UK: The process of appointing contractors to supply slab track, electrification and tunnel ventilation systems for the Phase 1 London – Birmingham and Phase 2a Birmingham – Crewe sections of High Speed 2 was formally launched by project promoter HS2 Ltd on January 30.The Lot 1 Track & Overhead Catenary System contract worth an estimated £1·55bn covers the construction of precast slab track on the open air sections of the route and precast or in situ slab track in tunnels. HS2 Ltd is to award a separate contract for design of the slab track, which would be novated to the winner of the construction contract. Ballasted track would be used within depots and at interfaces with the conventional infrastructure network.HS2 Ltd has awarded SNCF Réseau a contract to prepare overhead catenary design information which will be made available to bidders for the Lot 1 contract. The chosen contractor would be responsible for design of the masts and gantries, within constraints set by HS2 Ltd.Lot 1 also includes the construction of temporary railheads at West Ruislip and Calvert, a permanent infrastructure maintenance depot at Calvert and infrastructure maintenance bases at Stone and West Ruislip. The contractor would be responsible for running the construction railway until the end of dynamic testing.The £330m Lot 2 contract for the Tunnel & Lineside M&E & Tunnel Ventilation works covers design, installation, testing and commissioning of fans, lighting, handrails, fire safety equipment and alarms. Nine tunnels totalling 40 km of bored and 8·8 km of cut and cover are planned for Phase 1. Large axial fans are envisaged for the longer tunnels and jet fans in the shorter tunnels.Requests to participate in the two tenders should be submitted by March 21. HS2 Ltd expects to issue invitations to tender in October. ‘We’re looking for the smartest, most cost effective solutions that the industry has to offer’ said CEO Mark Thurston. The High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill 2017-19 was due to receive its second reading in the House of Commons on January 30.
China and Saudi Arabia agree to lift bilateral ties Saudi Arabia strikes Yemen Rebels A worker wears a protective suit, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), sterilizes the tables before the customers sit down at a restaurant, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia June 13.2020. /REUTERS. Tunisian PM begins Saudi Arabia visit FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, September 18, 2019. /REUTERSSaudi Arabia will end a nationwide curfew and lift restrictions on businesses from Sunday morning after three months of lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, state news agency SPA quoted a source in the interior ministry as saying on Saturday.The curfew will be lifted as of 6 AM local time on Sunday. Restrictions will remain, however, for religious pilgrimages, international travel and social gatherings of more than 50 people.The kingdom introduced stringent measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in March, including 24-hour curfews on most towns and cities.In May, it announced a three-phase plan to ease restrictions on movement and travel, culminating in the curfew completely ending on June 21.The number of coronavirus infections has risen in recent weeks following a relaxation of movement and travel restrictions on May 28.The kingdom has recorded 154,223 cases of COVID-19 and a total of 1,230 deaths, the highest in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.(With input from the Reuters)Related
A total of 15 licensure examinations scheduled this year will be moved next year due to the extended community quarantines in the country caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced on Friday.(MANILA BULLETIN)Examinations scheduled in October to December, 2020, will be postponed next year due to government imposed restrictions and other unforeseeable circumstances because of the extended community quarantines, the agency said.This is also to ensure the health and safety of the PRC examinees, Professional Regulatory Boards (PRBs), and examination personnel.The scheduled 2020 licensure examinations that will be moved to 2021 are the following:Licensure Examination for Architects (October 30 – November 1, 2020)Licensure Examination for Midwives (November 8 – 9, 2020) Civil Engineers Licensure Examination (November 15 – 16, 2020)Aeronautical Engineers Licensure Examination (November 17 – 19, 2020)Geologists Licensure Examination (November 17 – 19, 2020)Nurses Licensure Examination (November 22 – 23, 2020)Criminologists Licensure Examination (November 29 – December 1, 2020)Dental Hygienists Licensure Examination – Written (November 24, 2020)Dental Hygienists Licensure Examination – Practical (November 25, 2020)Dentists Licensure Examination – Written (December 2 – 4, 2020)Dentists Licensure Examination – Practical (December 15 – 22, 2020)Dental Technologists Licensure Examination – Written (December 7, 2020)Dental Technologists Licensure Examination – Practical (December 8 – 9, 2020) Licensure Examination for Radiologic Technologists and X-ray Technologists (December 10 – 11, 2020)Licensure Examination for Pharmacists (December 13 – 14, 2020)The PRC advised examinees to check its official website and social media accounts for important updates or email their concerns to [email protected] and [email protected] SIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP