NETHERLANDS: Bidders have been invited to prequalify for a contract to supply single-deck EMUs for national passenger operator NS. The base order would be for vehicles ‘with a total capacity of approximately 10 000 to 20 000 seats’, with deliveries commencing between October 2016 and October 2017.The next-generation Sprinter is to be ordered in at least two train lengths, one offering 150 seats and the other between 200 and 250 seats. NS is looking for a modern appearance and ‘transparent and open interior’, with inter-car gangways to be as wide as possible and no narrower than 2 m. On-train toilets have been specified, following complaints over the lack of facilities on the current generation of Sprinter LightTrain EMUs.Service speed will be 160 km/h, with ‘high acceleration’ a requirement as well as ‘short stopping times’ for ‘quick boarding and alighting’. The new EMUs should offer level boarding at platform height, and a level floor throughout the train ‘as much as possible’.Potential options would see a further 17 500 to 27 500 seats delivered by 2024 depending on passenger growth and other factors. A separate spare parts agreement and/or support agreement could be part of the contract scope.The purchasing party is Dublin-based NS Financial Services Co, a rolling stock leasing company owned by NS Group, which would lease the trains to NS Reizigers.
A look at some of the top stories making the news today, May 16th, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.Here is a look at our top stories…In support of the objectives in Broward County’s “A Way Home” plan to end Homelessness, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the county with more than $6 million to provide support services and new initiative projects. With an approximate 2, 300 people experiencing homelessness during in January of this year, Broward County has reported that the number has dropped 12 percent from the count in 2015.Government Ministers and business stakeholders from across the Caribbean gathered recently for the Caribbean Investment Summit in Miami. Hosted by Carib-Export, the summit highlighted the region’s growing opportunities in niche tourism, tech services and renewable energy. In addition to investment, the region also needs industry expertise from the Diaspora, says Carib-Export Executive Director Pamela Coke-Hamilton.Celebrating their 22nd anniversary, the annual Unifest festival of Caribbean cultures returned to Lauderdale Lakes this past Sunday. With a full day of live performances, a writing competition and a historical artifacts display, South Florida got a taste of the Caribbean without having to leave to the state.In Sports, In the Diamond League competitions in Shanghai this past weekend, Bahamian runner, Shaunae Miller, took home a win in the 400 meter with a time of 50 point 45 seconds. Jamaican runner, Stephanie Ann McPherson, trailed behind by only half a second taking home second place.And now, here’s what’s Trending:Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt is back! After a 9 month hiatus, Bolt made his 2016 debut onto the track at the Cayman Invitational Saturday, winning the 100 meter race with a time of 10 seconds. He will continue on the road to Rio with what is rumored to be his last Olympic game.For Today’s Weather Forecast:Mostly sunny in Broward County with a high of 85 and a low of 76. There will be a mixture of sun and clouds in Miami-Dade, with a high of 86 and a low of 76.For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean-American outlet.
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Lakers will pay tribute to Kobe Bryant today when the team plays its first game since the NBA great died, although details of what that will entail remain unclear. Bryant perished along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed in foggy weather on a hillside northwest of Los Angeles on Sunday.“I’m gonna let that play out tomorrow night, let you guys see it,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel told reporters yesterday when asked what tributes fans could expect to see when the team takes on the visiting Portland Trail Blazers.“I’ve been briefed on some of the things that we’re going to see. But I’m going to let that play out tomorrow night.” The Lakers postponed a game scheduled for Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers after news of the accident broke and it is unclear when that game will be made up.Practice on Thursday began with some flag football on an outside field near the team’s practice facility in what Vogel called “therapeutic” Southern California sunshine.“We are striking a balance of trying to make us feel good,” Vogel said. “Laughter is always a good remedy for something like this when it’s appropriate. “We’ve had some of that at today’s workout outside … it’s not the first time we’ve done that but it does feel good to be out there, you know, just a little bit of a change up.“It was really just a warm-up, once we came inside it was business, get back to business and lock into the work.”Vogel said the team is beginning to get back to normal but admitted staying focused on the task at hand on Friday will be challenging amid tributes to Bryant, who played 20 seasons with the Lakers, winning five championships and millions of fans. “I would imagine it probably makes it a little harder than an ordinary game, with all the emotions and that stuff, but we shouldn’t do it any other way,” he said.“It’s the right thing to do, you know it will be an important night for our franchise and for Laker nation.”