Primera División Messi, Cruyff and Ronaldinho – the best Barcelona players in history Goal 23:55 12/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Getty Primera División Barcelona Real Madrid v Barcelona Lionel Messi Ronaldinho Gaúcho Ahead of this weekend’s Clasico, Goal looks at the greatest XI to ever play for Barcelona. Find out who made the cut…
South Africa is a subtropical region, moderated by ocean on two sides of the triangle-shaped country and the altitude of the interior plateau. These account for the warm, temperate conditions so typical of South Africa – and so popular with its foreign visitors.Swimmers enjoying the waves at Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal province: Beach scene. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe country is bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean and on the east by the Indian Ocean; their waters meet at Cape Agulhas, at the southernmost tip of the continent.The coastline stretches 2 798 kilometres from a desert border with Namibia in the northwest, down the icy Skeleton Coast to Cape Agulhas, then up along the wide beaches and green hills on the coast of the Indian Ocean, to the border with subtropical Mozambique in the northeast.Sea surface temperature influences the climate of South Africa’s coastal regions: the warm subtropical east and the cooler regions of the west coast. (Animation adapted from NOAA Oceans Visualizations by Mary Alexander)South Africa is famous for its sunshine. It’s a relatively dry country, with an average annual rainfall of about 464mm; the world average is about 860mm. While Western Cape gets most of its rainfall in winter, the rest of the country is generally a summer-rainfall region.Temperatures in South Africa tend to be lower than in other countries at similar latitudes – such as Australia – mainly because of its greater elevation above sea level.On the interior plateau, the altitude – Johannesburg lies at 1 694 metres – keeps the average summer temperatures below 30°C. In winter, for the same reason, night- time temperatures can drop to freezing point, and lower in some places.South Africa’s coastal regions have the warmest winter temperatures in the country. There is, however, a striking contrast between temperatures on two different coasts, a result of the warm eastern Agulhas current and cold western Benguela current that sweep the coastlines.In the southern hemisphere our seasons are opposite to those of Europe and North America, so, yes – we spend Christmas on the beach! Summer Boulders Beach in Simonstown south of Cape Town is famous for its African penguin colony. Summertime on the Cape peninsula has glorious months of rain-free sunshine. (Image: South African Tourism)Over much of South Africa, summer, which lasts from mid-October to mid- February, is characterised by hot, sunny weather – often with afternoon thunderstorms that clear quickly, leaving a warm, earthy, uniquely African smell in the air.Western Cape, with its Mediterranean climate, is the exception, getting its rain in winter. Autumn Vineyards in the Hex River Valley winemaking region of the Western Cape. (Image: South African Tourism)Autumn in South Africa is from mid-February to April. It offers the best weather in some respects. Very little rain falls over the whole country, and it is warm but not too hot, getting colder as the season progresses.In Cape Town, autumn is fantastic, with hot sunny days and warm, balmy nights which many people spend outdoors. Winter Wild waves break against the rocky shore of the Wild Coast in the Transkei region of the Eastern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism)Winter in South Africa – from May to July – is characterised in the higher-lying areas of the interior plateau by dry, sunny, crisp days and cold nights, sometimes with heavy frosts. It’s a good idea to bring warm clothes.Western Cape gets most of its rain in winter, with quite a few days of cloudy, rainy weather that can be quite stormy with high winds. On 1 June 2013, for example, a cold front accompanied by an intense upper-air trough led to heavy rains and flooding in places over Cape Town, mainly in the informal settlements.Heavy snow falls occurred over the high-lying areas in the south-western parts of Western Cape and Northern Cape, while it was extremely cold over the interior of the two provinces.However, wonderful days are spread throughout winter that rival the best of a British summer.The hot, humid KwaZulu-Natal coast, as well as the Lowveld (lower-lying areas) of Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces, offer fantastic winter weather with sunny, warmish days and virtually no wind or rain.The high mountains of the Cape and the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal usually get snow in winter. Spring Springtime daisies carpet the Namaqualand region of the Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism)Nowhere in South Africa is spring, which lasts from August to mid-October, more spectacular than in Northern Cape and Western Cape. Here the grey winter is forgotten as thousands of small, otherwise insignificant plants cover the semi-arid plains in an iridescent carpet of flowers.The journey to see the flowers of the Namaqualand is an annual pilgrimage for many South Africans. Best time of the year to travel? An old car holds a garden of succulent plants outside a roadside stall in the Northern Cape. (Image: Media Club South Africa)That depends on what you want to do. The Namaqualand flowers are obviously best in August and September. Winter is a good time for game watching, as the veld is not as lush as it is in summer and the lack of rain means animals are more likely to congregate around water holes and rivers.Southern right whales hang around off our coasts from about mid-June to the end of October, making for spectacular whale watching.Diving is best in most of the country outside summer (ie, from April through September), and so is surfing – but that certainly doesn’t limit either activity to those times.River rafting is better in Western Cape at the end of winter, and in KwaZulu-Natal in the height of summer (late November to mid-February). In Mpumalanga and Limpopo, it’s less time dependent.The “shoulder” seasons – spring and autumn – are best for hiking, as summer can be hot over most of the country. In the Drakensberg, summer thunderstorms are dangerous, while there is a good chance of snow in winter. In Western Cape, the winters are wet, so it’s not necessarily the best time for hikes.If you’re a birder, the palaeoarctic migrants arrive around November and the intra- African migrants usually by mid-October.Of course, if you want to lounge around on the beaches, mid-summer is the best time – though everyone else will be there too. And – big bonus – the beaches of northern KwaZulu-Natal are warm and sunny even in midwinter.Gallery: South Africa’s plant lifeRead more:Sout h Africa’s wildlife wondersWhale watching in South AfricaAdventure experiencesSouth Africa: coastal playgroundSouth Africa’s year-round beachesScuba diving in South Africa SouthAfrica.info reporter and South African TourismUpdated: 8 November 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info material
Tags: BrightonliverpoolMan Cityman Unitedpremier league City have not won in all of their last 16 visits to Anfield. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Man United vs BrightonOld Trafford, ManchesterSunday, 10-11-2019 @5pmRef: Jonathan MossIt has been a horrible start to the campaign for Manchester United and their are no clear indications that it will end soon.Last week, they lost 1-0 away to Bournemouth, their 4th loss already in just 11 games.They will be hoping to return to winning ways when they host Brighton at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.However, Brighton look to be in good form lately as they have defeated both Everton and Norwich City in their last two games.Going into Sunday’s game, Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay is a doubt after sustaining a foot injury in the Europa League win against Partizan Belgrade. Harry Maguire will also be assessed while Victor Lindelof may return from a back injury, but Ashley Young is suspended.Brighton defender Adam Webster has been ruled out after being substituted last weekend with an ankle injury. Leandro Trossard could start after scoring as a substitute versus Norwich.Manchester United have never lost in 11 previous home meetings with Brighton in all competitions, winning nine and drawing two. Brighton have won two of their last three games against United, having triumphed in just one of the previous 18 in all competitions (D5, L12). The home side has won all four Premier fixtures, and each victory has been by a one-goal margin.Manchester United have won just three times in 16 Premier League matches (D6, L7). However, they are unbeaten in 41 home games in November since losing 2-1 against Chelsea in 1996, a Premier League record for a single month (W34, D7). They are one of only three Premier League teams yet to score from a corner or free-kick this season. United have kept two clean sheets in 22 league matches. The Red Devils have been fouled 156 times in 2019-20, more than any other Premier League side prior to the weekend. They have had only four different Premier League goalscorers this campaign, a joint-league low alongside Crystal Palace.Wolves vs Aston Villa Molinuex Stadium, West MidlandsSunday, 10-11-2019 @5pmRef: Anthony TaylorVilla are unbeaten in nine top-flight away games against Wolves since a 3-1 defeat in May 1978 (W6, D3). It is Wolves’ longest top-flight winless run at home against a single opponent. A much-changed Villa beat a youthful Wolves in a League Cup tie on 30th October. Villa haven’t won twice in a season against Wolves since 2003-04.Wolves central defender Ryan Bennett could start against Villa after making his return from a groin injury as a late substitute on Thursday. Morgan Gibbs-White has a lingering back problem and is a fitness doubt.Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish is still feeling pain in his calf and is rated 50-50 to be involved on Sunday. Frederic Guilbert should overcome a dead leg to keep his place, but Jota won’t be considered despite returning to training after hernia surgery.Liverpool vs Man City Anfield Stadium, LiverpoolSunday, 10-11-2019 @7:30pmRef: Michael OliverThe two best sides in England will face off on Sunday evening it what may prove to be a title decider despite coming so early in the season.Liverpool come into the game as leaders and have six more points than City.If Liverpool win the contest and move 9 clear of their rivals, they will indeed be clear favourites to win a first title since 1991.However, a win for City away to the Reds, will most definitely see City as favourites to once again win the Premier League despite just climbing into second at the end of the day.Both sides play and attacking brand of football and surely this will be a cracker of sorts.Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson will not face Liverpool, having failed to recover from the muscular problem that led to his substitution against Atalanta in midweek. He will be replaced by Claudio Bravo, who was sent off in that game, while David Silva is not expected to be fit.Liverpool pair Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk, who missed training earlier in the week, are available. Joel Matip, Nathaniel Clyne and Xherdan Shaqiri remain out.Liverpool have gone 16 top-flight games unbeaten against City at Anfield, with their solitary home defeat in the past 28 meetings coming in May 2003. Manchester City’s 16-match winless streak away to Liverpool is their longest in the Premier League against any opponent (D5, L11). However, City have only lost one of the last five Premier League meetings (W2, D2). They could win consecutive top-flight fixtures against Liverpool for the first time since a run of four from 1935 to 1937.A Liverpool win would ensure they equal the English top-flight record of 11 wins and a draw after 12 matches of a season. Five sides have achieved the feat, including Liverpool in 1990 and Manchester City twice. Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten in 28 Premier League matches, winning 19 of the past 20. Their only defeat in 50 league fixtures came against Manchester City in January. They have not lost against the reigning Premier League champions at Anfield since a 1-0 defeat by Manchester United 12 years ago (W6, D5). The Reds have gone 45 home matches without defeat, the second longest unbeaten run in Premier League history. However, they could concede in a sixth successive league game at Anfield, which would be their longest run without a clean sheet at home since October 2014. They have only lost one of their 22 home league fixtures against established top-six teams under Klopp (W12, D9, L1). Liverpool have recovered an unrivalled 10 points from losing positions this season. They have trailed at half-time in three successive league games for the first time since 2012. Sadio Mane has scored 17 goals in his last 17 league appearances at Anfield. Jordan Henderson is one short of becoming the sixth player to make 250 Premier League appearances for Liverpool.Manchester City have won 11 of their past 12 Premier League away games, scoring 30 goals during that period. They are the division’s top scorers this season with 34 goals, and have only failed to score in one of their past 33 league fixtures. City have lost two of their opening 11 league fixtures – no team managed by Pep Guardiola has suffered three top-flight defeats before the 15th match of a season. Pep Guardiola has lost seven of his 17 games against Jurgen Klopp in all competitions, more than he has against any other manager. Sergio Aguero has made seven Premier League appearances at Anfield without scoring, his longest wait for a goal at any stadium. He has only had two attempts on target in those seven games. Aguero has nine goals from 10 shots on target in the Premier League this season. His next Premier League appearance will be his 250th in the division. Raheem Sterling is one short of 200 Premier League starts. The first 77 of them were for Liverpool.Comments
passed away on November 22, 2017. She was a lifelong resident of Bayonne. She was the youngest child of Michael and Annie O’Brien. She was a graduate of Bayonne School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse for many years at Bayonne Hospital and the Jewish Hospital and Rehabilitation Center of Jersey City. She was the wife of the late Frederick Joseph McCarthy. Mother and mother-in-law of Dennis and Diane McCarthy, Valerie and Mitchel Colen, Kathy and Kevin Quinlivan, Patricia McCarthy and friend Tony Esteves, Eileen and Gerald Amedeo, Michael and Christine McCarthy, Robert and Patricia McCarthy. Grandmother of Alison, Meghan, Matthew, Jennifer, Brian, David, Kathleen, Summer, Nicole, Tara, Melissa, Justin, Caitlyn, Joseph, Alexandra, Lauren and Ryan, great- grandmother of Nathan, Madison, Cara, Lauren Mae, John, Joseph, Ava, Kevin, Audrey, James, Eli, Emily, Sara, James, Hope, Ella, Michael, Katie, Alice, Edward, Ben, Aiden, and Austin. Dear sister of the late Mary Koskey, Margaret Carlin, Anna Garrigan, Florence Hundley, John, George, Dennis and Patrick O’Brien. Foster sister of the late Richard Burns and Gerald Bedara. Aunt of many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She had been a resident of Bridgeway Care and Rehabilitation Center at Bridgewater for the past three years, cared for and comforted by the doctors, nurses and all the staff. We are especially grateful to her CNAs Jocelyn and Linda. Funeral arrangements by G. KEENEN O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C.