Fast Action Craft is More than Just a Transport Boat

first_imgBy Dialogo July 01, 2011 At the Val-de-Caes Naval Base in Belem, Brazilian Marines gear up for an operation in the Amazon jungle. Soon, two groups of 12 Marines are speeding down the river to intercept several gunmen who have been hiding in a remote area of the Amazon jungle. The gunmen catch sight of the approaching Marines and jump into a go-fast boat anchored along the shore. A short chase ensues, but the gunmen’s boat is no match for the Brazilian Marines’ craft. The Marines, brandishing guns, surround the gunmen and order them to surrender. The operation, which in actuality was a training exercise, succeeded in large part due to the Fast Action Craft (FAC) employed by the Marines. Built by Val-de-Caes Naval Base engineers, FACs can maneuver along the rivers and lakes of the Amazon, dropping off troops right along the shoreline. “It makes the presence of the Navy in the Amazon region more effective, allowing us to reach the areas of the river where other kinds of ships and boats can’t go,” said Commander Cesar Leal Ferreira, head engineer of the industrial department at the naval base. The crafts have been used in riverine operations by the Brazilian Navy in support of counter-illicit trafficking, piracy, smuggling, as well as in joint operations with the Federal Police to combat drug trafficking. The FAC was originally built in the 1990s to operate as an organic boat aboard Navy ships. The crafts were updated throughout the past decade, with the newest version being unveiled at the 2011 Latin America Air & Defense conference (LAAD) in Rio de Janeiro in April. FACS – Main Features 7.55 meters Length 2.30 meters Beam 0.60 meter Draft, including keel deflector 14 people Capacity 200 horsepower Stern drive diesel engine 35 knots Maximum speed 500 liters Removable fuel tank capacity Optional Add-Ons Material – marine aluminum alloy: • Articulated canopy [reinforced, with coverage of 2 meters by 3 meters, anodized aluminum structure, acrylic cover] • Long range spotlight • Rotating police light • Ballistic armor [in Kevlar or high performance polyethylene] Reaching a maximum speed of about 35 knots, the new craft is built with an allwelded aluminum alloy hull, allowing it to have excellent maneuverability at high speed. Included among the modifications to the new model is level III ballistic armor around the troop deck, which provides protection while the bow provides support for a machine gun. The FACs are the most probable option to meet the approximate demand of 300 boats for the two services. The crafts, marketed by state-owned Empresa Gerencial de Projetos Navais, are exclusive to Brazil at this time. The Brazilian Navy’s display at LAAD 2011 represented the model’s first official introduction to representatives of the Armed Forces of friendly nations. Another great naval advance, today another major step forward in observations and communications using airborne systems was taken, SEE ON THE WWW PLATAFORMA CUADRADA DE OBSERVACIONES EN /MONOGRAFIA It would be another great step forward. AND BRAZIL IS PERFECTLY ABLE TO DEVELOP IT AND MAKE IT — I WOULD BE PLEASED TO RECEIVE AN OPINION ON THIS. SINCERELY. Major progress for the Navy. Today we were able to take another big step forward in surveillance and communications using air systems, LOOK UP WWW SQUARE PLATFORM FOR OBSERVATIONS / ANALYSIS. It would be another major step forward. AND BRAZIL CAN PERFECTLY DEVELOP AND MAKE IT- I WOULD BE VERY PLEASED TO RECEIVE YOUR OPINION. KIND REGARDS. • Support for machine gun at the bow • Side and keel deflectors [to improve stability and protect the propeller] • GPS [fixed base and removable panel, installed on the command console] last_img read more

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Colombian Armed Forces Activate Plan Victoria

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo May 01, 2017 Colombia is adjusting to changes brought by the post-conflict period. After five years of negotiations, the peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, per its Spanish acronym) has been signed, the armed conflict has ended, and the implementation of the peace process is now afoot. The goal is to strike a similar agreement with the National Liberation Army (ELN, per its Spanish acronym); however, the country is on its way to solidifying its new reality.That is why the Colombian government designed “Strategic Consolidation and Stabilization Plan Victoria,” [Victory], a government policy which all of the national security forces participated in drafting, and which goes hand in hand with the Strategic Plan for the Modernization of the Armed Forces, set for 2030. On April 12th, General Juan Pablo Rodríguez Barragán, commander of the Colombian Armed Forces, spoke with Diálogo about the scope of the plan being implemented by the Colombian Army, Navy, Air Force, and National Police.Diálogo: What does Strategic Consolidation and Stabilization Plan Victoria consist of?General Juan Pablo Rodríguez Barragán: The end of the armed conflict with the FARC means that we will be moving forward in a process of territorial stabilization and consolidation, and that we will be developing interagency strategies that will enable us to mitigate a set of factors which create instability and a lack of security. The comprehensive strategy in Plan Victoria is the institutional control of the nation’s territory, which is brought about through the united action of the state and the strengthening of governance. The end goal is the building of a stable and durable peace that is evidenced by a convergence in the high quality of life in the cities and the countryside. The main features of the plan make reference to including such concepts as priority focus areas, stabilization and consolidation, instability factors, institutional control of the nation’s territory, united action, comprehensive leadership, and decisive factors, among others.Diálogo: What are the consolidation and stabilization goals? Gen. Rodríguez Barragán: In the last 18 years, important gains have been made in reclaiming and controlling territory thanks to actions taken by the Colombian Armed Forces and the National Police. Consolidation and stabilization involves various tasks, in coordination with other instruments of national power, to maintain or restore a secure and protected environment: providing essential government services, supporting the rebuilding of infrastructure, and carrying out humanitarian aid programs.Diálogo: How will this contribute to making the benefits of the peace process a reality?Gen. Rodríguez Barragán: By tackling the social, economic, and judicial factors that create instability. Factors that, due to the interdependence between actors, methods, means, and objectives, function as a system. To achieve comprehensive security, we must attack the criminal networks that cause the problem; the active criminal phenomena and actors that are both domestic, within Colombia, and also transnational, with international actors. This means fighting armed groups, criminal groups, and transnational organized crime in a comprehensive manner, as well as fighting dissident groups and nascent groups that are emerging in the wake of the peace accord with the FARC.Diálogo: Will this effort be focused on areas that were previously occupied by the guerillas?Gen. Rodríguez Barragán: Yes, 160 municipalities have been prioritized as the focus of our main effort. However, this plan is focused on covering the entire nation, as it is a jointly coordinated interagency plan. We have identified 17 areas for priority attention in Colombia – 12 on land and five in our maritime jurisdiction. In these areas, there is a significant confluence of factors that demand a prioritization of interagency efforts.Diálogo: One of the fears among the population is dissent within FARC. Does Plan Victoria anticipate any specific actions on that score?Gen. Rodríguez Barragán: Of course, one specific strategy allows us to step up our joint efforts in order to contribute to deterring and defeating these enduring or emerging threats by dismantling underground economies as well as focusing and stepping up our main effort against the ELN and organized armed groups to neutralize their sources of financing. Currently, there are 60,000 service members deployed to occupy the FARC’s areas of influence, as well as 15,000 service members devoted to securing Colombia’s rural areas for normalization into legality. We are aware of the great task ahead of us.Diálogo: How will the Colombian Armed Forces organize itself for this process?Gen. Rodríguez Barragán: Victoria is aligned with the Strategic Plan for the Armed Forces for 2030. In terms of security, there are goals and gains set forth in the plan which should allow us contribute to the nation’s development and progress. Recovering and controlling Colombia’s territory, stabilizing, consolidating, and reinforcing its institutions are strategic axes around which the mission of the Colombian Armed Forces revolve. And working together with the National Police, we will be pushing ahead with a transformation and modernization process that will enable our forces to effectively meet the challenges of the future.Diálogo: Did the Espada de Honor [Sword of Honor] Plan, which was the previous basis for action, make Plan “Victoria” possible?Gen. Rodríguez Barragán: In its different versions, Espada de Honor was one of the most effective strategies employed by the Colombian Armed Forces in the last five years to make it impossible for the FARC to achieve its political objectives by force and also to limit progress on the criminal objectives pursued by organized armed groups. In this context, the FARC understood that the capacities acquired by the Colombian Armed Forces were making it impossible for them to achieve their political goal through arms, and that our sustained joint offensive was leading to their defeat. They then opted for asymmetrical warfare based on indiscriminate terrorism, using terrorist support networks to preserve their organization, impacting the state’s economic infrastructure and creating humanitarian crises as a formula to pressure the government to make decisions that would cover up their own strategic failure. The result of our military offensive, in addition to reducing FARC’s capacity to fight us in furtherance of their objectives, also offered the government the political setting it needed to formally explore and propose a peace negotiation with said guerilla group.Diálogo: How is Plan Victoria being carried out?Gen. Rodríguez Barragán: It rolls out over two periods. First, it achieves final status by August 7, 2018. That consists of achieving favorable security conditions and the stabilization and consolidation of a stable and durable peace. And one long-term goal for the Colombian Armed Forces, according to Plan 2030, is to have a modernized, reinforced, and motivated Armed Forces that can counter domestic and foreign threats in simultaneous situations to contribute to the nation’s development and to maintaining security in the region and internationally.Diálogo: What results should Plan Victoria be showing by December 2017?Gen. Rodríguez Barragán: The occupation of all of the areas formerly under the FARC’s criminal influence; a reduction in crime rates down to their lowest possible levels; the security conditions needed to support the roll-out of the FARC’s process of disarmament, demobilization, and reincorporation into society, in accordance with the provisions of the final bilateral ceasefire and cease of hostilities agreement between FARC and the Colombian Government; neutralizing ELN cells, organized armed groups, and the criminal phenomena that most impact our national security. At the same time, boosting our control of the land, sea, rivers, air, and cyberspace, and ensuring that the gains we have achieved are irreversible.Diálogo: Does Plan Victoria provide for working with the security forces of other nations?Gen. Rodríguez Barragán: Not for stabilizing and consolidating Colombian territory, but it does provide for carrying out combined operations with the armed forces of neighboring partner nations in border areas where there is a glut of transnational crime. This plan includes sharing experiences and lessons learned with other partner nations in order to reinforce the military strategy being applied on that issue, which will enable us to make more meaningful gains.The support we are getting from U.S. Southern Command is noteworthy, as it has been fundamental in our fight against transnational crime, especially drug trafficking. First quarter results According to the results presented by the General Command of the Colombian Armed Forces, the actions taken under Plan Victoria in the first quarter of 2017 yielded the neutralization of 3,834 criminals. Also captured were 111 members of the ELN; 18 members of FARC; 436 members of armed organized-crime groups, such as the Gulf Clan, the Puntilleros, the Pelusos, and others; 193 drug traffickers; and 2,823 common criminals, for a total of 3,581 arrests. Thanks to the pressure being exerted by the troops, 141 members of FARC surrendered voluntarily, as did 66 members of ELN and 13 from other organized armed groups. Six hundred twenty nine handguns and rifles were seized, plus 74,000 cartridges of various calibers as well as 8.5 metric tons of explosives and almost $1.5 million in cash.In the fight against drug trafficking, 627 laboratories have been destroyed to date and seizures have been made of 32,546 kilos of cocaine, 10,402 kilos of marijuana, and 166,383 kilos of coca leaf, as well as 220 metric tons of solid supplies. In a historic offensive to prevent ecological and environmental damage from illegal mining, 84 operations were carried out this year, in which 252 people were arrested and 149 machines were seized. The General Command of the Colombian Armed Forces has held three of the 17 Support and Development Campaigns planned for this year, benefitting 31,225 people in the Departments of Caquetá, Amazonas, and Guajira.last_img read more

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Matz’s comment undermines integrity of rulemaking process

first_imgby: Keith LeggettDespite being in the middle of the risk-based capital proposal comment period, National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Chairman Debbie Matz announced on March 9 that the agency will issue later this year a proposal to count supplemental capital in full in its risk-based capital numerator.This announcement seems to undermine the rulemaking process.NCUA put out for a 90 day comment period its proposed rule with comments due by April 27.As part of the risk-based capital proposal, the NCUA Board requested comments to several questions about supplemental capital, including “[s]hould additional supplemental forms of capital be included in the risk-based capital ratio numerator and how would including such capital protect the NCUSIF from losses?” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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NYCUA hosts young CU professionals for two-day conference

first_imgYoung credit union professionals network at the 2019 New York Credit Union Association’s Young Professionals Conference. (NYCUA photo) ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »center_img The 2019 New York Credit Union Association’s Young Professionals Conference featured young credit union professionals and volunteers networking and hearing insightful speakers at the Brook-Lea Country Club in Rochester. The conference was held in conjunction with the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic, a tournament on the LPGA Symetra Tour.The lead organizer and conference emcee was Richard Sellwood, vice president of member services at Reliant Community CU, Sodus, N.Y. and former chairman of the association’s Young Professionals Commission.The two-day event kicked off with a luncheon followed by opening remarks from Mike Valada, president/CEO of The Summit FCU, Rochester, N.Y., and chairman of the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic.Sellwood moderated a panel discussion with three golf professionals, who are also young professionals, to discuss what they do and how they manage financially, personally, emotionally and from a business standpoint in a season where there are 24 tournaments across the U.S. and only three weeks of breaks.last_img read more

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Klopp named LMA Manager of the Year

first_imgTopics : “We had breakfast. I’m not sure how much he remembers but I remember because for me this moment was like meeting the Pope. It was absolutely great and from that first season we clicked.”I didn’t think at this moment I would have a trophy in my hands named after him.”Chris Wilder, last year’s winner of the award, settled for the runner-up spot this time after Sheffield United’s impressive first season back in the Premier League.Meanwhile, Klopp wants to retain a lean squad to ensure Liverpool remain competitive next season.The Reds boss used 24 players in the Premier League this term.Klopp gave chances to some of the club’s academy players in the FA and League Cups to cope with fixture congestion.But he believes keeping as small a core as possible keeps the players on their toes.”The solution cannot be to have a much bigger squad for the specific moment and then realize you cannot use all the players,” Klopp said.”These players can only play the football they play because they know they are needed.”They are all human beings and nobody can be held back for a year and then on the last day of the year be told, ‘Now we need you’.”In between now and then there must be a lot of training and support and challenges stuff like this.”The size of the squad is not that important to me, the quality of the squad is very much so.” “Jurgen, fantastic,” Ferguson said on Sky Sports. “We speak about Leeds spending 16 years in the Championship, but Liverpool 30 years since winning that league, incredible.”You thoroughly deserved it. The performance level of your team was outstanding. Your personality runs right throughout the whole club. It was a marvelous performance.”I’ll forgive you for waking me up at 3.30am to tell me you have won the league! Thank you, but anyway, you thoroughly deserved it. Well done.”Former Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp said of Ferguson: “I know it’s not 100 percent appropriate as a Liverpool manager but I admire him. I remember he was the first British manager I met.center_img Jurgen Klopp was voted the League Managers’ Association Manager of the Year on Monday after ending Liverpool’s 30-year wait to win the Premier League.Klopp led Liverpool to the Premier League title in the same season they were FIFA Club World champions.The German’s award was announced by former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson, after whom the trophy is now named.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces $2.6 Million to Prepare Students for High Growth Jobs

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces $2.6 Million to Prepare Students for High Growth Jobs January 10, 2019 Economy,  Education,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced more than $2.6 million in Business-Education Partnership (BEP) grants to 22 local workforce development boards (LWDBs). The grants connect businesses and schools to provide students with job training for high growth jobs in Pennsylvania.“Pennsylvania employers need more well-educated and highly-skilled workers. These grants will strengthen and expand the ties between the classroom and the workplace, allowing students to learn the job skills to succeed in today’s workforce,” Governor Wolf said. “Our 21st century economy demands a technically skilled, job-ready workforce and my administration is committed to helping our young people obtain the skills they need to succeed.”The BEP grant awards, which were 100 percent federally funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act, increase awareness of in-demand technical careers for students, parents, guardians, teachers, and school faculty.The Business-Education Partnerships program provides career-related experiences and development opportunities through soft-skills development, internships, workplace shadowing, and career mentoring, all with the goal of engaging more students in acquiring the technical skills needed by employers.“Labor & Industry is proud to administer this funding to encourage students interested in exploring career and technical education opportunities,” said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “The BEP program helps connect teachers, employers and students to provide young people with work-based learning experiences that places them on a path for future career success.”Following is a list of LWIB grant recipients and award amounts:Berks County Workforce Development Board: $130,000.00Bucks County Workforce Development Board: $109,830.60Central County Workforce Development Board: $104,200.00Chester County Workforce Development Board: $150,000.00Delaware County Workforce Development Board: $91,611.00Lackawanna County Workforce Development Board: $151,497.00Lancaster County Workforce Development Board: $90,000.00Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board: $136,144.00Luzerne-Schuylkill Workforce Development Board:$100,000.00Montgomery County Workforce Development Board: $87,975.00North Central Workforce Development Board: $164,555.90Northern Tier Workforce Development Board: $131,595.00Northwest Workforce Development Board: $157,160.00Philadelphia Workforce Development Board: $120,000.00Pocono Counties Workforce Development Board: $90,900.00South Central Workforce Development Board: $135,000.00Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board: $108,813.00Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board: $100,000.00Three Rivers Workforce Development Board: $115,641.00Tri-County Workforce Development Board: $100,000.00West Central Workforce Development Board: $100,000.00Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Development Board: $127,050.00Total: $2,601,372.50For information about project descriptions, visit www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Pakistan’s 1st onshore LNG project testing market interest

first_imgThe interested parties looking to secure regasification, storage and other services such as bunkering and reloading should submit their bids via the project’s website. Subject to a final investment decision, Elengy Terminal Pakistan plans to launch commercial operations from what would be Pakistan’s first onshore LNG terminal in 2023. Elengy Terminal Pakistan, owned by Vopak and Engro, has invited expression of interest on a non-binding basis from international and local LNG suppliers. The country’s first terminal started operations back in 2015 utilizing Exclerate’s FSRU Exquisite and has handled over 300 LNG cargoes to date. The country imported 8.10 million tonnes of the fuel last year, a rise of 18.1 per cent on year, GIIGNL data shows. The venture aims to build a multi-functional terminal with a send out capacity of up to 1,200 million standard cubic feet per day. Pakistan LNG import growth The Dutch-Paksitan venture already operates a floating LNG import terminal at Port Qasim. Pakistan has been steadily increasing its LNG imports over the years and the country plans to build several more terminals to cope with gas shortages for power generation. Pakistan’s Port Qasim also hosts another floating LNG import facility which is using FSRU BW integrity, owned by Singapore’s gas shipping giant BW and Japan’s Mitsui. The US company will replace the existing FSRU with a larger newbuild as part of a deal signed in January in order to cater to the facility’s expansion activities. A Dutch-Pakistan venture is inviting companies willing to secure capacities at a planned onshore LNG import terminal in Port Qasim to submit their bids. Image: Pakistan Onshore LNG The facility would have storage capacity of up to 480,000 cubic meters. Qatar is the largest supplier of LNG to Pakistan but the country also receives chilled fuel from other Middle East producers and suppliers from other regions.last_img read more

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Pointe Michel to benefit from Marian teachings tonight

first_img Share Tweet Share 30 Views   no discussions Photo credit: catholic-convert.comThe culmination of a series of Marian teachings is expected to get underway in the Point Michel community tonight.Member of the Pointe Michel Committee Ophelia Marie says the event is in keeping with plans to unit community members.She says it is also used as a time to reflect.“The national shrine persons in Pointe Michel use to come together on or about the 19th of every month to look at the areas by which Mary was used to bring people closer to God. I am hoping that persons would come together because it’s a moment to receive a blessing. We believe that it’s always good to call people together to pray.She said further that the moment will also be used to reflect and pray.The event will take place at 6pm on tonight.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Pointe Michel to benefit from Marian teachings tonight by: – September 2, 2011 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Alvarado wreaks Havoc at Aztec

first_imgAZTEC, N.M. (March 27-28) – The lower line took Ricky Alvarado to the $1,200 checkers on Friday at Aztec Speedway.He followed the top groove to a $2,000 payday on Saturday.Alvarado swept IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified features during the Havoc On the Plains Showdown Weekend. Along with a $3,200 share of the purse he went home with a 70cc dirt bike for winning Friday’s dash for cash.“I’ve won a lot of races before but I’ve never won a dirt bike,” Alvarado said. “That was pretty cool.”He’d started seventh in the 25-lapper on Friday. After seeing how the track was changing, Alvarado changed gears right before the start of the feature.Using the low line, he passed Aaron Spangler for the lead on the eighth circuit. Carburetor issues and cautions kept the contest close before Alvarado beat Zane DeVilbiss across the stripe by two car lengths.Ryan Gaylord, Regan Tafoya and Brody Spangler completed the top five.Alvarado drove from eighth starting toward the front after struggling with a tight car early in Saturday’s 40-lap feature. He again caught Aaron Spangler for the lead, this time on lap 11, and ran the high side on a track that stayed fast to the finish.Gaylord, DeVilbiss, Aaron Spangler and Tafoya were scored next.“It was a good weekend for us,” Alvarado said following IMCA career wins numbers 84 and 85. “Because of family and work commitments, I’ll race every now and then this season, maybe once or twice a month. We won’t chase points or win number 100. When that comes, it’ll come.”First in $400 to win feature events for IMCA SportMods went to Jordan Eddleman on Friday and to Jesse Baldwin on Saturday.Eddleman started third, took the lead on the third circuit, stuck to the lower line and stayed in front to the end of the opening night 25-lapper. Multiple cautions prevented lapped traffic from hindering Eddleman’s dash to the checkers.Joey Klemish and Robert Gallegos were second and third, respectively.Baldwin found the higher line to his liking after starting sixth on Saturday. While most of the rest of the field hugged the infield tires, he worked his way into the lead on the 15th of 20 laps and held off Eddleman and Rex Higgins following a late restart.Both IMCA Modified and SportMod features were Border States Racing Series and Blood, Sweat and Tears Series events.Feature ResultsMarch 27 – 1. Ricky Alvarado; 2. Zane DeVilbiss; 3. Ryan Gaylord; 4. Regan Tafoya; 5. Brody Spangler; 6. Garrett Loudon; 7. Michael Hale; 8. Derrall Bradford; 9. Aaron Spangler; 10. Eddie Martin; 11. Beau Speicher; 12. Casey Delp; 13. Shane DeVilbiss; 14. Bryan Wordelman; 15. Joe Miller; 16. Jody Cornell; 17. Wade Taylor; 18. Danny Bradford; 19. Bubba Alvarado; 20. Donald Robinson; 21. Tyrone Yazzie; 22. Chase Ruble; 23. Christian Johnson; 24. Nick Nelson.March 28 – 1. Ricky Alvarado; 2. Gaylord; 3. Zane DeVilbiss; 4. Aaron Spangler; 5. Tafoya; 6. Hale; 7. Delp; 8. Bubba Alvarado; 9. Charles Felker; 10. Taylor; 11. Johnson; 12. Loudon; 13. Cornell; 14. Danny Bradford; 15. Shane DeVilbiss; 16. Brody Spangler; 17. Rick Spangler; 18. Speicher; 19. Martin; 20. Robinson; 21. Derrall Bradford; 22. Bill Butcher; 23. Wordelman; 24. Eddie Farley.last_img read more

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Emirates FA Cup quarterfinals resume live on StarTimes this weekend

first_imgRelatedPosts NBC Code and non-exclusivity provision, by Kunle Osisanya-Afolabi GO partners top retail, tech brands on Black Friday sales this week StarTimes illuminates movie experience with Hollywood Channel, Jenifa’s Diary debuts Soccer fans will be treated to live sporting actions on StarTimes this weekend as the Emirates FA Cup returns with four ties on Saturday and Sunday.The quarterfinal ties of the 2019-20 FA Cup have already been decided prior to the competition being halted in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Norwich City are due to face Manchester United on Saturday at 5:30pm.On Sunday, Sheffield United will play Arsenal at 1pm; Leicester City face Chelsea at 4pm; and Newcastle United will play holders Manchester City at 6:30pm.All matches will air live on StarTimes World Football Channels 244 and 245.The semifinals will take place across the weekend of July 11 to 12, with the FA Cup Final scheduled for August 1.The English FA meanwhile, have announced that the final this year will be renamed the Heads Up FA Cup final to raise mental health awareness. Prince William, who is the president of the FA, said it was an important step.William said: “[The final can be] a moment to promote good, positive mental health for everyone.“It’s quite timely bearing in mind what we’ve all been through with this pandemic [Covid-19]. I think there’s going to be, sadly, a lot of repercussions from this in society, not just in football, in terms of people’s mental health.“Hopefully the FA Cup can be a bit of a pivot that people can rally around.”Another tasty football clash is the Bundesliga cracker between Wolfsburg vs winner’s elect, FC Bayern Munich, on Saturday by 1:30pm. Tags: Emirates FA CupLive FootballQuarterfinalsstartimeslast_img read more

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