Lions claw back respect with win over Crusaders

first_imgComing into the third match of their tour, Warren Gatland’s Lions were not fit for purpose, midweek defeat by the Blues giving the British press corps serious jitters. Lions exposed and lacking ‘x-factor’, they declared, almost in unison.But a gutsy 12-3 win over the redoubtable Crusaders on a cold, greasy night in Christchurch (billed by some as the fourth ‘test’) has transformed the mood. It was ever thus.Victory “ensured that any talk of an ill-fated tour of New Zealand can be put to bed by triumphing in what looks to be their toughest warm-up match of the schedule”, the Independent breathed, with obvious relief.According to the Times, this was a massive victory. “A real statement. A line in the sand.””They did not score a try, but, right now, that doesn’t seem to matter. Actually, they should have scored at least two or three. So they can tuck that away – improvements to be had, etcetera.”Unlike its own rather laboured headline effort (Owen’s a win), The Sun also had Gatland’s men laying down a marker, with a controlled performance against the Super Rugby league leaders.”The hosts have not been beaten once this season,” said their man on the ground, “so this win will be a real boost for the Lions who mis-fired in their opening two games.”There had been no effort to downplay the significance of this particular fixture – inside and outside the Lions’ den – in the wake of Wednesday’s frustrating loss at Eden Park. Asthe Guardian said during the week, in the social media age everyone already has an opinion about these tourists and the virtual noise is tricky to ignore.Gatland’s visible relief, therefore, came as no surprise.”I’m really pleased, more with the result than the performance. We needed that,” reported WalesOnline.So, for the press, a step up, the Lions imposing themselves, on the back of a good defence, forcing the Crusaders – with their gang of All Blacks – to kick more than they would normally. The French referee will no doubt get it in the neck.On social media, former England number eight Nick Easter revelled in the performance: “Blueprint for the series. Brilliant D, disrupted set piece and forced Crusaders into a kicking game! Take chances that come. Gonna b a belter.”The BBC was right behind him: “Like the Blues in the previous match, the Super Rugby outfit looked impressive on the counter-attack but the Lions were able to nullify the danger and keep them pinned back in their territory.”Jet-lag a distant memory, it is now about getting to know you, and the press pack liked the pairing of Owen Farrell (and his four penalties) and Conor Murray (a pinpoint kicker, said the Telegraph).The powerful carries of Mako Vunipola and captain Alun Wyn Jones went down like a cold tinnie.In fact, as the Telegraph added: “There was so much to admire, so much to savour.”Gatland had named a strong side, and the feeling was that many would have done their chances of starting the test series no harm at all.Selection for the Highlanders game on Tuesday may be a cause for concern, however. Full-back Stuart Hogg joined Jonathan Davies in the dressing room after colliding with Murray’s elbow, cutting above his left eye.Success will be defined by the last three weekends, but it sure does feel good on the back pages today.last_img read more

Sen. Johnson Decries Tribalism, Sectionalism

first_imgBomi County ranking Senator Sando Dazoe Johnson has condemned Liberians who hide behind the doctrine of sectionalism and tribalism to get at one another.“There is no need for tribal or sectional sentiment, especially as we are looking for a more people-centered person to occupy the seat of Senate Pro Tempore,” Senator Johnson   told journalists yesterday on the grounds of the Capitol Building.The Bomi lawmaker said his colleagues are not going to support a candidate who sings the song of division, saying the Senate Bloc he belongs to has decided to give full support to ensure that his candidate, Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zolu Jallah becomes the next Pro Tempore.To buttress Senator Johnson’s comment, Senator Jallah was seen having lunch with some members of the Senate Majority Bloc, among them the leaders of the Bloc, Senators Geraldine Doe-Sherif and Henry Willie Yallah.Also seen among Jallah’s support bloc were Senators Peter Coleman, George Tengbeh, Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, Matthew Jaye and Dallas A.V. Gueh, among others.The issue of when the Pro Tempore election and those for the leadership or Statutory posts will be held did not come up during yesterday’s opening program.But the Secretary of the Senate, as a matter of protocol, is expected to announce the existence of vacancies for the Pro Tempore and other statutory posts, followed by the announcement of a timetable for elections. He will then receive letters of applications from or on behalf of interested candidates.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“No Change in USD Price for Gas, Fuel,” Says Commerce Ministry

first_imgCommerce Ministry says the price of Gasoline and Fuel in USD remain the same for the current circular period. the exchange rate is US$1 to US$180. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in consultation with the Liberian Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), says there is no change in the US Dollar price of gasoline (PMS) and Fuel oil (AGO) on the Liberian market.According to a Commerce Ministry release, the only exception is the Liberian Dollar (L$) component, due to the exchange rate.This means that wholesale selling price for gasoline is US$3.12, while fuel oil (AGO) is US$3.52.Retail pump price for gasoline is US$3.30 or LD $595.00, while retail pump price for fuel oil (AGO) is  US$3.70 (US three dollars seventy cents or LD $665.00.The exchange rate used in the current monthly Price Circular on Petroleum Products is US$1 to L$180.00.The Inspectorate Team at the Commerce Ministry will be closely monitoring the approved ceiling prices to avoid arbitrary hike in the pump prices of gasoline and fuel oil on the local market.In addition, the effective nature of the price circular will be monitored to ensure that importers do not undercut fellow competitors on the local market.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CARPHA urges Region to prepare for possible dengue outbreak

first_imgThe Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has alerted countries within the Region of a possible dengue fever outbreak while urging that preparations be on-stream to handle such a situation.While the last regional outbreak was recorded in the year 2009, there have also been outbreaks of other mosquito-borne diseases, mainly Chikungunya in 2014 and the Zika Virus in 2016.Notably indicating that Chikungunya and Zika are unlikely to make a comeback in the near future, the Agency related that disease modelling predicts that a dengue outbreak is looming.According to statistics from 2018, Latin America showed an increase in the number of dengue cases. More recently, the outbreak of dengue in Jamaica has elevated the level of concern in other Caribbean nations.As such, advice is being administered to neighbouring countries, urging them to implement enhanced measures to reduce mosquito breeding and prevent the spread of disease.Dengue is a flu-like illness which affects infants, young children and adults. The symptoms usually begin four to 10 days after infection and include high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash.However, this condition can evolve to severe dengue, characterised by potentially deadly complications such as internal haemorrhaging, intense and continuous abdominal pain or tenderness, and persistent vomiting. In severe cases, it can result in death.It is known that the disease can be of major threat to a country’s population, but there are underlying implications for tourism and social and economic development.CARPHA lists dengue as a global health problem and like Zika and Chikungunya; consequently, there is no specific treatment for the disease. Adding to that, the <<>> mosquito vector, which spreads dengue, is present in all Caribbean territories.The incoming rainy season will require intensified awareness activities and mosquito awareness. A few beginning tips include increased health messages, efforts from communities to eliminate breeding sites, and disseminate clinical care and treatment guidelines. But the most effective method of prevention is preventing mosquito bites.CARPHA Executive Director, Dr C James Hospedales stated, “We all need to clean up our surroundings.  The two most important things to manage mosquito populations in our Caribbean countries are to manage water storage drums and tanks, and properly dispose of used vehicle tyres to prevent mosquitos breeding.”Further action can be taken to cover drums and tanks, clean the guttering, and remove stagnant water sources.Persons should take extra precautions by using insect repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, IR 3535, and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.Meanwhile, cases of H1N1 virus have also posed a threat in recent times to countries such as Trinidad and Tobago.Amid this, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud had posited that the situation was under control with provisions at arrival ports to monitor passenger activities.Dr Persaud stated that ferry docks and arrival terminals at airports were equipped with a framework, which was expected to be implemented for all passengers. This includes the flight declaration being appraised to indicate if such cases enter the country.“We continue to maintain our port health requirement for all arriving flights and vessels. A person must do the general flight declaration, which would give us a fair idea as to any sick person is coming in. Port health departments would usually document those cases and follow them up, so those provisions are in place,” said the CMO.last_img read more


first_imgThree well-known Donegal stores have been named among the Top 100 stores by Retail Excellence Ireland.The stores are McElhinneys, Greene’s Shoes and Brennan’s Pharmacy.The Top100 stores are part of the Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) Awards, which were established in 1997 to promote best practise standards in the Irish retail industry. The awards, taking place on Saturday 3rd November 2012, focus on promoting and recognising standards of excellence in retail. The awards programme is now the largest and most prestigious of its kind in Ireland.As part of the Top100 selection process, all store entrants were visited by a Mystery Shopper, with those exceeding demanding service and standards criteria making it to the Top 100 Stores.A team of Store Assessors will now visit each of the Top100 Stores, selecting the Top50 stores and then the final Top 30. The winning stores will be selected based on the reports data gathered and a review of store photography and in-store video recording evidence.David Fitzsimons, Chief Executive, Retail Excellence Ireland commented, “I want to commend all of the retailers who entered this year. In particular, I congratulate the Top100 stores for making it through. “The very high standard of service, customer engagement, display and levels of investment among Irish retailers made selecting this year’s Top100 particularly difficult. The REI awards are about recognising and rewarding retail excellence”. THREE DONEGAL STORES NAMED IN IRELAND’S TOP 100 was last modified: July 9th, 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:Brennan’s PharmacyGreene’s ShoesMCELHINNEYSRetail Excellencelast_img read more

Bonds’ bust puts squeeze on

first_imgLANCASTER – The defeat of two local bond measures leaves school officials contemplating high schools crammed with 4,000 students, more portable classrooms, and the possibility of switching to year-round schedules to accommodate more students. Antelope Valley Union High School District’s $177.5 million Measure E was supported Tuesday by 52.2 percent of voters, short of the 55 percent need to pass. The measure would have taxed property owners about $30 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. Westside Union School District’s $67.5 million Measure K got 52.3 percent of the vote, again short of the 55 percent required. It would have raised property taxes about $27 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. School officials blamed the defeats on a number of possible factors, including voter apathy, voters already worried about higher gas prices and taxes that increase as home values climb, and not getting enough information out to voters. “I was kind of hoping that the community would understand this is the only way we can go, other than going in debt to build schools,” high school board President Donita Winn said. “We didn’t get that point across to people enough. The biggest thing is we didn’t get out and inform people.” If both bond measures had passed, Westside property owners would have had to pay for the high school bond as well as the Westside bond because Westside is within the high school district’s boundaries. Property owners in both school districts also are already paying taxes on bond measures previously passed by voters. High school district voters passed a $103.6 million bond measure in March 2002, and in Westside, voters narrowly passed an $8.5 million bond plan in 1989 and in 1998 approved extending the school construction tax to 2026 to raise $14.7 million. Expecting 4,000 more students in the next five years, Westside wanted to pass the bond measure to raise enough money to build three elementary schools and a middle school, replace portable buildings with permanent ones and upgrade existing clasrooms and school facilities. Westside Superintendent Regina Rossall said options now include multitrack year-round schooling, changing attendance boundaries, forbidding youngsters who live outside the district to attend Westside schools, and adding more portable classrooms on campuses. “Unfortunately, everybody wants somebody to pay the bills,” Rossall said. “Everybody agrees more schools are needed. It’s really a matter of who’s going to pay for more schools. That is kind of a significant issue.” “There’s options – year-round multitrack, double sessions, maybe both, who knows,” Farrell said. “There’s also the fact if we can squeeze enough out of the budget, we can put in totally relocatables like Cottonwood School, but those aren’t cheap to do, either. We don’t have sites to build schools as yet, either. There’s a lot to think about.” Rossall said double sessions – in which half a school’s pupils attend class in the mornings, and half in the afternoons – is the least desirable option and would be the last to be considered. “It’s not conducive for the best-quality environment for students learning or for parent work schedules,” Rossall said. Any changes approved by the Westside board would take effect in the 2007-08 school year, Rossall said. Farrell said high gas prices and higher assessed values on homes, leading to higher property taxes, may have hurt the bond effort as well, because a voter whose recently purchased home is assessed at $400,000 would pay four times as much as someone whose home was bought years ago and is assessed at $100,000. Projecting an additional 1,000 students a year, the high school district was going to use its bond to build two new high schools, complete construction of Eastside High, expand Quartz Hill High, add two new science labs at Lancaster, make improvements at other schools and pay for planning for a third new high school. Without the bond, Winn said campuses already crowded with more than 3,000 students, including Quartz Hill, Highland and Palmdale high schools, will increase to enrollments of 4,000. The district will probably have to site portable classrooms on asphalt to handle student population growth, Winn said. “We have to refocus,” Winn said. “We had an awesome plan. We were going to build schools, enhance Quartz Hill to be able to take extra students. It was going to be an exciting time. This district will adapt. “The most amazing thing is I have been back and forth across the district. There’s been a steady stream of parents registering their kids, one after another after another – every day last week and the week before, parent after parent registering kids and buying houses,” Winn said. “They are coming. It’s not something we made up to pass the bond.” (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“I thought for sure it would pass,” Westside board President Gwen Farrell said. “Between voter apathy and voter fatigue, it just clobbered us.” Turnout in the high school district was only 19.2 percent; in Westside, it was 27 percent. While there was no organized opposition, the districts had to win over a tax-weary public that has been confronted with a series of bond and assessment votes. Most neighborhoods in Lancaster and Palmdale in 2003 approved increasing streetlight fees to $70 a year, up from $50 in Palmdale and $45 in Lancaster. Palmdale homeowners in 2003 also began paying an extra $36 annually to enlarge Marie Kerr Park and build a new east-side aquatics park with water slides. Property owners got another hike in taxes from a 2004 Antelope Valley College bond measure for $139 million. But voters in November rejected a valleywide flood control district that could have resulted in another new property tax. last_img read more


first_imgA late foul on Paddy McGrath earned Ardara the crucial free they needed to level their Donegal SFC match with Naomh Conaill at Tir Chonaill Park this afternoon.Naomh Conaill and Ardara couldn’t be separated after sixty minutes of an hugely intense and highly exciting Donegal SFC quarter-final.The two sides will have to meet again in a replay on Wednesday night at Mac Cumhaill Park.Naomh Conaill did trail by five points at one stage in the second-half, but showed fantastic character to power back and lead with just two minutes of normal time left to play. However, a great move involving the inspirational Kenneth Doherty, Stephen McHugh and CJ Molloy ended with a foul on Donegal star Paddy McGrath.Brendan McNelis duly dispatched the free to level the match and take the game to a replay.Naomh Conaill had a late chance to win it, but Anthony Thompson’s effort drifted wide.Anthony Thompson had a great game for Paddy Campbell’s side and he was ably assisted by Dermot ‘The Brick’ Molloy who kicked six points. Points from Dermot Molloy, Leon Thompson, Leo McLoone and Brendan McDyer ensured Naomh Conaill led by two points at half-time, in what was an incredibly defensive opening period.Scores were at premium and Ardara struggled to penetrate the Naomh Conaill rear-guard, Brendan McNelis, Gareth Concarr and Tomas Boyle all posted scores for Ardara.Half-time score Naomh Conaill 0-05 Ardara 0-03However, a goal from Ryan Melly swung the game in Ardara’s favour in complete and when Melly and Kieran Breslin pointed for Ardara they lead by five points.Naomh Conaill powered back though, and scores from Brendan McDyer, Dermot Molloy (3) and Marty Boyle levelled matters. When Anthony Thompson pointed with two minutes to go, it looked like he had snatched victory for Naomh Conaill.However, Ardara had different ideas, and a fast flowing move ended in the concession of a free after a foul was committed on Paddy McGrath.Up stepped McNelis to ensure the two old foes do it all over again mid-week.Final score Naomh Conaill 0-12 Ardara 1-09. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter later for coverage on the second Donegal SFC quarter-final today between St Eunan’s and Four Masters.DONEGAL SFC REPORT: OLD RIVALS NAOMH CONAILL AND ARDARA CAN’T BE SEPARATED IN CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIC was last modified: October 18th, 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:ArdaraDonegal SFCDonegal SFC ReportdrawGAANaomh ConaillnewsReplaySportlast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal petrol station attendant was chased around the forecourt of a garage by a knife-wielding raider before he made off with €1,000.The attack happened yesterday (Tues) at the Texaco Service Station in Muff shortly before 5.30pm.The thief made his getaway in a white Transit van which has a registration number of LHZ 1696. He was wearing a hi-viz yellow workman’s jacket, dark overalls and white runners.The van was driven in the direction of Muff before heading towards Shantallow in Derry and being abandoned on Carnhill.The garage assistant was shaken after the incident but was physically unhurt.The owner of the garage has offered a reward for information on the robbery which may lead to an arrest. Both the Gardai and the PSNI are investigating the incident.It is understood that Gardai are viewing good quality CCTv footage of the raid. MAN THREATENED WITH KNIFE DURING ARMED RAID ON PETROL STATION was last modified: August 13th, 2014 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:donegalGardaiknifemuffTexaco Service Stationlast_img read more

Titanosaur Bones Found in Antarctica

first_imgStrange as it seems, large sauropods of the Titanosaur variety have been found in Antarctica.  This is the highest latitude sauropod ever found.  It means that the large reptiles inhabited every continent; they walked the globe.A short article on New Scientist describes how Ignacio Cerda from the National University of Comahue in Argentina uncovered the fossil on James Ross Island, about 700 miles from Cape Horn, Argentina.  He surmises that the beasts got there on an ancient isthmus that connected the island to South America.  A previous post by PhysOrg about this discovery calls it an “advanced titanosaur.”The PhysOrg article states, “Although they were one of the most widespread and successful species of sauropod dinosaurs, their origin and dispersion are not completely understood.”What did they eat, ice?  Think of the tons of plant material these giant animals require.  No such large plant-eaters inhabit Antarctica today.  Finds like this speak of a very different world.  It doesn’t require millions of years to change the world; just sufficient hydraulic energy.  The Bible speaks of a very different world, with different climatic and geographic conditions, that would have allowed the migration of large animals like these to polar latitudes.  It also speaks of a global hydraulic catastrophe that had the energy to bury titanosaurs suddenly, else their bones would have decayed on the surface when they died.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa’s transport network

first_imgSouth Africa has a modern and well-developed transport infrastructure. The air and rail networks are the largest on the continent, and the roads in good condition. The country’s ports provide a natural stopover for shipping to and from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and both coasts of Africa.South Africa’s total road network is about 747 000km, the longest network of roads of any African country. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe transport sector has been highlighted by the government as a key contributor to South Africa’s competitiveness in global markets. It is regarded as a crucial engine for economic growth and social development, and the government has unveiled plans to spend billions of rands to improve the country’s roads, railways and ports.Ports and shippingMajor shipping lanes pass along the South African coastline in the south Atlantic and Indian oceans. Approximately 96% of the country’s exports are conveyed by sea, and the eight commercial ports are the conduits for trade between South Africa and its southern African partners as well as hubs for traffic to and from Europe, Asia, the Americas and the east and west coasts of Africa.The commercial ports are: Richards Bay and Durban in KwaZulu-Natal; East London, Port Elizabeth and the Port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape; and Mossel Bay, Cape Town and Saldanha in the Western Cape.The state-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (NPA) manages the ports, while Transnet Port Terminals, formerly known as SAPO, is responsible for managing port and cargo terminal operations.The Port of Ngqura was completed in 2006. Developed off the coast from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, Nqura is the deepest container terminal in Africa, and is a key part of Coega, one of the country’s strategic industrial development zones (IDZs).Durban is Africa’s busiest port and the largest container facility in southern Africa, while Richard’s Bay is the world’s largest bulk coal terminal.Located between these two ports is the Dube Trade Port. Launched in March 2012, the port includes King Shaka International Airport. Operated by the Dube Trade Port Corporation, a state-owned company, the port includes a cargo terminal, trade zone, agrizone and IT and telecommunications platform.The old Durban International Airport will be turned into a multibillion-rand dug-out port by Transnet. Expected to be ready by 2019, development plans include the creation of an automotive component supplier park around the port.RoadsSouth Africa’s total road network is about 747 000km, the longest network of roads of any African country. The drive from Musina on South Africa’s northern border to Cape Town in the south is a 2 000km journey on well-maintained roads.While the Department of Transport is responsible for overall policy, road-building and maintenance is the responsibility of the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) as well as the nine provinces and local governments.Sanral is responsible for the country’s network of national roads, which cover around 16 200km. There are about 185 000km of provincial roads, and the municipal network totals around 66 000km, according to the SA Institute of Civil Engineering.Around 19% of the national roads are toll roads, most of which are maintained by Sanral, while the rest have been concessioned to private companies to develop, operate and maintain.A multi-billion rand freeway improvement scheme has significantly eased congestion on the roads in Gauteng, the country’s busiest province.S’hamba Sonke (“walking together’) is a labour-intensive road maintenance programme, with projects run by the provinces to upgrade and repair roads in rural areas.South Africa’s Public Transport Strategy plans to integrate rail, taxi and bus services in co-operation with private operators, both operationally and through ownership. Johannesburg’s successes with the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRT) has led to it being adapted and implemented in other South African cities, including Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay, Rustenburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni.As the vast majority of South Africans use taxis as their prime transport, the government has introduced compulsory safety standards and a taxi recapitalisation programme, which gets rids of unsafe taxis through a scrapping allowance.RailwaysSouth Africa has an extensive rail network – the 14th longest in the world – connecting with networks in the sub-Saharan region. The country’s rail infrastructure, which connects the ports with the rest of South Africa, represents about 80% of Africa’s total.Improving the country’s 20 247km rail network is a top government priority, with projects aiming to increase freight rail volumes and increase market share of container traffic.The rail network is managed by the Department of Public Enterprises via Transnet. Transnet Freight Rail is the largest railroad and heavy haulier in southern Africa, with about 21 000km of rail network, of which about 1 500km are heavy haul lines. Just over 8 200km of the lines are electrified.Passenger rail is also being completely overhauled, with a 20-year fleet renewal programme in place to buy more than 7 200 new trains. Managed and implemented by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), the programme focuses on revitalising the local industry through local manufacturing of components. The existing rail network will be upgraded to take advantage of the new coaches’ technological features.Around 2.2-million people travel by train every day in South Africa. Metrorail commuter services can be found in Cape Town, the Eastern Cape Province, Durban, and greater Johannesburg and Pretoria, focusing mainly on poorer South Africans.Tourists and well-heeled passengers can travel on the Blue Train, one of the world’s most famous luxury trains, while Shosholoza Meyl transports passengers between the country’s major cities.The Gautrain, Africa’s only high-speed train, was opened just days before the start of the World Cup in 2010. Servicing Johannesburg, Pretoria and OR Tambo International Airport, it is supported by a network of feeder buses. About 40 000 people use the service every day.The Gautrain can travel at speeds of 160 km/h, enabling commuters to make the trip from Johannesburg to Pretoria in less than 40 minutes.Airports and airlinesSouth Africa’s 10 airports handle more than 98% of the country’s commercial traffic, with 200 000 aircraft landings and 10-million departing passengers annually.The R20-billion airports upgrade ahead of the World Cup in 2010 focused on OR Tambo International in Johannesburg, Cape Town International, and the new airport, King Shaka International, outside Durban. The seven smaller airports are domestic airports: Port Elizabeth, East London, George, Kimberley, Upington and Pilanesberg.State-owned Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) is responsible for managing the country’s airports and improving productivity of its airports. Other airports include Lanseria (Midrand), Gateway (Polokwane), Nelspruit and Kruger (Mpumalanga).In 2012, South African Airways (SAA) was voted the best airline in Africa for the 10th year in a row by UK global aviation research organisation Skytrax.South African Airways (SAA) is by far the largest air carrier in Africa, with connections to more than 28 cities across the continent. As a Star Alliance member, SAA also offers its customers 1 356 destinations in 193 countries and 21 500 flights daily.Reviewed: 20 November 2012Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more