Press release: HS2 Ltd opens new office in Manchester

first_img HS2 is crucial to delivering Transport for the North’s ambitions for Northern Powerhouse Rail. By having a new base in Manchester we are able to work closer with our Northern partners. Together, HS2 and NPR will enable faster, more frequent and reliable services throughout the North. The spare capacity released on the northern sections of the HS2 network will enable future NPR services, so the two projects work seamlessly to maximise the benefits of the UK’s investment in future rail. With towns and cities set to benefit across the North, HS2 will transform rail journeys and give passengers thousands of extra seats every day. Press and media enquiries HS2 is scheduled to be completed by 2033, and proposals put forward by Transport for the North, including Northern Powerhouse Rail, are scheduled for completion in the next 30 years. As work steps up to extend HS2 to both Leeds and Manchester, this reinforces HS2’s commitment to work with partners, including Transport for the North, in order to enable Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) services.The company relocated its headquarters from London to the Midlands 3 years ago, and has now established a new base in Manchester city centre for its core team in the North.Mark Thurston, HS2 Ltd CEO, said: Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, added: HS2 will not only improve our railways from North to South but will also lay the foundations for the east to west rail links across the North that we desperately need. HS2, linked with east to west Northern Powerhouse Rail, will make it easier for people to move between our towns and cities, help businesses connect with each other and their customers, and act as a catalyst for local growth. With new high speed rail connections, the economic output of Greater Manchester could double to around £132 billion by 2050, contributing around 40,000 new jobs. HS2 Ltd’s decision to open an office in Manchester is a real statement of intent. I look forward to working with HS2 to ensure the North gets the maximum benefit from the better connections and released capacity that HS2 and NPR will deliver. The Northern Powerhouse Partnership welcomes the move by HS2 to have a permanent office base in Manchester, with the work on the phases to Crewe, to Manchester and to Leeds advancing. HS2, delivered together with Northern Powerhouse Rail, will be transformational and has the potential to support hundreds of thousands of jobs. Without a new railway for city to city travel alongside our Victorian railway, to keep servicing commuters with create more scope for freight, it will be hard to attract investment and the jobs we need to rebalance the UK’s economy and close the North-South divide.center_img Work on the first phase of HS2 from London to the Midlands is already underway at over 250 locations. Over 7,000 jobs and 300 apprenticeships are already supported by the programme, and around 2,000 business have delivered work on HS2. When construction peaks, it is estimated that HS2 will need 30,000 people to design and build the full HS2 rail network.Hundreds of businesses in the North have already won work, and opportunities for local firms to get involved will continue as the project progresses.Across the North, HS2 station locations have been preparing for the arrival of the new railway by drawing up economic plans to take advantage of better rail connections. The redevelopment plans for Manchester have the potential to deliver 40,000 new jobs for the city with both HS2 and NPR working together.HS2 trains will serve over 25 towns and cities from Scotland through to the South East, joining up nearly half of the UK population, giving people more options on where to live, work and travel. It is set to deliver £92 billion of benefits to the UK economy.Key corridors are dependent on infrastructure delivered by HS2 in order for NPR to operate, including: Henri Murison, Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, said: Manchester – Liverpool (via Warrington): NPR services could use HS2 infrastructure – including the 13 kilometre Manchester tunnel to serve HS2 stations at Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly. Therefore, it would be possible to deliver NPR’s ambitions for a 21 minute journey (non-stop) or a 26 minute journey (via Manchester Airport and Warrington). Sheffield – Leeds: NPR services could use HS2 infrastructure north of Clayton Junction to serve Leeds HS2 station Leeds – Newcastle via the HS2 junction: this would enable trains from Manchester, Sheffield and the Midlands to travel via Leeds and on to York and the North East. This could also release capacity for more local and commuter services east of Leeds Sheffield – Manchester: NPR services could benefit from investment by the HS2 electrification programme on the Midland Main Line Contact form… The press and media enquiries line is for accredited journalists onlylast_img read more

Saint Mary’s Fulbright grantees discuss experiences in Malaysia, Mongolia

first_imgMembers of the Saint Mary’s community gathered Thursday evening for a panel discussion about Fulbright grants as part of the College’s International Education week.Laura Elder, a global studies professor who specializes in cultural anthropology, has received multiple Fulbright grants and now serves as the College’s Fulbright program advisor.“It’s a program for which all U.S. citizens are eligible, across the board,” Elder said. “All you need is a bachelor’s degree and an idea. You do not have to be an academic scholar. It could be someone who’s interested in the arts, medicine [or] science. What you need is an idea and a place where you’d like to work on that idea.”Elder received a Fulbright Scholar grant to study the intersections of Islam, feminism, culture and the economy in Malaysia in 2015.“As part of this research that I was doing — thinking about Islam, feminism and economy — I got to go all around Malaysia and give lectures because Fulbright paid for it,” Elder said.Because of the Fulbright program’s focus on having deep exchanges within a country and its larger surrounding region, Elder was also given the opportunity to visit other places such as Cambodia and Burma.In addition to research and travel, Elder has used her experience in Malaysia to form relationships that could potentially be used to help Saint Mary’s establish more study abroad programs, she said.“I’m [the] Fulbright program advisor,” Elder said. “If you’re interested in these kinds of engagements, we can make them happen.”Eleanor Jones, a Saint Mary’s alumna (’16) and current graduate student in global affairs at Notre Dame, was a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Mongolia from 2017 to 2018.“I went [to Mongolia] in August to do teacher training and what they call survival Mongolian language … and some Mongolian culture and history,” Jones said.Jones taught at the University of Life Sciences in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Most of her students came from the countryside, she said, and many of their families were nomadic.“When they would go home for the holidays, they would have to find their family because they may not be where they left them,” Jones said.Among the parts of her teaching experience she highlighted was an international cooking day at the university, during which she helped make some of the most American dishes she could think of — mac and cheese, sloppy joes and coleslaw.She said she also attended an eagle festival, which occurred in -20 degree temperatures.“I found out I’m allergic to the cold,” Jones said. “Once, I went horseback riding in -20 degrees, and my face broke out in hives. My Mongolian friend was with me and saw my face and picked up snow from the ground and just rubbed it in my face and then wiped it off with a scarf. The hives were gone … because the snow wasn’t as cold as the air.”As the end of her program neared, Jones said she got to travel more.“At the end of the program for Fulbright, we did community outreach,” she said. “For two weeks, we got to travel around the Mongolian countryside to different rural schools and do some dental classes and do some outreach for the American Embassy to promote some of our exchange programs.”An important part of Jones’ experience was looking beyond “pretty pictures” to see the problems in the area, including pollution, she said.“The winter that I was there was worse than it was in New Delhi,” Jones said. “… Mongolians [would] wear the air mask and then pull it down to smoke a cigarette and then put the air mask back on.”Jones said her time in Mongolia was difficult but gave her the chance to learn a lot about herself.Jamie Wagman, chair of the history and gender and women’s studies departments, was a Fulbright Specialist in Morocco in the spring.“In the spring of 2018, Fulbright notified me that the International University of Rabat in Morocco accepted my application, and I was approved for a short-term project,” Wagman said.Wagman said she had close friends from North Africa after hosting students for the Study of the United States Institute at Saint Mary’s, but she had never actually traveled there.“But I never set foot on [the] continent,” Wagman said. “I’d certainly never seen Morocco. I did not know Arabic. I barely knew any French. Still, I couldn’t wait.”Wagman brought her family to Morocco with her for the duration of her program. She said being a mother and an academic poses challenges when it comes to giving proper time and attention to both roles, so bringing her family with her was very important.One focus of her work in Morocco was helping the recently founded university with curriculum and development.“I met with faculty members and administrators to put together a proposal for a dual MBA and masters in gender and women’s studies program,” Wagman said. “I also provided lectures on transgender visibility, reproductive rights, history, sexual purity and stereotyping, and public health history in the U.S.”She said her students were familiar with gender theory, and the university community did not conform to the gender norms she had expected.Wagman said she found the university community to be welcoming and helped her family get acquainted with the city.“I realized how easy it is not to know what to do and not to know who to ask,” she said.Tags: fulbright scholar, International Education Week, Islam, Malaysia, Mongolialast_img read more

Tokyo Olympics 2020: You’ll never believe what the medals will be made from

first_img COMMENT Last Updated: 26th July, 2019 18:25 IST Tokyo Olympics 2020: You’ll Never Believe What The Medals Will Be Made From The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan is not just about games but also involves promoting the message sustainable development and climate change. The medals for the event were recently unveiled and it is revealed that the medals will be made from recycled electronic waste, primarily old phones that the Japanese people have disposed of.    The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan is not just about games but also involves promoting the message sustainable development and climate change. The medals for the event were recently unveiled and it is revealed that the medals will be made from recycled electronic waste, primarily old phones that the Japanese people have disposed of.   The inspiration for using recycled phone parts stems from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, where the medals for the competition were made from recycling unwanted computer parts.   The official Twitter handle of the Toky 2020 Olympics shared a video of the medals being made. Visuals show minute details of the medal being made with a lot of patience and in a skillful manner. The medal design is aimed to showcase the theme of light, brilliance, diversity, hard work, and friendship. In the video, the designer is seen creating the design for the medal, the details of which are breathtaking. The entire process beginning from designing of the medal to the final output is captured beautifully in the video.  See the video below:   Koushik Narayanan “With their shining rings, I hope the medals will be seen as paying tribute to the athletes’ efforts, reflecting their glory and symbolizing friendship,” Junichi Kawanishi said, according to media reports.  WATCH US LIVE The medals bear a thick and textured look as opposed to the flatter discs at the recent Olympics. READ | Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil And Sead Kosinac Fight Off A Carjack Bid In Broad Daylight First Published: 26th July, 2019 15:24 IST LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By FOLLOW US READ | F1 | Ambitious Max Verstappen Hoping To Catch And Challenge MercedesThe medals are designed by Japanese designer Junichi Kawanishi. They feature geometric drawings inspired by the traditional Japanese art of ‘Ichimatsu Moyo’ meaning harmonized checkered patterns and ‘Kasane no irome’ – the traditional techniques of the kimonos. Each medal also comes with a case made from Japanese ash and hangs on a ribbon meant to recall the designs of Japanese kimonos. Thirty-two kilograms of gold, 3,500 kilograms of silver and 2,200 kilograms of copper and zinc for the bronze medals were collected.   last_img read more

Man wanted for shooting at police in North Carolina fatally shot in Miami

first_imgAuthorities in Miami are reporting that a fugitive from North Carolina was shot and killed by police in Miami after he reportedly opened fire on officers.The incident occurred on Saturday after authorities tracked down the suspect to a house on the 25500 block of Southwest 147th Avenue, according to the Miami Herald.Authorities say the suspect barricaded himself inside of the home and refused to surrender even after hours of negotiations.Officers eventually made the decision to enter the home and that’s when the suspected opened fire on them.One officer was shot in his bulletproof vest but was not seriously injured. The suspect was then fatally shot by police.Police did not provide any details regarding the suspect’s identity other than that the suspect was 56-years-old, however, other sources say the wanted suspect may have been James Justin Munro.last_img read more