Unethical run-out

first_imgFoster’s Fairplay finds some of the responses coming after the match-deciding run-out incident in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 World Cup to be quite sickening.This columnist was grown up with values that show a clear distinction between what can be accepted or not in the social space. With necessary adjustments to address the passage of time, they should be cast in stone as standards of behaviour to be patented and patterned by all, unless the plan is to succumb to the societal savagery that has crept, unmolested, into what is taken as the norms of today.How many of the present champions of uncultured, unpolished, and uncouth acts understand what it means to say ‘it is not cricket’?It was a game that would decide which of two teams would advance to the quarter-final. The contestants were Zimbabwe and the West Indies. West Indies fast bowler Keemo Paul, bowling the last ball, with three runs for the Zimbabweans to win, removed the bails with the non-striker’s bat on the line.The appeal went up the umpires conferred and asked if the fielding captain wished to sustain the appeal. He was told yes, the innings ending with West Indies victors by two runs.The question must be asked: If it were a matter solely of the Laws of the Game, why was there a consultation before the upraised finger?accurate statisticsThe aftermath sees an avalanche of commentary. Without the benefit of accurate statistics, the feeling is that there are more supporters than those who are talking against what this columnist sees as seizing a win with no regard for what is ethical or not.Reluctantly, this columnist is forced to question personal belief as to which of the many sports persons heard on the matter can sustain their moral credibility.For a few, even their knowledge and understanding of cricket are cast under a shadow.The country is going through a period of falling standards in almost every phase of its existence. Opinions in the sporting context have not escaped the slide.To emphasise, there was the pain in hearing a popular and highly regarded sports journalist invited by a female host on a programme on the station where he plies his trade. The host had confessed a lack of appreciation of the finer points of cricket and was seeking guidance, while expressing her own rejection of the run-out act in terms quite base.She must have been shocked to hear someone she saw as a mentor say, “moral codes do not apply here”, words to the effect that suggested that one should ‘do anything to get ahead’, as well as his unashamed redefining of the basic and universally accepted tenets of sportsmanship.He even went on to recount the incident in a 50-over game where an Australian bowler went “underarm” – call it “underhand” if you will – to deny a New Zealand batsman a six hit, which would have given his team victory.There was worldwide disdain for that act. Plus, from this corner, came utter astonishment and further loss of respect when the argument proceeded to naming the errant bowler ‘one of the greatest of all time’.important winIf all this rejection of ‘the decent thing’ is to be accepted to go for that all-important win, let us be clear that there are other ideals that also have to be jettisoned.Saying that, let us appeal for ‘handled ball’ when a batsman plays a ball at his feet and in good faith picks it up and tosses it back to the bowler. Let the batsmen go for an extra run when a throw-in hits one of them and ricochets out of the reach of the immediate fieldsman.It is hard to believe that this is the same sport where, in a bygone era, a fieldsman on the boundary, far away from the seeing eye, was asked to verify if a catch was taken cleanly or the ball had crossed the line and his call accepted.If the annoying and irrelevant reminders of ‘it is in the rules’ are countenanced, given the circumstances, then there can only be one sad conclusion: The game is indeed ‘gone to the dogs’.For feedback: Email lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more



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George Wisner Launches Novel, ‘When the Heart Decides’

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Former Assistant Foreign Minister for African and Asian Affairs, George G. Wisner, has launched his first novel. The novel, When the Heart Decides, was launched at a colourful program held at the Australian National University in Australia’s capital Canberra recently.The book, which is published by Iuniverse in Indiana, USA, and marketed by Amazon and Barnes and Noble, is romance fiction based on the Liberian civil war. The book highlights some of the social and political undercurrents of the civil war, using universal themes such a love, loyalty, and faith.When the Heart Decides is a story of the triumph of love over adversity and of the strength of the heart, which seeks love even in the midst of one of the world’s bloodiest civil wars.When David Saye, a notorious rebel commander, rescues Sarah Lawson’s father from the claws of death she believes it is simply a miraculous coincidence. It isn’t long, however, before Sarah realizes that behind this extraordinary intervention is David’s wish to lure her into his arms.He is handsome, educated, and generous – all qualities that ignite the fires of her heart. However, they are from very different worlds. Sarah is the daughter of a respectable middle-class family, while David has been accused of gruesome atrocities. As the heat of the Liberian civil war casts waves over them all, Sarah faces a three-front battle of her own. Despite her feelings, she must contain David’s advances, preserve her family’s integrity, and prevent her heart from betraying her.In an interview prior to the book launch and signing program, Mr. Wisner noted that his reason for writing the novel is to ensure that as Liberia moves from war to peace and prosperity, the lessons of the war will not be lost.When asked why he wrote a romantic fiction novel, the former president of the Federation of Liberian Youth indicated that he wanted his message to have a universal appeal, especially amongst the youth and young adults.The program brought together officials of the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the African diplomatic community, academics and staff of the Australian National University, the student body and ordinary Australians. Former Australian Ambassador to Liberia, William (Billy) Williams, who performed the official launch ceremony, recalled his professional relationship with Mr. Wisner during his tour of duty in Liberia at which time Mr. Wisner served as Assistant Minister for African and Asian Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.He described Mr. Wisner as very talented, hardworking, persuasive and patriotic. He intimated that he had always privately drawn inspiration from the sense of duty and urgency with which Mr. Wisner approached issues bordering on Liberia’s growth and development.Former Ambassador Williams pointed out that the young administrator’s determination to project the positive image and prospects of his country is an exemplary attitude which should be emulated by all who find themselves in public service. He urged the young author to persevere and predicted that “the best is yet to come from George Wisner.”Speaking on behalf of the Dean of the African diplomatic corps, the Acting High Commissioner of Kenya to Australia, Yvonne Walamwa described the launch of the novel as an important milestone in the contribution of Africa to the intellectual world and to the promotion of intercultural cooperation and understanding.She stressed the importance of finding creative ways to preserve past experiences, as a people who easily forget the past are doomed by the past. She recalled the enviable role Liberia played in African and world affairs in the past and expressed her hope that a new dawn is on the horizon for Liberia.Ms. Walamwa noted that Mr. Wisner’s accomplishment was not only for Liberia but for the rest of the continent as it adds to the growing positive developments coming out of Africa. For her part, the Academic Skills Advisor of the Crawford School of Public Policy, Terry Urwins, described Mr. Wisner as the best student she has ever managed during her career at the university.She noted that her observation is not just based on Mr. Wisner’s scholastic achievements or his publication of a book, but rather due to his humility, handwork, eagerness to learn, and a sense of duty and purpose. She extolled his “enormous intellectual capacity and insight, his versatility, and great belief in his country.”Also making remarks at the occasion, was one of the reviewers of the book, who is also president of the Australian National University African Student Association and former Legal Officer of the Truth Commission of Kenya, Belynda Akello, described the book as an “African epic that recounts the realities of war with a dash of romance and Christianity.” She said the publication of the book is good news for all African students, as it lifts their profile in the academic community of Australia and removes “some subtle stereotypes and prejudices about Africa”.Responding, Mr. Wisner said the book is one of several ways he intends to contribute to the socio-economic development of his motherland. He observed that though all was not rosy, Liberia is on the right trajectory to full recovery and development.The former junior Liberian foreign minister extolled the country’s leadership for building a foundation on which further progress can be made.Mr. Wisner, who was a former campaign coordinator of the Unity Party in the 2011 presidential and legislative elections, called on the support of the international development community, especially Australia, to remain firmly engaged to strengthen democratic institutions as the surest way to avoid a reversal of progress.He cautioned that negative news of corruption, mass disaffection, and mass failures within the education system were remaining vestiges of the spoilt system of the past, which are being magnified and cleansed as institutions get better and as policies get implemented.However, Mr. Wisner called on the international community to view these reports from a positive standpoint as now, no one in Liberia is tolerable of corruption and bad governance, but instead, the political space has been created to allow for exchange and collective governance of the state. Mr. Winser revealed that he is currently completing an independent research looking into how interagency coordination, involving implementation of policy requiring more than one sector of government, can be improved. He hopes that upon completion and successful peer review, results will be published to help improve policy outcomes, which he believes is one of the headaches of the current government.The former student leader, who will be returning to the country in December upon completion of his studies, has revealed that another official launch of the book will be held in Liberia to give the Liberian people the opportunity to access copies of the novel.# # #last_img read more



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Neymar’s foot operation declared a success, but long recovery looms

first_imgOnly a short time later, Neymar, 26, was watching live coverage from his hospital room of PSG’s Ligue 1 game against Troyes, said Gerard Saillant, the doctor representing PSG in Belo Horizonte.Neymar should be discharged from the hospital early Sunday, Lasmar said.But PSG said that Neymar will not be able to return to training for at least six weeks. This followed an earlier statement from Lasmar that the star player would be out of action for at least two and a half months, maybe three.Neymar will definitely miss PSG’s make-or-break Champions League last 16 second leg against Real Madrid next Tuesday.But if Lasmar’s prognosis of a nearly three-month wait is true, then Brazil will be scrambling even to get him ready for the World Cup in Russia starting in June.Neymar broke his fifth metatarsal — the bone leading to his small toe — during a 3-0 drubbing of Marseille on February 25. The striker — whose transfer from Barcelona cost PSG a record 222 million euros ($264 million) last August — has scored 28 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions for the club.– ‘No split’ –Amid reports of tension between PSG and Brazil’s footballing authorities over Neymar’s medical treatment, PSG insisted that it would take charge of his recuperation.“The post-operation rehabilitation will begin immediately under the control of the club’s physiotherapist,” PSG said in a statement on their website.“An assessment will be conducted in six weeks in order to determine the possible date of his return to training.”Earlier, Paris newspaper L’Equipe reported that PSG believe Lasmar lied about Neymar’s condition.The report said that Neymar was initially found to have suffered a minor fracture and that PSG were shocked to hear Lasmar say on Thursday that it was a serious break requiring a longer than expected recuperation.Following the surgery, however, doctors stressed that there was no friction between PSG and Brazil’s federation, the CBF.“Contrary to what might have been written or said…, decisions already taken and those to come have had the complete agreement of Neymar of course, and of his family, all the staff at PSG, the medical staff, the organization and management of PSG, and the representatives of the CBF,” Saillant said. “There is absolutely no split, despite what was written.”Lasmar pointed out that physiotherapy would be done by Rafael Martino, who does work both for PSG and the Brazilian national team, which “shows the integration of all parties.”– World Cup still possible –After a remarkable turnaround in fortunes since the shambolic 7-1 semi-final loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup, Brazil are seen as top contenders in Russia.But a big part of that optimism depends on the talented Neymar, who missed that infamous humiliation four years ago through injury.Jose Luiz Runco, a former chief medical officer for the Brazilian team, told AFP that Neymar will walk with crutches after two to three weeks, exercise while putting weight on his repaired foot after about 60 to 75 days, and only then return to training.“He’s likely to recover pretty quickly because he’s an athlete and young.”Neymar arrived in Rio de Janeiro ahead of his Saturday operation © Twitter/AFP / Claire Dornald ClauzelA potential plus for Neymar is that the enforced break from competitive football may do him good.“When you think how exhausting the European season is, he could even arrive fresher than the others, both physically and emotionally,” said Cristiano Nunes, the physiotherapist for Brazilian club Internacional.Neymar may not be able to walk for a while, but he is already carrying the burden of a nation’s expectations.“The World Cup begins here today, with this operation,” said fan Iago Coura, 24, who came to the hospital with three friends. “Lasmar is the team’s best player right now.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar is helped to his feet by Adrien Rabiot during PSG’s win over Marseille on Sunday, in which he suffered a twisted ankle and a hairline metatarsal fracture © AFP/File / GERARD JULIENBelo Horizonte, Brazil, Mar 3 – Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar underwent successful surgery on his broken foot Saturday, officials said, but it will be six weeks before anyone knows when the planet’s most expensive footballer will play again.The one hour and 15 minute operation at the Mater Dei hospital in Belo Horizonte “took place with great success, without any problem,” said Brazilian national team surgeon Rodrigo Lasmar, who led the procedure. last_img read more



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DONEGAL ATHLETES SHINE AT CELTIC GAMES

first_imgA trio of Donegal athletes ended their season on a high over the weekend in the Celtic games in Colwyn Bay, Wales a competition between the best young under 18 athletes in Scotland, Ireland and Wales .John Kelly got out to a personal best in the shot at 18.43m rounding off an excellent period which included the world youth champs in Ukraine.Another Finn Valley athlete on duty, Blathnaid Patton from Stranorlar, won the triple into a strong wind at 10.86 having won the corresponding irish title some weeks ago. In addition to all this Kelly Mc Grory set a new Celtic record in the 400mh on her way to victory culminating in what has been a busy schedule for the Tirconnaill girl .This weekend its the world champs in Moscow 3 Donegal athletes on the squad Tori Pena, Brendan Boyce and Mark English to whom we extend best wishes .Castlefinn 5k on Friday evening last saw a win for Gerard Gallagher who the previous weekend had run a 5k on the track in the nationals . In those same nationals Dempsey Mc Guigan really unfortunate in the hammer losing out by 1 centimetre to finish 4th .The majority of athletes with the exception of the combined events and community Games are on a break to return to action August 20th . DONEGAL ATHLETES SHINE AT CELTIC GAMES was last modified: August 5th, 2013 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



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These Spurs fans gush over Rafael van der Vaart after he announces retirement

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa OFF Rafael van der Vaart has announced his retirement from football! What a player he was for #THFC 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/sZorkIeUVw— Kane10 (@HarryKaneGoals) November 5, 2018 Van der Vaart celebrates scoring during Spurs’ 2-1 win over Arsenal in October 2011 He played for Real Madrid for two years (2008-10) What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Former #thfc player Rafael van der Vaart has announced his retirement from football.Not sure about you guys, but van der Vaart will always be my favourite Spurs player, the best No. 11 and a true GOAT of White Hart Lane.Thank you for those great memories! @rafvdvaart#COYS pic.twitter.com/6IoYeoUnYY— Everything Spurs (@EverythingSpur3) November 5, 2018 Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ 2 Rafael van der Vaart has announced his retirement from football after suffering a new injury.The Dutchman has enjoyed a stellar career, playing for the likes of Ajax, Real Madrid and Tottenham. Former Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has confirmed his retirement from playing professional football. All the best for the future you legend 👏🏻 #THFC pic.twitter.com/SJJT7yWvcI— AddictedHotspur (@AddictedHotspur) November 5, 2018 gameday cracker punished However, he was forced to quit early into what would be his final season as a professional after suffering another fitness issue training with Danish club Esbjerg fB.On his retirement, he said: “I do need to stop now. I am not here just to rehabilitate but to play football. Otherwise I would lose all fun and I want to preempt that moment.“I would have loved to become a granddad while playing football, but unfortunately that is unattainable.“I can only be grateful at this moment for all those years in which I could play football.” BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Tottenham Hotspur News Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice REVEALED targets @SpursOfficial Rafael Van der Vaart announced his retirement from football. We wish him all the very best.COYS 💙#plfanzone #COYS #THFC pic.twitter.com/tjHFDNKUNp— 乇koω Ayensu 乇ssαħ (@EkowAyensu_Gh) November 5, 2018 If there is one moment to use My Way, this is it. It wasn’t an easy decision to say goodbye to the game I love the most. But words can’t express how grateful I am for those 18 wonderful years of professional football. Thank you all! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/SDpmb5oSUV— Rafael van der Vaart (@rafvdvaart) November 5, 2018Although he only played for Spurs for two years (2010-12) he is still viewed as a fan favourite – with some even labelling him as a club legend.And after hearing the news of his retirement, these Spurs fans took to Twitter to reminisce about their former player. Below you can see the best tweets. “I managed to win trophies and played for championships, both with my clubs, the Dutch national team, and as an individual.“In all those years I have played with and against so many great players in the most beautiful stadiums. I could never have dreamt that as a little boy.”Below you can see some of Van der Vaart’s career highlights. 2last_img read more



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Incumbents jump ahead in school races

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Incumbents were prevailing Tuesday in several Santa Clarita Valley school races, including the contest for two seats on the board that governs College of the Canyons, according to early returns. In the most contentious race – for three seats on the Newhall County Water District board – incumbents Barbara Dore and Maria Gutzheit took the early lead as did B.J. Atkins, whom they had supported. Trailing were incumbent Joan Dunn; her husband, Ed Dunn; and fellow challenger Trish Lester. Early returns for the College of the Canyons board showed incumbent Ernie Tichenor leading the race for Office 1 over challenger Jonathan Kraut. Joan Whaling McGregor was running ahead of Ronald A. Vitale and Teresa Todd for Office 3. In the William S. Hart Union High School District, incumbents Dennis King, Patricia Hanrion and Paul Strickland were holding their own in the battle to keep the three at-large seats. Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 pat.aidem@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The trio were being challenged by Steven Herskovitz, Danny Markovich, Joe Messina, Philip Ellis Jr. and Tyler Johnstone. Three board seats also were up for grabs in the Newhall School District. Early leaders were newcomer J. Michael McGrath, namesake and son of the district’s former longtime superintendent; incumbent Steve Tannehill; and challenger Robert Jensen Jr. Also in the race were Steve Lunetta and Wendy JoAnne Zinn. In the Saugus Union School District, early returns had incumbent Judy Umeck, Doug Bryce and Paul De La Cerda ahead of J. Fred Tazartes for the three open seats. Three seats were on the ballot in the Castaic Union School District, where incumbent John Kunak, Laura Pearson and Angela Marler grabbed the early lead over Robert Allen, Susan Christopher and Steve Teeman. In the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District race for three seats, Mark Distaso, Larry Layton and Leona Ruth Sexton were ahead of appointed board member Maximino Duran, incumbent Fred Heslep and challengers Deborah Jauregui-Rocha, Michael Richard Hughes, Ron Bird, Geraldine Rose Davis and Charles Brink. last_img read more



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Magician will put on show at church

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Cowboy Magician Lincoln Bond and friends will present a free Family Magic Show, 5-9 p.m. today at the Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Families looking for good, clean fun can enjoy the show and still be home before midnight. There will be continuous entertainment and festive foods throughout the evening. Donations will be accepted for the newly opened Santa Clarita Homeless Shelter. For information, call the church at (661) 297-3783. -Daily News last_img read more



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Cape film studio back on track

first_img8 February 2008Cape Town’s film industry has been given a major boost with the formation of a public-private partnership that will see the development of a R430-million film studio on the outskirts of the city.The shareholders in the Cape Town Film Studios project – formerly known as Dreamworld – include Videovision, Sabido Investments, the Rico Trust, the Helderberg African Chamber of Commerce, and Western Cape trade and investment agency Wesgro.Cape Town Film Studios chairperson Anant Singh said that with all legal documents signed, they were well on the way to meeting mid-year deadlines in terms of funding agreements relating to the building of the studios, as well as bulk infrastructure and upgrading the nearby R301 highway.“We are pleased that our contractual agreements with the City and Wesgro have been finalised,” Singh said in a statement by Wesgro and Cape Town Film Studios on Wednesday. “We are passionate about building a stronger film industry in our country, being internationally competitive and developing our amazing local talents.“The studios have been designed to meet both local and international film needs – we want to bring the best producers in the world to our facilities here in Cape Town.”Cape Town Film Studios, to be located in Faure just outside Cape Town, will contributing to the creation of thousands of construction jobs over the next three years.In 2004, Dreamworld Film City Limited was chosen as the preferred bidder to develop a world-class film studio complex in Cape Town, with the provincial government undertaking to contribute R30-million in return for a 10% stake in the project, and the city council committing R30-million in the form of bulk infrastructure.According to Wesgro CEO Angelo Manzoni, the film industry makes a major contribution to the economy, increasing employment and promoting the country as a preferred services destination.“To date, this is the largest commitment to our film industry, and leads the way by ensuring the existence of a permanent film infrastructure which will ensure a strong and growing order book for the province,” Manzoni said.High growth industryCape Town city councillor for economic development Simon Grindrod added his approval for the project, saying the city had identified film as a high-growth sector and that the new studios would serve as a catalyst for growth in the industry.The Western Cape continues to attract a host of international and local filmmakers for feature and TV films and commercials.According to an economic impact assessment study commissioned by the Cape Film Commission, the industry is estimated to have a direct annual turnover of more than R2.65-billion and to have contributed an indirect annual turnover of more than R3.5-billion to the country’s gross domestic product through the multiplier effect.“The Cape Film Commission is committed to the final realization of the Cape Town Film Studios project as it will accelerate greater film investment into the region,” said Cape Film Commission CEO Laurence Mitchell. “The success of the project will require full industry support.”Mitchell also lauded the revised Department of Trade and Industry’s incentive for the film and television industries, set to come into effect this month, which is expected to increase foreign investment, local content production and black economic empowerment in the film industry.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more



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Epic run to put smiles on faces

first_imgDavid Grier and fellow ultra-distance runner Braam Malherbe ran across the Southern African coastline in 2008. (Image: Cipla Mile for Smiles blog) South African adventurer David Grier is braving torrential rain, extreme heat and blood-thirsty leeches in a world-first attempt to run the length of Madagascar during monsoon season. His motivation? To make a difference in the lives of children born with cleft lips and palates.Through this epic trek 50-year-old Grier is helping raise money for Operation Smile South Africa, an NGO which pays for affected children, and sometimes even adults, to have corrective surgery so they are able to smile.“This adventure is part of a commitment to make a difference in the lives of children in South Africa and the continent,” Grier said. “We will use the funds raised for children in South Africa and neighbouring countries.”The adventure, known as Madagascar Challenge 2010, is a continuation of the Cipla Miles for Smiles Challenge that saw Grier complete a 4 000km run across the Great Wall of China in 2006 with friend and fellow adventurer Braam Malherbe. The two adventurers also finished a 3 300km run along the Southern African coastline in 2008.But the Madagascar Challenge is by far the most difficult, the ultra long-distance runner said. It combines running, paddling and kite surfing – the latter two being new additions to Grier’s programme.He started his journey on 1 December in Nacala, on the north coast of Mozambique, and paddled 500km over 11 days to reach Majunga in northwest Madagascar. After this he travelled to the island’s southern tip to begin his quest.“I wanted to push the boundaries a bit to capture the imagination of the people following the event to prove that we can achieve what we set out to do,” Grier said of his decision to include paddling and kite surfing. The aim is to “bring awareness to the plight of these children so we can make a difference in their lives”.The public is being urged to make donations through the Miles for Smiles website. Presentations on Grier’s adventure will also be made to businesses in South Africa to generate further funds.More smiles for SAOperation Smile South Africa was set up just before Grier and Malherbe started their run in China in 2006, and has funded operations for more than 1 000 people since.Its first mission in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal province, in November 2006 provided free reconstructive surgery for 57 disadvantaged children and adults. In March 2008 the organisation funded operations for 31 similarly affected people in Swaziland and, by May of the same year, it went to Madagascar to do the same.Braving leeches, swamps and cyclonesIt’s hasn’t been smooth sailing for Grier and his support crew in Madagascar. The first challenge was paddling across the ocean and being hit by storms and a tornado.Running solo, he has covered more than 800km, and is currently passing through mostly rain-drenched forest in central Madagascar. The run itself has not been straightforward, with Grier having to swim across bulging rivers to reach nearby villages to spend the night. The next morning he’s up again to hit the mountains.Of the 800km he’s run, Grier still has “double that to do and more”. Weather permitting, Grier runs more than 40km a day.It’s been raining heavily for seven days in the central villages he’s passing through at the moment. In the north, where he’s headed, there’s the threat of extreme heat and cyclones.“The island is so diverse, the weather changes all the time. Down south is desolate and up to 40 degrees Celsius. In the north it’s going to be hot and then I am going to hit the cyclones. It’s going to get hectic,” he said.Grier’s health was at risk during his earlier days on the island. He fell sick for a month while adjusting to Madagascar’s water and has already lost 8kg. “… Now it’s the leeches and tropical fever that have hit me.”He said he’s very exhausted at the moment and feels like the parasites’ bites are draining his energy.His cameraman and media liaison manager, Nick Heygate, is recovering after being infected by leech bites in the forest. Heygate has been severely affected over the past few days and had to be carried out of the mountains.Grier had to endure running through deep sand in the south, and now he’s wading through “knee-deep swamp areas and red mud that just never dries”.Although he’s supported by Heygate, Grier doesn’t have enough logistical help “due to the funding difficulty”. Heygate is being assisted by two Malagasy men who’ve provided transport for him through the forests.“This has turned out to be a mammoth solo trip,” Grier said.He hopes to complete the adventure in April and will kite-surf back to South Africa from the Indian Ocean island.Man of many talentsSo what does Grier, the father of four who missed his daughter’s birthday party in December and celebrated his in unknown territory last Saturday, long for back in South Africa?“Just sit and appreciate my family and thank them for what they have had to endure unselfishly in order for me to be given the privilege of going out and making a difference,” he said.He also missed his eldest daughter’s wedding in Austria and said he would have loved spending Christmas and New Year’s Day home. “I will miss my wedding anniversary as well.”Grier is a man of many talents: he’s a celebrity chef, motivational speaker, photographer and published author. He has successfully summited Mount Kilimanjaro and completed numerous ultra-marathons, including the acclaimed Two Oceans Marathon (56km) and Comrades Marathon (90km) in South Africa.last_img read more



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Iron Man: LA Tenorio sets PBA record with 597 consecutive games played

first_imgTrump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Google Philippines names new country director Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Spurs win eighth straight as Blazers lose CJ McCollum to injury Barangay Ginebra guard LA Tenorio plays in his 597th consecutive game in the PBA. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra guard LA Tenorio set the PBA record after appearing in his 597th straight game on Sunday in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The 34-year-old Tenorio surpassed PBA legend Alvin Patrimonio for the most number of consecutive games played.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Making things more interesting is Tenorio achieved the feat against Patrimonio and the Magnolia Hotshots.Patrimonio, who now serves as Magnolia’s team manager, played all of his 16 PBA seasons for the Purefoods franchise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsTenorio has never missed a game since being drafted as the fourth overall pick by the San Miguel Beermen in 2006. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more



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