African adventure for local woman

first_imgJolandie Rust plans to become the firstwoman to cycle around Africa’s perimeter,without any help. The route will cover some 40 000km andspan 34 countries.(Images: Jolandie Rust)MEDIA CONTACTS • Jolandie Rust+27 76 167 2008• Verity PriceHello-Africa+27 82 685 5256April McAlisterIn February 2011 Johannesburg-based Jolandie Rust will embark on an epic solo journey to circumnavigate Africa on her bicycle. The journey, which could take up to two and a half years, will cover approximately 40 000km and 34 countries.Rust is no stranger to cycle adventures. After matriculating she spent six months cycling around Israel in 2004 and fell in love with the idea of exploring the world on two wheels. This was the point at which she decided to cycle around the edge of the African continent.In March 2008 she undertook her first solo trip, successfully pedalling the 1 500km from Johannesburg to Cape Town to raise awareness for her African adventure in 2011.Not content with this achievement, she set off from Johannesburg in October 2009 to cycle right around South Africa. When she arrived back in the City of Gold in January 2010 Rust had travelled 5 951km and become the first woman to circumnavigate South Africa unaided.She has named her upcoming venture “a journey of a thousand faces”, as her intention is to make a collage of the different faces from diverse cultures that she encounters along the way.Kingsley Holgate’s 449-day Africa Outside Edge expedition saw the charismatic adventurer and his team using Land Rovers and inflatable boats to travel around the edge of the continent in 2008. Should she succeed, Rust will be the first woman to have travelled the circumference of Africa without backup or management.She says, “People must dream big and focus on what is beautiful. There is so much beauty out there.”Inspiring othersRust is motivated by a desire to inspire people and to be inspired, to learn, share, connect, and prove that the impossible can become possible.Starting off in Cape Town, her journey will take her north, through Namibia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Congo Republic, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Cameroon, and Nigeria.Here she will turn west, travelling around the Bulge of Africa and across North Africa, through Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt.Heading south now, Rust will pass through Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique before re-entering South Africa through KwaZulu-Natal province.Supporters will be able to keep track of her progress on Twitter, Facebook, Google Friend Connect and through her blog, which is endorsed by the Proudly South African campaign.Collaborative effortRust has set about raising her own funds and has received a lot of support. In Cape Town earlier in November, she spent 48 hours on a stationary bicycle provided by Tyger Valley Virgin Active. The event, called Stuck on the Bike, took place at the Tyger Valley shopping centre and although funds raised fell short of her expectations, Rust remains undaunted.One of Rust’s supporters is Verity Price, vocalist for local Afro-pop band Hello-Africa. The group is putting their money where their collective mouth is by donating 50% of the proceeds from their upcoming album From Africa with Love to Rust’s venture. They are hoping for 8 000 sales, and fans interested in supporting the cause can pre-order online, making sure to enter “Jolandie Rust” in the company field.The album’s name signifies the message that Rust will carry into Africa.The band’s five members, including veteran jazz drummer Tony Paco, hail from Zimbabwe, South Africa, the Republic of the Congo, and Mozambique.To date they’ve donated over R32 000 (US$4 560) of their album proceeds to charities, including women’s groups such as People Opposing Women Abuse.Rust plans to donate a portion of the funds raised for her African trip to the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA), a charity close to her heart – her mother passed away in 2009 after a long battle with motor neurone disease.Based in Cape Town, the MNDA is a voluntary organisation founded in 1990 to address the lack of local support for people suffering with the disorder. The organisation assists patients and their families and carers with psychological counselling and physical assistance where necessary.Motor neurone disease is a debilitating condition that affects nerve fibres in the cortex of the brain or the spinal cord, causing muscle weakness, stiffness, wasting and spasms or cramps. Swallowing and breathing is also a concern in many cases. Life expectancy is dependent on the parts of the body affected.last_img read more

SA urged to keep saving electricity

first_img21 January 2014 Eskom has called on South African consumers and businesses to keep saving electricity this summer as the state company continues with planned maintenance on its generating units. Briefing the media in Cape Town on Tuesday, Eskom CEO Brian Dames reported on a successful winter maintenance programme, as well as progress with the construction of new power plants to boost South Africa’s generation capacity. Almost two-thirds of Eskom’s power stations are past the mid-point of their expected operating lives, and therefore require higher levels of planned maintenance work. “This winter was different in that long duration generation maintenance was planned to be done and was implemented,” Dames said. “It is an exceptional achievement to meet winter demand and do more maintenance than before.” Dames thanked South Africans for “a magnificent performance so far”, saying that, since Eskom started its demand side management programme in 2005, the country had saved over 3 000 megawatts (MW) of energy – enough to power a city the size of Johannesburg. He said the country’s energy supply would remain tight this summer, with increased demand throughout the day, primarily due to air-conditioning and geysers, rather than during the evening peak (5pm to 9pm). “Unlike winter where residential customers had the greatest impact, during the summer it is primarily the commercial sector that can make the biggest difference.” Homeowners and businesses can help in four ways, Dames said: by switching off geysers and pool pumps, switching off non-essential lights, making efficient use of air-conditioners by keeping the room temperature at 23⁰ C, and responding to Eskom’s power alerts on TV each evening. Dames said construction was under way on Eskom’s 100 MW Sere wind farm near Koekenaap in the Western Cape, while construction continued to progress on the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations in Limpopo and Mpumalanga province. “Eskom has undertaken a massive capacity expansion programme since 2005,” Dames said. “By the end of this decade, we will have added a total of 17.1 Gigawatts to the grid, boosting our capacity by almost 50%, from a range of new plants including return-to-service stations and open cycle gas turbines, as well as Medupi, Kusile and [the Ingula pumped storage scheme bordering the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal]. “These are large and complex projects that take time to build. We have said all along that the power system would remain tight for the next few years, until we get substantial new capacity online from our large new power stations. “In the meantime, Eskom calls on all South Africans to pull together over the next few months and use electricity sparingly by ‘Living Lightly’ this summer. By switching off non-essential appliances during peak hours, households can help make a big difference.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

New Quiz: Your Geocaching Personality Type

first_imgLoading… Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedCelebrate the evolution of geocaching with the Big Blue Switch souvenir!April 25, 2017In “Community”No service in outer space? No problem!March 21, 2018In “News”You might be a Social Butterfly if…October 22, 2018In “News”last_img

Sena in talks to form Goa Opposition

first_imgShiv Sena has signalled a new political front in Goa with the Goa Forward Party (GFP). It has also hinted at some MLAs of the ruling BJP joining it. The BJP had won 13 seats in the 2017 Assembly elections and the Congress 17. However, political equations in the State changed earlier this year after 10 Congress MLAs joined the BJP.Goa Forward Party and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party have three MLAs each in the Goa Assembly and NCP has one. There are three independents. Shiv Sena does not a presence in the Assembly.“We want to build an Opposition alliance in Goa,” Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Friday. “I met Vijai Sardesai [of the Goa Forward Party] today. We are forming an alliance with his three MLAs and some MLAs in the government are also supporting us. I have just spoken to [Sudin] Dhavlikar [Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party] and some people in the government. We want to create a non-BJP front in the country. Soon you will see a miracle in Goa,” he added.A senior Goa-based journalist said Shiv Sena allying with GFP was not of great significance right now, unless they manage to engineer defection from the ruling party. “At least 18 will have to break out to avoid disqualification, which seems unlikely now. Even if they do, they can simply go to the Congress and they will not need Sena-GFP combine. Besides, Congress does not trust GFP any more as Mr. Sardesai had not sided with it on two occasions in the past,” the source said.last_img read more

Virat Kohli becomes costliest player in Indian Premier League history

first_imgVirat Kohli has now become the costliest player in the history of the Indian Premier League after he was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 2018 edition of the Twenty20 league starting April 5.Royal Challengers Bangalore will now pay Kohli Rs 17 crore for his services making him the most costliest player. Kohli pipped Yuvraj Singh, who had fetched Rs 16 crore from Delhi Daredevils in 2015. RCB also retained AB de Villiers and Sarfaraz Khan.Chennai Super Kings retained MS Dhoni and defending champions Mumbai Indian retained Rohit Sharma. Both these players will get Rs 15 crore each while David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad) and Steve Smith (Rajasthan Royals) have been retained at Rs 12 crore each.Ben Stokes hit the jackpot when he was sold to Rising Pune Supergiant for a whopping Rs 14.50 crore in the player auction last year in February held in Bengaluru.The Delhi dasher has been on a record-breaking spree since the start of 2016. 18 international centuries, close to 5500 international runs speak volumes about his personality.No other player in the history of the IPL has scored more runs or hundreds in a single season as Kohli did in 2016. The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper hammered a record 973 runs in 16 matches at an average of 81.08.He scored four hundreds in the tournament which is the most by any batsman in a single season. RCB though, couldn’t overcome the final hurdle and lost to David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad in the summit clash.He, however, had a nightmarish season in 2017. He finished with 308 runs from 10 games at an average of 30.80 with four half-centuries to his name.advertisementThe 29-year-old also had to miss the first four matches with a shoulder injury that he picked up during the third Test against Australia in Ranchi last year.INTERNATIONAL RECORDSHe also became the only batsman to hit double hundreds in four successive Test series during the one-off match against Bangladesh in 2017. After a lean patch in Test cricket against Australia, Kohli hammered 610 rus in the three-Test series against Sri Lanka at home.Kohli was the leading run-scorer in ODIs in 2017 with 1460 runs in 26 matches at an average of 76.84 with 6 hundreds and 7 fifties.In the course of a dominant year for India, Kohli also went past Ricky Ponting and is now second in the list of century scorers in ODIs. He now has 32 hundreds and many experts feel he would be able to get close to Sachin Tendulkar’s 49 tons in the format.Kohli now has the most double centuries as a Test captain (6). He joined Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag at the top of the list for most double centuries by an Indian in Test cricket.IPL 2018 AUCTIONThe mega auction will be held in Bengaluru on January 27 and 28.The salary cap was raised for the 11th edition of the lucrative IPL. For the coming season, it’s fixed at Rs 80 crore and will increase to Rs 82 and 85 crore respectively in 2019 and 2020.The minimum spend has been fixed at 75 per cent of the salary cap for each season.The player retention price guideline for salary cap charged has also been set as Rs 33 crore (for 3 players pre auction), Rs 21 crore (for 2 players pre auction) and Rs 12.5 crore (for 1 player retained pre-auction).For those franchises who have retained one or two players, they get three RTM cards, if they have kept three, then they get two RTM cards.Each squad can consist of a maximum number of 25 players (up to 8 overseas players) and a minimum of 18.Here is the full list of retained players:Chennai Super Kings — MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra JadejaSunrisers Hyderabad — David Warner, Bhuvneshwar KumarKings XI Punjab — Axar PatelKolkata Knight Riders — Sunil Narine, Andre RussellRoyal Challengers Bangalore — Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz KhanRajasthan Royals — Steve SmithMumbai Indians — Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit BumrahDelhi Daredevils — Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Chris MorrisTable of players retained by each franchiselast_img read more

DP World NIIF to Build Free Trade Warehousing Zone in India

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: DP World A joint venture of DP World and National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) has won the bid to develop and operate the Free Trade Warehousing Zone (FTWZ) at India’s largest container gateway – Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT).Hindustan Infralog Private Limited (HIPL), the JV between Dubai’s port and terminal operator (65%) and India’s fund manager (35%), is to build FTWZ for USD 78 million. The facility is expected to be operational by 2020.HIPL is the recently created investment vehicle between DP World and NIIF to invest up to USD 3 billion in ports, logistics and related sectors in India. This is the second investment for HIPL following the acquisition of a 90% stake in multimodal logistics company Continental Warehousing Corporation (Nhava Sheva).As informed, the FTWZ comes with a long-term concession of 60 years and will be developed across 18 hectares at JNPT’s Special Economic Zone (SEZ).JNPT is a key gateway hub handling approximately 5 million TEU’s per annum which equates to 33% of India’s container traffic. The FTWZ’s strategic proximity to the port and the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport and western dedicated freight corridor, gives it direct access to global and domestic markets, according to DP World and NIIF.The project is aimed at positioning India as a global trading hub and further supporting the government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign.“We are delighted to have won this long-term concession to develop the Free Trade Warehousing Zone in such a strategic location (…) this asset strongly complements our port terminals in JNPT and our newly acquired inland Continental-Warehousing-Corporation business,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, said.last_img read more

Paul Tagliabue Intends To Oversee Saints Bounty Hearing

Paul Tagliabue denied a motion to recuse himself as the arbitrator for the appeals hearing of the players involved and suspended in the New Orleans Saints the bounty program as defined by current commissioner Roger Goodell, according to league sources.Tagliabue, the former NFL commissioner, informed the players’ attorneys of his decision, saying that he will move forward with establishing a date for the hearing and also formalizing the process on which the appeal will be heard. Sources said discussions of the process itself will consume “a fair amount of time” without a specific time frame yet.The hearing is scheduled for Nov. 20, a league source told ESPN.In deciding to hear the case, Tagliabue dismissed the argument of partiality players had made in their motion, citing that he is not only the former commissioner but also is a member of the law firm that represents Goodell in legal matters before a New Orleans federal court.The players have asked the court to recuse Tagliabue as the appeals arbitrator but there has been no ruling on that motion.As the two sides discuss the forthcoming appeals process, the players remain adamant that Taglaibue makes available witnesses such as former Saints assistants Gregg Williams and Mike Cerullo, who provided declarations the NFL used as evidence to discipline the players.The process could continue throughout November, which would allow Saints linebacker Jonathan Vliman and and defensive end Will Smith to continue playing until Tagliabue renders a decision or the court intervenes on their behalf.Vilma played in his first game of the season Monday night against Philadelphia and provided a defensive spark in the Saints’ 28-13 victory over the Eagles. He had been battling injuries after being reinstated last month. read more

Carlo Ancelotti believes nobody has ever underestimated Fabian Ruiz

first_imgA last minute goal from Dries Mertens gave Napoli victory against Roma and Napoli club’s manager Carlo Ancelotti reveals why he believes in Fabian Ruiz.“Fabian Ruiz played a great match, nobody has ever underestimated him. We always believed in him and now slowly but surely, he’s showing his quality. Usually, after Champions League games, there’s a drop in concentration during the weekend. Today, however, the squad responded in the best possible way and I’m very happy about that,” he said via Gianlucadimarzio.“In our midfield, we have a lot of quality players. We lost Jorginho, who was fundamental for us, but there are a lot of young, important players that are doing well and I have a lot of choices with who I could play in that role.”last_img

San Diego Superior Court jury awards Drew Brees and his wife just

first_img SAN DIEGO ( KUSI) – A San Diego Superior Court jury awarded more than $6.1 million in damages Friday to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife in a lawsuit they filed against a La Jolla jeweler who they said sold them $15 million in diamonds at far above their actual value.Following two days of deliberations, jurors found Vahid Moradi liable for defrauding the couple by claiming to be an expert in acquiring investment- grade diamonds, several of which he sold to the Breeses between 2012 and 2016.However, when the couple took the diamonds to an independent appraiser in 2017, they were told that the diamonds were worth about $6.7 million less than they had paid, according to Brees’ attorneys.Brees, 40, was not present when the verdict was read, during which the panel awarded him $6,130,767 in damages, but did testify during the early part of the trial. Brees is currently in training camp for the 2019 NFL season.During closing arguments on Wednesday, Brees’ attorney, Andrew Kim, told jurors that Moradi claimed he was an expert in colored diamonds, and could negotiate with sellers around the world to acquire diamonds that were expected to appreciate in value.Among the most egregious examples Brees’ attorneys pointed to was a diamond ring Moradi sold the Breeses for $8.1 million that was actually worth $3.75 million.Another diamond Moradi allegedly claimed was from Europe was actually purchased from a dealer in Orange County, Kim said.Moradi’s attorney, Peter Ross, said Aldo Dinelli, a Houston-based jeweler the Breeses consulted to appraise the diamonds, was a “con man” who scammed the couple.The attorney alleged that Dinelli advised the Breeses that Moradi had scammed them, even though he did not know how much the Breeses had paid for the pieces.Ross said Dinelli informed Brees that he’d been ripped off, then offered up some diamonds of his own for Brees to purchase.“Dinelli is supposed to be an independent expert, not a competitor to (Moradi’s company) CJ Charles,” Ross said.Though Brees’ attorneys alleged that an oral agreement existed between Brees and Moradi that Moradi would secure investment-grade diamonds for Brees, Ross said that thousands of texts and emails make no mention of such an arrangement. Instead, Ross says Brees got “just what he paid for,” and that many of the diamonds were purchased as gifts for Brees’ wife, Brittany.Further, Ross said any discrepancies between what Moradi paid to obtain the diamonds and what the Breeses paid him was part of a standard markup that is commonplace within the industry to allow retailers to cover business expenses. June 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Updated: 4:42 PMcenter_img Posted: June 21, 2019 San Diego Superior Court jury awards Drew Brees and his wife just over $6.1M in damages Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Field Of Flowers Signage Approval Moved To Next Meeting

first_imgPreviously Council Member Henry Knackstedt spoke about the project to install the sign: “An attractive sign will bring attention to the field from the highway, and shows that the field is a cooperative effort between the Airport and City of Kenai.” The approval of the signage will go before the city council at their meeting on December 5. The Kenai City Clerk’s note on the agenda stated “This item was referred to the Beautification Committee and then the Airport Commission; a Motion to Construct a Sign as Outlined by the Airport Commission in on the Floor.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai City Council approval of the proposed four foot by eight foot highway frontage sign for Lawton Acres, also known as Kenai’s ‘field of flowers’, will be up for discussion at the next council meeting. The sign proposal includes the airport logo or wording of “property of Kenai Municipal Airport”. City council members previously expressed opposition to the wording citing “cause for confusion”.last_img read more