Community Based Tourism Policy Being Drafted

first_imgRelatedCommunity Based Tourism Policy Being Drafted RelatedCommunity Based Tourism Policy Being Drafted Community Based Tourism Policy Being Drafted CommunityOctober 31, 2012 Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the Ministry is currently in the final stages of drafting a community based tourism policy for presentation to Cabinet. The Minister was speaking at the official press launch of the St. Elizabeth Homecoming Foundation’s 20th annual Homecoming Week celebrations, at the Medallion Hall Hotel in Kingston, on October 30. Dr. McNeill pointed out that community tourism “is an aspect of the product (that) the Ministry is working at diversifying.” He said the South Coast is one of Jamaica’s designated tourism resort areas, with St. Elizabeth holding pride of place. “The promotion of community tourism in St. Elizabeth, I believe, has positioned the parish quite strategically to the traveller who wants that intimate interaction with the authentic Jamaican experience,” the Minister said. Dr. McNeill pointed out that one of the primary reasons that the annual home-coming event is so highly anticipated is because it provides the ideal opportunity for parishioners from near and far, to get together and enjoy what the parish has to offer. “It is therefore not surprising to know that the St. Elizabeth Homecoming Foundation has really strong links with the Diaspora.  And this is important for our nation as we position Jamaica for sustainable growth. We need the input, creativity, and commitment of every Jamaican to achieve our goals,” he said. He encouraged support for the Foundation’s week of activities, noting that “as we celebrate our 50th anniversary, and the twentieth staging of the St. Elizabeth Homecoming Celebrations, I encourage all Jamaicans, both here and abroad, from whatever parish you may hail, to come out and enjoy the festivities, the food, the attractions and the camaraderie of community life.” Acting Chairman of the St. Elizabeth Homecoming Foundation, Kenry Jackson, noted that the Foundation has accomplished much over the last 20 years in terms of education, bringing investment to the parish, honouring the sons and daughters who have accomplished in their chosen fields and generally bringing focus to the parish. He said that this year’s celebrations will focus on the students of the parish with a ‘Students’ Empowerment Week Programme’, where over 100 outstanding St. Elizabethans are scheduled to visit schools and share their personal experiences with students and teachers on topics such as the importance of acquiring a good education; discipline and respect for each other; career possibilities; the role of law and order in the creation of an orderly society and conflict resolution. “This programme is designed to enhance students’ values and attitudes and help them to make wise career choices and to let them know that the country’s leadership will be in their hands in a short time,” Mr. Jackson said. Other activities will include a Students’ Career Day Expo at Munro College, in collaboration with the University of the West Indies on November 16; the St. Elizabeth Parish Council Awards 50 Celebrations on November 24, where 50 outstanding parishioners will be awarded, in honour of Jamaica 50; a thanksgiving service at the St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Southfield on November 25; The Best of St. Bess Golden Awards Banquet at the Pegasus Hotel, November 27; and several community concerts in Balaclava, New Market Square, Black River and Southfield. There will also be a community day in Junction. Member of Parliament for North East St. Elizabeth, Raymond Pryce, brought greetings on behalf of his colleague MPs. Mr. Pryce spoke of efforts to have a public health and education campaign in his constituency to address the current dengue outbreak and threat from water borne diseases, and asked the Foundation for its support. RelatedCommunity Based Tourism Policy Being Draftedlast_img read more

Assistant Professor of Corporate Finance.

first_imgThe Department has been awarded the official recognition of“Department of Excellence” (top 10%) by the Italian Ministry ofEducation, Universities and Research, with special dedicatedfunding to develop an innovative project on Analytical Intelligencefor Management.Ca’ Foscari scores among the top 300 universities in the world forBusiness and Management Studies according to the most recent QSWorld University Ranking. Ca’ Foscari is offering a tenure-track position in CorporateFinance to a scholar who can raise the challenge of inspiringstudents to be game-changers and make a genuine difference in theworld. The selected candidate will have to teach on subjects related tothe 13/B4 academic recruitment field, both in Italian and Englishlanguage, mainly oriented to corporate financial policies andentrepreneurial finance.His research activity will focus on corporate financing, withparticular regard to SMEs, on issues of sustainability and businessrisk management. He will cooperate in the activities and projectsof the Department of Management and of the Labor and Business 4.0Laboratory. Ca’ Foscari is engaged in achieving a world-class scientificenvironment, recruiting the best talents worldwide. Our talentedyoung researchers and experienced senior professors collaborate tomake Ca’ Foscari a stimulating environment for career developmentand freedom of research. Our University is committed to achievingexcellence in research, funding promising researchers anddeveloping international partnerships. As a leading researchuniversity, Ca’ Foscari has set a new agenda designed around sixglobal challenges, exploring cutting-edge research directions thatcross disciplinary boundaries. The InstitutionSince its foundation in 1868, Ca’ Foscari University of Venicehas been a leader in Economics and Foreign Languages and Cultures.Today, Ca’ Foscari is exploring new frontiers in research, focusingon Climate Change, Digital Humanities, Digital and SocialInnovation, and Nanosciences. An intellectual powerhouse ofinternational repute in the heart of the city of Venice, Ca’Foscari provides a one-of-a-kind blend of scientific research,cultural heritage and history, offering a life-changing experienceto its students and researchers, with a transformative impact onthe local community. The position is at the Department of Management, whose majorfields of activity include innovation, entrepreneurship,international management and creativity. The faculty in engaged inblending teaching and research in close contact with stakeholdersfrom the economic, institutional and professional areas, while alsofocusing on sustainability and responsible development issues forthe wellbeing of future generations. Ca’ Foscari is offering a tenure-track position for anAssistant Professor of Corporate Finance. Ca’ Foscari University of Venice has also obtained the fullHuman Resources Strategy for Researchers certificate, a set ofinitiatives to improve work conditions for researchers and toattract talents worldwide.Our Housing officewill help you search for a suitable and convenient accommodation,matching your needs and preferences with the available options. If you are a non-Italian applicant or if you have residedoutside of Italy for more than 3 years, you will benefit from afavorable tax treatment for the first 4 years of thecontract.Read here: https://www.unive.it/data/38002/?id=2021-UNVE000-0027158last_img read more

You Can’t Always Get What You Want…Except at a Rolling Stones Concert

first_imgWhat could possibly be better than seeing The Rolling Stones in concert? Finding out that Gary Clark Jr. just so happens to be the opening act. A legend in the making, the blues virtuoso was a late addition to the bill at San Diego’s Petco Park. He welcomed the sell-out crowd of 42,000+ with a 45-minute set of guitar sorcery accompanied by his seductive vocal range. Later he would add a scorching yet tasteful touch to the Sticky Fingers burner, “Bitch” (watch fan-shot footage here). The Stones don’t let just anyone on their stage.Grace Potter To Open For The Rolling Stones At Select StopsLaunching their U.S. Tour, the production was more stripped down than those in the past. A runway into the crowd and fireworks during the “Satisfaction” encore were the biggest indulgences. The Stones are inevitably a spectacle, but the music now takes greater precedence. After a pair of warm-up songs, the locomotive began to churn on “All Down the Line.” Anyone who doubts the prowess of this 53-year-old band clearly hasn’t seen them recently. These men epitomize the “age is only a number” cliche. A 2015 Stones performance connects a chord all the way back to their roots. This is raw rock ‘n roll power washing over a mass of humanity. The emotional impact upon their legions of fans is immeasurable.Bearing witness to Mick Jagger in the flesh, one might wonder if they are in the presence of an alien life form. He’s almost too sublime to be human. Tapped in to a boundless source of agility, his energy output extends beyond logical comprehension. He and the band both gain momentum as the 140-minute set unfolds. His sexual magnetism is off the charts; manifested through hypnotic dance moves, defiant swagger, vocal acrobatics and an array of alluring attire. Suddenly he reminds you that he’s a blues harmonica assassin on “Midnight Rambler” and a guitar is anything but a prop. His English charm serves him well when connecting with the audience through warm, amusing banter.Rolling Stones Share Unreleased, Extended Version Of ‘Bitch’The other three veterans can’t shine as bright; no one can; but each has enough character to form their own solar system. The years have been the kindest to Charlie Watts. Locking down the groove on his minimalist drum kit, he’s notoriously stoic. Thus it’s all the more special when he breaks into a huge grin as he did watching Ronnie Wood solo on “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’.” You don’t realize until seeing the band live what a stud Wood is. His succulent, sinuous tone sliced through the cool evening air with disarming authority. His childlike enthusiasm is evidence that he’s having more fun than anyone. Then there’s the old pirate Keith Richards who comes across as tired and bewildered, but still full of piss and vinegar. He doesn’t provide any “wow” moments on guitar, but you can count on his grungy, chunky tone providing a snarling rhythmic counterpoint. His lead vocals on “Before They Make Me Run” were an unexpected treat.Tenor saxophonist Karl Denson is the new kid on the block, stepping into the big shoes of the late Bobby Keys. It is apparent this music requires him to summon an alternate scope of his abilities. His glow resonated across the stadium during the signature “Brown Sugar” solo. Tim Ries had a healthy share of opportunities to contribute on alto and baritone sax. He even added French horn to the gorgeous “Can’t Always Get What You Want” encore. Sanctified by the Cal State Long Beach Choir, this fan favorite was cathartic to the core.While the big four get most of the attention, every musician on stage is integral to the whole. Bassist Darryl Jones is no wallflower, keeping things funky while challenging his bandmates. He laid it down thick on “Miss You.” Longtime keyboardist Chuck Leavell exudes an angelic aura and infuses every crevice with melodic nuance. The harmonies of backup singers Lisa Fischer and Bernard Fowler add layers of soul throughout. The highlight of the show had to be “Gimme Shelter.” Fischer strutted to the front of the stage and brought the house down. Voice stretching to the heavens, she unleashed the haunting chorus along with a torrential downpour of emotion. No matter how many years go by, these songs and the band that sings them only grow more potent with time.Words and images by Tyler Bluelast_img read more

Vermont PBS profiles Vermont’s 14 counties in three-part special

first_imgThe series of 14 films were all produced, over a period of several years, by students in Senator Bill Doyle’s history class at Johnson State College, in collaboration with Waterbury, Vt., filmmaker Vince Franke of Peregrine Productions. Each film brings to life the history, the stories and the characters that help to define Vermont.Life in Vermont’s Counties will air in three parts on successive Thursdays, August 6, 13 and 20, beginning each evening at 7 p.m. It’s a great opportunity for Vermont residents to get to know a bit more about their home county, and those of their neighbors. The films fit well with Vermont PBS’s long tradition of preserving and showcasing the state’s rich history, making it available for future generations. Vermont PBS is viewable over the air and on cable systems throughout the state. Vermont PBS is Vermont’s statewide public media provider, with a commitment to cultural enrichment and civic engagement. Vermont PBS PLUS, the station’s second HD channel, launched in July, 2014. More information about Vermont PBS is available at vermontpbs.org(link is external). Vermont PBS,Vermont Business Magazine From Franklin to Windham, from Bennington to Orleans, Vermont’s 14 counties have a rich history of unique people, special places and roots sunk deep in the Vermont soil. Over three very special Thursday evenings beginning August 6th, Vermont PBS will be serving up a historical snapshot of each and every county in the state. Life in Vermont’s Counties uses archival footage and photos, interviews with residents – and a rich sense of place – to describe local life and historical highlights of Vermont’s 14 counties.last_img read more

Germany: Master Plan confirms state’s commitment to rail

first_imgClimate change strategyThe coalition government had identified rail as a central element in its strategy for meeting climate change goals, and as part of Zukunftsbündnis Schiene six taskforces were set up to formulate proposals under a 28-strong steering group led by Parliamentary State Secretary Enak Ferlemann. Each taskforce was assigned a specific area: the introduction of regular-interval services (Deutschlandtakt) to achieve better punctuality; expansion of capacity to ensure reliability; making rail competitive; noise and environmental issues; promotion of innovative technology; and staffing in the rail sector — forecasts suggest that up to 100 000 new personnel will be needed by DB AG alone over the coming years.According to Scheuer, this was the first time that such an all-embracing platform had been set up to formulate railway strategy anywhere in Europe.The steering group produced an interim report in May 2019. It followed this in October 2019 with a list of measures for immediate action, which the government then incorporated into its policy as commitments to the rail sector. Some of these are already in progress or have been agreed or implemented, while others remain aspirations and are not yet funded. Eisenach – Cottbus 3 h 46 min 2 h 52 min  9. Rhein-Ruhr-Express with upgrading between Dortmund and Köln to allow 15 min interval regional services Fig 1. As part of the government’s strategy to combat climate change, the Master Plan proposes 20 years of sustained investment in expansion and upgrading of the German network. Additional capacity will be essential if Deutschlandtakt is to become a reality.Priority projectsThe need for extra capacity applies to many other routes, and timely completion of major and minor enhancement projects will inevitably set the timescale for the different phases of Deutschlandtakt.The government has identified 12 major priority projects, which are deemed essential (Table I). These are to be completed ‘as quickly as possible’, which will require a guaranteed flow of funds. The proposed availability of funding to cover the different projects over the next 20 years is shown in Fig 1. Note that the Karlsruhe – Basel project, which has already been in progress for three decades, is expected to require ongoing funding until 2040.The government is urging budget legislators to make the money available to a timetable that matches the progress of the various projects through the planning legislation, with at least €3bn a year being required in the medium term. The Master Plan notes that ‘all players must work together’; one recommendation is that a dedicated fund should be established.Another requirement is for legislation covering the long-distance freight network (Schienengüterverkehrs-netzförderungsgesetz) to be modified to cover infrastructure work on the territory of non-federal railway companies — around 50% of Germany’s freight traffic is now handled by companies other than federally owned operator DB Cargo.In addition to the major capacity enhancement projects, the government envisages making funds available for small and medium-sized schemes. Work has already begun on a ‘starting portfolio’ of projects that includes ‘service facilities’ as well as infrastructure; these are to be given priority as they can be implemented faster and more easily than major schemes. Such projects will help to ensure ‘operational stability’, with implementation envisaged over the next five to eight years.Table I. Major capacity improvement projects in Master Plan 6. Upgrading from Hof to Marktredwitz, Regensburg and Obertraubling, known as Ostkorridor Süd The German government presented the definitive version of its Master Plan at the Rail Summit in Berlin at the end of June. Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer and Secretary of State Enak Ferlemann joined Deutsche Bahn Chairman Richard Lutz and representatives from across the sector in signing specially fabricated sections of rail to symbolise the launch of the Schienenpakt, an agreement setting out future rail strategy.Ambitious objectivesThe Master Plan has two primary objectives. First is to double the volume of passenger traffic by 2030 and second is to increase rail’s share of the freight market from the current 19% to at least 25% by the same date.Switching freight from road to rail forms a ‘key element’ in the proposals for combatting climate change within the transport sector. Traffic, both freight and passenger, will only switch, the government believes, if network capacity is increased, with matching increases in rolling stock provision and staffing, accompanied by measures to make rail more attractive to its customers.TaktfahrplanThe most ambitious proposal in the Master Plan is Deutschlandtakt, a national regular-interval timetable. This would see half-hourly inter-city services on the principal corridors connecting major cities, and hourly services on less important inter-city routes; frequent regional and local services would be tailored to offer good connections in and out of long-distance services across the network.As happened with the introduction of the Swiss Taktfahrplan as long ago as May 1982 and its evolution into Switzerland’s Bahn 2000 programme, this represents a fundamental change of policy. Whereas previously the timetable was formulated to suit the infrastructure, the timetable requirement would now dictate what infrastructure needs to be made available.Taking the Swiss Taktfahrplan as his model, Ferlemann saw the potential of Deutschlandtakt back in the 2000s. Acknowledging that the Swiss network was about the same size as that in the Land of Hessen, he recognised that the task of introducing connecting regular-interval services across the whole of Germany would be much more complex and demanding.The slogan chosen to promote Deutschlandtakt is Öfter, Schneller, Überall. (more frequent, faster, everywhere.). Yet it is quite clear that achieving these objectives will be neither cheap nor quick. Adapting the network to handle many more services will require a huge programme of infrastructure upgrading and some new line construction, suggesting that many years will elapse before the full Deutschlandtakt concept becomes reality.Ferlemann’s proposals were met initially with a lot of scepticism, especially from train operators — ‘it was as if I was a lone voice in the wilderness’, he recalls. But persistence eventually paid off, and over time Ferlemann succeeded in convincing much of Germany’s rail sector that the idea offered considerable merit. He now claims that ‘everyone supports the system’.As proof that travellers will use rail if the service is good enough, Ferlemann cites the success of the Berlin – München route following completion of the new Erfurt – Ebensfeld line in December 2017; this was the final stage in a project that was launched in 1991. The trip between the federal capital and the Land capital of Bayern was cut to under 4 h by the fastest Sprinter services, and forecasts of extra traffic turned out to be quite conservative compared to what actually happened — inter-city traffic on the route more than doubled within the first year.The ministry team leading the Deutschlandtakt concept is certainly not short of ambition — Scheuer has already talked about extending regular-interval services to other countries, mentioning a Europatakt and ‘trans-European express’ services. This was a vision and not a fantasy, he told Die Welt.Article continues below ↓ 2. Upgrading with sections of new line from Hanau to Würzburg/Fulda and Erfurt Going digitalDigitalisation is identified as another area for action, and the Master Plan cites the capacity benefits of shorter signalling blocks which ‘can be achieved more easily and cost-effectively’ with ETCS than with conventional signalling. Combined with digital control centres, ETCS will form the ‘technology platform’ for Digitale Schiene Deutschland (Digital Railway Germany).DSD is seen as another piece in the Deutschlandtakt jigsaw, with a rollout of digital train control technology required to match the various phases of the timetable upgrade. Preparations are currently in hand for financial agreements needed to bankroll a ‘starter package’ of DSD projects. The programme anticipates that €28bn will be required for ETCS infrastructure work and a further €4bn for equipping rolling stock. Görlitz – Nürnberg 5 h 25 min 4 h 08 min  Noise and pollutionThe Plan reports that rail generates just 0∙6% of greenhouse emissions from the transport sector compared with 60∙6% for private cars and 35∙6% for lorries and buses. It is therefore the only mode, the Plan says, that can be made climate neutral within the near future. As part of the government’s decarbonisation policy, rail is urged to increase its use of renewable energy sources and to minimise consumption.Another goal is to ensure that noise emissions do not increase as more traffic is attracted to rail. Huge progress has already been made thanks to refitting of wagons with composite brake blocks — by the end of April 88% of the 183,000 strong wagon fleet used in Germany had been retrofitted or equipped from new with quieter brakes. Problems remain, however, particularly on busy routes at night.From this year’s December timetable change, noisy freight wagons will, in theory at least, be banned from the German network. From December 2024 they will also be prohibited across the EU from so-called ‘quieter routes’, meaning those with more than 12 trains a night.Disturbance caused by the use of automated warning systems while engineering work is in progress is also seen as a sensitive issue that needs addressing. Questions remain about how open access operators such as FlixTrain can be incorporated into a regular-interval timetable.AcceptabilityThere is recognition in the Plan that completion of major projects requires a speedier planning process. It also recognises that this can only be achieved if the need for major works is better accepted by the local population in the affected areas.To foster social acceptance for railway schemes, the government envisages that regional bodies should be set up with members drawn from politics, commerce and local organisations. These bodies would be tasked with communicating the benefits of rail projects to the public, in order to establish a dialogue at local level. 8. Upgrading from Burgsinn to Gemünden, Würzburg and Nürnberg Table II. Example journey time cutswith Deutschlandtakt    Lübeck – Berlin 2 h 40 min 2 h 12 min  7. Upgrading from Uelzen to Stendal and then southwards to Magdeburg and Halle, termed Ostkorridor Nord 3. Central Rhein corridor, including the existing Köln – Frankfurt new line; a new line from the Frankfurt area to the Mannheim region; upgrading between Hagen, Siegen and Hanau; upgrading and sections of new line from Molzau via Graben Neudorf to Karlsruhe 12. Completion of a network allowing unrestricted use of 740 m long freight trains with overtaking loops able to accommodate the longer trains 1. New line from Würzburg to Nürnberg Connecting services across the national network will make rail travel more attractive.Freight Master PlanThe previous federal government published a Master Plan for Rail Freight in June 2017. This has now been incorporated into the overall Master Plan, which includes the 66 measures agreed in 2017 and five short-term measures that have already been implemented or are in progress. These include a reduction in access charges, works to accommodate 740 m long trains across the core network, and the launch of a test site for automated train formation at München Nord yard.The need to attract high-value freight to rail is also accepted, with a suggestion that this could bear higher margins which could be used to fund improvements. A virtuous cycle is envisaged, whereby the introduction of improvements to make rail more attractive would generate increased revenues that could be reinvested in further enhancements.Of the 66 longer-term measures, some are already in progress. These include development of the ‘digital automatic coupling’, including the launch of a demonstrator train; initial trials began in July.Annual ‘Day of Rail’In order to encourage support for these ambitious proposals, the Ministry of Transport & Digital Infrastructure intends to launch an annual event termed Tag der Eisenbahn (Day of Rail), starting in 2021. The main event will be a conference about the future of rail that will involve all stakeholders. Apart from being a regular opportunity for the sector to exchange experience and best practice, it will allow progress with the various Master Plan developments to be tracked and monitored.This article first appeared in the September 2020 issue of Railway Gazette International Competition questionsThe Master Plan acknowledges the need to make rail more competitive against other modes. It also recognises that intramodal competition can stimulate improvements in quality of service, noting that poor performance in terms of punctuality and reliability in recent years has damaged the railway’s image.The need for fair allocation of paths and equitable access charging is set out in the Plan. Balancing this with other requirements such as having long-term planning certainty is acknowledged, but there is also acceptance that short-term changes may be needed to cope with spot contracts in the freight market. Arranging pathing and path pricing to fit the national timetable structure as well as respecting competition and access principles under EU regulations will be required, and an iterative process is envisaged as Deutschlandtakt is rolled out.This would appear to represent one of the biggest challenges, as it is not clear how private or open access operators will be treated as regular-interval services are stepped up. Germany’s independent operators’ association Mofair has already flagged up the need for neutral allocation of paths, and criticism has been levelled at Scheuer for announcing the launch of intensive regular-interval services between Hamburg and Berlin with the next timetable change in December without an adequate answer to this question.Finding a formula will almost certainly beg further questions, for example about inter-availability of tickets and commercial policy.Critics point out that significant infrastructure work will be needed between Hamburg and Berlin before additional services can be accommodated, and there are fears that freight trains will be delayed if priority is accorded to the more frequent passenger services. One requirement is the adaptation of track and signalling to cope with ICE trains using eddy-current brakes. 10. Upgrading and sections of new line between Karlsruhe and Basel (ongoing project) The German government has assigned rail a fundamental role in its climate change strategy, promising unprecedented levels of financial support for expansion and modernisation of the national network. Murray Hughes investigates.,‘Never before in the history of the Federal Republic was rail transport so important as today’. Praising rail’s performance and achievements during the Covid-19 pandemic, Federal Minister for Transport & Digital Infrastructure Andreas Scheuer said ‘we have seen how important and reliable rail is, with robust passenger services and uninterrupted carriage of freight’.In his Foreword to the coalition government’s Master Plan for Rail, published at a ‘Rail Summit’ in Berlin on June 30, Scheuer went on to assert that ‘we will do all we can to make sure that the rail sector comes successfully through the pandemic situation and goes strengthened into the future … We have a clear plan for the railway and for rail transport in Germany’.On the face of it, the Master Plan represents an unprecedented government commitment to the rail mode. The planning process began in October 2018 when Scheuer unveiled details of the Zukunftsbündnis Schiene (Future Alliance Rail). This was a body set up to bring together organisations from politics, commerce and the rail sector with the aim of developing proposals and strategies that could be incorporated in the Master Plan. 4. Upgrading and sections of new line between Hannover, Hamburg and Bremen based on an ‘optimised’ version of the so-called Alpha-E project Route Current timing Future timing  11. Upgrades of major nodes at Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Hannover, Köln, Mannheim and München Berlin – Düsseldorf 4 h 13 min3 h 32 min  Stuttgart – Berlin 5 h 38 min 4 h 34 min  5. Upgrading and sections of new line from Hannover to Bielefeld and Hamm On September 2 2019 DB celebrated the recruitment of 4 200 new interns for the academic year, up from 3 600 the year before.Finding the right peopleThe number of people employed in Germany’s rail businesses grew from 241,475 in 2015 to 262,608 in 2018. Of these, 44% are employed by train operators, with about 36% active in infrastructure and trackwork. The other 20% work for suppliers and manufacturers. In all, there are around 500 different job types across the sector, which directly and indirectly employs 640000 people.If the vision of growth outlined in the Master Plan is to become reality, the rail sector will need to recruit many more employees. Even with digitalisation, the number of railway staff needed is forecast to rise by 50% by 2030, making it essential to attract people into the sector, especially women. Infrastructure contractors alone reckon with a need for 15,000 more staff by 2024.How to achieve this is a major question, not least because — as the Plan notes — the sector has a poor image. On the other hand, it cites a recent survey which placed the job of train driver within the top five careers, along with airline pilots and doctors.The government believes that its investment programme will have ‘an enormous effect’ on employment in the railway sector. Traditional jobs such as shunters and crossing-keepers will vanish, to be replaced by a requirement for new skills. New jobs that may appeal to young people are likely to include drone pilots and big data analysts. There will also be high demand for IT and communications expertise.In rethinking the role of railway staff, the Plan suggests, railway organisations must take more account of ‘soft’ factors such as work-life balance and the trends towards home office, part-time and mobile working.During 2019 and before Covid-19 arrived, a shortage of train drivers was already plaguing the industry. About 31,000 drivers were active on the national network, and a further 16,000 drive U-Bahn trains and trams, but the age profile remains high and many are approaching retirement. Automated marshalling is one of a package of measures designed to enhance the efficiency of rail freight services. A test site is being established at München Nord yard.Research and innovationThe government considers that research activities in the rail sector have not been sufficiently geared to actual requirements, while some technologies have proved too expensive for market take-up. Hence the Master Plan calls for fresh impetus from both the state and the rail sector, leading to Germany becoming ‘the world’s leading market for research and application in rail transport’. This would also strengthen the domestic railway supply industry, it suggests.A start was made in May 2019 when the German Centre for Railway Research was established in Dresden under the aegis of the Federal Railway Office. In the long term this is intended to become ‘a platform for co-operation with commerce and science’. Departments have been set up to mirror the federal railway research programme, with the focus on efficiency, the environment and safety; digitalisation and automation will apply across the board, in parallel with policies covering legal issues and migration from experimentation to practice.A test site for exploring automation technologies is to be established in the Lausitz area in eastern Germany, and a study due to be finished by the end of this year will set out how this might be done. Driverless operations using all types of traction and different signalling and train control systems will be examined, and the site will also be used as a train noise laboratory. Making funds availableThe German government has announced a package of measures designed to kickstart the Master Plan. Some are already in progress and others must await further legislation.Measures in the 2020 national budget for electrification of regional lines, providing €2bn a year in the medium term;Investment in local and regional services under the Gemeindeverkehrsfinanzierungsgesetz (Municipal Transport Financing Law), with an allocation of €1bn/year from 2021 and €2bn/year from 2025;Legislative changes providing for accelerated implementation of major rail projects, for example at nodes used by S-Bahn and other services;Investment in maintenance and modernisation of the national network under the 10-year LuFVIII agreement signed in January this year; this allocates funds worth €5∙1bn a year, making a total of €86bn;As part of a programme to combat climate change, €11bn is being allocated for modernisation and expansion of railway infrastructure through to 2030, including €1∙4bn for smaller and medium-sized projects;To compensate for the winding down of coal-fired power generation, funding will be provided for a range of measures in the affected regions including 39 rail infrastructure schemes;Legislation to accelerate planning processes;A reduction in value-added tax on long-distance rail tickets to 7%, the same as that applied to local tickets;Funding for the regions to be increased to more than €5bn by 2031 so that the Länder can increase their spend on local services;A ‘starter pack’ for railway digitalisation making federal funds available through the national budget.last_img read more

Live from Atlanta: Rankin previewing SEC title game

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Lang Lang Rodeo celebrates 75 years

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Joseph, Rickaby pace Team 1999-2003 to top prize at Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament

first_imgMike Vance, Matthew Fuhr, Jeremy Phelan, Brody Blair and Leo Grypma paced Team 1999-2003.Team 2006-08, consisting of Florian Joseph, Chase and Clay Rickaby, Ben Irving, Joel DeVito and Ryan Moore, advanced to the final by stopping Team 2013-18 72-63 and Team 2010-11 64-52.Team 1999-2003 opened by outlasting Team 2004-05 73-57 before edging the West Kootenay Men’s Basketball League All-Stars 62-58.All proceeds from the Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament benefit the Blair D’Andrea Alumni Scholarship Society.The scholarship fund supports development of local grassroots basketball and student-athletes with post-secondary pursuits.D’Andrea, who was instrumental in the development of high school basketball while teaching at L.V. Rogers in Nelson, Salmo Secondary and Mount Sentinel High School in South Slocan, died suddenly in 2013. Florian Joseph and Chase Rickaby were too hot to handle in sparking Team 2006-08 to a 72-63 victory over Team 1999-2003 in the final of the 2016 Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament Boxing Day at the Trafalgar Middle School Gymnasium.The dynamic duo of former Bomber point guards led the victors to the early lead then snuffed out any rallies by Team 1999-2003 with shots from downtown.Joel DeVito and Ben Irving also chipped in on the scoresheet for Team 2006-08.last_img read more

Galway U21 team v Dublin named

first_imgThe Galway U21 team to play Dublin in the All Ireland U21 Hurling Semi Final in Thurles tomorrow evening at 6pm has been named. Senior panellists Conor Whelan, Brian Molloy who is captain and Eanna Burke are named in the forward division, while 3 of last year’s All Ireland Minor winning team start, namely Sean Loftus, Fintan Burke and Thomas Monaghan. The team in full is: Cathal Tuohy (Tommie Larkins)Conor Jennings (Loughrea)Darragh O ‘Donoghue (Kilnadeema Leitrim)Declan Cronin (Cappataggle)Fintan Burke (St Thomas)Shane Cooney (St Thomas)Sean Loftus (Turloughmore)Darragh Dolan (Cappataggle)Dan Nevin (Cappataggle)Kevin McHugo (Tommie Larkins)Brian Molloy (Kilnadeema Leitrim – Capt.)Conor Whelan (Kinvara)Thomas Monaghan (Killimordaly)Eanna Burke (St Thomas)Cian Burke (Athenry) 16 August 2016; Ryan McCambridge, Antrim, Stephen Bennett, Waterford, Eoghan O’Donnell, Dublin, and Conor Whelan, Galway, came face to face in Dublin today ahead of the Bord Gáis Energy U21 Hurling Championship All-Ireland Semi Finals on Saturday, August 20. Leinster champions Dublin play Galway in Saturday’s Semi Finals at 6pm while Ulster champions Antrim and Munster champions Waterford go head-to-head in the other last four pairing at 4pm. Both games take place at Semple Stadium in Thurles and will be broadcast live on TG4. Pictured are Dublin hurler Eoghan O’Donnell and Galway hurler Conor Whelan during a Bord Gáis Energy U21 Hurling Championship All-Ireland Semi-Final media day at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Paul Mohan/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***center_img print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more