Royal opening celebrates CTRL completion

first_imgAROUND 1 000 guests were invited to St Pancras on November 6 to watch Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II perform the formal reopening of the magnificently-restored terminus, along with Section 2 of the 109 km Channel Tunnel Rail Link that links it to Europe’s expanding network of 300 km/h lines (RG 11.07 p697).Restoration and extension of the original station has cost £800m. Her Majesty said ‘this project is a wonderful illustration of what can be achieved through working in partnership, and says a good deal about how we can take a 21st century approach while at the same time having due consideration of our heritage’.The last Eurostar pulled out of Waterloo International at 18.12 on November 13, and the first revenue service left St Pancras at 11.01 on the following day. Eurostar says more than 1 million seats have already been sold on trains from St Pancras, raising the prospect of traffic reaching 10 million passengers a year by 2012.CAPTION: Passengers emerge into the St Pancras undercroft from the platforms above following the arrival of the 20.59 Eurostar from Brussels Midi on November 14last_img read more

PM presents $552.4 million National Budget

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share Sharecenter_img 313 Views   no discussions LocalNews PM presents $552.4 million National Budget by: – July 23, 2014 Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Mrs Melissa Skerrit on their way to Parliament Wednesday morningThe Prime Minister has presented a national budget of $552.4 million for the fiscal year 2014/2015 at the First Meeting of the Fifth Session of the Eighth Parliament at the House of Assembly on July 23.Mr Skerrit, in his eleventh budget address said his first budget address was at a time when an IMF supported structural adjustment programme was being implemented on the island.The programme he added was necessary due to the “poor economic and fiscal financial management of the United Workers Party government during their term in office from 1995 to early 2000”.He continued that with the diligence and hard work of the Labour Party government led in the first year of the programme by the late Pierre Charles, “the sacrifices of the people of Dominica, our resilience as a nation and the support of our bilateral and multilateral supporters we came through this programme with flying colours to the extent that the Labour Party was returned to office in 2005 and again in 2009”.Skerrit added that although challenges still remain they are due to a global crisis which first started with the financial crisis in 2008 which changed the global economic landscape and which has left no country unscaffed.He said for all the terms this government has served they have been operating in difficult times but despite this have continued to focus on the development of the people, country and citizens.“We have made prudent fiscal management the platform on which our growth strategies are built and have put measures in place to make our debt sustainable. Not only have we maintained social programmes but we have gone further and increased support to the disadvantaged among us; we have done our best despite the challenges but the challenges persist.”These challenges are those they were resolved to overcome and what is needed is determination to stay the course, remain focused and work toward delivering the results virtually assured in the package of projects and programmes for which financing has been securedThe Ministry of Finance will receive the largest percentage of the budget with 27.6% of the national budget or $104.4 million.This Mr Skerrit is explained this includes provisions for interest payments and loan amortisation of $61.9 million and for retiring benefits of $23 million.A total amount of $62.9 million or 16.6% will be allocated for the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development while 12.6% or $47.7 million will go to the Ministry of Health.The Ministry of National Security will receive an allocation of $37.7 million of 10% while the Ministry of Public Works, Energy and Ports receives $33.4 million or 8.8% and the Ministry of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs will receive $17.6 million or 4.7% of the budget.The Prime Minister expounded that the budget includes $378.5 million for recurring expenditure inclusive of debt servicing, interest and amortisation and $173.8 million in respect of the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP).The current account surplus of $77.2 million dollars is anticipated for 2014/2015 and the estimated primary balance is 0.8% of GDP.He revealed that the above mentioned expenditure will be financed by recurrent revenue of $417 million, local capital revenue in the amount of $5.1 million, grants in the amount of $80 million of which 75% is capital grant and 25% is current grants and loans in the amount of $38.3 million dollars.Grants are expected to come from European Union, The People’s Republic of China, the government of Venezuela, the Climate Investment Fund, The Kingdom of Morocco, and grants from India, Mexico, Suriname, Bahamas and Guyana for rehabilitation for the aftermath of the December 24, 2013 trough system.“Any short fall in financing will be raised through the issuants of government instruments to include bonds and treasury bills,” the Prime Minister reassured.The fundamental message he left with listeners and those charged with implementing policies is “we cannot guarantee the social protection and standard of living that we have…enjoyed unless we all become more enterprising, put our shoulders to the plough and create employment and wealth from the human and material resources with which we are endowed.”– / 63Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

APUA reveals solution for water problems

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! 50 Views   no discussions Share NewsRegional APUA reveals solution for water problems by: – August 31, 2018center_img (Antigua Observer) The Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) has unveiled short, medium and long-term plans to tackle the nation’s devastating water crisis.A team from the statutory body met with cabinet on Wednesday to discuss the cost that would be incurred to increase potable water output at the several reverse osmosis plants acrossAntigua and for the re-piping of St. John’s and other areas.Two weeks ago, APUA was asked to consider having a short, medium, and long-term plan to combat the six-year drought that has resulted in the depletion of fresh-water wells, the exhaustion of all surface water, and wholesale dependence on the authority to provide potable water via its reverse osmosis plants.According to the Cabinet notes, “APUA team presented a document listing the cost of purchasing 2,150 new membranes, to replace many of the membranes that have been used for five or more years at the existing reverse osmosis plants; the replacements will cost US $960,000.”In addition, the document outlined two short term fixes for the water issue. These included the purchase of new membranes for the reverse osmosis plants and the replacement of a 20” water delivery line on the perimeter of the Crabbes plant, at a cost of US $20,000.The notes specified that productivity of a reverse osmosis plant increases drastically when the membranes are new. The notes said that material such as seaweed, sand and gravel get sucked up into the intake pipe and cause the membranes to become clogged and worn and therefore efficiency is diminished. The role of the membrane is to separate the salt from the seawater.APUA also offered three medium-term plans which called for the upgrade of a 14-inch transmission line from Factory Road to Buckley line at the cost of US $100,000, new high-density polyethylene pipes will also replace the old cast iron pipes from Newgate Street to Dickenson Bay Street in Point, costing US $570,000 and the re-piping of Michael’s Village and Ovals at an additional cost of US$ 100,000.A medium to long-term plan called for the construction of a 500,000-gallon-daily output reverse osmosis plant, to be placed in the Fort James area costing US $1.5 million. This plant would ensure the provision of potable water to the residential communities around the city, to the business centre of St. John’s, and would guarantee the supply of potable water to cruise and cargo vessels within the ports of St. John’s.Finally, the report proposed the long-term plan to have a two-million-gallon reverse osmosis plant added to APUA’s stock of plants. This endeavour is expected to cost US $3.5 million. It is said that this plant would likely increase the supply of clean water from eight million to 10 million gallons daily.Water supply has been a hot topic in Antigua for quite some time now as the country experiences prolonged drought conditions. APUA has been under pressure from the public to provide a consistent supply of water. The authority has blamed the lack of water on drought conditions, the increase of sargassum seaweed around the island, broken pipes and the hoarding of water by some consumers. Share Sharelast_img read more

Cree Acquires Infineon’s RF Business for €345 Million

first_imgInfineon will support the transaction with a long-term supply agreement for LDMOS wafers and related components out of its fab in Regensburg, Germany, and will also supply assembly and test services out of its facility in Melaka, Malaysia.The transaction comprises Infineon’s RF Power operations for wireless infrastructure in Morgan Hill (CA) and Chandler (AZ) in the U.S., as well as locations in China, Sweden, Finland and Korea. The state-of-the-art backend manufacturing in Morgan Hill, as well as a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology portfolio are also part of the transaction. Though, it does not include the Infineon Chip Card & Security (CCS) operations in Morgan Hill that will remain at the site and continue to operate as part of Infineon.Cree funded the Euro 345 million from cash and borrowings on its revolving line of credit. The Infineon RF Power business will become part of Cree’s Wolfspeed operating segment and is targeted to increase annual revenues by approximately $115 million in the first twelve months post acquisition. Additionally, the acquisition is targeted to be accretive to Cree’s non-GAAP earnings per share in its first full quarter of operations with Cree (which will be Cree’s fiscal fourth quarter ending June 24, 2018). Targeted non-GAAP earnings per share exclude expenses related to the amortization of acquired intangibles, stock based compensation expense and one-time acquisition related expenses.In connection with the transaction, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC served as financial advisor to Cree and BofA Merrill Lynch to Infineon. In an interesting turn of events, CREE has announced the successful acquisition of the RF Power Business of Infineon Technologies for approximately € 345 million. This acquisition will expand the market opportunity for CREE’s Wolfspeed business unit.In July 2016, Infineon had tried to acquire Wolfspeed from CREE for $850 Million. However, the transaction was blocked by the US Government in Feb 2017. Once this was blocked, CREE re-evaluated their position on the RF Power Business and decided to put significant resources to grow this business. This acquisition shows their commitement to this segment.The acquisition of Infineon strengthens Wolfspeed’s leadership position in RF GaN-on-SiC technologies, as well as provides access to additional markets, customers and packaging expertise. This is a key element of Cree’s growth strategy and positions Wolfspeed to enable faster 4G networks and the revolutionary transition to 5G.Infineon and Cree have a long-standing history of technology leadership, collaboration and shared business interests. The acquired Infineon RF Power team and capabilities will complement Wolfspeed’s existing offerings and expertise with additional technology, design, packaging, manufacturing, and customer support. This business holds a leading market position offering transistors and MMICs (Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits) for wireless infrastructure radio frequency power amplifiers based on both LDMOS and Gallium Nitride on Silicon Carbide (GaN-on-SiC) technologies.The transaction includes the following: The main facility in Morgan Hill (CA) which includes packaging and test operations for LDMOS and GaN-on-SiC Well-established customer relationships with leading manufacturers of wireless infrastructure equipment, including field support personnel on site Approximately 260 employees in the US locations, Morgan Hill and Chandler (AZ), as well as in Finland, Sweden, China and South Korea A transition service agreement to ensure business continuity and a smooth transition under which Infineon will perform substantially all business operations for approximately the next 90 days.last_img read more

No. 3 UWF men’s tennis defeats NCAA DIII No. 5 Kenyon 9-0

first_img   PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 3-ranked University of West Florida men’s tennis team defeated NCAA DIII No. 5 Kenyon College 9-0 on Monday afternoon at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex. West Florida (9-0, 4-0 GSC) also defeated Gulf South Conference opponent Shorter 9-0 at home on Sunday afternoon.West Florida has swept three consecutive opponents and has also swept six out of the last seven matches this season.The Argonauts will head south this weekend as they face a bevy of top-ranked DII teams in south Florida. UWF will face No. 8 Saint Leo in Tampa, Fla. on Saturday, March 8 at 11 a.m. ET. West Florida will then face No. 4 Lynn on Monday, March 10 before facing No. 1 Barry on Tuesday, March 11. UWF will play Florida Southern on Friday, March 14 and will finish the road trip by facing No. 9 Rollins on Saturday, March 15.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#Print Friendly Version Share Elio Latella won 6-4, 6-2 at number three singles this afternoon. (Photo by Chris Nelson) center_img No. 3 UWF men’s tennis defeats NCAA DIII No. 5 Kenyon 9-0last_img read more

Kent Morgan to be named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach

first_img Coach Morgan will be honored for his achievements at the association’s National Conference on May 8. Share Kent Morgan to be named Master Strength and Conditioning Coachcenter_img    SALT LAKE CITY – University of West Florida’s Director of Strength and Conditioning Kent Morgan will be named Master Strength and Condition Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa). This honor is the highest given in the strength and conditioning coaching profession.“This is an incredible honor for Kent,” says CSCCa Executive Director, Dr. Chuck Stiggins. “Being named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach signifies a commitment to the student-athletes, the University of West Florida Athletic Program, and the strength and conditioning profession. We are honored to have Coach Morgan as a member of our association and to have him join the ranks of the Master Strength and Conditioning Coaches. He is truly a model of an outstanding strength and conditioning professional.”In order to receive this certification and corresponding title of distinction, an individual must have a minimum of 12 years experience as a full-time strength and conditioning coach on the collegiate and/or professional level. The individual must also hold the CSCCa Certification of SCCC (Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified).Morgan will be honored for his achievements at the association’s National Conference on May 8, 2014 in Salt Late City, Utah.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#CSCCa WebsiteRelated Video: Coach Morgan Mic’d Up      Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Second Ranked Men’s Golf Closes Fall at Rollins’ McDonough Cup

first_imgLive Scoring (Beginning at 8 am ET)PENSACOLA, Fla. – With a pair of tournament titles and a runner-up finish to its credit, the second-ranked University of West Florida men’s golf team will look to close out the fall portion of its 2015-16 schedule on a high note when it participates in the McDonough Cup at Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando Monday and Tuesday.                                                       The 22-team field includes 11 teams ranked in the Top 25, including five of the top six teams in the Golfstat rankings. The course is setup as a par 72, 6,955-yard tract. A year ago, the Argonauts tied for fifth in the event with a 54-hole score of 884. Lynn claimed the team title with an 11-under-par, 853. Monday’s shotgun start will go off at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time with the five UWF student-athletes opening play on holes 12-16. The Argos are paired with No. 19 Lincoln Memorial, No. 7 Lynn and No. 5 Nova Southeastern.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Mike Jeffcoat Interview | April 3

first_imgPrint Friendly Version .@Jeffcoat32 breaks down our weekend against Shorter and we look forward to Montevallo tonight and Union on the road #GoArgoslast_img

LSU’s Alex Lange can’t wait to pitch in regional

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:7327ecba3787103d29fc2b08 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-885429-4261063857001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.BATON ROUGE – LSU freshman right-hander Alex Lange has seen Alex Box Stadium in NCAA Regional mode as a spectator. On Saturday, he will be in the heart of it all on the pitcher’s mound when No. 1 LSU plays in either the winners bracket game at 8 p.m. or the losers bracket game at 3 p.m.The No. 2 national seed Tigers (48-10) open the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional at 3 p.m. Friday against No. 4 regional seed Lehigh (25-29) on the SEC Network. No. 2 regional seed North Carolina-Wilmington (39-16) plays No. 3 regional seed Tulane (34-23) at 7 p.m. Friday. The two losers play at 3 p.m. Saturday. The two winners play at 8 on Saturday night.LSU coach Paul Mainieri named Lange (10-0, 2.11 ERA) his starter for Saturday and sophomore left-hander Jared Poche (7-1, 3.35 ERA) his starter for Sunday. He has not named a starter for Friday’s game and said he may use several arms.Lange is hoping the Saturday game he pitches is of the winners bracket variety in prime time. He frequently pitched on Saturday nights at the Box during the regular season.Jared Foster’s LSU odyssey could all end up in Omaha“It would be awesome,” Lange said. “Playing in Alex Box under the lights on Saturday nights is a really great feeling. The fans are awesome. I am really looking forward to that, but we have to finish it out on Friday first.”Lange, a native of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, was in the Box at age 16 in 2012 when LSU won the NCAA Regional with a victory over Louisiana-Monroe and two over Oregon State to advance to the Super Regional, where it beat Stony Brook in the first game before losing the next two.“I’ve been to a couple of regional games in Alex Box, and it’s electric,” he said. “It’s a fun atmosphere. I’m real excited to play in it and be a part of it for the first time. I was here in 2012, and it definitely did surprise me because being from back home, we don’ get that kind of atmosphere for college baseball. Like I said all year, these are the best fans in the country. This is the best place to play college baseball in the country. So we’re really excited for the atmosphere and the environment.”FRIDAY STARTING PITCHERS: Senior left-hander Nick Macaione (3-4, 2.82 ERA) will start for the Lehigh Mountain Hawks at 3 p.m. Friday against an LSU starter yet to be named.“Don’t be surprised if there are a lot of pitchers throwing on Friday,” said Mainieri, who has struggled to find a consistent third starter. “I’ll put it that way.”There is more than a 50 percent chance of rain for Baton Rouge Friday afternoon as well.“The weather may play into it,” Mainieri said. “If there are scattered showers, we may try to piece it together.”Lehigh coach Sean Leary, meanwhile, is not saving his ace to try to beat a lesser regarded team on day two. Macaione is his ace as he has the best ERA on the team and most innings pitched at 67. No pitcher on the staff has more than five wins. Kevin Long, a junior right-hander, is 5-2 on the season, but he has a 6.64 ERA.LSU has some scores to settleLOOKING AHEAD: Should LSU win on Friday and Saturday, it will play at 7 p.m. Sunday against the winner of Sunday’s 3 p.m. game. If LSU loses that game, it would play at 7 p.m. Monday.NOTABLE LEHIGH ALUM: LSU athletic director Joe Alleva graduated from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1974 and was the quarterback and team captain in his senior season while also playing on the baseball team. He graduated with a degree in finance.QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We have the best offensive team, maybe in the country. But you can’t win with just offense. We’re going to have to pitch to win this regional.”— LSU coach Paul Mainieri. LSU pitcher Alex LangeLSU pitcher Alex LangePlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

Andy Murray pulls out of Australian Open

first_imgTennis Britain’s Andy Murray has pulled out of next month’s Australian Open because of a pelvic injury. The three-time Grand Slam champion, 32, was aiming to play in his first Grand Slam singles event since Melbourne 12 months ago, when he announced that his career might be over because of injury. He will also not play for Great Britain in next month’s inaugural ATP Cup. “Unfortunately I’ve had a setback and as a precaution need to work through that before competing,” the Scot said. “I’ve worked so hard to get myself into a situation where I can play at the top level and I’m gutted I’m not going to be able to play.” Murray has not been in action since Britain’s opening tie at the Davis Cup finals last month because of the pelvic issue. The former world number one, who underwent hip surgery 11 months ago, did not travel to Miami for his scheduled December training block. Murray has been on court over the past week, but the injury has not cleared up as quickly as the world number 125 had hoped. Murray and his team – consisting of coach Jamie Delgado, fitness coach Matt Little and physio Shane Annun – decided he should not rush back for the start of the 2020 season next month. That has ruled out a remarkable return to the Australian Open in Melbourne where, little under a year ago, Murray broke down in tears during an emotional pre-tournament news conference and admitted he thought an ongoing hip injury would force him to quit. However, he had a “life-changing” operation to resurface his hip later that month – in which a metal cap is put over the femur head – allowing him to return to the doubles court last summer. Murray made a competitive comeback in the singles in August, going on to win the Antwerp Open title two months later in just his seventh tournament back. Since that victory over fellow three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka, he has only played one more singles match – a laboured three-set victory over little-known Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor at the Davis Cup finals. “After the Australian Open earlier this year, when I wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to play again, I was excited about coming back to Australia and giving my best, and that makes this even more disappointing for me,” Murray said. Murray will not play a match until February at the earliest, with his first tournament now scheduled to be the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. Instead of going to Australia he will remain at home and continue hitting on court to build up his fitness. The Australian Open runs from 20 January to 3 February in Melbourne, while the ATP Cup begins on 3 January and takes place in three cities across Australia. Sydney, Brisbane and Perth will host matches, with teams from 24 countries competing. Murray played just one match at November’s Davis Cup finals because of the injury, and although he is now back on court, he has decided he is not in the right shape to travel to Australia. As a result, he won’t be joining the rest of the British team in Sydney for the inaugural ATP Cup, which begins on Friday. Frustrating it might be, given Murray won the European Open in Antwerp in October, but with his hip bearing up so well after surgery, pragmatism and patience are of the essence.last_img read more