Work begins on Beijing – Shanghai line

first_imgCEREMONIES on January 18 marked the start of work on the 1 318 km Beijing – Shanghai high speed line. Construction is expected to take five years, with work proceeding from 40 sites.The Ministry of Railways had announced the results of bidding for the civil works on January 3: China Railway Construction Corp and China Railway Group won the lion’s share of the work, each taking two major contracts. The two remaining lots were won by Sinohydro Corp and China Communications Construction Co. The project is being overseen by Beijing – Shanghai High Speed Railway Co which was set up at the end of December. Investors in Bshsrc include China Railway Investment Corp, the National Council for Social Security Fund, Shanghai Shentie Investment Co and Ping An Asset Management Co.The line will serve the major cities of Tianjin, Jinan, Nanjing and Suzhou, with 21 stations in all. Work has been underway on the 117 km Beijing – Tianjin section since July 2005 as this part of the line will be needed for the Olympic Games in August 2008. Major remodelling of the rail network in Nanjing is envisaged, and a start was made on a new station at Nanjing South on January 9 – the station is expected to become a major interchange handling 44 million passengers a year.In Shanghai the line will terminate at Hong Qiao in the western sector of the city, where there will be access to Hong Qiao Airport and interchange with metro lines 2 and 10.The line has a design speed of 350 km/h, permitting an end-to-end journey time of less than 5 h. This compares with a current fastest timing of 9 h 59 min for a non-stop day train in one direction only.Nearly 80% of the 160bn yuan cost is being funded by the ministry. The total includes compensation of more than 23bn yuan to be paid by local governments to residents who need to be relocated.Tenders for up to 200 high speed trainsets for Beijing – Shanghai services are expected to be called later this year. In the meantime, the first of three CRH3 trainsets has arrived in China from the Siemens factory in Krefeld. Based on the company’s Velaro product platform, the 300 km/h wide-bodied trainset is the first of 60 eight-car trains ordered from Siemens and its Chinese partner, Tangshan Locomotive & Rolling Stock Works, which is assembling 57 sets. The CRH3 is expected to enter service on the Beijing – Tianjin line later this year.Sifang Locomotive Works unveiled its first 300 km/h train in December. The eight-car set is a derivative of East Japan Railway’s E2-1000 for the Tohoku and Joetsu Shinkansen. Sifang has already supplied 60 similar CRH2 trainsets for 250 km/h services, in co-operation with a Japanese consortium led by Kawasaki (RG 3.07 p124).Last month work began on a 502 km line from Xiamen to Shantou and Shenzhen. Due for completion in 2011, the line is being built for 200 km/h running. Construction of a 281 km high speed line from Beijing West to Shijiazhuang is expected to start in mid-2008.The first of three Siemens CRH3 trainsets has arrived in China from Germany. Part of the Velaro product line, they will enter service on the Beijing – Tianjin line this yearlast_img read more

US$1bn double-tracking programme to modernise Trans-Java Railway

first_imgINDONESIA: Tenders are to be called in December for double-tracking the remaining single sections of the Trans-Java Railway between Jakarta and Surabaya, the Transportation Ministry announced on November 23.The US$1·1bn project calls for doubling of approximately 425 km of single line on the 727 route-km, 1 067 mm gauge railway between Jakarta and Surabaya via Cirebon and Serebang; four sections of single line remain while around 300 km of double track are already in place. The northern Trans-Java route would then form the backbone of the rail network on Indonesia’s most populous island, and relieve the pressure on the congested Pantura coastal highway.Rehabilitation of the Trans-Java Railway is one of a number of projects being taken forward under the government’s Master Plan for the Acceleration & Expansion of Indonesia’s Economic Development (MP3EI). This programme also includes provision for the construction of a 33 km rail link from Manggarai to Soekarno Hatto airport, a project which is being managed by state railway PT KAI.PT KAI has also confirmed plans to reinstate services on the suburban branch line between the port of Tanjung Priok and Jakarta Kota, which ceased in 2004. Trains are expected to resume on December 1, shortly before a major recast of the suburban network that will see 37 routes rationalised into six using a ‘hub and spoke’ model with a ring line to distribute passengers around the city centre.The recast is expected to start on a trial basis on December 5; if successful in reducing crowding, PT KAI says the move would become permanent.Read more about investment in the railways of the ASEAN region in the December 2011 issue of Railway Gazette International.last_img read more

Alstom ships Senegal trainsets

first_imgSENEGAL: Following the completion of testing, Alstom has begun shipping 15 Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel trainsets for the 55 km Train Express Régional line which is being built to connect central Dakar with Blaise Diagne International Airport.Similar to units previously supplied to France and Algeria, the 160 km/h four-car trainsets will be 72 m long with a capacity of 531 passengers in two classes. There will be 14 stations on the 55 km route, with an end-to-end journey time of 45 min, and ridership is expected to be up to 115 000 passengers/day.Alstom’s Reichshoffen site in France is leading production of the trainsets, with Saint-Ouen undertaking design work, Le Creusot supplying the bogies, Ornans the motors and alternators, Tarbes the traction system and Villeurbanne the on-board IT and passenger information systems.The first trainset is scheduled to sail from the port of Le Havre on the ship Grande Angola, which is expected to arrive at the port of Dakar on November 12. The car bodies and bogies will be reunited at Colobane depot, 3 km from Dakar, ready for static and dynamic testing.‘The departure of the Coradia trains for Dakar is the crowning achievement of the tests conducted at Reichshoffen’, said Raphael Bernardelli, Alstom MD North & Central Africa, on October 22. ‘We are proud to contribute to this important mobility project that will place Dakar among the first African cities to acquire such technology.’last_img read more

Low Power Wi-Fi Devices for IoT Cut Power Consumption in Half

first_imgSilicon Labs has expanded its groundbreaking portfolio of Wi-Fi modules and transceivers, enabling developers to create end node products with best-in-class power efficiency, superior RF blocking performance and advanced security. Designed for the specific needs of IoT applications, the Wireless Gecko portfolio cuts Wi-Fi power consumption in half compared to competitive offerings, providing ideal Wi-Fi solutions for power-sensitive connected products, including battery-operated IP security cameras, point-of-sale scanners, asset trackers and personal medical devices.Some key features about this family of Wi-Fi modules:Half the power of existing Wi-Fi options: The combination of industry-leading transmit current (TX: 138 mA), receive current (RX: 48 mA) and sleep current (<40 µA) enables significant power-saving advantages for all IoT use cases. High throughput and fewer retransmissions help minimize power consumption by using less channel capacity.State-of-the-art security: The Wi-Fi portfolio offers an array of built-in security features to protect IoT products from online and physical hacking, including secure boot with anti-rollback, secure link and efficient implementations of industry-standard encryption such as WPA3.Superior RF blocking performance: Silicon Labs designed its Wi-Fi devices with excellent RF selectivity to block out adjacent channel noise and maintain throughput and connectivity in crowded RF environments such as smart homes with numerous connected devices.Simple OS, dev tools and certification: Gecko OS, an optional, feature-packed IoT operating system, eases design complexity, allowing IoT developers to focus on their Wi-Fi applications. Developers can get started in minutes using comprehensive development tools and a wireless starter kit with embedded and Linux host drivers. The Wi-Fi modules are pre-certified for worldwide operation to reduce development time, effort and risk.Silicon Labs' flexible Wi-Fi portfolio includes three device types: Samples and production quantities of the WF200 transceiver in a 4 mm x 4 mm QFN32 package are available now.Samples of the WFM200 in a 6.5 mm x 6.5 mm SiP module are available now, and production quantities are planned for Q2 2019.Samples of the WGM160P in a PCB module are available now, and production quantities are planned for late February.Contact your local Silicon Labs sales representative or authorized distributor for WF200, WFM200, and WGM160P product pricing.Click here for more information on these products. The WGM160P module – the portfolio's latest addition – expands design possibilities and offers an easier way to create cloud-connected IoT products by combining an onboard Gecko microcontroller, host support, integrated antenna, precertification, large memory (2 MB flash and 512K RAM), and extensive peripheral capabilities including Ethernet and capacitive touch. The WFM200 module is the smallest pre-certified Wi-Fi system-in-package (SiP) device with an integrated antenna, making it a perfect fit for space-constrained designs. The module also opens up new industrial and outdoor applications with 105 C temperature support. The WF200 transceiver IC provides a cost-effective way to add Wi-Fi to existing high-volume designs works well with a variety of hosts (ranging from 8-bit to Linux-class processors) and supports antenna diversity.last_img read more

Sagay FC rules Negros prov’l meet football

first_imgIn the other semifinals match, theNOPSSCEA edged University of Negros Occidental Recoletos, which later baggedthe bronze medal after winning the battle for third place game. SAGAY FC. PHOTO COURTESY OF JACK GALLARDO For NOPSSCEA, this will be theirsecond consecutive runner up finishes after settling for silver medal last yearagainst Cadiz City./PN On their way to the championshipround, Sagay Football Club cruised to a 3-1 shootout victory over Kabankalanbehind the conversions from Monares, Lozada and Rohderick Rodriguez.center_img BACOLOD City – Sagay Football Club clinchedthe crown in the Negros Provincial Meet 2019 secondary boys football via a 2-1win over NOPSSCEA in the gold medal match at the Panaad Park and Stadium here. Conversions from Jonan Lozada and RyanMonares were more than enough to carry the Sagay FC as the Negros Occidentalrepresentatives in the WVRAA Meet early next year in Aklan.last_img read more

Alaska Joins 21 other States Raising Minimum Wage in 2015

first_imgAlaska’s minimum wage will rise to $9.75/hr on January 1, 2016 as planned. Flanagan: “It really has never come to pass, 2003 was the best case and point in Alaska when the minimum wage went 27% literally over night. The initial bill, governor Knowles bill had been to raise it in two steps just as we’ve done, because you do want to give businesses time to adjust but they legislator had sat on it for a year. When that happened employment overall continued up at the same level it had in prior years and subsequent years and the industries that employee most of the low wages workers such as seafood processing, bars and restaurants, employment went up at a greater rate.” Roughly 16,000 Alaskans will be affected when minimum wage is raised one dollar from $7.75/hr to $8.75/hr. Former Labor Commissioner Ed Flanagan with the Alaskans for Fair Minimum Wage campaign about the argument that raising minimum wage raises consumer prices.center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享After February 24, 2015 Alaska will join 21 other states whose voters decided to raise minimum wage. The initiative did not make the January 1 deadline as was stated in the initiative due to the Legislature ran overtime during the last session pushing all but the SB 21 referendum off the August ballot.last_img read more

Missouri hoping to overcome offensive struggles

first_imgCOLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The 34-0 loss to Georgia is the only time Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk can ever remember being shut out.So, he hosted an hours-long meeting with his receivers. It had one agenda: how to get back on track.The Tigers gained just 147 yards on 43 plays last week, and coach Gary Pinkel has hinted at simplifying the playbook as a way to improve execution.Missouri (4-2, 1-1) ranks last in the Southeastern Conference with 10.5 points per game and 213.5 total yards per game against league opponents.Pinkel would rather his team forget about Georgia as it prepares for Florida (3-2, 2-2).The Tigers have won seven consecutive away games.last_img read more

Mercedes sweep Barcelona

first_img(Reuters) – LEWIS Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix in a commanding Mercedes one-two on Sunday to stretch his Formula One lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel from four to 17 points.The victory, from pole position in a race that stayed dry despite the threat of rain, was the Briton’s second of the season, 64th of his career and third at the Circuit de Catalunya.Finland’s Valtteri Bottas was second, a hefty 20.5 seconds behind, with Dutch 20-year-old Max Verstappen completing the podium for Red Bull and Vettel fourth.Hamilton’s win followed on from the lucky victory that fell into his lap in Azerbaijan two weekends ago, but Sunday had nothing to do with chance and all to do with champions back to their best.“This is more like it, let’s keep this up,” Hamilton told his celebrating team over the radio as he swept past the chequered flag.“Today the car and myself, I felt that synergy which I hadn’t been feeling for the whole year,” he added in a pre-podium interview after parking up in pit lane. “It’s a good feeling.“We’ve got our Mercedes board with us… so it’s great to have them all here and see that true force within the team, strength in depth, so I hope we can continue.”Hamilton now has 95 points to Vettel’s 78 after five rounds of the 21-race championship.Mercedes regained the lead in the constructors’ standings from Ferrari, who had 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen retire from the race.Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fifth for Red Bull, ahead of Denmark’s Kevin Magnussen for Haas and Spaniards Carlos Sainz (Renault) and Fernando Alonso (eighth for McLaren).last_img read more

GM Abhijeet Gupta wins Delhi Open Chess Championship

first_img First Published: 16th January, 2020 22:43 IST Last Updated: 16th January, 2020 22:43 IST GM Abhijeet Gupta Wins Delhi Open Chess Championship India’s GM Abhijeet Gupta beat Aleksej Aleksandrov of Belrus in the 10th and final round to win the 18th Delhi Open International Grand Masters Chess COMMENT READ | Mets Manager Carlos Beltran Faces Uncertain Future Amidst Astros Sign-stealing Scandal India’s GM Abhijeet Gupta beat Aleksej Aleksandrov of Belrus in the 10th and final round on Thursday to win the 18th Delhi Open International Grand Masters Chess Championship. Starting the final game half a point behind the Belarussian, the 30-year old Gupta secured a win in 37 moves to seal the top prize with 8.5 points. The Indian with an ELO rating of 2603 played consistently right through with a loss to fellow GM and compatriot Karthik Venkataraman in round three being the only blip.READ | Anticipation Of Nike ‘miracle Shoe’ Ban Lifts Commercial RivalsGM Abhijeet Gupta wins Delhi OpenGupta bounced back strongly to score 6.5 points from the last seven rounds, following his third-round loss to Karthik Venkataraman. Aleksandrov who won the title in 2013 led at the start of every round, had to settle for second spot. Gupta, a five-time Commonwealth champion, took home Rs 6.5 lakh for winning the championship. Karthikeyan Murali (ELO rating 2606), who was the top-ranked Indian in the tournament and the third seed, beat Florian Kaczur of Hungary in the final round to finish 11th with 7.5 points.READ | Josh Donaldson Signs A Four Year $92 Million Deal With Minnesota Twins FOLLOW US Final standings: 1. Abhijeet Gupta 8.5 points, 2. Aleksej Aleksandrov 8, 3. Pavel Ponkratov 8, Levan Pantsulaia (Georgia) 8, 5. M Pranesh (India) 8, 6. Nodirbek Yakubboev (Uzbekistan) 7.5, 7. Mikheil Mchedilshvili (Georgia) 7.5, 8. Alexei Fedorov (Belarus) 7.5, 9. C R G Krishna (India) 7.5, 10. Debashis Das (India) 7.5.  READ | Tata Communications Ends Partnership With Formula 1 center_img Written By Important Results (10th Round): Aleksej Aleksandrov (Belarus) 8 lost to Abhijeet Gupta (India) 8.5, Pavel Ponkratov (Russia) beat P Shyam Nikhil (India) 7, Karthikeyan Murali (India) 7.5 beat Florian Kaczur (Hungary) 6.5; M Pranesh (India) 7 beat N R Visakh (India) 7.Levan Pantsulaia (Belarus) beat Kirill Stupak (Hungary) 7, Nodirbek Yakubboev (Uzbekistan) 7.5 drew with Alexei Fedorov (Belarus) 7, Karthik Venkataraman (India) 6.5 drew Alberto David (Italy) 6.5, V Vishnu Prasanna (India) 6.5 lost to Mikheil Mchedlishvili (Georgia) 6.5, K Rathnakaran (India) 6.5 beat Dipatyan Ghosh (India) 6.5 SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Press Trust Of India last_img read more

Uzoho Blasts Critics of His Age as He’s Almost Fit to…

first_imgFrancis Uzoho is almost back to full fitness after his ligament injury last October Femi SolajaSuper Eagles first choice goalkeeper to the last World Cup in Russia, Francis Uzoho, 20, yesterday slammed critics who have been sceptical of his age.The lanky goalkeeper and favorite of Super Eagles gaffer, Gernot Rohr, was on Instagram live page yesterday to clear air about his age controversy. Uzoho who is almost back to full fitness following a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a knee ligament injury he sustained during Nigeria’s 1-1 friendly draw with Brazilin Singapore last October, attributed his rapid growth to why a section of the media is confusing his present physical weight and height to his age.Uzoho passed the mandatory Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) age test conducted by FIFA at the Under-17 World Cup which is the only rational proof of true age of all participant at international tournaments.“As at 2013 when I was reserve goalkeeper to Dele Alampasu, my physical growth was actually very slow and as a matter of fact, Dele was taller than me but few years later my physical growth became rapid which is now a huge advantage for me,” Uzoho explained.Uzoho was even then third choice goalkeeper at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in UAE won by Nigeria.His football career however took an upward swing when the Franco/German tactician, Rohr, preferred him as the best replacement for Carl Ikeme to the World Cup finals where Nigeria finished third in the group behind Croatia and Argentina.“It’s very embarrassing when your fellow countrymen make insinuating remarks about the age of the young man defending the honour of the nation.“I did my best for the team and very proud of all the players to the tournament in Russia. For most critics who think my best wasn’t good enough may have started this talk about my age. There is nothing I can do about that.Uzoho however insists he has no grudge against anyone and will continue to do his best for Nigeria.“No grudge anyway because football is life to us in this part of the world and I can understand the frustration and emotions of teeming Nigerian football fans as well when our national team is not doing well,” remarked Uzoho on that Super Eagles’ Instagram live interview page yesterday.Uzoho is looking forward to returning to Deportivo La Coruna at the end of his loan spell with Omonia Nicosia in the Cyprus League.Capped 16 times by Nigeria, Uzoho played all three matches as the Super Eagles were knocked out of the 2018 World Cup in the group stage.He made a solitary appearance at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Cup in the win over Tunisia as the West African nation sealed a third place finish in Egypt.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more