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first_imgAustralia: Westinghouse Brake & Signal Co (Australia) Ltd has won a A$4m contract for signalling equipment on Sydney’s Homebush Bay Olympic branch.Bangladesh: The Asian Development Bank has commissioned Rendel Palmer & Tritton to examine the potential for the Jamuna road bridge to accommodate track wider than the 1000mm gauge line it has been designed to carry. Brazil: MRS Logística SA, the private operator of Rffsa’s former SR3 and SR4 regions (RG 12.96 p811), has signed a contract with Tecfer, Hatch & Kirk and Montana Rail Link for the overhaul of six SD38 locomotives.Bulgaria: BDZ has invited tenders for the supply and installation of five underfloor wheel lathes.China: Koni is to supply over 4000 primary and secondary suspension dampers for 324 coaches under construction for Chinese Railways. Colombia: Brazilian contractor Andreade Gutierrez has purchased two containerised mobile welder units from Holland Co for use in track upgrading.Czech Republic: ZS Brno has completed modernisation of the 31·5 km Uhersko – Chocen section of CD’s Decin – Breclav route at a cost of Kcs1·10bn.Germany: Sanivac Vakuumtechnik and Staudenmayer have won an order from Adtranz for 150 self-contained toilet modules to be installed on German Railway’s VT612 tilting DMUs.Südwestdeutsche Verkehrs-AG has ordered 32 more Type RS1 Regioshuttle lightweight diesel railcars from Adtranz for DM80m; they will be used by the Bodensee-Oberschwabenbahn and Karl-Grund Verkehrsgesellschaft.Great Britain: BR Research has obtained a contract from GEC Alsthom to work on key aspects of the safety case for Juniper EMUs to operate under lease on Railtrack 25 kV 50Hz and 750V DC routes.Stewart Fraser is to supply 1020 sliding glass and aluminium doors for platform screens on London Underground’s Jubilee line extension, under subcontract from Westinghouse Brakes Ltd.Hungary: MAV has awarded a contract worth HF2·3bn to Debreceni Jarmujavito Rt for the maintenance of 2800 freight wagons, including 700 tank cars. India: Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd is to manufacture 53 electric locos for lease to Indian Railways.Iran: India Railway Construction Co has secured a US$25m contract to supply signalling for IIRR’s Ahwaz – Bandar Emam Khomayni route. Lithuania: LG has issued a general procurement notice for track renewal and maintenance equipment worth an estimated ECU39bn, in addition to 52000 concrete sleepers and 53 switches. Norway: Train interior and seats manufacturer VBK is to supply VBK5000 second-class seats for a further four Danish State Railways’ IR-4 EMUs. VBK has already equipped 40 of the four-car units to be used on services across the Storebaelt link from June 1, and is also supplying interior components for Norway’s Gardermoen airport trains.Romania: Sncfr has issued prequalification documents for the overhaul and modernisation of 16 diesel and 24 electric locos, funded by an EBRD loan.Russia: Taylor Woodrow has begun preliminary work on a US$199m terminus complex in St Petersburg for RAO VSM’s high-speed route to Moscow.Slovakia: TSS Bratislava has ordered a TL50 tracklayer from Desec of Finland.Tunisia: Sncft has called tenders for the provision of technical assistance for bridge strengthening and repair work on the Tunis – Sousse – Gabès route. Turkey: TCDD has issued a tender for the supply of 60 electric locos, expected to cost US$240m. Tenders are due to be issued soon for electrification of the Aliaga – Cumaovasi route.USA: Boise Locomotive Co has won a US$4m contract to overhaul 10 GP50 diesel locos for Union Pacific.New Jersey Transit has awarded a US$56·4m contract to Slattery/Sordoni Construction for structures and embankments, as part of the Secaucus Transfer project (RG 1.97 p32).Hatch Mott MacDonald, Jacobs Engineering and ACG Environments have won a US$65m construction management contract for extension of the Red line to East Los Angeles (RG 2.97 p82).last_img read more

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Henson: Some spring camp observations

first_imgThere are a lot of reasons to be excited about the immediate future of the Wisconsin football program.You know the obvious ones:The dynamic running back duo of Montee Ball and James White.The return of linebacker Chris Borland and several talented members of the defense.Three returning starters on one of the nation’s top offensive lines that’s showing no signs of slowing down.But spring camp gives us an opportunity to watch the guys you won’t hear about in the pre-season magazines. It allows us to see the emergence of new leaders as the foundation is built for a season yet again filled with high expectations.So with that, here are some spring observations for all those already counting down the days to football season (myself included) as we close in on the final four spring practices.Defense playing with a new swaggerIt’s one of the first things you notice when you watch the Badger defense practice: It plays with a mean streak and it isn’t afraid to celebrate.The defense has taken on the personality of its new coach – defensive coordinator Chris Ash – and its vocal leader, senior safety Aaron Henry.Under previous coordinator Dave Doeren, the UW defense was very workmanlike and steady. It rarely blitzed and just went about its business, making key plays when it had to.Ash and his assistant coaches want the defense to be more aggressive. They want the players to feed of each other’s energy. This group is still very workmanlike, but now it plays with a pronounced swagger and it makes it known each time it takes the field.Heck, it even practices its celebrations during a pick-six drill.The Badgers have embraced this new mentality, and Henry has made a point to keep the energy level high during practice. Henry’s voice is heard just about every snap, calling out assignments or pumping up a teammate.“I got to get everybody going. Me being a leader, I have to be that spark,” Henry said. “It’s about coming out here and having fun, but before all that we still have to make sure we are doing our job.”Converted defensive backs stand out at linebackerMost Badger fans don’t know much about Kevin Claxton or Conor O’Neill, but that should change in due time.Claxton is in line to start this season at outside linebacker after getting some meaningful snaps as a junior last season. Claxton started his career at safety before making the switch to linebacker and getting his weight up to 233 pounds.One thing about Claxton’s game has become very clear this spring – he can hit.I asked Claxton how he would describe his playing style. There was no hesitation in his answer.“Very physical. I like to punish fools,” Claxton said. “That’s my game. Anybody that’s in my way, I try to punish them.”Surely sounds like the kind of player Ash and company are looking for. They’ve also found another one in O’Neill.The redshirt sophomore has been one of the biggest surprises this spring, and he could be a dark horse selection to develop into a star down the road.O’Neill came to UW as a linebacker, but after struggling to put on weight, he made the move to safety. During the offseason, though, O’Neill finally put on some muscle and got his weight up above 220 pounds.Despite the added weight, O’Neill kept his quickness, so he was moved back to linebacker, where he has flourished as a playmaker this spring.His back-to-back interceptions Saturday had the entire defense excited, and O’Neill tends to find himself in the right place at the right time. He has a nose for the ball, and he’ll make a name for himself before his time in Madison is done.Numbers can be deceivingThe Badgers must replace five starters on defense and seven on offense in 2011.That’s a lot of quality that needs to be replenished, but UW still has a ton of experience remaining – and it shows. On both sides of the ball, there are still plenty of familiar faces.On defense, for example, Borland and cornerback Devin Smith have each started games earlier in their career.And on the defensive line, upwards of 11 players rotated in and out last year, gaining valuable experience in big game environments.“The numbers can be deceiving,” senior defensive tackle Patrick Butrym said. “You look at all the depth that we return. We have so many guys that have had valuable experience. It’s a good thing.”“The turnover is so small this year, and it’s nice because you have to teach so little,” he added. “That’s so helpful that we can just jump right into it.”It’s a similar situation on the offensive side.Ryan Groy has started. Travis Frederick and Josh Ogelsby have as well.Running backs Ball and White carried the load with John Clay injured, while tight ends Jake Byrne and Jacob Pedersen have plenty of experience to draw from.Long story short, don’t expect inexperience to be an issue as the Badgers reload for another run at a Big Ten title.“They have all seen games, and it’s really nice when you can put someone in there who has seen action,” junior center Pete Konz said. “And I’m not talking about third string against Austin Peay. I’m talking about first string, Big Ten-type of defenses, so we are pretty comfortable with that.”Quarterback is the one position where a fresh face will be thrown into the fire as a starter for the first time, but if the spring is any indication, that signal caller will have plenty of seasoned talent surrounding him.Max is a senior majoring in journalism. Want to talk spring football? Send an email to [email protected]last_img read more

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Alex Morgan blasts tea-sipping celebration critics over double standards

first_imgShe was called “distasteful” and “disrespectful” by her former Orlando Pride teammate and England international Lianne Sanderson, who is working at the tournament as a pundit for beIN SPORTS, while television commentator Piers Morgan said her celebration was “bordering on a declaration of war.”Yet the forward hit back on Friday, saying it was not a shot at England and suggesting that those lamenting her were sexist given the lack of comparative uproar over Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Simeone’s crotch-grabbing celebrations in last year’s Champions League, which did result in fines for both. Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: USWNT jerseys setting sales records “I’m a little disappointed in that and obviously we were teammates at Orlando Pride so I have the utmost respect for Lianne and all of my teammates that I’ve ever played with,” Morgan said. “So, it’s a little disappointing to see that.”The U.S. faces the Netherlands in Sunday’s World Cup final and, should Morgan add to her six goals at the tournament, the celebrations are unlikely to be muted.”I don’t think we’ll be deterred by a couple of naysayers,” she said. “My celebration was actually more about, ‘That’s the tea’, which is telling a story, spreading news,” Morgan said. “Sophie Turner does it quite often, she’s one of my favorite actresses, so it wasn’t a hit to England in any way.”I feel that there is some sort of double standard for females in sports to feel like we have to be humble in our successes and have to celebrate, but not too much, and have to do something but it always has to be in a limited fashion.”You see men celebrating all around the world in big tournaments, grabbing their sacks or whatever it is, and when I look at sipping a cup of tea, I’m a little taken aback. You have to laugh about it to see all of the criticism.”This team is special. Thanks for the bday love. Thanks for the rocking stadium. Thanks for continuing to believe with us. And that’s the tea.— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) July 2, 2019Morgan was particularly unimpressed with Juventus forward Sanderson’s opinion, given they played together in 2016. LYON, France — Alex Morgan has accused her goal celebration critics of “double standards,” with the United States striker perplexed at why her tea sipping caused such a stir when men are “grabbing their sacks.”USA captain Morgan celebrated scoring a Women’s World Cup semifinal winner against England by lifting her little finger and pretending to sip tea, a popular beverage in the country of her opponents and one linked to American independence after a shipment of the drink was dumped in the sea by colonists in an event known as the Boston Tea Party.last_img read more

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