Haifa – Nazareth tram-train bidders invited

first_imgISRAEL: Government-owned project management company Trans Israel Ltd has launched the prequalification process for the planned Haifa – Nazareth tram-train route, seeking international consortia and local companies to tender for a US$838m PPP concession to design, build and operate the 41 km line.Intended to link the Greater Haifa metropolitan area with the Nazareth & Galilee Panorama, the route will start from Haifa’s Merkazit HaMifratz station, the largest transport hub in Israel. It will serve the business district in Kiryat Ata and the towns of Shfar’am, Bir El-Maksur, Mashhad, Reineh, and Nof HaGalil, before terminating in Nazareth, the largest Arab city in Israel and a popular tourist destination. There will be 20 stations.Trans Israel General Manager Dan Schoenbach says the project will create ‘an efficient, environmentally friendly, large scale public transport network’ for northern Israel, stimulating economic growth. The line is expected to carry more than 100 000 passengers per day.The tram-train vehicles are expected to operate in light rail mode through Nazareth and Nazareth Illit, where the stops will be closely spaced, and at up to 100 km/h on the inter-urban railway section to Haifa. There would be up to four services each way per hour at peak times.A joint venture of Spanish company Ineco and Israel’s Yenon Research & Design was awarded a US$90m contract in March 2019 for initial planning and design work. According to Shoenbach, the project is still at the preliminary design stage, and it has not yet been decided what electrification voltage would be used. He estimates that between 30 and 40 LRVs will be required, depending on their capacity.Total cost of the scheme is estimated at US$1·96bn. The project is being procured in two stages. Infra 1 covers land clearance and utility relocation, together with construction of the civil works including bridges and road diversions. Infra 2 covers the PPP concession to finance, design, build, operate and maintain the line, including the supply of railway systems and rolling stock.Prequalification has been started three months ahead of the original schedule, as the Ministry of Transport & Road Safety is keen accelerate work as part of the policy to revitalise the economy following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Submissions are due by November 17, with tenders for the concession due to be called in the fourth quarter of 2021; the line is expected to open in 2027.Bidders seeking to prequalify for the concession are expected to demonstrate their experience managing infrastructure projects, design and installation of railway systems, manufacturing and supply of rolling stock and the operation and maintenance of light rail or metro projects. #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

Closing the entrance to the pit lane. How does it…

first_imgBoth riders were penalized 10 seconds stop and go, which is one of the most severe penalties.But the stewards had a very simple job in this case. The rules speak for themselves. They just had to check the sequence of events and whether everything worked as it should on the track.In the pit laneAfter the race, speculation appeared on social networks from fans that a green light was shining at the end of the pit lane. It cannot be completely confirmed, but it is very likely. The FIA ​​did not need to “close” the exit from the pits.We have to realize that there is basically no such thing as closing a pit lane. Not in the sense that it is necessarily forbidden to enter and exit the pits at the same time. The rules don’t know it.At the end of the pit lane are lights (two columns of three) that the riders know very well. The green light on them at the beginning of each session – training, qualification and departure to the starting grid before the race. The lights are also linked to those on the starting plane, as they can act as starting lights when the rider starts from the pits. At the end of the session, a red light will illuminate on the lights. Entrance to the pitsOf course, there are no lights at the entrance to the pits. This would not be technically possible. The rider would have to depress the brake pedal at the last minute, which would be dangerous. In addition, our cars would start to pile up there.The aim is to warn the rider of closing the pit lane while he is still on the track, so that he can continue on the track and not enter the pit lane at all.Closing the entrance to the pit lane is a relatively unusual solution, but the race director can do it. This is an article 28.14 Sports rules:Under exceptional circumstances the race director may ask for the pit entry to be closed during the race for safety reasons. At such times drivers may only enter the pit lane in order for essential and entirely evident repairs to be carried out to the car. A penalty under Article 38.3(d) will be imposed on any driver who, in the opinion of the stewards, entered the pit lane for any other reason whilst it was closed.The article therefore states that the director of the race may, in exceptional circumstances, during the race, for safety reasons, request the closure of the entrance to the pits. The driver can only enter the pits for car repairs if the car is visibly damaged.In the case of the Italian Grand Prix, Michael Masi closed the pits so that Kevin Magnussen’s car could be pushed into the pits. At the time, the FIA ​​seemed to be the best and easiest solution to the place where Magnussen parked the car.Two riders entered the pits despite the closing of the entrance, so they received a penalty according to the article 38.3 (d), which is a penalty of 10 seconds stop and go. If someone found the punishment severe, know that the stewards could not have acted differently.Where are the lights?Before each race, the FIA ​​issues so-called notes from the race director. You can find them for the Italian GP 2020 here (pdf). They list a number of things about the circuit. Some are always there, others only for a given race. Among other things, the track limits are described there.However, we are interested in point 5, which is always in the notes, but refers to the map, which of course differs from circuit to circuit:5) Track light panel displaying pit entry status5.1 The light panel indicated on the pit lane map will display a flashing yellow arrow if cars are requiredto use the pit lane once the Safety Car has been deployed during the race.5.2 The light panel indicated on the pit lane map will display a flashing red cross if the pit lane is closedat any point during the race.The pit lane map shows the positions of the panels (Pit Entry Status panels)which can signal two things.They are used in a situation where the safety car introduces the entire starting field into the pit lane. This sometimes happens if it is possible to avoid an incident in this way, for example on the target plane. In this case, yellow arrows appear on the panels.The second and less common situation is just closing the pit lane. In this case, red crosses will appear on the panel (in Czech we would use a red X).The mentioned map (an important part for us) is also part of the notes of the race director and can be seen below.Pit lane mapa. Zdroj: Race Directors’ Event NotesIf the entrance to the pits is closed, it will appear immediately in the FIA ​​communication system and on two panels at the same time. In the case of Monza, it is located in Parabolica and it is panels number 16 and 17.The closing of the pit lane was announced at 15:41:47. Hamilton entered the pits 12 seconds later. So it was very tight, but according to the stewards, he had to see both panels. The FIA ​​showed this in this video. The panels are visible on the left.As for Giovinazzi, he even entered the pits 1 minute and 7 seconds after the closing of the entrance, which already goes to the account of the team that should have noticed during that time.last_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

Leafs face Ghostriders, Rebels in two-game weekend set

first_imgNelson Leafs take a thin lead into weekend play as the Murdoch leaders travel face Fernie Ghostriders and rival Castlegar Rebels in a pair of Kootenay International Junior Hockey League games.The Leafs travel to Sparwood Friday to face the East Kootenay Riders in Kootenay Conference action.Nelson has won both games over the Ghostriders — 12-3 at home and 6-3 on the road.The Leafs enter the contest after snapping a three-game losing streak Saturday that saw their lead in the Murdoch Division slashed from 10 points to two.Nelson outlasted Grand Forks Border Bruins 4-1 at home.During the slide, Nelson was outscored 18-5 by Murdoch rivals Castlegar and Beaver Valley.Saturday, Nelson hosts Castlegar Rebels at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena/Nelson enters the contest missing a few players due to suspension.Defenceman Zach Morey is currently serving a three-game suspension for after receiving a match penalty while another rearguard Michael LeNoury is also suspended for two games for illegal head contact. Morey is back for Saturday against Castlegar while LeNoury should play Tuesday when the Leafs hosts Grand Forks.Leading goal scorer scorless in sixNelson is hoping to get the offence of the team’s leading goal scorer, Ryan Cooper, back in the fold for the weekend.The rookie from St. Albert, AB, has been in a funk having not scored a goal in six games after totalling 13 before.Jackson Zimmermann and Ryan Piva are next in Leafs goal scoring, each with 10.Team captain Sawyer Hunt leads the team in points with 29, including 23 assists.Kimberley donation saga continuesThe $7.5 million donation saga continues for the Kimberley Dynamiters.The person responsible for the donation, Michael Gould, has been charged with forgery and fraud after a restaurant owner, who is not involved in the Nitros donation, complained to police about an unpaid bill.The charge results from Gould bouncing cheques after the owner of the Northwest Grill in Cranbrook, Jolene Salanski said she catered a banquet for 50 people in early November.Police said Crown counsel has approved charges of forgery and fraud against Gould, who was scheduled to appear in court on Monday.The Kimberley board of directors issued a statement November 13 saying the team has not received any money.last_img read more

‘Over The Line’ – Friday, 28th February 2020

first_imgGerry Murphy looks ahead to the All-Ireland Senior CamogieFinal between Sarsfields and Slaughtneil with Tommy Devane; Sean Walsh has news on the Galway senior hurling team toplay Cork;Kevin Dwyer looks ahead to Meath against Galway in theNational Football League;William Davies previews Connacht against the Kings;There’s soccer and much more.‘Over The Line’ broadcasts on Galway Bay FM every Monday and Friday from 8pm.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email On this Friday evening’s ‘Over The Line’:last_img read more

Bearkats Advance to FCS Semifinals with Win over Villanova

first_imgSam Houston State 34, Villanova 31 VILLANOVA, Penn. – Quarterback Jared Johnson passed for 303 yards and three touchdowns and the Bearkat defense held off a late Wildcat charge as No. 19 Sam Houston defeated No. 5 Villanova 34-31 to advance to the FCS semifinals. Swimberghe broke the tie five minutes into the fourth period with a 30-yard field goal as Sam Houston went up 27-24 after an eight-play, 39-yard drive. The score was set up by a short Wildcats punt. Johnson and Brown hooked up again to start the second half, this time for a 66-yard scoring pass to put Sam Houston up 24-16 only 18 seconds into the period. The Wildcats looked on the verge of at least forcing overtime with a first down at the Sam Houston 26 with less than a minute to play. But a quarterback sack by Mouf Adebo, an incomplete pass and a delay of game penalty had kicker Chris Gough attempting a field goal from 51 yards out. The attempt was wide and the Kats head to the FCS semifinals for the third time in four years. “This was a great game between two good football teams,” Sam Houston head coach K. C. Keeler said. “We’re excited to be in the final four. My hat is off to Villanova and (head coach) Andy Talley. They found out right before the game their best player and team leader wasn’t going to play. But they fought hard and their backup quarterback did a great job.” Keshawn Hill led a Bearkat rushing game that accounted for 151 yards on 46 attempts. Hill carried 20 times for 75 yards. Johnson added 32 yards on 12 carries and Jalen Overstreet rushed nine times for 30 yards including the game winning one-yard TD with 4:03 to play. The Bearkats responded with a 10-play 75-yard drive to surge back in front 34-31 after an one-yard Overstreet touchdown with 4:03 to play. Yedidiah Louis’s 18-yard reception to the Wildcats 17 was a key play for Sam Houston. Brown caught six passes for Sam Houston for 174 yards. Yedidiah Louis led the Kats with seven receptions for 64 yards. Johnson completed 22 of 27 passes including TD throws of two and 66 yards to LaDarius Brown and a four-yard score to Gerald Thomas. Johnson and Brown started the show for Sam Houston early as the pair teamed up for a two-yard touchdown pass just 3:39 into the game. A blocked punt by Josh Lyons set up the five-play, 17-yard drive. Cory Hamlett recovered the punt block for Sam Houston. Linebacker Tristan Eche led the Kat defense with 11 tackles (10 solos). P. J. Hall accounted for nine stops including two for losses to run his season total TFLs to 29. Three-time defending national champion North Dakota State and Sam Houston met in the FCS national championship game in both 2011 and 2012.center_img The Kats will face their old nemesis No. 2 North Dakota State next week at the Fargo Dome. Sam Houston has defeated three FCS top 10 teams to reach the semifinals. After Sam Houston’s first punt was downed on the Wildcat one-yard-line, Villanova drove 99 yards in 13 plays as Polony faked a handoff on fourth-and-two at the Sam Houston 36 then dashed around left end untouched into the end zone. Villanova took a 13-7 lead with 23 seconds left in the opening period. Johnson opened the second quarter by leading the Bearkats on a 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive. The sophomore quarterback hit Gerald Thomas for a four-yard score with 9:54 left in the period. The drive started with a 51-yard pass from Johnson to Brown to put the Kats on the Villanova 29-yard line. With Walter Payton award candidate John Robertson sidelined by a concussion, Villanova’s backup quarterback Chris Polony took over to accounted for 288 yards in the aid and 87 yards on the ground. The Bearkats” 17-13 margin was brief as Villanova drove 36 yards in four plays after the kickoff to set up a career-long 46-yard field goal by Chris Gough as the first half ended with Sam Houston up 17-16. Villanova struck back immediately. A 54-yard touchdown pass from Chris Polony to Poppy Livers completed a six-play, 90-yard scoring drive with 9:31 to play in the first quarter. Kevin Monangai broke loose for a 58-yard scoring run and Polony found Kevin Gulyas in the back of the end zone for a successful two-point conversion to tie the game 24-24 with 9:36 remaining in third. “Jared Johnson did a great job for us today as he’s been fighting the flu the past two days,” Keeler said. “We had him wearing a mask and staying in his own room and got him out of the infirmary when we left Thursday morning.” Polony answered by leading Villanova on a nine-play 67-yard scoring drive. The quarterback gained the final yard himself on a roll-out to the right as the Wildcats took a 31-27 lead with 7:15 to play. With 29 seconds left before halftime, Luc Swimberghe kicked a 32-yard field goal to complete a 10-play, 54-yard drive. A 30-yard scramble by Johnson to the VU 39-yard-line was the drive’s big play.last_img read more