UK: Serco has won a 15-year franchise to operate the Caledonian Sleeper service between London and various Scottish destinations from April 2015, replacing incumbent FirstGroup.At present, two trains operate in each directions on six nights per week; a ‘lowland’ service connecting London Euston with Edinburgh and Glasgow Central, and a ‘highland’ service linking London Euston with Inverness, Aberdeen and Fort William. The trains are currently operated as part of FirstGroup’s ScotRail franchise, and represent 2% of franchise revenue.Transport Scotland has selected Serco to operate ‘all aspects’ of the service and oversee a £100m investment in new rolling stock and other enhancements. Leased through Beacon Rail, a fleet of 72 locomotive-hauled coaches is to be supplied as four trainsets by CAF for introduction from ‘summer 2018’. The fleet renewal programme is being underpinned by a £60m capital grant from the Scottish government. The vehicles will include en-suite berths in a premium business class, reclining seats that can be repositioned as flat beds, and a ‘brasserie-style Club Car’.Serco also says that it will introduce a broad partnership with Scottish suppliers to offer an ‘outstanding hospitality service that is emblematic of the best of Scotland’; hotel and catering company Inverlochy Castle Management International has already agreed to support the operation. Serco expects to introduce an updated sales and reservation platform to offer a ‘broader range of fares’ to drive growth in passenger numbers, both among UK residents and international tourists.The franchise would deliver revenues of up to £800m over the 15 years, Serco says, of which ‘approximately £180m will be in the form of franchise payments’. A ‘gain share’ agreement has been reached with Transport Scotland ‘to incentivise performance improvements’. Serco has agreed contracts with GB Railfreight to provide traincrew and traction, and Alstom for rolling stock maintenance.Chief Executive Rupert Soames commented that Serco had ‘a strong track record of providing high-quality and efficient rail services around the world, as well as experience in managing large-scale tourism-focused transport services’. Its Australian business Great Southern Rail operates the premium long-distance Ghan, Indian Pacific and Overland services linking Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin and Perth.
Rob Trautman SOT’S Game of the WeekWeek 5Westlake Demons vs Avon EaglesWeek 5 is the halfway point of the 2016 high school football season, and our game of the week saw the Westlake Demons (3-1, 2-1) travel to face the Avon Eagles (4-0, 3-0) in a SWC Matchup. Both teams had huge wins in Week 4 and were looking to avoid any letdowns, as both teams are looking to improve not only their conference standing, but also their playoff resume.Avon was able to get on the board first with a 63 yard touchdown run from senior RB Mason McLemore, giving the Eagles a 7-0 early in the 1st quarter. After putting up 59 points in week 4 the Demon offense could not get anything going against a stout Avon Defense. Avon’s aggressive defensive line was able to create chaos for Westlake QB Trey Bialowas all night forcing rushed throws and the QB to scramble out of the pocket. Avon’s aggressive defense resulted in penalties which kept some Westlake drives going, however the demons were not able to capitalize on the opportunities and the first quarter ended with Avon leading 7-0.Avon’s First possession of the 2nd quarter started on the Westlake 49 yard line , the drive was all Mason McLemore who had a 29 yd. run and capped the drive off with a 5 yd. TD run to give Avon a 14-0 midway through the 2nd quarter. On the following drive Westlake began to find some offensive rhythm driving into Eagle territory for the first time, but the drive stalled after an unsuccessful fake Field goal attempt. A Demon fumble late in the second quarter gave Avon the ball on the Westlake 22 yard line, and Avon QB Matt Kelly was able to score on a 1 yd. run to give the eagles a 21-0 lead with 2:00 left in the half. An impressive two minute offensive performance allowed the Demons to finally get on the scoreboard with a 2 yd. TD pass from Trey Bialowas to Senior WR Connor Sterneckert. Avon held a 21-7 lead at half.Avon got the ball to start the second half and wasted no time, utilizing a big run from McLemore to get them into the red zone; and capped off by a 5 yd. TD run by Aaron Endrizal, Avon lead 28-7 early in the 3rd quarter. Westlake responded on the very next drive with a 34 yd. touchdown pass from Bialowas to WR Terrance Rose, Avon led 28-14 with 10:00 min left in the 3rd quarter. The next drive saw Avon take advantage of their size advantage and ran the ball at will, controlling the ball for the remainder of the third quarter, the drive capped off by 21 yd. touchdown run by McLemore, his third of the night, and eagles took a 35-14 lead as the 4th quarter began.Westlake started the 4th quarter with a 70 yard touchdown drive, powered by a 44 yard touchdown pass reception to Terrance Rose, his second, from Bialowas , his third; Avon led 35-21 midway through the 4th quarter. The Eagle Defense was able to thwart any comeback attempt by Westlake, forcing a turnover on downs on two consecutive drives, to secure the 35-21 victory for the Avon Eagles.Avon Coach Mike Elder talked about how his team played tonight. “We did enough to get by here, we ran the ball exceptionally well, this team concerned me because Westlake is a good football team.”Avon improves to 5-0 and 4-0 in the Southwestern Conference, they will go on the road in week 6 to face Lakewood. Westlake falls to 3-2 and 2-2 in the Southwestern Conference, they will need to bounce back in a hurry as they Host Midview in Week 6. Related TopicsAvon EaglesMike ElderSports on TapWestlake Demons
A 400th Liga goal for Lionel Messi and a brace from Luis Suarezsaw Barcelona breeze past Eibar at Camp Nou on Saturday evening and the champions are now five points clear at the competition’s halfway stage.Messi found spaces hard to come by in a tight first half and it was Suarez who opened the scoring after he played a one-two with Philippe Coutinho and advanced into the box and kept his balance to beat Eibar goalkeeper Asier Riesgo with an excellent left-footed finish.Barca wrapped up the three points in a flurry of chances early in the second half.Tthe Catalans doubled their lead after Coutinho and Suarez combined for Messi, who slotted low past Riesgo and inside the far post to net his 400th goal in La Liga.That new milestone for the Argentine was greeted with big cheers at Camp Nou, but there was more to come just a few minutes later as a Sergi Roberto throw-in from the right found Suarez and the Uruguayan set off on a diagonal run which culminated in him finding an angle to fire past Riesgo and make it 3-0.Substitute Pablo De Blasi tested Marc-Andre ter Stegen at the other end, but Barca also missed chances to add to their lead and ran out 3-0 winners.
Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre says “everything is possible” as his side prepare to make one desperate final bid for the Bundesliga title against Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.Dortmund is two points behind league leaders Bayern Munich ahead of the last day of the season, and can only be crowned champions on Saturday if they beat Gladbach and Bayernlose at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.Gladbach and Frankfurt also have much to play for, with both clubs still in the race for Champions League qualification.“The league is exciting until the end this year, and that is good for the Bundesliga,” said Favre at the pre-match press conference on Thursday.“Everything is possible but I don’t want to talk about (our title chances). We have to concentrate on our game.”Sporting director Michael Zorc said that Dortmund were proud to have kept the title race alive until the last day, but admitted that his team had only an outside chance of snatching the title.“We know that Bayern are in pole position,” he said.
There are 11 survey vessels around Alaska and the average trip poundage caught on those test vessels will range from 5,000 to 35,000 pounds. Leaman says those fish caught do not impact the commercial quota which the IPHC sets before each season. IPHC Executive Director Bruce Leaman says the program has been in operation since approximately 1996. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The International Pacific Halibut Commission has expanded research vessel operations off of Alaska’s coasts for the annual stock assessment survey. Leaman: “We’re looking for a catch per unit of effort, which is a relative index that goes into our stock assessment but we’re also doing biological sampling. So we do sex, length, maturity, age collection, we have a whole series of add-on projects that we do with other agencies, for example we’re doing contaminate sampling on some fish for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, we collect information on other species of fish that we share with other agencies and they use that data for that assessments so it’s very much a collaborative thing with other agencies as well.” Leaman: “We occupy about anywhere from 12 to 1300 stations from norther California all the way up to the Bering Sea and this year we’re going up into the norther part of area 4D which is the northern most shelf of the Bering Sea.” Each year the IPHC puts out a request for proposals before the surveys are done in order to use local longline boats for the data collection. The fish caught during the research is then sold at local ports to offset the costs of the IPHC surveys. For more information on purchasing the fish caught in these surveys through ports including Homer and Seward, click here. He says the expansion of the survey area in the Bering Sea is a part of the program’s aim to research more areas that are known fishing spots but data has not been collected there.
Secretary Zinke: “I appreciate the Senator hosting today’s meeting and was honored to have the opportunity to share the morning with so many Alaska Native warriors. Like my home state of Montana, Alaska has a strong veteran heritage, and the Native communities hear the call to serve at greater rates than all others. Their warrior ethos and commitment to our nation should be honored by fulfilling the promises that were made to them. As the legislative process moves forward, I look forward to working with Senator Sullivan and his colleagues in Congress bring this critical issue to conclusion.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with Alaska Native veterans in Anchorage to discuss Sullivan’s Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act. Sen. Sullivan: “It was an honor to be able to convene this historic meeting between Secretary Zinke and Alaska Native veterans from across the state to hear their concerns, particularly the need to address the allotment some of them missed due to prior military service. Secretary Zinke, a decorated Navy SEAL, got to witness the special patriotism exhibited by Alaska Natives – how Alaska Natives, generation after generation, have served our country in the military at a higher rate than any other ethnic group. The stories Secretary Zinke heard today were ones I know he will carry with him as he looks to create more opportunity for Alaska Natives and others across the state. I thank Secretary Zinke for coming to our great state and meeting with these great Alaskans.” The legislation would allow approximately 2,800 Alaska Natives to apply for their government-promised Native allotments of land that they may have missed due to service in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War era. Veterans that attended the event included George Bennet, Benno Cleveland, Eben Olrun, Jerry Ward, Emil Notti, Bill Thomas, Chester Ballott, Lawrence Armour, Nick Jackson, and Nelson Angapak, Sr. Senator Lisa Murkowski has cosponsored the legislation, and Rep. Don Young has introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.
Two years ago as Mississippi State journeyed to the College World Series, uniforms were one of the most debated topics heading into a Super Regional matchup against Virginia.Adidas created commemorative postseason uniforms for its competing schools. Fans celebrated when MSU used the Houston Astro knockoffs just for batting practice.While players enjoyed them, fans did not.The 2015 season should provide a few more heated debates regarding jerseys, hats and pants.Mississippi State and Adidas announced Wednesday that the baseball program will feature 17 uniform combinations this season.Our players asked for it. @adidasBaseball delivered. 17 uniform combos for our 125th season. #HailState#teamadidaspic.twitter.com/UTcU91gTMx— MSU Baseball (@HailStateBB) February 11, 2015The combinations won’t be revealed until the day of the game.The morning of each 2015 game, we will unveil our uniform combination for that game. As the season progresses, each combo will be unlocked.— MSU Baseball (@HailStateBB) February 11, 2015The first uniform combination will be released Friday as Mississippi State opens the season at 4 p.m. against Cincinnati at Dudy Noble Field.
Chelsea Ladies have signed Brazil international Ester.The defensive midfielder, who is set to become the first Brazilian to play in the FA Women’s Super League, was welcomed to the Blues’ Cobham training ground by compatriots David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar.She has played for her country 53 times, was part of the Brazil squad which finished runners–up at the 2007 World Cup and 2008 Olympics, and also played in the 2011 World Cup and at London 2012.AdChoices广告“I’m delighted to be here at Chelsea and am looking forward to the season,” she said.“I feel at home already and am very happy to play for such a big club.”Luiz said: ‘Ester is a great signing for Chelsea Ladies and it’s fantastic for us to see another great player at Chelsea. I’d like to welcome her to the Chelsea family.‘Ester will bring a wealth of experience to the squad and plenty of Brazilian flair!”Chelsea Ladies start the third FA Women’s Super League season this Sunday, 14 April, when they host Birmingham City at Staines Town’s Wheatsheaf Park.Tickets can be bought at the gate and cost £5 for adults and £3 for concessions. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Chelsea Ladies sign Japan World Cup starChelsea Ladies star sees bright future for women’s football in England’Excited’ Williams joins Chelsea LadiesChelsea Ladies star relishing Japan tripChelsea Ladies sign another England star YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ==
Aasrodeen Shaw won the Club President/Shafura Hussain Memorial Foundation golf tournament on Saturday at the Lusignan Golf Club. Shaw, the LGC treasurer, was on top of his game with superb putts aided by the excellent conditions which saw him edging out the competition.Shaw led the field with a 66/17 while Lekhnaraine ‘Mahesh’ Shivraj came painstakingly close with 67/18.Patrick Prashad 70/9 was third. Dr. Philbert London, 71/20; Brian Hackett 72/18; Lakeram Ramsundar 73/11; Shanella London 73/16; Bholawram Deo 73/17; Esau Shamshudin 73/20; Papo Haniff 74/9; Roy Cummings 74/11; Gavin Todd 74/19 and Clifford Reis 74/23 were the other exceptional players that finished in that order.Skill prizes for Nearest to the Pin and Best Gross, were won by Bholaram Deo (8 feet) and Patrick Prashad (79) respectively. So far this year, despite many attractive prizes for a hole-in-one, someone is yet to win that prize.Captain Chatterpaul ‘Chen’ Deo expressed gratitude for the president’s initiative in sponsoring the tournament, while veteran golfer Esau Shamshudin represented the president at the prize-giving ceremony.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Making final preparations for their second meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers in three weeks, the Ravens have once again gained the upper hand on their biggest adversary in terms of health as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was ruled out by Pittsburgh on Sunday.Tight end Ed Dickson was listed as doubtful for Sunday after missing three straight practices this week as he recovers from a knee injury sustained in last Sunday’s 16-13 win over the San Diego Chargers. The third-year tight end sustained no major ligament damage, but coach John Harbaugh anticipated his practice time to be extremely limited this week.The Ravens coach offered nothing new on the status of Dickson or inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who is listed as questionable after not practicing all week. Defensive end Pernell McPhee and cornerback Chris Johnson are also questionable against the Steelers after working on a limited basis throughout the week.“Nothing really new to report on injuries,” Harbaugh said. “All the guys are in the same status as they were early in the week. We’ll just see how they get to Sunday.”Ellerbe was present for Friday’s practice but did not participate, labeling himself a “game-time” decision on Sunday. He would likely be replaced by some combination of Brendon Ayanbadejo, Albert McClellan, and Josh Bynes in the lineup should he not be able to play.The fourth-year linebacker injured his ankle in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Chargers and did not return.“I’m getting better everyday,” Ellerbe said. “The swelling [is better]. They say it’s looking good. It’s just the strength and the pain.”With Dickson unlikely to play, the Ravens are left with a conundrum at the tight end position in terms of blocking responsibilities as Dennis Pitta is considered a stronger receiver but does not fare well when asked to block. Third tight end Billy Bajema has been active the last two weeks and will likely see time as a blocker against Pittsburgh, but the veteran doesn’t offer much as a receiver. .The Ravens have held out hope all week that Dickson would be available, but Friday’s designation did not paint an optimistic picture.“[Dickson] is a quick healer. He is moving around good, so we’re really not going down that road yet,” offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said Thursday. “We’ve got plenty of guys that can block. Dennis can block, Billy [Bajema] can block. If you can’t block, you’re not going to be here. I’m glad we have depth at tight end.”Meanwhile, Pittsburgh will not only be without Roethlisberger as outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley, right tackle Mike Adams, and backup quarterback Byron Leftwich were also ruled out. This means former New England quarterback Brian Hoyer — only signed last week — will serve as the backup to veteran Charlie Batch with the Steelers’ other two signal-callers sidelined against the Ravens.The news of Roethlisberger not being available was no surprise after pessimistic reports about his practice work on Thursday, but Harbaugh offered a humorous and historical take on the Pittsburgh quarterback’s status before he was officially ruled out Friday afternoon.“I’m expecting to see Willis Reed come jogging down the tunnel,” said Harbaugh, referring to the Hall of Fame center for the New York Knicks who made a heroic return from injury in the 1970 NBA Finals. “That’s the expectation. And if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen.”As expected, safety Troy Polamalu and wide receiver Antonio Brown were both listed as probable after practicing fully all week and will make their returns to the field after extended absences due to injury.BALTIMOREOUT: CB Jimmy Smith (abs)DOUBTFUL: TE Ed Dickson (knee)QUESTIONABLE: LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle, knee, finger), CB Chris Johnson (thigh), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh)PROBABLE: WR Anquan Boldin (knee), DT Terrence Cody (elbow), CB Corey Graham (illness), WR Jacoby Jones (ankle), TE Dennis Pitta (neck), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder), WR Torrey Smith (thigh), LB Terrell Suggs (ankle)PITTSBURGHOUT: T Mike Adams (ankle), QB Byron Leftwich (ribs), QB Ben Roethlishberger (right shoulder), LB LaMarr Woodley (ankle)QUESTIONABLE: T Willie Colon (knee), WR Jerricho Cotchery (ribs)PROBABLE: WR Antonio Brown (ankle), DT Casey Hampton (illness), S Troy Polamalu (calf), T Max Starks (back)