Rapid chess can help sport grow – Ramsay

first_img BEST QUALITY M.R.Games Entertainment director Zachary Ramsay has likened the rapid version of chess to Twenty20 cricket and believes this edition will help accelerate the sport’s growth and make it more spectator-friendly to Jamaicans. Ramsay reasoned that the pure form of chess does not usually excite the common Jamaican; however, he believes tournaments like his Rapid Chess tournament, an open game competition, which premieres at the Old Dramatic Theatre at the University of the West Indies (UWI), August 25-26, can be fun and entertaining. “One problem with chess is that it can be long and drawn out. It isn’t very spectator – friendly, but rapid tournaments are very exciting and fun to watch, and we welcome visitors to come and watch. “Twenty20 is a good comparison (to rapid chess). It (rapid chess) is something that is definitely growing in popularity. Back when I was a player, there wasn’t any rapid tournaments, maybe one a year. But it is something that is growing and, like twenty20 cricket, it is making that transition to more tournaments and the growing of the event, so it’s definitely exciting and something I think people will enjoy,” he said. Ramsay, an organiser of chess tournaments for over a decade, says patrons expect the best quality events from him and promises that this will be no less, with some top-class local players already confirmed. So far he has confirmed many – times national champion and Senior Master, Warren Elliot; International Master Shane Matthews; CD Master elect Shreyas Smith, and former national champion and Senior Master Malaku Lorne. Matthews will also put on a simultaneous exhibition for charity, where he will play approximately 30 people at the same time. “There are other events, but people are familiar with events I put on, they expect a lot from us. Chess is one of the fastest growing sport in the island; in my opinion, the fastest-growing sport in the island. It offers so much more than a sport, it’s also a development tool and that is why I am interested in putting on more events like this and boosting chess in the island,” he added. The tournament will feature a FIDE-rated rapid chess event on the Saturday, which is to be followed by a blitz event on the Sunday. There will be five rounds, with 25 minutes for each player, for the rapid section, and five minutes each over nine rounds for the blitz section. Over $50,000 will be on offer in cash and prizes. Part proceeds from the tournament will go to the National Children’s Home.last_img read more

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Standing up…

first_img…to high-handedness at UGThe academic staff at UG – from both of the unions representing all workers at the sole tertiary institution in Guyana – came out in force against VC Ivelaw Griffith. He insists that he and his tight coterie live high off the hog to engage in all kinds of “Cadillac” style events at UG’s expense, while the rest of the University – which actually delivers the goods –  has to make do with a “donkey cart” budget. They’re demanding an audit of UG’s spending.Now, bear in mind that last year UG received $3.1 billion from the Central Government, with just $501 million earmarked for capital expenses. Meaning that $2.6 billion– plus another $1.5 billion from fees imposed on students was for operational expenses – including salaries!! The Lecturers got a measly three to four per cent increase last year – after agitation!!The VC wanted to know from where he’d get the money!! Well duh!! How about from the $4.1 billion from the student fees and the Govt subvention?? But the academic staff have brought up their demands at a very strategic moment – just as the Guyana Teachers Union has done. With elections just around the corner and most of the staff from the PNC’s constituency, it’ll be interesting to see how the powers that be will react to the demand for an audit!After all, the Government was willing to spend over $150 million for 50 audits of Govt departments where they suspected PPP office holders had pilfered from the public purse. Shouldn’t the sauce for the duck at UG be the same as that for the gander at Govt departments?? Well, in the honest opinion of your Eyewitness, the answer will be no!!You see, this nonsense has been publicised ever since the man was recruited – handsomely!! – back in 2015 after he was let go with two years on his contract from some land-grant university in Georgia. The staff also had issues with his predecessor, the Nigerian Dr Jacob Opadeyi, and had demanded that HIS contract not be renewed. But while Opadeyi was given the boot, why will a different treatment be accorded to Griffith??And the answer, dear reader, has been blowing in the wind since 2011 when Griffith – who’d been a YSM leader back in the day with the present crop of PNC leaders – was tasked by Florida International University to gather a bunch of Guyanese academics to conduct a “Strategic Culture” analysis of Guyana, for use by US policymakers. Griffith’s selection of academics was as “outcome determinative” as could be.Their report declared: PNC was the group in Guyana most closely aligned with US interests!!Granger and the PNC owe him big time!!…at the Privy CouncilThere was an interesting Privy Council decision out of Trinidad. T&T, of course, has retained the Privy Council as their final Appellate Court, even though it houses the CCJ. The case concerned appointments to their Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC) by their President in accordance to their Constitution Art 110(3)(b) which stated that one of the persons had to have served as a Judge and two from “persons with legal qualifications at least one of whom is not in active practice”. The President went on to appoint two retired Judges to fill the last category.The Privy Council ruled:“…the difficulty exemplified by this attempt to categorise a serving Judge as either in, or not in, active practice as a person with legal qualifications, adds significant weight to the argument that it was not intended that Judges should be included within section 110(3)(b) at all.”Yet our Appellate Court ruled that the DISJUNCTIVE “or” separating a “judge” or “other fit and proper person” in our Article 161 (2) could be JUDGE!!CCJ anyone??…for free and fair elections?The Carter Centre knows about PNC delaying tactics and the Elections Commission when the elections scheduled for 1990 were pushed back to 1992.They visited GECOM on their timelines. We hope they issue a “déjà vu” statement!!last_img read more

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More conflict surrounds Region 10 television station

first_imgBy Utamu BelleFifteen names have reportedly been submitted for the expansion of the Board of Trustees of the Region 10 Television Station, following a meeting at Office of the President (OP) on Wednesday.Councillor Gordon CallenderDuring a press conference on Thursday, Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland hailed it a fruitful engagement, noting that it is a step towards the positive development of Linden, while commending former Chairman Sharma Solomon, now secretary of the Trust and other members for leading the efforts.Holland, who was at the meeting, indicated that those present included Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Minister within the Communities Ministry Valerie Adams-Patterson, among others.The Mayor said the consensus, which was arrived at on Wednesday was to reshape the Trust in terms of numbers and to allow forCouncillor Lennox Gasperrepresentation by various entities.Coming out of the discussion, he noted that the Trust now includes two members of Parliament based in Linden, two from the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) which includes himself and Deputy Mayor Waneka Arindell, three members from the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Democratic Council (RDC), another from the Linden Chamber of Commerce and Development, another from the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), the Union, Religious body. Holland also stated that Regional Chairman Renis Morian was named Chairman of the Committee.He added that the mandate now is for the four initial trustees to call a meeting within seven days to plan, discuss and arrive at a resolution, in extending the board. Following that, he said the 15-member board is expected to meet.“The new Chairman of the Trust will be the Regional Chairman because it was established that the authority on this television station will first stand with the Region so that the people of Linden will have a true representation…the second in representation will then be the Mayor and Town Council,” the mayor said.Councillors’ dissatisfactionHowever, LM&TC Councillor Lennox Gasper said the Council should have met to decide on who will be its representatives. He said the letter of invitation to appoint representatives was not read to members of the Council by Holland. Gasper, who also acted as a member of the Information Committee under Solomon’s tenure expressed further discontent, noting that the Mayor appointed himself and the Deputy Mayor without the knowledge of the Council.He said he views the move as a disrespectful one, more so since according to him, the matter was raised at Wednesday’s statutory meeting which was chaired by the Deputy Mayor. Gasper contended that Arindell was unaware that she had been appointed at the time and promised to get back to the Council with information.“I am sidelined…I feel that there is a deliberate move to hijack this station for personal agenda. We need to put the people’s interest forward and I dare ask and petition that we follow a democratic approach and this one was not democratic…I express my dissatisfaction that the Council is being left out under the disguise that the Mayor is the Council in the absence of the Council and give that democratic body a chance to do their work,” he said.Gasper, who serves additionally as part of the LM&TC Communications Committee, said there are numerous instances where decisions are made by the Mayor without consultation of the Council:“This is what he has been doing all the time in this Council. As if he is ‘the boss’ and ultimately…the constitution speaks to the Council, that body of people who were elected by the community, therefore we need to respect the Council and give that democratic body a chance to do their work…he’s not going to go ahead and represent this body because he wasn’t even around for the whole issue of that television station, when it happened…it is not right.”Gasper also objected to the “information” that Phillip Bynoe is a part of the board as a citizen of Linden, noting that Bynoe and others were not part of the initial struggle for the television station. He said the rightful people are being neglected because a selected few have a special agenda.Additionally, RDC Councillor Gordon Callender has also expressed outrage over the process, noting that the people of Region 10 were not consulted. Additionally, he said there should have been a vote by Councillors to appoint their representatives.“Now you’re putting people who have no moral authority…to be representative of the people of Region 10…that is wrong…I think if you want to get people on board there must be broad-based consultation with the people of this Region and that is not happening…there was no discussion at any of the statutory meetings concerning the TV station”Callender also said the OP is being fed with lies by people seeking political gain, and they need to consult with the people. He further threatened that he will “mobilise and take to the streets” over the issue.Solomon denied that Morian had been named Chairman of the Trust. He promised to make an official pronouncement on the meeting Friday.last_img read more

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Man United set Sh73.3 billion revenue target

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United.PHOTO FILELONDON, February 11 – Manchester United expect to make over Sh73.3 billion (USD 719.5m) the 2016 financial year, the club announced on Thursday, despite continued under performance on the pitch.Second-quarter revenues rose by 26.6 percent to a record £133.8 million, with commercial revenues up 42.5 percent to £66.1 million and broadcasting revenues climbing 31.3 percent to £37.3 million. Sponsorship revenue also rose by £1.6 million, keeping the club on track to generate between £500 million and £510 million in revenues for the current financial year.“Our strong commitment to investing in our squad, youth academy and the broader club are ultimately underpinned by our financial strength and the hard work and dedication of everyone at the club,” said executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in a statement.“Our solid results off the pitch help contribute to what remains our number one priority — success on the pitch.”Despite Woodward’s upbeat message, uncertainty continues to swirl around United manager Louis van Gaal, who has battled speculation about his future for several months.United limped out of the Champions League in the group phase and face a battle to qualify for next season’s tournament as they currently lie six points below the top four in the Premier League.They remain alive in the FA Cup and Europa League, but were knocked out of the League Cup by second-tier Middlesbrough.Reports emerged last week that United have opened talks with Jose Mourinho, sacked by Chelsea in December, to replace Van Gaal as manager.But Woodward was not asked about Van Gaal’s position in a conference call with investors on Thursday.One investor asked about the difference between the recruitment strategies of United and Leicester City, who are flying high at the Premier League summit despite operating on a relative shoestring budget.“Leicester is a fantastic reference point for everyone,” Woodward replied.“Some players are bought by other clubs with an eye to them developing into something special, whereas there’s more pressure on the bigger clubs to bring in players who’ll hit the ground running.”Woodward said that United were operating in a “slightly different market” and needed to sign players who will be “world-class almost immediately”.He said it was “difficult to predict” what impact the emergence of the Chinese Super League would have on the close-season transfer window, but said: “If nothing else, it’s a useful market if we’re looking to sell players.”Woodward also addressed fears that United have fallen behind some of their rivals, notably cross-town foes Manchester City, in terms of their youth academy.“Manchester United has an unmatched record of player development,” he said. “There’s a runway for first-team opportunities. It’s very different to some of our competitors.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE – Sven-Goran Eriksson says England can WIN Euro 2016

first_imgFormer England Sven-Goran Eriksson believes England can end their wait for a major title and be crowned European Champions this summer in France – with ‘golden boy’ Wayne Rooney leading the charge.Roy Hodgson has named his 23-man Euro 2016 squad ahead of the start of the tournament on June 10.Fans had a mixed reaction to the announcement on Tuesday, but there’s no denying the Three Lions have a great chance of glory in France given the number of in-form Premier League players in the ranks.Eriksson took England to three consecutive major tournament quarter-finals in his five years as manager; at the 2002 World Cup, Euro 2004 and 2006 World Cup, where they respectively lost to eventual winners Brazil and twice lost on penalties to Portugal.But the Swede believes Roy Hodgson can go better with his band of youthful stars.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he told talkSPORT: “Can they win it? Why not?“Spain dominated football for a while, but I don’t think they’re that good, and I’m not sure Germany have the quality they had some years ago.“France are playing at home and have a good team, so it will be tough of course, but why not?“England did really well in all their qualification games, they won them all, so that’s a very good sign.“Good luck England!”There is some debate about Hodgson’s team selection ahead of the tournament, with many claiming there is no room for captain Rooney given the form of strike duo Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy.But Sven insists Rooney MUST be in England’s starting XI.“I would pick Wayne Rooney, that’s for sure,” the Swede said.“Where would you play him? He can play anywhere, more or less!“He’s the golden boy. He’s a man for the big games. He loves being in the squad and I hope he will be in the team.”Eriksson has been one of England’s most successful managers in recent years, although his team of ‘golden generation’ stars always seemed to fall just short of completing with the very best.When asked about his time as England manager, Sven added: “I miss that job! I will always miss it.“It was great, I was happy man for five-and-a-half years. To be England manager is probably the best job in the world. I’m proud I had it, but now it’s up to Roy.“I hope England can do well, I think they can do well.“There are no easy groups, but I think England will be happy about the group they’re in. They should go through easily.”last_img read more

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MAYOR LAUNCHES NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SPORT AIDING MENTAL HEALTH

first_img‘There is no health without mental health’ was the message at the launch of the National Conference on Sport aiding Mental Health (SAM) which is being hosted by the Mayor of Donegal, Cllr. Frank McBrearty Jnr and Donegal County Council.The Mayor has identified Sport and Mental Health as his two key themes during his year as Mayor. And he hopes that this conference will begin a national conversation on mental health, on how to support those who are suffering from mental illness and how to promote positive mental health.Speaking during the launch the Mayor stated that “having had my own experience of mental illness and of recovering from mental illness, I am very much aware of the impact of mental health issues and especially on close family and friends who also struggle to cope and who need to be supported”.He added “mental health issues effects many people in Ireland and positive mental health is vitally important to everyone in our community, as the World Health Organisation has recognised ‘there is no health without mental health’”.The conference which is due to take place on the 31 May in Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey aims to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness and positive mental health, showcase the services and supports available and highlight the important role that sport and physical activity can play in promoting positive mental health. As part of this conference, Donegal Sports Partnership will be launching the ‘Charter for Positive Mental Health’ that will act as a practical tool for sports clubs and organisations in promoting best practice in their own settings.The Mayor has said that he is delighted with the positive response that he has received from the various organisations, groups and individuals in relation to this conference.“Miriam O’Callaghan, the well known RTE presenter has agreed to act as the presenter for the conference and Jim McGuinness, who needs no introduction in Donegal, has agreed to provide a keynote speech and participate in a panel discussion with other well know Donegal sports personalities including Anne Marie Ward, Patsy McGonagle and Myles Sweeney”.“The Minister for State Kathleen Lynch TD will also be joining us at the conference and will be providing the official opening address. The Ministers attendance at this conference is very important as this will help us to ensure that this conference is a catalyst for beginning a national conversation on positive mental health and the role that each and everyone of us can have in achieving this”.There are many other high profile speakers and panellists who have agreed to participate in the conference including Mr. Charles McHugh, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist who has almost 40 years service with the HSE, Dr. Tony Sharkey, Consultant Psychiatrist at Letterkenny General Hospital, Dr. Tony Bates, Clinical Psychologist from Headstrong, Mr. Martin Rogan, Assistant National Director for Mental Health Services, HSE, Ms. Marie Duffy, Editor of Spunout.ie, Ms. Anne Marie McDaid, Paralympian and elite athlete from Donegal who represented Ireland in the London 2012 Games, Mr. Hughie Friel from Donegal Travellers Project and Mr. Seamus Neely, County Manager, Donegal County Council.This conference is open to the general public and is free of charge however, but booking is essential. To book your place email SAMconference2013@donegalcoco.ie or call 074 91 53900. MAYOR LAUNCHES NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SPORT AIDING MENTAL HEALTH was last modified: March 26th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:conferenceMayor Frank McBreartymental healthlast_img read more

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A step back in time

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsJanna Roznos, exhibit coordinator, said “Footsteps Left Behind” chronicles the development of Whittier society from its inception. “\ displays what things and ideas existed in Whittier and how they changed over time,” Rosnos said. “We have items from the old May Co. and Hinshaw’s Department Store, restaurant menus and fliers for events that show what life was like.” The museum has also undergone some recent refurbishing and refreshening of permanent exhibits and is currently hosting a Sunday concert series, “Voices of Whittier,” which is scheduled to run through October, said director Myra Hilliard. The concerts feature vocalists with bands whose members live in Whittier. Even the outside of the museum’s nondescript exterior will soon be getting an overhaul. Local muralist Dennis McGonagle is scheduled Nov. 1 to begin covering the top section of the building with a mural depicting key scenes and events throughout Whittier’s history. WHITTIER – Boasting affordable rents and the lowest electricity rates in the nation, Whittier at the turn of the 20th century advertised its Uptown lots with promises of “race restrictions” and only “tasteful” neighbors. Such selling points ran nearly 100 years ago in pamphlets advertising city property for sale. Those and other, more recent, historical artifacts will be on display beginning Nov. 1 in the Whittier Museum’s new “Footsteps Left Behind” exhibit. One pre-World War I pamphlet showed Whittier’s population at 15,000; the average rent for a five- or six-room house ranged from $25 to $40; and electricity, gas and water were $1 per month each. The brochure also bragged about having three banks, with a whopping total of $7 million in deposits. The museum commissioned McGonagle after admiring numerous works by him around town that often included scenes from Whittier’s history. Hilliard said McGonagle’s work has been popular in the area for years. She also wanted to find a local artist for the mural project. “The mural will give a visual image of the first 100 years of Whittier,” Roznos said. “It will feature some historic figures like \ Pio Pico and Harriet Strong and places like the Bailey House and the old Carnegie Library.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want 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

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Liverpool 2019/20 kit: Reds launch classy training range with new sponsor

first_img huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The pre-match shirt is similar to Liverpools new match kit REVEALED Liverpool FC Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City no dice Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Liverpool FC There are also leisure shirts, jackets, hoodies and sweatshirts available as part of the range Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 6 The entire collection will be released on May 9 Liverpool have unveiled their brand new training kit for next season which shows off a new sponsor for their pre-match and training wear.Insurance company AXA, a sponsor of the FA Cup between 1998 and 2002, take over from BetVictor and will become a principal partner from the 2019/20 campaign.The pre-match shirt, as shown on Footy Headlines, will be a plain design complete in dark red, with the New Balance sponsor and Liverpool badge finished off in yellow, with white trim on the sleeves. 6 Liverpool FC Jurgen Klopp’s side recently released their official matchday shirt for next season, taking inspiration from their 1982/83 kit. deals 6 Liverpool FC With a design to celebrate 100 years of one of the Reds’ most successful ever managers, Bob Paisley, the strip sees the return of pinstripes to the home shirt.center_img The training kit is available in three colours: red, grey and black Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Each kit is inscribed with Bob Paisley’s signature as a tribute to Liverpool’s most successful ever manager gameday cracker tense 6 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS ​​@NBFootballOfficial REVEALED 6 Billy Hogan, Liverpool’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We’re delighted to be expanding our partnership with AXA to see them become a Principal Partner and new Official Training Kit Partner.“As a world-leader in its industry, AXA shares our ambitions and values, and we’ve already shared a lot of success since our partnership began in 2018. We look forward to building on our special relationship and continuing to bring to life fantastic experiences for our fans around the world.” shining 6 The training kit, meanwhile, has been designed in red, black and grey, and can be pre-ordered from Liverpool’s online store. Fans have praised Liverpool’s 2019/20 home shirt With two matches of the Premier League season remaining, Liverpool are a point behind Manchester City in the race for the title.Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Newcastle on Saturday in their penultimate game and know they can not afford to slip up, with leaders City hosting Leicester on Monday.The Reds’ domestic campaign comes to an end next weekend with the visit of Wolves to Anfield.last_img read more

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Birkett, Zondi lay down Dusi marker

first_img3 December 2013Andy Birkett and Sbonelo Zondi claimed victory in the 50 Miler Canoe Marathon in KwaZulu-Natal on the weekend to confirm the duo’s status as one of the favourites for 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon.The 50 Miler covers two-thirds of the Dusi route and focuses on paddling, while portaging comes more to the fore in the Dusi.The Birkett/Zondi combination, first cobbled together for their victory in the Non Stop Dusi earlier this year, is being widely billed as a Dusi Dream Team, but they had not showed all their cards in the current season until their victory over a very strong field of Dusi contenders.They took full advantage of a series of mishaps that befell the fancied crew of Hank McGregor and Jasper Mocke to post a three-minute victory over former K2 marathon world champion Cam Schoeman and his Czech Republic partner Jakub Adam, with 2013 K1 Dusi champ Lance Kime and Thulani Mbanjwa sealing the last spot on the podium.‘Building a partnership’“It was such a great race for us in terms of learning and building the partnership,” Birkett said after the race. “On day one we were not that great in the river, but we got better and better and on the final stage we were really much better in the boat. That really is what building a partnership is all about.“Eric [Sbonelo Zondi] has a great sense of humour and we laugh and chirp each other a lot during the race, which I love,” he added. “Paddling for me is all about fun. If I am not really enjoying myself then I can’t perform,” the recently crowned under- 23 world champion added.The pair started the final day with a short lead over the chasing boats of McGregor and Mocke and Kime and Mbanjwa, and managed to hold onto that lead on the technically demanding section of the uMngeni river below Inanda Dam, which was running at an exciting but unforgiving 22 cumecs level.With the race rules forcing all the crews to paddle around the notorious Burma Road Portage, Birkett and Zondi were first into the nasty Island rapids on the outskirts of Durban and managed to emerge with their lead and boat intact.Wrapped their boatFor chasers McGregor and Mocke, their race ended in Island One Rapid where they wrapped their boat after a nightmarish turn of events.“My splashcover popped from the pressure of the water,” McGregor said, describing their downfall. “The nose didn’t come up and it started filling with water fast. We tried to roll it over, but the boat got sucked under and wrapped around a big brick of a rock.“Thank goodness neither myself nor Jasper got hurt. It took 25 minutes for us to get the boat off the rock, but it was wrecked.“Only our egos are bruised,” he added. “Until that happened, we had been going really well. We caught the leaders before Side Chute Rapid and there was plenty of laughing and joking. It was just a great day on the river.“Maybe I jinxed us because I was teasing Andy and Sbonelo saying they didn’t know the river because they always run over Burma Road. I deliberately let them go into Island Rapid first, thinking they might make a mistake, but it turns out it was us who didn’t come out of it.”The incident that ruled them out followed a frustrating first day, which they completed with a badly broken nose of their boat after a collision with Len Jenkins’s craft in Mission Rapid right at the start of the race.Thrilling women’s raceThe thrilling women’s race was won by Abby Adie and Anna Adamova over the gutsy Hillary Bruss and Alex Adie, with the impressive juniors Jenna Ward and Kerry Segal in third. Adie and Adamova finished an impressive 16th overall.“We had around a-minute-and-a-half in the bank after day one, but we knew that Hillary [Bruss] and Alex [Adie] would shoot everything to try and make up time, so we knew that we had to go really hard. To finish with a seven-minute lead in the end was really encouraging,” said Abby Adie.The result was vital to the crew, which has dreams of winning the Dusi in February, because Adamova now flies back to her home in the Czech Republic where she is committed to top level cross-country skiing races. She will return in mid-January to resume her Dusi preparations.“Day One was a bit hectic,” said Adie. “We got stuck on rocks, and we took a swim at Gauging Weir. Anna also fell on the Second Saddle portage. But at least this was a good taste of what the Dusi will be like, racing at this sort of intensity.“It couldn’t have been any better in terms of final preparations before Anna goes back home,” Adie concluded.The under-23 title went to the Soweto duo of Siseko Ntondini and Thando Ngamlana, who held off Murray Starr and Gavin Shuter, while the juniors’ race was won by the Michaelhouse crew of Patch Dillon and his under-16 partner Alan Houston.RESULTSMENAndy Birkett/Sbonelo Zondi 4:06:34Cam Schoeman/Jakub Adam 4:10:20Lance Kime/Thulani Mbanjwa 4:11:03David Chaplin/Mark Mulder 4:20:15Jacques Theron/Shaun Griffin 4:22:31Siseko Ntondini/Thando Ngamlana 4:22:32Murray Starr/Gavin Shuter 4:26:44Ben Biggs/Karl Folscher 4:26:47Josh Kippen/Andrew Adie 4:30:49Kwanda Mhlope/Zonele Nzuza 4:32:55WomenAbby Adie/Anna Adamova 4:40:12Hillary Bruss/Alex Adie 4:47:35Jenna Ward/Kerry Segal 5:02:38Debbie Germiquet/Carmen Donald 5:03:19Jordan Peek/Brittany Petersen 5:05:45SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Is Daxing the world’s most stunning airport?

first_imgImage: Daxing International Airport Beijing’s amazing new Daxing international airport has opened to rave reviews and is arguably the world’s most stunning airport.The technologically advanced airport will be a key travel hub for Beijing and is expected to handle 45 million passengers by 2021 and 72 million by 2025.SEE VIDEO: Virgin Atlantic’s Star Wars 747SEE OUR fabulous photo galleries It’s 46 kilometres from Tiananmen Square and is connected to downtown Beijing by high-speed rail.Designed by an international team of architects that included Dame Zaha Hadid, the facility covers 700,000 square metres and is Beijing’s second major airport.It’s unique “starfish” design and 80,000 square metre ground transportation center have been designed to be “extremely user focussed and adaptable for future growth, ” according to Zaha Hadid Architects.It said the impressive design evolved from traditional Chinese architectural principles that organize and interconnected spaces around a central courtyard.“Its six-pier radial design gives exceptional convenience for passengers and flexibility in operations,’’ the company added.Daxing has undergone a six-month evaluation and the China Daily says the airport has undergone 750 tests involving over 500 flights and 50,000 “simulated” passengers since July 19.It quoted terminal development department manager Wang Hui as saying the airport’s 400 self-service check-in kiosks mean that will cater for more than 80 percent of check-ins involving lining up for no more than 10 minutes.An individual smart security channel would be able to handle 260 passengers an hour, 40 percent more than traditional technology, Wang Said.Passengers would also enjoy a paperless boarding process using facial recognition technology.last_img read more

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