Jeep fire causes long delays as diversions in place on N13 dual carriageway

first_imgEmergency services are attending to the scene of a vehicle on fire on the N13 dual carriageway out of Letterkenny.The Fire Service along with ambulance personnel and Gardaí are at the scene, with the outbound lanes closed.Diversions are in place and there are lengthy tailbacks on the road out of Letterkenny. A jeep caught fire at around 1.45pm.There are no reports of any injuries.Jeep fire causes long delays as diversions in place on N13 dual carriageway was last modified: March 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:DiversionsDual Carraigewayemergency servicesfireletterkennyN13last_img read more

Junior cyclists fly SA flag high

first_imgShaun-Nick Bester is a member of the Toyota Supercycling Academy and the Academy’s manager, Ian Wilson, was thrilled by his outstanding performance: “This is great news for the Academy and junior cycling in South Africa!” he said. At the end of the four-stage International Cycling Union 2.1-graded tour, Bester, the son of former Comrades Marathon star Nick Bester, was in fact tied on time with Ibai Salas of the Navalcarnero team, but the Spaniard was awarded first place based on the fact that he’d had better stage placings than Bester. SAinfo reporter 23 June 2009 “We realise this is a ‘special vintage’ and we need to look after these riders now and into the future.” That gave the South Africans all the major jerseys – yellow and points (both Van Zyl) and King of the Mountains (Jennings) – as well as the lead in the team competition. “Congratulations too to those riders who helped make this effort a team contribution and well done to Louis Meintjes and HB Kruger, also of the Toyota Supercycling Academy, who also finished the tour. Stage two was a nightmare in comparison. Van Zyl and Jennings both fell ill overnight with food poisoning and Jennings, along with teammates HB Kruger and Rian Gouws, all went down in the same crash! Shaun-Nick Bester, racing for the national team, became the first South African junior male to finish on an overall podium at a top-graded international road cycling tour, when he claimed second place at the Vuelta al Besaya in Spain on the weekend. StunningBester and his South African teammates started the high-profile event off by stunning the European riders, mostly from Spain and Italy, when they took the first three places on stage one, an 85.6-kilometre leg from Los Corrales to Mercadal. Van Zyl secured the win ahead of Christopher Jennings and Bester. “We rode so hard for the last 10 Ks. We just couldn’t ride any harder,” explained Bester. “But in the end it just wasn’t enough. One second quicker and I would have held onto yellow.” “Shaun-Nick is a dedicated and extremely talented rider. His hard work is paying off and we look forward to more great results from him and the rest of the squad on their European campaign. ‘We’re making an impression’“But I’m still happy with second in such high quality company,” Bester said. “My teammates were great with their support, and the Europeans are all talking about the South Africans now, so we’re making an impression.”center_img Salas had a 45-second lead on Bester at the base of the descent, which Van Zyl and Bester reduced to 12 seconds at the finish. “The team worked very hard for Shaun-Nick and it was amazing to see how big junior cycling is here. The entire race was broadcast live on national radio and got plenty of TV and print media coverage,” remarked Nick Bester, who was in Spain to assist with team support. Salas and Bester both had a final time of eight hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds, with Bester’s third place on stage one his highest finish. Salas was third on stage two and second on stage three. On the final category two climb on the last stage, Salas attacked Bester, who was isolated from his teammates after they’d buried themselves for him earlier on. Bester thought his hopes of victory had vanished until his teammate Johann van Zyl rode across to him at the summit and helped pace Bester to the finish. Up there with the best in the world“We have thought, but not known for sure that our riders are up there with the best in the world and now we have proof!’ “I couldn’t believe it,” said a disappointed Bester. “To lose the race on the final stage only by a count back was heart-breaking. Hendrik Lemmer, Director of the Cycling South Africa Road Commission, said: “It is great to see riders from all three big junior teams in South Africa putting local rivalries aside and working as one for success as a national team in Europe. Yellow jerseyDespite their illness and injuries, the South African team helped Bester as best they could to hold onto the yellow jersey for stage three. With a 12-second advantage over Salas the scene was set for a dramatic final stage, an 84.9km leg from San Felices to Los Corrales. But it was to be the Spaniard’s day and he finished fifth, exactly 12 seconds ahead of Bester. The team, which comprised Bester, Kruger, Meintjes, Van Zyl, Gouws, Jennings, Stefano Maiorana and Bradley Mitchell, ended third in the team competition. Bester managed to avoid the illness and the crash and held his own against some aggressive opposition to finish ninth on the stage to take over the race lead. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Tendulkar is professor of batting: Kirsten

first_imgIndia coach Gary Kirsten on Sunday paid rich tribute to Sachin Tendulkar for scoring a historic 50th Test ton in Centurion, describing him as professor of batting.Terming Tendulkar’s feat of scoring a half century of centuries as incredible, Kirsten credited his unmatched success to his sound technique, ability to play almost all the shots in the book and diligent preparedness.”It is an incredible feat. It must be a special one and he deserves it. He has the techniques to play almost all the shots in the book. He is the professor of batting,” Kirsten said, praising Tendulkar on becoming the first cricketer to score 50 Test tons here.”The key to his success is his approach to the game, his humility to learn and try to do better all the time. He diligently prepares for every match. For him, a Test match begins two days earlier, preparing for it. I am privileged to have associated with him for the last three years,” Kirsten said.”His success at the top level under the huge expectations in India is remarkable. It is quite different in India than other countries and the adulation he got there is amazing. At any time, Tendulkar will be surrounded by 300 people,” he said.Kirsten said despite the seniormost player in the team, Tendulkar was the one who spends most time at the nets and faces maximum number of balls.”He wants to face the maximum number of balls at the nets. You will not see him play a loose shot at the nets. He is focused all the time, he wants to do better all the time,” said Kirsten.advertisement”He has been phenomenal this year. I think he is playing better than ever. He is enjoying his cricket at present,” he said.The former South African opening batsman said despite his personal achievements, Tendulkar was a perfect team-man who wants to do his best for the team’s cause.”He is a perfect team-man and he always gives his best every time he goes out to a cricket field. He has been a huge motivational factor in the side in the past three years I have been associated with the team,” Kirsten said.About India staring defeat in the Test, Kirsten admitted South Africa are in a strong position.”We have a lot to work tomorrow. South Africa are in a strong position. But let us see what happens tomorrow. May be there is help from rain also,” he said.”But, the players have done well in the second innings.They have shown we can also play on equal terms. The strong batting display in the second innings will boost the confidence of the players in the series,” he added.- With PTI inputslast_img read more