Federer returns with a win, joins Murray in 2nd round

first_imgBen&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Wawrinka, who made his Grand Slam breakthrough in Australia in 2014, had a tough time in the first night match on Margaret Court Arena, scraping past 35th-ranked Martin Klizan 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.In the ninth game of the fifth set, Wawrinka smashed a soft half-volley from Klizan straight back into the Slovakian’s body, clipping the frame and just missing his midsection. He stepped over the net to ensure Klizan was OK, then went on to hold serve and broke in the next game to finish off in 3 hours, 24 minutes.No. 5 Kei Nishikori also needed 3½ hours to beat Andrey Kuznetsov 7-5, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6), 6-2, while No. 14 Nick Kyrgios returned from his suspension for underperforming in Shanghai last year by racing through a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win over Gastao Elias in 85 minutes.Former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, 2008 Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 19 John Isner, No. 23 Jack Sock, No. 27 Bernard Tomic, No. 29 Viktor Troicki and No. 31 Sam Querrey.No. 16 Lucas Pouille was the highest-ranked man to lose on day one.Five of the women’s seeds lost on the opening day, led by No. 4 Simona Halep, who lost 6-3, 6-1 to Shelby Rogers in the first match on Rod Laver Arena.French Open champion Garbine Muguruza needed a medical timeout before advancing 7-5, 6-4 over Marina Erakovic.Seven-time major winner Venus Williams beat Kateryna Kozlova 7-6 (5), 7-5, avoiding back-to-back first-round exits at Melbourne Park, and 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard continued her recent resurgence by winning the last of the night matches 6-0, 6-4 against Louisa Chirico in 56 minutes.Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig, No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova, No. 10 Carla Suarez, No. 11 Elina Svitolina, No. 20 Zhang Shuai were among the other seeded players advancing.CoCo Vandeweghe overcame a bout of nausea to beat No. 15-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-1, 7-6 (3). Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member The 16-year-old Destanee Aiava became the first player born in this millennium to play in the main draw of a major, but the milestone match ended in a 6-3, 7-6 (4) loss to Mona Barthel. Federer has won four Australian titles and reached the semifinals or better in 12 of the previous 13 years, and making himself at home on Rod Laver Arena.He’ll play another qualifier in the second round after Noah Rubin beat Bjorn Fratangelo.Plenty of highly-ranked players concurred that first rounds are never easy, including defending champion and top-ranked Angelique Kerber and U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka.In his first Grand Slam match with the elevated status of having a knighthood and the No. 1 ranking, Andy Murray berated himself when he made mistakes and frequently yelled during a 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Illya Marchenko.In other words, nothing much has changed.ADVERTISEMENT He served 19 aces and had only one double-fault in a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win on Monday over Melzer, but dropped serve three times and had moments of frustration.“It’s nice to be playing normal tennis again,” he said. “It was a long road (but) I’m in the draw, which is a beautiful thing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnFederer surprised himself by still feeling nervous when the match started, and took a while to settle down.“I was fine all day … I felt fine. Then I hit four frames in a row,” he said. “It was like, ‘Whew, it’s not as easy as I thought it was going to be,’” he said. “Think I struggled for a while to find that groove, that rhythm.” Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ The five-time finalist comfortably navigated what he hoped was the first step to a drought-breaking Australian Open title.Kerber, who is defending a major title and is also the No. 1 seed at a Grand Slam for the first time, had some nervous moments in her 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win over Lesia Tsurenko.Kerber won her first Grand Slam title here last year, beating Serena Williams in the final after saving match point in the first round.So after wasting a match point before her serve was broken as Tsurenko rallied to win the second set, Kerber said her mind raced back 12 months.“To be honest, I was thinking about this,” she said. “When I lost the second set, and I had match point, I was thinking about my match last year in the first round — first rounds are always tough.”Murray has lost four of the last six finals here — including the last two — to six-time champion Novak Djokovic. But he did take something off his long-time friend at the end of last year when he replaced Djokovic in the top ranking during a stunning finish to the season.He subsequently received a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s honors list.Murray said the ranking and the civic honors won’t change anything, and he faces “the same pressure, same expectations.”There’s one thing he desperately wants to change.“I’ve never won here — I’m going to try to change that this year,” he said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READcenter_img Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES US Open champion Wawrinka struggles in 1st match Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates after defeating Austria’s Jurgen Melzer in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. AP Photo/Aaron FavilaMELBOURNE, Australia  — Roger Federer returned from a six-month layoff to beat fellow 35-year-old Jurgen Melzer just before midnight on day one of the Australian Open, agreeing it felt a bit like coming home.The 17-time major winner hadn’t played at tour level since Wimbledon, giving his injured left knee time to heal.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal View commentslast_img read more

South Korea World Cup visit to Pyongyang confirmed

first_imgHuge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China ‘People evacuated on their own’ View comments LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption FILE – North Korea’s fans celebrate during the World Cup Group H qualifying soccer match between North Korea and Lebanon at the Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has confirmed that it will play its upcoming World Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang, allaying concerns that the Oct. 15 game would be moved elsewhere.In an official announcement, the Korea Football Association (KFA) in Seoul said it had been informed by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) that North Korea will host the Group H game as scheduled.ADVERTISEMENT Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna It will be only the second visit by the South Korean men’s team to Pyongyang, following an international friendly that took place in 1990.The KFA says, “On Monday, an official of the AFC had a meeting with the vice-president of the North Korean Football Association in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The North Korean federation said they will treat our team just the same as the other teams in Group H.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4A first competitive meeting in Pyongyang would be symbolic as the two countries are still technically at war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.During qualification for the 2010 World Cup, North Korea chose to host games against South Korea in Shanghai. Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees East Asia League eyes home-and-away format Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea PLAY LIST 01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown North Korea sits on top of the group with two wins from its opening two games in the second round of Asian qualification, including a win in Pyongyang against Lebanon. South Korea has played only one game so far, winning 2-0 in Turkmenistan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Breast cancer

first_imgEach year, October is designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Over the past 22 days in Guyana, many activities have been organised to raise awareness of this dreaded disease.Just being a woman is the biggest risk factor for developing breast cancer. In a published article, United States-based Oncology Surgeon, Dr Theophilus Lewis pointed out that all women were at risk for breast cancer, since the risks associated with developing the disease were not controllable.This worrying pronouncement was made during a seminar some time ago at the National Library which was spearheaded by US-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Organisation for Social and Health Advancement in Guyana (OSHAG).Most notably, it was revealed that age and family history were among the biggest risk factors for developing the disease. According to the Surgeon, while the incidence of a young woman developing the disease in her 30s is very small – 0.4 per cent, he is currently treating five patients, all under 30 years, for the disease. A rather unusual occurrence, according to the Oncologist.This grabs the attention, since the focus on breast cancer usually starts when a woman turns 40; it was explained too that after this age, the incidence of developing breast cancer doubles, going from 0.4 to 1.46. With each passing decade, the risk factor increases, hence, age is one of the primary risk factors for breast cancer.One of the other important points highlighted was that estrogen is a driver for breast cancer and what this means is that once a woman has a long exposure to estrogen, which is not interrupted by pregnancies, then the risk factor for developing breast cancer becomes greater.Estrogen can be defined as a female steroid hormone that is produced by the ovaries and, in lesser amounts, by the adrenal cortex, placenta, and male testes. Estrogen helps control and guide sexual development, including the physical changes associated with puberty.This risk is especially pronounced in women who have menstruated very early (9 or 10 years old) and who menstruate into their 50s, and would have been exposed to estrogen for many years. If, however, the years of exposure are broken up by pregnancies, this increased risk is considerably reduced, Dr Lewis said, even as he pointed out that a pregnancy is regarded as a protective period.It was also explained that a woman who conceives and gives birth after the age of 34 or 35 will likely lose the protection from estrogen by that age, and will also be at high risk of developing cancer.It is not usual for young women to develop breast cancer at a young age; when a woman is young, estrogen is stored in fat cells. The more obese a woman is, the more fat she is likely to be able to store. But although a woman stops making estrogen when she is older and begins menopause, the estrogen already stored in the fat makes them more at risk for developing cancer.For this reason, Dr Lewis noted that the developing breast cancer is not necessarily impacted by what you eat, but the amount of estrogen you are able to store. Other risk factors include family history.Women with close relatives who have been diagnosed with breast cancer have a higher risk of developing the disease. If you’ve had one first-degree female relative (sister, mother, daughter) diagnosed with breast cancer, your risk is doubled.Among the other risk factors, research suggests that women with low levels of vitamin D have a higher risk of breast cancer. Vitamin D may play a role in controlling normal breast cell growth and may be able to stop breast cancer cells from growing.Every woman wants to know what she can do to lower her risk of breast cancer. Some of the factors associated with breast cancer – being a woman, your age, and your genetics, for example – cannot be changed. Other factors – being overweight, lack of exercise, smoking cigarettes, and eating unhealthy food – can be changed by making choices. By choosing the healthiest lifestyle options possible, you can empower yourself and make sure your breast cancer risk is as low as possible.last_img read more

Don’t defend a man who betrayed trust, confidence

first_imgDear Editor,I am most elated that Gobin Harbhajan has tacitly agreed that Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo has indeed forsaken his principles of frugality and lean and clean Government and that he is now definitely enjoying ‘the good life’ with his few comrades, since his letter to the press did not deny that fact.In my letter, I wrote that, “as soon as the coalition won the 2015 General Elections and he [Moses Nagamootoo] took office as Prime Minister of this country, his principles took a landslide into the abyss of egocentricity. He has focused all his efforts in self-aggrandisement and self-promotion. Nowadays his speeches are just centred about himself; anyone who listens to him can confirm this”. I have noticed that Harbhajan did not refute this.Furthermore, the Prime Minister’s representative only confirmed what I have said. From the letter written by Harbhajan, it is clear that the PM never visited any sugar estate nor did he ever ‘engage sugar workers and their families’ as claimed by the leader of the AFC, Raphael Trotman. All he did was travel with great pomp and style, ‘cutting ribbons and giving speeches’ most of which are about himself and enjoying the ‘good life’. He never visited the farmers at Black Bush Polder but met with some of them at State House in New Amsterdam during the great flood last year.As for being ‘an outstanding son of the soil’, I beg to differ. This man, as was pointed out by another letter writer, last year at the 104th anniversary of the Rose Hall Martyr claimed that sugar workers were his ‘obsession’, yet he did not have the time to visit any of them in their hour of need. In fact he had described GuySuCo as a ‘black hole’ and that sugar workers were ‘raiders of the Treasury’. Is this the hallmark of ‘an outstanding son of the soil? This ‘good man’ has surely put himself down.I wrote that he had aggressively fought against the People’s National Congress for most of his life and now he has joined them. May I add that he is now so silent about the many corrupt practices of this coalition that it makes one wonder whether this man ever stood for anything at all. This ‘outstanding son of the soil’ has never been so silent in his entire political career.Now whenever he opens his mouth it is either to talk about himself or to defend the corrupt practices of his Government. I am sure Harbhajan knows this more than I do.However, I must give the PM credit for appointing Harbhajan, a very competent person, but I do feel that he should be focusing more on doing the good job he is doing in Region Six and do not try to defend a man who has betrayed the trust and confidence of the people who once supported him and has played a major role in destroying the founding principles of the Alliance For Change.Lastly, I am curious to know whether the things which he gifted are from the Budget of his Office (taxpayers’ dollars) or came from his own pocket.Yours sincerely,Rohit Persaudlast_img read more

‘Sell him, he’s not worth it anymore!’ Arsenal fans react to shocking news

first_img1 Arsenal star Jack Wilshere Another week, another piece of injury news from Arsenal and it’s Jack Wilshere – once again.The midfielder has quickly taken up the departed Abou Diaby’s crown as physioroom king with a hairline fracture to his ankle ruling him out for the first few weeks of the season.Now, with just five games of the new season gone, it’s being reported he may be out until Christmas as he undergoes surgery on the problem, which shows no sign of abating.The update has infuriated Gooners everywhere as their injury woes show no sign of clearing up, which is exacerbated by their thin squad.You can see how they reacted on Twitter below…last_img read more

Ansu Fati: Barcelona’s next Messi or will he end up following Bojan?

first_img Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked Until one day, Fati senior finally met left wing mayor Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo, and was given work as a garbage truck driver. That was enough to bring the rest of the family over, and the Fatis started to build their life in Spain.It’s a journey that eventually resulted in three of the children being picked up by Barcelona’s academy, and now, one of them hailed as an otherworldly talent by the Spanish sporting press.The image of an extra-terrestrial in a Barça shirt is one previously assigned to Messi, and the comparison isn’t coincidental. Even with a production line as excellent as theirs, it has been a long time since Barcelona produced a youngster who looks as mature beyond his years as Ansu, with decision making that, at his age, has to at least in part be explained by genetics. The 16-year-old is breaking records for fun AFP or licensors The teenager was a sight to behold against Valencia, repeatedly tormenting seasoned Denmark international Daniel Wass on the wing and taking only two minutes to score the opening goal.By the time the clock ticked past the six-minute mark he had played a huge part in putting the ball in the net again, dribbling away from two opponents before providing a perfect cut back for Frenkie de Jong, delivered with the accuracy and cool-headedness of someone who knows Barça’s approach like the back of his hand.In just 60 minutes on the pitch the youngster received the ball 50 times in total, a level of participation usually reserved for Messi in a Barça shirt. Antoine Griezmann, by comparison, was involved 51 times in 90 minutes. It’s not Bojan Krkic or even Lionel Messi. No, Ansu Fati is the youngest player to score at the Camp Nou – his goal for Barcelona against Valencia, aged 16 years, 10 months and 13 days ensured that.It’s the latest in a growing roll-call of records for the Barça talent that’s now almost dizzying to read, presenting a challenge for player and club to manage. 4 deals rookie error Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:40Loaded: 6.20%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Esta es la #Portada de @sport de este domingo 15 de septiembre🌍 Ansu, ¿de qué planeta viniste? https://t.co/2PGlZNRfxy pic.twitter.com/GDEWc1f1VX— Diario SPORT (@sport) September 15, 2019It’s not a normal situation to be in, but there’s nothing usual about Ansu’s story, one founded on a brave risk and plenty of hard work.Originally from Guinea-Bissau, the first domino in the chain reaction that brought his family to Spain came when his dad chanced upon a newspaper article about a town near Sevilla where the mayor was determined to help immigrants.Bori Fati eventually packed his bags and headed to Marinaleda in the hope of finding a better life for his wife and kids, but would soon end up asking for food on the streets, Diari Ara’s Toni Padilla explained. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas BIG PRESENTS UP TOP stalemate AFP or licensors latest 4 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship “He has his feet on the ground. If he has to go back to the B team, he’ll go back. We’re lucky to have a great player but also one with his head in the right place,” former Barça Juvenil A coach Denis Silva told Catalunya radio.Barcelona will have to help, too. Certainly more than they did with Bojan, the last player who looked this likely to match Messi’s rise, but who ultimately suffered from too much, too soon, and did not feel confident opening up about the anxiety that the huge pressure on his shoulders was causing as a 17-year-old.So far, Ernesto Valverde is managing the situation with great skill. “Taking on the idea of being a Barça player isn’t an easy thing. He should be happy, but understand it’s very tricky regardless, and he has to take on his work. It’s a long road,” the Barça boss advised following the Valencia win.If Barcelona can help Ansu to manage that work, they have a potentially decisive talent on their hands.Barcelona travel to Dortmund to begin their Champions League campaign and you can hear it live on talkSPORT 2 at 8pm.center_img Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 🔬El Laboratori de @Carles_Domenech ‘Els davanters del Barça vs València’1⃣ Ansu Fati: 50 intervencions en 60 minuts. Griezmann: 51 en 902⃣ Suárez només va necessitar 11 intervencions per marcar 2 gols3⃣ Els 3 van rematar 3 vegades a la porteria de Cillessen pic.twitter.com/OEvpYg3WRE— LaTdT (@LaTdT) September 15, 2019The euphoria is huge, but for Ansu’s benefit it has to run out, and the big question now is what happens next? Yet another record held by Bojan – Barça’s youngest debutant in the Champions League – could soon be broken, but of more significance is how Ansu’s role changes now Luis Suárez, Messi and Ousmane Dembélé are fit again.The teen sensation has been thrust into first team action due to a plague of injuries up front, but things are about to become far more congested in that area of the pitch.In all likelihood, the 16-year-old will soon have to drop down to Barça B. Will he be able to handle that shift, playing on third division pitches in front of meagre crowds after thrilling the Camp Nou – a comedown other youth talents have struggled with in the past? Encouragingly, his former youth coach thinks so. The assist Ansu provided a few minutes later against Los Che on Saturday made him the youngest player in the history of LaLiga to score and assist in the same match.Before those landmarks were achieved, he had already become Barcelona’s youngest goalscorer in LaLiga, coming off the bench against Osasuna on matchday three at the age of 16 years and 304 days to find the net and break Bojan’s record (the striker first scored in the league at 17 years and 53 days old).For those wondering, Lionel Messi was 17 days and 331 days old when he scored his first league goal for Barca. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS on target Barcelona must learn from the mistakes they made with Bojan Barcelona must manage Ansu properly if they want him to fulfil his full potential Getty Images – Getty 4 Ansu’s journey has been a remarkable one Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Raheem Sterling on same level as Messi and Ronaldo, says Trevor SinclairThere’s more still. By entering the field of play on matchday two against Real Betis at the age of 16 years and 298 days old, Ansu became the second youngest player ever to feature for Barcelona in LaLiga, only missing Vicenç Martínez’s all-time record by an 18-day margin.The succession of benchmarks combined with two goals and one assist in three games ensures a player, who just a month ago was only known to those who follow Barça’s academy closely, has now been catapulted to the front-pages of the Spanish sporting press, with Sport asking “Ansu, what planet did you come from?”. Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more 4 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ statement last_img read more

Donegal Junior Soccer Fixtures December 9-10

first_imgSunday 10th December 2017                       K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Temple Domestic Appliances Division OneDunkineely Celtic                                v                      Lifford CelticGweedore Celtic                                 v                      Keadue RoversDonegal Physiotherapy & Performance Centre Division TwoCurragh Athletic                                 v                      Glenree UnitedCranford United                                  v                      Letterbarrow CelticWhitestrand United                            v                      Deele HarpsGweedore United                                v                      Eany Celtic Donegal Junior LeagueFixtures Saturday 9th December 2017                       K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Voodoo Venue Cup   Glenea United Reserves                     v                      Milford United ReservesDrumkeen United Reserves                v                      Keadue Rovers ReservesStrand Rovers                                      v                      Castlefin Celtic ReservesKildrum Tigers Reserves                     v                      Cappry Rovers ReservesGweedore Celtic Reserves                  v                      Drumoghill F.C. ReservesRaphoe Town Reserves                       v                      Drumbar UnitedDonegal Town Reserves                     v                      Dunlewey CelticFintown Harps AFC                              v                      Lagan Harps ReservesOscar Traynor Trophy                                   K.O. 6p.m.Inishowen League                               v                      Donegal Junior Leaguelast_img read more

The South Atlantic Yacht Race

first_imgThe South Atlantic Yacht Race, originally known as the Cape to Rio, is the longest continent-to-continent yacht race in the southern hemisphere.While Cape Town has always been the starting point, there have been three finishing venues in the 12 editions of the race since its inception in 1971, namely: Rio de Janeiro, Argentina; Punte del Este, Uruguay; and Salvador, Brazil.The use of different ports for the finish has seen the race distance vary between 3 400 and 4 500 nautical miles.Origin of the raceThe idea for the holding of a continent-to-continent ocean race – from South Africa to either Australia or South America – was borne out of the success of South African sailor Bruce Dalling in the 1968 South Atlantic Single-handed Yacht Race.Competing in Voortrekker, a yacht purpose-built for the event, Dalling was second across the finishing line and first on handicap. His success turned him into a national hero, and provided sailing in South Africa with a massive boost.The Springbok Ocean Racing Trust, together with Clube de Rio de Janeiro and in conjunction with the Cruising Association of South Africa, organised the first Cape to Rio Yacht Race. It took place in 1971.Sailing feverA fleet of 10 to 15 yachts was expected, but sailing fever took hold of South Africa and extended beyond its borders too. A total of 69 entries were received, many of them from abroad, and a good number from South Africans living inland. Ultimately, 59 yachts were on the starting line.Bruce Dalling was chosen to lead the South African challenge in Jakaranda, which was built especially for the Cape to Rio. She was a hugely expensive yacht for the time; she cost US$12 000 to design and R135 000 to build.The British Royal Naval Association entered the race with Ocean Spirit, co-skippered by two high-profile men in the world of sailing: Robin Knox-Johnstone, who had become the first man to circumnavigate the globe single-handed in 1968 and 1969, for which he was awarded the CBE, and Leslie Williams, who had finished fourth in the 1968 Atlantic single-handed race. They had teamed up to win the 1970 Round Britain race in Ocean Spirit.History-making all-women crewSprinter was an entry that drew a lot of interest. She had an all-women crew of five; it was the first time that an all-women crew would compete in an ocean race between two continents.The boats set sail on 16 January from Table Bay, with an estimated crowd of 100 000 in attendance. The fleet and the numerous craft surrounding it made for a breathtaking sight on a sunny day.Voortrekker, which was already the most famous name in South African sailing, led the fleet on both handicap and distance after the first day’s racing. Jakaranda, meanwhile, had her title challenge ended by a broken rudder.Ocean Spirit and the big Canadian entry from the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, Graybeard, had moved up to dice for the lead. They continued to push one another but, by the ninth day, Albatros II had taken over the lead on handicap.Striana then moved into the overall lead, while Albatros II remained at the top of the board on handicap. A week later, Albatros II, after opting for a southerly course, was reduced to a virtual standstill while those boats that had chosen a course further north made good ground.First winnerOcean Spirit finally opened a small lead over Stormy and went on to reach Rio de Janeiro on 8 February, after 23 days and 42 minutes. Graybeard was second across the line, almost a day later.Fortuna finished less than two hours behind the Canadian entry, with Pen Duick III, the winner of the 1967 Sydney to Hobart yacht race, skippered by Legion d’Honeur holder Lieutenant Eric Tabarly finishing fourth.Albatros II was the eighth boat into port, but on corrected time she narrowly pipped Striana for handicap honours.Sprinter, with her all-women crew, was 44th across the line, and greeted with a special three-gun salute to mark the historic moment.1973The second Cape to Rio race took place in 1973. Included in the field was 73-year-old Kees Bruynzeel, who had suffered three heart attacks in the year leading up to the race. So determined was he to take part, he took along a nurse specially trained in heart emergencies as a member of his crew on Stormy.The race favourite was Ondine, skippered by American Huey Long, while Voortrekker had been re-rigged for the race.Ondine gambled by sticking close to the rhumb line – the most direct route – while Stormy skirted the South Atlantic high, with Voortrekker electing to race a little north of her.After a week, Ondine ran into trouble and her daily mileage dropped dramatically. Stormy, meanwhile, was fairly consistent.By day 21, Huey Long had had enough and he made the decision to retire Ondine from the race so that she could keep her other appointments on the racing calendar.Stormy took victory in a record time of 21 days, 15 minutes and 31 seconds. On corrected time, she clocked 19 days, 18 hours, 20 minutes and 18 seconds. Jakaranda was second across the line, followed by Omuramba more than three days later.1976The 1976 race drew a record entry of 128 yachts, including Huey Long, who returned in his maxi Ondine to have another crack at the title. This time around, Long opted for a more conservative approach.The winds were never strong enough for the bigger entries, like Ondine, to enjoy any runs at maximum speed, which allowed the smaller boats to compete with them. However, Long took the line honours in 17 days, five hours, 35 minutes and 20 seconds to lop more than four days off the record set by Stormy in 1973.The handicap honours went to Guia III, while South African yachts filled six of the top 10 positions on corrected time.1979In 1979, the finish of the race moved to Punta del Este in Uruguay. The new destination increased the distance of the race considerably, from 3 600 miles to 4 500 miles. A winning time of about 30 days was expected.Because an extra 10 days was calculated for the finishing time, the number of entries dropped drastically from 128 to only 36.Spar led the race for the first 13 days before she was passed by Kwa Heri. Voortrekker was not far behind, and the race became a three-boat dice.It was eventually won by Kwa Heri, who reached Punta del Este in a faster-than-expected 24 days. She was followed into port by Spar and Voortrekker.1982Entries for the 1982 race, again to Punta del Este, increased from 36 to 48. The international sporting boycott of South Africa, in protest against its apartheid policies of the time, saw to it that there were only two foreign entries in the fleet.The race developed into a duel between the South African Navy entry Voortrekker II, skippered by Bertie Reed, and Rampant II, skippered by Alan Tucker.In light winds, the two yachts, both designed by Angelo Lavranos, fought it out for the lead, but the light winds saw them being passed by smaller boats at times.Just after rounding Ilha de Trinidade, the race swung in favour of Rampant II, who benefited from running into a number of rain squalls. She reached Punta del Este a day before Voortrekker II, but the Navy entry had the satisfaction of finishing two-and-a-half hours ahead of Rampant II on corrected time.Suidoos took victory in a tightly-contested battle for handicap honours.1985The 1985 edition of the race proved to be a real test of fortitude because of unfavourable light winds, which made for an extremely slow 4 500-mile journey. It meant many crews had to deal with depleted water and food supplies. Many of the entrants had to ask for their leave from work to be extended.The 35-boat fleet generally made good time to Ilha de Trinidade, the point at which they would turn down the South American coast, but once there they struggled.Apple Macintosh, Momentum Life and 3CR12 were the yachts in contention for line honours, but they didn’t threaten the record for the route, despite making it to Ilha de Trinidade ahead of the pace Rampant II had set three years earlier.3CR12 fell out of contention by heading too far west early on, and then heading too far north after that, admitted her skipper Alan Tucker.It was left to Apple Macintosh and Momentum Life to fight it out for line honours, and their battle became extremely close. “It was like a cross-ocean match race, except that we were never really close enough to sail in the same wind,” said Momentum Life’s Ludde Ingvall.Apple Macintosh went on to reach Punte del Este first, but only after a great challenge from Momentum Life. She made it into port a day and four hours ahead of her rival, but on corrected time her advantage was reduced to 16 hours.Bertie Reed, the skipper of Interflora Retrans, echoed the thoughts of many when he said: “I really think the course should be re-examined, and we should try to get Rio back as the finishing point.”Spirit of CIW III finished over a week later, but she edged out Apple by just three hours to take the handicap win.1993With international sanctions against apartheid South Africa taking their toll, it was eight years before the South Atlantic Yacht Race returned. Although the sailors had enjoyed the hospitality of Punta del Este, the race was extremely taxing, and so the finish returned to Rio de Janeiro for the first time since 1976.Entries surged from 35 to 90, including 13 foreign entries, in the year before South Africa’s first democratic election.There were some eye-catching entries, including the maxi Parker Pen; Morning Glory – purpose-built for the event for skipper Doctor Hasso Plattner, the future owner of the Fancourt; and Broomstick, the South African Navy’s 70-foot entry.Broomstick and Parker Pen started strongly, but Morning Glory ran into early problems with her spinnaker. Namsea Challenger, skippered by Padda Kuttell, who had taken line honours in the previous edition of the race, was also in the running.The three front-runners chose different courses on day two, and Parker Pen benefited most by racking up 308 miles in a day.When lighter conditions struck two days later, Broomstick began to move clear and opened up a lead of 200 miles before Parker Pen was able to start closing it down.Broomstick, though, made it to Rio first. Her time of 15 days, three hours, and 10 minutes bettered Ondine’s race record by over two days.Namsea Challenger, meanwhile, was second into port and took over the race lead on handicap. Two days later, however, Morning Glory made port and took the handicap lead by a mere four hours.1996Doctor Hasso Plattner was determined to launch a big challenge for victory in 1996 with Fancourt Morning Glory – a completely new and imposing 80-footer, which was the biggest entry in the 54-boat fleet.The winner of the 1995 Fastnet, Nicorette, was also in the running, but Fancourt Morning Glory was, no doubt, the favourite.Daly’s Insurance, a 75-footer, made the early running by heading south, but she soon paid the price for her risky course.Despite less than ideal conditions, Fancourt Morning Glory was on course to shatter Broomstick’s record, but near Ilha de Trinidade she was reduced to a crawl. Still, she had reached that point 380 miles ahead of Broomstick’s record pace.Once she found wind again, Plattner’s yacht made good progress and reached Rio in 14 days, 14 hours and 52 minutes to better Broomstick’s record by 12 hours and 18 minutes.Nicorette was second across the line in Rio, while Renfreight edged out Warrior for the handicap win.2000The 2000 Cape to Rio race was the first major ocean event of the new millennium, and entries climbed to 72 boats.Zephyrus IV, an American entry, skippered by Robert McNeil, was expected to challenge the race record established by Fancourt Morning Glory four years earlier. Sagamore, another American entry, would provide tough opposition.Russell Chen co-skippered iti Windforce with Tony Read, and became the first paraplegic to skipper a yacht in a major ocean race.The clash between the two American maxis effectively turned the event into a two-horse race and conditions helped the boats progress far faster than Fancourt Morning Glory had four years earlier.With the conditions playing along, Zephyrus IV and Sagamore were able to sail the rhumb line to Rio. Inevitably, this led to a new race record.Zephyrus IV was first to the finish in 12 days, 16 hours and 49 minutes, which lopped almost two days off the previous record. Sagamore finished only 10 hours later.2003Doctor Hasso Plattner’s company, software giant SAP, took over the sponsorshop of the race in 2003. Plattner also returned to racing in Morning Glory. She was expected to fight it out for line honours with Nicator, a 60-foot trimaran, and Adrenalina Pura, a 65-foot catamaran.Nicator started brilliantly, logging a sensational 481 miles in the first 24 hours. She was on course for a record until she gambled on the high breaking into two, and instead had to fight her way north.She later notched up some excellent 24-hour distances, but the final 30 miles to Rio took her seven hours and she missed the record by seven hours, finishing in 12 days, 23 hours, 47 minutes and 54 seconds.Adrenalina Pura took second, two days and eight hours behind the Swedish entry, while Morning Glory had to settle for third after becoming becalmed after rounding Ilha de Trinidade.Baleka, an entry from Gauteng province, with an all-Gauteng crew, won on handicap.2006The finish for the 2006 South Atlantic Yacht Race changed to Salvador, the capital of the state of Bahia in Brazil. The race became known as the Cape to Bahia, with Heineken taking over as the sponsor. The distance to Salvador would be 3 380 nautical miles.For the first time, single-handed and double-handed entries were accepted.Included in the fleet were Federico and Crean. At six-and-a-half metres in length, they were the smallest boats in the history of the race.Hi-Fidelity and Adrenalina Pura were the likeliest title challengers but, less than a day out of Cape Town, Hi-Fidelity’s challenge ended when she struck a whale.Adrenalina Pura, meanwhile, successfully evaded a high that slowed most of the fleet by heading due west and sailing over the top of it. She reached her home port, Salvador, in an astonishing 10 days, eight hours, and one minute.Both Federico and Crean finished the race, Crean only 18 hours in front of Federico.2009The 2009 race brought together two of the fastest yachts in the world, Rambler and ICAP Leopard. But there was no stopping Leopard, rated by many as the fastest yacht in the world. She recorded an incredible 252 miles in the first 12 hours of the race to show what she was capable of.Maintaining a course close to the rhumb line, Leopard stormed to victory in 10 days, five hours, 45 minutes and 35 seconds to break Adrenalina Pura’s record.Rambler took an almost direct route to Salvador, sailing only 40 more miles than the direct distance of 3 440 miles. Still, she finished 21 hours behind Leopard.Hi-Fidelity crossed the finishing line on the sixteenth day in third place, but still claimed the handicap win.2011In 2011, the race returned to its roots and was contested between Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro.Durban-based skipper Chris Frost guided Prodigy to line honours’ victory, reaching the Brazilian city in just under 16 days.“Line honours was the goal that we set out to do and we achieved it, he said.Overall victory, however, went to The City of Cape Town, skippered by 25-year-old Gerry Hegie.“We were not favoured before the race because we didn’t have a track history, but we put a lot of work into the boat, particularly where it would improve its performance.“We ran the numbers around the IRC to optimise the yacht for this downwind race and also studied weather systems, downloaded weather files each day and worked through optimum courses.“We took the boat apart and then reassembled it so we had peace of mind that we could push the boat to the very limit,” he said after securing victory.“Apart from not being able to take a shower this race was fantastic,” Hegie added.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Kyocera Mita unveils BEE deal

first_imgOffice automation company Kyocera Mita South Africa has announced a black economic empowerment (BEE) deal that will see 15% of the company being transferred to Nozala Investments and a further 20% being split equally between a trust for Kyocera Mita’s black employees and an executive retention trust. Nozala Investments is one of the country’s longest-established empowerment organisations, with a 13-year track record and a firm focus on black women’s empowerment. “In terms of the BEE scorecard, this puts us on Level 4,” Holborn said. “This is a great opportunity for our company to expand in all markets and make further contributions towards transformation by working with our dealers to help them meet BEE standards.” Focus on women empowerment “We are one of the very few office automation companies in the country that are a subsidiary of the manufacturer with direct representation,” Kyocera Mita South Africa director Wayne Holborn said in a statement this week. Holborn explained that criteria included in their search for a partner included that the company should be black-owned and, preferably, owned by black women; that they should have a solid track record and familiarity with the industry; and that they should be able to add real value to the business. “Kyocera Mita Corporation has taken the forward-looking decision to enter into a direct ownership transaction in support of local empowerment, rather than enter into an indirect empowerment arrangement.” “Nozala Investments scored well on all the above, and we look forward to a lasting relationship that will create great opportunities for all parties far into the future,” he said. “Another plus is that Kyocera Mita South Africa is a local company, run and managed by South Africans. We are confident that, with our reputation in both private and public sectors, we can add value by supporting Kyocera’s growth across all local markets.” Training and skills development The immediate advantage for Kyocera’s dealer channel is that their purchases from the company now meet government BEE compliance requirements. A ‘local company’ According to the statement, the deal focuses on training and promotion of black staff, and fits well with the company’s ongoing commitments, as evidenced by existing programmes in executive and skills development and social responsibility – such as support for the Potter’s House Training Centre in Soweto. 10 July 2009 Nozala Investments director Lorato Phalatse said the group had always been looking for an opportunity to enter into the office automation sector, and the deal gave them a chance to do so with a well-established, truly global player. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The Kyocera Mita Corporation of Japan will continue to hold a 65% share in the company.last_img read more

New push for careers in science and innovation

first_imgAn information portal has been launched by the Department of Science and Technology designed to inspire pupils and students to become scientists and engineers. Alongside career insight, it includes information on things such as bursaries and funding in the sector. Minister Naledi Pandor said a national website is set up to assist learners to get into career fields like science and technology. (Image: SKA Africa) • Girls encouraged to reach for the stars • Local researchers honoured at their ‘Oscars’ • Solar car races around southern Africa • Nigerian student builds solar car from scrap • DNA detective work could end poaching Melissa JavanThe importance of investing in intellectual property and how to protect intellectual property are issues discussed on the national online portal Mzansi For Science, created for aspiring scientists and engineers.Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor launched the site during National Science Week, which ran from 1 to 8 August this year.Mzansi For Science was created to raise awareness about the role of science, technology and innovation, as well as to celebrate unsung South African heroes and to encourage South Africans to study, support and invest in the sciences.The stakeholdersIn building the portal, the Department of Science and Technology partnered with the South African National Space Agency, the Technology Innovation Agency, the Mineral and Metallurgical Innovation (Mintek), the Academy of Science of South Africa, and the National Research Foundation.Pandor said the information portal profiled the work of universities and science councils. It also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter.“Of course, for the youth of today to become scientists of tomorrow, learners must know about the various careers that are available in the world of Stemi [science, technology engineering, mathematics and innovation subjects],” she said. This site gives learners and students access on information to bursaries and funding to pay for their studies. (Image: Screen grab via Mzanzi For Science)How the site helpsThe portal categorises the various fields and careers that depend on the Stemi subjects, such as engineering sciences, physical sciences, life and medical sciences, and mathematical sciences. Aeronautics, for example, is a field in engineering sciences.Pandor said science had given birth to huge industries such as safety and security, and energy efficient lighting, among many others. These were strategic sectors for South Africa.Information is included on the portal about where pupils, undergraduate and post-graduate students can apply for bursaries and funding to pay for their studies. This, along with a list of universities, are found under the “Study it” tab.Intellectual property explained“The World Intellectual Property Organisation refers to [intellectual property] as creations of the mind, such as inventions, literature, art, designs, symbols, names and images used in commerce,” explains the site. “However, like any piece of property, you must protect your [intellectual property] if you want to gain any benefit from it.”Medicines, music and movies are examples of intellectual property that should be protected. For more information, check out the site here.last_img read more