The draw for the English FA Cup quarter-finals was made on Monday and is as follows (Premier League unless stated).Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers (II)Bradford City (III) v Reading (II)Manchester United v ArsenalAston Villa v West Bromwich AlbionTies to be played over the weekend of March 7/8
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Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey scores the winning goal against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Aaron Ramsey scored in the final minute as Arsenal beat Crystal Palace at the Emirates to get their Premier League season off to a winning start.The stubborn visitors looked to have secured a hard-fought point as they produced an impressive defensive performance.But their resolve was finally broken in stoppage time, as Ramsey struck from close range to steal all three points shortly after Jason Puncheon had been shown a red card.Brede Hangeland had earlier headed managerless Palace into a shock lead, before the Gunners drew level on the stroke of half-time through Laurent Koscielny.Confidence was high in the Arsenal camp after their comfortable victory over champions Manchester City in the Community Shield last Sunday and, unsurprisingly, Wenger opted to stick with the same line-up.That meant summer signings Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy were all handed their first league starts, while Yaya Sanogo was given the nod over Olivier Giroud in the lone striker role.Palace seemingly headed into the clash in turmoil having seen Tony Pulis leave his post just 48 hours before the big kick-off.Keith Millen was the man entrusted with picking the Palace team after Pulis’s shock departure and the caretaker manager handed debuts to new boys Martin Kelly, Fraizer Campbell and Hangeland, while there was also a place in the starting XI for Marouane Chamakh against his old club.As expected, it was the home side that made all of the early running, as Palace struggled to get a foothold in the game.But the visitors were well marshalled and showing the gritty defensive resolve that was a hallmark of the team under Pulis last season.Arsenal were finding it difficult to create any goalscoring opportunities against their stubborn opponents and it took 30 minutes before the hosts had a shot on target; Jack Wilshere’s strike from the edge of the box bouncing awkwardly in front of Julian Speroni, who managed to push the ball wide of his post.Wenger was looking irked on the touchline and his frustration turned to anger when Palace took a shock lead against the run of play.It came from the Eagles’ first corner, as Hangeland, a free transfer arrival from Fulham in the close season, lost his man and glanced home a deft header.Arsenal continued to be frustrated with Palace’s stern defence, but they finally drew level in first half stoppage time.Sanchez, the £35million signing from Barcelona, had not had much success all afternoon, but it was from his free-kick that the hosts levelled, as Koscielny evaded Hangeland to nod home.The second half largely mirrored the first, as Arsenal enjoyed the majority of the possession but struggled to carve out any clear cut chances.Plucky Palace continually soaked up the pressure and seemed to have done enough to take home a point.But their cause was not helped by Puncheon, as the winger saw red with four minutes left for a second bookable offence.And the ten men paid the price as Ramsey, so often the hero for Arsenal last season, prodded home a dramatic last-gasp winner after Speroni had spilled Debuchy’s shot. 1
LANCASTER – An Edwards Air Force Base officer who disappeared after a fire broke out at his Lancaster home was found Tuesday in Florida, where his estranged wife lives. Capt. Bryan Smith, who was described as having mental and emotional problems, is wanted for questioning in the Saturday fire, which did substantial damage to the two-story home, Detective Greg Everett said. “The fire happened at his house, and he disappeared,” Everett said. “Most of his personal items were gone and his dog was missing. When you’re an arson investigator, there’s certain red flags you look for.” Smith, 29, was arrested Tuesday afternoon while driving on a highway that runs through Tyndall Air Force Base, after his estranged wife told Air Force security police where he was, Tyndall spokesman Herman Bell said. Smith was pulled over by police from neighboring Mexico Beach and turned over to the Air Force, Bell said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant He was in custody at Tyndall on military charges related to failing to show up for duty, Everett said. The fire started inside the house in the 1500 block of West Avenue H-5, but Everett wouldn’t disclose details. Firefighters said they were called to the home just after 1 p.m. Saturday and arrived to find smoke coming out of it. Smith serves with Edwards’ 412th Operations Support Squadron. After he failed to show up for work Monday morning Smith was listed as AWOL, or absent without leave, base spokesman Chris Ball said. Smith’s status was later upgraded to desertion, meaning officials believe he intended to remain away permanently, Ball said. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship getty images appointed latest Daniel Levy insists Tottenham will not change their approach in transfer windows, despite their strong financial footing.Spurs have refinanced £637million of debt on their new stadium, which officially opened in April. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:18Loaded: 3.11%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 1 targets Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Despite making fine progress during Mauricio Pochettino’s five years in charge, which saw the club reach the Champions League final last season, Tottenham have not won any silverware since 2008.Meanwhile, Spurs’ big six rivals Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have spent considerably more on transfers in that time.Levy added: “I understand, as I am a fan, clearly you want to win on the pitch.“But we have been trying to look at this slightly differently, in that we want to make sure we ensure an infrastructure here to stand the test of time.” Tottenham fan in INCREDIBLE five-minute rant on his clubTottenham went two transfer windows without signing a player before Clarke’s arrival in July.Spurs have been able to get US investors to refinance loans spent on their £1billion new stadium.But Levy says it does not mean the club will spend big on future transfer fees, insisting the refinancing ‘will have no bearing on how we run the club, and no bearing on those types of short-term movements [like transfers].’ What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Live on the talkSPORT network Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more BIG PRESENTS UP TOP rookie error Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked Leicester vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Derby (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Newcastle vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTWest Brom vs Huddersfield (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 update on target In the summer, the club broke their transfer record to sign Tanguy Ndombele for £55million and spent a further £25m on Ryan Sessegnon and £8.5m on Jack Clarke.However, Levy told Financial Times: “We could have easily spent more money on players.“Who knows if that would have bought us more success or not, the right approach is to build from the bottom up.“There is no quick fix to becoming a much more significant global club.” stalemate Dele Alli returns to Leicester where he scored his first Tottenham goal with a point to proveJames Maddison used to wash his manager’s car and now he’s being linked with big-money moves to Tottenham and United statement deals Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy gave Mauricio Pochettino almost £100million to spend in the summer transfer window Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son
2 But the European champions scored twice in the closing stages of the game to maintain their six-point gap to Man City at the top of the Premier League.Full-back Andy Robertson equalised for the visitors with a late header before Sadio Mane headed home the winner with virtually the last touch of the game.And following the match, McGinn said Liverpool’s relentless determination makes them stand out this season.“A lot of their players were arguing and you could tell they were uncomfortable in the first half,” the Scot said.“When teams start arguing with each other you normally know you’ve got them but at the same time you have to respect they are such a good team, they just regroup, get together and go again.“Unfortunately for us they did that. You’re playing against the champions of Europe and they could be the champions of England this year.“They don’t give up, they keep going and they probably tired us out too much right at the end.” John McGinn says Liverpool players were ‘arguing’ amongst themselves before producing a thrilling comeback to win at Aston Villa.Jurgen Klopp’s side’s unbeaten start to the campaign looked like it was coming to an end at Villa Park on Saturday after summer signing Trezeguet scored his first goal for Villa to give his side the lead. Getty Images – Getty McGinn has revealed Liverpool players were arguing before they mounted their comeback Klopp is hoping to guide Liverpool to their first title in almost 30 years 2 Getty Images – Getty He added: “Chances were coming and we were just trying to keep them at bay but the ball just keeps coming back at you.“It was two sloppy goals from our point of view but teams like Liverpool do that to you.“They are relentless. It was the same with Man City last week, they just drain you mentally. You try your best to press them but they are top teams and full credit to them.“I was speaking to a couple of the Liverpool lads and they said how impressed they were at the way we played them – carry that on and I’m sure we’ll be fine.”
This weekend thousands will lace up their hiking boots and explore North Carolina’s hundreds of miles of hiking trails. The state’s 23 land trusts play a large role in protecting outdoor recreation opportunities, including sections of the Appalachian Trail.The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy protects and maintains the section of trail along the Tennessee and North Carolina border. Angela Shepherd with the land trust said as you enjoy the trails this weekend, stick to the path.“You may be tempted to kind of go off the trail, especially if you’re seeing large number of people there in front of you, and to kind of you know walk along side,” Shepherd said; “and that can cause issues like people creating, inadvertently, secondary trails that have some erosion issues.”Prior to SAHC’s involvement, the section of trail was largely located on roads. By securing land in a trust, the trail now is found on panoramic grassy balds to showcase the beauty of the region for generations to come.A report released earlier this month from the Outdoor Industry Association estimates outdoor recreation generates $179 billion for the South Atlantic economy, and $12 billion in the form of state, local and federal tax revenues.SAHC, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and Appalachian Trail Conservancy, employs a naturalist that hikes the section of the trail in Roan Highlands. His job is to leave a lasting impact on visitors, said Shepherd.“The person in this position spends the weekend hiking back and forth across that stretch of the AT, and they just educate people they meet about leave no trace principles,” she said. “They talk about the basic ecology of the Roan, what makes it so important.”The Outdoor Industry Association Report named outdoor recreation as one of the country’s largest economic sectors, behind only health care and finance. Shepherd said North Carolina benefits from a large part of that resource.“We are just blessed with a plethora really of natural resources here in this region, and getting outside to enjoy those is just so important,” she said. “And it’s great for families to reconnect, it’s great for our own personal health, but keeping in mind that we’re kind of part of a bigger sphere.”If you’re interested in enjoying a land conservation site this weekend as part of your Memorial Day plans, Blue Ridge Forever – a coalition of western North Carolina land trusts – has a list on its website. SAHC will hold its annual celebration, Appalachian Spring, at the Salvage Station in Asheville next Thursday, May 31. The public is invited.
Share This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Reasons We Love Universal’s Mardi Gras Celebration. No one loves theme park events more than us. Mickey’s Not So Scary? Fantastic. Halloween Horror Nights? Even better. Grinchmas, Mickey’s Very Merry, and Food & Wine? Can’t wait for each of them. Earlier this year, EPCOT’s Festival of the Arts was shockingly good and we’re incredibly excited it is already scheduled to return in 2018. Villain’s Unleashed? Okay, that was the exception that proves the rule.King Gator float. (photo by Brandon Glover)–One of our favorite events of the year takes place at Universal Studios Florida and is included with regular park admission. It has unique food options, great music, and Universal’s best parade. That’s right, we’re talking about Mardi Gras, and today we’re going to look at six reasons why this is the best party outside of New Orleans itself and we’ll start off with….# 6 – The N’awlins inspired food at French Quarter CourtyardOne of our favorite places on Disney property is Port Orleans French Quarter and a big reason for that is the cajun style food. Beignets, king cake, po’ boys, shrimp gumbo, red beans & rice, Andouille sausage, and jambalaya are all on the menu at Universal’s Mardi Gras. In fact, these options in the French Courtyard combined with the offerings at Fast Food Blvd and Diagon Alley make USF the greatest single place on Earth for theme park snack eating. This year there is a new item in the Funnel Puffs. Deep fried donut holes which you can get covered in a variety of toppings including chocolate, fruit, sugar, and whipped cream. While Mardi Gras in years past put a spotlight on VooDoo Juice, this year’s event has has several signature drinks available including the Berry Vicious VooDoo, the Carnival Cocktail, the Rajin’ Rumbalaya, and the Masquerade Madness Cocktail (which combines the two previous drinks.) Trust us on this one, throwing and catching beaded necklaces is even more fun after a few adult beverages.Beignets! (photo by Brandon Glover)Shrimp with beans and rice. (photo by Brandon Glover)New to Mardi Gras Celebration 2017 is the Funnel Puffs and we wouldn’t mind them sticking around all year long. We’re looking in your direction Universal…. (photo by Hunter Underwood)The citrusy Carnival Cocktail. (photo by Hunter Underwood)Cajun Sampler, including Andouille sausage and shrimp gumbo. (photo by Brandon Glover)Follow this sign to some good eats! (photo by Brandon Glover)–# 5 – The Walk Around CharactersGet your cameras ready because there are a ton of colorful characters throughout the park, and all of them would love to take their pictures with you. The street performers include groups of characters that are representing each parade float that will come later in the evening. The interactions that come with some of these characters can really elevate your Mardi Gras experience, and you just may get a fun surprise (but we’ll get to that later).Walk around characters. (photo by Brandon Glover)VooDoo. (photo by Ryan Kennedy)A garden sprite. (photo by Ryan Kennedy)Some of the interactions between the street performers are priceless. (photo by Ryan Kennedy)These two walk around characters clearly follow the SATURDAY SIX diet (although possibly have skipped the oversized donuts, extreme milkshakes, 28 inch large pizzas and pitchers of Miller Lite.)The jesters always have a lot of fun with Mardi Gras guests. Here they hatch a soon-to-be foiled plan to get a drink from @CPlagmann (photo by Brandon Glover)Character from Party Gras float gives us a kiss goodbye. (photo by Ryan Kennedy)–# 4 – Musicians Straight From New OrleansOne of the things I truly loved about Disney’s Night of Joy parties was the amount of smaller bands and musicians that they bring in and let perform in the park. It’s great to see the headliners, but it is also nice to appreciate the smaller names, many of which guests would never know of, but has to be a once-in-a-lifetime moment for the performers. For Mardi Gras, Universal brings in authentic New Orleans musicians for live performances. This is a wonderful touch that lets guests enjoy bands in a more intimate setting. In previous years, Mardi Gras had a small stage set up in the French Quarter Courtyard, but this year the bands have been out walking the streets as they play their tunes. One area that USF dominates in is live music, and these intimate shows have the vibe that the amazing Blues Brothers and Celestina Warbeck bring to the table.Young Pinstripe Brass Brand. (photo by Brandon Glover)Young Pinstripe Brass Brand. (photo by Ryan Kennedy) # 3 – The Big ConcertsThat said, Universal generally brings in some heavy hitters for their main stage concerts. In the last couple years we have seen Kelly Clarkson, Weezer, Robin Thicke, Daughtry, Pitbull, Matchbox Twenty, and Demi Lovato, all of whom could easily sell out their own shows at the Hard Rock Live next door. While this year does have some big acts, including the All-American Rejects, Ne-Yo, and Toby Keith, for the most part the line-up has the sort of feel we get at the Eat to the Beat concert series during Food and Wine. Oliva Newton-John, UB40, Collective Soul, and Earth Wind & Fire certainly have brand names, but seem to skew a bit older than the crowd Universal generally targets. It is great when you look atthe wide array of acts that Universal brings in, and while each particular one may not be your cup of tea, you can almost guarantee there’s another one coming that you will want to see in person.Ne-Yo on the main stage. (photo by Brandon Glover)Kelly Clarkson playing the main stage in 2015. (photo by Chad Evetts)Oliva Newton-John plays the main stage in 2015. (photo by Bri-Man of Orlando United)Weezer plays the main stage in 2014. (photo by Bri-Man of Orlando United)–# 2 – The Mardi Gras ParadeOne of the most popular things at every Universal Mardi Gras celebration at Universal is the parade. Filled with colorful floats and characters, the parade has a unique energy that fits perfectly within the party theme. While Disney is the market leader in incredible parades such as Festival of Fantasy and the Main Street Electrical Parade, Universal’s Mardi Gras is a lot of fun. Now, just as Mickey’s Boo-to-You Parade generally has few changes from year to year, Universal’s Mardi Gras Parade usually only has a couple changes…but this year there are SIX new floats (around these parts we like that number.) In a great touch, there are dedicated viewing areas for those traveling with children (by the Brown Derby hat shop) and for Universal Orlando Annual Passholders (by Mel’s Drive-In.)India-themed Rise Of The Garuda float. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Garden Sprites float. (photo by Brandon Glover)Phoenix From the Flames float. (photo by Brandon Glover)Greek mythology themed Flight Of The Pegasus float. (photo by @bioreconstruct)New Orleans themed float, led by a character we may have seen earlier…. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Fan favorite King Gator float. (photo by @bioreconstruct)–# 1 – YOU Can Be In The Parade!We mentioned in a previous SATURDAY SIX that one of the neat benefits of doing the Star Wars Guided Tour at DHS is that you get an opportunity to be part of the March of the First Order. For Mardi Gras, Universal allows Annual Passholders to sign up for a chance to ride on one of the floats during the parade and throw bead necklaces to the crowd! The Passholder can be accompanied by up to 5 guests (who do not have to be Annual Passholders) which can make for a incredibly fun group experience. For more information on how to sign up for this opportunity: CLICK HERETalk about being star struck, this float not only has SATURDAY SIX Editor-in-Chief Megan Stump but also theme park’s beloved Banks Lee! (photo by Mikey Mayhem )This float is FILLED with theme park royalty including Travis Terrell (co-host of the Grim Grinning Hosts podcast) and Jenn and Tim Tracker. Yes THOSE TRACKERS. (photo by Taylor Strickland of Orlando Informer)This float happened to have some superstars from Attractions Magazine including Matt Roseboom in the middle. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Center of this picture has The Park Blogger podcast co-host Aengus Mackenzie. (photo by Bri-Man)–HONORABLE MENTION – The Mardi Gras CoinWe mentioned earlier about interacting with the street performers, right? Well that is how you can get a chance to obtain an official Mardi Gras 2017 coin. Sometimes the characters will ask you trivia, other times they will play a fun game with you to “earn” the coin, but no matter how you get your hands on one, this little coin represents everything we love about theme parks.Mardi Gras Celebration 2017 Coin. (photo by Hunter Underwood)–So there you have it: Six Reasons We Love MARDI GRAS at Universal! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).Always a great time at Mardi Gras! (photo by Brandon Glover)If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:Our Six Favorite Jokes in Universal’s Springfield USASix Great Souvenirs From the Universal Orlando ResortSix Snacks at Universal Orlando You Gotta TrySix “Easter Eggs” at the Universal Orlando ResortSix Reasons We Love Univesal’s Toothsome Chocolate EmporiumSpecial Thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, the bio-est of all reconstructs @bioreconstruct, Grim Grinning Hosts podcaster Travis Terrell, Rhode Island’s Favorite Son Ryan Kennedy, Orlando United‘s own Bri-Man, SATURDAY SIX pledge Hunter Underwood, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with goofballs co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde , while fellow Potterheads may enjoy Meg’s work on the Central Florida Slug Club.FINAL PLUG! Did you know The 2017 Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it? Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. ORDER this baby now and support SIX NATION (boy do we need a better name than that.)This is what the streets of Universal Studios Florida look like after the Mardi Gras parade passes by. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
“The question for us leaders is how committed we are to be a little less selfish and to think of the community as a whole,” Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba said in a session on the second day of the meeting on Thursday. “It is important for us as Africans to get together,” Ondimba said. “We will be determined to speak with one voice.”COP 17 will aim to shape a legally binding agreement on global warming to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which is set to end next year.Failure in Durban ‘not an option’“There are parts of the world where the challenge [of climate change] is very severe,” South African President Jacob Zuma told delegates in Cape Town. “For some, it is a question of life or death. The question that faces all of us is how we respond: are we ready to have a legally binding agreement that would try to accommodate all of us?”Failure in Durban was not an option, said Kenyan President Raila Odinga, with rising food and energy prices, due in part to climate conditions, adding to the urgency. “There is a need to act now; there is no need to wait,” Odinga said.To succeed in Durban and in the broader fight against global warming, governments must work with both business and civil society, the leaders agreed. “It is important to get the business community on board because financing is important,” Ondimba said. “Government cannot shoulder the whole burden.”Business ‘ready to play its part’The business community is prepared to play its part, said Pat Davies, chief executive of South African petrochemicals giant Sasol. “We need a Team Africa approach to make this a success.”However, Davies added, whatever agreement is reached by governments “must not compromise competitiveness, growth and the alleviation of unemployment and poverty.” It was important to balance mitigation and adaptation efforts with economic development and growth, he said, warning against setting hard targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions without a clear understanding of their impact.‘People first’South Africa should lead the talks in Durban with the principle of putting people first, said Sheila Sisulu, deputy executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, stressed the need to address the impact of global warming on women and children.“We have to look at the social dimensions of climate change,” Sisulu said. “If Team Africa fails to fight for the inclusion of people, it would be more than unfortunate.“The point is to act now,” Sisulu said, “not to act after Durban and an agreement is reached. This is not about what will happen. It is happening now.”Noting that Africa’s potential as a global breadbasket could be compromised by climate change, Anand Sharma, India’s minister of commerce and industry, told participants that, as the international community aims to agree on a post-Kyoto framework, “equity is vitally important.”There had to be equitable sharing of technology and resources, Sharma said. “Responsibilities cannot be compartmentalized. It has to be a team effort, a global partnership. No country or group of countries can address a problem of this magnitude.”Source: World Economic Forum
9 October 2013 President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday unveiled the newly built R81 road linking the city of Polokwane and the rural town of Giyani in Limpopo province. Zuma said the government had invested R245-million in the construction of R81, which would make it quicker and easier to move people and goods between Polokwane and Giyani, which is not far from the Kruger National Park. Construction of the 61.5-kilometre stretch of road started in September 2010 and was completed in July this year, creating 455 jobs in the process. Zuma said he was also pleased with progress in the construction of the new R71 road between Polokwane and Tzaneen, the province’s second-largest town. “A broader road will be more passable and will lessen accidents, especially as we know that this road is used by a lot of the members of the Zion Christian Church in their pilgrimages to the church,” he said. The R71 leads to the Kruger National Park via the Phalaborwa gate, and will therefore allow for easier travel to tourist destinations in the province. The President said the government had prioritised the development of infrastructure to boost inclusive economic growth, create jobs and improve the living and working conditions of South Africans. “We want to create infrastructure that makes life easy everywhere, not just in the big cities. That is why we’ve upgraded roads here in Limpopo and in other parts of the country. South Africa spends about R10-billion to service and re-tar roads each year. To build one kilometre of new tarred road can cost up to R25-million. Source: SAnews.gov.za