Origin, sequence stratigraphy and depositional environment of an upper Ordovician (Hirnantian) deglacial black shale, Jordan

first_imgThe upper Ordovician succession of Jordan was located ~60°S, less than 100 km from the Hirnantian ice sheet margin. New graptolite dates indicate glaciation ended in Jordan in the late Hirnantian (persculptus Biozone). The succession records two glacial advances within the Ammar Formation and the subsequent deglaciations. Organic-rich black shales (Batra Formation) form part of the final deglacial transgressive succession that in-filled an existing low stand glacial continental shelf topography. The base of the black shale is coincident with the maximum flooding surface. During transgression, interfluves and sub-basin margins were breached and black shale deposition expanded rapidly across the region. The top of the black shales coincides with peak highstand. The “expanding puddle model” (sensu Wignall) for black shale deposition, adapted for the peri-glacial setting, provides the best explanation for this sequence of events. We propose a hypothesis in which anoxic conditions were initiated beneath the halocline in a salinity stratified water column; a fresher surface layer resulted from ice meltwater generated during early deglaciation. During the initial stages of marine incursion, nutrients in the monimolimnion were isolated from the euphotic zone by the halocline. Increasing total organic carbon (TOC) and δ13Corg up section indicates the organic carbon content of the shales was controlled mainly by increasing bioproductivity in the mixolimnion (the Strakhov model). Mixolimnion nutrient levels were sustained by a continual and increasing supply of meltwater-derived nutrients, modulated by obliquity changes in high latitude insolation. Anoxia was sustained over tens to hundreds of thousands of years. The formation of black shales on the north Gondwana shelf was little different to those observed in modern black shale environments, suggesting that it was the nature of the Ordovician seas that pre-disposed them to anoxia.last_img read more

UK: HMS Diamond Passes Final, Demanding Test

first_img View post tag: Demanding UK: HMS Diamond Passes Final, Demanding Test View post tag: passes Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Diamond Passes Final, Demanding Test On Friday, HMS Diamond was really put to the test with her final inspection. FOST staff came on board to make sure the ship was ready to take on the task of deployment.Commander Andy Burns, Commander of Sea Training at FOST, said:“We have about 240 staff working on around 10 training cycles at any one time. We train ships from different nations, but the standards are absolute that they have to reach.“The Thursday War and final inspections are key steps insofar as they test a ship’s ability to manage multiple attacks and damage while remaining a fighting unit.“There’s a real sense of pride for us when a ship comes through her training and is successful, because it really is a thorough test.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff , December 08, 2011; Image: mod View post tag: test The UK now has three groundbreaking Type 45 destroyers ready to deploy on operations after HMS Diamond passed her final, demanding test.The state-of-the-art warship has come through six weeks of training and assessment off Plymouth, the final hurdle to jump before she can sail on front line duties.The Basic Operational Sea Training (BOST) saw Diamond ‘hit’ with incoming missiles from submarines and her ship’s company working in darkness and smoke to deal with fires and floods.Passing BOST with a ‘satisfactory’ overall grade, Diamond, the third of six new Portsmouth-based Type 45s, is now fit to deploy on operations, joining her older sisters Daring and Dauntless on the ‘ready’ list.All three are scheduled to deploy in 2012 while their three younger sisters – Dragon, Defender and finally Duncan – are undergoing training, trials and a final fitting-out, respectively.Commander Ian Clarke, HMS Diamond’s Commanding Officer, said:“We are really pleased to have passed BOST. We are getting ready for operations and getting ready to deploy. That’s what brought us to Plymouth, to undergo a six-week training package to get us ready for task. “This is a brand new Type 45 getting ready for operations, and one of our main tasks is getting the ship’s company ready. For each of us undergoing the sea training we are in post for the first time in a new ship and that is a serious challenge.” View post tag: Final View post tag: HMS To pass her BOST package HMS Diamond had to react to constant challenges put in place by the staff of Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST). One of the biggest hurdles was the ‘Thursday War’, where simulated damage occurred in all parts of the ship.Commander Clarke said:“The Thursday War is the culmination of weeks of training at sea. We have had four days of fighting submarines, surface vessels and air strikes and ‘the War’ is about putting all of that together. This is where things get serious for the ship as things we hope don’t happen for real always happen on a Thursday War.“We have had fires and floods, lost our propulsion and steering – all of that impacts on my ability to fight the ship. “However, this ship is a real change in terms of our fighting capability and the Type 45 ships enable us to fight multiple threats at the same time.” Industry news View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic December 8, 2011 View post tag: Diamond Share this articlelast_img read more

Saab introduces new sensor system for maritime patrol planes

first_img Defence and security company Saab on February 17 announced that its new Swordfish mission system was now ready to be put on two Bombardier plane versions.The new Swordfish maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) mission system delivers strategic multi-role capabilities. According to Saab, their product was suitable for long-duration patrol or search-and-rescue missions, but could also handle anti-submarine and anti-surface unit warfare tasks.Saab picked Bombardier’s Q400 turboprop and Global 6000 jet “for their high levels of reliability and performance” as the company said.The Swordfish mission system combines already operational COTS sensors from several suppliers, with Saab’s own electronic warfare and C4I mission management systems. The integrated sensor package is displayed on interchangeable work stations with an intelligent degree of automation and system support.Jonas Hjelm, Head of Saab business area Support and Services, said: “We are proud to offer the cutting-edge Swordfish MPA system on a brand-new, high-performance aircraft, which can be a turboprop or a jet. Potential customers are free to select the platform that best serves their operational needs.”Saab said their Swordfish mission suite coupled with Bombardier’s aircraft would provide operators with “multiple domain awareness, from littoral waters to the open ocean”.The company predicts a steady trend of fixed-wing maritime aircraft opportunities in line with the continued proliferation of submarines having in mind the Asia Pacific region where more than 100 submarines are predicted to be operating by the year 2020. View post tag: patrol aircraft Saab introduces new mission system for maritime patrol aircraft View post tag: Saab Equipment & technologycenter_img February 18, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today Saab introduces new mission system for maritime patrol aircraft Share this articlelast_img read more

BNC intruders chased out

first_imgLast Sunday, a group of Brasenose undergraduates took the law into their own hands and apprehended three women on suspicion of robbery.Duncan Morrison, Matthew Osman and ‘Tricky’ Wilson performed a citizens arrest on three woman who had hidden in and later run from Brasenose.But police later confirmed that no crime had taken place and the women were allowed to go free.“Their brave vigilante action was all in vain,” said Theo Barclay, a Brasenose third year. “We viewed them as college heroes.”Thames Valley police confirmed that they had been contacted by a group of international students who were concerned about the theft of a games console, but explained that a misunderstanding appeared to have taken place.The girls entered Brasenose College, followed by a group of Asian exchange students, one of whom appeared to think they had taken his games console. There the girls caught the attention of Morrison and Osman, who thought that they were acting suspiciously.“We saw these pikeys in college trying to find an exit, going up and down stairs and trying to find a way out,” said Wilson.The group had been led to believe that the girls had taken a games console from one of the exchange students.“Someone beckoned me over and told me they’d stolen something,” said Wilson. “Someone said this girl had a knife.”According to Morrison, it was at this point that the girls became rude and he, along with a growing number of students, led the girls from close to the college library to the lodge area. Morrison took the step of asking the duty porter to step in.The situation escalated and the girls started to act confrontationally towards Morrison. “All I was trying to do was to diffuse the situation and get the poor man’s PSP back”, he said, “it was now that they became a bit more threatening in their behaviour.”One proceeded to push Duncan Morrison and this led the on duty porter to call the police and shut the college gate in order to stop the girls from fleeing.At this moment, the gate was opened by two shocked Brasenose students who saw the girls run past them.Morrison, Osman and Wilson gave chase onto the High Street. Morrison then spotted the girls, approached them and placed them under a citizen’s arrest. Wilson found a police officer who arrested the three girls and thanked the trio for their assistance.However, it later emerged that the police were originally contacted by the exchange students from McDonald’s on Cornmarket Street, and a spokesperson for Thames Valley police outlined that it was their understanding that the students believed a group of three girls had stolen the item.The spokesman added that it transpired that the owner of the console appeared to have simply misplaced the item, and that since there seemed to have been a misunderstanding about the incident, no further action would be taken by the police.On being told that no theft had taken place, ‘Tricky’ Wilson said that he felt “a bit hollow”.“I feel very conned,” he said, “conned by all of them.”But Brasenose students still praised Duncan Morrison’s spontaneous actions. Charlie Marr, a first year History undergraduate, commented, “Duncan displayed chivalrous, brave and courageous behaviour and deserves all the praise he can get.”Morrison explained that he “simply thought that it was the right thing to do.” He added that he was enjoying the praise of his fellow students and that it “was all in a day’s work”.last_img read more

Kentucky Derby: Full Court Press J Boys Echo puts Romans, Albaugh, Albarado Back On…

first_imgPress J Boys Echo puts Romans, Albaugh, Albarado Back On Derby Trail We’re breaking from the gate for a blog series on the behind-the-scenes work involved in getting a horse ready for the May 6 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. “Kentucky Derby: Full Court Press” centers on Albaugh Family Stable’s 3-year-old colt J Boys Echo and his team. In this first installment, J Boys Echo is coming off a victory in Aqueduct’s Grade 3 Gotham, his 50 qualifying points securing a starting spot in the 20-horse field for America’s greatest race. But first he runs in Keeneland’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass on April 8.The series will feature Louisville-based trainer Dale Romans; owner Dennis Albaugh, an agriculture magnate and philanthropist from Ankeny, Iowa; Albaugh son in law and racing manager Jason Loutsch, for whom J Boys Echo is named; exercise rider Tammy Fox, and jockey Robby Albarado. “Kentucky Derby: Full Court Press” is written by veteran turf journalist Jennie Rees and provided free to media, websites and social media outlets courtesy of the Kentucky division of the Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association.“I think there are so many people who would love to know and understand the parts of racing other than just race day and watching them go on the track,” Loutsch said. “It’s a great opportunity for our fans and for racing enthusiasts to get a close picture of what goes on starting now and through the Blue Grass and the Kentucky Derby. So much goes into this. You don’t just show up on race day and run.”Part 1: Channeling Dak PrescottTrainer Dale Romans, the lifelong Louisvillian, thought he finally had the Kentucky Derby winner in his barn when the colt Not This Time last summer won an Ellis Park maiden race by 10 lengths, subsequently captured Churchill Downs’ Iroquois by 8 3/4 and lost the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to champion Classic Empire by a neck.Days later, Not This Time was retired to stud at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., with an injury sustained in the Breeders’ Cup.“He’s the best 2-year-old I’ve ever trained. To lose him was sickening,” Romans, who has two thirds and a fourth with seven prior Kentucky Derby starters, said from his winter base of Florida. “But that’s part of the Derby trail. It’s happened to a lot of them. I’d love to have him, but Bob Baffert would love to have Mastery, and Mark Casse would love to have Classic Empire not having any problems. It is what it is, and you just have to adapt.”Indeed, in horse racing you can almost always find a scenario in which to take heart. Calumet Farm won the 1957 Kentucky Derby with Iron Liege after losing favored Gen. Duke days before the race. Champion Devil’s Bag was retired days before his stablemate Swale gave Woody Stephens his second Derby in 1984. Todd Pletcher saw favored Eskendereya go to the shelf the week before the 2010 Derby, which he won anyway with Super Saver.Romans hopes that J Boys Echo, who like Not This Time is owned by Albaugh Family Stable and ridden by Robby Albarado, can be the latest chapter of Derby disappointment morphing into Derby destiny. The colt already is in the 143rd Kentucky Derby on May 6 as long as he is healthy, having earned 50 qualifying points in winning New York’s Gotham. He’ll have a final prep in Keeneland’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass on April 8. That’s a race that Romans and Albaugh won last year with Brody’s Cause, who finished seventh in the Derby.“It’s like backup quarterbacks in the NFL: It’s good to have a good one,” Romans said of J Boys Echo. “He could be Dak for the Dallas Cowboys. When Tony Romo went down, Dak Prescott took over.”Second in his Oct. 2 debut at Churchill Downs, J Boys Echo impressively won a Keeneland maiden race a week before the Breeders’ Cup. A troubled fourth in the Delta Downs Jackpot won by Saturday’s Florida Derby favorite Gunnevera, J Boys Echo resumed racing 2 1/2 months later when shipping from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., to finish third in Aqueduct’s Grade 3 Withers. A month later he returned to New York to win the Grade 3 Gotham.“He’s never run a bad race, and he was always Tammy’s favorite,” Romans said, in reference to exercise rider Tammy Fox. “He was the kind of horse that you could tell mentally needed to grow up a little bit. But he did it. He’s peaking at the right time.”Stung by the disappointment of Not This Time not having a 3-year-old campaign, racing manager Jason Loutsch said it took the 3 1/2-length Gotham victory — in which J Boys Echo earned an excellent 104 Bris and 102 Beyer speed figures — to begin thinking they might yet be in the Derby.“Not This Time was a horse that Dale thought a lot of, kept saying he was one of the best young horses he’d trained at that age and he’s trained a lot of horses,” Loutsch said. “Once in training, he was just on a different level – had that aura about him that he could be something special…. And then to get the news when he gets back to Churchill that we had a problem, it was very upsetting. It hurt because I know how tough this game is. I didn’t think we’d get back to the Derby this year after losing him to injury. J Boy had just broken his maiden. It was like, ‘Man, we go from having one of the favorites for the Derby to not being in the race.’“That’s part of the game. Dale always says the highs are high and the lows are low, and that was a low point when we got that phone call that he had to be retired. But it could have been worse, and he’s going to have a tremendous stallion career, and we’re so excited to be a part of it with Taylor Made and looking forward to seeing his babies.“I knew J Boy had talent, but he hadn’t put it together until the Gotham. He was still immature. He had to show us that he could put a race together against good quality opponents. When we were able to win the Gotham, that got us excited and showed us his potential, especially when we saw his (speed) numbers. Now he has to back it up. We know that one race doesn’t make a career, but it gives us a lot of confidence going into the spring.”After the stable swept a pair of 2-year-old maiden races at Ellis Park last summer with Not This Time and Reedini, Loutsch was asked about other babies they might have in the wings. He mentioned the unraced J Boys Echo, a son of 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft and who cost $485,000 at Keeneland’s September yearling sale. J Boys Echo is out of the Grade 2-winning mare Letgomyecho, who is also the dam of the Albaugh-owned Unbridled Outlaw.“They’re bred to get better as they age and go two turns,” Loutsch said then of their 2-year-olds. “We don’t buy sprinters; we buy horses that can go the distance.”Loutsch said that Not This Time and J Boys Echo stamped themselves as the head of the Albaugh 2-year-old crop down in Ocala, Fla., where they got their early training before shipping to Churchill Downs.“My favorite was Not This Time, just because he was a homebred and out of our big mare, Miss Macy Sue,” said Loutsch, who is married to Dennis Albaugh’s daughter Tiffany. “But Tammy kept telling me, ‘This is going to be the one.’ She’s on him every day, so I trust and believe in her. When she tells me something, that’s pretty much the way it is.”Romans is hoping to have a second Kentucky Derby contender in N and K Racing’s Impressive Edge, who won a Gulfstream Park maiden race by 4 3/4 lengths on Jan. 15 and, after finishing fourth in the seven-furlong Swale, romped to an eight-length allowance victory March 5. Impressive Edge runs in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby.“Impressive Edge is an exciting horse,” Romans said. “As a 2-year-old, he didn’t have the best start. He’s a horse that needed to grow up, and I’m very happy with the way he’s doing. He’s a great athlete. He’s never run two turns. But if he does it in the Florida Derby, we’ll be on to the Derby with him.”“Kentucky Derby: Full Court Press” is written by Jennie Rees and provided free to media and other social media and website outlets courtesy of the Kentucky division of the Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Kerry basks in healthy sales glow and reveals strategy for growth

first_imgIrish group Kerry Foods has revealed a 7.3% rise in sales to £1.85bn for the first half of 2008. The group has successfully raised prices to take account of increasing commodity costs and appears poised to make further acquisitions.The company, whose brands include Homepride Flour and Cheesestrings, said that its Kerry Pinnacle operation “continued to deliver excellent growth in the lifestyle bakery sector”.Corporate affairs director Frank Hayes told British Baker the Kerry Pinnacle business had performed “fantastically well” and that the company was also “very pleased with the good progress we have made in the bakery sector in Europe and the Americas”.In its interim management statement to the end of June 2008, the company said that growth was maintained through sweet ingredients and flavours in the confectionery, bakery and beve-rage markets. “Enzymes also achieved double-digit growth through bakery and confectio-nery applications,” it stated. However, pre-tax profits for the group increased by just 0.1% to £107m.The firm said “complementary acquisition opportunities would continue to be explored across all Kerry businesses”. Chief executive Stan McCarthy was quoted in the Irish Times, saying that Kerry would have at least £135m every year for acquisitions over the next five years.”We would obviously like to do more than that, but we would like a lot of activities and initiatives that we have undertaken to be complete before we step up a gear,” he said.As part of its “go-to-market” strategy the company is investing £27m on a research and development facility in the US as it focuses on offering its ingredients and flavours technologies to customers round the world. In future the company also plans in the UK and Irish food markets to increase investment in its leading brands in the convenience and food-to-go sectors.—-=== Consumer Watch ===== Food extremes ==Consumer food preferences are being driven to “extremes”, as their choices are conditioned by factors beyond price, according to research by Rabobank, although it added that rising inflation could lead to greater price sensitivity.Its latest Food Retail report cited the similar commercial success of two retailers: Whole Foods, which caters for less price-sensitive consumers seeking unique gourmet and organic products; and Kroger, which has cut prices but still outpaces its competitors.Stephen Rannekliev, Rabobank food and agriculture and advisory vice-president, said: “Many consumers continue to be driven by factors beyond price. This means consumers are gravitating towards one extreme or the other – whether it’s a healthy lifestyle, convenience, price or something else.”Rabobank added: “Most major food retailers continued to show same-store sales growth in the first quarter of 2008 despite a lower inflation rate for food away from home which was 4.1% (from January to May 2008) compared to 5.5% for food at home.”last_img read more

Speech: The use of chemical weapons cannot be allowed to go unchallenged

first_imgThank you very much indeed Mr President. And thank you to the Secretary-General. Secretary-General you gave us a catalogue of danger in the Middle East, including Gaza, Yemen and Iraq. It is no disrespect to those issues, that today like other speakers, I will concentrate on Syria. The United Kingdom will be ready to put its shoulder to the wheel on those other issues when the time comes.Mr President, the situation we face today, and the reason we are in this Council today, arise wholly and solely from the use of chemical weapons on the Syrian people, [highly likely] by the Syrian regime. Not just once, Mr President, but consistently, persistently, over the past five years. The highest degree of responsibility, to quote the Russian Ambassador, is indeed what this Council, and in particular the P5, are for, with that it is our duty to uphold.Mr President, the British Cabinet met recently and they concluded that the Assad regime has a track record of the use of chemical weapons and that it is highly likely the regime is responsible for Saturday’s attack. This is a further example of the erosion of international law in relation to the use of chemical weapons, as my French and American colleagues have set out. And it is deeply concerning, but more importantly than that Mr President, the use of chemical weapons cannot be allowed to go unchallenged. The British Cabinet has agreed on the need to take action to alleviate humanitarian distress and to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime and we will continue to work with our friends and allies to coordinate an international response to that end.Mr President, the Secretary-General mentioned the Cold War. The Cold War, of course, was bracketed by East-West cooperation. We have been on the same side as Russia. In April 1945, [Soviet Forces] liberated Vienna as part of our joint efforts to bring peace to Europe. In 1995, they passed the Dayton Accords as part of our joint efforts to bring peace and stability to Bosnia. But in 2018, they refused to work with us to bring peace to Syria. Instead, Mr President, since the first attack on Ghouta and CW use in 2013, the Joint Investigative Mechanism has ascribed two uses of mustard gas to Da’esh, three uses of chlorine to the Syrian regime and one use sarin to the Syrian regime before the latest attack. As my French colleague has set out, the UK, the US and France are members in good standing of the Chemical Weapons Convention. We are members and supporters of the OPCW and its fact-finding mission. We would have dispatched an investigative mission in the debates in this Council earlier this week, but only Russia and Bolivia blocked that. Mr President, Syria is the latest in a pernicious chronology of disregard for international law and disrespect for the international institutions that we have built together to keep us collectively safe, by Russia. This is revealed, Mr President, in actions over Georgia ten years ago, over MH17, over the attack in Salisbury, which we will return to next week. Let me repeat what I said in this Council last week, my Government, the British people are not Russophobe. We have no quarrel with the Russian people. We respect Russia as a country. We prefer a productive relationship with Russia but it is Russia’s own actions that have led to this situation.Mr President, what has taken place in Syria to date, is in itself a violation of the UN Charter. No principle of purpose of the Charter is upheld or served by the use of CW on innocent civilians. On the contrary, to stand by, to ignore the requirements of justice and accountability and the preservation of the non-proliferation regime is to place all our security, not just that of the Syrian people, at the mercy of a Russian veto. We will not sacrifice the international order we have collectively built to the Russian desire to protect its ally at all costs.Mr President, the Russian Ambassador set out what Russia is doing on the ground in Syria. He thought this might be inconvenient for me to hear. Mr President, it’s not inconvenient for me to point out that Russia has given $5.5 million to the UN appeal. The United Kingdom has given $160 million, Mr President, and this is part of a contribution totalling $3.5 billion in all. It is not inconvenient for me to say that, it may be inconvenient for the Russian Ambassador to hear it. The Russian Ambassador also asked why we were not joining in in trying to stabilise actions in Syria and bring about peace. We have tried Mr President. We have tried very hard to support Stefan de Mistura, in getting the Geneva political process underway and we shall continue to do so. But we do not join Russia sadly, because Russia’s efforts have not been to try and restart the Geneva process. Instead they have been to support Syria in the use of CW and the bombardment of the Syrian people. In the area known as T4, they helped the regime liberate this area, but they took their eye of the ball and Da’esh took it back. They took it again but sadly foreign fighters have been able to re-establish themselves there. This is not de-escalation. This is not political progress. This is a gross distortion by Russia of what is actually happening on the ground.Mr President, these are truly exceptional circumstances that we face today. My US and French colleagues have set out in great detail the catalogue of awful things that are happening to the Syrian people. This catalogue goes to the heart of what the Geneva Conventions, the non-proliferation regime, the United Nations and this Council are for. It is not only dangerous what Russia is doing, Mr President, in vetoing our resolutions and in supporting the Syrian regime’s actions against its own people. It is ultimately prejudicial to our security. It will let Da’esh re-establish itself. It is something, Mr President, that we believe we need to take action to defend.Thank you.last_img read more

News story: Rail passengers to benefit from ‘one-click’ compensation

first_img Switchboard 0300 330 3000 new government measures to require train operators to make compensation claims easier for customers increased use of technology to help inform passengers they are entitled to claim government working with companies to ensure more consistency across network as figures show compensation paid at record levels Train operating companies: Passenger’s Charter compensation, published 1 October 2018 Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Passenger compensation: train companies’ actions to improve passenger awareness, published 1 October 2018 Rail media enquiries Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 New rules making it easier for rail passengers to claim compensation for delays and disruption have been announced today (1 October 2018).The introduction of simple and speedy ‘one-click’ automated claims systems, available via smartphones and smartcard registration, form part of stronger obligations for future train operators under UK government-awarded franchises, ensuring that passengers are more aware than ever of their right to compensation.This builds on extensive work by government to deliver improved compensation for passengers, following the extension of Delay Repay 15 to Northern services from the end of this year, working with industry to establish a new ombudsman to handle complaints, and introducing smart, paperless ticketing across the majority of the network by the end of the year.Today’s announcement coincides with the publication of reports by the Department for Transport (DfT) which show the total amount of compensation paid to passengers has risen 80% in the past 2 years, as the government has increased the requirements of train operators to publicise passengers’ rights. Claims are also being dealt with more quickly, with 67% now resolved within 2 weeks compared to 48% in 2016.The reports also highlight the need for increased use of technology; 53% of passengers state that they are now claiming for compensation online, up from 31% in 2016, with users of smartcards or mobile phone tickets most likely to make a claim.The DfT is working with all train operators to better promote awareness of schemes such as Delay Repay and encourage them to bring in automated processes for informing passengers of their rights to claim.Related rail delays and compensation information Rail delays and compensation 2018, published 1 October 2018last_img read more

Greensky Bluegrass Announces Two-Night New Year’s Eve Run

first_imgTimes are good for Greensky Bluegrass fans. The band just revealed a full stream of their new album Shouted, Written Down & Quoted, due out officially on September 23rd. They’ve been smokin’ hot on their current fall tour, including a debut performance at the famed Capitol Theatre. And now, they’ve just announced plans to ring in the New Year.Greensky will return to the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, MI, playing two nights including December 30th and 31st. Tickets for fan club members are on sale now, and the full on sale will come this Friday, September 23rd, at 10 AM Eastern. The Michigan-based band’s return to their home state is always a treat for the longtime fans!For more information on the NYE run, check out the poster below, and then head here.last_img read more