Rowing toward the Head of the Charles

first_img 9Following the race, family and friends await the team as they disembark and head into Weld. 8The eight rowers and the coxswain power through the Charles. 2Coxswain Jenny Wong ’15 adjusts the speaker playing pop music that energized the team during rowing drills. The heavyweight Radcliffe women’s crew team was training on the Charles River. It was early morning, rainy and cold, and the bumpy boat could prove a brutal ride to anyone not used to it. But for the women of Radcliffe, it was just another day.“Get out the shoulders to the power zone!” yelled head coach Liz O’Leary.“We train 16 to 20 hours a week” said Lauren Tracey ’16, who has been rowing since eighth grade. “We usually row in the morning and do weight training in the afternoon. We train every day. We only have Sundays off. It’s a big commitment, but I love it, my team and rowing.”Usually after the morning training, the young women share breakfast in the Eliot House dining room, catching up on homework or the latest gossip. Sofia Donnecke ’18 said that because of the training schedule, team members have to sleep early and eat plenty. She arrived in Cambridge from Canada three months ago, but has already made good friends on the crew.“I remind them of their goals a lot,” said Jenny Wong ’15, a coxswain. “Even though I’m not rowing, I’m just as much in the boats as everyone else. I’m like the in-boat coach, leading the boat and giving motivation.” As to her style of coaching, she said, “I would definitely say I’m the tough one. You have to be. Rowers, they want to be pushed, they want to accomplish the best they can. And when you’re really tired, your own brain makes all sorts of excuses for you. You need someone to make you stick to you guns.”In recent days the Radcliffe crews spent their practice preparing for the 50th annual Head of the Charles Regatta, held over the weekend.Before Sunday’s match, O’Leary set the challenge: “Championship 8, it’s an open event. We have the U.S national team that just won the gold metal. We are racing against them, so will we win? Probably not. There are several national teams. But it’s great, it’s so much fun, because we never have the chance to see how competitive we can be against national team boats.”O’Leary had several goals for the Radcliffe heavyweight women. “You look at the collegiate field; we hope to be one of the top collegiate teams among the 40 racing,” she said.Last Sunday at the Head of the Charles, the Radcliffe heavyweight crew, stroked by Elizabeth Fitzhenry ’15, completed the three-mile race in 16:59:69 ― good for eighth place in the women’s championship event. Another Radcliffe crew, stroked by Eliza Flint ’15, completed the race in 17:38:48, placing 23rd out of 34 teams. Radcliffe finished fifth among the U.S. collegiate squads.— Ann Wang 4The team’s final training session was on the Thursday before Sunday’s race. 7The women give it their all during the Head of the Charles. 3“Power in the belly!” bellows head coach Liz O’Leary. 6Isabella Benduski ’17 (left) and Eliza Flint ’15 carry their vessel to the water for the big race. 1Lauren Tracey ’16 works the rowing machine inside Weld Boathouse, where the Harvard women’s heavyweight crew team prepared for the Head of the Charles race. 5Following the final training, the team brings their hands together in unity. 10Elizabeth Fitzhenry ’15 and a teammate hug after the race. The team notched an eighth-place finish in the women’s championship event.last_img read more

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Pintek launches fast lending product to help education funding amid pandemic

first_imgThe company reported that it had disbursed Rp 70 billion in loans to more than 3,000 borrowers since its establishment in 2018.In September, Pintek said its nonperforming loan (NPL) ratio was around 0.1 percent, well below the overall NPL ratio in the fintech industry, which increased to 7.99 percent in July as a result of the decline in income among borrowers.Read also: Regulators, fintech companies work to balance innovation, regulationTommy went on to say that Pintek had tightened its credit scoring system and offered loan restructuring to prevent bad loans. So far, fewer than 10 borrowers had asked for the restructuring, he added.The Indonesian Fintech Peer-to-Peer Financing Association’s (AFPI) legal and compliant handling manager Tiar Sidabutar said that, while the NPL had increased, the number of lender transactions has risen by 12 million from July to August, signaling market trust in P2P lending.“There are still only a few players in fintech for the education sector, hopefully we will see more companies enter the scene and more borrowers getting to know this type of financial service,” he said. Topics : “This product is to help students pay for tuition, books, gadget and phone credit, among other things, to help them learn from home during the pandemic,” he said in a press briefing.He went on to say that the company aimed to have 5,000 new borrowers using the product in the next six months.However, Tommy said the product could only cater to partner schools, as Pintek would transfer the money directly to the education institution.“We do not want Indonesia’s students to get left behind in school because of this pandemic, that is why we want to ease payments for education,” he said. Education-focused peer-to-peer lender Pintek launched on Thursday a fast lending product to help students and parents get funds during the pandemic.The product, called Pintek Instant, affords borrowers access to loans of up to Rp 5 million (US$339) with an hour approval time and repayment in installments over a period of up to three months.The company’s CEO, Tommy Yuwono, said the COVID-19 pandemic had resulted in parents getting pay cuts or furloughed, making it hard for them to pay for their children’s school needs.last_img read more

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Mourinho does not see fair play

first_img The Chelsea manager was speaking about UEFA’s FFP policy which was designed to ensure a club’s expenditure does not exceed its income. A summer of lavish spending has ensued regardless, though, and Mourinho – who believes his club have taken a correct and prudent approach – is unhappy that some continue to splash the cash. Jose Mourinho has labelled clubs who continue to spend big in an era of Financial Fair Play as “economic sharks”. “Clubs have to think about the future, where financial fair play will make us think about football in a different way,” he said in an interview with ESPN which was carried by several national newspapers. “We have already started but other clubs seem to think FFP will never start or they think they can override what FFP says and determines. They have continued spending incredible sums. We have gone with another thought.” Chelsea have not exactly traded on a shoestring themselves, with the likes of Andre Schurrle, Marco Van Ginkel, Willian and Samuel Eto’o all arriving for varying amounts. Mourinho, though, points to an investment in youth as evidence that Chelsea are using the market sensibly. “The club has invested in young players and, with those young players mixed with the players who came to Chelsea in the past, we are constructing a team to compete directly with those who invest more,” he said, with 32-year-old Eto’o the exception to that. “But we are happy. We have a young team with a bright future. We have two players almost for every position, some more experienced, some with more potential for growth. And we have other players, loaned out for one, two or three years, that have to come back. “And with less investment, we intend to maintain the level of these economic sharks who seem like they will continue with the desire to buy and they will keep buying. I’m happy for them that they have that objective.” The former Real Madrid coach, now in his second spell at Chelsea, added: “I am used to these injustices. I won the Champions League with Porto without investing and playing teams who had spent money. It was not mentioned much.” Mourinho’s sense of foul play has hardly subsided over recent days owing to the fallout from his side’s Super Cup loss to Bayern Munich. The Portuguese hinted at a conspiracy against him after his side ended with 10 men, saying referee Jonas Eriksson had “killed” the game by dismissing Ramires. He feels equally strongly about FFP too, making reference to the perceived criticism he faced after heavy investment during his first spell with Chelsea. “After I arrived at Chelsea at the start of Mr (Roman) Abramovich’s investment, he spent money and bought players, and when I won they said it was because I had spent money,” he said. “And now we do not buy players, the others do and I do not see the same sort of opprobrium criticising these clubs spending a huge amount at a time when, socially and politically, Europe is not in a very good moment. “I do not see the same sort of criticism. That is the injustice.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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UEFA confirms indefinite Finals postponement

first_img Share Related Articles Submit UEFA plans ‘Lisbon Final Eight’ to conclude 2019/2020 Champions League  June 16, 2020 Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon UEFA, the governing body of European football, has confirmed that all club finals have been ‘postponed indefinitely’ as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.Last night, UEFA issued a short statement confirming its decision to postpone its roster of May finals for the Champions League and Europa League tournaments for both men and women’s football.In its update, UEFA governance stated that ‘no decision has been made to reschedule the matches’, which would have seen its marquee Champions League final take place on 30 May at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul Turkey.UEFA details that it has established a ‘working group’ led by President Aleksander Čeferin, assessing all viable options to finish its season as all European football leagues are disrupted by COVID-19 developments.Working with European football leagues, last week UEFA confirmed that its flagship Euro 2020 Championship had been rescheduled to the dates of 11 June to 11 July 2021.On Monday, further COVID-19 developments saw Spanish football confirm that all professional leagues had been ‘indefinitely suspended’ following a review which determined ‘no feasible way’ to conclude league proceedings.Meanwhile, the FA and football league counterparts will hold critical meetings this week to decide how to conclude the 2019/2020 calendar.The FA are reportedly seeking a ‘six-week window’ to wrap-up all league fixtures, which will likely be played behind closed doors.UK media reports of further pressure being placed on The FA to conclude the season, as the Premier League could face a £750 million legal battle for failing to deliver on the terms of its broadcast contracts with Sky and BT Sports. Bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook as regulatory headwinds loom August 3, 2020last_img read more

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Clippers rally from 19-point deficit to defeat Spurs

first_img Clippers’ injury woes continue as Danilo Gallinari is sidelined by sore hand Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here. Clippers are hopeful, but they realize the odds are stacked against them PreviousLos Angeles Clippers forward/center Montrezi Harrell dribbles the ball under his legs in a courtside seat during warmups for an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)San Antonio Spurs’ Pau Gasol (16) fouls Los Angeles Clippers’ Boban Marjanovic (51) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) recovers the ball as San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) falls during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSan Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) fouls Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)San Antonio Spurs guard/forward Danny Green (14) dunks over Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) blocks the shot attempt of Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) shoots as San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich protests a call by referee Gediminas Petraitis during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Officials ruled that San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) stepped out of bounds on this 3-point shot attempt that if successful would have tied the game as Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) defends in the final seconds of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won, 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris (34) drives as San Antonio Spurs guard/forward Kyle Anderson (1) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won, 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers protests an official’s call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won, 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) passes under pressure from San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) slams against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) passes as San Antonio Spurs, including forward/center Pau Gasol (16) defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won, 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Clippers forward/center Montrezi Harrell (5) protests a foul call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won, 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Fans of San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who is from Argentina, cheer before an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Clippers forward/center Montrezi Harrell dribbles the ball under his legs in a courtside seat during warmups for an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)San Antonio Spurs’ Pau Gasol (16) fouls Los Angeles Clippers’ Boban Marjanovic (51) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)NextShow Caption1 of 16San Antonio Spurs’ Pau Gasol (16) fouls Los Angeles Clippers’ Boban Marjanovic (51) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Clippers looked beaten, deflated, the fight finally gone out of them Tuesday.Then a funny thing happened.They regained their will.The Clippers rallied from a 19-point second-quarter deficit, answering every challenge from the San Antonio Spurs and pulling out a 113-110 victory at Staples Center that kept their faint playoff hopes alive with their second-biggest comeback win of the season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Manu Ginobili stepped out of bounds on the Spurs’ final possession, his 3-point attempt missing the mark. A video replay left the crowd of 17,449 standing and unsure what to do next. Finally, the review confirmed the call on the court. It was the Clippers’ ball.“I kept saying in timeouts, ‘We have plenty of time, we’re going to win this game, we have plenty of time,’” Coach Doc Rivers said after the Clippers nearly matched their 21-point comeback in their Jan. 28 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.Harris led the Clippers with 31 points, keeping them within striking distance after they fell behind by 19 points in the second quarter. He scored 10 in the second, when the Clippers closed with a 19-7 run that got them to within 56-49 by halftime.Williams scored 22 points, including 15 on 6-for-8 shooting in the fourth quarter. He also had the game’s biggest assist, setting up Austin Rivers’ go-ahead 3-pointer that made it 109-108 with 29 seconds left.“It says he’s a great teammate,” Austin Rivers said of Williams. “It says he has trust in me.”LaMarcus Aldridge scored 11 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Spurs.The Clippers (42-36) remained in 10th place in the Western Conference, one game behind the ninth-place Denver Nuggets. However, the Clippers moved with 1-1/2 games of the eighth-place Pelicans, who were idle, and two games of the Minnesota Timberwolves, who also did not play.Only the top eight teams in the conference advance to the playoffs.The Clippers’ heavy lifting continues Thursday, when they face the Utah Jazz at Salt Lake City before returning home for games Saturday against the Nuggets, Monday against the Pelicans and April 11 against the Lakers in their regular-season finale.“You don’t have enough time to sit around and celebrate, you’ve just got to get ready for Utah,” Doc Rivers said. “They’re playing great. Like, tonight, I’ll be watching Utah (on video) and tomorrow morning and all day tomorrow, and we’ve got to figure out how to play them.“Tonight was great. We had to win and we did that. Now we have to do the same thing in Utah.”Related Articles Getting off to a better start will be high on the Clippers’ to-do list Thursday. They trailed the Spurs 17-3 and couldn’t match their energy in the opening minutes. They trailed by 49-30 after Dejounte Murray’s driving dunk with 5:19 left in the half, and it looked grim.The Clippers refused to quit, however.“We just kept hooping,” Austin Rivers said. “At this point, we have nothing to lose. We have no time to get discouraged. We had to go 5-0. Now we have to go 4-0. It doesn’t matter what run a team goes on. If we quit, we know we’re quitting on the year.” Lou Williams’ jump shot gave the Clippers a 106-105 lead in the closing seconds, but Patty Mills countered with a 3-pointer for the Spurs at the other end. Austin Rivers put the Clippers back in front with a 3-pointer. Mills then missed badly, with the ball going out of bounds with 6 seconds left.Williams was fouled and sank two free throws with 4.6 seconds to go.Rivers fouled Mills with 3.9 seconds remaining and Mills made both to cut it to 111-110.Tobias Harris then sank two free throws to seal it for the Clippers with 2.9 seconds left.Or so it seemed.last_img read more

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Theater Review: ‘I Remember Mama’

first_imgBy Gretchen C. Van BenthuysenPhotos by T. Charles EricksonRED BANK — “I Remember Mama,” based on Kathryn Forbes’ “Mama’s Bank Account,” was adapted for the Broadway stage by John Van Druten (1944). It was turned into a movie (1948) and TV series (1950s), before returning to Broadway (1979) as a musical lasting a mere 108 performances.The play, rarely performed these days, is set in 1910 and focuses on an extended Norwegian immigrant family who settled in San Francisco and is pursuing the American dream.So what else is there to say about it, especially in the digital age?Enter the award-winning Transport Group, a not-for-profit, off-Broadway company in Manhattan that stages new works and re-imagines revivals by American writers. Its mission: to present “visually progressive productions of emotionally classic stories (that) explore the challenges of relationships and identity in modern America.”From left: Dales Soules as Papa, Alice Cannon as Aunt Jenny, Susan Lehman as Aunt Sigrid, and Barbara Andres as Mama.Well, it did that with its excellent production of “I Remember Mama.” It breathes new life into this World War II era play.First staged in a gymnasium in 2014, the production currently is on the boards here in association with Two River Theater through June 26. Both productions were insightfully directed by Jack Cummings III, co-founder and artistic director of the Transport Group.Noncommercial theaters can and should take such risks and the Two River Theater audience has shown a willingness to embrace them. This season included an all-male “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and is closing with this all-female “Mama,” and neither shows were gimmicks. They both challenged audiences to look at life and art differently and both succeeded.Ten actresses, age 60 or older, play 25 characters in “Mama.” Barbara Andres (veteran of nine Broadway shows, including “Cabaret” as Fraulein Schneider) recreates her role as Mama and seems born to play the part. Mia Katigbak is superb as her eldest daughter Katrin (the writer of the original story) and a teenager here.All the other parts are handled by Alice Cannon, Lynn Cohen, Rita Gardner, Marjorie Johnson, Susan Lehman, Heather MacRae, Louise Sorel and Dale Soules. They play Mama’s husband, her two other daughters and son Nels (a role in which Marlon Brando made his Broadway debut), her three sisters, Uncle Chris and boarder Mr. Hyde, a doctor, nurses and more.The women wear casual contemporary clothing (by Kathryn Rohe) and no makeup. They are extraordinary in their ability to conjure their characters with just a change of stance, voice or attitude.The set (by Dane Laffrey) consists of 10 wooden kitchen tables, the kind where families used to spend time sitting and talking and telling stories. Each table has a theme and is covered in items such as teacups, books, glasses, silverware, writing materials, small decorative boxes. Plain white walls, a metal emergency exit door and brilliant white overhead lights (lighting by R. Lee Kennedy) resemble a gym.Although the look is contemporary, the story of families sticking together, sacrificing for each other and stretching a dollar while looking to move up in the world is one that immigrants in America — most any country for that matter — experience and hear stories about around the dinner table. Or should.For the Hanson family of Steiner Street, it’s 1910 and Mama is counting out money for the landlord, the grocer, and for one new pair of shoes. Money for school supplies also is needed, but there is not enough. So Papa says he will give up tobacco, one daughter will work after school and another will babysit to help.Aunt Trina arrives and announces, at 42, she wants to marry a local undertaker. Aunts Sigrid and Jenny arrive and are appalled at the idea. Before long, scary Uncle Chris — the head of the family, Mama says — arrives and intimidates everyone — except Mama.Lynn Cohen (original Broadway productions of “Hair,” “Grey Gardens” and “Hands on a Hard Body”) plays both Mama’s English boarder Mr. Hyde, who reads the classics to the family at night around the table, and gruff Uncle Chris, playing both to perfection.When youngest daughter Dagmar falls ill, Uncle Chris inserts himself into the situation so much the doctor bans him from entering the hospital. Later we discover Uncle Chris, unmarried and childless, is almost broke because he secretly has been paying the hospital bills for sick and deformed children.As Katrin approaches graduation, she sets her heart on a set of modern combs and brushes. Mama trades her mother’s cherished silver brooch to get it. Katrin learns of the trade and is devastated by her selfishness.Don’t be surprised if you are not teary-eyed before the end of this memoir play about one mother’s strength and sacrifices for her family. It is, after all, the hardest job in the world.WHAT: “I Remember Mama”WHERE: Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red BankWHEN: Wednesdays through Sundays, closes June 26COST: $37 to $65, limited number of $20 tickets each performanceMORE INFO: 732-345-1400 or http://tworivertheater.org Journalist Gretchen C. Van Benthuysen’s theater news and reviews can be found on theatercues.com._______________________________________________________________This article was originally published in the June 16-23, 2016 edition of the Two River Times newspaper.last_img read more

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Ramkellawan wanted for unlawful trade in wildlife

first_imgThe Police have issued a wanted bulletin for 40-year-old Gregory Narendra Ramkellawan for questioning in relation to the unlawful trade of wildlife (birds) committed on December 8, 2018 at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).Ramkellawan’s last known address was given as Lot 48 Good Hope, East Coast Demerara. Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Ramkellawan are asked to contacted the Police on telephone numbers 225-3650, 226-1929, 226-1389, 911 or at the nearest Police station.All information will be treated with the strictest confidence.last_img

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Jordy Smith on top in Tasmania

first_imgSmith, the world number nine, defeated world number five Damien Hobgood of the USA, with a total heat score of 15.56 to 13.17 (combined two-wave total out of a possible 20) in the final of the six-star World Qualifying Series (WQS) event. SAinfo reporter 30 March 2009 Men’s WQS Ratings (After Event #5 O’Neill Coldwater Classic, Tasmania-Australia)1. Bruno Santos (BRA) 2 8132. Jean da Silva (BRA) 2 5503. Jordy Smith (RSA) 2 5004. Darrell Goodrum (USA) 2 488 5. Pablo Paulino (BRA) 2 475 Solid two-metre waves at Bluffs Reef proved ideal for South African surfing sensation Jordy Smith as he took victory in the O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Marrawah, Tasmania on Sunday. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The victory was worth $20 000 and 2 500 WQS points to the South African standout. Hobgood was just as impressed with the wilds of Tasmania, saying: “It’s been a special week for me here in Tasmania, so many great waves and just amazing people who have welcomed us here. It”s been an adventure for all of us and I”ve felt like a young kid all week!” Semi-finalsIn the semi-finals, Smith used a timely last wave to end the dream run highly-regarded Brazilian, Jadson Andre. Andre, 21, who earlier in the event had eliminated the top seed CJ Hobgood, led for most of the 35-minute match-up until Smith locked in a last-minute 8.27 score to secure a berth in the final. Smith stood out his opening heat in the week-long event and overcame a classy international field of 144 surfers to claim victory in the inaugural event to be held in the wild north-west of Tasmania. The 21-year-old’s free surfing approach was the key to his victory, with massive snaps and big aerial manoeuvres all part of his repertoire. Semi-finals SF1 Jordy Smith (RSA) 16.10 def Jadson Andre (BRA) 15.27SF2 Damien Hobgood (USA) 16.07 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 15.90center_img ‘I’ve had the greatest time’“I’ve had the greatest time here in Tasmania. It’s been just amazing with such powerful surf and fun people in this remote location,” said Smith after his win. Final 1. Jordy Smith (RSA) 15.562. Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.17 Results O’Neill Coldwater Classic – Tasmania With 10 minutes remaining, Smith posted a heat-high 8.73 to back up his earlier 6.83 for victory. FinalBoth surfers suffered slow starts in the 35-minute final, but Hobgood held an early lead with a ride of 7.50. He struggled with his second ride, managing only a 5.67. South Africans40. Travis Logie 1 31349. Rudy Palmboom 1 12586. Warwick Wright 87599. Damien Fahrenfort 813105. Daniel Redman 794167. Brandon Jackson 600173. Royden Bryson 563187. Ricky Basnett 538262. Klee Strachan 375 The second semi-final was an all-American affair between Damian Hobgood and Pat Gudauskas. After a tight battle, Hobgood advanced; Gadauskas needed 9.17 to win in his final ride and came up just short with an 8.90. “I always enjoy surfing waves that offer power and here in Tasmania every wave you surf is straight out of the deep southern waters, and the power just makes for great surfing. I love it.”last_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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Zimbabwe’s protectors of the secretive pangolin

first_imgPangolins are mammals distinctive for their protective keratin scales and largely solitary existence. This animal the most illegally trafficked mammal in the world. Here’s more on how they’re being protected.The Temminck’s ground pangolin known as “scaly anteaters” is protected by the Zimbabwean conservation group and the Tikki Hywood Trust, a group of Zimbabweans. (Image: Adrian Steirn, Barcroft Images)Brand South Africa reporterTogether with Zimbabwean conservation group the Tikki Hywood Trust, a group of Zimbabweans is contributing to the care and protection of the Temminck’s ground pangolin, as well as creating awareness of the plight of this bizarre and reclusive mammal that not many know even exists.Commonly called “scaly anteaters”, pangolins are mammals distinctive for their protective keratin scales and largely solitary existence. The animal is hunted for its meat and scales, and is the most illegally trafficked mammal in the world. They eat ants and termites using an extraordinarily long, sticky tongue, and are able to quickly roll themselves up into a tight ball when threatened. There are eight species of pangolin.#Zimbabwe‘s Pangolin Men are dedicated to rehabilitating the world’s most trafficked mammal – the #pangolin! https://t.co/m8jV4lfSet #Africa pic.twitter.com/lK4JH0q2nW— Barcroft Animals (@BarcroftAnimals) November 2, 2016All eight species – four in Africa, including the Temminck’s ground pangolin found in Zimbabwe and South Africa – are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered.At the CITES CoP17 conference in October 2016, all eight species of pangolin were up-listed to an outright ban on all international commercial trade of the animal and its by-products.Watch:The Tikki Hywood TrustThe Tikki Hywood Trust, a wildlife NGO, was founded in 1994 to raise awareness of and sound conservation practices for lesser known, endangered fauna and flora globally, with a focus on the diversity of threatened species in Zimbabwe and the rest of southern Africa.The trust also runs successful breeding and protection programmes to augment dwindling wild populations. These programmes design and implement standards and protocols, including captive management and animal rehabilitation. The trust’s efforts include working with a group of young Zimbabweans to rehabilitate captured and injured pangolins, as well spreading the word about the mammals’ vulnerability.Watch the video on the group’s work below:The guardian group is “entrusted with caring for animals that have endured major stress, often having been transported many kilometres bound in a sack, starved and dehydrated”, according to the Beautiful News website on 2 November 2016.While rehabilitation of the pangolins can be long and arduous, with the animal’s instinctive reluctance to interact with humans a major obstacle to building trust in the relationship, the group does this with a deep respect and love for the animal.“They have developed an intimate relationship while caring for them. Pangolins are like their children. And like any parent, they will protect their family from anything that poses a threat,” the report says.I went to Zimbabwe to capture portraits of the individuals saving the #pangolin species. My #BeautifulNews film is out today at 4:14pm SAST pic.twitter.com/Jn53l13jHN— Adrian Steirn (@AdrianSteirn) November 2, 2016Creating global awareness through photographyAustralian photographer Adrian Steirn, well known for his extensive nature photography and the 21 Icons portrait series, has released a series of photographs highlighting the group’s important work and their special relationship with the animals.The photo series inaugurated Steirn’s Beautiful News digital platform, which continues his ongoing journey of portraying a true reflection of South Africa and the rest of the continent.As the story of the Zimbabwean pangolin protectors aptly illustrates, Steirn hopes the new multi-media platform will “continue sharing powerful messages, reflecting the deeds and actions of the everyman in an inclusive and engaging style”.Source: Beautiful NewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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