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COLOMBIA: National infrastructure agency ANI has begun tendering for a contract worth up to 720m pesos to operate the 257 km Bogotá — Belencito route. Proposals are due to be submitted by 10.00 on February 7.Bidders are expected to include Dracol Líneas Férreas which has operated the 914 mm gauge route under a contract which is due to expire on February 28. According to Operations Director Luis Fernando Sánchez, traffic has included cement moving from Belencito to Bogotá, while passenger services have been operated to carry students from Bogotá to universities in Zipaquirá.Dracol also hopes that the 80 staff currently at work on the railway will transfer to the replacement operator under the new contract which starts in March.
Share Share Share LocalNewsSports Government to provide public gym but not manage it says PM by: Dominica Vibes News – May 9, 2016 Sharing is caring! 1260 Views 2 comments Tweet Photo credit: www.jeromefitness.comDominicans could soon have access to a public gym. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, while addressing the contract signing ceremony for roof repairs to the Windsor Park Sports Stadium on Thursday 5 May 2016, said that Dominica has already received gym equipment from the government of the People’s Republic of China.“There’s a request before me for an amount of funds to retrofit the space to set up the gym that I believe I will give favourable consideration to, so very soon we will have a public gym,” he revealed. Mr. Skerrit however stated that government is not interested in managing a public gym, which is where partnership between one of the associations and the government should come in as the space will be provided rent free. “So can we have the alliance of associations responsible for managing the gym and set up a schedule for that, so that the public can have access to it? You cannot rely on the government to do everything where sports [are] concerned; we have to play our part…We will retrofit the building, it would be available, the space would be available to the public and whether an association can be prepared to manage the gym and so forth,” the Finance Minister indicated.Furthermore Mr Skerrit addressed the issue surrounding the construction of an indoor facility saying, “we have not scrapped the indoor facility, all we are saying is that there will be a delay in the implementation of it”. In May 2014, government announced that it had engaged a Florida firm to construct the facility which will cater for basketball, volleyball and netball games and that financing for the facility was secured from the government of Mexico in the amount of US five million dollars and drawings were being concluded.Mr Skerrit informed that a deliberate decision had to therefore be taken to delay the construction of the indoor sporting facility as government had to relocate and resettle several families following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika last August. In the interim Mr. Skerrit continued, “We are paying rent for all of these families who have been dislocated, we are paying income support every month…It is a huge sum of money and we had to make a deliberate decision as to what was the priority at the time.”The Ministry of Sports will continue with the designs and Mr Skerrit said “once we can see our way with respects to the resettlement of the communities with regards to the infrastructure, then I believe we would be in a position to look at the commencement of the facility…I foresee that based on how things are going we are in a position to commence construction in 2017”. In the meantime, he continued, the government continues to look into improving the Massacre playing field and basketball court. “Even if we had the indoor facility we would still need to upgrade, Massacre in particular, that has been heavily used for various court activities. So we will be looking at this and I will be hoping to put funds in the budget for the Massacre hard court; to cover it, to improve on the stands, the safety of players and spectators alike”.This he said is a major priority for the government and it will be done in the financial year 2016/2017.
Comtech Telecommunications has announced that its New York-based subsidiary, Comtech PST Corp., received follow-on orders totaling $3.7 million for broadband, solid-state, high-power RF microwave amplifier systems from an international OEM. The amplifier systems, which include the latest solid-state switching and transistor technology, and provide for very broad frequency coverage, will be utilized as part of communications jamming systems. In commenting on this contract award, Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Comtech Telecommunications Corp., said, “These follow-on orders clearly demonstrate our continued leadership position in providing communications jamming technology and the ongoing need for our high-power broadband amplifiers that are utilized by major electronic warfare application programs in both domestic and international markets. We anticipate additional orders from this customer later this year.”
This ground-breaking agreement is a first for British basketball, in that it covers all the top teams for men and women across the three organisations of British Basketball League (BBL), Women’s Basketball League (WBBL) and all men’s, women’s and junior Great Britain international teams.Commencing at the start of the 2016-2017 season for an initial three year period, the deal includes a significant investment from Kappa – as well as the provision of a wide range of sportswear, including track suits, playing uniforms, training uniforms and leisure wear for all clubs and teams.“The agreement with Kappa is excellent news and marks a significant first for British basketball,” stated Nick Humby, the independent Chair of the British Basketball Federation (BBF).”It is a real positive and clearly demonstrates how GB Basketball, BBL and WBBL are working together to achieve a higher awareness of the sport.“This announcement also follows on from the live streaming of BBL and WBBL games via Skysports.com and Webcastsport.com, who have come together with Hawkeye Innovations in a pioneering collaboration to stream basketball events live and free-to-air worldwide.”The airing of the BBL Cup & WBBL Trophy Finals on 17 January from the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham is particularly exciting and with the addition of the Kappa partnership, it is yet more positive news for British basketball and its long term objectives.”Meanwhile Kappa UK Managing Director, Mark Ward is thrilled with the deal and commented, “We are delighted to be appointed as exclusive apparel sponsor to the British Basketball League, the Women’s Basketball League and all Great Britain international teams.”We are also excited about moving the relationship forward.”We have been operating in our brand new UK office since 2014 and are keen to increase our market penetration in all team sports such as football, rugby and other major sports.”Our agreement with British basketball is another positive step towards achieving this goal.”Bob Hope, Commercial Director of BBL, WBBL and GB Basketball added, “We are thrilled to appoint Kappa as our official and exclusive apparel sponsor for three years from the start of the 2016/2017 season.”This is a significant development towards uniting the sport under one brand.“Kappa is a relatively new brand to the basketball community in the UK, but it is well-known and respected internationally, with partnerships such as Argentina national team, Le Mans Sarthe Basket and Tango Bourges to name but a few.”We are looking forward to growing our relationship over the three year period and trust that it will be as beneficial for Kappa as it will be for British basketball.”