Amtrak signs Illinois contract

first_imgAN AGREEMENT securing Amtrak’s continued operation of three Chicago ’corridor’ services was announced on January 14. Illinois Department of Transportation had been threatening to invite open tenders for the State House to St Louis, Illini to Carbondale and Illinois Zephyr to Quincy, in an effort to lower the state’s subsidy payments.Amtrak said that it had been extremely aggressive in its efforts to retain the franchise and has made a number of concessions to win what it called ’an innovative, multi-year package’. Subject to annual appropriations from the state legislature, Illinois will pay US$7m in 1997-98, US$7·55m in 1998-99 and US$7·95m in 1999-2000, with Amtrak bearing the risk of any losses. The operator has promised to enhance service levels, improve productivity and develop a pricing structure affordable to Illinois and other states wishing to support services.Amtrak will operate the six return trips under parameters outlined by Illinois DOT including timings, scheduling and minimum seating capacity on each train. Food service must also be provided. Penalties will be payable if a train departs from an originating point more than 30min late or if departures from points of origin are less than 99% on time annually.last_img read more

Government dialogues with Air BVI as a substitute airline carrier to Dominica

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 10 Views   no discussions LocalNews Government dialogues with Air BVI as a substitute airline carrier to Dominica by: – July 16, 2012center_img Share Share Air BVIWith the scheduled phase-out of American Eagle of its San Juan, Puerto Rico Base approaching, the Government of Dominica is now in discussion with Air BVI exploring the possibilities of scheduling frequent flights into Dominica.Concerns are mounting about the impact that American Eagle’s pull out will have on passengers especially medical students getting into Dominica. American Eagle announced to employees recently that the San Juan base will be closed by March 2013.Parliamentary Representative for the Cottage Constituency, Hon. Reginald Austrie told a recent town hall meeting in Bense that Government is now holding discussions with Air BVI to explore the possibilities of purchasing or leasing new airplanes to accommodate increased flights into Dominica.“We have in fact been talking to Air BVI. I have attended several meetings with Air BVI and Ross University trying to see if we can work a sort of tripartite arrangement with Ross, the Government of Dominica and Air BVI to see if they can buy or lease the two of three new planes that they need. I believe discussions are still ongoing in that regard but we have our eyes on Air BVI because we see that as one of the solutions to the difficulties that we will be having when American Eagle withdraws their services from Dominica.”Currently American Eagle serves Dominica with eight hundred and ninety-six (896) seats from San Juan on a weekly basis.Air BVI now has six weekly flights coming into Dominica with its main offices located in Tortola.Reports indicate that American Eagle airline is now overhauling its routes and international operations in the wake of American Airlines’ ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring process.According to the sources all ATR 72 turboprop planes are being phased out at the end of 2013.Government Information Servicelast_img read more

GOLF NEWS: JOE GILLESPIE WINS THE HARVEY’S POINT SPONSORED STABLEFORD COMPETITION AT MURVAGH

first_imgDonegal Golf Club (Murvagh)Ladies’ CompetitionsThe quarter finals of the Ladies singles matchplay has to be played by the 15th September. Time sheet is open for the Ladies Winter Links @ 0749734054. First outing on Monday 13th October with remaining competitions on the 2nd Monday of the month.Red Hugh Restaurant will sponsor the Singles V Par competition on the 14th and 16th September.Fashion ShowA fashion show will be held in the Golf Club on Friday 26th September at 8pm. The Autumn/Winter collection from Magee of Donegal and Rosewoods will be shown and the acclaimed International Catwalk will be featured during the interval.Tickets can be obtained from any Committee member.Men’s CompetitionsSun7th September– Sponsored by Harvey’s Point HotelJoe Gillespie was the runaway winner of the Harvey’s Point sponsored Stableford competition. In beautiful conditions on Sunday morning, Joe had 42 points, which gave him three shots to spare on second placed Danny McMenamin.Raymond Nolan on 37 points was 3rd with David Childs 4th on 36 points. Oliver Roche was the best Gross.Results:1.Joe Gillespie (15) 42pts 2.Danny McMenamin (8) 38pts3.Raymond Nolan (16) 37pts4.David Childs (14) 36ptsGross. Oliver Roche (6) 30Past CaptainsThe Past Captains Competition takes place next Sunday the 14th of September.Tee reserved from 2pm. A draw for playing partners will take place prior to play.Thursday SpecialsThis week was our last 15 Hole competition for 2014, in keeping with the trend all year once again the weather was perfect for Golf.The winner was Adrian Murray with an excellent score of 35pts.Frank O’Donnell claimed 2nd place with 32pts, Charlie McGinty continued his excellent form of late finishing 3rd with 28pts and Treasurer Brian Boyle was 4th on break of tie also with 31pts. Eugene McRoe claimed his second prize in as many week winning the 1st 9 with 21pts.Once again we had a very hotly contested race for player of the year, with his closest competitors Martin Travers and Conor McNulty failing to improve on their totals.The man who has been leading for most of the year Frank O’Donnell improved his total by 4pts to reach a very impressive Total of 260pts for his best 8 cards and claim the much coveted title for Player of the Year 2014.Congratulation to Frank, the form player of 2014 and a very deserving winner.After an off year last year Jimmy’s winning matches again, 2012 Phoenix Cup winner Jimmy Melly whose form in the Phoenix Cup is mirroring that of the other Jimmy, has beaten all challengers to reach the final of the Phoenix Cup once again.If we are going to see a repeat of the remarkable double achieved in 2012, Jimmy will have to defeat Matt Gallagher who has proven he is just as competitive on the Golf Course as he was on the football field, no doubt Matt will be looking to add the Phoenix Cup to his collection which includes an All Ireland medal from 92.Best of Luck to both Finalists.When we were planning the date for Mixed Greensomes at the start of the Year we were aware of the potential for a fixture clash, if the other Jimmy started winning matches again, we agreed that that this was a problem we would all be happy to have.As Donegal will be playing in the All Ireland final on the 21st the committee has taken the decision to postpone the Annual Mixed Greensomes which was to take place on the 20th September, details of the new arrangements will be provided as soon as it is confirmed.This Year’s weekend away will be held on the 11th\12th October at Slieve Russell Golf Club.Sheet is on the notice board please add your name if you are interested in travelling, the first 30 players with their name on the sheet and the €50 deposit paid will travel.Social MixedThe social mixed on the 5th September was won by newcomer John McCaffrey who played with Bernie Treacy and Gaye McGoldrick.Running draw from 5pm to 5.30pm on Friday 12th September.GOLF NEWS: JOE GILLESPIE WINS THE HARVEY’S POINT SPONSORED STABLEFORD COMPETITION AT MURVAGH was last modified: September 8th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:golfMurvaghNoticesSportlast_img read more