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FINLAND: National operator VR Group named Siemens as the winner of an order to supply 80 electric locomotives on December 20. The contract to be signed in early 2014 is worth more than €300m, making it the largest rolling stock investment by VR Group and according to Siemens the second-largest in Europe this year. There are options for a further 97 locomotives and 10 years of maintenance. VR Group’s President & CEO Mikael Aro said three bidders had been shortlisted for the contract, with Siemens chosen on the basis of on price, reliability and guarantees offered. ‘The selection was made after a long and careful examination’, said Aro. ‘The electric locomotive manufactured by Siemens is well suited to the challenging conditions in Finland.’ The first broad gauge version of the Vectron locomotive family is to be manufactured at Siemens’ München plant, with bogies supplied from Graz. An initial 10 locomotives are scheduled to enter service in 2017, before series production begins in 2018; the entire fleet is delivered by 2026. The 25 kV 50 Hz Vectrons will replace existing Soviet-built locomotives dating from the 1970s on passenger and freight services on the 1 524 mm gauge network. The 19 m long locomotives weighing 90 tonnes will have a maximum speed of 200 km/h and the capability of hauling 2 000 tonne trains. Rated at 6·4 MW, they will be equipped for regenerative braking, produce less waste heat than previous locomotives, and be equipped with two diesel engines for ‘last mile’ operation on unelectrified industrial lines, at docks and in yards. Siemens said it was able to prove the capabilities of its Vectron family in the extreme northern European climate during tests undertaken in Sweden and Norway. The Finnish locomotives will be customised with modified air intakes for use in snow and ice at temperatures down to -40°C, rather than the -25°C Siemens normally designs for.
Argentina: Trenes Argentinos Cargas has taken delivery of 200 spine wagons to move containers on the San Martín network. Another 100 wagons have been supplied for the Urquiza network under the contract with China Machinery Engineering Corp (RG 9.16 p7). The government has awarded military equipment manufacturer Fabricaciones Militares a 17m pesos contract to repair 20 covered wagons for the 1000 mm gauge Belgrano network. Australia: The Evolution Rail consortium of Plenary, CRRC Changchun and Downer announced contractual close on the Victorian government’s A$2bn High Capacity Metro Trains PPP on November 22, and financial close two days later. Evolution is to supply and maintain 65 EMUs for Melbourne from mid-2019 (RG 10.16 p13). Debt participants will include Westpac, Bank of China, Bank of Communications, HSBC, ICBC, Intesa Sanpaolo, Mizuho Bank and UOB, with equity financing from Plenary (30·1%), Downer (10%), CRRC (10%) and Partners Group (49·9%). Austria: Wiener Lokalbahnen Cargo has awarded Bombardier a contract to supply and maintain three Traxx AC3 electric locos with last mile diesel modules, with an option for three more. LogServ has taken delivery of a Zagro road-rail vehicle for shunting at Voestalpine’s Linz site. It can haul 25 wagons, has automatic engine start-stop and is fitted with remote controls for use by crane drivers. Brazil: Vale has bought 23 locomotives and spare parts from MRS Logística for US$25·3m, for use on the S11D iron ore mining project in Maranhão state. Czech Republic: Under a KC1·1bn contract, Pars nova Šumperk and ŽOS Trnava have modernised 62 Bp282 coaches as Bdpee231. This included fitting air-conditioning, vacuum toilets, cycle racks, 230 V sockets and audio-visual information systems. France: STIF has approved the provision of €500m to fund the purchase by SNCF of a further 52 Bombardier Francilien EMUs for use on Paris lines J and L from March 2018. vAlstom has won a €52m contract to supply 23 Citadis X05 trams for the 16·8 km tramway being built in Caen. STIF has awarded Alstom a €70m contract to supply 22 Citadis X05 trams for the future Paris Line T9, with options for up to 68 for T9 and T10. Lyon’s Sytral has awarded Alstom a €140m deal to supply 30 rubber-tyred metro trainsets with options for 18. Teknoware is to supply LED interior lighting for the refurbishment of SNCF’s TGV Duplex fleet. Germany: The Hamburg Senate has given the go-ahead for DB subsidiary S-Bahn Hamburg to place a firm order for Bombardier to supply 12 additional Class 490 three-car EMUs which will enable six-car formations to be operated across the network. These are to be ordered as an option on a 2013 contract. DB Regio has awarded Alstom a €130m contract to supply of 24 Coradia Continental three-car and four-car EMUs for use from December 2019 on Breisgau-Ost-West services around Freiburg. India: Alstom has awarded ABB a contract to supply 1 600 traction transformers for the 800 twin-section Prima India electric locos it is to build for use on routes including the Eastern DFC. Iran: CRRC Nanjing Puzhen is to supply 215 metro cars to Esfahan, Shiraz and Tabriz. Kazakhstan: TMH’s Bryansk Engineering Plant has delivered two TEM18DM shunting locomotives to Kazakh chemical company TK Zhetysu. South Korea: Hyundai Rotem and the Korea Railroad Research Institute have signed an MoU to develop a 300 km/h double-deck trainset Lithuania: LG is taking delivery of 56 Type 19-3018 cement wagons ordered from TMH’s Bryansk plant. New Zealand: On October 11 CRRC Qiqihar signed a contract to supply KiwiRail with 150 container wagons of a new lightweight design. Poland: Podkarpackie voivodship has awarded Pesa a 124·66m złoty contract to supply five three-car and two four-car Elf 2 EMUs between June 30 2017 and March 31 2018. Newag is to supply two two-car DMUs in early 2018; its 32·97m złoty bid was higher than Pesa’s 32·57m złoty offer, but included lower maintenance costs of 3·08 złoty/km compared to Pesa’s 3·46 złoty/km. PKP Cargo has called tenders for the lease or purchase of 180 hopper wagons; the leasing company can choose the manufacturer. In the meantime, plans for the joint construction of wagons with Greenbrier have been put on hold. Industrial Division has acquired four Newag E6ACT Dragon locomotives from STK. The new owner intends to continue to lease them to other operators. Pesa is to modernise 20 PKP IC Type 141A coaches under a 75·7m złoty contract with complete new interiors, and 10 Type 112A/140A first class compartment cars for 37·6m złoty. Newag beat Pesa to win a 216·7m złoty contract to supply 11 five-car EMUs to Koleje Dolnolskie. Russia: UWC’s TikhvinChemMash has won a second contract to supply Type 15-6900 tank wagons to Ilim Group subsidiary Fintrans GL. RM Rail has obtained certification for its Type 11-1291 covered automotive wagon, which has a removable centre deck. Sole bidder UKVZ won a 48·9m rouble contract to supply three 71-623-02 partly low-floor trams to Khabarovsk. Switzerland: SBB has exercised a SFr32m option for a consortium of Windhoff and Dräger to supply three more fire and rescue trainsets. These will replace old trainsets based at Zürich, Biel and Olten from the end of 2018. Ukraine: Praha has donated two T3SUCS trams to Mariupol. UK: Contracts worth £60m for Hitachi to supply and maintain five AT300 five-car electro-diesel multiple-units for use by Hull Trains from 2019 were finalised by FirstGroup and leasing company Angel Trains on November 2. USA: An order for 60 more Kawasaki Rail Car M8 EMUs cars to increase capacity on Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line was approved by the New York MTA board on November 16. There is an option for a further 34, and the base order is also expected to include the conversion of 10 existing cars into café cars. The new cars are being funded by the state of Connecticut (65%) and MTA’s capital programme (35%). Twin Cities’ Metropolitan Council has selected Siemens to supply 27 LRVs to operate on the 23·3 km Southwest LRT line, with options for up to 50 more. Uruguay: AFE has purchased seven ex-SJ Fiat Y1 diesel railcars from Swedish rolling stock company NetRail. One is to be used to provide spare parts, while the others are to be deployed to improve services from Montevideo to 25 de Agosto. AFE also plans to reinstate services to Victor Sudriers, and is studying the reinstatement of passenger services on the 84 km route to San Ramón (RG 11.16 p35).
Caribbean Americans set for DC Legislative WeekThe Institute of Caribbean Studies and Caribbean American Heritage Month will again be hosting the annual Caribbean American Legislative Week, set for June 19 to 24 in Washington D.C., with a special White House Briefing and the Legislative Forum on Capitol Hill.Community and organization leaders among the Diaspora are being invited to attend this year’s scheduled events. The group’s goal is to have at least two representatives from each jurisdiction. Support is needed for a new bill, sponsored by Congressman Eliot Engel, calling for the U.S. State Department to work more closely with the Caribbean American Diaspora con key issues affecting the Diaspora and the Caribbean.The Caribbean American Legislative Forum is an annual event that educates Caribbean-Americans on policy issues that affect the Caribbean American community. Attendees hear from elected officials and are given an opportunity to network with business leaders, policymakers, and advocates. It includes a round table as well as short presentations. The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.Over the years, Caribbean American Legislative Week Forum speakers have included Ambassador Richard L. Bernal, Chair of the Small Economies Working Group of Free Trade Area of the America; Dr. Eddie Green, Assistant Secretary General of CARICOM; Lael Brainard, Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic policy; Congressman Major Owens and Dr. Bilali Camara of the Caribbean Epidemiology Center.
Share Share 15 Views no discussions LocalNews Embassy hosts free medical care day in Kalinago Territory by: – October 26, 2013 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Photograph compliments: Second Secretary, José Antonio OlavarríaThe Venezuelan Embassy in Dominica is hosting a day of free medical care to residents of the Kalinago Territory at the Salybia Primary School grounds.This activity is a collaboration between the Embassy, the Ministry of Carib Affairs and the Cuban International Brigade.As part of the free medical care day a pediatrician, dermatologist, surgeon, internist, gastroenterologist and general practitioner will provide care to the participants.The free medical care also forms part of a day of solidarity with the people of the Kalinago Territory.Photograph compliments: second secretary, José Antonio OlavarríaVenezuelan Ambassador Hayden Pierla Sanchez, Cuban Ambassador Eleana Ramos and second secretary, José Antonio Olavarría are part of the delegation.Dominica Vibes News
Sharing is caring! Share Tweet LocalNews Dominica Bar Association calls for establishment of an independent trust fund for the justice system by: – November 20, 2018 Share 99 Views no discussions The Dominica Bar Association has called for the establishment of a trust fund which will provide financial support for the judicial system.This was announced by President of the Dominica Bar Association, Mary Auriel Roberts who was speaking at a press conference held last Thursday.Ms. Roberts stated that the funds will provide independence for the system which is important for functions to be performed accurately.“The judiciary plays an important role in ensuring that the basic human and constitutional rights of citizens are respected and protected. Judicial independence is absolutely necessary for the judiciary to perform its functions properly. The Chief Justice has on several occasions caked for the establishment of a trust fund, similar to what funds the Caribbean Court of Justice for the financial support of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.According to the Chief Justice Dame Janice Pereira, the current aggregate of arrears in contributions due to the Court stands at just over 22 million dollars, which pose real risks to the administration of justice as they affect the Court’s ability to plan and implement programs, or to employ resources vital for bringing about reforms or to keep the Court functioning as it should.Roberts noted that these failures undermine access to justice and the delivery of justice, noting that the current financial arrangement and lack of insulation feeds the perception held by many that “he who pays the piper calls the tune.”She went on to say that the lack of an independent trust fund serves to undermine the level of access and delivery of justice.“There is a real risk of the exertion of influence over the judiciary. It does nothing to dispel this perception or lend true meaning and purpose to the principle of separation of powers and to protect against what can be an irresistible temptation. It is time that proper financial arrangements are put in place for the full and effective operations of this Court-our foundational and constitutional courts,” she noted.Ms. Roberts further added that the bar fully supports the call for the establishment of this trust fund so that the judiciary system can be totally independent.She also added that the association remains committed to advocating for positive changes in the system.“We wish to lend our support to the Chief Justice for the establishment of a trust fund in order to sever the financial ties between the executive arm of State and the judiciary. This financial dependence on the executive for the provision of court room infrastructure, housing of high court judges and other necessities is a blatantly apparent risk to judicial independence,” Roberts stated. Share
The sale encompasses *seven branches of Royal Bank of Canada (Antigua, Dominica, Monserrat, St. Lucia (two locations) and St. Kitts and Nevis (St. Kitts two locations)), as well as the regional businesses operating under RBC Financial (Caribbean) Limited (“RBCFCL”); specifically RBTT Bank (SKN) Limited (Nevis), RBTT Bank Grenada Limited (Grenada) – two locations, RBC Royal Bank Holdings (EC) Limited (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) and RBTT Bank Caribbean Limited (St. Vincent and the Grenadines). Collectively, these operations are referred to informally as “RBC Eastern Caribbean”.“Self-determination is the highest level of empowerment – and the indigenous banks acquiring this business will now have an increased opportunity to influence the development of their communities,” said Rob Johnston, Head, RBC Caribbean. Johannes added, “And speaking on behalf of the local banks, we embrace and eagerly anticipate that opportunity.” The EC consortium was advised by PwC (JA) led by Wilfred Baghaloo, who added “this transaction demonstrates that Caribbean businesses have the capacity to come together when the circumstances are right.” The five financial entities participating in the sale are: 1st National Bank St. Lucia Limited, Antigua Commercial Bank Ltd., National Bank of Dominica Ltd., the Bank of Monserrat Limited and Bank of Nevis Ltd. 432 Views no discussions Share Tweet Anthony John, Chairman of the Board of Directors of NBD added, “we are proud and pleased that we as a group of small islands came together to pursue this momentous deal for the benefit of all of our stakeholders. We see this as a significant milestone in the life of our bank as we continue to grow in a way that will allow us to better serve our customers. There are no plans for any immediate changes to the operation of the business/branches that we are acquiring. In addition, where possible, we will adopt best practices of RBC to ensure we maintain the very high quality service levels that RBC customers have come to expect”. Sharing is caring! December 12, 2019 (Roseau, Dominica) — A consortium of Eastern Caribbean indigenous banks of which NBD is a member, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase all banking operations in the Eastern Caribbean from Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions, and is expected to be finalized in the coming months. The consortium was led by Johnathan Johannes, Managing Director, 1st National Bank St. Lucia Limited, who shared, “We formed the consortium for the express purpose of expanding the scale of the locally owned financial entities in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union. This transaction gives us the size and scale to play a more active role in the development of our respective countries. We see this transaction as the first step in achieving even greater synergies, efficiencies and cross-territory marketing opportunities.” National Bank of Dominica Ltd. (NBD) enters into an agreement to purchase Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) banking operations in Dominica Share BusinessInternationalLocalNewsRegional NBD Dominica Moves to Purchase RBC Operations in Dominica by: – December 12, 2019 Share ABOUT NATIONAL BANK OF DOMINICA LTD. The National Bank of Dominica Ltd. (NBD) is a leading financial institution in Dominica serving consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of business and personal banking products and services. NBD is a leader across core business lines in the local market, and as of June 30, 2018, has XCD1.49 billion (US$552 million) in assets. Operating for over 41 years, the bank is committed to helping our customers and communities succeed. For more information on NBD, visit www.nbdominica.dm.
Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills recently opened a new lung nodule clinic to provide early diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of abnormal pulmonary nodules.The nodules, which are often discovered as a result of CT scans or chest X-rays for other health conditions, are round or oval-shaped growths in the lung, sometimes referred to as a lesion or spot. They may be non-cancerous or an early sign of lung cancer.Pulmonologist and medical director of Beaumont’s fourth lung nodule clinic, Dr. Philip Kaplan, said, ”It can take weeks or months for a patient with an abnormal scan to come to the first diagnostic stage. Our clinic’s state-of-the-art technology can dramatically accelerate the diagnostic process.”Patient Jo Pastula’s lung mass was not accessible using traditional techniques, but thanks to the clinic’s robotic bronchoscopy, Kaplan was able to perform a biopsy with successful diagnostic results.Said Pastula, a Plymouth resident, “Without robotic technology, my medical team would not have been able to biopsy the mass in my lung so quickly. The results showed the cells were cancerous. And the next week, I had an appointment with an oncologist to discuss treatment options.”Kaplan says the robot, with its flexible endoscope, provides him with continuous vision.“Our robotic technology allows us to do a real-time evaluation inside the lung. It aids in diagnosing early stage nodules that may be cancerous and in Jo’s case, it’s a wonderful tool for biopsies. It also can assist with placing lung markers for treatment.”Causes of lung nodules include tuberculosis; rheumatoid arthritis and sarcoidosis – an inflammation that affects multiple organs, most commonly the lung, lymph nodes and cancer. Fungal infections have also been linked to the appearance of lung nodules.“The size and shape make a difference. Smaller nodules may require monitoring, but larger nodules could result in a biopsy,” said Kaplan.The multidisciplinary lung nodule clinic includes specialists – pulmonologists, oncologists, thoracic surgeons, radiation oncologists, radiologists and pathologists, who are also involved with the tumor board. The tumor board reviews individual cases and imaging studies. They discuss alternate treatment options, and talk about clinical trials for which the patient may be eligible.The new clinic is part of the Interventional Pulmonary Program at Beaumont, Farmington Hills with advanced bronchoscopy.Current smokers, especially those who have been smoking for many years, or people with a history of cancer and chronic obstructive lung disease are at a higher risk of lung nodules. They should be screened annually.“In about 15 minutes, a dedicated, low-dose CT scan can cover the entire chest and provide a more detailed look than a standard chest X-ray,” said Kaplan.To learn more, visit beaumont.org/lung. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
[av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=”]LONDON – Real Madrid’s Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at FIFA’s The Best awards gala on Monday.The four-time Ballon d’Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format.Barcelona’s Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d’Or five times, and Paris St. Germain’s Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans.The Best FIFA Men’s Player award and the Ballon d’Or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards.Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club’s success.Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan), and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected.Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman’s scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper.The Netherlands’ Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women’s national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team’s triumph at Euro 2017. (Reuters)[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Ronaldo still best player in the world’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Wednesday, October 25, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/sports-ronaldo-again.jpg’ attachment=’121674′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’][/av_image]