THE SURGE of passengers riding Virgin’s tilting Pendolinos after the UK’s West Coast Main Line was upgraded for 200 km/h operation has created an urgent need for two extra vehicles in each of the 53 nine-car trainsets. Under a ‘handshake deal’ valued at around ?158m, reached on January 3, Angel Trains was supposed to procure the extra cars from Alstom and lease them to Virgin Trains. A Notice to Proceed was due to be issued to the manufacturer by January 31, so that the extra cars would be ready for adding when the trains come up for their first heavy overhaul at the end of 2008. But just before the end of January, Royal Bank of Scotland – which owns Angel – withdrew from the deal. The reason given was uncertainty created by the Department for Transport at the end of last year, when it asked the Office of Rail Regulation to investigate alleged overcharging of franchised train operators for the lease of rolling stock formerly owned by British Rail. ORR has said it is ‘minded’ to refer DfT’s complaint to the Competition Commission, but the legal position is that any investigation would have to cover the whole train leasing market. RBS fears this could lead to leasing charges for Pendolinos, potentially including the extra cars, being reduced by order of the Commission. DfT is apparently anxious to see the lengthening go ahead, but has no power to suspend or limit the scope of any investigation by the Commission, which could last two years. Other rolling stock acquisitions could also be affected at a time when new trains are badly needed to cope with sustained growth in rail travel.
Early voting begins tomorrow for the 2018 Campbell County General Election. CLICK HERE to see the complete ballot.With a full ballot, voters will be able to cast their votes from July 13 -28. Polls will be open at the election commission office in Jacksboro at 129 Church Alley from 9 am until 4 pm Mondays through Thursdays and from 9 am until 7 pm on Fridays. On Saturdays, the polls will be open from 9 am until 1 pm.Voters in Jellico can cast their ballots at the Jellico Municipal Building on Main Street from 9 am until 2 pm Mondays through Thursday and from 2 pm until 7 pm on Fridays. These polls will also be open on Saturdays from 9 am until 1 pm.“There are over two weeks to early vote,” said Ann Ayers-Colvin, the registrar of elections. She encourages people to take advantage of early voting, because it is convenient and can help people make sure they don’t miss voting should something arise on election day.In previous elections “half as many people voted early as voted on Election Day,” she said.Currently, Campbell County has just under 24,000 voters.In this election cycle, there has also been an upswing in the number of people registering to vote. For the first time, online registration has been offered and the response has “been phenomenal,” according to Ayers- Colvin.Election Day is Aug 2. With all 20 precincts open from 9 am until 8 pm. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/12/2018-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitter
The world will have to wait a while for Zion Williamson’s NBA debut. The Pelicans rookie is expected to miss “a period of weeks” to start the regular season as he recovers from a knee injury, ESPN reported Friday. Giannis Antetokounmpo says it’s ‘scary’ how good Bucks can be this season Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters Friday that the team believes Williamson hurt his knee Sunday against the Spurs. He added (via ESPN) that the 19-year-old is in good spirits: “He’s not dead, guys.” Related News NBA’s Adam Silver says China asked league to fire Rockets’ Daryl Morey Top college basketball recruit Makur Maker exploring 2020 NBA Draft eligibility, report says A severe injury has been ruled out for Zion Williamson’s right knee, but he is expected to miss period of weeks to start regular season, league sources tell ESPN. Pels are clearly treating injury with an abundance of caution but there’s no shortage of confidence on full recovery.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 18, 2019The team said Thursday that Williamson would miss the preseason finale against the Knicks due to “right knee soreness.” The No. 1 overall pick did not make the trip to New York and was remaining in New Orleans to undergo further evaluation. Williamson averaged 23.3 points in four preseason games.New Orleans takes on New York in its final preseason game on Friday at 8 p.m. ET. The team travels to Toronto to open its regular season Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.
Yesterday, the Indiana State Police held a graduation ceremony for the 2015 Indiana State Police K-9 Class at the Indiana State Police Museum in Indianapolis. The ceremony graduated nine troopers from around the state and their new K-9 partners along with one Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputy and his new K-9 partner.Trooper Nathan Abbott and his new K-9 “Teague” along with trooper Zachary Smith and his new K-9 “Riggs”, both from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg, were among those graduating. Trooper Nathan Abbott received his new K-9 “Teague” after his past K-9 “Kilo”, was killed in the line of duty searching a home in Sellersburg. He and his new K-9 “Teague” finished an abbreviated academy due to Trooper Abbott and “K-9” Teague both being trained prior to this academy. K-9 “Teague” is a four year old German Shepherd imported from Europe.Trooper Zachary Smith and his new K-9 “Riggs” graduated after a 14 week K-9 academy and 500 hours of K-9 training. “Riggs” is an 18-month old Belgian Malinois imported from Europe.The primary initiative of the Indiana State Police K-9 team is to search for and locate suspect(s) or evidence that can be linked to a specific crime.TeagueRiggsBoth troopers will be patrolling the Sellersburg District and will be available for assistance to all local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.The Sellersburg District is comprised of Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington counties.