HUNGARY: National railway MÁV and Austria-Hungary cross-border operator GySEV jointly selected sole bidder Stadler Rail to supply a total of 48 Flirt electric multiple-units on February 26.The order covers 42 EMUs for MÁV and six for GySEV. The four-car units will have 200 seats and a maximum speed of 160 km/h. The contract is due to be signed within 30 days, and deliveries are to be completed by September 30 2015. The allocation of work to various plants is still to be decided, but ‘a significant part of the production’ of the EMUs will be at Stadler’s Szolnok site. Stadler says the latest order means 112 Flirt units have now been ordered for use in Hungary.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas athletic director Steve Patterson made no apology on Friday for making “tough decisions” that have angered some fans in his first year and a half on the job, and insisted his goal is to make the Longhorns’ program the best in the country.Patterson sat down with reporters Friday amid multiple reports that his job could be in jeopardy, and a public acknowledgment earlier from school President Greg Fenves that some fans and key donors are frustrated. Fenves and Patterson met earlier in the day for the third time in less than two months.“We have an excellent working relationship,” Patterson said. “He’s an engaged CEO. We have broad-ranging and candid conversations about academics, athletics and financing, buildings and operations … I feel really good about it.”Patterson took over the Texas program in November 2013, replacing DeLoss Dodds, who retired after 32 years. Where Dodds had a casual, folksy personality, Patterson has been more direct with aggressive attempts to raise money at a program that already ranks among the wealthiest in the country.Among his most contentious decisions was raising football ticket prices and steep new charges for parking after a losing season. Patterson also has forced significant changes in the ticket policies for faculty and staff and pushed to expand marketing of the Texas brand. One of his key initiatives is to build an endowment for each sport.“Some people may like what we are doing and some people may not,” Patterson said. “Somebody’s got to make tough decisions … What can you count on? Death, taxes and change. If we are going to provide the best in services, we are going to have to evolve.”Patterson said he’s willing to meet with any donors who may have been upset by any of the changes to explain them. He said a lunch meeting with a donor on Friday ended with a $750,000 donation.“If there is somebody out there we need to go talk to, (women’s athletic director Chris Plonsky) and I aren’t shy about that,” Patterson said.
Brazil’s national team has a soloist and his name is Neymar. “In football, there are those that carry the piano, so that others, as is the case with Neymar, can play it,” is how goalkeeper Jefferson explains the Barcelona star’s role with Brazil, who play Colombia next in the Copa America in Chile. Ney will face Colombia’s Juan Camilo Zuniga in Brazil’s next match, the player who ended his World Cup last summer. They have already seen each other since then in a game in Miami in September, though, and Jefferson doesn’t expect any problems. “We know Neymar has a cheerful and daring way of playing; that he knows how to overcome rivals with respect. That is his way of playing and he is very difficult to stop.” He also criticised the “twisted” nature of the Brazilian press. “I do not understand how there are people in Brazil that still criticise Neymar, after seeing what he is doing for the Seleçao and for FC Barcelona. For us, he is fundamental. He is out captain and our reference.” Joaquim Piera 16/06/2015 The Botafogo goalkeeper, who is one of the most experienced players in Brazil, says he feels “privileged” to play alongside Neymar. “He has a huge amount of confidence, is a different player. He never hides and he always makes the difference,” Jefferson added. Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET