More gauge conversion in Spain

first_imgSPANISH Development Minister Magdalena Álvarez has unveiled a Strategic Infrastructure & Transport Plan (PEIT) for the period from 2005 to 2020.The plan anticipates total investment of €241·4bn, of which €103·4bn would be spent on rail. From the 1031 km of high speed infrastructure currently in service, PEIT aims to create by 2020 a 10000 km ’high performance’ network with 90% of the mainland population within 50 km of a station.According to the ministry, ’a mixed-traffic network interoperable with the European network’ is to be put in place under PEIT, with only existing high speed lines and those under construction or planned to Córdoba, Valladolid, Santiago, Tarragona and Valencia designated as passenger-only. Of the total PEIT spend, it is expected that 40% will be provided through public-private partnerships, although in the case of rail 81·4% would still be sourced from the central budget.PEIT has allocated €32·5bn to urban transport and €3·6bn to intermodal freight and passenger transport. The plan is currently out to consultation; once approved by the cabinet and parliament it will be updated every four years.last_img read more

Namibia targets $80 million funding from Green Climate Fund

first_imgNamibia targets $80 million funding from Green Climate Fund (Photo: Green Climate Fund) Namibia targets $80 million funding from Green Climate Fund (Photo: Green Climate Fund)Namibia is aiming to access funding of about 1.2 billion Namibian dollars (80 million U.S. dollars) from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) said Friday.Speaking in an Interview, EIF Chief Executive Officer Benedict Libanda said the country was aiming at large scale funding in the next replenishment.“Our strategy is to diversify the GCF investment portfolio in Namibia by accessing funding at large scale. This will be in the areas of renewable energy, water infrastructure as well as resilient building of communities especially the vulnerable ones,” Libanda said.He also said, the EIF was aligning its project financing towards youth entrepreneurship.“When you look at the people who will be mostly affected by climate change, they are the youth so what we have done is to come up with different funding mechanisms and programs. We will be financing start-up projects mainly in the green sector,” he said.He added that Namibia will be looking at developing capacity within the Climate Change sphere.The Green climate fund is a climate mechanism assisting developing countries in climate mitigation.Namibia through the EIF already accessed about 600 million Namibian dollars from the green climate fund for adaptive projects.Related EU launches $13 million fund to promote agriculture in Uganda Namibia announces $40 million drought intervention packagecenter_img Namibia gets 8.5 mln USD funding for climate change project read more

Eleven Year Old Dumfries Karting Star Kieran Congratulated By Local MSP

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfries and Galloway MSP, Emma Harper, has congratulated eleven year old Kieran Conchie on being named Compass Brain Injury Specialists Young Ambassador.Kieran, an enthusiastic go-kart racer, has joined the local campaign to encourage people to wear a helmet when riding off road vehicles such as quad bikes, go karts and motorbikes.The South Scotland MSP and Compass Brain Injury are leading the #HingYerHelmet campaign – aimed at reducing preventable head injuries by reminding farmers and other agricultural workers to always wear a helmet when riding quad bikes.Commenting, Emma said:“I am delighted that Compass have welcomed Kieran as their young ambassador. His commitment to achieving success alongside his knowledge of safety makes him a remarkable role model in Scotland’s Year of Young People. “Every year there are an average of 2 fatalities and more than 1,000 farmers have accidents and sustain injuries involving quad bikes and other all-terrain vehicles.“It is reported that more than 50% of all quad bike riders have been thrown from the vehicle at some point so workers require to be provided with helmets and trained to use them. “However, it is so important to educate those not employed by companies such as farmers and young people about the dangers of not wearing a helmet when riding all-terrain vehicles. “I congratulate and look forward to working with Kieran on the campaign started by myself and Compass to educate and encourage responsible helmet wearing, with the campaign slogan ‘#HingYerHelmet’.”last_img read more

King Dice wins seventh Calypso Monarch

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Dennison ‘King Dice’ has retained his crown as the seventh time Calypso Monarch of Dominica, in the competition organized by the Dominica Calypso Association.Seventh time Calypso Monarch Dice, moments after he was crowned on Sunday morning.He was crowned in the presence of a huge crowd at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau by Miss Dominica 2014, Francine Tiffany Baron of Grand Bay.The ten competitors, who all sang one song each in two rounds of the competition, were judged by a panel of judges based on lyrics (35 points), melody (35 points), rendition (20 points) and presentation (10 points) – a total of 100 points.The other competitors were Leona ‘Leona’ Peters, Richard ‘Beno’ Christmas, Jamaal ‘Black Diamond’ Lloyd, Michael ‘Boople’ Lafleur, Julian ‘Superior Pickey’ Lockhart, John ‘The Wave’ Bruno and Webster ‘Webb’ Marie.Five of them are members of the Showdown Mas Camp, four from Stardom Tent and one independent formerly of the Stardom Tent.Superior Pickey was banned from the Stardom Tent last month following a physical altercation with the Tent’s manager.The Monarch excelled over Bobb who placed second, Webb third and Hunter fourth.Musical accompaniment for the calypsonians was provided by the Swinging Stars Band, while Alex Bruno and Franklyn Moses were the masters of ceremony.Guest performances included the 2014 Junior Calypso Monarch 2014, Lady B, Trendsetter, the 2014 Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority’s Calypso Monarch, Peter ‘Mighty Pigtail’ Letang and King Scully of Grenada.Meanwhile, four Dominicans were honoured during the competition by the Dominica Florida Association in collaboration with the Dominica Calypso Association for their contribution to the island’s cultural, community mentoring and education.They are police inspector Claude Weekes, retired police officer Duke Severin, educator Martha Augustina Theophile and Julian ‘Superior Pickey’ Lockhart.The promising calypsonian 2014 award was presented to the Junior Monarch, ‘The Irish Kid’ and the calypso master award (best written calypso) was presented to Ian Jackson for ‘Fans Advice’.This competition was the final for this year’s Carnival celebrations which was officially launched in January.The two days of street jump up – Carnival Monday and Tuesday (March 3 and 4) will be the highlight of the celebrations.Carnival Princess 2014 Kitanna Joseph of the St. Martin Primary School, Teen Pageant Chari Peter of the St. John’s Academy in Portsmouth, Mothers Queen Headtha Vidal of Portsmouth, Junior Calypso Monarch Lemar ‘The Irish Kid’ Irish of the St. John’s Academy in Portsmouth, Miss Dominica 2014 Francine Baron and the Calypso Monarch will be on parade through the Capital City on Carnival Tuesday.– / 59Dominica Vibes News 266 Views   15 commentscenter_img EntertainmentNews King Dice wins seventh Calypso Monarch by: – March 2, 2014 Share Tweetlast_img read more

COVID-19 testing available in PI through weekend

first_imgBy Gaige Davilaeditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comPort Isabel residents have several chances to get a COVID-19 test through Aug. 30, after Cameron County extended the mobile testing site’s hours.From today until Sunday, Aug. 30, COVID-19 testing is available at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The site’s hours have been extended from 1 p.m.A full schedule is below:Wednesday, August 26, 20209:00 AM – 4:00 PMCOVID-19 Testing at Port Isabel Event & Cultural CenterThursday, August 27, 20209:00 AM – 4:00 PMCOVID-19 Testing at Port Isabel Event & Cultural CenterFriday, August 28, 20209:00 AM – 4:00 PMCOVID-19 Testing at Port Isabel Event & Cultural CenterSaturday, August 29, 20209:00 AM – 4:00 PMCOVID-19 Testing at Port Isabel Event & Cultural CenterSunday, August 30, 20209:00 AM – 1:00 PMCOVID-19 Testing at Port Isabel Event & Cultural CenterNo appointment is required. A personal identification of some kind is required to receive a test. RelatedCOVID-19 testing sites coming to Cameron CountyBy Gaige Davila Eighteen COVID-19 testing sites are coming to Cameron County, including Port Isabel and South Padre Island later this month. On Tuesday, May 19, a COVID-19 testing site will be at the South Padre Island Convention Center from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, May 24,…May 11, 2020In “News”Cameron County ranks 5th in COVID deathsStaff report Cameron County ranks 5th in the state for COVID-19 deaths, according to Cameron County Health Authority Dr. James Castillo, who spoke on the county’s COVID-19 situation at a press conference on Aug. 24.  “That has either happened because our population has health problems, because of our demographics, because…August 27, 2020In “News”Mobile COVID-19 testing site returning to Port IsabelBy Gaige Davila Port Isabel and South Padre Island residents have another chance to get tested for COVID-19 this week. On Wednesday, June 3, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will host another mobile COVID-19 testing site at the Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center, at 309 Railroad…June 2, 2020In “News” Sharelast_img read more

West Florida softball sweeps North Alabama to open weekend

first_img Share West Florida softball sweeps North Alabama to open weekend Senior Kasie Buckley went 4-for-7 on the afternoon with 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored. (Photo by Chris Nelson) center_img    Game One Box ScoreGame Two Box ScorePENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida softball team swept North Alabama on Saturday to open up Gulf South Conference play. After scoring only five runs in three games at the Holiday Inn Classic in Valdosta, Ga. last week, the West Florida offense got back on track with two conference wins to start the weekend.The Argonauts used 11 hits to score 11 runs in the 11-6 game-one win over the Lions. Danielle Sanders (Leesburg, Fla./St. Petersburg College) scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first off a wild pitch after the junior  doubled to right field to kick off the inning.West Florida scored five runs off of four hits in the bottom of the second inning to extend the lead to six. Audrey Harner (Celina, Ohio/Cypress College) reached on a fielding error that allowed Aubrey Sumlin (Gulf Shores, Ala./Gulf Shores HS) to score. Hannah Dowling (Irvine, Calif./Santa Ana College) drove in Caroline Kaston (Niceville, Fla./Wallace CC) for the third run of the afternoon before Kasie Buckley (Little Rock, Miss./East Central CC) hit a 2-RBI single to center field. Hannah Camp (Hoover, Ala./Spain Park HS) singled to left field to bring in Dowling to extend the lead to six runs after two innings.After allowing four runs to score in the top of the third inning, the UWF offense answered in the bottom of the inning. With two outs in the bottom of the third, West Florida manufactured a five-run rally to extend the lead to seven runs. Buckley again came up clutch for UWF as she hit a RBI double to right field to bring in Dowling. H. Camp singled to right field as Buckley scored to bring the score to 11-4.“We knew as a team going into these games that we had been in an (offensive) slump,” Buckley said. “This week we worked really hard at practice and it feels really good to come out and get some hits today.” West Florida got another quality start from Taylor Bailey (Austin, Texas/University of Louisiana Monroe) in the game-one win, as the sophomore moved to 5-2 overall on the year. Bailey allowed three runs off of 10 hits in the complete-game performance.The Argonauts fought back from a four-run deficit in game two to defeat the Lions 5-4 to complete the two-game sweep on Saturday. UNA scored four runs off of five hits to lead 4-0 after five innings.Elizabeth Nugent (Ruskin, Fla./East Bay HS) hit a RBI single up the middle to bring in H. Camp before Kaston grounded out to the pitcher to bring in Jordan Camp (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley HS) to cut the lead to two runs after five innings. UWF kicked off the bottom of the sixth inning with a single to right field from Harner. Dowling reached on a fielders’ choice before Buckley hit a RBI double to left field to bring in Harner. Nugent hit a sacrifice fly to right field to bring in Bianca Lopez (Stuttgart, Germany/Patch American HS) to tie the game at four runs.While Lopez was running home from third base, Buckley had the awareness to advance to third base as the play developed. That base-running awareness proved to be vital in the win, as Buckley would go on to score the eventual game-winning run from third on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth.Jordan Ratliff (Petersburg, Mich./Owens CC) struck out four and allowed only eight hits en route to the senior’s third win of the season.The UWF softball team will be back in action tomorrow as they play a doubleheader with Union (Tenn.) University starting at 1 p.m. at the UWF Softball Complex. For information on all UWF athletics, visit    Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

School Board Issues New Bus Contract

first_imgFirst Student had asked the Alaska Courts to intervene and pause the contract decision, saying there were abnormalities in this year’s bid process. The school district denies there was anything amiss in how the contracts were awarded and the courts decided the process could move forward. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Starting next year, a new company will supply the Kenai Peninsula’s school bus services after a short legal battle and disagreements with the current provider over staffing. Jones: “So this fall, at the start of the school year and for this school year, it will be the fifth and final year of First Student’s contract. A year from now, the change will be that a new company, Apple Bus Company, will be the transportation provider for the KPBSD.” Jones: “We have requirements in the contract for safety people and for dispatchers to be on hand and ready to respond and not be driving buses and we’ve had a history with First Student, they haven’t had enough drivers, then we have our safety and our dispatchers driving buses as opposed to being available if we have an emergency.” Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones explained the situation to a special meeting of the local school board Wednesday night… Jones says there were some concerns with how First Student was staffing their bus routes… Both companies are based outside of Alaska.last_img read more

ACLU Working With DOC To Improve Goose Creek Conditions

first_imgWith 1,200 prisoners to oversee at Goose Creek, administrators say it’s difficult to movePC inmates through the jail. Instead of emptying the outside yard to give protected prisoners recreation time, those inmates given access to the indoor/outdoor gym. Christiane maintains her husband’s innocence, and the couple are working through the appeals process. Allison: “When he was taken into protective custody, the guards basically surrounded him and got him out of the mod and the whole mod was screaming, ‘Allison, baby murderer, baby killer, just losing their minds, basically saying, ‘We’re going to hurt you, we’re going to kill you, we’re not going to tolerate that kind of person being in here,’ and so he didn’t have much of a choice.” Christiane Allison’s husband, Clayton, chose to move into Goose Creek’s protective custody unit [PC] after he was convicted in 2015 of murdering their toddler-aged daughter. Allison: “It is actually state statute, not just DOC policy, that they’re required to have an hour a day of outdoor recreation, but Goose Creek is maintaining the stance that the grate for ventilation to the outside air, that points at nothing but the sky inside the indoor gym qualifies as them being outside.” Christiane says the DOC has bee responsive in the past and that the unit has been made more humane since Clayton was moved there last year. In the meantime, Christiane says Clayton, and other prisoners convicted of certain sex crimes and crimes involving children, face constants threats from other inmates. For this reason, many choose to move into protective custody or solitary confinement.center_img Allison: “There were significant changes. They adjusted the schedule so they have a little bit more time out during the day, it’s not huge, but they’re allowed out for 3 hours a day right now, so they’re locked into their cells for 20+ hours.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The American Civil Liberties Union is working with the State Department of Corrections to ensure inmates in protective custody are given adequate time outside and protected from cruel and unusual punishment. In line with state law, inmates in protective custody at Goose Creek Correctional Center are given one hour a day of “outside recreation,” but the ACLU’s Tara Rich says they aren’t actually allowed outside. Instead, they are given access to a concrete room with an opening in the roof for fresh air. She says PC inmates were also given art supplies and games which had previously been removed during a transitional period at the jail. The ACLU is continuing to work with the DOC on improvements. Rich says the outdoor recreation issue infringes on prisoners’ 8th Amendment rights to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.last_img read more

Morrison will be there – Former Man United youth star to play for Boyz in Catalonia

first_imgGeneral Secretary of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Dalton Wint says former Manchester United youth player Ravel Morrison has accepted an invitation to play in the Reggae Boyz’s friendly international against Catalonia in Spain on March 30. Wint told The Sunday Gleaner that Morrison’s inclusion in the Reggae Boyz squad for the Catalonia game is part of the federation’s plan to add more quality and depth to the squad ahead of their World Cup qualifying campaign which begins later this year. “The team manager (Roy Simpson) has been in dialogue with him,” said Wint. “From what I have seen and what was said by Sir Alex Ferguson, the former Manchester United manager, he is a quality player and let’s hope he will continue to have that quality,” he said. In 2010 while Sir Alex was manager of Manchester United, Morrison played in the midfield of a Manchester United youth team which included current English Premier League stars Paul Pogba, a World Cup winner, and England’s Jesse Lingard. “I think that he can be a great addition if he carries that quality. It is also an additional help that this programme can get because he is also very experienced,” Wint said. “He has travelled a lot and he has played in different systems and so he can definitely bring something to the table for us.”The 27-year-old midfielder has, however, not lived up to expectations and is currently plying his trade for English Championship side Middlesbrough following his move from Premier League team Sheffield United last summer. Morrison was an unused substitute as hosts Middlesbrough went down 1-0 to Luton Town in a league match yesterday.Morrison, who was granted his Jamaican citizenship in 2018, is yet to make an appearance for the Reggae Boyz, despite invitations from head coach Theodore Whitmore for the Concacaf Nations League fixture against Suriname and the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup tournament in the United States.Wint said the Reggae Boyz game against Catalonia will be used to look at England-based players who have expressed a desire to represent the country.“We are looking forward to any additional help this programme can get with some quality players,” said Wint. “The coach has gone on record to say that he needs some support in his defence and in the midfield, and so those are the two areas that he has some concern with and those are the areas that he is looking to address,” he said.“Remember you need to get as deep as you possible can in the different areas, because the World Cup qualifiers are all tough matches,” Wint said.A local-based Reggae Boyz contingent will oppose Bermuda in a match at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on March 11.last_img read more