Indonesian cruise crew arrives in Bali from virus-hit Italy, tests negative for COVID-19

first_imgA total of 316 Indonesian crew members of the MSC Splendida cruise ship from Genoa, Italy, have been repatriated to Indonesia from the coronavirus-hit European country and arrived in Bali’s provincial capital of Denpasar on Monday.Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry said that the crew members, who returned home on Qatar Airways, had undergone health tests prior to their departure and they had not shown any symptoms of COVID-19.”During the whole repatriation process, the government through the Indonesian Embassy in Rome has engaged in intense communication with the crew members to ensure their conditions,” the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.Bali Manpower Agency head Ida Bagus Ngurah Arda confirmed that the Indonesian crew members had arrived at Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport on Monday evening.They had their body temperatures checked as soon as they arrived at the airport and had their blood samples taken for COVID-19 rapid tests by the airport’s health authorities, he said.”The results came out negative,” Arda said on Monday.The 316 crew members would not be put into medical isolation, but he said they were required to undergo self-quarantine.Bali Airport Authority head Elfi Amir also confirmed that the 316 crew members of the MSC Splendida had undergone medical tests in Genoa and had been cleared to return home before departing for Bali, reported.Read also: COVID-19: Indonesia steps up measures to anticipate influx of migrant workers returning homeItaly is now the country hardest-hit by the COVID-19 coronavirus in terms of deaths from the disease, with more than a third of global COVID-19 fatalities: 12,428 deaths. The European country recorded 105,792 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.Prior to the crew members’ arrival, Arda said that Bali Governor I Wayan Koster had requested Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to tell Indonesian missions abroad to do health checks, as well as swab tests, on Indonesian migrant workers who were to be repatriated from other countries to ensure they were not infected by the coronavirus.Only those who tested negative and healthy were therefore allowed to return to Indonesia, including to Bali, while those who tested positive or were suspected of having been infected should first be treated in the country where they had worked.Arda said that even though the returning migrant workers had brought health certificates and had not shown any fevers, Balinese authorities would take their blood samples for COVID-19 rapid tests as precautionary measures.”This is our effort to reduce any risk of further COVID-19 spread into Indonesia and Bali,” he said.Bali, which has seen its tourism industry reduced to shambles by the COVID-19 outbreak, has recorded some 25 cases, with two fatalities as of Wednesday afternoon.The Southeast Asian country itself has recorded some 1,677 COVID-19-positive cases across the archipelago, with 157 cases that turned fatal.More Indonesian migrant workers, including crew members of foreign cruise ships, were expected to return home in the coming days as the Indonesian Foreign Ministry said it was in the process of repatriating them.”The government, in cooperation with companies in charge of recruiting ship crew members, is set to repatriate other crewmen in the near future,” the ministry said.Topics :last_img read more

Joey Votto

first_imgI might be in a minority, but I am not sure if Joey Votto is still pulling his total weight with the Cincinnati Reds.  No one can argue about his ability to get on base; however, for the last couple of months, it has been through walks and not hits.  (I am not referring to the last 2 weeks when he has been injured.)  He is also not hitting with any power this year.When Votto gets on base, he is so slow that if Hamilton batted behind him, Hamilton would likely run past him without thinking.  One of the Reds’ announcers with Votto on second base said “it may take a double to get him home.”  I don’t know if it is a medicine that Votto supposedly takes, but at times he seems to be totally oblivious of the game on the field.  I think he has been picked off of base more than any Red this year, and he seldom gets more than 2 steps off the base.  I know the Reds are in a bind if they thought about trading him.  He has been with the Reds long enough that he can veto any trade and few teams would be willing to pick up his salary.As I said at the start, this is just my opinion!last_img read more

Ramchand signs on to GMR&SC International Race of Champions

first_imgRAMCHAND Auto Spares is on board with this year’s Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) International Race of ChampionsThe company yesterday handed over its sponsorship through its representative,Yogeshwar Ragbeer to GMR&SC representative,Tina Morris.According to Ragbeer, the company is elated to be a part of the event and added that they are hoping to see more competitors than last year’s edition.Morris in thanking the company for coming on board for the event, said that their sponsorship will go a long way in ensuring that the event is a success.Meanwhile, a 27 race programme was unveiled last week which will encompass racing on both Saturday and Sunday, according to the GMR&SC.The club has confirmed the participation of three professional drift cars from Trinidad and Tobago, as well as, four SR-3 Radicals from Barbados, in addition to the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship(CMRC) competitors that are expectedSaturday, will be treated as just another race day, with adults being charged $1000 per entry and children $500. On Sunday, adults will be charged $2000 and children $1000.Qualification will also be held on Saturday morning from 10:00 with races beginning from 14:00. Scrutineering will take place on Thursday and Friday and before the qualification on Saturday.Meanwhile, the club is organising weekend passes for those patrons desirous of viewing both days of action as well as VIP passes.last_img read more

Johnson powers Marlins past Brewers

first_imgMilwaukee Brewers starter Dave Bush was struck on the arm by a line drive off the bat of Florida\’s Hanley Ramirez in the first inning Thursday of the team\’s 4-3 loss.[/media-credit]MIAMI (AP) — Winning a game with his arm was nothing unusual for Josh Johnson. Hitting a big home run was.Johnson hit a three-run shot for his first career homer and pitched into the eighth inning Thursday night, leading the Florida Marlins to a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.“I kind of ran into a ball and got pretty lucky,” Johnson said. “But I’ll take it.”John Baker had an RBI single in a four-run fourth for the Marlins, who took three of four from the Brewers. Milwaukee dropped into a first-place tie with St. Louis atop the NL Central.Johnson (5-1) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 2-3 innings. He walked one, struck out eight and hit a batter with a pitch in earning his first home victory since April 12.He connected off Dave Bush (3-2) in the fourth to give Florida a 4-1 lead.“I saw (center fielder Mike) Cameron running and I said, ‘Please, drop … do something,’” Johnson said. “As soon as I saw him get to the fence I was like, ‘OK, I got it.’”Johnson earned a curtain call from the crowd of 11,623 but needed to be pushed out of the dugout by his teammates.“Pretty much everyone in the dugout was laughing or smiling, one of the two,” he said.Jorge Cantu led off the inning with a double into the left-field corner. He held at second when Jeremy Hermida reached on an infield single to shortstop. After Cantu went to third on Dan Uggla’s flyout to deep center, Baker lined a run-scoring single to center to tie it 1-all.After an out, Johnson hit a pitch over the wall in straightaway center. His homer was the first by a Marlins pitcher since Dontrelle Willis connected against Atlanta on Aug. 29, 2007.“It wasn’t a cheap one. He hit it to one of the deepest parts of the ballpark,” Bush said.Johnson gave way to Dan Meyer with two outs and a runner on first in the eighth. Meyer promptly gave up Prince Fielder’s 13th home run, a two-run drive that cut Florida’s lead to 4-3.“I don’t know what (Meyer) was thinking. He threw a fastball and I got it,” Fielder said.Matt Lindstrom pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save in 13 opportunities. The game took 2 hours, 25 minutes.Bush gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out four.Fielder’s run-scoring triple gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Fielder finished with three hits.J.J. Hardy opened the fourth with a bloop single and advanced to second on Ryan Braun’s groundout. Fielder then hit a liner to right, and Hermida charged but failed to make the catch. The ball rolled past him, allowing Fielder to reach third.Notes:@ The Marlins placed RHP Anibal Sanchez (right shoulder discomfort) on the 15-day disabled list. Earlier, Florida designated RHP Hayden Penn for assignment and recalled RHP Tim Wood from Triple-A New Orleans. The team also recalled RHP Rick VandenHurk from a rehab assignment and optioned him to New Orleans. … The Brewers moved RHP David Riske (elbow surgery) from the 15- to the 60-day DL. … Milwaukee closer Trevor Hoffman is the first pitcher 40 or older to begin a season with at least 16 consecutive scoreless innings since the Angels’ Art Fowler threw 17 straight in 1963. … The four-game series drew 45,975, an average of 11,494.last_img read more

The road to the national title goes through Arizona

first_imgUSC swimming and diving will face Arizona and ASU in back-to-back dual meets this weekend, starting with the Wildcats on Friday.Arizona was shell-shocked after an upset last season when the Trojans beat the 2008 NCAA Champions 164-136 on the women’s side and 152-91 on the men’s.Fired up · USC swimming coach Dave Salo said defending champion Arizona will serve as a measuring stick for the up-and-coming Trojans. -Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanBut this year, USC is no longer the underdog and Arizona, one of the top three teams in the country, is well aware of what is coming.“If we are going to challenge for a team NCAA title in the next few years, we have to be able to compete against the very best like Arizona,” USC coach Dave Salo said.Sibling rivalry will be pushed to the limit when USC’s freshman distance star Haley Anderson takes on her older sister, Wildcat sophomore Alyssa Anderson, who was ranked in the top 10 in two individual events at the NCAA Championships last season.USC’s Anderson is no rookie, coming in second at the World Championship Trials this summer.The men’s team feels confident in its sprint events after Arizona’s mistake-ridden 50-freestyle last weekend against Wisconsin, when freshman Nick Popov and junior Craig Jordens both false-started. Jordens failed to realize his mistake until completing the entire 50 meters.Sophomore Jeff Daniels and junior transfer Emmett Walling will be the Trojans to watch in this event.“We’re ready to give the Wildcats a serious run for their money,” said men’s sophomore captain Patrick White said. “The freshmen are going to get a chance to feel what it’s like to truly earn a victory.”The women’s 200 butterfly might be the nail-biting event of the day, with the Trojans dishing up four of the best flyers in the country: All-American sophomore Tanya Krisman, All-American junior transfer Lyndsay DePaul, All-American sophomore Katinka Hosszu and freshman Yumi So.“It’s going to be a great meet — very competitive with close finishes,” said women’s senior captain Krissy Forelli. “We’ve been preparing for this meet from the moment we won last year.”Following a stellar performance at the Trojan Diving Invitational, the diving team looks to continue its success this weekend. Sophomores Victoria Ishimatsu and Harrison Jones swept all their events at the invitational and are showing no signs of slowing down.On Saturday, the Trojans will travel to Tempe, Ariz. to take on the Sun Devils, a once-strong team that has endured unsettling changes after their men’s team was temporarily terminated due to budget cuts in 2008.“ASU is rebuilding their program and will no doubt be under-manned this year,” Salo said.The key to beating ASU will be staying focused after a tough day of competition against Arizona. The team will be traveling on a flight the same day they face the Wildcats, so remaining mentally alert and tough will be vital to both days of competition.“Everyone knows the task at hand and I have a feeling we’re going to have some breakthrough performances,” Forelli said. “I’m excited and can feel the energy throughout the team.”For the men’s team, there will be many Trojan debuts, this being the team’s first official dual meet of the season. Freshmen to watch will be top US recruit Alex Lendrum in the 100 and 200 backstroke, and Clement Lefert, who will compete in the butterfly events as well as cover for sophomore Richard Charlesworth, who will not swim because of eligibility reasons.“The freshmen have raced a lot of [the men’s team] before in meets over the summer,” said James Martin, the men’s senior captain. “They might have some jitters at first but if we can build some momentum off the first relay the freshmen will fall into line and they will be awesome.”The Trojans will be hoping to add to their list of NCAA Championship A and B cuts this weekend. Hosszu, DePaul, So, Krisman and freshman Jessica Schmitt have already scored NCAA consideration times for the women’s team, and Lefert and junior Dillon Connolly have scored B cuts for the men’s team so far this season.last_img read more

Q&A with editor from the Stanford Daily

first_imgDT: USC’s offensive line isn’t nearly as big as Stanford’s, but it has shown improvement over the past couple weeks. Do you think Stanford can afford to hold off on blitzes and depend on their defensive line to pressure Cody Kessler into mistakes?SD: Stanford’s defensive line got a huge boost last week when senior defensive end Henry Anderson returned from an injury suffered in Week 3 against Army, and it definitely showed against Oregon, even with Ben Gardner out for the rest of the season. Anderson, Josh Mauro and David Parry are a formidable force up front and even though the depth on the line is a lot shakier than it was at the beginning of the season, all three of them have been making huge plays every game and have consistently brought pressure on quarterbacks. I definitely think that the defensive line can get enough push and we’ve been seeing that in the last few weeks. I really think that this Stanford front seven is one of the best this school has ever seen and that it can get good pressure against any line in the country. Daily Trojan sports editor Will Laws interviewed Do Hyoung-Park, the sports editor of the Stanford Daily, earlier this week to give USC fans a better feel for the Cardinal ahead of Saturday’s showdown at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. DT: Some thought that the Stanford offense would take a dip this year after the graduation of tailback Stepfan Taylor — but the Cardinal haven’t missed a beat, and have unearthed another gem in Tyler Gaffney. Taylor absolutely ripped USC last year for 213 total yards and two touchdowns. How does Gaffney compare to his predecessor?SD: Most of us at Stanford thought that the running game — and by extension, the offense — would take a big hit with the graduation of Taylor, too. But Gaffney emerged early as a power back that had the vision and raw physical drive that could give the Card that production again and forced Shaw’s hand to make him the clear number one — after a year off for baseball, no less. I don’t think he’s quite on Taylor’s level — after all, you can’t simply replace a school’s all-time leading rusher and expect there not to be a dip in production — but Gaff has been an absolute workhorse this year. His ability to run downhill and smash for yards after contact has paid off in a huge way for the run game. It also helps that he runs behind Stanford’s monster offensive line. DT: For the second straight year, Stanford wrecked Oregon’s hopes for a national championship and now control their own destiny in the race for the Rose Bowl. What’s the mood on campus like right now after last week’s big win? Are the Cardinal faithful taking USC seriously as a potential challenger?SD: The thing about Stanford is that there’s a significant portion of the campus that is relatively ambivalent about football, so everyday life and mood hasn’t been affected too much. Within the football-aware crowd, though, it seems like everybody is reasonably confident and hopeful for the rest of the season.That being said, though, a lot of people here are worried about the USC game. The last four Stanford-USC matchups showed that regardless of the differing levels of success of both teams in any given year, the games themselves have been tense nail-biters. None of those games disappointed in terms of matchup value and challenge in any way. Everybody knows that and everybody knows the extent and significance of the rivalry between the two teams, and so I think one would be hard-pressed to find a fan expecting anything less than a close, gritty matchup at the Coliseum on Stanford’s campus. It’s definitely a trap game after the huge Oregon win and a full Coliseum after College GameDay egging on a resurgent USC team that still has Rose Bowl hopes will definitely be a big challenge.center_img Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan DT: In the end, how do you see Saturday’s showdown shaking out?SD: I think that it’ll be a physical, defensive game dictated by the battle in the trenches as each team tries to establish a running game. I mentioned earlier that a lot of people are really worried about the matchup, but I do think that Stanford’s going to take a lot of confidence into the Coliseum after the Oregon win and I expect Hogan to be able to find receivers open for some big plays in the passing game, especially if it can get a running game going. I think it’ll be relatively close, but I’ll take the Cardinal.Prediction: 21-10 Stanfordlast_img read more

Beat writer Q&A: Craig Meyer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette breaks down the floundering Panthers

first_imgSyracuse (12-6, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) tips off against Pittsburgh (8-10, 0-5) on Tuesday at 9 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Orange is riding a season-long four-game losing streak while the Panthers are winless in the ACC and haven’t played a game closer than 14 points. Adding to the already-struggling squad’s worries: They just lost one of its best players for the season in senior forward Ryan Luther. The Daily Orange spoke with the Post-Gazette’s Craig Meyer, and he was not bullish on Pitt’s odds in this game:The Daily Orange: This team is almost entirely remade from last season. What’s different about this Pitt team than in years past? What’s its identity now?Craig Meyer: This Pitt team is different from the ones in years past in virtually every way. The first, and most obvious, is that it’s not particularly good, which is a pretty sharp and severe break from most of this century, when Pitt was regularly a top-25 team.In those years, the Panthers were one of the top developmental programs in college basketball, bringing in players through a system in which they didn’t play all that much as a freshman before seeing their role on the team gradually increase to the point they were regular contributors or even stars by the time they were juniors or seniors. It was like an assembly line and for a program like Pitt that doesn’t often attract five-star talent, it was a perfect model.That has rapidly changed the past couple of years. Pitt lost four seniors from last season’s team — all of whom started — saw five players transfer and another was dismissed from the program. Replacing them are seven freshmen and two junior-college transfers, as well as a graduate transfer who is averaging about two points per game through 18 games. The identity of this team, if nothing else, is its youth. And, unfortunately for the Panthers, being defined by that youth also means being defined by a lot of what comes with that youth, especially since only one of their seven freshmen was more than a three-star recruit.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe D.O.: The Panthers are 0-5 in ACC play and the team’s closest loss was by 14 points. What has been the biggest liability? What strengths has this team tried to build on?C.M.: There’s a lot that has plagued them. Their offense has been putrid for almost the entirety of ACC play. They’re 235th of 351 Division I teams in adjusted offensive efficiency, by far the worst mark in the ACC, with only Georgia Tech within 125 spots of them on that ranking.They’re not particularly good defensively, either, especially down low. That’s probably their biggest liability at this point, as senior forward Ryan Luther is out for the remainder of the season with a foot injury. In the month the team has been without him, it has really struggled to generate any kind of offense from the five position or stop opponents in any meaningful way.The ease with which some teams get to the basket, even with small guards like Miami’s Chris Lykes (all 5-7 of him), is astonishing. If they have a strength, it’s probably their ability to get to the free-throw line, which is incredibly helpful for a team that has trouble creating offense. And while they’re not a great 3-point shooting team (241st in Division I at 33.4 percent) their offense is built largely around 3s, so if they get hot as they did against Virginia Tech, they could potentially be a problem.The D.O.: Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings made national headlines when he mocked Louisville’s recruiting scandal on Jan. 2, telling the UofL crowd at the end of a big loss, “At least we didn’t pay our kids $100K.” What has been the fallout of that — if any?C.M.: There hasn’t been too much fallout from it, aside from the initial furor that surrounded it. Somewhat surprisingly to me, he received a good deal of praise locally in Pittsburgh for doing so (not from the athletic department, which didn’t make any kind of public comment on it). By the time games started the following night, the story had largely faded into the background until it came out about 24 hours later that a Louisville media member got a text from Rick Pitino referring to Stallings as a “jackass.”I can understand in some ways why Stallings reacted the way he did. It’s been a really difficult season for him, his family was sitting behind the team’s bench as Stallings and his team were being heckled, and his brother, who was the best man at his wedding, was being buried the next day after dying over the holidays.What he said also wasn’t that reckless, as Louisville, along with Adidas, did offer Brian Bowen and his family $100,000. I don’t think the question is over the accuracy of what he said, though. It’s whether a Division I coach should be saying something like that.The D.O.: Which team wins and why?C.M.: I’ll go with Syracuse. I think the experience of going into a 30-something-thousand seat arena that notoriously affects the depth perception of visiting shooters would have been difficult enough for this young team anyway, but without Luther and given the way they have played of late, most recently losing by 15 to what might be the second-worst ACC team in Georgia Tech, they don’t stand much, if any, chance.Opposing bigs have had a field day against Pitt in Luther’s absence and I don’t see Oshae Brissett being any different. Given his presence and the way Syracuse blocks shots, I don’t see Pitt getting anything offensively near the basket and they’re not nearly good enough of a shooting team to make up for that void in points.The D.O.: What didn’t we ask that Syracuse fans should be thinking about for the game?C.M.: If I had to pick one thing, it’s how different Pitt will function offensively against Syracuse without Luther. If they had him, I think they would have been able to do a lot of inside-out action with him, bringing him up to the high post and have him try to dissect the Orange’s defense from there.As a smart, experienced player with a good outside shot for a 6-foot-9 big, he would have been capable of doing that and I would have given Pitt much more of a chance to win. Without him, Pitt doesn’t have anything close to that, which makes me think they’re mostly going to try to work it around the perimeter and maybe try some dribble penetration with freshman point guard Marcus Carr, who is averaging more than three turnovers per game on the season. Comments Published on January 15, 2018 at 9:59 pm Contact Sam: | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

U21 and Junior hurling fixtures

first_imgToday sees a number of Under 21 fixtures taking place across the countyIn the Mid Tipp Under 21A Hurling final Drom & Inch face Holycross Ballycahill in Boherlahan at 2.30.In the Mid U21B final at 12 noon JK Bracken’s take on Moycarkey Borris at the Ragg. Then in the North Division, the U21A hurling round 3 game between Toomevara and Kilruane McDonaghs throws in in Dolla at 2.30And down South the first U21B Hurling Semi Final is penciled in for 12 noonAnner Gaels play Carrick Davin’s in Ned Hall parkAnd it’s Clerihan v Clonmel Og-Skehinarinky at 12 in Goatenbridge for a place against Cahir in the other semi final.Lastly, in GAA for this afternoon, the second County Junior B hurling semi finalThurles Sarsfields face Mullinahone to book a spot against Newport, who’ve already made it to the final which will take place in 2 weeks time.Today’s game throws in at 2pm in Gurtnahoe. Photo: Stephen Gleesonlast_img

Kindred Q1 growth hit by exceptional charges

first_img Submit Kindred Group has this morning published its Q1 2020 trading update stating that its business model has shown its ‘resilience against COVID-19’s exceptional circumstances’.The Stockholm-listed operator recorded a strong opening to 2020 trading, with group revenues ‘returning to double digit growth’ with the group reporting a 11% increase to £250m (Q12019: £224m).During Q1, Kindred detailed that all core markets were tracking above ‘positive expectations’, attributed to a strong take-up of its sportsbook products (trading with higher operating margins) up until COVID-19’s mid-March sports postponements.Kindred maintained an improved EBITDA of £32.5m (Q12019: £30m) despite reporting a number of ‘items affecting comparability’, with the group choosing to absorb specific charges related to ‘disputed regulatory sanctions’ (£8m) and ‘accelerated amortisation costs attached to acquired assets’ (£10m) during period trading.Despite reporting improved top-line results, accounting for significant exceptional charges Kindred declared Q1 2020 operating profits of £7.3m (Q12019: £15m).“As part of the previously communicated plans to review the Group’s cost base, we have recognised a charge of GBP 1.9 million in the first quarter of 2020 in connection with restructuring costs,” said Henrik Tjärnström, Kindred Group CEO.He added: “We have additionally decided to rationalise the Group’s brand portfolio and have announced the pending closure of several smaller brands. This, together with a wider review of acquired intangibles, has triggered a noncash charge of GBP 10.8 million in the first quarter.”Closing Q1 trading, Kindred’s attention has fully shifted to mitigating COVID-19 disruptions across its group operations. This March, Kindred governance sanctioned a number of cost controls and capital liquidity protections to safeguard the firm during lockdown.Tjärnström continued: “We have seen positive growth in other products and we have acted quickly to adapt our marketing and other investments and to maintain an even tighter control over all operating costs. If we see any further deterioration in the business, we will not hesitate to make further adjustments.“As a pure digital company, we are well prepared and ready to take the opportunities that will come when markets start to normalise. I am very confident that Kindred’s well-diversified and financially sound business model will enable us to emerge stronger over the coming quarters.” Share StumbleUpon Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Related Articles Share Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020last_img read more

AFCON 2013: Free transport for scores of fans

first_imgThe Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has concluded a milestone Public Transport agreement for fans with CAF and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 29th Edition of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations SOUTH AFRICA 2013.The transport agreement is for the provision of free train services within metropolitan cities in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal for fans with a valid match ticket as well as journalists and other officials carrying accreditation from the Orange AFCON 2013 LOC.In Gauteng, PRASA will make available 20 dedicated trains which will ferry passengers from Pretoria, Johannesburg, Soweto and Vereeniging to Nasrec Station. This service will be for the opening and the final match of the tournament.For KwaZulu-Natal soccer fans will have 26 dedicated trains transporting them from surrounding townships such as uMlazi and KwaMashu, directly to Moses Mabhida Stadium.Each train has the capacity to carry up to 2000 passengers and the trains will move more than 40,000 soccer fans directly to the stadia. Two long distance dedicated trains will be made available for fans travelling from Gauteng to Mbombela at a fee to be determined by PRASA.These shuttle services will run from 21st January to 6 th February. In the Eastern Cape, a return bus ticket can be purchased at Computicket, at any TRANSLUX sales office throughout the country or on the TRANSLUX website, which is . The AFCON LOC CEO, Mr. Mvuzo Mbebe, said: “This milestone agreement with PRASA is a significant step in ensuring that we reach our goal of filling the stadia. The public transport system provided by PRASA will address the majority of the soccer fans who otherwise would have had challenges reaching the stadiums and getting back home. Again, this agreement is indicative of a public private partnership and I want to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation to PRASA for being a model corporate citizen. PRASA has responded to our call for a transport solution that is efficient and is able to deliver thousands of fans straight to the stadium”.PRASA Group CEO Mr Lucky Montana added: “We are delighted as PRASA to be part of this very important tournament. Our mandate is to provide a reliable and efficient public transport system. We have supported soccer for a very long time and we will in future continue to do so. As a further incentive to our commuters, PRASA will also give a 40% discount on a monthly ticket to commuters who purchase match tickets during the tournament. The discounted train ticket will be redeemable in February.”The Secretary General of CAF, Mr. Hicham El Amrani, expressed his excitement at the occasion of the announcement of the milestone agreement between PRASA, CAF and the LOC when he said: “We are delighted to be here today and mainly for the number one reason: the Fans, allowing them to celebrate and be part of the biggest tournament on the continent. With this public transport solution we can look forward to a marked in increase in the ticket sales. Already tickets made available for sales to the Opening Game are sold out and CAF and the LOC will release an additional 3,000 tickets to the public. We are looking forward to what would be an exciting tournament starting this Saturday”.The Orange Africa Cup of Nations SOUTH AFRICA 2013 takes place between 19 January till 10 February 2013.last_img read more