POOR BROADBAND SERVICE IN DONEGAL MUST BE ADDRESSED – McCONALOGUE

first_imgDonegal’s internet service is sub-standard.Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue has described a series of broadband outages in Moville as completely unacceptable. The service was unavailable for over 6 hours yesterday, during peak business hours.Charlie McConalogue TDDeputy McConalogue said this is a completely unacceptable situation. “The broadband service in Moville has been substandard for years. Every few months the signal fails and homes and businesses in the town and surrounding areas are left without a broadband connection. Despite an intermittent service, customers are still being charged in full, and are understandably frustrated by the situation.“The poor level of broadband service in this county has become more and more evident over the last four years. For all their promises and policy pledges, the digital divide has grown under this government. The latest National Broadband Plan commits the Government to providing broadband provision within 5 years. However, this is kicking the can down the road to 2021 for the many communities and businesses that need high speed internet now.”He added this government has presided over a broadband market that is the third most expensive in Europe.“Despite the high charges, the quality of the service, particularly here in Donegal, is completely substandard. This puts businesses here at a serious competitive disadvantage. High speed broadband is taken for granted in most urban centres but here in Donegal it is intermittent and unreliable. The service in Donegal leaves businesses without access to the internet, credit card facilities or online booking and shopping services. This is not conducive to good business practice. “Under the government’s plan, more than half of all homes and businesses in Donegal will have to wait up until 2021 for broadband services by State intervention planned under the Government’s National Broadband Plan. That is not acceptable and is typical of Fine Gael and Labour’s attitude to rural Ireland. Roll out of fibre optic cable broadband is the best way to bridge the digital divide especially in rural counties.“Fianna Fáil supports the roll out of fibre optic broadband directly to all premises in the state through 3 means – direct state intervention, commercial operators, and facilitate community solutions such as group broadband schemes. I will continue to campaign for high-speed fibre internet broadband to be brought to every home in this county. The importance of connecting homes and businesses to high speed broadband is as important as bringing electricity to rural Ireland was many decades ago”, concluded McConalogue.POOR BROADBAND SERVICE IN DONEGAL MUST BE ADDRESSED – McCONALOGUE was last modified: October 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare 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:broadbanddeputy charlie mcconaloguelast_img read more

QPR v Millwall line-ups: Mackie fit, Sylla back, Lions duo out

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesQPR have named an unchanged starting line-up for tonight’s London derby at Loftus Road.Jamie Mackie went off after picking up a knock against Ipswich on Saturday but has been passed fit to play.Idrissa Sylla is back in Rangers’ matchday squad and has been included among the substitutes.Meanwhile, Millwall are without the injured Tom Elliott and the suspended Aiden O’Brien.QPR: Smithies; Baptiste, Onuoha, Robinson; Wszolek, Scowen, Luongo, Freeman, Bidwell; Washington, Mackie.Subs: Lumley, Furlong, Manning, Smith, LuaLua, Wheeler, Sylla.Millwall: Archer, McLaughlin, Meredith, Hutchinson, Williams, Gregory, Ferguson, Wallace, Webster, Morison, Saville.Subs: Martin, Craig, Cooper, Romeo, Tunnicliffe, Twardek, Onyedinma.last_img read more

Solving a Global Cultural Crisis Without Moral Authority

first_imgOne cannot order scientists what not to do without appealing to a higher authority than man.“Human germline editing needs one message,” said the editors of Nature last week. “Science academies and the World Health Organization must act in unison.” There’s that word must. Like should and ought, the word implies morality. Scientists must do something. Scientists must not do other things. Says who?The speed of technological advance, coupled with some scientists’ determination to press ahead with editing human germline cells — eggs, sperm and embryonic cells — has been sounding alarm bells for nearly five years. Editing could produce unpredictable changes that an individual’s descendants will inherit — with potentially wide-reaching societal implications. Academies, governments and ethicists have been considering how to regulate this. But the manner in which it is being done is suboptimal.The editors must be kidding themselves. These are the very people who have pushed Darwinian evolution on the world since Darwin was still alive, who appreciated the good publicity he got from Nature magazine. The same Darwinian worldview is promoted by most science academies and the World Health Organization on whom they rely to “do something” about this crisis.On what basis are they going to tell other scientists what they must do? Is it because human brains “appeared” by the Stuff Happens Law, and “evolved” to cooperate? Their worldview promotes non-cooperation and a universal struggle for dominance even more than it conceivably might promote cooperation.Their worldview also believes that humans came to dominance by chance mutations. They believe that accidental events, perhaps a meteorite impact, turned tree-climbing apes into savannah hunter-gatherers who took over the world by learning how to control fire. All those things were selfish and utilitarian, not “moral” by any stretch. And now, humans are causing other “potential wide-reaching societal implications,” they believe, such as destroying the planet by anthropogenic climate change. Is that “suboptimal” too?There are some within the evolutionary camp who believe it is inevitable that humans will meld with machines, which will eventually discard their fleshy parts and evolve into cyborgs that will reproduce around the galaxy. So why do they think they can say, “Thou shalt not edit the human germline,” when that is the very thing their worldview expects?In their morality, the culture with the most fitness wins. Do they really think they can stop rogue regimes, like China, Iran, or North Korea, from doing whatever it takes to dominate the world? If there is any ‘good’ in Darwinism, it is that: Dominance. Power. Fitness. Survival. Stuff will happen, and there’s nothing they can do about it.Their imago dei is showing. Something deep in their hearts is crying out, saying that tampering with the human germline is dangerous (which it is). Without any appeal to a Creator God who makes the rules, these editors’ pleas are whispers in the wind.By the way, God is doing something about it. But He gave us fair warning that things are going to go from bad to worse—a lot worse—under a tyrannical world ruler possessed by Satan, whom mankind chose over their Creator. The catastrophic collapse of human effort to control the world will display forever the weakness of Satan as well as the futility of fallen man to solve his deepest problems and meet her greatest needs. Take the way of escape while you can.Credit: Decision Magazine cover, Dec 1966.(Visited 256 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cape Town’s spectacular Cycle Tour

first_imgTaking you back to 1978 when Cape Town Cycle Tour started, here’s how the event evolved over the years.More than 30,000 cyclists take part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour where they tackle a 109km route. (Image: Cape Town Tourism)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa’s Cape Town Cycle Tour, the world’s largest individually timed cycle race – and the first event outside Europe to be included in the International Cycling Union’s Golden Bike Series – sees over 35 000 cyclists tackling a 109km route around Cape Town that is as spectacular as it is gruelling.Traditionally staged on the second Sunday of March, the country’s biggest one- day sporting event is fast becoming a major international drawcard – foreign entries topped 2 000 in 2006 – and increasingly a boon for business and tourism in the Western Cape.Lifecycle WeekEvents preceding the Cycle Tour, which make up Lifecycle Week, include the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Mountain Bike Challenge, Tricycle Junior Cycle Tours, and the Cycle Tour Expo, South Africa’s largest cycling, health and fitness exhibition.Charities have also become big winners at the Cycle Tour. In 2007, over R3- million was donated to the race’s two official charities, the Pedal Power Association and the Rotary Club of Claremont in Cape Town.HistoryThe idea for the Cape Town Cycle Tour can be traced back to 1978, when Bill Mylrea and John Stegmann organised the Big Ride-In to draw attention to the need for cycle paths. The Ride-In, held under the auspices of the Western Province Pedal Power Association, was well received and drew hundreds of cyclists, including the Mayor of Cape Town.From this event the idea was planted that a long-distance race should take place and be known as the Peninsula Marathon. Before the race was run for the first time, the name was changed: the Cape Argus newspaper stepped in to sponsor the race, and thus the Argus Cycle Tour was born.Year later with Pick n Pay and Momentum joining in as sponsors, the formally known Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour was officially renamed the Cape Town Cycle Tour in September 2014.1978Five hundred and twenty-five starters lined up for the start of the 1978 race, and 446 cyclists made it across the finishing line as Lawrence Whittaker won the event in a shade over three hours, edging out W van der Merwe by one second for the victory.Janice Theis became the first women’s winner, finishing in a time of 4:35:00. J and R Stegmann were the winners of the tandems, while 65-year-old JO Clough was the oldest finisher in a time of 6:25:00. It is interesting to note that a top-class bicycle at that time cost between R300 and R500!1979At the request of Captour, the date for the 1979 Argus Cycle Tour was changed to coincide with the Cape Town festival, and the number of entrants almost doubled as 999 competitors set off on the 105-kilometre route. 239 failed to make it to the finish line.Hans Degenaar improved the men’s record by three seconds short of 10 minutes, in a time of 2:52:28, while Janice Theis again won the women’s event, bettering her winning time of the previous year by a staggering 58 minutes and 14 seconds as she lowered her record to 3:36:46. J Kennedy became the oldest competitor in the two- year history of the race when, at 74 years of age, he crossed the finish line in 5:19:45, while J and R Stegmann repeated as winners in the tandem category.1980Having missed the 1 000 mark by a single rider in 1979, the Argus topped that milestone in 1980, with 1 398 cyclists entering the race. It was also the first year that over 1 000 people finished, with 1 119 completing the picturesque route.Springbok cyclist Hennie Wentzel won in 3:02:18, edging out J Whittaker by a single second for the win. MG Gasson secured the women’s victory, while 67-year- old JO Clough was once more the oldest competitor. J and R Stegmann completed a hat trick of wins on their tandem.1981To counteract congestion at the on-ramp to the Eastern Boulevard, the start of the 1981 race was moved to Hertzog Boulevard, where it has remained to the present day.Ertjies Bezuidenhout set a new record winning time of 2:47:42, while the women’s record remained intact as A Wood triumphed in 3:40:01, over three minutes off Janice Theis’ 1979 time. Seventy-four-year-old A Wilson was the oldest finisher in an impressive 4:52:00, while there were new winners in the tandem category as F and A du Toit succeeded the victors of the previous three competitions J and R Stegmann.1982Due to the large number of competitors the race was attracting, the Western Province Pedal Power Association reached an agreement with the Rotary Club of Claremont that saw Rotary taking on the organisation of the race, which it used to help it raise funds for community projects. This remained the arrangement until 2000, when the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust was formed.Ironically, for the first time in 1982 there was no significant increase in the number of entrants as the field increased from 1 669 competitors in 1981 to 1698 competitors in 1982. There were actually 25 less finishers than the previous year.In a shock result, the unregistered Mark Pinder took the line honours, although his winning time rose above three hours. M le Roux broke the women’s record despite less than perfect conditions, while T Clayton, aged 71, was the oldest male finisher and E Gouws, aged 67, the oldest female finisher. F du Toit and W Smith secured victory in the tandems.1983There was a major increase of about 600 cyclists for the 1983 event, and there was also an interesting result as the tandem team of F du Toit and W Smith were first across the line in 2:41:46, the fastest time yet for the Argus.Robbie McIntosh was the first individual cyclist across the finishing line in a touch under 2:50. H Smithers clipped over 13 minutes off the women’s record with her time of 3:21:20, while A Wilson became the oldest finisher in the history of the race at the age of 76. His time was a very respectable 4:40:24.1984The number of entries once again failed to climb much in 1984, with only 71 more cyclists taking part than the previous year. For the first time, however, there were more than 2 000 finishers as Lloyd Wright took the win in 2:43:51, followed across the line by the previous year’s winners, F du Toit and W Smith.Isavel Roche-Kelly provided another new women’s record with a time of 3:19:14. A Wilson, at age 77, returned again to add another year to his record as the oldest finisher. With 85% of starters finishing the race, it was the highest percentage of finishers in the history of the race.1985In 1985 the entry topped 3 000, and almost 2 500 starters made it to the finish. Tandems reigned supreme as Alistair MacDonald and J Heard recorded the fastest winning time yet of 2:43:12, with Hennie Wentzel the first individual finisher over a minute back.Louise van Riet Lowe was the first woman across the finish line in a time just two minutes slower than the overall winning time in the first tour. A Wilson returned to up his record as the oldest cyclist to complete the race to 78 years of age.1986Ertjies Bezuidenhout secured his second Argus victory in 1986, five years after his first success in the event. His winning time of 2:40:20 improved on the record set by F du Toit and W Smith by over a minute.There was a significant improvement in the women’s race as Cathy Carstens became the first lady to break the three-hour mark, clocking a superb 2:49:00. The Argus would hear much more from her over the next number of years. Seventy- eight-year old M Symington equalled A Wilson’s record as oldest finisher, and for the first time there were over 3 000 finishers.1987Entries surged by almost 2 500 for the 1987 Argus as the field increased to a sizeable 5 934 for the 10th anniversary of the race. Conditions were, however, not nearly as favourable as the previous year, and this led to fewer cyclists completing the course in under 03:30, despite the massive increase in numbers.Hennie Wentzel took the win in 2:43:05, while Cathy Carstens, the women’s winner in 2:49:00 the previous year, could manage “only” 03:03:24 this time around. A Wilson became the first octogenarian to complete the race, something he managed in the superb time of 3:51:34!1988If 1987’s rise in entries by 2 500 to almost 6 000 was impressive, then 1988’s rise to almost 11 000 was spectacular. For the second time, Lloyd Wright, on an unconventional cycle, won the event in 2:33:03. So unexpected was his win and time that M-Net, on board as a sponsor for the first time, had to ask him to cross the finishing line for a second time!Willie Engelbrecht was the fastest conventional finisher, almost four minutes slower than Wright, while Cathy Carstens again dipped under three hours to win the women’s race.1989Once more there was a solid increase in the size of the field and a noteworthy milestone was achieved as over 10 000 cyclists completed the event for the first time in 1989. Due to overcrowding, the finish was moved from the Main Road at Camps Bay to Maiden Cove, thus lengthening the race by a kilometre.Lloyd Wright again proved too strong on his unconventional bicycle, finishing the course in 2:37:35. Willie Engelbrecht, almost 12 minutes behind Wright, was the first conventional finisher. Cathy Carstens notched her three-peat in the women’s event, while M Symington, at age 81, became the oldest finisher in the 12-year history of the Argus.1990Lloyd Wright was back at it again in 1990, upstaging the conventional cyclists with his unconventional cycle, as he clocked a time of 2:40:29. Willie Engelbrecht closed the gap on Wright, but still could not catch him as he needed a minute-and- a-half more to complete the race.Cathy Carstens continued her domination of the women’s event, again finishing in under three hours. My Symington returned to up his age record by a year to 82, while for the first time there were over 2 000 finishers in under the benchmark 03:30.1991In 1991 the 15 000-entry mark was passed as Pick ‘n Pay became a naming rights sponsor, resulting in the event becoming “The Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour”. Robbie McIntosh set a new standard as he turned in a time of 2:28:46 for a superb victory.In the women’s race there was a changing of the guard as Rene Scott, a Springbok triathlete, bettered Cathy Carsten’s record set in 1986 by almost five minutes to 2:44:04.1992The Giro del Capo, a four-stage race for professional and leading registered riders, was introduced in 1992, ultimately resulting in the introduction of many top riders to the Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour.Tough conditions made the 1992 race a very difficult event. 3 940 starters out of the field of 17 274 failed to finish. The tandem team of Richard Chesterton and Chris van Zyl recorded the fastest time of 02:49:02, nearly five minutes slower than the winning time of 1991 women’s winner Rene Scott. Steven Wolhuter was the first conventional finisher in a time of 2:50:43.1993Wimpie van der Merwe, riding a recumbent in ideal weather conditions, set the fastest time in the history of the race in 1993, recording a blistering 2:16:40. His time was an incredible 14 minutes and 17 seconds ahead of runner-up David George.Kim Carter triumphed in the women’s event, while I Buratovich and K Gaynor took the tandem honours in 02:45:14. S Smit, aged 80, was the oldest finisher.19941994 was a significant year as the entry for the Argus topped 20 000, with 400 of those coming from beyond South Africa’s borders.Willie Engelbrecht claimed a long-awaited win in a good time of 2:23:22, while J Martin topped the women’s race with a time of 2:49:19. The combination of A de Kock and H Botes lifted the top tandem title. The Giro, meanwhile, attracted 70 foreign riders.1995The next big milestone to fall to the Argus came about in 1995 as the field increased to over 25 000. Over 20 000 cyclists managed to finish. Swede Mikael Anderson took the line honours in a hasty 2:22:56, while J Martin repeated as women’s champion in just over two-and-a-quarter hours.S Smit, aged 82, equalled M Symington’s record as the oldest finisher, while O Stielau and T Roolvink won the tandem race. Lloyd Wright finished in exactly two- and-a-half hours on his unconventional cycle.1996The Cape weather played up again in 1996 as Tomas Liese won the Argus in 2:40:16, over 17 minutes off Mikael Anderson’s winning time of the year before. Erica Green grabbed the women’s title in a shade under three hours as 6 417 riders failed to make it to the finish.B Warner was the oldest finisher at age 82, while A McKenzie lifted the women’s record to 70 years of age. The Dutch pairing of Henry Brokers and his blind partner, Olympian Jan Mulder, won the tandem event. Included in the list of entrants was five-time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx.1997Over 30 000 people entered the 1997 Argus. In a tight sprint finish, Kurt Arvesan edged out top South African Robbie Hunter for the victory as both riders clocked 2:38:47.Erica Green retained her women’s title, needing just four seconds more than her winning time in 1996. B Warner upped the age record to 83 years, while M Warner upped the women’s record to 71 years. H Wentzel and M Weedall won the tandems in 2:48:01.1998Entries topped out at 34 162 in 1998. Malcolm Lange nailed down a South African victory, outsprinting Neil MacDonald for the win in a time of 2:39:52. Anke Erlank took over as the women’s winner, with 1993 champion Kim Carter finishing second.Eighty-four-year-old B Warner returned for another year at age 84, while M Warner, age 72, improved on the women’s age record. H Wentzel and M Weedall repeated as tandem champions.1999In 1999 transponders were used for the first time to monitor the cyclists and provide accurate finishing times. The title stayed in South African hands as Jacques Fullard grabbed the winner’s glory in a sprint finish.M Lombardi claimed the women’s title in 2:52:55. M Warner improved the female age record to 73 years and S Richardson and Moolman Welgemoed won the tandem section in 2:40:40.2000The world’s largest individually timed cycle race attracted almost 40 000 starters in 2000. Due to dangerous rock falls on Chapman’s Peak, the decision was taken to change the race route, resulting in a 109-kilometre race.Morne Bester was the surprise victor in the men’s race, clocking 2:39:35, while Anriette Schoeman annexed the ladies’ title in 2:57:34. M Warner, at age 74, returned to improve her women’s age record, and S Richardson and M Welgemoed once again were the first tandem team across the finish line.2001In 2001 the magical 40 000 mark was eclipsed by 15 cyclists as the Argus continued to grow in popularity, and many cyclists had to be turned away. A huge honour was accorded the event, as it became part of the UCI (International Cycling Union) Golden Bike Series, raising its international profile even more. It was the first time a race outside of Europe had been included on the Golden Bike Calendar.Douglas Ryder snatched the men’s victory on the finish line with a well-timed sprint, securing the win in 2:31:57. Anriette Scoeman repeated as the top lady, while Hennie Wentzel and M Weedall returned to winning ways in the tandems. Lloyd Wright for the umpteenth time won the unconventional category.2002Dangerous weather conditions led to the Tour being stopped for the first time in its history in 2002. Temperatures rising to 28 degrees had been predicted, but these surged to as much as 42 degrees in some parts. With heat stroke, dehydration and other heat-related injuries affecting cyclists, the medical team recommended stopping the Tour at Ou Kaapse Weg just before three in the afternoon.Nonetheless, 28 440 cyclists still made it across the finish line in Green Point. Australian rider Allan Davis of Mapei Quickstep claimed the men’s win ahead of German rider Martin Muller in second place and South Africa’s David George in third. Anriette Schoeman claimed her third successive women’s title, while Jonathan Brittan and Bill Moore topped the tandem finishers.2003Conditions were much more forgiving in 2003, leading to record setting times by the winners of both the men’s and women’s races. Malcolm Lange, whose sprinting talents have taken him over the 300-victory total, claimed the men’s race in 2:29:59, while Anriette Schoeman proved that she remained queen of the event with a fourth win in succession in 2:54:02.2004The contestants in 2004 included five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain and two-time winner of the Tour de France Laurent Fignon. 2004 also featured a return to the traditional route along Chapman’s Peak that had last been raced in 2000.Victory in the men’s race went to Italian sprinter Antonio Salomone, who managed to win despite suffering a puncture five kilometres from the finish; quick work from his Barloworld teammate, David George, saved the day. The women’s title went to Anke Erlank, who ended Anriette Schoeman’s four-on-the-trot winning streak in the race.2004 also marked a return for the route over Chapman’s Park and it was heartily welcomed by the Argus competitors. Online entries opened and closed within 65 online hours!2005In 2005, the Argus introduced a two-stage entry system whereby applicants who met certain criteria were guaranteed entry. A medal was also introduced for cyclists who completed both the 55km mountain bike challenge the week before the Cycle Tour and then the tour itself.The Hand Cycle Race, with R20 000 prize money up for grabs, was introduced. South Africa’s Ernst van Dyk, the Laureus Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability for 2006, took victory in three hours, 21 minutes and 10 seconds.Russell Downing won the men’s race in 2:37:50, while Anke Erlank claimed the women’s title in 3:00:19.Foreign entries topped 2 000 for the first time ever.2006Favourable weather conditions in 2006 led to faster times by an average of 10 minutes. Stefan Rodochla won the men’s race in 2:34:28, Anriette Schoeman took the women’s honours in 2:59:08 and Ernst van Dyk successfully defended his hand cycle crown.Japie Malan (86) was the oldest male finisher and Mary Warner (80) the oldest female finisher.2007The 30th anniversary of the Cycle Tour saw the honouring of seven cyclists – Neil Bramwell, Louis de Waal, Steph du Toit, Gareth Holmes, Stephen Stefano, Alex Stewart and Neville Yeo – who had taken part in every edition of the race.Team Barloworld’s star sprinter Robert Hunter, who went on to become the first South African to win a stage of the Tour de France later in the year, provided a home victory in the men’s race. Anke Erlank, meanwhile, beat her record in the women’s race, winning in a time of 2:48:29.The race incluced three Tour de France greats, namely Greg LeMond, Jan Ullrich and Steven Rooks. Japie Malan (87) added another year to his record as the oldest finisher ever.2008Excellent weather conditions in 2008 resulted in an extremely fast race. Pre-race favourites, Team Barloworld, lived up to their billing as Felix Cardenas and Chris Froome set Robbie Hunter for a successful defence of the title he had won the previous year.His winning time was two hours, 27 minutes and 30 seconds, a new record by more than five minutes over the previous mark he had set in his 2007 victory.MTN Energade’s Cherise Taylor became the youngest ever winner of the women’s race at just 18 years of age. Lynette Burger of Cyclelab Toyota followed her across the finish line, with five-time champion Anriette Schoeman in third.2009Windy conditions that David Bellairs, co-director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, said made the race the toughest in 20 years, greeted participants in the 2009 race.Robbie Hunter’s attempt to win a third Argus Cycle Tour in succession came up short as Medscheme’s Aaron Brown scored an upset victory. Nolan Hoffman finished in third place.Victory in the women’s race went to Jennie Stenerhag of the Swedish National Team in a time of three hours, six minutes, and one second. Five-time winner Anriette Schoeman of Nashua finished second, with MTN’s Marissa van der Merwe in third. Defending champion Cherise Taylor had to settle for fifth.2010The 2010 Cycle Tour attracted the world’s most famous cyclist Lance Armstrong, who took part in the event with his Team RadioShack team-mate, South African Daryl Impey.The seven-time Tour de France winner didn’t capture the Cycle Tour victory, however, as Malcolm Lange of Team Medscheme won his 407th race and his third Cycle Tour title. He was followed across the finishing line by SA road race champion Christoff van Heerden and Impey.Anriette Schoeman won the women’s race for a record sixth time. Previously she and Willie Engelbrecht had each achieved five victories. Robyn de Groot placed second and British rider Catherine Williamson third.2011In 2011, Team Bonitas Medscheme claimed a one-two in the men’s race as Tyler Day captured the honours in a sprint finish ahead of his team-mate and defending champion, Malcolm Lange, who was competing in the final race of his professional career. Third went to Herman Fouche of DCM.Day’s victory was the third by Bonitas Medscheme in as many years and it came in a record time for the 110km course of .Cherise Taylor of Team USN lifted the women’s crown for the second time, also in a record time of 2:49:45. Ashleigh Moolman Pasio of Nashua Toyota finished second and Catherine Williamson of Team BizHub third.2012After a tight contest in 2012, MTN Qhubeka’s Reinhardt Jane van Rensburg sprinted to victory, ahead of Herman Fouche of Bonitas and Team Nu Water/CTM’s Jaco Venter. His winning time was 2:36:17.There was drama in the women’s race when a fall near the end taking down more than 20 of the leading riders.Momentum Toyota’s Ashleigh Moolman Pasio avoided the carnage to claim victory. BizHub’s Catharine Williamson improved upon her third place a year earlier by one place, while Lynette Burdger of the Cycle Lab Toyota Academy team finished third.2103Team Bonitas star Herman Fouche edged out 2011 champion Tyler Day of Team Westvall-BMC in a sprint for the men’s victory in 2013, with Christoff van Heerden finishing third to give Bonitas two men on the podium.A crash near the finish of the women’s race saw the end of British road champion Sharon Laws’ challenge and also took defending champion Ashleigh Moolman Pasio out of the running.Team Mecer rider Anriette Schoeman grabbed the win, her seventh in the race, ahead of USN’s Cherise Stadner and Sweden’s Jennie Stenerhag.Source: Cape Town Cycle Tour.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

10 months agoPSG coach Tuchel unsure of future for Barcelona target Rabiot

first_imgPSG coach Tuchel unsure of future for Barcelona target Rabiotby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG coach Thomas Tuchel admits Adrien Rabiot’s situation is in flux.The Parisians do not want to lose the 23-year-old and will fight until the end as they look to sign him to a long-term deal, though Rabiot’s agent – his mother Veronique – has reportedly been in Barcelona negotiating a move.”It’s not an easy situation for him,” Tuchel said about Rabiot.”He’s not the first player to have this problem in the dressing room, but he’s still working everyone else and is very professional.”It is what I expect of him and I am sure it will stay like that; we must be [professional], too.”The dressing room knows his situation.”It is a complicated market situation, he is our player and everything can happen.”It is a situation between the club and the player.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoTwo Liverpool fans assaulted in Naples

first_imgTwo Liverpool fans assaulted in Naplesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTwo Liverpool fans were assaulted prior to the Champions League clash with Napoli on Tuesday.Both fans were assaulted before kick-off but were able to attend the game.The police statement read: “At around 6pm local time (5pm GMT), it was reported a number of males on scooters approached the fans at a bar in the city before assaulting them.”Two men from the UK, aged 26 and 46, sustained superficial cuts and grazes to the head and were treated at the scene before continuing to attend the match.”Local police are aware and Merseyside Police are working with police colleagues in Naples to assist in the policing of the Champions League fixture.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

21 days agoArsenal hero Podolski mocks Spurs with Gnabry nomination

first_imgArsenal hero Podolski mocks Spurs with Gnabry nominationby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Lukas Podolski enjoyed a dig at Tottenham by claiming Serge Gnabry should be the Gunners’ player of the month.Former Arsenal youngster Gnabry bagged four as he returned to north London to take on his former side’s biggest rivals, Spurs.The four goals of strikes helped complete an staggering 7-2 victory for Bayern Munich at White Hart Lane.On Thursday evening, Arsenal tweeted a pole for their player of the month for September – and Podolski came back with a cheeky response, reports the Mirror.Matteo Guendouzi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Calum Chambers and Emiliano MartInez were listed by Arsenal as the nominees.But Podolski had other ideas – and replied to the tweet with a GIF video of Gnabry waving. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Construction continues at Centennial Park

first_imgCity staff remind residents this continues to be an active construction area, and there is no public access availableThe budget for the project was $5.5 million for the redevelopment of the park to facilitate a new permanent stage, picnic shelter, a pedestrian walkway, formal garden, washroom, and two playgrounds.To view more on Capital Projects, CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN. B.C. – The staff of the City of Fort St. John are reminding residents of the ongoing construction at the Centennial Park.Within the next few weeks, crews will be moving into phase 2, which will see the west portion under construction and the east section open for use, shares staff of the City.To prepare for the move, city staff share the Grounds Department have been removing plants from the Formal Gardens for use in other areas of the city.last_img read more

Taapsee wants to learn pole dancing from Jacqueline

first_imgMumbai: Actor Taapsee Pannu says she wants to learn pole dancing from her Judwaa 2 co-star Jacqueline Fernandez. She said this on a talk show recently. Asked what would she do if Jacqueline was her neighbour, Taapsee said: “I think we’ll be working out together, she works out really crazy. I don’t mind learning pole dancing from her. I know I’ll be horrible at it but I really want to work out with her,” she added. The actor wants to be filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s best friend. “I want to be his best friend and tag along to fancy Hollywood parties. It is my ultimate desire to attend Hollywood parties,” she said. Taapsee worked with Kashyap in Manmarziyaan and is working with him again in a supernatural thriller. At the moment, Taapsee is busy with Saand Ki Aankh, which also features Bhumi Pednekar. It is based on old sharpshooters – Chandro Tomar and her sister-in-law Prakashi Tomar. Chandro, 87, and Prakashi, 82, are from Uttar Pradesh’s Johri village and reportedly took up sharpshooting in their 50s. Chandro, fondly called shooter ‘dadi’, is among the world’s oldest female sharpshooters. Directed by Tushar Hiranandani, Saand Ki Aankh also features Prakash Jha and Vicky Kadian in pivotal roles.last_img read more

Poonam files nomination from Lucknow to contest against Rajnath Singh

first_imgLucknow: Samajwadi Party (SP) nominee Poonam Sinha, wife of actor-turned politician Shatrughan Sinha who had rebelled against the BJP leadership, on Thursday filed her nomination papers for the Lucknow parliamentary seat from where Union Minister Rajnath Singh is seeking re-election. Accompanied by SP MP Dimple Yadav and Shatrughan Sinha, Poonam filed her papers at the Collectorate as the candidate for the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in the seat, which goes to polls on May 6. Clad in a green saree, the SP nominee, who had joined the party two days ago, arrived at the Collectorate in the afternoon after a road show. Thursday is the last date for filing of nominations for the seat. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Her husband, Shatrughan Sinha, was present during the filing of the nomination as well as the road show, which was taken out from the party office. The road show up till the Collectorate passed through the main market of the state capital where Dimple Yadav was seen waving at the crowd carrying flags of the SP and the BSP. Sinha, who had recently quit the BJP, has joined the Congress and is contesting from the Patna Sahib seat in Bihar. The SP had Wednesday announced the candidature of Poonam Sinha from the prestigious seat. Earlier in the day, accompanied by SP leaders, Poonam Sinha had filed another set of papers at the Collectorate.last_img read more