Reform to encourage competition

first_imgSPAIN: Development Minister Ana Pastor has presented the cabinet with proposals for a package of rail legislation that the government intends to bring to parliament following ‘extensive’ public hearings involving the rail sector. As well as transposing European Directive 2012/34, the legislation aims to encourage new high speed operators so that passengers can enjoy ‘more services at more competitive prices’, according to Pastor. Under the proposals presented on March 13, the Ministry of Development would produce a strategy for infrastructure development, maintenance and renewals, which would inform five-year business plans drawn up by ADIF and ADIF Alta Velocidad, including their proposed access charges. The ministry would then sign agreements with the infrastructure managers for the conventional and high speed networks, setting out their targets and the government funding to be made available. According to the ministry, the existing track access charging regime is ‘complex’ and does not encourage new services. With aim of increasing use of the ‘excellent’ Spanish network, the new structure would abolish the annual access charge which is at present ‘a major barrier to entry’, instead charging operators for capacity allocation, line usage and the use of electrification systems. There would be financial incentives for new services, and separate charges would apply for the use of gauge-changing installations, stations and platform tracks, as well as freight terminals and other sidings. In addition to state operator RENFE, there are at present 27 companies holding railway operating licences in Spain, comprising five passenger operators, 13 freight operators and nine licensed for both. Under the proposed legislation, separate accounting would be required for passenger and freight operations, and to differentiate between passenger services operated on a commercial basis and those provided under a public service obligation. The new law also makes provision for the creation of a new railway safety agency, which will have its own sources of funding to ensure its independence from infrastructure managers, operators or funding authorities.last_img read more

UWF Athletics Hall of Fame Profile: Pat Cannon

first_imgUWF Athletics Hall of Fame Profile: Pat Cannon Share PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will induct its Hall of Fame class of 2010-11 on Friday, Feb. 18, and leading up to that day each of the five inductees will be highlighted at  The third inductee of the UWF Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2010-11 is former men’s soccer player Pat Cannon.Cannon was a key ingredient for the UWF men’s soccer team and its early success in the Gulf South Conference. The center midfielder was a member of the first two GSC championship teams at UWF in 1998 and 2001. He was a three-time All-GSC first team selection, one of just 10 players in league history to earn that honor, and in the summer of 2010 he was named to the GSC All-Time Team.Cannon was also a two-time All-South Region selection, highlighted by a first team nod as a senior in 2001. In his senior season, he was also the Most Outstanding Player at the GSC Tournament, leading the Argos to their second conference title.The midfielder scored 19 goals with 25 assists and 63 points in his four years, and he still stands as the program’s all-time leader in assists. Cannon also ranks second in the GSC and holds the UWF record for assists in a game with four against Ouachita Baptist in 2000.Cannon currently works for Environmental Resource Solutions, Inc. as an environmental scientist. He is also employed as the U-18 coach and director of coaching for the First Coast Soccer Association in Jacksonville, Fla.. Pat is married to Jenny Roberts Cannon, who played for the UWF women’s soccer team in 2001 and 2002.–The hall of fame festivities, presented by Pen Air Federal Credit Union, will begin on Friday, Feb. 18 with a fundraiser golf tournament at Scenic Hills Country Club.  That night, the induction ceremonies will begin with a social hour at Scenic Hills at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m.  The following day, the inductees will be introduced at the UWF men’s basketball game against Lambuth.For information on all UWF Athletics, visit Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

TVJ acquires exclusive cable and TV rights to Women’s World Cup

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN: Radio Jamaica and Television Jamaica Limited, the country’s leading media providers, have acquired the exclusive FIFA Women’s World Cup free-to-air and cable television rights, including the right to simulcast its free-to-air channel TVJ via broadband transmission on 1spotmedia and The stations have also acquired non-exclusive radio, mobile to other FIFA events in 2019, which also includes the FIFA Under-20 World Cup Poland 2019 and the FIFA Under-17 World Cup Peru 2019, as well as the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. The agreement allows viewing on both TVJ’s free-to-air channel and its cable channel TVJ Sports Network, as well as radio rights to broadcast on HITZ 92 FM – It’s Reggae. It’s Sports! “We have a responsibility to ensure that Jamaicans experience and enjoy the thrill of the Reggae Girlz’s first-ever appearance on the global stage for women’s football and we are happy that we, along with DIRECTV, can provide Jamaicans with this opportunity,” said Gary Allen, chief executive officer for the RJRGLEANER Communications Group, of which Radio Jamaica and Television Jamaica are members, adding that “this very satisfying agreement with DIRECTV for the 2019 FIFA events has given Jamaicans more exposure through radio, television and other media platforms, to top-quality football in various age groups for men and women”. EXTREMELY PLEASED “We are extremely pleased to partner with Radio Jamaica Limited and TVJ in bringing these events to Jamaica. By acquiring Caribbean media rights to FIFA matches, we are delivering more football than ever before with the latest technology, thereby expanding the viewership for the game at all levels,” said Bernard Pantin, general manager of DIRECTV Caribbean. “This affirms DIRECTV’s commitment to football in the Caribbean, providing us with an opportunity to deepen our relationship with the sport in the region and continue to grow its base of supporters.”last_img read more

What to expect from Monday’s Fourth Circuit travel ban hearing

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump’s second executive order limiting travel from some Middle Eastern and African countries faces another legal challenge on Monday. The ban was already halted temporarily on two occasions by federal judges in March, but Monday will mark the first time an argument on the revised order reaches a court of appeals.Here’s what you need to know ahead of Monday’s arguments:What to expect on MondayLawyers will argue their case “en banc” before a panel of all active and eligible judges of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals — which covers Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Each side gets half an hour to argue its case, but the judges can extend that time for questioning.There are 15 active judges on the Fourth Circuit and it will be announced early Monday morning whether any of the 15 will recuse themselves.According to the Fourth Circuit’s clerk, it’s “very rare” that an initial hearing is heard “en banc” in the circuit. Typically, cases are first heard by a three-judge panel. An “en banc” hearing is only granted when a majority of active judges determine that the proceedings involve a question of “exceptional importance” or to “maintain uniformity of the court’s decisions.”It is highly unlikely that the judges would issue a ruling on Monday, but a decision could come in the next few weeks.What happens after?Monday marks the first time the revised travel ban is heard before an appeals court. The government is appealing U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang’s March 15 ruling in Maryland that granted a nationwide preliminary injunction on one part of the revised travel ban — section 2(c), which bars entry of nationals who aren’t U.S. permanent residents from six Muslim-majority countries for 90 days. Chuang did not enjoin any other part of the executive order.Separately, a different group of plaintiffs will face off against the government before a three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit on May 15. In that case, the government is appealing the ruling by Hawaii District Court Judge Derrick Watson that imposes a nationwide preliminary injunction on two provisions of the travel ban: the ban against nationals from six Muslim majority countries for 90 days and the 120-day refugee ban. Whichever side loses before the Ninth Circuit’s three-judge panel can ask for a rehearing “en banc” before all active Ninth Circuit judges, or the judges themselves can vote for a rehearing. The parties could also choose to skip that step and appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.If one of the circuit courts rules for the government before the other has decided, the travel ban would still remain blocked because a circuit court does not supersede a district court from a different jurisdiction.Conflicting district court decisions could lead to the case moving to the U.S. Supreme Court more quickly.There are additional cases on the executive order pending throughout the country, but these two cases are the first to be heard on appeal.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more