first_imgMessrs Eric Gissler and Jean-Pierre Pronost have been appointed Directors-General for French infrastructure authority Réseau Ferré de France.Dr Manuel Frasquilho has been confirmed as President of Portuguese infrastructure authority Refer. Eng Raul Vilaca e Moura has been appointed Vice-President. Other board members are Messrs M Fernandes, C Reis and E Chalpinto.Mr V K Agnihotri has been appointed Member, Engineering, of the Indian Railways Board. He succeeds Mr Madhavan Ravindra, who took over as IR Chairman on May 1 (RG 8.97 p535).Mr Abdullah Dabbagh has been named as President of Saudi Railways Organisation. Mr John Sutton has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Victoria Rail Track Corp (Victrack) in Australia.Mr Michael Paul Zeitlin has taken over as Secretary of Transportation in Brazil’s São Paulo state; he will be responsible for the privatisation of Fepasa.Mr Bruno P Melnik takes over on September 1 as Director of Switzerland’s Brig – Visp – Zermatt Railway, succeeding Mr Remo Perren who has resigned.Ms Maureen Sue has become General Manager, Bulk Freight, for Tranz Rail business unit Tranz Link. Ms Liesbet Spanjaard is General Manager, Cargo-Flo.Mr Gerald Corbett takes over as Chief Executive of British infrastructure company Railtrack on September 29, when Mr John Edmonds retires. Mr John Smith joins Railtrack on October 1 as Head of Regulation. Mr Rod Muttram has become Director, Safety & Standards in place of Mr David Rayner, whilst Messrs Nick Josephy and Nick Pollard have been named Directors of the Great Western and London North Eastern Zones respectively.Mr Donald G McInnes has been appointed Senior Vice-President & Chief of Staff for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. He is succeeded as Senior Vice-President & Chief Operations Officer by Mr Matthew K Rose, who is in turn replaced as Senior Vice-President, Merchandise Business Unit, by Mr Douglas J Babb. Deputy Chief Engineer of the Bureau of Taiwan High Speed Rail Dr Gou Fung-Yuan has been named Project Officer to head the task force reviewing proposals for the Taipei – Kaohsiung high speed line concession. He will be assisted by the Head of BOTHSR’s Technical Department Dr Wang Ming-Hsiung.Ms Nuria Fernandez has been appointed Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration. Mr Michael A Winter becomes Associate Administrator for Budget & Policy.Dr Rainer Müller has been appointed to head the advisory board of Germany’s Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft.Mr Jim W Gardner has been named General Manager of Railinc, the Association of American Railroads information technology department.Dr Mike Powell has joined Transportation Consultants International as Group Director, Marketing & Business Development; he was Commercial Director of BR Research.Mr David R Mosena has resigned as President of Chicago Transit Authority. Mr James T Schultz has been appointed Associate Administrator for Safety at the US Federal Railroad Administration.Mr Paul Davison has been appointed Managing Director of Britain’s Regional Railways North East. He takes over from Mr Bob Urie who will head a task force to promote TransPennine Express.Mr Jose Fernandez has been appointed Executive Director of System Safety for Long Island Rail Road.Ms Sandra Herbert has been appointed Information Systems Director for English Welsh & Scottish Railway.Mr Gary E Ryker has joined Union Switch & Signal Inc as President & Chief Executive Officer.Mr John Rice has been named President of General Electric’s locomotive unit. Mr Ian Brooker has joined Sinclair Knight Merz as Manager, Rail Consulting Services Europe.Mr Bill Tyson is to take over as Chairman & Managing Director of TMG Ltd, a subsidiary of Greater Manchester PTE. Mr Michael Kelly has joined Interfleet Technology as Senior Electrical Engineer.Mr Muhammad Afzal Khan, whose appointment as General Manager of Pakistan Railways was reported in RG 7.97 p438, joined PR in 1962, and has held a variety of posts including Divisional Superintendent at Peshawar and Rawalpindi, and Director of Planning at the Ministry of Railways. He also served as Project Director for Railcop in Saudi Arabia and as Federal Government Inspector of Railways; most recently he headed PR’s Civil Engineering Department.Mr Bo Bylund has been confirmed as Director-General of Banverket. He graduated in Law from Uppsala University in 1971, and held legal posts in various companies and trade unions. He was General Secretary of the Swedish Metal Workers Federations, and an official with the International Metal Workers Federation in Genève. In 1994, he took over as Director-General of the Swedish National Board of Occupational Safety & Health.last_img read more

My parents were stoners and that’s why I don’t want marijuana legalised

first_imgNZ Herald 24 November 2017Family First Comment: Great commentary from a mum…“What will it be like if we legalise? Don’t you wonder what message it will send to children? Or doesn’t that matter? I worry that legalisation will continue to perpetuate the myth that it’s a harmless drug. I worry that children will once again be voiceless in the face of stoned parenting. It will become the norm for many. If marijuana is legalised, it will be even more inescapable than it is now…”A public referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use may be held by the 2020 election as part of a possible agreement between the Green and Labour parties. One mother shares her own story to explain why she’s desperately hoping legalisation won’t happen.It’s a highly unpopular opinion for a 30-something year-old parent to have. It’s why I can’t put my name to this story. I am the odd one out of almost all of my friends and my family: I don’t smoke marijuana and I don’t want it legalised.When I smell marijuana – which is fairly often despite it being an illegal substance in New Zealand – I feel sick to my stomach. I often break into a cold sweat and it can sometimes, on vulnerable days, trigger a panic attack.I grew up around marijuana. The smell alone takes me back to that childhood of lazy neglect.I never had a bed-time story as they were usually asleep on the couch or zoned out in front of the television. I was often left at school or weekend activities for hours on end because they’d forget to pick me up. They forgot birthdays so regularly I just got used to not having birthday parties. I never invited anyone over because I was so embarrassed.What will it be like if we legalise? Don’t you wonder what message it will send to children? Or doesn’t that matter?I worry that legalisation will continue to perpetuate the myth that it’s a harmless drug. I worry that children will once again be voiceless in the face of stoned parenting. It will become the norm for many.If marijuana is legalised, it will be even more inescapable than it is now. I already have to deal with smoking at concerts – stoners feel they have the right to do this, then they laugh at the idea they’re getting others high.I do not, and cannot, support legalisation. I have seen first-hand the harm. I have seen what it does to children. I have seen what it does to adults. It feels like a desperately lonely position to hold among my age and peer group; almost all the adults I know whose parents smoked a lot are now heavy users themselves. This is understandable – it’s often the same with the children of alcoholics. I don’t blame them. How could I?READ MORE: read more

Eritrean cyclists hopeful of country’s second title in Tour Du Rwanda

first_imgEritrea has cut itself a niche in African cycling as climbing experts and often enter any competition around the continent as favourites.Eritrea’s set of five riders, for this year’s Tour du Rwanda is a confident lot,the team say they are ready not just to challenge for the mountain stages but also the overall title in the 2015 Tour du Rwanda .Despite the challenges facing them, riders from Eritrea continue to trail blaze on Africa’s cycling circuit and internationally. Many of them living out a dream borne of a cycling culture in a country with a huge passion for the sport.last_img

Bribery allegation: Amokachi slams Obasi for raising alarm after Keshi’s death

first_img Promoted Content8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future12 Movies That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way The forward was a regular for Schalke 04 in the 2013-14 season, making 15 appearances in the German Bundesliga, amid other dazzling displays. The striker, who starred for Nigeria in the 2010 World Cup was, however, left out of the Super Eagles squad for the global tournament in Brazil and revealed he was shut out of the team because he refused to ‘grease someone’s palm’. Amokachi, who was the right-hand man of former Super Eagles coach Keshi, neither denied the claims nor admitted it but slammed the forward for bringing up the case after the death of the manager in charge. “Why come forward with such now when the man in charge is no longer alive to answer it?” Amokachi told the Cable. “Even look at it, this happened in 2014 and six years after you are coming forward with such claims? Why wait until now? It doesn’t make sense to bring such an issue when the head is no longer alive to respond to you? “I am not saying such things don’t happen. Up until tomorrow, this thing does happen in African football but for us to have a change, when such happens, come forward with such. Be the sacrifice so as to prevent others from going through the experience. “It is not about one person, it’s a revolution, a change, that if we start, it will change a lot of things in our football. “This issue of bribe-taking or collecting in our football is not a one-way thing. Agents of players will come and meet a coach to offer money for their players to be taken. “It’s a two-way thing. Sometimes, players are the ones that will even go to the coach to say my agent said he will pay for me to be part of the team. “You will also see some administrators and coaches who have turned agents that will try to be influencing things from the side.” On his part, second assistant to Keshi, Houdonou claims Obasi did not merit a place in the squad given the array of stars available, although they could only manage to reach the second round of the tournament. “The question is, who could he have replaced among the strikers then?” Houdonou said. read also:Keshi took some ‘useless’ players to 2014 World Cup – Amokachi “He was invited like every other potential player that could make the World Cup then because the coaching crew wanted to take the best to Brazil then. “He failed to make the list because he could not displace anyone in the team.” Obasi, who has 26 caps for the Super Eagles, last played for the three-time African champions in 2011 against Argentina. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Stephen Keshi’s assistant, Daniel Amokachi and Valere Houdonou have hit out at Chinedu Obasi after he claimed he was denied a spot in the 2014 World Cup because he allegedly refused to pay a bribe.last_img read more

Wimbledon hailed as ‘class act’ for £10m prize money gesture

first_img Read Also: Usain Bolt says open to comeback — if coach asks “From The Championships 2021, seeding for the Gentlemen’s singles draw will be based solely on ranking. “There will be no change to the method of seeding for the Ladies’ singles draw.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Wimbledon was hailed as “a class act” on Friday after the tournament agreed to award £10 million in prize money to the 620 players who would have taken part in the tournament had it not been cancelled. The All England Club said that based on world rankings, 224 players who would have competed in qualifying will each receive £12,500 while the 256 players who would have featured in main draw singles will get £25,000. In doubles, it will be £6,250, for wheelchair events, the sum would be £6,000 per player, with £5,000 for quad wheelchair competitors. Wimbledon hailed as ‘class act’ for £10 million prize money gesture “Amazing news — always a class act and leader of our sport. Well done @Wimbledon – can’t wait to be back next year,” tweeted former world number one and four-time major singles winner Kim Clijsters. Wimbledon, which should have staged its finals this weekend, was in April cancelled for the first time since the Second World War due to the coronavirus crisis. “We know these months of uncertainty have been very worrying for the players, many of whom have faced financial difficulty during this period and who would have quite rightly anticipated the opportunity to earn prize money at Wimbledon based on their world ranking,” said All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis. “We are pleased that our insurance policy has allowed us to recognise the impact of the cancellation on the players and that we are now in a position to offer this payment as a reward for the hard work they have invested in building their ranking to a point where they would have gained direct entry into The Championships 2020.” Organisers will also distribute money to officials and some international umpires.” “Just when you thought you couldn’t love @Wimbledon any more….,” tweeted Britain’s Marcus Willis, who famously reached the second round in 2016, where he lost to Roger Federer. Willis was ranked 772 in the world at the time having played six rounds of qualifying.center_img His £50,000 prize money doubled his entire career earnings. Meanwhile, the men’s singles seedings will revert to the world rankings at next year’s Wimbledon, after almost two decades of being based on grass-court form. The All England Club said they had taken the decision after consultations with various player groups. Next year’s Wimbledon will run from June 28 to July 11. “Given the quality of competition, entertainment and modern grass courts, following detailed discussion with the player groups, the AELTC has decided that the grass court seeding formula used since 2002 has served its time,” they said in a statement.last_img read more

GTBank Masters Cup Season 9 reaches semifinal stage

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available After a thrilling round of football in the quarter finals, eight teams in the male and female categories have advanced to the semifinal stages of the 2020 GTBank Masters Cup. All four games will be played at the Campos Stadium, Lagos Island on February 5, 2020, where the semifinalists will compete for a coveted spot in the grand finale. Last season’s winners in the male and female category, Kings College and Lead-Forte Gate College, will hope to defend their title when they take on Eko Boys High School, Mushin and Queens College, Yaba respectively. Coming off their five-goal rout of International School Lagos in the quarterfinals, Greensprings School, Lekki will be looking to keep up the momentum against last year’s male finalists, Anwar-Ul-Islam Model College, Agege, who also completed a seven-goal rout of C.M.S. Grammar School, Yaba. In the female category, Ansar-Ud-Deen Girls High School, Itire and Greensprings School, Lekki will battle it out for one of two spots in the final of the GTBank Masters Cup. Since its commencement in 2012, the GTBank Masters Cup has become one of the most anticipated secondary school football competitions renowned for discovering and developing indigenous talents, some of whom have secured scholarships and trials with football academies around the world. Now in its ninth season, the competition hosts 50 teams from over 40 schools who come together to showcase their football talent, whilst promoting the values of sportsmanship, passion, and fair play.The full schedule of the semi-finals is as follows: Wednesday 5th February 2020 Female Category Ansar-Ud-Deen Girls High School, Itire vs Greensprings School, Lekki Lead-Forte Gate College, Lekki vs Queens College, Yaba Male Category Anwar-Ul-Islam Model College, Agege vs Greensprings School, Lekki Eko Boys High School, Mushin vs Kings College, Lagos Island.Tags: 2020 GTBank Masters Cuplast_img read more

FAI releases payment timeline

first_img Delaney, Kattner and secretary general Jerome Valcke’s signatures also appear on the agreement document relating to the loan, again posted by the FAI on its official website. Earlier, Kenny had said he believed the FAI chief’s position remained “tenable” and expressed his confidence that outstanding questions about the payment would be responded to. Sports Minister Pascal Donohoe, also at the talks in Dublin Castle, said he spoke with Delaney and also pressed him to bring “clarity and certainty” to the matter. “It is in everybody’s interest that these matters be cleared up,” he said. The minister added: “It is primarily a relationship and transaction that took place between the FAI and FIFA and I expect that clarity will be brought to this issue.” He added: “It is a significant amount of money, it is obviously something that the country does have a lot of interest in.” Donohoe refused to say whether he was reassured or not after his conversation with Delaney. Asked if the FAI boss retained his confidence, he replied: “I support John Delaney in his work, I know the importance of grassroots soccer throughout our country.” Donohoe added: “I support John Delaney and the work the FAI does. Alongside that, it is important that matters that are of interest to the public are answered and dealt with in a comprehensive manner and I expect that to happen.” The Sports Minister said he was “absolutely not aware” of any such payment and would be very surprised if any of his predecessors knew about it. The Football Association of Ireland has released the timeline of events which led to it receiving a five million euro payment from FIFA. The fall-out spilled over into a high-level summit of Ireland’s cross-border peace-building North South Ministerial Council in Dublin, where leaders called on the Irish football executive to shed light on the transaction. Kenny described the payment as “quite extraordinary” and called on Delaney to answer questions about the circumstances surrounding it. He said: “This is quite extraordinary. But I would say that any questions that need to be answered here in the interests of transparency and accountability… John Delaney should answer and will answer all of those questions, I’m quite sure.” And last night, the FAI obliged, posting a 14-point list of events, including Blatter apologising to Ireland for making a joke about them – a point which was immediately followed by confirmation of the loan. The FAI said that after Blatter made public its suggestion it should be a 33rd representative at the World Cup, he “personally apologised” at a second meeting between the FAI and FIFA on January 12, 2010. It then added: “After negotiation, FIFA offered the FAI a 5m euro interest-free loan by way of compensation as well as a 400,000 US dollar Goal Project grant that was used for FAI Regional Football Centres.” The FAI added that the money was paid into its account on January 20, 2010 and was accounted for and was later reduced to 4m euros. Finally, the FAI stated that in 2013 the loan was written off, attaching a letter signed by FIFA’s deputy secretary general, Markus Kattner, confirming as much. Press Association Responding to calls for further details from Ireland’s Taoiseach Enda Kenny, the FAI posted a comprehensive blow-by-blow account on its website last night. FAI chief John Delaney brought the issue to public attention when he said his organisation was given the sum after confronting Sepp Blatter about Ireland’s World Cup 2009 play-off defeat, brought about by Thierry Henry’s handball goal. last_img read more

Two Americans Dead in Somalia Terror Attack

first_imgTwo Americans are reportedly among the dead after a terrorist attack killed 26 people and injured 56 others at a hotel in Somalia.Police say gunmen stormed the hotel after setting off a car bomb last night in the southern port city of Kismayo on Friday.It took eleven hours for security forces to regain control and end the attack.The regional state president said two Americans are among those killed.One local official called it the deadliest attack in the city in seven years.The terror group Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement saying it targeted Jubaland state ministers, regional and federal lawmakers, as well as candidates in the hotel but officials have not confirmed at this time.This story is developing.last_img

England breeze to 192-run win

first_imgENGLAND took just 30 minutes on the fourth day to complete a 192-run victory over a Cricket Australia XI in their pink-ball Ashes warm-up match at the Adelaide Oval.Craig Overton finished with figures of three for 15, and James Anderson three for 12, as the hosts were bowled out for 75 in their second innings.Matt Short and Gurinder Sandhu had held England up through an extra half-hour the previous evening as CA recovered from 25 for seven, but Overton broke the eighth-wicket stand without addition to the overnight 45 in the first over of the new day.Short made it easy for the Somerset seamer, in fact, aiming an ambitious pull at a ball which was only just short of a length and smashed into middle-stump.Number 10 Daniel Fallins tried a variation of the same shot in Overton’s second over, to a more appropriate delivery, but he too missed and was hit on the helmet.It was Anderson who took the ninth wicket, left-hander Sandhu lbw from round the wicket – and then, after Fallins had registered CA’s first run of the day in the seventh over with a single chipped into the leg-side off Overton, number 11 Jackson Coleman got off the mark by carving a four over square-cover five balls later.The match was done, though, when Anderson had Fallins flailing an edge to slip in his next over.last_img read more

Caz field hockey goes 1-1, honors seniors with win over Homer

first_img Tags: Cazenoviafield hockey Of all the Onondaga High School League sides that the Cazenovia field hockey team had to face this season, one remained the most elusive.The Lakers went to Weedsport last Thursday afternoon and, in the season’s worst playing conditions, generated all sorts of chances, but could not find the net and took a 1-0 defeat to the Warriors.These teams had played Sept. 17 at Burton Street and ended in a 1-1 draw. Now they met again amid a steady rain that made possessing and keeping the ball far more difficult. Still, Cazenovia put on pressure, taking eight shots, each of them stopped by Weedsport goalie Mariah Quigley.For its part, the Lakers’ defense mostly contained the Warriors, Mackenzie Halliday making five saves. But when Suzie Nemec scored off a feed from Emma Stark, Weedsport had a lead it would not relinquish.It didn’t help the Lakers much that its scheduled game last Tuesday at Port Byron/Union Springs was postponed by rain and lightning, rescheduled for Oct. 16.center_img Following the defeat to Whitesboro, Cazenovia met Homer Saturday, its last regular-season home game of 2019, which meant it was Senior Day for six Lakers – Peyton Basic, Molly Brown, Tessa Carroll, Peyton Clarke, Ava Hartley and Erica Howard.As the program traditionally does, the seniors were honored in a postgame ceremony inside the front gymnasium at Burton Street Elementary School, where each of the seniors was given special blankets to honor them for their commitment to Laker field hockey.From a numerical standpoint, it was fitting that, for these six seniors, Cazenovia beat Homer 6-0, with Clarke and Hartley each contributing two goals and Brown also finding the net as she and Carroll both had an assist. Sammy Sparks also earned two goals.Cazenovia’s four remaining games were all on the road, starting Monday at Liverpool and continuing Thursday at East Syracuse Minoa before the Port Byron/Union Springs match and the Oct. 18 visit to Fayetteville-Manlius.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more