Moyes curbs Batshuayi & Joao Mario talk

first_imgTransfers Batshuayi and Joao Mario talk curbed by West Ham boss Moyes Ryan Benson 02:29 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) kenedy-batshuayi-cropped Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Michy Batshuayi West Ham United Premier League Rumours had suggested the Chelsea striker and Andy Carroll could be involved in a swap, while Inter’s Portuguese forward is another mooted target David Moyes did not attend Chelsea’s FA Cup replay against Norwich City to scout Michy Batshuayi, while the West Ham boss has dealt a blow to the Blues in their reported chase of Andy Carroll.Belgium international Batshuayi has been strongly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in January after struggling to make an impact at Chelsea in the year-and-a-half since moving from Marseille.Batshuayi – who scored for Chelsea against Norwich – had been suggested as a potential makeweight in a deal to take Carroll the other way, with Antonio Conte’s side linked with several surprising options, including Stoke City veteran Peter Crouch. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Moyes attempted to end those rumours in his column for the London Evening Standard, with Carroll unlikely to play again for anyone this month.”Categorically, I did not go to Stamford Bridge to watch Batshuayi or any other player in particular,” he wrote.”I like to get out and watch plenty of matches, I hadn’t seen Norwich this season and there were some players there who had been mentioned to me as having been doing well.”What may defuse much of the speculation is that the ankle injury Andy picked up against West Brom is sufficiently serious that he will not be able to play again this month anyway and it could even need an operation to put things right, although that has not yet been confirmed.”Moyes, meanwhile, has also sought to curb talk suggesting that Inter winger Joao Mario is among those on his January wish list.The Portugal international, who has also been linked with Manchester United, is a player the Hammers boss admires, but one he is reluctant to speculate on.The Scot added: “I think he’s a name which has been mentioned but whether he’s from Inter Milan or Chelsea or wherever I’m not talking about players from other clubs,” Moyes added. “He’s an interesting player, he’s a good footballer and certainly very talented.”last_img read more

‘What’s Your Call?’ Referee Video Resources

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is excited to launch our first targeted referee video resource collection ‘What’s Your Call?’TFA continue to build video resources available via the website www.dartfish.tv/touchfootballaustralia  along with other tools to assist referees, coaches and participants at any level to help develop their Touch Football knowledge. The TFA Strategic Participation High Performance 2011-15 Plans identify the objective to ‘provide quality experiences for everyone in Touch Football’. TFA continues to use the dartfish platform to drive the following key outcomes: 3.b – Innovative processes geared at athlete development (junior, senior, elite, female, indigenous)3.c – A highly valued elite product which is positioned at the pinnacle of our pathway3.d – A strong and supportive refereeing structure to support participant needs3.e – A strong and supportive coaching structure to support participant needs4.c – Development of supportive and innovative information technology systems to support the sport at all levels. What’s Your Call is a free collection of video scenarios for referees, coaches and participants that will be released publically from Monday, 14 December.  It contains a series of videos to develop skills and knowledge of the rules in decision making scenarios. This collection will continue to grow throughout 2016 and beyond. For additional resources information visit the TFA website – www.touchfootball.com.au. Related Fileswhat_s_your_call_resource_launch-pdfRelated LinksWhat’s Your Call?last_img read more

11 days agoMason slams Wales handling of James head injury

first_imgMason slams Wales handling of James head injuryby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRyan Mason has slammed Wales’ handling of a head injury to Manchester United winger Daniel James in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Croatia.James appeared to be unconscious after clashing with opponent Domagoj Vida, but was allowed to continue in the match.Former Spurs midfielder Mason suffered a career-ending concussion in 2018 and believes Wales were wrong to permit James to play on.”Daniel James was just knocked out unconscious! Yet three minutes later he has been allowed back onto the pitch,” Mason posted on his Twitter account.Both James and Wales coach Ryan Giggs denied the Manchester United winger was unconscious after the incident. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jamaica to Host FAO Regional Conference March 5 to 8

first_img It will focus on four main areas – eradicating hunger, overweight and obesity; ending rural poverty; promoting climate resilient and sustainable agriculture; and creating a new FAO to move towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Jamaica will be hosting the 35th Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean from March 5 to 8 at the Montego Bay Conference Centre in Rose Hall, St. James.The three-day event is expected to attract ministers of agriculture, social development, education, health and environment and other high-level officials from the 33 FAO member nations across the Americas to discuss challenges and priority matters related to food and agriculture.It will focus on four main areas – eradicating hunger, overweight and obesity; ending rural poverty; promoting climate resilient and sustainable agriculture; and creating a new FAO to move towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda said that Jamaica is happy to be hosting the regional conference.“I think this a signal honour to Jamaica, because Jamaica is on the right path and we have the measures that are important to move agriculture forward in our entire region,” he said at a briefing held on Tuesday (February 13) at his New Kingston offices in St. Andrew.“We welcome this opportunity, and we look forward to this tremendous exchange where the conference will give all of our colleague agricultural ministers and other very distinguished people from the Caribbean and Latin American region the opportunity to put on the agenda the concerns that they have, the ways in which they are approaching them, the strategies they think can assist, and the extent to which the FAO can be of help,” he added.FAO Representative for Jamaica, The Bahamas and Belize, Dr. Gillian Smith, said she is elated that Jamaica has agreed to host the regional conference.She noted that this year’s staging is particularly important, because the region is at a crossroads in terms of food security.Information provided by the FAO indicates that hunger has risen in Latin America and the Caribbean for the first time in decades, reaching 42.5 million, while obesity affects 96 million people.Dr. Smith said that in addition to the rise in hunger and chronic non-communicable diseases, “climate change is affecting and exacerbating the issues that are related to our agricultural productivity and our production, and affecting the diversity of rural livelihoods that are available to our people”.She noted that the organisation remains committed to collaborating with the people and the Government of Jamaica “to address fundamental issues relating to the country’s national development in the areas of food and nutrition, agriculture, rural development, fisheries, forestry, decent employment and social protection”.“The FAO looks forward to working closely with Jamaica in the areas of overweight, obesity, agricultural production and productivity, and also resilience of our agricultural food systems from farm to fork,” she added.The Regional Conference, convened every two years, helps to set the work priorities of the FAO in the region.It was last held in Jamaica 50 years ago and last held in the Caribbean in the Caribbean in 1998. “I think this a signal honour to Jamaica, because Jamaica is on the right path and we have the measures that are important to move agriculture forward in our entire region,” he said at a briefing held on Tuesday (February 13) at his New Kingston offices in St. Andrew. Story Highlights Jamaica will be hosting the 35th Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean from March 5 to 8 at the Montego Bay Conference Centre in Rose Hall, St. James.last_img read more

Can William Buford fill Evan Turners shoes

As the final buzzer sounded, cementing a devastating loss to Tennessee in last year’s Sweet Sixteen, the No. 2-seeded Ohio State men’s basketball team somberly walked off the floor at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo. The defeat left a bitter taste in the mouths of the Buckeyes. That low moment for the team might have been the motivation guard William Buford needed. The disappointment has driven Buford to fuel his desire to elevate himself to the next level as a basketball player.         Owning such titles as Ohio’s Mr. Basketball in 2008, 2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and 2010 Third Team All-Big Ten honoree, Buford’s ability on the court has rarely been questioned. He has always been able to shoot the ball with consistency, averaging double digits in scoring during his OSU career. “I have been scoring all my life, that’s just what I do, basically,” Buford said at media day on Oct. 14. The 2010-11 version of OSU will feature a new-and-improved Buford. Now in his third year, he is a veteran and has been thrust into uncharted waters as a young team looks to its top returning scorer for leadership. Though he was content to play second fiddle during his first two years, Buford has embraced his newfound role as a leader. “When I came back, I just had a different mindset,” Buford said. “Last year, we had a veteran team, so I really didn’t think too much. We had the best player in the country. I was just taking a backseat, basically. But this year, I am just trying to be more vocal and help the young guys.” Buford’s change has not gone unnoticed. It took little time for the 6-foot-5-inch guard’s development to catch his coach’s eye.  “I think with Will, I have seen a side of him in the month that we’ve been together that is very exciting,” coach Thad Matta said. “From a leadership standpoint, from a work ethic standpoint, he is about as focused as I have ever seen him over an extended period of time.” Aiding in Buford’s development was his selection to the USA Select Team this past summer. One of 20 college players picked for the team, Buford spent a week in Las Vegas in late July, honing his skills against some of America’s best. “I think the USA basketball deal that he did this summer was pretty beneficial for him,” Matta said. “He got to see what the best is really like. He’s been coaching the young guys, putting his arm around them, getting them where they need to go and I think that’s been exciting for him.” Along with furthering his own skills, Buford also hopes to share some of what he picked up from his U.S. teammates and NBA counterparts with his OSU teammates. Matta is not the only one to notice Buford’s transformation. The quiet, pull-up shooter from two years ago has evolved into a well-rounded basketball player and one of the Big Ten’s best. “He is more vocal, not just on the offensive end either,” Lighty said. “He is taking a leadership role on the defensive end.” Although he has his sights set on becoming a complete player, Buford has not forgotten what got him to this point. After long practices, the Toledo, Ohio, native stays in the gym perfecting his smooth jumper and continuing to sharpen his offensive prowess. Senior guard Diebler expects big things from his dedicated fellow guard.  “Will is a guy where he has always had the talent, and I think now, just focusing more on the mental aspect of the game is just going to make him unbelievable,” Diebler said. “The guy is so talented, and we have seen glimpses of it, especially last year and with him being Freshman of the Year his freshman year. Will is a guy who I think is going to have a great year.” Buford played down the individual aspect, saying the only number that matters is the number in the win column. “Personal goals: I just want to win,” he said. “Team goals: Do good during the regular season, be the Big Ten Tournament champions again and go farther in the NCAA” Tournament. And as questions of a possible jump to the NBA loom, Buford’s sights still go no further than winning. “I am still looking forward to two more years,” he said. “If I feel I am ready to go after this year, then I will go, but I’m more focused on this year and trying to win games.” read more

Womens Lacrosse Late push not enough for Ohio State in 1712 loss

Ohio State then-junior attack Molly Wood races up field against Penn State on April 12, 2016 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsDespite an effort to make a comeback one game after dropping a road contest to Jacksonville, the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team fell to Cincinnati 17-12 Monday night. The Buckeyes (1-3) rallied late to close Cincinnati’s (3-1) lead, but the deficit was too big for Ohio State to overcome. Cincinnati went on a 4-0 run early in the second half to lead Ohio State by seven points. The Bearcats maintained the pace throughout the half to give the team its first home win of the season.Senior midfielder Katie Burgee and sophomore midfielder Liza Hernandez both scored for Ohio State 14 seconds apart with under two minutes left in the second half to make it 17-12. Despite the effort, it was too late for the Buckeyes to come back. Ohio State senior Molly Wood led the team with four goals. Hernandez, one of the team’s leading scorers, only had one goal and two assists. Junior midfielder Bailey Parrott had two goals for Ohio State and forced two turnovers. Cincinnati held an advantage in draw controls, free position shots and saves. The Buckeyes had six saves compared to the Bearcats’ 11. The Bearcats set the tone by going on a 4-0 run five minutes into the first half. Sophomore midfielder McKenna Rushford led Cincinnati with six goals, tying her career high. Four of her goals came within the first 20 minutes of the game. Parrot tied the game four minutes into the first half, but the Buckeyes failed to keep up with the Bearcats and could not remain close enough to take a lead. Ohio State will have 10 days to rally before taking on Binghamton at 4 p.m. March 9. read more

Arthur to join Barcelona this summer

first_imgBrazilian midfielder Arthur confirms Barcelona transfer ahead of the 2018-19 season.The Gremio star was expected to join the Catalan club in January of 2019 but the two clubs are believed to be working on a deal that could see the midfielder move to Spain this summer.Both clubs agreed on a £35million transfer in March of 2018 that would see the 21-year-old Brazilian join Barcelona in January 2019 but the Catalans want the player in their team this summer.With the departure of Andres Iniesta, the club want the former U-20 Brazilian midfielder to beef up the number of midfielders in the club. Arthur has already announced he’s leaving the Brazilian club this summer.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I wanted to go out in a press conference for the love I have for the Gremio fans,” Arthur said, as reported by As.“I have a chance to fulfil a dream and I have to thank Barcelona for this opportunity. This isn’t goodbye as I hope I can come back to this club someday.”“Barce asked to arrive this summer and I really couldn’t turn down the chance to move to my dream club in earnest.”A deal is expected to be finalised this weekend, as confirmed by Gremio Sporting Director Andre Zanotta.last_img read more

Avalanche Hazard Reduction On The Seward Highway Tomorrow

first_imgThe work will be between mileposts 37 and 38 at the Sterling Wye. Expect lane closures, road blocks, road closures, stopped traffic, short delays, and be prepared to stop, maintenance equipment on the roadway. Mirian Morse with the DOT: “There will be intermittent traffic delays, April 4, which is tomorrow. Motorists should expect delays of up to 45 minutes between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.”center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation will be doing Avalanche Hazard Reduction on the Seward Highway at Sterling Wye, on April 4.last_img

Brunswick Landing Maintains Upward Trajectory Maine Designates Reuse Project an Opportunity Zone

first_imgBrunswick Landing, the reuse project at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick, is now home to 1,700 employees and 110 organizations, an increase of 500 jobs over the past year, the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority reports. Five new companies arrived his summer, with more slated to be added by the end of the year. A number of tenants are expanding footprints at Brunswick Landing and Topsham Commerce Park to accommodate growth, the authority says. Traffic at Brunswick Executive Airport is up as well; in the first six months of the year, operations have increased 14 percent over 2017. … Brunswick Landing has been designated a federal Opportunity Zone by Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R), allowing the redevelopment to attract new investment. The Opportunity Zone program was created as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act legislation as a way to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities. The program provides a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into Opportunity Zones. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Kapil Sharma Show Kapil Sharmas new avatar Ustaad Medium Begam Ali Khan

first_imgTwitterThere is no dearth of humour and laughter on the Kapil Sharma Show. Right when we thought the show couldn’t get any better, Kapil Sharma is back to tickle our funny bones with his new avatar of Ustaad Medium Begam Ali Khan. Kapil shared a teaser of the same on his Instagram account and had us in splits. In a black pathani suit, Nehru jacket and red scarf wrapped around his arms and neck, Kapil totally justifies this new character of Ustaad Medium Begam Ali Khan.While sharing the video, Kapil wrote, “Hope u will like this new character “Ustaad medium begam ali khan” #thekapilsharmashow #tkss stay tuned.” While netizens hailed Kapil’s new look, rapper Badshah too could not stop himself from commenting on the post. He wrote, “Paaaji khatam character.” Kappu Sharma, Chappu Sharma and Rajesh Arora are some of the other roles and characters Kapil Sharma dons for his show.In last week’s episode of The Kapil Sharma Show, viewers were given a double treat in the form of Chinky Minky, the twin sisters, who have entered into the show as Kapil Sharma’s new neighbours. Chinky and Minky made a fantastic entrance and stole the show even with their short presence. Even Archana Puran Singh had given them a standing ovation for their brilliant performance on stage while talking in unison. And now, Kapil Sharma seems all set to surprise his audience with this new avatar.Kapil Sharma is going to become a father to his first child with his wife Ginni Chatrath who has entered into her second trimester. And now Kapil has decided to take a break from The Kapil Sharma Show to spend some quality time with Ginni before the baby comes into the world.last_img read more

Research team devises better method for mapping orbitals of molecules

first_img Molecular orbitals represent regions in a molecule where an electron is likely to be found; they are derived using mathematical formulas and are represented by cloudlike drawings with multiple nodes that are supposed to represent where electrons can go and are meant to demonstrate how molecules can share those electrons in chemical interactions or bonding. Since it was first invented in 1981, using the STM has generally been the best method available for creating images of individual atoms and their electronic properties. The STM is basically a piece of equipment with a metal appendage that has a tip width of just a few atoms. The tip is moved back and forth in the air very close to a sample being studied. Voltage is then applied allowing electrons to move between the tip and the sample. Doing so allows for measuring of the density of electrons on the surface of the material being studied which is then used to build the models.Unfortunately however, traditional STM has not been able to map orbitals of single molecules. This is because the density of electrons on the surface of an object, don’t give up the mathematical orbital nor does it have a fine enough resolution. Also there is the problem of having to place the sample on a metal surface which can hide what is going on with the molecules that comprise the sample. In the new approach the team solved the easiest part of the problem by coating the surface that the sample lays on with salt. Next, to improve resolution, they stuck a single carbon monoxide molecule on the end of the tip; this because carbon monoxide molecules have the property of having its outermost lobes paired close, with one positive the other negative phased. Such an arrangement makes the tip more sensitive to the sample material placed below it. Using this method the researchers were able to map the structure of the nodes of the molecular orbitals which allowed them to create images based on the places that held electrons. © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: High-Resolution Molecular Orbital Imaging Using a p-Wave STM Tip, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 086101 (2011) DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.086101AbstractIndividual pentacene and naphthalocyanine molecules adsorbed on a bilayer of NaCl grown on Cu(111) were investigated by means of scanning tunneling microscopy using CO-functionalized tips. The images of the frontier molecular orbitals show an increased lateral resolution compared with those of the bare tip and reflect the modulus squared of the lateral gradient of the wave functions. The contrast is explained by tunneling through the p-wave orbitals of the CO molecule. Comparison with calculations using a Tersoff-Hamann approach, including s- and p-wave tip states, demonstrates the significant contribution of p-wave tip states.via Physics Viewpoint Experiments Prove Existence of Atomic Chain Anchors This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Explore further Citation: Research team devises better method for mapping orbitals of molecules (2011, August 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-team-method-orbitals-molecules.html (PhysOrg.com) — A team of physicists comprised of members from IBM Research in Switzerland and the University of Liverpool in the U.K. have figured out a way to improve on results obtained using a Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) that allows for the orbitals of single molecules to be mapped. They have published a paper on Physical Review Letters describing their procedure.last_img read more

Researchers study interstellar medium in the galaxy NGC 3665

first_imgUsing ESA’s Herschel telescope a team of Chinese researchers has performed analysis of the interstellar medium in the early-type galaxy NGC 3665. The study offers insights into physical properties of the matter between its star systems. The results were presented January 16 in a paper published on arXiv.org. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Discovered by William Herschel in 1789, NGC 3665 is a lenticular early-type galaxy located some 108 million light years away. However, contrary to typical early-type galaxies, NGC 3665 is abundant in cool gas and has a low star formation rate surface density. Studying gas, dust and other matter in this galaxy, especially in its interstellar medium, could therefore explain the galaxy’s low star formation efficiency.A group of astronomers led by Meng-Yuan Xiao of the Nanjing University in China, has carried out an analysis of the physical properties of the interstellar medium in NGC 3665. For their research, they used far-infrared photometric and spectroscopic data obtained by ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory – an infrared telescope operating in space from 2009 to 2013. The dataset provided by Hershel was complemented by observations conducted with the Calar Alto Observatory (CAHA) in Spain.The observational campaign allowed the researchers to physically characterize NGC 3665’s interstellar medium by obtaining its fundamental parameters, which could improve our understanding of this atypical galaxy and star formation process taking place there.”In this paper, we focus on the photometric observations of NGC 3665 at 100, 160, 250, 350 and 500 µm, obtained with the Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS; – 4 – Poglitsch et al. 2010) and the Spectral and Photometric Imaging REceiver (SPIRE; Griffin et al. 2010) onboard Herschel, with five fine-structure lines of [N ii] 122 and 205 µm, [C ii] 158 µm, [O i] 63 µm, and [C i] 370 µm. We also perform optical spectroscopic observations of NGC 3665 with the CAHA 3.5m telescope,” the scientists wrote in the paper.According to the study, the researchers found that neutral and ionized gas in NGC 3665 have extended structures and follow the carbon monoxide line gas disk distribution, adding that the fluxes are stronger at the center.Furthermore, Xiao’s team estimates that the dust-to-stellar mass ratio of NGC 3665 is about 0.0011, which is nearly three times larger than the mean value of local lenticular galaxies. When it comes to the gas-to-dust mass ratio, this value is approximately 182, similar to that in our Milky Way galaxy. According to the authors of the paper, these findings, together with the calculated star formation rate of around 1.7 solar masses per year, suggest that NGC 3665 has large gas reservoirs and less star formation.Moreover, the researchers found that NGC 3665 has a weak active galactic nucleus in its central region, a very weak ultraviolet radiation field and has the lowest gas heating efficiency in photodissociation regions among different kinds of galaxies. The astronomers conclude that the new findings, compared with results provided by previous studies, indicate that suppressed star formation in NGC 3665 is most possibly caused by its compact, massive bulge through stabilizing cool gas reservoirs. © 2018 Phys.org Citation: Researchers study interstellar medium in the galaxy NGC 3665 (2018, January 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-interstellar-medium-galaxy-ngc.html More information: The Physical Characteristics of Interstellar Medium in NGC 3665 with Herschel Observations, arXiv:1801.05110 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1801.05110AbstractWe present the analysis of the physical properties of the interstellar medium (ISM) in the nearby early-type galaxy NGC 3665, based on the far-infrared (FIR) photometric and spectroscopic data as observed by the Herschel Space Observatory. The fit to the spectral energy distribution reveals a high dust content in the galaxy, with the dust-to-stellar mass ratio of Mdust/M∗ ∼ 1.1 × 10−4 that is nearly three times larger than the mean value of local S0+S0a galaxies. For the ionized regions (H~textsc{ii} regions), the electron density (ne) is around 49.5 ± 11.9 cm−3 based on the [N~textsc{ii}],122,mum/[N~textsc{ii}],205,mum ratio. For the photodissociation regions, the heating efficiency is in the range of 1.26 × 10−3 and 1.37 × 10−3 based on the ([C~textsc{ii}]+[O~textsc{i}],63,mum)/LTIR, which is slightly lower than other local galaxies; the hydrogen nucleus density and the strength of FUV radiation field are n ∼ 104 cm−3 and G0 ∼ 10−0.25, respectively. The above results are consistent with the presence of weak AGN and a low level of star-forming activity in NGC 3665. Our results give strong support to the `morphological quenching’ scenario, where a compact, massive bulge can stabilize amount of cool gas against star formation. Image: Hubble’s cosmic atlas Explore further The 2D bulge-disk decomposition of NGC 3665 with Galfit. Panels from left to right are r-band observed image, model image, and model-subtracted residual image. The black region in residual image shows a dust structure near the galaxy center, which has been masked out before the fitting. Credit: Xiao et al., 2018.last_img

EastWest Metro to be made operational by Marchend

first_imgKolkata: The first phase of the East-West Metro that will connect Salt Lake Sector V with Salt Lake stadium will be operational by the end of March 2019 or the beginning of April 2019, said Union Minister of State for Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises Babul Supriyo on Monday.The minister was in the city to witness the progress of work for the E-W Metro.The first trial run of two rakes side-by-side on two tracks was held for the first time in his presence. Supriyo also tried his hands at driving a rake that travelled from Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeCity Centre station to Salt Lake Sector V.”Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Limited (KMRCL), the executing agency wants to ensure that safety and security measures are in place before starting the services. So we have decided not to hurry with the commencement of services,” Supriyo said.”We are installing a modernised signaling system, the software for which is to be imported from Japan. There are several sharp bends and curves in the alignment from Sector V to Salt Lake stadium. The software is expected by the end of December following which the system will be put in place,” he added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe minister has already held talks with the Union Defence ministry including Nirmala Sitharaman for speeding up the process of procurement of the software. According to sources in KMRCL, there will be five rakes in stock before starting the first phase. “We will begin with two or three and will increase the frequency depending upon the passenger demand,” a senior KMRCL official said. The phase from Salt Lake stadium till Sector V will have six stations and cover a distance of 5.5 km. “The way the work is progressing, I am hopeful that Esplanade to Sealdah phase will be operational by June 2019 that we had announced earlier,” he maintained. The minister also shared that some technical problems have delayed work from Sealdah to Esplanade as there are technical glitches in Esplanade where the East-West Metro will intersect the existing North-South Metro that runs from Noapara to Kavi Subhas. “We are working on overcoming the technical hurdles,” a KMRCL official added. The target for the second phase from Howrah Maidan to Sector V is June 2021.last_img read more