By Iacovos ConstantinouAPOLLON v Omonia in Limassol is the standout game of the 19th round of the Cyprus football championship this weekend. Elsewhere, leaders AEK are at home to AEL while bottom of the table Ayia Napa entertain second-placed Anorthosis. Following their unexpected defeat against Ethnikos last Monday, Apollon will be looking to put their championship charge back on track against much improved Omonia.Papoulis is a major doubt for the game as he picked up an injury during a training session and with Guie’s absence a certainty, Apollon coach Pedro Emmanuel may have to rejig his forward line even more.Omonia are enjoying a purple patch with four wins and a draw in their last five games. A win over Apollon will see them leapfrog their opponents into fourth place, a position they have not held since the early stages of the season.There are no injury concerns for the visitors who will be hoping that 38-year-old Nuno Assis will continue to impress with his virtuoso displays.Leaders AEK are up against AEL in what appears, on paper at least, to be an easy game for the Larnaca team. Their opponents are languishing in 11th place, having scored just ten goals.However they will be without the suspended duo of Tomas and Boljevic, both so influential in the middle of the park for AEK.Laban is expected to get a recall to the starting line-up while the other position may go to recent signing Rosa.Goal-shy AEL, precariously close to the relegation zone, will be hoping that their new signings of Stepanovic and Piech will give them some more cutting edge up front. Soares is expected to drop back into defence to replace the suspended Adrande.Second-placed Anorthosis will be favourites for their clash against Ayia Napa but they will need to improve irrespective of the position of their opponents.Seven points separate bottom of the league Ayia Napa with Paphos just above them, but their coach Kosmas said that his players will battle for survival until the very end, something that Anorthosis should not dismiss.APOEL seem to have bounced back from their surprise defeat to Doxa a couple of weeks ago with a couple of comfortable wins in the league and cup.With winter signings Gianniotas and Milanov slotting easily into the team and with an injury list dwindling, the home side should have few problems in overcoming Enosis.The visitors will be without the suspended trio of Budimir, van Ransbeeck and Bouwman, players that most often than not are in the starting line-up. Winter signing Santini is expected to make his debut in goal.The two other weekend games involve four mid-table teams that are separated by just three points.The pleasant surprise of the season so far Doxa travel to Limassol to face Aris while Ermis are at home to Ethnikos Achnas.The final game of the round takes place on Monday between struggling Paphos and sixth-placed Nea Salamina.Saturday: Apollon v Omonia (17.00), Ayia Napa v Anorthosis (18.00), AEK v AEL (19.00)Sunday: Ermis v Ethnikos Achnas (16.00), Aris v Doxa (17.00), APOEL v Enosis (18.00)Monday: Paphos FC v Nea Salamina (19.00)
The annual competition was launched in 2010 with intention of collecting funds that will be channeled in the KPL Under-19 tournament that is being held three times in a year (April, August and December) when the schools are on holiday.Speaking on Wednesday when conducting the draw, KPL CEO Jack Oguda, said the fourth edition will be spread across the Counties where the teams come from with Machakos, Nakuru and Kisumu being on fore front.“We realized it is a challenge trying to get more sponsors to join our league. We urge our fans to turn up in large numbers so that we can collect money for this year’s under-19 tournament. Last year we raised Sh1.3m (USD 15,194.2)“We want to develop soccer in the grass roots and that’s why we decided to take this year’s competition to regions where the league is played.“We will have a Governing Council meeting to determine which team plays who, when and the venue since we have to review the league’s fixture to ensure they don’t clash,” the KPL chief declared.KPL and Gor chairman Ambrose Rachier, said they are looking forward to start established youth structures that will see young footballers grow to the senior level.“GOR and AFC performed poorly in the continental scene simply because they were playing teams that have depth in terms of talent which they tap from a tender age. We should emphasize in youth football but not getting people who are above 20 years and start training them hoping they will compete with North Africans and teams from Europe.”Organisers earlier on announced the eight-team competition will be staged on weekends unlike its weekday floodlights tradition.Four teams will be eliminated in the preliminary knock out round with the same number earning berths to the semi-finals that will be played in home and away basis.At this stage KPL will cater for the teams logistics and allowances with the finals set for June 14 where the winner will take home Sh1m (USD 11, 534).Tusker beat Thika United United 5-3 on post-match penalties after 2-2 draw in regulation time to see them lift the third edition.No team has ever defended the title with Batoto Ba Mungu claiming the inaugural (2010) Ulinzi Stars (2011), K’Ogalo (2012) and the Brewers (2013).Fixtures:Gor Mahia Vs Thika UnitedAFC Leopards Vs BandariSofapaka Vs TuskerKCB Vs Ulinzi Stars 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, March 26 – League Champions Gor Mahia will battle it out with Thika United in the preliminary round of this year’s Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Top- Eight knock out tournament that kicks-off on the weekend of April 5 and 6.In other pairing Cup winners AFC Leopards will take on Bandari while Sofapaka will square it out with defending champions Tusker FC in the toughest as KCB play Ulinzi Stars.
Faced with increasingly dirty air and looming federal deadlines, Southland regulators on Friday approved a sweeping clean-air plan that would restrict everything from wood-burning fireplaces in new homes to charbroiling in restaurants. The far-reaching proposal includes 37 measures to cut pollution from new commercial and residential developments, require businesses to install the cleanest possible equipment and use less polluting solvents and cleaners. The air pollution plan also includes measures aimed at reducing paint-thinner emissions and gas station and refinery leaks. Truck-only lanes on the 710 and 15 freeways and electric rail lines from Los Angeles’ Westside to Ontario International Airport and from the ports to Inland Empire warehouses also have been proposed. “We’re in a crisis,” said Barry Wallerstein, executive officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, or AQMD, charged with monitoring and enforcing regional air-quality standards. While Southern California has made strides in cleaning up its air, the region still fails to meet federal standards for air pollution and remains one of the dirtiest in the nation. An estimated 5,400 people in the region die prematurely due to exposure to fine particles, generated largely by diesel exhaust, according to state estimates. The district faces a 2015 deadline to slash particulate pollution, and then an even tougher standard by 2020. The plan approved Friday sets out aggressive and broad goals to hit those particulate reductions and also relies on the state and federal governments to impose tougher restrictions to meet those goals. The plan is estimated to cost $2.3 billion a year while benefits – primarily from reduced health effects – are projected at $14.6 billion a year. The district also plans to ask for an extension, to 2024, to meet the federal ozone standard. But the plan still faces obstacles. Business operators testified Friday that some of the measures could be costly while providing minimal benefit. The entire plan also has to be approved by the state Air Resources Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. After that, each proposal also must go through an extensive rule-making process. Among the more controversial measures is a possible restriction on wood-burning fireplaces. The region must cut emissions of oxides of nitrogen by 192 tons per day by 2015 – and by 383 tons per day by 2020 – a 76 percent reduction from current rates. The wood rule could result in the equivalent of an 11-ton cut. The air board might consider a rule in September that would go into effect in 2012 in areas that exceed a certain level of soot pollution. Houses with fireplaces could be required to install gas lines or render fireplaces inoperable when the house is sold. Another idea is to simply prohibit burning on days when the pollution is forecast to be bad, maybe 20 days a year, officials estimate. Soot situation There are an estimated 1.9 million homes with fireplaces in Southern California out of about 5 million total housing units, regulators said. The proposed ban would affect all new homes in Los Angeles, Orange and portions of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. “Our concern is that for the amount of effort, the benefit is minuscule,” said Kathy Walker of the Corona-Norco Association of Realtors. “We do have a lot of lower-income people who do use their fireplaces for heat.” Meanwhile, cleaning the air is spread among three agencies: the AQMD has jurisdiction over refineries, factories and other businesses while the California Air Resources Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are responsible for cars, trucks, trains and ships, from which 80 percent of emissions are generated. But in its plan, the AQMD suggested new ways to combat pollution from mobile sources – such as requiring tougher smog checks for cars and reducing emissions from ships. And most of those sources ultimately fall within the jurisdiction of CARB or the federal government. To achieve its goals, the plan relies on successful implementation of dozens of air pollution control measures primarily by the state Air Resources Board, the EPA, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and the Southern California Association of Governments. Bob Wyman, an attorney and co-chairman of the environmental committee of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber generally agrees with the AQMD decision and has received assurances that the needs of the business community would be given careful consideration. “Chamber members unequivocably want clean air,” Wyman said. “Their concern is it be done in a way that’s conscious of the impact on business. And I think the (AQMD) board did that. The board in many instances explained their intention to be sensitive to employment and business growth needs.” AQMD board members told businesses that they would consider incentive-based approaches to emissions reduction, he said. “Our goal is to protect public health,” said Tina Cherry, a spokeswoman for the AQMD. “But we also want to be business-friendly as well.” Ultimately, the state air board believes restrictions on wood-burning fireplaces won’t be necessary because other elements of the air plan will do enough to reduce pollution. SCAG wants to build a high-speed nonpolluting rail line from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to move passengers and containers to the Inland Empire. The agency also wants a 142-mile separate truck lane from the ports to the 710 Freeway to Highway 60 to Interstate 15 toward Barstow. Together those projects would cost nearly $30 billion. And they could be done by 2015, eliminating 22 tons of particulates from the air per day, insists Mark Pisano, executive director of SCAG. “When we have earthquakes, floods, we get things done quickly,” he said. “We think we have an emergency.” Air quality 911 SCAG and the AQMD recently asked the governor and president to declare an air quality emergency. But other transportation officials said there is no way to get projects so expensive, complicated and ambitious finished in eight years. By comparison, the $1.2 billion 28-mile extension of Interstate 210 started with an environmental review in 1990 and 17 years later is just nearing completion. “A fully operational (magnetic levitation train) and 140 miles of truck lane in seven years or less just doesn’t pass the credibility test,” said Ty Schuiling of San Bernardino Associated Governments, that county’s transportation agency. A City News Service report was included in this story. email@example.com (916) 446-6723 Key points of the plan Tougher regulations for commercial charbroilers and wood-burning fireplaces, which would be banned indoors or outdoors in new developments. A high-speed train system carrying freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to San Bernardino. Trucks-only lanes on the Long Beach and Pomona freeways and Interstate 15. Lobbying the state to focus on reducing pollutants from cars, boats and trains. Limits on fireplace use on days when the air quality poses higher health risks.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Only 10 minutes elapsed from when a cargo ship began listing in rough seas until it was almost lying on its side, giving the crew little time to send out a distress signal, according to a volunteer who spoke with some of those rescued by helicopter. The 23 crew members were hoisted Monday night into two National Guard Pave Hawk helicopters and a Coast Guard chopper, then flown 230 miles north to Adak Island. The crew were cut and bruised, thirsty and ravenous when they arrived on the Alaska island, their muscles deeply strained from hours spent clinging to a ship that abruptly leaned into the North Pacific. “These guys are thrilled right now,” nurse practitioner Michael Terry said Tuesday from a clinic on Adak Island. “They feel so fortunate, so grateful things weren’t worse.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesA 41-year-old man from Myanmar with a broken ankle was flown to Anchorage, where he was listed in good condition Tuesday, authorities said. The rest of the Cougar Ace’s crew arrived later Tuesday in Anchorage. Crew members have been instructed not to discuss the matter, the ship’s captain, Nyi Nyi Tun, said through a clinic worker. Officials with the ship’s owner planned to interview them today, a spokesman said. The Singapore-flagged Cougar Ace – owned by Tokyo-based Mitsui O.S.K. Lines – was carrying nearly 5,000 vehicles from Japan to Vancouver, British Columbia, said Greg Beuerman, a spokesman for the ship owner. He said Tuesday the company was in talks with a salvage company, discussing several options for saving the vessel. It still wasn’t clear what had caused the ship to list. The ship was caught in rain squalls and 8- to 10-foot seas when it began to list. From Coast Guard aircraft circling overhead, officers spotted a 2-mile oil sheen in the choppy water. The ship was carrying 430 metric tons of fuel oil or 112 metric tons of diesel fuel, and it wasn’t clear how much had spilled into the sea.
Two first half goals set Mayo on their way to a 2-18 to 0-12 win over Donegal at McHale Park in Castlebar.The Connacht side led 2-10 to 0-08 at the break and held Donegal to just four second half points.Ronan Cullinane and Keith Higgins were Mayo’s goal scorers.It was a disappointing result for Donegal in this Division 3B clash, though they were up against a Mayo side with a 100 per cent record.Meanwhile two of this season’s Allianz Hurling League finals have been confirmed following this weekend’s round of matches.In Division 3A Wicklow and Derry will contest the final, while in Division 4 South Down and Tyrone will face-off for the title. Only the winner of those finals will gain promotion.HURLING: DONEGAL GO DOWN TO MAYO IN CASTLEBAR was last modified: March 27th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
REVEALED gameday cracker 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS If Liverpool beat Newcastle the title race will go down to the final day of the season. A defeat of Leicester on Monday means City will be one point ahead of their rivals, with Guardiola’s side visiting Brighton and Liverpool hosting Wolves next weekend.The former Barcelona boss is ignoring his rivals, however.“What we have to do is play Leicester,” Guardiola continued. “I am really impressed with them in their last games.Benjamin Mendy taunts Liverpool over Barca defeat with obscene celebrationEvery Premier League club’s Twitter popularity ratedThe Premier League and English Football League permutations ahead of this weekend“All we can do is focus on that.”Guardiola added on opponents Leicester: “The players know it is an incredible task but it is a final for us.” West Ham vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Cardiff vs Crystal Palace (Saturday 5:30pm) – talkSPORTDerby vs West Brom (Sunday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2 Liverpool fans hope Rodgers does his former team a favour by beating City huge blow LATEST Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REPLY tense shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ deals Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Kevin De Bruyne will NOT be fit to play Manchester City’s Premier League clash against Leicester due to injury, Pep Guardiola has confirmed.De Bruyne, the Belgium international, suffered a suspected muscle injury during last month’s 1-0 defeat of Tottenham, which forced him to be withdrawn before half-time. De Bruyne was forced to leave the pitch due to the injury he suffered against Spurs Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 2 He’s endured a fractured season beset by multiple injuries, and Guardiola admits he remains in the dark over De Bruyne’s fitness.Guardiola said: “I don’t know when he will be fit. Next Monday he is not available.”Midfielder Fernandinho is also a doubt for the match, which could win City the Premier League title should Liverpool lose to Newcastle on Saturday evening.Guardiola added: “I don’t know. I didn’t speak with the doctors.” The Manchester City boss also hailed the work done by Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers in such a short space of time.Rodgers left Scottish champions Celtic for Leicester in February.“Brendan has shown his incredible qualities as a manager,” Guardiola said.“In two months they already play the way he wants them to play.” Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move LIVE ON talkSPORT getty Guardiola feels that both Rodgers and Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez – both former Liverpool managers – will be aiming to win against the top two sides.Newcastle host title challengers Liverpool on Monday.“It’s the same. Brendan and Rafa were in Liverpool but they’ll want to win,” the Spaniard added.“I cannot imagine them not wanting to win the games.”“I cannot imagine Leicester’s players will come here for a holiday. They are going to try to make a good game.”
DONEGAL STAR Ryan McHugh says that the defeat to Donegal in the 2014 All-Ireland semi-final has taught Dublin how to be ‘more streetwise’.Dublin have won the last two All-Irelands and that defeat to Donegal in August 2014 is the last time the Dubs have been beaten in Championship football.McHugh scored two goals – with Colm McFadden netting the other – as Donegal stunned Jim Gavin’s Dublin to win 3-14 to 0-17. “I think they’re a lot more smart, a lot more streetwise. They’re just getting more experienced, they know how to win games,” McHugh said.“They’re extremely hard to play against. They’re such a good team with experienced players all over the pitch, no matter where it is. Just runners coming from everywhere.“You go out and you have to mark six forwards, it’s hard to leave men free. You don’t realise until you actually play against them.“Maybe in 2014 they were…it’s hard to know, if Diarmuid Connolly finishes the goal then we could be talking about a completely different thing. Football is thin margins. “Mayo know more about that than any other team, it’s extremely thin margins. You kick a point and you’re the best team in Ireland. Unfortunately if you miss it you’re the villain. That’s the way it goes, it’s football, you train all year, it’s tough. It’s such thin margins.”Having captured Sam Maguire in each of the last two Septembers, McHugh believes that the Dubs are rightfully seen as the number one team in the country at the moment.He said: “I read somewhere that Alex Ferguson, I think it was in a letter to Eric Cantona, said that every team when they play United it’s like a cup final.“I suppose teams in Ireland are facing Dublin now and it’s a cup final, it’s the biggest match when you’re playing the Dubs.“They’ll definitely go down as one of the best teams ever to play the game, with some of the best players ever to play the game. “It is phenomenal what they’re doing. It’s a great achievement so it’s going to be hard to knock them off that top spot.”Ryan McHugh: 2014 defeat by Donegal has made Dublin ‘smarter’ was last modified: December 8th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
Dons improve to 6-2By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Marshfield Columbus Catholic held Athens to just 16 percent shooting from the field on its way to a 54-30 blowout of the Bluejays in a nonconference girls basketball game Tuesday night at Columbus Catholic High School.Columbus (6-2) shot only 32 percent (21 of 65) but held Athens to a paltry 8 of 51 shooting and forced 20 turnovers in the win.Baylie Neider led the Dons with 14 points, which included three 3-pointers, and Kendra Baierl added 12 points and eight rebounds in the victory.Kenadi Diedrich had 13 points, and Gabriella Janke had 12 rebounds for Athens (2-4).Columbus Catholic hosts Gilman in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division game on Thursday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 54, Bluejays 30Athens 14 16 – 30Columbus Catholic 33 21 – 54ATHENS (30): Kaylan Schreiner 2-7 0-2 4, Kailey Schug 0-0 0-1 0, Emily Frick 0-1 0-0 0, Berenice Lira 0-0 0-0 0, Kenadi Diedrich 2-16 9-12 13, Gabriella Janke 1-7 0-1 2, Courtney Murkumski 0-0 0-0 0, Carley Lininski 3-7 0-2 6, Maria Zinkowich 0-7 5-6 5, Paula Lira 0-6 0-0 0, Abby VanRixel 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 8-51. FT: 14-24. 3-pointers: 0-4 (Janke 0-1, Zinkowich 0-1, Diedrich 0-2). Rebounds: 36 (Janke 12). Turnovers: 20. Fouls: 12. Fouled out: none. Record: 2-4.COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (54): Morgan Albrecht 3-14 0-0 8, Hailey Roehl 1-6 2-4 4, Bailey Neider 5-9 1-1 14, Maren Seefluth 1-2 1-1 3, Kendra Baierl 6-11 0-0 12, Mckenzie Hansen 0-2 0-2 0, Katie Hall 0-0 0-0 0, Natalie Pospyhalla 3-10 0-0 7, Zoe Stratman 0-0 0-0 0, Marissa Immerfall 2-11 2-5 6. FG: 21-65. FT: 6-13. 3-pointers: 6-13 (Neider 3-5, Albrecht 2-5, Pospyhalla 1-3). Rebounds: 36 (Baierl 8). Turnovers: 18. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 6-2.
The issue was brought to the media’s attention recently by Javier Castro Hernández, a postdoc in rheumatology at the University Hospital of the Canary Islands on Tenerife. Castro had ordered 29 knockout mice from Charles River Laboratories, headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, but the animals have been stranded at an animal facility in Madrid since late September, which costs money and is delaying research, Castro says.Canarian researchers say some 30 other biomedical research projects at the islands’ two universities and at university hospitals will be affected as well. Researchers who need transgenic mice from overseas have put their plans on hold, says Teresa Giraldez, who studies the role of ion channels in neurological diseases at the University of La Laguna on Tenerife. “We cannot take the risk that [the animals] get stuck in Madrid,” says Giraldez, who calls the situation “very worrisome.” Without access to transgenic mice, Castro says he’s “competing at a disadvantage” with mainland Spain.In recent years, animal rights groups have pressured the few airlines that still transported nonhuman primates for research into ending their service. Many companies, including British Airways, which merged with Iberia in 2011, have gone further and have halted shipments of all research animals; so have some ferry companies. Several scientific associations have expressed support for Air France, which is continuing to ship laboratory animals all over the world.An Iberia spokesperson says Canarian researchers still have other transport options, but researchers have been struggling to find a suitable alternative. The only solution that Castro and his institution could find for his mice is road transport to Lisbon, followed by a flight on Canarian airline Binter. But the long journey would create extra stress for the animals and drive up costs, says Castro, who’s hopeful that Spain’s civil aviation authority will negotiate a solution. Using a ferry for the more than 1200-kilometer trip across the Atlantic is logistically complex, Giraldez says.Nuno Franco, who studies laboratory animal welfare and ethics at the University of Porto in Portugal, calls the ban “poorly justified” and “damaging” to science. “Canarian scientists, their institutions, and science itself are being [held] hostage,” Franco says. “The issue goes beyond whether we should do animal research or not,” Giraldez says. Regulations across Spain are the same, she says, so “you can’t have discrimination of this type” between regions. BARCELONA, SPAIN—Two major airlines have stopped transporting laboratory animals from mainland Spain to the Canary Islands, an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. Their move has put research projects on the islands on hold and has left scientists and politicians scrambling for solutions. The ban is particularly problematic for researchers who need transgenic mice, which are often ordered from specialized labs.The issue may soon be debated in the Spanish parliament; some members want the federal government in Madrid to force the companies to lift their ban, according to a story in Spanish newspaper El País last week. At the request of the Canarian government, the Spanish civil aviation authority has been negotiating a possible solution with various airlines, local newspaper Diario de Avisos reports. Air Europa stopped transporting research animals last year, without providing an explanation. Iberia, Spain’s national airline, followed suit in March, citing international regulations and safety issues, including the possibility that mice might escape and damage the aircraft. But regulations don’t preclude animal shipments, and damage from escaped rodents “has never been reported in the history of aviation,” says a spokesperson for the European Animal Research Association (EARA) in London. EARA suspects the companies have given in to pressure from animal rights activists. 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Departures from the first floor and arrivals on the ground floor. If you think we are talking about the swanky terminals at the city airport, think again. That is how passengers will board and deboard trains at the New Delhi railway station in future, airport-style.That’s not all. Passengers will wait for trains in the comfort of AC lounges, there will be more foot overbridges, the platform walls will sport murals, floors will be tiled and visitors will be able to leave their vehicles at automated parking lots, among other facilities.Old Delhi railway station will get a Rs 50 crore makeover.The renovation is part of an ambitious modernisation plan the Indian Railways unveiled recently for the three main railway stations in the Capital – New Delhi, Old Delhi and Nizamuddin.The overall cost of the makeover is pegged at Rs 243 crore – Rs 155 crore for New Delhi, Rs 50 crore for Old Delhi and Rs 38 crore for Nizamuddin.The biggest share of the project cost will be spent on building automated parking lots at the three railway stations.At the New Delhi railway station, two automated parking lots will be built, one on the Ajmeri Gate side and the other on the Paharganj side at a cost of Rs 30 crore and Rs 94 crore respectively.The other two stations too will have similar parking lots.Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station will get a Rs 38 crore makeover.Besides, to beef up security outside the New Delhi railway station, access of visitors and vehicles will be controlled with automatic gates, spiked barriers and tyre killers.A grade separator will be built on Chelmsford Road, which is used by motorists to drive to and out of the station.advertisementAdditionally, the station will get 10ft-high concrete walls spiked with wires along tracks to stop trespassers from walking along tracks and ballastless tracks, or a continuous slab of concrete on whose surface rails are placed.Sitting on 1.9 lakh sqm, the New Delhi railway station has 16 platforms hosting 290 trains daily. The station earns a daily revenue of Rs 75 lakh. After the makeover, all trains will depart from the first floor to which access will be provided by elevators, ramps, staircases and escalators. All train arrivals will be on the ground floor.The Old Delhi and Nizamuddin railway stations will also see similar makeovers. Steel benches will replace the rickety ones on the platforms and the floors will be paved with tiles.The overhead bridges will be widened at Old Delhi so that electric vehicles carrying elderly and sick passengers can ply on them.