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

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

3rd Test: Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler fifties lift England vs West Indies on Day 1

first_imgBen Stokes and Jos Buttler compiled an unbeaten fifth-wicket stand of 124 to guide England to 231 for four at the close on Day 1 of the third Test against West Indies in St Lucia.Stokes enjoyed a most unusual reprieve when he was caught-and-bowled for 52 by Alzarri Joseph, who snaffled a sharp chance as the ball cannoned towards his midriff.After trudging from the oval at the Darren Sammy Stadium in Gros Islet, Stokes was removing his protective equipment when the third umpire declared that Joseph had delivered a no-ball after reviewing the footage.Number seven Jonny Bairstow, already in the middle, made a quick u-turn and exited as Stokes returned to rousing cheers from the England fans.Buttler was dropped in the slips before he had scored, and he and Stokes rode their luck at times early but looked more poised as the day progressed, and they dug their team out of a big early hole.Buttler was unbeaten on 67 and Stokes on 62 as England took the upper hand for the first time in the series, which they have already lost after defeats in the first two Tests.But it was not all smooth sailing for the visitors, whose top-order problems were starkly evident again.Keemo Paul, drafted into the team in place of suspended captain Jason Holder, took a wicket with his first ball when England opener Keaton Jennings edged to first slip. He was out for eight off what was little more than a loosener from Paul.The 20-year-old, in his third Test, was the pick of the four-pronged West Indies pace attack and beat the batsmen regularly.advertisementAfter getting Jennings, he also snared the other opener, Rory Burns, for 29 when the opener was trapped lbw.The on-field umpire adjudged Burns not out, but a West Indies review showed the ball would have hit the middle stump and the decision was overturned.Paul finished the day with 2-42, while Shannon Gabriel bowled with genuine pace, clocked several times at more than 90 miles-per-hour (145 kph).He collected 1-44, dismissing Joe Denly lbw for 20.England captain Joe Root (15) was out cheaply for the fifth time in as many innings this series, caught-behind off a poor Joseph ball that was not far from being a wide.West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite won the toss and sent England in.England made two changes. Jennings and pace bowler Mark Wood came in for Ben Foakes and Sam Curran.Also Watch:last_img read more

Musicians pick songs for dream Tragically Hip set list

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement With the Tragically Hip‘s much-anticipated “Man Machine Poem” tour kicking off Friday in Victoria, B.C., many longtime Hip aficionados are imagining a dream set list constructed from the band’s vast catalogue of classic Canadian songs.The 15-concert run stretches across much of Canada, giving Gord Downie and his cronies plenty of opportunity to mix up the set lists and keep fans on their toes.Before the band steps onto the stage, The Canadian Press asked some musicians which song they’d most like to hear and why it resonates with them. Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace picks “Grace, Too“:“In 2004, I travelled to Darfur with War Child (an organization that works with children in war zones). We were provided housing in a United Nations shack. It was three of us and two UN personnel who were stationed there to decide whether the unspeakable sadness in Darfur was in fact genocide or not. Not long after I returned from Sudan I came across an article on ‘Grace, Too.’ The journalist wrote that Gord described the song as being about the UN and the complexities surrounding this controversial entity. This blew my mind and I immediately began re-evaluating the song, trying to decipher the lyrics and apply my personal experience — I’d witnessed the UN ego and power first hand. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

Chile has postponed the switch to digital TV to 20

first_imgChile has postponed the switch to digital TV to 2024, the country’s government announced on Wednesday, May 15.The announcement comes as part of a revised plan for the implementation of digital television over the next four years. It is expected that this plan will see 80% of Chileans have a digital signal by 2022. This update comes after Chile’s national television association, Asociación Nacional de Televisión de Chile (ANATEL) requested a postponement of the original cut off date from regulator Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones (SUBTEL).Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Gloria Hutt, said: “Upon taking office, the Government initiated conversations with the different actors inside the sector to know the reality of the industry. As a result, we have created a deployment plan that is focused on two objectives: to build a realistic agenda with demands for the industry to be updated to the required standards and to allow all Chileans to access quality TV regardless of where in the country they are.”Undersecretary of Telecommunications, Pamela Gidi, added: “President Sebastián Piñera urged us, once and for all, to establish a clear working timetable with the industry to solve the digital isolation experienced by thousands of users across the country. “Today we present this plan, which although extends the deadline for the analog switch-off in four years, also imposes clear rules, with an agenda of compliance by date.”last_img read more