McGregor races to Molokai Challenge win

first_imgHank McGregor 3:35.17Clint Robinson 3:35.40Cory Hill 3:41.49Jeremy Cotter 3:44.24Jasper Mocke 3:48.34Martin Kenny 3:48.50Lewis Laughlin 3:52.58Dorian Wolter 3:57.46Hiromana Flores 3:59.13Oscar Chalupsky 4:02.15 21 May 2014 Hank McGregor underlined his status as one of the best paddlers in the world by winning a second title in the Maui Jim Molokai Challenge in Hawaii on the weekend after holding off Australian star Clint Robinson in a thrilling finish to the tough 56km race. Faced with tough flat and windless conditions for the Kaiwi channel crossing between Molokai and Oahu, the title race quickly turned into a two-horse affair between defending champion Robinson and 2009 champ and current K1 world marathon champion McGregor.Made a charge The South African star made a charge with six kilometres to go and led by almost a minute as he approached the turn at the fabled China Wall, where he was able to surf the swell close to the shore, thanks to the mild ocean conditions. Robinson, however, put in a serious last ditch effort to reel in McGregor as they turned into the estuary that houses the finish, and in the final two kilometres he ground McGregor’s lead down to 30 seconds. Australians Cory Hill and Jeremy Cotter filled third and fourth places respectively before current Surfski World Series leader and Molokai debutant Jasper Mocke crossed the line to take fifth place, just ahead of another Australian stalwart, Martin Kenny.First doubles crew Twelve-time champion Oscar Chalupsky finished tenth, with the Durban North brothers, Ross and Bruce Poacher, becoming the first double skin crew home in eleventh place. Victory in the women’s race went to Rachel Clarke, with Lisa Wadling in second, followed by the double ski crew of Sally Marks and Alena Greensill.Made to work hard The field was made to work hard in the flat conditions with no assistance from the trade winds and swell, which deserted the Kaiwi channel after a fortnight of excellent downwind racing conditions. Temperatures topped 30 degrees throughout the race, with stifling humidity making racing tough for the paddlers. The prevailing conditions replicated last year’s disappearance of the trade winds, and came close to replicating the 2009 conditions in which McGregor took his maiden Molokai title.RESULTS SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Brand South Africa gets dirty cleaning up Simunye High School

first_imgVolunteers from Brand South Africa and The Randburg Methodist Church as well as locals from in and around Bekkersdal came together to give Simunye Secondary School a make over for Mandela DayOn Mandela Day, 18 July, Brand South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Methodist Church of South Africa gave Simunye High School, in Bekkersdal in Gauteng, a makeover.Mandela Day is devoted to the late leader’s commitment to serving humanity, and in honour of his 67 years fighting for freedom, people around the world are asked to devote 67 minutes to making the world a better place.Brand South Africa, the South African Christian Leadership Initiative (SACLI) and the Nelson Mandela Foundation organised the day and supplied materials for the renovations, which included cleaning and fixing windows, replacing doors and repainting peeling walls.Some 170 people attended the event to kick-start renovations on the school; Brand South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation will work with the Bekkersdal community to keep the school in good condition.Delegates at the event included presiding bishop of the Methodist Church of South Africa, Bishop Zipho Siwa; Gauteng premier, David Makhura; Reverend Moss Ntlha, from the South African Council of Churches; and Siki Dlanga, SACLI youth coordinator.GETTING DIRTY TO COME CLEANA few licks of paint and new doors and windows were installed at Simunye Secondary School in Bekkersdal for International Nelson Mandela DayDlanga exhorted the community and volunteers to be courageous, saying, “We want to awake a post-Mandela generation of courageous, visionary, ethical God-fearing young leaders to serve South Africa,” while Makhura emphasised the importance of education; “Education is the ray of hope. If we get education right we will solve all the problems in the nation.”Siwa and Ntlha were fiery in their conviction that young people take up the torch to lead South Africa into greatness through service, as Nelson Mandela wanted.Bishop Siwa said, “Young people… you have the choice to pick up the mantle of your elders so that God will anoint you as leaders to build our nation of South Africa. Equally you can choose to walk away and allow others to shape the nation and perhaps erode our freedom. If each one of us heeded the call … we would be living Nelson Mandela’s legacy and helping to build a country of our dreams. The baton of leadership has been handed over to us. It is in our hands now to make a positive difference.”Ntlha said to the youngsters attending the event; “Mandela’s mantel has fallen and is within reach of everyone in this generation. After all, is it not this generation who has travelled with this great prophet, statesman and gentle spirit? Have we not breathed the same air he breathed?“While others will only read of him in years to come, we are heirs – sons and daughters of the Mandela generation. We are his progeny and harbingers of hope for the future. We have been endowed with a rare privilege to take his legacy further. His mantle is in our hands. What will we do with it?”Having charged the audience with continuing and living Mandela’s legacy of service, Ntlha concluded; “You have to get dirty to become the person living in a clean environment.”The audience took his words to heart and got down to work, singing as they revamped the dilapidated school. They joined South Africans around the country to devoting 67 minutes of service to making the world a better place.last_img read more

Count yourself in to end violence against women and children

first_imgDuring the 16 Days of Activism Campaign, government, civil society and non-profit organisations come together to raise awareness of the negative impact of violence on women and children and to act against abuse.The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international awareness-raising campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The period includes Universal Children’s Day and World AIDS Day. (Image: SASSA)Brand South Africa ReporterThe theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children underscores the need for all citizens to work together to end violence in South Africa.“Count me in: Together moving a non-violent South Africa forward’ is the core message of the 2014 campaign which runs from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to 10 December, International Human Rights Day. The period also includes Universal Children’s Day on 30 November and World AIDS Day on 1 December.South Africa will officially launch its 16 Days of Activism Campaign on 25 November, according to Minister in the Presidency for Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe.“Beyond the 16 Days of Activism, there is a year-long programme which will monitor and evaluate the extent to which lives have improved through the implementation of laws and programmes aimed at eradicating violence against women and children,’ Radebe said updating the media about the campaign on 6 November.Council on Violence Against Women and ChildrenThis year, South Africa is taking a step further to end violence against women and children by setting up a Council on Violence Against Women and Children. The Council, comprising of key government departments, civil society organisations and other relevant partners, will take on an advisory role and coordinate comprehensive initiatives to stop the scourge.During the 16 Days of Activism Campaign, government, civil society and non-profit organisations will come together to raise awareness of the negative impact of violence on women and children and to act against abuse.16 Days of Activism Campaign achievementsGovernment says it’s fully committed to leading a coordinated effort to sustain the campaign into its next decade. However, a lot has been done since the launch of the campaign 16 years ago, and the following milestones have been achieved:The Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill which was passed in South African National Assembly earlier this year provides government with the legislative authority to fast-track the empowerment of women and address issues of enforcement and compliance towards the attainment of our target of 50/50 gender parity.Government has also developed a barometer to measure the number of women who will benefit from the five million jobs that government seeks to create in the next 10 years under the New Growth Path. The barometer will highlight the high impact of unemployment on women.Government provides support to children to fight child poverty and provides foster care benefits to over 563 000 vulnerable children. More than 10.5-million children in South Africa benefit from the child support grant.Government provides subsidises to about 800 000 children at early childhood development centres to enable children from poor households to obtain early education. In addition, more than eight million children at primary and secondary schools benefit from school-feeding schemes.On 6 June 2011, Government launched the Strategy and Guidelines on Children Working and Living in the Streets. This Strategy provides guidance on the services provided to children living and working in the streets.The Expanded Public Works Programme and a community works programme provide short-term employment opportunities while also responding to pressing community challenges.The Green Paper on Families seeks to strengthen and support families as the cornerstone of a well-functioning society.In May 2011, government led a national Rural Women’s Summit to empower women with information on how to access various departmental programmes.Since 1994, Government has developed several pieces of legislation to redress the wrongs affecting women and children.Join in to end violence against women and childrenThis year government is calling on citizens to support the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign. There are numerous ways that individuals can join the campaign. People can:Support the campaign by wearing the white ribbon during the 16-day period to lend their commitment to never commit or condone violence against women and children.Join the cyber dialogues initiative. The cyber dialogues facilitate on-line discussions amongst people to discuss issues related to the abuse of women and children, share experiences and propose solutions. Professional experts in the caring professions (social workers, psychologists, counsellors) and political principals also participate in the on-line chatroom. The discussion takes place in cyber space in chat-room format, with discussions in real time via various access points (Thusong Centres) around the country. Gender Links (an NGO) hosts the cyber dialogues with role players, including Women’s Net, the Gender Advocacy Programme and Department of Communications.Participate in the various 16 Days of Activism events and activities. A calendar outlining events taking place around the country over the period of the 16 days is available .Volunteer in support of non-governmental organisations and community groups who support abused women and children. Many organisations need assistance from the public. You can volunteer your time and make a contribution to the work of institutions.Donate money to organisations working to end violence against women and children by making a contribution to the Foundation for Human Rights. The Foundation receives money raised during the campaign and distributes it to non-governmental organisations. Call 011 339 5560/1/2/3/4/5 to find out more.Speak out against woman and child abuse. Encourage silent female victims to talk about abuse and ensure that they get help.Report child abuse to the police.Encourage children to report bully behaviour to school authorities.Men and boys are encouraged to talk about abuse and actively discourage abusive behaviour.Seek help if you are emotionally, physically or sexually abusive to your partner and/or children. Call the Stop Gender Based Violence helpline 0800 150 150.Talk to friends, relatives and colleagues to take a stand against abuse of women and children.Try and understand how your own attitudes and actions might perpetuate sexism and violence.Join community policing forums (CPFs). The community and the local police stations are active partners in ensuring local safety and security. The goal is to bring about effective crime prevention by launching intelligence-driven crime-prevention projects in partnership with the local community.Where to get helpNational Crisis Helpline (Lifeline), telephone 0861 322 322Stop Gender-Based Violence Helpline telephone 0800 150 150People Opposed to Women Abuse telephone 011 642 4345Family and Marriage Society of South Africa telephone 012 460 0733National Network on Violence Against Women telephone 012 321 4959Counselling and support for children: Childline telephone 0800 055 555Social Security: Child support grants telephone 0800 601 011Healthcare: Marie Stopes clinics telephone 0800 11 77 85Depression and Anxiety Group telephone 011 783 1474AIDS Helpline telephone 0800 012 322AID for AIDS telephone 0860 100 646Legal assistance: Legal Aid Board telephone 011 845 4311Lawyers for Human Rights telephone 011 339 1960Campaigns for men who support no violence: Men as Partners Project telephone 011 833 0504Sexual Harassment Education Project telephone 011 403 0541Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation 011 403 5650South African Police Service telephone 10111Suicide Crisis Line telephone 0800 567 567Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Game on! Google AdSense for Online Gaming

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#advertising#Google#web rick turoczy 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img If it’s online, Google is going to find a way to derive advertising revenue from it. So, it was only a matter of time before Google found its way into online gaming, a market where the term “billions” is regularly thrown around by even the most conservative analysts.Today, Google announced the launch of Google AdSense for Games, a flavor of AdSense built on Google’s AdScape Media acquisition that allows advertisers and content producers to place ads within the content of online games.Google AdSense for Games enters the market behind Yahoo! games and Microsoft games, both of whom have a respectable lead in this potentially lucrative ad model.But, that’s a familiar position for Google.The service, currently in beta, offers a variety of traditional AdSense ad units:“As a beta user of AdSense for Games, you can display video ads, image ads, or text ads within your online games to earn revenue. You’ll be able to show these ads in placements you define, such as interstitial frames before a game, after a level change, or when a game is over.”What’s more, there are already a number of well-known companies participating, like Konami, mochimedia, and Zynga, which took on an additional $29 million in funding in July. Titles highlighted include Dance Dance Revolution, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Karaoke Revolution to name a few.But just how well integrated are the ads? Google has provided the following demonstration of the service in action:Content providers who are interested in participating in the program may apply if they have a minimum of 500,000 game plays with 80% of their traffic from the U.S. or the U.K. Entering a market where Yahoo! and Microsoft already have a firm foothold is not out of character for Google. Nor is succeeding with that strategy. Clearly, it’s a position from which they’ve managed to win, time and time again. It will be interesting to see if Google’s series of come-from-behind victories remains consistent in the world of online gaming. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

DTT Closes $80 Million Facility with Capital One and Completes Acquisition of LP Innovations…

first_imgDTT has recently announced the closing of an $80 million debt facility led by Administrative Agent, Capital One and CapitalSource, a division of Pacific Western Bank. The facility will be used primarily for the acquisition of LP Innovations Inc. (LPI), a loss prevention provider to the retail industry and for additional growth capital.“We are very excited to join forces with the LPI team led by Steve May. LPI is a venerable loss prevention company with over 20 years of excellence in the retail industry” said Sam Naficy, CEO and founder of DTT. “The merger makes DTT the first and only company that can provide clients with a full suite of LP solutions across multiple industries, merging standard LP solutions together with leading-edge solutions, including BI Tools, POS integration, video analytics and remote audits.”DTT has grown tremendously since its founding in 1999 through customer referrals, new product launches, and the development of its professional staff. The acquisition of LPI will enable DTT to continue developing data analysis and risk mitigation technology and to maintain its position as a leading provider of managed loss prevention solutions in all of retail.- Sponsor – “At LPI, we are focused on protecting the investments of our clients” said Steven May, president of LPI. “Our solutions are a great fit for DTT’s service offerings, and as a result of this merger, we will now be working together to deliver the value of our combined companies to our customers, helping them grow their businesses and increase their operational efficiency.”John Robuck, managing director and head of security finance at Capital One, said, “We continue to enjoy the long-standing partnership with DTT, and we’re excited to play a role in this significant expansion opportunity for the business.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

The Ashes: Shane Watson dropped for second Test

first_imgShane Watson has been dropped from the Australia team for this week’s second Ashes Test against England and will be replaced by fellow all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on Wednesday.Watson’s place in the side for the Lord’s test, which starts on Thursday, was called into question after he was twice dismissed lbw after scoring a total of 49 runs and failing to take a wicket in the lost opening test in Cardiff.The tourists will already be without another experienced former vice captain after wicketkeeper Brad Haddin asked to be omitted from the second Test for personal reasons. He will be replaced by debutant Peter Nevill.Once the golden boy of Australian cricket and still one of the best paid players in the game, Watson’s stock has fallen considerably over the last couple of years.The 34-year-old lost his place at the top of the batting order — he batted at number six in Cardiff — and his bowling, once considered essential to the balance of the side, has also lost some of its bite.It was his susceptibility to the front pad lbw dismissal, however, that really galvanised calls for him to make way for 23-year-old Marsh, who impressed in his first Test series against Pakistan last year despite Australia being defeated.Although many will see the omission as the end of Watson’s Test career, it should not be forgotten that his one-day career was similarly consigned to history after he was dropped at the World Cup earlier this year.advertisementWatson, however, was recalled and played in the final triumph against New Zealand in Melbourne.Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen said on Tuesday he thought Watson had become a convenient scapegoat and that Australia should look more to the batting failures of Steve Smith and Haddin.”Every time the Australians get beaten, it’s always Shane Watson who takes the heat and surprise, surprise, this time it’s no different,” Pietersen said.”Let’s make no bones about it, he’s got to stop getting out lbw and start scoring some big runs, no-one is un-droppable after all, but he’s a match winner.”Australia, who are bidding for a first Ashes series win in England since 2001, also have concerns over the fitness of Mitchell Starc with Peter Siddle on stand-by in case the left-arm quick is unable to play because of an ankle strain.last_img read more