Tendered operation cuts costs

first_imgON JANUARY 1 Stockholm’s narrow-gauge commuter services transfer to private-sector management. Bus operator Linjebuss and Adtranz will run the three 891mm gauge routes for five years under contract to AB Storstockholms Lokaltrafik. Over the past five years, SL has contracted out operation of tram, bus and metro routes in a rolling programme. But the Roslagsbanan is the first rail route to change hands, the other lines having been won by SL’s existing subsidiaries.Over the next two years, SL is due to award further rail contracts worth between SKr2bn and SKr3bn. Pre-qualification bids have been invited for operation of the horseshoe-shaped light rail network now under construction in the south and west of the city, and the Nockebybanan tramway which will share depot facilities with the new line at Alvik. Formal tenders will be called in the next two or three months, with the winning bidder to be selected by the second half of 1998. This will leave time for the winner to help with final preparations and start crew training ahead of the opening of the line in August 1999.Bids are also to be called this year for the 185route-km network of commuter services radiating from Stockholm Central to Nynäshamn, Slast_img read more

Catholic Youth Prepare for Episcopal Youth Assembly 2021

first_img Share LifestyleLocalNewsRegional Catholic Youth Prepare for Episcopal Youth Assembly 2021 by: – January 21, 2020 (Photo credit: rotary5040.org)The Catholic community, specifically the youth community, is already setting the stage for its Antilles Episcopal Youth Assembly next year.Dominica will be hosting 400 visiting youths plus 400 residents along with adults and members of the clergy.Last week, six visitors from the AEC Youth Secretariat were on island conducting site visits to finalize planning for the anticipated event.Arch Bishop Kenneth Richards headed the delegation and spoke with the press on Friday, January 17th.He says the headline message is that youth should be more involved in evangelism.“The theme is ‘Youth the Face of Christ Alive’ and this came out of the document by the Holy Father, Christus Vivit. The essence of that document is to call young people to recognize that the church is depending on them and expecting their leadership in church evangelism.”He outlined the priorities for the two-week conference.“A large part of it will be catechesis which will be exploring…and deepening their faith with respect to catholic teachings and spirituality and understanding the scripture.It will also provide an encounter for social outreach.The archbishop revealed, “An element of this will be including the environment.”He referenced Laudato si, the second encyclical of Pope Francis. The encyclical has the subtitle “on care for our common home”. In it, the pope critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, laments environmental degradation and global warming, and calls all people of the world to take “swift and unified global action.“If we look at the document…and the recent synod on the Amazon,” Archbishop Richards said, “They want us to have a heightened understanding of the environment and the impact that we have on it…”He believes Dominica is the ideal place to host the event as a backdrop for the conversation about environmental consciousness. Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 93 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Bayern thump Hanover to go level with second-place Gladbach

first_imgBerlin, Germany | AFP | Thomas Mueller had a frustrating time in front of goal in his 300th Bundesliga game, but Bayern continued their run of form with a 4-0 win at Hanover on Saturday.Joshua Kimmich’s second-minute volley from an awkward-looking flick from Thomas Mueller gave the Bavarians an early lead.Bayern doubled their lead in the 29th minute when David Alaba rocketed a strike into the top of the net from the edge of the box.Kimmich turned provider for the last two goals.In the 53rd minute, he played a low cross for Serge Gnabry who weaved through traffic before toe-poking home from close range.Ten minutes later, Kimmich floated a perfectly-weighted cross into the path of Robert Lewandowski who headed his 10th goal of the season, going to the top of the Bundesliga scoring charts.Bayern’s win cut the gap to leaders Borussia Dortmund to six points ahead of Dortmund’s evening game against Werder Bremen at Signal Iduna Park. Hanover sit dead last with 10 points from 15 games. Elsewhere, Borussia Moenchengladbach, who started the day in second drew 0-0 at wasteful Hoffenheim. The home team dominated throughout, racking up 22 shots to four for the visitors, but were unable to convert.Schalke’s Bundesliga struggles continued, held 1-1 at Augsburg. The visitors thought they had snared the three points in the dying stages after Breel Embolo netted, but the effort ruled out for offside.Mario Gomez secured a valuable win for relegation-challenged Stuttgart who won 2-1 at home to Hertha Berlin.Berlin took the lead in the 38th minute through Max Mittelstadt, before Gomez stretched out a leg to tap it into the bottom left corner in the 64th minute.Gomez added a second just ten minutes later, powering a header into goal after an expert cross from Christian Gentner.Fortuna Duesseldorf improved their chances of avoiding the drop with a 2-0 home win over Freiburg thanks to two goals from Kaan Ayhan.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

England’s dramatic charge wins Canadian Challenge

first_img England won the Canadian International Junior Challenge for the seventh time with a dramatic charge over the last five holes of the championship at Wildfire Golf Club, Ontario. The team of Jake Bolton, Jack Cope, Danny Daniels and Kristian Tannum Donaldson had trailed the hosts, Canada, over the first two rounds and, with five holes left of the final round, they were six shots behind. But in a storming finish they overtook their rivals and won the title by a shot. Daniels (Essendon) birdied two of the last five on his way to three-under 69, the low score of the day. Tannum Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) was two-under for the last five, including a crucial birdie on 18. Cope (Minchinhampton) birdied 14 and 16 to finish on level par. Bolton (Ogbourne Downs) beat his Canadian opponent by two shots over the closing holes. Manager Alan Covey said: “The job was done! We had played the last five holes in six-under par as a team, to win by a single shot. It was a fantastic fightback by Team England and we were champions. “Although we were six behind Canada after 13 holes all the team were playing well.  I just told each player to try and beat the Canadian in their group by two shots in the last five holes and they responded accordingly!” Covey also praised the boys from Team Canada for being great opponents. “Canada pushed us all the way, but thankfully we just came out on top,” he said. England played the last round in a team score of one-under and finished the 54-hole event on four-over par, one shot ahead of Canada. In addition Bolton was third individually on two-over, two behind the leaders, scoring 73 69 76. Tied fifth were Daniels 74 77 69 and Tannum Donaldson 74 72 74; while Cope was eighth 75 75 72. The championship is the only multi-team international junior golf championship conducted in Canada. The event was developed to provide elite junior golfers around the world the opportunity to compete in an international ranked event while experiencing Canadian culture in one of Canada’s finest regions. The event also promotes the building of international relations between juniors and golfing federations.  Caption: (from left) Jack Cope, Kristian Tannum Donaldson, Alan Covey (team manager), Jake Bolton, Danny Daniels. (Image courtesy Canadian Junior Golf Association). 18 Sep 2016 England’s dramatic charge wins Canadian Challenge last_img read more