SERIOUS moves are afoot to take the metre-gauge networks of East Africa into the private sector. Last November CPCS Transcom and its local partner Kisarika & Malimi won a C$1·7m contract from the Tanzanian government to act as lead transaction advisors for the privatisation of Tanzania Railways Corp.The contract followed an unsuccessful bid process which resulted from a government decision to restructure TRC in 2001. CPCS Transcom will revise the planned concession agreement, assist with the tendering procedure and help evaluate the bids. Concessioning is expected to start in June.Privatisation of Kenya Railways Corp and Uganda Railways Corp is now mooted for 2005. In the meantime the East African Community hopes to spend as much as KSh313bn to ‘harmonise’ the region’s railways and ports. Operation of the interdependent network as three separate entities is ‘uneconomical, insecure and subject to manipulation’, says URC Managing Director Daudi Murungi, who expects most of the funding to be sourced from the ‘donor community’. Look for proposals in April.Meanwhile, a resolution to form an Association of East Africa Railways & Marine Services to improve co-operation, and especially cross-border services, was taken at a recent meeting in Nairobi, attended by KRC Managing Director Andrew Wanyandeh, Daudi Murungi of URC, TRC’s Linford Mboma and Charles Phiri of Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority.Both Tanzania and Zambia have agreed in principle to the idea of privatising Tazara, which provides a 1067mm gauge link between Dar es Salaam and New Kpiri M’Poshi. A feasibility study funded by the World Bank has begun, and Zambian Communications & Transport Minister Bates Namuyamba envisages a similar approach to that used for concessioning Zambia Railways. While Zambia expects to earn about US$1·5m annually in concession fees, around US$40m is to be invested in the first five years, with a further US$60m to be ploughed into infrastructure and rolling stock during the concession period.Passenger services were restored in December west of Nakuru on KRC’s main line; they had been withdrawn following a derailment in August 2001 near Lela on the Kisumu branch in which 16 passengers died. Thrice-weekly through trains from Nairobi are running to the port of Kisumu on Lake Victoria, and a shuttle runs four times a week on the 50 km branch to Butere.
Intel Extreme Masters (IEM), the tournament series from ESL and Intel, is returning to Katowice in 2019 for a Valve Major with $1,000,000 (£756,040) up for grabs.The tournament will see competitors face off in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and has been awarded ‘Major Championship’ status by Valve – the developer of the game.IEM Katowice 2019 will see 24 teams, from all over the globe, compete for three weeks from February 14th. The Challengers Stage will span from February 14-20th with 16 teams competing at the ESL Studio in Katowice. The Legends Stage will be hosted on February 21st-24th at the International Congress Center (ICC), the best eight teams from the previous stage will face off against the top eight teams from the previous Major. The Champions Stage comes next from February 28th-March 3rd at the Spodek Arena, with a new world champion being crowned at the end.Michal Blicharz, Vice President of Pro Gaming at ESL touched on the tournament in a statement: “IEM Katowice has grown to become one of the most iconic esports tournaments in the world. I expect that coupling the heritage of IEM with the gravity of a Valve Major Championship will elevate the tournament to what will be the most incredible IEM event in history.”The IEM Expo will also return next year at the ICC, with top brands from the industry flocking to show off their new products and latest technology – alongside numerous competitions. This will be the seventh consecutive IEM in Katowice, and it will be the third Valve Major to be held at the IEM Expo.John Bonini, Vice President and General Manager of the VR, Gaming and Esports Group at Intel Corporation also commented: “Intel Extreme Masters Katowice brings together the top gamers, fans and technology like no other esports competition can and continues to surpass expectations year after year. With the 2019 tournament featuring a Valve Major Championship for CS:GO, we look forward to delivering even more, from the elite competition to the best gaming technology for fans in the arena and those tuning in around the world.”Esports Insider says: It’s safe to say that nearly everybody involved with IEM Katowice – whether it’s in a hands-on capacity or as a spectator – enjoys it so we’re not surprised to see it return. The fact it’s the third Valve Major at an IEM Expo – following 2014’s EMS One Katowice and 2015’s ESL One Katowice – is just another reason to get excited for the action that’s set to unfold.Sign up to our newsletter!
Tom Brady has yet another feat to add to his already impressive resume as he became NFL’s new leader in total passing yards. Tom Brady (79,280) moves past Peyton Manning (79,279) for the most total passing yards in @NFL history (regular and postseason). #NEvsNYJ | #GoPats— New England Patriots (@Patriots) November 25, 2018The five-time Super Bowl champion finished Sunday’s game with a career total of 79,416 passing yards after completing 20 of 31 passes for 283 yards in a 27-13 victory over the Jets. Manning previously held the record with 79,279 passing yards.Brady ranks fourth in regular-season passing yards behind Drew Brees, Manning and Brett Favre. Brees passed Manning for the No. 1 spot on Oct. 8. Related News WATCH: Jaguars’ Leonard Fournette, Bills’ Shaq Lawson ejected after brawl The Patriots quarterback surpassed Peyton Manning on Sunday with 79,280 yards, which includes both the regular season and playoffs. He reached the record during his 301st career game as he led the Patriots past the Jets with a 27-13 victory.