News / Rastatt rail freight corridor reopens, but closure backlash still creating ripples

first_img The Rhine Valley rail freight corridor via Rastatt reopened last night, allowing European intermodal operators full-capacity on north-south services again.However, Swiss intermodal operator Hupac noted that “due to the intense re-routings of locos, wagons and staff on alternative routes over the last seven weeks, it will take time to bring the situation back to normal”.The closure of around 20km of track on 12 August in the Rastatt area, where some 200 trains a day pass through, threw European overland supply chains into chaos. According to Swiss rail operator SBB Cargo, only around 84 trains a day could find alternative routes.SBB said it would take “months” to fully understand the financial impact of the closure and, although it was insured against the corridor’s closure, it would still need to time to determine the permanent impact on shippers’ appetite for rail.At the end of last week, a group of European rail freight operators and shippers wrote an open letter to EC transport commissioner Violeta Bulc, the 28 European transport ministries and the EU’s agency for railways, calling for immediate financial assistance for the sector as it struggles to clear up the cargo backlog.They wrote: “The interruption for almost two months of normal rail freight services on Europe’s main north-south artery has had an enormous economic impact on rail freight logistics. Costs for the sector have simply increased, with no change in their fixed costs, whilst no compensation has so far been received, with the exception of Switzerland’s announcement to partly compensate.“This situation increases the vulnerability of the sector, particularly for the smaller companies unable to absorb the costs.”It added that the “German authorities should clarify as quickly as possible the liability issue surrounding the Rastatt disaster”.It what amounted to a scathing attack on the response of infrastructure managers to the crisis, it went on to say: “The scale of the disruption, both in terms of duration and its impact on international services; the absence of robust international crisis management tools; the lack of viable, alternative routes, particularly on neighbouring networks, with both national obstacles and language requirements for train drivers preventing the unrestricted use of such routes, are all elements that contributed to the extensive damage and that must now be urgently addressed.“We as rail freight customers seek your support and leadership to ensure that rail is left in a stronger position, not a weaker one, from this incident. Lessons must be drawn, recommendations must be made and actions must be taken in order to address the challenges facing the rail sector, laid bare by Rastatt.”The group argued that all stakeholders in Europe’s rail freight supply chains needed to jointly develop a risk management and contingency plan that would allow the network to continue to operate at least at 75% of its capacity along diversionary routes if a similar incident occurred.It also called for more effective crisis management; strengthening the “interoperability of the European rail network”; greater coordination of member states’ rail infrastructure works; cross-border operational management of European rail corridors; increased financial incentives to infrastructure managers to minimise disruption; and the creation of a “rail platform dedicated to the Learnings from Rastatt”. By Gavin van Marle 02/10/2017last_img read more

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UPDATE: Multi-Vehicle Crash Near Kalispell Leaves One Dead, One Critically Injured

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Authorities say a man is dead and another is in critical condition after a multi-vehicle crash on a highway near Kalispell.Thursday evening’s crash happened when a vehicle headed east on U.S. Highway 2 slowed to turn. Authorities say a speeding pickup truck two cars behind lost control and struck vehicles in both lanes.Trooper Glen Barcus of the Montana Highway Patrol says two men between 20 and 30 years old and an 8-year-old boy were in the truck. The men were not wearing seat belts and were ejected.Flathead County Sheriff identified the driver as 26-year-old Jonathan Wyatt of Kalispell and says he died of blunt-force trauma. Barcus says the adult passenger is in critical condition.The boy and the driver of another vehicle were being treated for minor injuries.Barcus says speed appears to be a cause of the crash, and the highway patrol also is investigating whether drugs were involved after finding paraphernalia.last_img read more

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G6 Drops Los Angeles Calls amid Worsening Congestion

first_imgG6 Lines agreed to temporarily suspend the eastbound Los Angeles call on its Pacific Atlantic 1 service, German ocean carrier Hapag-Lloyd said in a customer advisory.The decision comes amid worsening congestion on the US West Coast ports.The first vessel not calling at Los Angeles will be MV Singapore Express 047E eta USLAX January 1, 2015, Hapag-Lloyd said.The suspension is agreed for 4 consecutive weeks, ending with MV NYK Daedalus 041E. The German carrier said that a review of the congestion situation will be done in due time.“We apologize for this action which is inevitable to avoid further delays in congested ports,” the advisory read.The port of Los Angeles has been struggling with congestion for several months which resulted in delays for cargo owners.The congestion-hit port said that its overall volumes increased 4.6 percent in October 2014 when compared to last year’s figures. Total cargo for October  was 715,682 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs).Congestion at Southern California ports has led shippers to reroute cargo through Oakland, adding hundreds of additional import containers weekly to Oakland volumes.Terminal operators at Seattle and Tacoma reported 40-60% productivity reductions in loading and discharge of vessels that threaten to disrupt schedules and delay receipt and delivery of cargo to a regional economy highly dependent on waterborne international trade.Terminal congestion has been a mounting issue at Southern California port terminals due to a variety of factors, including talks bteween ILWU and PMA on a new contract, a surge in cargo volume, shortage of chassis and rail cars, along with insufficient numbers of truck drivers.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Easy as LCC

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LeBron James Named Eastern Conference Player of the Month

first_imgCLEVELAND – The NBA announced today that Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been named the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month for games played in October and November 2016. This marks the 21st time a Cavs player has earned Player of the Month honors and James’ 33rd, the most in NBA history. Dating back to February of last season, James has won each of the last four Player of the Month awards in the Eastern Conference.This past October and November, James averaged 23.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 9.3 assists in 35.9 minutes as the Cavaliers went 13-2 in the 15 contests he appeared in. He also shot .498 from the field, .362 from beyond the arc and .720 from the foul line. The 6-8 forward won the Eastern Conference Player of the Week twice in the opening month (weeks ending October 30 and November 6) and registered nine double-doubles and a conference-best three triple-doubles (Oct. 25 vs. New York, Nov. 23 vs. Portland and Nov. 27 at Philadelphia). Among Eastern Conference leaders, James ranked first in plus/minus (+159), tied for first in assists per game (9.3), fourth in field goals made per game (8.5), sixth in points per game (23.5), tied for sixth in double-doubles (9) and tied for 13th in rebounds per game (8.1).Last month, the 12-time NBA All-Star recorded at least 20 points, five assists and five rebounds nine times and scored in double figures in all 15 games, increasing his streak of at least 10 points to 732 games, the third-longest in league history. James was also the only player in the NBA to shoot over .490 from the field with averages of at least 20.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists.James reached several historical achievements and milestones  throughout October and November. He first moved past Patrick Ewing (9,702) for 15th all-time in field goals made on October 28 at Toronto. The following night, James became Cleveland’s franchise leader in defensive rebounds, surpassing Brad Daugherty (4,020) on October 29 versus Orlando. He also moved into 10th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, passing Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946) on November 5 at Philadelphia. Less than a week later, he became the youngest player to reach 27,000 career points (31 years, 317 days) with his seventh point against Washington on November 11. James surpassed Guy Rodgers (6,917) for 17th all-time in assists on November 18 against Detroit and most recently, he became the first player in franchise history to make 1,000 three-pointers in a Cavaliers uniform on November 27 at Philadelphia.Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook won Player of the Month accolades for the Western Conference. Matt Medley Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.center_img Related Topicslast_img read more

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Cotterell’s clean up at Crystal Bay

first_imgIt was Owen Walkley’s birthday today so he kindly put up four near pins for the players.  Owen Lloyd took two of them, Eng Duangwaw got one and the other went to the birthday boy himself, a magnificent shot off the rocks on the 17th to land about six feet away.  There were three ‘2’s coming from Glyn Davies, Bill Marsden, which he chipped past the hole by about ten feet and it rolled down the hill into the hole, and the other two came from Owen Lloyd.Wednesday, Jan. 22, Green Valley – StablefordStanding on the first tee in the shade at Green Valley today was particularly cold, probably the coldest the scribe has experienced in ten years here in Thailand.  However, once we got underway it started to warm up a bit.The course is currently in great shape with only a few dry patches and we had a grand day out.  The scores were very good considering the wind factor and it was good to see Jack Butler back in the fold after eye surgery – and he didn’t play that bad either.It was a count back for fifth and fourth places today with Roger Ison coming in fifth with 36 points while in fourth, beating him on the count back, was Bob Finley.  Third place went to Bob Philp with 37 points, his best score in ages, and taking second was Brian Wilkinson with 38.  The man of the day was Pat Regan with a very fine 40 points.There was only one ‘2’ today, coming from the ‘2’s specialist Wayne Cotterell.  That’s twice in a week Cottee, well done!Friday, Jan. 24, Crystal Bay – StablefordWhat started out a very cool morning turned out to be a lovely warm day at Crystal Bay, playing the C and A loops.  The course was in good condition with greens that were very tricky to putt on, however it didn’t make much difference to some as the top scores were really good.Capt Bob should have stayed home today as the bad back got worse as the day went on and he and his partner Kiwi Bill were given a thrashing by Gentleman George, (I use the Gentleman word loosely) and Captain Colourful, a.k.a. “Kick Ass” Kev.  And what a hiding it was, they never lost a hole and won handsomely, the match was over on the 12th hole.We welcomed Capt Bob’s two mates from Oz today, Gary Ralph and Dave Palmer, and Gary got the better of Dave by ten shots.At the top of the leader board, the Cotterell family had a great day out with Wayne taking first place with 39 points and his lovely wife Eng getting the nod for second on a count back over Greg Vawdrey, both with 38 points.  It would have taken an exceptional round of golf to beat the 24 points Eng scored on the back nine and to celebrate the family rang the bell back at the bar.There were two ‘2’s today coming from Gary Ralph and Wayne (the ‘2’s specialist) Cotterell.Note:  The Billabong Golf club is situated just off Siam Country Club Road looking straight down Lake Mabprachan.  Call Bob on 082 204 3411. PSC golf from the Billabong Golf BarMonday, Jan. 20, Mt. Shadow – StablefordIt was a windy old day at Mountain Shadow today and playing from the blue tees was probably a bit harsh on the lads, but that’s the way it goes.  The greens were their normal lightening fast selves and tricky too.  The course was in great condition and everything was going well until we caught up with a ‘seven-ball’ that slowed things down quite considerably, although it was only the last few holes thank God.  We welcomed a friend of Sel Wegner’s today from Aussie, and he not only won the day but skinned the boys as well, much to their disgust.  Coming in fourth today was Dave Lusha on a three-way count back, all on 29 points.  He got the nod over Noddy Moyle and Bob Philp.  Third place went to Wayne Cotterell with 30 points, second to Eng Duangwaw and first as previously stated went to our friend from Melbourne, Greg Vawdry with 38 points.Owen, Eng, The birthday boy Owen, Dave and Cottee.last_img read more

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Neymar turns it on as PSG score seven in Celtic destruction

first_img Incidencias Alphonse Areola; Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Layvin Kurzawa; Adrien Rabiot, Marco Verratti (Giovani Lo Celso, min.76), Julian Draxler (Javier Pastore, min.67); Neymar, Kylian Mbappé (Ángel di María, min.76) y Edinson Cavani. Craig Gordon; Mikael Lustig (Nir Bitton, min.13), Dedryck Boyata, Jozo Simunovic, Kieran Tierney; Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, Tom Rogic, James Forrest, Olivier Ntcham (Eboué, min.69); Moussa Dembélé (Griffiths, min.77). Poor Celtic defending contributed to PSG getting their fourth before the interval, as they failed to deal with a Neymar free-kick into the box and Mbappe fired in. PSG Celtic lost 7-0 to Neymar’s Barcelona in this competition last season and this turned into a similar hiding as Verratti made it five before Cavani volleyed in the sixth, his 21st of the season. Neymar’s form has dipped over the last six weeks, and yet the Brazilian led the turnaround in stunning style. He levelled in the ninth minute with a low finish into the far corner from a tight angle following an Adrien Rabiot pass. Upd. at 23:34 That scuppered PSG’s hopes of becoming the first side to complete the group phase without conceding a goal, but quickly the Scottish side were wondering if they had scored too soon. MATCH FACTS Champions League Marco Verratti made it five with quarter of an hour left, before Cavani got his second and a sensational Dani Alves hit wrapped up the French giants’ biggest win in the competition. El PSG arrolla al Celtic con un recital de Neymar IN SPORT.ES He loves playing against the Scottish side and he claimed an assist as it became 3-1 just before the half-hour, using his shoulder to help an Alves ball across the face of goal for Cavani to turn in. And he scored again midway through the first half with a low strike beyond Craig Gordon after a one-two with Marco Verratti. Celtic The Ligue 1 leaders had taken their took their foot off the gas after the break but they rounded out their win with three more goals late on. Celtic, who were already eliminated, will at least secure the consolation of a Europa League spot in the New Year as long as they avoid a heavy defeat at home to Anderlecht in their next outing. Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE) amonestó a Simunovic y Bitton por el Celtic. Neymar was back in the mood with the Brazilian scoring twice to set up Paris Saint-Germain’s comeback from behind as they hammered a shellshocked Celtic 7-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday. Moussa Dembele had put the visitors ahead inside a minute at the Parc des Princes, but Neymar’s brace soon turned the game around and both Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe added goals of their own before the interval. PSG Árbitro Bayern won 2-1 at Anderlecht on Wednesday, while PSG remain on course to finish with maximum points in the section having already set a new record for goals in the group stage with 24. Already through to the last 16 before this game, they will look to clinch top spot in Group B ahead of Bayern Munich when they travel to Germany for their final game next month. CEL They had suffered their heaviest ever home defeat in Europe when they last faced PSG in September, losing 5-0. They had also only ever managed just two wins in 29 previous away games in the group stage, and yet they stunned their hosts by going ahead with just 58 seconds played. The best was saved for last as Alves made it seven with a quite stunning effort from 22 yards that arced into the top-left corner of the net. AFP CET 22/11/2017 That was a sixth goal in five Champions League outings this season for the world’s most expensive player, and it was also the seventh time he had found the net against Celtic. 0-1, m.2: Moussa Dembélé; 1-1, m.9: Neymar; 2-1, m.22: Neymar; 3-1, m.28: Cavani; 4-1, m.35: Mbappé; 5-1, m.75: Verratti; 6-1, m.79: Cavani; 7-1, m.80: Dani Alves. Goles 7-1 Quinta jornada correspondiente al grupo B de la Liga de Campeones disputado en el Celtic Park de Glasgow. Alves gave away a corner before Paris had even made it out of their own half and Olivier Ntcham’s low delivery was then swept home by Dembele, the highly-rated France under-21 striker who was on PSG’s books as a youngster.last_img read more

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State funds for gardens rejuvenation

first_imgBy Helena Adeloju Eastern Victoria Region MP Daniel Mulino announced $230,000 in funding for the Officer Primary School on Friday…[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

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Joel Stewart scores in overtime to sink Spokane Braves

first_imgThe Nelson Daily SportsJoel Stewart got the last laugh, for now, against his former mates from the Lilac City.The ex-Brave scored the overtime winner to power the Nelson Leafs to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over Spokane Friday night at the NDCC Arena.Stewart, the 6’1, 190-pound forward from Spokane, Washington, acquired in a futures deal from south of the 49th parallel, combined with Tyler Parfeniuk and Colton Schell to beat Garrett Barr in the Braves’ nets for the winning goal.The marker was the first as a Leaf for the soon to be 20-year-old. Stewart celebrates his birthday Tuesday.Cody Abbey opened the scoring for Nelson in the first period as the veteran winger combined with Gavin Currie and Connor McLaughlin.Spokane took the lead with two goals in a span of 11 seconds. Nick Redding scored on the power play before Rance Hughes got the puck past Marcus Beesley in the Nelson nets.Currie tied the contest before the period ended with a power play marker. The Leafs out shot the Braves 38-23.Nelson, climbing to within a point of the third-place Braves in Murdoch standings, faces division leading Castlegar Rebels tonight at 7 p.m.The contest is being played in the Civic Centre Arena as part of the 75th birthday bash. Nelson will be wearing vintage jerseys to help with the anniversary celebrations.GAME NOTES: Leaf veteran Gavin Currie continues to be one of the hottest players in the league, registering his eighth point in three games. The Abbotsford native has accumulated 17 points in nine games to lead the Leafs in [email protected]last_img read more

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Mesut Ozil to be given chance to impress Unai Emery in clash with Totttenham

first_imgMESUT OZIL may return for Arsenal’s Carabao Cup quarter-final clash with Tottenham tonight.The German playmaker, 30, has featured in the Gunners’ last two games – the 1-0 win over Qarabag and 3-2 loss to Southampton.4 How Arsenal could line-up for tonight’s clash with Tottenham4 Mesut Ozil may start tonight’s Carabao Cup clash against SpursCredit: GettyBut Ozil came off the bench during this weekend’s defeat on the south coast and could be thrust back into the starting XI against fierce rivals Spurs.However, Gunners boss Unai Emery still has a crippling defensive crisis to contend with – despite the return of Sokratis Papastathopoulos from suspension.Shkodran Mustafi is doubtful with a hamstring injury, while Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac, Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos are definitely out.Laurent Koscienly will likely be forced to continue his comeback from injury, despite playing twice in four days already recently.4 Sokratis will also return from suspension to shore up the defenceCredit: EPAThe likes of Carl Jenkinson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Stephan Lichtsteiner or even midfielder Granit Xhaka may be forced into part of a makeshift back-line.Julio Pleguezuelo has also featured for the Gunners in this competition this season, in the 2-1 win over Blackpool in the previous round.But fellow youngster Emile Smith-Rowe is likely to miss out out with an injury of his own – while Petr Cech could get a rare run-out in place of Bernd Leno.Other than that, Arsenal are likely to stick with a strong line-up against their neighbours, meaning a similar midfield and attack to the Saints defeat could be on show.Southampton 3-2 Arsenal – Charlie Austin wins it late on as Ralph Hasenhuttl makes winning start as Southampton bossMORE ARSENAL STORIESSTILL GOT IT!Philip jokes with soldier about weight at ceremony 3 years after retirementSTAR POWERMeghan ‘needs to be admired’ & Kate is ‘the peacemaker’ according to star signsHEIR WE AREInside Prince Charles’ study full of family snaps & a sweet tribute to CamillaROOM WITH A VIEWInside Camilla’s living room with family pics & painting of Prince CharlesCHEEKY CHARLIECharles & Camilla’s ‘secret’ relationship is ‘fun, naughty & spontaneous’Not your queenWhy will Camilla not be Queen when Prince Charles is King?CAM OFF IT!Man, 53, says Megxit is cover-up to hide that he’s Charles & Camilla’s sonREIGN AND SHINEFrom Harry’s love life to Andrew scandal – what the 2010s meant for royalsROYAL HONOURWhy The Queen wears five poppies, Meghan Markle has one & Kate opts for threeROYAL HONOURMeghan and Harry honour our heroes at Westminster’s Field of Remembrance4 Harry Kane is doubtful for Tottenham in their cup derby clashCredit: Alamy Live NewsEmery has now come out and said his side must adapt and take control defensively, despite his shortage.The Spaniard said: “We need to improve and concede less chances to the opposition. We are scoring a lot but we are also conceding a lot.”Meanwhile, Tottenham have doubts over the fitness of Harry Kane, as well as Juan Foyth, Serge Aurier and Davinson Sanchez.Spurs will definitely be without Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama and Jan Vertonghen.Tottenham 1-0 Burnley – Christian Eriksen strikes in stoppage time as Spurs snatch winlast_img read more

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