Shocking Spurs dumped out on pens by League Two minnows

first_imgJOHN McGREAL’S League Two minnows Lap-danced their way to a shock shootout win.Tom Lapslie converted Colchester’s winning spot-kick after they took the Premier League giants to penalties.7 Tottenham crashed out of the Carabao Cup after losing against ColchesterCredit: Getty – Contributor7 It is the first time Colchester have reached the fourth round of the League Cup since 1975Credit: ReutersSpurs’ season is now in danger of falling apart before the clocks have even gone back after they missed a string of chances in normal time.But gutsy Colchester showed as much fighting spirit as the soldiers in the town’s garrison by producing the club’s most famous win since they knocked Don Revie’s mighty Leeds team out of the FA Cup back in 1971.The Essex boys may have rode their luck to take the game to penalties, but once there they made no mistake — just like in the previous round when they won at Crystal Palace by the same method.Keeper Dean Gerken saved Christian Eriksen’s opening spot-kick before Spurs stopper Paulo Gazzaniga kept out Jevani Brown’s terrible Panenka effort.And the hosts held their nerve in the final round of kicks as Lucas Moura’s effort rattled the bar before Colchester midfielder Lapslie scored to send the underdogs through to the fourth round.Tottenham did not arrive at the JobServe Community Stadium until 65 minutes before kick-off.Their team bus was delayed in heavy traffic, caused by a string of accidents on the A12.To make matters worse, train services from the capital to Essex were delayed by flooding.7 Tom Lapslie proved to be the hero for Colchester as he netted the deciding spot-kickCredit: Reuters7 Lucas Moura missed in the penalty shootout as Spurs were dumped out by the lowest ranked team in the competitionCredit: Getty – ContributorThis meant, despite being a sell-out, there were still many chunks of empty seats — especially in the away end — when the teams kicked off on time.Tottenham arrived in England’s oldest town after making a poor start to the season with only two wins from their opening seven matches in all competitions.Mauricio Pochettino guided Spurs to the League Cup final in his first season in charge back in 2014-15 and the semi-finals last term — losing to Chelsea on both occasions — despite insisting this competition has never been his priority.And even though he made TEN changes to his starting line-up after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Leicester, it was still a fairly strong team featuring six internationals — including England duo Eric Dier and Dele Alli.There were also debuts for academy products Japhet Tanganga and Troy Parrott. Defender Tanganga, 20, impressed on Spurs’ summer tour of the Far East while strike starlet Parrott, a man- mountain of a 17-year-old, is seen as Harry Kane’s possible successor.With the England captain given the night off, along with Harry Winks and record £65million buy Tanguy Ndombele, Parrott was given the chance to shine up front.And the Republic of Ireland Under-21 prospect showed his potential against Colchester’s rugged defenders, as his 15th-minute shot from the edge of the box was deflected narrowly wide for a corner.Dele then side-footed wide before Moura’s 20-yard free-kick was beaten away by Colchester keeper Gerken.7 Mauricio Pochettino’s side haven’t won a trophy since winning the League Cup in 2008Credit: Reuters7 A pitch invasion ensued after Colchester beat Spurs on penaltiesCredit: PA:Press AssociationAt the back, Tanganga was able to have an assured debut as the Premier League side’s goal was hardly threatened.The hosts, as expected, were on the back foot for most of the contest, but they did manage to get to half-time without conceding.Tricky winger Courtney Senior’s runs forward gave them some brief moments of hope. But even when McGreal’s men did force their first corner at the start of the second half it ended with another Tottenham breakaway.That bizarrely resulted in U’s right-back Ryan Jackson having to go off injured after he was penalised for handballing a Ben Davies cross on the edge of the box.Jackson’s replacement Paris Cowan-Hall was fortunate not to give away a penalty for a shove in the back of Dele.Cowan-Hall’s luck did not last as he was soon booked for clattering Parrott as the visitors cranked up the pressure. Kyle Walker-Peters hit the post with one cross-shot before Gerken patted away another.Tottenham boss Pochettino made a double change for in the 66th minute as he replaced debut duo Tanganga and Parrott with Eriksen and Son Heung-min.But Colchester continued to stand firm and as the clock ticked down the more the noise and expectation in the home stands increased.7 Christian Eriksen was another player guilty of missing a spot-kick for the visitorsCredit: ReutersLATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerPochettino rolled his last dice by sending on Erik Lamela for Oliver Skipp. But it was the U’s who nearly snatched a late winner as first Cohen Bramall floated a ball across the face of the Spurs goal before Senior blazed a shot just wide from the edge of the box.A special mention must be made for U’s journeyman striker Frank Nouble, who celebrated his 28th birthday by chasing endless lost causes and scoring a spot-kick in the shootout.Let’s hope his team got him a cake — although he will be happy just with a fourth round spot.James Maddison speaks after scoring winning goal to beat Spurs at the King Power Stadiumlast_img read more

Talent search – Francis looking to develop promising players for Fast5 netball team

first_img “I was asked in January to be part of one of the squads, but because I don’t want to limit my ability I took the contract for six months. But where fast5 is concerned I think we stand a good chance, it’s how you apply yourself on the day,” she explained. “Although we have had success in the longer version, I believe we have better success in Fast5 because we came second and third was our worst, so I found this is my calling in Jamaica and I am going to give it my best shot,” she said. “I never thought that I would be back in the national program, but I am back and I am elated. Coaching is my passion, where I go and coach I try to do it to the best of my ability. Now I am more experienced, when you talk about understanding the role of management and people who hire you to do a job. I can accept changes, I can make adjustments to who is in charge,” she said. Netball Jamaica president, Paula Daley-Morris, said her return to the fold should have a positive impact. “We want to have a separate coach for the Fast5 because it is such a different game, we needed someone with experience and a good track record and she (Francis) came to mind and we approached her and she accepted,” said Daley-Morris. “She has a lot of plans for the squad and the passion she brings is infectious. We are happy to have her back. She has had success like any of our other coaches, she is the one who got the silver in FASTnet, so she has the level and we are hoping she repeats it.” Continuing, she said: “We are making sure the best minds are around the game and we are providing them with opportunities not just for their natural talent, but for the good of the country.” National netball icon, Connie Francis, who was reappointed to the national netball program recently, said the experience she gained while outside of the Jamaica set-up will serve her well in a new role as head coach of the country’s Fast5 team. Francis, who coached the Sunshine Girls from 2006 to 2011, did a stint in St Lucia from 2012 to 2015, helping the eastern Caribbean to country to qualify for the Commonwealth Games for the first time in their history. She added that her involvement and assistance with the grassroots program there helped her realise she had a knack for developing talent. “It (job) will be a challenge because some players I would like (to have) in the squad may not be possible. So it’s about going around the island seeking talent. When I worked overseas I had to develop new talent and I realised that I have some ability to work on new talent and let them enjoy the game, so it’s about growth and having experience. “I want to see what these new girls bring, but I want to let them know that playing for the Sunshine Girls is a big task and whoever is chosen will have to give their best, so I am looking forward to really coaching them,” she told The Gleaner. Netball Jamaica gave Francis the option to choose the version of the game she wanted to assist with and based on her past experience she believes they have a greater chance of success in Fast5. GOOD CHANCElast_img read more

GT man nabbed with illegal gun, ammo at Mabura

first_imgAn Alberttown, Georgetown, resident was on Tuesday afternoon arrested at Mabura Police Check Point, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) after he was found to be in possession of an unlicensed .32 Taurus semi-automatic Pistol with 12 live matching rounds.The 40-year-old man was reportedly in a motor vehicle when it was stopped and searched by Police ranks at the check point. He is expected to make his court appearance by the end of the week.Only recently, the Police stated that a total of 55 illegal firearms were taken off the streets up to the end May, when compared to 64 for the corresponding period last year.The majority of guns seized were pistols – 33 in total. Most of them – 27 – were reportedly confiscated by ranks in A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara).last_img

Barcelona lost Neymar Sr support over unpaid bonus

first_imgHowever, Neymar Sr claimed the Barcelona board lost his support when they failed to pay the 26 million euro bonus due earlier this week unless Neymar remained at the club this season.“In that moment Barcelona lost my support when they did that,” Neymar Sr told Cadena Cope.“Until that moment I was on Barcelona’s side trying to convince Neymar to stay, but with the attitude of the board I couldn’t be on their side because the contract is explicit and clear.”Barca spokesman Josep Vives confirmed on Friday that the club had deposited the bonus with a notary to be paid on September 1 if Neymar stayed.However, the club has now recovered the money as according to Vives “the player hasn’t fulfilled his contract.”Neymar Sr’s huge influence over his son’s career has been criticised in the media during his four-year spell in Spain.Barca also paid a 40 million euro bonus to a company owned by the player’s parents N&N to bring him to the Camp Nou from Santos back in 2013.However, Neymar Sr insisted the “brave” decision to move had been his son’s.“The decision was his. He is where he dreamed of being. He is in a comfort zone, calm. He listened to the advice of his friends, of those around him and he wanted to face this challenge,” he added.“I think he has been very brave, he had the right to take this decision.”Neymar is expected to make a staggering 30 million euros net a season over the course of his five-year contract with the French giants.However, he denied at this presentation on Friday that money or stepping out of Lionel Messi’s shadow at Barca were reasons for leaving.And Neymar Sr insisted he never sought to be Messi’s heir to the throne at Barca.“Everyone said he had to replace him, he didn’t want to replace him,” he added.“You have to leave Leo alone, he is an idol here. Neymar has to take his own road and accept the challenge he has.“It wasn’t fair either for Leo or Ney that type of judgement that football and people like to make.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar (right) and his father pictured in Madrid in 2016 © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Aug 5 – Neymar’s father and agent, Neymar Sr, has told Spanish radio that Barcelona lost his support to retain his son when they refused to pay a bonus for signing a new contract last year.The Brazilian joined Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday after the French side paid his 222 million euro ($264 million) buyout clause to smash the world transfer record, saying in an Instagram video he had gone against the advice of his father.last_img read more

Revealed! 13 big-name players that could move to the Chinese Super League

first_img 4. Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce) – The ex-Arsenal and Manchester United man has failed to settle in Turkey, and he could eagerly be eyeing an exit. With the Chinese Super League’s reputation rising, the striker could be an outstanding addition. The Times report that a number of clubs from China are interested in his signature. 13 13 13 2. Fernando Torres (on loan at Atletico Madrid from AC Milan) – During the January transfer window, the Spaniard was heavily linked with a move to China – before his team-mate Jackson Martinez jumped ship. Reports claimed that he could become the highest paid player in world football if he was to swap La Liga for the Chinese Super League. 13 12. Nikica Jelavic (West Ham United) – The 30-year-old’s time at Upton Park has not gone to plan, with Slaven Bilic using the striker only sparingly. With the Chinese window still open, there is still time for him to secure an exit. According to Sky Sports, Chinese second division side Beijing Renhe are chasing his signature and his transfer is ’95 per cent done’. 13 1. John Terry (Chelsea) – click the arrow above to see 12 more players who could soon move to China – Terry looks set to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer after revealing that the club informed him, as it stands, he will not be offered an extension on his deal which expires at the end of the season. He has said that he won’t play for another club in England, and those in the Chinese Super League may be on red alert over his situation. China has suddenly emerged as the go-to league outside of Europe, perhaps ahead of Major League Soccer.Ramires, Alex Texeira and Jackson Martinez have all jumped ship in the winter window, and with the Chinese market open until February 26, more could follow suit within the next week.With the recent furore over such transfers, talkSPORT took a look at 15 famous players and managers that you might not have known had gone to China, and now we’ve examined 13 players that could be considering a similar career path, including a certain Chelsea legend.Click the right arrow above to check out 13 players who may be eyeing a switch to the Chinese Super League… 13 13 13 3. Dani Alves (Barcelona) – Alves was tipped to join Manchester United last summer before agreeing a two-year contract extension with Barca. While his future for the next season and a half at the Camp Nou appears secure, he has, according to the Daily Mail, been offered a £9.2m a season contract to join an unnamed Chinese outfit. 7. Yaya Toure (Manchester City) – The Ivorian had been a key player for the Citizens, but for the last season and a half, his influence at the club has worryingly dwindled – dating back to his birthday cake outburst. Pep Guardiola is set to make notable changes when he takes over at the Etihad in the summer and offloading the midfielder, who often looks uninterested, could be a priority. 5. Radamel Falcao (on loan at Chelsea from Monaco) – After failing to impress at Manchester United, his attempt to salvage his reputation in the Premier League has gone no better. At Stamford Bridge, he’s made just one domestic start, with injury largely to blame, and he will surely want out of England in the summer. China could be an interesting option if he wants regular senior action. 13 13 6. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – At 30, despite his improved performances over the past few weeks, United may be planning for life without him and it might not be long before his future is assessed. He was reportedly offered an eye-watering £75m deal to Sven Goran Eriksson at Shanghai SIPG at the end of last year, and this could be at the back of his mind, even if it is hard to believe. 13 10. Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Despite being club captain, Jedinak has made just five starts in the Premier League this season, leaving his future at Selhurst Park uncertain. The Mirror report that a whole host of sides from the Chinese Super League are considering a move in the summer, with it too late for Alan Pardew to sign his replacement if he leaves this month. 13 11. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain) – Laurent Blanc recently revealed that Lavezzi is ‘negotiating his departure’ from the Ligue 1 giants. While it was claimed that the Argentine had held talks with Chelsea over a transfer in the winter window, it seems China could be his first option, if reports are to be believed. 13. Emmanuel Adebayor (Crystal Palace) – Adebayor agreed a shock move to the Eagles in January, but having signed only a six-month deal, there’s no guarantee he’ll remain at the club beyond the summer. At this stage in his career, cash could be a priority, making China an inviting proposition. 8. Loic Remy (Chelsea) – Shanghai Shenhua have prised former Chelsea strikers Demba Ba and Didier Drogba away from the Premier League, and they could be prepared to do the same with Remy. According to reports, the same Chinese outfit are readying an £11m bid and a £5.5m salary package for the Frenchman. 9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) – The Sweden international is out of contract at the end of the season and is poised to leave behind the Parc des Princes after four seasons. He has been linked with a return to Serie A, though the financial lure of China could be tempting. Jiangsu were linked with a move at the end of last year. 13last_img read more


first_imgA judge failed to see the romantic side when a young woman stole chocolates and teddy bears on St.Valentine’s Day.Lisa Mongan went on a robbing spree and stole a litany of goods including whiskey, bed linen, clothing, chocolates and toys from branches of Dunnes Stores, Tesco and Lifestyle Sports.Letterkenny District Court heard how Mongan, 22, even got a child to help her steal the goods. Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said Ms Mongan’s family had a history of theft but she had managed to avoid the family trait up until now.He also revealed that she was suffering emotionally as she had lost two children shortly after birth.However Judge Paul Kelly said Mongan, 22, of 61 Cashel Park, Letterkenny, was part of an organised scheme of shop-lifters.He said such thefts were having a huge affect on the economy.“These were automatic and organised crimes and she seems to have been up to her neck in it. Individually the items were small but we hear all the time about the cost to the economy – it appears as a victimless crime but it is not.“The rest of the community pays for these crimes. This lady is not the victim to the extent that you are portraying her. I do not accept that. She had her choice and there were incidents when she was on her own,” he said.He ordered a probation report and warned Ms Mongan that if she came before him again, it would influence his sentence.JUDGE FAILS TO SEE ROMANTIC SIDE AFTER WOMAN’S ST VALENTINE’S ROBBERY was last modified: March 16th, 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:Judge Paul KellyLetterkenny District CourtLisa Monganlast_img read more


first_imgDunkineely Christmas Lights with Santa’s grotto and Craft FayreOn Saturday 13th December 2014 – everybody welcome to come and join the fun – Activities begin at 4pm, Santa arrives at 5pm and will be available in his grotto with a team of Storytelling, craft-making and face painting elves.All activities based around the Christmas Tree at the Methodist Church /DCL office. (Event coordinated by DCL (Dunkineely Community Ltd) and the Dunkineely Festival Committee). Anyone wanting to hold a stall at the Craft Fayre should book by phoning the DCL Office on 074 9737678 / 087 3421922 or Email: Tir Boghaine – Are you Caring for someone at home? A support group for carers meets on the third Monday of each Month in Killybegs Hospital Day centre at 7:30 pm. If you are coping alone or isolated by your role as a carer, why not come along to the support group. All carers can share their knowledge and support and have opportunities to partake in training sessions. The next meeting will take place on Monday 15th December at 7:30pm in Killybegs Hospital. For more information contact Eileen – Tir Boghaine on 074 9733111 / 074 9733113 or Email: & Bruckless Community Carol Service – Sunday 21st December at 5pm in St.Joseph’s & St.Conal’s Church Bruckless. All are welcome to join this celebration of the whole community from the throughout the Parish. For further information contact the DCL office on 074 9737678 / 087 3421922.DCL Courses in January – DCL Interior Design will run again for those on the waiting list (3 spaces still available) – 6 week course with Sile Kelly, cost €30 (part funded by the ETB Community Education Programme). DCL Calligraphy with Janet Deane will also run for 6 weeks, cost €30 (6 spaces still available). Please contact the DCL office on 074 9737678 / 087 3421922 if you are interested in either of these courses or would like to share with us any other course ideas we might run in the future.Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c. Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30am – 12:30pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or print or photocopy documents (20c per page). DD LOCAL: DUNKINEELY SWITCHING ON THEIR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS THIS SATURDAY was last modified: December 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DD LOCAL: Dunkineely Community NewsFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more

State-of-the art clinic strives to improve health and wellbeing in Killybegs

first_imgA new clinic staffed by highly-skilled and experienced therapists and offering a wide range of rehabilitation services has opened in Killybegs.Strive Clinic at Donegal Road, above the SuperValu Centre, specialises particularly in cancer rehabilitation and survivorship; mental health; lymphoedema management; heart health & weight management; and bone, muscle & joint health.Altogether, dozens of different conditions can be managed at Strive, ranging from joint pain and anxiety to lymphoedema and couples counselling. Says Strive CEO, Dr Chris McBrearty: “Our goal is to empower people to improve their health and change their lives by providing a human touch to the patient experience and a superior, evidence-based approach to care.”The Strive Clinic at Killybegs is the second of a series of clinics the company plans to open in Ireland. The first clinic is up and running at Galway since February this year.A major part of the services offered will cater for people who have been diagnosed with cancer or who have come through cancer treatment.People can be left with residual pain. Many cancer survivors are also suffering from anxiety over whether the disease will return. Others can have difficulties with lymphoedema or relationship problems. “The more we researched it, the more it became obvious that there were a lot of other rehabilitation needs out there”, he added.Dr McBrearty, a qualified medical doctor, has completed a Stanford University affiliated programme on medical innovation and he realised that, while some rehabilitation needs are being met in various parts of the country on a one-off basis, there was no single clinic offering such a wide spectrum of therapies.“What Strive Clinic offers is a completely new type of service in Ireland”, he says. “At the moment, there is nowhere either in the public or private sector offering this type of comprehensive inter-disciplinary service.”Such clinics are common in the United States as well as in Scandinavia and Germany.Dr McBrearty sees the Strive Clinic model fitting the objectives of the Irish Government’s National Cancer Strategy, which was launched in June 2017 and outlines a ten-year plan for cancer treatment in this country. Dr McBrearty says that, as well as offering the service in Galway and Killybegs, the plan is to have a Strive Clinic in close proximity to each of the cancer centres in Dublin, Limerick, Cork and Waterford.He added that one of the main reasons for basing a Strive Clinic in Donegal was the complete absence of specialist services here. “We looked at Letterkenny but we decided on South Donegal because there is a particular need for those services in this area.”Among the types of therapy offered are physiotherapy, lymphoedema therapy (swelling of the arms or legs after cancer treatment) and psychotherapy. Occupational therapy and clinical nutrition services will commence shortly.“I want to improve healthcare – access to it, the quality of it, and outcomes from it” Dr McBrearty said. “Traditionally, much emphasis has been placed on detection and acute management of disease in our health system. There is a lot more to healthcare than this. “I see a huge need for the provision of services that will improve the function and quality of life of patients. Strive Clinic does just that. I want patients to be at the centre of what we do and why we do it.”He added that, from personal experience, he had an intimate knowledge of the effects that a diagnosis of a complex medical condition can have both on patients and their families. “I want to use my unique perspective to ensure that all patients and their families receive the evidence-based care that they require and deserve”, he said.All services at the Strive Clinic are available on a fee-for-service basis and costs may be reimbursable through private health insurance.Patients can also access a medically appropriate selection of Strive’s health and wellbeing services online via the clinic’s secure telehealth platform, Strive at Home. Contact art clinic strives to improve health and wellbeing in Killybegs was last modified: November 21st, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:cancer rehabilitationhealthKillybegsstrive clinicwellbeinglast_img read more

Could Germ Toxicity Be an Environmental Effect?

first_imgListeria becomes nasty when starved of oxygen, reported EurekAlert.  “Limiting oxygen produces bacteria up to 100 times more invasive than similar bacteria grown with ample oxygen supplies.”Could this imply that a world with different atmospheric or soil conditions could have been less prone to disease?  Could the bacteria we fear most have been placid or even beneficial in such an environment?    One instance doesn’t make the case, but this surprising finding is food for thought.  Pasteurize before consuming.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img

New airport nears completion

first_imgAn aerial view of King Shaka International Airport, taken in May 2009. (Image: Acsa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Colin NaidooCommunications Manager, Acsa+27 31 451 6666 USEFUL LINKS • Airports Company of South Africa • Dube Tradeport • Air FranceRELATED ARTICLES• OR Tambo spreads its wings • Lanseria International Airport • Infrastructure development in South AfricaJanine ErasmusSouth Africa’s newest airport, King Shaka International situated north of Durban at La Mercy, will be ready in time for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, according to a recent announcement from the Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa).Acsa communications manager Colin Naidoo said that construction is progressing well, and he is confident the airport will open in time for the expected influx of football-mad fans in June 2010.Currently 72% complete, the airport’s opening passenger capacity will be 8-million per year, compared to the 4.7-million presently handled by Durban International Airport. In terms of size, it is three times bigger than Durban International.The R7.4-billion King Shaka International is the first brand new project undertaken by Acsa and the first greenfield airport in South Africa.Completion of construction is expected by the end of 2009, after which Acsa will spend around four months testing the airport before its 2010 opening.The project has provided jobs for around 12 000 people and once finished, 8 000 people will take up permanent employment at the airport. This is 3 000 more than the current staff complement of Durban International.Future capacity is not a problem either. Durban International is expected to reach its limit by 2015, whereas King Shaka has been designed to expand in stages, up to a projected maximum of 45-million passengers by 2060.Acsa, with the help of local and international experts, has reportedly already developed a special transfer programme for the relocation of Durban International operations to King Shaka.Economic growthThe airport is part of the massive Dube Tradeport development under construction on 2 060ha about 35km north of Durban, close to the N2 freeway. This is a cutting-edge complex which includes King Shaka International, a trade zone and an IT platform.The tradeport will inject new economic growth into the region and offer up to 270 000 new jobs directly and indirectly.Advanced facilitiesKing Shaka’s runway is 3.7km in length, long enough to accommodate the world’s biggest passenger craft, the Airbus A380 and its closest rival, the Boeing B747. Expansion to 4km if necessary is possible. The 400 000m2 of runways alone are the equivalent of 100 football fields.Plans for a second expansion phase, to be undertaken around 2035, include a parallel runway running along the opposite side of the terminal buildings. The third phase will see the airport reach its maximum capacity in 2060.With parking for 6 500 cars, 4 300 more than Durban International, the new addition to the group of South African airports will signal a long-overdue revival of the region.Regional growthDurban is Africa’s busiest port and KwaZulu-Natal is the second fastest growing province in industrial and commercial terms, contributing about 17% to GDP. The province has not kept pace with the country’s commercial hub Gauteng, and this lack of progress is partly due to the inferior airport facilities.Almost 50 000 tons of manufactured goods have to be trucked up to Johannesburg every year to be exported by air. As a result, many companies have relocated to Gauteng to cut down on transport costs. It is hoped that they will return once the airport and trade zone are complete.Besides the arrivals and departure terminals, with 16 passenger boarding bridges, and cutting-edge cargo terminal, the Dube Tradeport will also feature hotels, a conference centre, entertainment area and retail space.An agricultural zone will allow for the cultivation of produce for export, and its proximity to the airport will ensure that time-sensitive crops are shipped out while still as fresh as possible. Potential tenants include local farmers, cooperatives and international horticultural companies.Super-jumbo craftIn a related story, Air France announced in August 2009 that it plans to bring its Airbus A380 to South Africa. The Roissy-en-France-based airline currently has one A380 in its stable, with another 12 on order. The lone A380 is due to start on the Paris–New York route later in the year.Air France’s plans will make it the first airline to allocate one of its giant craft to a South African route. Although no actual date has been announced, it is understood that the craft will come into service at the beginning of 2010.According to Air France’s Ralf Karsenbarg, the main reason for this decision is the optimism that Air France feels about future developments in South Africa. The upcoming 2010 Fifa World Cup was an important factor, said Karsenbarg, and also the fact that South Africa is actively promoted as a desirable destination both at home and abroad.The first transatlantic Air France A380 flight takes place on 20 November. To celebrate the occasion the airline is to conduct an online auction of 380 seats on each of its two inaugural flights – outbound and inbound. All proceeds will go to three Air France Foundation projects for children in distress. The auction will take place in October 2009.The beneficiaries are the Marseille-based Association Arts et Développement which presents street art workshops to city children; the Association Plan France in New Delhi, which improves living conditions for child workers; and the Gauteng-based François-Xavier Bagnoud Association, an afterschool programme for Aids orphans.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at read more