From Africa to America – by rowing boat

first_imgSouth African adventurer Riaan Manser has accomplished some spectacular feats in his life. To keep their energy up, they ate mostly high-calory, freeze-dried foods. When they wanted fresh food, there was only one way to acquire it: fishing in the ocean. (Image: Riaan Manser)Brand South Africa ReporterSouth African adventurer Riaan Manser has accomplished some spectacular feats in his life. On Wednesday – the day of South Africa’s fifth democratic elections – he added another amazing accomplishment as he and girlfriend Vesti Geldenhuys became the first people to row from Africa to North America.They reached Miami on the eastern seaboard of the United States, but after finally putting their feet on North American land after an epic five-month journey, they still have one final trip to make to New York.‘I just really wanted to see New York’“I just really wanted to see New York,” Geldenhuys, a lawyer, told CBS News of her motivation for taking on the challenge with Manser.Their trip began from Agadir, Morocco in December 2013, and three weeks later they reached the Canary Islands. From there, they spent two-and-a-half months at sea before reaching the Bahamas. After that, it was on to Miami.The couple’s arrival in Miami was not without incident. They were met by the US Coast Guard, who at first thought they were a refugee boat out of Cuba. Then the news helicopters arrived.‘Nearly a million strokes’“Nearly a million strokes we took to get over here,” Manser said.To keep their energy up, they ate mostly high-calory, freeze-dried foods. When they wanted fresh food, there was only one way to acquire it: fishing in the ocean.They used a small, high-tech rowboat, which was equipped with two plotters to indicate the boat’s position on a nautical chart, a weather station and VHF radio. A solar power regulator supplied power to the on-board technology, while a salt water converter turned salt water into drinking water.In case of emergency, they also carried personal locator beacons (PLB) and an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB).Despite the precautions, the danger and challenges were immense. They had no support crew and no rescue crew.CapsizedOn 20 February, the pair suffered an experience that could have cost them their lives when their rowboat capsized after it was hit by a 15-foot wave, trapping Geldenhuys underneath, while Manser was thrown clear.Manser described the incident as a “wake-up call”.“You have to be willing to give everything, and that even includes your life,” he told CBS without batting an eye.Previous endurance featsManser’s previous endurance feats include circumnavigating Africa on a Bicycle (between September 2003 and November 2006); circumnavigating Madagascar by kayak (between August 2008 and July 2009); and paddling around Iceland in a double sea-kayak with Dan Skinstad, who has mild cerebral palsy, in five months in 2011.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Goa govt.’s mining-lease renewal a bigger scam than illegal mining: Goa AAP

first_imgThe “hurried renewal” of 88 mining leases in Goa by the BJP-led coalition government was a huge scam, a top official of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the State said on Wednesday.”This scam is much bigger than the ₹ 35,000 crore illegal mining scam exposed in 2012 by the judicial commission headed by Justice (retd.) MB Shah,” AAP Goa State Convenor Elvis Gomes alleged on Wednesday, demanding a probe into the entire lease-renewal process.AAP’s response came soon after the Supreme Court earlier in the day cancelled all existing iron ore mining leases in Goa and ordered that the leases should be auctioned to new licencees after obtaining fresh environmental clearances. The court said that mining activity will be allowed only till 2018 in the present form.”The Justice M.B. Shah Commission had exposed a ₹ 35,000 crore illegal mining scam. There was no action on it by the government. The hurried renewal of 89 mining leases, before the Central act which made auctioning of leases mandatory, is an even bigger scam.“It is shameful for the government. There should be probe into how the leases were renewed. I congratulate the Goa Foundation [petitioner],” Mr. Gomes told the press.Goa exported over 50 million tons of ore annually, before the Shah Commission report implicated government agencies associated with mining of iron ore and exports and also nearly all major mining industrial houses in the scam, along with the then Chief Minister Digambar Kamat (of the Congress party) and key bureaucrats.Iron ore extraction in Goa was subsequently banned by the State and Central governments and eventually by a final ban by the Supreme Court in 2012 on extraction and export.However, after the apex court lifted the ban partially in over a year with an annual cap of 20 million tons of ore extraction for the State’s mining industry, the subsequent BJP-led coalition government in 2014-15 renewed the mining leases in favour of the same mining companies accused by the Shah Commission of illegal mining.This action of the government was challenged in the court by Goa Foundation, and it had finally reached the Supreme Court.last_img read more

CBI closure report ‘bad in law’: Punjab AG

first_imgTerming the Central Bureau of Investigation’s closure report in the 2015 Bargari sacrilege case “bad in law”, Punjab Advocate General Atul Nanda on Thursday said the national agency had no jurisdiction in the matter after the State government withdrew the cases from it last year. “The CBI lost all authority and jurisdiction to continue with any investigation in the cases, much less to file a closure report, after the State government issued a formal notification to withdraw the cases from the agency in September 2018,” said Mr. Nanda. He said that instead of filing the closure report, the correct legal course for the CBI would have been to inform the court that it was no longer charged with the investigation. The CBI had on July 4 filed a closure report in the three Bargari sacrilege cases of 2015 in the special CBI court in Mohali. Mr. Nanda also expressed surprise at the CBI’s stand that the State of Punjab was a stranger to the events, and thus not entitled to a copy of the closure report. “This stand was absurd, considering that the agency itself had, in its closure report, cited the ‘reports’ and ‘inputs’ of the Punjab police,” he added. ‘Dubious role’Meanwhile, Punjab Ekta Party president Sukhpal Singh Khaira accused the Chief Minister of playing a “dubious role” in the cases of sacrilege and asking the CBI to reopen the cases . “The Chief Minister failed to implement the resolution passed by the Vidhan Sabha to take back the cases from the CBI. On one hand, he advocated that the cases be probed by the SIT of Punjab police, while on the other he is asking the CBI to reopen the cases. This raises serious questions about his intentions,” said Mr. Khaira.last_img read more

Venus Williams wins, Kerber loses at Wimbledon

first_imgWilliams, who last won the title at the All England Club in 2008, advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals by beating 19-year-old Ana Konjuh 6-3, 6-2 on Monday.Williams is playing at the grass-court major for the 20th time in her career, with her Wimbledon debut coming a few months before Konjuh was born.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKerber, who reached the Wimbledon final last year but lost to Serena Williams, was beaten by Garbine Muguruza on No. 2 Court, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.With the loss by Kerber, either Simona Halep or Karolina Pliskova will take over as the top-ranked player after the tournament. Venus Williams of the United States returns to Croatia’s Ana Konjuh during their Women’s Singles Match on day seven at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Monday, July 10, 2017. (Photo by KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH / AP)First published: 9:51 p.m., July 10, 2017LONDON — Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams won and top-ranked Angelique Kerber lost.ADVERTISEMENT Williams will next face French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the quarterfinals. The 20-year-old Latvian, who won her first tour-level title at Roland Garros last month, beat fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-3, 7-6 (6) on Court 12.Ostapenko led 5-3 in the second set, but was broken and forced into a tiebreaker. She finally won by converting her eighth match point.Ostapenko had never before been past the third round at a major tournament prior to this year’s French Open. She was the first woman to win her debut tour-level title at a Grand Slam tournament since 1979.At Wimbledon, the Latvian is into the quarterfinals for the first time. However, the 20-year-old Latvian won the girls’ title at the All England Club in 2014.Two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and Magdalena Rybarikova also advanced to the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dwyane Wade vows to visit PH LATEST STORIES The second Monday at Wimbledon is, arguably, the busiest day in tennis. All 16 fourth-round matches at the All England Club are played on the same day, a schedule that will produce all eight male and all eight female quarterfinalists.Andy Murray was on Centre Court against Benoit Paire, and Roger Federer will follow.On No. 1 Court, Johanna Konta was up first, followed by Rafael Nadal. Novak Djokovic is third.Kuznetsova was the first to finish her match on Monday, beating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4.The seventh-seeded Russian is a two-time Grand Slam champion who will be playing in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the fourth time. She has never advanced past that stage.In the quarterfinals, Kuznetsova will face Muguruza.Rybarikova, who beat Pliskova in the second round, defeated Petra Martic of Croatia 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 and advanced to the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time.Rybarikova missed nearly seven months after last year’s Wimbledon because of injuries./rga View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Extra! Extra! Red Sox once again playing a lot of innings

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ It was past 1 a.m. at Fenway Park with the AL East leaders and Toronto tied at 4. The start was delayed for more than an hour by rain, and Pedroia and Chris Young homered for Boston.Both teams scored a run in the 11th to keep it going. In the middle of the 14th, there was a second seventh-inning stretch, with “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” again playing at the ballpark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Red Sox lost in 16 innings to the New York Yankees on Saturday. Boston and the Yankees then split a day-night doubleheader Sunday.Boston lost to Toronto 4-3 on Monday night — albeit in just nine innings. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress China boxing star Zou primed for biggest battle yet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox crosses home after hitting a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning at Fenway Park on July 18, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPBOSTON — No rest lately for Dustin Pedroia and these Boston Red Sox.The Red Sox kept up their recent rash of playing extra extra innings when they went into the 15th early Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READlast_img read more

Laxman set to draw the curtains on a ‘Very Very Special’ career

first_imgVangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman, the stylish Hyderabadi cricketer, is all set to call it a day.The 37-year-old middle-order batsman is likely to quit international cricket soon after the two-Test cricket series against New Zealand, commencing on August 23. The first match of the series will be played in his home town of Hyderabad.Laxman is expected to make the announcement on his retirement in a day or two.The “Very Very Special” batsman, who has been out of form for the last two seasons, reportedly told his close friends in the field and a couple of sports correspondents on Friday that he had decided to retire from international cricket and would like to make an announcement to this effect before the commencement of the India-New Zealand Test series for which he was picked up.”I would take a final call after discussing with my parents, wife, well-wishers, coaches and other friends,” he is learnt to have said.Laxman did not respond to the calls and text messages when Mail Today tried to contact him to get confirmation about the reports on his retirement. Sources close to him, however, confirmed that he made up his mind to bid adieu to cricket.Laxman, who made his debut in 1996 against South Africa, has played 134 Tests scoring 8,781 runs, including 17 centuries and 56 fifties, at an average of 45.97. He has also played 86 ODIs, scoring 2,338 runs with six hundreds.Sources said Laxman had, in fact, decided to announce retirement much before the selection of team for the two-match Test series against New Zealand. “The retirement of Rahul Dravid brought a lot of pressure on him to follow suit, as he had not performed well in both the Test series in Australia and England. Since then, he was toying up with the idea of quitting international cricket,” sources said.In fact, Laxman’s average during the four-Test series against Australia was 19.38, and before that, he had just averaged 22.75 in the series against England. In between these two series, however, he had put up a good show against the West Indies in a three-Test home series by scoring 298 runs with a stupendous average of 99.33.Following the pathetic performance in Australia, Laxman was under pressure to quit, as there was criticism against him that he was blocking the chances of youngsters. He was apprehensive that he might not be picked up for the series with New Zealand, but the selectors have thought otherwise. They picked him up for the squad as they apparently thought a senior cricketer like him would be the backbone of the team in the absence of Dravid. As a result, Laxman decided to play for the last time for the country.”Obviously, he wants to retire with grace by putting up a decent performance in the home series,” sources said.advertisementlast_img read more

Stars Support Children Of Syria On Third Anniversary Of Conflict

first_imgMarch 15 marked the third anniversary of the outbreak of conflict in Syria, and a number of stars used the occasion to hit their social media sites and call their fans to help the children who are suffering.Children Of Syria CampaignVideo: Join David Beckham: Champion the #childrenofsyriaDavid Beckham, Serena Williams, Leo Messi, Pau Gasol, Danny Glover, Serge Ibaka, Maria Guleghina, Lang Lang, Mia Farrow, Hayley Westenra, Sir Roger Moore, Yuna Kim, Alyssa Milano, Charlize Theron, Eddie Izzard, Michael Sheen and Christiane Amanpour are just some of the stars who have supported the campaign on their social media platform either through the image ‘fade out’ or sharing the call to action or both.Ewan McGregor even filmed a small video message as per below.Video: Join Ewan McGregor: Champion the #childrenofsyriaIn addition Ronan Farrow has supported the campaign all week on his MSNBC show.To find out how you can be part of the call to action, click here.last_img read more

Cavs Owner Dan Gilbert Regrets Not Trading LeBron James

On second thought, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said he would have traded LeBron James instead of being in the weakened position of allowing James to bolt as an unrestricted free agent to Miami with his team receiving no compensation.Gilbert had expressed anger and dismay when James announced he was “taking his talents to South Beach” two years ago. Gilbert even said in a scathing open letter that his Cavaliers would win a championship before James.Tuesday night, Gilbert said that if he and then-general manager Danny Ferry could do it all over again, they would have assured the team would get some assets in return instead of allowing James to leave a huge hole in the organization.“The key thing, whoever you are and wherever you are, you cannot wait,” Gilbert said. ”The big lesson was if a player is not willing to extend, no matter who they are, no matter where they are playing, no matter what kind of season you had, you cannot risk going into a summer and having them leave in unrestricted free agency and get nothing back for it.”Gilbert admitted there would have been some backlash to trading James at the height of his career.“I’m sure the player or whoever would have said, ‘Of course I would have stayed. You guys screwed up and ruined the whole franchise.’ You’re in a no-win situation,” Gilbert said.His proclamation of winning a title before James came back to haunt him in June, when James concluded a brilliant season with his first NBA title. That, according to Gilbert, should close that chapter of the aftermath of James’ departure.“If you’re going to predict something that doesn’t happen and you’re going to do it publicly, you’d for sure take it back,” Gilbert said. “When that happened, when they won, it was the end of the end of the end of that whole thing. Now there’s nothing more to talk about.“In a way it was like a little bit of a relief. If they didn’t win it, it would’ve been still another thing of who’s going to win it [first]?”As for his team, “We want to win as much as the fans do,” Gilbert said. “No matter how long it takes, and no matter what it takes, we’re just going to keep going until we get there.” read more

First Lady to participate in Early Childhood Education Project

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGeorgetown, Guyana – (June 3, 2016) First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, today, participated in the Guyana Early Childhood Education Film Project, which is aimed at encouraging parents and guardians to participate more in recreational activities with their children, particularly in the area of reading. The filming was done at State House.Ms. Quenita Walrond, Nursery Technical Coordinator for the Guyana Early Childhood Education Project within the Ministry of Education, in an invited comment, said that from the inception of the project, Mrs. Granger has been a staunch supporter.The project, Ms. Walrond said, looks at how the gaps can be closed in children’s performance in the public school system; children from the hinterland as compared to the performance of children from the coastland.“We found that there were certain key areas where we could work to help our children and families from the hinterland to improve those education outcomes and literacy and numeracy specifically. So the project has three actionable components, one of which includes a mass media campaign that is targeting all parents and caregivers across Guyana that says parents and caregivers spend the most time with their children and so they are their first and best teachers. And that is where the First Lady comes in,” she said.Mrs. Granger, who has always been a firm believer in early childhood education, said she was happy to participate in the project, noting that it is education which will ultimately lead to a nation’s growth and development.last_img read more

MA Scorecard June 2008

first_imgApril 24Buyer: CondéNetSeller: SFO MediaSale Price: N/AMultiple: N/AThe deal behind the deal: Condé Nast’s digital arm, CondéNet, has acquired SFO Media, publisher of travel blogs and to CondéNet president Sarah Chubb, the SFO acquisition “increases our travel footprint and adds to our portfolio a group of sites for advertisers who target an active, passionate and upscale consumer.”The blogs, which currently draw just less than one million visitors per month, will operate as standalone brands. SFO Media founder Mark Johnson was to join CondéNet and continue to run the sites as senior director. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Our panel says: “Through its digital division, Condé Nast continues its ongoing spree of thoughtful online acquisitions, highlighted even more recently by the purchase of tech site Ars Technica for Wired Digital. This deal makes sense and confirms the company’s strong digital reach.”April 29Buyer: HMP CommunicationsSeller: Princeton MediaSale Price: N/AMultiple: N/AThe deal behind the deal: In an attempt to broaden its footprint in the medical information and education fields, HMP Communications—headed by president and CEO Paul Mackler—acquired Princeton Media Associates. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.As part of the transaction, Princeton’s Managed Care-First Report brands will combine with HMP’s Annals of Long Term Care and Clinical Geriatrics brands, forming the Managed Care and Long Term Care division, which will be operated from HMP’s headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania. HMP’s subsidiary North American Center for Continuing Medical Information will merge with Princeton’s medical education division and relocate operations to Millstone Township, New Jersey.Private equity banker Berkery Noyes represented Princeton Media Associates in the deal.Our panel says: “Mackler is clearly looking for more scale for his company and appears to be doing a good job of growing quickly. This looks to be a very synergistic, great ad-on deal.”May 11Buyer: Manhattan MediaSeller: Atlantic Media (02138)Sale Price: N/AMultiple: N/AThe deal behind the deal: Irreverent Harvard alumni lifestyle magazine 02138 was sold to Manhattan Media, a community newspaper publisher that also owns Avenue magazine.The deal came after weeks during which Worth publisher Sandow Media had been thought to be the front-runner in acquiring 02138. While Sandow came up short in the negotiation process it managed to hire away 02138 executive editor Richard Bradley to serve as Worth’s editor-in-chief.The owners of Atlantic Media planned to increase 02138’s frequency from quarterly to six times per year in 2009, as well as to roll out similar magazines for all eight Ivy League universities. It’s so-called “Ivy League Media” will also launch social networking Web sites for each of the schools and a live events division.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Our panel says: “02138 is a complementary acquisition to Manhattan Media where they can cross-sell to their current readership. It is also a great property to begin building an Ivy League niche media platform.”May 15Buyer: CBSSeller: CNETSale Price: $1.8 billionMultiple: N/AThe deal behind the deal: By far the largest deal in the last several weeks, CNET Networks were purchased by CBS for $1.8 billion in cash—a 45 percent premium over its closing stock price. The deal comes after months of CNET trying to avoid a hostile takeover by hedge fund consortium Jana Partners.Among the CNET properties in the deal are Web sites CNET, ZDNet, BNET, and CHOW. According to CBS CEO Les Moonves, CNET Networks will add “a tremendous platform to expand our complementary entertainment, news, sports, music and information content to a whole new global audience.”The deal marks the largest so far in CBS’ Internet expansion.Our panel says: “This represents a good outcome for CNET and, if the post-acquisition integration is successful, CBS may have picked up a real bargain. This acquisition will no doubt put the combined entity solidly on the list of the top 10 Internet properties. There simply aren’t very many digital media properties of this size that come up on the market.”last_img read more