Other clubs interested in Cesc’s services could be Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid. Upd. at 19:45 29/12/2015 CET Ramon Calderon previously tried and failed in 2006, as did Florentino Perez in 2011. Some of Europe’s biggest clubs are interested in signing him and Fabregas could be set for a change of scenery as soon as January. The 28-year-old from Arenys de Mar would cost somewhere close to the 33 million euros Chelsea paid for him 18 months ago. Inter Milan and Juventus seem the best set to sign him, according to Il Corriere dello Sport. Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is one of the most wanted players in the winter transfer market. Since the departure from the London club of one of his biggest admirers, Jose Mourinho, the former Barcelona player seems further away from the Premier League with each passing day. Los Blancos would study a deal for the former Barça midfielder, nearly two years after he left Camp Nou, for the third time. Pep Costa
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Day 4 -Sunday Women’s MadisonGold Great Britain (BARKER Elinor, ARCHIBALD Katie)Silver Belgium (D’HOORE Jolien, KOPECKY Lotte)Bronze Italy (BARBIERI Rachele, BALSAMO Elisa)4th Ireland (BOYLAN Lydia, GURLEY Lydia), RESULTS: The Madison pairing of Lydia Gurley and Lydia Boylan narrowly missed the podium, finishing fourth in the second Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup on the 2017/2018 calendar. The duo jumped from sixth to fourth in the final sprint, crossing the line third in the 80 laps, 20km race. Great Britain took gold, Belgium silver and Italy won the bronze medal. Women’s KeirinGold VOGEL Kristina (GER)Silver BRASPENNINCX Shanne (NED)Bronze VAN RIESSEN Laurine (MPC)17th MCCURLEY Shannon (IRL) Men’s OmniumGold THOMAS Benjamin (FRA)Silver LARSEN Niklas (DEN)Bronze TORRES BARCELO Albert (ESP)18th ENGLISH Felix (IRL) In the Omnium Felix English finished 18th, and Shannon McCurley was 17th in the Keirin. Making their international debut, the women’s Talent Transfer Team finished 12th in the Team Pursuit with a time of 4.54.012. Speaking after the Madison both Boylan and Gurley described a long four weeks of racing, which saw them compete in two World Cups, the European Championships and the London Six-Day. Boylan said “Each race is a learning experience for us. We’re learning all the time. We are not yet consistently at the head of affairs, but we’re hungry for it, and we will keep on plucking away.”Gurley echoed her teammate, adding “It was a really tough race, quick the whole time. It’s been a hard four weeks of racing, and I think we have improved a lot. It bodes well for the future.”In October Gurley and Boylan won silver in this event in the European Track Championships, and Gurley acknowledges the achievement saying “If you had told me at the start of this block of racing we would win a European medal and come fourth in a World Cup, I would have been pretty happy with that.”The Women’s Team Pursuit Squad was established six months ago from talented riders who mostly came from other sports. Cycling Ireland Performance Coach Neill Delahaye described their experience at the World Cup as invaluable saying “This group have come a long way, and it has been a very steep learning curve for them. The experience they gained today from exposure to this level of competition in such an intense atmosphere has been invaluable.”“We were happy with how the team dealt with the task they faced,” Delahaye added, before noting that “there is a lot of hard work to be done before we approach the level we are capable of performing at. We are under no illusions about what it will take to get there. This has been a positive experience for the athletes, and a successful culmination of this phase of our Talent Transfer initiative.” Tomorrow is the final day of racing at the second World Cup, and will see a new Madison pairing of Felix English and Marc Potts compete. Robyn Stewart will also be in action, racing in the Sprint. The World Cup runs from Friday 10th November to Sunday 12th November. Women’s Team PursuitGold TBC (Sunday Finals)Silver TBC (Sunday Finals)Bronze TBC (Sunday Finals)12th Ireland (COTTER Imogen, HUGHES Hilary, GRIFFIN Mia, WALSH Orla)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Galway Cross Country Championships – The first day of the Galway County Cross Country Championships will take place at the Palace Grounds in Tuam on Sunday 7th October next, with a start time of 1pm. The Juvenile programme will see races for U10 up to U18 age group, across the following distances; U10s – 1000m; U12s – 2000m; U14s – 3000m; U16s – 4000m, and U18s and Junior- 4000m (girls) 6000m (boys). The Senior Ladies will race over 4km and the Galway title could be between Caron Ryan of Craughwell, Aine O Farrell of Athenry and Emma Grimes and Niamh Hennelly of GCH, with a strong GCH team tipped for honours in the team event. The Senior Men’s race will be decided over a testing 8km on the famed rolling hills in the Palace Grounds. Among the medal favorites will be Brendan McDonnell, Joe Tannian and Peter O Sullivan of GCH, Jamie Fallon of Craughwell, and Castlegar’s Stephen Casserly, with the team title likely to be hotly contested between Castlegar, Craughwell and GCH. The Junior Mens race could be a very exciting affair, with many of GCH’s National title winning team likely to be in action, such as Thomas McStay and Eanna Folan, with new signing Jack Maher also likely to feature well.Galway Primary Schools Races – The annual Galway Primary Schools Cross Country Finals will take place in Nolan Park, Renmore, from 12 noon tomorrow, Tuesday 2nd October, with four races on the card. Almost 2,000 pupils competed on a hugely successful Semi Final day held Tuesday last on a perfect course in Renmore, with over 400 runners making it through to the finalsLoughrea Grey Lake 10k – Loughrea AC held their annual Grey Lake 10k Road Race on Sunday afternoon last, as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, and first home on the day was Kenneth Rodgers of St Johns AC in Clare, in a fast 32.17. Rodgers finished well clear of Eric Llaurado in second in 36.17, and third home was Hugh McArdle of Roscommon Harriers. First lady was Denise Barrett in 44.30, with Mary Kealy of Athenry AC second and Corofin’s Eimear Bray third.Carna 10k Conamara – Fergal Walsh of Athenry AC (pictured) stormed home to win the Carna 10k held last Saturday 29th September in the scenic Connemara village in a time of 35.25, ahead of Ronan Mac an Iomaire and Bernard McLoughlin, in second and third respectively. First lady was Maureen Linnane, with Ciara Ni Choribin of Castlegar AC second home. The annual 10k Conamara race was organised by the local Connemara Athletic ClubGalway Bay Races – The Run Galway Bay series of races event takes place on Saturday 6th October next, with the programme including a Full Marathon, (at 8.30am), a Half Marathon which sets off at 12 noon and a 10K race at 10.30 am. This event is a sell out and will see some of Irelands top athletes set to compete including Sergio Ciobanu of Clonliffe and Streets of Galway winner John Travers of Donore Harriers, while GCH ladies Elaine Walsh and Grainne Ni Uallachain will expect to do well over the half marathon.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
…for Wales?n one of the (few) novels written about Guyana – then “British Guiana” – back in the 19th century, one kindly white lady commiserated over the drowning of several “poor souls” after a canoe they were travelling upriver, capsized. “Who were they?” her friend exclaimed in alarm. “Some coolies,” replied the kindly lady. “Oh!” replied her friend, as she nonchalantly continued munching on her sandwich, “Who cares?”Your Eyewitness remembered this episode as he saw the different reactions by the media and the Georgetown crowd to the parking meter scam, versus the human tragedy unfolding over on the West Bank of Demerara. Who cares about the 1700 workers on Wales thrown on the breadline? Who cares for the cane farmers of Wales who supplied one-third of the cane to Wales?It shouldn’t have to come down to comparing the suffering of different groups of Guyanese. But when the reactions are so different as we’re seeing, it compels comment. The protests in Georgetown are about a contract negotiated in secret by the City Hall cabal with the connivance of some in Central Government. It would’ve bled commuters in Georgetown for 20 years and enriched a few fat cats in City Hall. This must be protested.But what’s different about what’s going on over at Wales? There’s an estate with 14,000 acres of drained and irrigated sugar cane fields that have been abandoned. Ditto with the factory and the 1700 workers – and their families – thrown under the tractors. Ditto for the 60,000 persons who subsists on the economy anchored by Wales Estate. Nobody lost their jobs in Georgetown; their pay packets would’ve been reduced – not eliminated. For Wales, the poverty will be intergenerational.But what about the contract that’ll enrich a few fat cats in Georgetown, you ask, dear reader? Well, your Eyewitness said it right after the Wales closing was conceded: a big one from the US is hovering in the wings to pick up all that prime agricultural real estate for a pittance. And why a pittance? Well, ‘cause half of THAT contract will be siphoned off into the pockets of a few big ones in the Government and GuySuCo.And they’ll justify the pittance by ensuring the lands revert to bush and the factory collapses into a heap of scrap iron! So why the disparate reactions?We sadly have to accept, like most things in Guyana, it’s about race. But ironically, what most refuse to accept is over at Wales, those affected are almost equally Africans and Indian Guyanese.Guess they’ll have to bring their plight to Georgetown and occupy all those empty parking spaces to be noticed.…on Valentine DayYour Eyewitness must confess he’s not big on this whole Valentine hoopla. And that’s exactly why – it’s just a hoopla, which, to make it worse, was manufactured by the folks that still bring you Hallmark cards and Cadbury chocolates. Of course, over the years, the diamond folks joined in on the Valentine Conga dance.Now don’t get him wrong… your Eyewitness is as romantic as the other guy. It’s just the commercialisation of “love” on this day takes it to ridiculous depths. He recognises, for instance, the music industry’s also dominated by romantic songs and these are pushed by commercial entities. But somehow they’ve allowed the human, individual element to still shine through.The NWA in “Straight outta Compton” could still tell it like it is about what went down in the ghetto. Even Beyoncé is allowed to express herself on Jay Z’s stepping out.But Valentine? It’s all packaged treacle! But what the heck… he’ll take his better half to dinner. But no red and whites! A line has to be drawn somewhere!…about the political angst?Another thing your Eyewitness is cynical about is the political hypocrisy in his beloved country. After all the placards and posturings on the parking meters, those folks out in the streets will still cleave along racial lines come 2020.
Two very special guests are coming to Letterkenny Shopping Centre to launch the beginning of the festive season this weekend.Celebrity chef Gary O’Hanlon and Christmas celeb Mr Santa Claus are both arriving for great events that will be enjoyed by adults and children alike.Letterkenny Shopping Centre is the place to be this weekend. On Saturday 24th November, make sure to time your weekly shop with Gary O’Hanlon’s Christmas food demonstration which is on in the centre from 2pm – 4pm.Ramelton man Gary is well known as one of Ireland’s leading TV chefs. He will run through his top tips for preparing and serving Christmas dinners which will help to make the big day as stress free as possible. Enjoy the craic with Gary and some tasty samples at the end of the demo.Black Friday offers are running in a lot of Letterkenny Shopping Centre stores all weekend, so if you are ready to start your Christmas shopping, this is the weekend to do it. Christmas truly begins with the arrival of Santa Claus. Visit the Letterkenny Shopping Centre from 2pm this Sunday when the big man in red will arrive and take his place in a magical grotto until he has to return to the North Pole on December 23rd. There will be fun, face painting, games and no doubt lots of smiling happy little faces to greet Santa. Letterkenny Shopping Centre is at the heart of the community, so why not join in the festive fun this weekend and let your ‘Christmas Memories Begin’.Check out @LetterkennyShoppingCentre for more!Delight as Letterkenny Shopping Centre now fully letChristmas begins at Letterkenny Shopping Centre with two celebrity guests was last modified: November 23rd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:chef gary o hanlonCHristmasLetterkenny Shopping Centre.retailSANTA
6 January 2014 About 40 000 minstrels – or Kaapse Klopse as they are popularly known – took over the streets of Cape Town on Saturday as part of the annual Tweede Nuwejaar (second New Year) street parade, one of the city’s largest and most historic cultural events. In an event lasting around 10 hours, the 75 colourful groups of musicians, dancers and troupe members danced their way from Zonnebloem to the city centre. Around 60 000 of the Cape Town’s residents and visitors cheeredon the performers on a sweltering day in the city’s centre. While the 200-year-old event is usually held on 2 January – the one day Cape slaves were given off every year – it was moved to Saturday this year at the request of the minstrels to allow more people to attend.Glamour A stage was set up at the Grand Parade, where entertainers selected by the minstrels to represent Cape Town’s rich cultural diversity performed before the formal programme began. The event attracts entire communities, including young children, all kitted out in glamorous outfits. “The various brightly clad teams carry a rainbow of umbrellas and some are armed with musical instruments, dazzling onlookers with toe-tapping songs and beautifully choreographed dances, preserving a custom that began in the mid- 1800s,” the city explains on its website. “The Tweede Nuwe Jaar Parade is so ingrained in local society that some performers have been taking part in the parade for over 30 years, and are not only joined by their children but even their grandchildren for this extravagant event.” The annual ‘Tweede Nuwe Jaar’ parade and the Cape Minstrels were part of the rich cultural heritage of Cape Town, Grant Pascoe, Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for tourism, events and marketing said in a statement on the city’s website. “It is more fitting than ever to ring in the New Year a second time, as we enter the 20th year of South Africa’s democracy. Embracing our cultural diversity is an integral part of our commitment to building an inclusive city.” City of Cape Town and SAinfo reporter
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Servant, Dunbrack, McKenzie & MacDonald Limited (SDMM) provides innovative, sustainable design through surveying and engineering consultations. Traditional surveying methods take three to five days just to capture the topography of a site, and often require working with out-of-date photos and limited 2-D maps.These traditional methods have become too expensive and time consuming for both consultants and their clients to maintain, spurring innovation across the industry. There have been rapid advancements in many surveying and engineering tech tools in just a few years, and SDMM has become a leader in the industry by making ongoing investments in technology to innovate its service offering.“These are heavy data sets, and the workstations we use for data and content creation need to be powerful,” explains Chris Foran, vice president of innovation at SDMM. The company needed a whole suite of powerful, collaborative hardware, both in the field and in the office, that could handle extremely high-resolution photos and 3-D maps flawlessly. The right tools for the jobSDMM upgraded their technology and now controls their unmanned aerial vehicle with a tablet powered by an Intel Atom processor. The raw data is processed either on site by SDMM or by Autodesk on its cloud service hosted by Intel cloud partner Amazon Cloud Services. The team is now armed with Pix4D desktop software running on a high-end workstation equipped with Intel Xeon processor E5 technology and mobile solutions featuring the Intel Core i7 processor family. With this new approach, Foran estimates it takes 30 percent less time than traditional surveying, but provides millions more data points. It would take a person a lifetime to collect the same information collected by a laser scanner in just two hours.“These are disruptive technologies. They have a ‘wow factor’ and deliver things customers didn’t know were possible,” adds David Males, director of sales and marketing. Once customers see how the technology can be applied, they realize it can not only save them money, but also allows them to make faster decisions.“Our whole experience has been with Intel-based platforms, which tells us the hardware works and is solid,” says Males.Better, safer in every wayBecause much of the work in the field is done on uneven and dangerous ground, SDMM’s upgrade is about more than wowing customers — it’s about keeping employees safe. Using laser scanning technology, SDMM can now scan 360 degrees, while mapping millions of points of data and creating an image of those data points called a point cloud.“This technology allows us to do things we never could have dreamed of doing before,” says Foran. “We get a high level of complete data safer because we don’t have to access the dangerous areas of the site. As long as we can see it, we can get the information we need.”Now that they’ve made the upgrade, SDMM’s customers are thrilled with the results and realize they’ll never again have to put up with outdated or incomplete data. SDMM can now confidently give their customers immersive 3-D representations of the land. Learn more about SDMM’s new technology and how the right hardware upgrades could boost your small business. Have you upgraded recently? Comment below, and tell us what’s helped your small business compete! And join us on Twitter!