Windward Road, John Mills set for another gigantic battle

first_imgAfter breaking John Mills All-Age and Junior High’s 19-year winning streak at the championship in 2014, Windward Road All-Age and Junior High have set their sights on a third successive hold on the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Junior High Athletics Championships title when the 38th renewal begins at the National Stadium this morning at 9 a.m.Nearly 30 schools will be participating, with the champions set to earn $500,000 worth of running spikes courtesy of hosts INSPORTS. Clarendon’s Osborne Store are the lone entrants from outside Kingston and St Catherine.The Oral Whilby-coached Windward Road defeated John Mills by 92 points to end the Ransford Spaulding-coached team’s dominance in 2014. Then in 2015, they amassed 520.5 to claim the championship by 70 points over their archrivals.Although not overly confident, Windward Road’s head coach, Whilby, expects his team to make it a three-peat.”We can make it three in a row. We have the team to do so and we are very mindful of the job at hand and are ready to defend this title,” he said.”This team is not as strong as last year, and we are not looking for that margin of victory (70 points) this time. If we do it by a single point, I will be happy, but it will be a keenly contested championshipsSpaulding expects his team to put up a strong challenge, but is not making any predictions.”My team is always ready, whether or not we have a good team. I am not a person to call results, but I can tell you we are going to give a good account of ourselves. Our deficiency was in the junior (primary) area (last year), and I believe we have made strides in that area and we have some top athletes in the senior section. so we are coming to do our best and to perform. I can’t say we are going to win, but our objective is to win,” he added.last_img read more

Chelsea transfer report: Out-of-favour Marco van Ginkel wanted by PSV

first_img Marco van Ginkel has made just four appearances for the Blues in four years 1 Out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel is attracting the interest of Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven.The 24-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at PSV, has been told he is not part of the Blues’ plans for next season.And PSV are eyeing a permanent deal for the Dutch international, but according to Eindhovens Dagblad, the two clubs are yet to reach an agreement.Van Ginkel is said to be keen on a return to Eindhoven but is due back for pre-season training at Chelsea on Monday.Despite casting doubts over Van Ginkel’s immediate future at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are still keen to keep a close eye on his development.The Dutchman has made just four appearances for the Blues in four years and is expected to be shipped out again this summer.last_img read more

Stott wins record sixth Drak Challenge

first_img24 February 2009Ant Stott scooped a record-breaking sixth victory in the Drakensberg Challenge Canoe Marathon at the end of a thrilling battle with defending champion Len Jenkins on Sunday. While Stott, a veteran of the Drak Challenge, was notching up yet another title, Michelle Eray won the women’s race on her first attempt.Stott seized a fleeting opportunity at Heaven and Hell Rapid to put space between himself and Jenkins on the full and fast-flowing Umzimkulu River to win by 40 seconds.“We worked together at the beginning, but when we got to Heaven and Hell I took a better line and managed to get ahead,” said Stott.Boat brokenThe much anticipated challenge from the chasing group of Gauteng teenager Grant van der Walt and Hank McGregor evaporated when McGregor broke his boat at Taylor’s Weir, 15 minutes from the start of the final stage, leaving Van der Walt to try and hunt down the two leaders on his own.His brave solo challenge came tantalisingly close and he was happy to settle for third place and the final spot on the podium. His younger brother Brandon van der Walt also enjoyed a flawless race, finishing seventh overall and first in the junior category.“Glenhaven was bigger than I expected!” said Stott. “Grant (van der Walt) was the man of the hour, he made up so much distance today!” he added.“Well done to Ant (Stott) for today!” said Jenkins. “We worked together most of the way and then my boat started taking on some water, and then Ant (Stott) just got ahead.”‘I had to go it alone’“I had a really good day!” said Van der Walt. “But when Hank (McGregor) broke at Taylor’s Weir I had to just go at it alone. I tried to gain on them, but didn’t manage to get close enough. But overall the water was great. I had no damage to by boat and no swims!”The women’s race was laced with drama as the trio of Robyn Kime, Carol Joyce and Michele Eray provided a riveting spectacle over the 38-kilometre final stage, which was raced on a full river after heavy overnight thunderstorms, in sharp contrast to the low water levels of the first stage.Joyce fell off the front bunch after a swim at Taylor’s Weir shortly after the start, followed by another silly swim on the outskirts of Underberg.Kime’s challenge for the title was undermined when she capsized at the Underberg Weir; her chances of recovering well enough to contest the title then ended with a horrific swim down the wild Glenhaven Rapid.Strongest women’s fieldThe win for the ecstatic Eray capped a highly competitive race featuring the strongest women’s field assembled for many years. Eray, the reigning Dubai Shamaal champion and one of the stars of the South African sprint team at the Beijing Olympics, came into the race under-prepared, recovering from tendon surgery to her forearm.“I had a jol, hey!” she said. “I had plans to sit behind Carol and get her to show me the river, but she swam at Underberg so I went into the gorge lonesome ownsome!” laughed Eray.“It’s great here and I’m surprised I’ve never been here before! I’ll definitely be back next year!” she smiled.“I had two swims today, one at Glenhaven and then again at Underberg Weir,” said Kime. “Carol (Joyce) caught me at Glenhaven and then we worked together the rest of the way until I broke away a bit at the end. I’d love to come up here every weekend!” she added.‘Two silly swims’“Unfortunately it wasn’t a good day for me!” said Joyce. “I would have preferred to have done two stages of day one. I had two silly swims twenty minutes in to the race at Taylor’s Weir and some place nearby. But it was not a bad result overall.”The big field of 808 paddlers enjoyed two days of clear hot Southern Drakensberg weather and an Umzimkulu River that varied from frustratingly low on the first stage to wild waves and holes on the final stage of the race.RESULTSMen Ant Stott 03:50:19 Len Jenkins 03:51:00 Grant van der Walt 03:51:10 Greg Louw 03:59:11 Jacques Theron 03:59:16 Piers Cruickshanks 04:02:22 Brandon van der Walt 04:02:32 Ryan Louw 04:04:18 Michael Arthur 04:06:43 Murray Burgess 04:06:47 Women Michele Eray 04:20:57 Robyn Kime 04:23:54 Carol Joyce 04:24:31 Hilary Pitchford 04:33:50 Danica Vorster 04:35:29 Jen Hodson 04:36:47 Abie Adie 04:37:06 Michelle Eder 04:40:22 Tamika Haw 04:44:05 Tiffany Kruger 04:46:20 Source: Canoeing South Africalast_img read more

Tata opens truck plant in South Africa

first_img25 July 2011Tata Motors South Africa, the joint venture between India’s Tata Motors and Tata Africa, has opened a R100-million assembly plant at Rosslyn outside Pretoria. Light, medium and heavy trucks will be assembled at the plant, at a rate of 3 650 vehicles a year.“The establishment of the plant is a major step towards bolstering the operations and presence of the Tata Group in South Africa,” Tata Motors said in a statement on the opening on Friday.“Established with an investment of R110-million, the plant can assemble, from semi knocked down kits, light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles ranging from 4 tonnes to 50 tonnes, with an annualised capacity of 3 650 vehicles. The capacity can be further expanded as required,” the statement read.Two models, the Tata LPT 813 and Tata LPT 1518, both already popular in South Africa, will be assembled to begin with.Investment-friendly policiesTrade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, speaking at the launch event, said the opening of the plant could be attributed to South Africa’s investment-friendly policies, adding that the government was aggressively pursuing an industrial development strategy for the medium and heavy commercial vehicle (MHCV) sector.“The key focus area of the MHCV strategy is based on support for market development, development of OEM [original equipment manufacturer] production capabilities, and the strengthening of the supply chains,” Davies said.“Industry role players have and still are part of the extensive consultation process that accompanies the development of such a strategy.”Tata Motors MD Carl-Peter Forster said Tata Motors “is now at a stage where it can consolidate its international business in its chosen markets. The assembly plant in South Africa is an expression of that resolve.”Mr PM Telang, MD for Tata Motors’ India operations, said South Africa “has traditionally been among our focus countries. It is integral to Tata Motors’ international business presence and plans. The company has already carved a niche for itself in the country, and is confident of greater opportunities.”Training, skills transferBuilt over 18 months, the 34 500 square metre plant has been equipped with state-of-the-art equipment “following lean manufacturing principles,” Tata Motors said. “It has built-in flexibilities to assemble large numbers and different variants in mixed mode production, to meet the requirements of the South African market.”Tata added that the entire capital outlay, encompassing civil and plant engineering work for the plant, had been sourced from and carried out by South African suppliers and companies, while major equipment like heavy-duty cranes had all been sourced from South African vendors.Training, skills transfer and development of the all-South African workforce was one of the Tata Group’s top priorities, the company said.“Tata Motors South Africa is committed to ensuring that skill levels of individuals employed in various industrial trades, such as auto mechanic, welder, painter etc, are further enhanced.“Tata has an already established state-of-the-art technical training centre in Germiston, Johannesburg, operating since 2006, for skill development of dealer mechanics in South Africa and various other countries on the continent.”Tata Motors started exporting commercial vehicles to South Africa in 1998, followed by passenger vehicles in 2004, and currently offers over 20 commercial models and five passenger models to the local market. It has so far exported over 32 000 commercial and 31 000 passenger vehicles to the country.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Everything is Colored Green at the IBS

first_imgJust leaving the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, and even though attendance was down, it is as overwhelming an experience as ever.First, let’s get rid of the formalities. Las Vegas has to be the most surreal place on the face of the earth. The scale is not even close to being human – everything is huge – the buildings, the roads (typically 8 lanes wide), casinos, hotel rooms, and this trade show. Everything is designed to make sure you are completely disoriented all the time – walking through a hotel is an endurance test and a psychological puzzle – you feel like a rat in a maze, only the rat is smarter because you can’t figure out how to get out.As to the show – green is definitely the color. Everyone and everything is, or wants to be seen as green. People are throwing around phrases like greenhouse gas emissions, carbon footprint, sustainability, and the like as if their lives depended on it. I’m not quite sure where this trend is headed, and while I am glad that there is finally some serious attention being paid to green building, I am very afraid that the general public, as well as much of the industry, is going to end up giving it a lot of lip service and we will see more and more greenwashing and flat out misrepresentation (read: LYING) about materials and methods and how green they are. I wade through literature and websites and I will share the best (or worst) examples of obfuscation that I can find.Stepping back into some semblance of reality, I attended a news conference today which presented the results of a study of the efficiency of homes in California. Accompanied by some pie charts that very clearly spelled out the study’s results, it was pointed out that while homes account for about 14% of the energy usage in CA only – 0.12% of the energy is consumed by new homes. This is very telling data that states the case all too clearly that if we avoid addressing efficiency in existing homes, we are seriously missing the boat. It sounds like the new administration has gotten this message, let’s hope that they get the ball rolling on existing housing improvements and do it right.last_img read more

Generals set sights on solo third spot

first_imgThe top two teams may be way ahead of the pack, but Emilio Aguinaldo College hopes to narrow the gap in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament on Tuesday.“We have a veteran squad and it’s a matter of getting that will to win,” said EAC coach Ariel Sison.ADVERTISEMENT The Generals shoot for solo third against the Arellano Chiefs at 2 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.A third win in five games will put the Generals behind unbeaten Lyceum (6-0) and defending champion San Beda (5-1).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMapua and St. Benilde, both struggling at 1-4, try to climb out of the cellar in the other match at 4 p.m.It’s the Blazers’ strongest chance to win on court as their lone victory came off Perpetual Help’s forfeiture of their first game. A loss will put the Generals outside the top four while the Chiefs will jump to a share of third with the Letran Knights at 3-3.The Chiefs aim to rebound from an 82-75 loss to the Knights last week where Kent Salado fueled a late run that fell short.Lervin Flores delivered a personal season-best of 17 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for the Chiefs, while Salado wound up with 15 markers, four assists and three boards.Their individual efforts, though, went for naught as the Chiefs absorbed a second straight setback and fell into a four-way tie at 2-3 with Perpetual Help, Jose Rizal U and San Sebastian.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Last D-League semis slot at stake DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Their junior counterparts sandwich the games with the Brigadiers and the Junior Chiefs tangling at 12 noon and the Red Robins and Junior Blazers clashing at 6 p.m.Although the Generals haven’t seen action in two weeks, Sison hopes his players will show the same focus they had in their 77-72 triumph over the Cardinals.In that game, the Generals wasted a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter but recovered just in time behind Sydney Onwubere, Jerome Garcia and Raymund Pascua.“I told them (during the game) no worries, let it happen—good defense, focus, that’s all,” said Sison.Onwubere dropped 22 points while Juju Bautista finished with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ 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 Gameslast_img read more