Sights – Vorotynsk http://vorotynsk.com/ Mon, 29 Aug 2022 22:22:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://vorotynsk.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png Sights – Vorotynsk http://vorotynsk.com/ 32 32 Astro Bob: We can all aim for the moon – Duluth News Tribune https://vorotynsk.com/2022/08/29/astro-bob-we-can-all-aim-for-the-moon-duluth-news-tribune/ Mon, 29 Aug 2022 20:57:00 +0000 https://vorotynsk.com/2022/08/29/astro-bob-we-can-all-aim-for-the-moon-duluth-news-tribune/ “You don’t want to light the candle until it’s ready to go,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said on NASA television Monday morning Aug. 29, after aborting the spacecraft’s liftoff. ‘Artemis 1 towards the moon. The agency canceled the launch after identifying a problem with one of the four liquid-fueled engines less than two hours before […]]]>

“You don’t want to light the candle until it’s ready to go,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said on NASA television Monday morning Aug. 29, after aborting the spacecraft’s liftoff. ‘Artemis 1 towards the moon. The agency canceled the launch after identifying a problem with one of the four liquid-fueled engines less than two hours before the rocket lifted off.

The Orion capsule, which will carry astronauts to lunar orbit in 2024, will fly over the Moon and return to Earth during Artemis 1.

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It’s unclear when NASA will schedule the next attempt, but assuming all issues are resolved, it could happen on Friday, September 2. The new moonshot, the first in 50 years, will be unmanned and serve as a test for a crewed mission to lunar orbit in 2024, followed in 2025 by the real thing – astronauts landing on the moon.

Engineers will test all systems, including checking rocket performance and ensuring the heat shield can protect a crew from the 5,000 degree temperatures experienced during re-entry.

Artemis – named after the Greek moon goddess and twin sister of Apollo – has a larger mission than Apollo. Instead of making a few landings and saying it’s fine, we’re going back to the Moon to learn how to live there and establish a permanent presence. They will take the next giant leap: landing on Mars.

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Layers of air of different temperatures distort the outline of a 2-day crescent moon in September 2020.

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While NASA gets its ducks in a row, you can launch your own more modest lunar mission. No liquid oxygen is required, just a slice of clear sky. On Monday evening August 29, the young crescent returns to the evening sky. From a location with a clear view to the west-southwest, look a short distance above the horizon beginning about half an hour after sunset for the 2-day moon. It will be much easier to see than the sub-24 moon we talked about just a few days ago.

With the naked eye and with binoculars, you should be able to see the entire lunar outline. Light from the Earth, called Earthshine, dimly illuminates the part of the moon where it is still dark. The crescent itself is illuminated by the sun.

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Watch for the thin crescent to appear tonight (August 29) starting about half an hour after sunset low in the west-southwest sky. You should also be able to see the earth lit portion.

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Binoculars will reveal that the inner edge of the bright moon adjacent to the nighttime portion appears bumpy or jagged. The sun hits this part of the moon at a very low angle, brushing the tops of the high crater walls and leaving the craters themselves in shadow. This creates a hard black and white contrast that is visible with just a little magnification.

The moon is setting soon, so be sure to catch it within an hour of sunset. You can check your sunset time here and plan accordingly. Enjoy your lunar mission and let us know if you were successful by posting on my Facebook page.

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A tour of Belfast’s docks, jail and linen trail – The Irish Times https://vorotynsk.com/2022/08/28/a-tour-of-belfasts-docks-jail-and-linen-trail-the-irish-times/ Sun, 28 Aug 2022 04:02:05 +0000 https://vorotynsk.com/2022/08/28/a-tour-of-belfasts-docks-jail-and-linen-trail-the-irish-times/ I was initially skeptical when the Titanic Belfast tourist attraction was launched 10 years ago, a monument to Belfast’s maritime heritage on the site of the Harland & Wolff shipyard where the Titanic was built. I could see how you would go once, but would you come back? Well, here I am, a decade later, […]]]>

I was initially skeptical when the Titanic Belfast tourist attraction was launched 10 years ago, a monument to Belfast’s maritime heritage on the site of the Harland & Wolff shipyard where the Titanic was built. I could see how you would go once, but would you come back? Well, here I am, a decade later, going back and getting a lot out of it.

The building is very pleasing to the eye and a lot of imagination has also gone into the displays, which are informative without being dry. They cover every conceivable angle, from the construction of the ship and its layout to the circumstances in which it sank and the ensuing investigations, as well as its portrayal in popular culture. You can search the names of all passengers on the ship and find out their fate. My two namesakes never did. The ticket price also includes a visit to the SS Nomadic tender, built to transfer passengers to and from the Titanic. Never mind flogging a dead horse, Belfast has shown what can be saved from a sunken ship.

There have been quite a few changes since our last visit. The Drafting Offices, where the designers designed the Titanic and a fleet of other ships, have been transformed into the Titanic Hotel, where we are staying. The art deco nautical theme is subtly realized, and the bar is particularly grand, with wooden floors and glass vaulted ceiling, without being intimidating. Stroll along the Maritime Mile, Belfast’s historic waterfront, before dining at the hotel’s Wolff Grill restaurant overlooking the harbour.

I’ve done the black cab tours of the city’s hotspots and walls of peace before. This time I thought I’d try the City Sightseeing Belfast open top bus tour (£18 adult, £11 child) but a loyalist parade was disrupting traffic so after a long wait to escape Crumlin Road Gaol, we switch to normal city buses. The service is remarkably cheap: a Metro Daylink fare offers unlimited daily journeys for just £3.50 (€4.12).

The imposing courthouse opposite the jail is derelict – dilapidation and an air of neglect are problems in Belfast and Dublin – but the jail has been well preserved. The building is fascinating but the exhibits give it back, such as a handcrafted collage of the Madonna and Child made by a prisoner in the 1970s, a notice of internment served on a James Doyle (no relation) in 1940, and the condemned cell with profiles of the eight men were hanged there. The last, Robert McGladdery, executed on December 20, 1961, is the subject of Eoin McNamee’s beautiful novel, Orchid Blue. The executioner, Albert Pierrepoint, was also a pub owner, and there is an eerie photo of his pub, Help the Poor Struggler. There’s a bar on site, the name of which, The Last Drop Inn, is in questionable taste, although a pint of Guinness costs just £3.

The Belfast 1798 walking tour is a much further step back in time, to a different but perhaps more optimistic and idealistic time of turmoil, when Catholics and Presbyterians, radicalized by the French and American Revolutions, formed the United Irishmen to try to throw off the yoke of the Anglican aristocracy. Sean Napier and Colm Dore have come together to tell the story, bringing to life characters such as Wolfe Tone, Thomas Russell and Henry Joy McCracken, the beating heart of revolutionary Ulster when, in Wordworth’s words, “happiness was he on the verge of being alive”. .. but being young was truly heaven”. The tour operates every Saturday at 11.30am at St George’s Church, High street, in front of the Albert Clock, Belfast’s answer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Standing four feet from the perpendicular, he inspired the motto: “He doesn’t just have the time, he also has the inclination”.

Belfast is unrecognizable from the city where I spent a year as a student in 1985. It is now a much livelier, safer, more diverse and welcoming place. But he retained a down-to-earth, unassuming quality. And I’m still drawn to the places I loved back then, like the National Trust-owned Crown Liquor Saloon, a Victorian bar that John Betjeman called ‘a multicolored cavern’ opposite the Hotel Europa. A short walk away is the red-brick Queen’s University, next to which is the Botanical Garden, a green haven in which to relax on a spring afternoon, with a magnificent palm grove. The adjacent Ulster Museum, refurbished to the tune of almost £20million ten years ago, is well worth an afternoon of your time.

There is, of course, much more to Northern Ireland than Belfast and whether you want to see a bit of countryside or break up your trip if you are heading from the south, allow me to recommend some gems in Co Down. The FE McWilliam Gallery in Banbridge features the work of Northern Ireland’s greatest sculptor, including his studio transported from his home in London’s Holland Park, as well as exhibition space (currently dedicated to a Colin Davidson retrospective until September 10) and a sculpture garden. The café, run by a local butcher and delicatessen, Quail’s, is exceptionally good. The Boulevard, a factory outlet mall, is nearby, where you can buy tickets to Linen Mill Studios in Ballievy. Much of Game of Thrones was filmed there and it is now the location of the Game of Thrones Studio Tour.

The flax industry is a more universal part of Northern Ireland’s history than shipbuilding – no harm in the Titanic – so if you’re interested in exploring its rich social and industrial history, I recommend Bann Valley Heritage in Laurencetown, Co Down. Created by my neighbour, Norman Kerr, whose family has been farming locally for centuries, this fascinating and eclectic collection captures the history of the flax industry along the River Bann, photos of the mills and mansions of the flax lords to the displays of tools and processes used to turn linen into fine fabric. There is also a range of exhibits demonstrating the development of daily domestic life as well as farming, from tools and toys to tractors.

For another take on the theme, visit the Irish Linen Center & Lisburn Museum in Lisburn’s Market Square, which hosts a permanent exhibition, Flax to Fabric: The Story of Irish Linen, as well as live spinning and weaving demonstrations . Fine samples of 17th century damask purchased by European royalty are on display along with a costume collection that includes designs by Sybil Connolly, whose dresses were worn by Jackie Kennedy, and embroidered stockings for Queen Victoria.

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It’s normally a selection of streets in East Belfast that my writing sheds light on (or at least holds a candle to) but today I’m going to recommend the Ulster Museum at Botanic in the leafy south of the city – and more particularly the Lavery Room.

Sir John Lavery, one of the greatest artists ever to come to Belfast, donated 34 paintings to the new City Museum and Art Gallery (as it then was) in 1929. The collection includes my favorite painting, Daylight Raid from my Studio Window, July 7, 1917. It shows a woman – Hazel Lavery, the artist’s wife – kneeling on a sofa facing a large window, her back to the viewer. In the distance, a number of barely visible planes: dogfight in the sky, morning coffee in its silver pot momentarily abandoned for that brief uproar, as Yeats puts it, in the clouds.

I could stare at this painting all day. There is a scene unfolding before him in my Belfast Blitz novel These Days, and by some strange synchronicity, and to my delight, mine is not the only novel published this year to feature Lavery: Trespasses, of dazzling quality, by Louise Kennedy gives it a cameo too.

After the Lavery Room, it can be nice to stroll through the beautiful Botanical Gardens, and if you’re still in a literary mood, read the Bernard MacLaverty Glasshouses (from Blank Pages and Other Stories), set in the Palm House – designed by Sir Charles Lanyon and built by Richard Turner, predating the greenhouses at Kew and Glasnevin, and even surviving the Belfast Blitz intact. What more do you need after that than a gin-in-a-tin or an ice cream on the grass near the rose gardens?

But for something more substantial, just across the road is the bistro where I had my first Saturday job, then called Bonnie’s, now Conor’s Cafe, the former studio of Belfast painter William Conor, another of the greats of the city. The artwork on the walls is by Neil Shawcross; cherry scones, as they say, are not buns; and these days you get a better class of service than the 16 year old who thought the mark of a good cappuccino was its height in inches.

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If, like me, you are a fan of books and baked goods, you must visit the newly refurbished cafe in Belfast’s beautiful Linenhall Library. In my humble opinion, they have the best caramel squares in town. I did a lot of research. The best sandwich in town is at the Lock Keeper’s Inn. Take a scenic walk along the Lagan from Shaw’s Bridge and indulge in bacon, brie and cranberry; best enjoyed outdoors on a bench by the river. Neill’s Hill in Ballyhackamore in the east is great for brunch and also has an eclectic and rotating selection of Belfast’s most delicious homemade scones.

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There’s life outside Belfast city center too – venture east, past the ever-expanding Titanic Quarter, to the neighborhoods of Belmont and Ballyhackamore where you can eat everything from Bangladeshi Italian style without pizza, catch (or take part in) a show at the Strand Arts Centre, and stroll through the resplendent gardens of Stormont Estate, where the current absence of politicians makes it all that much more relaxing.

For more information see visitbelfast.com. Martin Doyle was a guest of Harcourt, which offers a four-night Northern Escape package for two, with two nights’ accommodation at the Titanic Hotel Belfast and two nights at Lough Eske Castle, from €840. titanichotelbelfast.com

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10 must-see sights in the Turks and Caicos Islands for history buffs https://vorotynsk.com/2022/08/26/10-must-see-sights-in-the-turks-and-caicos-islands-for-history-buffs/ Fri, 26 Aug 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://vorotynsk.com/2022/08/26/10-must-see-sights-in-the-turks-and-caicos-islands-for-history-buffs/ There is more to the Turks and Caicos Islands than beautiful white sand beaches and interesting natural rock formations that create scenes for adventurous activities. They also feature history and historical attractions that are worth seeing. From rock carvings to well-preserved ruins, here are ten attractions history-loving travelers to the Turks and Caicos Islands shouldn’t […]]]>

There is more to the Turks and Caicos Islands than beautiful white sand beaches and interesting natural rock formations that create scenes for adventurous activities. They also feature history and historical attractions that are worth seeing. From rock carvings to well-preserved ruins, here are ten attractions history-loving travelers to the Turks and Caicos Islands shouldn’t miss.



ten Wade’s Green Plantation

There are so many plantation sites in the Turks and Caicos Islands, but Wade’s Green Plantation is the most popular. This well-preserved agricultural site was one of the plantations established by loyalist Wade Stubbs in the 18th century. After its establishment, the plantation would continue to be worked by slaves, as slavery was still legal in British territories until 1834. The slaves of this plantation today constitute a part of the native inhabitants of the island, this which makes it even more important. to the history of the island.

9 National Museum of the Turks and Caicos Islands

The Turks and Caicos Islands Museum is the most popular museum in the Turks and Caicos Islands and contains much of the island’s history. The museum is located in Grand Turk, and visitors to the museum will be presented with materials that cover the history of the country from the period of the Taino migration to the era of European and Loyalist settlers.


8 Town of Cockburn

The town of Cockburn is one of the oldest and most historic areas in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It was founded by salt collectors in 1681 and is the oldest permanent settlement in the country. The city is home to the majority of the country’s historic attractions, such as the National Museum of the Turks and Caicos Islands and Her Majesty’s Prison Museum. A visit to this city is an opportunity to witness the way of life and learn more about the history of the country. The city also has some of the best beaches in the country and luxurious villas to provide visitors with an incredible island vacation.

seven Sapodilla Bay Hill rock carvings

So much has been left behind by people who have lived in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the rock carving at Sapodilla Bay Hill is one of them. Located in Providenciales, these rock carvings represent the presence of sailors and travelers who, unfortunately, were victims of shipwrecks. While they waited, they thought carving their name into the rock was a great way to pass the time. Most of the carvings date from the period between the mid-1700s and mid-1800s, and some even come with names and dates.

Related: 10 Activities in the Turks and Caicos Islands for Nature Lovers

6 Grand Turk Lighthouse

Standing at a height of 18 meters on a cliff, overlooking a picturesque body of water, is the Grand Turks Lighthouse – the most famous landmark on the island of Grand Turk. The lighthouse was built in 1852 to help sailors navigate to the island and prevent shipwrecks that were increasing in the area. Although it is no longer in operation, it can still be visited to see the landscape that surrounds the area.

5 Her Majesty’s Prison

Her Majesty’s Prison is a historic attraction well worth visiting in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It is located in the town of Cockburn, where the National Museum of the Turks and Caicos Islands is also located. As the name suggests, it was a prison in the past, and it housed male and female prisoners. Until it closed in 1994, it was the only prison in the country, but it is now a historical attraction, and one can visit to explore the different parts of the prison and the impressive bell tower.


4 Cheshire Hall Plantation

Cheshire Hall Plantation is one of several plantations established in the Turks and Caicos Islands by British Loyalists. It was first created by British Loyalist Thomas Stubbs and later by his brother Wade Stubbs. Although it may not be the best preserved plantation in the country, Cheshire Hall Plantation bears witness to the history of slave labor and the wealthy agricultural enterprise that once prevailed in the area.

Related: Chalk Sound is an Amazing Reason to Visit Turks & Caicos

3 The Express Family

The Turks and Caicos Islands have seen a large number of shipwrecks, but The Family Express remains the most popular. This wreck is located in Providenciales and was washed up in the island’s waters in 2004 when Hurricane Frances tore through the country’s islands. Today the wreck has become a popular attraction that can be visited with boats and jet skis. The wreck can also be visited with kayaks and paddle boards, although it is best left to experienced paddlers.


2 Grand Turk Salt Pans

Salt was one of the main resources that brought settlers to the Turks and Caicos Islands and Grand Turk Salt Salinas features many salt pans created to produce this resource. With the decline of the salt industry in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Grand Salina and others across the country ceased to operate. Today visitors come to the area to see the large red colored Salinas left in the area.

1 yankee town

Located in West Caicos, Yankee Town is a town built in the late 1800s to serve as a settlement for the area’s plantation industry. Today the town is in ruins and what can be found there are remains of the railway, machinery and several stone buildings.

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FSL Trust eyes expansion into floating and offshore energy https://vorotynsk.com/2022/08/24/fsl-trust-eyes-expansion-into-floating-and-offshore-energy/ Wed, 24 Aug 2022 08:38:47 +0000 https://vorotynsk.com/2022/08/24/fsl-trust-eyes-expansion-into-floating-and-offshore-energy/ Singapore-based FSL Trust is exploring the possibility of expanding its market presence into other maritime assets, including floating and offshore energy. The owner of the tanker explained that investment opportunities are being explored to reduce business risks and increase competitive advantages amid “volatility, cyclicality, market structure and fierce competition in vanilla shipping markets.” Expansion may […]]]>

Singapore-based FSL Trust is exploring the possibility of expanding its market presence into other maritime assets, including floating and offshore energy.

The owner of the tanker explained that investment opportunities are being explored to reduce business risks and increase competitive advantages amid “volatility, cyclicality, market structure and fierce competition in vanilla shipping markets.”

Expansion may also include investments and/or interests or participations in infrastructure assets directly or indirectly.

The proposal was approved at the extraordinary general meeting of unitholders of FSL Trust, which was held on August 23.

“The widening of the scope of Approved Companies allows the trust to invest in other areas of the maritime space which are less volatile and cyclical and can offer a more attractive risk/return ratio, in particular in the light of the evolution of environmental regulations and the global energy transition”, says FSL Trust.

The Trustee-Manager sold almost all vessels exposed to the market to reduce the risks of the FSL Trust, which included exiting the boxship sector and selling LR2 tankers. FSL Trust’s core fleet consists of 8 specialty tankers which, on an annualized basis, generate adjusted EBITDA of approximately $7.2 million.

Benefiting from firmer oil markets, FSL Trust reported net income of $2.1 million for Q2 2022 and $2.2 million for H1 2022, representing a year-over-year increase of 279 % and 154%, respectively. The trust has contracted future revenue of up to $31.8 million, including $24.7 million of firm contract revenue and $7.1 million of optional contract revenue.

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The boss of the girls behind Viking Village is targeting a new resort overlooking Greymouth https://vorotynsk.com/2022/08/22/the-boss-of-the-girls-behind-viking-village-is-targeting-a-new-resort-overlooking-greymouth/ Mon, 22 Aug 2022 06:09:00 +0000 https://vorotynsk.com/2022/08/22/the-boss-of-the-girls-behind-viking-village-is-targeting-a-new-resort-overlooking-greymouth/ Provided The man behind Calendar Girls is asking for consent to build an accommodation complex near Greymouth. The boss of Christchurch’s Calendar Girls strip club, James Samson – who has opened a Viking-themed retreat in the West Coast wilderness – is seeking consent to build another resort. Samson’s company, BL Group, has applied to Gray […]]]>
The man behind Calendar Girls is asking for consent to build an accommodation complex near Greymouth.

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The man behind Calendar Girls is asking for consent to build an accommodation complex near Greymouth.

The boss of Christchurch’s Calendar Girls strip club, James Samson – who has opened a Viking-themed retreat in the West Coast wilderness – is seeking consent to build another resort.

Samson’s company, BL Group, has applied to Gray District Council for permission to use the land to build a reception centre, backpacker lodge and 50 eco-pods in the hills above Greymouth.

The application says the proposal exceeds the permitted floor area for non-rural activities, but because the overall environmental effects would be less than minor, it asked council not to notify it publicly.

Samson originally owned Calendar Girls and still works in the business, but his mother, Vicki Samson, took over after being imprisoned for drug trafficking in 2004.

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Samson, who says he hasn’t had any problems for 15 years, and his son David have also built an off-grid Viking village at Kaiata near Greymouth, which houses four ‘barrel’ accommodation pods built with timber sourced from from Scandinavia. .

Its website promises “the ultimate escape for battle-weary warriors,” and eight more barrels are planned.

A Viking village in Greymouth is run by Calendar Girls' James Samson and his son David.

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A Viking village in Greymouth is run by Calendar Girls’ James Samson and his son David.

“Located on New Zealand’s famously rugged west coast, this untouched and epic slice of Valhalla is the ultimate retreat for off-the-grid rest, relaxation and rediscovering your inner Norseman,” he says.

Samson said the project started as a way “to try to get my son out of trouble” but turned into a business plan to offer something different to West Coast tourists.

“When I heard 10,000 international visitors pass through Greymouth every week but they got off the train and laughed, I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to find out what land is for sale,'” he said.

Gray District Council has unveiled an ambitious multi-million dollar plan to repair the decline of Greymouth’s central business district in 2019.

The 77 hectare site overlooks Greymouth on the west coast.

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The 77 hectare site overlooks Greymouth on the west coast.

BL Group’s application for the new complex says the 77-hectare site is accessible via Nikau Valley Road and is heavily vegetated with steep ravines.

Only 1.2% of the site would have buildings, including a reception center with a capacity of 300 people and a backpacker lodge which would contain 200 beds, a communal lounge, kitchen and bathrooms.

The site would also include 200 parking lots and 50 self-contained two-person eco-pods, each with a kitchen and bathroom.

“The goal of eco-pods is to create an unforgettable experience that allows visitors to connect with nature,” the app says.

The site is within the designated Outstanding Natural Landscape of the bush covered hills behind Greymouth, but an ecological assessment revealed that the effect of the proposal on flora and fauna would be low, including the native lizards that live in the region.

Fifty eco-pods could be built in the hills above Greymouth.

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Fifty eco-pods could be built in the hills above Greymouth.

It states that the applicant would mitigate any effects with dense buffer planting and pest and weed control, and restore native vegetation.

The buildings would be designed with natural and sustainable materials, placed between ridge lines and constructed in colors compatible with the existing environment.

“The proposed development will generate employment for the operation of the development and create income for Greymouth by attracting people to the area and creating a tourist destination,” it says.

He said the visual effects were low to moderate as the buildings would be largely obscured.

Calendar Girls Marketing Director James Samson and his son David are investing in West Coast tourism.

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Calendar Girls Marketing Director James Samson and his son David are investing in West Coast tourism.

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Barcelona target Achraf Hakimi https://vorotynsk.com/2022/08/20/barcelona-target-achraf-hakimi/ Sat, 20 Aug 2022 06:30:56 +0000 https://vorotynsk.com/2022/08/20/barcelona-target-achraf-hakimi/ La Liga heavyweights Barcelona are reportedly considering a bold move to sign former Real Madrid defender Achraf Hakimi from PSG. Josep Pedrerol has claimed in La Sexta’s Jugones program that Achraf Hakimi is the subject of interest from Barcelona over a possible move late in the current transfer window. The Catalan giants are ready to […]]]>

La Liga heavyweights Barcelona are reportedly considering a bold move to sign former Real Madrid defender Achraf Hakimi from PSG.

Josep Pedrerol has claimed in La Sexta’s Jugones program that Achraf Hakimi is the subject of interest from Barcelona over a possible move late in the current transfer window. The Catalan giants are ready to sign the ex-Real Madrid defender on loan if a permanent deal isn’t possible this summer.

Achraf Hakimi spent most of his formative years with Real Madrid, joining The fabric aged eight in 2006 before graduating from the academy a decade later. But the presence of Dani Carvajal prevented the Moroccan international from gaining a foothold in the Real Madrid first team. A successful loan spell with Borussia Dortmund made him a hot property in the market before Inter Milan signed him in 2020.

The 23-year-old’s move to Inter only lasted a year and he joined Paris Saint-Germain last summer. And Hakimi has established himself as a pivotal figure at PSG after struggling to get off to a start, showing up nearly 50 times for The Parisians. But the former Real Madrid defender could end another spell at a club after a year with Barcelona keen to sign him.

Barcelona’s interest is surprising even though the Catalan giants are in the hunt for a right-back. Players who have represented Barcelona and Real Madrid rarely join the other club, as the two teams see each other as mortal enemies. But that did not prevent the Blaugrana to take an interest in another former Real Madrid defender, Sergio Reguilon.

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As for pursuing Hakimi, the PSG full-back is a viable target for Barcelona given that Xavi Hernandez doesn’t have a natural right-back at his disposal. While Sergino Dest is still on Barcelona’s books, the USMNT international is not in Xavi’s plans. And with the departure of Dani Alves from Camp Nou as a free agent, the need to sign a right-back has increased.

Several players have appeared on Barcelona’s radar as a result, with Juan Foyth believed to be their main target. But the Catalan giants are looking to Hakimi as an alternative, with the former Real Madrid defender emerging as an option worth considering.

Josep Pedrerol has claimed Barcelona will try to sign Hakimi on loan from PSG if a permanent deal isn’t an option. But it’s unclear if the 23-year-old will be ready to join Barcelona given his links with Real Madrid. PSG might not necessarily be ready to sell a prized asset like Hakimi either, and that story will likely end soon.

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Alpinista climbs York test as Prescott eyes late Arc chance | Horses race https://vorotynsk.com/2022/08/18/alpinista-climbs-york-test-as-prescott-eyes-late-arc-chance-horses-race/ Thu, 18 Aug 2022 17:08:00 +0000 https://vorotynsk.com/2022/08/18/alpinista-climbs-york-test-as-prescott-eyes-late-arc-chance-horses-race/ Aged 74 and in his 53rd season with a coaching licence, Sir Mark Prescott sparkled with teenage enthusiasm in the winner’s enclosure as he looked towards Paris on the first weekend of October. His five-year-old gray mare, Alpinista, had just completed a tough challenge on Tuesday, winning this year’s Oaks, to win Group 1 at […]]]>

Aged 74 and in his 53rd season with a coaching licence, Sir Mark Prescott sparkled with teenage enthusiasm in the winner’s enclosure as he looked towards Paris on the first weekend of October. His five-year-old gray mare, Alpinista, had just completed a tough challenge on Tuesday, winning this year’s Oaks, to win Group 1 at the Yorkshire Oaks. She will now join Longchamp in less than two months as one of the favorites for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

It’s hard to imagine a more popular winner. Prescott has sent more than 1,300 winners since taking over the license of the historic Heath House stable from Newmarket in 1970, when he was 19-year-old racing HQ’s youngest trainer. Prescott won Group 1s in Great Britain, Ireland, Germany and France, saddled the two-year-old Spindrifter to win no less than 13 times in 1980 and worked his way through 10 Cuban cigars a day for decades until finally – and a little apologizing – abandoned five years ago.

So far, however, the famous engaging master of Heath House hasn’t had a horse with a real chance of winning Europe’s showpiece racing event. “We had Foreign Affairs [in 2001]“, he recalls. “We completed it for a joyful. He won the Magnet here and was second in the Ebor and then the owners put their money in and they had a fantastic time.

Alpinista, however, is a true competitor and the living embodiment of Prescott’s famous care and patience with his horses, having improved at every race over the past two seasons. She had just one length in hand on Tuesday at the line, but never looked likely to give up the lead after Luke Morris sent her about two furlongs away.

Two years ago, Alpinista finished five lengths behind Love in the same race. Thursday’s win therefore underscored his improvement since, completing what is now a five-game winning streak at Group One level that includes a loss to next-time Arc winner Torquator Tasso in Germany last season. .

“She’s a wonderful filly, she’s been improving all the time and her great gift is that she’s very straightforward,” Prescott said. “She goes on more or less any terrain, you can stand her up or race her. She’s not worried, she’s not overflowing, she’s not out of her food, she’s not lame – all the things these horses do, so far, we’ve escaped. It’s like people, if they’re very direct, it’s amazing what you can do.

Sir Mark Prescott after the Yorkshire Oaks. Photography: Hugh Routledge/Rex/Shutterstock

Like many of the best horses to pass through Prescott’s hands, Alpinista runs in the green and white colors of Kirsten Rausing, who owned five generations of the mare’s family. In an unusually open Arc market, she is now one of three horses at single-digit odds – assuming Wednesday’s International Stakes winner Baaeed misses the race – and can be backed at around 8-1, just behind the defending champion (6-1) and Torquator Tasso (7-1).

“I think she’ll go straight to the Arc,” Prescott said. “She’s just good enough to get close. This is where you have a chance, and so you have to go. I would not like it very, very sweet. It’s been so dry for so long that I’m expecting a swim race, but there you go.

TV tips for Friday

It’s 15 years since Kingsgate Native became the last juvenile to win the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes and eight two-year-olds have tried and failed to emulate him since. However, few have arrived on the Knavesmire with such obvious claims to The Platinum Queen, and Richard Fahey’s filly is a great bet for Friday’s race at around 3-1.

The Platinum Queen has won three times from four starts to date and scooped £38,190 in prize money for the Middleham Park Racing syndicate who own it. This was effectively staked on his running in Friday’s race as his additional entry cost £40,000. The only blip on her record so far was a no-show in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, when she had an early bump and failed to recover.

But The Platinum Queen (3.35) capitalized on that experience in two subsequent wins and gets 22lbs off favorite Royal Acclaim. Hollie Doyle, one of the few jockeys who can go up to 8 and 2 pounds, takes the reins and could well claim her third Group 1 victory in as many months.

York 1.50: Cormier has been a model of consistency on both the flat and the jumps since his time in Brian Ellison’s backyard at the start of 2020 and can follow his recent victory in Chester, which was a new career high at the level.

York 2.25: The aura of invincibility that once surrounded Stradivari is long gone, but the eight-year-old remains unbeaten in his six York starts and could raise the roof with a seventh success here.

Quick guide

Greg Wood’s Friday Running Tips

Spectacle

Carlisle: 1.00 Castane 1h30 Sophia’s Starlight 2.05 Mr Benedict 2.40 Roaring Ralph 3.10 The browser 3.45 Captain Corelli 4.20 Appeal from judgment 4.55 Molinari

Newbury: 1.10 beautiful sassy 1.40 Uffington 2.15 bell stroke 2.50 Listener 3.20 dark mystery 3.50 young king

York: 1.50 Cormier (nb) 2.25 Stradivari 3.00 Swamp 3.35 The Platinum Queen (nap) 4.10 shampion 4.45 Mahboobah 5.20 bolt hole

Salisbury: 4.52 Gavi Di Gavi 5.27 Hello Deira 6.00 howl 6.35 dancing magic 7.10 nine dragons 7.45 New Legend

Newcastle: 5.23 Churchill’s Boy 5.54 Bunker Bay 6.29 moon arch 7.04 Northbound 7.39 Bashawaat 8.14 Mr Trevor 8.45 enderman

Wolverhampton: 6.05 Jack Yeats 6:40 a.m. Talamanca 7.15 Okeechobee 7.50 The kitten’s dream 8.25 Young Winston 9.00 Timestamp

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York 3.00: Although it only costs a fraction of some of its rivals here, Swamp may be worth an interest at around 4-1 after beating their ground by almost nine lengths at Thirsk last week and posting an excellent time in the process.

York 3.35: shampion needs to learn how to settle in, but Roger Varian’s filly has plenty of time to do so with just three races in the book so far. His winning time at Windsor 18 days ago suggests an opening mark of 84 is very fair.

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Liz Cheney in Trump’s sights for U.S. Republican midterm primary https://vorotynsk.com/2022/08/17/liz-cheney-in-trumps-sights-for-u-s-republican-midterm-primary/ Wed, 17 Aug 2022 01:44:00 +0000 https://vorotynsk.com/2022/08/17/liz-cheney-in-trumps-sights-for-u-s-republican-midterm-primary/ JACKSON, Wyo., Aug 16 (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s campaign to oust congressional Republicans who backed his impeachment gets its last major test of the U.S. midterm primary season on Tuesday, when Liz Cheney and Lisa Murkowski face off against challengers backed by the former president. U.S. Representative Cheney, who played a significant role in the […]]]>

JACKSON, Wyo., Aug 16 (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s campaign to oust congressional Republicans who backed his impeachment gets its last major test of the U.S. midterm primary season on Tuesday, when Liz Cheney and Lisa Murkowski face off against challengers backed by the former president.

U.S. Representative Cheney, who played a significant role in the congressional inquiry into the January 6, 2021 storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters, is set to lose her Wyoming primary to Trump-backed Harriet Hageman, according to opinion polls.

Polls closed in Wyoming and with 6% of the expected vote, Hageman led Cheney 56.6% to 40.8%, according to Edison Research.

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The fate of U.S. Senator Murkowski of Alaska is less clear, as the state’s nonpartisan primary format allows all four major voters to qualify for the Nov. 8 general election, which could lead to a possible rematch for Murkowski and Kelly Tshibaka, backed by Trump. In Alaska, polls are still open and are expected to close at 8 p.m. (0400 GMT Wednesday).

Both states are reliably Republicans, making it unlikely that either will play a major role in deciding whether President Joe Biden’s Democrats lose their wafer-thin congressional majorities. The Republicans are expected to easily retake the House and also have a good chance of taking control of the Senate.

Biden’s low public approval numbers, weighed down by an unstable economy, remain a concern for Democrats heading into November. A two-day Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll conducted on Tuesday showed just 38% of respondents approve of Biden’s job performance, down from 40% a week earlier. His job approval has been below 50% since August 2021.

A majority in either house of Congress would allow Republicans to stop Biden’s legislative agenda. They are already threatening to launch potentially damaging investigations into his administration if they win.

Voters in Alaska are also figuring out whether to choose Sarah Palin, a Republican arsonist and former governor whom Trump endorsed for the state’s only seat in the U.S. House.

CHENEY’S LONG GAME

Cheney, the daughter of former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney, has used her campaign — and her position on the Jan. 6 committee — to keep the spotlight on Trump’s actions around the Capitol riot, and his continued false allegations of fraud in the 2020 election, in an effort to persuade fellow Republicans that the former president is a threat to democracy.

Terry Sullivan, a political strategist who led Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign in 2016, sees Cheney’s loss on Tuesday as a “lost conclusion” but sees his efforts as part of a larger battle.

“Liz Cheney is not fighting for re-election, she is fighting for the leadership of the Republican Party,” he said, noting that some observers have discussed whether Cheney should run a presidential campaign in 2024. “It’s more of a beginning, not an end.”

Two recent polls show the challenge facing Cheney, whose relentless criticism of Trump has put off many Wyoming Republicans, despite a congressional voting record that backed Trump’s agenda.

Cheney trailed Hageman 52% to 30% in a survey of likely primary voters July 7-11 published by Wyoming’s Casper Star-Tribune. A University of Wyoming poll released last week puts Hageman’s lead at 29 points.

Cheney’s supporters believe she still has a chance if enough Democrats and independents cross paths and vote for her, which is allowed in the state’s primary system and the numbers of which may not be fully captured in polls.

Jim King, a professor of political science at the University of Wyoming, said Cheney’s opponents have portrayed his positions on impeachment and the Jan. 6 committee as unfavorable to the interests of Wyoming, where Trump won 70% of the vote in 2020.

“It all plays into the same thing, that she didn’t represent us,” King said, adding that the consistent distance in the polls indicates Cheney will lose. “I don’t see at this stage that there is any reason to question these results.”

Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump during the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill. Three others have already lost their primaries, four have decided not to run again and two have won their contests. The US Senate, where Republicans had a majority, found Trump not guilty during his impeachment trial in 2021.

Most of the candidates Trump has backed this election season have triumphed in a sign, according to his supporters, of his continued influence on the party as he plans to run for office again in 2024.

It is not yet clear what impact the FBI will have on the midterm elections if the FBI retrieves top-secret documents from Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago as part of an investigation into possible breaches of security. espionage law.

CROSS VOTES

Cheney supporters have drawn some optimism from state voter data, which shows an increase of 11,495 in the number of registered Republicans year-to-date through August 1, while registered Democrats have fallen of around 6,000.

Their hope is that those numbers represent Democrats registering as Republicans as a way to boost Cheney, though the Republican increase is only about 8% of primary turnout in 2018 — not enough to offset the poll difference.

Similar to Wyoming, Trump endorsements in Republican-leaning Alaska are unlikely to offer an opening for Democrats. But they have elevated Tshibaka, who is trying to take Republican Murkowski’s Senate seat.

Under new laws that eliminated partisan primaries and introduced preferential voting, Murkowski is expected to be among the first four voters to qualify for the general election, with Tshibaka his most serious opponent.

Murkowski, a moderate who voted to impeach Trump, is seen as the frontrunner.

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Reporting by Liliana Salgado in Jackson, Wyoming, and Nathan Layne in Wilton, Connecticut, additional potting by Eric Beech and Moira Warburton; Editing by Scott Malone and Alistair Bell

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Rosario takes first league win of the season as boss Baggley targets Belfast Celtic in Steel Cup https://vorotynsk.com/2022/08/15/rosario-takes-first-league-win-of-the-season-as-boss-baggley-targets-belfast-celtic-in-steel-cup/ Mon, 15 Aug 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://vorotynsk.com/2022/08/15/rosario-takes-first-league-win-of-the-season-as-boss-baggley-targets-belfast-celtic-in-steel-cup/ Barry Baggley described Friday night’s Steel Cup duel with Belfast Celtic as a “free kick” as his side seek to secure one against the West Belfast side for the first time in three attempts. Indeed, it will be the third consecutive campaign – notwithstanding the 2020/21 Covid elimination season – that the Roses have faced […]]]>

Barry Baggley described Friday night’s Steel Cup duel with Belfast Celtic as a “free kick” as his side seek to secure one against the West Belfast side for the first time in three attempts.

Indeed, it will be the third consecutive campaign – notwithstanding the 2020/21 Covid elimination season – that the Roses have faced the men of Glen Road Heights in the Steel Cup, losing 1-0 last year and 5-3 a few seasons before that.

Baggley is familiar with the Wee Hoops and their manager Stephen McAlorum, having played under assistant manager Jim McMenamin on their Rosario debut, and is familiar with the former Mac contingent among playing staff, including midfielders Marty Bradley and Emmett Templeton.

Baggley even recently tried to poach three of their players who grew up with his son, Barry jnr – a promising midfielder across the water at Fleetwood Town – namely Dylan Snodden, Lee O’Brien and Darren Hyland.

And he got the truth about the Celts at the weekend from his brother Owen, manager of Donegal Celtic, who lost to their namesakes in the Irish Cup on Saturday, conceding a 96th-minute equalizer before McAlorum’s men do not conclude more. -time.

Able to pay players unlike the Amateur League, and with plans to join the Irish League, Belfast Celtic enter the draw at Ulidia as favourites.

But Baggley says it suits him very well, allowing his players to play without pressure.

“First we have Islandmagee on Tuesday night which is tough and then Belfast Celtic on Friday night which should be good,” Baggley said.

“I know everything about Belfast Celtic, they have a lot of quality, good technical players, but the way I look at these games is it’s a free kick for us, everything to gain and nothing to lose.”

Baggley was delighted to record a first win of the season when he returned to the Amateur League top flight on Saturday after losing his first two games in a row to Shankill United and Comber.

Thomas Burns got the ball rolling from the first minute at home against Killyleagh, with Pierce Arterton and young ‘prospect’ Max Miller – promoted to the top tier after a breakthrough 20-goal season with the second string last season – scoring his first goal for the first to crown victory.

“We led 1-0 after 50 seconds, had a great start to the game, then went into half-time 1-1,” Baggley explained.

“But then Pierce scored and then youngster Max Miller scored his first senior goal.

“He’s one of the players who came out of the younger age groups.

“He had a great season for seconds last year, he’s a very good prospect and he came off the bench and took his goal very well.”

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After World Cup return, Aishwarya Pissay aims for bigger goals https://vorotynsk.com/2022/08/13/after-world-cup-return-aishwarya-pissay-aims-for-bigger-goals/ Sat, 13 Aug 2022 09:03:56 +0000 https://vorotynsk.com/2022/08/13/after-world-cup-return-aishwarya-pissay-aims-for-bigger-goals/ On March 19 last year, India’s top motorcycle rider Aishwarya Pissay was preparing for the FIM Bajas World Cup in Jordan. 2019 champion of the tournament, Pissay was optimistic for her participation in the second round of the 2021 edition, but just 40 km after crossing the dusty dunes of the Wadi Rum desert, she […]]]>

On March 19 last year, India’s top motorcycle rider Aishwarya Pissay was preparing for the FIM Bajas World Cup in Jordan. 2019 champion of the tournament, Pissay was optimistic for her participation in the second round of the 2021 edition, but just 40 km after crossing the dusty dunes of the Wadi Rum desert, she encountered an accident which resulted in a fracture of two wrists . In the months that followed, the 26-year-old runner underwent rehab and recovery; However, undeterred by the crash, she made a comeback by competing in one of India’s toughest off-road terrains – the Himalayan Rally. For context, the race slogan reads “it makes grown men cry”.

It may surprise us, but for motorsport drivers, injuries are almost a daily occurrence. In an effort to beat their fellow competitors, they often practice across borders. In fact, Pissay reveals the injury in Jordan was “the most minor accident” she has ever had.

“The first time I went to the Baja Aragon Rally I ruptured my pancreas. So it took me a long time to recover from the one from last year,” Pissay said. Hindustan time in an exclusive interaction.

“As an athlete, my focus is on how I can recover and get back to riding as quickly as possible. When I planned to come back to the Himalayan rally, I had no inhibitions about it. I think I finished third overall with the boys, so it was a great race for me.

Following her participation in the Himalayan Rally, Pissay defended the National Rally Championships title – her fifth consecutive victory in the event – ​​and on 26 July she made a return to international action for the first time since his injury in Jordan. On what Pissay describes as her “favorite” ground, the TVS rider successfully completed round four of the FIM World Cup in Aragon, Spain.

“This is the third year that I have taken part in the Baja Aragon Rally. I think that was by far my best finish in terms of how I felt with my performance and my positioning. So it was a good outing, given that it was my first international rally since my crash last year. So my comeback was strong and my performances were on point,” she said.

Participating in events such as the FIM World Cup provides great visibility for riders, not only in terms of visibility on the motorsport map, but also in terms of sharing knowledge with other international riders. For the 2019 world champion, it’s no different. “The brotherhood of motorcycle racing is so great that I meet and learn so much with the other riders. Whether it’s basic things or just understanding the technical aspects of racing. Sometimes when you approach them and ask them, they are very useful “. I train with one of the former Baja riders, his name is Mica. I learn and I train with the best. I understand their way of thinking and the way they train to be there at the top,” says Pissay.

Pissay’s accident in Jordan was largely due to navigational error, and it was not the first time it had hampered his World Cup bid. During the award-winning 2019 season, Pissay’s timing took a hit in Qatar when a similar navigation error delayed his arrival by more than 40-50 minutes. Desert storms in these areas often make it difficult for riders to navigate, but Pissay tells us this is a very common concern for all participants in such rallies.

“Driving through the terrain is definitely a challenge as we don’t usually have desert storms of the magnitude of Dubai. The desert storms there are completely different. The way I prepare is to go a few days before, I usually go 15 days before the race to prepare for the terrain, and understand the bike. Every rider has a hard time understanding the terrain, but for us, the best way to adapt is to be able to go and train a few days before the race”, explains the Indian runner.

Women in Indian Motorsport

Even if one separates the sex ratio aspect, it is safe to say that motorsport in India has a specific niche. Until 2015, it was not even considered a sport in India until the government finally recognized the FMSCI (Federation of Motor Sports Clubs in India) – the official body of the sport in the country. “Many of us are working hard to be able to put India on the world motorsport map. It all starts with government recognition as a sport. It also helps the sport to grow and bring out more champions,” says Pisay.

Add to that the participation of women, and we have a whole other debate. Even after 9 championship titles, Pissay, who almost single-handedly put India on the world map in terms of women’s participation in motorcycle racing, says she gets surprised reactions when she talks about her profession. to the public.

“To be honest, people are always surprised to hear that there is such a sport as motorsport and that I have a career in it and participate in it full time. They ask me, ‘what is it? what else do you do?” something you can do part-time! It’s like any sport, it takes a lot of work, and that’s pretty much what I tell them,” says Pissay with conviction.

At the start of her career, Pissay was the only woman in a racing grid with 42 men. However, his arrival brought a change in the Indian motorsport community; in the years that followed, a distinct “female class” was introduced with the increase in women’s participation in motorcycle racing. Last year, a total of 16 women participated in the national championships.

“I think two years after I joined the manufacturers offered to have a female class. Now you see almost 15-16 female entrants every year which is really great. From me having to race only with males to now to have so many women come in year after year, compete in the whole championship series, it’s great also these days I see a lot of young women participating in this sport, so given the he future of motorsport is a big thing. It’s changing,” says the Indian racer who has become a pioneer in women’s motorsport in the country.

Future plans

Fresh from his outing in Spain, Pissay is now focused on continuing his rally expeditions in India. There are still four rounds to go in the FIM Baja World Cup, but the rider insists her main focus for now remains training in Europe.

“At this point, I’m looking forward to training outside. I want to be able to prepare for next year. It (to participate in the remaining rounds of the World Cup) depends on if I would be able to raise funds and if everything is in place for that. But otherwise, I’m looking forward to spending another 90 days training in Europe. I’m competing in the Indian National Rally Championship as well as the Indian National Sprint Championship so far. I will have the fourth round of the national championship this weekend in Bangalore, I am preparing for it now. The rest of the races start in September, so I’m looking forward to those as well,” she said.

One of Pissay’s main goals is to compete in the coveted Dakar Rally, where she plans to become the first Indian woman to participate. One of his racing colleagues and a well-known face in the Indian racing community, Harith Noah has participated in the rally in both the 2021 and 2022 editions, and Pissay says he is optimistic about reaching it very soon.

“I think I’m close to being there. I’m working on it. Considering Covid had taken a hit on all of us, I was unable to travel and race for 2 years. I only started racing again in 2021 and was able to spend more time in Europe this year. Him (Harith) being my teammate even in the last race in Spain Baja, I spend time racing with him. It’s nice to share and learn from him, to understand his experience or how I could do things differently,” says Pissay.

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