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Zidane’s poker for 2020

first_imgSpain SupercupCurves begin soon for Zidane and his Real Madrid, because after measuring with Getafe this Saturday at the Alfonso Pérez Coliseum (4:00 pm, Movistar LaLiga) he will travel to Saudi Arabia to play the new Spanish Super Cup conceived by Luis Rubiales, president of the RFEF. Wednesday, January 8 (8:00 p.m., Movistar Champions League) Valencia is waiting for him in Jeddah, who was unable to beat Mestalla on December 15; in fact, Benzema started a draw on the last play. If he exceeds the semifinal, he will wait in the final on Sunday 12 (7:00 p.m.) to the winner of Barcelona-Atlético that will take place on Thursday 9.Nor has Madrid been able to win either of them this year, although the luck is that it has not lost either: it ended both duels with a goalless draw and on December 18 he left excellent sensations in his visit to Camp Nou. Zidane also knows what it is to win a Super Cup at Barcelona: he did it in the summer of 2017, winning both in Barcelona (1-3) and in Madrid (2-0).Copa del ReyIt is the only tournament that resists Zidane, it is not among the nine he has raised as a Real Madrid coach (three Champions, two Club World Cups, two European Super Cups, a League and a Spanish Super Cup). And it is, in fact, the tournament that has caused the most dislikes to the Frenchman, the one that precipitated his march after raising the Champions League in Kiev, at the end of the 2017-18 campaign. The white elimination in the quarterfinals against Leganés, who assaulted the Bernabéu (1-2), frustrated Zizou in such a way that he began to stiffen the decision. 2020 has started for everyone at Real Madrid, also for Zidane, that sees in the new year the opportunity to complete a poker of titles that returns to the white team the prestige lost after the disastrous 2018-19 season. A huge challenge, although the white coach already knows how to do it: in 2017 he raised up to five trophies (League, Champions, European Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup and Club World Cup). “For me it is a failure, I am very disappointed. It’s a very hard stick, I take responsibility, ”he said after the defeat; “There are moments that make you think and do not forget,” he recalled at the press conference of his farewell. A year earlier, Celta had also deprived him of raising the Cup winning at the Bernabéu (1-2); Balaids 2-2 was not enough. Madrid will meet its rival in the fight for this new Copa del Rey (a single game except the semifinals) on Tuesday, January 14 and will be measured with him the following week.LeagueAlthough he has raised up to five Champions League with Madrid (three as first coach, another as Ancelotti’s second and another as a player, La Novena), Zidane always reiterates that he has occasion that the tournament that fills him as a coach is LaLiga . “It’s the happiest day of my football life, when the season starts you only think about LaLiga’s day to day. I have no words, I would even like to dance. Inside I am very, very happy. LaLiga is the most complicated competition, it is demonstrated day by day, ”he said, exultant, after taking the 2016-17 title at La Rosaleda, on the last day.Madrid is now second in the table, two points behind Barcelona after 18 games; he even has the options to finish the first round as a winter champion, although he must win in Getafe and expect a defeat of Barcelona in Cornellà-El Prat against Espanyol (Saturday 4 at 9:00 p.m.). A situation very different from the last two leagues, in which Madrid reached at this point virtually eliminated from the fight for the title: Last year I was ten points behind Barça; and in 2017-18, the last of Zidane’s first stage, at 13. That carelessness in the regularity tournament was another reason that led him to leave at the end of the course.Champions LeagueAs paradoxical as it may seem, it is the least priority tournament for Madrid at the moment, as it has taken four of the last six editions. Also for Zidane, who nevertheless does not know what it is to lose a tie in the Champions League: he has won 12 consecutive, between crosses and finals. But in the club it is the most coveted tournament, by history (13 titles, more than anyone) and by the preference of President Florentino Pérez, who usually refers to the Champions League as the tournament that places you in the world of football. After an injured group stage, Madrid is waiting for the City in the round of 16: on February 26 at 9:00 p.m., the first leg at the Bernabéu; and on March 17, also at 9:00 p.m., the return at the Etihad Stadiumd in Manchester.last_img read more

Popular Puerto Viejo nightclub Johnnys Place closed indefinitely following weekend shooting

first_imgThe incident happened a day before Costa Rica’s National Police posted a press release on its website titled “Police reinforce vigilance in the southern Caribbean of Limón,” indicating that an alliance with a local tourism board and residents will lead to the installment of 11 new security cameras at Playa Cocles, Manzanillo and Puerto Viejo.It also noted that the Public Security Ministry and Tourist Police opened a new three-story station in Cocles to “reinforce vigilance in several of the more frequented beaches of the southern Caribbean.”The plan also includes two new patrol vehicles, new all-terrain vehicles donated by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) and 10 new officers, who will double street patrols of south Caribbean communities and beaches at night and in the early morning. They will “confront criminals who usually attack properties in isolated and hard-to-reach areas,” the report states.“The situation has improved considerably, and we believe the police now have more resources, and we support those efforts that benefit us all,” the release quotes Jorge Molina, president of the local tourism board, as saying.In the past few years, increases in robberies, home invasions and violent attacks in the southern Caribbean, coupled with a shortage of police resources and manpower, have prompted local hotel and business owners and residents to rally behind community policing and victims assistance initiatives. Local community members have been working tirelessly to lobby for more cops, security cameras and patrols. They also help victims, including tourists, file criminal complaints and put the word out on social media when crimes occur.But the shooting at Johnny’s wasn’t in an isolated area – it was right next to a police station. In a posting on a southern Caribbean community Facebook group, some residents complained that police officers just 20 meters away failed to quickly respond to the emergency, allowing the perpetrator to flee.One alleged witness wrote: “Last night, 1:30 in the morning, Johnny’s is full, inside shots are heard, many, they don’t stop, we all run out, I reach the police, and a wounded victim arrives, too. 4 officers attending to him [the victim], shots continue, I ask the police officer who’s holding a machine gun, aren’t you going to see who’s shooting??? NO. The officer goes back into the police station…..Meanwhile, a car leaves at a high speed … and runs over someone … I go back to the police station….the 4 cops are still there….I tell them, you know they just ran someone over??? Yes, we’re leaving now….30 minutes later they leave….”Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean zone isn’t alone in facing increasing crime. A report on Monday by Teletica’s Álvaro Sánchez noted that assaults, robberies and home invasions are up across the country, on par to reach the highest numbers since President Laura Chinchilla took office four years ago on a platform to improve public security. The story even cites a store owner in Santo Domingo de Heredia, Germán Azofeifa, who has been attacked and robbed 30 times in the last five years. Johnny’s Place, a beloved institution in the southern Caribbean beach town of Puerto Viejo known for its reggaeton and R&B DJs, has closed following a shooting early Sunday morning. Club owner Johnny León says it might be for good.“No one died this time, but I don’t want to be caught in a crossfire again,” León said. In the early hours of Sunday morning, a man pulled out a gun and opened fire inside the bar, wounding five people, according to Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigative Police (OIJ).The victims were named as Ditier Castro, 21; Darcy Zaira Romero, 47; Raul Enrique Moraga, 24; Carlos Vaz Mcleod, whose age wasn’t specified; and his mother, Icylin Mcleod.Some of the wounded piled into a car and headed for the nearby Hone Creek Clinic, in Talamanca. On the way, their car struck pedestrian Andrei Medrano, a private security guard who now is in critical condition at the Calderón Guardia Hospital, in San José. The five shooting victims were taken to Tony Facio Hospital in Limón, where they are in stable condition, according to OIJ spokesman Marco Monje.The shooter fled the scene, and police did not immediately make an arrest. Monje said the apparent motive for the shooting was personal problems between the suspect and one of the victims. When the first shot was fired, León said he was serving drinks, and along with many of his terrified patrons, he got down on the floor. His wife, Argerie Guido, was behind the register, and his son José Joaquín was working behind the bar. When the shots stopped, José Joaquín turned on the lights, and the family waited about 30 minutes for police to show up, León said.Only two policemen were on duty in the area, according León, who said he spoke at length with police officers and provided them with videos from security cameras. Based on those videos, police identified the suspect, León told The Tico Times.León also learned from police that the shooting allegedly involved members of rival gangs from Cahuita, a town located 16 kilometers north of Puerto Viejo.Until recently, many of the shootings in the area have taken place in the street, not inside businesses, León said. “We haven’t slept well since then,” said Guido, León’s wife. “We are really worried about the safety in the area.” A shiny new police station in Playa Cocles, on the southern Caribbean coast. Courtesy Public Security Ministry Facebook Commentscenter_img Johnny’s has long attracted locals and travelers with its reggaeton and hip-hop DJs. Photo from Facebook No related posts.last_img read more

Greece looks forward to attracting more than a million tourists from Turkey

first_imgGreece has announced that the 2016 projections show the country will host even more Turkish tourists than the 1.15 million it saw in 2015, which was an 18% increase from 2014.Along with the GNTO (The Greek National Tourism Organization‘s bureau), other regional authorities wanting to increase their presence in the Turkish marketplace have become involved with various events being held to encourage Turkish tourism in Greece.Joint events between the GNTO in Istanbul have allowed the tourism sector to learn more about what drives Turks to visit Greece and what common knowledge about destinations attract the tourists to the Greek islands. The new joint efforts hope to help create more tourism opportunities for Turkish tourism in Greece.last_img read more

Volvo Delivered First Electric Trucks To Customers In Sweden

first_img Volvo Launches First FL Electric Refuse Truck – Video Volvo Debuts FL Electric Truck With Up To 300 kWh Battery Volvo FL ElectricVolvo FL Electric specs:Driveline: 185 kW electric motor, max power/130 kW continuous output, two speed transmission, propeller shaft, rear axle. Max torque electric motor 425 Nm. Max torque rear axle 16 kNm.Energy storage: 2-6 lithium-ion batteries, totalling 100-300 kWh.Range: up to 300 kmCharging: AC charging via the mains grid (22 kW) or DC fast charge via CCS/Combo2 for up to 150 kW.Recharging time: From empty to fully charged batteries: fast charge 1-2 hours (DC charging), night charge up to 10 hours (AC charging) with maximum battery capacity of 300 kWh.GVW of 16 tonnesVolvo FE Electric specs: Volvo Unveils Second Electric Truck – FE Electric, It’s Bigger, Badder Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 22, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Beside the FL Electric (gross vehicle weight of 16 tonnes), Swedish manufacturer will offer also Volvo FE Electric (GVW of 27 tonnes).The range of those trucks depends on battery capacity – up to 300 km (186 miles) in case of FL, and up to 200 km (124 miles) in case of FE.“The Volvo FL Electric trucks are part of a pre-series developed in collaboration with selected customers. Series production of the Volvo FL Electric and its powerful sibling, the Volvo FE Electric, will commence with a limited number of trucks for the European markets in the second half of 2019.The absence of motor noise and exhaust emissions contributes to better working conditions for the drivers and a quieter, cleaner urban environment.”Roger Alm, President Volvo Trucks said:“Our close collaboration with drivers and customers has enabled us to develop, in a short space of time, electrified transport solutions that meet high requirements in terms of performance, driving distances, cargo handling and vehicle use,”The drivers who will operate the electric trucks have had the opportunity to test-drive them prior to delivery, as part of the operator training. “The drivers were particularly impressed with the responsive driveline, delivering fast and seamless acceleration, and the low noise level,”“We will continue to develop our electrified offering. At the same time, we are steadily reducing the environmental and climate impact of our diesel and gas powered trucks, primarily through energy-efficient drivelines,” See first fully electric Volvo trucks in actionOn February 19, Volvo Trucks delivered the first electric truck to customers in Sweden in its pilot program for selected customers, which will be expanded to other European markets in the second half of 2019.The first delivered Volvo FL Electric are a refuse truck to waste and recycling company Renova, and a distribution truck to the logistics company DB Schenker and partner haulier TGM, operating in Sweden.Volvo Trucks Fully electrically-powered truck for distribution, refuse collection and other applications in urban conditionsDriveline: Two electric motors with 370 kW max power (260 kW cont. power) with a Volvo 2-speed transmission. Max torque electric motors 850 Nm. Max torque rear axle 28 kNm.Energy storage: Lithium-ion batteries, 200-300 kWh.Range: up to 200 kmCharging: Two different charging systems are available. CCS2: Maximum charge power 150 kW DC. Low Power Charging: Maximum charge power 22 kW AC.Charging time: From empty to fully charged batteries (300 kWh): CCS2 150 kW appr. 1.5 hours, Low power charging appr.10 hours.GVW 27 tonneslast_img read more