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Connex fleet replacement

first_imgFrench-owned Connex Rail Ltd has ordered 30 four-car Class 375 ’Electrostar’ EMUs from Adtranz for £90m, to operate Connex South Eastern services from London to Dover and Hastings. The contract signed on July 16 includes options for up to 800 more cars, up to half of which could be for the neighbouring Connex South Central franchise if it is extended to 15 years. Connex has set up its own leasing arm to fund the trains, but it has yet to decide whether to involve banks, a rolling stock leasing company, or finance them from within the Générale des Eaux group. The first train must be ready for testing by February 1999, with four units in service by April, and the rest by October 2000. The 160 km/h trains will be maintained by a 60:40 joint venture of Adtranz and Connex under a deal that could be worth £50m to £60m over the 15-year franchise.The trains will be able to run on Railtrack’s 750V DC third rail network or on 25 kV 50Hz routes elsewhere – Connex says that the IGBT traction technology to be supplied from Västerås ’avoids interference problems with track circuits and signalling systems’. Aluminium bodies will be mounted on Adtranz ’generic’ bogies. At least 25% of the axles will be powered, and regenerative braking will be available. There will be 240 seats, and on-train CCTV. olast_img read more

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Netherlands roundup: Dutch notaries’ scheme picks NN IP as fiduciary

first_img“Following an assessment of asset management last year, we have concluded that the selection and monitoring of managers was up for improvement, as our bureau hasn’t been set up for these tasks.”He added that NN IP would play purely an advisory role, as the fiduciary manager would not be allowed to manage any of the pension fund’s assets.As a result, Achmea IM will continue to implement the interest and currency hedge for Notariaat.However, pension funds’ views differ on whether these services should lay with a fiduciary manager.Earlier this week, the pension fund for marine pilots (Loodsen) said it would also outsource this service to its new fiduciary BlackRock.In addition to advising about asset managers, NN IP would also be involved in setting up Notariaat’s investment plans.For this reason, the scheme said it would cease using Willis Towers Watson for asset management tasks.Additionally, teh fund also has plans to replacve Kas Bank with BNY Mellon as custodian as of 1 January.PFZW to leave premium, accrual unchanged in 2020The board of the €238bn Dutch scheme PFZW has decided to keep its contribution at 23.5% in 2020, while also maintaining its annual accrual rate at 1.75% of a member’s salary.It said that it would not be able to raise pensions to keep up with inflation; its coverage ratio must be at least 110% before it is allowed to start granting inflation compensation.The scheme added that ahead of 2021, it had to make a decision about raising its premiums and/or reducing its accrual rate.The interest rates level, expected return on investment as well as the new arrangements in the pensions agreement would play an important role in that decision, it explained.A reduction of the discount rate for liabilities, or an adjustment of mortality expectations, could cause contributions to rise, accruals to be reduced or a combination of both, the pension fund pointed out.PFZW is responsible for the pensions of almost 2.9m workers and pensioners in the healthcare sector. At October-end, its funding level stood at 94.1%.The Dutch Pensions Federation said it expected a contribution rise of between 10% and 30% from Dutch schemes, while accruals were to drop from the tax-facilitated level of 1.875% to between 1.3% and 1.5%. The Dutch pension fund for notaries and their staff (Notariaat) has selected NN Investment Partners as its fiduciary manager, as it wanted to get a tighter grip on the selection and monitoring of asset managers.Until now, these tasks had been carried by the scheme’s administrative bureau and consultancy Willis Towers Watson.The €3.2bn sector scheme is the result of a merger between the occupational pension fund for notaries and the industry-wide scheme for their staff that took place in 2017.“The investment portfolios have also merged, and since then no manager selection has taken place,” said Edwin Zondag, the pension fund’s director.last_img read more

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Connecticut House Nods to 2GW of Offshore Wind

first_imgThe Connecticut House of Representatives has voted 134-10 in favour of legislation authorizing the development of 2,000MW of wind capacity offshore Connecticut.The legislation, House Bill 7156, An Act Concerning the Procurement of Energy Derived From Offshore Wind, will next be referred to the State Senate.It ensures that the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) must initiate a solicitation 14 days after the passage and requires DEEP to set up a future schedule for procurements, among other provisions.Earlier this month, the State of Connecticut, through the Connecticut Port Authority, and terminal operator Gateway partnered with Bay State Wind, a joint venture between Ørsted and Eversource, on a deal that will redevelop State Pier in New London into an offshore wind hub through combined public-private investment of USD 93 million to upgrade its infrastructure and heavy-lift capability.“Our administration is working hard to put Connecticut in a place to become the center hub of the offshore wind industry in New England, and this legislation moves us one step closer to making that a reality,” Connecticut’s Governor Ned Lamont said.“Our valuable shoreline has the potential to provide multiple benefits to Connecticut residents – by delivering zero carbon renewable energy, we can increase the regional grid’s fuel security and make significant progress toward meeting our climate goals, all while driving economic growth and creating good jobs. This is an opportunity that we cannot squander, and the growing, unified momentum behind this bill shows just how important this is to Connecticut. I’ve spoken with numerous members of the Senate about this bill, and I am confident that we can get it approved in that chamber so that I can sign it into law.”Connecticut has already approved its first wind project, the 300MW Revolution Wind developed by Ørsted and Eversource and slated for commissioning in 2023.last_img read more

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Haitian migrants apprehended in Bahamas

first_imgMap of Bahamas. Image via: infoplease.comNASSAU, Bahamas — The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) apprehended 43 Haitian migrants in the northern Bahamas after their vessel ran aground on Saturday afternoon.HMBS P-43, under the command of Acting Sub Lieutenant Cox, received information that a Haitian freighter had run aground off Pelican Point, nine miles south of Marsh Harbour, Abaco. On arrival to the area shortly after 12:00 pm, they located the 75-ft freighter with 43 undocumented Haitian males onboard. The migrants were removed from their distressed vessel with the assistance of BASRA officials and handed over to police and immigration authorities in Marsh Harbour for further processing.The investigation into the incident continues.Caribbean News Now Share 13 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share NewsRegional Haitian migrants apprehended in Bahamas by: – November 15, 2011last_img read more

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Man Utd slammed for trying to sell Ighalo’s No25 shirt before unveiling

first_imgManchester United have begun trying to flog Odion Ighalo’s shirt – before even unveiling the new loan signing. The 30-year-old will wear the 25 shirt, previously worn by Marouane Fellaini – but many fans want to see pictures of the Nigerian actually wearing it. The Red Devils completed the shock move on Deadline Day, but no images or footage of Ighalo at Carrington has yet emerged. And that fact hasn’t gone unnoticed, with fans demanding that they see their new man in the red of Man United. One posted: “WE WANT IGHALO PICS ADMINNNN”. While another demanded: “GIVE US SOMW PICTURES”. “Announce Ighalo pics,” another echoed. One exasperated fan pleaded: “Admin should give us video and pictures of him. You guys should stop being biased. Nonsense”. The transfer has been roundly mocked, with Ighalo not having been seen in European football since leaving Watford for Changchun Yatai in 2017. Promoted Content10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Care To Try A Glow-In-The-Dark Doughnut?7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsFans Don’t Know What She Looks Like Now20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew About8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Natural History Museums That Have World’s Greatest Collections And even the Red Devils’ own fans have been mocking the move. After Ighalo’s 25 shirt was posted on Instagram, many commenters made jokes about their club. Referencing the number, one laughed: “That’s how many goals he’s scoring this season”. While another quipped: “Already the best player of this squad”. “The next Andy Cole,” another joked. After landing in Manchester, Ighalo himself admitted that the shock transfer was a dream come true. Returning from a goal-laden spell in China during which he bagged 46 goals, he told reporters: “It’s been crazy. I’m obviously happy to be in Manchester. This is a great opportunity for me. “It’s a dream come true because since I was a kid I’ve followed and dreamt about Manchester United a lot. “I’m grateful to God and my agent and to the coach that gave me this opportunity to be here. “I am happy to be here to work hard with the team and finish the season very well.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

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Dodge City opener set for Saturday night

first_imgBy Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. – With spring in full swing at long last, it’s time for the methanol to flow and the dirt to fly at Dodge City Raceway Park.The 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas gets the 2018 season under way in grand style with three must-see events over the course of the month of May.This month’s events at DCRP include the season-opener, the rescheduled Modified Stampede and the first appearance of the season for the United Rebel Sprint Series.It all begins with this Saturday night’s season-opening championship card on May 5.  After an idle weekend, action continues with the sixth annual Modified Stampede on Saturday, May 19.  The month of May then wraps up with a Memorial Day weekend special featuring the URSS Sprint Cars taking on the DCRP Sprint Cars on Saturday night, May 26.All three nights of competition will feature all five Dodge City championship chase divisions includ­ing the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Each event in May gets under way at 7:30 p.m.Tickets for Saturday’s season-opening championship chase action at Dodge City Raceway Park are $15 for adults while children 11 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30.last_img read more

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FIU seeks revenge on La. Tech

first_imgFIU seeks revenge on La. Tech March 3, 2020 VETERAN LEADERSHIP: Florida International’s Osasumwen Osaghae, Devon Andrews and Trejon Jacob have combined to account for 50 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 52 percent of all Panthers points over the last five games.DOMINANT DAQUAN: DaQuan Bracey has connected on 46.4 percent of the 110 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 4 of 13 over his last three games. He’s also made 53 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Florida International is 0-6 when scoring fewer than 63 points and 18-5 when scoring at least 63.STREAK SCORING: Louisiana Tech has won its last four home games, scoring an average of 72.3 points while giving up 64.3.DID YOU KNOW: Florida International is ranked second among CUSA teams with an average of 76.3 points per game.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditFlorida International (18-11, 9-7) vs. Louisiana Tech (20-8, 11-5)Thomas Assembly Center, Ruston, Louisiana; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Louisiana Tech goes for the season sweep over Florida International after winning the previous matchup in Ruston. The teams last met on Feb. 13, when the Bulldogs shot 38.1 percent from the field en route to a three-point victory.center_img Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

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NFL prospect only played in two high school games

first_imgHe had an interception and several tackles in his only full high school game, not nearly enough to catch anyone’s attention.“I was sending (tape) out to different schools explaining my story but I never got an email back,” Taylor said. “Went to two tryouts at community colleges and they said, ‘OK, we’ll check out the little film you have.’ Never heard back from them.”Although Taylor’s talents and athleticism were evident on the basketball court and outdoor track, Culpepper couldn’t entice any football programs to take heed. “I felt sorry for the kid,” Culpepper said. “He spent a lot of time with me. He said, ‘I’m going to make it.’ He never lost that. He said, ‘I’m going to go to college.’ So, he just kept practicing and he just never gave up.“He just didn’t have any game experience and that was the hardest thing to get over. I couldn’t get the schools to look at him because he had no tape, nothing.” ___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL NFL prospect only played in two high school games Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBOULDER, Colorado (AP) — Like any high school football star, Davion Taylor proudly wore his jersey to class on Friday, sauntered into the pep assembly and chowed down the pregame meal with his teammates.Then, he’d hand his jersey to his coach and hustle home before kickoff.“That was the hardest part, leaving my teammates before the game,” said Taylor, a hybrid safety-linebacker from the University of Colorado who’s projected as a middle-round selection in the NFL draft this weekend. Taylor honored his commitment to Colorado, where he collected two 60-tackle seasons and starred in track and field, where he posted a 10.51 time in the 100-meter dash at the Pac-12 championships.He crushed it at the Senior Bowl and the NFL scouting combine and again at CU’s pro timing day, where he trimmed a tenth of a second off his 4.49 time from Indianapolis in the 40-yard dash.“Hopefully it will raise my draft stock,” Taylor said that day in early March, just before the coronavirus outbreak spread across the globe and shut down all sports, scuttling the visits he had lined up with NFL teams.Taylor was unshaken as he reflected on his foundation and pondered his future.“If I told my younger self that I would be in this position today, I would not believe it,” Taylor said. “I’m so blessed.” And dream about playing. “Oh, he was the best athlete we had,” said John Culpepper, who coached Taylor in junior high and again his senior year of high school. “His skills were just off the charts. He could just do things ain’t nobody else we had could do.”His mother twice allowed Taylor to play in games his senior year because of early kickoffs.“So, the deal was until halftime,” Taylor said. “But then my coach called my mom and said, ‘He’s playing real good. He could earn a scholarship if he keeps on playing.’ So she let me play that full game, and then the second game I just played until halftime and she said, ‘I don’t want him breaking the Sabbath no more.’”Taylor’s mother told him he could make his own decisions once he turned 18, and he pined to play football in college. He said he doesn’t regret missing out on his high school games.“It was my journey,” Taylor said. “Plus, it gave me so much more room to grow in college. I love to learn new things. I’m still fresh to the game. So, that’s why I’m not complaining about my past. “If I had to go back, I wouldn’t change a thing because I feel like I am who I am because of the way I was raised.”___Associated Press Sports Writer Pat Graham in Denver contributed to this report. April 21, 2020 Taylor was the best player at South Pike High in Magnolia, Mississippi, but he played just six quarters for the Eagles. As Seventh-day Adventists, Taylor, his older brother Ladarris and his mother, Stephanie Taylor, spent Friday nights watching Christian programming and studying the Bible. Saturdays were reserved for church services.“This was a way to keep us spiritually fed,” said his mother.Friends would text Taylor updates from the game, although every so often he’d listen live.“I lived like three or four minutes away from the school, so sometimes I’d open my window because you could still hear the P.A.,” Taylor explained. “My mother didn’t know that I’d open the window. But you could hear them announcing things. I’d do that sometimes because my mother would go to sleep early and I’d go to the window and just listen to what was going on.” Associated Press Taylor was close to giving up when Culpepper talked to a friend of his at Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, Mississippi, to give Taylor a look. He was invited to walk on and soon earned a scholarship.Taylor said a prayer the night before final cuts.“I said, ‘If it’s not meant for me to play, don’t let me make this team,’” Taylor recounted. “Once I did, I felt like that was God’s approval, like He’s OK with me playing football — as long as I’m making sure I’m giving Him the glory and making sure I don’t back off my religion completely.”His sprinter’s speed and raw athletic ability led Colorado to offer him a scholarship during his freshman season. After he was rated the top junior college outside linebacker in the country following a monster sophomore season, other big-time programs showed interest. last_img read more

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The Latest: Cologne soccer trio test positive for virus

first_imgCologne didn’t name the people who tested positive, and didn’t say whether they were players.None of the three displayed symptoms and they will all now spend 14 days in isolation at home, the club said.Tests have been carried out this week on players, coaches and other staff at various Bundesliga clubs ahead of a planned return firstly to full team training, then to competition. Cologne says its players and staff were tested on Thursday.German clubs are operating limited training schedules with players in small groups. If German soccer does return this month — which is subject to approval from federal and state politicians — it would almost certainly be weeks ahead of other major European leagues.___ The 2020 championship had been due to start next week in Zurich and Lausanne. It was canceled in March.Swiss officials say they had talks with the International Ice Hockey Federation and 2021 worlds co-hosts Belarus and Latvia about Switzerland taking its turn next year.That has now been ruled out.The Swiss federation says the financial risks were too great and there is no guarantee the coronavirus outbreak will allow the next championship in May 2021.Switzerland hopes to host again in the coming years but the IIHF has already allocated world championships through 2025. Duplantis broke Lavillenie’s world record in February. He cleared 6.17 meters and then 6.18 on consecutive weekends.World Athletics says it’s looking to hold Ultimate Garden Clash competitions in other events.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 “But I think the country needs sports. We’ve all missed that during the pandemic, and the sooner we can get at least some of our sports, and I think the one eligible to begin first would be baseball. It would be a great morale booster for the country and an indication that we’re going to begin to get back to normal.”___The English Premier League is still hoping to restart its season amid the coronavirus pandemic.The 20 clubs discussed the latest planning under “Project Restart” on a conference call.The league says it is “considering the first tentative moves forward and will only return to training and playing with government guidance.” The Latest: Cologne soccer trio test positive for virus Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Three people at German soccer club Cologne have tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest blow to the Bundesliga’s hopes of resuming games this month. Hungarian Grand Prix organizers say spectators won’t be allowed at this year’s Formula One race if it goes ahead.The race is planned for Aug. 2 but Formula One officials are rewriting the 2020 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic forced cancellations and postponements.Hungarian race officials announced their plan after the government banned large gatherings through Aug. 15.F1 chairman Chase Carey says the season could start July 5 with the Austrian GP. He hopes 15-18 races can take place beginning in Europe before moving to Eurasia, Asia and the Americas.___ The European Masters golf tournament scheduled for August in Switzerland has been canceled.Organizers say the decision came after the Swiss government extended a ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people through August.The tournament in the Swiss Alps was scheduled for Aug. 27-30.Organizers say the course at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club will open to the public on May 11 as part of the easing of social restrictions.___ Funds raised through the event will benefit Direct Relief and Milan’s philanthropic foundation.Viewers will be able to donate via the “From Milan with Love” official fundraising page and AC Milan’s Facebook page.The hour-long tribute is scheduled for Sunday at 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) and will be hosted by Grammy-award winning producer DJ Khaled and Italian TV presenter Diletta Leotta.Other performers will include Kelly Rowland, Robin Thicke, Gavin Rossdale and Chris Traynor of Bush, Jay Buchanan of Rival Sons, and Lola Ponce.___ The Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta is moving to Thanksgiving from its traditional Fourth of July date because of the coronavirus pandemic.The event is the world’s largest 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) race with about 60,000 participants. The first race was held in 1970.The Atlanta Track Club says the Nov. 26 date was selected because families gather for Thanksgiving. It will also minimize the impact on retailers in downtown Atlanta because most businesses will be closed for the holiday.Rhonex Kipruto of Kenya ran last year’s race in 27 minutes, 1 second to break the U.S. record in the event.___ Associated Press The three biggest names in men’s pole vault will compete against each other in a rare sporting event during the coronavirus pandemic. And they’ll do it from their own backyards.Video links will connect world record holder Armand Duplantis, world champion Sam Kendricks and former Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie.World Athletics calls it “The Ultimate Garden Clash” and will stream it on social media.Duplantis will be in Louisiana, Kendricks in Mississippi and Lavillenie in France.Their challenge is to clear the most 5-meter jumps within 30 minutes. The athletes agreed on the format because adjusting the bar is not practical without officials in place. ___The 20 clubs in Serie A are in agreement that they want to finish the season if they can do so in accordance with government guidelines and by respecting health regulations and protocols.The Italian clubs met by video conference and all supported a statement issued a day earlier by league president Paolo Dal Pino.Dal Pino said it was “only natural that the Serie A league wants to play soccer. It would be against our nature to say the contrary.”___ May 1, 2020 But the league says the “clubs reconfirmed their commitment to finishing the 2019-20 season.”The British government also held talks with sports bodies about when athletes can start to train again.Decisions by the Dutch and French governments led to their soccer seasons ending. Lower-league professional soccer clubs in England have been told they might not be allowed to have fans at their matches until 2021.___AC Milan and Roc Nation have partnered to create a virtual live event on Sunday headlined by Alicia Keys “to honor and pay tribute to key workers fighting on the front line in Italy and around the world.” The 2021 badminton world championships will now start in November to avoid clashing with the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics.The Badminton World Federation says the event will remain in Huelva, Spain, and be held Nov. 29-Dec. 5.BWF president Poul-Erik Høyer says the two main events can now go ahead “with equal fairness for everyone.”___The Swiss hockey federation says it won’t seek to host the 2021 men’s world championship after losing this year’s event because of the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants baseball and football to get on the field, and he says big league opening day could take place around the start of July.“I think there will be a college football season. They may have nobody in the stands or reduced attendance, but my understanding is, particularly in the ACC, which I follow, that they’re anticipating having a season,” the Kentucky Republican said during an interview Thursday on Louisville radio station WLCL.“More immediately, I called the commissioner of baseball a couple of weeks ago and I said, ‘America needs baseball. It’s the sign of getting back to normal. Any chance?’ And you may have heard, there is discussion about having an abbreviated season beginning around the Fourth of July, where the teams would either play at their spring training sites in Arizona or Florida or play at home to largely empty stadiums.”Big league opening day had been scheduled for March 26. The start has been pushed back indefinitely due the new coronavirus pandemic.“I think there’s an active discussion under way to salvage part of baseball season, and if we can salvage part of baseball, surely we can salvage football, as well. There would still be at the bigger schools, like U of L (Louisville) and UK, (Kentucky) television revenue, which would help. last_img read more

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