The much-anticipated welterweight title fight between Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter is finally coming to fruition. A person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports that an agreement has been reached for the 147-pounders to square off for the WBA title on March 5 or March 12 in prime time on CBS (all the other fights on the nework have been in the afternoon.) The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the fight hasn t been officially announced. That announcement will come next week, when the venue has been finalized. The matchup will pit two of the best 147-pound fighters in the world in a can t-miss bout, picked as one of BoxingJunkie s five fights we need to see in 2016.
Thurman-Porter has been in the works for months, but logistics with venue, date and network have held the fight up. Porter said he was originally told it would take place in December.
This is a great matchup for the sport, and I m pretty sure this is what Al Haymon wants, Thurman told USA TODAY Sports last month. I believe it s going to be a big fight. And a great fight. Thurman (26-0, 22 KOs) is a big puncher and one of the best young talents in the sport. The 27-year-old was impressive in a decision victory over Robert Guerrero in the debut show of the Premier Boxing Champions series in March, and then defended the title with a stoppage of Luis Collazo in July. Porter would represent his toughest test yet. Porter dominated Adrien Broner in June in a career-best victory, but the hard-charging fighter has been on the shelf since. The 28-year-old won the IBF title with a decision over Devon Alexander in December 2013. He knocked out Paulie Malignaggi in his first defense, but then lost the belt to Kell Brook via split decision.
It s an intriguing clash of styles, with Porter, the hard-charging pressure fighter with the big right hand, and Thurman, one of the most devastating punchers in the sport who seems to improve in each and every fight.
I m looking to be the guy after this fight, Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) told USA TODAY Sports. We ll look to push the tempo and push his heart, and make him deal with some different things. We ve been focused on Thurman for a few months now.
It s shaping up to be Premier Boxing Champions best and most high-profile fight yet.
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Applications are invited for a PhD studentship funded by the EPSRC and Govia Thameslink Railway to start in April 2016. The student will be based in the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University.
The research context
Rail passenger demand has doubled in the two decades since privatization in 1994 and in 2014 to 1.6 billion a year. Over the same period however, costs too have almost doubled to ‘ 5.2 billion ‘ and this in a time of unprecedented pressure on public spending ‘ whilst levels of passenger satisfaction as monitored by Passenger Focus have steadily declined from 85% in 2010 to 80% in 2015. There is a need for train operators and the rail industry in general to more cleverly target limited (and likely diminishing) resources on modes of investment (on both operational and capital expenditure) that deliver results that are of most benefit. Hence, the aim of this PhD will be to evaluate smaller-scale rail investment decisions in relation to current and future passenger satisfaction.
The proposed project
Accordingly, the student will develop a modelling suite which will draw on investment schemes being undertaken under the GTR Train Operating Company franchise ‘ the largest in the UK. Methodologically, the project will combine rail passenger trip data with supply-related data and passenger satisfaction information to develop a series of scenario models using advanced statistical models, which will seek to determine which investment types deliver the best passenger satisfaction-related outcomes. These models will then be implemented and validated, and then inputted into an impact inventory to evaluate the scenarios against a series of passenger satisfaction indicators, in addition to other transport, social, economic and environmental indicators, at both the service operator and the societal level.
The studentship is for 3.5 years and is intended to start on 1 April 2016. The studentship provides a stipend of ‘ 14,057 per annum plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for up to 3.5 years. To be eligible for this award, you must meet the ‘ criteria set out by EPSRC. The successful student will jointly be supervised by Dr Marcus Enoch and Professor Mohammed Quddus of Loughborough University and Dr Stuart Meek of GTR. The studentship is open to graduates from numerate disciplines including Civil Engineering, Geography, Statistics and Systems Engineering who are interested in statistical modelling, data mining and cluster analysis. The minimum entry qualification is a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent. A relevant Master ‘ s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: transport engineering, transport planning and management, transport systems modelling. Please add a 2-page outline proposal to your application.
General information about the School of Civil and Building Engineering can be found at: ‘ http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/civil-building/.
For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Dr Marcus Enoch, School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Leicestershire LE11 3TU. Tel: 01509 223408; Email: ‘
The closing date for applications is Monday 1 February 2016
Interviews will take place week commencing 22 ‘ February 2016
Please quote the following reference when applying: 2016CASECBE/ME
- ^ criteria set out by EPSRC (www.epsrc.ac.uk)
- ^ http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/civil-building/ (www.lboro.ac.uk)
Onward Holdings is targeting the food sector with two purpose built food distribution centres located at Langthwaite Business Park, South Kirkby, near Wakefield. Both units are equipped with food clad coverings and special lighting to avoid contaminates and UV deterioration making them ideal for ambient storage. Offering a combined food storage space of 212,500 square feet (122,800 and just under 90,000 square feet respectively) and a total of 14 loading docks.
Impressively, each unit is capable of accommodating, when racked, up to 20,000 standard food pallets. The buildings are designed for fast food turnaround and provide cross docking opportunities plus optional VNA warehouse automation, should this be required. There is also generous external manoeuvring which is capable of handling most vehicle body types including containers, box vans and trailers, whilst also providing parking areas for support staff.
Unit 16 was originally built as a regional distribution centre for food giant Quaker Oats and is the bigger of the two units. It incorporates a host of key food handling features, which includes eight dock levellers and four surface loading doors, a 10,000 square-foot loading canopy. Unit 16a has the benefit of a 1,000 KVA mains supply.
A further site feature is good estate security following a 1 million investment making the units suitable for both ordinary and high value cargo such as specialist food and drinks. Currently, Wakefield Metropolitan Council is dispensing, in conjunction with the West Yorkshire LEP and the Government, grants of up to 10,000 for each new job created on the site. Access to this level of funding should make the site even more attractive to those needing to recruit.
Langthwaite Business Park is in easy access to the motorway network and the great container ports of the North, including Immingham and is just 19 miles from Doncaster airport. The site also benefits from excellent distribution connections and is also close to the railway freight network via the nearby Wakefield Europort. According to Onward Holdings around 80% of the UK s population is accessible in four hours, making the site especially suitable for consumer related items.
Onward Holdings director Neil Storey, said: Langthwaite Business Park s location is ideal for those involved in food distribution and or bulk breaking who also require easy access to the ports for importing or exporting food items. The quality of unit build, special features such as the high bay 300 lux internal lighting on unit 16 and the six dock loading bays on 16a, along with both their extensive storage capabilities, makes them the ideal choice for big internet sellers. Langthwaite Business Park already hosts a number of other businesses including The Ice Co Storage and Logistics, Forest Freight and Great Bear Distribution.
Promotion of the site is being undertaken jointly by GVA and Andrew Miller Chartered Surveyors of Sheffield, who are handling the letting of the final unit.
West Yorkshire based Onward Holdings which built the two substantial warehouses on the site, the last being only a few years ago, has designated them as suitable for food storage.
Potentially, the units have the capability to create a further 100 new jobs.