Marco Benevento Announces 2015 Tour

first_imgMarco Benevento has shared a fresh batch of 2015 tour dates, as the pianist will hit the road to promote his most recent release, Swift. Benevento has a few remaining dates in 2014, but will tour extensively next year, with stops all across the country. The tour kicks off on January 29th in Northampton, MA, and continues through April 3rd!Check out the full schedule below. Tickets and more information can be found on Benevento’s official website.December 19 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl December 20 – Albany, NY – Parish Public House January 29 – Northampton, MA – The Parlor Room January 30-31 – Portsmouth, NH – The Press Room February 26 – New Orleans, LA – Blue Nile February 27 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live February 28 – Austin, TX – The Parish March 4 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room March 5 – San Diego, CA – Winston’s March 6 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theatre March 7 – San Francisco, CA – Independent March 10 – Napa, CA – City Winery March 11 – Arcata, CA – HumBrews March 12 – Cottage Grove, OR – Axe & Fiddle March 13 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios March 14 – Seattle, WA – NectarMarch 27 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Rex Theater^ March 28 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron WorksApril 2 – Boston, MA – Great Scott April 3 – Portland, ME – Empire^ = with Mike Dillon Bandlast_img read more

David Bowie Honored With Lightning-Bolt-Shaped Constellation

first_imgCertainly one of David Bowie’s greatest muses was outerspace. It’s a theme that carried throughout the great musician’s career, emerging in early works like “Space Oddity” and coming to the forefront on the 1972 Ziggy Stardust album, with songs like “Starman” and “Star.”With Bowie’s recent passing, Belgian radio station Studio Brussels decided to pay an incredibly-fitting tribute. Along with the MIRA Public Observatory, the station registered a seven-star, lightning-bolt-shaped constellation in honor of Bowie. Not only that, but the star pattern is located near Mars, playing into the “Life on Mars?” theme as well.Hayley Jane, Members of Big Gigantic, Particle, & More To Perform David Bowie TributePhilippe Mollet from MIRA discussed the constellation, saying, “It was not easy to determine the appropriate stars. Studio Brussels asked us to give Bowie a unique place in the galaxy. Referring to his various albums, we chose seven stars – Sigma Librae, Spica, Alpha Virginis, Zeta Centauri, SAA 204 132, and the Beta Sigma Octantis Trianguli Australis – in the vicinity of Mars. The constellation is a copy of the iconic Bowie lightning and was recorded at the exact time of his death.”The station has also launched an interactive web tribute featuring the constellation, where fans can click on a point within the lightning-bolt shape and leave a note with their favorite Bowie song. That “Stardust For Bowie” application can be viewed here.[Via DDB Brussels]last_img read more

Celebrate John Paul Jones’ Birthday With Some Classic Led Zeppelin Performances

first_imgWhen many people think of rock icons Led Zeppelin, their minds go to the distinctive vocals of Robert Plant, or the one-of-a-kind guitar style of Jimmy Page, or the heavy, unhinged, drumming of John Bonham. But while he was surrounded by a cast of all-stars, multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones‘s wide array of musical contributions were an integral part of the band’s iconic sound.From the hair-raising organs of “No Quarter”, to classic bass lines like the one in “Dazed and Confused”, to the ubiquitous recorder intro of “Stairway to Heaven”, Jones left his mark on the Led Zeppelin catalogue in countless different ways. In honor of Jones’ 75th birthday today, we took a look back through some of his many varied roles in Led Zeppelin’s live performances during their 1970’s heyday:Watch Jones set the tone for a huge, extended “No Quarter” from Zeppelin’s May 24th, 1975 performance at Earl’s Court in London.Check out Jones’ ominous bass line from this live performance of “Dazed and Confused” at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1970.Finally, though the song developed a sort of stigma for the band as the years went on, there is no doubt that “Stairway to Heaven” is one the most famous songs–if not the most famous song–in the band’s repertoire, and Jones’ hauntingly beautiful recorder intro is part of what makes it so memorable. Take a listen to Led Zeppelin performing “Stairway” live at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on July 29th, 1973, from their concert film The Song Remains The Same:Happy birthday, John Paul Jones!last_img read more

At Least 20 Injured as Sightseeing Balloons Crash Over Wyoming

first_imgAt least one person was flown to a hospital in Idaho Falls for treatment, Carr said. Two of three sightseeing balloons that crashed Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, are seen in an open area of Jackson Hole in western Wyoming. Between 16 and 20 people were hurt, officials said. (Brad Boner/Jackson Hole News&Guide via AP) The weather in Jackson Hole, near Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, was partly cloudy with winds of 9 mph (14 kph) shortly after the accident. The crash scene involved an area about half a mile (1 kilometer) long. All of the balloons belonged to the Wyoming Balloon Company, he said. Weather apparently contributed to the crashes but exactly what happened wasn’t known and was still being investigated, Carr said. Weather apparently contributed to the crashes Two of three sightseeing balloons that crashed Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, are seen in an open area of Jackson Hole in western Wyoming. Between 16 and 20 people were hurt, officials said. (Brad Boner/Jackson Hole News&Guide via AP) The balloons owned by the same tour operator went down separately and did not crash into each other, said Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr. The phone for the company after the accident rang through to a voice mailbox that was full. CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – Three sightseeing balloons crashed Monday in a popular western Wyoming tourist destination, injuring between 16 and 20 people, officials said. All contents © copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.last_img read more

EARTH ALERT ’08: Top Ten Good News for the Earth

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHappy Earth Day! Here are the top ten good news stories for the environment… Since the first Earth Day in 1970, air quality has improved dramatically, rivers are cleaner, and many endangered species have been rescued from the brink. As every first grader is taught in school, the environment rocks! Let’s look at 10 points of light in the news about our Earth. #1) We can Breath Easier – The dramatic reduction in air pollution represents one of the greatest success stories in American government. Most Americans believe air pollution has been getting worse, but the truth is just the opposite: Air pollution levels have been dropping for decades. Since the first Earth Day, emissions from the most common air pollutants have decreased by about half, even while gross domestic product increased 195% and people increased their travel in cars by 178%.  Los Angeles, for example, had nearly two hundred hazardous days every year for smog in the 1970s but now experiences less than twenty-five heavy-ozone days each year. Lead has been eliminated entirely from the air, thanks to the introduction of unleaded gasoline, while levels of carbon monoxide are down by 70%. Europe achieved its goal of cutting pollution from coal-burning plants years ahead of schedule, reducing acid rain-causing sulphur dioxide by 65 percent since 1990. China is also surging ahead to curtail its pollution. In the last year it has increased fuel standards, closed ozone-producing checmical factories, invested in renewables, unplugged 253 coal-fired generators, and continued to spend its investment of $175 billion on environmental protection over 5 years. Rounding out the effort, thousands of citizens around the world aided in cleaning the air by planting a billion trees last year for the UN’s Billion Tree campaign. #2) Cleaner Water Rescues Fish and Birds from the Brink When the clean water act was passed in 1972, only 40% of the nation’s major rivers were safe enough for swimming. Today, about 70% are safe enough. This is one of reasons that endangered species like the brown pelican, the bald eagle, and the sturgeon are making a comeback. Bald eagles this year soared off the endangered species list after nearly four decades, their population climbing from a dismal count of just 417 nesting pairs in the continental United States in 1963 to more than 11,000 today. “Pelicans have roosted on the nation’s list of endangered species longer than nearly all other creatures,” reports the LA Times. Now thanks to the 1972 ban on DDT the pelican population is booming. In New York City’s Hudson River, Shortnose sturgeon became the first fish to be resurrected from the endangered species list. More than 60,000 occupy the river, greater by about four times than the number in 1970. Read about more species recovery in a GNN-i report. #3) Fewer People Trashing U.S. Roads, Beaches Americans are tossing less litter despite the fact that there are more people on the roads. “Experts estimate that deliberate trash-tossing has fallen about 2 percent a year since the mid-’70s in communities where it’s been measured.” #4)  Gorillas and Rhinos Making a Comeback A 10-year strategic plan was launched this year between Congo, Rwanda and Uganda to guarantee the continued recovery of the Mountain Gorilla.  Other African countries too are recognizing the importance of tourism and cracking down on poaching with 9 nations signing a pact in Paris. Ten million trees were planted by the World Wildlife Fund in the DR Congo shoring up a gorilla habitat once ravaged by war, and the best news was a 2007 survey showing the gorilla population rising 12 percent over the past decade in Uganda. Black rhino numbers, too, are up 20 percent in Kenya, after years of decline from poaching and habitat loss, a healthy increase that surpassed even conservationists targets. #5) Red Buses and Yellow Cabs Going Green London’s famous red buses and New York City’s yellow cabs will both be turning green in several years. By 2010, London’s double decker buses will run on hydrogen, producing zero pollution and much less noise. In New York, every yellow taxi cab will be a fuel-efficient hybrid by 2012. Add that to the million new trees set to be planted in the city alone, and you’ve got less heat on the street and cleaner air.   #6)  Wind Power Energizes 1 Million Homes and 1 Cargo Ship US installations powered by the wind jumped 63 percent last year — enough to power 1 million average homes — according to estimations by the American Wind Energy Association. And in February the first wind powered cargo ship (video) crossed the Atlantic pulled by a giant kite that cut its energy use by 20 percent. #7) CO2 in the Air? Why Not Suck it Out? A New Machine Does Just That Last year, in conjunction with Earth Day, Global Research Technologies officially introduced its unique CO2 vacuum cleaner in conjunction with Earth Day that can remove carbon dioxide from the air. Columbia University professor Klaus Lackner is the visionary who dreamed up the devices, which look like giant fly-swatters, and utilize a chemical compound that, when wet, absorbs the CO2 straight from the atmosphere. The founder of Land’s End before he died poured money into the start-up company to bring Lackner’s vision to market. #8) Three Massive New Sanctuaries Protect Wildlife in US,  Africa and Northwest Territories Three massive sanctuaries were erected in the last few years in far reaches of the globe to protect species that are found nowhere else. A new nature reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo will become the world’s largest continuous protected area for great apes, larger than the state of Massachusetts. The Bush Administration in 2006 encircled Hawaii with the world’s largest marine preserve, home to 7000 marine species, at least a quarter of which are found nowhere else. The huge sanctuary is larger than all US National Parks combined, stretching the distance from Chicago to Florida. And this month the Canadian government announced the creating of a new giant national park covering some 1.9 million acres along one of the country’s most spectacular northern rivers. #9) Consensus: Gobal Warming Needs Fixing! Forces Rise to Take on Problem Thanks in part to Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth, and worldwide Live Earth concerts, the public consensus has finally confirmed that Global Warming can and should be a top priority.  More than 320 US mayors (even in big cities like New York, LA, Chicago, Seattle and Dallas) have joined together to adopt the Kyoto targets and take local action to reduce global warming pollution. Huge corporations convinced it is in their own interest to adopt stricter standards are also leading the way. 12 international companies including Nike, IBM and Sony joined in a Climate Savers Program to cut emissions by 7 % by 2010. Dell became the first major computer firm to go totally carbon neutral.  Leaders of the world’s major religions met in Greenland (video) to see climate change first-hand and pray. The Vatican is adding its voice to the chorus for change. The Pope even led an eco-rally for half million (video) youth. Perhaps the most telling sign that a consensus has been reached in American society: The US Fish and Wildlife Service admitted that the polar bear may indeed by threatened and proposed to add the species to its protection list, which would basically prohibit the government from taking any action that would exacerbate the plight of the bear, a groundbreaking development in 2007. #10) Trashing Plastic Bags It’s just a matter of time before single-use plastic bags are globally shunned, taxed or banned altogether. Tanzania, San Francisco and a Manitoba town now prohibit the use of the pesky plastic. A simple tax is another option embraced by Australia and Ireland, and stores like Whole Foods and Ikea. In 2002, an Irish tax of 33 cents per bag caused an immediate drop in usage by 94 percent. _____________________________________ For more good news about the environment and society, and for all the links to the Earth stories above in the Top Ten stories, visit the Good News Network at https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org. Formerly a TV news professional, Geri Weis-Corbley is founder and managing editor of the only comprehensive positive news website, now #1 on Google and celebrating its 12th anniversary on the web. https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE ON YOUR WEBSITE,  E-ZINE, OR BLOG? Just include the entire article along with this final paragraph! ____________________________________ last_img read more

Good News is Step Forward for Iranian Women

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Iranian MPs have approved the first woman minister in the 30-year history of the Islamic republic. She was one of 18 nominations for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s new cabinet to be approved. Two other women were among three rejected nominees. Also, US President Barack Obama has given Iran until later in September to agree to new talks on its nuclear programme, or face tougher sanctions. Tehran has said it is ready to present a new package of proposals to the international community, although the details have not been published.  (Continue reading at BBC) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

The Top 10 Broadway Stars You Want to See Return to Their Original Roles

first_img3. Kristin Chenoweth, Wicked 6. Jessie Mueller, Waitress 4. Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton 1. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton 7. James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin 2. Idina Menzel, Wicked 8. Renée Elise Goldsberry, Hamilton 9. Josh Gad, The Book of Mormon View Comments 5. Andrew Rannells, The Book of Mormon Happy Monday, Broadway fans! We hope you had the best time at the 2017 Broadway Flea Market. We’re pumped up for this week because Kinky Boots’ original stars Billy Porter and Stark Sands are coming back to the boards. On September 26, the pair will rock the red boots once more in their original roles as Lola and Charlie Price (respectively) in the Tony-winning tuner at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. In honor of this fabulous return, we asked you which other Broadway star should return to their original role in a currently running Broadway production. Your top 10 picks include a certified genius, seven Tony winners (one of which appears twice in your top 10) and a Schuyler Sister that really knows how to werk! 10. Jessie Mueller, Beautifullast_img read more

West End Young Frankenstein Star Hadley Fraser on Two Forces of Nature: Mel Brooks & Ramin Karimloo

first_img View Comments Hadley Fraser & Ross Noble in “Young Frankenstein”(Photo: Manuel Harlan) Hadley Fraser needs no introduction as one of the West End’s best and brightest, a talent at home both in musicals (Les Miserables, City of Angels) and the classics (he was Aufidius in 2013 to Tom Hiddleston’s Coriolanus). More recently, he has branched out as co-author of the recent, politically themed Donmar musical Committee… and can now be found leading the London premiere of Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein at the Garrick Theatre, alongside such diverse talents as Summer Strallen, Wicked alumna Dianne Pilkington and Tony winner Shuler Hensley. Where else to begin a chat than to discuss working with the venerable legend that is Mr. Brooks himself?Did you ever think you’d be doing a show with a 91-year-old, not least Mel Brooks of all 91-year-olds?It’s remarkable. I think of what I’d like to be doing age 91, seated on a sofa somewhere watching the cricket, and there’s Mel up and at it! He has so much persistence, and I mean that in a very positive way. He wants things to be as perfect as they can possibly be, and he also brings to the job some 70 years of experience. He’s a force of nature.How well did you know Brooks’s 1974 film on which the stage musical is based?I didn’t know it, but watched it on Netflix before my audition and loved it. It’s very easy to dismiss Mel’s comedy as a two-dimensional gagfest, but it is so informed by the material that has gone before it: there’s so much craft in what he does and so much love, as well.Had you been eyeing this particular show?This sort of came out of the blue to a certain extent. I wasn’t expecting it to come through, but I had worked with [producing team] Fiery Angel on the Kenneth Branagh season at the same theater, and they just called me up and asked whether I would come in and talk to the U.K. creative team, and then I went back again for Stro [director-choreographer Susan Stroman] a couple of weeks later.How did Stroman couple her work on this with working alongside Hal Prince on the late-summer New York opening Prince of Broadway?We had a pre-Stro week learning the music and working on a lot of the dance routines, but as soon as Prince of Broadway went into tech, she left that in the very capable hands of Hal Prince and joined us. We’ve had her ever since.Is this musical purely a laugh machine or is there more going on?Well, I wouldn’t want to overstate the case too much; this is musical comedy after all! But as an audience, you have to have somebody to root for, and I was quite keen to find what it would be that might hook the audience emotionally—something The Producers did very very successfully, where you really did care about Max and Leo and their journeys.How have you forged that sense of connection here?I felt quite early on that Fred [Frankenstein’s] journey didn’t quite have the emotional payoff that perhaps it could, so we have a new little song—really only a verse or so—where we sort of finish off Frederick’s story, which is his acceptance of his name, and if there is an underpinning to his story, it’s that. It feels now as if there’s something for the audience to hang their emotional hat on.Were you aware at the time of the Broadway production?Very much so! I was actually in the show [The Pirate Queen] that was in that theater [then called the Hilton] immediately before Young Frankenstein. Obviously, we were hoping our show would run and run so to find myself doing this show 10 years later is just one of those amazing connections that you get in life!What do you think Mel Brooks might have made of the contrastingly serious, events-based musical Committee… that you created with Tom Deering and Josie Rourke for this summer’s premiere at the Donmar?God knows. I think he would have beefed up the gags quite significantly; all the talk about select committees and the workings of British charity might have left him slightly cold.Do you feel as if this year has allowed you to explore the spectrum of musical theater?Looking at my year in microcosm, it really does demonstrate the breadth of what musical theater is about—that you can have flat-out musical comedy like this one, or something more form-challenging or kind of niche and politically engaged like Committee… That show was a helluva learning curve for [composer] Tom Deering and me, and the Donmar is a helluva place as a writer to have your very first show performed.Are you still in touch with your Sheytoons performing and writing partner, Ramin Karimloo?That partnership strikes up every so often, really, and Ramin is perhaps a little more devoted to it than I am: he has a following for that kind of stuff. When we do get together, it feels like a lovely release. We’ve talked about Mel Brooks being a force of nature but so is Ramin, really. I’ve known him since 2002 and just to see his star having risen so brightly and so honestly—he’s such an honest performer—is a real pleasure.Meanwhile, can we expect you to be part of next year’s gender-bending West End revival of Company, which will star your wife, Rosalie Craig, as the first female Bobby—here renamed Bobbi?Do you know what, I’m going to leave Rosie to take the stage on that one! I will probably be on dad duty for the run of the show [the couple has an 11-month-old daughter] so will just be supporting her from the auditorium. It’s such an exciting team and such a beloved show, and I’m as excited as everybody else about it.Have you ever been in Company?The closest I ever came was when I sang “Marry Me A Little” in a production of Putting It Together in 2004 up in Harrogate! At one time it would have been a possibility for me to play Bobby but I’m far happier, frankly, that it’s Rosie playing Bobbi.Do you and your wife ever think about shows you might be in together?There might come a time when the right thing comes alone—Sunday in the Park with George or even Sweeney Todd, or perhaps both. But we’ve not thought about that for the moment; we might when our little girl is a bit more mature.Are there other, more recent Broadway musicals you’re possibly coveting—​The Great Comet, for instance, were it to come over here?I don’t want to sound like I’m flippant or diffident about it and if that comes over, I’d love to do it. But I’m not one of those people who sits there coveting roles; if something’s right, it will come along.last_img read more

Babcox Media Announces Two Promotions

first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  AKRON, Ohio – Babcox Media Inc., publisher of aftermarketNews.com, is pleased to announce the promotion of two longtime sales executives.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Regional Sales Manager Jim Merle has been promoted to publisher of Babcox Media’s Tech Group, which includes Underhood Service, ImportCar and Brake & Front End magazines and websites, as well as AutoCareProNews.com. Merle joined Babcox in 1993. During his tenure, he has covered a variety of territories across the country, including the Southeast and the Midwest. Sean Donohue, also currently a regional sales manager at Babcox, has been promoted to associate publisher of TechShop magazine and TechShopMag.com. He joined Babcox in 2008 from the Akron Beacon Journal. Donohue spent six years as an account executive at the Beacon, most recently in Automotive. Merle and Donohue will oversee the day-to-day activities of their respective brands and will report to Jeff Stankard, vice president of Babcox Media. Both appointments are effective Jan. 17, 2012. Jim Merle can be reached at 330-670-1234 x280 or via email at [email protected] Sean Donohue can be reached at 330-670-1234 x206 or via email at [email protected],Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. last_img read more

Afghan rail strategy takes shape

first_imgAFGHANISTAN: As work progresses rapidly on Afghanistan’s first substantial railway, plans are firming up for a 1000 km standard gauge corridor running across the north of the country. This would give Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and potentially China access to world markets via the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas without requiring transit through other CIS countries.Minister of Mines Wahidullah Shahrani set out a US$6bn plan for a 2000 km national network at a railway development workshop in Kabul in May. The first phase would start at Sher Khan Bandar on the Tajik border, connect at Naibabad with the 1520 mm gauge line now under construction from Uzbekistan, and continue through Mazar-i-Sharif to Herat, with the possibility of a link to the Turkmemistan Railways line at Towraghondi. A branch would run from Shirbirghan via Andkhvoy to the Aqina border crossing with Turkmenistan. At Herat the railway will join a line under construction from Iran; civil works are complete on two-thirds of the formation within Iran, but the Afghan section of the route is still awaiting funding. The minister said the corridor will be built to 1435 mm gauge, designed for 25 tonne axleloads and speeds of 100 to 160 km/h. A second phase would see a Chinese-backed line built from Mazar-i-Sharif to Kabul, Jalalabad and Torkham, near the Khyber Pass. The long-proposed extension of Pakistan Railways’ Chaman line to Kandahar is also planned.last_img read more