Pep ‘to snub Chelsea’

first_imgPep Guardiola will snub any offer to become Chelsea manager, according to The Sun.It is claimed that Guardiola has told those close to him he is not interested in a move to Stamford Bridge — despite the Spaniard stalling over a new two-year contract at Barcelona.Meanwhile, The Daily Mail include an interview with Paulo Sousa in which he says the documentary ‘The Four Year Plan’ proves his job at QPR was impossible.Sousa said: “I think people could see for themselves what was going on. It was as it appeared to be. And that made it impossible for any manager or coach to be successful.“I remain convinced that I would have achieved things with that club if I had been allowed to operate how I wanted.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Cattlemen and Cattlewomen’s annual winter dinner is set for Saturday

first_imgRed Bluff >> The Tehama County Cattlemen and CattleWomen are hosting the 65th annual Winter Dinner and the 14th annual Ag-Scholarship Fundraiser set for 6 p.m. Saturday at the Tehama District Fairground Auditorium. Proceeds from the auction and a wine glass sale for tasting local wineries will go toward benefiting the Agriculture Scholarship program of the Tehama County Cattlemen and CattleWomen associations. In the 14 years of the Ag-Scholarship program, the dinner has raised more than …last_img

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SA pair win Atlantic Rowing Race

first_img22 January 2008Only about 300 people have rowed the 2 500 nautical miles covered in the Atlantic Rowing Race – roughly one-fifth the number of people who have reached the top of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest.South Africans Bill Godfrey and Peter van Kets have now not only completed the trans-Atlantic crossing; when they rowed into English Harbour in Antigua in the early hours of Tuesday morning, it was as the winners in the pairs division of the Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race.The event began on 2 December 2007 from San Sebastian, La Gomera in the Canary Islands.After 51 days at sea in their seven-metre boat, Gquma Challenger – “gquma” in isiXhosa means the roar of a lion, or the sound of a breaking wave – the two East Londoners completed their epic voyage, second only to the fours boat Pura Vida, which crossed the finish line in first place overall on Saturday.Tough fightGodfrey and Van Kets were made to fight all the way for their pairs victory, however. After 2 552 nautical miles (4 726 kilometres), they finished only 20 miles ahead of their nearest rival, No Fear, rowed by Britain’s Jon Csehi and Nick Histon.Apart from the distance, most of the challenges were predictable, such as having to contend with varying weather conditions, including storms that resulted in big seas.Some of the challenges were predetermined by the race rules that prohibited any assistance whatsoever, with disqualification the punishment for those receiving outside help.All food and drinking supplies, including a desalinator to produce drinking water, had to be carried on board the 7.1 by 1.9 metre boats, which were purposely built for the race.Purpose-built boatOn board, they carried a satellite phone, a laptop computer for monitoring weather patterns, and other sophisticated instruments.There was not much that could be done, though, to prepare for the company of flying fish, one of which gave Godfrey a big smack on his head!A visit to the Gquma website’s blog reveals messages of congratulations: “Simply the Best” is the title of one, while another reads “A stunning achievement”, and another “You are the champions, champions of the world”.With Antigua six hours behind South Africa, an increasing number of congratulatory messages are sure to be posted on the website.Strong pedigreesBoth Godfrey and Van Kets brought strong pedigrees into the race, although nothing they had previously done could have prepared them for task they faced.Godfrey was previously a member of the South African national rowing squad. He lived in the United Kingdom for some time and while there competed at Henley and other major UK events.On the Team Gquma website, he explained why he decided to take on the Atlantic Rowing Race, saying: “It’s there and it has to be done.”In good steadVan Kets, a relative newcomer to ocean rowing, has a background in kayaking and surf ski racing, which stood him in good stead for the Atlantic crossing.He twice contested the 255 kilometre Port Elizabeth to East London Surf Ski Challenge, which gave him some idea about the demanding test he and Godfrey would face.The last words about Godfrey in his profile on the website read: “He will do everything in his power to prove his worth and make South Africa proud”.Having won the race with Van Kets, Godfrey and his partner have both proved their worth and made South Africa proud. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Bianca Buitendag’s star on the rise

first_img13 May 2013South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag achieved the best result of her fledgling professional surfing career when she placed third in the Colgate Plax Girls Rio Pro at Barra da Tijuca Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, the fifth stop on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT).The 19-year-old rookie from George in the Southern Cape, competing in just her fifth event at the highest level of women’s pro surfing, overcame a string of the world’s best female surfers to reach the semi-finals before bowing out to eventual event winner, Tyler Wright of Australia.“I think it’s the best result of my professional career,” Buitendag said. “I’m really happy with my result and happy to be here in Brazil. It’s good to get my head above water for a change.‘Tough mental space’“I’d been in a tough mental space over the last few events and kind of putting myself down and this allowed me to think and surf smarter. Now that this event is over I’ll be able to go back and analyse my performance.”Buitendag won US $8 000 (approx. R72 000) and an invaluable 6 600 points that saw her move up one place to eighth on the ASP Women’s WCT leaderboard. With two events left in the 2013 season, she is now a significant 3 550 points ahead of Malia Manuel in the 10th and final spot for automatic requalification for next year’s elite WCT.Buitendag started her Rio campaign with a third-place finish in round one before bouncing back to defeat Philippa Anderson of Australia in round two. After repeating her third place in round three, the South Africa overcame the challenge of ASP No. 13 Pauline Ado (Fra) before holding on to defeat the third-seed, Courtney Conlogue (USA), in their quarter-final match-up.FinalTyler Wright defeated fellow Australian Sally Fitzgibbons, 22, in a high-scoring final (17.80 to 15.67) to win the event in peaky two-to-three foot waves and take the lead on the 2013 ASP Women’s WCT rankings.Wright dominated the Barra da Tijuca line-up from start to finish, posting the high scores of each round with progressive combinations including the final where she unloaded committed forehand combinations and was rewarded a 9.33 and 8.50 to secure the win.“This feels pretty good,” Wright said. “This whole event has been stepping stones for me. I started off a bit shaky and this is my first event where my family is not here with me. Brooke Farris was here looking after me and thanks to everyone for all of their support.”Second winWright’s victory in Rio marks her second of the season following a win on the Gold Coast and the two victories combined with two additional runner-up finishes have launched Wright to the number one position over Hawaii’s Carissa Moore.“It’s awesome to move to the top of the rankings, but I’m honestly not thinking about the world title,” Wright said. “I’m just having fun surfing and enjoying each event and we’ll see what happens at the end of the year.”Sally Fitzgibbons, the defending champion, put in an amazing effort in an attempt to retain the title, ousting Carissa Moore in their semi-final clash, but was unable to put a stop to Wright’s momentum in the final to finish runner-up overall.“I’m happy to progress through to the final,” Fitzgibbons said. “It’s always exciting to come in to a final against Tyler and I knew she’d be tough to beat out there. I love coming to Rio and I always get good results here. Unfortunately I fell at the last hurdle, but I’ll come back bigger and better next year.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Denel ‘moving beyond weaponry’

first_img5 June 2013South African state-owned aerospace and defence technology company Denel is looking to diversify its offerings, moving beyond weaponry and opening exports to new markets, in order to reduce its dependency on government funding, the company said on Tuesday.“We are not [just] in the business of selling products. The partnerships that we are involved in, for example with Brazil [and the] United Arab Emirates, are testament that these business relations will be based on something more fundamentally sustainable than selling products,” Denel CEO Riaz Saloojee told reporters at a briefing in Irene, south of Pretoria.Reducing dependence on the taxpayerThe company was reducing its dependency on government funding, Saloojee said.“We don’t want to continue to be a burden on the South African taxpayer. But the fact of the matter is that there are certain strategic capabilities that will have to be funded.”Saloojee would not elaborate on these capabilities, saying it was between the company and the defence department.“That will be in the public domain when we agree on what are those capabilities.”The briefing was meant to give an overview of Denel’s growth, after the company made marginal profits in the past few years.Saloojee attributed previous low profit margins to slow global economic growth and the government’s policy on defence spending. Historically, Denel had sold products, and there was a lack of understanding or commitment to life-cycle support and ensuring skills support.Hi-tech manufacturing, researchThe company was taking a new direction, he said. An engineering bursary scheme and a Denel academy had been established for internship programmes and producing artisans and technicians.In the current financial year, Denel had invested R530-million in research and development. Through its high-tech manufacturing section, Denel brought in excess of R1.7-billion into the South African economy.Saloojee said Denel had also gone beyond providing the SA National Defence Force with technology, and now used its unmanned aerial vehicle systems (UAVS) for border control, detecting veld fires and fighting rhino poaching.Regarding the latter, UAVS flew above national parks and had the capacity to take video footage and relay information in real time to law enforcement officials on the ground.Exporting to new marketsSaloojee said Denel had opened a centre of excellence during the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA) summit earlier in the year. The centre performed maintenance, repair and overhaul services on both military and civilian helicopters manufactured by Russian Helicopters.“Our strategy is to grow the company’s revenue through diversification, exporting to new markets, and entering into new partnerships – both locally and overseas”, he said.The Middle East, Africa, South America and the Asia-Pacific regions had been identified as strategic markets for the company.An order book of R21-billion had been confirmed over the next three to eight years, Saloojee said.Denel was currently finalising a contract to produce 264 infantry combat vehicles. The company was also involved in the design and development of a complex missile system in partnership with Brazil and Abu Dhabi.Saloojee also announced that a Seeker 400 UAVS would soon undergo its final testing phase.Sapalast_img read more

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