POLAND: The National Centre for Research & Development has awarded Newag a 10·9m złoty grant to support the development of what the company says would be Europe’s first TSI-compliant six-axle multi-system electric freight locomotive. This programme is expected to cost a total of 27·2m złoty.Announcing the grant on September 25, Newag said it planned to use the results of ‘cutting-edge’ R&D projects to bring innovative technologies, products and processes to the market.The demonstrator locomotive is expected to be rolled out in 2018, and will be based on Newag’s existing Dragon six-axle single-system design which was launched in 2009. ‘At present Newag offers Dragon locomotives whose average reliability ratio is 99·6%’, said Deputy President Bartosz Krzemiński. ‘The locomotive’s excellent performance led to our decision to develop this product further.’
(Antigua Observer) The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has approved a decision that would allow CARICOM countries the right to reject free movement status to certain classes of workers without reciprocity.The CCJ decided that it was lawful for Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts-Nevis to request an opt out of the obligations to accept agricultural workers and security guards, as part of the category of workers who are allowed to move and seek employment freely within the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).“Member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), under Article 27 (4) of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC), can opt out of a decision once the fundamental objectives of the Community, as laid now in the Treaty, are not negatively affected,” the court decided last Wednesday.The court noted that prejudice to a fundamental objective could be determined using principles of “proportionality” and by balancing a number of competing considerations, importantly the extent of the prejudice.It also decided that nationals of Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts-Nevis, who are security guards and agricultural workers, are entitled to enjoy the benefits of the enlargement decision. This means that while these two countries will not accept the two categories of workers as being regional citizens under the CSME agreement, their citizens can move and work in other member states.Less than six months ago, the court had promised to deliver its decision on whether countries within the CARICOM could lawfully choose to opt out of obligations set out in the CSME agreement.CARICOM heads of government had asked for advice after the body decided to give special consideration to Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts-Nevis. Both countries had requested to opt out of facilitating the movement of agriculture workers and security guards for a period of five years.Subsequently, the question arose over whether it was in fact lawful for a member state to opt out of a conference decision and whether the ‘principle of non-reciprocity’, could allow nationals of any member state opting out to gain the benefits of that decision.The CCJ explained that certain conditions are needed for the effective implementation of an opt out to include a request by one or more member states to opt out; that the decision maker must be a competent organ of the Community; and that the Conference of Heads of Government must agree to the request of the member state to opt out of the relevant decision.An opt out, it stated, is only permitted if the “fundamental objectives” of the Community, as laid down in the RTC, are not prejudiced or undermined by the opt out.The CCJ therefore concluded that in the cases of St Kitts-Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda, there was no fundamental breach of the objectives of the RTC and that the opt out was made available to two member states, each of which is categorised as a less developed country; and secondly, the duration of the opt out in each case was temporary. 161 Views no discussions Share Share BusinessLifestyleLocalNewsRegional CCJ Gives Approval for CARICOM Countries To Opt-Out Of Certain Free Movement Arrangements by: – March 28, 2020 Share Tweet Sharing is caring!
The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team’s up-tempo, pressing style of play is well-known at this point in coach Matthew Mitchell’s tenure, and the Wildcats’ lofty standard of execution is simple.“Our goal is to be the fastest team, the most disruptive and the toughest,” senior post Azia Bishop said.The pursuit of being the fastest team in the country was mentioned repeatedly by Mitchell and his players at UK’s media day last month, and they said they’re working hard to move, move, move toward that end once again.UK, ranked No. 11 in the preseason AP poll, boasts another deep, talented team that’s built to play the high-paced style Mitchell has made the trademark of the program in his eight years at the helm.Mitchell described UK as “the fastest team in the country and the most up‑tempo team in the country and really different than just about anybody in the country.”UK MEN: Cal’s Cats loaded, but who’s the leader?The Cats lost talented post players DeNesha Stallworth and Samarie Walker off a 26-9 squad that made the NCAA Sweet 16, but in the backcourt, they have five former McDonald’s All Americans, including leading returning scorer Jennifer O’Neill, who are back to push the pace and rattle the opposition.“We’re working on being the fastest team in the country guard-wise,” sophomore guard Makayla Epps said, repeating that familiar, you-can’t-catch-us, catch phrase.In the frontcourt, UK will complement seniors Azia Bishop and Jelleah Sidney with highly regarded freshmen Alyssa Rice and Alexis Jennings. Second-year player Kyvin Goodin-Rogers is healthy after missing all of last season.Rice (6 feet 3), Jennings (6-2) and Goodin-Rogers (6-1) aren’t the tallest post players in the country, but Mitchell doesn’t mind because they can run and are suited to play a full-court game.“What we’re trying to be is really, really tough, really disruptive on defense, and very, very fast and up‑tempo,” he said. “You need mobility and speed and athleticism more than you need height to make those things happen.”Epps said the Cats even have a segment in practice that’s called “Fastest Team in America” where the pace is the premium.“We’re just up and down, up and down, moving,” she said. “And if you’re not running, (Mitchell) is going to stop you and let you know, ‘That’s not the fastest team in America. That’s not what we’re here to do.’”UK’s up-tempo system is designed to allow opponents little time to relax, and it’s based on the premise, Epps said, that “transition buckets are the easiest ones.” After every UK defensive rebound, the ball is pushed. After every UK basket, pressure defense is applied.“If you don’t get the rebound and you ain’t got a get-back player, we’re gone,” Epps said. “That’s a bucket, and we’re back on defense already and right back in your face.”If “fast” was the No. 1 buzz word at UK media day, “disruptive” was a close second. The Cats want to deflect as many balls as possible, and if they can’t, they try to be up on their opponents as soon as they catch it.Indeed, the first drill of practice that day emphasized getting hands in the passing lanes in order to stymie the opponent’s half-court offense.It’s a mind-set that helped the Cats finish eighth in NCAA Division I in turnovers forced last season, following years UK finished first, first, third and second in that category.“We’re looking to get back to where we have been in the past with our defensive pressure,” Thompson said. “We’ve been working to be the hardest-working team in the country and play the fastest, so I’m excited for the season.”Strength• The Wildcats have talented, experienced guards in abundance. Jennifer O’Neill, Janee Thompson, Bria Goss, Linnae Harper and Makayla Epps are all former McDonald’s All Americans who give coach Matthew Mitchell multiple options as he tries to push the pace and pressure opponents.Weakness• Kentucky lost its two best interior players – DeNesha Stallworth, who averaged 12.5 points, and Samarie Walker, who led the team in rebounds (8.7 per game). Mitchell seems confident that senior Azia Bishop, redshirt freshman Kyvin Goodin-Rogers and true freshmen Alyssa Rice and Alexis Jennings can get a post bucket when UK needs one.Keys to success• Epps’ freshman year got off to a somewhat slow start by a nagging knee injury the summer before that inhibited her conditioning, and a midseason car accident left her a little mentally rattled. Now she’s healthy, in good shape and ready to step forward. A breakout season from Epps would be huge.• UK would get a boost if Goodin-Rogers, the Cats’ other former Marion County star, becomes a key frontcourt player after missing all of last season while being treated for a blood clot in a lung. She’s an athletic, skilled forward with a “bit of mean streak,” Mitchell said, and she benefited from a season of observing the team from the sideline.• Mitchell needs to break in an entirely new staff. He’s hired Kansas assistant Tamika Williams, who had a successful playing career at Connecticut and in the WNBA, Dayton assistant Adeniyi Amadou and Bucknell assistant Christian Stefanopolous. Former assistants Jeff House and Shalon Pillow were let go after last season, and Danielle Santos joined Florida State’s staff.Key newcomers• Rice was a McDonald’s All American who at 6-3 “has great size and great mobility,” Mitchell said, and she’ll be an important member of the frontcourt. The 6-2 Jennings, like Goodin-Rogers, is athletic and able to step out and be a threat on the perimeter.Steve Jones can be reached at (502) 582-7176 and followed on Twitter at @SteveJones_CJ.
Mississippi State vs. Arkansas State Today, 6 p.m., SEC NetworkHumphrey Coliseum, Starkville STARKVILLE – There hasn’t been many positives on the hardwood for Mississippi State this month. The Bulldogs are 0-2. Both losses extended their losing streak to 19 straight road games.They try to create some good vibes tonight at home against Arkansas State. The Red Wolves have an RPI in the 300s. It’s also the first home game in 23 days for MSU. It’ll be Craig Sword’s first start in Humphrey Coliseum this season.“We’ll find out,” Sword said when asked if he’s rounding into form.MSU’s leading scorer from last year was sidelined as he recovered from surgery that repaired a bulging disc in his back.Sword started for the first time this season last weekend at Oregon State. He scored his first points of the season on 3-for-8 shooting finishing with eight points.He also logged a season-high 31 minutes. He hadn’t seen the floor for more than 11 minutes prior to last Saturday.“I have to get back and get use to running up and down the court,” Sword said. “I was a little winded.”It showed in his shot selection. Seven of his eight shots against Oregon State were 3-pointers. Sword is normally MSU’s best slasher.Mississippi State’s offense works best when he drives into the paint, rather than shooting 3s.“It’s a big difference,” junior Fred Thomas said. “When he drives, it opens up a lot of people’s game to shoot.”Even with Sword back MSU still didn’t play at full capacity. Freshman Demetrius Houston missed the road matchup with concussion. He’s expected back tonight, joining Sword.“I felt great because I’ve been practicing. Coach gave me a lot of reps in practice,” Sword said. “I earned my spot back.”