‘Roc on’ for 32nd edition of Roc d’Azur!

first_imgThe 32nd edition of the Roc d’Azur off-road and mountain bike festival got going on 7 October under the sunny skies of Fréjus in south-eastern France. More than 1,400 schoolchildren kicked off five days of sport and fun —five days that have once again attracted over 20,000 fans.This week, Wednesday afternoon’s Générations Roc saw 1,250 primary and secondary school students from the Académie de Nice, 150 representatives of associations in Fréjus and Roquebrune-sur-Argens, and 100 disabled people leave the first tracks on the paths of the François-Léotard Nature Base in Fréjus.Produced by A.S.O, the numbers for the iconic trail and MBK events on 7-11 October are impressive:More 20,000 participants, more than 100,000 visitorsNearly 300 exhibitors and 200 bikes to test at the Exhibition10 tons of food supplies50 countries representedThe Roc d’Azur took things up a notch on Thursday, when the expo opened at 10:00 CET (09:00 for the rest of the week), with 300 exhibitors displaying their wares over 28,000 m2, and the Roc Test Camp getting under way, where visitors get to try out the latest products to hit the market.Visitors will also enjoy the wide range of activities on the main Roc d’Azur programme. The EnduRoc, a popular event for several years, will see sparks fly in its five timed specials. The Tri Roc, the off-road version of triathlon, which made its Roc debut in 2012, will challenge triathletes to 1.5K of swimming in the Mediterranean, 24K of MTB in Les Maures massif and 11K of trail running.The programme will be packed with events up to Sunday. Two of the traditional highlights come on Friday, with the Canyon Roc Marathon (82K) for the toughest riders and the Roc Ruelles through the historical heart of Fréjus.After Saturday, when the focus will be on leisure rides, such as the Alltricks.com Rando Roc Noire (50K); and Sunday’s Roc d’Azur (56K) will see 5,200 riders go head-to-head in the traditional but always awaited finale of the 32nd edition of the Roc. As the organising team points out, ‘the Roc continues to grow and evolve.’www.rocazur.comwww.asochallenges.com Relatedlast_img read more

Chinese-backed Tehran – Mashhad electrification contract signed

first_imgIRAN: A consortium bringing together Chinese companies CMC and SU Power with subsidiaries of local industrial group MAPNA has been awarded a contract to install and maintain overhead electrification equipment on the 926 km Tehran – Mashhad line, and procure 70 electric locomotives.The engineering, procurement, construction and finance contract was signed by national railway RAI on June 29. Construction is expected to take 42 months, followed by a five-year maintenance period. The project is to be financed from Chinese sources, with a 15% contribution from the Iranian government. The existing infrastructure is to be upgraded to increase maximum speeds on the route from 160 km/h to 200 km/h, with the capability of 250 km/h operation in the future. This is intended to increase capacity from 14 million to 35 million passengers/year and reduce journey times from 12 h to 6 h.Work to upgrade the line had been officially launched with a ceremony in February 2012.MAPNA has now delivered half of the 150 IranRunner diesel locomotives which it is supplying to RAI under a 2008 technology transfer agreement with Siemens, and is planning to offer its own range of freight, shunting, electric and underground locomotives.last_img read more

The new one in CSKA: In 5 months from the streets…

first_imgThe new CSKA player Jules Keita, who will be transferred from Lance, is only 21 years old (he will turn 22 on July 20), but he already has a rich history behind him. He was brought up with football. He is the son of Mamadou Aliu Keita, a former Guinean national, a 1976 Nations Cup goal scorer and a three-time African Champions League winner with Hafia Gufina. However, the father died of a heart attack in 2004, when Jules was just six years old.Little Keita follows in his parent’s footsteps and breaks into the national team. He grabbed the attention of the Under-17 World Cup in 2015. Then he impressed Bastia, who attracted him and imposed him on his second team. Keita erupted again with her performances at the U20 World Cup in 2017, when she was named the best in Guinea.Yunus Sankare: I want to bring trophies and titles to CSKAThe new midfielder of the “reds” gave a very interesting interview for the show “Code Sport” Soon after, however, Jules was abandoned by his agents. His French visa expires and the player finds himself without money and regular documents. He returns to his native Conakry in Guinea, where he begins … kicking in the streets. For a whole year, Kate kept fit in the most old-fashioned way.However, Dijon thinks of the footballer thanks to a Guinean company that is looking for talent. The French club took him for rehearsals in April 2018, and in July Keita signed a 3-year contract. On August 11, 2018, he will make his debut in League 1! Thus, in 5 months, Jules reached the French elite from the streets of Conakry. And in his third match in Ligue 1 he entered as a reserve and tore Nice with 2 goals and an assist for 4: 0. Even “Gadzeta delo Sport” wrote an article about Kate after this match. Source: TwitterOne of Dijon’s scouts, Loa Chalie, said of Jules: “He is very energetic and explosive. He plays on the left or right flank. He is the best at overcoming rivals face to face in small spaces. A very interesting player with a lot of potential. for development “, analyzes Chalie.Other experts distinguish Kate’s great speed and good dribble. However, they take into account his weak physique (he is 168 cm tall and weighs only about 60 kg), his unconvincing qualities in the final phase and some inaccuracies in technical terms.At CSKA, Keita gets a good opportunity to show why she is shooting from the streets of Conakry to the French elite. And who knows – the army can help him return to League 1.Wing from Lance and defender from Genk arrive at CSKAJules Keita is still waiting for a plane in Guinea to travel to Sofialast_img read more

Eight offensive players on first injury report of week for Ravens

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — On the same day the Ravens welcomed standout defensive tackle Brandon Williams back to practice, six offensive players were absent with both starting wide receivers also less than 100 percent during Wednesday’s workout.It’s the latest concern for an already-floundering offense with a challenging trip to Minnesota looming against the NFL’s fifth-ranked defense on Sunday.In addition to the continued absences of right guard Matt Skura (knee) and running back Terrance West (calf), the Ravens were without left tackle Ronnie Stanley (mouth), tight ends Benjamin Watson (knee) and Maxx Williams (ankle), and wide receiver Breshad Perriman (concussion) as preparations continued for the Week 7 meeting with the Vikings. Making matters worse, wide receivers Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) and Mike Wallace (back) were also limited.Maclin was sporting a red non-contact jersey during the session and missed last Sunday’s loss to Chicago despite practicing on a limited basis all last week. It remains unclear whether the veteran wideout will play this weekend.“You just trust the doctors,” said Maclin, who wouldn’t reveal how close he came to playing against the Bears after going through a pre-game workout. “When they sit up there and they think that it’s probably not best for you to play, that’s kind of what you go with. Clearly anytime you’re dealing with any type of injury and you’re off of it, it definitely helps with the recovery process.”The good news was that Williams (foot) and fellow defensive tackle Carl Davis (hamstring) participated fully in Wednesday’s session. Rookie cornerback Jaylen Hill (hamstring) was also a full participant after missing his sixth straight game Sunday.Cornerback Jimmy Smith was held out of practice, but that wasn’t surprising as the Ravens continue to provide him rest for his Achilles tendinitis. The veteran defensive back played 69 of 80 defensive snaps against the Bears, his biggest workload in several weeks.“I want to be in the game,” said Smith, who anticipated a heavy workload in Week 6. “I don’t want to be sitting on the sideline for anything.”Inside linebacker C.J. Mosley practiced in a red non-contact vest during the portion of practice open to media, but he did not appear on the injury report.The Ravens designated second-year cornerback Maurice Canady to return to practice 2 1/2 months after he underwent knee surgery early in training camp. Canady will now begin a 21-day practice window and could be activated for the Week 9 contest at Tennessee at the earliest.Baltimore still has one more designation to return from injured reserve as the NFL now allows teams to bring back two players from IR after a minimum eight-week period. That second designation is expected to be running back Danny Woodhead, who suffered a long-term hamstring injury in the season opener and was placed on IR a few days later.The Vikings are also dealing with a number of injuries to key players as standout wide receiver and University of Maryland product Stefon Diggs (groin), linebacker Anthony Barr (concussion/ankle), left guard Nick Easton (calf) and quarterback Sam Bradford (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer was noncommittal about Diggs’ status for Sunday, saying only that he is “getting better” after missing last week’s contest against Green Bay.Below is Wednesday’s full injury report:BALTIMOREDID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Breshad Perriman (concussion), G Matt Skura (knee), CB Jimmy Smith (achilles), OT Ronnie Stanley (mouth), TE Benjamin Watson (knee), RB Terrance West (calf), TE Maxx Williams (ankle), LB Tim Williams (thigh)LIMITED PARTICIPATION: DB Anthony Levine (thigh), WR Jeremy Maclin (shoulder), WR Mike Wallace (back)FULL PARTICIPATION: DT Carl Davis (thigh), CB Jaylen Hill (thigh), DT Brandon Williams (foot)MINNESOTADID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB Anthony Barr (concussion/ankle), QB Sam Bradford (knee), WR Stefon Diggs (groin), G Nick Easton (calf), WR Michael Floyd (hamstring)LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Mackensie Alexander (hip), CB Xavier Rhodes (shoulder), S Andrew Sendejo (groin)FULL PARTICIPATION: LB Emmanuel Lamur (ribs), RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle)last_img read more