Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Kevin Durant had 37 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots and almost single-handedly led the undermanned defending champions’ fourth-quarter rally past the San Antonio Spurs for a 110-107 win Thursday night after Curry went down early.Durant hit his third straight jumper to tie it with 2:01 remaining before the Warriors went ahead on Draymond Green’s putback the following possession. Klay Thompson made two free throws with 15.9 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBryn Forbes’ 3-point try from the top to tie it hit the front rim as the final buzzer sounded.“I felt good shooting the midrange as always,” Durant said. “I tried to press go and shoot every time, not bad shots.” Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) walks off the court after as he passes San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, March 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, Calif. — Steve Kerr chuckled not about Stephen Curry’s latest ankle trouble but just how good the Golden State Warriors can be without their two-time MVP.“We still have three All-Stars when Steph goes down,” Kerr said. “We still have a lot of talent.”ADVERTISEMENT LaMarcus Aldridge scored 30 points to lead the Spurs, who were without a star of their own after starting center Pau Gasol sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder late against Memphis on Monday.Back-to-back Spurs dunks put San Antonio ahead 101-93 with 4:44 remaining before the Warriors mounted quite a comeback.Golden State trailed 87-78 going into the final 12 minutes, earning a fourth straight win and eighth in 12 against San Antonio after a 122-105 home victory Feb. 10.“We have to do a better job of just getting it to everybody and making sure we’re sharp so that we don’t have dry possessions like that in the fourth quarter,” San Antonio’s Danny Green said.Curry tweaked his troublesome right ankle driving left for a layup at the 9:38 mark of the first quarter with two Spurs around him. He limped into the tunnel grimacing in pain and frustration, then initially stayed in the game to shoot free throws before heading to the locker room. The team said he was getting re-taped and going through tests, then Curry didn’t return — but the Warriors are going to be cautious at this stage of the season with the playoffs beginning next month.Curry missed 11 games in December with the sprained right ankle and injured it again last Friday at Atlanta. He won’t travel or play at Portland on Friday.Kerr is more concerned about health than the No. 1 seed now.“We’ll get Steph healthy. We’ve proven we can win without him,” Kerr said.Thompson began 2 for 10 and missed his first three tries from 3 before connecting from the top early in the fourth. He finished with 13 points and six assists. He needs one more 3-pointer to reach 200 or more 3s for the sixth straight season, which would tie Curry for an NBA record of most such seasons — and also for doing it in successive years. Ray Allen has the second-most seasons with 200-plus 3s in NBA history at five.TIP-INSSpurs: Before the game, coach Gregg Popovich joked that Kevin McHale would start at center in place of Gasol. McHale was on the call for TNT’s broadcast of the game. … San Antonio shot 8 for 22 in the first quarter and 1 of 5 from 3-point range. … The Spurs were just 6 of 22 from deep overall. Warriors: Golden State’s 10 turnovers matched its third-lowest total for the season. … The Warriors were 1 of 11 on 3s in the first half, trailing 50-46 at the break, and just 8 of 30 from long range — four of those 3s from Durant. … Raiders owner Mark Davis and coach Jon Gruden sat courtside.WARRIORS INJURIESReserve center David West missed his second straight game with an infected cyst in his right arm. The training staff is evaluating options to determine whether it will need to be removed, yet Kerr hoped to have West’s situation resolved in the coming few days.Rookie forward Jordan Bell, who sprained his right ankle Tuesday against Brooklyn, will be out through the weekend and re-evaluated Tuesday.Andre Iguodala was sidelined with a sprained left wrist.KERR QUOTEABLE“This kind of sustained success is almost unheard of,” Kerr said of the Spurs. “So what they’ve done is remarkable.”UP NEXTSpurs: At Oklahoma City on Saturday.Warriors: At Portland on Friday looking to avenge their last defeat, 123-117 on Feb. 14 leading into the All-Star break.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Irving returns as Celtics past Timberwolves UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Green had his third triple-double this season with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.Curry was lost for the night to a rolled right ankle early in the first quarter, then the Warriors responded without him to win their seventh straight since the All-Star break.“It’s just always a kind of hold-your-breath type of moment when that happens,” Green said.Durant’s 14-footer from the right wing with 3:14 left got Golden State within 103-101, and then he answered a Spurs basket with another jumper the next time.The NBA Finals MVP blocked two shots in the first half to set a new career high for a season and now has 108, besting the 105 blocks he had in 2012-13.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES View comments
Lands, Mines & Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo has assured the Indian steel company, Arcelor Mittal, that it will operate in a secure environment in Nimba despite the recent violent activities that damaged its facilities.Minister Sendolo, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in Ganta while returning from Yekepa where the company operates, confirmed that destruction was carried out; but could not exactly state the level of damage done as the assessment is not yet complete.He said regardless of the attack and destruction of portion of the company’s facility, the Government of Liberia is doing everything to ensure that it operates in a secure environment.He added that those in the vincinity where the company is operating will also carry on their farming activities in peace without intimidation from security personnel or anyone, as the GOL studies the root causes of the problem and takes corrective measures to prevent a recurrence.Minister Sendolo, reacting to a question about the reasons associated with the recent violence, noted that Arcelor Mittal and the Government of Liberia signed an agreement to extract iron ore in Nimba; and that in the agreement, certain things were outlined to be done for the county and community members.Instead of dialoging to settle prevailing problems that were emerging from the agreement, some Liberians took the law into their hands and went on to perpetrate violence against the company, destroying its facilities, he said.The Lands, Mines & Energy Minister further noted that Government is conscious in ensuring that the extraction of iron ore in Mount Tokadi yields better fruit for all citizens in the county and communities where the operation takes place.He said acknowledged, however, that the people of Nimba do need a better living standard and that the Government is prevailing on Arcelor Mittal to provide such a condition.While it is essentially right for citizens of the county and communities to benefit from the resources, it is also incumbent upon them to channel their grievances through a structured, legal means and not through violence, he pointed out.Minister Sendolo admitted that talks have been going on amidst complaints from the people of Nimba about ArcelorMittal’s activities, and as Government they are engaging the Indian company to give people of the county their just benefits.“We know that there is a problem; and I do not want to back ArcelorMittal here that it is perfect in this agreement. However, this does not give anyone the right to carry on violence as it happened recently in the county,” Minister Sendolo asserted.Although the Minister could not provide any piece of information on the level of destruction carried out by the aggrieved party, Nimba lawmaker Jeremiah Koung had earlier informed this newspaper that a train was set ablaze while a bridge linking Sanniquellie and Gbaapa and Zolowee was burnt.Also, Representative Larry Younquoi of District # 8 in Nimba said that while he was in Yekepa, about two loads of looted materials from the facility were retrieved.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– Whatsapp meter reading, e-billing services optional for the publicIn an effort to provide quality and efficient service to customers throughout the country, the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) on Friday announced that several new initiatives have been implemented inclusive of the introduction of an electronic billing (e-billing) service.Director of Customer Services at Guyana Power and Light (GPL), Rhonda LafarDirector of the company’s Customer Services Department, Rhonda Lafar stated that technology can play a vital role in easing the burden of any customer who may not find the time to visit GPL’s offices to pay a bill or simply enquire about his/her account.“We have an e-bill facility so that you can register either online or you can call in to the call centre and request that your account is put at the e-bill. So once the e-bills are generated you will automatically receive an e-bill but this would require us having your email. So we are encouraging customers to ensure that we have updated contact information, updated emails addresses, updated cellphone numbers so that we can provide information.”She explained that an online enquiry service is also available via an emailing method. Persons who opt to use this method can visit GPL’s website and utilise this service by entering their customer account number and the relevant billing information would be provided.According to Lafar, GPL has also catered for the needs of persons who may not have internet access, or those who may have difficulties in using the internet to verify information about their bills.“We also have a text messaging feature called SMS Freedom. This does not require a smartphone, you can use any cellphone, and once you text your reference number which is a combination of your customer number and your account number, once you text that number to this number a message will come back and it will tell you what is your bill due, what was the last payment you made, the date you paid it and the due date on your current bill. So you do not have to come into the office to get this information, this information is available out there.”Meanwhile, in relation to the reading of meters, a “WhatsApp meter read feature” was developed since a large number of customers were concerned about estimated readings that are done in their absence.“A lot of persons are not at home during the day so when the meter readers are out reading, they are unable to access your meter. What you can do is you can look at your bill, look at the read date of your bill, and on that date you take a picture of your meter, put in your account number and you can WhatsApp it to us and that will be used as an actual read submitted by the customer.”However, this does not mean that the company will no longer be conducting in-person meter readings at residences. GPL’s Director of Customer Services pointed out that the law allows the company to accept two months reading of meter via “Whatsapp” but on the third month GPL is required to do its mandatory reading.“So this is a feature to make it easier but we still require access to be able to verify the readings that you have submitted.”With regard to the power company’s responsiveness to emergencies, some changes have also been made, with the hope that they will aid in providing better services for customers countrywide.“Last year we had several emergency numbers that customers could contact us on and we combined it and so we have one emergency number which is 226-2600 and the extension that you dial is one (1) and you get on to our call centre. We have also implemented an emergency WhatsApp and that number is 608-9090 so customers can use either one of these options to make contact with the call centre to make a report and you can also call these numbers to have queries done”.The call centre is operational 24 hours and the queries department, which was previously open only during working hours on weekdays, is now operational until 21:00h.“So prior you would call during the day up to 04:30 pm to ask questions concerning your bill and so on. So it is not necessary for customers to actually come into the office and query your bill, they can actually call the call centre, and the query can be done on the telephone. We are trying to make it easier for customers to access information without having to come into the office,” she added.Meanwhile, GPL recognises the sloth in its fulfilment of applications within a 12-day period where residential customers apply for meters at their homes. As such, work is presently ongoing by the company to reduce the timeframe as well as allow persons to apply for the service online.“We are also looking at actions to speed up the process so we are working on allowing customers to go online and submit the required documentation after which they will come into the office and it will be a much faster much. Also, the unavailability of some types of prepaid meters. We have already put systems in place to ensure that we have a cycle of procurement to ensure that as soon as one batch of meters is here another order is already placed…to fulfil the requirements of customers.” (Kristen Macklingam)
Members of Rasheney FC.A Donegal soccer club deserve a ‘pat’ on the back for their latest fundraising plan – a cow pat to be exact!Rasheney FC, like many other clubs, know how difficult it is to make ends meet.But they are hoping a local cow, a field and some keen supporters will help them raise the cash. The club, which is based on the Isle of Doagh, are hosting a sports day on July 27th next starting at 2pm.And one of the main attractions is a Cow Drop competition.The aim of the competition os to guess where the designated cow will do its business or ‘Guess Where The Cow S***s’ as the folk in Rasheney put it bluntly.And with 300 squares at €5 each, that’s a lot of cow s*** which could land anywhere. But on the udder hand, it is one way to milk a bit of money for the club.So get mooooving and get your square booked. A REAL CASH COW! DONEGAL SOCCER CLUB PULL THE UDDER ONE WITH BIZARRE FUNDRAISER! was last modified: July 18th, 2014 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:cowdonegalIsle of DoaghRasheney FC
A Donegal council is calling on the Health Service Executive to make sure doctors have fluency in the English language.Buncrana Town Council backed a motion by Cllr Mary Kelly.Cllr Kelly made the call after a number of constituents claimed they could not understand doctors at various medical facilities locally. Cllr Kelly told Donegal Daily the situation is becoming so serious that she fears a patient will be misdiagnosed if something is not done.“I raised the issue because I fear it is a genuine cause for concern and it is only getting worse.“A number of people have come to me with various incidents and expressed their concern.“People are embarrassed if they cannot understand a doctor and they simply agree with them in the end and that is a dangerous thing. “I do fear that there will be a misdiagnosis if something is not done,” she said. COUNCILLOR WANTS HSE TO ENSURE DOCTORS IN DONEGAL HAVE STANDARD OF ENGLISH was last modified: May 14th, 2012 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:cllr mary kellyHSE
Maureen Friel: Had enough of the LaffertysA WOMAN grabbed a rock and smashed the car window of a car being driven by the father of a notorious burglar after he tormented her and her family, a court has heard.Matthew Lafferty is serving five years behind bars after a series of burglaries in Donegal and Mayo. But Letterkenny District Court heard that the arrival of Lafferty and his father in a quiet area outside Kilmacrennan sparked a feud with their neighbours – the Kellys.A number of incidents had already taken place when Maureen Friel, from Glenwood Park in Letterkenny went to visit her father (the Kellys), on March 31 last year.Defence solicitor Kieran Dillon said Mrs Friel was in a car travelling up a long lane at Ballykeeran when Gerard Lafferty – Matthew Lafferty’s father – kept stopping his car and reversing it into the car in which Mrs Friel was passenger.Things came to a head, said Mr Dillon, and Mrs Friel had picked up a rock and thrown it at the windscreen of the car being driven by 45-year-old Gerard Lafferty.“In the course of this journey, that the vehicle in front, reversed into the front of their vehicle,” said Mr Dillon.“Mrs Frield was very frightened and she went forward and in the context of stopping what was making place, she did pick up a stone and break the window to try to stop the driver’s actions.“The other family has moved away. That has really helped to stabilise the situation.”Matthew Lafferty: Behind barsMrs Friel, who is 29, was released on her own bond of €250 to keep the peace for 12 months.Meanwhile Gerard Lafferty failed to appear in court for alleged offences on the same date.He is facing charges of possession of knives and other articles.Judge Paul Kelly issued a warrant for his arrest.REVEALED: FED-UP NEIGHBOUR SMASHED CAR WINDOW OF DAD OF NOTORIOUS BURGLAR was last modified: July 15th, 2014 by John2Share 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:BallykeeranburglardonegalGerard LaffertykilmacrennanLetterkenny District CourtMatthew LaffertyMaureen Friel
Young striker Patrick Bamford maintained his impressive scoring form by finding the net again, but Chelsea’s reserves were beaten 3-2 by Wolves.Bamford, the Blues’ pre-deadline signing from Nottingham Forest, showed his potential with another cool finish.He opened the scoring after 12 minutes when he fired home after latching onto Islam Feruz’s pass.Jake Kempton equalised by pouncing on the loose ball after an error by keeper James Russell.Bamford turned provider to set up Lucas Piazon for Chelsea’s second, before Nenad Milijas scored to send the teams in at half-time level at 2-2.The second period was less eventful and Liam McAlinden headed in the winner with 14 minutes remaining.Nathaniel Chalobah featured after recovering from a knock he picked up in a match against Swansea’s reserves last week.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The advantage of hosting the Paralympics was underlined when Australia topped the medal table for the first time. They won 63 gold, 39 silver and 47 bronze medals for a total of 149 medals. Great Britain was second with 41 gold, 43 silver, and 47 bronze medals for a total of 131 medals in all. Canada placed third, with a haul of 38 gold, 33 silver, and 25 bronzes for a haul of 96 medals overall. Did you know that Natalie du Toit was the first person in history to carry her country’s flag at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games? And that South African Paralympians have won over 100 gold medals – an astonishing 21 of these in Beijing in 2008? Find out more about Team SA at the Paralympics. The Stoke Mandeville Games Olympic history While the USA topped the medal table with 175 medals – 75 gold, 52 silver and 48 bronze medals – Germany pushed them hard for top spot, producing 61 champions, 51 runners-up and 59 bronze medal winners for a total of 171 medals. Toronto 1976While Montreal, Canada, hosted the 1976 Olympic Games, Toronto was the venue for the Paralympics, which featured 1 657 competitors. They were to be South Africa’s last Paralympics until Barcelona in 1992. The country managed a 27th place finish on the medal table, with eight medals in all, made up of four gold, one silver and three bronze medals. That year remains the only time in history that South African Paralympians have failed to reach double figures in the medal count. In 1964, only nine different sports were contested in Tokyo with just 375 athletes taking part. South African athletes performed well, finishing sixth on the medal table, with eight gold, eight silver and three bronze medals. Swimming proved to be the team’s strongest suit as it picked up 18 medals, including eight golds. Athletics was a close second with 17 medals, including five golds. At that time, the Stoke Mandeville Games concentrated on events for wheelchair-bound athletes. Competition for athletes with other disabilities would follow at later editions of the Paralympics. Other outstanding performers included Steyn Humphries, who won gold, silver and bronze in field events. Fanie Lombaard won two gold medals and a bronze medal, also in field events, and Malcolm Pringle captured a gold medal and two silvers on the track. Natalie du Toit, as one of only two athletes with disabilities in the Beijing Olympics, had finished 16th in the 10 kilometre open water swim at the Olympics the previous month. She had also carried the South African flag in the Games’ opening ceremony. Daniel Erasmus repeated his feat of four years earlier in Tokyo by winning two gold medals and two silvers in athletics. This time around, he was crowned champion in the shot put and javelin and runner-up in the club throw and discus. He also added a gold medal in the men’s singles in lawn bowls and claimed a silver medal in the pairs. The USA topped the medal table with 33, 27, and 39 for a total of 99 medals in all. Great Britain, with 29, 20 and 20 for a tally of 69 medals placed second, with hosts, Israel, in third. That team included for the first time two athletes, Oscar Pistorius and Natalie du Toit, who would go on to become superstars for bridging the gap between Paralympic and Olympic competition. Heidelberg 1972Heidelberg, Germany, hosted the 1972 Summer Paralympics as the total number of competitors rose to just over 1 000. As had been the case with previous Paralympics, they were intended for wheelchair athletes only, but demonstration events were held for athletes with other disabilities. Eleven sports, with goalball being a demonstration event, were contested. Included in the South African medal haul was a bronze won by Maragaret Harriman in lawn bowls in the women’s singles LB2 category. It came 20 years after she had last won a Paralympic medal and an amazing 36 years after she had first mounted the Olympic podium for Rhodesia. South African Paralympians won eight gold, 12 silver and nine bronze medals for a total of 29 medals and the Team South Africa finished in 18th place on the medal table, second among African nations, with Tunisia (9, 5, 5, 19) leading the way. In London, 164 nations and 4 294 athletes competed in 20 sports. The standard of competition soared to an all-time high with 251 world records being set in just 11 days! South Africa excelled, finishing fourth on the medal table, the highest finish the country has ever achieved in the Paralympics. It produced 16 champions, 12 runners-up, and 13 bronze medallists for a total of 41 medals, which remains the highest number of medals the country has won at the Paralympics to this day. Fanie Lombaard led the way for South Africa with gold medals in the pentathlon, discus and shot put, as well as a silver medal in the javelin. The United States finished in first place, with 50 gold medals, 41 silver medals and 32 bronze medals, for a total of 123 medals in all. Great Britain, with 18 gold, 23 silver, and 20 bronze medals for a total of 61 medals, placed second. Competing close to home, the Americans dominated the Games, capturing 66 gold, 44 silver and 45 bronze medals for a total of 155 medals in all. The Netherlands finished in second place with 45 gold, 25 silver, and 14 bronze medals for a total of 84, with Israel taking third spot thanks to a return of 40 gold, 13 silver, and 16 bronze medals and a tally of 69 medals. From the highs of 1972, when the country finished fourth, South Africa plunged down to 19th place in 1976, winning 26 medals and producing only six Paralympic champions to go with nine silver and 11 bronze medals. Fourteen of the medals were won in athletics. In the swimming pool, Ebert Kleynhans won gold medals in the 50 and 100 metres freestyle in the B3 class. Seven of the South African medals came in athletics, with Pieter Badenhorst winning a gold in the 400 metres and a silver medal in the 200 metres in the men’s TS3 category. One gold medal was won in swimming by Tadhg Slattery in the 100m breaststroke SB5 category. That team included Ernst van Dyk, who has since gone on to win the Boston Marathon a record nine times. In Barcelona, he competed in swimming and wheelchair racing, finishing fifth in the pool and making the semi-finals in his wheelchair events. Natalie du Toit, in her final Paralympic Games, once again led the South African medal haul. She was not in her best form, she admitted, but she was still good enough to sign off with three more gold medals and a silver in the swimming pool. That took her to a South African Paralympic record of 13 gold and two silver medals in her career. Atlanta 1996At Atlanta in 1996, South Africa’s results were much improved. A total of 28 medals were won, including 10 gold, eight silver and 10 bronze medals, which was good for 15th place in the standings. The event drew 3 259 competitors in 20 sports. The hosts, the USA, finished top of the table with 47 gold, 47 silver and 68 bronze medals, for an overall count of 162 medals. Great Britain was second with a remarkably even spread of 42 gold, 42 silver and 41 bronze medals, 124 in total, and Australia, with 42 gold, 37 silver and 27 bronze medals for a total of 106 was third. 23 August 2012 London 2012 West Germany displaced the Americans from the top of the medal table, thanks to their 28 Paralympic champions. They added 17 silver and 22 bronze medals for a total of 67 in all. The USA, however, won the most medals, 74, with 17 gold, 27 silver and 30 bronze medals. In Athens, she made (pardon the pun) a big splash, winning five gold medals, three of them in freestyle, one in backstroke, and the other in the individual medley. Tokyo 1964 Oscar Pistorius, known as “The Blade Runner” because of the artificial limbs he runs on, was crowned Paralympic champion in 100, 200 and 400 metres in the T44 class. Hilton Langenhoven also won three titles in the long jump, pentathlon, and 200 metres. Fanie van der Merwe won the 100 and 200 metres in the T37 class. Sydney 2000South Africa improved to 13th place at the Sydney Paralympics in 2000 as the country’s athletes won 13 gold, 12 silver and 13 bronze medals for a total of 38 medals in total. A total of 3 846 athletes took part in 20 sports. In 2012, Pistorius became the first Paralympian to compete in athletics at the Olympics Games themselves in London. With an inspirational display, he proved he wasn’t there to make up the numbers by making it through to the semi-finals of the 400 metres. Ebert Kleynhans, now competing in the S12 class, repeated his feat of four years earlier by winning gold medals in the 50 and 100 metres freestyle. Athens 2004In Athens in 2004, South Africa’s Paralympians once again finished 13th in the standings as 3 806 athletes competed in 19 sports. The country won 15 gold medals, 13 silvers and 7 bronzes for a total of 35 in all. South Africa made its first appearance at the Summer Paralympic Games, then known as the Stoke Mandeville Games, in Tokyo in 1964. Those Games are now recognised as the second edition of the Paralympics. Maragaret Harriman, who had previously represented Rhodesia with great success, claiming five gold medals, one silver and two bronze medals in the previous two Paralympics, won two gold medals in archery. Beijing 2008 Tel Aviv 1968The 1964 Games were, until the 1988 Paralympics, the last Paralympic Games to be held in the same city as the Olympics, so, while Mexico City hosted the Olympics in 1968, Tel Aviv was the venue for the Paralympics. At the time, they were known as the 17th International Stoke Mandeville Games. He, however, won gold in the 400 metres, finishing a massive three-and-a-half seconds ahead of the second placed runner, and also anchored South Africa to a gold medal in the men’s 4 x 100m relay T42/46 in a world record 41.78 seconds. He was later given the honour of carrying the South African flag at the Olympics’ closing ceremony. Christelle Bosker claimed two gold and one bronze medal in field events and Zanele Situ made history by becoming the first black South African athlete to win a Paralympic medal as she lifted gold in the javelin and silver in the discus. Barcelona 1992When South Africa returned to the Paralympic Games in 1992, the numbers had grown to over 3 000 athletes competing in 15 sports. Zanele Situ successfully defended her javelin title, Fanie Lombaard added two golds and a silver medal to his collection, Teboho Mokgalagadi did the 100 and 200 metres double in the T35 class, and Ernst van Dyk won three medals. China easily topped the standings, producing 89 champions, 70 runners-up and another 52 podium finishers for a total of 211 medals. Great Britain, with 42 gold, 29 silver and 31 bronze medals, a total of 102 medals, placed second. The USA, with 35 gold, 35 silver and 28 bronzes, won 99 medals in total and finished third in the medal count. SA MEDALS AT THE PARALYMPICS (gold, silver, bronze, total) Du Toit shone in the Paralympics, taking home five gold medals in the women’s 50, and 100 and 400m freestyle, the 100m butterfly, and the 200m individual medley. In total, during an outstanding Paralympic career, Harriman won 11 gold medals, two silver medals and four bronze medals. Third placed Great Britain, like South Africa, won 16 gold medals. They added 15 silver and 21 bronze medals for a haul of 52 medals in all. Interestingly, in 1964 South Africa was banned from the Olympic Games because of its apartheid policies, but its athletes continued competing at the Paralympics for another 12 years after that. The ban was extended thereafter, however, and South African Paralympians missed the Games of 1980, 1984 and 1988. With over 4 200 athletes participating, South Africa won the most gold medals in the country’s history at the Paralympics in Beijing in 2008. The country won 30 medals in all with an incredible 21 of those being gold. That was enough for a sixth place finish on the medal table. In the swimming pool, Scott Field won four medals, while Tadhg Slattery, 12 years after he first won a gold medal at his first Paralympic Games, won gold again in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB5 class. Philippa Johnson, a winner of two silver medals in Athens four years earlier, won two gold medals in equestrian competition. 1964 Tokyo: 8, 8, 3, 191968 Tel Aviv: 9, 10, 7, 261972 Heidelberg: 16, 12, 13, 411976 Toronto: 6, 9, 11, 261992 Barcelona: 4, 1, 3, 81996 Atlanta: 10, 8, 10, 282000 Sydney: 13, 12, 13, 382004 Athens: 15, 13, 7, 352008 Beijing: 21, 3, 6, 302012 London: 8, 12, 9, 29——————- 110, 88, 82, 280 Ernst van Dyk, the 2006 winner of the Laureus Sportsperson with a Disability of the Year Award and a nine-time Boston Marathon champion, finished second in the men’s individual hand cycling road race, just one second behind the winner, former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi. Daniel Erasmus was the star of the show for the South Africa, winning medals in all four events he entered, with golds in the shot put and discus and silver medals in the club throw and javelin. Oscar Pistorius, like Du Toit one of the most recognisable faces of the Games, suffered a shock defeat, losing for the first time ever in the men’s T44 200 metres. Du Toit, who had lost her left leg below the knee in an accident in 2001, was already known for her feat of qualifying for the final of the 800 metres freestyle at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. It was the first time an athlete with a disability had qualified for the final of an able-bodied event at a major competition. The numbers at the 1968 Paralympics doubled from 375 to 750 athletes. Once again South Africa performed well, winning 26 medals, nine of them gold. They also claimed silvers, and seven bronze medals to end in 10th place in the medal count. Anrune Liebenberg set a personal best time of 56.65 to claim bronze in the women’s T46 400 metres and secured bronze in the 200 metres in a regional record of 25.55. In the pool, the leading South African men’s medal winner was Charl Bouwer, who set an African record of 23.99 to capture gold in the 50 metres freestyle. He added further African records in silver medal winning efforts in the 100, backstroke and freestyle. Ilse Hayes was the leading South African woman in athletics, winning the F13 long jump with a leap of 5.70 metres and picking up silver in the 100 metres with a time of 12.41 seconds. When she carried the flag for the Paralympic team, she became the first person in history to do so at both the Olympics and Paralympics. Arnu Fourie kept Pistorius out of the medals in the 100 metres T44 race by finishing third in a regional record of 11.08 seconds and was also part of the world record setting relay squad. Pistorius began his Paralympic career with a gold medal in the men’s T44 200 metres and a bronze medal in the 100 metres. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Voting for the penultimate phase of the nine-phased Panchayat polls is underway on Saturday at over 2,600 polling stations in Jammu and Kashmir.Polling began at 8 a.m. at 2,633 polling stations – 550 in Kashmir division and 2083 in Jammu division, officials said. They said 361 polling stations have been categorised as hypersensitive with 171 in Kashmir division and 190 in Jammu division.The officials said 6,304 candidates are in the fray for 331 Sarpanch and 2007 Panch seats in this phase, while 43 Sarpanchs and 681 Panchs have been elected unopposed. An electorate of 5,15,121 have the right to exercise their franchise for Sarpanch constituencies and 419775 for Panch constituencies, they said. The officials said all arrangements, including security related, have been put in place for the smooth conduct of the polls.At the end of seven phases of the Panchayat Polls, an overall voter turnout of 73.8 per cent has been recorded across the state, with a poll percentage of 44.4 per cent in the Kashmir division and 83.2 per cent in the Jammu division.
Buenos Aires: Sumit Nagal became the first Indian to win on South American clay when he beat local favourite Facundo Bagnis 6-4, 6-2 in the final of ATP Buenos Aires Challenger to lift the title on Sunday.It took 161st ranked Nagal an hour and 37 minutes to get past Bagnis, who is ranked 166th in the world. Nagal will enter the top 135 of the ATP rankings when the new list is released on Monday.This is Nagal’s second Challenger title and the first on clay and outside India. Nagal’s first Challenger title came in 2017 in Bengaluru.Nagal had entered the final of the claycourt tournament with a dominating 6-0, 6-1 win over fourth seed Thiago Monteiro of Brazil.While Nagal’s last two matches in the tournament were straight forward, it were his first three matches where he was stretched.In the Round of 32, Nagal had come from behind to defeat Brazilian Pedro Sakamoto 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.In the last 16, Nagal went past José Hernández-Fernández of Dominican Republic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.Nagal had defeated another local Francisco Cerundolo 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to enter the last four.Nagal was the seventh seed in the tournament. ATP Challenger TourATP TourBuenos AiresFacundo Bagnis First Published: September 29, 2019, 11:38 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.