Curing the Chiasso syndrome

first_imgCOMMUNITY of European Railways’ Chairman Heinz Dürr presented plans on April 14 to Transport Commissioner Neil Kinnock for putting into practice the concept of Freight Freeways. The proposals were discussed at a high-level Commission meeting in Brussels on April 17 at which launch of a pilot Freeway was likely to be given the go-ahead. It is not before time. For many years we have advocated dedicated management of international freight routes to give Europe’s railways the ability to stem the haemorrhage of cross-border freight to road hauliers. This may be about to happen.The CER’s report European Rail Freeways: Proposal to the European Commission assumes that separation of infrastructure and operations will proceed to the point where infrastructure managers will be able to offer licensed railway operators paths on a spot basis or over longer periods as part of a market-driven policy. The aim will be to provide ’seamless’ services from ’one-stop shops’ that offer ’consolidated infrastructure tariffs’ – initially the summation of fees for infrastructure use in each country but ultimately packages at attractive prices. The ability to respond flexibly and within hours to customers’ requests for price quotations will be vital to success.Taking two routes between Italy and Benelux countries (one via France, the other through Switzerland and Germany) as an example, the report identifies paths where simple measures can be implemented to cut journey times. Nearly 6h spent at frontiers in one case can be cut to just 1h 15min. Surprisingly, the report finds that it is not so much wagon inspection and administrative delays associated with customs that causes frontier delays, but mismatches between national timetables, although waiting for crews and locomotives, capacity constraints and the low priority given to freight trains also contribute.The first Freeway could be set up on an experimental basis this year – the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy have agreed voluntarily to test the concept. Perhaps it is wishful thinking for the moment, but the rows of wagons waiting at border yards such as Chiasso could become a thing of the past.Through working of locomotives and crews remains another worthwhile objective, and from September Dutch locos and drivers will be able to cross the Belgian border and continue to Antwerpen, so ending the need for four locos and four crew changes on the recently-launched NDX Shuttle between Rotterdam and Antwerpen.The European Shippers’ Council has meanwhile issued its own action plan in response to the European Commission’s White Paper, and suggests that ’the next few years represent a window of opportunity to develop pan-European rail freight that may not be available in the future.’ It calls for ’dismantling of the complex network of co-operative agreements that exists between European railway companies’ which ’potentially threaten the future development of an efficient and competitive rail market’. The ESC also demands better service levels with a named contact for business enquiries and problem solving, door-to-door market pricing, ring-fencing of assets such as locomotives and drivers used for international services and a realistic timetable for full deregulation of European rail freight. The Freeway concept is clearly a welcome step forward – we trust it is not too late. English Welsh & Scottish Railway had informal discussions with NDX Intermodal in March to explore the opportunities for increasing rail traffic between Britain and Germany, Britain’s largest trading partner.As part of the deal that EWS has made with the British government for taking over Railfreight Distribution, the British Railways Board will pay to Eurotunnel the whole of the British share of the Minimum Usage Charge attributable to freight until 2006, not as stated in RG 4.97 p214. olast_img read more

What channel is Lakers vs. Clippers on today? TV schedule, start time for NBA’s 2020 restart

first_imgThe Lakers and the Clippers. LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard. Anthony Davis and Paul George. Did you expect anybody else to headline the NBA’s return to play after more than four months of hiatus amid the COVID-19 pandemic?Naturally, the second game of the NBA’s 2019-20 season restart in Orlando will be presented on a national TV channel, and it will feature two of the league’s top title contenders. It works well considering Thursday night basketball has become synonymous with the NBA on TNT. Also in line with the norm in terms of TNT’s traditional NBA game presentation is that Lakers vs. Clippers on Thursday night is part of a doubleheader, with Pelicans vs. Jazz scheduled to play out before the Los Angeles game and its start time of 9 p.m. ET.Thursday’s pair of matchups marks the first NBA games since the league suspended its season March 11 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 22 teams were invited to resume the season at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, and each will play eight seeding games before the playoffs are scheduled to start in the same location in mid-August.Below is how to watch Thursday night’s Lakers-Clippers game, the second in the NBA’s return from its coronavirus delay.NBA POWER RANKINGS:What ‘Toy Story’ can tell us about every team in Disney bubbleWhat channel is Lakers vs. Clippers on?Date: Thursday, July 30TV channel: TNTLive stream: Watch TNT | NBA League PassThe TV channel for tonight’s Lakers-Jazz game is a natural fit for the resumption of the 2019-20 NBA season, as TNT is the league’s home for Thursday night doubleheaders. TNT also will show Pelicans vs. Jazz earlier in the evening.TNT is available on all cable providers in the United States, as well as satellite providers DirecTV (channel 245), Dish Network (channel 138) and Orby TV (channel 101).Play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan and analyst Reggie Miller will call Thursday night’s Lakers-Clippers game for TNT.What time does Lakers vs. Clippers start?Date: Thursday, July 30Start time: 9 p.m. ETThe start time for Thursday night’s Lakers-Clippers game is a little earlier than your typical Game 2 of a TNT doubleheader. The league likely wanted to start the Lakers-Clippers game as early as possible both for viewership reasons and because it’s being played on the East Coast.The 9 p.m. ET start time for the Lakers-Clippers game means it will tip off at 6 p.m. Los Angeles time.Lakers vs. Clippers live streamAnybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can access live TNT programming via the Watch TNT app on his or her mobile device. That should be the preferred viewing method for anybody who has such a subscription but is not able to get in front of a TV.For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are four major OTT TV streaming options that carry TNT — Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV and AT&T Now. Of the four, Hulu and YouTubeTV offer free trial options.Below are links to each. SlingHulu (free trial)YouTubeTV (free trial)AT&T NowLakers vs. Clippers — as well as all NBA seeding games played in Orlando — also will be available to steam via NBA League Pass at a reduced price ($28.99) since there are so few games left in the season. However, games on NBA League Pass are blacked out in local markets.NBA schedule 2020The full 2020 NBA regular-season schedule, including tip-off times and TV channels, is listed below by date.Times and TV channels for the final two days of seeding games have not yet been revealed.July 30GameTime (ET)National TVJazz vs. Pelicans6:30 p.m.TNTClippers vs. Lakers9 p.m.TNTJuly 31GameTime (ET)National TVMagic vs. Nets2:30 p.m.—Grizzlies vs. Trail Blazers4 p.m.NBA TVSuns vs. Wizards4 p.m.—Celtics vs. Bucks6:30 p.m.ESPNKings vs. Spurs8 p.m.—Rockets vs. Mavericks9 p.m.ESPNAug. 1 GameTime (ET)National TVHeat vs. Nuggets1 p.m.ESPNJazz vs. Thunder3:30 p.m.ESPNPelicans vs. Clippers6 p.m.ESPN76ers vs. Pacers7 p.m.—Lakers vs. Raptors8:30 p.m.ESPNAug. 2GameTime (ET)National TVWizards vs. Nets2 p.m.—Trail Blazers vs. Celtics3:30 p.m.ABCSpurs vs. Grizzlies4 p.m.—Kings vs. Magic6 p.m.NBA TVBucks vs. Rockets8:30 p.m.ABCMavericks vs. Suns9 p.m.—Aug. 3GameTime (ET)National TVRaptors vs. Heat1:30 p.m.NBA TVNuggets vs. Thunder4 p.m.NBA TVPacers vs. Wizards4 p.m.—Grizzlies vs. Pelicans6:30 p.m.ESPNSpurs vs. 76ers8 p.m.—Lakers vs. Jazz9 p.m.ESPNAug. 4GameTime (ET)National TVNets vs. Bucks1:30 p.m.NBA TVMavericks vs. Kings2:30 p.m.—Suns vs. Clippers4 p.m.NBA TVMagic vs. Pacers6 p.m.—Celtics vs. Heat6:30 p.m.TNTRockets vs. Trail Blazers9 p.m.TNTAug. 5GameTime (ET)National TVGrizzlies vs. Jazz2:30 p.m.—76ers vs. Wizards4 p.m.NBA TVNuggets vs. Spurs4 p.m.—Thunder vs. Lakers6:30 p.m.ESPNRaptors vs. Magic8 p.m.—Nets vs. Celtics9 p.m.ESPNAug. 6GameTime (ET)National TVPelicans vs. Kings1:30 p.m.NBA TVHeat vs. Bucks4 p.m.TNTPacers vs. Suns4 p.m.—Clippers vs. Mavericks6:30 p.m.TNTTrail Blazers vs. Nuggets8 p.m.—Lakers vs. Rockets9 p.m.TNTAug. 7GameTime (ET)National TVJazz vs. Spurs1 p.m.—Thunder vs. Grizzlies4 p.m.NBA TVKings vs. Nets5 p.m.—Magic vs. 76ers6:30 p.m.TNTWizards vs. Pelicans8 p.m.—Celtics vs. Raptors9 p.m.TNTAug. 8GameTime (ET)National TVClippers vs. Trail Blazers1 p.m.TNTJazz vs. Nuggets3:30 p.m.TNTLakers vs. Pacers6 p.m.TNTSuns vs. Heat7:30 p.m.—Bucks vs. Mavericks8:30 p.m.ESPNAug. 9GameTime (ET)National TVWizards vs. Thunder12:30 p.m.—Grizzlies vs. Raptors2 p.m.—Spurs vs. Pelicans3 p.m.ABCMagic vs. Celtics5 p.m.—76ers vs. Trail Blazers6:30 p.m.NBA TVRockets vs. Kings8 p.m.—Nets vs. Clippers9 p.m.NBA TVAug. 10GameTime (ET)National TVThunder vs. Suns2:30 p.m.—Mavericks vs. Jazz3 p.m.NBA TVRaptors vs. Bucks6:30 p.m.ESPNPacers vs. Heat8 p.m.—Nuggets vs. Lakers9 p.m.TNTAug. 11GameTime (ET)National TVNets vs. Magic1 p.m.—Rockets vs. Spurs2 p.m.NBA TVSuns vs. 76ers4:30 p.m.—Trail Blazers vs. Mavericks5 p.m.—Celtics vs. Grizzlies6:30 p.m.TNTPelicans vs. Kings9 p.m.TNTBucks vs. Wizards9 p.m.—Aug. 12GameTime (ET)National TVPacers vs. Rockets4 p.m.NBA TVRaptors vs. 76ers6:30 p.m.ESPNHeat vs. Thunder8 p.m.—Clippers vs. Nuggets9 p.m.ESPNAug. 13GameTime (ET) National TVWizards vs. CelticsTBDTBDTrail Blazers vs. NetsTBDTBDKings vs. LakersTBDTBDBucks vs. GrizzliesTBDTBDPelicans vs. MagicTBDTBDMavericks vs. SunsTBDTBDSpurs vs. JazzTBDTBDAug. 14GameTime (ET) National TV76ers vs. RocketsTBDTBDHeat vs. PacersTBDTBDThunder vs. ClippersTBDTBDNuggets vs. RaptorsTBDTBDlast_img read more