Fraser McConnell makes impressive debut at Tall Pines Rally

first_imgDespite making his debut in one of the most challenging North American rally events, 17-year-old Fraser McConnell had an electrifying start to Canadian motorsport which saw him place a sensational 11th place in the national standings, at the North America Tall Pines recently.It was the teen’s second rally as a young driver.Co-driving for the Jamaican was the very experienced Nathalie Richard who helped the teen to third overall, first in class production in two-wheel drive, first in novice and 11th place in the national standings.Co-driver Richard remarked of McConnell’s exploits: “For his first rally he chose the most challenging event in North America (Canada), Tall Pines. He did a great job and impressed me right from shakedown, which was his first time sitting in a car.”I was almost as proud of him as his supportive (but freezing) family members! Good stuff, Fraser!” she added, describing Rally of the Tall Pines as one of the most challenging annual events of the Canadian Rally Championship series.A total of four classes of cars in the order of speed/power: four-wheel drive open, four- wheel drive production, two-wheel drive open, and two-wheel drive production.The registered competitors faced off for National and/or Regional points and drivers were classified as ‘Expert’ or ‘Novice’.McConnell, who is currently a high school student in Canada, remains upbeat as he eyes a great future in the sport.”It’s a new experience for me. Good learning experience with a new car and new navigator.”Throughout the day I got faster and faster. It was quite a challenge, but what was exciting for me is that I was beating turbo four-wheel drive and open class,” the teen recalled.He added: “It was like the biggest event in the world for me and I just wanted to make my name. I will be trying to compete more abroad next year and get more power in the car,” said the 17-year-old.”Meanwhile, father Peter McConnell said: “We were torn about this decision because it coincided with Rally Jamaica, but we felt that he had much more to gain by competing in one of North America’s premier rally events.”With Fraser now introduced to the North American Rally World in a big way, he will no doubt be able make an even positive impact next time and chart a way forward.last_img read more

United heartbreaker!

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): In one of the most entertaining matches of the English Premier League, Manchester United squandered a two-goal lead, went back in front through an exquisite 79th-minute shot from Wayne Rooney and then conceded a 90th-minute goal to draw at Newcastle 3-3 yesterday. “It feels like a defeat,” said Louis Van Gaal, whose side slipped to sixth. “We have given it away.” A positive for United was the performance of Rooney, who scored twice, set up the other goal by Jesse Lingard, and put in an impressive all-round performance. Goals by Georginio Wijnal-dum and Aleksandar Mitrovic, also from a penalty, brought Newcastle level from 0-2 down. With seconds left of regulation time, United failed to clear, and Paul Dummett advanced from left back to fire in a fierce shot from the edge of the area that deflected into the top corner. “It is the best feeling in the world,” the Newcastle-born Dummett said. Last-place Aston Villa collected their first win since the opening day, beating Crystal Palace 1-0 courtesy of a goalkeeping error by Wayne Hennessey. Also, West Ham came from behind to beat Bournemouth 3-1, with Enner Valencia scoring twice, and fit-again playmaker Dimitri Payet scoring the other goal for the visitors. West Ham moved into fifth place, above Man United.last_img read more

Jeron Teng returns to action for Alaska in time for PBA playoffs

first_imgAlthough Teng initially wasn’t allowed to take part in full basketball drills he was given permission to work on his own and undergo physical therapy with the team’s medical staff.“I’m thankful that we have a great medical team in Alaska and they really focused on my therapy everyday so I was able to return quickly,” said Teng who had seven points, two rebounds, and two assists in 18 minutes of play.Alaska head coach Alex Compton meanwhile, is just relieved that his rookie is back in the league and playing the game.“It’s good to have him back, I’m glad I don’t know what it feels like with what he went through, I hope I never know what it feels like,” said Compton. “For him to be in a uniform now, it’s really a testament to his doctors, to our medical staff.”ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Matthysse raring to defeat ‘legendary fighter’ like Pacquiao ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES After surviving a stabbing incident that nearly derailed his rookie year, Teng is back playing for Alaska in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“I’m super happy and blessed that I was able to get back this conference and I’m just happy to play again,” said Teng in Filipino after helping Alaska to a 114-91 domination of Phoenix Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Teng and former La Salle teammates Thomas Torres and Norbert Torres were the victims of a knife attack in Bonifacio Global City with three middle-aged men charged with frustrated homicide and serious physical injury.It took Teng a few days of bed rest at St. Luke’s Medical Centre before he was able to join Alaska for the team’s daily practice. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ View comments Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names It has only been a month since Jeron Teng survived the most harrowing experience of his life.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

InselAir opens up Caribbean, US markets via Boa Vista

first_imgInternational carrier InselAir will start operating flights from Boa Vista to Georgetown, beginning July 4, 2016.InselAir’s friendly and multilingual staff in combination with a comfortable ‘Regional 70’ jet will take you quickly and conveniently from Boa Vista to Georgetown in 65 minutes.On board, passengers have the possibility to win back their ticket in Insel StarMiles during the famous and unique Onboard Raffle.Passengers enjoy luggage allowance of one free checked bag and ample legroom. Comfort Class passengers enjoy, among others, pre-boarding, access to business lounges, extra legroom and extra luggage allowance.Tickets can be purchased at any InselAir ticket office Eduardo Gomes–Manaus International Airport, via local and online travel agents and via from Boa Vista can conveniently and seamlessly connect to InselAir’s extensive network of 26 destinations in the Pan-American region. In just 120 minutes from Georgetown destinations such as Miami, Santo Domingo and St Maarten are now easily accessible through InselAir’s hub in Curacao. Furthermore, InselAir offers its passengers one free stopover, making it easy and attractive for passengers to combine two destinations.Since 2006 InselAir has grown to be one of the best airlines in providing international flexible connectivity to North and South America as well as the Caribbean region.Due to frequent flights and very short flight time between InselAir’s home-base Curaçao and its hub in Aruba, in combination with its extensive network destinations, InselAir provides passengers great connectivity.InselAir’s interline partnerships (which include, amongst others, Air Berlin, KLM/Air France, Winair, Avianca and GOL) and code shares (KLM/Air France) add further value to this connectivity, allowing its passengers to connect throughout the world.InselAir is the largest Caribbean-based airline and expects to carry 1.4 million passengers this year, employs around 750 people, offers approximately 70 daily flights to 26 destinations and plans to grow to 30 destinations in 2016.InselAir’s fleet consist of 18 aircraft (7 x McDonnell Douglas, 3 x Fokker 70, 6 x Fokker 50 and 2 x Embraer Bandeirante) and is adding more aircraft to its fleet in 2016.Destinations in South America include: Manaus, Boa Vista, Georgetown, Paramaribo, Caracas, Barquisimeto, Las Piedras, Maracaibo, Valencia, Barranquilla, Medellin, Quito and destinations in the Caribbean include Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Havana, Holguin, Santiago de Cuba, Santa Clara, Camaguey, St Maarten, Port-of-Spain, San Juan, Santo Domingo, Port-au-Prince, Kingston and Miami in the USA.last_img read more

Arsenal facing 2000km trip to Belarus

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during their UEFA Europa League Group H match against Cologne, at The Emirates Stadium in London, on September 14, 2017 © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISPARIS, France, Sep 27 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he will field a strong side for Thursday’s Europa League visit to BATE Borisov, despite a 4000km round trip in the middle of a spell of three games in seven days.The second round of group-stage matches also sees AC Milan visit Croatia’s Rijeka, Everton host Cypriots Apollon Limassol and Nice face Vitesse Arnhem, with 24 games in total. Wenger hinted grudgingly that he would not make wholesale changes despite a visit to Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday, after club record signing Alexandre Lacazette scored twice in a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Monday.“We have to accept it, but I will go with a team of senior players, and certainly a young bench,” said the Frenchman, whose side came from behind to beat Cologne 3-1 in their opener.“We play Monday night, we play in Borisov on Thursday, and we play Sunday morning. For the team selection it has an impact.”AC Milan’s team celebrate after scoring a goal during their UEFA Europa League Group D match against Austria Wien, in Vienna, on September 14, 2017 © AFP/File / JOE KLAMARBelarusian champions Borisov, who are unbeaten in their previous seven European home games and drew 1-1 at Red Star Belgrade in their first match, could have to face the likes of Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez.Run ragged in a 3-0 defeat at Italians Atalanta last time out in what coach Ronald Koeman called a “wake up call”, Everton host Apollon, who held French outfit Lyon to a 1-1 draw two weeks ago.The Liverpudlians can thank former outcast Oumar Niasse for their 2-1 win over Bournemouth at the weekend, as they rallied from a poor start to the season with the forward scoring twice as a substitute.Seven-time European champions AC Milan are another misfiring team despite heavy investment from their new Chinese owners.Coach Vincenzo Montella is under pressure to ring the changes after a 2-0 loss to Sampdoria, their second in the league this season.“It’s not about finding who is to blame. The club management have just told me to intervene to ensure there are no more games like this,” he said after a meeting with his bosses on Monday.Nice striker Balotelli scored his fifth goal in four games in a 2-2 draw with Angers on Friday, ahead of their game with Vitesse Arnhem, which sees close-season signing Wesley Sneijder return to the Netherlands.Balotelli scored twice as Lucien Favre’s side hammered Zulte Waregem 5-1 two weeks ago, after the disappointment of their Champions League play-off defeat by Napoli.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Watch this quality Ricardo Quaresma goal for Portugal again

first_img1 Ricardo Quaresma scored twice against Estonia and set up three goals What a night for Ricardo Quaresma.The Portugal and Besiktas man scored twice – one was an absolute beauty – and set up three others in a 7-0 win against Estonia.Cristiano Ronaldo also scored two, with Eder, Danilo Pereira and a Karol Mets own goal completing things.AMAZING QUARESMA CROSS LEADS TO RONALDO GOALQuaresma has moved clubs a lot during his career and the 32-year-old is currently in his second spell at Besiktas after moving from a second stint at Porto in 2015.He has also played for Barcelona, Sporting, Inter, Chelsea and Al Ahli.last_img read more

Water district’s ‘smart’ sprinkler systems save water, money

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – A six-month pilot program to test new high-tech, weather-based outdoor sprinkler systems saved enough water to supply about three households for a year. Nineteen residents in the Newhall County Water District – which serves Newhall, Castaic, the Pinetree neighborhood of Canyon Country and the Tesoro del Valle development in Valencia – took part in the pilot program and saved a total of 776,000 gallons of water. The savings amounted to 2.35 acre-feet of water. A typical Santa Clarita Valley home uses three-quarters to one acre-foot of water a year, Steve Cole, the district’s general manager, said Thursday. “It turned out to be a lot more substantial savings than we originally thought,” Cole said. Now the district is offering a rebate program for customers who upgrade their current irrigation timers to the weather-based systems. The rebate funding comes from state Proposition 50. So-called “smart sprinkler” systems range in cost from $200 to $700, which might include installation and two years of free hookup to weather stations, depending on the type of controller. After that period, the hookup is $48 per year. The district rebate is available to owners of single-family homes with a minimum of 1,200 square feet of irrigated landscape and a working in-ground irrigation system operated by a working timer/controller. The rebate is $20 per active valve, or a maximum of $240 per home, not to exceed the cost of the system. The system detects water that is lost from soil through evaporation and from plants as part of their metabolic processes. Using data from sensors and local weather stations, it automatically decreases or increases the irrigation schedule according to changes in weather, thereby reducing under- or over-watering. Residents who took part in the pilot program, which started in May, say the savings were significant. Jill Jackson of Canyon Country said her summer water bill dropped $75 from the usual $200 a month. In the winter months, her bill fell to less than $50, and she saved even more when it rained because the system automatically turns off. “You don’t have to think about it,” Jackson said. Juan Martinez, also of Canyon Country, said the system helped save water. “I especially like the fact that I’m not over-watering, or watering my lawn when it’s raining,” Martinez said. “My lawn is looking as good as before, but with less water.” INFORMATION To apply for the Newhall County Water District’s “smart sprinkler” rebate program, call (661) 259-3610 or visit Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GAA news: Cloughaneely face Burt in Intermediate Championship

first_imgCloughaneely GAA club notes ***Seniors***Imreoidh foireann shinsireach Chloich Cheannfhaola in éadan Bheart i gcluiche ceathrú-ceannais na Craoibhe Idirmheánaí ar an tSatharn seo ar 1:00 i.n. i nGleann Súilí. Best of luck to our seniors who line out in the Intermediate Championship quarter final on Saturday against Burt in Glenswilly at 1:00 pm. Support would be greatly appreciated for the lads. ***Reserves***Our reserves had a great league win over a strong MacCumhaills side on Saturday last with a final score of 0-05 | 1-11Please keep an eye out on the club facebook/twitter page for finalised reserve Championship fixtures!***Minor Championship***Bhí buaidh mhaith ag na mionúir i gcluiche leath-cheannais an Tuaiscirt de Chraobh na Mionúr Roinn a 2. Bhuail said Aodh Rua Cúl na gCuirdín, 2-17|2-8. Ádh mór orthu sa chluiche ceannais!Congratulations to our minors who had a strong win over Red Hughs in the Northern Board Semi-Final last week. Final score – Red Hughs 2.08 CCF 2.17. Great result for the lads. We wish them and their management team all the best in the final. Please keep an eye out on the club facebook/twitter pages for fixtures once confirmed.***Club Lotto***Numbers drawn on Wednesday, Sept 14th were 2,4,6,7,12,13! We had no match 6 winners so jackpot rises to €3,500! We had 14 match 4’s- winner of the €100 was Patricia Doherty Ballina. Next draw takes place Wednesday, Sept 21st, at the bingo in Óstan Loch Áltan. Tickets are on sale in various outlets throughout the parish and prior to the bingo each Wednesday evening.***U-13 Girls***Our U-13 girls were unfortunately beaten by a strong Termon side last week. They are due to play Gaoth Dobhair this week and we wish them the best of luck! ***Well Done***Well done to Caitin McGee and Marcella Dolan who have been selected for the U-13 development squad and to Emma McGee who has been selected for the U-15 Development squad! Maith Sibh!GAA news: Cloughaneely face Burt in Intermediate Championship was last modified: September 20th, 2016 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

Ligue 1 Preview: In-form Marseille out to confront struggling Monaco

first_img Tags: Ligue OneMarseilleMonacoNeymar Jrtop Just like last season, 2019/120 has seen Monaco make a poor start and relegation fears can already be heard from a distance at the Principality club.Currently, they sit second from bottom and yet to win a game this season after four Ligue One rounds.However, they seem to be improving by the day after drawing both of their last two games before the international break.After not scoring in their first two games (both 3-0 defeats), Leandro Jardim’s men have gone on to score four in their last two and that will be a positive sign as they welcome Marseille to the Stade de Luis II, on Sunday night.For Marseille, they come into the game on the back of two consecutive victories that have seen them gather seven points from their last three games.Following a 2-0 home loss to Reims in their opening fixtures, Andre Villas-Boas’s side has gone on to draw 0-0 at Nantes and then defeat both Nice and Saint Etienne.The international break was not so pleasant for them though as it left both Pietro Pellegri and Stephen Jovetic injured and possibly out of Sunday’s game.This fixture has always produced thrilling games including the one that saw Marseille coming from behind to defeat Monaco 3-2 in the reverse fixture last season.If their past meetings are to be the basis for Sunday’s clash, then we are in for one hell of a treat.Monaco at home to Marseille may be the headline fixture for match-day 4 but the center of attraction will most definitely be in the French capital as PSG host Strasbourg on Saturday.The Parisians will be welcoming back star-player Neymar Jr from a troubled summer that was highlighted by injury and his desire to push for a move away from Paris and join former club Barcelona.With the deal falling-through in the last days of the transfer window, the Brazilian had no option but return to Parc de Princes and will most likely play his first game of the season on Saturday.The sort of reception Neymar will get from his own fans is what the football fraternity is waiting to witness.Away from Neymar and the whole reception thing, PSG will be hoping to win a third successive game this Ligue One season.After losing 2-1 at Rennes on match-day two, Tomas Tuchel’s side have gone on to beat Toulouse and Metz in their past two fixtures and consequently climb onto the top of the standings.The game at home to Strasbourg may seem straight-forward on paper but PSG will have to win it minus the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani, Julian Draxler and Abdou Diallo who are all injured.Strasbourg who have never beaten PSG away from home will be looking for a first victory of the season too after drawing three and lost one of their first four league games.Their last trip to the capital saw them lose 2-0 with Cavani and Angel di Maria scoring the goals for PSG.The Ligue One match-five four kicks off on Friday evening with last season’s runners up Lille hosting Angers SC at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Villeneuve d’Ascq.After a wonderful 2018/19 season, Lille have started the current campaign slowly, winning only two of their first four games.The wins over Saint Etienne and Nantes have both come at home while their fixtures away have all ended in defeats.On Friday, Lille takes on an in-form Angers side which has won three of their first four games.Stephane Maoulin’s side have already defeated Bordeaux, Metz and Dijon and a fourth victory in five games will indeed boost the hopes of European season for the Angers’ faithful regardless the time of the season.However, the last time Angers visited Lille, they lost 5-0.The other fixtures to look out for in Ligue One will be Lyon’s visit to Amiens, Nantes hosting Reims and Toulouse away to Saint Etienne.All the Ligue One match-day five fixturesFriday, 13-09-2019-Lille vs Angers SCO @8pm-Amiens vs Lyon @9:45pmSaturday, 14-09-2019-PSG vs Strasbourg @6:30pm-Dijon vs Nimes @9pm-Montpellier vs Nice  @9pm-Brest vs Rennes  @9pm-Bordeaux vs Metz  @9pmSunday, 15-09-2019-Nantes vs Reims @4pm-Saint Etienne vs Toulouse @6pm-Monaco vs Marseille @10pmComments last_img read more

Newspaper to help entrepreneurs

first_img4 September 2013 Small Business Connect, a free newspaper and website launched by the Department of Trade and Industry on Tuesday, aims to provide South African entrepreneurs with the information they need to succeed in their ventures. The first edition of the 20-page publication covers issues such as how to register a business as well as advice for those wanting to start their own business, and includes a business support service directory as well as information on policy issues. The newspaper, published monthly, will be distributed free of charge nationwide. Small Business Connect can also be accessed online via, or “We have got a big knowledge gap,” Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at the launch of the publication on Tuesday. “The newspaper fits in with the overall thrust of this administration in supporting small businesses. It is an information exercise about what you need to do to start a small business, where one can go for mentorship opportunities.” Davies pointed out that issues specific to the small business industry are not always covered in the commercial media. Statistics indicate that, for every seven small businesses established each year, only two will be operational a year down the line. “This tells us that small business requires commitment, effort and involvement,” Davies said. The newspaper’s print run is of 30 000 copies a month, which will be distributed via 200 points around the country, including at provincial government departments. It is published for the Department of Trade and Industry by SA Business Owner and Co cc, under a 24-month partnership. Source: read more