ISRAEL: The first six of 87 coaches ordered from Siemens for inter-city and regional services was unloaded at the Port of Ashdod on June 18. ISR expects to have two complete 10-car trains ready for trials by the end of August, and plans to put the first into passenger service during October or November. Each of the single-deck cars is 24·4 m long, 2·86 m wide and 4·35 m high, and weighs 47 tonnes. One end car per rake incorporates a generator and driving cab for push-pull operation at speeds up to 160 km/h, and three cars for train will be suitable for wheelchair users. The vehicles will initially be hauled by diesel locomotives, but provision has been made for future electric operation. The new stock is ‘essential in order to cope with ever-growing demand and for the new lines to be opened’, said ISR General Manager Yitzhak Harel. ‘The 87 cars will reinforce the existing fleet and enable the replacement of old outdated equipment.’ The €125m order was placed with Siemens in early 2006, with deliveries then expected to begin in 2007. The bodyshells are being built in Praha, and the bogies supplied from Graz. Final fitting-out will be undertaken locally. ISR has options worth €900m for up to 585 additional vehicles.
Related Illegal immigrants are transferred to Tripoli’s naval base in Tripoli, Libya, on June 21, 2018. Image courtesy: XinhuaThe Italian parliament on Monday made a decision to change into law a security decree that could impose more severe penalties on boats and people conducting search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean sea.This has seen the United Nations High Commission on Refugees worried about the fate of the immigrants from Africa headed to Europe.Under these new changes if approved by Parliament, will see fines for private vessels that undertake rescue of persons and do not respect the ban on entry into territorial waters rise to a maximum of €1 million.This is in addition to the fact that, the vessels will now be automatically impounded.The UN Refugee Agency decried the decision saying imposing financial or other penalties on ship-masters could deter or impede sea rescue activities by private vessels at a time when European states have largely withdrawn from rescue efforts in the Central Mediterranean.It added that “NGOs play an invaluable role in saving the lives of refugees and migrants attempting the dangerous sea crossing to Europe. The commitment and humanity that motivates their activities should not be criminalized or stigmatized.”UNHCR is concerned that commercial vessels might be forced to transfer those rescued at sea to be disembarked in Libya.It said the situation in Libya is volatile and it is not a safe place for the immigrants.UNHCR called on States to build on recent discussions in Paris-France to establish a temporary, predictable arrangement for disembarking people after they have been rescued. Zimbabwe’s Vendor Law Would-be immigrants stand on a coastguard vessel as they arrive at Tarifa’s harbour on August 11, 2014, after being rescued off the Spanish Coast. Spain’s coastguard today rescued more than 260 sub-Saharan African migrants crossing the Strait of Gibraltar on small boats. Many migrants from sub-Saharan Africa attempt to cross into Spain from Morocco, either by sea through the Strait of Gibraltar or overland, via the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in the extreme north of Morocco. AFP PHOTO / MARCOS MORENO (Photo credit should read MARCOS MORENO/AFP/Getty Images) UNHCR Concerned on the Humanitarian Situation in South Sudan Zimbabwe repeals indigenization law
10 ′ Tournament: A group Stadium: Audience: 6 ′ Georgino advanced halfway through Arda and passed to Schwerchok. The Pole struck a blow that Stoev blocked.4 ′ Arda created the first good opportunity to score in the match. Spas Delev broke from the left and looked for Hovsepyan in the penalty area. Defender of the “eagles” cleared the ball, which again found itself at the feet of Delev. The attacker tried a shot that was blocked. 1 ′ Start of the match. Ludogorets will play today at 18:45 against rookie Arda at Lokomotiv Stadium in Plovdiv in a postponed match of the 23rd round of the First League. The Eagles are 3 wins from winning the ninth consecutive title and can take a very decisive step today to achieve this goal.There are a lot of problems in the composition of the hosts, the most acute being the goalkeeper. The three goalkeepers of Arda – Ivan Karadzhov, Nikolay Bankov and Mesut Yusuf are also injured. Thus, the teenager Lachezar Yordanov is expected to start as a starter, and one of the three will be on the bench. Outside the accounts of Nikolay Kirov is the midfielder Emil Martinov, who was punished, as well as the injured Martin Kostainov. Svetoslav Kovachev, whose rights are held by Ludogorets, is also out. Guests also have their problems. The match missed Wanderson, who was punished. It was the Brazilian who assisted in the success over Levski of “Gerena”. Forward striker Claudiu Kesheriu is slightly injured and will probably be on the bench. The good news for Pavel Varba is the condition of captain Svetoslav Dyakov, who is recovering. Before this match, Arda was in a negative series of seven matches in the championship without a victory, while Ludogorets did not know the loss in 29 consecutive matches.This match was postponed twice. The first time, because it was scheduled after the rematch of Ludogorets with Inter and the “eagles” were quarantined. After that, the state of emergency caused him to play only now.