Neu-Ulm goes underground

first_imgConstruction of a four-track station below ground in the German town of Neu-Ulm heralds the start of work on a new line from Ulm to Stuttgart and releases land for housing and commercial development, reports Ralf Roman Rossberg,GERMANY’S FEDERAL Transport Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee and Deutsche Bahn Chairman Hartmut Mehdorn opened a new station called Neu-Ulm 21 on November 24. They were joined at the event by Mayor of Neu-Ulm Gerold Noerenberg and President of the Land of Bayern Günther Beckstein.Tiefensee’s presence at the ceremony underlined the importance of the event on a national scale, as Neu-Ulm 21 is a significant milestone in the development of the Paris – Stuttgart – München – Wien – Bratislava TEN corridor. It foreshadows construction of the Stuttgart – Ulm Neubaustrecke, on which work begins later this year, as well as the related Stuttgart 21 project which will see the present terminus in Stuttgart replaced by an underground through station.Neu-Ulm is separated from the city of Ulm in the Land of Baden-Württemberg by the River Donau, over which a new two-track bridge has been completed parallel to the old structure, alleviating a bottleneck that threatened to limit capacity. Neu-Ulm was also home to an important intermodal terminal, which has now been closed and replaced by a new terminal at Dornstadt on the other bank of the Donau in Baden-Württemberg. The 16 tracks that occupied a substantial part of the town of Neu-Ulm have been replaced by just four. These run underground for a distance of 1·5 km, releasing no less than 18 ha of railway land for housing and commercial development. Long ramps stretching over 2 km take the busy main line down below the surface, and sound barrier walls have been built along the tracks for a total length of 8 000 m.Neu-Ulm 21 was completed on budget at a cost of €160m. Facilities for passengers are distinctly minimalist, with a ‘Service-Store’ offering drinks, snacks, newspapers and magazines. Travel tickets can be purchased from the tills, but DB expects most tickets to be purchased from self-service vending machines. Parking is provided for 120 cars, and lifts to the platforms ensure easy access for wheelchair passengers and those encumbered with luggage.Although the station has four tracks, only two are in regular use at the moment as the other pair of tracks is intended for long-distance trains that do not call at Neu-Ulm. However, more regional trains have served the station since December 9, when double-tracking of the first section of the Illertal line from Ulm to Neu-Ulm and Kempten was completed.Neu-Ulm 21 is the first of a series of ‘Station 21’ projects to be completed. Launched by DB in the 1990s, the Station 21 concept of building new underground stations to replace facilities on the surface was intended partly to generate funds by releasing land for commercial development and partly to eliminate bottlenecks caused by terminal stations where trains must reverse. Stuttgart 21 is the biggest of these schemes, but 12 years elapsed while DB negotiated funding of the €2·8bn project with the city authorities and other parties (RG 9.07 p539). Work is now due to start in 2010 for completion around 2020.Similar plans exist to replace the present termini in Frankfurt and München, but the high cost means that both projects have been pigeonholed for the time being. CAPTION: Dignitaries pressed a ‘start button’ to open Neu-Ulm 21 on November 24. From right to left: Interior Minister of Baden-Württemberg Heribert Rech, Federal Transport Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee, DB Chairman Hartmut Mehdorn, DB Representative for Bayern Klaus-Dieter Josel, President of Bayern Günther Beckstein, Bayern Economics Minister Emilia Müller, Neu-Ulm Mayor Gerold Noerenberg and his predecessor Beate Merk, now Justice Minister for Bayern CAPTION: Two special trains formed of ICE trainsets arrived simultaneously from München and Stuttgart to mark the official opening of Neu-Ulm 21 CAPTION: A ‘free-floating’ roof sweeps over the somewhat spartan station passenger facilities at Neu-Ulm 21last_img read more

Boris Johnson promises Brexit on October 31, ‘no ifs or buts’

first_imgRelated LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 24: New Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to media outside Number 10, Downing Street on July 24, 2019 in London, England. Boris Johnson, MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, was elected leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party yesterday receiving 66 percent of the votes cast by the Party members. He takes the office of Prime Minister this afternoon after outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May took questions in the House of Commons for the last time. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 24: New Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to media outside Number 10, Downing Street on July 24, 2019 in London, England. Boris Johnson, MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, was elected leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party yesterday receiving 66 percent of the votes cast by the Party members. He takes the office of Prime Minister this afternoon after outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May took questions in the House of Commons for the last time. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)Boris Johnson promised to deliver Brexit by October 31 and said he would strike a new deal with the European Union in his first speech after becoming British Prime Minister on Wednesday.“The people who bet against Britain are going to lose their shirts because we are going to restore trust in our democracy, and we are going to fulfill the repeated promises of parliament to the people and come out of the EU on October 31, no ifs or buts.”“We will do a new deal, a better deal that will maximize the opportunities of Brexit while allowing us to develop a new and exciting partnership with the rest of Europe based on free trade and mutual support, I have every confidence that in 99 days’ time we will have cracked it. But we aren’t going to wait 99 days because the British people have had enough of waiting, the time has come to act, to take decisions, to give strong leadership and to change this country for the better.”“In high hearts and growing confidence we will now accelerate the work of getting ready. And the ports will be ready and the banks will be ready, the factories will be ready and business will be ready and the hospitals will be ready, and our amazing food and farming sector will be ready and waiting to continue selling ever more, not just here but around the world.” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in Egypt Boris Johnson faces sack calls after Libya comment UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resignslast_img read more

Step-by-Step Document Simplifies Cable Assembly Compliance Testing

first_imgKeysight Technologies recently announced the availability of a new Method of Implementation (MOI) document for cable assembly compliance tests defined in Rev. 1.1 of the USB Type-C specification and Rev. 1.0 of the USB Type-C Compliance Test Specification (CTS). This USB Type-C MOI, together with a test package such as Keysight’s state file, works with the M937xA PXIe multiport vector network analyzer to provide the compliance test solution for USB Type-C cable assemblies. This step-by-step guide of measurement procedures for time and frequency domains simplifies compliance setup and testing.Driven by the demand for more bandwidth, high-speed digital standards continue to evolve to higher data rates. This 10-Gbps USB 3.1 specification delivers more than double the practical data rate compared to the current 5-Gbps USB 3.0. This increase in data rate, results in even tougher requirements for the physical layer to ensure interoperability. One of the measurement challenges for such high-speed digital cable assemblies is to perform the multiport measurements.Keysight’s M937xA PXIe Multiport VNA provides true multiport measurements with full N-port calibration and an inherent frequency domain measurement capability. For this USB Type-C cable assembly tests, engineers can configure the M937xA to support 12-port measurements—from 300 kHz to 15 GHz—to generate an s12p touchstone file that engineers can analyze using the USB-IF compliance tool. By generating an s12p file using the VNA’s 12-port configuration, the frequency domain measurement time is drastically reduced to just 20 seconds. Keysight MOIs are available for a number of different high-speed digital applications, such as HDMI, Ethernet and PCI Express.last_img read more

United Volleyball edges Cignal in PH Superliga

first_imgThe game was tight in the fourth set with HD Spikers slightly up at 21-23 before Bedart-Ghani delivered the game winning spikes that completed United VC come-from-behind win.“I’m proud of how the girls stayed composed. The girls talked among themselves,” said United VC head coach Joshua Ylaya. “We’re starting zero-zero again, that was a fluke. Let’s start anew and I’m glad that they responded right away.”He added: “The coaching staff is just proud on how they handled that last stretch in the fourth set. Credits to the serving of (Amy) Ahomiro, we have to serve strong in that crucial moment and she did well that made our offensive transition smooth.”Erika Wilson tallied 29 points, while Ana Artemeva contributed 12 points while Jheck Dionela protected the floor with 30 digs and 19 excellent receptions for HD Spikers, which absorbed its third straight loss with 5-6 card./PN Rachel Ann Daquis of Cignal HD Spikers drops a hit over Shar Manu-Olevao and Arianna Angustia of United Volleyball Club. PSL MANILA – United Volleyball Club got back on the winning track in the 2019 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix after a 14-25, 25-21, 25-21, 26-24 victory over Cignal HD Spikers on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena.Filipino-American star Kalei Mau and import Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani unloaded 19 points apiece for the United VC, which tallied its first win in the second round to improve to 5-4.Shar Manu-Olevao was also instrumental for the United VC with 10 points while setter Alohi Robins-Hardy dished out 31 excellent sets, 16 digs and three markers.After struggling heavily in the first set, the United VC got it going in the second and third frame with strong starts behind Mau and Bedart-Ghani before thwarting HD Spikers’ attempted run.last_img read more

Estrada Powers Argos To Series Sweep vs. Chargers

first_img Full Schedule Roster Watch Live Next Game: Live Stats PENSACOLA, Fla. – UWF baseball (21-9, 11-3 GSC) completed the sweep over Alabama Huntsville (14-13, 8-7 GSC) Sunday at Jim Spooner Field, downing the Chargers 9-6. Matthew Estrada finished with a home run, the first of his college career, plus three RBIs. Kirk Maddox earned his third win, and Whitt Davis picked up his second save. The Argos are now tied for first place in the Gulf South Conference with No. 2 Delta State. Maddox (3-3) allowed just one run over his first six innings of work. The lefty would finish the day with seven strikeouts against three walks. He has now struck out 16 batters over his last two starts at Jim Spooner Field.”Maddox located his fastball well today. He got us through a lot of those early innings with quick innings,” said UWF head coach Mike Jeffcoat. “He made some quality pitches to some good hitters on the Huntsville team and got us going.”The Argos fell behind in the third when Ben Rhodes tagged Maddox for an RBI single. Estrada helped the Argos to regain the lead in the fourth when he sent an opposite-field single to left with the bases loaded vs. UAH starter Riley Camp. The base knock scored Robert Lopez and Jacob Silverstein to make it 2-1 UWF.UWF scored six times in the sixth to build a more comfortable lead. Mason Dinesen started the scoring with an RBI single to plate Lopez once again. Nick Kerkmann picked up an RBI with a hit-by-pitch in a bases loaded situation before Joey Bend picked up two RBIs on a double and Matt Sullivan picked up two of his own on a single.UAH fought back in the seventh, tagging Maddox and relief man Chase Evans for five runs on five hits. In the bottom of the eighth, Estrada delivered again. The freshman took relief man Dylan Murphy, who entered the weekend with the most saves in the GSC, for a solo home run to give the Argos a 9-6 advantage.”Matt Estrada is a true freshman who shows a little bit uncanny poise. He seems to not get rattled. He wants to do well,” said Jeffcoat. “He came up with a huge hit with the bases loaded, hitting the opposite way to drive in two. And then of course when they had the big inning to draw it within two, he was able to hit the opposite field home run, his first college career home run.”Whitt Davis retired six of the seven he faced to earn his second save of the season. The loss dropped Camp, who allowed three runs (two earned) over six innings, to 1-1. Dinesen finished with three hits to pace the Argos, who earned the win despite being outhit overall 12-10.”I was really proud of Whitt Davis coming in there to finish the last two innings. He did an outstanding job,” Jeffcoat said.The Argos will next welcome West Georgia to town in a three-game set scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Friday’s doubleheader vs. the Wolves (18-9, 8-6 GSC) will begin at 2:00 p.m.”We’re just glad to get the sweep at home, and we’re looking forward to being back at home again next weekend,” said Jeffcoat.For the latest news on the Argos, follow the team on Twitter @UWF_Baseball.#ARGOS#Print Friendly Version West Georgia 3/30/2018 – 2 pm Previewlast_img read more

Impulse triumph in Japan X Bowl

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KOBE – Kicker Masahiro Ota kicked three field goals to lead Matsushita Electric Works to a 15-6 victory over Asahi Beer on Saturday to capture its first corporate league championship in nine years. Matsushita Electric Works booked a place in the Jan. 3 Rice Bowl and will play the winner of Sunday’s Koshien Bowl between Ritsumeikan University and Hosei University. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img

Lipscomb beats Jacksonville 87-83

first_imgJACSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — J.C. Hampton scored 22 points and grabbed eight boards to lead Lipscomb to an 87-83 win over Jacksonville on Saturday.Josh Williams added 21 points and four rebounds for the Bisons (12-15, 6-6 Atlantic Sun Conference). Chad Lang had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Brett Wishon had 11 points.Marcellous Bell sank a pair of 3-pointers late in the first half to lift Jacksonville to a 40-37 advantage at the break.The Dolphins (9-20, 3-9) extended their lead to 52-45 early in the second half but Lipscomb responded with an 11-4 surge to tie it 56-56 with 12:07 to play. A pair of 3-pointers by Hampton and another by Williams helped put the Bisons on top 78-73 with 2:08 left and Hampton, Wishon and Nathan Moran combined for 7 of 8 from the line to clinch the win.Kori Babineaux led Jacksonville with 25 points and 10 assists.last_img read more

Eliasson winner seals fan vote

first_imgThe winger met Jay Dasilva’s cross in front of the travelling away fans, to secure the 1-0 win.The strike pipped Max O’Leary’s reaction stop on his home league debt against Hull City.Jamie Paterson’s skill against the Tigers won 11% of the votes, ahead of Famara Diédhiou’s late winner in the same match.📊 Take the #BristolCity Moment of the Month poll. 👇— Bristol City FC (@BristolCity) November 1, 2018last_img

Munster marks his return in style to inspire the Storm

first_imgRugby League Cameron Munster celebrated his return from injury in style to inspire the Storm’s 42-6 win over an error-riddled Titans outfit on the Sunshine Coast. Munster (pictured), returning a fortnight earlier than expected from a grade two medial tear suffered in round seven against the Warriors, showcased all the skills in his kit bag. He scored a try, set up another with what can only be described as a double-pump floating cutout pass to hit a flying Josh Addo-Carr on the chest and was a real handful each time he took the line on. Cameron Smith’s passing game was of the blue-chip variety and wrecking ball prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona was often unstoppable for Melbourne as he bagged the first double of his career. Munster got himself into the game early with a slick grubber from the Storm playmaker almost providing a try for Jahrome Hughes. The Titans had the best early chance when Jamal Fogarty dropped the ball over the line after a superbly weighted grubber by Ash Taylor. The Storm made them pay with a flat pass from captain Cameron Smith finding Munster on the charge to score under the sticks in the 20th minute. Taylor’s short kicking game was on song and another perfectly placed grubber was snaffled by Brian Kelly for a try after the Bunker ruled on whether Kelly had pushed Paul Momirovski off the ball. At 6-all in the 26th minute the Titans were right in it. Another handling error cost the Gold Coast and from the scrum Munster deceived the Titans to send Addo-Carr on his way. Smith converted from the sideline and the Storm looked ominous with a 12-6 lead. Another Titans handling error, and another Storm try followed. Asofa-Solomona was too powerful near the line and crashed over from a typical inch-perfect pass from Smith to give Melbourne an 18-6 lead at the break. The giant Kiwi prop was at it again straight after the break to rumble his way over off a Cam Smith pass. – nrl.comlast_img read more