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Hijab in sports? No problem, says Malaysian sepak takraw player

first_imgThailand’s Pawinee Bunjarern (center) tries to pass a ball as Indonesia players try to stop her during the women’s handball preliminary Group B match between Indonesia and Thailand at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Aug. 16. A good number of athletes participating in the Games wearing hijab. (AFP/Punit Paranjpe)Siti Noor Suhaida Jafri of Malaysia, who is in Indonesia to play for her country’s sepak takraw team at the Asian Games, said she was not too bothered about having to observe Idul Adha, also known as the Day of Sacrifice, far from her family.“I am here also to fight for my country, along my teammates and other athletes as well. I will be fine celebrating Idul Adha far from my family this year,” Suhaida, who wears a hijab, told The Jakarta Post on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced NCAA: Letran retaliates, dumps Mapua Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ She went on to say that she and other team members planned to perform their Idul Adha prayers in Palembang, South Sumatra.When asked whether wearing a hijab caused her any discomfort on the court, Suhaida explained that the Muslim headwear didn’t put her at a disadvantage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I always been able to deliver my utmost skill as an athlete in my particular outfit. I enjoy wearing the hijab,” she said.Malaysia is among the biggest names in sepak takraw. Suhaida’s team won silver at the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur last year and bronze at the previous SEA Games in Singapore. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

‘Don’t Dehumanize GBV Victims’

first_imgThe executive director of the Bassa Women Association (BAWODA), Madam Martha Flanjay-Karnga, has cautioned health workers, family members and community people in the country to stop dehumanizing, discriminating against or exposing HIV/Aids patients and victims of gender-based violence.Madam Flanjay-Karnga made the utterance recently when she addressed the opening of two separate health related workshops, which centered on gender-based violence and AIDS control in Buchanan.She said whatever the status of the victims of AIDS, rape or other forms of gender-based violence, ordinary patients, including health workers, family members and community people should not discriminate against them, but rather give the victims equal care and treatment, since they are still living and form part of society.Her utterance, she said, came in the wake of keen observation she made and experience that she has had with some health workers, family members and community people, who are given to exposing and disparaging GBV victims, as well as people suffering from HIV. “This is simply pathetic and may very well dehumanize the victims,” she said in a statement.She said that both health workshops were organized by BAWODA, sponsored by GLOBAL Fund and through the instrumentality of Action Aid. She lauded the organizers and supporters for the gesture, which she described as timely.The BAWODA executive director admonished the 20 participants, who came from Grand Bassa and Rivercess counties, to share with their colleagues who were not fortunate to attend knowledge acquired from the workshop.The facilitator, Mr. G. Moses Jackson, who is from the HIV/AIDS and Clinical Mentor  of the National Aids Control of Liberia and assigned at the St. Peter Catholic Health Center in Buchanan, disclosed that rape victims present at the workshop, although authorized health centers can give them lifetime drugs, will receive PEP treatment. He mentioned that patients tested negative for rape can receive PEP treatment for up to 28 days.He advised parents and community dwellers not to compromise rape cases but report them immediately to the police first and then to the hospital for thorough examination. The reporting should be done within 72 hours before the disease becomes chronic, he said.The second workshop was facilitated by an officer of the Women and Child Protection Division of the Grand Bassa County Police Detachment, Enoch M. Dunbar, who named the elements of rape as the doers (rapists) who, he said, are guilty of an international crime.Officer Dunbar said that rape is committed through the penetration of any opening of the body, be it the ears, nose, mouth, anus or vagina, with the victims often coerced and intimidated by their abusers.He mentioned the various types of rape as Marta Rape, Statutory Rape, Gang Rape, and Sodomy Rape (man to man or woman to woman).He also named other sexual offenses as Sexual Abuse of wards, which he said involves teachers having sexual affairs with students for grades promotion; or employers having affairs with employees for jobs.At the close of the workshops, the participants from Grand Bassa and Rivercess counties shared their experiences, explaining instances when they have had to face sexual exploitations.  Some narrated that their parents had forced them into affairs with men far beyond their ages, in order to lessen their financial problems.Thanking BAWODA and its sponsors for the knowledge imparted to  them, they promised to share with others what they had learned at the workshops.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Doctors, Dentists Elect New Leaders

first_imgDr. Ekyinabah, LMDA President-elect. At least 40 Medical Doctors of the Liberia Medical and Dental Association (LMDA) have elected a new corps of leaders with a mandate to negotiate with the Liberian government to increase salaries of medical doctors, improve working conditions as well as collaborate with the Ministry of Health to ensure the upgrading of all government health facilities.The 40 eligible-voting doctors were among over 140 medical doctors who attended the LMDA’s elective convention in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County last Saturday.Dr. Emmanuel K. Ekyinabah, Internal Medicine Specialist, was elected president, replacing Dr. Louise M. Kpoto; while Dr. Abraham Jawara was picked as vice president.Dr. Yuah A. Nemah, Dr. Odell Kumeh, and Dr. Augustus G. Quiah were also elected secretary general, treasurer and chaplain respectively.The new leaders are expected to steer the LMDA for two years, beginning February 2019 to December 2021.It may be recalled that the LMDA in conjunction with the Liberia Medical and Dental Council (LMDC) laid down their tools on May 13, paralyzing services in government-run health facilities across the country because of arrears owed intern doctors, low pay of medical doctors and what they described as “poor working conditions”.Subsequently, the strike was called off because of an agreement between the LMDA/LMDC and the Liberian government, signed between the Ministry of Health and the Health Committee of the House of Representatives, which committed the government to implement the following six counts.That the list of Doctors on the MOH “ghost” list be sent to the LMDA for verification by the affected Doctors; that all Doctors on the “ghost” list of the Ministry of Health be reinstated on the incentive/salary payroll immediately; that within two weeks, the Ministry of Health makes full payment of arrears of Doctors placed on the “Ghost list” including May salaries; the verification and placement of 104 medical doctors, who have been working for the Ministry of Health since 2016 but are not on the Liberian government’s payroll, be adjusted as of July 2018; that the proposed salary increment of doctors be included in the 2018/2019 Budget; and that the Ministry of Health ensures the upgrading of all government health facilities.Shortage of Doctors in LiberiaThe Liberia Medical and Dental Council said as of September 2017, there were 339 Medical Doctors responsible for the 4.5 million population making the doctor per patient ratio 1:15,000.According to the LMDC, there are currently 250 general practitioners, 21 public health specialists, 16 pediatricians, 12 Obstetrician-gynecologists, 9 internal medicine specialists, 6 dentists, 6 family medicine specialists, 6 ophthalmologists, 4 psychiatrists, 2 orthopedics, 2 emergency medicine specialists, and one of each specialist in dermatology, ENT (ear nose and throat), infectious disease, neurosurgery, occupational health and pathology.The figures show that the number of doctors is increasing, from the 278 reported last year. However, the constraints of motivating doctors, beginning with their payment during internship and subsequent issues concerning being on government payroll are hiccups that could drive many from the medical profession.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more


first_imgSean Doherty Fruit and Veg has a proud tradition across Donegal.Sean Doherty Fruit & Veg are a local well established company looking to recruit two individuals who are conscientious, enthusiastic and team players to join their current team of dedicated staff.The company currently provides wholesale fruit, prepared vegetables and a range of dairy produce to a wide range of catering businesses in the North-West.This role will suit someone who is flexible and reliable; duties will include Veg preparation, stock Management and van deliveries. You will have HACCP training, a full clean driving licence and experience in food preparation is desirable but not essential.If you are the right person for this role please email your CV to or post it toDoherty Fruit & VegCoolboyLetterkennyCo.Donegalby 5pm on the closing date Friday 15th May 2015VACANCIES: LOCAL BUSINESS SEAN DOHERTY FRUIT AND VEG LOOKING TO RECRUIT was last modified: May 9th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessdonegaljobletterkennySean DohertyVacancylast_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Animal show, 1 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Free. Call (661) 259-7721. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Adopt-A-Pet event will feature dogs and cats available for adoption, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Petco, 26501 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call the Castaic Animal Shelter at (661) 257-3191. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit TODAY Christmas stories and craft, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Music jam session, 2 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Local musicians welcome. Call (661) 252-6885. MONDAY Santa Clarita Emblem Club will meet, 6:45 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-1500. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Grand opening, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Eat-A-Pita, 23360 W. Valencia Blvd., Suite L, Valencia. Call Sandy Fairbrother at (661) 510-0708 to R.S.V.P. Santa Clarita chapter of the Century City Ski Club will meet, 7 p.m. at Cocos, 24930 Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call Don Gately at (661) 255-8873. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-10 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at the Sierra Hills clubhouse, 28616 Kenroy Ave., Canyon Country. Call Desiree Nascimento at (800) 858-4749, Ext. 114. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit for location. Basic & Advanced Coastal Navigation class, 7-9 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 298-8725 or (661) 259-7201. SCV Underwater Hockey group will play, 8-9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $3. Call Ben Jarvis at (661) 510-2665. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY Business workshop, titled “How To Start a New Business,” 9-11 a.m. at Women’s Business Center, 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia. Cost: $20. Call (661) 702-9049. Mobile Solutions Van from the Braille Institute will be available for the visually impaired, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Moms Mixer offers relaxation for busy moms, 7-9 p.m. at a private home in Valencia. Call Liz Hodson at (661) 255-6044 for directions. Grief Share will meet, 7 p.m. in Room D-222 at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copperhill Road, Santa Clarita. Call Dan Broyles at (661) 296-8737. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit for location. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want 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_imgBALLYSHANNON has marked what would have been Rory Gallagher’s 66th birthday by unveiling an incredible line-up for the festival in his honour in May.Wilko Johnson (Dr. Feelgood) with Norman Roy-watt (The Blockheads), “Band of Friends” featuring Rory Gallagher Band members – Gerry McAvoy and Ted McKenna, the legendary “Mungo Jerry” featuring Ray Dorset, the original guitarist with “Thin Lizzy” – Eric Bell & His Band are among over 20 acts that have been unveiled for this year’s Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival between Thursday 29th May and Sunday 1st June 2014.The award winning festival that honours the Late Rory Gallagher who would have been celebrating his 66th birthday today (2nd March) if it wasn’t for his untimely death 19 years ago. Details of this year’s Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival have been unveiled today to celebrate Gallagher’s birthday having been born on this day, 2nd March 1948 at the appropriately named Rock Hospital in Ballyshannon.Organisers of the 4 day Rory Gallagher Festival have assembled a very attractive line-up for Rory and Classic Rock music fans with Wilko Johnson set to make a rare Irish appearance as the former Dr. Feelgood frontman continues to battle cancer.On Tuesday night last, Wilko Johnson along with Roger Daltrey (The Who) played to a sold-out show at Sheeperd’s Bush Empire in London, while on Friday Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey’s New Album “Going Back Home” went to No.1 in the Amazon UK Album Charts. Wilko said “I am delighted to have the opportunity to come to his birthplace and honour the great G-man, its going to be a superb gig and I am really looking forward to playing at Rory Gallagher Festival 2014 in Ireland, going to be great”.Making a welcomed return to Ballyshannon will be former “Whitesnake” guitarist – Bernie Marsden and His Band. The legendary Rock Blues Guitarist has huge respect for Rory Gallagher having released the album “Bernie plays Rory” and having played the Rory Gallagher Theatre in Ballyshannon in 2010, Bernie released a further album entitled “Ballyshannon Blues for Rory”. Festival Chairperson Barry O’Neill while launching the 2014 Festival said “this is without doubt the best line-up ever – Rory Gallagher would be honoured and chuffed, we are expecting our biggest attendances ever, this will be one of the most significant tributes to Rory and without doubt the biggest Classic Rock and Rock Blues Music Festival on the island of Ireland in 2014”.The list of bands is endless, with the Festival welcoming back “Band of Friends” to Ballyshannon, that includes Rory’s former band members Gerry McAvoy and Ted McKenna with renowned Dutch Guitarist – Marcel Scherpenzeel. From “Thin Lizzy” the band’s original guitarist Eric Bell and his band, the man that arranged and performed the iconic classic “Whiskey in the Jar”. Also appearing will be the legendary Pat McManus Band (ex. Mama’s Boy’s), Johnny Gallagher & the Boxtie Band, Monica Heldal (Norway), Sinnerboy (UK), Bad Penny (Germany), Laundromat (Holland), Dave McHugh Band, local rockers – Moonchild, Laurence Jones Band (UK), Tony Dowler’s Hellhound’s, Seamie O’Dowd Band, Hot Smoke, The Mississippi Sheiks, Jed Tomas, Zero Resistance, Peter Price and the Jamie Clague Band. Weekend Early Bird Tickets for the nightly Big Top Concerts are on sale at just €40 for all 3 nights with over 25 hours of Free Outdoor Street Concerts, Exhibitions and Talks also.Donal Gallagher – brother and Manager to the Late Rory Gallagher said “I am delighted with the line-up for Ballyshannon, its a great tribute to my brother and to see so many musicians wanting to perform, it’s incredible and we are so looking forward it.”Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2014 takes place in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland between Thursday 29th May and Sunday 1st June 2014 with all details available on the Official Festival Website Email: BALLYSHANNON MARKS RORY GALLAGHER’S 66TH BIRTHDAY WITH SUPERB FESTIVAL LINE-UP was last modified: March 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2014 line-upBallyshannonfestivalRory Gallagherlast_img read more


first_imgMost of us were ducking and diving in between showers and chilly weather around Donegal yesterday.But film-maker Iain Miller was a little luckier as he shot this stunning short video around Inishmeane off Gaoth Dobhair. Stunning sunshine and blu skies were the order of the day. It almost looked like the summer. Remember that?Simply click on the video to see another stunning slice of Donegal.DDTV: SEE DONEGAL’S INISHMEANE IN SPECTACULAR SEPTEMBER SUNSHINE was last modified: September 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Popular Convoy man had heart attack in bath and drowned

first_imgA man who had been rumoured to have taken his own life drowned in his bath after suffering a heart attack.Manus Harkin, from Longlands, Convoy, was found dead at his home on August 20th last year. The well-known and popular 65-year-old had recently been in hospital before his death.An inquest into his death heard how his friend Kenneth Gillespie had called to his home and found him lying on his sofa.He told the inquest at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court how Manus sad he was badly depressed and had an unsettled feeling.However, he planned to go and see his doctor the following day.Brian Lynch told the court that on August 20th last year he met a sister of Manus’ at a local shop in Convoy and she said she hadn’t seen Manus.He went to his home and arrived at about 8.20am and found the back door open.He could not find Manus but eventually checked in the toilet and found Manus lying face down in the bath.The water was still luke-warm but Mr Lynch said he knew that Manus was dead.Garda Tom McNally arrived and Mr Lynch identified his close friend Manus to the Garda.Mr Harkin’s remains were removed to Letterkenny University Hospital where an autopsy was carried out.Pathologist Dr Jerry O’Dowd said a post mortem carried out on Manus showed he had moderate to severe heart disease.He said his findings were that he quite likely suffered a heart attack and collapsed in the bath with his head under the water.He added that even if Mr Harkin had not been in the bath then he may not have survived because of the level of heart disease.Coroner Dr Denis McCauley said there had been a lot of rumour and suspicion locally about how Manus had died.He asked family members if they had any questions.One family member said the family did not realise until the inquest that Mr Harkin had been found face-down in the bath.Dr McCauley said it was good that the full facts had now ben made known from the inquest.He said that the cause of death was drowning as a result of acute coronary deficiency and that Mr Harkin died from natural causes.He added “I’d like t pass on my sympathies to the family. Manus was a wonderful man who was much-loved in Convoy.”Garda Sgt Jim Collins also expressed his sympathy on behalf of An Garda Siochana to the extended Harki family who were present.Popular Convoy man had heart attack in bath and drowned was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bathconvoydrwonedHeart attackinquestManus Harkinlast_img read more

DeGale ready for North American debut

first_imgJames DeGale says he is determined to make a statement on his North American debut this Friday.Harlesden’s former Olympic champion will defend his WBC Silver super-middleweight title against Sebastien Demers at Casino Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, Canada.It will be his first fight since a points victory against Fulgencio Zuniga in Hull back in December.A clash with Alexander Brand, set for March, was postponed.“I just want to show my fans what I’m made of, show them what I’ve got and show them what I’m about,” he declared.“I’m feeling good, very good, I haven’t been out of the gym since the beginning of the year.“Obviously I’ve had a couple of fights cancelled on me and postponed, but I’m a true professional – I’ve been in the gym training hard.“It means a lot to be making my debut in North America. I travelled a lot as an amateur, travelled the world, but I haven’t done too much as a pro to be honest.“With [promoter] Mick Hennessy and Hennessy Sports’ contacts out in Canada I’ve got this opportunity, so I’m really looking forward to it.“I want to put on a great performance out there – slick, skilful, showcase my skills and put on a fantastic show.”Canadian Demers, 33, unsuccessfully challenged Arthur Abraham for the IBF middleweight title in 2007 and boasts 31 wins from 36 contests.His last fight was against another former world champion, Allan Green, who beat him on points in November.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

A rede de transportes na África do Sul

first_imgA África do Sul tem infra-estruturas de transportes modernas e evoluidas. As estradas sao de nivel mundial. As redes aereas e de caminho de ferro sao as maiores do continente. E os portos de mar do pais fornecem uma escala natural de navios de e para a Europa, as Americas, Ásia, Australasia e ambas as costas africanas.O sector dos transportes tem sido apontado pelo governo como principal responsavel da competitividade da África do Sul nos mercados globais. É cada vez mais visto como uma força motriz crucial para o cescimento economico e o desenvolvimento social do pais.Copa do Mundo FIFA 2010Os planos da África do Sul para dispender 9 bilioes de rands em melhorias e alargamento das insfra-estruturas de transportes em nove cidades anfitrias, para poder suportar a entrada massiva de visitantes que se espera visitem a Copa do Mundo FIFA 2010.Entre as varias preparaçoes para o evento ha os aumentos dos aeroportos e as melhorias no sistema geral de transportes, incluindo um programa de recapitalizaçao dos taxis, a consolidaçao do caminho de ferro e a transformaçao da rede de autocarros.Portos e navegaçaoAs linhas de navegaçao principais passam ao longo da costa africana nos oceanos Atlantico e Indico. Aproximadamente 96% das exportaçoes do pais sao transportadas por barco e os sete portos comerciais sao a via de comunicaçao comercial entre a África do Sul e os seus parceiros na África austral, como tambem os centros para trafego de e para a Europa, Ásia, Americas e as costas oriental e ocidental de África.A Transnet National Ports Authority (autoridade portuaria nacional), empresa do estado, controla todos os portos do pais: Richards Bay e Durban, na provincia de KwaZulu-Natal, East London e Port Elizabeth, no Cabo Oriental, e Mosel Bay, Cidade do Cabo e Saldanha, no Cabo Ocidental.Durban e o porto com mais trafego em toda a África e que tem maior capacidade para receber contentores na África austral, ao passo que Richard’s Bay e o maior terminal de carvao a granel do mundo. Juntos, os portos da África do Sul representam um movimento de 183 milhoes de toneladas de carga em 2007 e estao a ser feitas melhorias para aumentar ainda mais a capacidade de movimentaçao.Um oitavo porto comercial, o Porto de Ngqura, esta a ser formado ao largo da costa de Port Elizabeth, no Cabo Oriental, e espera-se que os primeiros navios comerciais atraquem ai em 2009. Nqura destina-se a ser o terminal mais profundo em África para contentores. É uma parte vital de Coega, uma das zonas estrategicas de desenvolvimento industrial da África do Sul.EstradasA rede total de estradas na África do Sul tem aproximadamente 754.000 quilometros, 9.600 km dos quais sao estradas nacionais. A viagem de Musina, na fronteira a norte, ate a Cidade do Cabo, no sul, sao 2.000 km de jornada ao longo de estradas perfeitas.Cerca de 2.400 km das estradas do pais sao auto-estradas com portagem.O Ministerio dos Transportes e responsavel pela politica geral do sector, porem a construçao de estradas e a sua manutençao e da responsabilidade da Agencia Nacional de Estradas Sul Africana (South African National Roads Agency – SANRA), bem como as nove provincias e os governos locais.Caminho de ferroA África do Sul dispoe de uma extensa rede de caminhos de ferro – a 10ª mais longa do mundo – ligando com as redes da regiao subsaariana.A estatal Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) e a maior via ferrea e o maior transportador de cargas pesadas da África austral, com cerca de 22.000 km de via ferrea, dos quais cerca de 1.500 km sao vias de transporte. A infra-estrutura da empresa, que liga os portos com o resto da África do Sul, representa aproximadamente 80% do total do continente africano.O governo abraçou um projecto de melhorar a segurança ferroviaria e revitalizar as viagens de comboio como opçao viavel de transporte publico. Em 2008, o governo afirmou que despenderia de 19,5 bilioes de rands por ano nos proximos quatro anos para aumentar a capacidade dos seus portos e ferrovias, com quase metade dessa verba sendo destinada a industria de carga por ferrocarril.A South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) (empresa sul africana para os viajantes diarios) opera os serviços do Metrorail na Cidade do Cabo, na provincia do Cabo Oriental, Durban, e a grande metropole de Joanesburgo e Pretoria, com enfase sobretudo nos sul africanos de mais baixos recursos.Os turistas e os endinheirados podem viajar no Blue Train (Comboio Azul), um dos comboios mais luxuosos do mundo, enquanto que a Shosholoza Meyl transporta cerca de 4 milhoes de passageiros todos os anos entre as maiores cidades do pais.Os serviços ligam ainda a outros destinos na África Austral no Zimbabwe, Moçambique e Suazilandia.Lifaçao Ferroviaria Rapida GautrainA Gautrain, uma rede de comboio rapida de 80 km, ligara Joanesburgo, Pretoria e o Aeroporto Internacional OR Tambo, facilitando e aliviando a congestao da auto-estrada Joburg-Pretoria, proprocionando a quem viaja diariamente uma alternativa segura e viavel em vez da viagem de carro.Este projecto de 25 bilioes de rands e uma parceria publico-privada entre o governo da provincia de Gauteng e a Bombelo Concession Company, um consorio franco-canadense-sul-africano. Estima-se que a Gautrain tera criado 33.000 empregos em 2009.Vinte e quatro comboios viajarao a 160 km a hora, 18 horas por dia, em conjunto pondo a viajar cerca de 135.000 passageiros por dia. O transporte auxiliar de e para as estaçoes e destinos nas proximidades serao fornecidos por autocarros de luxo.Havera 10 estaçoes, tres delas de Metro. O tunel do Metro tera aproximadamente 14 km de comprimento e ate 96 m abaixo da superficie em alguns sitios.A primeira fase, o troço entre o aeroporto, Sandton e Midrand, deve estar pronta a tempo da Copa do Mundo FIFA 2010 e a segunda fase em 2011.Aeroportos e linhas aereasMais de 50 companhias aereas, com 230.000 aterragens e transportando perto de 33 milhoes de passageiros por ano, movimentam-se entre os 10 principais aeroportos da África do Sul. Incluidos estao 3 aeroportos internacionais principais em Joanesburgo, Cidade do Cabo e Durban, assim como aeroportos em Port Elizabeth, East London, George, Kimblerly, Upington, Bloemfontein e Pilansberg.Vinte e uma torres de trafego aereo apoiam as operaçoes que cobrem 145 aeroportos autorizados com pistas alcatroadas e mais de 580 aerodromos com pistas de terra.A semi-privatizada Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) e a responsavel pelo controlo da expansao das infra-estruturas nos varios aeroportos.Em 2007, a ACSA propos um programa de despesas de cinco anos, um pouco inferior a 20 bilioes de rands, para conciliar a nova geraçao de aeronaves e lidar com o cada vez maior numero de passageiros.O Aeroporto Internacional OR Tambo de Joanesburgo e o de maior trafego em África, com cerca de 8,9 milhoes de partidas de passageiros por ano. Foi designado o aeroporto de melhor performance do continente pelo Concelho Internacional dos Aeroportos em 2007.O Aeroporto Internacional da Cidade do Cabo, com 3,8 milhoes de passageiros por ano foi votado como o mais importante de África nos World Travel Awards (prestigiados premios da industria das Viagens e Turismo) sete anos consecutivos.A South African Airways, a transportadora aerea nacional, serve mais de 700 cidades, entre elas 20 destinos em África, e faz manutençao para muitas linhas aereas do mundo.Este artigo foi actualizado em: Setembro de 2008Reporter infoSA. Fontes (websites em lingua inglesa):Standard Bank: Economic Profile: South AfricaSouth Africa YearbookDepartment of TransportTransnet National Ports AuthorityCoega Development CorporationTransnet Freight RailSouth African Rail Commuter CorporationGautrain Rapid Rail LinkAirports Company South AfricaSouth African Airwayslast_img read more