Reform pressure mounts

first_imgYET ANOTHER official report has recommended major reform of Indian Railways. This time it originated with the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways, which last month published a document in response to IR’s requests for grants in 2000-01. The report went much further than commenting on the grants, making strong criticism of the status quo and even suggesting that the Indian Railways Board should be abolished. The committee felt that the Board could be replaced by ’a more state-of-the-art structure’. One option would be to ’corporatise’ the railway by setting up a joint stock company as a holding organisation, with the zonal railways trading as separate operating subsidiaries. The committee has promised to come up with detailed recommendations at a later date.The broad policy recommendations are in line with the views expressed by the Rakesh Monan committee (RG 3.01 p141), in that ’nothing short of major restructuring will be required to achieve the objective of commercialising IR and making its management autonomous’. The Rakesh Monan committee favours establishing an Indian Railway Corp to manage railway assets under rules set by an Indian Rail Regulatory Authority; we understand that IRRA would be responsible for regulating fares, which when used as an instrument of social policy are inevitably going to be the subject of controversy. At the head of IRC would be the Indian Railways Executive Board, charged specifically with implementing a restructuring programme.The Standing Committee was harshly critical of IR’s financial policies, warning that borrowing money on the market through Indian Railway Finance Corp to pay for uneconomic services was ’a sure recipe for disaster’. The opportunity to generate funds from property and land ownership was not being handled well, while the programme to convert another 11000 route-km of narrow gauge lines to broad gauge, in addition to 8000 route-km already converted, would require 13 to 14 years to complete at present spending levels. The programme should be reassessed and priority allocated to schemes that would generate traffic, and hence extra revenue.Further, the committee suggested that there should be a moratorium on new projects, with the emphasis switched to improving the current network, notably through raising capacity on high-density routes and on reducing surplus facilities elsewhere.To be fair, outgoing Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee did not recommend new construction in her controversial budget in February (RG 4.01 p218). But her tenure was not marked by any serious attempt to come to terms with the need for reform, leaving a tough legacy to her replacement, Nitish Kumar.last_img read more

UWF Set for Games Against UAH and West Alabama on Homecoming Weekend

first_imgIn the Rankings Alabama Huntsville enters the weekend at 3-6 in the Gulf South Conference, but that record might not show how competitive the Chargers have been. Among those six losses are tough 1-2 setbacks against West Georgia and North Alabama, and a 1-0 loss against Union. The Chargers also took a 3-0 win over then-No. 10 Carson-Newman early in the season. The week of September 13 was a good one for UAH, as the team saw Sydney Pfankuch earn GSC Player of the Week honors, goalkeeper Larae Breaux earn a GSC Defender of the Week nod, and rookie Arieal Alexander claim the title of GSC Freshman of the Week. It was the first time in GSC history that a single team claimed all three awards in a single week, a feat that UWF matched just two weeks later. UAH ranks second or third in the GSC in save percentage, scoring offense, total points and total goals. The offense has provided a well-rounded attack, as 12 different players have scored a goal. West Florida ranks fifth in the country in shutout percentage, recording clean sheets in 10 of the team’s 14 games (71 percent). The only teams with more shutouts this year are No. 1 Western Washington (11), No. 2 Grand Valley (12), No. 4 Central Missouri (12), and Minnesota State. The Argos’ .709 goals against average is second-best in the conference, but may be a bit misleading. Lee, which leads the Gulf South Conference with a .378 GAA, has just eight shutouts on the year, giving UWF a full two games more of shutout soccer. UWF has played 474 consecutive shutout minutes of defense, which puts the team in good position to enter the GSC record book. A stretch of 570 consecutive shutout minutes will put this year’s team in the book, replacing the 1997 UWF squad. Two more 90-minute shutouts this weekend would tie UWF for 8th all-time in GSC history in the category, tying the 2005 team’s impressive streak. West Florida holds seven of the 11 longest shutout streaks in the history of the conference. UWF has allowed just seven total shots across its last four games, including a complete shutout against Shorter, in which the Hawks did not get off a shot. Current UWF goalkeeper Katelyn Burkhart ranks seventh in DII in GAA at .401, which would rank third in GSC history. Her career GAA of 0.55 would rank second in GSC history. West Florida leads the GSC in points per game (7.57), scoring offense (2.71 goals per game), total goals (38) and total points (106). UWF ranks 15th or better nationally in each of those categories. Freshman Marjorie Boilesen has made an immediate impact in the league, holding the conference lead in assists per game (0.85), points per game (2.08), total assists (11) and total points (27). Argonauts make up several top-15 spots in individual statistical rankings in Division II. Boilesen stands second in DII in total assists (11) and 13th in total points (27). Sara Helgadottir is sixth in the country in assists (9) and assists per game (0.64). Consecutive ShutoutsNeeded: 6 (West Florida, 2006)We have: 5 Consecutive Shutout MinutesNeeded: 570 (West Florida, 1997)We have: 474 Despite having top 15 national marks in scoring offense, shutout percentage, points per game, total points, total goals and total assists, and holding a lead in the Gulf South Conference with a perfect 8-0 record, UWF was ranked seventh in the initial NCAA South Region rankings on Wednesday. The winners of the GSC and the Sunshine State Conference tournaments earn automatic bids into the NCAA Tournament, leaving four at-large bids available for the remaining teams. Scouting West Alabama With the Gulf South Conference Tournament rapidly approaching, it is a good time to mention UWF’s presence in conference tournament history. The Argonauts have appeared in all 20 Gulf South Conference Tournaments to date. West Florida’s 20 GSC Tournament berths are six more than Christian Brothers’ 14, which are the second-most in conference history. North Alabama and UAH are behind CBU, with eight appearances. West Florida also leads the conference with 27 wins in the GSC Tournament, 16 appearances in the GSC Tournament Finals and 9 GSC Championships.For information on all UWF athletics, visit Friendly Version PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida women’s soccer team will host Alabama Huntsville and West Alabama for Homecoming on Friday and Sunday. UAH enters the weekend with a 3-6 mark in the Gulf South Conference, while UWA is third in the conference with a 6-2-1 record and 19 points. To Enter the GSC Record BookTotal ShutoutsNeeded: 11 (Shorter, 2014)We have: 10 Friday’s game against UAH is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start, and the Sunday afternoon match against West Alabama will begin at 12:30 p.m. Both games will feature live video broadcasts and live stats, and those links can be found at Boilesen is FOTW Again In the GSC Tournament Recapping Last Week Scouting UAH Tuesday marked the fourth time that UWF’s Marjorie Boilesen was named the Gulf South Conference Women’s Soccer Freshman of the Week this year. That ties her for the most individual honors in the award’s history with Kylie Huey from North Alabama, who earned the nod four times last year. The Sao Paolo, Brazil, native leads the GSC in points scored (27), points per game (2.08), assists (11), assists per game (.846) and game-winning goals (3). Sunday marked her first multi-assist game, and Boilesen has scored at least one point in 12 of her 13 games played. She started her career by scoring at least a point in her first nine games. Wow, The Defense NOTESSTATS/VIDEO The Tigers stand in a tie for third place in the conference with 19 points. UWA has lost to Lee and Mississippi College, the two teams ahead of the Tigers in the standings other than UWF, by a combined score of 7-0. TeMia Pride leads UWA with eight goals and was named the conference freshman of the week on October 11. UWF is 5-2 all-time against West Alabama. West Florida posted two more shutouts on Friday and Sunday, with a 2-0 win over AUM and a season-best five goals in a win over Spring Hill. Kaley Ward scored in each game, netting the game-winner on Friday before Isabella Garcia-Salas knocked in her first career goal. Ward found the net for UWF’s second goal against Spring Hill, giving her a team-best 9 scores on the year. She has scored four times in her last six games. Marjorie Boilesen had an assist against AUM and added three against Spring Hill, marking her first multi-assist game of the year. She now ranks second in DII with 11 assists. We Are Goodlast_img read more

Seahawks reduce roster to 80, release Hunt and Jackson

first_img WATCH US LIVE The Seattle Seahawks released nine players Sunday to reduce their roster to 80 players, including veterans Branden Jackson and Joey Hunt.Terminating the contract of Hunt will save Seattle about $2.2 million against the salary cap. But it was a bit of a surprising move after Hunt started eight games last season following a season-ending injury to Justin Britt. Seattle added B.J. Finney in free agency and reserve Ethan Pocic also has experience at center.Jackson appeared in 15 games last season for Seattle and had two sacks. He appeared in 36 games over three seasons for the Seahawks.Seattle also waived: RB Patrick Carr, WR Seth Dawkins, G Kahlil McKenzie, DB Josh Norwood, G Jordan Roos, LB Sutton Smith and TE Dominick Wood-Anderson. SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By First Published: 27th July, 2020 10:54 IST LIVE TVcenter_img COMMENT FOLLOW US Last Updated: 27th July, 2020 10:54 IST Seahawks Reduce Roster To 80, Release Hunt And Jackson The Seattle Seahawks released nine players Sunday to reduce their roster to 80 players, including veterans Branden Jackson and Joey Hunt. Associated Press Television News last_img read more

No changes in IMCA procedures, points, regional boundaries for 2015

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – You’ll have to look pretty hard to find differences between 2014 and 2015 IMCA proce­dures. Aside from some wording in the engine claim pro­cess, there isn’t any.Both the point system and how bonus points are awarded will be the same this season as last. IMCA Presi­dent Brett Root also noted there won’t be any change in re­gional boundaries for Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks. “We announced in December there was a possibility of realigning those borders and creating regions for the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods,” he said. “After much discussion, we determined that changing the borders for Stock Car and Hobby Stocks was feasible but at this time, not necessary.”“There definitely will be regions, likely east and west, for the Northern SportMods in 2016,” Root added. “They are now our second largest division in terms of mem­bers and regions would make perfect sense.” The areas of the country represented in top national Modified standings last season dispelled any notions to make bonus point changes.“Everyone has an idea on how to handle the bonus point system but nothing indicated that system had flaws that needed to be addressed,” said Root. “With the num­ber of drivers and tracks we have, this is a pretty good sys­tem.”More local track and special series schedules are being final­ized. The weekly point season began in early January and runs through Sept. 27, with the IMCA Speedway Motors Su­per Nationals fueled by Casey’s Sept. 7-12.“Super Nationals is always the first full week of Septem­ber and unfortunately that will squeeze out a week­end of specials usually held during the point sea­son,” Root said.last_img read more