Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. PHOENIX — Not all Northern California baseball players grow up with dreams of playing for the San Francisco Giants.Logan Webb, a Rocklin native who made his MLB debut for the Giants on Saturday, spent his youth cheering on the Oakland A’s.His first career start was successful enough that his second will likely come at the Coliseum next weekend against the green and gold. Webb became the first Giants …
Ram 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.
Chocolate lovers who choose the newFairtrade-certified Dairy Milk bar can restassured that they are doing their bit tohelp small-scale farmers in Africa.(Image: CHEF! magazine)MEDIA CONTACTS • Susan BrunnerPR manager, Cadbury South Africa+27 11 253 4232 or +27 83 779 6803Christel JordaanFor the first time ever, South Africans will be able to indulge their love of chocolate, and at the same time know that they are helping small-scale farmers and communities to improve their living conditions.Global food manufacturer Cadbury has introduced its Fairtrade-certified Dairy Milk chocolate slabs onto South African shelves.The launch of the product coincided with the country’s first National Fairtrade Week, which took place from 14-20 November. The success of the inaugural event has convinced the organisers, Fairtrade Label South Africa, to make it an annual campaign.The availability of Fairtrade chocolate followed an announcement in June 2011 from Kraft Foods South Africa – owner of the Cadbury brand – that Cadbury Dairy Milk had earned Fairtrade certification, becoming the first chocolate slab in South Africa to to do.Making the announcement, marketing director Mike Middleton expressed the company’s pride in its achievement, and said that the accreditation meant that all cocoa used in the making of the popular confectionery will be sourced from certified Fairtrade producers.“Now, thousands of West African farmers will receive internationally agreed Fairtrade prices for their product.”Commitment to fair pricesSouth African consumers, who snack on 14-million plain chocolate bars every year – that’s over 4 000 every day – should look out for the distinctive blue, black and green Fairtrade logo on packaging.The Fairtrade label will be carried on Cadbury’s plain Dairy Milk slabs and bars, in the 20g, 35g, 100g, 145g and 200g sizes.Greg Banach, Kraft Foods South Africa’s category leader for chocolate, stated, “We are proud to be the first major business to achieve Fairtrade certification in this country. It demonstrates our commitment to fair prices and improved living standards for farmers and their communities.”The Faitrade partnership, he said, will help ensure a sustainable supply of top quality cocoa, and please the country’s millions of chocoholics at the same time.Importantly, Fairtrade certification will guarantee that Africa’s cocoa producers will receive at least US$2 000 (R16 000), or world market price if this is higher, per ton of cocoa beans.Producers will also receive $200 R1 600) per ton for a compulsory investment into economic, social or environmental projects that will benefit their communities.Raising consumer awarenessSouth Africa’s inaugural National Fairtrade Week aimed to increase consumer awareness around Fairtrade locally. The theme of the accompanying campaign, Taste the Change, encourages all consumers to learn the benefits of Fairtrade and how it is changing the way of doing business in South Africa and in Africa.The campaign also intends to create a positive change and foster a better understanding between farming communities and the consumers who ultimately eat their products.Established in 2004, the Fairtrade movement is a non-profit association of 25 member and associate member organisations. Members include South Africa, Australia, Mexico, Switzerland, Ireland and Belgium.Fairtrade International’s mission is to secure better living and working conditions for the 75-million small-scale farmers and workers in 60 developing countries around the world, while aiming for the sustainable supply of raw materials.
In this file photo, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, center, speaks during a news conference in Los Angeles. Los Angeles leaders this week are trying to sell their plan to host the Olympic Games to visiting members of the International Olympic Committee. APLOS ANGELES — The mayor of Los Angeles is talking to Olympic leaders about having his city wait until 2028 to host the Summer Games in exchange for funding for youth sports programs.At a news conference this week, Mayor Eric Garcetti said he and Olympic leaders have discussed “what it would take for us to consider one of us going first and the other going second” — a reference to the contest between Paris and Los Angeles for the 2024 Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast UEFA will ‘fight’ for Europe’s right to host 2030 World Cup Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach wants to award both the 2024 and 2028 Games, and while each city has repeatedly stressed its bid is only for 2024, Garcetti is now acknowledging discussions with the IOC about 2028.“My dream is not so much just to bring the Olympics here, but is to bring youth sports for free to every zip code,” Garcetti said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe IOC meets next week to discuss the possibility of awarding both Olympics later this year. Bach wants to avoid another bidding debacle the likes of which he’s seen this year, with Hamburg, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; and Rome all dropping out. Los Angeles, meanwhile, was the U.S. Olympic Committee’s second choice, after Boston initially got the nod but then saw that bid flounder because of lack of public support.Officials from the LA 2024 bid did not have comment on the Garcetti news conference. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments