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first_imgn On December 20 Conrail’s board of directors voted to reject Norfolk Southern’s hostile all-cash bid for the business, after it had been raised to US$10·5bn to match CSX’s improved cash and stock offer of US$9·35bn. Conrail shareholders were due to vote on January 17 on a proposal to opt out of a Pennsylvania anti-takeover law and allow CSX to purchase a further 20% of the company’s shares for cash; CSX already owns 19·9% and intends to offer its own stock in exchange for the remaining 60·1%.n German chemicals company BASF has obtained a licence to operate freight trains over the DB network including carriage of merchandise for third parties.n Swiss Federal Railways’ tunnelling engineers have confirmed from test bores at Polmengo that the Piora strata formed of ’sugar dolomite’ extends to the depth of the planned Gotthard base tunnel. Special techniques will be needed to cut through the Piora rocks which are likely to contain high pressure water.n Myanma Railways is completing a major new station at Bagan, located at the end of an extension to the Kyaukpadaung branch which opened to passenger traffic in September. The site of important Buddhist relics, Bagan is generating increasing amounts of tourist traffic.n Under an agreement signed with trade unions in November and effective until April 1998, Netherlands Railways has secured more flexible working practices from drivers, conductors and station platform staff. With a 36h week in force and more frequent peak-hour services planned around Amsterdam, Den Haag, Rotterdam and Utrecht from September, NS is recruiting 150 extra conductors.n Britain’s Association of Train Operating Companies, Banestyrelsen of Denmark (p113), NSB BA and Jernbaneverket of Norway joined the Community of European Railways in January. British Rail will leave the organisation this year as its last operating functions are transferred to the private sector.n Completion of North Korea Railway’s 80 km electrified Wonsan – Kumgangsan route is expected to by the end of March. A new line from Wonsan to the resort of Mount Kumgang was completed in November after 11 months of work.n Since December 14 trams have been running between Karlsruhe city centre and Baden Baden using a new DM12·5m link from the Albtalbahnhof which joins the DB main line west of the main station. LRVs from Bretten to Karlsruhe Marktplatz now continue hourly to Baden Baden, replacing DB’s local services.n German Transport Minister Matthias Wissmann announced on December 19 that a finance agreement had been signed for the Nürnberg – Ingolstadt – München Neubaustrecke. This provides for DB to borrow funds from a private banking consortium; once the DM9bn line is complete, the government will redeem the debts and pay them off over 15 years. Target date for opening is 2003.last_img read more

Pau Gasol returns to L.A. as Lakers beat Bulls in double OT

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Sitting on a bench at the Student Activities Center at UCLA at the morning shootaround, Gasol first talked about what the night might be like.“It’s going to be an exciting, emotional experience-type moment, so looking forward to be out there and play a good game and absorb the experience and thank the fans and the organization for all the time and experiences that we shared together,” he said.Gasol made three All-Star teams with the Lakers. He averaged 18.3 points and 10.8 rebounds in 23 playoff games in 2009 and 19.6 points and 11.1 rebounds in 23 playoff games in 2010.That could be why Scott told reporters that fans should give Gasol a standing ovation. They did when he was introduced by himself before the game. He stood in the middle of the court, waving to fans, many of whom were wearing T-shirts passed out by the Lakers that read, “Thanks, Pau,” as a video tribute to him played on the scoreboard.“I think it’s a compliment from Byron,” Gasol, 34, said. “I appreciate his support and anybody’s support, for that matter. But he’s a head coach of the team at a time that their team is struggling and not going through the best, so any kind words or words of support are a compliment and well-received and welcome.” Television cameras shone brightly in the face of former Lakers post Pau Gasol as he walked through a Staples Center corridor Thursday. It was to be the first time Gasol would grace the arena against the team for which he toiled for seven years, helping the Lakers win NBA titles in 2009 and 2010 along the way.Earlier in the day, Gasol spoke with sentiment and candor about the team he left behind to join the Chicago Bulls, who later were defeated by the Lakers 123-118 in double overtime before 18,977.The victory allowed the Lakers (13-34) to avoid tying the franchise record for consecutive losses, which is 10. Jordan Hill led the Lakers with 26 points and 12 rebounds, Wayne Ellington scored 23 and Jordan Clarkson had 18. Chicago (30-18) got 35 points from Jimmy Butler and 20 points and 10 rebounds from Gasol.“I think our guys just battled and played extremely hard all game long,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said.center_img Gasol is having a fine season, averaging 18.3 points and a career-high 11.9 rebounds before Thursday. He was voted in by fans to start the All-Star game for the Eastern Conference.Gasol, who left the Lakers for less money for a fresh start with a contender after all the hoopla with the Lakers that included multiple trade rumors, came off as stoked to be in Chicago. Whereas the Lakers won’t reach the playoffs, the Bulls entered play Thursday at 30-17 and in fourth in the Eastern Conference standings.“Just things coming together,” said Gasol, who was averaging 15.4 rebounds over his previous five games. “Just continuing to work and playing with energy, playing with passion, which I always try to do.”Scott is not surprised.“I think you put Pau in any situation, he’ll be successful,” he said.Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau can’t say enough about Gasol, either.“The Lakers have a great history and I think he’s an important part of that history,” Thibodeau said. “He did a great job when he was in Memphis, he did a great job here and he’s doing a great job for us.”Gasol said he misses quite a bit about Los Angeles. Not the media scrutiny, though.“When things were going well here, it was exceptional,” he said. “They say L.A. and New York are two of the top cities, the best cities to win at. But they’re probably two of the tougher cities to lose and struggle because you get so much coverage that media have to create stories.“And sometimes the bad or negative stories are more attractive and so I felt like there was always searching for something bad or negative to talk about, some drama that was created whether it was some truth to it or not. Chicago so far has been great; very positive. Even when we had that six-game skid (recently) where we lost six out of eight, people were still positive, media was still positive.” .Gasol referred to Staples Center as a “special building,” and figured once he got there “the distractions will kick in, the emotions and memories will kick in.”He was treated nicely, so that adds another memory.Meanwhile, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak met with reporters Thursday morning to discuss the future of a Lakers team that is in the midst of its second consecutive losing season.“I think the first thing in order is the draft,” Kupchak said. “And prior to the draft, there’s trade deadline, which is Feb. 19. Are we going to be in a position to do something prior to the trade deadline? Will that affect the draft? As you know, we have a conditional pick with our own pick. We have Houston’s pick.“And then there are second-round picks that come into play, so I think that’s next on the agenda. When that comes to fruition we’ll look at the free agent market. And see what our needs are and what’s realistic. We do have an awful lot of financial flexibility.”As for tanking games to protect the conditional pick from Phoenix, forget about it.“Our coaches and players have been instructed to win games,” Kupchak said. “Maybe I used the wrong word, ‘instructed.’ I don’t have to instruct players to win games and to try to win games; I don’t have to instruct Byron to do that. That’s why they’re here.”As was Gasol. Now he’s winning for another team.last_img read more


first_imgA MILFORD man has been banned from driving for three years at the local district court.Desmond Morrison, from Foxes Glen, admitted careless driving at The Gap, Milford on March 15 last year.He also admitted not having a driving license and failing to have insurance. Inspector David Murphy told Letterkenny District Court that 39-year-old Morrison had two previous convictions for failing to have car insurance.He imposed a three-year driving ban and sentenced Morrison to a total of 140 hours community service on the other charges.DRIVING BAN FOR CARELESS MILFORD DRIVER was last modified: December 10th, 2013 by John2Share 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:careless drivingDesmond MorrisonDistrict Courtdrive banMilfordlast_img read more