Thames orders real-time information

first_imgThames Trains has awarded a £5·4m contract to Racal-BRT to install, manage and maintain a real-time passenger information system at 72 stations on its network, which links London Paddington, Reading, Oxford, Worcester and Gatwick Airport. Information from train describers, timetable and train reporting systems will be supplied automatically to all stations, each of which will extract relevant data for visual display or audio broadcast. Real-time information will also appear on the Thames Trains web site.Controlled from Reading, the system is due to go live by May 1998. In addition to platform monitors, information will be presented on new indicator boards at Oxford and Slough, and map displays at seven other principal stations showing the location of services. Screens displaying the time remaining before the next train arrives will be installed at stations between and London and Reading.Public address equipment will use infra-red sensors to detect the presence of passengers before announcements are made, volume controls to avoid disturbing local residents and induction loops for customers wearing hearing aids. Help points will be installed at some locations. olast_img read more

PensionDanmark, PKA partner for DKK520m hospital PPP

first_img“In this way our investment will ensure a good, stable return for members over many years,” he said.Jan Østergaard, director of investments at Industriens Pension, said his pension fund was in favour of investing in projects such as this that benefited Danes directly.“In a time when yields are on the floor, and there is uncertainty on the financial markets, this type of investment also fits in well with our ambition to expand our alternative investment activity,” he said.The finished building will be owned by the four pension funds, while MT Højgaard — the design and construction contractor — and DEAS will provide facility management services.MT Højgaard said that in the call for tenders, the Region of Zealand and Slagelse Hospital had emphasised project finance, the quality of construction and related services as well as the financial strength of the partners selected.The new three-storey building will have 16,000m2 of space, and comprise a maternity unit on the ground floor, and beds on the first and second floors.It will provide 140 extra hospital beds, and is expected to be ready for use in January 2018.The partnership has applied for permission to add a fourth floor to the building, but is still awaiting approval for this.In March last year, PensionDanmark, PKA and Sampension announced they were investing DKK430m in a PPP deal to build a new psychiatric hospital in the Jutland town of Vejle.Möger Pedersen said he hoped that this PPP project, together with the one in Vejle and those in other places, would signify a real breakthrough in the PPP model in Denmark.PensionDanmark, PKA and Sampension have made big efforts to promote PPPs in Denmark as a financing and investment model for public works.Back in 2012, the three pension funds created a “one-stop shop” to help public authorities plan such projects. Four Danish pension funds have clubbed together to invest DKK520m (€69.7m) in a hospital building project in the Danish town of Slagelse, in a public-private partnership (PPP) deal that will provide income for the investors over at least 20 years.Labour-market pension funds PensionDanmark, Industriens Pension, PKA and Sampension have formed a consortium with contractor MT Højgaard and property administrator DEAS to build, own and run the new building which will form part of Slagelse Hospital in west Zealand.The contract has been awarded by the Region of Zealand (Region Sjælland), and the deal is still awaiting final official approval.Torben Möger Pedersen, chief executive of PensionDanmark said: “The Region of Zealand will provide security for the economy of the hospital over a long period.last_img read more

People moves: Invesco boosts institutional sales team

first_imgLanglois joins along with Cyrus Azamgin, who has also worked on the strategy for seven years and is a senior analyst. The new fund will launch in the second quarter of this year with $100m in seed capital, Lombard Odier said.Amundi Asset Management – Cristina Matti has been named sole head of European small- and mid-cap equities and country strategies. It follows the departure of Caroline Gauthier, who was previously co-head of the team alongside Matti. Matti joined Amundi as part of its acquisition of Pioneer last year, while Gauthier had worked at Amundi since joining from ING in 2000.Separately, Amundi has appointed Stéphane Taillepied as corporate engagement manager. Most recently Taillepied was head of equity financial analysis for the company, and has also worked at Crédit Lyonnais Asset Management and Crédit Agricole.MJ Hudson – The asset management consultancy firm has hired Sean Scott as a partner in its hedge fund practice. He was previously a partner at international offshore law firm Harneys. In a press release, MJ Hudson said the appointment was part of its aim “to provide a single, comprehensive solution for clients operating within asset management”.DC Investment Forum (DCIF) – Annabel Tonry has been named chair of the DCIF, a UK body made up of asset managers working in the defined contribution (DC) sector. She is a client and consultant adviser in the UK DC team at JPMorgan Asset Management. Vivek Roy, who heads business development for pensions at AXA Investment Managers, has been appointed vice chair.Gresham House – The UK specialist asset manager has appointed Rachel Beagles to its board as a non-executive director, effective from today. She is on the board of several UK-listed investment companies and was elected chair of the Association of Investment Companies in October last year. She is also a former managing director at Deutsche Bank Securities. Invesco, Mirabaud Asset Management, Lombard Odier Investment Managers, Amundi, MJ Hudson, DCIF, Gresham HouseInvesco – The $973bn (€798bn) asset manager has appointed two people to senior institutional sales roles. Alex Millar is now head of UK institutional, having previously led the group’s sovereign, Middle East and Africa institutional business. He will retain responsibility for Invesco’s work with sovereign investors, the company said. Zainab Kufaishi has been promoted to head of institutional sales for the Middle East and Africa.Mirabaud Asset Management – The Swiss asset manager has hired Elena Villalba to lead business development in Spain, Portugal and Latin America. She joins from Merchbanc, a Spanish mutual fund provider, where she also led business development. She was previously a deputy general manager at Banco Madrid for five years. Villalba replaces Raimundo Martin who helped set up Mirabaud’s operations in the Iberian region.Lombard Odier Investment Managers – Arnaud Langlois has joined the French asset manager to launch a global equity long/short investment strategy with a sustainability focus. He has run the strategy for seven years, launching it while at UBS O’Connor before taking it first to Millennium Management and then to his own company, Terrenueve Capital. last_img read more

HMSF Supports Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Projects

first_imgHonda Marine Science Foundation (HMSF) has awarded grants to fund four research projects that address the impact of climate change on the ocean and intertidal areas. Honda Marine Science Foundation supports “living shoreline” projects that implement natural approaches to protecting coastal habitats and communities while promoting harmonious interaction between humans and the ocean.According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a living shoreline is a protected and stabilized shoreline that is comprised of natural materials such as plants, sand, or rock. In contrast to “hard” shoreline stabilization methods like concrete seawalls, which impede the growth of plants and animals, living shorelines grow over time.“Honda Marine Science Foundation is committed to supporting living shoreline projects that address the impact of climate change,” said Raminta Jautokas, Honda Marine Science Foundation board member.“When considering options for coastal protection, historically we’ve chosen to construct hardscapes such as concrete walls. Living shorelines are an ideal solution for coastal protection because they improve water quality, help to protect against erosion, and provide habitat for marine species.”The projects focus on building “living shorelines” to restore marine habitats bordering the Pacific Ocean and include:Smithsonian Living Shorelines Project in San Francisco, California;Los Angeles Living Shoreline Project in Los Angeles, California;Zedler Marsh Living Shoreline Project in Long Beach, California;Living Shoreline Multipurpose Area on West Maui, Hawaii.last_img read more

AquaTrojans Win I-74 Border War On Senior Night

first_imgThe AquaTrojans hosted I-74 rival Harrison Wildcats on Thursday for Senior Night.  EC girls won 122-46.  EC Boys won 137-31.Individual Winners include: Hannah Weber-200 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke; Jackson Ketcham-200 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke; Ashley Bortlein-200 IM; Jacob Weber-200 IM, 100 Butterfly; Cai Fox-50 Freestyle; Ethan Ayers-Edds 1 meter diving (New School Record 257.70); Liz Warren-100 Butterfly; Mackenzie Schantz-100 Freestyle; Olivia Nixon-500 Freestyle; Cai Fox 500 Freestyle; Alex Ketcham-100 Backstroke; Alexis deLong-100 Breaststroke.EC won all 6 relays.EC Girls conclude their regular season 22-2.Special congrats to seniors Haley Althoff, Hope Althoff, Ethan Ayers-Edds, Cai Fox, and Alex Pruitt.The AquaTrojans returned home to host their EIAC rival, Batesville Bulldogs, on Tuesday in St. Leon.  The boys were victorious 138-38, while the girls lost 94.5-75.5.Individual winners include: Cai Fox-200 Free, 100 Backstroke; Alexis deLong- 200 IM, 100 Butterfly; Ethen Wite-2oo IM; Ashley Bortlien- 50 Free; Jacob Weber- 50 Free, 100 Butterfly; Ethan Ayers-Edds- 1 meter diving; Olivia Nixon-100 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke; Chandler Witte- 100 Freestyle; Jackson Ketcham-500 Freestyle; Alex Ketcham-100 Breaststroke.EC won 5 of 6 relays.Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more

Julie Belew

first_imgJulie Belew, born Julia Elizabeth Houston, 70, of Moores Hill passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2019.  Julie was born Sunday, February 13, 1949 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of the late Rev. Leonard and Edna Mae (Truesdell) Houston.  She married Gene Belew on June 25, 1966 and he survives.  Julie was a homemaker and a former member of Sparta Baptist Church.  She was a babysitter, piano teacher and seamstress.  Growing up the daughter of a Baptist Minister, Julie followed along to her father’s churches throughout Indiana at Patriot, Clay City, Crothersville and then to Sparta where she met her husband of 53 years, and there they raised a family.  She enjoyed knitting and creating special items for her family, friends and children in her care.  She spent the past several years extensively researching her family history.  Perhaps her proudest moment was when she was a Torchbearer for the Bicentennial.  She will be immensely missed by those that she touched through her nurturing and kindness.Julie is survived by her husband Gene of Moores Hill; sons Bobby Belew of Moores Hill, Bill (Lindsay) Belew of Versailles and Jerry McIntosh of Indianapolis; daughter Beth (Tony) Hayes of Franklin; brother Tom (Gail) Houston of Wilder, Kentucky; sister Lois (Bob) Stutzman of Rising Sun; and grandchildren: Emme Belew, Aidan Belew, Hannah Hayes, Matthew Hayes and David Hayes.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers: John and Bob Houston.A service celebrating her life will be held 11 AM Monday, December 9 at Sparta Baptist Church, 12177 Sparta Pike, Moores Hill, Indiana 47032, with Joe Perkins officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery.  Family and friends may gather to share and remember her 4-7 PM Sunday, December 8 also at the church and 10-11 AM before the service on Monday.  Memorials may be given in honor of Julie to the family.  Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032, (812)744-3280.  You may go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

England secure Euro 2020 seeding slot with win in Kosovo

first_imgRelatedPosts England call-up for Maguire in spite of arrest, trial in Greece + Full squad If UK can feed school children during lockdown, why can’t Nigeria?, by Onyema Dike Scholes urges Man U to target Kane over Sancho Harry Kane scored his 12th goal of the campaign as England secured a place among top six seeds for next year’s European Championship with a flattering 4-0 win in Kosovo in their final qualifier on Sunday.England were in second gear for much of the match after Harry Winks had put them ahead in the 32nd minute.However, goals by Kane, Marcus Rashford and Mason Mount in the latter stages secured yet another big win and took their goal tally to 37 from their eight qualifiers.England, already assured of a place at the finals, finished top of Group A with 21 points, their only blip being last month’s 2-1 defeat in the Czech Republic, who have qualified as runners-up.In their first Euros campaign since being recognised as an independent nation, Kosovo finished third on 11 points.Their chances of automatic qualification disappeared after a 2-1 defeat by the Czechs on Thursday but they could advance via the playoffs.England took a while to impose themselves on the game but eventually broke through thanks to Winks.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain slid a pass into the path of Winks who was given all the time and space he needed to slot it into the bottom corner for his first international goal.Two months ago England led the corresponding home fixture 5-1 at halftime.But this time, their somewhat sloppy display, short on intensity and with several squad players not grasping their opportunity having being given a start by Gareth Southgate, left them way short of those levels.Kosovo, who exposed England’s defence a few times in their 5-3 loss in September, were less threatening but Amir Rrahmani headed wide early in the second half.Kane, who got a hat-trick in Thursday’s 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro, hit a post after an hour but was on target in the 79th minute with a sharp shot after Kosovo failed to clear a Raheem Sterling cross.His 12th goal made him the leading scorer across the competition and the first England player to score in every match of a qualifying campaign.Sterling, back in the side after his one-match ban for attacking team mate Joe Gomez, was the provider again three minutes later for Rashford, who scored with a neat first time shot.Substitute Mount then claimed his first England goal in stoppage time, cashing in on another defensive error and a neat pass from Kane.“It’s a dream come true to score for my country,” said Winks, who enjoyed playing in a more attacking midfield role.“To score and also with the way we were playing as well, it’s a great moment for me.“I like to consider myself as someone who can play in pivot or as a number eight as well.“I like both, it’s difficult to say what I prefer so as long as I play for England that’s all that matters.” Reuters/NAN. Tags: Harry KaneMarcus RashfordMason Mountlast_img read more

Other Sports Sai Praneeth loses to Lin Dan in Auckland Open Badminton second round

first_imghighlights HS Prannoy to take on Tommy Sugiarto.Saina Nehwal, Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy were also eliminated.Lin Dan defeated Sai Praneeth in straight games. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img Auckland: India’s B Sai Praneeth crashed out in the second round of the New Zealand Open badminton tournament with a straight-game loss to the legendary Lin Dan of China in Auckland on Thursday. Praneeth’s 12-21 12-21 loss meant another disappointment for India following Saina Nehwal’s shock defeat in the first round on Wednesday.RELATED     Seventh seed Lin Dan, thus, progressed to the quarterfinals where he will be up against top seed Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia. Indian men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth B Reddy too lost in the second round, going down against seventh seeds Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia 17-21 19-21.     In another second round men’s sinlges match, HS Prannoy will take on second seed Tommy Sugiarto later on Thursday.last_img read more

UW wraps up strange spring with victory

first_imgUniversity of Wisconsin volleyball head coach Pete Waite is just glad it’s over.Wisconsin wrapped up the spring season Friday with a four-game sweep over Marquette (30-24, 30-16, 30-25, 30-22). For Waite, this spring has been difficult, with several injuries and illnesses affecting his roster.”It’s been a tough spring,” Waite said. “Almost every day somebody else has been down with an injury.”It’s hard to even practice because you don’t have the same bodies out there all the time,” he added.Friday was no different. Caity DuPont, Audra Jeffers, Faye McCormack and Taylor Reineke sat out the match, leaving the Badgers with only nine available players. With UW’s short roster, a number of players were forced to play out of position. Jocelyn Wack, Wisconsin’s starting libero, played in the back row while Megan Mills, a defensive specialist, took Wack’s spot. Also, middle blocker Katherine Dykstra played at outside hitter.The move didn’t seem to affect Dykstra’s numbers, as she finished with 12 kills and a .733 hitting percentage. However, she was out of position at times when playing the new position, allowing some balls to drop for kills.”She’s still learning the right-side hitting,” Waite said. “But she improved and she got some big blocks for us, and her hitting attack has been very good. She’s improving all the time and getting more confident out there.”Wisconsin also tweaked its lineup during the match as redshirt freshman Nikki Klingsporn came in to play setter, moving starter Jackie Simpson to the outside. Klingsporn finished with a team-high 22 assists while Simpson recorded two kills on the night.While Waite said he made the move primarily because Simpson wanted to get some hits in, he didn’t reject the notion of going to a two-setter lineup in the regular season.”You never know [if] you run a 6-2 offense,” Waite said. “If they can both hit and we get a big block in for Nikki, then we can do some good things.”Marquette’s Ashlee Fischer had a match-high 18 kills, but it wasn’t enough to put the Golden Eagles in position to win any game. In Game 1, the Badgers used five- and four-point runs to jump out to an 18-10 lead and win 30-24. Wisconsin would obtain an 18-10 lead again in Game 2 before winning 30-16.Game 3 was a bit closer with the score knotted up 17-16, but two Klingsporn service aces allowed UW to go on a 5-0 run and win 30-25.Fischer did all she could to help Marquette win the final game, notching seven kills, but Wisconsin came out on top 30-22 for the sweep.Brittney Dolgner led Wisconsin with 16 kills.With the spring season now over, Wisconsin now prepares for a trip to Europe after the school year. Before the Badgers travel to the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy to play international teams, Waite simply hopes his team can become healthy.”The team has hung in there, and this is what we’ve been aiming for,” Waite said. “We want to be even healthier for that, and so hopefully, we’ll get a few more people back on the court.”last_img read more

Popular local eatery Study Hall may close its doors in winter

first_img“It’s always been a place where I can go, even if it’s just to vent to my friends, a common place where everyone likes to gather and it caters to everyone’s preferences,” Marquez said. “So it’s not just wings or fries — there’s an extensive menu that everyone can be happy with.” Study Hall, a popular bar located on Hoover and West 29th Streets, may close its doors by the end of the semester, Annenberg Media reported Monday. “We are considering multiple options and opportunities for the use of the existing space moving forward,” Ponsiglione wrote. “The renovation project is in the design phase, and a final plan for the use of the first floor space has not yet been determined.” Hudkins also commented on how difficult it might be for local businesses to compete with the restaurants at USC Village. Haley Hudkins, a senior majoring in cinematic arts, film and television production, said she lives across the street from Study Hall and often sees the restaurant drawing in crowds on game days.  USC Housing Director Christopher Ponsiglione wrote in a statement to the Daily Trojan that the restaurant’s lease with the University will end in December. Ponsiglione said USC Housing is planning a building renovation project that will take place this summer to address maintenance, plumbing, electrical and access issues on the first floor.  Vianca Marquez, a 2017 alumnus who majored in English, said she frequented the bar with friends since its 2014 opening. She added that her experience at the eatery was filled with good food and memories.  Ponsiglione said the building, which houses the restaurant and two floors of student residents, has rented to outside vendors since 2009. Previous vendors include 29th Street Cafe, which was replaced by Study Hall in 2014. Study Hall was rumored to officially be closing its doors this winter, but USC Housing and the restaurant’s owners said they are uncertain about the restaurant’s future when its lease runs out in December.  (Julia Mazzucco | Daily Trojan) Harry Kim, the restaurant’s co-owner, told Annenberg Media Monday that the restaurant would officially close in December. In response to the news, many students and alumni took their frustration to social media.   “I feel like it’s getting hard for restaurants that are nearby to kind of succeed and keep on going because [USC Village] is opening a lot of new restaurants,” Hudkins said. “As USC Village continues to expand, I’m sure that it’s going to continue to make it harder, not just for Study Hall but also just restaurants around campus.” Study Hall representatives declined an interview with the Daily Trojan, but said the restaurant has no set plans for its future.  “It seems like … a good place to hang out, and we don’t really have a ton of those on campus, so I’m kinda sad that it’s closing down, or supposedly closing down,” she said. “I hope that they stick it out because we can always use some nice hangout spots on campus.”last_img read more