Strong interest in Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed line

first_imgASIA: The land transport authorities of Malaysia and Singapore received 98 responses to their request for information for the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High Speed Rail project, SPAD and LTA jointly announced on November 25. The proposed 330 km line would offer a 90 min journey time.The RFI was issued on October 7 to gauge market interest and gather industry opinion on the commercial and technical aspects of the project, to help to inform ongoing bilateral discussions. Responses came from companies and consortia ‘from across the high speed rail value chain’, including entities based in Malaysia, Singapore, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East and North America.The two governments expect to finalise the commercial and procurement models for the project by next year. ‘We are grateful for the strong feedback that the market has provided us on our project’, said SPAD Chief Executive Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah and his LTA counterpart Chew Men Leong in a joint statement. ‘We will study the responses thoroughly and consider how the project’s commercial model and procurement approach can be further improved. We are heartened by the support we have received, and look forward to our continued partnership with the private sector to deliver this exciting and iconic project.’last_img read more


Nadal’s clay court streak ends; Federer set for return to No. 1

first_imgRafael Nadal (right) congratulates Dominic Thiem after their Madrid Masters quarterfinals match. AFP MADRID – Rafael Nadal suffered his first clay-court defeat in almost a year when the world No. 1 was shocked 7-5, 6-3 by Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Masters quarterfinals on Friday.Defending champion Nadal, who came into the tournament having won both Monte Carlo and Barcelona for an 11th time, also saw his record 50-set winning streak on clay ended by the fifth-seeded Thiem.Thiem, the runner-up to the great Spaniard in the 2017 Madrid final, had been the last player to defeat Nadal on clay at the Italian Open in Rome almost 12 months ago.The shock result on Friday also means that Roger Federer will reclaim the world No. 1 ranking on Monday. “I wasn’t good enough with my forehand or my backhand to open to his forehand today,” admitted Nadal.Five-time Madrid winner Nadal, who will be bidding for an 11th French Open title in Paris later this month, had won his previous 21 matches on clay.That run included him surpassing John McEnroe’s 1984 record of 49 sets won in succession on the same surface during his last-16 duel with Diego Schwartzman on Thursday.However, in their ninth career clash, Thiem put Nadal under pressure almost from the start on Friday and broke for a 4-3 lead in the first set.A double fault and a long forehand allowed Nadal to retrieve the break at 5-5.It was a brief reprieve as a lazy forehand volley gave Thiem a 6-5 advantage and the set came the Austrian’s way in the 12th game off an ace.Thiem, watched by his girlfriend – and WTA star – Kristina Mladenovic, turned the screw for a 3-1 lead in the second set but Nadal battled back to 3-3.That was as good as it got for the Spaniard as Thiem broke again for 4-3, held to love for 5-3 and secured victory with another blistering forehand.Thiem, who next faces South Africa’s Kevin Anderson for a place in Sunday’s final, joins Novak Djokovic and Gaston Gaudio as just the third man to have beaten Nadal three times on clay.World No. 8 Anderson battled into his first Masters semifinal with a 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-3 win over Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic.Anderson, the 31-year-old US Open runner-up last year, hit 15 aces and 35 winners.BERTENS CRUISES INTO FINALDutchwoman Kiki Bertens continued her remarkable run at the Madrid Open by thrashing French seventh seed Caroline Garcia to reach the women’s final.The world No. 20 will face either Petra Kvitova or Karolina Pliskova in the biggest match of her career on Saturday, after brushing aside Garcia 6-2, 6-2.Bertens, who had already stunned world No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki and five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova earlier in the week, started brightly and broke twice en route to the opening set.Garcia struggled throughout and never even mustered a break-point opportunity, falling in the semifinals for the second straight tournament after losing to CoCo Vandeweghe in Stuttgart.Bertens, whose five previous WTA titles have all come on clay, was rock-solid in the second set as she wrapped up the win in only an hour and seven minutes.Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova takes on her fellow Czech Pliskova in the second last-four clash. (AFP)last_img read more


Nikiski Middle/High Teacher And Coach Cited For Indecent Exposure

first_imgErkeneff: “The School District, first of all, is always concerned for the safety and welfare for all of our students, that’s our top priority. I can confirm that he is employed by our School District and is a coach. He is currently on administrative leave while an investigation takes place.” The alleged incident occurred almost two weeks ago. According to court records, the alleged victim was 16 years or older. Zimmerman’s next court date is November 22nd. The Class B misdemeanor carries a possible sentence of no more than 90 days in prison. According to Alaska Statute, “An offender commits the crime of indecent exposure in the second degree if the offender knowingly exposes the offender’s genitals in the presence of another person with reckless disregard for the offensive, insulting, or frightening effect the act may have.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Nikiski Middle/High School teacher has been accused of indecent exposure in the parking lot of a Kenai business. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has confirmed Zimmerman is a history teacher and soccer coach. Pegge Erkeneff with the School District says they work closely with law enforcement and were informed of the matter as a courtesy. She says they acted immediately Zimmerman was placed on administrative leave this morning (Wednesday). Kenai Police shared few details and did not name the business since the investigation is continuing. In a press release, Sergeant Paul Cushman wrote, “on October 14, 2016, the Kenai Police Department responded to the report of a man in a vehicle exposing himself in the parking lot of a local business. During the course of the investigation, Troy Zimmerman, age 49 of Nikiski, was issued a misdemeanor citation for Indecent Exposure in the Second Degree.”last_img read more