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Rags to riches story for Neptunes culminates with impressive provincial results

first_imgThis year the Neptunes jumped 11 places climbing to 47th out of 65 teams.”It is common to have a club go up or down in the team rankings slightly, but I have never coached or noticed a club that has moved up that dramatically, especially after a year of not swimming,” Pfeiffer exclaimed.  All the swimmers at provincials astounded their head coach Cynthia PfeifferThe best placing of the weekend was Jaylen Rushtons 50 meter Breaststroke placing fifth in the province, taking off three seconds. “I was super impressed by Jaylens step up of mental focus she had during the provincials and I’m excited to see what she can do next year when she will be oldest in her division,” said Pfeiffer.Ohia Wintraub also finished with an impressive sixth in her 50 meter Butterfly. The girls Division one Medley Relay team consisting of Ella Chouinard, Morgan Robertson-Weir, Imogen Cowan, and Chloe Malenfant also made the finals and finished in eighth place at Kamloops. Swimmers who also made the consultations finals included Imogen Cowan, Olivia Cowan, Sage Cowan, Madeline Holitzki, Matthew Holitzki, and Jaylen Rushton. “We are hoping that the pool will be open next summer, or at least a portion of the summer so the Neptunes can have a season and keep this incredible momentum of the club on the rise,” said Pfeiffer.Neptune Results at BCSSA Championships:(Bold is events that made the consultation finals [9th-16th] and bold with underline is events that made the finals [First-8th]) Joanna Blishen (Division 5 girls): 21st in 50m Freestyle, 20th in 100m Butterfly, 19th in 50m Butterfly, 21st in 100m Breaststroke Ella Chouinard (Division 1 girls): 18th in 50m Backstroke Enna Cowan (Division 2 girls): 23rd in 100m Individual Medley Imogen Cowan (Division 1 girls): 19th in 50m Freestyle, 12th in 50m Butterfly, 19th in 50m Breaststroke Olivia Cowan (Division 5 girls): 13th in 200m Individual Medley, 16th in 100m Backstroke, 14th in 100m Freestyle Sage Cowan (Division 6 girls): 11th in 200m Individual Medley, 14th in 100m Butterfly, 19th in 100m Backstroke, 14th in 100m Freestyle Madeline Holitzki (Division 3 girls): 23rd in 50m Butterfly, 14th in 50m Breaststroke Matthew Holitzki (Division 4 boys): 15th in 200m Individual Medley, 20th in 50m Freestyle, 15th in 100m Breaststroke, 20th in 100m Freestyle Chloe Malefant (Division 1 girls): 20th in 50m Freestyle, 21st in 100m Freestyle Hannah Malenfant (Division 4 girls): 21st in 50m Butterfly, 24th in 100 Breaststroke Morgan Robertson-Weir (Division 1 girls): 21st in 50m Butterfly, 21st in 50m Breaststroke, 22nd in 100m Freestyle Jaylen Rushton (Division 2 girls): 9th in 100m Individual Medley, 7th in 50m Butterfly, 13th in 50m Backstroke, 5th in 50m Breaststroke Ohia Wintraub (Division 4 girls): 24th in 200m Individual Medley, 18th in 50m Freestyle, 6th in 50m Butterfly, 20th in 100m Freestyle Coach Cynthia Pfeiffer (Division 8 womens): 11th in 50m Freestyle, 6th in 100m Backstroke Division 1 girls Relay -Ella Chouinard, Morgan Robertson-Weir, Imogen Cowan, Chloe Malenfant- Medley finished in 8th, Freestyle finished in 9th Division 5 girls Relay – Olivia Cowan, Joanna Blishen, Ohia Wintraub, Hannah Malenfant – Medley finished in 10th, Freestyle finished in 9th. Division 6 girls Relay – Sage Cowan, Madeline Holitzki, Jaylen Rushton, Enna Cowan – Medley finished in 12th, Freestyle finished in 13th. The Nelson Neptunes completed an amazing comeback season after 14 members of the team attained some great results at the 56th annual BC Summer Swim Associations Provincial Championships last weekend in Kamloops.One year from not having a home pool for training, the Neptunes attending the provincial meet were at the big dance for the very first time.”I was super impressed with how ready and focused these kids were for attending such an overwhelming meet (over 1000 swimmers) for their first time,” said Nelson head coach Cynthia Pfeiffer.”Many swimmers took off multiple seconds and were able to improve their placings dramatically.””Going into the Provincials I was just aiming to make it a positive experience for the Neptunes so they would enjoy it and be more likely to attend in the future years,” Pfeiffer added.”I had no idea we would have so many swimmers qualify for the consultations and finals.”In 2012 the Neptunes sent four swimmers to Provincials and placed 58th out of 62 teams. last_img read more

Lindener remanded to prison on drug trafficking charge

first_imgA Lindener who pleaded not guilty to a trafficking in narcotics charge was on Wednesday remanded to prison by Magistrate Clive Nurse.The accused, Jamal Marcus, of Lot 789 Determa Street, Mackenzie, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court to answer to the charge which stated that on Monday June 6, he had 38 grams of cannabis sativa (marijuana) in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.The incident is alleged to have occurred at Ituni, in Region 10.Facts on the case presented to the court indicated that on the day in question at approximately 08:30h, the defendant was observed along the Ituni Public Road acting in a suspicious manner, which led to Police ranks conducting a search on his person. The narcotic was found concealed in a bag in his crotch.However, the defendant maintained that the cannabis sativa was not found in his possession. He is scheduled to make his next court appearance on July 26.last_img read more

Path to Economic Empowerment of Liberian Youth: Attainment of Vocational and Technological Skills

first_imgAuthor:Mr. Edmund Zar-Zar Bargblor is an Educator. He is a graduate of Cuttington University, Liberia; Howard University, Washington, D.C, and Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. He is a former Deputy Managing Director of the National Port Authority of Liberia, NPA.; Former Chairman of the Department of Mathematics, Bong Town High School, Bong Mines , Liberia; Instructor of Mathematics,  Providence School Department, Rhode Island,   USA. He can be contacted at: ezbargblor@aol.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) By Edmund Zar-Zar BargblorEducation has a great social importance especially in the modern, complex industrialized societies. Philosophers of all periods, beginning with ancient stages, devoted to it a great deal of attention. Education Trains in skills that are required by the economy; it is a crucial investment in the economy and major economic resources.Let me now examine some of the significant functions of education, for the benefit of my readers (The Role of Education in Society Sociology Essay Published: 23rd March 2015). I will only outline five significant attributes.To complete the socialization process.The main social objective of education is to complete the socialization process. The family gets the child, but the modern family tends to leave much undone in the socialization process. The school and other institutions have come into being in place of family to complete the socialization process.(2) To transmit the central heritage:All societies maintain themselves, by exploitation of a culture. Culture here refers to a set of beliefs and skills, art, literature, philosophy, religion, music, etc. that are not carried through the mechanism of heredity. They must be learned. This social heritage (African culture) must be transmitted through social organizations. Education has this function of cultural transmission in all societies.(3) For the formation of social personalityEducation, everywhere has the function of the formation of social personalities. Education helps in transmitting culture through proper molding of social personalities. In this way, it contributes to the integration, to survive and to reproduce them.(4) Reformation of Attitudes:Education aims at the reformation of attitudes wrongly developed by children. It is the function of education to see that unfounded beliefs, illogical prejudices and unreasoned loyalties are removed from the child’s mind.(5) Education for occupational placement:An instrument of livelihood. Education has a practical and it should help the adolescent for earning his livelihood. It should enable the student to take out his livelihood. Education must prepare the student for future occupational positions; the youth should be enabled to play a productive role in society. Accordingly, great emphasis has been placed on vocational training. This is where the vocational, technological and agricultural skills are instilled, helping the Liberian child to earn his livelihood.According to UNICEF and other international organizations, West and Central Africa (WCA) is the region of the world with the largest percentage of young people (32%, UNFPA, 2016) and the highest gender disparity in education. Interestingly, Upper secondary school completion rates are 35% for boys and 25% for girls (UNICEF, 2016). Several factors are responsible for the persistent gender disparities in education. Among them, early and unintended pregnancy, which is often linked to child marriage, poor sexual and reproductive health (SRH) including HIV infection, and school-related gender-based violence (GBV) have a marked impact on the education and prospects of young people (UNESCO, 2016).UNICEF estimated that three out of five unemployed in sub-Saharan Africa are young people, mostly surviving in the informal economy. In Mali, technical and vocational education and training is being offered to youth in conflict-affected regions of Mopti, Timbuktu, Gao, and Kidal. UNESCO Dakar has also been instrumental in developing a common format for TVET curricula and learning materials for West African countries.I will briefly review the Technical and Vocational Education /Training within one of Africa’s successful countries in this endeavor. Rwanda, at the end of her civil war years, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) was an important component within the Rwandese policy to end poverty; effective school management is high on the agenda of the Rwandan government.The objectives of any vocational-technical education program usually, according to Dr. El Mohamed Sheriff, contain reflections like to one or more of the following attributes:To provide opportunities for persons who are technologically unemployed to prepare for vacant positions in other occupations.To reduce the rate of unemployment or underemployment caused by insufficient education and training.To provide sufficient opportunity for the practice and the establishment of ethical habits and values of alert diligence in all citizens (those who desire it).To provide sufficient opportunities for all persons who have an interest and would profit from such instruction.To provide basic elements for additional specialized vocational or professional education.To provide personal group relationships and to make persons more responsive to appeals by civic authorities for personal responsibility, etc.(https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=7471&context=rtd).Rwandan ExperienceIn Rwanda, ‘vocational training is a system which aims at providing recipients with the necessary knowledge and skills to exercise a profession to be integrated in the labor market. Vocational training includes initial Vocational Training and continuing Vocational Training.’ And Technical Education, is a ‘structured system aimed at providing recipients with the necessary knowledge and skills to continue their studies at tertiary education level or to exercise a profession to be integrated into the labor market Technical Education, on the other hand puts more emphasis on theoreticaleducation’(http://planipolis.iiep.unesco.org/sites/planipolis/files/ressources/rwanda_technical_vocational_education_policy.pdf).RecommendationLiberia ’s education system needs to be rebuilt around vocational skills, agriculture economy of business, food production and exporting goods. The system should be redesigned to properly educate as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time.To achieve these objectives, a National Service –Peace-Corps program needs to be put in place. This program should provide teachers to all parts of Liberia. All students coming out of high schools would be sent into the interior to teach in elementary schools for one academic year as graduation requirement. Students graduating from Cuttington University, the University of Liberia and other universities or colleges, must do two years of national service as teachers in all high schools located in the various counties and upon completion, they will receive their diplomas.TVETStudents from agricultural schools such as the University of Liberia ’s Agriculture College and the Agriculture facility at Cuttington would help with seasonal planting and harvesting of food. Like national service plans elsewhere, student participants would be paid a stipend to cover necessities such as room, board and transportation. During the junior year of both high school and university, students would receive instructions in teaching strategies and methods. In this endeavor, all students coming from overseas studies must perform one year of national service to be qualified for gainful employment in government or the private sector of the Liberian economy.Thomas Jefferson was correct when he said in a letter to one of his friends in 1816: “Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like the evil spirits at the dawn of day.”The Ministry of Education must endeavor to provide equal education opportunities to all Liberia’s children. The success and durability of the Liberian democracy depends on the availability of an educated middle class. The greatest peril to stability in Liberia is illiteracy of Liberian youth. The 14 years of war have taught us the lesson of illiteracy. When seventy-five percent of a country’s population is uneducated and unskilled, it is not a laughing matter; it is a time bomb waiting to explode.last_img read more

Bill aims at gang violence

first_imgAB 1290 would allow communities to form a joint powers authority. “It will enhance local law enforcement efforts to communicate with each other,” Mendoza said. MORE MENDOZA: The state Assembly voted 74-0 Thursday to approve Mendoza’s AB 357 that would make it easier for candidates to raise and spend more for a recount. The bill excludes funds spent on a recount or an election contest when determining whether a candidate has reached the voluntary spending limits. It also allows a candidate to establish a legal defense fund for the purposes of initiating a recount or election contest. REPUBLICAN MEETING: Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich will speak at the 7:30 a.m. Friday breakfast of the Southeast chapter of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs. The group meets at Geezer’s Restaurant 12120 Telegraph Road, Santa Fe Springs. For reservations, write LACLC, 6055 E. Washington Blvd. suite 228, Commerce, 90040, or call Peter Bylsma, (323) 215-4500 or e-mail bylsma@lagop.org. JUDICIAL NEWS: Phil Mautino, supervising judge for the Los Padrinos Juvenile Court in Downey, will speak at the 11a.m. May 11 lunch meeting of the Whittier Republican Women Federated. The club meets at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. For reservations, call Carole Gardner, (626) 968-2125. Cost is $17. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562)698-0450; phone (562)698-0955; e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We need to help some parents take back control of their kids,” he said. “We need to break the cycle of gang activity in families and stop the revolving door of juvenile gang-members going in and out of jail,” he said. “The Anti-Gang Parental Accountability Bill is a great first step because it’s flexible enough for all family situations.” Deputy District Attorney Michael Enomoto Jr. a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney from the Hardcore Gang Division, said parental education is needed. “Based on my experience as a gang prosecutor, I’ve learned that most gang members begin their activities in their early teens,” Enomoto said. “With parental education and intervention at early stages, we stand little chance of reducing gang activity in the long run.” Enomoto said the other bill would allow communities to work together and to seek funds. Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. As a teacher in East Los Angeles, Assemblyman Tony Mendoza saw the first-hand effects of gang violence. Now as a rookie legislator, Mendoza, D-Norwalk, is trying to do something about it with bills that will mandate parent education and help law enforcement agencies share resources and get grant funding. The Assembly Public Safety Committee Tuesday approved AB 1290, the law enforcement bill, on a 5-1 vote and AB 1291 – the parental education bill, on a 7-0 vote. last_img read more

‘Bored’ Liverpool player linked with January exit just six months after joining

first_img Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 2 Most Read In Football Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF revealed Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update RANKED LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ tense SORRY scrap The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions latest PSG have been admirers of Fabinho since his time at Monaco Big things were expected of the 25-year-old upon his arrival at Liverpool, but Fabinho’s Mersey stay has been a real disappointment so far.He’s started just three matches in all competitions, and can count his total appearances at only six.And given Fabinho’s lack of game time, there is a chance he could leave Liverpool when the transfer window reopens in January. It’s not been a good time for Fabinho so far Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has been linked with leaving Anfield on loan just six months after joining the Reds from Monaco.Fabinho, the Brazil international, penned a permanent deal with Jurgen Klopp’s side in May, joining the club officially when the transfer window opened two months later. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos whoops Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? According to Le Parisien, the midfielder is ‘bored’ on Merseyside and could be interested in a move to Paris Saint-Germain.Ligue 1 giants PSG are known to have been long-term admirers of Fabinho – having previously tried to sign him from Monaco – and the Parc des Princes club are now said to be considering a loan swoop for him. 2 gameday cracker PSG are keen on bringing in a new defensive midfielder after failing to do so throughout the summer, and Fabinho is one option.Abdoulaye Doucoure, the Watford midfielder, has also been linked with a transfer to Paris.last_img read more

Ex-county planner sentenced to 4 years in prison

first_imgA 68-year-old former Los Angeles County Planning Department employee convicted in connection with collecting $500,000 to issue illegal certificates to landowners was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison. Emmett Taylor also was ordered to pay $1.53 million in restitution to the county for the cost of investigating and correcting what he had done. “We calculated there were 347 illegal parcels. The moment the county discovered it, they had to go back and clean, repair and correct all the problems,” Deputy District Attorney Leonard Torrealba said. If Taylor pays $250,000 within four months, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Pounders said he would consider reducing the sentence to three years in a prison restitution center, where Taylor would be allowed to work at an outside job. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals State law allows a judge to resentence a person within 120 days from the date of the original sentencing, said Robert Schwartz, Taylor’s attorney. “The center is run by the Department of Corrections for people who have been convicted of fraud or theft-type offenses and there’s loss as a result of the fraud and theft,” Schwartz said. “The rationale behind it is that the victims can receive reimbursement while the person is in prison and earning money.” Torrealba said Taylor is able to pay restitution, owning a house in Fullerton and property in Big Bear. But Schwartz noted that Taylor’s wife has community interest in those properties. “It throws a legal curve at any attempt to satisfy restitution,” Schwartz said. Taylor was accused of collecting $500,000 to issue illegal certificates to landowners for hundreds of acres in unincorporated areas including Agua Dulce and Malibu. Taylor pleaded no contest in May to three counts of falsification of public records after prosecutors agreed to dismiss 94 other counts. Taylor had worked in the county Planning Department for 20 years before he came under suspicion in August 2000. Prosecutors said Taylor ran a private company out of his home, forged grant deeds and issued fraudulent land-division certificates that bypassed the normal public review process. The certificates were issued over a five-year period to landowners who avoided public hearings, thousands of dollars worth of fees and other requirements to subdivide property, according to prosecutors. Officials said Taylor’s activities came under suspicion when one of his clients sent him payments – so-called “consulting fees” – to a county government address rather than to his home. Taylor was fired in November 2000 and arrested two years later after an investigation by county officials, who reviewed more than 1,000 certificates of compliance dating back to the early 1990s. The investigation led county officials to question all certificates of compliance, causing delays for property owners who sought permits to build on their land. In many cases, officials said, property owners seemed to be trying to avoid setting aside part of their land for road easements. In some cases, property owners went through the usual public hearing procedure and got permission to cut their land into smaller parcels, but applied for a certificate saying the land had been subdivided years earlier. That meant they didn’t have to give up land for roads, investigators said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY AT KELLY’S CENTRA MOUNTAIN TOP AS THEY SLASH FUEL PRICES

first_imgHAPPY HOUR: FUEL PRICES SLASHED: Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top are at it AGAIN!Management at Kelly’s Centra Topaz Mountain Top have got into the festive spirit a week early by slashing fuel prices.They’ve already done it on TWO occasions already in December, but management have yet again decided to slash fuel costs by hosting their HAPPY HOUR.The HAPPY HOUR starts again today at 4pm and lasts until 6pm. Remarkably the price of Diesel, Petrol and Kero will drop by 5c per litre.This is their way of saying Happy Christmas to their customers.So make sure and keep an eye out over the next few days as this may not be the last time prices will drop between now and Christmas.Mairtin Kelly told Donegal Daily, “We’ve had to put on extra pump attendants due to the success of the last happy hour promotion – this will help get people in and out quickly. “Christmas is an expensive time of year for many families, so we’re slashing the fuel costs to help the pocket a small bit, and to say a big THANK YOU to our loyal customers for their support throughout the year.“Checkout the signage on the roads for the most up to date HAPPY HOUR times. CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY AT KELLY’S CENTRA MOUNTAIN TOP AS THEY SLASH FUEL PRICES was last modified: December 18th, 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:BusinessFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

David Carr: Raiders players back Gruden, organization on Antonio Brown

first_imgIf you’re wondering how the Raiders’ locker room is holding up throughout this Antonio Brown-Mike Mayock saga, look no further than David Carr.That’s right, not Derek — David.The ex-Fresno State star taken with the Texans’ first-ever pick in 2002 spilled the beans on what the Raiders’ captains told head coach Jon Gruden about the situation.A reminder of what this is all about: Wednesday morning at practice, Brown and Mike Mayock got into an argument that reportedly started over the star …last_img read more

We’ll lick our wounds – and regroup, says De Villiers

first_img23 February 2015The Castle Lager Proteas will have four days to regroup before their next encounter against the West Indies in Sydney following their heavy loss to India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday.India produced a dominating performance with bat and ball and in the field to outplay the Proteas in their 130-runs victory in the ICC World Cup Pool B match.It was India’s third-biggest winning margin against South Africa, their first in a World Cup match and by far the largest outside the sub-continent.Proteas captain AB de Villiers admitted his side was outplayed by a spirited Indian outfit, a defeat he feels is a tough pill to swallow early on in the competition.“It’s a big knock for us to get beaten by 130 runs,” De Villiers said after the match.Key roles“It’s almost embarrassing. You never want to lose by that amount of runs. You always want to be a competitive team and feel like you are in the game. We pride ourselves on that and it didn’t happen today.”De Villiers emphasised the key role the coaching staff and senior players will play in helping the squad to refocus ahead of their “must-win” match against the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Friday.“We are going to have to lick our wounds, your confidence takes a knock with performances like that and it’s up to the senior group of players to make sure that the confidence is up there come Friday against the West Indies,” he said.“Little things like today’s performance can creep into your game if you start thinking about it too much and allow it to knock your confidence.Positives“There are a few things that need to happen,” he added. “Obviously after a loss like that you want to recover and to regroup as a unit. Come tomorrow we will put all of our focus on Friday, it’s a big must-win match for us in Sydney.”There were few positives from the disappointing performance, however, the team can take some confidence after curbing the Indian batsmen in the death overs, along with the continued rise of Imran Tahir.“I was very impressed with his performance,” De Villiers said of Tahir. “He played against a team that is renowned for the way they play spin bowling. India are probably the best batting unit against spin-bowling.“There were a lot of questions about whether or not he was going to play before the game so I’m proud of the way he performed tonight against world-class players of spin. He showed that he is right up there as one of the best spinners in the world.”Vernon Philander was only able to bowl four overs before leaving the field due to a hamstring injury. He will undergo scans on Monday to determine the extent of the injury.The squad travels to Sydney on Monday and will begin preparations for Sunday’s match against the West Indies on Tuesday.WORLD CUP MATCHESGroup matches15 February, 3am: South Africa beat Zimbabwe.22 February, 5.30am: India beat South Africa.27 February, 5.30am: South Africa v West Indies. Sydney Cricket Ground3 March, 5.30am: South Africa v Ireland. Manuka Oval, Canberra7 March, 3am: South Africa v Pakistan. Eden Park, Auckland12 March, 3am: South Africa v United Arab Emirates. Westpac Stadium, WellingtonQuaterfinals18 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket Ground19 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket Ground20 March, 5.30am: Adelaide Oval21 March, 3am: Westpac Stadium, WellingtonSemifinals24 March, 3am: Eden Park, Auckland26 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket GroundFinal29 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket GroundSource: CricketSAlast_img read more

South African cycles across Africa for rhinos

first_img5 August 2015John Stanford arrived in Cape Town on 4 August, following a gruelling bicycle ride of 15 200km from London to the Mother City, undertaken to raise funds and awareness for the conservation of rhinos and an end to poaching.He and a friend left Putney Bridge in the UK in October 2014 and made their way through Europe to Ethiopia together, where they parted ways. Stanford continued his journey solo through the remainder of Africa to reach Cape Town.“The rhino situation is dire,” Stanford told Eye Witness News. “And I wanted to create awareness and try to make a difference.”Through his ride, he supported organisations such as Save the Rhino International and Outraged South African Citizens Against Rhino Poaching (Oscap).Speaking to the press on his arrival in Cape Town, he was uncertain how much money had been raised. “I am not too sure about the figures at the moment,” he explained. “A lot of people made promises, a lot of my colleagues in the UK said ‘finish the trip and we’ll make a donation’, so people want to see you hit the target, then they’ll donate.”Survival gameIn each country, he mainly ate food the locals ate, Stanford explained, but he also carried a stove with him to cook simple things like rice. “I was carrying a tent, a hammock, and different types of camping gear so I could pretty much camp everywhere.”And in Cape Town, the first thing Stanford wanted to do was have lunch with his family. “I’m going for lunch with my dad and family, we’re just going to have a relaxing time and then I’ll take some time off.”Poaching statsIncreased poaching over the last decade has severely reduced the numbers of rhino. The animals are killed illegally for their horns, which some believe carry medicinal properties. According to Save the Rhino, 1 215 rhinos were killed in 2014, up from 13 in 2007. That means one rhino is killed every eight hours.last_img read more