Australia: Ove Arup & Partners is to study options for a 40 km rail link to serve the coastal resorts of Caloundra and Maroochydore north of Brisbane.Austria: ÖBB has ordered 1314 electronic door mechanisms from Faiveley, which is also supplying 120 doors to LHB for LINT railcars being built for DB.Brazil: MRS Logistica SA has contracted Tecfer to overhaul 7 GE diesel shunters; the 720hp Cooper-Bessemer engines will be replaced by rehabilitated Alco/Hatch & Kirk 1000hp 6-251B units.Canada: CN and CP are planning to outsource jointly brake component maintenance, following earlier joint communications and control tenders (RG 7.97 p437).France: Alcatel Alsthom has won a Fr1bn turnkey contract to supply a long-distance communications network for SNCF and Cegetel, for commissioning by 2002.SNCF has exercised an option for 16 double-deck TER2N two-car EMUs to be built by ANF Industrie and GEC Alsthom for Fr425m, bringing the total fleet to 76.Great Britain: BT Global Technology & Consultancy has won a £5m five-year contract from Siemens as part of a programme to implement cab radio for Railtrack in southern England.New Zealand: Tranz Rail is buying 16 coaches from Auckland’s Mainline Steam Trust and 45 ex-BR MkII coaches from Britain to augment its fleet.Slovakia: ZSR has bought 10 air-conditioned 160 km/h Type WLABmee couchette cars from DWA; they were built in 1994-96 for RZD, but not delivered.Sweden: Nordwaggon AB has ordered 100 close-coupled wagons from Deutsche Waggonbau Niesky for delivery in 1999.Syria: Wagon Pars Co of Iran is building 500 tank wagons for CFS.Taiwan: TRA has called tenders for supply of train radio equipment, including 36 base stations and 60 sets of on-train transmitter/receivers.Thailand: Cogifer and Italian Thai Development Public Co Ltd have won a US$15m contract to double SRT’s 61 km Klong Rangsit – Ban Phachi line.Turkey: TCDD has extended a deadline to tender for construction of 60 electric locomotives to August 20.USA: Bombardier and GEC Alsthom have won a C$52m contract to build six ’American Flyer’ electric locos to operate MARC commuter trains in Baltimore; the 200 km/h locos will have stainless steel bodies with a crashworthy cab design.On July 11 New York MTA signed the US$907m contract for Bombardier to supply 680 R-142 metro cars (RG 6.97 p362). Deliveries are to start in 1999.Wisconsin Central has ordered 100 hi-cube boxcars from Greenbrier for $7m.MBTA has awarded a $7m contract to ABC Rail Products subsidiary AST Inc for signalling on its 16 km commuter rail extension from Ipswich to Newburyport.Uruguay: AFE plans to call tenders for lease of additional rolling stock to work suburban services in Montevideo.
Liverpool have won the 2019/2020 Premier League title after Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.The result means Jurgen Klopp’s team are now mathematically beyond reach.This is the Reds first title in 30 years, and they are still on course to break the record for the overall points haul.Liverpool have amassed 86 points so far with 7 games still left to play.Liverpool missed out on the title by just a point last season despite picking up a club record 97 points.
Guyana-Venezuela border controversy…plugs peaceful resolution at Non-Aligned Movement Summit In the presence of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, a top Guyanese diplomat accused the Bolivarian Republic of continuing to present a potential threat to the peace and security of Guyana, as that country continues to ignore an 1899 Tribunal Award in laying claim to two-thirds of Guyana’s territory.Guyana’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Cheryl MilesSpeaking at the XVII Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), being hosted on the island of Margarita, Guyana’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Cheryl Miles, reminded that the sacred principle of the Non-Aligned Movement was respect for territorial integrity.“As delegations are aware, more than two-thirds of my country is subject to a claim by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. This represents a potential threat to our peace and security,” she told the Summit being chaired by President Maduro.Speaking directly to President Maduro, Ambassador Miles said she was convinced that cooperation, friendship and mutual respect were underlying principles for the maintenance of peace and stability and for the success of integration movements in the Latin American and Caribbean Region, as in the wider world.“Therefore, I wish to use this opportunity to reaffirm that Guyana is committed to the search for a peaceful solution to the controversy with Venezuela,” she stated.She noted that since the last meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Iran back in August 2012, there have been significant developments with regard to the long-running controversy, including a decision by Guyana not to continue with the United Nations Secretary General’s Good Officers’ process, which has been ongoing for two and a half decades without very little success.The Ambassador, however, noted that Guyana was continuing to cooperate with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is considering the exercise of his mandate under the Geneva Agreement of 1966 to resolve the controversy.She also reminded the Summit of the position of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Heads of Government at their 37th Regular Meeting held in July 2016, where they signalled their full confidence in the Geneva Agreement to bring the controversy to a definitive and judicial conclusion.“Mr Chairman, Guyanese are peace-loving people and our sister Republic of Venezuela likewise advocates diplomacy of peace, as is evident in the theme of this Summit. This is the basis on which we have built, and which we hope to continue to build, good neighbourly relations with Venezuela in the true spirit of Non-Aligned unity and mutual respect,” she stated.Ambassador Miles is attending the Summit on behalf of Guyana’s President, David Granger, who is currently participating in the 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.During a news conference in New York on Monday, ahead of his address to the Assembly, President Granger said that he was satisfied with the efforts of the UN Secretary General in trying to resolve the border controversy. He said that while the Government had hoped that the process of ending the decades-long controversy would have been further advanced, it is not due to a lack of effort by the Secretary General’s Office, but rather the slothful pace at which the Venezuelan Government was moving.“I am satisfied with what the Secretary General has done; I am not satisfied that the Bolivarian Republic has acted in good faith. It is clear that much more needs to be done by Venezuela if this matter is to be resolved… In my experience over the last 50 years, I have not seen a Secretary General so engaged in this matter; he has done everything possible over the last year since first meeting in Bridgetown. I am convinced of his sincerity in trying to bring this matter to closure,” the President declared.He explained that since the signing of the Geneva Agreement in February 1966, Guyana has abided by all of its provisions. This agreement has given the Secretary General specific responsibilities in the absence of Guyana and Venezuela reaching a mutually accepted position.