Empowering and inspiring jobs building Britain’s new high-speed railway are providing incredible opportunities for young people of all backgrounds, HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani said yesterday (3 October 2018).The minister met brand new students enrolling at the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) in Birmingham, as well as those entering their second year of study, to hear how they were gaining the vital skills that will unlock brilliant careers working on HS2.HS2 will connect Birmingham to London before branching out to connect the great cities of the north, including Manchester, Leeds, and Sheffield – dramatically boosting capacity and connectivity on our rail network.HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani said: Student Mariah Ahmed, 18, said: Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Thanks to the National College for High Speed Rail I’m part of real engineering linked to our community and the biggest infrastructure project of my time, and all at such a young age. Switchboard 0300 330 3000 The NCHSR has provided me with transferrable skills, which I can apply in industry. Being able to take on information from many industry leaders has proved to be crucial. The visit follows the launch of HS2’s Skills Employment and Education Strategy, which is focused on encouraging more young people into transport-related careers and ensuring the project leaves a skills legacy for the UK economy. Over 100 apprentices are already working on HS2, with 30,000 new jobs to be supported during construction.Throughout the Year of Engineering the government is joining forces with 1,400 partners, including the National College for High Speed Rail, to give young people across the UK a million direct and inspiring experience of engineering.The industry needs 203,000 skilled recruits every year to 2024, and of those working in engineering only 12% are women and only 8% come from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. Student Darren Chikono, 19, said: HS2 and major projects media enquiries The enthusiasm and ambition that this diverse group of students share is truly infectious, and they demonstrate the bright future that HS2 is offering young people – no matter their gender, ethnicity or background. HS2 is quite simply more than a railway – it is an incredible opportunity to forge a well-paid, highly skilled and rewarding career. With 2000 apprentices expected to play their part in construction, these students are inspiring role models that can help build the talented workforce we need for the future. Media enquiries 020 7944 3021
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago’s chances at the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship suffered yet another blow when they went down 1-0 to hosts Costa Rica in their second Group C game here Wednesday.Randall Leal’s second-half goal was enough to deny the Trinidadians the three points they desperately craved, especially after they were held to a 1-1 stalemate by Bermuda in their opening game last Sunday.As a result of the defeat, T&T sit third in Group one with a single point. El Salvador, who thrashed Bermuda 3-1 in the other game on Wednesday, top with six points.Costa Rica are second on three points with Bermuda bottom with a single point.Both T&T and Costa Rica failed to make any inroads in the first half, leaving the contest on even keel at the break.However, the hosts took the lead nine minutes following the resumption when Leal unleashed a superb long range volley to beat goalkeeper Denzil Smith.The goal proved decisive as Trinidad failed to find an equaliser for the remainder of the contest at the Estadio Nacional.Bermuda, meanwhile, proved no match for El Salvador and trailed 1-0 at half-time through a Roberto Dominguez 21st minute strike.After the break, Fernando Castillo (65th) and Josue Rivera (67th) scored in the space of three minutes to put the game out of reach and Mazhye Burchall’s 75th minute stunner was only consolation for the Bermudans.Winless Antigua and Barbuda were scheduled to be in action in Group A yesterday against Canada in the first game of the double-header.
Jacksonville has put itself in a difficult situation as a franchise, considering the team had visited the AFC championship game and came up a quarter short of advancing to the Super Bowl. Since then, the Jags have parted with some top-tier talent, including cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive lineman Calais Campbell. Fournette may be the next to go.When Fournette is on the field, he’s been an effective player, accumulating 3,640 scrimmage yards in 36 regular season games with the Jaguars. The former No. 4 overall pick did miss eight games in 2018 and has dealt with nagging injuries throughout his career. But now Jacksonville is hoping Fournette turns the page while the Jags look to turn a corner. “There were just some minor discussions with that but nothing substantial throughout the draft or prior to the draft,” Caldwell said on the podcast. “I think the mindset is that we’re going to go forward with Leonard on the team. I had a good talk with him on Friday. I know Coach Marrone has had some discussion with him.”He seems to be in great shape and mental frame of mind, and we feel that he’ll have a great season this year.”MORE: Ngakoue, Jags owner trade Twitter haymakersThe Jaguars declined Fournette’s fifth-year option, setting him up to be a free agent following the 2020 NFL season. The beleaguered running back is coming off a 15-game, 1,152-yard season but only reached paydirt three times, his lowest rushing TD total in his three seasons.Fournette has been hurt, disciplined and reportedly shopped while in Jacksonville, so the sudden reset by the organization to keep him in a Jags uniform prior to the start of the season, surely, won’t be met with any kind of headlines or discourse this year. Especially considering the totally healthy relationship between Jacksonville and edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue. The Jaguars and Leonard Fournette are prepared to run it back.That is, at least, according to Jacksonville GM Dave Caldwell, who revealed on Pro Football Talk’s PM Podcast that the team is “going to move forward” with Fournette in the backfield for the 2020 season — a reversal of the trade rumors that had suggested a certain split with the franchise’s 2017 fourth overall draft pick.