September 28, 2020

Italy’s prestigious showcase

first_imgEURAILSPEED is coming to Italy for the first time. The fifth World Congress & Exhibition on High Speed Rail offers a prestigious showcase for experts, managers, professionals and all those interested in the growth and development of rail transport. The event presents a unique opportunity for Italy. It will give FS the chance to show the rest of the world its new approach to high speed lines, applying cutting-edge technologies to the management of rail traffic. The various lines now being completed will change radically the structure of the Italian transport network, and will have a significant impact on people’s way of life. At the same time, the FS Group is working intensively to remodel the principal urban nodes, so as to guarantee smoother traffic flows and decongest the traditional network. All this is being done within a framework of infrastructure investment that will see massive financial resources pumped into the railways over the next decade.The aim is clear: to provide an efficient, modern and well-structured network able to meet the expectations of a great country. Our rail network must be capable of offering the best possible services to our own customers, and will be a major contributor to mobility throughout the European Union. The extra capacity added by the new lines will help to guarantee fast passenger and freight services to and from northern Europe, allowing Italy to become a major EU gateway for traffic flows to and from the emerging economies of Asia.The achievement of our goal is not far away. The Roma – Napoli direttissima will open with the timetable change on December 11. The Torino – Novara line will come into operation early next year ready for the Winter Olympics in Piemonte. Work on the Novara – Milano section will also be finished next year, another step towards the completion of European Corridor V which will connect Italy’s principal industrial regions with the markets of Eastern Europe.All of this activity will be a prime topic for discussion at EurailSpeed, along with wider questions about the role of rail in meeting the world’s future transport requirements. I look forward to contributions from many of the world’s most authoritative experts, who will be offering new ideas, technology and new prospects which will help us to build a great future.last_img read more

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September 28, 2020

Siemens Mobility selects Softil software for LTE-R development

first_imgCOMMUNICATIONS: Siemens Mobility is to use Softil’s BEEHD framework in the development of LTE-R communications technology to succeed GSM-R, and also mission-critical push-to-talk applications for transport use. The next-generation data communication system is required to support ETCS and automatic train operation as well as secure voice communication between drivers and signallers, with provision for emergency and group calls and real-time video imagery. It must also support condition monitoring, connected driver advisory systems, telemetry, non-critical real-time video, wireless communication for on-train staff, and business communications including passenger information and entertainment. ‘The rail industry is at the forefront of the mission-critical communication revolution’, said Softil CEO Pierre Hagendorf on August 6. ‘GSM-R based systems have already been replaced by LTE-R in Asia-Pacific and the trend is expected to widen across other markets in 2019-20.’last_img read more

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September 27, 2020

Arrow Video FrightFest 2019: Kindred Spirits review

first_imgChloe (Thora Birch) lives with her daughter Nicole (Sasha Frolova) and the pair are surprised when Sadie (Caitlin Stasey), Chloe’s sister, shows up unannounced after being absent for a year. Nicole idolises her aunt and the two become inseparable quickly, sharing a room and confiding in one another. As their bond deepens, Sadie works her way back into the life of her family but soon her on-going jealousy towards Nicole starts to take over and Sadie gradually becomes unhinged.Kindred Spirits is from director Lucky McKee and writer Chris Sivertson. It’s essentially an update of Single White Female and is a perfectly serviceable, if quite unremarkable, psychological thriller. You know from the minute that Sadie turns up that she’s going to cause her family nothing but grief and as soon as she starts dressing like her teenage niece, you can spot the batshit crazy coming from a mile off.Credit: Cranium EntertainmentI’ve seen this type of storyline done to death and I have to admit I’ve seen it done better. Kindred Spirits takes far too long to get going and then once it picks up momentum, it ends abruptly making you feel like there’s a good half an hour or so of scenes that were removed from the final edit. The climax jumps from one thing to another far too quickly and there is a lot that’s skirted over. I don’t know if it’s an editing choice or just poor decision making, but it pulled the end of the film way down.What Kindred Spirits really suffers from is that it completely lacks originality. It hits every cliché going for this type of film from Chloe not believing a word her daughter says and believing everything her wayward sister says despite telling another character that Sadie is a bit of a loose cannon. The plot sacrifices logic and realism for cheap shocks, and while they are entertaining it doesn’t make for the most memorable of films.Acting wise the cast can’t really be faulted. It’s nice to see Thora Birch back in a leading role and Caitlin Stasey commits to the craziness of her character, bringing to mind some of Shiri Appleby’s more unhinged moments from UnReal. Sasha Frolova is the star of the film, marking herself out to be a talented young actress and rising above the material here. Credit: Cranium EntertainmentKindred Spirits isn’t a bad film, it’s just not a particularly good one. With the violence toned down a little, it could easily find a home on Lifetime, and that’s not really a compliment. The film plays everything by the numbers and then bottles it before giving a satisfying conclusion. Chalk me up as disappointed with this one. Cast: Thora Birch, Caitlin Stasey, Macon Blair, Liam Booth, Sasha Frolova, Audrey Gerthoffer Director: Lucky McKee Writer: Chris Sivertson Certificate: TBC Duration: 90 mins Released by: Cranium Entertainmentlast_img read more

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September 27, 2020

Emma Harper MSP welcomes review of snaring legislation

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInToday, Emma Harper MSP has welcomed the planned review of the legislation on snares.Snares are wire noose traps used extensively across Scotland, mainly to catch foxes on shooting estates and farms to protect pheasants and grouse for commercial shoots.The last time the issue was debated in Parliament was 2011. Despite a hard fought campaign by the League and OneKind, the Government voted to regulate the use of snares rather than making their sale, use and manufacture illegal in Scotland.However, the Scottish Government is committed to reviewing snaring laws by the end of this year.Ms Harper said,“Scotland currently has the most stringent legislation on snares in the United Kingdom. However, the time is right to consider how effective this legislation has been, and to re-open the debate on snares.”Speaking on behalf of the joint campaign, Jennifer Dunn said “We are delighted that Emma Harper MSP has attended our event at the Scottish Parliament and shown a great interest in the arguments around this debate.“Over the next few weeks and months the League and OneKind will be campaigning hard to persuade the Scottish Government to use the opportunity presented by the snaring review to make the sale, use and manufacture of snares illegal in Scotland, ending the pain and suffering they cause for good.”last_img read more

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September 27, 2020

St Lucia to implement new security measures

first_imgThe St. Lucia government is moving to introduce new legislation as well as amend others as it moves to build a more equitable, just and law-abiding country.Home Affairs, Justice and National Security Minister, Hermingild Francis says there are some areas where the law is being disobeyed with impunity and the Allen Chastanet government will be moving to ensure stiffer penalties are put in place in the course of this year.Many recommendations identifiedFrancis, speaking on the “Police Insight” television program, said many recommendations have been identified and the Attorney General’s Chambers has been working assiduously to frame the relevant bills. He told television viewers that the new or reinforced laws will be pivotal to building a more equitable, just and law- abiding country.Domestic Violence ActFrancis, who was flanked by Deputy Commissioner of Police Milton Desir on the program, said the intention is also to have the Domestic Violence Act amended to allow a third party to report domestic altercations to the police for action.He said the Child Justice Bill and the Child Care, Protection and Adoption Bill will soon be tabled in the Parliament and that a a review of the Affiliation Act commonly referred to as the Child Maintenance.Order would allow for a ‘means test’ to be used to determine how much parents are able to pay for child support.Currently payments to mothers or custodians amount to EC$200 a month.Francis said that the Counter-Tracking Act of 2013, the Firearms Act and the introduction or reinforcement of laws that will speak to the use of breathalyzers, radar guns and non-lethal weapons among other areas are also being addressed.He said many more initiatives will be outlined when the 2018/2019 national budget is presented in April.last_img read more

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September 26, 2020

Iconic South African film, Sarafina, shown for free across cinemas in…

first_imghttps://twitter.com/iG_Sizwe_SA/status/743400643730210816https://twitter.com/TerryPheto/status/743458081737150465 Cinemas across South Africa will be screening Sarafina free of charge on Thursday 16th June as South Africa marks the 40th year of the Soweto uprising on the day of the Youth.Sarafina, is a well woven story of the students struggles against the opposition implementation of the Afrikaans language in school in the apartheid period in South Africa. The moving story that has been watched by millions of Africans is based on the ‘Soweto uprising’ of 16th June 1976.Local television channels have also slated different times to show the classical movie as well such as the e.tv.In a statement, producer Anant Singh said, “Sarafina! Has been an inspiration to me, firstly in getting the film made, and then being inspired by how it was embraced by the people of South Africa and the rest of the world.”Sarafina is played by Leleti Khumalo and her inspiring teacher is played by Whoopi Goldberg.South Africans took to twitter to share their sentiments on the free screening of the shower, here are a few pickslast_img read more

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September 26, 2020

Four cultural stalwarts receive Golden Drum 2012 awards

first_img Share 199 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! LocalNews Four cultural stalwarts receive Golden Drum 2012 awards by: – August 2, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Gilles Carbon Jno Baptiste accepting the award from acting president Dr. Edward I Watty on behalf of the Capuchin Cultural Group for the preservation and promotion of traditional dance and music.Two individuals, one cultural group and the state owned radio station are the recipients of the Golden Drum 2012 awards, which forms part of Emancipation celebrations.August 1st is celebrated as Emancipation Day, in remembrance of the abolition of slavery and this year marked the 178th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Dominica. Every year the National Cultural Council hosts the awards to honour citizens, groups and organizations that have played a significant role in Dominica’s cultural development.This year’s awardees are;1. Capuchin Cultural Group for the preservation and promotion of traditional dance and music2. Dominica Broadcasting Corporation (DBS Radio) for the promotion and preservation of Dominica’s cultural heritage3. Felix Henderson for the preservation and promotion of the creole language4. Fred Nicholas for the promotion of popular musicDBS Radio for the promotion and preservation of Dominica’s cultural heritage, award accepted by DBS Manager, Brian Meade.Minister of Culture, Justina Charles, who thanked the awardees for their “sterling contribution”, noted that the award is a small way of paying “tribute to individuals, cultural groups and institutions for their valuable contribution to the development of arts and culture in Dominica”.She encouraged them to continue promoting and developing the art form.“The passion with which you engage yourself in these fields gives the assurance that you are far from the finish line. For this is a labour of love. As a nation, we salute you and encourage you to continue”. The Culture Minister also highlighted the significance of Emancipation Day and the freedom which our ancestors fought for, which she noted “we should never lose sight” of.“The freedom that we enjoy today, the freedom that we take for granted were in part due to the sacrifice and struggles of our ancestors, the resistance of our maroons. Emancipation celebration thus represents a celebration of our freedom, a celebration of our culture handed down by our ancestors, a tribute to the fighting spirits of our ancestors who were brought here from Africa”.Felix Henderson for the preservation and promotion of the creole language.One of the awardees; Fred Nicholas, told Dominica Vibes News that he was “humbled” to have received this award.“I am so overwhelmed because it’s a co-existence of so many different feelings so I don’t know if is to scream, to cry or that kind of thing so I am very elated”.Nicholas who teaches music privately and at the Christian Music School said he will continue to teach and promote Dominica’s music and culture.“I am always there to assist so it is what I do; people come to me if they do not understand certain things. Tonight when I was leaving my mom said in patois, what I really wanted you to do you didn’t do it, but now she is proud. I travel extensively doing what I love, I am living my dream”. Meanwhile Felix Henderson, who has been promoting the creole language for thirty-five (35) years, explained that he was excited to receive the award on behalf of the ordinary people.Fred Nicholas for the promotion of popular music.“I accept it on behalf of the creole people of Dominica, the ordinary people who for the first time after many, many years struggling with the language….many people did not have their voices on radio for so many years and after a while, you know the late seventies, mid seventies, they started hearing their own voices in creole on the radio. That was exciting for them because not only could they hear the ministers and the officials, but you could hear the ordinary fishermen, farmers and ordinary people speaking their own language that they are comfortable in. I am so glad, I am so thankful to God that he used me in some way to be able to develop that language along with many other people”. The National Cultural Council also rewarded three groups and two individuals with special recognition awards for their contribution to culture.They are; Alex Bruno, Michel Raffoul, The Flamboyant Dancers, Genesis Steel Orchestra and the Sixth Form Sisserou Dancers.The awards were presented by acting president Dr Edward I Watty as President Liverpool is at the London 2012 Olympic Games.There were cultural performances by Henry Etienne the 2012 DOMFESTA Song Contest winner, Miriam Gerwig who placed 1st runner up in the 2012 DOMFESTA Song Contest, Genesis Steel Orchestra, Flamboyant Dancers, Capuchin Cultural Group, Ti Bwa from Woodfordhill, Sixth Form Sisserou Singers, Waitukubuli Dance Theatre Compnay and Tradibelle of Grand Bay.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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September 23, 2020

Match notes: UWF to visit Huntsville and No. 23 West Alabama

first_imgOctober 14, 2015 MATCH NOTES UAH: Live statsUWA: Live stats — Video PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida women’s soccer team is set to face Alabama Huntsville and Gulf South Conference leader No. 23 West Alabama this weekend. The match against UAH will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, and Sunday’s match against UWA will start at 12:30 p.m. Recapping Last WeekendUWF defeated North Alabama on October 11, scoring three goals against one of the best defenses in the Gulf South Conference and allowing just two goals to a top offense in all of Division II. Amber Pennybaker led the charge with two goals, scoring one off a missed clearance following a corner kick and netting the game-winner in the 81st minute. UWF outshot UNA 32-12 in the victory, and goalkeeper Emily Grammer held the Lions scoreless after entering the game in the second half. Regional RankingsFollowing the win against North Alabama, UWF moved up one spot to ninth in the NSCAA South Region rankings, while UNA dropped from fifth to sixth. West Alabama leads GSC teams in the rankings, sitting behind Sunshine State Conference foes Barry and Rollins. Lee and Tampa are fourth and fifth in the rankings, while UNA, Florida Tech and Christian Brothers are sixth, seventh and eighth. The Argos are 3-2 this year against teams ahead of them in the regional rankings. The top six teams in the South Region rankings advance to the NCAA Tournament, with the top two teams receiving a first-round bye. Conference tournament winners from the GSC and the SSC get automatic bids and the remaining four spots are at-large bids based on the rankings. Scouting UAH and UWAAlabama Huntsville ranks second in the GSC with 29 goals scored on the year, aided by a 14-1 victory over USCAA-affiliated Oakwood in mid-September. In conference play, the Chargers hold a 2-5-1 record and have been outscored 21-7. Despite what a sub-par record might suggest, UAH will bring several talented players to Friday’s match, including Sydnie Fiocca, a three-time All-GSC performer and the 2012 conference freshman of the year. Joining Fiocca are Sydney Pfankuch and Alexcia Alexander, last year’s GSC Freshman of the Year. Pfankuch and Alexander are second and fifth, respectively, in the conference in points this year. West Alabama will showcase an offense that has averaged 2.5 goals per game, good for second in the GSC and a top-30 mark in D2. The Tigers’ 1.3-goal average margin of victory ranks third in the conference, behind UWF and North Alabama, and the team’s 1.18 goals against average ranks fifth in the GSC. The Tigers are led offensively by Kirsten Reilly and Katy Morris, both of whom rank in the top 10 in the GSC in goals, assists and points.  Issy Foster stands in goal for UWA, allowing 1.1 goals per game. Reilly and Foster were both preseason All-GSC selections. UWF is 21-0 all-time against Alabama Huntsville and 5-1 against West Alabama.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS# — www.GoArgos.com –Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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September 20, 2020

Video: Thomas hails Ashton Gate atmosphere

first_imgThe forwards coach previewed the mouthwatering derby clash against the Cherry and Whites with gathered media at the training base.Subscribe to Bristol Bears TV by clicking here.last_img

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September 8, 2020

Comfybed new official equine bedding supplier to Team Ireland Equestrian

first_img 18 April 2013, 12:20 Home  »  General  »  Comfybed new official equine bedding supplier to Team Ireland Equestrian Tags: Horse Sport Ireland CEO, Damian McDonald said: In 2010 Team Ireland Equestrian was launched and we have a number of successful Irish companies working alongside us to promote equestrian sports. Earlier in the year GAIN & Glanbia came on board as official feed supplier and sponsors of the underage teams to join Horseware and TRM. We are delighted that Comfybed have now come on board as the official equine bedding supplier to Team Ireland Equestrian.center_img Horse Sport Ireland has announced that Comfybed will be the Official Equine Bedding Supplier to Team Ireland Equestrian Teams. Comfybed will provide bedding to all Team Ireland Equestrian riders competing on FEI European Championship Teams, the partnership will run for 4 years up to and including the Rio Olympics in 2016Managing Director of CJSheeran Limited manufacturers of Comfybed said; We’re delighted to be appointed as Official Suppliers of Bedding. It’s a testament to the hard work of our staff at CJSheeran but also a recognition that manufacturing and innovation is alive and well in Ireland. Being endorsed by Team Ireland Equestrian is indeed an honour and something our company is very proud of. Comfybed new official equine bedding supplier to Team Ireland Equestrian last_img read more

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