CSOs Want ECOWAS to Appoint Envoy on Ebola

first_imgCivil society organizations (CSOs) from the West African sub-region have called on the sub-regional bloc ECOWAS to appoint an envoy on Ebola. The ECOWAS based CSOs have stressed the severity of the deadly Ebola virus in the sub-region and are now urging ECOWAS to appoint a trained professional medical doctor as its envoy to join the World Health Organization (WHO) and governments to fight Ebola epidemic.Ebola has claimed the lives of over 1,552 people in West Africa and has infected nearly 3,000 people in five countries with Senegal being the latest African country to report the Ebola virus. In a statement signed over 95 CSOs from West Africa including the Open Society Initiative in West Africa (OSIWA), the group called on ECOWAS member states to appoint a leading, influential, strong and knowledgeable West African physician or health professional as ECOWAS Special Envoy on Ebola.According to the CSOs, the ECOWAS Special Envoy on Ebola will complement the efforts of WHO’s envoy Dr David Nabarro, help draw attention to the public health and humanitarian challenges posed by Ebola and become a regional voice and leader for a regional response plan led by African and international contributors. The Envoy could also be the voice calling for effective management and coordination of cross-border transportation and logistics. The challenge we face is extraordinary and ECOWAS needs to create a specialized platform to address this.“The current epidemic, which has been characterized by WHO as the deadliest Ebola outbreak since the virus was discovered in Zaire (now Democratic Republic Congo) 1974, has claimed the lives of at least 1,552 people in West Africa including many health personnel. We applaud and support the brave work of the health personnel who continue to put their lives at risk in the care of victims of Ebola despite very difficult working environment. We stand in solidarity with our brothers, sisters, families, and communities who are battling for their lives and struggling to care for loved ones,” the CSOs said.They observed that West African economies are feeling the impact of the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola.“Travel and trade restrictions are limiting the deployment of medical personnel, equipment and commodities adding to the deadly risk that the EVD already poses to the communities and the economies of the affected countries and the region. This epidemic has exposed the challenges of our public health systems and our governance institutions,” the CSOs statement said.In a recent release, the WHO predicts in its roadmap that 20,000 people may ultimately be infected in this outbreak. The CSOs are therefore aware of the challenges that would beget the sub-region if the situation is not put under control. “The challenge ahead is steep and a lot of work has to be done urgently to stem this dangerous situation and avoid an even greater catastrophe.”The CSOs observed that cross-border coordination and collaboration necessary to stem the spread of Ebola has been haphazard and chaotic.“While closure of borders may provide short term relief, it is not proving an effective way of controlling the virus and is also an impediment to cross-border technical support and humanitarian assistance, giving rise to new food security challenges. The challenge of the current epidemic calls for urgent, unified and concerted efforts by ECOWAS and the international community,” the CSOs added.Since regional collaboration and coordination have been the main impediments in the management of this epidemic, they said we particularly appreciate and welcome the decision of ECOWAS to put in place a regional monitoring mechanism composed of two entities: the ministerial coordination group chaired by the Ghanaian health minister and a technical monitoring workgroup with members such as WHO Afro and the West African Health Organization (WAHO).The CSOs called for continuation of the work of the monitoring mechanism even in the post-Ebola period given the negative impact the epidemic is having on health systems, on economies, and on social ties and community relations.“We urge all ECOWAS member States to push for this resolution and to develop a concrete plan to ensure operational effectiveness and coordination. We call on the international community to provide needed assistance in ensuring that the response to Ebola in the region is effective, humane and sustainable.”The CSOs have meanwhile acknowledged that the efforts of ECOWAS and the international community can only yield results if residents of the region do their part. They also urged the populations and all civil society organizations to show more solidarity by providing support to populations that are affected by EVD and remain cautious by observing the preventive and protective measures identified by the WHO.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Barima farmer killed with bow and arrow

first_imgA 26-year-old farmer of Barima in the North West District of Region One (Barima-Waini) lost his life after he was struck by an arrow.Orlando Joseph was involved in an argument with another male resident about 15:30h when the situation escalated. Police on Wednesday said that the suspect armed himself with a bow and arrow, and shot the farmer in the upper region of his body.Joseph was taken to the Mabaruma Public Hospital where he was treated and admitted, but later succumbed to his injury.The suspect is still being sought by Police.last_img read more

Better approach to mining in Guyana needed – Allicock

first_img…raises concerns about impact of mining on Amerindian landsContinuous exploitation of the country’s natural resources will significantly impact the environment andIndigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicockcommunities, including hinterland communities which serve as home to hundreds of Guyanese. It is, therefore, crucial to strike a balance between the two.This is according to Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock, who during a brief interview with Guyana Times, explained that there needed to be a better approach to mining in Guyana.Allicock emphasised that all employees involved in the extractive sectors must be trained and properly educated on the importance of environmental protection and the disastrous consequences that will follow if the environment continued to be exposed to dangers.He noted that there needed to be a more modern system used in the extractive industries, particularly as it related to mining.“We need to have better scientific methods of approaching the mining areas. Persons should be trained to understand that when they are going to these areas, they must understand how they approach the environment,” he stated.He reiterated that a modern scientific approach would, no doubt, result in less destruction of the environment.“If you have scientific knowledge of how to trace the gold, there will be less destruction than what is happening now – digging all over the place without knowing if the gold is there, but if you have the scientific way of doing things, you would actually follow the channel rather than destroying these areas,” he outlined.He added that persons needed to understand the importance of protecting the environment.“They need to understand too that when you dig a hole, you need to fill it back and mining in the ravine areas, they push stuff into the river which creates a lot of waste, blocking the river,” the Minister said.Recently, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon announced that Government was moving to establish a Land Reclamation Unit, aimed at the restoration of the land disturbed by mining operations.Land reclamation remains a sore issue in the mining sector as many hinterland communities have been left with scarred landscapes after mining concessions were exhausted and operations moved to other locations.Communities such as Mahdia, in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) have been left with many pits and these were not refilled. These form breeding grounds for mosquitoes and, hence, increase the spread of malaria.Residents of indigenous communities like Karrau and Tasserene in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) have also complained of similar problems where nearby mining activities are polluting their waterways and making life excruciatingly uncomfortable. (Kizzy Coleman)last_img read more


first_imgClick on the video above to watch Donegal TV’s preview of the Donegal Marathon which takes place in Donegal next month for the first time since 1983.The voice of sport in Donegal – Charlie Collins discusses with Dessie Larkin the importance of the upcoming marathon economically for Donegal and their hopes of sustaining the event. Larkin believes the marathon has the potential to become one which will attract top class elite athletes to participate in.They’re two options available to athletes taking part, participants will have the option to run either a half marathon or a full marathon.If you’re participating in the marathon next month, or you’re thinking about doing it then click on the video above and watch the preview. DDTV: PREVIEW OF THE DONEGAL MARATHON WHICH TAKES PLACE NEXT MONTH was last modified: July 16th, 2014 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:DDTVDONEGAL MARATHONnewsSportlast_img read more

Prop. 75: political titans’ war

first_imgWith this fall’s special election less than two months away, a pitched battle has begun over what supporters call a “paycheck protection” measure that stands to shift the balance of political power in California. Proponents and financial backers of Proposition 75 – mainly Republican groups and large corporate interests – last week launched an aggressive advertising strategy portraying the measure as an effort to stand up for ordinary workers against overly political union bosses. The measure – which would bar public-employee unions from spending members’ dues for political purposes unless workers give written permission annually – could strip hundreds of millions of dollars a year from California labor unions’ political war chests. Such a move could dampen the political clout of unions, particularly those representing public workers, which have been among the most powerful Democratic and special-interest voices in the state Capitol – for their ability both to raise funds and to mobilize thousands of workers throughout the state. In the first blitz of radio ads last week, the pro-Proposition 75 campaign pushed teachers, firefighters and other average union members and state workers front and center. In one ad, a woman says, “I’m a health-care worker, and I want my dues money to go for more organizing, not more political donations. It’s my money and my union. It should be my choice.” At the end, the radio ads state they were “Paid for by Teachers, Firefighters and Law Enforcement for Paycheck Protection, Yes on 75, A Coalition of Taxpayer Associations with funding by Robin P. Arkley II and Frank E. Baxter.” Not mentioned is that Baxter, former chairman of Jefferies & Co. Inc., a New York-based financial-services firm, is a donor to Republican causes and a Schwarzenegger appointee to the governor’s California Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth. Arkley, owner of SN Servicing Corp., a company that specializes in acquiring distressed mortgages, is also a prominent donor to Republicans. Opponents say it is disingenuous to cloak Proposition 75 in claims of protecting workers. Instead, they say, it is an attempt by the governor’s supporters to undercut the political influence of unions in California. Sarah Leonard, a spokeswoman for the No on 75 campaign, said that if the measure was aimed at workers’ rights, it would include private unions as well, as did an earlier version that failed in 1998. “If this was truly a workers’ rights issue, why did they single out only those who oppose the governor’s agenda?” Leonard said. “The truth is that Prop. 75 won’t give workers a single right that they don’t already have.” But union workers involved in the pro-75 campaign argue that it is about standing up for their rights against union bosses who keep a tight control on their organizations. Jim Prunty, a state employee and union member in the Department of Food and Agriculture’s Van Nuys office, said he supports the measure because he would rather see his union focus more on collective bargaining and workers’ issues, rather than spending his dues on political causes. “I’m pretty confident expressing my own First Amendment rights,” Prunty, a member of the California State Employees Association, said in an interview arranged by the pro-75 campaign. “I don’t need the union to do that for me. It’s kind of a goofy presumption that they should be taking my money and speaking out on political and social issues that have little or nothing to do with negotiating the contract.” Harrison Sheppard, (916)446-6723 harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “It is the Armageddon battle for unions,” said Barbara O’Connor, director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and the Media at California State University, Sacramento. “Mainly because, while I think they would still ultimately be able to get permission from members, it’s much more cumbersome. The amounts would be decreased because the scrutiny would be more, and it would take longer. Part of their flexibility is to be able to say ‘I’m giving you a check for $22 million right now.”‘ So far, opponents of the measure have raised at least $25 million, much of it from the Alliance for a Better California and the California Teachers Association, which alone has given at least $11 million to the anti-75 effort. Official proponent committees have raised less than $2 million, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has wrapped the effort into his overall campaign, which has raised about $25 million this year. Last week, Schwarzenegger launched television ads pushing the proposition on a slate with three other reform measures. last_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

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

Gary Player, golfer laureate

first_img5 June 2003Gary Player, one of the greatest golfers of all time and one of only five professionals to have won golf’s grand slam of all four major championships, was presented with the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award at the fourth annual Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony, held in Monaco on 20 May 2003.The Award was presented to Player by his fellow Laureus World Sports Academy member, England football legend Sir Bobby Charlton, who said: “The person the Academy is honouring this evening with the treasured Lifetime Achievement Award started out in his sport exactly 50 years ago. I have followed his career from his first major victory, and it’s astonishing that he is still going strong.“He has admitted that he was not naturally gifted at the sport, which was to become his life, but nobody in any profession has worked harder to first of all conquer his sport, and then conquer the world. I cannot think of anyone who has been more disciplined and dedicated over such a long stretch of time, and even now, 50 years on, he is still playing a mean and magnificent game.”The annual Laureus World Sports Awards, established in 2000, is the only worldwide awards ceremony to honour the world’s best sportsmen and women for their achievements across all disciplines. Its charitable arm, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, funds and promotes sport as a tool for social change around the world.A true legend of golf, Player has won over 160 titles worldwide, including three British Opens, three US Masters, two US PGA championships and the US Open. He is the only modern player to win the British Open in three different decades. He joined the Senior PGA Tour in 1985 and has since won 23 times worldwide.He was named South Africa’s Sportsman of the Century in 2000, was inducted into the PGA Hall of Fame in 1974, and was named an Honorary Member of the Royal & Ancient at St Andrews in 1994.Additionally, Player operates The Gary Player Foundation an organisation dedicated to promoting education. The Foundation built the Blair Atholl Schools in Johannesburg, South Africa, which have educational facilities for over 500 students.After receiving the Award, Player said: “When we leave here one day, they won’t want to know how many great tournaments we won or how many records we broke. You can only make the world a better place if you give it something.“If I may leave with one message tonight – and I know all my fellow Academy members agree with me – there’s no question that there are prejudices against women in the world today and we as a group are doing everything in our power to eliminate this.”Previous winners of the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award include Sir Peter Blake (2002), Sir Steven Redgrave (2001), and football legend Pele (2000).Player, along with fellow South African Morne du Plessis, is also a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy, a team of 41 legendary sportsmen and sportswomen who have volunteered their services to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.The Foundation currently supports 18 projects worldwide, including two in Cape Town, South Africa: Street Universe. This project helps over 400 street children in Cape Town to develop a long-term self-sustainable lifestyle. Sports include soccer, sailing and outward-bound activities, while the educational focus is on fighting Aids, drugs problems, poor health and crime. Helderberg Project. Children between 10 and 18 receive sports’ coaching at the Helderberg Sports Academy ‘irrespective of their ability to pay, while social workers use the opportunity to raise awareness of the problems of juvenile sexual abuse with the young people and parents.Nelson Mandela, speaking about the work of the Foundation at the inaugural awards in Monaco in 2000, said: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can awaken hope where there was previously only despair.”Four National Laureus Sport for Good Foundations have been established in Germany, Monaco, South Africa and the US, and further National Foundations are being launched this year in France, India and South America.Laureus World Sports Academy chairman, Olympic track legend Edwin Moses, said: “This is only the start … I know how enthusiastic the Academy members are about this work. They all know how important sport is as an inspiration to our young people and we feel we can make a real impact.”Source: Laureus World Sports Awards Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Preview: 2010 World Cup Group G

first_imgIn fact, with many of their players plying their trade in Europe with top clubs, the Elephants have a battle-hardened squad of players that is used to the pressure of having to perform against top class opposition on big stages. That makes them very dangerous. North Korea While Group G is headlined by Brazil, it is known as the Group of Death because of the presence of Portugal and also because of the Ivory Coast, a team ranked 16th in the world that features some top class talent, including one of the world’s best strikers. They finished second in their group behind their neighbours, South Korea, and ahead of Saudi Arabia on goal difference. Their reward was hardly a friendly welcome back to the World Cup, with Brazil, Portugal, and the Ivory Coast all teams of the highest quality. For Brazil, 2009 was a very busy, but successful year. They lifted the Fifa Confederations Cup in South Africa, winning every single match on their way to the title. They also won 14 of the 17 matches they played, lost only one and drew two others. They scored 38 goals and conceded only 12 and along the way defeated, among others, Italy (twice), England, Argentina, and Chile. During 2009, the Ivorians were unbeaten, winning five games and drawing four. They didn’t lose a single match in qualifying. The undoubted star of their team is striker Didier Drogba, who has proven himself with Chelsea on the biggest stages in Europe to be one of the world’s leading strikers and certainly one of the most difficult to contain. His Chelsea team-mate Salomon Kalou provides excellent wide support up front. Portugal is coached by Carlos Queiroz, formerly coach of Bafana Bafana, which makes him familiar with South African conditions. Only one result is good enough for the Seleçao and their supporters and that is victory. Under coach Dunga, a defensive midfielder in his day, Brazil came around slowly, but he now has them playing with confidence in his way. They will be tough to beat in South Africa and their Confederations Cup success will surely prove to be invaluable in the World Cup. Considering their excellent form during 2009, as well as a fourth-place finish in Germany in 2006, Portugal will be aiming to win it all in South Africa. Their clash with Brazil will be one of the most eagerly-awaited contests of the group stages. End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 86Appearances: 1Best result: quarterfinals 1966Players to watch: midfielder Mun In-Guk and forwards Hong Yong-Jo and Jong Tae-Se In 2010, thanks to the secretive nature of the communist country, their abilities are somewhat unknown, although they did enjoy a good World Cup qualifying campaign. While the current team might not play the free-flowing football for which Brazil is traditionally renowned, they have the individual quality and the team ethic under coach Dunga – himself a former World Cup winning captain in 1994 – to make them a tough opponent for any team they face. End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 16Appearances: 1Best result: first round 2006Players to watch: defenders Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Eboue, midfielders Didier Zokora and Yaya Toure, forwards Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba The Brazilians have one of the world’s leading playmakers in midfielder Kaka, while strikers Luis Fabiano and Adriano are proven finishers at international level. Goalkeeper Julio Cesar anchors a stingy defence, with experienced defender Lucio patrolling the ground in front of him. Brazil-Portugal will be one of the most eagerly awaited of all group matches: it features the only group clash of teams ranked among the top five in the world and, while Brazil traditionally boasts flair, Portugal has at least one player with the ability to trump any Brazilian. In addition, their poor results didn’t come in 2009. In fact, they were unbeaten during the year, playing 12 matches, winning eight of them and drawing the other four.center_img The Ivorians, with the quality of their squad and their experience of African conditions, are certainly a dark horse team to beware of, even though their group includes two of the world’s top five nations. Ivory Coast Portugal weren’t seeded after finishing second in their qualifying group behind Denmark. That resulted in the Portuguese playing off against Bosnia and Herzegovina for a place in South Africa 2010. However, they are a team loaded with quality and a world ranking of fifth speaks volumes about their ability. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The Koreans’ greatest strength is the lack of knowledge about them but, faced with the quality teams in their group, they will have an almost impossible task to reach the round of 16. End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 5Appearances: 4Best result: third 1966Players to watch: defenders Ricardo Carvalho and Pepe, midfielder Deco, forwards Simao Sabrosa and Cristiano Ronaldo Brazil North Korea has qualified for the World Cup once previously, in 1966, and they acquitted themselves very well on that occasion. They shocked Italy 1-0 to win through to the quarterfinals. There, they took a 3-0 lead over a very strong Portuguese team, before exiting 5-3. With their superb record of being the only country to contest every Fifa World Cup™, being five-time winners, twice runners-up, and beaten in the semi-finals three times, Brazil will rightly be regarded as one of the favourites to lift the World Cup trophy in South Africa. While 2008 Fifa World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly the star attraction, fellow forward Simao is a handful for opposition defences with his dribbling ability and set piece skills. The good performances by North Korean women’s teams at international age group World Cups – winners at under-17 level and runners-up at under-20 – is indicative of the fact that the country has football talent and good coaching. However, some of their results in 2009 were not as encouraging. Portugal End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 2Appearances: 18Best result: champions 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002Players to watch: goalkeeper Julio Cesar, defender Lucio, midfielder Kaka, and forwards Adriano, Luis Fabiano, and Robinho There were a couple of head-scratching defeats mixed in among what was generally a good run of results: a 1-0 loss to Lebanon at home and a 4-1 defeat in Zambia topped the list. Overall, in 2009, North Korea won six matches, drew four, and lost three. Most importantly, Portugal has an excellent defence, which features a good mix of experience and youth. During 2009, they conceded only two goals in their 12 matches! That kind of defensive record is a fine foundation from which to win matches.last_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer not ageing, just proving his greatness in tennis, says Tomas Berdych

first_imgTomas Berdych believes that unlike other players of the age of 35, 36; Roger Federer is not getting affected by his advancing age and is just proving his greatness in tennis.Berdych, who fell to Federer 7-6(4), 7-6(4), 6-4 in the Wimbledon semi-finals on Friday, said, “I don’t see anything that would indicate Roger is getting older or anything like that. I think he’s just proving his greatness in our sport.””If you look at the other guys who are 35, 36, I think you can very clearly see that the age and the years on tour are affecting them. But not with him,” the ATP website quoted him as saying.35-year-old Federer will play in his 11th Wimbledon final on Sunday when he faces Croatian Marin Cilic.The 18-time Grand Slam champion had won his past seven matches against Berdych, and 18 of 24 in all, but the Czech made him work for number 19.Federer is now the second oldest finalist after Ken Rosewall who finished runner-up in 1974 at the age of 39.last_img read more