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ON December 31, Uzbekistan Railways (UTY) inaugurated the first 115 km of its new cut-off line serving the country’s isolated northwest. Starting from the existing Chardzhou – Astrakhan line at Sultanuizdag, near Nukus, the line currently reaches Miskan. Eventually the route will run 362 km to the existing terminus at Uchkuduk, enabling UTY trains to reach the northwest without running through Turkmenistan.Following proposals from the Railway Reform Council (RG 2.99 p67), the Uzbek parliament has approved a new Railways Act providing for the restructuring of UTY along business lines. However, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Industry, Energy & Transport Committee, Izidor Kochmaric, insists that the rail network will remain in state ownership.Passing of the law has released a further US$40m loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development, under a programme approved in 1998. This will fund the purchase of 8 to 10 electric freight locos to start a fleet renewal programme, and the upgrading of locomotive maintenance depots.UTY has also ordered track maintenance equipment worth US$25m from Plasser & Theurer, using funds from a US$70m Asian Development Bank loan in the same programme. Plasser is supplying an 09 series tamper, K355 rail welder, DGS42 stabiliser, and a track geometry car. It is also providing training for 60 UTY track maintenance staff.
KAZAKHSTAN: A €230m framework for Siemens to supply electrification equipment and assist with the modernisation of more than 40 traction substations was included in a series of trade agreements signed when President Nazarbayev visited Germany in February.Siemens signed the agreement with Kazakh national railway KTZ and the TemirZhol Electrification joint venture which Siemens and KTZ subsidiary Remlokomotiv had formed in April 2011. More than 4 100 km of the 14 500 km KTZ network is currently electrified at 25 kV 50 Hz. Further electrification is planned, and KTZ said the deal would see local content in electrification equipment used on the railway increase from 20% to 50%. KTZ also held meetings which could lead to DB assisting with the development of container services between Asia and Europe, as well as Kazakh staff studying logistics in Hamburg.
Participants of the workshopThirteen young ladies who participated in a six weeks cosmetology workshop organized by the National Development Foundation of Dominica (NDFD) and funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) through the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) have been told to use the training as a stepping stone.The ladies are now equipped with formal knowledge and skills required to secure employment or start their own small businesses having attended the first of five skills training programmes to be conducted across the country. “We believe that everyone can accomplish if given the right opportunity and the means…make full use of what you have received, we ask you to be professional and to use that as a stepping stone to better yourselves and your loved ones,” BNTF’s project manager, Matthew Carette said at the closing ceremony on Friday January 25th.“Now that you have been richly endowed with a fresh start and a brand new way of life, make the best use of it. It is my greatest wish that you will adapt to these worthwhile changes and skills that you have learnt and that you will put them into immediate practice. Training facilitator, Ms. Desery Grell“Go out there, start in your own neighborhood and be kind, considerate and compassionate for that’s how you build a clientele and in so doing, I guarantee you that you will succeed for indeed you have found hope for a brighter future,” training facilitator Desery Grell said.The following participants who performed exceptional were rewarded with gifts;Most punctual and committed participant – Nadine WebsterProfessional image – Sherlyn HillTeam Spirit – Sherma Mills and Vilma AnthonyMost improved participant – Shirlyn WilliamsMost disciplined – Jeannel David and Melissa John LewisMost outstanding participant – Sherma Mills The five other participants were given gifts for their dedication to the program. They also presented gifts to Ms. Grell and Mrs. Carrie Charles-Thomas, training officer at the NDFD who worked with them during the workshop.“It was indeed a challenge. These six weeks seemed so long but was too short. We learned so much in so little time, although at times we wanted to give up you all kept motivating us,” the most outstanding participant, Sherma Mills said. “Thank you for your patience and everything which made this a success…thank you for sharing your little secrets of cosmetology with us you have motivated us in so many ways,” Mills told their facilitator.Most outstanding participant, Sherma MillsThe participants also received training in business management, basic computer skills and social skills.“You’ve been taught with skills to change your life, to make a difference in your life and your families lives to one day create employment for someone else. A lot has been invested in you and you now have a responsibility to go out and put what you’ve learnt over the last few weeks to use,” NDFD’s executive director Ronald Knight advised them.He gave them the following tips; “Don’t take short cuts, don’t be lazy, do not squander your money; reinvest your money in your business and in yourself, do be on time all the time, do give great customer service and do smile,” which if adhered too would assist ensure success.The training program is part of the government’s vision indicated in the 2011/2012 budget to help empower young people, particularly single mothers to create employment for themselves.“I am happy to learn that the majority of participants are from Silver Lake…this indicates a willingness on your part to avail yourselves of opportunities for personal development. I trust that you will also participate in other programs under this pilot program and that you will encourage other persons from your community to do likewise,” Minister for Social Services, Gloria Shillingford said.“It is government’s wish that your community and indeed all communities around Dominica are empowered for growth and development,” Mrs. Shillingford continued.The NDFD has been awarded two hundred and thirty-five thousand dollars ($235, 000) from a four hundred and eighty thousand dollars ($480, 000) approved to the BNTF from the CDB to undertake these training programs.The training commenced on November 20th, 2012 and ended on January 10th, 2013.Photographs shot by Ashton Shillinford [nggallery id= 263]Dominica Vibes News Share 262 Views no discussions Share LocalNews Thirteen complete cosmetology training by: – January 25, 2013 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share
Share 94 Views one comment Share LocalNews Senator Monell attends gender equality conference in Antigua by: – June 22, 2015 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Senator Monell WilliamsSenator Monell Williams has been invited by two United Nations agencies to participate in a high level conference on gender equality and the empowerment of women. The 2- day conference is being held in Antigua under the auspices of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN). The conference, called “High Level Consultation Step It Up: Political Leadership for Substantive Gender Equality and theSustainable Development Goals in the Caribbean Small Island Development States” is a gathering of top political leaders and advocates of gender equality and the empowerment of women. These top officials will be discussing a range of issues and solutions, which will form the basis of a report to ECLAC, the Economic Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the upcoming United Nations Post 2015 processes. Senator Williams left the state on Sunday 21 June 2015 and returns mid-week.
Related Topics So there you have it – and let’s face it – Manziel shouldn’t be worried about what Hoge says – he should be more focused on the Titans this Sunday. In Adrienne Goehler’s household, there was no escape becoming a Cleveland sports and Buckeyes fan growing up; that’s where her passion began. An athlete her whole life, Adrienne is channeling that competitive spirit for the game as a columnist for NEO Sports Insiders. She has a background working with web-based software for use by professionals in the broadcast industry, and experience involving major league sports. Adrienne Goehler By Matt LoedeFor whatever reason former Steelers running back Merril Hoge has never been very fond of Browns QB Johnny Manziel.Many think since Hoge was a Steelers running back and Manziel plays for the Browns that’s the reason why.I spoke to Hoge last November and asked him about Manziel – to which he told me it has nothing to do with where he plays – he’s just always felt the talent just isn’t there.Whatever the case, now that Manziel is under center for the Browns, there’s a lot more attention being paid to him, and today the QB was asked specifically about Hoge’s dislike for him.Hayden Grove got the footage – and it speaks for itself.Browns QB Johnny Manziel addresses ESPN analyst Merrill Hodge’s criticism. #Browns pic.twitter.com/0HWH9Rpe5I— Hayden Grove (@H_Grove) September 18, 2015
Share By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comHorror erupted in Orlando, Florida this week as a gunman opened fire inside a popular gay nightclub called Pulse as its patrons celebrated a Latin theme night.The gunman, who had reportedly frequented the nightclub in the past, and who allegedly used several gay dating sites, killed 49 people and injured another 53 during a three-hour-long killing spree and hostage situation before being killed in a gunfight with SWAT officers.Facts which have emerged in the aftermath of the massacre show that the gunman made several statements via social media claiming to have carried out the deadly attack in support of the Islamic State. The gunman’s current wife was also reportedly aware of his plans to carry out the mass murder.Federal officials have labeled the attack, which now has the grim reputation of being the single deadliest mass shooting in American history, as both a hate crime and a terrorist attack.The United States has the unique distinction of experiencing the highest number of mass shootings in the world. According to the Gun Violence Archive, 136 mass shootings have occurred just this year alone. The Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as one in which at least four people are killed.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedTop cops react to Dallas shootingBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press firstname.lastname@example.org It’s become commonplace now. Turning on the news to hear of another mass shooting has become the rule more than the exception, but last week the news hit closer to home in more ways than one. Last Thursday, near the end of what…July 15, 2016In “News”Rio History: The Matagorda MassacreBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS The following is an excerpt from Old Indio Last of the Karankawa Indians on Padre Island and other short stories by Steve Hathcock. By the end of Spanish rule in Texas, the Karankawa, never numbering more than a few thousand, had been greatly reduced…November 11, 2016In “News”Rio History: Billy Hunts the CutthroatsBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS After Taylor’s army advanced from Corpus Christi to the banks of the Rio Grande River in March of 1846, Roswell Denton was awarded the sutlers contract at Fort Polk which was situated where the Point Isabel lighthouse stands today. (Sutlers were merchants under contract…February 2, 2018In “News”
Related7-on-7 Football Falls Short of State TourneyBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel 7-on-7 football team fell one game short of the state tournament at the state qualifying tournament at McAllen last week. The team won two games and lost one in pool play, then fell 19-9 against La Feria in the deciding…June 24, 2016In “News”Tarpons Go 2-2 at Vail TournamentBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS There were no miraculous upsets for the Port Isabel High boys’ basketball team at last week’s 87th annual C.E. Vail tournament in La Feria. The Tarpons lost 53-37 to McAllen and 76-48 to San Benito, both Class 6A schools, on Thursday. The loss…December 18, 2015In “News”Ladies to take on KingsvillePRESS Staff Report Jesse Garza, the Lady Tarpon Varsity Softball Coach could hardly contain his excitement Friday night, and who could blame him? After an impressive 7-2 smashing of the Robstown Lady Cotton Pickers in Raymondville, Coach Garza and his squad of young Lady Tarpons accomplished what they had set…May 9, 2013In “News” Share By LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSThe 2017 spring season has come to an end for the Port Isabel 7-on-7 football team.They finished second in their pool at last Saturday’s state qualifying tournament in McAllen, then lost in a playoff against Rio Hondo.The Tarpons were placed in Pool A with La Feria, Monte Alto and Kingsville Academy. In the first game P.I. outscored Monte Alto, 25-20, lost to La Feria 21-0 in the second game, and concluded pool play be blowing out Kingsville Academy, 36-21.The games were all played last Saturday at the McAllen Sports Complex.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.
Related TopicsAnthony DeSclafaniCincinnati RedsClevelandCleveland IndiansIndiansJoey VottoMike ClevingerMLBScooter Gennett CLEVELAND– The annual interleague rivalry series known as the Battle of Ohio or the Ohio Cup kicks off Monday night at Progressive Field as the Cincinnati Reds (39-51) come to town to take on the Cleveland Indians (49-39).Time: 7:10 p.m.Starting Pitchers: CLE Mike Clevinger (3.11, 7-3) vs. CIN Anthony DeSclafani (5.08, 3-1)TV: SportsTime OhioOnline: MLB.TVRadio: WTAM 1100 AM, WMMS 100.7 FM, Indians Radio Network1. 100 percent chance of SunshineMike Clevinger will be making his first start since July 1 against Oakland. The right-hander is coming off his seventh win and 11th quality start of the season. Clevinger is just 12 innings away from a new career-high in innings pitched for a single season, and continues to show that he can go deeper into games more consistently.DeSclafani missed all of 2017 with a UCL injury and has struggled somewhat in his return this year. He’s pitched just 33.2 innings this season, and has allowed 19 runs.2. Containing Votto and GennettJoey Votto and Scooter Gennett are the two players to watch in this series. Gennett will be heading to his first All-Star game, and is currently slashing .326/.368/.515. Votto continues to excel at the plate at 34 years old, and is slashing .292/.425/.437. He also leads the Reds with 68 walks.3. Bounce back seriesAfter going 5-4 over their latest nine-game road trip, the Tribe returned home and dropped two out of three games to the Oakland A’s. Monday night is the perfect opportunity for them to begin a bounce-back series.Cleveland is 7-4 in interleague play so far this year. Ashley Bastock Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42
FUKUOKA – The Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) has launched a project to create a nationwide top league by regrouping the country’s three major regional leagues for corporate clubs, JRFU officials said Tuesday.The JRFU envisions that the new league will be inaugurated for the 2003-2004 season with the participation of 10 to 12 teams playing in the eastern Japan, Kansai and western Japan leagues. “We’ve come up with this idea in an attempt to increase the number of close matches and enhance the competitiveness of Japanese rugby,” JRFU executive Noboru Mashimo said at a press conference in Fukuoka. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES