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  1. REQUEST FOR TENDER - NATIONAL RAILWAY MODERNISATION PROGRAM ATM ID: ITRD/2020/001 AGENCY: National Railway Corporation CATEGORY: 25121504 - Electric Passenger Locomotives 95121607 - Railway Depot CLOSE DATE 28 FEB 2019 1200HRS (BMT) | STATUS: OPEN PUBLISH DATE: 18 JAN 2020 LOCATION: BROMWICH, GALLAMBRIA ATM TYPE: REQUEST FOR TENDER DESCRIPTION: The Department for Infrastructure, Transport & Regional Development (DITRD) along with the National Railway Corporation, invites suitable companies to tender their bid for the National Railway Modernisation Program. This project is to replace the Corporation's aging fleet of its 125 Series High Speed Regional Trains, and also provide state of the art stabling, maintenance and training facilities. This tender calls for the manufacturing and supply of 140 8-car sets and 20 10-car sets meeting the following specifications. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS Platform Height 550 to 760mm (21.7 - 29.9 in) ARL Maximum Speed 8 Car: 230 kph (145 mph) 10 Car: 250 kph (155 mph) Power Output 8 Car: 4,950 kW (6,640 hp) 10 Car: 8,250 kw (11,060 hp) Gauge Standard Gauge 1,435mm (4ft 8 1/2in) Electrical System(s) 15 kV, 16.7 Hz Overhead line Collection Method Pantograph Safety System(s) STCS; SCSS 8-CAR COMPOSITION SPECIFICATIONS Car 1 Car 2 Car 3 Car 4 Car 5 Car 6 Car 7 Car 8 Notes Axle Arrangement Bo'Bo' 2'2' Bo'Bo' 2'2' 2'2' Bo'Bo' 2'2' Bo'Bo' Refer to UIC Locomotive Axle Classifications for further information Car Type Bpmzf Bpmz Bpmz BRmz ABvmz ABvmz Avmz Apmzf Refer to UIC Railway Coach Classifications for further information 10-CAR COMPOSITION SPECIFICATIONS Car 1 Car 2 Car 3 Car 4 Car 5 Car 6 Car 7 Car 8 Car 9 Car 10 Notes Axle Arrangement Bo'Bo' 2'2' Bo'Bo' 2'2' Bo'Bo' 2'2' 2'2' Bo'Bo' 2'2' Bo'Bo' Refer to UIC Locomotive Axle Classifications for further information Car Type Bpmzf Bpmz Bpmz Bpmz Bpmbz BRmz ABvmz ABvmz Avmz Apmzf Refer to UIC Railway Coach Classifications for further information
  2. The Kreiger Foundation's Global University Performance Survey, founded in 2000, provides the definitive list of the wurld's best universities. Our carefully balanced and comprehensive methodology was developed after more than a decade of working in consultation with the wurld's leading universities, and builds on our team's deep understanding of what makes a university truly wurld-class. Our team of data experts evaluate wurld-class unversities against a wide range of performance indicators, covering the full range of a top university's essential areas of activity: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. We invite you to complete the 2019 Global University Performance Survey.
  3. THE GALLAMBRIAN BANK CUSTOMERS WHO LOST EVERYTHING. The Federal Government is holding a 12-month national inquiry into misconduct within the banking and financial sector. Five months in, some allegations aired in public hearings have shocked even industry watchers. They include evidence of predatory loans, widespread reckless practices and even one bank charging fees to dead customers. Amid the scrutiny, thousands of Gallambrians have come forward with stories of losing homes, businesses and their life savings. The Gallambrian spoke to some of them. 'You just feel so hopeless and overwhelmed' - Kenneth Higton Kenneth Higton's battle with the nation's largest lender, The National Gallambrian Bank, is in its ninth year. In 2010, he asked the bank for assistance after struggling with loan repayments for his sugar cane farm in Kingsland. The bank rejected his request. The parties then disagreed over the original loan type, and whether Mr Higton was legally entitled to mediation. When he asked to review those documents, he found they had contained errors for which he was not responsible. According to Mr Higton, the application list his MyGov number as "123456". Other details about his income and assets were also wrong, he said. When various resolution attempts failed, he fell into despair. The people who were supposed to help me were so neutered and the banks and lawyers [were] so strong," he said. "Given their financial might, what justice is there?" At one point the bank offered to restructure the loan, but Mr Higton declined," saying the deal remained "unaffordable". "You just feel so hopeless and overwhelmed," he said. The bank told the Gallambrian it would not comment specifically on Mr Higton's case, but said it was an "unfortunate reality" that some clients experienced financial stress. "When this happens, we try to work with customers to find a financial solution to their problem, based on their unique circumstances," a spokesman said. But Mr Higton says he has experienced years of unfair treatment: "I thought I would just talk to the bank and it would be sorted." 'I'd have signed anything' - Caroline McMurtrie Caroline McMurtrie, 67, signed a contract in 2010 with bank GMP. But she could not read the form herself, and has difficulty recalling the day it happened. Ms McMurtrie is legally blind, and suffers from several medical conditions. She was recovering from cancer surgery and a stroke when she went to the bank. Despite her vulnerability, the bank accepted Ms McMurtie's offer to use her Camden home - her only asset - to guarantee a business loan held by her daughter. When the business failed, GMP seized Ms McMurtrie's home and began steps to evict her. She told the royal commission inquiry in September: "I'd have signed anything for her [my daughter] ... if you can't help your children, who can you help?" Her Lawyer, Diana Collings, said the bank should not have permitted the contract. "She had no capacity to pay without losing the roof over her head, and her medical condition severely limited any ability to understand the contract," she told the Gallambrian. Ms Collings ultimately negotiated a deal to allow Ms McMurtire to live in the house for the rest of her life. However, the home is now owned by the Bank. A GMP representative told the inquiry that "technically" there was no problem with how the deal was signed. However, he said that bank staff should have realised "warning signs" at the time. 'They will bleed us try until we die' - Helen and John Baker Helen and John Baker, from Mercia, say they were caught up in a scam after applying for loan with the National Gallambrian Bank. They say they had taken out a £1.5m loan, but later learned they were making repayments on a £2.3m loan. They allege their loan documents were falsified with copied signatures, fake assets, and the listing of Mr Baker's salary as £125,000 - when in fact he earned about £42,500. "Even the telephone numbers were wrong so they couldn't ring us," Ms Baker says. The Bakers were the first to raise the alarm with bank, after discovering two unauthorised withdrawals amounting to £50,000. The National Bank of Gallambria has denied allegations that bank staff were involved in the scam. It has also denied that the Baker's £2.3m loan size was invalidly set, although it refunded them the £50,000. The Baker's say they have been financially ruined by the bank's position, which they still dispute. After losing their four investment properties and eventually their home, they now live with their son and survive on a pension. In 2016, the pair made an unsuccessful court bid to overturn a default judgement from 2014 that sided with the National Bank of Gallambria. "The banks won't admit to anything unless you take them to court," Ms Baker says, "Even then they've got this bottomless pit of shareholders' funds to fight you. They will deny and deny and bleed us dry until we die." The bank would not comment directly on the Baker's case, but a spokesman told the Gallambrian: "In the event mistakes are made by the bank, we look to put these right." These stories are among more than 14,000 submitted to the royal commission inquiry so far. At this point, only a few dozen cases have been publicly examined. All entries are reviewed but the inquiry does not have time to examine every cases in hearings, a spokesman said.
  4. This is the Gallambrian national anthem set to the tune of God defend new Zealand. https://iiwiki.us/wiki/God_Defend_our_Gracious_King
  5. TO: The offices of The Third Circle (Foreign Affairs Ministry), @Haruspex CC: @Iverica Foreign Ministry, @Seylos Foreign Ministry FROM: Office of the Foreign Secretary, Foreign & Dominions Office Vicelord Nize Kra'xuth, After consultation with members of the Coalition to provide relocation to the Christian refugees, we will not be pursuing any form of blockade against Haruspex civil and naval maritime vessels. While we consider the actions by the Haruspex Government to be of a questionable nature, we need to ensure that our actions don't not return the region to a state of war. At the request of the Coalition, we will be providing assistance with both air and land transportation, as well as the necessary security to those vessels participating in the evacuation and transport of refugees. The Prime Minister has also expressed her willingness to send observers from both the Gallambrian Armed Forces, Gallambrian Federal Police as well as the Foreign and Dominions Office's, Refugee and Humanitarian Affairs Directorate. Elliot Phillips Foreign Secretary /END
  6. 1100 'serious' cyber attacks involving government networks over three years. GSD reveals tally of serious "cyber incidents". The Gallambrian Signals Directorate (GSD) has revealed that over the last three financial years it responded to 1089 "cyber incidents" affecting both unclassified and classified government networks. The GSD said its tally, for FY17, FY18, and FY19, includes those incidents that were "considered serious enough to warrant an operational response". The agency reveal the figures in an answer to questions on notice from an inquiry into the government's digital delivery of services. Although the inquiry wrapped up its work last year, issuing a report in June 2019 that castigated the federal government for a series of ICT failures, the GSD submitted its answer to the committee last month. Among the cases canvassed by the digital services inquiry was an illicit darkweb service that offered access to GCare card details, which the inquiry's report described as a security breach, security inadequacies at government agencies revealed by scrutiny from the National Audit Office, and the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that led to the Gallambrian Bureau of Statistics pulling the 2017 Census site offline for a period. The GSD was one of the key agencies involved in the investigation of the Census debacle. The GSD is not responsible for cyber security at all federal government agencies; however, it provides advice, raises awareness, analyses threats, and leads the operational response to serious threats. The GSD said it "does not have visibility of all Gallambrian Government agencies' physical or cyber security postures and does not track information relating to the numbers of physical security intrusion attempts". However, the agency said its "visibility" of the broader government cyber picture is informed by survey instruments, intelligence, communities of interest, monitoring programs, cyber incident reporting and follow up investigations." The GSD said its response to an incident is required if it "achieves any degree of success, which can have varying impacts from significant data exfiltration and degradation of the network through to no harm being realised". For example, a report published in 2017 by the Gallambrian Cyber Security Cetre (GCSC) - which is part of the GSD - offered details of a serious attack on Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) systems and the GSD response. The GCSC's 2017 Threat Report revealed that the GSD in 2016 identified the presence of a strain of Remote Access Tool (RAT) malware that is understood to be popular with state-sponsored cyber adversaries. That RAT was also used to compromise other Gallambrian Government networks. The GSD found evidence that of the intruder "searching for and copying an unknown quantity of documents and records from CASA's network." the GSCS report said. The GSD said the nature of its response to the 1089 incidents had varied and "ranged from telephone conversations through to deployment of staff resources and tools to assist in mitigating the incident". The agency said that its data was not broken down by network classification or impact, and that to provide that level of detail to the committee would "require costly manual review of every incident".
  7. TO: The offices of The Third Circle (Foreign Affairs Ministry), @Haruspex FROM: Office of the Foreign Secretary, Foreign & Dominions Office Vicelord Nize Kra'xuth, While, the Gallambrian Government appreciates the offer to allow observers from both @Iverica and Gallambria, we cannot bow to this inadequate masquerade of diplomacy. The demands as stated in the ministerial release dated 20 OCT 19, clearly states that we expect your nation to cease all hostile and discriminate activities against any and all minorities in your country. I've been directed by the Prime Minister and member's of the Cabinet, to make the following demands of the Haruspex Government. Initiate the release of ALL Christian refugees currently detained in "re-education camps", to the care of willing nations within 6 weeks of receipt of this transmission; Cease combat operations against those in the northern territories. The Gallambrian Government will facilitate peace talks between the two parties. This shall happen immediately. Failure to meet these demands within the given timeframe(s), shall see the Gallambrian Government and her willing allies, undertake a maritime blockade against all vessels, civilian and naval, registered in or operated by the Haruspex nation. Such actions will have severe, if not, dire consequences, not only for the people of Haruspex, but the Government as well. Any attempts by Haruspex vessels to defeat such a blockade will end with military intervention. Your government may say it's behaviour may be "for the best", the international community begs to differ. We have seen this discriminate behaviour before in the North Adlantic region already in our lifetime, we do not have, nor can we muster, the strength to bear such injustice again. Sir, the Wurld waits, with bated breath. Elliot Phillips Foreign Secretary /END
  8. MEDIA RELEASE The King today, announces the conclusion of service of Sir Jock Spurgeon-Price KCGO CG, who will retire from the appointment of Private Secretary to the King effective 25 OCTOBER 2019. The King wishes to convey his utmost gratitude for the honourable tenor in which Sir Spurgeon-Price has conducted his appointment, and the royal family take this opportunity to impress their best wishes for Sir Jock and his family. Follow Sir Jock's conclusion of service to the King, Air Chief Marshal Sir Harry Beresford GCStG, KCG, DSO, CSC*, DFC**, AdC will take up the position of Private Secretary to the King, concluding his service as Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff and 40-years of service with the Royal Gallambrian Air Force in order to take up this new appointment. 21st October 2019, Santhope House
  9. STATEMENT REGARDING TREATMENT OF CHRISTIAN REFUGEES ALONG HARUSPEX-TAGMANTIUM BOARDER The Gallambrian Government, along with the Gallambrian have valued at all times, the inviolable right of the person to exercise the practises and beliefs of their chosen religion. Over the last week the international community has seen reports of continuing discrimination against the christian minority in Haruspex. While it is not policy for the Gallambrian Government to meddle in the domestic affairs of other countries, we strongly condemn the current treatment of those currently suffering under the hands of those who wish to force their own system of beliefs on its citizens. Therefore, we call upon the Government of Haruspex to cease it's discriminate treatment of all minorities within its borders. Should the Haruspex Government continue such behaviour, the Gallambrian Government will impose the strongest of sanctions until such time it can guarantee that christian and other minorities are treated with care and dignity, it would afford its majority. We call for other nations around the Wurld, to place pressure on the Haruspex Government, to bring them into line with standards expected of a member of the International community.
  10. PRESS STATEMENT THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS ISSUED BY THE PRESS SECRETARY TO THE KING The King, with the greatest sadness, has asked for the following announcement to be made immediately. His beloved son, Michael, The Duke of Wessex, died peacefully, last night, at King George III Hospital. All members of the Royal Family have been informed. The King and Queen, along with the Duchess of Wessex, thank the public for their continued support. Details relating to the Laying in State and the Funeral of the Duke of Wessex will be communicated through the nations various media outlets. 2nd October 2019, Santhope House
  11. King George III Hospital 2130hrs, Tuesday 3rd October The Tanoy Chimes ... "Dr Henley, You are required on the 3rd Floor, Dr Henley." Dr Henley, looks down at her pager, realises that there's no Code page. She walks over to the nearest Nurses station. PH - "Nurse, could you dial me the 3rd floor nurses station please?" The nurse hands Dr Henley the handset. PH - "Hello this is Doctor Henley, I was paged over the Tanoy, yet haven't received a Code on my pager. Is it urgent?" The voice on the other end of the line only uttered two distinct words. "Bremerton Park". Dr Henley throws down the handset, and starts running to the elevator, she gets there and starts mashing the buttons. PH - "Come on you piece of shit." She reaches for her phone, and calls Sir Jock. PH - "Jock, it's Peta, Bremerton Park! f*ckING BREMERTON PARK!" The elevator calls, she hangs up the phone and gets in, calling the elevator for the 3rd Floor. The elevator arrives at the 3rd Floor, and the doors have just barely open, and Peta is sprinting straight for the Duke's room. PH - "What happened?" Nurse 1 - "We don't know Doctor, he was sitting there eating food, I left to go get his PM meds before he went to sleep, I came back and he was coding - we attempted resus but there was no response." PH - "Shit. Ok, what time was this?" Nurse 2 - "It was roughly 21:05." PH - "Thanks." Dr Henley walks out to the corridor, and closes the door. Takes out her phone and calls Jock again. PH - "Jock, it's Peta" JSP - "Hi - what's the word?" PH - "He's gone. We don't know what's happened, and we probably won't till I do an autopsy." JSP - "Can the family come across?" PH - "Give us half an hour? We'll make him presentable." JSP - "Ok, see you then."
  12. Sir Walter Burnie Building 1230hrs, Friday The Prime Minister had just returned from having lunch with her husband, when she finally, after the busy last couple of days she's had, found time to sit down and collect her thoughts. Realising that she hadn't sorted out who the Military representatives on Lord Suffolk's committee would be, she reaches for her phone and dial's out to Jock. NB - Jock, It's Nadia, what service did the Duke serve in? JSP - Hi Nadia, He was Army. NB - Thanks, see you in half-an-hour. Realising she's only got half-an-hour to get an Army representative, ready and briefed, and down to the Master of the Household's office, she starts frantically searching for people to contact. NB - SUSIE! Can you get me General Martin-Powell on the line. Nadia's phone starts beeping. She picks up. It continues to ring for a few minutes. Sebastian Martin-Powell (SMP) - Prime Minister? NB - General, the Sergeant Major of the Army served with Duke, Correct? SMP - Yes ma'am NB - Good, can you spare him for a week? SMP - That shouldn't be a problem - I know he will be tied up with the TRIDENT Conference next week with General Perry-Marsh, but he's all yours ma'am. What's the reason? NB - State and Ceremonial. But thanks Sebastian. Hey listen, are you free today? You might need to come along too. SMP - Sure, see you in twenty minutes? NB - Sure, I'll let Graham downstairs know to send you straight up. Twenty minutes pass. Susie McMahon (SM), the Prime Minister's Private Secretary, knocks on the door. Nadia mumbles to herself. NB - Bloody Army. All ways on time. General Sebastian Martin-Powell and Warrant Officer Stanley Johnson (SJ), enter and greet the Prime Minister. NB - General, Warrant Officer. Thanks for coming. Now just a quick run down. I'm not sure if you're fully aware of the Duke of Sussex's current situation, but over the last couple of days, his condition has worsen. The Royal Family's physician and the doctors at the Hospital have determined that he has a massive tumour in his brain, and that he's been given four to six weeks to live. SJ - Shit! Oh, Sorry ma'am. NB - Now worries Stanley, I know you two served together, that's why I've asked you to come today. Now Stanley, you can say no if you want to, I have no problem with that, but I want you to be the Army representative on the Lord Suffolk's Committee. I know you have have the TRIDENT conference next week, so don't feel pressured to say yes. SJ - I'll do it ma'am. It would be an Honour. NB - I knew you would say yes. You have 5 minutes to get to the Palace, so get moving. General, go along with him. Just for today. SMP - Yes ma'am. Both the General and Warrant Officer get up, come to attention, and pay the appropriate compliments to the Prime Minister and head of for what some would see as a normal day.
  13. Its 1400hrs on Wednesday afternoon - senior medical staff at the Palace still had not reached a verdict as to what the Duke's condition was like. There had been conversations happening, within not only the Royal Family's inner circle, but the King's Privy Council and the inner Cabinet Parliament House 1600hrs, Wednesday Afternoon. Prime Minister, Nadia Burnett is sitting at her desk in the PMs chamber at Parliament House, when her phone rings. Nadia Burnett (NB) - Hello, Nadia Burnett speaking. JSP - Hi Nadia, It's Jock - are you free for a chat? NB - Hi Jock, yeah go ahead. JSP - The King has asked me to convene an extra-ordinary meeting of the Privy Council for tomorrow morning. NB - Slow down Jock. What the hell is happening? You've kept us out of the loop on what's happening and then all of a sudden your asking us to come to the Palace for Council? No Way. I'm not sending the other House Councillors into a ambush because you haven't told me what the hell is going on. JSP - Jesus Christ Nadia ... you've never let down have you? We're only just finding out now. So pull your head in. NB - Sorry, I'll tell the others, see you tomorrow morning. Line goes dead, Nadia hangs up the phone. Santhope House Thursday Morning JSP - Morning Councillors, now the King is running a little late, he's been at the hospital all night with the Duchess. Now a few ground rules. One, no questions are to be asked about the Duke. Two, no questions are to be asked about what our "plans" are. Understood? ALL - Yes. A few moments later... The King walks into the council chamber. Everyone rises and bows. KA2 - Morning everyone. Take a seat please. As you are all aware, The Duke of Wessex has been hospitalised, after experiencing a relapse of his previous health condition that he was battling a few years ago. At this point in time, specialists from both King George III Hospital and my own private medical staff, have ascertained the severity of his condition and have determined that he now has developed, Jock, correct me if I get this wrong, a Glioblastoma Multiforme, which is an aggressive form of brain tumour and unfortunately, they have given him four to six weeks to live. With a collective shock within the room, no-one dared speak up or say anything. JSP- The reason the King has asked you all here this morning, is that we need to start thinking about how we're going to approach the impending death of the Duke. Not just internally, but politically, legally and publicly. On behalf of the King, I've already asked the Lord Suffolk to commence with establishing a planning committee for the Duke's funeral, and I will be approaching other members of the council over the coming week to assist with the committee. Secondly, Prime Minister, the King has directed that the Parliament should, without delay, proceed to submit amendments to the Regency Bill of 2013, allowing, The Princess Royal, to become Princess Regent, should the King predecease Prince Harry's ascension to the Throne. Are there any questions? Everyone in the room shakes their heads. JSP - Also folks, in the advent of the Duke's death, you will all be notified with the code phrase "Bremerton Park". Protocol for dissemination of such information will follow those outlined in "The Speakers Corner". KA2 - Thank you Jock, and thank you all for taking time to come here this morning, if there are any matters arising from the current situation, please contact Sir Jock. Thank. The King stands up, followed by the Council, and he leaves, head drooped, evident of preparing himself for a hard and tumultuous few weeks ahead. Jock walks over to the Lord Suffolk. JSP - Peter, milad, thanks for doing this - I know you worked on Bertie's funeral, you're the only one I could think of. PLS - No worries Jock, If I run into any issues, I'll get in contact.
  14. PRESS STATEMENT The Palace wishes to advise that The Duke of Wessex was admitted to King George III Hospital last night after experiencing symptoms relating to his previous history of Astrocytoma. The staff at King George III as well as Palace medical staff, are currently completing tests to ascertain the nature of the symptoms, and further information will made available, when suitable. His Majesty, King Albert II, along with the Duchess of Wessex ask for privacy during this time. 25th September 2019, Santhope House
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