SWITZERLAND: Bombardier Transportation formally opened a 1 200 m2 development and test laboratory at its Zurich-Oerlikon site in June 4. MITRAC Powerlab Zürich is the company’s core competence centre for high power traction propulsion technology, with two test benches for transformers, traction and auxiliary converters, motors and related electronics. The location will enable Bombardier to intensify its collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH) and other university applied science departments. ‘Powerlab’s opening clearly illustrates Bombardier Transportation’s commitment to Zürich as an important site for doing business’, said city councillor Andres Türler. ‘The city of Zürich is delighted with this boost to the region’s technological sector.’
While celebrating the 20th anniversary of its 1995-1996 Final Four team, the University of Massachusetts will retire a jersey in honor of current Kentucky coach John Calipari at a date to be determined next season, the school announced Wednesday.Calipari started his head coaching career at UMass, heading up the program from 1988-1996. On top of the Final Four team that went 35-2, he led the Minutemen to the 1992 Sweet 16, to the second round in 1993 and 1994 and the Elite Eight in 1995.His jersey will hang in UMass’ rafters with fiver others: George “Trigger” Burke (32), Julius “Dr. J” Erving (32), Marcus Camby (21), Lou Roe (15) and Al Skinner (30).“Want to thank @UMassAthletics for honoring my teams and me from the ’90s w/a banner,” Calipari tweeted Wednesday. “A special time with special players at a special place.”The jersey retirement is just the latest honor for Calipari, who was recently announced as a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was also on Wednesday tabbed as one of 15 Coach of the Year finalists along with Murray State’s Steve Prohm.Also, UK’s Willie Cauley-Stein is a finalist for National Player of the Year. So, too, is the Racers’ Cameron Payne.