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Atlético’s season goes through Bernabéu and Liverpool

first_imgThe other major challenge of the exercise is the tie against Liverpool. The English team is a great favorite for everyone, but the rojiblanco team always presents a battle against the teams that are theoretically superior. February 18 is the appointment marked in red in the Atlético calendar. The Wanda Metropolitano will help as always. The second leg will be played on March 11. Falling in the Championships would be a sad end to a season in which Atlético had placed high hopes. Atlético expects to strengthen in these coming weeks. And not only with Cavani. The club has been negotiating with the PSG for some time and the signing could be closed in the last days of the transfer market. The club has little margin in the economic matter but will throw the rest for the Uruguayan striker. In sports management they understand that the problem is not just goal. But also that more mordant is needed above. Diego Costa will return in the third week of February. The big question is how the forward will reappear. For Simeone, Costa is vital. It is one of yours. But it was not good in the first third of the season. The technician also has in the dry dock Koke, who points to the Bernabeú. And to Lemar, although the future of the French is far from the Metropolitan Wanda. Simeone faces a difficult moment in Atlético. In these years he never suffered such an elimination. It’s something new for the Argentine coach. The priority is to raise the morale of the team and win the Leganes, in the morning game, with a full Wanda Metropolitano. It is the first and great goal. Those three points should give peace of mind to a team that is reeling right now. We will have to see how a hobby reacts that never fails.Meanwhile there are questions in the air. João Félix offered a good game in León. He was seen distributing assists and getting quite into play. Just the day the team fell eliminated against a lower rival. Atlético needs more of him. But also from Thomas, from Lodi, from Vitolo… The season that was successful has begun to get complicated. Atlético suffered an important blow against the Cultural Leonesa, a defeat that has hurt a lot in the rojiblanco dressing room. Atlético had high hopes for the copera competition, a trophy always liked by the Madrid entity. Eliminated from the Cup and having already played the Spanish Super Cup Atlético’s panorama this season presents two important events. Simeone’s team will play it at the Bernabéu, next February 1 and in the tie against Liverpool. Atletico, after the defeat at Eibar, is eight points from Barcelona and Real Madrid. The title seems complicated, although in two days the Madrid team plays at the Bernabéu. It is a stadium that in recent years is good but it is not worth anything other than winning. The main objective of the season is to qualify among the top four, because it depends on the club continues its current status. Not entering the next Champions League would be difficult to digest. Winning Real Madrid seems essential if Atlético wants to continue aspiring to the title. last_img read more

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Weekend of close matches in the Western League

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Tuff Gong Domino Club eked out a thrilling one-point (300-299) victory over Long Bay in the Charley’s JB Overproof Rum Western Jamaica Domino Premier League on Sunday.The nail-biting finish was one of the closest margins of victory for any club in this season’s competition and showed Tuff Gong’s mettle in staving off the challenge laid down by their opponents.Tuff Gong held a comfortable, but slender seven-point (153-146) lead at the halfway mark, but Long Bay, feeling the love from their supporters, rallied in the early stages of the second half.With the scores equal in the waning moments of the tight match, it was the Tuff Gong pairs who held sway to score a memorable win.Dynasty were also forced to hold on to a single-point victory in their contest with Deeside Untouchables in another enthralling Premier League tie, and it was a similar score in the match-up between Unity Strikers and Strike Force.Western Strikers defeated Rainbow by a nine-point margin (300-291), while Tornado wasted little time to blow away Dallas 300-272 in Division One action, while Uptown eased past Cool Wave 300-280 in their encounter.Matches across all three divisions will resume on Sunday, with matches slated for a 1 p.m. start.last_img read more

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Hand en Veldt residents to receive access to potable water for Christmas

first_imgThis promise was made as Guyana Water Inc (GWI) Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles and technical staff visited the community on Monday to meet with the residents.The residents had written a letter to the newspapers, complaining about their lack of access to potable water.They had recently reached out to GWI’s regional office where they received support, and works had commenced shortly thereafter to ensure that they receive access to potable water.There were, however, some technical challenges along the way, which delayed the installation of the service connections to customers.The GWI Managing Director explained to the residents that he asked that the company’s technical staff examine the situation, and despite the challenges, the water company would seek every means possible to remedy the situation by Christmas.Dr Van West-Charles took the opportunity to encourage the residents to firstly register with the regional office as customers, following which they would pay a minimal service connection fee.He also related to residents that the company would regularly test the water they would receive and the results would be accessible for all to view.Meanwhile, GWI Executive Director of Operations, Dwayne Shako, told residents that the company would commence the installation of service connections during this week.Residents also took the opportunity to raise other issues, including leakages and the build-up of rust in the pipe at the end of the water network.The GWI, in a statement, said it would install a flush-out mechanism to address the latter issue, and would look in to having the other issues resolved. – after a decade of being withoutResidents of the Hand en Veldt community in Mahaica, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), have been promised access to potable water by Christmas this year, after 10 years of being without such.last_img read more

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Hunt first overall winner at Taylor’s first ever Hit to Pass races

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. — It was an action-packed weekend of crashes and passes at the Taylor Speedway, as the dirt oval hosted its first-ever Hit to Pass races on Father’s Day weekend.Eleven drivers brought their modified machines out on to the course, which quickly turned into a mixture of stock car racing and demolition derby as the drivers were required to bump a fellow racer while initiating an overtake on the circuit. Organizer and driver Sam Hunt, who is originally from Victoria, said that this was the first instance that he knows of where Hit to Pass was held on a dirt track. The Hit to Pass race format is said to have originated at Western Speedway in Langford. Gord Beaumont loses air in three of his four tires. Photo by Chris Newton Gord Beaumont loses air in three of his four tires. Photo by Chris Newton John Veenstra takes out Darcy Keithley at Hit to Pass. Photo by Chris Newton John Veenstra takes out Darcy Keithley at Hit to Pass. Photo by Chris Newton Colten Babcock takes out Matt Rossell while chasing down Sam Hunt during Hit to Pass. Photo by Chris Newton Colten Babcock takes out Matt Rossell while chasing down Sam Hunt during Hit to Pass. Photo by Chris Newton L-R: Colton Babcock (#505), Matt Rossell (#43), Jason Westgate (#187x), Sam Hunt (#47x), and Derek Loomis (#51) at the start of the third heat on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton L-R: Colton Babcock (#505), Matt Rossell (#43), Jason Westgate (#187x), Sam Hunt (#47x), and Derek Loomis (#51) at the start of the third heat on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton – Advertisement -After the packed house of spectators got to meet the drivers, the group took it in turns competing in the trophy dash races. John Veenstra was the winner of the first day of action’s Trophy Dash, managing to successfully fend off the most number of drivers. After the Trophy Dash, racers lined up for more carnage as the drivers grouped into heats of up to six cars ahead of the main event. Sam Hunt, driving the #47x pickup truck, won Saturday’s Main Event race, ahead of the #25 emergency light-equipped car driven by Darren Morin, and Gordy Beaumont, who was at the wheel of the #33 orange pickup. Hunt also won the Best Appearing award on Saturday. Derek Loomis won an award for being the first driver during the weekend to lose a bumper, while Matt Rossell had the first rollover of the weekend.Sunday saw the carnage continue on the dirt track, while some of the Speedway’s Junior racers competed in the Mini Sprints. Eddie Scarfo took top spot in the Mini Sprints, ahead of Cody Willis and Anthony Seguin.Meanwhile, Darren Morin was Sunday’s Trophy Dash winner, which started the day’s Hit to Pass competition. Neither Morin nor any of the other drivers were able to keep up with Hunt, who once again took first in the day’s Main Event, also winning the top prize as Two-Day Grand Champion. Stacey Patriquin, driving the #11 car finished in 2nd place on Sunday, while Colten Babcock, who also opted for emergency lights, finished in 3rd. Despite the valiant efforts by Patriquin and Babcock, Morin and Beaumont would win 2nd and 3rd for the weekend overall based on aggregate scoring.last_img read more

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Saulteau First Nation to receive $80,000 for clean energy project

first_imgThe BC Government’s Community Energy Leadership Program has provided the Saulteau First Nation with $80,000 in funding that will support a biomass heating project that will displace propane use in greenhouses, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 110 tonnes per year.This year, CELP approved 7 projects across the province for a total of $250,000 in funding, including solar power, biomass heating, and energy retrofits to local facilities.The four energy efficiency projects will result in 5,819 gigajoules of energy savings annually. The amount of energy consumed each year in a typical Canadian home is about to 120 gigajoules.- Advertisement -This move with save the community approximately $77,000 in fuel costs annually.Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier congratulated the Saulteau First Nation for their initiative to reduce greenhouse gas.“Projects like these advance British Columbia’s growing clean energy sector and strengthen our reputation as a world leader in energy efficiency initiatives,” he added.Advertisement CELP will also reportedly provide $1.3 million over the next three years to help communities implement local energy efficiency and clean energy projects.last_img read more

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Real Madrid more of a team without Ronaldo, says Bale

first_img0Shares0000Gareth Bale believes Real Madrid are a more united team without Cristiano Ronaldo © AFP / LLUIS GENELONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 17 – Gareth Bale has won four Champions Leagues in five years at Real Madrid, but believes the Spanish giants can be even better in their quest for a 14th European crown despite the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo.Bale has shone in the spotlight since Ronaldo’s departure for Juventus, scoring in all of Real’s opening three La Liga wins and providing the equaliser for Isco in a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. “Obviously it’s going to be a little different from having such a big player there,” Bale told British newspaper the Daily Mail.“It’s maybe a bit more relaxed, yes. I suppose there is more of a team, more working as one unit rather than one player.”Fired by his anger at being left out of the starting line-up in Zinedine Zidane’s last match in charge of Madrid, Bale came off the bench to score twice in last season’s Champions League final to beat Liverpool 3-1.However, it is Ronaldo’s goals that have led Real to so much success on the continent in recent times.The Portuguese has been the competition’s top scorer for the past six seasons.But ahead of their Champions League opener against last season’s semi-finalists Roma on Wednesday, Bale insists Real can be even better this season.“We can be even better again,” he added. “Another start and another challenge. We’re ready for it.”The strained relationship between Bale and Zidane may have led to the Welshman looking for an exit this summer had the French coach not decided to bow out after winning a third straight Champions League in just two and a half years in charge.Bale avoided the question of whether new boss Julen Lopetegui is a better manager than the French great, but accepts Lopetegui’s command of English has made it easier to communicate.“Obviously it helps,” said Bale. “In Spanish I can talk but maybe not go into that amount of detail with them that I would need to.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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MAN IN COURT ON 26 CHARGES RELATED TO ‘PEAR SHAPED RESOURCES’

first_imgSEVEN people lost money in an investment called ‘Pear Shaped Resources’ run by a man from Ballybofey, a court heard today.The claim was made at the start of a trial at Donegal Circuit Court. You can read more here:http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/1214/elvint.htmlMAN IN COURT ON 26 CHARGES RELATED TO ‘PEAR SHAPED RESOURCES’ was last modified: December 14th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal circuit courtpear shaped resourceslast_img read more

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OLYMPICS: CHLOE MAGEE CONFIDENT AHEAD OF GAMES

first_imgSHE’S one of our greatest every sportswomen.And as Chloe Magee gets ready for her second Olympic Games, the Raphoe woman talks about the challenges ahead.The BBC has carried an interview with her – the TV station’s coverage of the Games is going to be awesome with up to 40 digital channels covering every event. You can watch Chloe’s interview with the BBC here:http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/2012/athletes/62a79610-bfc2-44a7-887b-0935f14e2abe   OLYMPICS: CHLOE MAGEE CONFIDENT AHEAD OF GAMES was last modified: July 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:OLYMPICS: CHLOE MAGEE CONFIDENT AHEAD OF GAMESlast_img read more

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New west Donegal walking trail on the cards

first_imgWork is almost complete on a new walking trail in West Donegal, it has been revealed. A community group in the area have been working on the project for several weeks with the aim of opening a near 20-mile trail to help outdoor enthusiasts explore the landscape and heritage of the west Donegal area.The walking trail, which intertwines along Dungloe, Burtonport, Kinclasslagh, Anngaire and Loughanure is said to be near completion with a view of opening the trail before the end of the year. The aim is to promote existing paths and tracks more widely to encourage local people and visitors to the area.The project was made possible by a local community group from Dungloe, Cllr Michael Mac Giolla Easbuig and Donegal County Council.A west Donegal community group in Dungloe have spearheaded the projectSpeaking to Donegal Daily, local county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig, said: “What is interesting about this walking trail is that it intertwines in three parishes, Dungloe, Acres and Kincasslagh.“The public will be able to spend whatever amount of time on it. “The community group and I have had a really constructive meeting with Donegal County Council walking officier, Francis Cunningham, and we are moving on very well.“I suppose for the objective here is to open up the area outside of Dungloe to more people.“It is a beautiful scenic walk up through the boglands of west Donegal and we are hoping by Christmas that it will be opened up to the public.”It is understood that direction signs will be installed in the near future before advertising of the walking trail beginning soon afterwards.“They are bog roads, so there is not a lot of infrastructure work to be done,” he added. “Obviously there is work to be done, like drainage and surfacing, but it is nothing that is beyond us. “As a local councillor that has been asked to engage with the community group, it is very exciting for the people in west Donegal and for future visitors.“I am a massive walker myself on a daily basis and it is fantastic,”  Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig added. “It will be good for cyclists, walkers, families and hopefully we will be working towards accommodating those of all abilities.”New west Donegal walking trail on the cards was last modified: October 22nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Lanseria International Airport

first_imgJanine ErasmusLanseria is Gauteng province’s second international airport – the other being the higher-profile OR Tambo International. While the latter is still the entry point for most commercial travellers into South Africa, Lanseria has established itself as the leading general airport in Africa and is increasing its scheduled passenger flights as well.Located northeast of Johannesburg, Lanseria is surrounded by largely unspoiled and undeveloped landscapes that stretch all the way to the blue foothills of the Magaliesberg mountains further to the north.One of South Africa’s most popular budget airlines – kulula.com, with its distinctive bright green livery – is now in its second year of scheduled flights between Lanseria and popular local destinations Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth. More flights will be added during 2008 to accommodate the increasing demand for scheduled services from Lanseria.“The demographics are in our favour,” says airport manager Gavin Sayce. “Gauteng’s flying population is moving out to this area. Johannesburg’s northwest is becoming an area of choice for both urban and commercial development, and OR Tambo International, as frequent passengers know, can get very congested.”Lanseria was established in 1974 by two pilots from Pretoria and is the only private airport in South Africa with international status. While OR Tambo and other major South African airports fall under the umbrella of the partially state-owned Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa), Lanseria is privately owned by a consortium of investors.Getting bigger and betterThe airport is currently undergoing a series of upgrades that will provide extra capacity for the ever-increasing amount of daily traffic, especially with the 2010 Fifa World CupTM almost in sight. A South African Civil Aviation Authority task team has evaluated the capacities of airports in regions where football games will take place and is in the process of matching demand with supply.Development work in progress includes the imminent completion of a 20 000m2 apron extension to accommodate kulula.com’s new Boeing 737 fleet. This involved the removal of three hangars to make way for more apron space. “We’re also finishing an extension of the runway system – this began two years ago. It’s basically an upgrade to the taxiway which makes it easier for larger aircraft to navigate the runways,” says Sayce.Lanseria can currently accommodate large aircraft such as the American Air Force C17 freight craft, and passenger planes including the Boeing 757, the full range of Boeing’s 737 fleet, and the Airbus A319.Completed projects include an expansion of the departure hall and the installation of a new baggage carousel in the arrivals hall. In addition, the parking area’s capacity has more than doubled and now can accommodate 1 300 cars. All of Lanseria’s parking spaces are covered with a canopy – not shade cloth – and golf carts are standing by for those unable to find a space close to the terminal.A preferred point of entryAlready Lanseria is something of a preferred entry point for celebrities, heads of state and other VIPs. With its reputation as a hub for private, diplomatic and corporate transport, it is expected that Fifa officials, sponsors and teams that have their own air transport will use Lanseria when they move in and out of Gauteng.Kulula.com commenced its services after research indicated that residents from Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, as well as those from Pretoria, would welcome a scheduled service out of Lanseria. And the decision to go ahead has paid off. According to Airport Media, which operates in the niche sector of advertising at airports, the number of passengers has increased from 170 000 to 600 000 in just two years.Air Travelmax offers scheduled flights from Lanseria to the exotic destinations of Inhambane and Vilanculos in Mozambique, favourites among diving enthusiasts. The airline introduced a new route in March 2008 – to Hoedspruit in Limpopo, situated within easy reach of the Kruger National Park and big game country. This will give Lanseria’s clients access to some of the best game reserves in South Africa.Rovos Air also has its base at Lanseria. This is the airborne division of luxury travel operator Rovos, and offers air safaris in its fleet of classic aircraft, one of which celebrated its 70th year of service in 2005. Regular destinations include Cape Town, George – part of the Garden Route on South Africa’s southern coast – and Victoria Falls in Zambia. The airline offers annual excursions to Swakopmund in Namibia and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, among others.Says Sayce, “There is interest from other airlines now. Initially we won’t be looking at any expansion of our scheduled morning and evening services, but during the day there will be space for the introduction of new flights.”Travel with a personal touchOR Tambo last year handled over 18 million passengers, says that airport’s GM Chris Hlekane, and is expecting between 20 and 22 million in 2010. In comparison about 1 500 passengers move through Lanseria’s terminal doors every day, but Sayce says this allows his staff to make their passengers’ travelling experience more personal.“We have a departure lounge for all our scheduled passengers,” explains Lanseria marketing and PR manager Lize Nel, “where they can relax, read the newspaper, access the internet, and enjoy some coffee or something stronger from the cash bar – the latter is the only service they pay for. At bigger airports you would find these facilities only in business and first class lounges.”The airport also maintains arrival and departure facilities for general aviation passengers, whose requirements differ from those of scheduled passengers. “We created a separate area which would be mainly used by the charter operators, corporate companies and individuals. All international flights will still use international departures,” Sayce explains.For international passengers, relevant government departments such as Immigration, Border Police (part of the South African Police Service), Customs and Excise, Health, Nature Conservation, Agriculture, National Intelligence and Veterinarian Services are represented at Lanseria. They are open around the clock.The airport also has a large variety of aviation-related tenants – these range from the scheduled and charter operators to aircraft sales, freight services, flight schools, and other maintenance services such as engineering, upholstery and spray-painting. Other facilities such as w-fi access, foreign exchange, and a duty-free shop are available.Destinations all across South AfricaLanseria and Hoedspruit are just two of hundreds of civil, private and military airports around South Africa. From Aberdeen to Zeerust, and from Musina on South Africa’s northernmost border to Cape Town at the southern tip of the country, there is a network of airports ranging in size and scope from amongst the busiest in the world to little more than a flattened strip of sand.Acsa operates airports in all the major cities and a number of smaller ones such as Kimberley, Pilanesberg and Upington. Colourful names abound, such as Giants Castle Game Reserve (KwaZulu-Natal), Henry’s Flats (Eastern Cape), Tsitsikama Fly Inn (Eastern Cape), and HMS Bastard Memorial (KwaZulu-Natal).Several private game reserves such as Mala Mala have their own airstrips, and the Kruger National Park maintains a small private airport at Skukuza, one of its most popular rest camps.Useful linksLanseriaMogale CityOR TamboAirports Company of SAList of airports in South AfricaSouth African Civil Aviation AuthorityRovos Airkulula.comThe Garden Routelast_img read more

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