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ELECTION 2014: BROGAN – “TOURISM INVESTMENT WILL BENEFIT US ALL”

first_imgCllr Ciaran Brogan is calling on Donegal County Council to continue to invest in the promotion and marketing of our county through Donegal Tourism Ltd. Ciaran BroganBrogan has said that investment in the tourism sector would benefit all businesses in Donegal, and said there has to be a more pro-active approach to entice more tourists to take in the stunning beauty that Donegal possesses.Brogan told Donegal Daily, “There has to be a more pro-active approach to making this county a top tourism destination. “I am calling on Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland to increase their focus on our county.”The key routes that Brogan would like to see gain greater promotion stretches from Letterkenny to the New Mills area, which includes the historic Flax Mill, on to Churchill and the Gartan Outdoor Pursuits Centre.He also hopes that Fáilte Ireland focuses its attention on other landmark tourist attractions in an area the Glebe Gallery and the birthplace of St. Colmcille and the spectacular Glenveagh National Park.This route goes on to the Ards Friary, the Lurgyvale Thatched Cottage in Kilmacrenan, and Doon Well which also has huge potential. Then there is the spectacular scenery of the Atlantic Drive which is unrivalled anywhere.Brogan added, “I was delighted that the County Council was very active in sourcing the funding to open the Fanad Lighthouse to the public which is a magnificent facility to have and, again, can be a major tourism attraction.Brogan also feels that investment must also go into promoting the Knockalla Coast Road, yet another jewel in our crown, and the seaside resort of Rathmullan, along with the Georgian town of Ramelton.Brogan continued, “International tourism also thrives through the sport of golf and we have some of the best courses in the world.“We have the parkland course in Letterkenny and world class links facilities at Portsalon and Rosapenna. “The recently acquired St. Patrick’s golf course in Carrigart will help develop the Rosapenna complex into one of the worlds greatest golf destinations.“I would also urge investment in the development of green-ways for cycling and walking pursuits on those stretches where once the old railway systems ran – for example, the Glenswilly to Termon route should be developed as a priority facility.Brogan concluded, “We cannot sit back and expect tourists to come flocking to Donegal without playing our part, and I will be pushing for further investment in the promotion and marketing of our county and its facilities.ELECTION 2014: BROGAN – “TOURISM INVESTMENT WILL BENEFIT US ALL” was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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:Ciaran BroganElection 2014:newsPoliticslast_img read more

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NEW AVENSIS AND RE-STYLED AURIS LAUNCHES TONIGHT AT KELLYS TOYOTA

first_imgKellys Toyota, Mountcharles and Letterkenny welcome everyone to the launch of the new Toyota Avensis this evening from 6pm.New Avensis – Smart Thinking: The new Toyota Avensis is all about smart thinking. From the advanced safety systems and wide array of powerful yet efficient engines, to the sophisticated interior and dynamic styling – when no detail has been overlooked – there’s no better choice than the new Avensis. Innovative Technologies:The new Avensis is packed with clever and intuitive technologies. They are all designed to make your drive as effortless, enjoyable and as safe as possible.Welcoming & Spacious Interior: Business trip or family outing – new Avensis accommodates your life effortlessly. Cleverly composed, the interior feels exceptionally spacious with plenty of legroom and head space for everyone.The beautifully crafted cabin also feels instantly welcoming with its quality materials and meticulous finishes.Confident Looks:Whatever lies ahead, the new Avensis comes prepared with sharp, dynamic styling and uncompromising confidence.From the striking LED headlamps to the rear lights styling with eye-catching V-shaped LED light guides – the new Avensis design is full of agility.A Smart Decision: From its new standard Toyota Safety Sense and range of efficient engines, to the sophisticated interior, class-leading specification and dynamic new look there really is no brighter choice.The best now comes as standard…RESTYLED AURIS:On display will be the newly re-styled Auris which has some updated bold and dynamic styling changes which immediately catch the eye. Inside the new Auris you’ll find great design and rich materials of quality.A new Toyota Touch 2 screen is your window into a world of entertainment, while a new colour TFT screen in the instrument panel displays trip data, navigation commands and Toyota Safety Sense information.With the option of Toyota’s responsive Hybrid powertrain, plus advanced engine and diesel options, the perfect drive awaits you.Visit www.kellystoyota.com .Don’t forget THREE years free service on all orders placed by 19th June.NEW AVENSIS AND RE-STYLED AURIS LAUNCHES TONIGHT AT KELLYS TOYOTA was last modified: June 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessnewsNoticeslast_img read more

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Odisha BJP leader fails to appear before police in murder case

first_imgCiting health reasons, Odisha BJP spokesperson Golak Mohapatra did not appear on Thursday at Chhatrapur police station in Ganjam district for interrogation in connection with the murder of youth BJD leader Laxmidutta Pradhan in 2017.Sub-Divisional Police Officer, Chhatrapur, Ramesh Sethi said Mr. Mohapatra sought one-month time for his appearance. “His lawyer informed us that his doctor had advised him one-month bed rest,” Mr. Sethi said.On January 29, two prominent BJP leaders of Odisha — Mr. Mohapatra and Bhrugu Buxipatra — were issued notices by the police to appear at the Chhatrapur police station in connection with the murder of the youth BJD leader. Mr. Buxipatra has been asked to appear at the police station on February 9.Laxmidutta, who also happened to be a councillor of Chhatrapur Notified Area Council, was murdered in broad daylight on September 16, 2017 by a group of armed assailants. So far, 19 persons have been arrested in connection with the murder.Two prime accused in the murder case — Krushna Chandra Nayak and Duryodhan Reddy — had been arrested from Uttarakhand. Mr. Mohapatra is suspected to have helped the two accused in fleeing to Uttarakhand and also arranged for their stay there, said police sources.Mr. Mohapatra had been earlier interrogated by the police at Chhtarpur police station on November 1, 2017. Mr. Buxipatra has been summoned by the police in connection with the case for the first time.last_img read more

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Hyderabad Woman Seeks Swaraj’s Help to Bring Her Daughter Back from Riyadh

first_imgA Hyderabad based woman has sought help from Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to bring her daughter back from Saudi Arabia. The woman has claimed that her daughter was allegedly trafficked to Saudi Arabia last year on the pretext of a job there.According to a report by news agency ANI, the woman, Habeeb Unissa, has sought Swaraj’s help to bring her daughter Haleem Unissa back to India from Saudi Arabia. She has been in Saudi Arabia since March 2017.While speaking to the news agency, Habeeb Unissa said that two agents promised her daughter beautician’s job in capital Riyadh. She alleged that her daughter was trafficked to Saudi Arabia on the pretext of this job. She also said that while her daughter went there last year, the family has no clue as to when she will return.Asking the government for help, Habeeb Unissa said that her daughter is being tortured.The news agency quoted the mother as saying, “My daughter, named Haleem Unissa, went there in March 2017, till now we don’t know when she will return. She was sent there to work in a beauty parlor by two agents. She is being tortured there. We have also filed a police complaint. We want to request the government to help us.”Sharing the plight of the family with the news agency, Mohammed Asif Khan, Haleem’s brother told that his sister was promised around Rs.25,000 per month in Saudi Arabia. But instead of giving her a beautician’s job, she was made to work as a housemaid there. He added that he asked the agents to bring Haleem back to India but didn’t get any response from them.He also said that his family has already requested the Indian embassy to help them in this matter. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Huge rush at Srinagar weekly market even as shutdown continues in Valley

first_imgThe weekly flea market in Srinagar saw a huge rush even as normal life elsewhere in Kashmir remained affected for the 77th consecutive day on Sunday following abrogation of Article 370 provisions, officials said. Main markets remained shut and public transport were off the roads. Private vehicles were plying unhindered in the city and elsewhere in Kashmir, while auto-rickshaws and a few inter-district cabs were seen in some areas of the Valley, they said. The weekly flea market, locally known as ‘Sunday Market’, was open as several dozen vendors had put up stalls on the TRC Chowk-Batamaloo axis through Lal Chowk city centre, the officials said. The market witnessed a huge rush of customers as thousands of people thronged it for shopping clothes and other items. However, elsewhere life remained affected. Shops opened for a few hours early in the morning in some areas, including the commercial hub of Lal Chowk, but the main markets and other business establishments were shut, officials said. Internet services – across all platforms – continued to be unavailable in the valley, the officials said. Most of the top level and second rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive custody while mainstream leaders, including two former chief ministers — Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, have been either detained or placed under house arrest. Another former chief minister and Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah has been arrested under the controversial Public Safety act, a law enacted by his father and National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in 1978 when he was the chief minister.last_img read more

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Recharged Sodhi now trains gun on Olympic quota spot

first_imgEvery sporting champion needs a break from time to time to recharge the batteries ahead of the next challenge. Shotgun ace Ronjan Sodhi is no different and wishes he could have a few more days off to spend time with his family.Asian Games double trap gold medallist Sodhi has been on a break since he got back from Guangzhou, and finally picked up a gun for the first time on Friday, in preparation for the upcoming national championship, to be held in the Capital in January.”For sure, I wanted to take a longer break because the last two years have been very busy for me. But with the Nationals coming up, I was also itching to get back to the range. I know that from now till the London Olympics in July 2012, I won’t be able to take a break. But double trap is a very competitive event nowadays so I have to prepare myself accordingly,” he told M AIL TODAY from Jaipur, where he is training for the Nationals.The next year is going to be crucial for all shooters, with quota places for the Olympics up for grabs. The four ISSF World Cups will give two quota places each, while the Asian Championships and World Championships will also carry a few spots.”My target is to grab a quota place as early as possible and, with the first World Cup in March, the months of January and February are very, very important for me. I’ve been lucky to have had a sustained run of form in the last two years, where in 19 competitions, I’m averaging 141.2 (out of 150).advertisement”But I don’t want to let up on my preparations because shooting is always about your scores relative to those of your competitors and, no matter what score I shoot, I want that quota place,” Sodhi said.”Once I get that, I plan to train at the London Olympics range, or some other range near London if that is not ready, around the month of August to get used to the conditions we are going to get at the Olympics.” Dwelling upon the reasons for his unprecedented success this year, Sodhi said: ” I think once you are confident about your technique, you become mentally stronger too. Which is why the training that we got thanks to the Commonwealth Games ( CWG) was amazing, because the government allowed us to train abroad whenever we wanted. We got access to all sorts of conditions and machines, which made a difference because shotgun is an outdoor event. I feel I have grown a lot as a shooter in this past year.” Asked which of his victories tasted sweetest, Sodhi made a startling choice.”The World Cup Finals would be a logical choice, but my favourite moment was winning the Lonato World Cup because that is the Mecca of shotgun shooting.”Italy is the home of shotgun and the audience there is special – with all the major gun manufacturers and ammunition makers in attendance – and that’s why all the biggest names in the world compete there,” Sodhi said.The attention Olympic sportspersons are now getting in this cricket- mad country is something that pleases Sodhi.”I think it’s high time Olympic sportspersons got the recognition they deserve. Look at sports like wrestling, boxing and badminton – people are drawn to the sports because of our athletes’ success. The CWG was definitely a great boost in that regard,” he said.Sodhi had dedicated his Asiad gold to his son, Suryaveer, and wants to see him take up a sport when he grows up.”He is just two- and- a- half now but is fond of guns – they are his favourite toys. I’m not going to push him into shooting, though if he does take it up, he will have more facilities than I did growing up. If not shooting, I really want him to take up any sport because that teaches you a lot of things you need in life to grow as a person,” he said.last_img read more

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Double whammy! Djokovic, Federer crash out in US Open shocker

first_imgRoger Federer and Novak Djokovic react after losing their US Open semifinals on SaturdayInstead of Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer for the U.S. Open title, first-time Grand Slam finalists Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic will vie for the championship after a pair of semifinal surprises Saturday.First, Japan’s Nishikori became the first man from Asia to reach a major singles championship match by staying fresher than Djokovic in stifling heat and winning 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.Then, Croatia’s Cilic used every bit of his 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) frame to deliver stinging serves and flat groundstrokes during a quick-as-can-be 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Federer.”It’s fairly simple, I think: Marin played great and I maybe didn’t catch my best day,” Federer said after his 1-hour, 45-minute loss. “That’s pretty much it in a nutshell.”So much for No. 1-seeded Djokovic facing the No. 2-seeded Federer in a matchup between men who have combined to win 24 Grand Slam trophies. In what some will see as signaling a generational shift in tennis, Monday’s final will be No. 10 Nishikori against No. 14 Cilic.Croatia’s Marin Cilic defeated Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the US Open semifinal”That’s going to be a sensational day for both of us,” said Cilic, who at 25 is a year older than Nishikori.For the first time in nearly a decade – since Marat Safin beat Lleyton Hewitt at the Australian Open in January 2005 – a major final will be contested without at least one of Federer, Djokovic or Rafael Nadal, who didn’t attempt to defend his 2013 U.S. Open title because of a right wrist injury.advertisementThat trio won 34 of the past 38 Grand Slam trophies, including two months ago at Wimbledon, when Djokovic edged Federer in a five-set final.”It’s exciting for the game to have different faces from time to time,” the 33-year-old Federer said. “It’s definitely refreshing to some extent. It’s big for Croatia; it’s big for Japan.”Cilic, forced to sit out last year’s U.S. Open during a doping suspension, is the first man from Croatia to get this far at a major since his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, won Wimbledon in 2001.That’s nothing compared to Japan’s wait.Japan’s Kei Nishikori became the first Asian to reach a major singles championship finalAs it is, Nishikori was the first man from his country to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since 1933.”Very happy to make history,” said Nishikori, who moved to Florida at age 14.He weaved his way through a pair of five-setters totaling more than 8 1/2 hours while No. 3 Stan Wawrinka and No. 5 Milos Raonic, yet appeared much more lively as the temperature neared 100 degrees (37 Celsius) than Djokovic, a guy widely considered as fit as they come.”Just wasn’t myself,” Djokovic said.Especially in the pivotal third-set tiebreaker. He missed a pair of backhands. He double-faulted. He missed a forehand, and another to end the set, then smacked a ball in anger. Up in the stands, Nishikori’s coach, 1989 French Open champion Michael Chang, rose to his feet and pumped his fists.Making Nishikori’s performance all the more impressive is that as recently as a few weeks ago, he was swinging a racket while seated in practice, unable to run because he had a cyst removed from the bottom of his right foot in August.”I didn’t even know if I should come to New York,” he said, “so I wasn’t expecting nothing, actually.”Chang refused to let Nishikori think that way.”He might not have prepared the best way he knows how. But just because you haven’t done that doesn’t mean that you don’t give yourself the opportunity to come out and play,” Chang said. “That’s why I told him, ‘You get past the first round, the second round, anything can happen.'”This unforeseeable U.S. Open final shows that’s true.In the quarterfinals Thursday night, Federer dropped the first two sets against Gael Monfils and faced two match points, but escaped.There would be no such comeback against Cilic, who worked to improve his game while sidelined after testing positive for a stimulant in May 2013. He said he ingested the substance accidentally via a glucose tablet; the International Tennis Federation sought a two-year ban but it eventually was reduced to four months.Cilic had only played one previous major semifinal, at the 2010 Australian Open, while this was Federer’s 36th. And Cilic came into the day with an 0-5 head-to-head record.But this one went the other way. Wasn’t even close.Cilic hit serves at up to 132 mph (213 kph) and finished with 13 aces, including three in the final game. That he would serve effectively was no surprise. What truly stood out, though, was the way Cilic managed to hang with Federer in exchanges from the baseline.advertisement”He played,” Federer said, “with no fear.”last_img read more

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US Open: Nick Kyrgios booed by crowd, cheered on by chair umpire

first_imgNick Kyrgios enjoyed a resurrection of sorts after coming back from being a set down to beat Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the second round of the US Open on Thursday.Kyrgios, who lost the first set, was trailing 0-3 in the second and was heading towards another one of his lacklusture displays and early exit from a grand slam.But, the Australian, who doesn’t listen to anyone, did well to take some advice from the chair umpire and come back strong to win the match 4-6 7-6 6-3 6-0 and set up a third round clash with Roger Federer.In a bizarre scene that caused an instant stir on social media, chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani got off his chair with Kyrgios down a set and trailing 3-0 in the second to give the Australian a pep talk.4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-0@NickKyrgios rallies to defeat Herbert to book a spot in R3…He awaits the winner of Federer/Paire!#USOpen pic.twitter.com/gQWIkrTucDUS Open Tennis (@usopen) August 30, 2018For almost a minute the animated Lahyani gestured and pleaded with the stone-faced Kyrgios and the Swedish umpire could be heard telling him: ‘I’m trying to help you”.Kyrgios shrugged off the entire episode as nothing new but the sight of an umpire offering unsolicited advice was uncomfortable enough that the United States Tennis Association (USTA) decided to investigate the incident.”It’s happened in Shanghai. We all know I had that moment in Shanghai where the referee said the same thing – ‘It’s not good for the integrity of the sport, doesn’t have a good look’,” said Kyrgios. “It happens in other sports, too.”advertisementThe USTA later issued a statement saying there was no reason to take action against the umpire, explaining that Lahyani came down because of the noise level in the stadium and was simply concerned Kyrgios might have needed medical attention.He also informed Kyrgios that if his seeming lack of interest in the match continued, as the chair umpire he would need to take action.”The umpire in Shanghai didn’t cop any backlash,” said Kyrgios. “It happened to me in Cincinnati two weeks ago against (Juan Martin) Del Potro, the exact same thing happened. I wasn’t putting forth my best performance.”I did the same today. The umpire was like, ‘Nick, you can’t be doing this. It’s a bad look’. Same thing happened there.”Absurd scenes at the #USOpen. The UMPIRE got out of his chair and basically begged a struggling Nick Kyrgios to put in more effort in the match pic.twitter.com/WDMeyRDboySibongile Mafu (@sboshmafu) August 31, 2018However, a section of the crowd wasn’t as supportive as Lahyani as they were growing impatient with Kyrgios’ attitude and one asked him to get over with quick because Genie Bouchard was slated to play her match next.But, Kyrgios had none of it and had an apt response to the Bouchard jibe by saying that the “Well, you’ll never have her.”GREAT TALENTThe enigmatic Australian, viewed as one of the sport’s great talents who has yet to fulfil his potential, looked set to produce another lacklustre effort as he stayed cemented to the baseline, barely flinching as Herbert served for a 3-0 lead.It was then that Lahyani climbed down from his chair at the changeover and advised Kyrgios to show more interest.While the contest turned in Kyrgios’s favour after the chat the 30th seed said the talk had nothing to do with the outcome.”I’m not sure it was encouragement. He said he liked me,” Kyrgios, who next plays Roger Federer, said with a laugh. “He just said that it’s not a good look.”I know what I was doing out there wasn’t good. I wasn’t really listening to him (Lahyani). Didn’t help me at all.”After Federer beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-5 6-4 6-4 he was asked about the umpire’s action in the Kyrgios match.”It’s not the umpire’s role to go down from the chair. But I get what he was trying to do. He (Kyrgios) behaves the way he behaves. You as an umpire take a decision on the chair, do you like it or don’t you like it. But you don’t go and speak like that, in my opinion,” said the second-seeded Swiss.”I don’t know what he said. I don’t care what he said. It was not just about, ‘How are you feeling?’ ‘Oh, I’m not feeling so well. Go back up to the chair.’ He was there for too long.advertisement”It’s a conversation. Conversations can change your mindset. It can be a physio, a doctor, an umpire for that matter. That’s why it won’t happen again. I think everybody knows that.”last_img read more

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2019 ICC World Cup: Australia will be one of the main contenders, says Ricky Ponting

first_imgTwo-time World Cup-winning skipper Ricky Ponting has said Australia would be as strong as any team when Steve Smith and David Warner return to the side after their ball-tampering bans expire in March. Smith and Warner are serving one-year suspensions from domestic and international cricket for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year. The two star batsmen will be eligible for selection from March 29.Smith and Warner are also recovering from elbow injuries.Ricky Ponting was recently added to Australia’s coaching staff to help the batsmen during the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales. Ponting will work alongside head coach Justin Langer as Australia look to win the World Cup for a record sixth time. Ponting has won the World Cup three times including twice as captain in 2003 and 2007.”India and England are probably the two standout teams right now, but if you add Warner and Smith back into that [Australia’s] line-up then I think that team looks as strong as any. I am not just saying that because I am one of the coaches, I actually said it when I wasn’t around the group. Conditions in England will suit our style of play … I think Australia will be the one of the main contenders for sure,” Ponting said.Australia’s pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood are also nursing injuries and they would also be back contention once fit. The two pacemen have not been picked in the squad to tour India for a limited-overs series comprising 2 Twenty20 Internationals and 5 ODIs.advertisement”We went to World Cups with Michael Bevan injured, Darren Lehmann suspended, Warney (Shane Warne) went home and Jason Gillespie went home. World Cups very rarely run exactly to plan.”All the planning right now is we will have all those guys in the squad and if we do, it looks as good as any squad on paper,” Ponting said.Ponting, who is also the head coach of Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League, will join the Australian team after the T20 league.Australia start their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1. Australia will also play two warm-up games against England on May 25 and Sri Lanka on May 27 in Southampton.Also Watch:last_img read more

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Getafe vs Barcelona: Dembele starts

first_imgBarcelona play their first match of 2019 when they take on Getafe at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Sunday.The Catalan club ended 2018 with four straight wins in La Liga , and now aim to continue that form after the winter break.Getafe, meanwhile, sit in seventh, one place higher than their final position last term, and are four games unbeaten in the league. They fell to respective 2-0 defeats against the two Madrid clubs earlier in the season however, and will be in for a tough evening against the Spanish champions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Azulones did scrap for a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou 11 months ago but they lost the home fixture 2-1 against Barca last season.  Game Getafe vs Barcelona Date Sunday, January 6 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) . New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown on television but can be streamed on Eleven Sports. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports Squads & Team News Position Getafe squad Goalkeepers Soria, Chichizola, Yanez Defenders Djene, Miquel, Gonzalez, Cabrera, Antunes, Suarez, Foulquier Midfielders Bergara, Flamini, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Shibasaki, Cristoforo, Saiz, Portillo, Ndiaye, Alejo, Ibanez,  Forwards Mata, Rodriguez, Guardiola, Molina The hosts are without Amath Ndiaye for the remainder of the season and Markel Bergara is sidelined with a fractured arm. Confirmed Getafe XI: Soria; Suarez, Antunes, Cabrera, Antunes; Foulquier, Maksimovic, Arambarri, Portillo; Mata, Molina. Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Miranda, Vermaelen, Murillo Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal, Denis Suarez, Arthur, Alena Forwards Messi, Luis Suarez, Coutinho, Dembele, Munir Barca are missing Thomas Vermaelen, Rafinha and Samuel Umtiti through injury, but Ernesto Valverde does have new signing Jeison Murillo available.Sergio Busquets has returned to training but faced a late fitness test and did not make the XI.Confirmed Barcelona XI:  Ter Stegen; Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Robert; Vidal, Rakitic, Arthur; Messi, Dembele, Suarez.Betting & Match Odds Barcelona are the favourites with  bet365  who rate the Catalans’ chances at 2/5. Getafe meanwhile are 13/2 to win, while a draw is priced at 4/1.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview Ernesto Valverde BarcelonaThe goalless draw at Camp Nou last term came as a shock and it was one of only three league games the champions failed to win at home during the whole season. Unsurprisingly, Barca have shown strong form again this year and finished 2018 on the top of the table, three points ahead of Atletico Madrid. They have been the highest scoring team in La Liga by a distance so far, netting 48 times in 17 games – 18 more than any other side.But Getafe have the second best defensive record in the Spanish top flight having conceded just 13 times, a record only beaten by Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, so this could be one of the sterner tests for Barcelona’s forwards.Ahead of the game, Valverde said: “We suffered to beat them in Getafe last season and were unable to score when we met them at home. They’re a side who are pressing high up the pitch and doing so with great conviction. Their position in the table says it all.”That suggests Barca are not taking their hosts lightly as they aim to ward off pressure from Atletico at the top of the table.Both sides will feature in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey in mid-week, but don’t expect either set of players to be distracted when they go head-to-head this evening.last_img read more

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