Mico PUMP 5K Walk/Run set for October 30

first_imgTHE Mico University College launched its first 5K Run/Walk last Friday at the college campus on Marescaux Road, Cross Roads.Set for Sunday, October 30, the event will start at 7 a.m. at the gates of the Mico campus on Marescaux Road. Funds from the event will go to the Pre-University Men’s Programme (PUMP).At Friday’s launch, President of the Mico University College Dr Asburn Pinnock spoke about the importance of the PUMP programme which started in 2008.”Recently, a University of the West Indies researcher revealed that more than 76 per cent of the teachers in the classrooms are females, and this has since rekindled the discussion regarding male marginalisation in our education system. We aim to balance this equation by providing opportunities for more men to be qualified as teachers”, said Pinnock. “While our PUMP programme is geared mainly to matriculate students to access teacher-education programmes here at Mico I believe we can also expand to include certification in music, physical education, art , animation , entrepreneurial and other professional development courses,” stated Pinnock.RACING ROUTEChairman of the organising committee for the event, Ian Forbes of Sherwin Williams, spoke about the route which will see the runners starting at the college gate on Marescaux Road then up on to Caledonia Avenue, left Tom Redcam Drive, straight across Oxford Road, right on to Knutsford Road, down Tom Redcam Drive, right on to Caledonia Avenue, then back to Marescaux Road, ending at the campus gate.There will be prizes for the top-three male and female finishers and several other categories including males and females ages 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and over. Entry fees will see students with IDs paying $500, and $800 for Groups of 20, while it will be $1,000 for other individuals.PUMA sportswear will be the major sponsors of the event. The company was represented by Juliet Campbell.last_img read more

Former hot-shot Kempes joins Maradona in offering to coach Argentina

first_img“Of course!” he said when asked by current employers ESPN, for whom he works as a commentator, if he would be interested in the job.“There’s a lot of work to do but there’s enough time to come up with a good project to tackle a very interesting challenge, and I’m sure it would win,” said Kempes, Argentina’s star striker during their 1978 World Cup triumph, scoring two goals in the final.His assertion comes just two days after legend Maradona, who lifted the World Cup in 1986, offered to coach the team for free.Maradona spent two years at the Argentina helm from 2008 to 2010 but saw his side crash out of the South Africa World Cup in a humbling 4-0 quarter-final defeat to Germany.The 63-year-old Kempes, though, has not coached since 2002 and his career was hardly glorious, taking in teams in Indonesia, Albania, Costa Rica and Bolivia, as well as lower league sides in Spain and Italy.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mario Kempes interested in coaching Argentina © AFP/File / JUAN MABROMATABUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Jul 6 – Hot on the heels of Diego Maradona, another Arentine World Cup winner has thrown his hat into the ring to become the next national team coach.Jorge Sampaoli may still be resisting pressure to resign after Argentina’s World Cup debacle and last 16 elimination against France in Russia, but now Mario Kempes has said he wants to take over.last_img read more

Fan Vote: Shanahan or Gruden? Which Bay Area coach is NFL Coach of the Year?

first_imgThere is plenty of football left to be played this NFL season — ample time for top teams to fall and sleeper squads to make a late run.But as we fast approach the home stretch of the campaign, I can’t help but think that when it’s all said and done, the NFL Coach of the Year award is going to come to the Bay Area.Which Bay Area coach wins it, I cannot say just yet.I’ll concede that the Coach of the Year award should probably go to New England’s Bill Belichick every season, but it’s worth …last_img

Mbeki slams UN lack of progress

first_img16 September 2005In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday, South African President Thabo Mbeki slammed the inadequate progress in implementing poverty-reduction goals set by the world body in 2000, and criticised the lack of UN reform. In this he added his voice to similar comments by the leaders of India and Brazil.Mbeki described as a “miserable performance” the failure of UN member countries to agree on a comprehensive package of reforms.“In truth we have not made the decisive progress we thought we would make with regard to the critical issue of the reform of the United Nations,” he said. “We have therefore had no choice but to postpone to a later date the decisions we should have made.”Speaking on the second day of the world’s largest gathering of heads of state and government, the president pointed to the Millennium Development Goals, which include an undertaking by rich countries to commit 0.7% of national income to development aid to poor nations by 2015.“Our approach to the challenge to commit and deploy the necessary resources for the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals has been half-hearted, timid and tepid,” Mbeki said.“We firmly believe that the reason we have not made the progress we should have, during the last five years, is precisely because we have not as yet achieved what the outcome document described as ‘a security consensus’.”Mbeki was referring to the UN reform package approved by the UN earlier this week.“We have not achieved that ‘security consensus’ because of the widely disparate conditions of existence and interests among the member states of the UN, as well as the gross imbalance of power that define the relationship among these member states.“It is the poor of the world whose interests are best served by real and genuine respect for the fundamental proposition that we need the ‘security consensus’ identified by the outcome document. The actions of the rich and powerful strongly suggest that these are not in the least convinced that this ‘security consensus’ would serve their interests.“Thus they use their power to perpetuate the power imbalance in the ordering of global affairs. As a consequence of this, we have not made the progress of the reform of the UN that we should have.“Because of that, we have the result that we have not achieved the required scale of resource transfer from those who have these resources, to empower the poor of the world to extricate themselves from their misery.“Simply put, this means that the logic of the use of power is the reinforcement of the might of the powerful, and therefore the perpetuation of the disempowerment of the powerless.“This is the poisonous mixture that has given us the outcome that will issue from this Millennium Review Summit to the peoples of the world. We should not be surprised when these billions do not acclaim us as heroes and heroines.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

World first for South African extreme swimmers

first_imgRam Barkai jumping into 1°C water inAntarctica in 2008. The quintet will brave icy water inSouth America’s Patagonia region.(Images: Picasa) Icebergs frequent Patagonia’s straits.(Images: Wikimedia)MEDIA CONTACTS• Craig DoonanLeap Communications+27 21 785-3683or +27 83 463 1827RELATED ARTICLES• ‘Human polar bear’ makes Himalayanswim for peace• Epic run to put smiles on faces• African adventure for local woman• SA woman conquers the Seven SummitsBongani NkosiSwimming across frosty seas is the stuff of nightmares for most, but not for five extreme-cold swimmers from Cape Town who are gearing up for a chilling adventure in the menacing waters off the coast of South America.The intrepid team – comprising Andrew Chin (41), Ram Barkai (53), Toks Viviers (47), Kieron Palframan (36), and Ryan Stramrood (37) – will attempt three swims in South America’s Patagonia region: a snaking passage around Cape Horn, and swims in the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel.The quest to cross more than 1.6km around Cape Horn will be the team’s most challenging and daunting swim – they will have to pass through part of strait that connects South America to Antarctica. There’s only about 800km between the two landmasses.With water temperatures hovering between sub-zero and 3°C, this body of water is one of the world’s chilliest throughout the year.The Cape Horn channel is notoriously known as the “sailors’ graveyard” due to the strong currents and winds, unyielding waves and icebergs that dominate the Chilean territorial waters. Although it’s often crossed by daring yachters, swimmers have stayed away until now.“The Cape Horn is thought of as a dangerous sailing place,” said Chin in an interview.What makes the five Capetonians so eager to take the risk? If they’re successful, they’ll become the first men in the world ever to have crossed the body of water. “We’ll do Cape Horn specifically because it’s never been done before.“Swimming there will be something new; no one has ever done it before,” Chin said. “It’s more about the challenge.”Two preparatory swimsThe swimmers will leave South Africa on 11 February 2011, and plan to start their quest on either the 14th or the 15th.A 5km swim in the Strait of Magellan, with waters between 3°C to 6°C, will be their starting point. A 2km route in the 4°C Beagle Channel will be next. These two swims are expected to be less challenging than the Cape Horn given the different climate dynamics.Strong winds are expected to make swimming conditions very difficult, if not impossible – but the team don’t seem to be too put off by the water temperatures.“The colder the water, the more challenging the adventure will be,” said Chin.Predictions are that the weather will favour the adventurers, but if unexpected strong winds or any other adverse conditions emerge, they will not risk their lives. “We could go there and do nothing if we have two weeks of bad weather,” added Chin.They will do the swims wearing only speedos, swimming caps and goggles – and will try to finish all three routes within 10 days.Veteran swimmersThe quintet is made up of renowned long-distance and cold-water swimmers who’ve proven their mettle in local and international adventures.Chin himself is a veteran long-distance adventure swimmer. His successful missions include the 13.2km Pennock Island Challenge ocean race in Alaska, twice crossing the 2.4km strait between Alcatraz Island and San Francisco in the US, and clocking 23 minutes for a 1.3km swim race in Lake Zurich.The Pennock Island Challenge is the world’s longest and coldest of swimming races.Along with Barkai, another participant in the upcoming South American adventure, Chin became the first swimmer to cross the 7km route from Diaz Beach to Buffels Bay around Cape Point in 2004.Barkai is also an accomplished long-distance swimmer and holds a Guinness World Record for completing the most southerly swim – a 1km dash through 1°C water in Antarctica in 2008.The South African has also swum the icy Pennock Island race in Alaska and the one in Lake Zurich.Barkai founded the International Ice Swimming Association in 2010, which was launched during the One Mile Ice Swim challenge in Fraserburg, near Sutherland, in the Northern Cape. Sutherland is known as South Africa’s coldest town.“We enjoy pushing ourselves, pushing our boundaries,” Chin said.Viviers is an experienced cold water specialist who’s completed the Pennock Island race, as well as Alcatraz to San Francisco. He completed the One Mile Ice Swim in Fraserburg in July 2010.Palframan and Stramrood also hold impressive records in long-distance swimming through icy waters. They’ve both completed the Pennock Island Challenge and have successfully crossed the channel between Robben Island and Cape Town on many occasions, among many other achievements.Chin has done a lot of research into adventure swimming in Patagonia over the last four years, he said. They’ve assembled a team of assistants and other resources to see them through. Chin feels that “this is the time”.The team says they have accumulated enough confidence from their previous ice swims to take on the South American waters.“Some of us have considerable experience in cold water and we’re aware that this could be the biggest swim challenge we’ve undertaken so far,” said Barkai.last_img read more

Former Punjab Minister fails to surrender in rape case

first_imgShiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Sucha Singh Langah, who was booked for allegedly raping a woman since 2009, is yet to surrender before the court even though he had promised to do so on Saturday.The Gurdaspur police on Friday lastfiled a case under Sections 376 (rape), 384 (extortion), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC against the former Minister, following a complaint by a woman, who alleged that the Akali leader had repeatedly raped her on several occasions since 2009.Gurdaspur Superintendent of Police Jatinder Singh Mand told The Hindu that Mr. Langah had not yet surrendered. Investigation was under way and police teams were looking for the accused. The police said the victim had provided them a video of Mr. Langah allegedly raping her.Political vendettaAsserting that the allegation against him was a “classic case of political vendetta”, Mr. Langah had on Friday said that he has faith in judiciary and would surrender before the court on Saturday.Following the FIR, Mr. Langah, a member of SAD’s core committee, resigned from all party posts. Later, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal accepted his resignation.He also quit the membership of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).Mr. Langah hit out at the Congress party, alleging the case against him was a classic example of political vendetta perpetuated at the most political opportune moment when the byelection of the Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency is just round the corner.“The political witchhunt has started with the announcement of Gurdaspur byelection. I, along with my party colleagues, have met Punjab Director General of Police in August and complained against police officials who had registered false cases against Akali workers and leaders. Since then the State machinery and particularly the district police is hell bent on framing me in false cases in order to please their political bosses,” he said in a statement.“This episode shows the vendetta politics of unknown proportions that the Congress party believes in,” he added.last_img read more