Mahikeng airport freight hub on cards

first_img13 September 2013 The government of South Africa’s North West province is conducting a feasibility study for the development of a freight hub at Mahikeng International Airport. The study will form part of a wider freight transport strategy, including a passenger and freight rail plan, that is currently in the process of being drawn up, says Lesiba Moses Kgwele, spokesperson for the North West Premier’s office. The development of Mahikeng International was one of the priorities outlined by Premier Thandi Modise in her state of the province address earlier this year. The airport is currently undergoing a multi-million rand infrastructure upgrade to bring it into strict compliance with the regulations of the South African Civil Aviation Authority and the International Aviation Organisation. Kgwele said this week that R15-million was being spent on the rejuvenation of the airport’s runway, taxiways, apron and landing strip markings. A new 16-element instrument landing system (ILS) has been installed as part of the upgrade of the airport’s electrical grounding lighting system. “R30-million is also being spent on the project, to be completed in the current financial year,” Kgwele said. According to an approved Provincial Land Transport Framework report – which recommended the development of a freight hub or “dry port” in Mahikeng – the upgrades will enhance regional trade, eliminate border-crossing delays and minimise administrative inefficiencies. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Spain braces for some 500 violent fans for Copa Libertadores

first_imgYou can now mix and match your Bitmoji’s clothing Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES MOST READ River Plate players warm up during a training session in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. The Copa Libertadores Final will be played on Dec. 9 in Spain at Real Madrid’s stadium for security reasons after River Plate fans last Saturday attacked the Boca Junior team bus heading into the Buenos Aires stadium for the meeting of Argentina’s fiercest soccer rivals. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)MADRID — A group of 400 to 500 “especially violent” fans from Argentina are expected to make the trip to Madrid for this weekend’s Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors, Spanish authorities said Friday.Officials said almost 4,000 security personnel will be deployed for Sunday’s match, nearly double the number used in the “clasicos” between Real Madrid and Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments Hello, Delly: Dellavedova returns to Cavs in 3-team trade Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img The first leg, played in Buenos Aires, ended in a 2-2 draw.Nearly 80,000 fans are expected at the Bernabeu on Sunday. Each club was granted 25,000 tickets and authorities will try to keep them separated throughout the day. They will be positioned at opposite sides of the Bernabeu, behind each goal. Separate fan zones will be available for supporters from each club.Several security layers will be implemented near the stadium, with large vehicles being kept from circulating close to the venue. The Bernabeu is located in a heavily populated area of the Spanish capital.Title celebrations would take part in different areas of the city. River fans would go to the Plaza de Colon, while Boca supporters would go to the Plaza de Cibeles, known for Real Madrid’s title celebrations.Madrid officials estimate the Copa Libertadores final will generate a positive economic impact of nearly 40 million euros ($45 million) to the city.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The government official overseeing the city’s security plans for the “high risk” match said police will remain on high alert to detect and keep track of fans who could potentially cause problems before, during and after the final at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.“The national police is working closely with the Argentine police,” Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes told Cadena SER radio on Friday. “We are working with the maximum security level at the airport, highways, bus stops and subway stations.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefOne Boca Juniors fan known to be a leader of a supporters’ group was not allowed to enter the country after arriving in Madrid on Thursday. He was sent back to Argentina after authorities said he had a long criminal record. Spanish media reported a River fan was also deported on Friday after failing to gain permission to enter the country.Tens of thousands of Argentines are expected to come to Spain to watch Sunday’s final, which was moved to Madrid after fan violence marred the second leg in Buenos Aires two weeks ago. Boca Juniors players were injured before the match when River fans attacked the Boca team bus with rocks, bottles and wood. Australia appoints 76ers coach Brett Brown for Tokyo Olympics Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ In spite of Washington’s sanctions, Huawei sells more smartphones than ever Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHlast_img read more

ICC Under-19 World Cup: India’s approach won’t change vs Pakistan, says Rahul Dravid

first_imgRahul Dravid knows a thing or two about the pressure of playing Pakistan.The former India captain, in an illustrious career, spanning nearly two decades, scored 3135 runs against Pakistan in 58 ODIs and 15 Tests. Now, as coach of India’s Under-19 team, Dravid is passing on that experience to his young wards, who will face Pakistan in the semi-final of the World Cup in New Zealand on Tuesday.Prithvi Shaw, the Indian Under-19 captain will have a great mentor in Dravid ahead of the team’s high-profile semi-final clash against Pakistan.In six World Cup matches, India have never lost to Pakistan and Dravid has been part of two of those victories. On both occasions, Dravid played crucial roles – he scored 61 in the 1999 World Cup match at Manchester and four years later in Centurion, hit a patient, unbeaten 44 as India chased down a 274-run target (thanks to Sachin Tendulkar’s mind-numbing 98).The battle between the two most exciting quick bowlers at the tournament could well decide who reaches the #U19CWC Final.We take a closer look at Shaheen Afridi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti.https://t.co/kPeIurMve1 pic.twitter.com/8KCcKwlbe6— ICC (@ICC) January 29, 2018Years later, Dravid finds himself in a more complex role. As a player, he had the chance to control the game on the field. As coach, Dravid can strategise, plan, motivate and then just hope his boys execute the plans to perfection.The 45-year-old has asked his players to do what he did so well: prepare and plan well. Dravid has also helped calm some nerves in the dressing-room. The coach is excited that his team can understand what it is like to play Pakistan in a high-pressure match.advertisement”Our preparation and our planning doesn’t change at all,” Dravid told ICC’s official website. “We don’t approach this game any differently from how we would any other game, we still approach it to play good cricket, try and execute our skills and hopefully the result will fall our way.”But from an experience perspective, I’m excited about it, the fact that, irrespective of the results, we get our Under 19 boys to understand what it’s like to play an India-Pakistan game. At this level, all it is about is about experiences.The senior men’s teams of India and Pakistan had played each other in the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup and faced off four years later in Australia. More recently, India defeated Pakistan in their ICC Champions Trophy opener but lost the title clash in England.In a sense, this will be the second India-Pakistan Cricket World Cup semi-final in seven years and the game would be closely followed.Dravid said he realised there would be a “different buzz” abour the match but insisted the experience of playing Pakistan would do his boys a world of good.”We talk about this level and Under 19 cricket being about learning and experiences and experiencing different things, whether it’s conditions, whether it’s playing in an ICC tournament,” Dravid told icc-cricket.com. “It’s great that we’ve been able to, in a way, set up to have an India-Pakistan game as well. There is a different buzz about it in the sense that we know that the game is followed probably a little bit more closely than some of the other games we have.”For the last couple of years, we haven’t played Pakistan at this level, so it’s really nice for our boys to have that experience of actually playing against Pakistan,” Dravid said.Over the years, several Youth ODI stars have gone on to represent their countries at the senior level. Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja are just a few examples of young colts who have made a mark for themselves at the highest level.There is a lot of around Shaw and a few of his teammates, who attracted high bids at the IPL Auction this weekend. Now, their focus would have to shift on the biggest game of their lives – a World Cup semi-final against arch-rivals Pakistan.last_img read more