Prism picks LTS EMU suppliers

first_imgBRITISH passenger train operator Prism Rail PLC announced on March 4 that it had selected Porterbrook Leasing and Adtranz to supply 44 four-car EMUs for its LTS Rail Ltd subsidiary operating the London – Tilbury – Southend route. The 160 km/h air-conditioned units are expected to cut journey times by around 10%.Under the LTS franchise awarded in May 1996, Prism was required to order new trains by October this year, or the 15-year concession would be cut to seven. The EMUs are due to enter service by November 1999, and Prism will pay around £17m a year for them over the remaining 12 years of the franchise. Seven builders and three rolling stock companies bid for the order, under a procurement process managed by Mott MacDonald.The trains will be built by Adtranz at Derby and leased to Prism by Porterbrook under an operating lease which includes maintenance at the LTS East Ham depot. Each coach will be around 20m long, with bodyshells welded from aluminium profiles and pre-wired bolt-on crashworthy cab modules. 2+2 seating will accommodate around 250 passengers per unit. The AC drives are likely to be subcontracted to Holec which has the only Railtrack-approved AC traction package. International banking group HSBC Holdings plc announced on February 19 that its wholly owned subsidiary Forward Trust Group had agreed to purchase ex-BR rolling stock leasing company Eversholt Holdings Ltd, which was sold to a managment buy-out team in February 1996 for £500m. The £726·5m sale price includes debt repayment of £273·1m, and values the shares at £453·4m compared to their original face value of £69·6m. olast_img read more

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MISC Reaps Fruit from LNG Fleet Additions

first_imgMalaysian shipping group MISC Berhad (MISC) has posted a net profit of RM 680.5 million (USD 160.8 million) for the third quarter of 2017, more than quadrupling last year’s equivalent of RM 134.2 million.Group revenue for the quarter came at RM 2,315.8 million, a 1.0% higher than the last year’s corresponding quarter’s revenue of RM2,292.8 million. The increase in revenue was contributed to the lease commencement of three new LNG vessels delivered in October 2016, January 2017 and August 2017.The company’s offshore segment also contributed to the increase with the favorable adjudication decision on Gumusut-Kakap Semi-Floating Production System (L) Limited (GKL) variation works and construction revenue from Floating, Storage and Offloading Vessel (FSO) Benchamas 2 that commenced construction in January 2017, MISC said.The revenue growth was, however, dampened by the lower earning days and freight rates reported by MISC’s petroleum arm as well as lower revenue from heavy engineering segment as most on-going projects are nearing completion.“Petroleum shipping demand continues to be affected by global production cuts in response to high crude inventory levels and low oil prices. This has also been exacerbated by the delivery of new tankers during the year. Nonetheless, seasonal demand during peak winter months will end the year on a firmer note for the petroleum shipping sector,” MISC said.Group revenue for the nine-month period stood at RM 7,603.2 million, 7.4% higher than last year’s equivalent.MISC’s profit before tax for the 9 months reached RM 1,961.5 million, down by 15.1% year-on-year.On the LNG shipping front, spot charter rates remain sluggish as a result of the tonnage oversupply driven by higher vessel deliveries and older vessels coming off charter, the company noted. However, spot charter rates are expected to pick up as countries start building up inventories to meet the winter heating demand.MISC said that long term charters in its LNG shipping business along with long-term contracts secured by its offshore business division will continue to support the financial performance of the group.In July, MISC took delivery of its new LNG Carrier, Seri Cempaka from Hyundai Heavy Industries. The 150,200 CBM Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carrier is the third in a series of five MOSS-Type LNG carriers ordered at HHI.In addition, Seri Camellia has joined MISC’s LNG fleet as the 27th active LNG carrier.Meanwhile, in its heavy engineering business segment, the group is working on cost management and improving operational efficiency to combat the challenging environment.“Replenishment of orderbook from the marine segment and offshore services is progressing and remains a priority. While the segment has successfully secured several offshore fabrication projects during the period, the majority of the contribution will only be realised in 2018 and beyond,” MISC said.“MISC will continue to pursue sustainable growth guided by MISC2020, our 5-year masterplan, with emphasis on advancing the growth of our core business segments,” MISC’s CEO Yee Yang Chien said.“We continue to accomplish notable milestones during this quarter and the recent months which includes MISC becoming a Strategic Partner of the Global Maritime Forum, a platform that is dedicated to unleashing the potential of the global maritime industry and is committed to shaping the future of global seaborne trade. MISC was recently acknowledged as the Tanker Operator of the Year at the Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific Awards 2017, highly regarded as a global mark of recognition within the shipping industry.”last_img read more

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Sand Replenishment Plans for Matapouri Beach Unveiled

first_imgMatapouri Beach is in line for sand replenishment work, Whangarei District Council said in its latest release. Council is planning to take sand that has become trapped in the estuary and put it back on the beach, mimicking a natural process that has been restricted since the road bridges went in many decades ago.Parks manager Sue Hodge said that the proposal is very similar to the successful replenishment project undertaken in 2007 and incorporates several ‘lessons learned’ from the earlier project.She said that coastal erosion is a natural process that has always occurred at Matapouri Beach, with storms washing sand from the beach and into the estuary.“But before the area was developed, floods would flush sand out of the estuary and it would settle again in the bay – there was a natural equilibrium between the estuary and the beach,” Hodge said.“When roads were built across Te Wairoa and Parangarau Streams, the bridge abutments narrowed the stream channels and confined flood flows, reducing the amount of sand flushed back into the bay.”As a result, more and more of the beach sand started clogging up the estuary.“Our aim is to take up to 15,000 cubic meters of sand out of several spots in estuary, transport it to the beach via Matapouri Road and Te Wairoa Street, place it and re-contour the beach,” Hodge said.“We do not want to impact the ecology of the estuary so we have engaged a highly-experienced ecologist to produce an ecological report. We will not be excavating below the low tide mark, instead taking the sand above that level that has fewer species living in it. Areas with sea/eel grass present will be avoided.”Local consulting firm Richardson Stevens Ltd performed the cost-benefit analysis and provided the engineering design for the work. Due to the complicated nature of the project, the engineering design was then peer reviewed by Labonte Coastal Consultants Ltd (Waipu).last_img read more

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Sheffield United keen on Emmanuel Dennis

first_imgRelatedPosts Arsenal reject £3m bid for Balogun Batshuayi double helps Belgium to massive win over Iceland Castagne signs Leicester City deal Sheffield United continue to be linked with Nigerian striker Emmanuel Dennis. Having already signed one of Belgium Jupiler Pro League’s star players in Sander Berge, United have been heavily tipped to return for another one of its leading lights. Club Brugge striker Dennis has been in exceptional form this season and scored twice at the Santiago Bernabeu as Brugge drew 2-2 with Real Madrid in the Champions League earlier this season. However, it appeared that a former Blades boss is willing to rival Chris Wilder for the striker’s signature. Reports in Belgium from media outlet Voetbalkrant claimed that Dennis is attracting “concrete” interest from Newcastle United. The report claimed the Magpies would go “to great lengths” to get the forward. Further, it references reports in Nigeria where it claimed reports are ramping up over a possible move to Tyneside. Just last month a Dutch news publication, Het Laatste Nieuws, claimed that the Blades were willing to go back in for the striker at the end of this current campaign after having a similar approach rebuffed last summer. The 22-year-old would fit the bill perfectly for Wilder in terms of price, age and potential but there is a danger United could not only face stiff competition from fellow English sides but also European heavyweights. German giants Borussia Dortmund is one of the sides that are believed to be considering a move for Dennis.Tags: BelgiumClub BruggeEmmanuel DennisSander BergeSheffield Unitedlast_img read more

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Dick Advocaat pays tribute to old adversary Van Gaal

first_img Press Association The Sunderland head coach, who celebrated his 68th birthday on Sunday, played with 64-year-old Van Gaal at Sparta Rotterdam but has locked horns with him throughout his lengthy managerial career, and more often than not come out on the right end of the result having lost just once in 10 meetings. However, he has the utmost respect for his fellow former Holland manager as he attempts to get the better of him once again. Advocaat said: “He’s one of the best coaches in the world, no doubt about that. He has worked at the highest levels in Europe. “He is a manager who does not just look for the easy way, he is always looking for the most difficult way. If you see his prize list, it is unbelievable, so I rate him very highly.” The pair forged their relationship in the Sparta team during the early 1980s with the older man nursing Van Gaal through. Advocaat said with a smile: “He played with me at Sparta for two years. You heard what I am saying … he played with me! “He was a different player to me. I would get the ball and give it to him. He had the eyes – and so did I later – but in the beginning, I gave it to him because he was a good player. “He was not the quickest. But he is a good guy. If you know him well, he is a good guy.” Sunderland will head for Old Trafford sitting at the foot of the table and without a win in their opening six league games to meet a United side sitting in second place. Advocaat has only once before come across the Red Devils in a competitive match during his illustrious managerial career, leading Russian side Zenit St Petersburg to a 2-1 victory in the 2008 European Super Cup in Monaco, before which the former Rangers boss shared a few stories with former Rangers striker Sir Alex Ferguson. He said: “I had a great conversation before the game with Ferguson. He wasn’t laughing after the game because I beat him.” Sunderland will have central defender Younes Kaboul back from suspension, but midfielder Jack Rodwell and striker Jermain Defoe are doubts with ankle and hamstring injuries respectively. center_img Dick Advocaat will take on “one of the best coaches in the world” when he goes head-to-head with old adversary Louis van Gaal on Saturday. last_img read more

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Australian Open: Serena’s 24th Grand Slam Quest Continues in Melbourne

first_imgSerena Williams Serena Williams is the firm favourite to win the Australian Open as she again bids for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title.The 38-year-old American is aiming to match the record set in 1973 by Australia’s Margaret Court, who will be recognised at the tournament on the 50th anniversary of her calendar Grand Slam.Williams has not won a Grand Slam title since the 2017 Australian Open, when she was eight weeks pregnant. Since returning from maternity leave in March 2018, she has reached four Grand Slam finals – two at Wimbledon and two at the US Open – losing them all. But she goes into this tournament as the clear favourite, having rediscovered how to win a final.Williams claimed the Auckland International on Sunday, beating fellow American Jessica Pegula in the final, to lift her first trophy in almost three years.“It’s been a long time; I think you could see the relief on my face,” she said.Williams’ drought has helped open up the women’s game; the past 11 Grand Slams have produced nine different winners, over a period that has seen seven players hold the world number one ranking.Old guard Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are still expected to be the men to beat in Melbourne, while Britain’s former world number one Andy Murray is missing because of a pelvic injury.The first Grand Slam of the 2020 season is set to go ahead as planned, despite the backdrop of raging bushfires that have devastated parts of Australia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Joseph turns in strongest performance of year during Orange’s defeat of BC

first_imgCHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Kaleb Joseph pounded his chest with ferocity while Dimitri Batten clapped his hands in frustration.As Joseph ran down the court off a steal on the fast break, a three-on-two Syracuse advantage had turned into a one-on-one with Batten. After Joseph got the first step, all Batten could do was get a hand up as Joseph finished his two-handed dunk with a shout as he ran back up the court.The dunk came with 5:32 left in the second half — a time at which Joseph’s often been on the bench this season.“That’s something I was lacking in some of the other games, I wasn’t playing with an edge,” Joseph said. “That’s something I was trying to get back to doing, just playing with an edge.”In front of two busloads of family and friends from his hometown of Nashua, New Hampshire, Joseph found his edge Wednesday night. He finished the best game of his Syracuse career with 14 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the field. He proved himself too important to take out down the stretch as Syracuse (16-8, 7-4, Atlantic Coast) pulled away in its 70-56 win over Boston College (9-14, 1-10) at Conte Forum.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU head coach Jim Boeheim said Joseph took advantage of a defense that didn’t focus on him, and played aggressively when BC gave him opportunities.“Kaleb is the one guy that people have been kind of leaving open,” Boeheim said. “And he’s been hanging on the perimeter, so when he got the ball back he still had to go through somebody. He cut, made better cuts.”His offense in the first half came and went with a floater off the dribble just four minutes into the game. But he started to look for his shot more after the break. After pulling down an offensive rebound in the second half, he looked up to kick the ball out to the perimeter. But when he noticed he was open 7 feet from the basket, he calmly hit the short jumper.Forty-six seconds later, he pounced off the dribble and hit a fadeaway 10-footer with Patrick Heckmann hounding him with a hand in his face.The freshman point guard scored six of SU’s first eight points of the second half, and kept the Orange clinging to a tenuous lead that it never gave up.“I think the biggest thing is he’s playing more confident,” assistant coach Mike Hopkins said. “He had a couple nice penetration kicks for Mike Gbinije for a couple 3s. He got in the lane and the way teams are defending us, they’re going to let him have plays. You’ve got to step up and knock down shots, and he did.”With Rakeem Christmas getting doubled at every given opportunity, Joseph was given the chance to make plays. When BC’s Dennis Clifford and Olivier Hanlan covered Christmas at the top of the key, Joseph drove in for an open dunk with eight minutes to play.It was a theme of his night. When he got the chance to score, he did. When he got the chance to pass, he did that, too. Boeheim said he thought Joseph should have had more than four assists, but that his teammates either missed shots or put the ball on the floor when they got it from him.The head coach praised a player that he’s often benched for the important parts of the game. On Wednesday, he was at the forefront of a second-half run. He was the focal point of the offense when others weren’t. And he stepped up in a game played just 40 minutes from his home.“Whenever I do what I’m supposed to do,” Joseph said, “there’s no reason for me to come out of the game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 11, 2015 at 10:58 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

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USG considers gender-neutral student housing

first_imgLast night’s USG meeting featured the proposal of a resolution by the Queer and Ally Student  Assembly, which is arguing for gender-neutral housing in university-sponsored housing complexes and apartments.The resolution, which was sponsored by Senator Brianna Thorpe and Vice President Rini Sampath, is a response to USC’s enforcement of a “gender binary,” or a male/female split in university housing arrangements. Under current university policy, USC relies on the registered sex of students to place students in housing.“The current policy reinforces gender identities that are not representative of the entire Trojan Family,” Thorpe said.Under the current policy, students who might not identify as male or female must fill out their gender on housing applications, and be assigned housing based on their answer.Though USC currently has a “Rainbow Floor,”  a special interest residential community that currently provides gender neutral housing,  proponents of the resolution believe that this is not enough, especially compared to other schools.“We’re actually behind many top universities,” said former Greek Senator Logan Heley. “Other universities in the Pac-12 and elsewhere already have gender-neutral housing in place.”The proposed resolution would create a gender neutral option on student housing applications for students who do not identify within the gender binary. University suite-style housing complexes such as Trojan and Cardinal Gardens would be restructured to accommodate gender-neutral housing.“The benefit is non-discrimination of people with different gender identities,” said QuASA representative Quyên Nguyen-Le. “Our school’s  non-discrimination clause, as well as California state law, includes protection based on gender identity.”Six hundred and fourteen students have signed a petition supporting the resolution, as well as department officials in USC.Supporters of the resolution believe that it is a smart financial decision as well.“USC’s probably losing business by not offering this,” Heley said. “Students [who prefer gender neutral housing] are going to private apartments, whose owners don’t care as long as they get a check.”The USG Senate will vote on the resolution next week.last_img read more

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Former Kicker Matt Boermeester files petition in response to expulsion

first_imgDaily Trojan File PhotoAttorneys for former USC kicker Matt Boermeester are seeking to have his expulsion from the school overturned, filing a petition in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Aug. 11. Boermeester was suspended indefinitely from the football team in January following an alleged incident involving his girlfriend, Zoe Katz. He was expelled in July as a result of an investigation by the school’s Title IX office.The petition names the University, along with Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry. It states that after getting french fries from McDonald’s around midnight on Jan. 21, Boermeester and Katz were “engaged in loud, consensual horseplay and laughing” in an alley near Katz’s home.It states that another USC student walked past them to put his garbage in the dumpster and “walked back without ever turning his head towards the two of them.” When a second student who had witnessed the incident from a window approached Katz and asked if she was OK, Katz “said she was fine.”According to the petition, Katz didn’t make a report to USC about Boermeester, but Tanner Smith, another student who was told about the incident, reported it to his father, Peter Smith, the men’s tennis coach. As an employee, Smith was required to report the incident to the Title IX office.But attorneys for USC filed a court document last Friday that appeared to refute those accounts.“Two male students who lived in the area observed the assault and confirmed that it was violent,” the statement said. The document, which refers to Katz as “Jane Roe,” alleges that Boermeester placed his hands around Katz’s neck and pushed her against a wall at least twice. It states that the other students spoke with Katz alone in her residence following the incident and asked her to stay in their apartment.“[Katz] was crying, but stated she would return to her apartment because she did not want to ‘make [Boermeester] more mad,’” the filing stated.The document goes on to state that Katz would often report bruises on her legs and arms because Boermeester would “hit her or grab her tightly when he was angry.”But Katz did not want to “burn” Boermeester because she still cared about him, according to the court filing.“[Katz] noted that [Boermeester] was ‘very good at making [her] feel like [she] need[ed] him,’ and had torn her down so she felt dependent on him,” the USC filing said.Katz was also allegedly concerned that Boermeester would find out that she made a statement to the Title IX office. “He can’t know I made a statement. Can you not tell him I made a statement,” she texted the Title IX investigator, according to the filing. In another apparent text exchange before the Title IX office notified Boermeester of the investigation, Katz texted the investigator that she had been seeing Boermeester at school and that they were on “fine tems.”“I just act normal so he doesn’t [get] suspicious,” Katz texted. “Like most of the time we act totally fine even like friends like there haven’t been any problems.”The filing claims that the alleged assault was captured by a surveillance camera near the location of the incident. Though Katz released a letter through her attorney last month refuting claims that Boermeester assaulted her and claiming that the Title IX office treated her and Boermeester unfairly, the University responded with a statement in the filing.“[Katz’s] later denials were contradicted by her own initial statements to [the Title IX investigator], as well as the weight of the evidence collected during the investigation, including text messages among [Katz] and her friends, eye witness accounts, witness statements … and a surveillance video,” the filing stated.According the filing, Katz’s attempts to protect Boermeester “may be motivated by love or fear of reprisal.”Boermeester was two classes shy of graduating before being suspended, Katz said in her letter. The former kicker was the Rose Bowl hero for the Trojans in January, making the game-winning field goal as time expired to beat Penn State.last_img read more

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