Champion of champions! Top 10 most successful clubs by titles won in Europe

first_img 10 10 9. CSKA Sofia – 31 Bulgarian league titles – Click the arrow to see who is number one – The Bulgarian giants may not have held the domestic title since 2008, but they remain far above everyone else when it comes to total league crowns. 10. Juventus have so far won 30 Italian league titles – Click the arrow to see which nine European clubs have won even more domestic championships! – Juve fans will claim that the Old Lady has won 32 league titles, but official records show that they current have 30. The Italian giants are storming towards another scudetto and should they manage to get their two chalked off titles back, might end the season on 33 crowns. 3. Olympiacos – 41 Greek league titles – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Olympiacos’ dominance of the Greek top tier is something to behold, with the club having won 16 of the last 18 national titles. 10 =7. Rapid Vienna – 32 Austrian league titles – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Over the course of their 116-year history, Rapid Vienna have won 32 top tier titles, with the last coming back in 2008. 10 =4. Ajax – 33 Dutch league titles – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Ajax are currently on a run of four consecutive league titles, but they will need a miracle to make it five in a row this year. 10 =7. Real Madrid – 32 Spanish league titles – Click the arrow to see who is number one – There is a pretty big step up in quality from Rapid to Real Madrid, but it doesn’t discount from the record total of national titles. Real boast a massive 10 more league crowns than their fierce rivals Barcelona. 10 =4. Anderlecht – 33 Belgian league titles – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Arguably Belgium’s biggest club, Anderlecht picked up their 33rd national crown last season, but look like losing it to Club Brugge this campaign. Fans of rival clubs love to argue over who is the biggest club in the land, but when it comes to domestic success, how does that compare to other countries?We decided to take a look, pitting the number of national titles won by record holders from each European country to see who can boast the most success.Obviously, it is ludicrous to compare the prestige of winning a Spanish league title with one in Belgium, or the English Premier League with the Northern Irish Premier League, but it does highlight just how dominant certain teams have been in their respective country.Click the arrow to see the top ten. =4. Benfica – 33 Portuguese league titles – Click the arrow to see who is number one – The record holders in Portugal, Benfica boast a hugely impressive 33 titles. Their first came back in 1936. 10 10 10 2. Linfield – 51 Northern Ireland league titles – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Usurped in recent years by Cliftonville, Linfield remain Northern Ireland’s record champions by some way, having won 51 league titles in their history. 10 1. Rangers – 54 Scottish league titles – It has been a turbulent few years for Rangers, but at least the fans can still hold onto the fact that their club boasts 54 national titles, no just the highest in Scottish football history, but the highest in European football.last_img read more

M&R wins R6bn Dubai contract

first_img9 December 2008The Al Habtoor Murray & Roberts Takenaka joint venture of South African construction and engineering group Murray & Roberts has been awarded the contract to develop Concourse 3 at Dubai International Airport, on behalf of the United Arab Emirates’ department of civil aviation.The project is valued at about five billion UAE dirhams. Murray & Roberts, the project leader, will have a 40% share valued at about R6-billion.“The contract will commence immediately and is scheduled for completion within 29 months, by end-April 2011,” the company said in a statement this week.The joint venture recently completed Concourse 2 and Terminal 3 at the international airport, both of which were succesfully comissioned in October 2008, and also previously constructed the Sheikh Rashid Terminal (Terminal 1) between 1998 and 2000.Nuclear ventureThe company also notes that while local electricity utility Eskom has announced that it will not proceed with its procurement of a second nuclear power station, it believes that the government will continue to pursue its low- to zero-emission power generation strategy outside of Eksom, and “will engage directly with the private sector to establish a second base-load operator primarily based on modern nuclear technology”.“Murray & Roberts is committed to build further capacity in this field and will continue to pursue a meaningful participation in this national strategy,” the company said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Boston Marathon organizers prepare for another rainy race

first_imgOrganizers of the 123rd race announced several adjustments Friday for the world’s oldest annual marathon because of the stormy forecast. While they’re now preparing again for rain and strong winds, they backed away from initial warnings of morning temperatures near freezing, saying it looks as if it will be significantly milder.“The weather in New England can change significantly from day to day,” the Boston Athletic Association, which puts on America’s most celebrated footrace, wryly noted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRunners and spectators will appreciate the latest forecasts now calling for temperatures in the 50s at the starting line, rising into the 60s in the afternoon.In the 2018 race, more wheelchair and elite athletes dropped out than in any previous race. A combination of hypothermia-inducing cold and gusty, strength-sapping headwinds were to blame. Red-hot Magic set to face Raptors in Round 1 of NBA playoffs Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “I always look forward to challenges,” she said. “You never know what you’re going to get in Boston.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next There will be additional medical vehicles to pick up athletes who can’t complete the course and additional supplies stocked at the medical aid stations. Tent walls will be added at the staging areas, and additional ponchos will be distributed to volunteers.Organizers also eliminated a 25-minute gap in the start times for two waves of runners. Because the conditions will cause unique challenges for participants in the wheelchair division, hand cycle program, duo program and runners competing with prostheses, those athletes can defer and receive a complimentary entry into the 2020 Boston Marathon.The adjustments are based on what the association learned in 2018, when athletes raced through the pelting rain, temperatures in the mid-30s and wind that gusted as high as 32 mph.Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985, and Yuki Kawauchi’s late surge made him the first Japanese man to win since 1987. Both aim to defend their titles this year.More than half the athletes in the wheelchair division and more than a dozen elite runners dropped out last year, race director Dave McGillivray said.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m not saying we weren’t prepared, but we weren’t prepared for that many because historically it never happened,” he said.Shalane Flanagan finished seventh in 2018 in what she said would be her last competitive Boston race. She recalled Friday how that race was the “perfect storm for hypothermic conditions” and how many people suffered from that, including her.Flanagan said she doesn’t remember much after the halfway point, but the intense cheering of the fans that motivated her to get to the finish.“Everyone said last year, ‘It’ll never be like this again. This is a once in a lifetime kind of experience,’” she said. “When I saw the weather foreshadowing similar conditions, I literally said, “Oh no!” I feel so bad for the runners.”Sarah Sellers, who came out of nowhere to finish second at the Boston Marathon last year, said she knows she can handle the conditions because she did last year.“Whether it turns out to be more mild or a cold front comes through and it’s a freezing hurricane, I’m ready to roll with it,” she said.Meb Keflezighi is the marathon’s grand marshal. His stirring victory in the 2014 Boston Marathon, the first by an American since Greg Meyer in 1983, came a year after bombings near the finish line of the 2013 race killed three people and injured at least 264.Keflezighi said he gives extra thanks to the volunteers and the spectators who still come out in the rain; they were freezing last year and it takes a lot of effort.“It’s hard to run 26.2 miles, but they want to make it as positive as possible, no matter what the situation with Mother Nature is,” Keflezighi said.Tatyana McFadden is trying to win the women’s wheelchair race Monday for the sixth time. When she saw the forecast, she said she thought, “Bring it on.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss FILE – APRIL 16: Runners approach the 24 mile marker of the 2018 Boston Marathon on April 16, 2018 in Brookline, Massachusetts. Scott Eisen/Getty Images/AFPBOSTON — The Boston Marathon race director never thought he would see a repeat of the rainy, windy and generally miserable conditions from last year’s race so soon, but it looks as if it’s going to happen.At least it’s not expected to be as chilly along the 26.2-mile road from Hopkinton to Boston as it was in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

Injured Maria Sharapova to miss grasscourt season

first_imgFormer world number one Maria Sharapova will miss the grasscourt season, including this month’s Wimbledon qualifying tournament, after failing to recover from a left-thigh injury she suffered during last month’s Italian Open.”After an additional scan, the muscle tear that I sustained in Rome will unfortunately not allow me to compete in the grass court tournaments I was scheduled to play,” Sharapova, who is on a comeback trail after serving a 15-month doping ban, said on her official Facebook page.Sharapova opted not to apply for a wildcard into the main Wimbledon draw after her request for an invite into Roland Garros, where she is a twice former champion, was snubbed by French Open officials.The Russian’s low ranking meant she was only guaranteed a place in the Wimbledon qualifying event if she wanted to secure a place in the July 3-16 grasscourt major.However, the 2004 Wimbledon champion was granted a wildcard for the grasscourt warm-up tournament in Birmingham, England, which she will also miss.”I want to thank the LTA for their amazing support on my return and providing me with a Birmingham wildcard, a tournament which I hope many of you will be able to attend,” added the 178th-ranked Sharapova.”I look forward to meeting you there next year. I will continue to work on my recovery and my next scheduled tournament is in Stanford.”The Stanford tournament begins at the end of July.The five-times grand slam winner, who received wildcards to play in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome after being left without a ranking when her doping ban ended, retired injured in her second round match at the Italian Open.advertisementShe was wearing a bandage on her thigh at the time.Missing the whole grasscourt season means the 30-year-old Russian will not be ranked high enough for direct entry into the U.S. Open, where officials will have to decide whether to court controversy by offering a wildcard.last_img read more

Panama Canal Cheniere Working to Increase LNG Transits

first_imgzoom The Panama Canal Authority is working towards increasing the number of LNG vessels that can transit the Neopanamax locks in a day.The canal is bolstering its capacity amid the anticipated growth of natural gas exports from the United States, which is likely to increase LNG transits by 50 percent by September, according to Cheniere Energy.Representatives of the U.S. LNG exporter and the Panama Canal Authority, led by Administrator Jorge L. Quijano, met this week to discuss the waterway’s growing LNG vessel segment and opportunities for future growth.Cheniere has become the largest LNG user of the canal with 62 transits made in 2017.“The Panama Canal and the LNG industry are, together, going through a learning curve. Cheniere is confident in the Panama Canal’s capabilities to adapt in addressing the needs of the growing LNG sector. The success of the Panama Canal is essential to the satisfaction of Cheniere’s customers and to the LNG industry as a whole,” Eric Bensaude, Managing Director, Commercial Operations and Asset Optimization for Cheniere, said.When the expanded canal was inaugurated in June 2016, it opened the waterway up to 90 percent of the global LNG fleet and allowed LNG producers in the United States to ship natural gas to Asia for the first time.Since then, the canal’s Neopanamax locks have transited more than 280 LNG vessels, and industry experts expect traffic to continue to rise steadily, according to the canal’s authority.“The meetings with Cheniere allowed us to hear about customers’ experience transiting the Neopanamax locks first-hand, and to collaborate on ways we can continue meeting this growing demand from the LNG industry,” Administrator Quijano said.In line with current levels of traffic, the Panama Canal offers one reservation slot per day for LNG vessels.However, two fully loaded vessels have transited the canal in a day when necessary and, according to Panama Canal’s Authority, two-LNG-transit days have become ever more frequent amid traffic scheduling optimization.“The Panama Canal is also offering more flexibility for LNG bookings so exporters can opt for the Canal route even if that was not the original plan. As expectations for growing LNG shipments materialize, the Panama Canal is already working towards significantly increasing the number of LNG vessels that can transit the Neopanamax locks in a day,” the canal authority said.last_img read more