What the 20 First Teams are looking for

first_imgThese are the market movements made so far by the 20 First clubs and what they are looking for reinforce In this winter market. Clubs are sorted by order of classification. BARCELONA: IT DOES NOT BUY, IT DOES SELL: ALEÑÁ, VIDAL TODIBO …Barça has no intention of strengthening. Aleñá has already left, assigned to Betis, and the case of Arturo Vidal is about to be resolved, which is most likely to go to Inter. Milan is interested in the transfer of Todibo. Riqui Puig could have the option to get on the first team.REAL MADRID: DO NOT DATE AND LOOK FOR OUTPUT TO MARIANO AND BRAHIMMadrid does not plan to strengthen in January. Instead, his intention is to reduce staff with the departure of two players who do not count for Zidane: Mariano and Brahim. Mariano’s problem is his high salary (4 million net). Brahim is looking for an assignment.SEVILLE: THE OBJECTIVE IS TO FILE A 9 AND DRAXLERThe priority would be to hire a 9 and, if possible, to be versatile and also play on the left side of the attack. Draxler (PSG) is one of the preferred options by Monchi. The exit options are the central Sergi Gómez and the forward Dabbour.ATHLETIC: THE ABSOLUTE PRIORITY IS TO FILE A CAVANIThe priority is to sign a 9 and the favorite is Cavani. In the bedroom, Alcácer (Borussia Dortmund) and Dani Olmo (Dinamo Zagreb). The salary limit drowns the club. To sign you must make a good sale (Lemar). Saponjic and a right side (Vrsaljko or Arias) can leave.REAL SOCIETY: RUBÉN PARDO AND SAGNAN IS IN THE OUTPUT RAMPLa Real has no intention of moving in the winter market. Imanol understands that the template is more than complete and trusts them. In addition, it is pending to recover the injured Illarramendi, Zurutuza and Aritz Elustondo. Rubén Pardo and Sagnan can leave.GETAFE: EARRINGS FROM THE REMOVAL OF BERGARA FOOTBALLWhen Bergara confirms his impending withdrawal from football, Getafe could consider covering his hole. He loved Aleñá, who preferred to go to Betis. Enric Gallego has many offers from Second. The excess of left sides can open the door to Raul Carnero.ATHLETIC: FEAR THAT THE WEST HAM REMOVES YOU FROM UNAI NÚÑEZThe only novelty would be for Unai Núñez to go to West Ham for the 30 million of its clause. He has no plans to sign. If Unai Núñez left, he would pull the subsidiary, with Dani Vivian, or recover Nolaskoian, on loan at Deportivo. Transfer to Ganea is sought.VALENCIA: PRIORITY IS THE ARRIVAL OF CANCELThe Celades team looks for a right back and the priority is Cancelo (Manchester City), which was already in Valencia. The che club is also open to other market options in the midfield. Destination to Thierry Correia is sought. Nephew could leave.I RAISED: NO MARGIN FOR THE SALARIAL BUMPERThe Levante cannot sign because it has the quota covered with a salary cap. As no exit is planned or planned to be made, it does not expect any market movement. The only option is to leave a player and, in that case, replace his position.VILLARREAL: FERNANDO ROIG SAYS YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED IN THIS MARKETFernando Roig said at the shareholders meeting that the January market is not interested at this moment. Consider that the template was done well in summer and do not have to touch it in winter. They would only sign if an important player came out. POMEGRANATE: VALLEJO AND WELL INTERESTED AND GOT ​​ADRIÁN RAMOSPretend three reinforcements. A central, a left side and a forward. Vallejo sounds, Real Madrid player on loan at Wolverhampton, and Pozo (Sevilla), who was already in Granada last season. Adrián Ramos has dissociated himself from the club and signed for América de Cali.OSASUNA: SHEET TO LATO AND MOUTH JUNIORS WANTS TO RONCAGLIAHe has signed Lato, left side assigned by Valencia that was in the PSV. Boca Juniors has been interested in Roncaglia. Those who have options to leave are Lillo, agreement to undo his contract, and a possible assignment of Brandon, which interests Deportivo.BETIS: ALEÑÁ ARRIVED AND THEY WANT GUIDO RODRÍGUEZHe has signed Aleñá, transferred from Barça until the end of the season and with no purchase option. The priority now is to hire a pivot and the desired one is Guido Rodríguez (America). Nor do they rule out bringing to an extreme. You have options to leave Kaptoum.VALLADOLID: THE PRIORITY IS TO GIVE FOUR OUTPUTSThe priority is to start, reduce the workforce by taking out four or five players and, from there, hire one or two. You are not looking for a specific profile. Luismi, Aguado and Javi Sánchez can leave. Lunin, waiting for Madrid to transfer it to another club where he played.THROUGH: REQUEST THE ASSIGNMENT OF MADRIDISTA BRAHIMPina’s injury forces to sign. Interested in the transfer of Brahim (Real Madrid) and former Real Madrid player Lucas Silva. There are players who do not count for Garitano like Dani Torres, Guidetti, Javi Muñoz and Rafa Navarro, who could go out in this winter market.EIBAR: NEEDS REINFORCEMENTS ON ALL LINESThe Eibarrés club intends to sign but without specifying who. They have problems in defense, where they are lacking in troops. They also want a midfielder who believes play and a forward with goal. If a striker comes another will come out, because he has four.MAJORCA: A LEFT SIDE AND AN EXTREME RIGHTMallorca wants to be reinforced in January with a left side, a right end and possibly a forward, depending on the performance of Cucho Hernández after his injury. They could leave if they find Trajkovski, Chavarría and Alex Alegría.CELTIC: NOLITO RETURNS TO BE THE MOST CODED PARTHe plans to sign to one extreme and Nolito is again the most coveted piece.For the moment, nothing more. In the departures section two players will look for a destination: Beauvue and Juan Hernández. Pending that Naples make an offensive by Lobotka.LEGANESE: ASK MIKEL VESGA AND LOOK FOR A PORTERLeganés is looking for a midfielder and has already initiated contacts to incorporate Mikel Vesga, from Athletic. He also wants a goalkeeper in case André Grandi leaves. It is pending the possible departures of Kravets, Fede Varela and Sabin Merino.SPANISH: RAÚL DE TOMÁS AND TWO OR THREE MORE SHEETSEspanyol plans to make three to four signings in January. Among the reinforcements, a forward is urgent and the club has already contacted Benfica by Raúl de Tomás. It will take between two or three casualties. They are looking for an assignment to Pipa, 21-year-old right-back.last_img read more

Getafe throws in the towel for Brahim

first_imgHow have you seen the decisions of the VAR?You have to start with the great victory of the team against a complicated opponent. The referee went to see the play, saw hand and punished penalty. Very happy with these three points against a team with tremendous technical quality. It is a victory of great merit against a team that clearly exceeds us in budget.How do you analyze the match?They had more game control in the first half with possession and generated opportunities for us. The second half was ours and that push has caused that penalty to occur and achieve victory.Again in Champions positions. What goal are marked?We can’t change The second round has just begun and we have teams with very ambitious goals. It is fantastic and amazing to have these points now. We sometimes forget what Getafe is, a small team that continues to grow, compete and excite. We have won a fantastic team. We go step by step without thinking about goals in the medium or long term.What do you think of the players who came out in the second half?Deyverson and Etebo already know our League and we considered that they can help us in this second round. It is not easy for them because the pace of our team is high. Angel is a fantastic player who brings us a lot. Today he scored on the penalty and gave us the three points. Do you fear that people get used to the fact that Getafe has to be upstairs?We get used to good things very fast. You have to have your feet on the ground, but with great enthusiasm. We work to grow and be more competitive every day. Today Betis was superior in the first half, but the team never lowered his arms. We continue with firm step and much humility.What do you think about the moment Cholo lives in Atlético de Madrid?Atlético de Madrid is a great club and Cholo is a fantastic coach. There is a lot of championship and I don’t understand that there are doubts either with the team or with the coach. He will fight until the end of the championship for the two titles he has leftHow the search of the central?It is not easy, but we are at it. Hopefully soon we have a player who supplants the march of Cabrera. Nobody is indispensable and we are obliged to look for a substitute.Why didn’t Bruno enter the call?It was a technical decision thinking we were playing at home and what we were going to have on the bench.Have you thrown in the towel for Brahim?Getafe sure and Bordalás too, but the boy is confident that his opportunity will come and he wants to stay. We would like to have you because it would be a very good incorporation. Brahim is confident in his possibilities and we have to respect him.last_img read more

How are the big clubs on the last day of the market

first_imgItalyThe Inter de Milan He managed to get ahead of his competitors by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), in addition to incorporating other Premier League players such as Ashley Young (Manchester United) or Victor Moses (Chelsea). The Juventus he does not plan to register any player (he signed Kulusevski and gave it to Lazio). The Milan, for its part, has entered a good amount for Piatek, although with the signing of Ibrahimovic does not need another striker (he has also ceded Ricardo Rodríguez to the PSV). The Rome He has hired three players, of which two are young Spanish talents. This is Carles Pérez (Barcelona) and Gonzalo Villar (Elche) In the NaplesLlorente has been on the exit ramp, as he was interested in several teams, but so far he has not accepted any offers. Politano and Lobotka are the two most famous names that will play from now on in San Paolo.EnglandThe Premier League has been more stopped than ever. Yes it is true that there has been a lot of movement in the Tottenham, which has been done at the last minute with Steven Bergwijn of the PSV. The march of Eriksen to Inter, perhaps the most famous transfer of England this winter, will be covered by the transfer of Gedson Fernandes (Benfica). José Mourinho still needs a striker, but he has a limit of twelve million euros to spend on the replacement for Harry Kane, injured for months. The Arsenal brought the Spanish Flamenco Pablo Pablo Marí to strengthen his defense, the line that has given more problems so far to the whole gunner. The Manchester United He has been almost forced to sign Bruno Fernandes (Sporting de Portugal) in view of his poor results. It will be important while Pogba is injured and if the Frenchman finishes leaving in a few months, Solskjaer will not have to look for a substitute, since the Portuguese has quality left over. Yes they will be attentive throughout the day to sign a striker (Willian José has sounded). In the Chelsea Giroud’s departure is being considered and there are rumors that Dries Mertens (Naples) could set Stamford Bridge as his next destination. Finally, Liverpool Y Manchester City They have not been launched by great players when considering that their templates are strong enough to end the season without major touches. We arrived at the last day of the winter transfer market and more than one team has not yet done their homework as far as transfers are concerned (you can follow it live on this link). Some have decided not to move at this point, while other clubs are still pursuing a last-minute booster or making cash with a dispensable footballer. This is the situation of the best European teams.SpainIn the Santander League, the Real Madrid He has no plans to move, unless they find an assignment for Mariano or Brahim in which they are guaranteed minutes. The Barcelona He is frustrated at not being able to sign a forward. They escaped Rodrigo and came to ask the desperate for Bakambu when the Villarreal I had already sold it to China. Luis Suarez will be long off and Quique Setién could use a nine, even if it is low profile. The signing of Matheus Fernandes (Palmeiras) is expected to be made official, but it would be transferred to Valladolid. Suso, Florenzi or Alcácer have reinforced Seville, Valencia or Villarreal, so no big names are expected on the last day except Yannick Carrasco. The Belgian will return to Atlético de Madrid as a loan after the impossibility of hiring Cavani. From Thomas (Spanish) or Guido (Betis) They have been two of the most talented players who will reach the maximum Spanish competition.FranceThe PSG He seems to have managed to retain Edinson Cavani, whom he will lose in July, when the contract ends. Until now, Fernando Llorente (Naples) and Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) were tested as patches, but if the Uruguayan remains in the squad, it will not be necessary. There will not be too many important transfers in the rest of Ligue 1, although the Monaco Follow the hunt for a central. He even went to San Sebastián to ask about Diego Llorente, but the Royal Society does not want to risk letting him go out and running out of spare parts on the last day of the market. In addition, the Lyon Olympique it was done with Bruno Guimaraes and Toko Ekambi. The Olympique de MarseilleOn the other hand, it has not moved to register or unsubscribe any player.GermanyThe Bayern Munich He intended to gain an end knowing that his people are prone to injury. The heavyweights of the squad asked Douglas Costa (Juventus) and even Thomas Lemar, of Atlético de Madrid. The strategy of the Bavarian club is to obtain assignments (see the case of Odriozola, of Real Madrid) to make a great expense in summer, since they have an additional 110 million that they did not disburse during the past year. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) would remain the target. For its part, the Borussia Dortmund He brought Haaland shortly after the transfer window opened, but Paco Alcácer’s march could generate a last-minute attempt to get a nine, since the squad is short of troops in that position. The RB Leipzig seems to be satisfied with Dani Olmo and the Hetha from Berlin it has been imposed in the auction by Piatek, so there should not be much hustle and bustle in the Bundesliga except with the two biggest teams of recent times in Germany.last_img read more

PCR launched as Eureka Lab celebrates 24th anniversary

first_imgThe Eureka Medical Laboratory (EML), which now boasts 24 years of existence, launched its new Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) which will see results of medical tests being generated at a faster rate.PCR tests for infectious diseases by detecting the pathogen’s nucleic acids using amplification methods and is a highly specific and sensitive diagnostic tool.In simpler terms, PCR is a technique that takes a specific sequence of DNA and amplifies it to be used for further testing.The test is specifically important because of its sensitivity and accuracy and when used, it establishes the diagnosis by conducting preventative screening methods and monitoring the effects of certain treatments.As the advanced technology had been difficult to acquire in middle-income countries such as Guyana, with challenges being delayed results and the costliness for certain tests to be sent overseas for results, Eureka saw it fit to break those barriers.Eureka can now offer the testing which will acquire diagnosis at an affordable cost to the Guyanese public, with results being available within four hours.“These definitive diagnoses can be given early in an infection cycle at that point of first contact, so appropriate treatment can be initiated and there is a saying, early and timely intervention always help in preventing the spread of diseases” Tiffany Roberts of Eureka explained.PCR will also allow Eureka to be involved in advanced techniques such as gene expression, developing treatment and being involved in cancer research, disease diagnosis and management, food testing, animal and plant breeding and forensics.Speaking at the event, Dr Karen Gordon-Boyle reflected on Eureka’s beginning and commended Andrew Boyle, her husband and founder, for this new stride.“Today makes 24 years since our dream became a reality, so I want to use this opportunity to say thank you to our families who have been behind us tangibly, morally, emotionally, I want to thank our children who have also stood by us but the staff, we couldn’t do this without you” Dr Gordon-Boyle commended.Dr Gordon-Boyle also delivered the feature address of the Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence, who conveyed her recognition of the work and dedication of Andrew Boyle, who according to her, gives the health of our nation paramount importance.Minister Lawrence noted that the introduction of the PCR machine is of inestimable value to the Guyanese people, the health sector and Guyana as a whole.According to the Minister, presently, Guyana is at a very important juncture of its history, that is, being on the threshold of enormous economic wealth.She, however, noted that Guyana’s vision would be blinded if focus was not placed on the nation’s health.“Without a healthy nation, Guyana’s trajectory towards development and sustainability will be severely compromised. I must reiterate this point, that without a healthy nation, we would not be able to reap the benefits of what will soon come to Guyana hence the reason for kudos to Mr Boyle for this strategic intervention, he always has the interest of the nation’s health in mind” Minister Lawrence congratulated.The PCR testing will provide for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, cervical cancer, HPV, micro bacterium and tuberculosis testing.Lawrence noted that from Government’s perspective, the incidents and prevalence of HPV are high on the agenda.“The issue of HPV is under the lens of the Ministry of Public Health that have adopted a comprehensive approach, with the administration of the HPV vaccine to 9-30 years old across the country last year followed by a more aggressive campaign in 2019. According to the World Health Organisation, cervical cancer linked to HPV is the second most cause of cancer among women. Guyana have the highest prevalence rates of cervical cancer with two-thirds of women developing the disease below the age of 60. I wish to laud the efforts of Eureka Lab and the indefectible efforts of Mr Boyle, representative of the Private Sector who at every step of the way lends a compassionate ears to the country’s plight and comes up with strategies that help to support the Government’s intervention” Lawrence further applauded.The Eureka Laboratory presently has branches in Regions Two, Three, Four, Six, Seven and 10.last_img read more

DONE DEAL! Derby announce signing of Reading striker Nick Blackman

first_imgDerby have confirmed the signing of striker Nick Blackman from Reading.The 26-year-old’s contract at the Berkshire club was set to expire in the summer, when he could have walked away for free.So Reading have decided to cash in on the forward, who has hit 11 goals in 25 Championship appearances so far this term.The fee is officially undisclosed but reports have suggested the deal could be worth as much as £3million.And Derby hope the former Blackburn and Sheffield United ace can fire them into the Premier League, with Paul Clement’s side currently second in the table.The head coach told the club’s official website: “Nick Blackman has been in excellent form for Reading this season so we are delighted to bring one of the Championship’s leading goalscorers to the club.“There has been a lot of interest in him so we’re naturally happy that he has chosen to join us.“We’ve got a number of talented players in the attacking areas of our squad and Nick only enhances that.” New Derby striker Nick Blackman 1last_img read more

Gruden not yet satisfied with year

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Thanks in no small part to an infusion of young talent on offense, the Bucs (11-5) went from 5-11 in 2004 to winning the NFC South title this season. They will end a two-year hiatus from the playoffs when they host Washington (10-6) today in the NFC wild-card round. The game also marks the Redskins’ postseason return under Joe Gibbs, the three-time Super Bowl winner who came out of retirement two years ago to resuscitate a team that made the playoffs once during his 11 seasons away from the NFL. TAMPA, Fla. – Jon Gruden rejects the notion that his surprising Tampa Bay Buccaneers have already had a successful season. “We don’t want to have that loser’s mentality about, `Gee, we over-achieved in some people’s eyes,’ or `Hey, we’ve had a good year.’ Baloney,” Gruden said. “You’re not playing in this organization for any other reason than to compete for championships and we want to make the most of our opportunities.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonBoth clubs are excited about their prospects in what’s generally regarded as a wide-open bracket in the NFC. “I think every year there are dark horses that jump onto the scene. It’s just fact,” Gruden said. “I don’t really think that anybody thought New England, in their first Super Bowl season, was going to go from 5-11 to 11-5 and win the Super Bowl with a backup quarterback. I don’t think anybody thought we were going to do it either. There are some interesting teams in the field.” One of the keys for Tampa Bay will be containing Clinton Portis, who rushed for 144 yards in the mid-season meeting. Washington also is concerned about not letting rookie running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams have a big day on the ground for the Bucs. Gibbs noted Williams, voted NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year this week, was not healthy the first time the teams played and was limited to 20 yards on 10 carries. last_img

DONEGAL TOURISM SEMINAR TO ANSWER ALL THE QUESTIONS YOU WERE AFRAID TO ASK….!

first_imgDo you have a tourism business located in Donegal?Do you want information on how to expand your business through marketing and reach an international audience?Do you want to know what Donegal Tourism Ltd is planning for 2016? Would you be interested in becoming an Associate Member of Donegal Tourism Ltd?If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then come along to Donegal Tourism Ltd free tourism information seminar taking place on the 9th March in An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny at 9.30am.Arrangement are now in place to finalise the 2016 marketing campaign for Donegal with a number of proposals currently being considered including online marketing, radio, tv advertising and exciting overseas campaigns.These will be discussed on the day and also you will be given information on how your business can get involved. In order to increase the reach and impact of Donegal Tourism, it has been agreed to expand the membership of the company to a wider geographical and sectoral base. In this context an invitation to become an associate member is being issued to the Donegal Tourism trade.The Board of Donegal Tourism Ltd is chaired by the Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely, and its board members include representatives from a number of organisations/bodies, namely Donegal County Council, Donegal Hotel Federation, the Self Catering Association and Inishowen Tourism Ltd.Full details on the expansion plans will be discussed at the seminar, the event is open to all tourism stakeholders.A representative from your organisation would be more than welcome to come along to see first-hand examples of marketing initiatives delivered by Donegal Tourism.For further information and full agenda visit: www.govisitdonegal.com DONEGAL TOURISM SEMINAR TO ANSWER ALL THE QUESTIONS YOU WERE AFRAID TO ASK….! was last modified: March 1st, 2016 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:donegaltourism seminarlast_img read more

Bournemouth hand Cardiff opening game defeat on return to top flight

first_img 3 3 Fraser netted to give his side the lead Cardiff lost their first game back in the Premier League 2-0, as goals from Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson gave Bournemouth a winning start.Winger Fraser converted from close range in the 24th minute at the Vitality Stadium before Wilson settled a tight contest by side-footing home in stoppage time. LINE UPSBournemouth: Begovic; Smith, Steve Cook, Nathan Aké, Daniels; Brooks, Gosling, Surman, Ryan Fraser; Joshua King, Callum WilsonCardiff: Etheridge; Peltier, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Bennett; Souleymane Bamba, Paterson, Ralls; Mendez-Laing, Hoilett, Decordova-Reid 3center_img Wilson missed a penalty, but made up for it later on The Cherries started slowly but went ahead with the game’s first shot on target. Striker Wilson worked space inside the area and his pull back from the right was calmly slotted home by unmarked Scotland international Fraser.Wilson had a golden chance to double the advantage in the 34th minute but, after referee Kevin Friend adjudged he was tripped inside the 18-yard box by Bruno Ecuele Manga, his tame spot-kick was saved by City keeper Etheridge. City captain Sean Morrison almost forced a 65th-minute equaliser but home keeper Asmir Begovic scrambled the ball away after substitute Josh Murphy – on for his first appearance following an £11m move from Norwich – had hooked towards goal.The Cherries have never lost at home to a promoted side in the top flight and they made the three points safe in the first minute of added time.Substitute Simon Francis dispossessed Murphy on the right wing before cutting the ball back for Wilson to stroke home and atone for his early penalty miss. Bournemouth got their 2018/19 campaign off to a good start last_img read more

49ers continue Big West travels

first_imgThe Long Beach State women’s volleyball team continues its travels when it visits UC Irvine tonight to face the Anteaters in a 7 o’clock Big West Conference match. The 49ers (11-4) split their conference-opening matches on the road last weekend, losing to UC Santa Barbara on Friday before knocking off Cal Poly San Luis Obispo the next evening. Coach Brian Gimmillaro’s team has played just four matches on campus this season. “But Dyanne (Lawlor) has been doing the setting in practice, and Robin (Miramontes) and Quincy (Verdin) have filled in well for Mariko and Rosie,” he added. 160Want 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 And they close the regular season with three nonconference matches in the Walter Pyramid during the Baden Thanksgiving Classic (Nov. 25-26). The Anteaters are 0-2 in conference (after being swept in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara last weekend) and 6-9 overall. They lost several key members of last season’s team due to graduation, the most notable of those being Kelly Wing, the 2004 Big West Player of the Year. Long Beach could be at something less than full strength for tonight’s match. Freshman setter Nicole Vargas (left wrist) and hitters Rosie Lewis (knee) and Mariko Crum (back) have missed practice time this week with various aches and pains, Gimmillaro said, and their status for tonight was still undetermined before Wednesday afternoon’s practice. center_img “It’s an unusual schedule,” he said Wednesday afternoon before practice. “This is the first year that we haven’t packed the schedule with a lot of home matches early. But that’s just the way it falls and it means we’ll have a lot of matches at home (down the stretch).” The 49ers are at Cal State Northridge on Friday night, meaning seven of their final 10 conference matches will be played in the Walter Pyramid. last_img read more

Cape Town voted in world top 10

first_img17 July 2007Cape Town has beaten off competition from a host of cities to be ranked by the USA’s prestigious Travel and Leisure magazine as the number one city in Africa and the Middle East, as well as claiming tenth spot in the “Best city in the world” category.Cape Town’s mayoral committee member in charge of tourism, Simon Grindrod, expressed his delight at the city’s performance following the announcement at the Travel and Leisure World’s Best awards 2007 this week.“Our vision for Cape Town is to be a world class city not only for all our citizens but also as a tourist destination. To achieve this we must strive to improve every aspect of what Cape Town has to offer,” he said.He added that such awards increased interest in the city as a tourist destination and “will thus have a direct and positive effect on job creation and growth in the economy for the residents of Cape Town.”The director of the city’s tourism department, Mansoor Mohamed, highlighted the fact that Cape Town beat a number of very popular European and Middle Eastern cities including Dubai and Paris.This, he said, illustrated Cape Town’s strength in natural beauty, cultural diversity and arts and culture.Cape Town is famed for its renowned flat-topped Table Mountain, which rises to 1 086 metres at its highest point, and the area’s rich mix of biodiversity and Fauna and Flora including some 8 500 endemic flowering plant species.The city, which was evaluated according to criteria such as natural beauty and cultural diversity, cuisine and value for money, has been ranked as number one on the Africa and Middle East region and in the top ten best tourist destinations since 2004.Winners of the Travel and Leisure World’s Best Awards will be honoured at an awards ceremony in New York City on 23 July.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more