Oregon Tourists Enjoyed La Canne à Sucre in Nice, France

La Canne à Sucre in Nice, France (on the Promenade des Anglais at the corner of rue du Congres) is known as the friendliest restaurant in Nice.

La Canne à Sucre
La Canne à Sucre

Shown enjoying the great food are Oregon tourists Jan Haverly and Vicki Swain. They had a great dinner too.

They stayed in Nice on the way from Italy to Spain.

La Canne à Sucre
La Canne à Sucre

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Find out about Rail and Transit Projects in a New York Minute

How many transit-rail projects are under way in the United States and Canada today? It would be difficult to count each and every transit expansion, station improvement or track project, but we believe our annual Passenger Rail at a Glance guide serves as a good gauge. This year, 32 agencies responded to our requests for capital project and general agency information to publish in our guide. The majority of their responses can be found here, in the guide itself, while information on five new rail projects under way or on the docket at agencies were posted as an online supplement to the guide. There are, as always, some transit agencies that didn’t respond and are noticeably missing, but we believe the information we collected this year is a representative sampling of the transit work that’s happening now or scheduled to begin soon. Thanks to Angela Cotey  for pointing us to this spot We used to try and track all the transit agencies, but it got a little tough to do workload wise, so we really appreciate. Enjoy! Pictured at top is NY City’s Second Avenue

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Golf Channel analyst says Mickelson lied about Watson’s captaincy

Golf Channel analyst says Mickelson lied about Watson’s captaincy

Phil Mickelson thought for several seconds, visibly conflicted about saying what was about to come out of his mouth. He decided it was worth it.

“No, nobody here was in any decision,” Mickelson said, trying to describe what he seemed to believe was the autocratic style Tom Watson used to guide the losing American Ryder Cup team.

Sitting in the same news conference as Mickelson, Watson denied the charge, saying player and vice-captain input determined the pairings on Friday and Saturday. As the PGA of America prepares to announce a task force to move forward from defeat, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee remains an adamant defender of Watson’s captaincy and, by extension, reputation.

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Appearing on CBS Sports Radio’s “The John Feinstein Show” on Wednesday, Chamblee took up for the eight-time major winner.

“In that press conference, Phil said they didn’t have any say in this Ryder Cup,” Chamblee said. “And I know for a fact that all the players were brought together with their caddies and Tom walked amongst them and said, ‘Tell me who you want to play with. Write it down on a sheet of paper, and all of you tell me who you want to play with. Let me know.’  And everybody but one person contributed there.”

It almost sounds like semantics. Mickelson’s definition of involvement is probably deeper than speaking up on which players wanted to team together, which is kind of standard in a Ryder Cup. However, it was the brain of Steve Stricker that came up with the surprisingly effective pairing of Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth.

Chamblee later told Feinstein the common thread in the last 10 Ryder Cups has been Mickelson, suggesting the left-hander take more pride in wins and losses in the biennial series.

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The Utica Comets have 27 players on their roster.

That means that head coach Travis Green has to tell seven players every game that they won’t be playing.

Matt Becker wrote a must-see column on this.

League rules allow a team to dress 18 skaters and two goalies every game. That means Green has to scratch seven players every night. And these guys are not just “extra” types, they are all potential NHL players.

The Comets have back-to-back games in Texas on Friday and Saturday. They also play three games in four days when they open their home schedule next week, so pay attention to how Green handles his lineups over this next stretch of games.

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What is up with the CSX / CN railroad merger?

We have watching railroad consolidations for quite a while. Canadian Pacific has approached CSX Corp. with a proposal to merge, according to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report issued over the weekend.

The merged railroad would have a combined market value of about $62 billion and combined synergies to better exploit the North American energy boom, various rail industry analysts said after the WSJ issued the report. CSX’s network covers the Midwest and East Coast, including numerous refineries, but doesn’t directly access the Bakken Shale oil fields, while CP has access to North Dakota crude-by-rail terminals. A deal would potentially create a single railroad that could haul crude from North Dakota oil fields all the way to Northeastern refineries, analysts said.

If a merger deal is on the table, gaining Surface Transportation Board (STB) approval for such a marriage would likely be difficult, said Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. analysts in a special report.

Despite minimal network overlap between CP and CSX, a North American cross-border railroad combination proposed in 1999 by CN and BNSF Railway Co. — which similarly had little overlap — prompted the STB to declare a 15-month moratorium on large railroad mergers and draft new railroad merger guidelines. CN and BNSF consequently abandoned the deal, Baird analysts said.

In addition to the crude-transportation synergies, another primary motivating factor for the proposed CP-CSX merger is the congested Chicago rail hub, Baird analysts said. CP Chief Executive Officer E. Hunter Harrison purchased the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway (EJ&E) while leading CN in 2007. The EJ&E provided a bypass to CN around Chicago, a major rail interchange point that has been particularly congested so far this year, contributing to service issues.

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CSX broke four financial records in 3Q. Guess that makes them harder for CP to buy.

A diverse business portfolio, volume growth in a number of commodities and pricing gains helped CSX Corp. set four financial records in the third quarter.

Revenue rose 8 percent to a 3Q-best $3.2 billion, operating income jumped 16 percent to a record $976 million, net earnings increased 12 percent to a 3Q-high $509 million and earnings per share climbed 13 percent to a record 51 cents compared with third-quarter 2013 results. In addition, volume rose 7 percent to 1.76 million units, the operating ratio improved 2.2 points to 69.7 and operating expenses increased 5 percent to $2.25 billion.

CSX beat several performance projections, including a revenue target of $3.17 billion, operating income target of $914 million, operating expenses target of $2.26 billion and operating ratio target of 71.1, Citi Research analysts said in a report.

“Overall, the quarter appeared solid on very strong carload growth,” the analysts said. “In addition, a 16 percent increase in utility coal likely added materially to CSX’s strong operating ratio improvement and 16 percent growth in [earnings before interest and taxes].”

The Class I continued to capitalize on economic momentum in many markets, said CSX Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Ward during the railroad’s 3Q earnings conference held this morning. For example, CSX has emerged stronger in part because of the energy transition occurring in the nation, he said.

“As the economy continues to expand, out record third-quarter results are built on the foundation of CSX’s network reach and sustainable growth opportunities,” said Ward. “At the same time, we are focused on the execution of our core strategy. That means enhancing our ability to grow faster than the economy, price above inflation, make strategic investments and produce ever more efficient operations.”

By business group, merchandise revenue climbed 12 percent to $1.9 billion and volume rose 9 percent to 748,000 units, intermodal revenue increased 6 percent to $455 million and volume rose 5 percent to a new record 691,000 units, and coal revenue was flat at $721 million while volume increased 7 percent to 319,000 units.

Within the merchandise sector, grain volume rose 7 percent, propelled by strength in corn, wheat, fertilizer, phosphate and ethanol shipments; construction-related volume rose 5 percent, driven by aggregates and building product traffic; and energy volume climbed 13 percent, elevated by crude oil, liquified petroleum gas and frac sand shipments. Coal business was helped by a 14 percent increase in domestic volume due in part to stockpile replenishments, but hurt by a 13 percent drop in export volume that reflected a global oversupply.

Looking ahead, CSX expects to sustain double-digit earnings growth in 2015 based on the strength of its 3Q performance and continues to target a mid-60s operating ratio longer term.

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Responding To Mistakes

We thought everything was working fine. Great planning, a great network in place. Excellent computer systems. Visibility into our supply chain. Well-trained staff. We thought the “i”s were dotted and the “t”s were crossed. Then SOMETHING happened. Could be almost anything, but it was unexpected, had no easy fix, no recovery plan in place, you name it. So now two things have to happen: (1) damage control; and (2) fix the system.

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Utica Comets Start Out The Season The Right Way

The Utica Comets got their second American Hockey League season off to a running start with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies Saturday afternoon at the Ricoh Coliseum.

Alex Grenier
Alex Grenier
Dustin Jeffrey
Dustin Jeffrey

 

The Comets, who didn’t win until their 11th game in their inaugural campaign, 29 days into the season, got 5-on-3 power play goals from Alex Grenier and Dustin Jeffrey and some strong work in goal from Jacob Markstrom (pictured above) to earn the victory over the defending North Division champions.

 

“It feels good,” said Comets coach Travis Green, who suffered through that tough early season a year ago in his first professional coaching assignment. “I thought our team played really well. It’s a real good road win. I like a lot of things our team did.”

The Comets and Marlies, who split a half-dozen games last season, will meet again at 3 p.m. Sunday at Ricoh.

The Comets spotted the Marlies a goal, Trevor Smith’s score at 7:27 of the first period, but responded quickly. Less than two minutes later, Grenier, who scored 17 goals last season, connected on a one-timer as the Comets skated with a two-man advantage. Cal O’Reilly – the Comets’ new captain – and Bobby Sanguinetti picked up the assists. Utica took the lead early in the second period when Dustin Jeffrey scored, again as the Comets held a two-man advantage. O’Reilly, who had 45 assists in 52 games with the Comets last season, and Grenier helped out on that score. Utica had a wide 20-5 shot advantage in the period to help keep the Marlies at bay, then killed two penalties in the third period as Markstrom made 13 saves to hang on for the win.

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Utica Comets Season Opener: Who Dresses?

The team opens the season at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Toronto Marlies.

AHL rules permit a team to dress no more than 18 skaters and two goalies every game, meaning that Travis Green will have to scratch seven players every game. With nine defensemen and two goalies on the roster, the bulk of those cuts likely will come from the 16 forwards (of which Zalewski is one) the Comets currently are carrying.

Who made the cut?

FORWARDS: Darren Archibald, Carter Bancks,

Carter Bancks
Carter Bancks

Brandon DeFazio,

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Alex Friesen,

(Comets Photo by Lindsay A. Mogle)

Brendan Gaunce, Alex Grenier, Wacey Hamilton, Dustin Jeffrey, Nicklas Jensen

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, Ryan Jones, Ronalds Kenins, Patrick Kennedy, Kellan Lain, Cal O’Reilly, Hunter Shinkaruk, Mike Zalewski.

DEFENSEMEN: Peter Andersson, Jeremie Blain, Alex Biega, Travis Ehrhardt, Kent Huskins, Kane Lafranchise, John Negrin, Bobby Sanguinetti, Henrik Tommernes.

GOALIES: Joacim Eriksson, Jacob Markstrom.

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Harmon Shops of the New York Central Railroad

This is a great addition to other blogs we have published already

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Harmon Shops looking southeast, 1914. Harmon Shops looking southeast, 1914.

Here are some photos of the “Harmon Shops” in 1907, when they were brand new, and in 1914, when they became the terminus of the innovative “electric system” from New York City—one of the main selling points for Clifford Harmon’s real estate development.

Harmon Shops looking south, 1907. Harmon Shops looking south, 1907.

The photos come from articles in two industry publications—the Street Railway Journal and the Electric Railway Journal—which describe the facility in great detail and include maps, schematic drawings, and additional photos. Click the links below to read them. You can also click the photos to enlarge them.

Interior view of the machine shop, 1914. Interior view of the machine shop, 1914.

  • “The Electrical Maintenance Plants of the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad Company,” Street Railway Journal, vol. XXIX, June 8, 1907.
  • “Harmon Shops of the New York Central Railroad,” Electric Railway Journal, vol. XLIII, June 6, 1914.

Harmon Shops looking north, with the inspection shed in the foreground, 1907. Harmon Shops…

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Both Sides Of The Atlantic Shopping For New Ryder Cup Captains.

Seems likje the next couple of years will be all about the next Ryder Cup. First we had Phil Mickelson attacking Tom Watson. Now lots of comments from people like Johnny Miller and others saying Phil might have been right, it was his “presentation” that was wrong. Even rumors of Tiger or even Phil himself running for captain.

On the “other side of the pond”, Colin Montgomery “hints” at sole prospective captains.Unfortunately, he is not talking about MY candidate:

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GMac

 

But the battle still rages in the U.S. John Hawkins wonders how “perhaps the greatest wind-and-rain golfer ever turn into such an accountability-dodging curmudgeon amid a foul-weather team atmosphere?” He also concludes that “Watson’s inability to cope with his team’s shortcomings amounts to a much larger and less excusable failure, a catastrophic breach of conduct by a guy who obviously knows better.”

Tim Rosaforte talked with Morning Drive’s Damon Hack Saturday about Tom Watson’s Ryder Cup captain situation and revealed that Phil Mickelson had started bending PGA of America presidents ear at the Scottish Open about Watson’s communication style as far back as June when Mickelson had been unsuccessful in talking to the Captain.

Jaime Diaz noted in his Golf World analysis that it’s telling “that as of Sunday, not one player or even assistant captain has publicly come to Watson’s defense” and also points out that the Europeans, while not thrilled with certain captaincies of late, have never broken ranks like the Americans did at Gleneagles and since.

Finally, the new season is starting and Rory thinks about the possibility of a McIl-slam

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