With two ships, the Cleveland-Europe-Express will offer regularly scheduled departures every two weeks from both Antwerp and Cleveland.The service has been operating since April with one vessel, Fortunagracht, providing shippers with faster door-to-door transit times between Europe and North America.”We have established the Cleveland-Europe-Express as a legitimate, cost effective alternative for the breakbulk and heavy lift market,” said Bart Peters, director Atlantic department at Spliethoff Group.”Now with the second ship, we can offer a very attractive option for container shippers. The advantages of an all-water service to the US Midwest, combined with our transhipment connections in Antwerp throughout Europe and the world, make this a very powerful alternative,” he added.William Friedman, president and ceo of the Port of Cleveland, said that although the Cleveland-Europe-Express was planned and marketed to serve both the containerised and breakbulk markets; breakbulk, heavy lift and project moves have taken off faster. Fortunagracht. www.spliethoff.comwww.portofcleveland.com
A clear majority of law students (63%) believe that the advent of alternative business structures (ABSs) will provide wider employment opportunities for lawyers.These were the findings of a survey of 1,786 University of Law (UoL) students published this week.47% of them also felt that ABS firms give lawyers more options for developing skills and progressing their careers.This is an increase, 9% and 8% respectively, on the findings of last year’s survey, suggesting that law students are becoming increasingly aware of the potential benefits of ABSs.However, the survey also revealed that 58% of students would not actively seek work with an ABS, but would prefer employment in a law firm.The Co-operative Legal Services director of family law and head of professional practice Jenny Beck said: ‘It is good to see from the survey that awareness is growing among students of the different types of career path now on offer.’She added: ‘Within the larger ABS firms, trainee solicitors have the opportunity to develop not only their core legal skills but also complementary business skills to further their professional development options for the future.’UoL president and provost Professor Nigel Savage commented: ‘ABSs have been in operation for over a year now, and with almost 150 ABS licences having been issued since March 2012 it is clear that the law services industry is entering a new period of development.’Savage said it was promising to see that students were becoming more aware of ABSs, ‘but more work needs to be done to show them that ABSs are here to stay and that they will ultimately offer an abundance of career opportunities alongside traditional law firms’.Since March 2012, some 149 ABS licences have been granted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, with well-known brands such as the Co-op, Direct Line and BT all receiving the new status.
As of May 1 Compin Group purchased AVE Rail Products. Based at Bombardier’s Derby plant in the UK, the manufacturer of train interior fittings including luggage racks, lighting, driver’s desks and GRP components becomes Compin UK Ltd. RZD called for expressions of interest in the privatisation of 22 wagon repair and maintenance depots on May 5. It expects to raise at least 2·6bn roubles from the sale, which is intended to introduce competition to the freight rolling stock maintenance sector. Canadian construction firm PNR RailWorks has bought Montréal-based contractor Entretien de Voies Férrées Coyle, renaming the company PNR Coyle. Knorr-Bremse has reached a long-term framework with agreement Alstom under which it will tender to supply brakes for the rolling stock builder’s major projects worldwide.
SOUTH KOREA: With traffic climbing steeply in recent years, Korail is focusing on further expansion of its passenger business and seeking ways to strengthen its freight operations in a competitive global market.,Customer service must remain the driving focus for Korea’s national rail operator, according to Kang Kyung-Ho, who took over as President & CEO of Korail in June. As President of Seoul Metro between April 2003 and January 2007, and former Chairman of the UITP’s Asia-Pacific region, Kang brings considerable experience of the passenger rail business to his new role.Korail was established as a public corporation on January 1 2005, as part of the reform process that saw the former Korean National Railway split into separate operating and infrastructure companies. After three years, the company is working to re-position itself ‘as a sustainable company seeking social responsibility as well as economic growth’. Korail recorded increases in both passenger and freight traffic during 2007, which together with substantial income from property development projects allowed the operator to declare its first profit of 133bn won. Kang is confident that Korail is on course to play ‘an increasing role in the national and international transport market’ in the years ahead.After half a century as a ‘virtual island’, South Korea is anxious to be reconnected to the emerging Trans-Asian rail network, and the Eurasian ‘Iron Silk Road’. The ceremonial operation of two trains between South and North Korea last year was seen as a major step forward, and since December 2007 daily freight trains have been serving the Gaesong industrial complex in the north. Korail is looking at the possibility of launching commuter services to take workers to and from Gaesong, but a recent cooling of relations means it is unlikely that the planned through passenger train from Seoul to take the combined Korean team to the Olympic Games in Beijing will be able to operate. Having set out its current strategy in the ‘Power Korail 2010’ development plan, the company is working on its ‘Future Korail’ vision for 2015. This envisages the railway being transforming into a ‘comprehensive transportation group’ operating both domestic and international services. Kang wants to encourage innovation, with particular focus on environmental initiatives aimed at ‘enhancing the quality of life for the whole nation’. He has set three clear objectives for the business:customer focus;creating value;trustworthy management.To this end he envisages further decentralisation of management responsibility to the operating business units, generating profits for future investment, and maximising the efficient use of resources. Passenger traffic boomsSince the launch of KTX high speed services in April 2004, Korail has recorded a steady increase in traffic, with annual passenger-km on KTX services jumping by almost 11% between 2005 and 2007. Long-distance and regional passenger services are now carrying more than 305 000 passengers per day.The 420 km Gyeongbu corridor linking Seoul and Busan serves South Korea’s seven largest cities. Completion of the first phase of the high speed line between Seoul and Daegu cut the end-to-end journey time from more than 4 h to just 2 h 40 min, triggering a 43% jump in the average number of daily passengers. ‘The whole nation has been encompassed in a quarter-day life zone’, says Kang, bringing significant changes in lifestyle and travel habits for many people. It is now feasible to travel from one end of the country to the other and back in one day and still have time for business.According to the General Manager of Korail’s International Co-operation Team Ahn Byeong-Ho, KTX now accounts for almost 70% of Korail’s long-distance passenger revenues. The operator is currently focusing on completion of the second phase of the new line from Daegu to Gyeongju and Busan, which is expected to open for revenue service at the end of 2010. This will cut another 30 min off the fastest journey times, and should trigger a further increase in rail’s market share. Following the launch of high speed services, Korail has developed a three-tier structure of long-distance passenger services. It now runs 181 KTX trains a day, with limited-stop and semi-fast services on both the Gyeongbu corridor and the Honam line running southwest from Daejeon to Mokpo. The Saemaul diesel trainsets operate second-tier ser-vices on the conventional main lines, as well as through trains off the trunk routes to cities such as Pohang. Long-distance stopping trains are now branded Mugunghwa, and provide through services to Seoul from most intermediate stations.Korail has ordered a fleet of 10 KTX-II trainsets from Rotem to work the Honam line and the Jeolla line between Seoul, Iksan and Yeosu; the first of these 10-car sets is expected to enter service next year. A further build of nine sets will arrive at the end of 2010, ready to handle an anticipated surge of traffic when the Korea 2012 International Expo is held in Yeosu. With infrastructure authority KR currently working to electrify more of the rail network, Korail expects to take delivery of substantial fleets of new electric locos and EMUs for its main line and regional services over the next few years (Table I).Metropolitan expansionThe Metropolitan Transit Business is Korail’s busiest sector, responsible for commuter services in Seoul and the surrounding metropolitan area. As well as its own lines serving the city, Korail is responsible for the suburban lines which extend metro lines 1, 3 and 4 beyond the city boundaries. At present MTB runs eight routes totalling 294·1 km (Table II), carrying an average of 2·45 million passengers on more than 2 000 trains per day.Last year saw the introduction of limited-stop services on three of the longer routes, cutting journey times by up to 30 min compared to the regular all-stations services. Integrated ticketing is provided between suburban trains, bus services and the metro networks in both Seoul and Incheon, and 79% of passengers now use the common smart cards.As the urban area continues to expand, infrastructure authority KR is upgrading existing railways and building new lines to serve the residential and commercial developments. The MTB network will expand by 37·5 km this year with the opening of the Jungan and Janhang routes. Completion of several other projects will expand the network to 480 km by 2010, and further new line proposals could see the suburban rail network exceeding 725 route-km by 2015.To operate the expanding network, Korail expects to purchase more than 1 400 additional EMU cars for its metropolitan operations between now and 2014. Focus on freight growthKorail’s freight and logistics business is currently handling around 45 million tonnes a year, serving 212 terminals around the country. Whilst some wagonload traffic remains, the majority of the business now operates in block trains conveying commodities such as coal, oil, cement and minerals. The elimination of short-distance freight trains and reduced shunting cut operating costs by 4·5bn won in 2007.Container traffic is becoming increasingly important, with over 100 million TEUs handled in both 2006 and 2007. Container block trains were introduced in 2004, and now account for 19% of all container traffic — an average of 14 trains a day during 2007 generated revenues of 16·4bn won. Rail-sea-rail services from Korea to Japan and Russia are also growing, with a substantial proportion of the containers passing through Busan now being shipped to Nakhodka for onward movement over the Trans-Siberian landbridge. In recent years Korail has been moving into the logistics sector, establishing a hub network in 2004, and applying for a licence to become a ‘comprehensive logistics business’ by 2011. Traffic is to be concentrated at 133 terminals by 2010, and a new CFS warehouse has been opened at the Busanjin container terminal to improve the competitiveness of LCL activities.At one stage it looked as if Korail would not be able to reap the benefits of its development strategy. The South Korean government announced earlier this year that it planned to split the train operating business into separate passenger and freight companies, with an eye to allowing the freight unit more scope to develop international alliances for Eurasian landbridge traffic. But after looking at the practical implications, the government cancelled the idea. Nevertheless, the government is still keen to see Korail becoming more active in the Eurasian freight market. One of the biggest issues to be addressed will be restoration of the Trans-Korean Railway connecting South Korea with the Trans-Siberian corridor. President Lee Myung-Bak took the opportunity to discuss this with his Russian counterpart Dmitri Medvedev when he attended the G8 summit in Japan last month.Business development Seeing limited scope to generate higher profits through train operations, Korail has embarked on a diversification strategy, which is being stepped up even further by Kang since his appointment. Embracing acivities such as property development, tourism, facilities maintenance and parking management, the strategy is now expected to boost non-core income to around 1 200bn won in 2011, contributing 21% of revenue compared to 11% in 2007 and just 6·8% in 2005.The company has embarked on seven major property development schemes that are expected to generate revenues of between 2 000bn and 3 000bn won a year until 2010. The biggest property scheme is at Yongsan station in Seoul, where reconstruction of the station to form an urban transport interchange forms part of a ‘landmark’ urban redevelopment in association with Seoul Metropolitan City, creating an ‘inter-national high-tech information and finance hub’. In December 2007 Korail established Dream Hub PFV and Yongsan Development Co to drive the project forward. As well as a 620 m high tower there will be 12 office blocks, eight residential blocks with 2 200 homes and a six-storey commercial and retail complex. The total project is expected to cost more than 28 000bn won, which will largely be provided by private sector partners. Full authorisation is expected in 2010, with construction starting in 2012 for completion by 2016.Amongst developments elsewhere, two office blocks taking shape on railway land alongside Daejeon station are due for completion in 2009. One will be used by Korail, and the other by KR. A commercial development at Songnae station was completed in December 2006. Other activities include developing Korail’s international consultancy business, including a recent contract to advise on rolling stock maintenance in Malaysia. Korail is also advising Texas High Speed Rail & Transport Corp and the government of Brazil on the construction and operation of high speed lines. Korail rolling stock investment plans 2009-14 Year Electric locomotives High speed trainsets Regional EMUs Metropolitan EMUs 2009 28 6 x 10-car (KTX-II) 8 x 4-car 36 cars 2010 – 13 x 10-car (KTX-II) – 112 cars 2011 2 50 cars 21 x 6-car 204 cars 2012 61 160 cars 38 x 6-car 84 cars 2013 59 70 cars 102 cars (18 sets) 204 cars 2014 9 40 cars 5 x 6-car 324 cars 2015 – 40 cars – 448 cars Total 159 550 cars (55 sets) 518 cars 1?412 cars Table II. Metropolitan Transit lines in the Seoul area Line Route Length km Stations Metro Gyeongbu Seoul – Chonan 96·6 36 Line 1 Shuttle Siheung – Gwangmyeong 4·7 1 Gyeongin Guro – Incheon 27·0 20 Line 1 Gyeongwon Cheongnyangni – Soyosan 42·9 23 Line 1 Central Yongsan – Paldang 34·8 16 Ansan Gyumjeong – Oido 26·0 13 Line 4 Gwacheon Geuymjeong – Namtaeryeong 14·4 8 Bundang Seolleung – Boejong 27·7 19 Ilsan Jiichuk – Daehwa 29·2 10 Line 3 CAPTION: Upgrading and electrification of the coastal route between Chonan and Janghang has enabled Korail to improve its inter-city and regional passenger operations; a Saemaul diesel unit cascaded from the Seoul – Busan corridor leaves Asan on an inter-city service.CAPTION: Long-distance passenger traffic has risen sharply since KTX services were launched in 2004. A Seoul-bound service calls at Daejeon, where two new office towers for KR and Korail are due to be completed in 2009.CAPTION: Korail expects to generate significant revenues from its property development portfolio, including this landmark urban redevelopment around Yongsan station in Seoul which is due to be built in 2012-16.
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享August marks Child Support Awareness Month and children in-need are experiencing even more risk than usual due to COVID-19. A report has designated Alaska as one of the lowest-ranking states in a list of states with the most underprivileged children. The U.S. has the seventh highest rate of child poverty — over 29 percent — among economically developed countries. And according to the Children’s Defense Fund, a child is abused or neglected every 47 seconds and the total costs of maltreatment per year reach $80.3 billion. Some states are more successful than others at addressing the problems of underprivileged children. To determine where children are most disadvantaged, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 27 key indicators of neediness. Alaska ranked unfavorably in many categories, including:14th – % of Maltreated Children20th – Child Food-Insecurity Rate2nd – % of Uninsured Children24th – Infant Mortality Rate1st – % of Children in Foster Care1st – Child & Youth Homeless Rate
It’s a beautiful, warm, sunny Sunday afternoon in July, and the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) is set for a resumption after roughly four months suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The football fraternity, consisting of players, coaches, club administrators, fans, and pundits are all happy to have live sports again. As far as the football fraternity is concerned, if this comes to fruition as planned by the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA), a common good would have been achieved. The association’s vice-chairman, Carvel Stewart, recently told The Gleaner that to have a safe resumption of the league, the body would have to ensure that venues are protected. This would mean matches being played without spectators, observing proper hygiene and other health protocols, and giving each team adequate notice of a resumption so that they can prepare accordingly. Stewart also said that he would be paying attention to what is taking place in Europe, especially the Bundesliga, which starts this weekend, to see what other practices they have that could be implemented locally. Before the RSPL can be resumed, all players would have had to be tested for the novel coronavirus before they can be cleared for action. This process would not be unique to Jamaican football as that is also expected to happen across Europe’s major leagues such as the German Bundesliga, England’s Premiership, Italy’s Serie A, and Spain’s LaLiga, who have all worked to resume action as early as possible this summer. Bundesliga players would be tested on the day before games and also at another time in the week. Would such a process be unethical because the rest of society would be deprived of limited testing kits, which would now be used on footballers? TYPES OF TESTING KITS Dr Akshai Mansingh, a sports physician and University of the West Indies Faculty of Sports dean, says this is not necessarily so as it would depend on the type of testing kits used. He says that there are two types of kits that could be used: one that checks for antibodies and another done by swabbing for saliva. But he says neither test is without issues. “What antibodies show is if you have had exposure to the virus in the past, and these are available outside of the government system,” Mansingh says. “The thing is, there are many different types, with varying reliability. “The swabs are available privately, too, but it’s only a government lab that processes it. Those are the ones that are harder to get in limited supply. “The antibodies one can be used outside of the ones in limited supply that we have.” Stewart says that the PLCA would want to test players ahead of the league’s resumption but admits that it may be difficult to do this on a game-by-game basis. “Some of the things being discussed [by the wider public] are incongruous,” he said. “We are either going to try to return our country to some semblance of productivity in whatever area in which we’re involved or we’re not. Are we gonna just shut down and wait to die?” Stewart says that it is important to attempt to “keep football alive” as a game being played is not just for the sake of having sports, but it helps to sustain the economy through various personnel such as club staff, security, and vendors who would be working on each match day. He says that whatever decision that is finalised by the PLCA would have to be arrived at based also on what safeguards the Government would have put in place by then. However, he is in full agreement with FIFA’s plan to allow five substitutions per team in each game when football resumes wide-scale. Another idea he proposed is placing more water bottles on the sidelines so that players can hydrate more often and spit less. But Mansingh says a July resumption is far too soon, especially if league organisers are gauging their actions on what is happening in Europe. “Europe has gone through its peak already,” he said. “We’re still in the middle somewhere.” “They are talking about isolating the players, and so on [In Europe]. Unless you’re gonna house local players somewhere and isolate them to play matches, it might be a bit trickier.” The Bundesliga resumes this weekend while Serie A is preparing for resumption on June 13. LaLiga and the Premiership are also looking to continue their games in June. firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Fulham have confirmed that Mohamed Al Fayed has sold the club to Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan.The Pakistan-born billionaire’s takeover marks the end of an era for Fulham, who have been transformed from a struggling club in the bottom division to an established Premier League outfit during Al Fayed’s 16 years at the helm.“It has been a pleasure and privilege to be chairman of Fulham Football Club for 16 memorable years,” said the 85-year-old.AdChoices广告“The time is right because I have found a very good man in Shahid Khan to accept the responsibility and privilege that I have enjoyed at Fulham since 1997.“Fulham will be in very good hands with Shahid, whose success in business and passion for sport is very evident.“I ask everyone who loves Fulham and our Craven Cottage home to welcome Shahid as he begins his journey as the next guardian of Fulham Football Club.”The 62-year-old Khan, who moved to the United States aged 16, made his fortune selling car parts and has owned NFL side Jacksonville Jaguars since 2011.He said: “Fulham is the perfect club at the perfect time for me.“I want to be clear, I do not view myself so much as the owner of Fulham, but a custodian of the club on behalf of its fans.“My priority is to ensure the club and Craven Cottage each have a viable and sustainable Premier League future that fans of present and future generations can be proud of.“We will manage the club’s financial and operational affairs with prudence and care, with youth development and community programmes as fundamentally important elements of Fulham’s future.”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
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seriously hinted that Paul Pogba will continue to be part of Manchester United in the future and no longer wants to leave.The midfielder wanted to leave a year ago and missed most of the season due to injury, but when he returned he was the basis for the team to finish in the Champions League zone and form an excellent partnership with Bruno Fernandes. The midfielder’s contract is until next summer, but now it seems that he will be renewed.“What Paul said was a long time ago. When he returned from his injury, he was wonderful. Works hard, is happy playing hard. “I’m sure we’ll see the best of him in the coming seasons,” Solskjaer was quoted as saying by the Mirror.“I look forward to seeing how it develops with the team and that we continue to work. He must be one of the leaders and one of the great figures, because a football player at the top is exactly 27 years old “, added the Norwegian.The first task for Pogba will be to help the team win the Europa League, where Man United will face the quarter-finals against FC Copenhagen on Monday, and then will think about the new season in the Premier League.
Tags: Twomey followed his Liverpool Grand Prix wins with Diaghilev in 2015 and 2016 by scooping a £26,000 top prize – this time with Kimba Flamenco who is owned by Kim Barzilay.An eight-horse jump-off saw Twomey triumph by almost two seconds from 18-year-old British prospect Jack Whitaker, riding Elucar VE and British Tokyo 2020 Olympic hopeful Holly Smith, who was third aboard Hearts Destiny.The result preserves Ireland’s incredible record in the Liverpool Grand Prix which was won last year by Tipperary’s Shane Breen.“To win the Grand Prix three times here is amazing,” Twomey said. “My horse jumped fantastic. He has been close to doing something in the last couple of shows, and finally it has paid off for me and him here. I am delighted for the owner and everyone involved with the horse. A win always helps everything. He is an extremely talented horse. He has won a five-star Grand Prix in Falsterbo (SWE), so he is winning at every level, which is good.“The course builder (Alan Wade) is probably the best course builder on the planet. He made it difficult enough that it wasn’t a giveaway to anyone. You needed to jump the course. It wasn’t a rat-race. In the jump-off, I tried to put it up to the rest of the riders. Sometimes, when you go early, you don’t really know, but thankfully I held on to clinch the win.”The result crowned an excellent few days for Irish riders in Liverpool where Mikey Pender finished in a share of victory in the Puissance competition, Daniel Coyle also scored a win on Monday, while Padraig McCarthy came out on top in the Eventing Grand Prix. Home » General » Billy Twomey completes hat-trick of Liverpool Grand Prix wins 1 January 2020, 09:30 Ireland’s Billy Twomey won the TheraPlate UK Liverpool International Grand Prix for a remarkable third time in five years, after an exhibition of world class Show Jumping at the M&S Bank Arena on Merseyside last night (Tuesday). Billy Twomey completes hat-trick of Liverpool Grand Prix wins
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens received a mixed bag of attendance news on Friday with the return of cornerback Lardarius Webb and the absence of wide receiver Breshad Perriman and linebacker Elvis Dumervil from the second practice of the summer.A day after failing his conditioning test and beginning training camp on the non-football injury list, the 29-year-old Webb passed the test and returned to the practice field. John Harbaugh expressed disappointment in Webb on Thursday, but the head coach did not sound concerned about the veteran’s long-term outlook.Perriman remained sidelined with a knee “bruise” as Harbaugh reiterated that the first-round pick would not be out long, adding that the rookie wanted to practice on Friday after falling on his knee making a diving catch a day earlier.The 2014 Pro Bowl selection Dumervil’s absence was more of a mystery as Harbaugh said he was dealing with general tendinitis, but the coach would not disclose exactly where the tendinitis was when asked. Dumervil practiced on Thursday without any apparent incident.Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan struggled to handle the heat of Friday’s practice, eventually leaving the field early to receive intravenous fluids.Tight end Dennis Pitta (hip), safety Terrence Brooks (knee), and defensive tackle Casey Walker (knee) did not practice as all three remain on the active physically unable to perform list.