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first_img…2 licensed firearms missingAs the Guyana Police Force dig deeper into the death of Brazilian national 36-year-old Antonio Da Silva, whose body was found at a mining camp in Akaiwanna, Cuyuni, Region Seven, Acting Commissioner of Police, David Ramnarine, on Thursday indicated that the Police Force are acting on suspicions that the dredge owner was murdered by a former employee.According to initial reports, Da Silva met his demise while managing operations at his gold mine in Region Seven, when he was brutally gunned down by cross-border bandits armed with rifles and handguns in a brazen attack in the early hours of Wednesday morning.The dead miner: Antonio Da SilvaThe incident, which lasted for some eight hours – from 17:45h on Tuesday until 02:00h on Wednesday — allegedly involved a gang of about six to eight armed men rummaging through the camp and later carting off an undisclosed amount of raw gold. Later, the bandits took Da Silva about 500 metres from the site and shot him several times before fleeing the scene.Moreover, Guyana Times understands that several attempts were made to contact the Police Force, all of which were to no avail. However, ranks were dispatched to Akaiwanna early on Wednesday morning to launch an investigation into the murder.In responding to queries as to what may have prevented GPF from reaching the area during the robbery, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan pinned the blame on the lack of resources. This is as he noted that in order to access such far-flung operations, it would require equipment such as ATVs or for ranks to be flown into those locations.Ramjattan defended the GPF, saying, “That’s another challenge — assets. We are pleading for assistance in that regard. So we are going to have challenges because we have huge tracks of land to cover to reach some of these mining concessions, and we really can’t put police men in all the mining concessions. We are trying.”The Minister was backed by Acting Top Cop Ramnarine, who noted that in such extensive mining camps as the one operated by Da Silva, personal security measures are usually put in place.“His camp being an extensive one, it is not unreasonable to assume that he would (implement) some level of his own security,” Ramnarine relayed. As to the extent/type of security, he said he would not comment.He highlighted that based of ongoing assessment, firearms which were registered to the now dead man has not been recovered from the scene.On that note he conveyed, “As a result of the investigations still underway, the deceased was licensed to carry a shotgun and a .32, and those are missing at this point. Definitively, his two firearms cannot be accounted for.”Nevertheless, the Acting Commissioner of Police pointed out that these are preliminary findings. As such, he stated, “What I do know — which is very disturbing to us, but (is) not uncommon in these instances — is that it appears as though there was a possible involvement of a former employee of the deceased.”Meanwhile, based on information reaching this publication, the attackers are also suspected to be Brazilian nationals, most of whom shared some relation with the now dead man. This newspaper understands that Da Silva was aware of conspiracies to invade his camp ongoing for some months now, but was nonetheless ambushed.last_img read more

first_imgAccording to the Migration Policy Institute the act would immediately make about 360,000 young people – ages 18 to 24 – eligible for conditional legal status. The legislation could also make 715,000 undocumented children, ages 5 to 17, eligible for legal status. lisa.friedman@langnews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Lisa Friedman and Connie Llanos STAFF WRITERS Supporters of a bill that would grant illegal immigrant students a shot at legalization have been besieged by angry calls and faxes, pushing back a Senate vote on the so-called Dream Act until at least next week. A vote that had been tentatively scheduled for last week was forced off the table in the face of opposition from illegal immigration hard-liners who mobilized against the bill, activists say. “We still have a good chance of getting a vote, but opponents have made it very clear they will use any and every tool at their disposal,” said Josh Bernstein, federal policy director for the National Immigration Law Center. The act would give students who were brought to the United States before the age of 16 conditional residency if they graduate high school, have no criminal history and either enlist in the U.S. military or complete at least two years of college. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., the bill’s prime sponsor, planned to attach it as an amendment to a defense bill the Senate is now debating. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a strong supporter of the bill, reported receiving 4,000 phone calls about the Dream Act since Sept. 13. Her spokesman Scott Gerber said 239 calls were in favor of the bill, and 3,805 opposed. Mariann Davies, spokeswoman for an organization called Don’t Speak for Me, a group of Latino immigrants who also are hardliners on illegal immigration, called the Dream Act unfair to millions of Latino families in the U.S. who came here legally. But Durbin and other supporters argue that punishing children for the actions their parents took is un-American. last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – A trio of oil companies led by Chevron Corp. has tapped a petroleum pool deep beneath the Gulf of Mexico that could boost the nation’s reserves by more than 50 percent. A test well indicates it could be the biggest new domestic oil discovery since Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay a generation ago. But the vast oil deposit roughly four miles beneath the ocean floor won’t significantly reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil and it won’t help lower prices at the pump anytime soon. “It’s a nice positive, but the U.S. still has a big difference between its consumption and indigenous production,” said Art Smith, chief executive of energy consultant John S. Herold. “We’ll still be importing more than 50 percent of our oil needs.” Chevron on Tuesday estimated the 300-square-mile region where its test well sits could hold between 3 billion and 15 billion barrels of oil and natural gas liquids. The U.S. consumes roughly 5.7 billion barrels of crude-oil in a year. It will take many years and tens of billions of dollars to bring the newly tapped oil to market, but the discovery carries particular importance for the industry at a time when Western oil and gas companies are finding fewer opportunities in politically unstable parts of the world, including the Middle East, Africa and Russia. The proximity of the Gulf of Mexico to the world’s largest oil consuming nation makes it especially attractive. And it could bring pressure on Florida and other states to relax limits they have placed on drilling in their offshore waters for environmental and tourism reasons. The country’s reserves currently are more than 29 billion barrels of oil equivalent, according to the U.S. Energy Department. But the U.S. imports most of its oil from abroad and its overall supply is tiny when compared with, say, Saudi Arabia, whose reserves exceed 250 billion barrels. Chevron’s well, called “Jack 2,” was drilled about 5.3 miles below sea level. The well was drilled in the Walker Ridge area of the Gulf, about 270 miles southwest of New Orleans and 175 miles off the coast of Louisiana. It followed up a discovery made by Chevron in 2004. San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron said the well set a variety of records, including the deepest well successfully tested in the Gulf of Mexico. Chevron said the well was drilled more than 20,000 feet under the sea floor below 7,000 feet of water for a total depth of 28,175 feet. Chevron has a 50 percent stake in the field, while partners Statoil ASA of Norway and Devon Energy Corp. of Oklahoma City own 25 percent each. During the test, the Jack 2 well sustained a flow rate of more than 6,000 barrels of oil per day, but analysts and executives believe the payoff could be much larger than that. The financial implications of the prospect are most significant for independent oil and gas producer Devon, which is the smallest of the three partners. Devon’s shares soared about 12 percent on the New York Stock Exchange. “This could not have happened in a better place,” Devon CEO Larry Nichols said in a conference call with analysts. The successful test well does not mean a huge supply of cheap oil will hit the market anytime soon. Oppenheimer & Co. analyst Fadel Gheit estimated that the first production for the Chevron-led partnership might not come on line until after 2010, depending on how many more test wells the companies drill. That said, many companies, including BP PLC, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., stand to benefit from their own projects in the so-called lower tertiary, a rock formation that is 24 million to 65 million years old. “They may be the first ones to hit the jackpot, but if the current thinking is correct, this is only a beginning,” Gheit said. While the industry was generally upbeat about the potential of this new discovery, Cambridge Energy Research Associates said some of the challenges in maximizing output from this region will be a shortage of rigs capable of drilling in very deep water and the length of time needed to drill and complete very deep wells. Shares of Devon rose $7.99 to close at $72.14 on the New York Stock Exchange, above the top end of the stock’s 52-week range of $48.94 to $70.35. Shares of Chevron rose $1.51, or 2.3 percent, to finish at $66.34. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 7 REPLY 7 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 7 shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice David Mearns, the ‘Shipwreck Hunter’, led the private search which located the wreckage of the Piper Malibu 7 An investigation into the plane crash which killed footballer Emiliano Sala will focus on the validity of the pilot’s licence.The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) named ‘regulatory requirements’ as one of four areas in which further work will be carried out. 7 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions getty Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED A view of the windscreen and cockpit area Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Mr Ibbotson, who piloted the aircraft, remains missing A view of the cabin and break in fuselage REVEALED huge blow Mr Ibbotson’s family hope a fresh search for his body will begin this week after setting up an online fundraising campaign which has reached £250,000. He was the only passenger on board the Piper Malibu aircraft flying from Nantes to the Welsh capital.His body was recovered on February 6 but pilot David Ibbotson, 59, of Crowle, Lincolnshire, has not been located. ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move BEST OF RANKED Air Accidents Investigation Branch The AAIB’s interim report noted the type of licence held by the pilot meant he could only fly passengers in the European Union on a cost sharing basis, rather than for commercial flights.Pilots with his licence ‘must have a bona fide purpose for making the flight’, according to the AAIB.Sala, the Argentine, had become Cardiff City’s record signing in a £15million deal days before the plane carrying him crashed into the English Channel on January 21. The aircraft remains underwater off the coast of Guernsey after an attempt to recover it was hampered by bad weather.The AAIB report also revealed the aircraft shattered into three pieces, with previously unseen pictures published showing the wreckage of the plane. MONEY Sala left Nantes for Cardiff in a £15million deal LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS A view of the remains of the inner wing 7 7 Investigators are yet to determine what caused the crash, but the plane is believed to have fallen thousands of feet in just 20 seconds after making a 180-degree turn. The wreckage was found 30 metres from its final recorded location on radar – at an altitude of 1,600ft – leading to the conclusion it fell almost vertically.The aircraft’s journey over the Channel Islands has also been published, with the report revealing the pilot diverted from his planned course after requesting a descent to the west of Jersey. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The identity of the Piper Malibu’s owner remains undisclosed, with the unnamed individual not applying for ‘permission to operate the aircraft commercially’.last_img read more

first_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Treårskontrakt i United – Solskjær skal ut på nye eventyr! 🤴🙌 pic.twitter.com/hB7dnMy4VM— TV 2 Sporten (@2sporten) March 28, 2019His run of 14 wins and two draws in 19 games, though, saw the 46-year-old become favourite to be appointed on a permanent basis.REVEALED: The Premier League table since Solskjaer replaced MourinhoTV 2 Sporten announced the news with a Hobbit parody video. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 1 A Norwegian TV station reported Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s appointment to Manchester United with a brilliant Hobbit-inspired parody video.Solskjaer was confirmed as permanent boss on Thursday after overseeing a remarkable turnaround with the Red Devils. MOST READ IN FOOTBALL revealed Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Bilbo Baggins whoops gameday cracker REPLY huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury tense latest He put pen to paper on a three-year deal to succeed Jose Mourinho after initially being installed as the caretaker boss until the end of the season.Solskjaer was under contract with Molde when he took over as interim manager and the Norwegian club were expecting him to return. SORRY It sees Solskjaer as Bilbo Baggins take the contract signed by Ed Woodward and Sir Alex Ferguson and run through the Shire to meet the United squad and Fergie, set to the Stone Roses song Waterfall.They posted the video on Twitter with the message: “Three-year contract for United – Solskjaer is going out on a new adventure.”last_img read more

first_imgDuring that period Dembele has also pulled on an England jersey, turning out for the Three Lions’ Under 15 side.The forward has now made a step up the England ladder by receiving his first call-up to their Under 16s for the Val de Marne competition, which takes place next month.Dembele is also available to play for Ivory Coast. Celtic wonderkid Karamoko Dembele has been named in England’s squad for an Under 16 tournament in France next month.The talented 15-year-old continued his progress by scoring on his debut for the Hoops’ reserves this week.Dembele has been capped already at youth level by both Scotland and England as the nations battle to convince the fleet-footed attacker to play for them.He made his debut for the Scots two years ago, before going on to earn caps at Under 16 level.last_img read more

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARATHON – Marathon quarterback Donovan Free scored three touchdowns and threw for another, and the Raiders held Auburndale scoreless until the final seconds to win a WIAA Division 6 Level 2 football playoff game 27-6 Oct. 27 at Marathon High School.Free had a 6-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter and Marathon added a two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead that held until halftime.Free scored again from 6 yards out with 8:17 to go in the third quarter, and added a 1-yard TD run with 8:12 to go in the game to push Marathon’s lead to 20-0.Free then hooked up with Carter Hanke for a 25-yard touchdown pass to make it 27-0 with just more than 4 minutes left.Auburndale’s lone score came on a 1-yard touchdown run from Dylan Paun in the final minute.Marathon outgained Auburndale (6-5) 358-123, and held the Apaches to just five first downs and four pass completions.Marathon (8-3) moves on to a Level 3 game at Iola-Scandinavia (9-2) on Nov. 3.last_img read more

first_imgThey led the standings from the start to the finish of the season after a strong start to it, which included a victory in Dubai followed by a first ever title on home soil in George. Those titles proved to be the springboard to the overall crown. Surf skiingSouth African surf skiers excelled on the world stage in 2009. Earlier in the year, Barry Richards and Graeme Pollock became the first South Africans to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. In the Tri-Nations, South Africa won five of their six matches. They beat New Zealand three times in succession for the first time since 1949 – 28-19, 31-19, and 32-29 – and defeated Australia 29-17 and 32-25, before losing 6-21 in Brisbane. Terence Parkin, the winner of a silver medal in the 2000 Olympic Games, dominated the Deaflympics, winning seven gold medals in Taipei to take his career total to an astounding 29 in four Deaflympics. The two biggest challenges were the series against the British and Irish Lions, who had beaten the Springboks 12 years previously in 1997, and the Tri-Nations, which featured the teams holding down the top three places in the International Rugby Board rankings. South Africa won both. The women’s victory went to Latvia’s Anastasia Sevastova, who romped to an easy 6-2, 6-2 victory over Eva Hrdinova of the Czech Republic in the final to claim the first title of her career. It was an up-and-down year for the national team, which completed a South African record run of five successive wins in January, but then went on to lose eight of nine games later in the year, which cost coach Joel Santana his job. That led to the return of the Brazilian’s predecessor Carlos Alberto Parreira. Super 14A late season collapse by the Sharks saw South Africa miss out on having two teams in the Super 14 semi-finals. The Bulls finished strongly, however, to take top spot on the table, just ahead of the Chiefs and the Hurricanes. On the road, South Africa dominated the African Championships in Namibia, Daryl Impey earned a prestigious invite to join Lance Armstrong’s newly-formed Team Radioshack for 2010, while the country’s juniors enjoyed international success in Europe in a manner never before achieved by South African cyclists. He received the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave award for a ride on a wave measured at 20 metres (61-feet) at Tafelberg Reef near Hout Bay in Cape Town in August 2008. In addition, he collected the Surfline Best Overall Performance award for his dedication in pursuing huge surf and competing in big wave events all over the world. SpringboksThe Springboks were crowned the IRB Team of the Year in 2009 despite a remarkably difficult season, which was possibly the toughest in their history: three matches against the British and Irish Lions, three matches against New Zealand, three matches against Australia, and end-of-year tour outings against France, Italy, and Ireland. CricketSouth Africa could make a strong claim as having been the focus of world cricket in 2009. The country hosted the ICC Champions Trophy, the Indian Premier League, and series featuring the Proteas against Australia at the start of the year and England at the end of the year. Wheelchair racingWheelchair racer Ernst van Dyk continued his remarkable record in the Boston Marathon when he won the world famous event, which attracts the world’s leading wheelchair athletes, for the eighth time in nine years. The Boston Herald headlined its story on the South African star, “Van Dyk an eighth wonder”. He shares the record for most wins with Irishwoman Jean Driscoll, but will go for a ninth victory in 2010. In late September, South Africa played host to the biggest ICC event of the year, the Champions Trophy. It didn’t go well for the Proteas, who entered the event ranked number one in the world in the 50 overs a side game, but for Australia, whitewashed by England in England just before the Champions Trophy, it was a chance at redemption that they seized with both hands as they claimed the honours. It was an excellent event for South Africans. De Villiers’ Volkswagen Touareg was first across the finishing line, with the second placed Tourareg including SA navigator Ralph Pithcford. Two Nissan Navara pick-ups, purpose built by Nissan Motorsport in South Africa for the rally, finished in fourth and fifth. Chad Ho became the first South African to win an open water medal at the World Championships when he placed third in the five-kilometres. Without the advantage of facing a second tier nation before taking on the Lions, it was a difficult start to the international season, but the Boks scored 26-21 and 28-25 victories in the first two tests to ensure a series victory. A decision to make 10 changes to the Springbok line-up for the third test, with the series already won, backfired badly as the Lions romped to a 28-9 victory. After falling behind 7-0 early on, the Bulls swamped the New Zealanders, running in eight tries to two, as they won by a record margin for the final of 61-17. BoxingBrian Mitchell, who lost only one bout in his 49-fight boxing career, defended his WBA junior-lightweight title a world record 12 times between 1986 and 1991 when he retired. His excellence was recognised by the International Boxing Hall of Fame when he was inducted into it in June 2009. Soweto hosted two events, the Soweto Men’s Open and the Soweto Women’s Open, and there was another French win in the men’s event with veteran Fabrice Santoro beating South Africa’s Rik de Voest 7-5, 6-4 in the title-decider. Other South African winners during the course of the World Cup included George du Rand, Darian Townsend, and Kathryn Meaklim, who all set world records, as well as Gerhard Zandberg and Chad le Clos. Although Australian Tim Jacobs won the Dubai Shamaal, the world’s richest surf ski race, South Africans filled 10 of the top 20 places to underline the country’s strength in the sport. The series against Australia was round two of an away and home face-off. After winning Down Under for the first time, and handing the Aussies their first series loss on home soil in 16 years, the tables were turned in South Africa, with Australia winning the series 2-1 for a 3-3 share of the spoils. There was some consolation for the Proteas in the final test; they thrashed the visitors by an innings and 20 runs to hand Australia its first innings defeat since 1998. Hank McGregor powered to victory in the Molokai Challenge, the unofficial world championship of surf skiing, to become the fourth South African winner of the famous race after Oscar Chalupsky, Herman Chalupsky, and Clint Pretorius. SuperSport United showed their first PSL title, won in the 2007/08 season, was no fluke as they repeated as league champions. It was tight, however. They won their first title by only two points, but the second one was even tighter with United edging out Orlando Pirates on goal difference after both team finished with 55 points. TennisSouth Africa’s tennis team enjoyed a good run in the Davis Cup. After 5-0 whitewashes of Belarus and Macedonia, they had won 10 ties in succession, which set them up for a shot at playing in the prestigious World Group in 2010, if they could beat India in a promotion/relegation tie. There was good news for the sport in October when the International Olympic Committee announced that Sevens and golf would be part of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro; South Africa is strong in both sports. Later in the season, SA successfully defended the Adelaide Sevens title. They also finished runners-up at the Hong Kong Sevens and the Edinburgh Sevens. Fourie du Preez and Francois Steyn earned nominations as the IRB International Player of the Year. GolfRetief Goosen, after a gradual slide down the Official World Golf Rankings, found his game again in 2009, winning two titles, one in the USA and one in South Africa. James Kingston, the winner of the South African Open in 2008, an event co-sanctioned by the PGA European Tour and Sunshine Tour, claimed his first European Tour win on European soil. He had missed four cuts in succession, when he entered September’s Mercedes-Benz Championships at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof in Cologne, Germany. After a back-and-forth final round, during which the lead changed hands numerous times, Kingston and Anders Hansen (who would go on to top the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit) met in a playoff. Kingston clinched the title on the first extra hole and bolstered his bank balance by about R3.5-million. For Burry Stander, it was a year to remember. After finishing third in the cross-country in Pietermaritzburg, he successfully defended his under-23 World Championship title in Canberra in early September. A week later, he scored the first World Cup win of his career in Champery, Switzerland. The Indian Premier League, hosted at short notice, proved to be a massive successive with jam-packed crowds throughout despite the 59-match schedule. Combining show business and cricket, with many of the owners having links to Bollywood, it was cricket with a funky twist and South African cricket lovers lapped it up. Cameron van der Burgh, South Africa’s swimmer of the year, proved himself to be the fastest breaststroke swimmer in the world. In August, at the World Championships in Rome, he finished third in the 100 metres, but followed that up with victory in the 50 metres in a world record-setting time of 26.67 seconds.center_img New Zealand had three teams in the top four, with the Crusaders, who would be the Bulls’ opponents in the semi-finals, finishing in fourth place, ahead of the Waratahs on points’ difference. The Sharks finished in sixth. At the Global Games, which drew intellectually-impaired athletes from over 40 countries, South Africa finished third on the athletics medal table, picking up three gold, two silver and three bronze medals. Khanti Mncedi was the most successful of South Africa’s athletes, with an individual haul of two gold medals and one silver medal. SevensSouth Africa captured the IRB World Sevens Series overall title for the first time in the 2008/09 season. In the must-win situation of the playoffs, the Bulls produced their best rugby to capture the Super 14 title for the second time. They beat the Crusaders 36-23 in the semi-finals, behind four drop goals by Morne Steyn, and followed that up with a sublime performance against the Chiefs in the final. Roland Schoeman finished second to Van der Burgh in the World Cup overall standings and also swam the 50 metres freestyle faster than any man in history at the South African Short Course Championships in Pietermariztburg, clocking an astounding time of 20.30 seconds. CyclingIt was a good year for South African cyclists and cycling events. Jordy Smith tasted victory at the end of March in the O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Marrawah, Tasmania. He finished 2009 in 11th place on the elite ASP World Tour. Greg Emslie placed 31st and David Weare 43rd. For the first time ever, two South African women qualified for the World Tour; following the 2009 Dream Tour, Rosanne Hodge and Nikita Robb secured their places on the 2010 Tour. Hodge was the star of South Africa’s team at the World Surfing Games, winning a silver medal as SA placed fifth overall. Michelle Eray, who won all eight races she entered in the Surfski.info World Series, went unbeaten and was named the Surfski.info Paddler of the Year. South African rugby teams finished the year as holders of the World Cup title, the Tri-Nations title, the Super 14 crown, and the IRB Sevens World Series title. That makes rugby the place to begin a look-back on the year that was… At home, SA paddlers dominated the Durban Surf Ski World Cup. Clint Pretorius won the men’s race as South Africans claimed the top five places. Michele Eray led the women home as South Africa again supplied the top five finishers. South Africa picked up a third medal at the World Championships when Candice Neethling claimed third place in the junior cross country. At the end of the year, losses to France and Ireland, either side of a win over Italy, by a tired-looking team took some gloss off of the Springboks’ achievements, but the fact that they had won the two toughest challenges outside of the World Cup in the same year ensured they were named the IRB Team of the Year. In the new Investec Mauritius Ocean Classic, McGregor and Eray added further victories to their impressive list of successes. Moroka Swallows, without silverware since their win in the Absa Cup in 2004, won the same title, now named the Nedbank Cup, in 2009. Lamontville Golden Arrows, who first entered the PSL in the 2000/01 season, won the first title in the club’s history when they captured the MTN 8 with a stunning 6-0 demolition of Ajax Cape Town in the final. It was not to be, however, as the Indians won 4-1 in Johannesburg, but the defeat should not detract from the long run of success enjoyed by South Africa in the competition. The South African Tennis Open continued its revival when it drew a strong field to the 2009 event, which took place at Montecasino in Johannesburg. France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga claimed the title with a 6-4, 7-6 win over his fellow countryman Jeremy Chardy. There was further good news for golf in general when it was announced that the sport would be included in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Considering the country’s fine pedigree in the golf, it is good news for South Africa’s Olympic medal prospects. Later in the year, he finished as the overall winner of the Fina World Cup for the second year in succession. During the course of the five-stop series, he set world short course records in the 50 metres in 25.25 seconds, and the 100 metres in 55.61. AthleticsSouth Africa produced two gold medallists at the World Championships in Berlin, with Caster Semenya and Mbulaeni Mulaudzi winning the women’s and men’s 800 metres respectively. SurfingSouth African big wave charger Grant “Twiggy” Baker was recognised at the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards – the ‘Oscars’ of the sport – with victories in two major categories. Pietermaritzburg was the place to be for events, with the city hosting the UCI Mountain Bike (MTB) World Cup in April and the UCI BMX World Cup in August. Dakar RallyGiniel de Villiers, together with his German navigator, won the Dakar Rally – raced in Argentina and Chile!!- in January. SwimmingSouth African swimmers excelled in 2009 after failing to win a medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Greg Minnaar was runner-up in the downhill at the World Championships, second by only five-hundredths of a second to his team-mate and friend Steve Peat. Apart from in Pietermaritzburg, Minnaar also won World Cup events in Fort William, Scotland and Bromont, Canada. He finished second in the overall standings. The final outcome of the event was very surprising as the Deccan Chargers, last in 2008, claimed the title after a six-run win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final. While not as well supported as the MTB World Cup, the BMX World Cup went off smoothly, but the stakes will be much higher in 2010 and the crowds, no doubt, far larger when Pietermaritzburg hosts the World Championships. The MTB World Cup especially proved to be a huge success, both from the point of view of spectator support and from the point of view of results for South African competitors. Three-time overall World Cup champion Greg Minnaar, competing in his home town, thrilled the big crowds by taking a spectacular victory in the downhill. Burry Stander scored what was at that time a career-best third place in the cross-country. FootballPride of place on the South African football front in 2009 went to the Fifa Confederations Cup. The precursor to the 2010 World Cup went off without a hitch in June and the national team, Bafana Bafana, rose to the occasion by reaching the semi-finals where they lost to eventual champions Brazil through an 88th minute goal. Later, in the playoffs for third and fourth, South Africa went down 3-2 to Spain in a extra time thriller. He captured the Transitions Championship for his first win on the PGA Tour since 2005. He also took the honours in the Africa Open in East London. And speaking of the Africa Open, it has become the latest South African event to be included on the PGA European Tour; the first co-sanctioned tournament takes place in early January 2010. Jonathan Kaplan made history in March when he became the first man to referee 50 test matches. Umpire Rudi Koertzen became the first man in history to stand in 200 one-day internationals, and only the second man to take charge of 100 tests and 100 ODIs. 24 December 2009 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgWhat is the biggest HR challenge of the upcoming year? How does being a SHRM volunteer leader help you to develop personally and professionally? Why are you so passionate about the new SHRM Forum Israel and why is it important to the HR professionals there? What has been the most rewarding part of your relationship with SHRM?center_img To learn more about SHRM International Partners, please click here. Barak Gafni is the SHRM Partner and SHRM Forum Volunteer leader at SHRM Forum Israel and founder and CEO of Human Resources Solutions.Barak attended the 2016 SHRM Volunteer Leader Summit in Washington, D.C. last week and we asked him to share more with our audience about the importance of supporting the HR profession in Israel and the rewards of being a SHRM volunteer leader.   last_img read more

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