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In Brief

first_imgn The US Surface Transportation Board has announced it will issue its decision on the break-up of Conrail between CSX and Norfolk Southern on April 14 next year, followed by a written ruling on June 8. The deadline for comment, protests and opposition evidence is October 21, followed by oral arguments on April 9.n Australia’s federal government has commissioned a study of options for selling its 40% stake in National Rail Corp. Australian National’s Leigh Creek line, accounting for 30% of AN’s residual revenue, has been withdrawn from the ongoing sale process and transferred to South Australia’s state power company Optima Energy, which is the line’s major customer.n The Spanish province of Andalucía has appointed a consortium of Typsa, Estudio Pereda and Ayesa to undertake a Pts360m feasibility study for the construction of an AVE high-speed line between Córdoba and Mlast_img read more

Semco Maritime to upgrade accommodation rig for UK gig

first_imgFloatel Victory is currently operating in the Norwegian sector. Semoc noted that, even while the rig is on the way to Semco Maritime’s rig yard at Hanøytangen, some internal jobs are made on the rig. In this way, the dock time is significantly reduced and the upgrade optimized and streamlined, which is important as the rig’s time for repair is limited, the company said.Semco also said that a team of 10 people are currently projecting and planning the assignment. In addition, the company expects to employ 150 people for the actual work of upgrading the rig.The semi-submersible rig, which has living quarters for 560 persons, has 40 single bed cabins and 260 two men cabins.The rig was built by Keppel FELS in Singapore in 2013 and is designed for operation in areas with hard weather and water depths up to 150 meters. Project engineering company Semco Maritime has been chosen to prepare an accommodation rig for a new assignment for Maersk Oil in the UK sector.Semco Maritime said on Monday it has won the contract to upgrade the Floatel Victory accommodation rig, which is  owned by Floatel International.Following the upgrade, the rig will sail out to undertake a contract in the British sector of the North Sea for Maersk Oil UK, now part of Total.According to Semco Maritime’s statement, Floatel Victory is expected to call at its rig yard at Hanøytangen, Bergen, at the beginning of June after expiry of current contract with BP. The rig has been working on the Clair Ridge project located West of Shetland since 2015.Lars Skov, Senior Vice President at Semco Maritime Rig Projects, said: “This is an important order for Semco Maritime’s rig yard at Hanøytangen. The order also confirms the increased activity in the market of rig upgrades, which started in the second half of 2017. The signs are positive and give rise to optimism in the market.”Frederik Arnoldsson, Rig Manager of Floatel Victory, said: “We are looking forward to a strong and successful cooperation with Semco Maritime on this project, which is an important milestone before the rig starts operations in the British sector.” Semco to employ 150 people for upgradelast_img read more

Israeli court convicts Jewish extremist in 2015 arson attack

first_imgIsraeli right-wing activist Amiram Ben-Uliel arrives at a district court for a verdict in the city of Lod, Israel, Monday, May 18, 2020. AP JERUSALEM – An Israeli district court on Monday convicted a Jewish extremist of murder in a 2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents, a case that had sent shock waves through Israel and helped fuel months of Israeli-Palestinian violence. The court ruled that the Jewish settler Amiram Ben-Uliel hurled firebombs late one night into a West Bank home in July 2015 as a family slept, killing 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh. His mother, Riham, and father, Saad, later died of their wounds. Ali’s 4-year-old brother Ahmad survived.center_img “This trial won’t bring my family back,” Hussein Dawabsheh, the toddler’s grandfather, said outside the courtroom in central Israel. “But I don’t want another family to go through the trauma that I have.” (AP)last_img read more

Commercial flights to resume by June 16 at Iloilo Airport?

first_imgBefore the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iloilo Airport served around 25 arrival and departure flights daily, said Parreño. “As of now, we don’t expect any tourists,” said Defensor, pointing out the prevailing threat of the corona virus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The resumption rests on the provincial government’s decision. The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases gave local government units (LGU) the discretion to decide when to reopen airports in their turfs. In a recent interview, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Iloilo terminal supervisor Art Parreño said he was unsure when would commercial flights resume at the Iloilo Airport. Classified as an international airport, the Iloilo Airport is the first airport in both Western Visayas and the island of Panay to be built to international standards. It is also considered to be the primary gateway into the region./PN The NOTAM would have ended on June 10. Commercial flights to and from Iloilo were suspended in March this year when the community quarantine was enforced to curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Thus, should commercial flights resume, Defensor said, they should prioritize returning Ilonggo overseas workers and locally stranded individuals. ILOILO – The modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) ends on June 15 unless extended. CAAP extended to June 15 the NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) reiterating the closure of the airport in line with Defensor Jr.’s Executive Order No. 128 restricting travel – including air travel – in the province until that day – the last day of the MGCQ. Thus, according to Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr., the tentative date of resumption of commercial flights at the Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan is June 16.last_img read more

Pence, RNC kickoff ‘Right Track Results Tour’

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Officials from the Indiana Republican Party say Vice President Mike Pence and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel will kick-off the party’s Right Track Results Tour, which will cross all corners of the state heading into this year’s critical midterm election.“Hoosiers looking at their state leaders see results – balanced budgets, a growing workforce and record job creation. Indiana’s on the right track,” said Kyle Hupfer, chairman of the Indiana Republican Party. “That Indiana way is making its way to Washington, where Republicans like Vice President Mike Pence are working to get America back on track. Our Right Track Results Tour will take our results-focused message statewide with the proven Hoosier leaders who are delivering those results daily.”The tour, which continues through Election Day, will feature local and statewide Republican leaders including U.S. Senate nominee Mike Braun, Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Auditor Tera Klutz and Treasurer Kelly Mitchell. Vice President Pence and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel will attend the Right Track Results Tour Kickoff Rally at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday — their only appearance of the tour.Governor Eric Holcomb will join the tour in its final two weekends, and additional special guests — including national political figures, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Indiana’s Republican Congressional delegation and local legislators — will also make appearances along the way.“At any stop on the Right Track Results Tour, you’ll see Hoosier Republicans in all corners of Indiana fired up about this year’s midterm elections. The energy is electric,” said Hupfer.“Hoosiers are ready to defeat Democrat Joe Donnelly and elect results-oriented Republican leaders like Mike Braun statewide.”The Right Track Results Tour will be previewed this Friday at the Indiana Republican Party Fall Dinner, which also features Vice President Mike Pence as its keynote speaker.Below is a list of the first weekend’s Right Track Results Tour stops. Visit RightTrackResults.com as additional tour stops are announced.WHO:Vice President Mike Pence (Indianapolis only)RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel (Indianapolis only)U.S. Senate nominee Mike BraunIndiana Secretary of State Connie LawsonIndiana Treasurer Kelly MitchellWHAT:Statewide tour highlighting Indiana’s Right Track Results teamWHERE:Right Track Results Tour Kickoff RallyOctober 13Indianapolis, IndianaDetails & RSVPKnox County Spot ShootOctober 13Vincennes, IndianaDetails & RSVPDubois County Early Vote RallyOctober 13Jasper, IndianaDetails & RSVPVigo County Early Vote RallyOctober 13Terre Haute, IndianaDetails & RSVPMorgan County Fall Foliage ParadeOctober 14Martinsville, IndianaDetails & RSVPAdditional stops to be announced on RightTrackResults.comlast_img read more

Pulis targets one more win

first_img The win takes Palace up to 12th but, with away games at Everton and West Ham in the next week, Pulis reckons a second season in the top flight is still reliant upon adding another victory before the end of the campaign. “You’re always looking to go on a run and pick these points up,” he said. “We are on 37 at the moment so let’s get to 40 and then we will talk about next season, 40 will keep us up. “We are not safe. I will talk about it when we have done it, that is the best way. Someone told me we had three points out of a possible 30 when I came into the football club and it has been really encouraging.” Villa started the brighter of the two sides but did not turn their early dominance into chances, whereas once Palace got into the game they looked the more likely to break the deadlock. Yannick Bolasie miscued after a well-worked free-kick routine and Cameron Jerome could only hit the crossbar from two yards out before Puncheon’s winner. The Eagles’ approach once again was at odds to the perception Pulis earned while managing Stoke, with the 56-year-old pleased his players have bought into what he has tried to do since replacing Ian Holloway in November. “You have to give credit to the players,” he said. Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis believes his side need just one more win to achieve Barclays Premier League safety. The Eagles beat Aston Villa 1-0 on Saturday to record their third successive league victory and maintain their seven-point gap over the bottom three with just five games remaining. Villa are now in a more precarious position, having lost four games in a row, and fell below Palace after Jason Puncheon’s second-half goal was enough to give Pulis’ side the points. “You can come in as a manager and put a philosophy into a football club, and if they don’t take to it they can cost you your job. These lot have really enjoyed it, they have enjoyed the work. “You get a stigma attached to you. At Stoke we used Kenwyne Jones and Peter Crouch and we used them in abundance because they are good players at what they do. “We haven’t got that target man here so we play through the pitch quicker and you need people who can come inside, like Bolasie and Puncheon do, into the pockets and we build up our momentum really through them. “A lot of time and a lot of work has been spent trying to get them to understand that and the team to understand it. I think the way they have taken to it has been first class.” Villa have now lost all four games they have played since beating Chelsea 1-0 on March 15, with Stoke, Manchester United and Fulham all taking maximum points from Paul Lambert’s side. But the former Norwich boss has a simple tonic to Villa’s slide into the relegation battle – beat Southampton next weekend. “We are a million miles from where we want to be,” Lambert said. “Anyone who knows me will tell you my ambition. If you can’t win a game of football it is what happens. We have to win a game of football. “You’re in that group and the only simple solution is to win the next game, that gives you the breathing space. “We try and keep the lads upbeat and keep them at it, those are the ones who have got to go and play. I never waiver from having the belief in them to go and win a game, the effort is there in abundance.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Modest Sterling staying grounded

first_imgRaheem Sterling says the Liverpool squad will all stay “modest” as they look to complete the club’s dream of winning a first Barclays Premier League crown. Press Association “Raheem is playing with no fear, players normally have ups and downs, but he is really consistent and has probably been our best player over the past few months.” While the Reds close in on a jubilant end to the campaign, Norwich are left staring at the abyss following a third successive defeat. The Canaries are in 17th, and have to hope all the sides below them fail to close the three-point deficit or they can somehow pick up something from a daunting run-in away to first Manchester United and then Chelsea before Arsenal head to Carrow Road on May 11. Norwich sacked manager Chris Hughton in the aftermath of the home defeat to West Brom, and at least Neil Adams – promoted from the academy set-up – was able to get his team to show some fight in the second half against Liverpool. Gary Hooper’s first goal since Boxing Day reduced the deficit and, after Sterling had put Liverpool 3-1 ahead, Robert Snodgrass made sure of a tense finale with a looping header. Scotland winger Snodgrass believes if Norwich can sustain that level over 90 minutes then they can take something out of the final three fixtures. “If we did not realise before, well we are bang in it now, there are three teams who can catch us,” he said. “It is now who wants it the most, who wants to keep the club in the Premier League. “We need to look at ourselves and focus on ourselves because other results are not going to get us out of the trouble we are in. “We will need to give the performance as we did in that second half against Liverpool, nothing less, and hopefully we can stay in the Premier League. “We have to maximise everything we have in the tank – heart, desire and endeavour all needs to be there, if we have got that, then the chances will come and hopefully we can take them.” While the fans might be draping banners over the walls at the club’s training complex and whipping up the atmosphere when the team coach rolls into Anfield, Sterling insists the players must all just focus on the job in hand and not on the ultimate prize which is now so tantalisingly close. “We come in every day at Melwood and see each other, everyone knows what the dream is at the end of it, so everyone is just keeping each other modest and we know that if we keep working hard there is this real goal at the end of it now,” he said. “I just think the important thing is for us to keep our heads down, keep working again this week, then go again this weekend.” Sterling helped lead the Liverpool attack, which was without injured forward Daniel Sturridge, in impressive fashion as he cut inside from the left to fire a 25-yard drive past John Ruddy which put the visitors ahead after only four minutes. The England World Cup hopeful then set up Luis Suarez on 10 minutes as the Uruguay hitman swept home the 30th goal of his superb season. Liverpool manager Rodgers hailed 19-year-old Sterling as “arguably the best young player in European football at the moment”, with the forward last week shortlisted for the upcoming PFA awards. Midfielder Lucas is in no doubt Sterling can continue his progress. “He is showing he is developing and improving all the time,” the Brazil midfielder said. Brendan Rodgers’ side moved five points clear of Chelsea, who they host next weekend, with a hard-earned 3-2 victory at relegation-battlers Norwich on Easter Sunday. It was an 11th straight league win for the Reds, and one which took the Merseyside club another step towards lifting the top-flight trophy for the first time since 1990. last_img read more

Yannick Bolasie commits future to Crystal Palace

first_img And Bolasie, who has made 119 appearances for the Eagles and scored seven goals, has been rewarded with a bumper new deal at Selhurst Park. “This is a good news story for the club, to secure this guy,” Pardew said. “Not only is he an exciting player who our fans love, but he’s a great guy, a great character, unspoilt by fame and success. I’m really pleased. “I’ve said all along that this guy needs to deliver the final moment, and when he does that he won’t be here in three and a half years. “So my first priority was to secure him, and develop him. If I can develop him and take this club forward, that’s great. Then if a big club comes we use that money to take the club forward. Simple equation. “There was no bid for Yannick. But we know, if he was available for £5million, we’d have a queue from here to wherever. He’s a lot more money than that, and now we’ve got three and a half years he’s a lot more money. “If I can make him even better then that’s good security for the club.” Bolasie is set to feature at Watford on Sunday at the end of a week during which his fellow winger Wilfried Zaha has been the centre of attention. Pardew criticised the performance of Zaha after hauling him off at half-time at Tottenham last Sunday, but the 22-year-old responded by inspiring Palace to a 4-1 Capital One Cup win over Charlton in midweek. The 26-year-old was the subject of speculation over his future during the summer, with Tottenham heavily linked with his signature. But boss Alan Pardew insists there was no bid for the player despite some sparkling displays since his switch from Bristol City in 2012. Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie has agreed a new three-and-a-half-year contract. Zaha has yet to show the form which prompted Sir Alex Ferguson to make him his last major signing for Manchester United, and Pardew feels the player – like so many other youngsters – moved to a big club too early. “Manchester United took a risk, really, because he hadn’t done it at Premier League level,” Pardew added. “Maybe you could argue he needed a year in the Premier League to really develop and the year going to Manchester United set him back, there’s no doubt about that. “Sometimes I think these big clubs take players too early and they’re literally taking talent without consideration to how it’s going to work in the team. “At Manchester City you could look at a number of players; (Scott) Sinclair, (Jack) Rodwell. It’s very difficult to get it back. You’ve taken a very important year out of someone’s career. “Therefore, my job is to get him to understand the level of the Premier League and how to perform consistently. There’s no doubt he’s good enough for the Premier League – no doubt.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Would love to bowl to KP, Tendulkar, Richards & Ponting: Kagiso Rabada

first_imgNEW DELHI: Widely regarded as one of the best fast bowlers around, South Africas Kagiso Rabada was in high spirits on Friday evening as he interacted with the Delhi Capitals fans via an Instagram live session. The seamer spoke on a variety of topics, including reminiscing his early U-19 days, talking about an impressive IPL campaign last season, and how he is spending his time during lockdown in South Africa.”I haven’t had the chance to bowl yet or use the cricket facilities, but professional athletes are now allowed to use gyms here in South Africa, so I’m just doing enough to keep myself going. But I’m also really pleased that I’ve had such a long break from cricket after five years of continuous competition. I’ve really found it to be very relaxing,” Rabada said. Mentioning former greats he would’ve loved to bowl to. “I think Kevin Pietersen, Sachin Tendulkar, Vivian Richards and Ricky Ponting would be the batsmen I would love to bowl to,” Rabada said. The 25-year-old has been keeping himself busy with a podcast he has started with a friend. “I’ve kept myself busy creatively. I’ve been working on a podcast called The Viral Wellness, with a friend, where we get experts to come and talk about wellness � physical, mental, educational � and both of us just try and have some fun with the script,” he said. Having injured his groin earlier this year, Rabada had to miss South Africa’s tour of India that had to be abandoned midway owing to the COVID-19 outbreak. “I would’ve been ready for the IPL in March. I had a tear in my groin, but I healed quite quickly, and believed I would have been able to play the IPL if it had started as scheduled,” he said. “It was something I was really looking forward to, especially after last season’s performance which was, no doubt, a huge motivator for all of us. It was also by far the most enjoyable season I’ve been part of.” Rabada added. Regarding the on-going talks on resuming cricket without fans, the South African said, “It’s going to be bizarre to play in empty stadiums, especially during international matches. But the world has to move on. There will still be tough competition when teams play, and people can still enjoy that on TV.” Widely known for being expressive on the field, the young bowler was also seen commenting on people’s perception of him. “A lot of people think I have a short temper. The thing is that sledging is a part of the game. No fast bowler is going to be nice to the batsman. But what we need to understand is that it’s never personal. After the game, you shake hands, respect each other’s crafts and move on,” he said. Replying to a fan’s question on what qualities he would want to have from other fast bowlers, Rabada said, “If I had to become a bowler by combining the best of all fast bowlers of all time, I’d pick the pace of Shoaib Akhtar, the bounce, line and length of Glenn McGrath, the aggression of Dale Steyn, and the swing of Jimmy Anderson that’s the bowler I would love to be!” IANSlast_img read more