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UNABLE to agree terms with the last of five potential bidders, the Argentinian government has quietly shelved its plans to sell a 79% stake in metre-gauge freight operator Belgrano Cargas to the private sector (RG 6.05 p350). Negotiations with a consortium led by EMEPA are reported to have foundered largely on the question of debt, with the last bidder offering to take on US$28m of liabilities which are believed to total $50m.The Belgrano dossier has now been passed to Uniren, the federal body responsible for renegotiating Argentina’s freight concessions, and options could include a state-owned infrastructure company charging train operators for access. But it appears that the government will retain the 79% stake plus the 1% it intended to keep as a ’golden share’. Current operator Unión Ferroviaria holds the remaining 20%, and the railway union is likely to resist any attempt to transfer its holding by launching a court claim for US$250m of investment promised when it was granted a 30-year concession in 1999, but never received.Meanwhile, pressure is growing from local politicians for speedy investment in the crumbling Belgrano network, particularly in northwestern Argentina where cheaper, more reliable rail transport is seen as key to future economic development based on export crops. Juan Carlos Romero, Governor of Salta province, said on June 15 that ’the provinces must work together’, calling on the federal government to ensure that a sum of around 200m pesos is made available.Romero also stressed that those provinces served only by the Belgrano network, such as his own, should be given priority when it comes to improving operations. According to Salta newspaper El Tribuno, ’moving a consignment of cereals to Rosario by lorry costs exactly the same as transporting it, by boat, from the port of Rosario to Europe’.According to its General Manager Horacio Díaz Hermelo, broad-gauge freight operator Nuevo Central Argentino might be interested in making a bid for the Belgrano once future investment requirements are known – US$200m over five years in his opinion. NCA obtained the tender documentation for the last attempt at Belgrano privatisation, but in the end declined to submit a bid.
UWF Women’s Soccer Season Final Game Notes Share photo courtesy of Bill Stockland PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida saw their season come to an end last week in the NCAA national semifinal match against Cal State Dominquez Hills. The match would end in a 1-1 tie but the Argos would fail to advance in penalty kicks as they were ousted 4-1 by the Torros. The match ended the Argos program record 22 game winning streak to put their final record at 22-0-1 on the season. 2009 caps an outstanding two year by the women’s soccer program in which the Lady Argos posted a combined record of 46-1-1 in two seasons and made back-to-back Final Four appearances. COMPLETE GAME NOTES.Notes & Program Page.Print Friendly Version
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FILE – In this March 11, 2015 file photo, Shelley Hennig wears a sleeveless jumpsuit at the 32nd Annual Paleyfest : “Teen Wolf ” in Los Angeles. Jumpsuits are back, for day and evening, at least on the backs of celebrities. Not everyone is sold on jumpsuits, however, and among those who have gone there, evening jumpsuits can still feel risky. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2015 file photo, Portia de Rossi wears a sleeveless blue jumpsuit by Zuhair Murad at the People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles. Jumpsuits are back, for day and evening, at least on the backs of celebrities. Not everyone is sold on jumpsuits, however, and among those who have gone there, evening jumpsuits can still feel risky. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File) FILE- In this March 28, 2015 file photo, Jill Scott wears a black and white jumpsuit at the Black Girls Rock award ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File) FILE – In this April 12, 2015 file photo, Scarlett Johansson wears a Zuhair Murad long sleeve jumpsuit with laser cut detailing at the MTV Movie Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) FILE – In this Feb. 28, 2015 file photo, Lea Michele wears a Mason By Michelle Mason jumpsuit at the Family Equality Council Los Angeles Awards Dinner in Beverly Hills, Calif. Jumpsuits are back, for day and evening, at least on the backs of celebrities. Not everyone is sold on jumpsuits, however, and among those who have gone there, evening jumpsuits can still feel risky. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) Bellamy Young, the first lady of “Scandal,” donned a sleeveless one-piece in a black-and-cream print with a skinny belt when she met actual first lady Michelle Obama on “The Ellen Degeneres Show.” Michelle Rodriguez showed up at a photo call for “Furious 7” in a white leather capri length version with a long front zip.And Lady Gaga hit the streets of New York in a sheer, bra-exposing black jumpsuit from Fleur du Mal — statement silver necklace, chandelier earrings and chunky bracelets in place.Not everyone is sold on jumpsuits, however, and among those who have gone there, evening jumpsuits can still feel risky.“It had a beautiful lapel and the fit and fabrication were amazing,” said New York stylist Kemal Harris of Wright’s plunging Emmy outfit, paired with a slicked-back ‘do, dainty diamond studs in her ears and a long silver chain.Harris styled Wright for the look and dresses her routinely on and off her Netflix show.“The open back lent it a dress-up red carpet vibe, but it does feel a little risky. She’s very open to taking risks, but she also loves any excuse to wear a pair of pants,” Harris laughed.So do lots of us, but New York accessories expert Alison Minton, with two evening jumpsuits left untouched in her closet since the late ’90s, isn’t sold on one-pieces for the masses.“If you remember ‘Charlie’s Angels’ wearing the jumpsuits — and I’m talking the show, not the movie — then I don’t think you should be wearing one,” said Minton, accessories editor for the site Newyorksocialdiary and longtime blogger at Accessorygeneration.com.“I’ll give a little bit more leeway to the evening ones, only because they tend to be a little more elegant and they drape a little bit better,” she said. “The evening ones look more like a dress.”Harris has worn a jumpsuit or two, lauding the old mechanic’s style as it mounts a slouchy comeback.“You have to take the entire thing down just to go to the bathroom,” she acknowledged. “Apart from that, they’re the most comfortable thing to wear. That’s what I hear all the time from clients. It’s just something fun and different. You get a little bored of the usual dresses and workwear.”Some tips and words of warning from Harris and Minton on how to rock the jumpsuit:MIND THE FITWright and other celebs are lucky when they strut on red carpets. They’re often in custom or have ready access to expert tailoring. Fit, Harris said, is ultra-important when it comes to the jumpsuit.“Have it tailored, or make sure the fit is correct so you don’t swim in it, so it doesn’t lose your body shape. Because it is one piece, you have to make sure you’ve got some type of definition in the waist. And make sure the length is right,” she said.Minton cautioned that there’s “not a lot of wiggle room” in terms of fit when it comes to jumpsuits off the rack if you have no plans for tailoring.AGE APPROPRIATE?We already know how Minton feels.“I think the jumpsuits are really cute on young girls, for day anyway, but I’m not a fan for somebody who’s a little bit older and more mature,” she said.Harris thinks all ages can do jumpsuits.“I think they’re for everybody. They’re so much fun. I love them,” she said.BODY TYPESHarris said a wide range of cuts and fabrics are now available, lending the jumpsuit to many shapes and sizes.“The thing with the jumpsuit is you can play with the silhouette in so many different ways. You can have a halter style that’s narrow on top and has a fuller leg on the bottom. That would flatter a pear-shaped body. Or if you want to streamline your legs, I’ve seen ones that have a wider dolman sleeve and a cigarette pant bottom. That would be good for larger bustlines,” she said.The short-legged or short-torsoed should beware, Minton said.“I think they look better on tall, slim bodies than they do on anybody else,” she said.PRINT VS SOLID COLORStatement prints for jumpsuits might be dicey, Harris said.“In general, solids will probably read better head to toe, unless you’re that type of person that does wear a lot of print and can pull off a lot of print. It’s a lot of surface so I would err on the side of solids,” she said.Fabric is equal to color when choosing, Minton said. For evening, go for drape in a silk or poly blend.“Anything that’s not clingy,” she said.ACCESSORIZINGWright wore her Emmys one-piece with a pair of Jimmy Choos.“You definitely need a great heel or a platform because the beautiful part of a jumpsuit is they give a nice illusion of length in the leg. They elongate the body,” Harris said.Long, loose necklaces like the one Wright wore inside her silk faille lapels are a nice look for one-pieces, she said.For day looks like the boxy boiler suit, akin to the traditional mechanic’s jumpsuit, Harris sees options in tank tops or T-shirts worn underneath.“And you can roll up the legs and wear it with sneakers,” she said.For evening, Minton agreed heels are a must. She added: “Keep it classy with a clutch bag or maybe some dangly earrings.”Belting is also key for many styles, Harris reiterated.“Keep the waist definition,” she said. “Don’t let the fabric overwhelm.”Follow Leanne Italie on Twitter at https://twitter.com/litalie FILE – In this Aug. 25, 2014 file photo released by the Television Academy, actress Robin Wright appears at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Awards nights are usually reserved for showstopping gowns, but it one swoop, Wright resisted the norm in a backless Ralph Lauren custom jumpsuit done in ivory as a contemporary take on the lady tuxedo. (Matt Sayles/Television Academy via AP) In this March 16, 2015 photo released by Warner Bros., actress Bellamy Young, from the ABC series “Scandal,” appears in a Max Mara black and cream sleeveless jumpsuit on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” in Burbank, Calif. (Michael Rozman/Warner Bros. via AP) FILE – In this Feb. 24, 2015 file photo, actress Jada Pinkett Smith wears a white sleeveless jumpsuit at the world premiere of “Focus” at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Jumpsuits are back, for day and evening, at least on the backs of celebrities. Not everyone is sold on jumpsuits, however, and among those who have gone there, evening jumpsuits can still feel risky. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK | Awards nights are usually reserved for showstopping gowns, but it one swoop, Robin Wright resisted the norm in a backless Ralph Lauren custom jumpsuit done in ivory as a contemporary take on the lady tuxedo.It was at the 2014 Emmys back in August, when she was nominated for lead actress as the impeccably dressed Claire Underwood in “House of Cards.” She didn’t win, but her twist on the trendy jumpsuit earned her mega-votes for best dressed that night.Jumpsuits are back, for day and evening, at least on the backs of celebrities.