Gardermobanen on track to open next year

first_imgINTRO: Rails are going down on 66 km of new line that will put Oslo’s Gardermoen airport within 19min of the city’s central station when it opens on October 4 1998BYLINE: Arne SvensøyNSB Gardermobanen ASAS CIVIL WORKS approach completion on the new railway being constructed between Norway’s capital and the new national gateway airport at Gardermoen, tracklaying is in full swing using Plasser’s recently developed SVM1000 machine. This self-contained unit carries with it all the track components and machinery necessary to place assembled track on the sub-ballast, ready for ballasting, lifting and tamping to the final level and alignment.When the Storting (Parliament) decided in October 1992 to build a completely new airport almost 50 km north of Oslo, an integral part of the plan was a dedicated high speed rail link that is expected to carry 50% of air passengers and 40% of staff working at Gardermoen, amounting in all to some 25 000 rail journeys per day.Both projects are scheduled to open on October 4 1998. In fact, the railway is due to be completed by April 1 1998, allowing six months for commissioning and trial running so any problems can be sorted out before the opening.The new railway is 66 km long and is electrified at 15 kV 162??3Hz, and double track except for 3·5 km close to the junction at Eidsvoll with the existing Norwegian State Railways trunk line to Lillehammer and the north. The tracklaying contract was awarded to Banverket Industridivisionen, a subsidiary of Sweden’s state-owned rail infrastructure authority. It covers a total of 130track-km and allows the contractor to chose the method of working within guidelines covering quality and tolerances.Construction and subsequent operation of the airport line has been entrusted to NSB Gardermobanen AS, an NSB subsidiary, which was established in November 1992. NSB Gardermobanen supplies rail and other material to Banverket at no cost, and specifies time windows within which each section of track must be laid to fit the overall programme.High quality trackThe 16 three-car EMUs ordered from Adtranz Norway for the dedicated airport service will operate over much the new line at 200 km/h, but the track, signalling and catenary are designed to allow speeds in the 220 to 230 km/h range and must therefore be laid – and maintained – to high standards.Each EMU has 175 seats, and six-car trains carrying 350 will run in peak hours. They will run at 10min headways between Gardermoen and the rail-air terminal at Oslo Sentral, with alternate trains calling at the important junction of Lillestrøm. The non-stop trains to Sentral will continue for a further 27 km to Asker, west of the city, calling at four stations on the way. This will widen the range of destinations linked directly with the airport to cover 70% of the air passenger market. After 19.00 and at weekends, airport trains will run at 20min intervals between Gardermoen and Asker calling at Lillestrøm. The time from Gardermoen to Sentral will be 19min non-stop (156 km/h average), or 22min with one stop at Lillestrøm. In addition, there will be at least one inter-city train every hour calling at Gardermoen. These will run the full length of the new line including the 19 km between the airport station and the junction with the northern trunk line at Eidsvoll.The new line starts at Etterstad, 2·5 km to the east of Oslo Sentral, and takes a direct course in tunnel through a mountain barrier to Lillestrøm, where a major transport interchange is being constructed around the existing station. Lillestrøm is the only intermediate station between Etterstad and Eidsvoll where trains will be able to switch between the old and new lines. Among other benefits, this connection will allow Oslo – Stockholm services to use the shorter route through the 13·8 km Romeriks tunnel, which is due to be holed through this month.North of Lillestrøm the new railway follows the same general route as NSB’s main line through Kllast_img read more

AAG releases final team for South American Junior Championships

first_imgTHE Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) yesterday released the names of the athletes on the 50-man team that will be representing Guyana at this weekend’s South American Junior Championships to be held at the National Track and Field Centre at Leonora.Chantoba BrightNot surprisingly the team is led by CARIFTA Games gold medallists Compton Caesar, Claudrice McKoy, Chantoba Bright, and silver medallist Anfernee Headecker, as well as South American Youth Championships multiple silver medallist Daniel Williams.All of the other athletes who represented Guyana at this year’s CARIFTA Games are also on the team. Overall, the list contains almost all of Guyana’s top, seasoned junior athletes, and then some, as the local side looks to maximise participation, with 21 females and 29 males.“This will be the biggest team that will represent Guyana at any meet. We’ve never before had a team of 50 athletes represent Guyana on any occasion,” team manager Cornel Rose boasted yesterday, during a press conference held by the local organising committee.The athletes have intermittently been training together over the last four weekends, under a pool of coaches from across Guyana’s top athletics clubs, and from all reports spirits and expectations are high among the team, with just a few days to go.“We expect our fair share of medals being that we’re on home turf and this team has been prepared like no other before that I can recall, and I’ve been around for a while.“We’ve had four weekends of camps and the sessions were great. The athletes are all in high spirit, and based on the times that they’ve been doing we can expect medals, not just silver and bronze but our fair share of gold,” coach Julian Edmonds said.Claudrice McKoyMeanwhile, when questioned about athletes being housed at the National Gymnasium during their training stints, after a photo of the athletes sleeping on the facilities bleachers circulated on social media, AAG president Aubrey Hutson said while the situation left much to be desired, it was the best that could be had under current circumstances.“Yes the ideal thing may have been to put them up at the Marriott (Hotel), but we have to understand that it’s one financial pie that we have to share, and how we distribute those finances is that in some areas we’re going to have to make cutbacks, in some areas we will be able to do better than what was previously done,” Hutson stated.“I have never had complaints about the Gymnasium being not suitable. Matter of fact I’ve never heard the athletes complain that it was too hot. We try to do the best that we can under the present circumstances for the development of this sport and hence the Gymnasium was chosen. It wasn’t the ideal place of choice, but based on the prevailing circumstances I think it was the best that we could have done.”Compton CaesarGuyana will be competing in all of the events with the exception of the female hurdles, steeplechase, heptathlon and hammer throw, which are events that Guyana does not conventionally participate in. However, the Land of Many Waters was able to source athletes to represent in the male steeplechase, hurdles, decathlon and hammer throw.The full team is as follows:GIRLS:Kenisha Phillips (100m, 200m, 4x 100m), Onasha Rogers (100m, 200m, 4x100m), Avon Samuels (400m, 4x400m, 4x100m), Collia Rowe (400m, 4x400m), Joanna Archer (800m), Claudrice McKoy (1500m), Serena Williams (1500m), Leyanna Charles (3000m), Kezra Murray (3000m), Delecia Harper (5000m), Tatyana Blair (high jump), Shontel Browne (high jump), Chantoba Bight (long jump, triple jump), Ruth Sanmoogan (long jump, triple jump), Mian McPherson (shot put, discus), Kimbily Hilliman (javelin), Jamecia Scott (discus), Cassie Small (relay), Tonya Rawlins, Tiffauna Garnett, Tandika Haynes (relay)BOYS:Compton Caesar (100m, 200m, 4x100m, 4x400m), Tyrell Peters (100m, 200m, 4x100m), Anfernee Headecker (800m, 1500m, 4x400m), Daniel Williams (400m, 4x400m, high jump), Laurindo Prince (400m, 4x400m), Terrence Fraser (400m hurdles), Hosea Glen (400m hurdles), Samuel Lynch (800m, 4x400m), Ruel Chester (1500m), Ronaldo Wishart (3000m, steeplechase), Nigel Gonsalves (3000m, steeplechase), Matthew McKenzie (5000m), Rondell Newton (5000m), Rickie Williams (10000m), Joshua Williams (10000m), Tortque Boyce (high jump), Tremaine Browne (long jump, triple jump), Anthony Williams (long jump, triple jump), Ronaldo Greene (triple jump), Jermaine Simmons (shot put, discus), Timothy Sealey (shot put, javelin), Tremaine Beckles (javelin, discus), Jonathan Garnett (relay), Jermaine King (relay), Ryan Bramble (relay), Stayon Wilson (relay), Denise Roberts (decathlon), Tevin Nicholson (race walk), Jonathan Copeland (hammer throw).last_img read more

Clippers hope preseason success translates when real season begins next week

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum After being so decimated by injuries a season ago that they had to use a league-high 37 starting lineups, the fact that only Milos Teodosic (hamstring) and Luc Mbah a Moute (calf) missed time with relatively minor ailments was a positive sign.“I don’t want to talk about it too much,” said Rivers, perhaps still traumatized by surviving a season in which the Clippers had 11 players miss a combined 264 games because of injuries.“But no doubt,” Rivers added. “We’ve gone pretty hard too, which has been good. We’ve been able to get a lot of practice in and guys have stayed relatively healthy. That’s good.”Gallinari missed 61 games last season with hand and glute injuries.He, too, is back to full strength.“Good, good, ready to go,” he said. “It’s time to get the party started.” In three preseason appearances going into Thursday’s game, Gallinari was averaging 19 points. Tobias Harris was averaging a team-high 20.3 points, also in three games of work.The rookies also got some healthy early run: No. 11 pick Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had played in four games and started three; he was averaging 9.8 points per game. Fellow lottery pick Jerome Robinson, selected 13th, also had appearances of some length in all four games before Thursday and had chipped in with six points per contest.“The rookies we got are very good players,” Gallinari said. “They’re great guys, they love to spend time in the gym. That’s what you need from them, to love the game of basketball and work hard. They’re gonna have a very good career in the NBA.”Starting early, before it even counts.“We’ll take preseason as the start of our regular season and take those wins early,” said rookie Jerome Robinson, who played in all four preseason contests, each one an education. “Every time you got out and compete you want to win, just building that mindset. You learn what’s really going for us.”THE REAL VICTORYThe real win for the Clippers is that they’re in relatively good shape entering their season opener against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday at Staples Center.Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates LOS ANGELES — A win is a win, if you’re winning.Their fifth victory in as many tries – this one a 124-78 victory over Israel’s Maccabi Haifa on Thursday – capped the first undefeated preseason in the Clippers’ 48-year history.Following that historic final preseason tuneup – and, as Coach Doc Rivers noted, the last ever for play-by-play man Ralph Lawler, who’ll retire at season’s end – the Clippers finished as one of just two undefeated NBA teams in the exhibition season.Going into Thursday’s (non-televised) game, the Clippers had beaten the Denver Nuggets, the Minnesota Timberwolves (minus the disgruntled Jimmy Butler), the Lakers (sans LeBron James and Lonzo Ball) and Australia’s Sydney Kings.center_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Utah, which routed Sacramento 132-93 on Thursday, is the only other team without an exhibition loss this preseason. The Jazz also finished 5-0.But none of these games counted, so does it matter?“It doesn’t,” said Rivers, making an exception for a team such as his. “I guess you can say, for a team that hasn’t been together, any time you see a win is a good thing, relative to seeing losses. But it doesn’t mean much, it just means that you can win a game.”And if you’re a professional competitor, that’s an appealing enough carrot.“Even if you play with your friends, you always want to win,” forward Danilo Gallinari said. “So we want to win every game, (whether) it’s preseason or regular season. We want to get better, so the next day, when you look at videos and you do meetings, you want to see something you’re progressing the right way. First of all, we want to win the game and to get better.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 last_img read more

SIOUX CITY WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO INSURANCE FRAUD

first_imgA Sioux City woman has pled guilty in Woodbury County District Court to one count of Insurance Fraud.28-year-old Ashley Oakley pleaded guilty to Fraudulent Submissions to an Insurer following an investigation by the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau.Oakley’s conviction stemmed from an investigation in April of 2018 that uncovered that after being involved in a motor vehicle accident in Sioux City, Oakley’s vehicle was determined to be a total loss by her insurance company.During the claim process, Oakley intentionally provided false information to her insurance company indicating that her vehicle loan was paid in full, when in fact a promissory note with a balance of over $8,000 remained.As a result, she received over $4200 in insurance benefits to which she was not entitled and intentionally defaulted on the remaining promissory note balance.Oakley received a Deferred Judgment, was given credit for previous jail time served.She was assessed a $750 dollar fine, and ordered to pay $4,422.21 in restitution.last_img read more