FRANCE: Transport Minister Frédéric Cuvillier announced on November 14 that RFF is to undertake studies for a new line between Paris and Rouen, with the aim of improving conventional services between the capital and the regions of Basse-Normandie and Haute-Normandie.The project is to be undertaken in two phases. The first is to concentrate on the three ‘priority’ areas of Paris – Mantes-la-Jolie, Mantes – Evreux and around Rouen, where studies will consider a new rail crossing of the River Seine. Broad route corridors will be selected at the end of 2016, with the aim of defining the alignment of the new line for consideration by a public inquiry prior to seeking legal powers. The steering committee overseeing the studies will include representatives of regional and local authorities, as well as the cities of Paris, Rouen, Le Havre, Caen and Cherbourg. With ‘chronic’ delays highlighting the fact that the existing route had reached its saturation point, Cuvillier said that the new line ‘will provide a real time saving for passengers’. He also stressed the improved reliability and other benefits that the project would provide for ‘everyday’ services in the regions concerned.
A new global governing body for the esports ecosystem, the Global Esports Federation, has launched with the backing of Chinese multinational conglomerate Tencent.Encompassing the entire esports ecosystem, the new body aims to govern players, organisations, commercial partners, and more.Photo credit: Global Esports FederationRELATED: Tencent acquires majority stake in developer SupercellWith the burgeoning growth of esports – both as a spectator sport and as an economic venture, providing a valuable avenue to a young and tech-savvy market to countless businesses and advertisers – the Global Esports Federation has been established with the aim of growing and regulating the industry.According to a press release, the Federation will be “guided by the values of sport and the principle of harnessing technology and innovation for good.”At launch, the federation signed an agreement with Tencent, which has been named as a founding global partner. Chris Chan, President of the Global Esports Federation conducted the signature of the deal alongside Edward Cheng, Vice President of Global Esports Federation and Vice President of Tencent.Those that witnessed the ceremony included Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, the Guest of Honour, and two further Vice Presidents of the GEF: Charmaine Crooks, a five-time Olympian and Board Member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, and Wei Jizhong, Honorary Life Vice President of the Olympic Council of Asia. Board members of the federation and global esports, sports, and commercial representatives were also in attendance.Chan commented on the federation’s formation: “We are excited to navigate the pathway and shape the future with the launch of the Global Esports Federation. The GEF will help develop the credibility, legitimacy, and prestige to esports in society by leveraging the history, foundations, the values of sport, and the principle of harnessing technology and innovation for sports. The commitment of Tencent and the vision of the leadership team are evident in this groundbreaking moment to join GEF as our Founding Global Partner. The inclusion of Tencent will tremendously help in the growth, education, culture, and wellness of the esports ecosystem.”Photo credit: Global Esports FederationRELATED: Tencent hosts its annual esports conference in HainanThe GEF has announced Singapore as the location of their Headquarters, and named four distinct “pillars” through which they will focus their efforts: connecting traditional and active esports with the global sporting community, active youth participation, world-class governance and compliance standards, and education, culture, and wellness.Cheng added: “With our collective effort, I believe esports will unleash the unlimited possibilities of sports in the Digital Age. On the path to building a community with a shared future for mankind, esports will shine!”The GEF’s first five objectives going forward were set out as follows:Encourage and support the establishment of National Esports Federations with a set of relevant standards, guidelines, and regulationsEstablish an athlete commission, with a focus on athlete well-being, development of standards for fair play, career support, and education to ensure safe, doping free, and ethically compliant practicesConvene and stage esports competitions, conventions, fora, and development programmesDevelopment of world class governance structures and guidelines for the Global Esports FederationCreate, develop, and stage the annual flagship Global Esports Games, with the first Games to be staged in 2020The Global Esports Federation also confirmed that membership to the federation is open to sports organisations (including international and national federations), commercial organisations (including publishers, developers, sponsors, and event organisers), and non-commercial organisations (including cities and other non-governmental organisations).It is currently unclear what relationship, if any, will exist between the GEF and the International Esports Federation (IESF). The IESF, formed in 2008, has partnered with 56 member nations—including China—in order to fulfill its mission of furthering esports on a global scale.Esports Insider says: While any body set up to help develop the esports industry is promising news for those within it, the open partnership with Tencent – a company well known for having its finger in many esports pies – throws any notion of the Federation’s impartiality out of the window.Subscribe to ESI on YouTube
Story Links The University of Toronto men’s hockey program is pleased to announce that Ross Krieger, a former assistant captain with the North York Rangers, has accepted his offer of admission and committed to playing for the Varsity Blues this fall.”Ross is someone we first noticed while scouting his then-teammate Kyle Clarke two seasons ago”, said Varsity Blues bench boss Ryan Medel. “Ross will fit in nicely with our forward group. He has a strong hockey IQ, is extremely quick and has a good release. He has also been someone that has elevated his game every post-season in Junior.”Krieger spent the last two and half seasons with the North York-based team, playing in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). An instrumental part of the team’s power play and penalty kill units, Krieger led the OJHL in regular season, game-winning goals with nine. As one of the team’s leaders in 2018-19, the Pain Court, Ont. product notched 18 goals and 23 assists (41 points) during the regular season and added six goals and two assists in 11 playoff games. For his outstanding efforts, Krieger was recognised and awarded the team’s Brant Snow Memorial leadership award for his contributions on and off the ice. “I’m very excited to start my career at the University Of Toronto”, said Krieger. “I can’t wait to get things going. Go Blues!”Krieger has enrolled at Woodsworth College and will be studying social sciences.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Version