Transnet signs R2·8bn locomotive loan

first_imgSOUTH AFRICA: A R2·8bn loan agreement was signed by freight operator Transnet and Germany’s KfW Development Bank on June 22.Transnet is to use the proceeds to fund the acquisition of 240 Bombardier Transportation electric locomotives it has ordered as part of its programme to acquire 1 064 locomotives from four suppliers.The loan matures in 15 years, with a five-year interest-only grace period. The agreement was negotiated in rand terms and thus has no currency risk for Transnet.last_img

Specialised containers for fertiliser exports

first_imgBOLIVIA: State-owned oil and petrochemicals company YPFB has ordered 250 wagons and 500 specialised containers which will be used to transport fertiliser on the country’s 1 000 mm gauge rail network.While the wagons are being manufactured locally in Santa Cruz, the containers are now being delivered by CIMC of China, acting as manufacturing subcontractor for ISG of Australia. The specialised 20 ft design features a removable top and is able to carry a payload of 25 tonnes.The containers will carry fertiliser from the new ammonia and urea plant that YPFB is building in Bulo Bulo at a total cost of US$876m, which will be able to produce up to 2 100 tonnes of urea a day. According to YPFB Project Director Carlos Vilar, the containers will move by rail to Puerto Suárez on the border with Brazil and to Yacuiba on the border with Argentina.last_img read more

Epic Games launches Fortnite Season X – Out of Time

first_imgFortnite Season X – Out of Time has now launched and is available as a free update on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Switch, Android, and iOS. Read the patch notes for details on all the new changes. Battle RoyaleTime is twisted and the Zero Point has become volatile in Season X. Whether you’re nostalgic for the past or excited for the future, there will be plenty for you to discover all Season long. Locations once thought to be lost have begun to appear on the island, but they aren’t the same as they once were… Board the Battle Bus and drop in, but keep an eye to the skies to spot the new Season X mech vehicle, the B.R.U.T.E. Crashing on the island as the Battle Bus takes off, these merciless mechs seat two players and works best with a partner, so grab a squadmate, hop in, load up, and roll out.CreativeSeason X introduces entirely new ways to play and experience Fortnite Creative, including player-made LTMs like Junkyard Juke and Sky Station Showdown. Watch the Fortnite Season X – Story trailer below:Save the WorldHit the Road with non-stop action during a new Limited Time Event! Help beloved characters make the treacherous journey to the Radio Station so they can broadcast their Song of the Summer. The Storm is deadly if you stray too far from the Hover-Truck, yet better equipment awaits those willing to face danger. You’ll need to make plenty of stops along the way so be sure to gear up in order to prepare for the final defense! The Locker also makes its way to Save the World! To start off the Season, the Locker will include Emotes, Music Packs, and Loading Screens. More items from the Locker are on the way in future updates, head over to this blog to learn more.Check out the Fortnite blog for more information on the update.last_img read more

LOC Group appoints Johan Gahnstrom as Shipping Operations Director for London

first_imgJohan brings a wealth of experience to LOC Group, having previously held senior positions at PetroPort, SSPA, Qatar Petroleum and Angola LNG, amongst others. As Shipping Operations Director for London, Johan will further strengthen LOC’s position as industry leading experts. Johan has served as a member of the CHIRP Maritime Advisory Board since January 2016. Johan Gahnstrom, Shipping Operations Director for LOC London, commented: Sea News, November 19 LOC Group has appointed Johan Gahnstrom as its new Shipping Operations Director for London. Andrew Squire, Deputy Chairman of LOC Group, commented:center_img “I am very excited to be joining LOC’s Shipping division. It is a highly established and leading name in the industry and I look forward to being part of the Group as it builds on its strong reputation for delivering results across the shipping and maritime sectors.” “Johan is an excellent addition to not only the Shipping team but also to the wider LOC team. He brings a great breadth of knowledge and experience in the sector; the result of a successful career spanning almost thirty years. His addition builds on the strength of the current team, as we look to grow our leading position within the shipping and marine markets.” An accomplished Maritime Professional, Johan joins the Group from the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (“INTERTANKO”), where he was a Senior Marine Manager and led all facets of port, pilotage and nautical operations and tanker operations, while also resolving a variety of complex maritime issues. Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

NYU Wireless and Stern Awarded Grant for Millimeter Wave Networks

first_imgThe National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a four-year, $750,000 grant to NYU WIRELESS and the NYU Stern School of Business to evaluate the engineering and economic aspects of millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum and resource management. The mmWave bands are a promising new set of frequencies for next-generation cellular networks that offer orders of magnitude increased data rates relative to current 4G systems. The goal of the grant is to develop new technologies, economic models, and spectrum policy to realize the full potential of these bands.The importance of the mmWave spectrum is driven by the tremendous demand for additional bandwidth to handle the proliferation of mobile devices and increasing amounts of data transmission. While NYU WIRELESS, its industrial affiliates and a number of other research labs have been investigating the engineering aspects of the design of mmWave cellular systems, this grant is the first large-scale academic study to consider various economic, business and policy factors. The NSF grant addresses several open questions for use of these bands, including how the mmWave spectrum should be valued and auctioned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and how various business entities should coordinate different infrastructure and spectrum resources.The project brings together a unique inter-disciplinary team. Profs. Sundeep Rangan and Elza Erkip in NYU WIRELESS are with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and are experts in cellular systems and wireless communications technology in general, and mmWave technology specifically. Dr. Nicholas Economides is a Professor of Economics at the NYU Stern School of Business and is a leading authority in Internet and spectrum policy.The millimeter wave spectrum is a vital component of the next-generation of wireless standards, which are being called ‘5G’, and the National Science Foundation have been funding extensive fundamental research in this area over the past three years. This particular project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of a large-scale millimeter-wave wireless data network that can operate at Gigabit speeds. It also seeks to identify regulatory and policy factors that will ensure the successful deployment of such networks in the commercial sphere.Given the size and importance of the global cellular industry, estimated at more than $1 trillion, the research that will be conducted in this project has the potential to shape the evolution of spectrum policy. It is highly likely that mmWave bands will play a prominent role in the next generation of standards, given the severe shortage in conventional cellular bandwith. MmWave wireless technology is expected to support content at speeds exceeding 10 gigabits per second, which is a thousand times today’s current mobile phone download speed.NYU WIRELESS has already played an important role in the development of mmWave cellular systems, having conducted some of the first measurements and capacity analyses. Together with NSF, NYU WIRELESS affiliates have provided significant support of this groundbreaking research. Their research work was cited heavily by the FCC in last year’s Notice of Inquiry in the study of the mmWave bands. This NSF project takes a unique, holistic approach, from its experimental design to experimental validation to policy, and includes close collaboration with leading communications companies and the FCC. All parties ultimately will be involved in putting economic models in place that ensure resource sharing pricing and licensing mechanisms to achieve the full value of the mmWave spectrum.last_img read more

Balanced Attack Helps Cornerstone Top Bedford 65-49

first_img Related TopicsBedford High SchoolCornerstone High School Mike Coutee Three Cornerstone players scored in double digits and the Patriots improved to 9-3 by defeating the Bedford Bearcats 65-49.The Patriots led throughout the whole game, though the Bearcats kept it close for three quarters. However, CCA opened things up by going on a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter to seal the deal, as two three’s behind the arc highlighted the run.One of the main stories in this game was Cornerstone creating second-chance point opportunities by grabbing their own rebounds.“We were on a high level on rebounding on both ends on the floor, especially on offense.” Cornerstone Head Coach Andy Weybrecht said. ” (We) wanted to make sure we’re boxing out and limiting other team with one chance.”Forward Brandon McQueen scored 23 points, along with going 6-6 at the free-throw line.“I told my teammates we have to play with a chip on our shoulder. We knew that Bedford wasn’t going to go down easily.” McQueen said. ” (I) told my teammates we have to finish them and that’s what we did.”Despite fouling out, Junior guard Michael Bothwell scored 12 points. After the game, Boswell talked about his trust in his teammates.“I know I’m not going to score 20 or 30 points every game, just as long we get that ‘W’.” Bothwell said. “Yes, I got into foul troubles, but we just adjust to the refs on how they’re calling it and just move on.”Tre Williams also added 11 points tonight in the victory.Cornerstone will face Garaway on Saturday at home and Bedford will play Shaw on Friday.last_img read more

UWF Men’s Tennis Comes Back to Beat Ouachita 5-4

first_img April 3, 2008 PENSACOLA, Fla. The now third ranked West Florida Men’s Tennis Team (17-3, 4-0 GSC) earned another victory over a GSC opponent this season by defeating eighth ranked Ouachita-Baptist (10-2). The Argonauts came from an unfinished match against BYU-Hawaii, due to the rain two days ago, to face the Tigers this Thursday, April 3rd at the Roger Scott Tennis Complex, located Pensacola. The Argonauts defeated the Tigers after being 4-2 down in the score. The Tigers earned the 2-1 lead after the doubles action. In the first doubles position, Eduardo Cavasotti (senior/Florianopolis, Brazil) and Luis Arboleda (junior/Medellin, Colombia) fell short 8-6 to the 14thranked duo from the Tigers. Nicolas Barrientos (senior/Cali, Colombia) and Patrick Bateman (sophomore/Apopka, Fla.) had a good battle against Tigers Vagen Akanapian and Jan Plewinski 8-3 in the second doubles spot. Luiz Bernardi (senior/Campinas, Brazil) and Diego Zorzi (senior/Buenos Aires, Argentina) fell to the Tigers third team 8-4. After the doubles play, the Tigers got the 2-1 lead over the Argonauts. In the singles action, every single match was close and well fought for. In order to beat the Tigers, the Argonauts would need to win four out of the six singles matches played. Things did not look so good for the Argos when 23rd ranked Cavasotti fell short in the first position with a 6-2, 6-3 score to theNo.16 nationally ranked player from Ouachita-Baptist, giving the Tigers the 3-1 lead. The Argos bounced back with Jose Ycaza pulling a straight sets win in the sixth position by a 6-2, 6-4 score over Vasek Stverka. However, right after Ycaza’s win, Argonaut Zorzi fell in three sets to the Tigers in the third singles position, 6-3,1-6,6-2, giving the Tigers the 4-2 lead. The Argonauts would need then to win all three matches remaining on courts, which all went to a deciding third set. In the second singles position, No.17 Barrientos rallied from a set down to defeat Jan Plewinski with a 3-6,6-2,6-0 score, giving the Argos some hope. In the fifth singles spot, Bateman also rallied from a set down to overcome Jakub Smid, 3-6,7-5,6-1. Now with the match tied at 4-4, all the eyes went to court No.4, where Argonaut Bernardi and his opponent were about to start the deciding third set. After a 40 minute third set, Bernardi posted a 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 score over Tiger Vagen Akapian, clinching the match, hitting a final score of 5-4 for the Argos. The Argonauts earned its seventeenth win of the season, fourth over a GSC opponent to improve its overall record to 17-3 and its GSC record to 4-0. The Argos will return to action on Saturday, April 5, 2008, when they face Division II No.15 Lander. This will be one of the last few matches the Argonauts will play at home this season. The match will be played at 9 a.m. CT at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carlson Complex, located at the UWF main campus in Pensacola. Singles #1 Ondra Vana (OBU) def. Eduardo Cavasotti (UWF) 6-2, 6-3 #2 Nicolas Barrientos (UWF) def, Jan Plewinski (OBU) 3-6,6-2,6-0 #3 Till Heilshorn (OBU) def. Diego Zorzi (UWF) 6-3,1-6,6-2 #4 Luiz Bernardi (UWF) def. Vagen Akapian (OBU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 #5 Patrick Bateman (UWF) def. Jakub Smid (OBU) 3-6,7-5,6-1 #6 Jose Ycaza (UWF) def. Vasek Stverka (OBU) 6-2, 6-4 Doubles #1 Vana/Smid (OBU) def. Cavasotti/Luis Arboleda (UWF) 8-6 #2 Barrientos/Bateman (UWF) def. Akapian/Plewinski (OBU) 8-3 #3 Isaac Anders/Heilshorn (OBU) def. Bernardi/Zorzi (UWF) 8-4 Print Friendly Version UWF Men’s Tennis Comes Back to Beat Ouachita 5-4 Sharelast_img read more

Ighalo contract extension is good news, says Luke Shaw

first_imgLuke Shaw has revealed the feeling inside the Manchester United dressing room after Odion Ighalo’s loan deal was extended by the Red Devils.Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua wanted their man back for the resumption of football in Asia, with his temporary stay in Manchester due to end in recent days.But an agreement was reached which will see Ighalo finish the current campaign with United, with matches restarting from June 17 onwards.And Shaw says the whole group at Carrington are happy the striker will be extending his stay in England for the time being.“We’ve already had some really good news at United this week with Odion extending his contract,” he told United’s official website.All the players are really happy for him.Obviously his situation was up in the air and we try not to talk about that kind of thing at training but we’re just so happy for him.“Before he arrived, a few people outside the club weren’t too sure what he was going to bring to the club, but he’s shown everyone because he’s brought goals and a different style to our other strikers.“He’s earned and deserved the chance to stay here longer.He brings happiness and a smile in the place.“He’s great in training but he’s also been really important at times during games and scored some great goals.“Now that everything’s sorted, hopefully, he can relax now and settle back into doing what he was doing before football stopped.”United are preparing for their return to action in the coming weeks.And Shaw admits the group are in high spirits and are raring to get back out on the pitch.“Training is going really well for us all.I think you can see from the videos that have been going out that everyone’s looking very sharp, very fit and obviously we’re all very keen to get back to the games,” he added.last_img read more

State Officials Answer Nikiski LESA Concerns

first_imgBen Carpenter will appear on the Tall, Dark, & Handsome Show tomorrow (Friday October 2nd) from 5-6pm to discuss the proposed Service Area, along with Ray Southwell who opposes Ballot Prop 2. Ben Carpenter has stepped in to lead the LESA efforts after the passing of Ann Krogseng last Thursday. The proposed maximum mill rate of 1.5 would raise revenue comparable to the Seward Police Department’s funding, which includes nine officers and administrative staff and infrastructure. Officials noted last night that the Nikiski Department would initially need to use the funding for set-up and purchasing equipment, gradually increasing the number of officers on the payroll. Nikiski Assemblyman Wayne Ogle said last night’s community meeting drew roughly 60 people and a number of important state guests… Asm. Ogle(Nikiski): “There’s a lot of curiosity about the mill rate and the control the Borough has. There was one question about, ‘If you establish a service area in Nikiski, will that automatically [allow] the Mayor or the Assembly suddenly make that into an area-wide law enforcement service area, and I think that question was asked and answered well, that it does not.”center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The creation of a nine-member Police Department could be in the future for Nikiski, if area voters approve the creation of a Law Enforcement Service Area (LESA), which will be Borough Ballot Proposition 2 next Tuesday. Asm. Ogle(Nikiski): “I was very impressed. We had the top Alaska State Trooper, Colonel Cockerell, then we had our Detachment Commander out of Soldotna, we had a Chief of the Department of Law and also our District Attorney here and Colette Thompson, our Borough Attorney. Among all those people, there was an awful lot of good answers that came forward and came from people that [the community] can trust.” Ogle says he was encouraged to hear thoughtful questions from the community, with a strong focus on the limits of the proposed service area…last_img read more

Nduka Irabor Opens Up On NPFL TV Challenges (AUDIO)

first_imgFormer chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) Hon. Nduka Irabor has thrown light on the bottlenecks preventing live television and online coverage and content creation for the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL).Hon. Irabor’s assessment of possible television coverage for the league suggests that it could be a while before Nigerians are able to watch domestic football from the comfort of their homes and convenience of their devices.According to the ace journalist who now recently quit his position as an independent director on the LMC board, Nigeria’s over-reliance on foreign production companies for TV coverage of the NPFL whilst neglecting the development of local capacity, left the LMC “stranded” and without any alternative once the foreign-owned production company decided to pull out from televising matches.“These last few years we’ve been depending on foreign production companies; they’ve withdrawn now and we are stranded,” Hon. Irabor told busybuddiesng.com. “I think there’s an urgent need to increase or introduce a more modern sophisticated production capacity.” This “modern sophisticated production capacity” Hon. Irabor said, is something the LMC has struggled to source funds for and are currently “exploring ways” to bring about.This is the basis of the 5-year deal signed on 12 November 2019 between the LMC and Next Digital Television (NEXT TV) that will see both parties participate in a joint venture for the production, distribution, sales and commercialisation of broadcast assets.Hon. Irabor, however, maintained that the speed of executing their plans and the timeframe for ensuring the return of domestic football to the airwaves since 2017 and the production of digital content depends largely on overcoming financial constraints which have so far stymied their efforts. “The League Management Company is exploiting ways to bring this about, so, that we have products that we can put online, we have products that we can dice and cut in a manner the digital space is filled with sporting activities.“We are trying to build a production company; financing is going to determine how fast we move but we are seriously working on having our own independent production company.”The transformational change occasioned by the advent of digital technology has seen an attendant global shift in consumption habits of sports fans towards the streaming of sports media content across multiple digital platforms and devices.Many media concerns and sporting entities have, in response to this global trend, optimized content production to fit the digital age.Hon. Irabor, however, posits that a lack of production capacity made worse by Nigeria’s digital infrastructural deficit means that meaningful and far reaching advancements in digital content creation will be difficult for domestic sporting concerns.The solution he contends, will require large doses of creativity and massive investments by the government to bridge the digital infrastructure gap and “improve the digital penetration” across the nation.“First of all, let all the creative minds and creative juices pour out but for that to happen we need to address the parlous or rather weak infrastructure particularly in terms of the digital platform,” the former federal lawmaker said.“We can do better than this; the penetration is there but it could be deeper and the stability and latency of the internet we have is not the best for most Over the Top (OTT) products.“So, let’s improve the digital penetration – the backbone – that the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCCC) has been preaching a long time. Once we do that, then you can find streaming production products on the internet.“But then to stream, you have to produce. I do know for football and most other sports we lack production capacity. So, it’s time to invest in production capacity to have our own means.”RelatedLMC: Nduka Irabor Tenders ResignationOctober 8, 2019In “Nigeria”NPFL: LMC Will Pay Prize Money Next Season – Dikko (AUDIO)September 18, 2020In “Featured”NPFL: Eguma Blasts LMC Over TV Blackout, Poor Organisation (AUDIO)April 14, 2020In “Featured”last_img read more