Manchester United rocked by Basel late show

first_imgUnited hit the woodwork twice in a dominant first half, but they were outplayed after the interval and could have few complaints about Lang’s dramatic winner.United remain in first place and a draw at home to CSKA Moscow — three points behind Mourinho’s men on nine and level with Basel — in their last fixture on December 5 would ensure their progress to the knockout stages on top of Group A.Basel are also in the hunt heading into their last group game against Benfica, in which they just need to equal CSKA’s result to qualify.Mourinho will be especially frustrated by the defeat because it means he cannot afford to rest players against CSKA, just days before the Manchester derby.Mourinho made seven changes from the team that beat Newcastle 4-1 at the weekend, with Argentine defender Marcos Rojo making his first appearance since a suffering cruciate ligament injury in April.Mourinho had expressed concern about the pitch at St Jakob-Park after it was replaced following heavy damage during Switzerland’s recent World Cup play-off with Northern Ireland.However nited didn’t seem bothered when they pieced together a sweeping move that almost brought an early opening goal.Paul Pogba sliced through the Basel defence and found Romelu Lukaku, whose shot on the turn was well saved by Tomas Vaclik.Moments later, the visitors went even closer when Marouane Fellaini’s header was cleared off the line by Manuel Akanji.Fellaini threatened again with another header that fizzed wide from Daley Blind’s free-kick.– Penned back –United were dominating possession without applying the finishing touch and Fellaini maintained that frustrating trend when the Belgian hit the post with a close-range header from Anthony Martial’s cross.Martial was denied by Vaclik at the end of a surging run before Rojo rattled the bar from long-range.Having been penned back in the first half, Basel almost snatched the lead after the interval when Serey Die drilled just wide.Suddenly unable to find any rhythm, United rode their luck again as Renato Steffen’s powerful effort was narrowly off-target.Mourinho sent on Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford, but United didn’t respond and Lang nearly made them pay by crashing a header against the bar.That escape was the signal for United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to come on in the 74th minute, for the second appearance since his return from a serious knee injury.Die tried to steal the spotlight from the Swede with a 25-yard strike that drew a good stop from Sergio Romero.Even Ibrahimovic couldn’t help United stem the tide and Basel’s pressure was finally rewarded in the 89th minute.With United appealing in vain for offside, Raoul Petretta’s measured pass found Lang and he tapped in at the far post to leave Mourinho cursing.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Pogba captained Manchester United against BaselBASEL, Switzerland, Nov 22 – Manchester United were forced to wait to book a place in the Champions League last 16 as Michael Lang’s last-gasp strike gave Basel a shock 1-0 win St Jakob-Park on Wednesday.Jose Mourinho’s side were moments away from securing top spot in Group A when Lang pounced on sloppy defending to steal the points for second-placed Basel a minute before the end.last_img read more

PEOPLE WARNED ABOUT RELEASING LANTERNS ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgThe Irish Aviation Authority has warned Donegal people about the dangers of releasing Chinese-style lanterns into the sky tonight to mark the beginning of the New Year.Spokesman for the IAA Paddy Kennedy said the lanterns have become hugely popular in recent years.However Mr Kennedy says the lanterns pose a very real danger on two fronts – to aircraft and to the emergency services including the coastguard. “We certainly don’t want to be seen as party poopers but the release of these lanterns cause two very real dangers.“The first is that they can be ingested into the engines of aircraft and some contain metal parts. This could pose a very real danger for aircraft.“Also it has been the case on previous occasions that these lights can be mistaken for distress signals and lead to false alarms for emergency crews,” he said.Thousands of the lanterns will be released by people tonight. And with Donegal having its own airport at Carrickfin and being situated close to Derry Airport, there is a fear that lanterns could cause havoc.The lanterns, which are brought up into the air by the heat from small candles inside, can reach heights of up to 1,000 feet and travel for miles.However Mr Kennedy warned that unless people have sought permission to release the lanterns from the IAA, it is actual illegal to do so.“It is too late now for people to seek our permission to release these lanterns so we would ask them not to.“By law people should be contacting us and we will review each application. “We will look at each proposed release and determine if it is too close to an airport to cause a danger.“We would not consider any more than 50 lanterns in one release but in theory even the release of one lantern should be notified to ourselves.“We don’t want to spoil people’s New Year celebrations but we also want to ensure that the dangers posed by these lanterns is not realised,” he said.PEOPLE WARNED ABOUT RELEASING LANTERNS ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: December 30th, 2011 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:Irish Airport AuthoritylanternsNew Year’s DayWarninglast_img read more

Warranty Surveyors to Reduce Cargo Shifting Risk

first_imgzoom Due to a recent increase in the incidence of deck cargoes shifting in heavy weather, the London P&I Club said it supports a recommendation to appoint a warranty surveyor to supervise high-risk marine construction and transportation project operations where appropriate.“In the past year, LOC has seen many deck cargoes shifting in heavy weather,” Paul Walton, a director with international marine consultant LOC (Hong Kong), said.After further investigation, it has been discovered that the stowage and securing of these cargoes “did not comply” with the ship’s Cargo Securing Manual (CSM) or the practices laid down within the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing (CSS Code) or other applicable codes of safe practice, Walton added.“Such losses have prompted the view that a suitably qualified Marine Warranty Surveyor (MWS) should be recommended to attend such load-outs. This would ensure that the port captain or supercargo carries out the operation correctly, and that the master is satisfied with the stowage, securing and tensioning requirements, as is his responsibility under SOLAS,” according to Walton.An MWS provides independent third-party technical review and approval of high-value and/or high-risk marine construction and transportation project operations, beginning at the planning stage. The objective of employing such a surveyor is to make reasonable endeavours to ensure that the risks associated with the specified operations are reduced to an acceptable level in accordance with best industry practice. The role of the MWS is independent of, and complementary to, that of the port captain / supercargo.“By appointing an independent third-party MWS to review the whole operation from start to finish, carriers and charterers will reduce the high-risk factor associated with deck cargoes. The attendance of an MWS will ensure that the regular areas of failure within a deck stow such as poor lashing equipment, insufficient use of lashing equipment, and non-compliance with all relevant safety codes will be avoided,” Walton said.last_img read more

Serena Williams And Muhammad Ali To Be Honored With Jesse Owens Awards

first_imgThe International Athletic Association (IAA) has announced that iconic tennis star Serena Williams and legendary boxer Muhammad Ali are the recipients of the esteemed 2017 Jesse Owens Awards.The prestigious awards recognize sports legends who exemplify the ideals embodied by Olympian and humanitarian Jesse Owens: integrity, perseverance and service.This year’s historic ceremony falls on the 81st anniversary of Jesse Owens’ incomparable triumph at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where he won four gold medals and defeated Hitler’s superiority ambitions. Herb Douglas Jr., bronze medalist in the 1948 London Olympics and protégé of Jesse Owens, co-founded the Award program with Owens’ widow Ruth and their three daughters in 1981. They saw a need to honor Owens and created this annual, charitable celebration where the biggest sports icons of yesterday and today gather to continue his legacy.“Jesse Owens used the global stage of the Olympics and his status as a world-class athlete to make a considerable difference in the world,” said Herbert P. Douglas, Jr., Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the International Athletic Association Board of Directors and oldest living African American Olympian. “We are thrilled to be recognizing Serena Williams who is one of the greatest athletes of our time and the quintessence of uncompromising sportsmanship.”Jesse Owens Athlete Trophy:Williams, regarded by many as the best player to grace the tennis court, will be honored with the Jesse Owens International Athlete Trophy. The award is presented annually to the world’s best athlete as voted by a group of electors consisting of sports writers and experts across the world. Serena joins the ranks of past Owens trophy winners Carl Lewis, Greg Louganis, Sebastian Coe, Haile Gebrselassie, Edwin Moses, Vitali Scherbo, and Eric Heiden, among others.Jesse Owens Global Peace Award:Muhammad Ali, considered one of the most significant global sports figures of the 20th century, will posthumously receive the Jesse Owens Global Award for Peace. The three-time heavyweight boxing champion’s achievements in the ring were arguably exceeded by the symbol of peace and justice he came to represent outside of it. Over time, he became a revered international hero. In 1984, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and he passed away in June of 2016. His family will accept the Award in his honor.The gala, a touchstone annual event celebrating the intersection of athletic achievement and ethical sportsmanship, will take place on Thursday, April 27, 2016 at Jazz at Lincoln Center. All proceeds go to the Jesse Owens Scholarship Fund at Ohio State and the Herb Douglas Jr. Scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh.For more information, please visit JesseOwensGala.com.last_img read more