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Storebaelt link promises network benefits

first_imgTHE LONG-awaited fixed link across Denmark’s Great Belt is on course to carry its first revenue-earning train on April 1. When the road and rail link between the islands of Zealand and Fünen was authorised in 1987, it was scheduled to open for rail services on September 15 1993 and the parallel road link three years later. Both dates have now passed, and still the workers are in full possession.The link comprises three main elements. Between Fünen and the islet of Sprogø in the middle of the Belt, road and rail are carried on the single-level West Bridge using parallel precast concrete box girders. On Sprogø the modes separate, with the railway dropping from the 18m high bridge to a tunnel entrance 20m below sea level and the road climbing onto a 6·8 km suspension bridge. The East Bridge has a 1624m main span giving 65m clearance for shipping.From Sprogø to Zealand the railway runs in two parallel 8 km bored tunnels 25m apart. These have prefabricated concrete linings, and an internal diameter of 7·7m. The deepest point is about 75m below sea level. Every 250m there is a cross passage containing technical equipment, which also provides an escape route between the walkways in the running tunnels.Link promotor A/S Storebaeltsforbindelsen, a state-owned company, has funded construction using commercial bank loans, to be repaid from road and rail tolls. Installation and testing of the railway equipment was subcontracted to DSB, which set up a project team under the Banetechnik arm within the DSB Bane Consulting business unit. Since January 1 DSB Bane Consulting has been part of the infrastructure directorate Banestyrelsen.DSB Banetechnik Project Director Hans Tychsen says the team has been responsible for planning, designing, construction management, site supervision and commissioning of all railway installations on the link. Total route length is 25 km, including new approaches on both Zealand and Fünen as well as the 18 km coast-to-coast section. The railway has been designed for trains to run at up to 200 km/h, although the official maximum is 180 km/h and the top speed in the tunnel section at opening will be 140 km/h.Commissioning schedule Despite the delay to the civil works caused by a tunnel boring machine fire in 1994, DSB Banetechnik has moved quickly to complete the railway installation. The north running tunnel was fitted out in less than six months following handover in May last year, using the experience gained in the southern bore during 1995.As well as the trackwork, described on p110, the railway package covers power supplies, signalling, communications, and tunnel services such as ventilation and drainage. The link will form an integral part of Banestyrelsen’s København – Odense main line, and is being equipped with standard Danish colourlight signalling and Siemens automatic train protection equipment. The three interlockings at New Korsør, Sprogø and New Nyborg are the first solid-state installations for stations on DSB. Developed by the Danish arm of ABB Signal, the equipment is derived from the Swedish Ebilok 850 version. The signalling will normally be controlled remotely from the regional centre at Roskilde, or from Banestyrelsen’s national traffic regulation control room in København, although local emergency panels are provided at each station.Tunnel management will be done from a control room within New Korsør station, using a SCADA computer network. Operators on duty around the clock will monitor all the ventilation and drainage systems, fire detection and communications links, power supplies, and the cross-passages and their pressure doors.Installation and testing of the various systems was largely complete by mid-December, with independent inspectors checking each package on behalf of DSB Banetechnik and the ultimate owner. Tests with moving trains began on November 1, and trials at 180 km/h were successfully completed before Christmas. A series of high-speed runs at 200 km/h plus was scheduled to take place in mid-January.DSB Banetechnik is due to hand the completed railway over to A/S Storebaeltsforbindelsen on February 1, so that the customer can work up operating procedures and start test running ahead of the formal start of services. As DSB itself is contracted as operator, Tychsen expects there will be a degree of overlap between the later phases of the technical work and the early stage of ’traffic commissioning’.The railway link is scheduled to be fully operational on June 1, ready for the European summer timetable change, which will see a radical restructuring of DSB’s inter-city and regional rail operations (RG 2.96 p88). In order to bring the benefits on stream as quickly as possible, freight trains will start using the link on April 1 when the commissioning process permits.When the link was launched, the government’s intention was that DSB would have three years before the parallel road was completed. With inter-city trains crossing the belt in seven minutes compared to an hour’s ferry crossing for motorists, DSB was expected to boost its market share substantially. The delays have eaten into this advantage, but it is likely to be mid-1998 before the East Bridge is completed. DSB will still have a brief window of opportunity. oCAPTION: An emergency evacuation drill was held on the West Bridge on December 16, simulating the derailment of an inter-city train; ambulances from Fünen were on the spot in 17minCAPTION: The tunnel systems will be managed from a control centre (below) at New Korsør station, which includes a disaster co-ordination room for the emergency services. The station is about 1 km from the tunnel portal (centre)last_img read more

Hull stars face drastic drop cuts

first_img Bruce, speaking ahead of Hull’s trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday, said: “We are a newly-promoted club who have been in the Premier League about 20 months so we always knew we were going to be up against it. “Everybody concerned takes a huge reduction in salary. The club has had a really, really stringent policy so that if we do get relegated the club doesn’t fall into drastic times which a lot of clubs do. “Most players take a 40 and 50 per cent reduction in their salary which is key throughout it all. So we are all realistic to know that yes we want to avoid going into the Championship but we have made sensible provisions, our budget is pretty stringent, so that the club doesn’t leak into the realms it was before and I think that is very important for a club like ours.” Bruce said battling to avoid such a huge drop in salary should act as a big incentive for his players. He added: “Absolutely – I think they need reminding of that! For a club like ours it’s the right provision. “If you get relegated it’s a major overhaul and you basically start over again on your journey, but you want to remain positive and make sure the club doesn’t go through the horrendous times of four or five years ago before the current owners took over.” Hull have not won for two months, their last win being a 2-1 victory over QPR, and desperately need to end the run with matches against Liverpool and Arsenal to come. Bruce’s hopes of Mo Diame providing a welcome boost on return from a lengthy knee injury have yet to be realised however, and the Senegal midfielder again complained of pain in his knee in training this week. Steve Bruce has revealed that Hull players will have their salaries slashed by up to 50 per cent if they are relegated. The Tigers are fourth-bottom of the Premier League with one of the toughest run-ins facing them, and Hull manager Bruce said all players’ contracts have been set up to protect the club financially in the event of relegation. Hull have the third-lowest total wage bill in the Premier League, £43.3million in 2013/14 according to figures filed in Companies House, with only Leicester and Burnley paying less overall. Press Association “He has been out for five months and he is still not 100 per cent,” said Bruce. “And we know that if you are not 100 per cent you cannot perform in this league. “It’s a crying shame as we have missed him.” Bruce hopes the fact Palace have little to play for will go in Hull’s favour but is taking nothing for granted given the turnaround at the Eagles performed by Alan Pardew and before him Tony Pulis. “A big pat of the back deserves to go to Alan and Tony,” Bruce said. ” Only 18 months ago everyone thought they were a goner.” Andy Robertson (ankle) and Curtis Davies (thigh) are still out for Hull while Alex Bruce’s badly broken nose makes him a doubt. last_img read more

Tennis News Roger Federer suffers shock defeat in ATP Finals, in danger of not qualifying for semi-final

first_imgNew Delhi: Roger Federer suffered a shock straight-sets defeat to Kei Nishikori at the ATP Finals, severely denting his bid for the 100th title of his illustrious career.   The Swiss, who has won the season-ending event a record six times, produced an uncharacteristically error-prone and fractious display in the round-robin match on Sunday as the Japanese seventh seed prevailed 7-6 (7/4) 6-3.  The result means Federer is now in danger of failing to qualify for the semi-finals for just the second time in 16 appearances at the event. Read More |  Messi scores brace, Barcelona suffer first home loss in two years”I felt we both struggled, you know, throughout the first set,” he said. “You could tell it was sort of a first round. I had my chances maybe a bit more than he did.Then I started to feel better in the second set. I think we both did. The level went up. Unfortunately I couldn’t keep the lead that I got early. That was important, I think, at the end. That was the key of the match.”   Read More | Manchester City beat Manchester United, Liverpool continue winning runFederer, 37, has beaten Nishikori in Shanghai and Paris in recent weeks but despite having the backing of a full house at the O2 Arena, he never really settled into a groove.  The normally cool Swiss was warned by the umpire for ball abuse in the 12th game after Nishikori produced a staggering backhand winner down the line.  The Swiss great made 20 unforced errors in the first set and Nishikori capitalised, forcing a tie-break in which he raced to a 6/1 lead before sealing it 7/4.  Federer, showing real urgency, broke Nishikori immediately at the start of the second set but it proved a false dawn as he lost his own serve immediately Nishikori broke again in the sixth game and kept his nerve, serving out for victory.  Read More | Lewis Hamilton wins Brazilian GP, Max Verstappen involved in punch-up”I lost to him twice in the last two months so I played more aggressively and things started working, especially in the second set. There were some lucky points but I played well today,” said Nishikori.  Overall the statistics made grim reading for Federer, who made a total of 34 unforced errors against 19 winners.  Federer denied that cutting back on his schedule increased the pressure on him to do well at the tournaments he did play.  “I don’t think, per se, I’m playing worse because of it,” he said. “I think I’ve had that pressure, not going out early, most of my career.”   Anderson win The ATP Finals is contested by the eight players who have accumulated the most ranking points over the season separated into two groups, with the best four players reaching the knockout semi-finals stage.  Earlier, Kevin Anderson made an impressive ATP Finals debut in the same Lleyton Hewitt group, beating Dominic Thiem 6-3 7-6 (12/10).  The Wimbledon finalist, who stands at 2.03 metres (six feet eight inches) tall dominated the early exchanges and secured the crucial break in the fourth game.  Thiem tightened up his game in the second set and forced a tie-break, but Anderson saved two set points and converted his fourth match point.  “I definitely felt a little bit nervous,” said Anderson. “But I was able to settle very quickly and find a really good rhythm, taking care of my serve games nicely, created quite a few opportunities on his serve.”  For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Narine, Gambhir fire KKR to another thrilling chase

first_imgSUNIL Narine’s promotion to opener paid dividends for Kolkata Knight Riders as they produced an impressive chase against Kings XI Punjab.Kolkata Knight Riders produced another devastating run chase to thrash Kings XI Punjab by eight wickets and end their unbeaten IPL start.Playing at a raucous Eden Gardens, KKR made home advantage count after winning the toss and inviting their visitors to bat, chasing down 171 with 21 balls to spare, having knocked off 184 in 14.5 overs in their opening match of the tournament against Gujarat Lions.Chris Lynn was the star of that show, but the Australian six-machine was absent through injury, so it was left to the promoted Sunil Narine (37 off 18 balls) to begin the fireworks as captain Gautam Gambhir (72 not out) anchored the innings superbly.Umesh Yadav (4-33) took three wickets in the space of four deliveries late in the Kings XI knock as a promising start was checked to leave the hosts a gettable target.Yadav’s success made up for a hapless outing for Trent Boult (0-36), who suffered a dropped catch, misfields and a bizarre all-run four (helped by two overthrows) off his bowling.Narine shelled a sitter when Manan Vohra skied Boult to third man, but the opener only got to 28 before he was bowled by Piyush Chawla (1-36). His score represented somewhat of an apparent wall that Kings XI could not break through.Hashim Amla (25), Glenn Maxwell (25), David Miller (28) and Wriddhiman Saha (25) played innings of varying paces, but each ended with similar scores and, having successfully chased twice, Kings XI did not prove as adept at defending their total.The sight of Narine opening the batting in T20s is not necessarily new – he did so playing for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League – but the Trinidadian announced himself as a top-order danger with three sixes and four fours that put KKR well ahead of the rate.Narine’s 37 was his second-highest score in any form of cricket and 76-1 represented KKR’s best powerplay total in IPL history.From there it was all about Gambhir, who moved above David Warner at the top of the run-scoring charts on his way to a 33rd IPL fifty – two behind Warner in a ranking that the Australian remains atop.And the chase was capped as impressively as it was launched as Manish Pandey (25) blasted Marcus Stoinis over long on for six. (SportsMax)last_img read more

Albion into final of Rafeek Construction

first_img/BCB 100-ball second-division competitionALBION Community Centre Cricket Club whipped the Fyrish Cricket Club by 59 runs on Saturday to book a place in the final of the Rafeek Construction, Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), 100-ball second-division cricket competition.In the semi-final clash at the Fyrish Ground, the visitors won the toss and opted to take first strike on a two pace track. From their 100 balls they raced to an imposing 160-8.Adrian Sukhwa led the attack with 49, while Ramesh Kasinauth supported with an unbeaten 33.Y. Chinapen and R. Ramcharran finished with 2-23 and 2-31 respectively for the home team, who struggled in the middle. In the end, they only mustered 101 before they were bowled out in 15.2 overs. Chandradat Roopnarine led the attack with 28, while Munilall Shivdyal supported with 24.Bowling for Albion, Beesham Surujnarine and Devendra Latchman finished with three wickets each. Surujnarine grabbed 3-14 and Latchman 3-26. Sharaz Ramcharan supported with 2-14.last_img read more

Syracuse offense optimistic at media day despite disappointing 2011 season

first_imgNEWPORT, R.I. – Alec Lemon can see the difference.Ryan Nassib is more confident, more aware of what he and his teammates are doing on the field. With two full years as a starter under his belt, and the Syracuse quarterback often tells offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett what the unit needs to do, rather than the other way around.“Being in that system for three years, he sees the small things, the things the coaches don’t see being on the field,” wide receiver Alec Lemon said. “We take that into consideration. And most of the time he’s right. He’s just taken that leadership step.”Speaking at the Big East’s annual football media day Tuesday at the Hotel Viking, Lemon said Nassib is more tuned in to the finer details that he might’ve missed in the past. Last season, the Orange fell apart, losing its final five games to finish 5-7. SU was picked to finish seventh in the Big East in its last season in the conference, ahead of newcomer Temple.With plenty of weapons in the Orange’s offense entering this season, Nassib and Syracuse are looking to bounce back from their disappointing 2011 campaign. Lemon said he feels 100 percent after suffering a shoulder injury in the spring. The return of Marcus Sales, star of the Pinstripe Bowl two years ago, complements him ideally. Sales finished with 26 receptions for 414 yards receiving in 2010, but he missed last season after being arrested on felony drug charges that were dropped last October.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWithout Sales last year, the Orange’s offense struggled.“Marcus has done a good job, he’s made big plays for us before so he’s played well. We’re excited,” head coach Doug Marrone said. “He looks good, the best I’ve seen him. I’m excited to see him back on the on the field.”Last season, Syracuse’s offense underachieved, finishing seventh in the Big East in scoring despite Nassib putting up single-season program records in completions with 259 and passing yards with 2,685. It wasn’t a lack of production from Nassib that held the Orange back, but ultimately a shortage of timely, clutch plays from his teammates surrounding him.Dropped catches. Fumbles. All forgettable plays that sent Syracuse’s season in a downward spiral.Marrone has mentioned the “big play” since the spring, and it’s a constant – yet so far elusive – goal.“That’s where we haven’t been as consistent is making plays, especially our wide receivers, quarterbacks, running backs, making those big plays,” Marrone said. “We’re trying to create greater opportunities for these guys to do that, but I feel good.”And for the Orange, once again, it’s another year, another tailback.Syracuse is deep at the running back position, with Jerome Smith, Prince-Tyson Gulley and Adonis Ameen-Moore all giving Marrone formidable options to put into the backfield.But the running game could suffer from having an offensive line that’ll be completely revamped on the right side due to the graduations of Michael Hay and Andrew Tiller. And with senior left tackle Justin Pugh will be out until at least until mid-September.SU has a streak of four straight seasons with a 1,000-yard rusher after Antwon Bailey accomplished the feat in 2011. But the growth of the offensive line, particularly likely starters Lou Alexander and Ivan Foy, will be crucial for the team to duplicate that success.“We’re going on our fourth year trying to have a 1,000-yard rusher and I think we’ve been pretty successful when we’ve run the ball well,” guard Zach Chibane said. “That’s the type of team we are, we take pride in the way we run the football, and it’s a big loss not having Andrew and not having Michael there.”As far as Lemon sees it, Syracuse has talented players ready to go surrounding Nassib.Ashton Broyld has the ability to line up at quarterback and in the backfield. Marrone said he won’t pinpoint a position for him until seeing what he can handle in training camp.“We’ve got a lot of explosive and athletic players coming in,” Lemon said. “It’s just finding those spots to put those athletes on the field. We’ve got a lot of great players and not a lot of spots to put everybody.”After a five-game losing streak to end last season, the offense needs an upgrade. Now mostly healthy, and soon-to-be fully healthy, the unit is looking to move past the team’s late-season collapse in 2011.“Coming off that five-game losing streak, it’s not something we wanted to do, but it’s in the past. We’ll keep it in the past,” Lemon said. “It’s a new team, new players, so we’ll keep it back there and we’ll start fresh in 2012.” Comments Published on July 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Frank Howard reportedly won’t play against Clemson on Tuesday

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 4, 2016 at 4:32 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Frank Howard, who missed Syracuse’s game against Miami on Saturday with an illness, won’t suit up again for Syracuse against Clemson on Tuesday, per The Post-Standard.Howard did not practice on Monday according to The Post-Standard, and also said that he should be back “within a week or two.” Syracuse interim head coach Mike Hopkins said on Monday’s Atlantic Coast Conference coaches teleconference that Howard was “day-to-day”.Without Howard, Syracuse will have just starter Michael Gbinije and reserve Kaleb Joseph to man the point guard position. However, shooting guard Trevor Cooney has the ability to bring the ball up the court and has occasionally done that this season.Howard had recorded 16 assists and just 3 turnovers this season. He had been averaging 11.8 minutes per game in the seven contests under Hopkins. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

Badgers climb over .500 mark with home victory

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s tennis team finished off a flawless weekend at home by defeating the Northern Illinois Huskies 6-1, giving the Badgers, who now sit at 5-4, their first winning record since starting their season 2-0.After dropping its first conference match of the season to Minnesota last weekend, Wisconsin seems to have found its stride, surrendering only one point in its last two matches. The Badgers stole all three doubles matches to secure an early lead. Junior captain Billy Bertha and sophomore Fredrik Ask bounced back in their match after being broken early in their set, and after tying it up 6-6, the team dominated the tiebreaker with a few key volley winners, winning the match 9-8 (7-1).The victory ended the duo’s two-match losing streak, including an unexpected loss to an unranked UW-Green Bay team Saturday.“We were able to bounce back at one doubles,” head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. “Whenever you’re a ranked team, everybody’s looking to take shots at you … guys are coming after you hard.”Wisconsin continued its success in singles play with sophomore Rod Carey finishing first by soundly beating Roman Turtygin at the No. 3 position (6-3, 6-3) giving him an even 4-4 singles record on the year.A pleasant surprise for Wisconsin was the play of freshman Andy Quirk over the weekend. A strong performance by the Scotsman put the Huskies in a difficult 0-3 hole, forcing them to win the remaining four singles matches to pull off the victory.Quirk also stepped in for sophomore Petr Satral after he was beleaguered by an ankle injury against UW-Green Bay, and the freshman was ecstatic to be given the chance to sneak into the gameday lineup.“I was a little nervous, but I really wanted to prove myself to the team, and I think I did that,” Quirk said. “Hopefully I get another chance to play.”His 6-2, 6-1 victory against UW-GB marks Quirk’s first win since January. In his two matches this season, he has lost a total of three games.Van Emburgh matched Quirk’s excitement with the prospect of a young player providing depth to the team.“I thought he did a great job today,” Van Emburgh said. “He’s the type of player where it’s going to be a nightmare for guys if he’s down low at the five or six position. He grinds guys down. He’s really tough, he’s really competitive … he’s confident he can beat anybody.”Bertha clinched the victory for the Badgers with a 6-4, 6-3 victory with the help of strong serving. Junior transfer Alexander Kostanov – who, after losing his first five singles efforts, has now won two consecutive matches – also won in straight sets with a 6-3, 6-4 finish in the No. 2 singles spot.Solid singles play continued with a three-set effort from Ask. Inconsistent groundstrokes plagued the Oslo, Norway, native in the first set, but he was able to trigger a comeback, winning the next two sets by identical scores of 6-1, 6-1.Ask earned the only Badger win against the Gophers last weekend on the road, and was able to use his opponent’s frustration to his advantage as the match progressed.“I wasn’t feeling too great, but then I started feeling the ball a little better, and I also saw that he was getting tired because the rallies were quite long,” Ask said.He also made a key observation about the strength of his opponent that enabled him to reconsider his game plan.“I started to hit my backhand a little bit more crosscourt down to his one-hander,” Ask said. “And then I had some more openings with my forehand after, because I was playing too much down the line with my backhand to his forehand, because his forehand was quite good.”The weekend wins have put Wisconsin in a solid position heading into the final portion of the non-conference schedule. The Badgers travel to California March 10 to contend with the No. 16 Fresno State Bulldogs, where Wisconsin looks to pick up its first road win of the season.Van Emburgh thinks his team has a decent shot at earning its first road victory, despite the sizable challenge of taking down a top-25 squad on the road. “I think the guys have gained a lot of momentum, and should feel really confident on where we are right now in our season,” Van Embugh said. “I think we’re starting to peak at the right time.”last_img read more

SuperBet Romania launches NetRefer affiliate platform for new market expansion

first_img Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 Submit Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Superbet doubles down on Lucky7’s challenger investment  July 27, 2020 Leading Romanian bookmaker SuperBet (SuperBet.ro) is set to launch its affiliate program in partnership with NetRefer player acquisition software.Updating media partners, SuperBet marketing will utilise NetRefer’s Unified Performance Marketing platform allowing it to gain comprehensive player performance tracking and reporting.An established Romanian sports betting brand, SuperBet seeks to expand its profile and services with new Eastern European markets in the coming months. Launching its partnership program the bookmaker views affiliate marketing as key to further expansion.Ciprian Lazăr, Head of Romanian Operations, Superbet.ro commented the NetRefer partnership “We are delighted to team up with a global leader in the field of affiliate marketing. We are looking forward to a competent and successful cooperation that will allow us to achieve our company’s mission and vision.”Timothy Buttigieg, COO at NetRefer welcomed SuperBet as new partners “NetRefer is looking forward to a successful partnership with SuperBet, the leading sportsbook operator based in Romania. We will provide SuperBet with our award-winning product suite and access to our industry experts to ensure growth on their already successful online operation,last_img read more

Throwdown Esports Rocket League prize pool is the biggest to date

first_imgThrowdown Esports has confirmed that its next season of Rocket League will see a AUD $100,000 (~£56,000) prize pool – the largest seen in Australia to date.After a successful 2017, Throwdown Esports, in partnership with Psyonix will be rolling out the “largest regional program for Rocket Leauge in 2018”. The action will get underway at the start of next month when the “OCE Open Series” gets underway in which eight semi-pro and pro teams battle it out for their share of $15,000. The OCE Championship will begin on 4th March with the top two qualifying teams going on to represent Oceania at the Rocket League World Championship in the US, and participate in the massive US$500,000 prize pool tournament – the flagship of Rocket League competition. “The Oceania region has seen substantial growth in 2017…” says Isaac Husain, Throwdown Esports’ Senior Product Manager “and we are looking to take that to the next level in 2018 with our three leagues by focusing on establishing the biggest grass roots program in the region and providing players with a pathway to the world stage.”Last year Throwdown Esports and Rocket League in Oceania achieved with over one million views on Twitch and has garnered support across previous seasons from the likes of St George Bank and McDonald’s.Views for Rocket League in 2017 topped 1.29m – the Season 4 finals culminated at PAX Melbourne with 2,500 live attendees. Chief Esport club took home the OCE title booking their place at RLCS World Championship in the process.Esports Insider says: Love a bit of Rocket League and it’s great to see that Throwdown are making it work. The scene is clearly growing and they’re supporting it throughout. Ultimately, the goal for any Rocket League player is the RLCS and this provides OCE players with a great opportunity.last_img read more