1×1 of Atleti: Oblak held Atleti and Vitolo resurrected him

first_imgThomas: Atlético’s first shot between the three suits was his. A trallazo marks the house at the hands of Neto. Without too much presence in the center. Messi received very easily between him, Herrera and Saul. With too much. Erratic later although it improved in the second part.Herrera: Simeone chose him to start in front of Koke and gave strength to the center of the red and white field. He forced Neto to a great stop in the throwing of a foul that left his foot looking for the net stuck to the stick. It was the change to rest.Saul: Irrelevant for much of the game. Inconsistent in the middle, he moved to the left-handed side past game time, when Vitolo entered Lodi. It was released by getting strong at the site and stealing a ball from Vidal’s boot.João Felix: Lost, unable to own the attack situations of Atlético. He had a snatch in the first minutes but now. On the next ball he touched, he fell. And there was no more. Opposite was Griezmann. It is still light years ahead of what the previous ‘7’ of Atlético was. And by this time of his first year, San Mamés had already passed, had already exploded. Good Portuguese career before the break. In the previous play they had to separate him from Jordi Alba. After Messi, when the teams were retiring, when it was incredible. Then with Suarez. Savic arrived to separate and protect the Portuguese. Character has. All that remains is for things to come out. He improved in the second part. Morata: Atlético’s first approach to Neto’s goal was in his boots. Fighter, as always, erratic in decision-making in front of the goal, with no confidence to face. Until he had to throw the penalty. He picked up the ball and fired loudly and midway to his right.Koke: He went to rest and placed himself in the double pivot with Thomas. And in the first ball he touched, goal. At 18 seconds He couldn’t show his captaincy better in King Abdullah. But five minutes was very soft to a ball that Messi had in the heart of the area … The end of the film was the same as always. Goal of the Argentine. 26 minutes later Llorente waited in the band. The rojiblanco doctor, Celada, by his side. Koke had hurt himself in one play. He was returning to the bench. Injured.Vitolo: He left after game time and gave Atlético the intention he had lost in all the remaining minutes. At least he has the opposite goal in his head. The others, during almost every game just look back. His entry resurrected Atlético. Caused the penalty that marked Morata 2-2.Llorente: It was nothing against the current as soon as he left. He saw the yellow one, too. But, after his departure, the red and white comeback. At the end of the game he ran into Neto after a counter. Oblak: In an action with Suarez in the 15th minute ‘he received a blow from Luis Suarez after the ball bounced him in front and the goalkeeper caught him. But he lay in the grass, suffering from a blow to the knee. Seven minutes later he made his first miracle of the game. He stopped Messi with a thigh. And with sore thigh. Atlético did not leave their feet in the entire first part. And, of course, that forces him. In 39 ’his third miracle of the first part to complete the most holy trinity. Before Griezmann, a hand in hand. Five minutes had been played in the second half when Messi was ahead. There was no fourth miracle. Or yes, but a little later. Before Griezmann. The Frenchman knows all the intentions. He stopped his attempt at Vaseline. But the goalkeeper was too bad, despite having all his team locked at his feet. And even God’s gloves get tired of holding on, they can’t with everything, especially when they arrive on the right, on the left and in the air. He saved with another miracle a header at point blank range of Suarez, but the rejection was left to Griezmann to mark head. Messi and Vidal also scored him but the VAR lowered their goals from the scoreboard.Trippier: It only went up once but ended up in Atlético attack. He focused but the ball went out in the background. Little transcendentSavic: He returned to eleven due to Giménez’s injury. In the shadow of Felipe. His contribution to the game was different: first a tangana with Piqué and then be the footballer who went to separate Suárez from João Félix. In football, very white and without rhythm. Griezmann made several portraits.Felipe: Giménez’s absence caused him to move to the left profile. Winner of all jumps. It remained head insurance. He is the guardian of the area. All the hung balls and lateral centers of Atlético ended in his forehead. The best rojiblanco in the first part.I gave it: First duel against Barcelona after Simeone had left him in the bank in La Liga. A knife in the attack. Soft back: his band was Messi’s door to the Oblak area over and over again. Retired in 66 ’after a game of neither fu nor fa. Saul had to go to the side.Belt: He started unbalanced on the right, but in one action he took a blow with Neto and lay on the grass. He tried to continue but his ankle did not allow it. He was limping. Simeone played with one minus several minutes. The Argentine continued in the field but Atlético was no longer eleven and the team, which had started intense and in the field of Barcelona, ​​got into the cave and survived. At the beginning of the second part, he was still on the green. And when he got off the field, he found Koke for the goal. In the 85th minute, he scored 2-3 for Atletico when he escaped in a counter and beat Neto. He shot from above, the goalkeeper put his hand and the goal crossed the line before a Barça player took it out, but in this competition the goal technology was released, the clock struck the referee’s wrist … It was goal. That continued on the field was key, it is sweet. last_img read more

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Liberia Debuts At Akwaaba Tourism Exhibition

first_imgIn July of this year the government of Liberia received its first ever Tourism Export Strategy developed by The International Trade Centre (ITC). The creation of this strategy was a three month process where various Liberian tourism stakeholders attended a series of workshops to identify problems in the sector and possible solutions to take it to the next level. The data from this process allowed ITC to create a roadmap for Liberia tourism sector, and is now being used to further its development. As the Liberian Tourism industry continues to gain momentum, there is a great need for the world to be exposed to it. In achieving this, a local tour operator, West Tourism Management (WTM), through the support of the Liberian National Tourism Association (LINTA) will be traveling to Lagos, Nigeria to introduce Destination Liberia at The Akwaaba African Travel Market. Being held from October 30 to November 1, 2016, The Akwaaba African Travel Market is West Africa’s largest International Travel Fair and Tourism Exhibition. In twelve years, Akwaaba has grown to become the most important Africa Tourism marketing platform in the region, drawing attendance from over 10,000 visitors from 20 countries. The founder of West Tourism Management (WTM) is Hospitality & Tourism Specialist, Chiquita Afuluenu Johnson. WTM is a Liberian based brand and boutique tour operator with the goal of encouraging and promoting Pan-African travel and investment. Specializing in a variety of travel and tourism services, they are proficient and passionate about highlighting unique and memorable experiences in African destinations, most especially Liberia. “I attended Akwaaba for the first time last November for networking purposes, and was the only Liberian representative. It was truly an amazing experience,” says Chiquita. “I was overwhelmed about the amount of beautiful African destinations that were exhibiting their tourism products and services, and told myself that next year Liberia would no longer be left out.” This will be the first year Liberia will be exhibited at Akwaaba in over a decade since its existence. As an exhibitor at Akwaaba, West Tourism Management will be showcasing Liberia’s tourism products and services, which so many are unaware of due its checkered past and lack of positive awareness. In changing this, WTM has connected with hospitality/tourism entities that they believe in, and have a distinct appeal to capture the attention of the African travel market, currently placed in a US$1.2 billion industry. These entities have provided the tour operator with their marketing materials, including brochures, fliers, pull-up banners, soft fliers, promotional videos, etc. Once at Akwaaba, WTM will be responsible for distributing materials to attendees, giving testimonials about products and services, and encouraging potential clients of WTM to utilize them on their next trip to Liberia. “This is truly a great opportunity for our sector,” says Chiquita, who also served as the National Tourism Consultant on the ITC project. “Now is the time for our country to be marketed globally as a beautiful destination with some of the most unique touristic treasures, unmatched culture, and hospitable people one can find. I’m so honored to represent Liberia for the first time ever at this event and thank LINTA for their great support in this venture” Entities that will be showcased at the West Tourism Management-Liberia booth are Libassa Ecolodge, Wulki Farms, The Royal Grande Hotel, Maryland Guest House, Bella Casa Hotel, Mamba Point Hotel, Sharks Entertainment Inc., Corina Hotel, and Nana’s Lodge.For more information about West Tourism Management visit www.west-tourism.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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New executives appointed to association of municipalities

first_imgThe Guyana Association of Municipalities (GAM) recently hosted its annual elections where a new executive body was elected to the Board.Outgoing Vice Chairman in the organisation and Mayor of Bartica, Gifford Marshal told Guyana Times that Mayor of Linden, Waneka Arrindell was elected as the new President while Kirk Fraser from New Amsterdam was elected to serve as Vice President.The Deputy Mayor of Georgetown, Alfred Mentore, was selected as GAM’s new secretary while New Amsterdam’s Mayor, Winifred Heywood, was elected as treasurer. Three others were chosen to sit on the Board as committee members.The new body has been appointed to represent their municipalities and ensure capacity-building for the successful functioning of the various Local Authority Areas.Linden Mayor and new GAM PresidentWaneka ArrindellMeanwhile, a Municipal Councillor and committee member of GAM said he feels that the coalition faction of GAM was trying desperately to hijack the association.“Last December, I was present at the executive meeting called by the President of GAM, Mr Carwyn Holland, who was the former Mayor of Linden and witnessed the classless display from the booted former Georgetown Mayor Chase-Green. She had to be spoken to firmly by Mr Holland in his usual classic way as she was doing everything she could to make a case for her to be named President of GAM,” the Councillor said.According to the source, “It also seems as if the secretary who is the Mayor of New Amsterdam was deep in the collusion and the raucous led to a postponement of the elections but the other aspects of the meeting went on”.The Councillor explained that he was barely given a last-minute invitation while being sure that none of his fellow People’s Progressive Party (PPP) comrades would attend since the association had degenerated to a farce since the departure of Holland.“Now it seems like a power grab is going on with Chase making a case and the new Linden Mayor Arrindell suddenly finding a love for GAM. As Opposition Councillors, we supported the association under the last leadership because they were open and transparent, but with what I am seeing this may be the end of GAM”.The Councillor said he was made to understand that the organisation hosted a pre-meeting recently in the city “and suggested Arrindell and Bartica Mayor Marshall be the President and Vice President over the New City Mayor Narine as they claim he lacks experience”.He said he is now left to wonder if Narine was bypassed for the position because of his race.last_img read more

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Buffon happy to be part of new Italy generation

first_img0Shares0000Never too old: Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon attends a press conference in Manchester ahead of Friday’s friendly against Argentina © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 23 – Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon insisted Thursday that he still has a role to play in Italy’s future despite already having passed his 40th birthday.The Juventus star quit international football after Italy stunningly failed to qualify for the World Cup finals. However, he has since reversed his decision and will play against Argentina on Friday, also retaining the captain’s armband.“Everyone knows the truth. My role in the squad has always been positive and I’ve always brought people together. I’ve always put us before me,” Buffon, who holds a European record 175 international caps, told reporters at the Etihad Stadium.“I’m not here to showcase, to show myself off. I can still be useful. I might be 40 but I’m the goalkeeper of Juventus.“Italy is a funny country where people enjoy controversy but any controversy about me is just sensationalism. After a while all this controversy will just fall away.”Buffon has previously hinted that this season could be his last but he does not appear to have any retirement plans yet, especially with Juve well-placed for another Serie A title and in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.“I don’t know if my last match will be with Juventus or an international but it will be low key and sober, normal,” he said.“I arrived at my first game on a scooter and the only car I have is the one that Juventus make available for me.”After Friday’s game, Italy head for London where they will play England at Wembley on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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From Russia with love… Brief stories from the World Cup

first_img0Shares0000The Luzhniki Stadium is hosting the first game of the World Cup © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 14 – AFP Sport takes a look at some of the stories you may have missed as the World Cup starts in Russia.Cast a spell on you With the help of two priestesses and a rain stick shaped like an ancient Mesoamerican god, Mexico’s “Grand Warlock” has cast a spell to help the national team.In a public ceremony, Antonio Vazquez — better known as the psychic “El Brujo Mayor” — invoked the plumed serpent god Quetzalcoatl to help Mexico end their 32-year wait to reach the quarter-finals.The Mexicans have lost in the last 16 in six successive World Cups.“Quetzalcoatl, give me all your force and power to break through heaven’s doors,” he said, his long white beard standing out against his green Mexico jersey.Up in the godsPeople seated in the Yekaterinburg Arena’s now-infamous temporary stands behind each goal will certainly need to be fit.Fans sitting in the temporary stand at the Yekaterinburg Arena will need to be fit © AFP/File / Anne-Christine POUJOULATFans will have to scale 250 metal steps to reach the dizzying top rows and once they get there they will also need a head for heights.They would be advised to pack a raincoat — the stands are open to the elements — and a pair of binoculars will also come in handy.The two stands, which are each the equivalent height of a 14-storey building, were constructed specially for the World Cup to increase the stadium’s capacity to 35,000.Hairy momentsJackson Irvine’s flowing locks could be in danger should he find the back of the net in Russia © AFP / SAEED KHANAustralia’s Jackson Irvine laughed off suggestions that teammate Trent Sainsbury will “shave his (Irvine’s) hair off” if Irvine scores a goal. The midfielder stands out from the rest of the Socceroos squad because of his long locks.“It came up last night actually,” he said. “Trent Sainsbury tried to convince me if I score, then he gets to shave my hair off after the game so… I haven’t quite agreed to that bet yet but it has become part of my trademark. I’ve become quite emotionally attached to it so I can’t see it going anywhere soon.”A red-hot start?The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations has warned that “frosts are expected” on Thursday in the Leningrad region.But it added that there would also be “extreme fire danger” in the western part of the region for the first three days of the tournament.Keep calm, pass it to ChristianEriksen scored a brilliant treble in the 4-1 win over Ireland that took Denmark to the World Cup © AFP/File / Paul FAITHDanish fans have enjoyed poking fun at their team in the build-up to the tournament, even making a joke shirt that shows their “tactics” on the back.The cunning gameplan involves always attempting to pass to Tottenham star Christian Eriksen, who scored a stunning hat-trick in the 4-1 play-off victory against Ireland.But the Danes will be without Nicklas Bendtner through injury. A petition to postpone the World Cup until the much-maligned former Arsenal striker is fit has garnered more than 11,000 signatures.Anger in ColombiaFans in Colombia have been left incensed after Spanish magazine Panenka’s parody of their side ‘the XI of the Narcos’ depicted a team led by infamous drug traffickers such as Pablo Escobar, Carlos Lehder, Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela and Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha.The magazine was forced to apologise after an outcry on social media, saying: “We have always wanted to treat the country with love and respect.”Rugby dig“Maybe if Italy had entered the @federugby (Italian rugby) team, they’d have something to cheer about this #FIFAWorldCup” — World Rugby can’t resist a cross-code dig at the Azzurri’s failure to qualify for the finals in Russia as it tweets footage of Italy’s rugby players showing impressive round-ball skills.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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GAA: DONEGAL SOUTH RESULTS

first_imgUnder 12 Go Games League Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Jul-2011 Buncrana 1 – 9 1 – 5 Red Hughs Scarvey-Buncrana u/12 Go Games Final Under 10 Go Games League Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Jul-2011 Termon 0 – 8 0 – 7 St Eunans A Errigal College Pitch L-KennyUnder 10 Go Games League Section 2 Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Jul-2011 Naomh Colmcille Newtown 0 – 8 0 – 8 Sean MacCumhaills Pairc Colmcille NewtonDownings Bay Hotel U-16 Championship Div 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Jul-2011 Naomh Padraig Lifford 4 – 11 6 – 11 Glenswilly Glenswilly-Pairc Naomh Columba u/16 div 3 champ sheild extra time if needed Crawfords Trophies U-14 League Div 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Jul-2011 Carndonagh 1 – 5 0 Robert Emmets CarndonaghCrawfords Trophies U-14 League Div 2 Section 2 Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment15-Jul-2011 St Eunans B 2 – 12 1 – 2 Letterkenny Gaels O Donnell Park-Letterkenny13-Jul-2011 Gaoth Dobhair B 2 – 6 5 – 13 Glenswilly Machaire GathlanCrawfords Trophies U-14 League Div 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Jul-2011 Naomh Colmcille Newtown 0 1 – 5 Buncrana Pairc Colmcille NewtonCrawfords Trophies U-14 League Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Jul-2011 Fanad Gaels 0 – 9 2 – 7 Sean MacCumhaills Fanad Gaels Portsalon13-Jul-2011 Convoy 2 – 11 1 – 7 Gaoth Dobhair ConvoyCrawfords Trophies U-14 League Div 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Jul-2011 Termon 0 – 3 3 – 17 St Eunans B The Burn Road13-Jul-2011 St Michaels 3 – 19 6 – 7 Milford DunfanaghyCrawfords Trophies U-14 League Div 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Jul-2011 Urris 1 – 5 0 Naomh Padraig Lifford Urris-Pairc Ui ChraimhsaighCrawfords Trophies U-14 League Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Jul-2011 St Eunans A 1 – 15 1 – 4 Burt O Donnell Park-LetterkennyCrawfords Trophies U-14 League Div 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Jul-2011 Downings 0 1 – 5 Letterkenny Gaels DowningsCrawfords Trophies U-14 League Div 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Jul-2011 Red Hughs 2 – 8 3 – 3 Malin CrossroadsCrawfords Trophies U-14 League Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Jul-2011 Glenfin 1 – 5 0 Cloughaneely Pairce TaobhoigeCrawfords Trophies U-14 League Div 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment12-Jul-2011 Milford 5 – 8 2 – 4 Termon Moyle Park MilfordKelly Furniture Minor League Div 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Jul-2011 Red Hughs 4 – 13 1 – 4 Gaeil Fhanada CrossroadsDownings Bay Hotel U-16 Championship Div 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Jul-2011 Milford 3 – 13 0 – 10 Glenfin Moyle Park Milford u/16 div 3 champ semi final extra time if neededDownings Bay Hotel U-16 Championship Div 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Jul-2011 Gaoth Dobhair 1 – 9 2 – 4 Malin Pairc Colmcille Newton U/16 Div 2 Champ Final extra time if neededDownings Bay Hotel U-16 Championship Div 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Jul-2011 Convoy 1 – 8 1 – 15 Moville Convoy u/16 div 3 champ semi final extra time if needed11-Jul-2011 St Michaels 1 – 5 0 Robert Emmets Dunfanaghy u/16 div 3 champ sheild extra time if neededDownings Bay Hotel U-16 Championship Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Jul-2011 Buncrana 1 – 6 2 – 8 Sean MacCumhaills O Donnell Park-Letterkenny U/16 Div 1 Champ Final extra time if needed11-Jul-2011 Termon 6 – 11 3 – 6 Burt Mac Cumhaill Park U/16 Div 1 Champ Shield Final extra time if neededUnder 12 Go Games League Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Jul-2011 Convoy 5 – 5 3 Naomh Colmcille Newtown Convoy u/12 Go Games FinalGAA: DONEGAL SOUTH RESULTS was last modified: July 17th, 2011 by StephenShare 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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RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL REPLAY ON SATURDAY

first_imgDUNGLOE and St Eunan’s will replay their Senior Reserve Championship Final this Saturday, it has been announced.Throw-in at MacCumhaill Park will be at 3pm.The sides drew ten days ago in the curtain-raiser to St Eunan’s victory over Glenswilly in the SFC Final. It was a dramatic first game – both sides could have won it.But a draw was the fairest result; and on Saturday the sides will do battle again. RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL REPLAY ON SATURDAY was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by John2Share 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:dungloereserve finalSt Eunanslast_img read more

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RAPHOE FAITH GATHERING LAUNCHED BY BISHOP BOYCE

first_imgBishop Philip Boyce launched the ‘Raphoe Faith Gathering’ on Monday night in the Pastoral Centre as ‘An opportunity to come together, to celebrate, explore, experience, find and share.’By Caoimhe Ní Chathail The event will take place in Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny over the weekend of the 19th and 20th of October.Described as a celebration of faith, keynote speakers include Archbishop Charles J Brown; Papal Nuncio, Colette Furlong and John Mc Areavey who will present the Pope John Paul II Awards after the 7:30 vigil mass in the Cathedral.A total of 96 students will receive the award which over the past three years has seen over 180 students completing 5500 hours of volunteering in both their parishes and communities in the Raphoe diocese.With each day beginning at 10 and finishing up at 6, there is a wide variety of workshops to attend. Covering an array of faith-based subjects, the workshops vary from ‘Preparing for Baptism’ with Gerry and Geraldine Burke on the Saturday, ‘Growing in Faith’ with Fr. Michael Duignan on the Sunday and ‘The God of Everyday Life’ with Sr. Rosemary Gallagher IBVM on both the Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s programme will also include a ‘Youth Space with Elation Ministries’ between 2 and 6pm for those between the ages of 15 and 25, which will cost €5.Greatly inspired by the success of last year’s Eucharistic Congress, a Prayer Space and Wall of Intentions, an Exhibition Space, Gathering Space and Café Space will be provided.The cost to attend is €10 per day. The contact details for any queries or bookings are listed below. Address : Raphoe Pastoral Centre, Monastery Avenue, Letterkenny. Tel : 074 9121853 Email : raphoefaithgathering@gmail.com Web : www.raphoediocese.ie RAPHOE FAITH GATHERING LAUNCHED BY BISHOP BOYCE was last modified: September 17th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Raphoe Faith Gatheringlast_img read more

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GARDAI EXAMINE CAUSE OF LETTERKENNY FIRE

first_imgGardai are examining the cause of a fire which broke out at the old council yard in Letterkenny this evening.The fire at the yard, which is located on the Pearse Road, began just after 9.30pm.The fire was quickly brought under control and there are no reports of any injuries. A Garda patrol car was parked outside the area after the fire had been extinguished.It is believed some damage was caused to materials in the yard. GARDAI EXAMINE CAUSE OF LETTERKENNY FIRE was last modified: March 8th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:council yardfireletterkennylast_img read more

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Angola a fossil hotspot

first_imgAn Angolan student, left, with a memberof the PaleoAngola project team.(Image: Angola Field Group) MEDIA CONTACTS • Louis L. JacobsProfessor, Southern Methodist University+1 214 768 2773• Octavio MateusNew University of Lisbon+351 21 294 8300Janine ErasmusAfter 27 years of civil war Angola is rising from the ashes and, with its vast, previously unexplored expanses, is becoming known as a treasure chest for palaeontologists.During the three decades of war scientific exploration was forbidden as the country was all but closed off. Now, seven years after the war’s end, the great palaeontological wealth is waiting to be explored, and scientists are flocking to the Southern African country to make up for lost time.The first discoveries were made during the 1960s, but a liberation struggle against former colonial master Portugal broke out a few years later, followed by years and years of civil war that devastated the country and put paid to any further exploration.“Museum in the ground”Louis Jacobs, professor of geological sciences at Dedman College, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, described Angola as a “museum in the ground. Due to the war, there was little research carried out, but now we are getting in finally and there is so much to find. In some areas there are literally fossils sticking out of the rocks …”Jacobs is part of the PaleoAngola project, an initiative that promotes palaeontology in Angola through research and exploration, and also oversees the training of young Angolan scientists so they can ultimately run the project themselves.PaleoAngola is a collaboration between research and educational institutions in Angola, Holland, Portugal and the US. Funding comes from the National Geographic Society and the Petroleum Research Foundation of America, among others.Results so far have been spectacular and have yielded not only Angola’s very first dinosaur – dating back to the Late Cretaceous period (between 99.6 and 65.5 million years ago), and other fossils of mosasaurs, plesiosaurs, ammonites, sharks and turtles – but also a number of research papers.Several have appeared in National Geographic, the Bulletin of the Geological Society of France, and Palaeontologica Polonica journal, and have also been presented at international scientific gatherings.Scientists’ delightIn 2005 Jacobs and his team came across the remains of the first dinosaur to be excavated in Angola. They discovered five ancient bones from the left front leg of a massive sauropod, embedded in a cliff at Iembe, 65km north of the capital Luanda.Since then fossils have been found in abundance. In honour of the area’s importance to science, a genus of the extinct marine reptile mosasaur has been named Angolasaurus.Dr Octavio Mateus of the New University of Lisbon, also a palaeontologist with PaleoAngola, believes there is much more to be discovered: “Some of the places here are the best in the world in terms of fossil [remains],” he said. “We keep finding new animals, so it is always exciting to be here.”To date the team has excavated from Bentiaba in the province of Namibe on the Namibian border in southern Angola, right up to the coast of Cabinda province, Angola’s exclave.During the warm Late Cretaceous period much of the region was under water, which is why Angolan fossils belong to marine creatures such as turtles, plesiosaurs and mosasaurs. The scientists hope that Angola’s fossils can help them better understand the geological events of this time, such as the break-up of the megacontinent of Gondwana, and their effect on plants and animals.Natural wealthAlthough it is one of the continent’s poorest countries, Angola is one of the richest in terms of natural resources, particularly oil and diamonds.The country is starting to rebuild its ravaged infrastructure after the war, but still faces many challenges as a legacy of the conflict. Landmines litter the country, the civilian population is still heavily armed, and child mortality is high. Many residents who became refugees during the war are still waiting to be resettled.But in recent years Angola has paid off a substantial part of international debt, and many building projects are underway in towns and cities around the country, although citizens are struggling to adapt to the growing economy. The country, like countless others, has been hard hit by the global financial crisis.As further proof of its progress, Angola has been selected to host the 27th African Cup of Nations in January 2010. Matches will be played in Luanda, Benguela, Cabinda and Lubango.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.+351 212 948 300last_img read more

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