ISR launches ’Akko – Karmi’el passenger services

first_imgISRAEL: Regular passenger trains began running to the Galilean city of Karmi’el on September 20, with the start of revenue operation on ISR’s 23 km ’Akko – Karmi’el branch. The double-track branch diverges from the Haifa – Nahariyya line between ’Akko and Kiryat Motzkin.Built by Israel Roads Ltd at a cost of US$785m, the line had been officially inaugurated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Transport Minister Israel Katz and ISR General Manager Shahar Ayalon on September 5.Described by IRL General Manager Nissim Peretz as a complex engineering project, the branch required the boring of a 4·7 km twin-bore tunnel under Mount Gilon. This is designed to accommodate 25 kV 50 Hz overhead wires in future as part of the national electrification programme. There is one intermediate station at Ahihud, which has parking for 230 cars; a further 700 spaces are provided at Karmi’el.ISR’s initial timetable provides 26 trains in each direction per day on the branch, running from 05.30 to 00.00. Of these, 18 trains each way run to or from Haifa Hof-ha-Carmel offering a journey time of 34 min for the 46 km between Karmi’el and Haifa Central at an average speed of 81 km/h. Additional trains operate at peak times to give 2 trains/h on the branch. These run through to or from Tel Aviv and Be’er-Sheva, covering the 137 km from Karmi’el to Tel Aviv Savidor in 90 min. There are seven through trains in the morning and eight in the afternoon.In conjunction with the start of regular operations on the new line, ISR introduced a revised national timetable on September 20, ahead of the Jewish New Year celebrations. This provides additional services on several routes, including the lines to Be’er-Sheva and Ashquelon. The Herzliyya – Tel Aviv – Jerusalem Malkha service has been split at Beit Shemesh, allowing the Flexliner IC3 DMUs to be replaced by double-deck push-pull sets providing additional capacity on the busier northern section. Services on the 60 km Valley line will begin calling at the new Haifa Hamifratz Central station when it opens in 2018.Announcing its results for the first half of 2017, ISR reported total ridership of 31·5 million passengers, a 7% increase on the same period in 2016. Freight traffic also increased slightly to 4·5 million tonnes.last_img read more

Muhammad Ali welcomed all at Pennsylvania training camp

first_imgDEER LAKE, Pa. (AP) — He called himself “The Greatest,” but Muhammad Ali was humble, friendly and eminently approachable whenever he came to this out-of-the-way spot in northeastern Pennsylvania to train throughout the 1970s.Since Ali’s death last week at age 74, residents have been coming to the rustic hilltop camp where he sparred with a young Larry Holmes and prepared for his epic fights against George Foreman and Joe Frazier. In paying their respects, they recalled how one of the most famous people on the planet became a familiar presence at the edge of Pennsylvania’s coal region.It’s hard to imagine now, with athletes and celebrities so cloistered from the public. But 40 years ago, locals regularly showed up at Ali’s training camp — and he welcomed them in. He got out into the community, too, eating at local diners and running on the country roads, waving back at residents who waved at him.Every old-timer around here seems to have an Ali tale.James Ferenchick, 71, Orwigsburg, recalls stopping at the camp early one morning before work and running into a worker hooking a horse to a carriage. Ferenchick told the worker he was there to see Ali. The worker fetched Ali from his cabin, and Ali gave him an autograph.“He says to me, ‘Are you in a big hurry?’ I said, ‘I have to go to work, but no, I can be late.’ He says, ‘Jump in the carriage.’”And that’s how Ferenchick found himself on a 45-minute buggy ride with the champ, up and down Sculps Hill.“I’m sitting there with goosebumps,” Ferenchick said. “It knocked me over.”The camp had its share of famous visitors, too, including Elvis Presley, who went antiquing with Ali. But locals considered Ali as one of their own, Ferenchick said.In this Aug. 23, 1973, file photo, boxer Muhammad Ali chops at a tree with axe at his training camp at Deer Lake, Pa., in preparation for his return match against Ken Norton. Since Ali’s death last week at 74, residents have been coming to the rustic hilltop camp in Deer Lake to pay their respects. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)Growing up in nearby Pottsville, Noreen Marzano visited Deer Lake with her parents many times to watch him spar. He’d do magic tricks for the kids, “then he would show us how the magic trick worked, which I don’t think he was supposed to do,” she said.She said her father, a retired ophthalmologist, removed a particle from Ali’s eye after the Rumble in the Jungle, his 1974 title fight with Foreman. Ali gave him an autographed picture that hangs on Marzano’s wall.“It was a very different time. There was no entourage, no security keeping people back. There was always a crowd here and he loved it,” said Marzano, 58, of Clinton, New Jersey, who stopped by the camp this week after visiting her parents.“For someone who was the most famous athlete in the world at the time, he was just so genuine and welcoming to everyone,” she said.Ali bought this wooded 5-acre tract in 1972 and installed 18 primarily log buildings, including a gym, a dining hall, a mosque, visitors’ cabins and a horse barn. He trained at Deer Lake until his last fight in 1981.It looks much as it did in Ali’s day. His desk and typewriter occupy an office near the gym. The dining hall has the original stove and kitchen table. His footprints can be seen on the wood-planked ceilings — Ali had trod on them while the camp was under construction.Ali sold it in 1997 to the noted martial arts instructor George Dillman, who trained Ali and who once operated it as the Butterfly & Bee Bed and Breakfast. Two martial arts camps are held there each year.It’s been for sale, and Dillman’s son, Allen Dillman, 51, said interest has been high since Ali’s death. He said the family wants the camp to go to a buyer who will preserve it.“I’m hoping we get someone who brings back the life in it, brings back the energy,” said Dillman, who’s contemplating a public memorial service at the site. “Because the energy’s here.”,DEER LAKE, Pa. (AP) — He called himself “The Greatest,” but Muhammad Ali was humble, friendly and eminently approachable whenever he came to this out-of-the-way spot in northeastern Pennsylvania to train throughout the 1970s.Since Ali’s death last week at age 74, residents have been coming to the rustic hilltop camp where he sparred with a young Larry Holmes and prepared for his epic fights against George Foreman and Joe Frazier. In paying their respects, they recalled how one of the most famous people on the planet became a familiar presence at the edge of Pennsylvania’s coal region.It’s hard to imagine now, with athletes and celebrities so cloistered from the public. But 40 years ago, locals regularly showed up at Ali’s training camp — and he welcomed them in. He got out into the community, too, eating at local diners and running on the country roads, waving back at residents who waved at him.Every old-timer around here seems to have an Ali tale.James Ferenchick, 71, Orwigsburg, recalls stopping at the camp early one morning before work and running into a worker hooking a horse to a carriage. Ferenchick told the worker he was there to see Ali. The worker fetched Ali from his cabin, and Ali gave him an autograph.“He says to me, ‘Are you in a big hurry?’ I said, ‘I have to go to work, but no, I can be late.’ He says, ‘Jump in the carriage.’”And that’s how Ferenchick found himself on a 45-minute buggy ride with the champ, up and down Sculps Hill.“I’m sitting there with goosebumps,” Ferenchick said. “It knocked me over.”The camp had its share of famous visitors, too, including Elvis Presley, who went antiquing with Ali. But locals considered Ali as one of their own, Ferenchick said.In this Aug. 23, 1973, file photo, boxer Muhammad Ali chops at a tree with axe at his training camp at Deer Lake, Pa., in preparation for his return match against Ken Norton. Since Ali’s death last week at 74, residents have been coming to the rustic hilltop camp in Deer Lake to pay their respects. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)Growing up in nearby Pottsville, Noreen Marzano visited Deer Lake with her parents many times to watch him spar. He’d do magic tricks for the kids, “then he would show us how the magic trick worked, which I don’t think he was supposed to do,” she said.She said her father, a retired ophthalmologist, removed a particle from Ali’s eye after the Rumble in the Jungle, his 1974 title fight with Foreman. Ali gave him an autographed picture that hangs on Marzano’s wall.“It was a very different time. There was no entourage, no security keeping people back. There was always a crowd here and he loved it,” said Marzano, 58, of Clinton, New Jersey, who stopped by the camp this week after visiting her parents.“For someone who was the most famous athlete in the world at the time, he was just so genuine and welcoming to everyone,” she said.Ali bought this wooded 5-acre tract in 1972 and installed 18 primarily log buildings, including a gym, a dining hall, a mosque, visitors’ cabins and a horse barn. He trained at Deer Lake until his last fight in 1981.It looks much as it did in Ali’s day. His desk and typewriter occupy an office near the gym. The dining hall has the original stove and kitchen table. His footprints can be seen on the wood-planked ceilings — Ali had trod on them while the camp was under construction.Ali sold it in 1997 to the noted martial arts instructor George Dillman, who trained Ali and who once operated it as the Butterfly & Bee Bed and Breakfast. Two martial arts camps are held there each year.It’s been for sale, and Dillman’s son, Allen Dillman, 51, said interest has been high since Ali’s death. He said the family wants the camp to go to a buyer who will preserve it.“I’m hoping we get someone who brings back the life in it, brings back the energy,” said Dillman, who’s contemplating a public memorial service at the site. “Because the energy’s here.” In this photo taken Monday, June 6, 2016, a sign is displayed inside the gym at Muhammad Ali’s training camp in Deer Lake, Pa. Since Ali’s death at 74, residents have been coming to the rustic hilltop camp to pay their respects. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)last_img read more

ISL 2018-19: Mumbai City FC vs Pune City : Mumbai got their first win…

first_imgMumbai City FC have got their first win of the season.Advertisement ihg0dNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsbw6obfxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Efcdb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) q220Would you ever consider trying this?😱2jqgxCan your students do this? 🌚vhaftRoller skating! Powered by Firework Mumbai City FC have got the first win of their campaign against Pune City in the first Maharashtra Derby of the season with a margin of 2-0. With this win, Mumbai City FC have gone to the fifth position in the League Table with 4 points in three matches so far in this season while Pune City have gone down to ninth position in the League Table with only 1 point from their two matches in this season.Advertisement Mumbai City FC have got their first win of the season.Mumbai City FC have started off the match in style. The home team have got the lead at the 25th minute of the match when Modou Sougou have scored his first goal of the campaign. Rafael Bastos has doubled the lead for Mumbai City FC as the 33 year old Brazilian has successfully scored from the penalty box just before the half time mark. Pune City have tried to make a comeback in the match in the second half of the match as their manager Ranko Popovic had decided to bring Marcelinho in the field at the 59th minute of the match. Though the inclusion of the star player did not help his team to get back in the contest. Mumbai City FC have again got a penalty in the extra time of the second half of the match; but Lucian Goian’s shot was saved by the Pune City’s Goalkeeper Vishal Kaith. The scoreline has remained 2-0 in favour of Mumbai City FC at the end of the match. They will have to visit to Goa in the next gameweek while Pune City will welcome Bengaluru FC in their home turf. Advertisement  Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal’s defensive woes worsen as Chambers option grades out

first_imgAdvertisement 61NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9wd6Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E885a6e( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6yrnq70Would you ever consider trying this?😱uu9nrxCan your students do this? 🌚bpRoller skating! Powered by Firework Arsenal’s problems in the defense have been heavily hit by long term, crucial injuries, and Unai Emery’s options in the back keep on running out. However, the situation has taken a turn for the worse as the option to recall on-loan Fulham defender Calum Chambers is not an option anymore. Advertisement Chambers signed for fellow Premier League side Fulham from Arsenal in August last year as part of a loan deal running for the whole of this season. The Gunners, being marred by injuries in all departments have looked much weaker all throughout the term. But having picked up some crucial ones in the back, with Hector Bellerin out for a long time and the recent ones of Sokratis Papastathpoulos and Laurent Koscielny against Manchester United in the FA Cup two days earlier, puts them in a tight spot.The option of recalling Chambers from Fulham was one prospect of saving some time until players return to full training. But that path appears to have been blocked as well.Advertisement Due to the clause of recalling Chambers back to the Emirates Stadium missing from his loan agreement with Fulham, Arsenal will be unable to retrieve the England national, and thereby taking a massive blow in the defense.Head coach Unai Emery will be relying on youngster Dinos Mavropanos for his talents in the back after his absence on the pitch since been injured back in pre-season last year.Advertisement Read also:-Arsenal target Sampdoria goalkeeper Emil Audero in the January transfer window Advertisementlast_img read more

The Strikers find a win

first_imgBy Nick Creely FFV SOCCER REVIEW – ROUND 10 STATE LEAGUE 1 – SOUTH EAST The Casey Comets’ inconsistent season…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Fury over road plan

first_imgBy Jade LawtonAbout 150 residents packed the Officer Public Hall on Wednesday night to hear more about the proposed highway…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img