ISRAEL: ISR General Manager Yitzhak Harel visited the new central station in Modi’in on April 1 to mark the start of revenue services on the final 6 km section of the new line from Ben Gurion Airport which opened as far as Modi’in Outskirts station on September 1 last year. A formal opening ceremony had been scheduled for April 8, with Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz, the ministry’s General Manager Gideon Sittermann and the mayor of Modi’in Moshe Spector, but the event has been postponed to a later date. The four-platform Modi’in Merkaz station lies 30 m below ground, and has three levels. It has cost US$42·5m to build, which is approximately 10% of the total cost of the new line. The station provides interchange with three Veolia-operated bus routes which serve the whole of Modi’in city. The line is currently served by 29 trains each way per day, between 05.30 and 23.15, with a half-hourly frequency at peak times. Journey time from Modi’in Merkaz to and Tel-Aviv Hahagana is 27 min, including intermediate stops at Modi’in Outskirts and Ben-Gurion Airport. Some trains run through from Tel Aviv to destinations on the coastal route as far north as Nahariyya.During the opening, Harel described the new line to Modi’in as ‘the biggest and most complex infrastructure project built in Israel in recent years, with far reaching macro-economical implications’. He said that ISR had decided to open the station despite the fact that the Ministry of Housing had not yet finished the related development works around the new terminus. ‘I’ve decided to open the station for the public good, and I expect that the ministry will do all to accelerate and finish the works as soon as possible’, he explained.ISR expects the line to carry around 1 million passengers in 2008, rising to 1·2 million in subsequent years, which is an average of more than 4 000 passengers/day. More than 800 passengers rode the trains in the first 2 hours of service.
Galileo is Europe’s civil global satellite navigation system. It will allow users worldwide to know their exact position in time and space with great precision and reliability. Once complete, the system will consist of 24 operational satellites and the ground infrastructure for the provision of positioning, navigation and timing services.The Galileo programme is funded and owned by the EU. The European Commission has the overall responsibility for the programme, managing and overseeing the implementation of all programme activities.Galileo’s deployment, the design and development of the new generation of systems and the technical development of infrastructure are entrusted to ESA. The definition, development and in-orbit validation phases were carried out by ESA, and co-funded by ESA and the European Commission.The European Global Navigation Satellite System Agency (GSA) is ensuring the uptake and security of Galileo. Galileo operations and provision of services will be entrusted to the GSA from 2017. The ESA (European Space Agency) has launched four additional Galileo satellites, accelerating deployment of the new satellite navigation system. Galileo is the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) that is currently being created by the European Union (EU) through the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European GNSS Agency (GSA). The Ariane 5 rocket, operated by Arianespace, lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana carried the Galileo satellites 15 – 18. This mission brings the Galileo system satellite count to 18 satellites.The Satellites reached their target altitude, after a flawless release from the new dispenser designed to handle four satellites. Over the next few days, engineers will nudge the satellites into their final working orbits and begin tests to ensure they are ready to join the constellation. This process is expected to take about six months.The satellites already in orbit will allow the European Commission to declare the start of initial services, expected towards year’s end. The previous 14 satellites were launched two at a time using the Soyuz–Fregat rocket.After this successful launch, ESA can now rely on Ariane 5 expecting a quicker Galileo deployment. Two additional Ariane 5 launches are scheduled in 2017 and 2018. The full system of 24 satellites plus spares is expected to be in place by 2020.
Josh Gordon was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 2nd round of the 2012 Supplemental Draft. The receiver clearly had 1st round NFL Draft talent, but because of a number of college incidents, mostly related to marijuana, he was subjected to the Supplemental Draft. Gordon instantly flashed his talent in his first two seasons. He was available for 30 of 32 possible games and totaled 137 receptions, 2,451 yards and 14 touchdowns, proving to be one of the elite talents at receiver the NFL had ever seen.After missing two games in 2013 for violating the NFL substance abuse policy, he came back and led the league in receiving yards with 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns. Impressive numbers, especially since he was dealing with unstable quarterback play. Following his breakout 2013 season Gordon has only been available for 10 of a possible 48 games, including missing the entire 2015 season because of more violations of the substance abuse policy. Last season the talented receiver returned to the Browns for the final five games of the season and showed he still had the talent to be an elite weapon. Gordon seemed to be turning a page and went the entire 2018 spring without any incidents. That’s why the Browns and their fans were shocked to find out the receiver would be missing the beginning of camp for what he called in a open letter “a part of his health and wellness plan”. Many questioned whether he had fallen back into his old ways, but Phil Trexlor of WKYC broke a story earlier today highlighting why Gordon may be missing time. Here’s an excerpt from Trexlor’s story: “Browns receiver Josh Gordon was in the midst of a heated and protracted child custody dispute in the days leading up to his abrupt departure from the team, court records obtained by WKYC.com show. Those same court records allege an attorney representing the child’s mother threatened “to air sensitive information to the public in an effort to embarrass [Gordon],” who has been embroiled in the support dispute since 2015.”Trexlor goes into great detail on wkyc.com about the ongoing battle between Gordon and his daughter’s mother, Christina Lockhart. He states because of Gordon’s suspensions in 2015 and 2016 he did not file income tax returns for lack of income. Here’s another excerpt from his story.“It is unclear if the child custody case played any part in his departure.But in September 2016, on the same day paternity was first established, Gordon abruptly announced he was entering an inpatient rehab program.He didn’t play again — and was not paid — until the following year when he appeared in the Browns’ final five games of their 0-16 season.”Trexlor clearly states that it is unknown whether Gordon’s child custody case has any role in his departure but some question whether it is a coincidence that he’s had two departures so close to his cases. Gordon is still expected to return to the Browns by at least the first game of the season and hopefully he’ll be mentally and emotionally in a good state of mind. For more in-depth information you can find Phil Trexlor’s story at wkyc.com. Related TopicsBrownsJosh Gordon Michael Rodgers
Technical director of Wolmer’s Boys Rudolph Speid said that his team is growing in confidence as the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup season progresses. This is after his team’s hard-fought 1-0 victory over Tivoli Gardens in their top-of-the-table clash in Group A at Heroes Circle yesterday. Wolmer’s, who are last year’s beaten finalist, finished atop the group with 25 points, four ahead Tivoli. Speid said that he is now very close to finding his best starting eleven, and his players have been improving in training, so he is expecting great things from them for the remainder of the season. “We started the season with only three players returning from last year, so it was always going to be a work in progress,” said Speid. “But we actually decided that we were going to prepare the team week in, week out, so today (Monday) as you can see, I think we’re actually close to starting our best team,” Speid said. “We missed a lot of opportunities. If we had scored these, then the scoreline would have been a lot different,” he said. Speid added: “We are pretty confident going into the next round because we know that we might be playing one of the lesser teams based on our rankings. But as you know, you can’t take anything for granted, so what we are going to do is to ensure that we are more prepared than those teams and we should be okay.” Akeem Virgo scored the lone goal for Wolmer’s in the 48th minute. Virgo, who missed number of clear opportunities in the first half, arrived at the back post to fire home a powerful volley past Tivoli goalkeeper Khail Simpson. Tivoli Gardens’ coach Tommy Ricketts said that he was dissatisfied with his team’s efforts. “Our performance was a bit low because we have a few players that were missing and our performance wasn’t all that perfect,” said Ricketts. “We are still upbeat going into second round because we just have a few things that we need to get right,” he said. Yesterday’s results Group A Wolmer’s 1-0 Tivoli Gardens Group B Bridgeport 3-1 Mona Papine 0-1 Jamaica College Donald Quarrie 0-2 STATHS Group C Camperdown 2-1 Waterford Hydel 7-1 Meadowbrook Group D Tarrant 3-0 KTHS St Catherine 4-0 Vauxhall Group E Excelsior 9-1 Spanish Town Kingston College 6-0 Greater Portmore Ardenne 2-0 Norman Manley Group F Jose Marti 1-4 Holy Trinity Ascot 0-2 Clan Carthy Group G Jonathan Grant 6-0 Cedar Grove Charlie Smith 3-2 Eltham Calabar 10-0 Campion