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

Overcoming (high) obstacles

first_imgSome climbing caches are more accessible than others. Those that require ropes, harnesses and other gear can be fantastic, but may be beyond the reach of non-technical climbers. However, geocaches in trees are often suitable for a wide variety of ages and abilities. So what makes for a great tree climbing geocache experience? For many people, tree climbing is a childhood hobby that becomes less attractive as they grow older (and more risk averse). For me, (Rock Chalk) the opposite happened. I grew up in an area without big trees, and played games that kept my feet on the ground. As an adult, I discovered geocaching and the thrill of trying something new: tree climbing caches. I could talk all day about my personal favorite tree climbing experiences, but just a few that come to mind are “Bird House” (Fort Myers, FL) and Secret Squirrel Society (Seattle, WA). I’ve only been up in a few trees outside North America, and the most spectacular of those required special equipment. That’s an entirely different blog post! SharePrint RelatedReach new geocaching heights!March 15, 2016In “Community”Climbing for a SmileyMarch 25, 2014In “Community”Kuş Evi / Bird House (GC4W8G4) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 9, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” Have you ever climbed for a smiley? Share with your Friends:More Tree climbing geocaches are a blast. For me, it’s a combination of adrenaline rush and natural beauty that’s hard to beat. On that note, I can’t stress enough the importance of safety in your pursuit. If at any point you feel you’re taking an unnecessary risk, just stop and return to terra firma. The right tree: It should be sturdy enough for an adult to climb. If the limbs are too thin, it can be hazardous for the geocacher and the tree. (Never damage a tree or other wildlife while attempting to find a geocache.) The right equipment: Even if you don’t need ropes or harnesses, you must wear the correct footwear and other apparel. Flip-flops are a no-no! The right day: Don’t attempt to climb in wet, icy or otherwise dangerous conditions. And be sure to bring a friend. Not just to keep an eye on you, but to take great pictures!last_img read more

Don’t Make Excuses for Not Calling on Your Dream Clients

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Most of us work in businesses that require us to win clients who are already working with our competitors, something we euphemistically refer to as a “competitive displacement.” It can be difficult to win your dream clients, and you can easily be discouraged by the time and effort it requires of you, especially if you don’t have a strategy for doing so (See my third book, Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition for proven strategies and tactics).Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchThe following four excuses prevent salespeople from putting in the work necessary to displace their competitor and win their dream clients, along with a better, healthier way to think about winning your dream clients.They will never leave their current provider. Never is a very long time. So long, you can’t even imagine it, eternity being incomprehensible. Given a long enough timeline, every one of your dream clients is going to leave their current partner. Over that same timeline, you will lose all of your best clients for one reason or another, many lost through no fault of your own. If you aren’t nurturing relationships, when your dream client is willing to explore change, you won’t know it, now will they know you.They aren’t worth the time or trouble. Some clients are more challenging to win than others. They are more demanding, and they need more time and attention. Some of their demands would stretch you and your company, requiring you to grow. There may be easier prospects to target, and there may be fresh leads you believe are more valuable than your targets. Winning these clients can not only grow your capabilities, but it can also help you differentiate your offering, helping you win other clients.They are only interested in the lowest price and won’t invest. Some prospects in your territory only perceive “lowest price” as value. These prospects give you zero credit for your compelling differentiation, even when your higher price results in lower overall costs, something a lot of clients say they want until you hand them the pricing and a contract. Over time, as circumstances change, some of the price-sensitive prospects will decide they can no longer suffer the failures that inevitably come from the concessions they’ve made by accepting the lowest price, and conclude they need to spend more on their solution.We failed them once, and they’ll never use us again. In the course of my career, I have had several grouchy clients tell me they would never use my company again. So far, that has never proven to be true. Over time, the clients you fail will forgive you (and maybe you will forgive them). The stakeholders who were unhappy with you will move on, leaving their company for another opportunity, replaced by a new decision-maker. Another company will purchase that company and look at all of their partners to ensure they’re getting what they need.You are always going to be prospecting, and the time is going to pass whether you do this work or not. If you want to win your dream client, you will have to put forth the effort, believing that, over time, their circumstances will change, and you will be there to capitalize on the opportunity.last_img read more

Nominees announced for 2018 Leo Awards

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Will vampires rules the 2018 Leo Awards?Nominees for the Leo Awards – which recognize on-screen and behind-the-camera excellence in the British Columbia film and television sphere and are handed out over several splashy ceremonies each May and June – were posted overnight to the Leo Awards web site.Van Helsing – Syfy’s post-apocalyptic series about the badass descendant of the famed vampire hunter, and the humans and former humans around her who do whatever they need to do to survive – leads with 13 nominations, including three for Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series (for Christopher Heyerdahl, Jonathan Scarfe, and Aleks Paunovic). Advertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and Ghost Wars follow up with seven nominations each (including Guest Performance nominations for Lee Majdoub and Agam Darshi for the former, and a Best Lead Performance nomination for Luvia Petersen for the latter). Advertisementlast_img read more

The Blues Are In Trouble Unless Their Goalie Steps Up In Game

We wrote recently that this series might be decided by whichever team’s goalie regressed less sharply. Both goalies have dropped off from the earlier rounds in terms of save percentage, which is normal in the Stanley Cup Final, and Binnington is the one who has regressed less sharply. But Binnington’s footing entering the final was less solid than Rask’s — Binnington’s save percentage entering the final was .914, compared to Rask’s .942. In the six games of the final so far, Rask is down to .925, while Binnington has dropped all the way to .901. This is critical because (I’m beating a dead horse, I know) save percentage accounts for a higher proportion of a team’s success than any other factor in hockey.Rask’s performance in the first three rounds of the playoffs meant the Bruins wouldn’t suffer too badly if he took a few steps down into the basement. Rask has regressed, sure, but he had room to regress. The margin of error was more precarious for Binnington and the Blues, and unfortunately for fans in the Gateway City, their wunderkind is approaching the sub-basement. Binnington’s regression has hurt the Blues’ chances of winning their first-ever Cup.In a way, Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final was a microcosm of Binnington’s series. He was exceptional in Game 5 — it was his second-best game in terms of save percentage in the playoffs — and he made big save after big save in periods one and two of Game 6. But then period three happened, and Binnington gave up two savable goals he’d really prefer to have back.On the other side of the ice, Rask made the saves that were expected of him — and a few saves that might prove iconic. Now the Cup hinges on a one-game series where the winner takes all. And in a series that’s been defined by goaltending, that could be bad news for the Blues.CORRECTION (June 12, 2019, 10 a.m.): A previous version of the photo caption in this story misspelled the name of the Blues’ goalie. It is Jordan Binnington, not Jordan Billington. For just the fourth time since the NHL lockout of 2004-05, the Stanley Cup Final will be decided by a Game 7. The series between the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues has been partially defined by one team’s inability to direct shots at its opponent’s goal and the other team’s overpowering possession rate — but goaltending has been the real story.Fortunately for the Bruins, goaltender Tuukka Rask’s playoff performance has been one of the best in recent history; unfortunately for the Blues, goaltender Jordan Binnington’s performance has been mediocre at best and ignominious at worst. Just how much less impressive Binnington has been than Rask in these playoffs is educational.Now the Blues probably wouldn’t have qualified for the playoffs, let alone advanced to the Stanley Cup Final, without some exceptional regular-season goaltending from Binnington. When the rookie Bluenote claimed the No. 1 goalie position, the Blues had the worst record in the Western Conference. Binnington ended the season tied for the fourth-best save percentage,1Minimum 420 minutes. and won 24 of his 30 starts. And while his overall playoff performance hasn’t been one for the record books, Binnington has shown flashes of brilliance. (For example, Games 4, 5, and 6 of the Western Conference finals against the San Jose Sharks, when he stopped 75 of 77 shots faced, and Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, when he saved 38 of 39.) He just hasn’t been close to the same level as Rask.Since the last championship-canceling lockout, Stanley Cup-winning goalies have averaged a Goals Saved Above Average (GSAA)2GSAA is the goals a goalie prevents given his save percentage and shots faced compared to the league average save percentage on the same number of shots, with a minimum of four shots faced per team game. It’s a close cousin to baseball’s Wins Above Replacement (WAR). of 5.30 in the playoffs, while Stanley Cup-losing goalies have finished with a GSAA of 4.51. Binngton’s GSAA for the 2019 playoffs has been -3.80, a mark that far underperforms both groups.For his part, Rask has saved 15.29 goals above average in this year’s playoffs. Only one Stanley Cup goalie since the lockout has outperformed Boston’s netminder in terms of playoff GSAA: Tim Thomas, who saved an astounding 20.72 goals above average en route to winning the Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011. Rask has been better than 27 of 28 post-lockout Stanley Cup goaltenders in terms of GSAA, while Binnington has been worse than all but two of them. read more

Caribbean fruits star in Chef Niks Sauces

first_img New TCI Ambassador is Chef Nik Recommended for you ‘Sex’ a main subject tonight at Point Grace sponsored event Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CONCH-E-TITION 2014 Related Items:caribbean flavored bbq sauce, Chef Nik, Crackpot Kitchen Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 May 2015 – TCI Celebrity Chef Nik has unveiled a new line of sauces. “Crack Pot Kitchen tropical barbeque sauces has been a brain child of mine for quite some time. I had this brewing for a while and finally made the initial steps to bring it out, have it in a bottle, pretty label and processed for people around the Caribbean and worldwide.”The famous flavors of Chef Nik at Crackpot Kitchen can now be yours at home.“The whole plan for these barbeque sauces is to bring out a wide range of tropical barbeque sauces; you hear about Texas barbeque sauce smoked, hickory smoked, Memphis BBQ sauces which are some of the most popular in the world, but no one has ever heard of Caribbean flavored BBQ sauces such as Tamarind which is an exotic fruit of the Caribbean; Guava, soon I will be coming out with the Tropical Mango BBQ sauce, Tropical Pineapple BBQ Sauce and the Tropical Ginger Beer BBQ Sauce.”We recently featured Chek Nik and his line of tropical BBQ sauces which are flavored with island fruits like Tamarind and Guava on Turquoise Morning.last_img read more

New Nanomaterial NanoBuds Combines Fullerenes and Nanotubes

first_img Citation: New Nanomaterial, ‘NanoBuds,’ Combines Fullerenes and Nanotubes (2007, March 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-03-nanomaterial-nanobuds-combines-fullerenes-nanotubes.html Researchers have created a hybrid carbon nanomaterial that merges single-walled carbon nanotubes and spherical carbon-atom cages called fullerenes. The new structures, dubbed NanoBuds because they resemble buds sprouting on branches, may possess properties that are superior to fullerenes and nanotubes alone. They are described in the March 2007 edition of Nature Nanotechnology. Explore further The search for new materials for hydrogen storage “Both fullerenes and single-walled carbon nanotubes exhibit many advantageous properties, but despite their similarities there have been very few attempts to physically merge them. The novel hybrid material we discovered merges the two into a single structure, in which the fullerenes are covalently bonded to the nanotubes,” said Esko Kauppinen, a scientist involved in the work, to PhysOrg.com. Kauppinen is a professor and researcher at the Helsinki University of Technology and the technology development organization VTT Biotechnology, both in Finland.Synthesis of the NanoBuds began with the synthesis of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) in a standard reactor. The resulting SWNTs seemed to be coated with clusters of carbon atoms, but a closer investigation, using an electron microscope, revealed that most of the clusters were actually fullerenes.The fullerenes coating the nanotubes displayed unusual behavior. Using a transmission electron microscope, the researchers saw that these fullerenes did not move around upon the nanotube surface. This in not typical of fullerenes on SWNTs and indicated a strong fullerene/nanotube bond, which was further verified by several tests.The group further probed the NanoBuds’ structure using ultraviolet spectroscopy. The resulting UV spectra showed the attached fullerenes to be similar to C70, the 70-carbon-atom fullerene, which has a slightly ellipsoidal shape compared to C60 and other spherical fullerenes. This deviation from the characteristic fullerene sphere, or “bucky ball,” could have been due to the presence of covalently attached oxygen or hydrogen. Further measurements detected oxygen in each NanoBud, and a round of infrared spectroscopy revealed the presence of two types organic compounds known as ethers and esters. These compounds may act as bridge-like structures connecting the fullerenes to the nanotubes.Kauppinen and his colleagues say that NanoBuds may find use as cold electron field emitters – materials that emit electrons at room temperature under a high applied electric field – due to the fullerenes’ many curved surfaces, which make for better emitters that flat surfaces. Cold electron field emission is key to many technologies, including flat-panel displays and electron microscopes.“We believe that NanoBuds may have other applications, such as molecular anchors to prevent SWNTs from slipping within composite materials,” says Kauppinen. “Additionally, since the optical and electrical properties of the fullerenes and nanotubes can be individually tuned, NanoBuds provide SWNTs with distinct regions of different electrical properties. This could be useful for many applications, including memory devices and quantum dots.”Citation: Albert G. Nasibulin, Peter V. Pikhitsa, Hua Jiang, David P. Brown, Arkady V. Krasheninnikov, Anton S. Anisimov, Paula Queipo, Anna Moisala, David Gonzalez, Günther Lientschnig, Abdou Hassanien, Sergey D. Shandakov, Giulio Lolli, Daniel E. Resasco, Mansoo Choi, David Tománek and Esko I. Kauppinen, “A novel hybrid carbon material.” Nature Nanotechnology 2, 156-161 (2007)Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (left) Two transmission electron microscope images of a single-walled carbon nanotube with fullerenes attached to its surface (right) A fullerene/SWNT hybrid structure – a NanoBud. Credit: Esko Kauppinen, et al. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more