Local firm will assemble five US Talgos

Posted On Oct 1 2020 by

first_imgPACIFICA INC, owned by the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, has won a contract to assemble five Talgo Pendular trainsets in the state of Washington. Three will be used in the Pacific Northwest rail corridor; two are being purchased by Washington and one by Amtrak at $10m each.Gustavo Gonzalez, Executive Vice-President & CEO of Talgo Inc, the US subsidiary of Patentes Talgo SA of Spain,says the company has decided to build two speculative extra sets and market them elsewhere in the USA. Washington’s Secretary of Transportation Sid Morrison called the initiative ’not only a commitment to the future of passenger rail in the US, but also a valuable investment in the local economy.’The first three sets are due to enter service between Eugene, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver during the summer of 1998, under the brand name Cascades, replacing two Talgos currently leased by Washington. However the Portland – Eugene leg will end on June 30 this year unless funding is extended by the Oregon legislature.Amtrak West President Gil Mallery says ’the Cascade service will look and feel like no other passenger train service currently offered in the USA.’ The 12-car trains will have a custom designed green and white livery, and will be hauled by matching new F59PH diesel locos.The interior decor will also be distinctive. Each set will have 206 reserved Coach Class seats arranged 2+2, plus 45 Custom Class seats laid out as 2+1; wheelchair accessibility will be provided in both classes. On-train amenities include public telephones, video and audio programmes, electric power for computers and reclining seats with footrests. Custom Class will offer greater legroom, complimentary beverages, newspapers and access to Amtrak’s first-class lounge in Portland. There will be a bistro car serving light snacks and beverages, a 30-seat dining car offering fresh, local foods and a baggage car with bicycle racks. A service car will supply electrical power. olast_img read more


Tottenham don’t face same scrutiny as top-four rivals, claims Mourinho

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_img The Barclays Premier League champions travel across the capital 10 points and 10 places worse off than their fifth-placed rivals, who last won the title in 1961 and whose most recent trophy was the 2008 League Cup. Chelsea have one win in 10 at White Hart Lane and their most recent trip, on New Year’s Day, exposed the frailties which have become all too familiar for Mourinho this season as Spurs won 5-3. Press Association “(There is) no pressure on them, like it is in the other four or five top teams to reach important positions,” Mourinho said. “Nobody speaks about them as title contenders, like they speak about Man City, Man United. Jose Mourinho has suggested Tottenham have it easy and are under no pressure ahead of Chelsea’s trip to White Hart Lane. center_img “They have great conditions without the same pressure other clubs have to do magnificent work. “They lose a couple of matches and nothing happens. They are in the Europa League, and, in the group phase, to be fair, nobody cares about Europa League. “They go smoothly, step by step. They build a team. They bring in young players. They give conditions, without any kind of pressure, for the young players to develop in the team. “The club is powerful to decide, ‘We don’t sell, we don’t sell, we don’t sell’, and to decide, ‘We can invest and we can bring in this one or that one’. “Of course they need a great manager, which they have. Of course they need good players, which they have. But the conditions are very good.” Mourinho’s comments came as he recalled complimenting Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the aftermath of March’s Capital One Cup win at Wembley, when the Portuguese won the first trophy of his return. Mourinho’s third Premier League title was added soon afterwards, but the defence of both trophies appears over. It would take an unprecedented rise, plus numerous rivals dropping points, for Chelsea to retain the title or even to finish in the top four this season. Tottenham are unbeaten in 12 matches, since the opening day of the season, and Mourinho believes Spurs could win the title for the first time in 55 years. “When I watch them play it’s not a surprise for me,” said Mourinho of Spurs’ unbeaten run. “If they say they are fighting for the title, I would not laugh. I would accept it because the team is very good. “They have this season (an) even better (team) than last season. “I can imagine, with the stability they are showing, that sooner or later – I think sooner – they will be there, or win trophies or in a Champions League position.” Diego Costa is under pressure to deliver after scoring just four times this season, the most recent in the win over Norwich. The striker and Mourinho had a heated exchange at half-time of Tuesday’s win at Maccabi Tel Aviv which Mourinho afterwards played down. Yet it is clear the Portuguese wants more from Costa. “I told him, from a distance, with gestures, that I was not happy with the movement he did,” Mourinho said. “He told me also a few nice words from where he was. And nothing happened. “He’s not reading the game properly in these actions. That was my opinion. “As a striker you must read it. You have to play not just when you have the ball, but also when others have the ball. “You have to try to anticipate things. Just a question of reading the game faster. “It’s not because you score one goal against Norwich that suddenly you are again on fire. It will be a process.” John Terry could feature despite sustaining an ankle injury in Israel and missing training on Friday. “We have a little hope that it’s possible,” Mourinho added. Midfielder Ramires is a major doubt, too, having missed the Champions League tie with an undisclosed injury. last_img read more


Linguist, Diplomat, Painter Milly Buchanan Dies

Posted On Jan 14 2020 by

first_imgThe death is announced of Mrs. Mildred (Milly) Marie Buchanan, a noted Liberian diplomat, linguist and painter, which sad event occurred on April 6, 2015 in Lusaka, Zambia.She was in her 75th year.A prolific painter, Milly’s artistry began in Vevey, Switzerland, where her talent was first noticed at the age of 10, by a prominent Swiss artist, Guy Baer. In the late 70s, Milly developed her personal style of Afro-Cubism—her shattered-glass art expression of the sociopolitical turmoil in Liberia and Africa.Truly a renaissance woman Milly was beautiful, tall and elegant.  She was also an architect, a conference interpreter and translator, who spoke and wrote in five languages—English, French, German, Italian and SpanishShe was also a former model.  One of her outstanding appearances was in the September 1971 issue of   Ebony Magazine.  She was also a fashion fair poster-model for Essence Magazine.Milly’s extensive life spanned the African continent and she developed personal and professional relationships with Africans from all walks of life, including the late President Sekou Toure of Guinea, Zambian Foreign Minister Vernon John Mwaanga and South African recording artists Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba. Milly was also a friend to market women, students, farmers and fisherman. During her time in Suakoko she befriended many members of the faculty and student body of Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University).  In 1963 she assisted in staging one of Cuttington’s annual operatic performances, The Mikado.Her broad and rich network of friends and colleagues gave her a unique perspective from which to artistically represent the essence of the African struggle and spirit of resilience and hope.Milly was on the Liberian delegation to the first Pan-African FESTAC festival of Arts and Culture FESTAC ’77, held in Lagos, Nigeria.   She worked for several years with the nascent ECOWAS Fund in Lome, Togo; with the UN Office in Nairobi, and as a freelance interpreter for the UN Economic Commission for Africa and for the African Union.Milly Buchanan’s service to the Government of Liberia began under the administration of President William V.S. Tubman, during which she did the landscape designs for the Capitol Building and the University of Liberia.  She also served in the Tolbert and Doe administrations as part of the interpretation team in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.During the war years, Milly Buchanan continued to serve in the Foreign Ministry as diplomatic liaison for international organizations and in various capacities, attending and advising the government on international relations through her participation in hundreds of conferences, meetings, and other missions.Milly was also a founding member of the Union of Liberian Artists, an organization that creates a forum for the exchange of personal experiences in various refugee camps, motivates young self-taught artists to develop their skills, hosts art exhibits and promotes their works.Mildred (Milly) Buchanan was born on April 12, 1940 to the union of Mr. Thomas Buchanan, Deputy Minister of Public Works, R.L., and his wife Mrs. Sara King Buchanan, niece of former President Charles D.B. King.Milly schooled in Switzerland, where she acquired and learned to speak and write, in addition to English, four other European languages.  In the late 1950s upon her return home, she was wedded to Mr. Julius E. Cooper, a prominent Liberia agronomist, who served as Deputy Director of Research at that Government Farm in Suakoko, Bong County (now the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI).  Julius later became Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Action, Development and Progress (ADP).   Milly’s son, Julius Everett Cooper, Jr., eldest sister, Mary Jane Buchanan Vaitsas, and elder brother, Harold Buchanan, pre-deceased her.Milly’s memory will be cherished by her four children: Mrs. Jeanine Milly Cooper (Johan Heffinck), Mrs. Erika Eugenia Cooper Hill (Frederick Hill), Vernon John Mwaanga (Phyllis Vlahakis), and Sara Elizabeth Buchanan; and her 20  grandchildren: Fabio, Brice, Ariane, Elyan, Chasya, Christa, Zubin, Ilse, Ann, Daniella, Stavros, Julius, Whitney, Baggio, Milly, Gifty, Thomas, Anne Marie and  Xenia; two great-grandchildren: Zion and Patricia; three sisters: Enid Buchanan, Joyce Buchanan, and Shadrene Howard.Survivors also include her uncle Roosevelt King; her niece  Sahe Williams and nephews Eric Buchanan, Harold Buchanan; her cousins: Gloria Sherman, James T. McCritty, Emeretta Vincent, Remi Aniteye, E. George King, Roosevelt King, Isabelle Paul, Virginie Viltardif Campailla, Ilse Zahn Cooper;  foster brother Hans Buchanan, foster sister Janet Dean Richards; and a host of other relatives and friends.Family sources said her body was cremated in Zambia.  Memorial services are being planned for Monrovia and the United States. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more