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first_imgCAPTION: left: Looking south from Antwerpen Dam station, the cross-city link descends in cut-and-cover to Viséstraat where the bored section starts Photo:Gazet van AntwerpenCAPTION: ABOVE: After diverging from the existing route, the high speed line passes under the A12 interchange and over this road bridge parallel to the E19 motorwayCAPTION: A 3·2 km concrete tunnel will carry the high speed line through the sensitive Peerdsbos forest Photos:SNCBCAPTION: Aerial view of Antwerpen Centraal, showing the extended platforms and the site for the second entrance building to the right of the viaduct Photo:Gazet van AntwerpenCAPTION: Following completion of the support structure for the high-level platforms and ground-level shopping centre (centre of photo), work is underway to excavate the two lower platform levels Antwerpen’s north-south junction will provide a direct connection for both conventional and high speed services to the north of the city,DECEMBER 14 saw the restoration of three more platforms at Antwerpen Centraal station, reinstating some of the capacity lost when work started on the ambitious north-south junction project. All six of the new platforms at the original track level have been available since the end of September, but SNCB’s project team used the time until the timetable change to make a few final adjustments.The inside of the 100-year old trainshed has been completely transformed. Gone are the original 10 platform tracks, now there are three platforms supported on a stylish viaduct structure on each side of a deep light well leading down to low-level platforms. At ground level work will start by mid-2004 on fitting out a new shopping precinct which will open in 2006. Below that will be four more terminal platforms at Level -1. Finally, at Level -2, 18m below ground, will be the four through platforms leading into the double-track cross-city tunnel. Launched in May 1998, the cross-city project has the twin objectives of shortening the route to the north and increasing capacity at Antwerpen Centraal. Total length of the link is 3·8 km, from the southern approach ramps near Berchem to the junction with the existing northern line at Dam Square. Total cost is put at €755m, of which reconstruction of Antwerpen Centraal accounts for around €300m.The new platforms at the terminus are around 400m long, and are expected to lift capacity from 30000 to 60000 passengers a day. To handle these extra passengers, a second station entrance is being built in Lange Kievitstraat at the outer end. This will be linked to the historic station building via the pedestrian shopping mall, and will form a catalyst for the city’s related programme to renew much of the run-down area east of the railway.Construction of the new platform supports inside the station was done in two phases, with a switch-over in June 2001. Only when the basic shell was completed in mid-2003 could work start on digging out the well for the deep-level platforms. In parallel with this work, an 80m long approach tunnel was dug from Astrid Square under the historic station building, which was supported on a compensation-grouted concrete raft to prevent subsidence.The heart of the cross-city link is a pair of 1200m single-track bores with an internal diameter of 7·3m. These were dug by TBM southwards from a worksite at Viséstraat to Astrid Square. The first was excavated between September 2002 and February 2003, after which the TBM was backed out and fitted with a new cutter head to dig the second bore in May to September 2003. The cut-and-cover section under Astrid Square will be completed in 2004-05.The tunnel will have evacuation shafts at each end, and one in the middle, with cross-passages at 300m intervals. North of Viséstraat the line will rise in cut-and-cover tunnel through Dam Square to meet the existing line just north of the former Antwerpen Dam station. There is a large area of railway land around the junction, including former workshops, which is to be redeveloped as a park and sports area with provision for shops and housing under a separate city project known as Spoor Nord.The two new tracks will parallel the existing passenger and freight lines for around 1500m across the Albert Canal to Antwerpen Luchtbal, where a new six-platform station is taking shape to act as a public transport interchange for the northern suburbs. Trains have been calling at the completed platforms since September, but it will be another three years before the buildings are ready.In 2002 SNCB remodelled Berchem station to provide a similar interchange to the south. The city is now opening up a ‘green square’ to link the station with the nearby tram and bus stops. Considerable provision is being made for park-and-ride, with 400 spaces at Berchem and further parking space at Luchtbal. Two underground car parks at Centraal will provide 600 and 400 spaces, and remodelling of Astrid Square will eliminate all car traffic to create a pedestrian oasis, with the green space flanked by tram and bus terminals. New underground passages will link the main station with the nearby Astrid and Diamant premetro stations to give a comprehensive interchange. High speed line northNorth of Antwerpen Luchtbal, the north-south junction line and existing routes will meet in a complex of dive-under junctions which will segregate traffic to the docks, the existing line to Roosendaal and the new high speed line to the Netherlands.On course for completion by the end of 2006, the new line proper starts at Havanastraat, and runs 35·2 km to the Dutch border south of Breda. Costed at €684m, the line is being co-financed by the Dutch government as part of the HSL-Zuid package. For much of its length, the Belgian line parallels the E19 motorway, requiring adjustments to 20 road bridges. The line is to be flanked on one side by noise barriers and on the other by a safety berm to avoid the risk of road vehicles straying onto the tracks.To minimise land-take through the environmentally-sensitive Peerdsbos forest, a 3·2 km section is being enclosed in a concrete tunnel at a cost of €22·8m. The 17m wide structure has 12 emergency exits and large pressure-relief openings along the motorway side. To be masked in future by planting of shrubs, it will serve as a barrier to reduce the ambient motorway noise by around 10db(A). The roofed structure will also avoid any risk of trees falling on the line as a result of severe weather.Over €60m has been allocated for other environmental measures, including 6·6 km of noise barriers, 24ha of compensatory forestry, five animal culverts under the line, and a 200m long ‘ecoduct’ providing a green swathe across both the railway and motorway.There will be one intermediate station on the Belgian section, serving a park-and-ride and public transport interchange at Brecht. With separate platform loops flanking the fast lines, it will be served by fast IR trains offering a 15min journey to both Antwerpen and Breda. Acting as a railhead for the surrounding area, Brecht is expected to attract around 1 000 passengers a day.Completion of HSL-Zuid will reduce the journey time for the 166 km from Antwerpen Centraal to Amsterdam to 1h 7min, compared with 2h 1min from Berchem today. Antwerpen – Rotterdam will come down from 1h 3min to just 31min for the 95 km.last_img read more

first_imgBy LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSThe Port Isabel Lady Tarpon volleyball team have a sister act going this season.  Senior forward Rebecca Ramos is joined on the team by her younger sister, freshman Madison Ramos.  The PRESS caught up with the two siblings before the start of classes on Wednesday and they shared their thoughts on what kind of season they’ve shared so far this year.“I try to maintain a positive attitude throughout the game and try to keep everybody’s mood up the best that I can,” Rebecca said this week.Rebecca accepts her leadership role as a senior.  “I try to do my best to lead everybody in the best direction possible.  It really falls back to what everybody’s individual mindset is – do we really want to win?”Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedRamos, Torres enjoy All-Star experienceBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Rebecca Ramos and Gabby Torres played in their last official high school volleyball match last Sunday.  They both played in the RGV All-Star Volleyball Showcase in McAllen. Julie Breedlove was their coach when they suited up the past two seasons as teammates on…December 21, 2018In “News”Ramos improving her gameBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Madison Ramos is working all the time to improve her game so she can be more of a contributor on the Port Isabel High volleyball team. She sat with the Press this week and talked about how, as a sophomore, she knows her…September 20, 2019In “News”Ramos preps for volleyball seasonBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS   Madison Ramos is an incoming sophomore at Port Isabel High and looks forward to the 2019 Lady Tarpon volleyball season, into which she will carry a year of Varsity experience. The Press found Ramos recently at open gym and she took time…May 31, 2019In “News”last_img read more

first_imgABC/Kevin Mazur(LOS ANGELES) — Jennifer Garner really recommends the musical Hamilton — especially when under the influence of dental anesthetic. She proved this with a post-dental surgery throwback video she posted to Instagram.The video shows a very emotional Garner talking on her phone to an unknown someone, waxing not-so eloquently about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway phenomenon, the soundtrack of which was apparently playing at the dentist’s office.“They did the sad part of Hamilton, and I started crying and couldn’t stop!” the actress laugh-cried on speakerphone, slurring her words as whomever was driving recorded her while the car was stopped at an intersection, laughing hysterically. “And they said, ‘Are you OK?’” Garner continues.  “And I said, ‘It’s so beautiful!’ It’s so beautiful, listen to this song!’ So I told them about it, they had to see it!”“Throwback Thursday– that time I had dental anesthesia,” the actress captioned the post, adding, “…laughing gas + novocaine + Hamilton = you’re welcome.”Garner only joined Instagram September 1.  As of this morning, she’s posted just seven times, but has over 234,000 followers.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

first_img“Thomas is an exceptional talent and an outstanding teammate, who is impactful both on and off the ice. He is the type of player that can develop into a core member of a championship-level team in the National Hockey League,” general manager Pierre Dorion said in a press release. “He is an NHL All-Star, an elite skater and puck-mover who plays with pace and determination.”We are convinced Thomas will have a significant impact on the Ottawa Senators as we develop and grow into a highly competitive team in the coming seasons and we are extremely proud that Thomas will continue to be a key part of our team’s future success moving forward. Today is a great day of the Ottawa Senators franchise.”w8 for it… pic.twitter.com/PQbT9F0gzB— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) September 19, 2019The 22-year-old blueliner made major strides last season; after putting up nine goals and 25 points in his rookie campaign with the Senators back in 2017-18, he avoided the dreaded “sophomore slump” and thrived in his second year, posting 14 goals and 55 points in 2018-19. He was the highest-scoring defenseman on the team and third in scoring among all Ottawa skaters.His play earned him a trip to the 2019 NHL All-Star Game, and he finished 18th in Norris Trophy voting.SENATORS OFFSEASON GRADE: Ottawa ready to turn a new leaf after productive summerChabot is a proven offensive defenseman who has a knack for the net and can start the breakout. Last year, he grew more confident in his game and added more of an emphasis on scoring and getting pucks on net, putting up 185 shots. He’s also a great passer and can log a lot of minutes while playing versatile roles at even strength and on special teams. Thomas Chabot quickly became the Senators’ top defenseman, and now he’ll be staying in Ottawa for a long time.The Sens inked Chabot to an eight-year, $64 million deal, the team announced on Thursday. The deal buys out four years of unrestricted free agency and carries an AAV of $8 million. There are no bonuses on the deal and a modified NTC (10 team no-trade clause) in the final four years of his deal.  The 6-2, 196-pounder is strong at both ends of the ice, able to block a lot of shots, hustle on the backcheck and force turnovers.Thomas Chabot pick pockets Ryan Johansen, snipes it and celly with thr crowd 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/cqbGiFKTzj— Bar South N Celly™ (@BarSouthNCelly) December 18, 2018Still, he has room for improvement. Chabot must use his size to his advantage and become more physical, and he needs to take better care of the puck.Considering the Senators are pushing toward redemption and in the hunt for a playoff spot — while also changing the culture and rebuilding the roster completely — keeping a player like Chabot gives them security on defense, as well as a rising star who has a lot of upside and is just entering the prime of his career.last_img read more

Autocar Drives 2019 Kia Niro EV Kia Niro EV Gets Range Rating Of Over 300 Miles Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 25, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News The example Ray EV in the video turns out to be surprisingly roomy inside and well equipped. Sadly, it wasn’t continued as Kia moved to bigger Soul EV and now the Niro EV.Kia Ray EV spec:16.4 kWh battery for up to 140 km (87 miles) of range (at best)50 kW electric motor (FWD)fast charging possible up to 80% in 25 minutes using CHAdeMO charger Kia Ray EV, the ancestors of the Soul EV and Niro EVVisiting South Korea, Bjørn Nyland found a Kia Ray EV – a pretty rare electric car from early times, well ahead of the launch of Kia Soul EV. It was first unveiled in 2011.The Ray EV was Kia’s first production electric car, available only in a small run in South Korea. It reminds us of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV – also kind of kei-car – with just a 16.4 kWh battery and support for CHAdeMO fast charging.Kia Niro EV 301-Mile Kia Niro EV To Be Priced Well Under $40,000 In U.S. read more