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PARTICIPATING in the 1520 Forum conference of broad gauge railways being held in Sochi, Russian Railways Vice-President Valentine Gapanovich formally signed a €276m contract with Siemens President Hans M Schabert on May 18 for the supply of eight high speed trains.Due for delivery from the end of 2008, the 10-car sets known as Velaro RUS will run at up to 250 km/h, carrying 600 passengers each. They will be derived from the German ICE3, but with bodies 330mm wider. Siemens and RZD are negotiating a second contract for maintenance of the trains over 30 years, which is valued at around €300m.The trainsets will initially be used on the Moscow – St Petersburg route, but will later work between Moscow and Nishni Novgorod as well. Some sets will be equipped for both 25 kV 50Hz and 3 kV DC operation.Work is expected to start next year on construction of the planned high speed line between Moscow and St Petersburg. Transport Minister Igor Levitin announced on April 4 that RZD is to form a joint venture with high speed line company RAO VSM to reactivate the project, which began in the 1990s but was later mothballed. Recent studies by the Academy of Transport have estimated the cost of building the line at US$8bn, with an estimated payback period of just eight years. According to Vice-Minister A S Micharin, the state will underwrite the construction of the line, although he expects the project to be ‘most attractive to private investors’. Much of the land is already owned by RAO VSM, having been acquired for the previous attempt.On April 20 RZD confirmed that it will form a joint venture with VR to improve passenger services between St Petersburg and Helsinki. Karelian Express will acquire four eight-car trainsets, which will be hauled by EP10 dual-system electric locos. Initially operating at 160 km/h, the trains will cut the journey time by 20min, but upgrading the route for 200 km/h running from 2008 will increase the time saving to 90min.
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LAYTON — With Annie Thurman accepting an invitation to play in the Utah Open this week, the Women’s State Amateur at Valley View Golf Course should be a wide-open affair.Thurman lapped the field last year in winning her second straight State Am title by a whopping 12 strokes at Park City. But she was invited to compete in the Utah Open along with professional Erin Dauby as the first women participants.Even though Thurman won handily last year after edging Carrie Summerhays by one shot the year before, some of the top golfers are disappointed that Thurman won’t be playing, even if it gives them a better chance of winning.”Some of the better golfers have expressed disappointment because they felt like she was beatable,” said Judy Ernst, president of the Utah State Women’s Golf Association. “They would have liked the chance to play against her.”Unfortunately they’ll never get the chance because Thurman plans to turn professional after her upcoming senior year at Oklahoma State.Probably every one of the 12 golfers in the championship flight has a chance to win the three-day tournament that starts this morning and ends Wednesday.BYU golfer Natalie Newren, who beat Thurman in the 2001 tournament and lost by just two shots the following year, is playing along with 2000 champion Tenille Howe-Slack. BYU golf coach Sue Nyhus, who has won two State Ams, is playing along with another of her players, Margaret Gibby.Gibby’s older sister Adrianne Olson, who also played at BYU and Newren’s older sister, Nicole Newren-Chandler, are also entered, along with Weber State golfers Lynsey Myers and Amy Mombert.Others to watch out for are three-time winner Lachell Poffenberger, who was runnerup last year, four-time winner Terry Hansen, Julie McMullin, Karen Killpack and Tori Fishburn. The tournament features eight flights with winners determined by gross scores rather than by net as in the past. E-mail: [email protected]
Anyone with information about the suspect was asked to call (866) 247-5877. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A man jumped a fence onto a Lancaster elementary school campus yesterday and fondled three female students then fled, sparking a lengthy search by sheriff’s deputies of the school and surrounding neighborhood, officials said. The suspect approached four female students in a classroom at Sierra Elementary School, 747 W. Avenue J-12, before classes began this morning. The man approached the group of students and grabbed one victim and fondled her chest and genital area. He then touched two of the other students in the same manner, Capt. Joe L. Gutierrez of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station said. The victims were all 7 years old, said Sgt. Diane Hecht of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. The man fled when a teacher’s aide came from around the corner of the classroom building, he said. The principal tried to follow the suspect, but lost sight of him. The suspect was described as being in his early 20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 150 to 170 pounds. He had black hair and brown eyes and was wearing a black T-shirt with brown pants. Detectives with the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau investigated the possibility that the suspect had committed similar acts recently, Gutierrez said. One incident occurred at the same school, and another last week occurred at the Mariposa Elementary School, according to KCAL9. One parent told KCAL she was not surprised at how easily a person could wander into a classroom. “You know what? It was bound to happen. It was,” Georgina Delatorre said. “All the gates are open … when school’s out they open every single gate. There’s nobody watching the kids. I mean, these bad guys, they notice that.”