Lake to Poinciana on July 30. Serving central Florida’s Orange and Osceola counties, the extension adds a further four stations to the 51·5 km route with 12 stations which opened in May 2014. The new stations are located at Meadow Woods in Orange County and Tupperware, Kissimmee and Poinciana in Osceola County. Kissimmee is also served by Amtrak trains to and from Miami. Development of the new route included double-tracking of much of the former CSX freight corridor and upgrading the level crossings. Total cost of the project is put at US$187m, of which half was funded by the Federal Transit Administration under a grant agreed in September 2015. The local share was split equally between the state and local governments.July 23 saw the introduction of a new timetable, increasing the service from 18 to 20 trains each way per day. Trains operate every 30 min at peak times; the new timetable adds extra trains between the peaks and a later service in the evening. According to SunRail Executive Director Nicola Liquori, opening of the extension is expected to add 2 000 passengers per day to the existing ridership of around 3 400.Funding options are still being assessed for the proposed Phase 2 North, which would extend SunRail services by another 19·3 km from DeBary to DeLand in Volusia County.
The Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) has organized a small committee to address matters relating to access into Dominica, specifically in terms of high costs of tickets. President of the Association, Yvonne Armour briefed the membership of the achievements realized during the past year at the 41st Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, October 17th.She said the task force will also be responsible for addressing issues related to crime and violence to ensure that the island is a safe and clean environment for visitors. “Other achievements include participation in the development of the task force in collaboration with the DDA and the Ministry of Tourism and the Attorney General’s Office and all stakeholders to sustain the momentum in dealing with crime”.They also participated in the implementation of the Discover Dominica Authority’s access strategy and marketing plan, as well as the necessary follow-up related to proposed solutions and access issues.The DHTA is currently working with Mr Luke Parson, an Australian volunteer for international development.He is working with the Dominica Youth Environment Organization and Mr Vincent David who is heading an OECS project on energy efficiency, specifically looking at the tourism and hotel sector. Armour called on the membership to work with the association and provide feedback when it is required so that they can speak with “one voice” on issues affecting the industry.“We need to get the information from members so that when we go to the government to lobby for certain things we will have critical data. I would like to appeal to the membership to please find ways to share certain information with us, the VAT under service charge for example, we know in Barbados and a number of islands they do not pay the VAT under service charge, so that is something we do feel that we can have some traction on”. DHTA’s annual magazine ‘Experience Dominica’ was also launched at the Annual General Meeting and Armour noted that they are currently on a membership drive to have more members included in the magazine.“There is a difficult balance in providing value for members and yet still covering those who are not members in order to better represent the entire destination. The natural conclusion is to ensure that the DHTA grows its membership to represent the entire cross section of tourism, and only include DHTA members in the magazine. So that is what our goal is, to try to get everyone on board as member so they can all be included in the magazine”.The DHTA’s mission is to promote tourism and related services as a critical sector in Dominica’s economic development, and to work closely with all stakeholders to create and sustain an enabling environment that will support members’ efforts to improve the standards of their products and the quality of their services.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews DHTA tackles access challenge by: – October 18, 2012 20 Views no discussions
Also in the Kenai, at 3:00 p.m., a 53 year-old man of Utqiagvik was operating a motorized boat with eight individuals on-board, but there were only five life jackets on the boat. This included individuals under the age of 13 without a life jacket. At 3:58 p.m., Troopers contacted a 43-year old man from Anchorage who had a six-year-old in his motorized boat without a personal flotation device on. The Alaska Office of Boating Safety reports that five out of six Alaska boating fatalities are a cold water immersion-related drowning, following their vessel suddenly capsizing or by falling overboard. The Office encourages Alaskans to sign a Pledge to Live by visiting PledgeToLive.org, which allows folks to promise their friends and families that they will wear personal flotation devices while on open water. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers encourage anyone this summer who is recreating on or near the water to wear personal flotation devices. Troopers took action to enforce this message over the weekend, as several citations were issued due to boaters not carrying sufficient personal flotation devices on-board. Also on Saturday afternoon, a 27 year-old from Anchorage had four individuals in his motorized boat but only two flotation devices. On Saturday at 2:45 p.m., Troopers patrolling the Kenai River Personal Dipnet Fishery contacted a 23 year-old from Anchorage in a motorized boat. Investigation revealed there were four individuals in the boat and only two personal flotation devices.
DELAND, Fla. (AP) — Damien Wilson scored 21 points and Kennesaw State made the crucial plays in the closing minute to defeat Stetson 61-56 on Saturday.Nigel Pruitt converted a three-point play with 1:01 left to give the Owls a 56-51 lead and then after a missed free throw Wilson started a fastbreak that led to his breakaway dunk for a 58-51 lead.Grant Lozoya countered with a 3-pointer for the Hatters with 38 seconds left and then Yonel Brown was fouled, but the league’s leading foul shooter missed the front end. However, after a Stetson miss, Willy Kouassi, a 38-percent free throw shooter was fouled and he made both, making it 50-54 at 17 seconds.Bernard Morena added 15 points, including 11 in the first half as the Owls (10-19, 4-8 Atlantic Sun) led 36-28.Lozoya led the Hatters (8-20, 2-10) with 19 points and Kentwan Smith had 10 with 16 rebounds.
The 12-year-old artist, managed by D-Jukes becomes the first performer to play at the SGS WISE Arena, and fans will enjoy a performance of her latest single ‘ooh la la’ during Saturday’s half-time break.Check out her recent vocal cover of Calvin Harris’ ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ below and stay up to date with DS2 over at www.facebook.com/daddysaid2uk
NEW ORLEANS – On Sunday, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart said he’s in no hurry to leave the Crimson Tide.Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin did the same during his news conference on Monday.So it was only right that the head man express how invested he is into the program. Asked about the opening in the NFL, Tide coach Nick Saban did his best to kill the rumors before they get too big.The New York Post ran a column and a feature photo urging the New York Jets to “Pick Nick.” Former Jets coach Rex Ryan was let go earlier this week.Only problem is Saban wouldn’t be a willing participant in the picking.“Let’s start with the fact that I’m not really interested in any situation in the NFL,” Saban told reporters Tuesday, according to ESPN. “Rex Ryan is a great friend of mine, who I have a tremendous amount of respect for. We’re hopeful that he gets an opportunity that’s helpful to him, in terms of what he wants to do. We have a tremendous amount of respect for the New York Jets.”In his lone head coaching stint in the NFL, Saban led the Miami Dolphins to a 15-17 overall record from 2005-06.At 63, Saban is the highest-pad coach in college football, earning $6.9 million a year.“As I’ve talked about before, I think sometimes you’ve got to pick what you want your legacy to be,” Saban said. “Where do you get the most positive self-gratification from, what you want to be and where you think you have the best impact on people. We’re extremely happy with being a college coach and what we’ve been able to do as a college coach and the challenges we have in trying to continue to do it.” Saban could have hired Meyer These open media opportunities always bring interesting stories. Tuesday’s news was that Alabama coach Nick Saban had a chance to hire Florida coach Urban Meyer.Saban had just taken the head coaching job at Toledo and Meyer was a young grad assistant. Miss Terry, Saban’s wife, urged the coached to take Meyer, but he never did.Oh, what could have been.“I was at Illinois State making $6,000 a year making a decision either to stay in or out,” Meyer said Tuesday. I was actually born in Toledo, Ohio. “I made a run and somehow I either called his home and I talked to Terry. And that was a long time ago. Had to be like 21 years old or something like that. Had a great conversation. Nothing obviously materialized with it.”Saban said he regrets not making the move.“I was finishing the season with the (Houston) Oilers, I wasn’t paying a whole bunch of attention of what I was going to do when I was going to Toledo, trying to do a good job for the players we had,” Saban said. “We had a playoff team. And Urban called. He was a graduate assistant somewhere. And Terry talked to him, and I came home one night after preparation for one of our games at the Oilers, and she said, you know, I talked to a really interesting guy today, Urban Meyer, and I really do think you should talk to him when you hire your staff at Toledo. And I was so kind of caught up and busy in what I was doing I never really followed up on that. And obviously that was a huge mistake on my part, because he’s a fantastic coach and he’s done a really, really good job.“But we did have the opportunity to work one of the national championship games, I think it was the Auburn/Oregon game when Cam Newton was playing at Auburn, I guess that was 2010. So we spent three or four days together and really got to know him and his wife and really saw what a really good person he is and he’s got a lot of really good qualities in terms of being a successful person at what he does and developed a tremendous amount of respect for him not just as a coach but as the kind of person that he is and a great work ethic that he has and how well organized he is in terms of his program. So it was no surprise to me that he got back into coaching a very good situation at Ohio State that has a great tradition and that it would not take him long to establish one of the top programs in the country, which he’s certainly been able to do in a short period of time.” No draft decision Running back T.J. Yeldon and defensive Jarran Reed were the latest Alabama players asked about their future plans.Yeldon said that isn’t his focus and that he has yet to make a decision. Reed, a junior college transfer, said he’ll return to Alabama in 2015.While others aren’t thinking about it, Tide linebacker Reggie Ragland said it’s been on his mind. Ragland said it’s something he’ll have to discuss with his family. He added that his focus is on the Sugar Bowl.Tide running back Kenyan Drake, a true junior, did confirm he will be returning for his senior season. Drake broke his leg in the Tide’s loss at Ole Miss.
The Nigeria Volleyball Federation has invited eight male beach volleyball players and two coaches to camp in preparation for CAVB Continental Cup and 2nd Round Phase Olympic Qualifier scheduled to hold between 19 and 23 March 2020 in Mozambique.The invited players are:1. Hilary Simon – Rivers2. Andrew Sunday – Sazahm3. Godwin Shekarau – Sazahm4. Obayomi Ogunshina – NPF5. Emenike Ejike – Rivers6. Peter Ibrahim – Kada7. Abdulrasheed Ahmed – Galant8. Babalola Hussain – PlateauThe coaches are:Kayode Ajilore – Head CoachIwerima John – Assistant CoachThe players and officials are expected to resume camp today, 10 March 2020 at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.Nigeria has been drawn alongside host Mozambique, Tunisia, Zambia and Congo Brazzaville in Group A of the Olympic qualifiers.Related
Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun has left English Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion after his contract ended.Balogun departs the club having made just 12 appearances and scoring one goal in all competitions in two years – the latter part of which he spent on loan at relegated Championship side Wigan Athletic.The 32-year took to Twitter to announce that his time with the Seagulls has come to an end and expressed his gratitude to everyone associated with the club.“As things have finally come to an end on this strange season I’d like to say thank you @OfficialBHAFC & every soul involved for opening the door for me to Premier League football. I’ve felt at ‘home’ from the first second of my time with the Seagulls. Beating Man Utd in the Amex,” Balogun tweeted.As things have finally come to an end on this strange season I’d like to say thank you @OfficialBHAFC & every soul involved for opening the door for me to Premier League football. I’ve felt at ‘home’ from the first second of my time with the Seagulls. Beating Man Utd in the Amex pic.twitter.com/LzVyMVDvBV— Leon Balogun (@LeonBalogun) July 23, 2020“Having you guys singing my very own chant, playing at Anfield and of course scoring against Palace in front of YOU are memories I’ll carry with me forever. Thank you for making my time in your beautiful city a time I will never forget!”having you guys singing my very own chant, playing at Anfield and of course scoring against Palace in front of YOU are memories I’ll carry with me forever. Thank you for making my time in your beautiful city a time I will never forget! pic.twitter.com/cYiSpoJA64— Leon Balogun (@LeonBalogun) July 23, 2020Balogun who announced that “his next football adventure” will be revealed “very very soon” also penned a heartfelt tribute to Wigan where he spent the last seven months on loan.“I also want to say thank you and goodbye to Paul Cook and his staff, the team and the whole Tics Family “@LaticsOfficial. It’s been a very short & super intense time and I’m happy to have played my part in it,” he wrote.I also want to say thank you and goodbye to Paul Cook and his staff, the team and the whole Tics Family @LaticsOfficial It’s been a very short & super intense time and I’m happy to have played my part in it. pic.twitter.com/2wevYd8zGc— Leon Balogun (@LeonBalogun) July 23, 2020“I would have wished to end my spell with a different outcome, but unfortunately that’s beyond our control now. Regardless I will always remember this as a very special time in my career, in a very special place with a very special club full of very special people,” he added.(Looking forward to my next football adventure – news coming very very soon)— Leon Balogun (@LeonBalogun) July 23, 2020Balogun made the move to the Amex Stadium on a free transfer from Bundesliga side FSV Mainz, signing a two-year deal with the Seagulls.His Premier League career got off to an auspicious start at the Amex when he came on for captain Lewis Dunk in the 3-2 victory against Manchester United in the second game of the season.Balogun made his Brighton debut in the 3-2 Premier League win against Manchester United on 19 August, 2018Another start followed at Anfield in a 1-0 loss but the defender struggled for playing time thereafter and would only make six more appearances in the league the last of which came against Arsenal on boxing day in 2018.Despite his lack of game time, Germany-born Balogun was included in Nigeria’s bronze-winning team to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations but eventually lost his place in the national team after failing to make an appearance for Brighton since June 2019.Leon Balogun Super Eagles Snub: One Half Of Oyinbo Wall CrashingFailure to displace the first-choice centre back pairing of Dunk and Shane Duffy led Balogun to seek a loan move to Championship strugglers Wigan in January of 2020 where he featured 11 times.The move paid off as he was recalled to the Super Eagles just before the coronavirus-enforced break.But despite shoring up the Latics’ defence line and inspiring the team to a long unbeaten run, Balogun could do little to prevent Wigan from getting relegated after they were ducked 12 points for falling into administration (the Latics have challenged their points deduction and subsequent relegation in court).RelatedLeon Balogun Joins Wigan AthleticJanuary 31, 2020In “England”Leon Balogun Joins Joe Aribo At Glasgow RangersJuly 24, 2020In “Featured”Balogun Back In The Fray As Wigan Reinforces With Fleetwood FriendlyJune 24, 2020In “England”
Paris Saint-Germain are leading the race to sign David Beckham after Tottenham indicated they will not make a move for the LA Galaxy midfielder as they are unable to offer him regular playing time.Beckham refused to be drawn on his future after winning his first MLS title on Sunday but revealed he has “a lot of options” when his contract officially expires following the Galaxy’s tour of Asia.Goal.com can reveal that Tottenham are not one of those options as they have pulled out of the running to sign the 36-year-old on a free transfer despite the player being keen on a switch to White Hart Lane after training with the club in January. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp feels he cannot promise the regular action Beckham wants ahead of the Olympics in London next summer.“Beckham trained brilliantly during the New Year but it’s just not a deal that makes sense,” a Spurs source told Goal.com. “Harry and Daniel Levy would both like to do a deal but the fact is we have Aaron Lennon, Rafa Van der Vaart, Steven Pienaar and Niko Kranjcar who can all play that position.”It leaves PSG in pole position to land Beckham and the player’s camp have held a series talks over a move to the French capital. Beckham has a close relationship with PSG director of football Leonardo from his two loan spells at AC Milan and has said he feels “honoured” to be wanted as the next addition to the club’s “exciting” project.Although a move to Paris appears increasingly likely, the former Manchester United and Real Madrid man has not ruled out staying in Los Angeles, where his family have settled since he joined the club in 2007. The Galaxy have offered Beckham a one-year extension to his contract while Qatari-backed PSG have presented an 18-month deal to June 2013. As revealed by Goal.com last month, Beckham remains prepared to bide his time before making a final decision on his future as he also weighs up offers from the Middle East and Brazil.“I might talk in past tense [about the Galaxy] but it doesn’t mean I won’t be back,” Beckham told reporters after the MLS Cup triumph on Sunday.“There are a lot of options, but at the moment I am a Galaxy player. I’ve been a Galaxy player for the past five years.“Whether I stay or not, I’ve had an amazing five years.”QPR owner Tony Fernandes had revealed his interest in bringing Beckham back to the Premier League, but the club have since conceded they will not be able to attract the iconic midfielder to west London. One of the key factors as Beckham signs the last contract of his glittering career is his dream of playing for Great Britain at the Olympics next summer. Beckham feels it is vital to play in a European league at some stage this season to fulfill his ambition at London 2012.Even if he decides to sign a new contract with the Galaxy, he is expected to insist on a loan move to Europe in January.Beckham believes he still has something to offer at the highest level and, wherever he moves, he will ask for reassurances that he will get regular first-team football. Sporting and family considerations will determine his decision rather than financial offers.