South West Trains places Juniper order

first_imgUK: Contracts were exchanged on May 9 for GEC Alsthom to supply Porterbrook Leasing Co with 30 four-car electric multiple-units for lease to South West Trains – both SWT and Porterbrook are Stagecoach subsidiaries. First delivery will be in September next year, and five sets will be available for the summer timetable in May 1999. All 30 should be in service by April 2000.Intended mainly for services between London Waterloo and Reading, the 160 km/h trains will be built to GEC Alsthom’s standard Juniper design and customised to Porterbrook-SWT specifications. Each set will have 266 standard and 24 first class seats, two wheelchair spaces, two toilets and racks for two bicycles. Power doors will be from Tebel or Faiveley, and SIG may supply the end-of-set retractable gangways. Roof-mounted air-conditioning packs using heat-pump technology will come from Soprano, part of the Alcatel group.The Onix 800 traction package for 750V DC third rail operation features IGBTs, three-phase motors powering one bogie on three of the cars, and rheostatic and regenerative braking, although Railtrack’s power supply infrastructure cannot yet accept this. Bodyshells of carbon steel will have mechanically fastened ends. Total order value is £100m, of which £10m is a seven-year contract for GEC Alsthom to supply materials to SWT, which will maintain the trains. oContract facts30 four-car trainsFirst delivered May 1999All in service by April 2000160 km/h266 standard/24 first seatsOnix 800 traction packageTotal value: £100m, (includes £10m spares supply deal)last_img read more

Can Hayatou make any change at Fifa after he started work this week?

first_imgCAF president Issa Hayatou has begun his reign as interim boss of world governing body FIFA with a promise to “restore public trust” in the crisis-rocked organisation.The 69-year-old administrator made his position known after arriving FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich on Thursday for the first time since he was named to run the organisation following the suspension of its president Sepp Blatter.Blatter, along with UEFA president Michel Platini and FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, were suspended for 90 days by the world body’s ethics committee in the face of ongoing corruption investigations.”It’s an unprecedented situation but we remain focused on the necessary reform process,” said Hayatou.The CAF boss promised to support the current investigations by Swiss and American investigators as well as focus on the upcoming presidential elections that will see a new substantive leader emerge to head FIFA.Hayatou, who has made it clear he is not interested in carrying on in the role on a permanent basis, noted that it was important to stay true to the body’s mission of developing the game worldwide. “It is essential that FIFA carries on its mission of developing the game and staging international tournaments,” Hayatou said.He will be in Zurich until next week when he will lead the Extraordinary Executive Committee on Tuesday.But can he make any change to this behemoth so steeped in its own ways?Slowly, slowlyThe Cameroonian football buff who on arrival addressed staff of the secretariat and got briefings from acting secretary general, Markus Kattner, stated that this is not the best of time for FIFA, but was quick to add that the body will weather the storm.   In Hayatou’s words: “It’s certainly an unprecedented situation for FIFA. But we remain focused on the necessary reform process, the Presidential election and on supporting the current investigations. To restore public trust is a crucial objective.”Acting Secretary General Markus Kattner discussed the main administrational matters with Hayatou and provided an overview of FIFA’s activities over the next few months.“Operationally, FIFA is working well, as it should, and the best example is the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which is about to kick-off in Chile”, said Kattner.“On top of that, the FIFA World Cup qualifiers are taking place and over one million spectators attended matches this week in Asia. Our football development activities across the globe continue apace and our preparations for the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup in Japan and the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2015 are also progressing well.”Acting President Issa Hayatou will remain in Zurich until next week, when he will lead the Extraordinary Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday 20 October at the Home of FIFA. Hayatou as the most senior vice president of FIFA took charge in acting capacity following the 90 day suspension of Sepp Blatter alongside UEFA president, Michel Platini. Both men have appealed their ban, insisting that they have done no wrong.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Who will the LA Clippers target in free agency?

first_imgThe Clippers are scheduled to meet with free-agency’s top prize on the first full day of free agency (Friday) in New York, sending Coach Doc Rivers and owner Steve Ballmer to try and pitch the former MVP. While all options will be discussed, the Clippers are expected to highlight a scenario in which Durant would sign a deal to play alongside Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. To make the most competitive offer possible, the Clippers would have to trade J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and C.J. Wilcox and renounce the rights to first-round pick Brice Johnson and all of their own free agents. The Clippers could also discuss scenarios in which they trade one member of their “Big Three,” either to a team with cap space or to the Thunder in a sign-and-trade. While they’re viewed as long shots to land Durant, who would be the biggest free-agent acquisition in team history, the team could also use the meeting to lay groundwork for next summer. Durant, in the scenario netting him the most cash, could sign a short-term max-money deal and hit free agency again next summer when the salary cap jumps again. Durant and the Clippers do share a mutual interest in one another, hence the meeting. If the Clippers are unable to get Durant to agree to join the team, a move that would then trigger a flurry of other moves, they’ll turn their attention to their other top priority — re-signing their own free agents.With most of their salary cap — more than $70 million of it — going to Paul, Griffin, Jordan and Redick — the Clippers hope to keep their top three free agents — Jeff Green, Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers. The Clippers have “Bird rights” for all three, enabling them to go over the salary cap to re-sign those players.The team also has interest in re-signing reserves Cole Aldrich and Wesley Johnson, though the fear is both players will be out of the Clippers’ price range once they hit the market. The Clippers will still meet with Aldrich, though. And just because the Clippers have the ability to pay Green, Crawford and Rivers, there are no guarantees they’re able to secure all three. The Knicks, Nets, Magic, Raptors, Mavericks and Heat could all pursue Crawford, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year. Rivers, fresh off a strong performance in the postseason, is expected to get a healthy raise from the $3 million or so he made a year ago, and he could walk if an opportunity to start arises. Green, who the Clippers traded a protected first-round pick to acquire last season, should have the inside track for the team’s starting small forward position should he return. If the Clippers go over the cap re-signing their own players, the team could use one of its cap exceptions to try and keep Aldrich, Johnson or Luc Mbah a Moute. Those exceptions, the non-taxpayer mid-level and the bi-annual, could be needed to fill out the rotation. Players like guards (and former Lakers) Ronnie Price, Ramon Sessions and Wayne Ellington, forwards Gerald Green, Darrell Arthur, Jason Thompson, Solomon Hill and Mirza Teletovic and center Zaza Pachulia could end up in the Clippers’ sights depending on how things shake out with the market. But that’s the biggest X-factor in everything – the market. Players who used to command $5 million might get more than double. Guys who would normally want five-year max deals might only want to sign one-year deals with player options. Maybe the Clippers land another star. Maybe they re-do last season by only making minor changes. Maybe their bargain hunting pays off. And if they can’t do any of that, they’ll come out looking and sounding worse than Austin Rivers did on the final night of the 2016 season — bruised, battered and disappointed. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Austin Rivers probably never looked worse.His left eye was closed, purple swollen flesh surrounding it. His eyebrow was held together by 11 stitches, and his voice filled with disappointment. That was the last week in May.Now, the eye’s healed, the disappointment has been put in the rearview and Rivers, like so many other NBA players, is about to take part in the NBA’s free-agency gold rush. center_img The money won’t make sense by old standards, no one is quite sure what a rotation player is “worth” and the free-agent class isn’t deep enough to match all of the newfound spending cash.It’s going to be wild.Beginning Thursday at 9:01 p.m. PDT, teams can formally speak to free agents about procuring their services, and for the Clippers, despite all the uncertainties, the plan is fairly obvious. It starts with mega-free agent Kevin Durant. From there, it moves to re-signing their own free agents, and lastly, it ends with the Clippers filling in the gaps once the market settles. Durant will be dealt with first. last_img read more

FANS SWAMP MCILROY ON HIS ‘SECRET’ VISIT TO DONEGAL

first_imgMore than 400 fans turned up after golf sensation Rory McIlroy made a ‘secret’ visit to Co Donegal today.The US Open winner was due to make a low-key appearance at Ballyliffin Golf Club to shoot part of an advertising campaign for clothing and sunglasses giant Oakley which is estimated to be worth $6million.However huge crowds gathered on the Inishowen Peninsula after news was leaked of McIlroy’s visit just a few hours before he landed by helicopter. Gardai and dozens of marshals from the club, at which the 22 year old is an honorary life member, ensured that fans did not get too close to the star at the Inishowen Peninsula course.McIlroy and his entourage, which included make-up artists and wardrobe assistants, shuttled back and forth from the golf course for much of the day.Dressed in a white golf shirt and loud blue trousers, the golfer was driven around in an open-back jeep while his assistants made their way around on golf buggies.Trays of sandwiches and bottles of water were brought onto the course as the star was kept warm by another assistant who held his black padded jacket during photo-shoots. The normally accommodating sporting celebrity didn’t even have time to sign autographs or chat to fans as he was rushed between shoots on the Nick Faldo-designed course.The Ballyliffin course was chosen because of its light after photographers surveyed more than 18 courses for the shoot.Photographers working for the American clothing giant have been walking the course for the past two weeks to get the best pictures.There was no sign of McIlroy’s girlfriend Holly Sweeney who has been by his side since he won the US Open last week.The arrival of golf’s hottest property was a huge boost for the Co Donegal club who have built up a special relationship with McIlroy for a number of years He first came to Donegal as a teenager to compete in the club’s Junior Competition before winning the club’s prestigious Nick Faldo Trophy aged just 16.He is also close friends with the club’s professional Gareth McCausland who was by his side at yesterday’s shoot.Club captain Colm McCarroll said the arrival of McIlroy just days after the biggest win of his career so far was a real bonus for the club.“Rory has been a member here for a number of years and he will always be welcome here. “He is a superb sportsman and such a great ambassador for golf and for young people in general.“We really appreciate that he has taken the time to come here and that he has brought the US Open Cup with him. It’s a great day in the club’s history,” he said.Children and golf fans of all ages lined up to have their photo taken with the US Open Cup.One fan, Susan Farren, revealed how she once played with Rory when he was an 17 year old.“Even then you could tell he was going to be a huge star. I am so delighted for him.“He’s such a decent and unassuming young man. I played well against him the day I played but I don’t think I’d stand much of a chance today,” she laughed.The star is already enjoying the trappings of a his superstar status and recently paid more than €2.4 million for a house on the outskirts of Belfast with its own gym, swimming pool and golf course.He also has expensive taste in cars and owns a €180,000 Bentley and an Audi R8.The star was due to leave Donegal by helicopter to return to his home in Northern Ireland again last night.EndsFANS SWAMP MCILROY ON HIS ‘SECRET’ VISIT TO DONEGAL was last modified: June 24th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ballyliffin Golf Clubrory mcilroylast_img read more