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Rebels seize Sizarail

first_imgTHE FUTURE for rail services that eke out a precarious existence in Zaire looks bleaker than ever following news early last month that Laurent Kabila’s opposition forces had shut down Sizarail, the operating company owned 51% by the Comazar consortium formed of South Africa’s Transnet and Belgium’s Transurb, and 49% by the Zaire government.Sizarail had succeeded in restoring life to the virtually moribund lines on which the country relies to move copper and other mineral exports. Ten years ago Zaire National Railways was carrying about 4 million tonnes of freight a year, but by 1993 barely half a million tonnes was moved. Sizarail has since succeeded in reducing wagon turnround times and improving reliability, but invasion of its Lubumbashi headquarters by armed troops, seizure of its assets and expulsion of its Belgian managing director threatens an instant return to decline.With South Africa trying hard to arrange a peaceful deal between the forces of Kabila and those of President Mobutu, a channel exists for contact between Transnet and the rebels. Transnet Executive Director Mafika Mkwanazi is hoping that a deal will be reached with a future government in Zaire to allow operations to resume – he said on May 7 that Kabila’s forces would not be able to manage Zaire’s railways without outside help. Rebel forces apparently requested a meeting with South African rail experts during May, so there is some ground for hope. The biggest danger is that civil war between Kabila’s forces and those of President Mobutu will destroy what remains of Zaire’s railways. olast_img read more

Cech: Chelsea are right up there

first_img The Blues are chasing a first Premier League title since 2009/10, but won the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League in 2013. Jose Mourinho has made it clear Chelsea are in a transitional period, but Cech is one of four survivors from his title-winning sides from his first spell in a squad full of talent and potential. Press Association “We need to rediscover our killer instinct in the way that when we have chances to kill games off we need to do it,” Cech added. “You can’t keep your opponent alive and it happened to us many times this year.” Chelsea drew at Arsenal on Monday after adopting a defensive approach which prompted home fans to label the visitors ‘boring’. Cech hit back at the criticism and could not resist pointing to Arsenal’s eight-year trophy drought. “Well in the end you count the titles,” he said. “If you have figure skating where you are judged by how nicely your routine is then obviously that is one point, but football is about points and goals and you need to get points to win trophies.” Petr Cech hopes Chelsea’s trophy-winning experience can prove crucial in the Barclays Premier League title race. In recent years Chelsea have been out of title contention by Christmas, but Mourinho’s men enter the Boxing Day bout with Swansea two points behind first-placed Liverpool, who lead Arsenal on goal difference and visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday. “We are right up there – we are two points (behind),” Cech said. “We don’t depend on anyone else. If we win our games we have a big chance of winning the title so it’s very positive and we know that we haven’t hit the best level of this team yet. We are improving and hopefully that will show. “We have won things in the past years which give us experience as a team so let’s see if we can use that as our advantage. “We have been in these situations many times fighting for the titles and playing under pressure before and after Christmas. “Towards the end of the season you have a lot of pressure because you need to get results and hopefully our experience will pay off.” Chelsea have made a stuttering start and lost away to Everton, Newcastle and Stoke, while strikers Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba – with five Premier League goals between them – are still to fully fire. Too often, according to Cech, Chelsea have let their opponents off the hook, making their own lives difficult. last_img read more

Quill back for more at the Curragh

first_imgIrish Derby weekend at the Curragh kicks off with a seven-race card on Friday evening featuring the Done Deal Handicap over a mile. “The hood does him no harm so we’ll keep it on him. “He’s very classy and has plenty of scope and should have an each way chance dropping back in trip.” Aidan O’Brien has three unraced juveniles in the Tom Crean’s Irish Lager European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden – Cocoon, Qualify and Words. He has won this race in five of the last 11 runnings. Feach Ar Agaidh bids to go one better when he lines up in the mile maiden. Jim Bolger’s three-year-old colt made a pleasing introduction when second to Leafcutter in Gowran Park. Keith Moriarty, 16, gets the leg up again on hat-trick-seeking Calm Bay in the Today FM Handicap. Moriarty won on his first racecourse ride on board the eight-year-old sprinter in Navan. The Done Deal Apprentice Derby has a very competitive look to it. Ger Lyons and Colin Keane have had an excellent June and it could be topped off with a big run from Captain Teemo who got off the mark in Fairyhouse. Harty expects Ned’s Indian to run a big race in the mile-and-a-quarter handicap, if fit enough on his return from a break. He has not been seen since December, but was running consistently well on the Polytrack at Dundalk during the winter. Sea The Stars colt Streetcar To Stars will be popular in the Hanlon Concrete European Breeders Fund Maiden. John Oxx’s charge holds an entry in the Irish St Leger. “He’s in great form. He has had a few wind operations, but is tough and tries. “He likes the Curragh and has been placed in a couple of Lincolns there.” Condon also saddles In Salutem who scored in Limerick last week before being touched off at Gowran Park. He said: “He has been a frustrating horse that has promised more than he has delivered. It’s worth a shot at the mile, even though seven furlongs is his best trip. He has hit form in back-to-back runs. “He’ll be ridden patiently to get the mile. You wouldn’t want him trying a mile on soft ground. “If he gets the trip he’ll give a good account of himself with a light weight on his back.” Sabrina Harty runs the improving Breathe Easy who has won two of his last three races. She said: “He’s a very sweet horse from a nervous family so he’s been very hot and we are trying to look after his mental health and take him along very easily. He’s very keen, but he’s learning to race. He stays well and he has a nice weight. Press Association There are 17 declared for this 50,000 euro contest, with the weights headed by Ken Condon’s Bold Thady Quill. The seven-year-old gelding landed this race two years ago off a mark of 81, but returns rated 99 although jockey Sean Corby takes 7lb off. “He’s been a good campaigner for us, but is most effective on soft or heavy ground so we will want a bit of rain. He ran very well off 96 in a good handicap on Guineas weekend behind That’s Plenty,” Condon said. last_img read more

Autopsy on Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs scheduled for Tuesday

first_imgThe Angels’ game against the Texas Rangers was postponed on Monday, following the shocking news. The Rangers confirmed that the series will resume on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. central time, following a moment of silence for Skaggs.The Rangers also announced the proceeds from their 50-50 in-game raffle on Tuesday would go to benefit the Angels’ Baseball Foundation, the club’s charity fund.General Manager Billy Eppler, Manager Brad Ausmus and team president John Carpino were scheduled to meet the media at Globe Life Park in Arlington at 4:30 p.m. central time. The press conference will be carried live by Fox Sports West.More to come on this story. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ARLINGTON, Texas — An autopsy on Tyler Skaggs is scheduled for Tuesday, a day after the Angels pitcher was found dead in his room in the team hotel.The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office will perform the autopsy. It’s unclear how long it would take to release the results, and what information would be included.The Southlake, Texas, police department on Monday announced that foul play had been ruled out as a cause for the 27-year-old’s death. Police later added that suicide “does not appear” to be the cause.A police spokesman on Tuesday said results of their investigation would not be available for four to six weeks.last_img read more

GAA NOTES: TERMON

first_imgTermon GAA Notes: Week Ending 20/02/12Ladies Board:There will be a meeting for anyone interested in playing on the Senior Ladies team this Saturday at 8pm in the dressing rooms. Contact Hugh Harkin ( 087 689 1967) for details. Minor Board:Under 6, 8 & 10 Training will resume in early March on Saturday mornings in An Craoibhin, More Information to follow in the coming weeks. New players are welcome to come along and join in before registration.Lotto:The Lotto draw took place in the Lagoon on Friday last. The winning numbers were 3,12, 14 and 21. There was no Jackpot winners. Barry Neilis, Emma McMenamin and Brid Boyce matched 3 numbers and won €30 each. Next weeks draw takes place in McClaffertys, Churchill. Bernard Gallagher and Hugh Harkin are the coordinators. The jackpot now is €1800. The lotto rota at bingo for the coming weeks areFriday 24th February; Deirdre Gallagher and Eileen Egan2nd March; Joe McDaid & Sara HarkinSenior:The seniors got their season of to a winning start last week with a strong team performance. The details for the next round of the Gaeltacht will be available next week. Club Social:The Club social will be taking place on the 10th of March in the Lagoon. Tickets are €12.50 and available from any member of the executive.Other:Thanks to all who left scrap metal at the scrap collection and thanks to Letterkenny Skip Hire for their support with this fundraiser. Thanks to all who supported the Mr and Mrs last Friday night in the Lagoon. Your support was greatly appreciated.The next monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, March the 7th at 8.30pm. All members are encouraged to attend.GAA NOTES: TERMON was last modified: February 20th, 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:Termon GAA noteslast_img read more