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Sherwood hints at Bent future

first_img But Sherwood believes owner Randy Lerner would trust his judgement if he offered Bent a new deal. He said: “I think the way the conversation would go would be something like this: ‘we might need to add striker and I know this boy, he’s available, do we take a gamble on someone else or bring him back?’ “That’s my decision and I’m sure Randy will say ‘you’re the manager you make the decision, that’s what you get paid for’.” Villa host West Ham in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday just two points above the relegation zone with three games left. They are up for sale and have been linked with a takeover fronted by former Arsenal defender Tony Adams and ex-Chelsea executive Paul Smith. But Sherwood remains unconcerned over any uncertainty surrounding the club and, potentially, his own job. He said: “Perhaps they might not like a British manager, not a lot of owners do. It’s not a worry. I’m just getting on with my job. All I can do is do the best for the football club. I’ve got the football club’s best interests at heart. At the moment the chairman has not made any indication that he has wanted to sell.” Boss Tim Sherwood has hinted he is ready to hand Darren Bent a shock Aston Villa lifeline. The Villa Park chief refused to rule out a return for the club’s £24million record signing after his loan at Derby finished. Bent is out of contract at the end of the season and had been frozen out by former manager Paul Lambert. He cannot play for Villa this season as he was contracted to Derby if they made the play-offs, but the Rams ended up eighth in the Sky Bet Championship. But Sherwood, who worked with Bent at Tottenham, believes he could still have something to offer next season. “The door isn’t shut for Darren,” he said. “I don’t even know what he earns. It will all have to be taken into consideration, yes. “He knows me, he knows that he would get chances to score goals which will be a bonus. “I will have a chat with him but we just need to get over the line then we know where we are. If we’re in the Premier League perhaps we can afford the wages.” Bent has scored 25 goals in 72 games for Villa since moving from Sunderland in 2011 but was rarely used by Lambert and was sent to Fulham on loan last season. He also joined Brighton this season before his spell at Derby, where he scored 12 goals in 17 games. Press Associationlast_img read more

Devastated by Closures, Merchants Try to Adapt to New Normal

first_imgIn the meantime, stay home as much as possible, wash your hands and don’t touch your face. MONMOUTH COUNTY – In the midst of a global pandemic, people are being asked to practice social distancing, proper hand washing and additional cleaning measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The Two River Times approached different community members and business representatives to see how the virus is impacting their daily work and lives. Here’s what they had to say. Paige Bouzaglou, owner ofWandering Gosling, Red Bank The 76-year-old has always taken pride in maintaining a clean restaurant, but in light of the rapid spread of coronavirus he took things a step further. “At my age, I can’t afford not to,” he said. That included ensuring everything was cleaned and wiped down with disinfectant sprays and wipes – doorknobs, tables, countertops and other surfaces. “The streets are empty,” Monmouth Meats butcher shop owner Stewart Goldstein told The Two River Times March 17. The outbreak is not good news for airlines or other transportation methods, but it’s especially bad for cruises. It’s the No. 1 thing people are scared of right now, as far as travel goes, she said. “It’s a great tradition of American small business to adapt to changing conditions and to find solutions. By taking this action, we are safeguarding our employees and patrons while still offering the superior service to which our customers have become accustomed,” he added. Both locations will resume walk-in services as soon as possible. “Last Friday I was busy and Saturday we were crushed and that I couldn’t explain,” he said March 12. Jessica Porter found her students to be “extremely anxious” and distracted from their school work last week, before schools were closed and operating remotely. She said more students than normal were absent from class and those who were there were leaving the classroom periodically throughout the day to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. Danny Murphy, owner ofDanny’s Steakhouse, Red Bank Some students joked about the virus. Others asked “logical questions” about the epidemic, including what would happen if the school shut down, she said March 13. “They appear excited to not come to school, but many students are genuinely anxious and several are absent due to the anxiety being caused by COVID-19.” For now, customers cannot walk into the shop, located at 497 Prospect Ave., for service. That also includes temporary in-store service suspension at The Cellar at 594 River Road in Fair Haven. While no one knows what the next few months will bring, she hopes everything subsides by the time the weather gets nicer. It’ll make for a great time to find alternate travel plans, too, like taking road trips in the U.S. It’s a chaotic time for travel agent Paige Bouzaglou of Wandering Gosling, to say the least. She’s dealt with “quite a bit” of cancelations and trip refunding. Some of her clients have underlying health conditions and can’t fly. Others are canceling out of fear, she said March 12. Yogis are encouraged by Synergy Hot Yoga representatives to “stay calm and practice on,” but to do it outdoors. As of March 17, the studio stopped hosting its group indoor hot yoga classes and instead brought its mats outside. “This is the last thing they needed; they were struggling before quite a bit already,” said Bouzaglou. Once the outbreak subsides, it will take cruise lines even longer to get over that hump of fear, she projected. And while that advice can certainly help slow the spread, how is it impacting local communities and businesses? Murphy was unable to be reached for an updated comment by press time in response to Gov. Phil Murphy’s call mandating that restaurants serve customers for to-go or takeout orders only. He did, however, mention March 12 that he has partnered up with the DoorDash food delivery service so people can enjoy Danny’s Steakhouse from the comfort of their homes. Additionally, the business posted on Facebook March 17 announcing that it is delivering to Red Bank, Middletown Township, Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Rumson, Fair Haven, Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach, Shrewsbury and Little Silver. A $5 delivery charge will apply.center_img By Allison Perrine “Knowing how important yoga can be in maintaining a sense of physical and emotional wellness, we will be inaugurating our newest venture – ‘Synergy Cold Yoga,’ ” the company wrote. Classes will be held outdoors for as long as it is feasible. “We will be able to spread out and still connect with each other (from 6 feet apart).” Since Red Bank’s emergency management coordinator declared a state of local disaster emergency March 15, all nonessential businesses with more than 25 people have been closed to the public, including restaurants, liquor stores, gyms and theaters. Additionally, Gov. Phil Murphy ordered the closure of all nonessential businesses after 8 p.m. What To Do Stewart Goldstein, owner ofMonmouth Meats, Red Bank William G. Kenney, president ofLittle Silver Liquors It’s delivery only until further notice, William G. Kenney, president of Little Silver Liquors, announced Monday, March 16. Additionally, the studio will offer free Yoga Nidra meditation sessions through its website, which according to the studio will be posted soon. Synergy hopes to reopen March 30 but will monitor the suggestions and guidelines of the CDC and local authorities. Any unlimited class cards will be on hold for as long as the studio is closed. “We treasure our community and our employees. Our number one priority is their safety and well-being while at our stores,” said Kenney. “At this time, we have assessed that the risk of communal spread of the novel coronavirus far outweighs any potential fiscal benefit of continuing business as usual.” Luckily for Goldstein, his business, located on Monmouth Street, can remain open and serve meat products as usual. He gets three shipments a day, so there’s no shortage in sight. “It’s been good, no complaints,” he said. “They say that’s the worst thing,” said Murphy. Jessica Porter, teacher in theHenry Hudson Regional School District Danny Murphy walked around his restaurant passing out disinfectant wipes to his customers so they could clean their phones, he told The Two River Times last Thursday. However, Goldstein said he feels “really sorry for the independent guys that have to close at 8, the restaurants,” he added. “It’s going to be really tough, especially in Red Bank where a lot of people rely on restaurants.” While there are precautions we as individuals can take to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading, people on social media are also suggesting purchasing gift cards from local businesses during this time of need. The businesses will be able to use the money right away and the customers can redeem the cards for purchases at a later date. Synergy Hot Yoga,Fair Haven The article originally appeared in the March 19-25, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more


first_imgKeyedIn Solutions is a multi-national SaaS (Software as a Service) organisation operating in the UK, Ireland, USA and Sweden. They develop web and mobile software applications with over 50,000 users worldwide and are currently looking for .NET developers and Mobile App developers to join their team in Letterkenny..NET Developers KeyedIn are looking for talented .NET developers with at least 2 year’s commercial experience developing web applications in C# and VB.NET. Successful candidates will initially be working on a project to migrate an existing web application from VB.NET to C#.Minimum Requirements:• 2 years commercial experience• C# / VB.NET • SQL (SQL Server)• ASP.NET (html, Javascript)• Relevant degree or equivalent experienceMobile App DevelopersYou will be working as part of a small team developing native Android and IOS apps. Commercial experience in mobile app development is preferred however we will consider .NET/Java developers who can demonstrate apps they have developed in their own time. Minimum Requirements:• Android Development• SQL• XML / Web Services • Relevant degree or equivalent experiencePreferred Requirements:• Xamarin iOS / MonoTouchPackageBasic Salary: €25-50,000 (depending upon experience)Benefits: Pension, Private Health, 25 days holidayWebsite: www.keyedin.comIf you are interested please forward your details to [email protected] VACANCIES – .NET AND MOBILE APP DEVELOPERS WANTED FOR INTERNATIONAL SOFTWARE COMPANY BASED IN DONEGAL was last modified: January 17th, 2014 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:jobsKeyedIn SolutionsletterkennysoftwareVacancieslast_img read more

Wheelchair stars shine at SA Open

first_img15 April 2013South Africa’s leading players shone at the Acsa South African Open at Ellis Park in Johannesburg last week, but were thwarted in their quest for titles in the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour Super Series event.Frenchman Stephane Houdet, England’s Andy Lapthorne and the Netherlands’ Marjolein Buis walked away champions after some tight and exciting competition.World number two Houdet beat Scotsman Gordon Reid in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to lift the men’s singles title, while Buis defeated South Africa’s KG Montjane in the women’s singles final and Lapthorne claimed the quads singles title by defeating South Africa’s Lucas Sithole.MarathonWorld number four Buis needed a long two hours and 24 minutes to defeat South Africa’s KG Montjane in straight sets 6-3 6-3, while Lapthorne triumphed in the third set tie breaker against Sithole. The South African won the first set 6-3, the Englishman took the second 6-0 and won the third 7-6 (9-7).All three newly crowned champions thanked the crowds for their support and assured the fans that they would be back next year to defend their titles.“I have been visiting South Africa for 10 years and this is definitely one of the highlights of coming here,” Houdet said. “I have so many great memories and I always enjoy my time here, so I will definitely return to defend my title.”‘A decent show’Reflecting on the final, Houdet said: “I don’t think either of us played to our full potential, but we still gave the crowds a decent show.“Gordon had a very tough match to beat (world number one) Shingo Kunieda in the semi-final, and I had a tough one, too, against (world number three) Gustavo Fernandez. It was a great match and I’m absolutely thrilled.”Houdet and his French partner Frederic Cattaneo celebrated a double victory, defeating second seeds Reid and Michael Jeremiasz 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the doubles final.‘Incredibly proud’Dutch player Buis was clear about her goals when she arrived in South Africa. “I wanted to win the women’s singles and doubles’ titles, and I am incredibly proud that I was able to achieve my goals,” said Buis, who partnered with Britain’s Lucy Shuker to defeat Montjane and Germany’s Katharina Kruger 6-1 6-2 in the doubles’ final.“There is absolutely no question about my coming back next year,” she said. “I love coming to South Africa, because we are always made to feel very welcome here.“Now that the SA Open is a Super Series event on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, it will continue to attract the top players in the world and that makes it an event no one should miss.”Montjane was disappointed to lose, especially after she broke the Dutch player’s serve twice in the second set and had the chance to take the set to a tie break.‘Frustrations’“Yes, I am disappointed, but I let my frustrations get to me,” she said, after her first Super Series final.“The match was incredibly slow for me, because I am used to playing at a much faster pace. This is something I will need to get used to as I am going to face opponents like Marjolein in the future.”Montjane said that beating Jiske Griffioen, the world number three, in the finals of the Acsa Gauteng Open and the Acsa SA Open semi-finals has given her a lot of confidence.‘Confident’“I’m looking forward to the rest of the season,” she said. “I feel very confident after these two weeks. I’m ready to go out there and challenge and to get more experience. Who knows? Semi-finals last year, finals this year, maybe next year I’ll lift the trophy.”The quads singles match between Sithole and Lapthorne went down the wire after both players won a set a piece. They reached nine-all in deciding set’s tie- breaker before the Englishman took the title after two unforced errors from the South African.“It was a fantastic contest,” said Lapthorne. “Lucas is one of the grittiest competitors on the circuit and he just never gives up. I thought we might be out there all day.‘Delighted’“I’m delighted to have defended my title, but actually, it’s never nice to win on someone else’s faults. The way Lucas has come along, and the way he is playing, I’m sure that he will be opposite the net in next year’s final again.”Sithole agreed, saying that he was nervous, but when he tried to relax, he took it a step too far.“I just lack some experience playing at this level,” he said. “I realised I was getting tense, so I tried to relax but I relaxed too much and gave away points.“Still, I’m up to fourth in the world after beating the world number one (David Wagner) and that is something really positive to take away from my first Super Series final.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa takes the green road

first_img12 November 2014South Africa has taken bold steps to fight climate change, according to Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, who points out that three years ago, there was little investment in the small renewable energy projects around the country.“Today there is rapid uptake of large-scale renewable energy technologies through the Renewable Energy Independent Power Purchase Programme (REIPPP). So far under the REIPPP programme, 3 933 MW have already been procured,” she said.REIPPP is aimed at contributing to the country’s energy supply. The government announced the programme in 2011, outlining the process to procure and introduce renewable energy power generation. Developers have five bidding windows for a total allocation of 6 724MW spread across various technologies.South Africa was also greening its cities, the minister said, through a wide range of actions, including reducing energy load in buildings, creating a recycling economy, and restoring wetlands to protect water resources. She was speaking at the opening of the 2014 National Climate Change Dialogue in Midrand on Monday, 10 November.“Through our national Green Fund, we have adopted an innovative approach to catalysing investment in green programmes.”Presenting key milestones of South Africa’s journey and responses towards a lower carbon and climate-resilient economy, Molewa said the country had drawn up the National Climate Change Response Policy to chart the course for actions that were both developmental and transformational.South Africa was working hard to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “Extensive work has been done, jointly with business and industry, to analyse the emission reduction potential in key economic sectors, and to understand the social and economic opportunities and impacts of reducing emissions.”Green Economy StrategyThe country has adopted the National Green Economy Strategy, a strategic directive to grow economic activity in the green industry sector, to attract investment, create jobs and improve competitiveness. The strategy also provides direction for moving existing economic sectors towards cleaner, low-carbon industries with sustained socio-economic benefits and low environmental impact.“South Africa’s approach is one of promoting sustainable development by prioritising climate change responses that have significant mitigation benefits and have significant economic growth, job creation and poverty alleviation benefits,” Molewa added.IDC investmentsIts focus on going green is underlined by the work of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), the state’s development finance institution. It has a specific department targeting the sector, the Green Industries Strategic Business Unit.Renewable energy is the major thrust for IDC investments, as this is expected to create downstream and upstream development, provide critical mass for local manufacturing and change perceptions about risk and viability.In its integrated report for 2013/14, the IDC said it participated in 22 successful projects during REIPPP Rounds 1, 2 and 3. Construction has started on all REIPPP Round 1 and 2 projects.In the year, the business unit approved funding of R5.7-billion. The corporation’s committed renewable energy portfolio increased to R13.2-billion through equity, funding for black economic empowerment participation and debt finance. The IDC is also participating in projects with a combined installed capacity of 1 265MW across solar photo-voltaic, wind, hydro power and concentrated solar. This includes the two flagship concentrated solar projects being built in Northern Cape Province, which will contribute towards local economic upliftment.The IDC has other irons in the fire: it increased its funding for small-scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects through its Green Energy Efficiency Fund and other credit lines. Key focus areas include industrial energy efficiency and biomass-to-energy investments. Fuel-based green energy projects (such as biogas, waste-to-energy and co-generation) are another IDC priority. These include the Bio2Watt project, a biomass-to-energy plant that will produce 3MW of energy for sale under a power purchase agreement.It has also commissioned the Bon Accord Waste Recycling Project, which recycles 6 000 tons of waste a year through an innovative semi-automated process. The remaining waste can be used to produce biogas as a substitute for petrol and diesel.Environment HouseAlso with climate change on his mind, last month President Jacob Zuma called on “all sectors” to implement measures to fight climate change. “If all sectors implement the measures to fight climate change at the same time, together we can build the biggest mitigation buffer against climate change,” he said at the official opening of Environment House, at the headquarters of the Department of Environmental Affairs, in Pretoria on 17 October.The solution to climate change and global warming lay in every sector managing its affairs effectively. “South Africa has relatively high emissions for a developing country and we should make the most of every opportunity to change this trajectory, hence we have since developed the National Climate Change Response Policy.”The National Strategy for Sustainable Development was also designed to help all sectors to contribute to the fight against climate change. For its part, the Green Economy Strategy has eight focus areas: green buildings and the built environment; sustainable transport and infrastructure; clean energy and energy efficiency; resource conservation and management; sustainable waste management practices; agriculture; food production; and forestry. Others area include water management, sustainable consumption and production.Environment House is an example of the government’s commitment, according to the president. It has received a 6 Green Star SA rating from the independent Green Building Council of South Africa for efficient energy consumption and use of environmentally friendly materials.Other reasons for the rating include the building’s precedent-setting energy consumption mechanism; environmentally friendly transportation modes; efficient and state of the art water saving devices; on-site grey-water treatment works; emissions reduction systems and solar energy innovation systems.Chief executive of Green Building Council Brian Wilkinson said at the time that department staff working in the building would get 150% more fresh air than what was required by the law and would save 300 million litres of portable water.“An unfortunate truth is that climate change will affect the poorest countries the most. It’s important that South Africa is one of the leading countries in the developing world that take charge. that we demonstrate active measures to mitigate against climate change,” he said.SAinfo reporter and SANews.govlast_img read more

Hiking in South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa has a variety of scenic hiking trails you can try out. Here’s a guide to help find one near you.Lush forests, rugged shorelines, mountain streams and waterfalls and fragrant fynbos are found among many hiking trails in South Africa. (Image: South African Tourism, Flickr)Brand South Africa reporterThere’s no better way to experience wild places than to put your boots on and your feet on the ground, one in front of the other. South Africa has a huge variety of awesomely scenic hiking trails. Here are some of the highlights.The Otter Trail along the Tsitsikamma coast is probably the most popular hike in the country. Lush forests, rugged shorelines, mountain streams and waterfalls and fragrant fynbos make this a special one. It’s strenuous, with lots of ups and downs, but the distances aren’t too great.If you want the scenery and walking with less slog and more luxury, try the Dolphin Trail. It traverses similar terrain to the Otter – joining up with it in places – but instead of hiking huts you stay in fully catered guest houses with great views and good food. Your pack is transported to your next overnight spot by vehicle, and you carry only a day pack with lunch, water, camera and swimsuit.The Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape offers similar trails but dramatically different scenery: miles of deserted beaches, wave-lashed rocks and occasional tropical forest.Accommodation is in coastal hotels instead of huts. The usual is to carry your pack, but you can arrange to have it driven around, if you plan ahead.Purists can tackle the Wild Coast rough as they like. There are miles and miles of unspoiled hiking trail traversing high mountains, deserts and forests, where the accommodation is the usual hiking hut, and the cuisine whatever you decided to carry.For an even wilder experience, you can hike for days in the Cedarberg, near Cape Town, or the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal, without seeing a hut or a route marker. These are designated wilderness areas, and you simply take a map and a permit and set off, sleeping under the stars or in convenient caves.There are many others, some of which are on private land. You can get a reasonable idea of what’s available from the Footprint Hiking Club.Of course, the most important aspect of a hiking trail is that you don’t constantly bump into other people. And the only way to ensure that is to limit numbers, so that means you have to book.Hiking linksActive Escapes is a leading authority on Wild Coast Hiking. From traditional backpacking trails to fully supported ‘slackpacking’ holidays; the entire Wild Coast can be hiked, with accommodation ranging from luxury hotels to tented camps or village based homestays. They also offer fully guided and supported hiking trails in the Drakensberg, Eastern Cape Highlands and KZN Midlands, as well as more challenging Drakensberg hikes with a registered mountain guide.Adventure Dynamics International specialise in organising mountain and trekking logistics and guided mountaineering expeditions worldwide. They also offer team building through Peak Teams.Berg Free is run by Dave Sclanders, a registered mountain guide. He offers hikes in the beautiful Drakensberg, ranging from one day in length up to five days. Descriptions of a wide variety hikes are provided, along with extensive safety information, photos, and feedback from hikers. The Boksburg Hiking Club meets on the first Wednesday of every month. They organise trails and a hiking programme is available on the club’s website. To see what it’s all about, take a look at the club’s photo section too. Cape Nature provides information on numerous outdoor activities, including hiking – from one day to multi-day trips in the province’s many nature reserves. Other offerings include mountain biking, kloofing, canoeing, kayaking, fly-fishing and horse trails, among others.Drifters, a tour operator, offers a tour that features either hiking and cycling on the Wild Coast. It lasts six days and five nights and passes along beautiful unspoiled coastline, and a three-day option is also available.EveryTrail in South Africa features a list of trails, which are described and rated by users. Google maps are included which show useful features like elevation and satellite shows. Photos are included and a list of similar trips is also provided.Excelsior Wine Walks offers something a little different: a three-day wine walk through beautiful Cape vineyards and orchards that includes visits to a number of wineries, and walking in the Elandsberg and Langeberg Mountains.Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife oversees game parks in KwaZulu-Natal, from the coast to the Drakensberg Mountains. They have a section on hiking, which includes a weekly hiking report, links to weather reports, safety information, tips, and vital information. Some links to hiking operators are also provided.Footprint Hiking Club offers pictorial reports on various trails, as well as written reports. A hiking calendar is included, as well as advice on hiking equipment, hiking with children, and how to start hiking. The club’s mission statement is “to offer members the opportunity to enrich their lives by partaking in environmental and socially related activities offered by the club while taking an active and responsible stance in the preservation of the environment”.Garden Route Hiking Trails has information on different routes around different towns. The hikes are also rated according to difficulty and contact numbers are provided.High Adventure Africa is a mountain guiding and training company based in Cape Town. They offer guiding services that cover the Cape Peninsula mountain chain and other Cape mountain rangers, as well as all the the significent ranges and climbing areas in other parts of South Africa and Namibia. Their guided activities include mountain walking through to rock climbing and accomodate all levels of ability and experience. Hike and Trail Run Cape Town is a comprehensive site that focuses on day hikes in the Cape Peninsula. There is also information on guided walks and trail running. Walks are graded according to difficulty, and a good description is given of each one. Time and distance is included.Info Hub has a list of hiking and trekking tours. Each of the tours includes comprehensive information on the itinerary and links to tour operators are supplied. Johannesburg Hiking Club organises hikes and hiking-related events, and fosters a sense of responsibility towards the environment. Meet like-minded outdoor and conservation-orientated people who wear heavy boots and smell like the mountain air. The club offers youthful, midweek and Sunday hikes, backpacks, base camp weekends, slide shows, club evenings and social events.Komatiland Eco-Tourism, which operates out of Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, offers hiking, 4×4 trails and mountain biking. There are seven overnight hiking trails and eight day trail options, all featuring wonderful scenery.Linx Africa – Trails in Southern Africa is a useful resource which, region by region, allows one to click on specific areas in each province and find out more about the hiking trails in those areas, including the type of trail, the closest town, a description, and contact details.Mountain Club of South Africa. Hiking is one of the MCSA’s main activities, with the club’s different sections organising hikes ranging from short day walks in kloofs to multi-day traverses across remote mountain areas.MTO Forestry is the custodian of the famous Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail. Located in the southern Cape, it is a hiker’s paradise, passing through beautiful indigenous forests and mountain fynbos. It is about 60 kilometres in length and features excellent overnight accommodation facilities.Namaqua Silver Sands Trails & 4X4 offers the fully-catered six-day Namaqua Coastal Tour, while the self catered Namaqua Coastal Tour last five days.The Num-Num Trail, in Mpumalanga, is a five-day, 42-kilomerte hiking trail that passes through a a variety of pristine landscapes, from yellow-wood forests to sandstone mazes and open grasslands. Not only will you find game along the way, but there are also almost 1 000 waterfalls on the property, including spectacular views of the Uitkomste Falls that are the highest in Mpumalanga. There are five hiking camps all offering fully equipped kitchens, hot and cold showers and braai facilities.Peak High Mountaineering offers trekking, rock-climbing, ice-climbing, and Mountain Development Trust Courses in mountaineering, trekking and abseiling. Equipment is also available for hire. Mountain biking is another option, as well as mountaineering on Mount Kenya. A nice photo gallery is included.Ridgway Ramblers offer guided tours and operate out of Cape Town. They cater to all levels of hikers, including individuals, families and schools. Table Mountain is a favourite venue, but the hikes go further afield too, including at Kirstenbosch, the Lions Head, Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, Kogelberg Nature Reserve, and the Three Sisters.South African National Parks manages a system of parks which represents the indigenous fauna, flora, landscapes and associated cultural heritage of South Africa. Click on the links to Game Parks run by SA National Parks to find out more about hiking opportunities inside of them, including the famous Otter Trail.Sandpiper Safaris provides accommodation and hiking safaris in Boggomsbaai, situated close to Mossel Bay, on the beautiful Garden Route. Included in the hikes on offer is the Oystercatcher Trail, a spectacular guided, luxury and fully catered route, which has earned high praise from, among others, National Geogrphic, Getaway Magazine, and the BBC.Serendipity Eco Trails is situated on a beautiful bushveld farm called Tierkloof, near Polokwane in Limpopo. There are hiking, motorbike, 4×4, and quadbike trails. The hiking options include 16- and 24-kilometre trails, with overnight stays in comfortable bush camps.SHAKAbarker Tours is located in St. Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal, and operates in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve. They offer a number of different trails, ranging from short walks to the Emoyeni Trail, which is 65 kilometres in length and lasts from a Friday afternoon to a Tuesday morning.South African Hiking Trails has information on more than 300 trails. Useful details such as duration, layout, difficulty, distance, and a good description of the trails are provided. A list of popular trails is also provided.SA Adventure Trails is based in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal. It offers a number of trails and a calendar of when these hikes will be done is provided. Search the website for options all over South Africa, or check on their mountain bike options too.Spanafrican Adventures organises hiking expeditions in the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Park, ranging from day hikes to seven-day traverses on top of the escarpment. Highlights include the natural beauty of the mountains and cliffs, the flora, the fauna, and the rock art. Included in the offerings is the Giants Cup trail, the only established trail in the Drakensberg, which is 60 kilometres in length and usually takes five days to complete.The Strandloper Hiking Trail, on the Transkei coast, covers 60 kilometres over four days, starting at Kei Mouth and finishing at Gonubie. A literal translation from Afrikaans for “strandloper” is beach walker, which gives one an idea of what to expect. An easier option, the Strandloper Sundowner Trail, is also available.Trail Guide South Africa is continually adding new trails around South Africa, including hiking and mountain biking trails, and has put together an impressive list of routes on an app.The Trails Club of South Africa is based in Cape Town. It offers a wide variety of hikes and trails to visitors and members, including Saturday afternoon hikes, full-day Sunday hikes, Wednesday evening hikes in summer, Weekend away hikes of two to four days in duration, longer trails, including in the Drakensberg and Namibia, and socials too.Venture Forth International is based in Cape Town and incorporates the Cape Town School of Mountaineering. It’s a specialised mountain guide service and an accredited mountaineering school. They offer guided treks and hikes in the the Cedarberg, Swartberg, and Drakensberg mountains, as well as on Table Mountain. Rock climbing and kloofing are also undertaken, while expeditions to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Cerro Aconcagua in Argentina are also offered.Wikitravel provides a list of trails in South Africa, including distance, days, e-mail and telephone contacts, and price.Wild Coast Holiday Reservations offer exciting holiday options in one of South Africa’s undiscovered jewels, the Wild Coast. Their choice of hiking trails includes the four-night, five-day Hole-in-the-Wall Trail, the six-day Wild Coast Meander, the six-day Wild Coast Amble, and the four-day, three-night Wild Coast Pondo. Catering is provided, as well as a warm bed and hot shower every evening.Wild Mountain Adventures operates in the beautiful mountainous regions of the Eastern Cape, including around Barkly East, Rhodes, Lady Grey and Wartrail/New England. They specialise in is luxury adventure trails, and tailor-made activity holidays, fully catered in beautiful farmstay accommodation. Other options are fly-fishing, river rafting, mountain biking, horse riding, 4 x 4, and quad routes.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Hunting seasons (finally) set

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye SportsmanThis autumn’s hunting and trapping seasons were among the regulations approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council at its twice-delayed meeting in May. Deer hunting changes include modifications to antlerless harvest on public land following the weeklong deer gun season, after which only antlered deer may be taken from public hunting areas and no more than one antlerless deer may be taken from public hunting areas per license year, except from an ODNR Division of Wildlife authorized control hunt.A reduction in the bag limit, from three deer to two deer was approved for Jefferson County, a change designed to encourage herd growth there. All other county bag limits remain the same and the statewide bag limit remains at six deer. As usual, only one deer harvested by any means anywhere in Ohio may be antlered, and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit.Of interest to waterfowl hunters, the hen mallard bag limit increased to two per day, as did the pintail and black duck bag limits. The waterfowl bag limit for ducks and geese is consistent statewide and doesn’t change by zone. Fall turkey hunting expanded to three additional counties: Erie, Hancock and Lucas. Harvest records and research indicates wild turkey populations have increased in these areas to a point where a fall harvest will not impact the overall numbers. Fall wild turkey hunting is Oct. 13–Nov. 25 in 70 of Ohio’s 88 counties.Here are the deer hunting season dates for 2018-2019:Deer archery: Sept. 29, 2018-Feb. 3, 2019Youth deer gun: Nov. 17-18, 2018Deer gun: Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2018; Dec. 15-16, 2018Deer muzzleloader: Jan. 5-8, 2019Speaking of deer hunting… Deer hunting applications acceptedApplications are accepted beginning June 1 through the end of July for permit drawings to participate in controlled deer hunts on select Ohio public areas during the 2018-2019 season. Applicants must possess a 2018-2019 Ohio hunting license and meet the age requirements in order to apply, and can do so online using the Wild Ohio Customer Center at wildohio.gov or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) and requesting a mail-in application. There is a non-refundable application fee of $3 per hunt. Successful applicants will be notified and provided additional hunt information by mail and email. Visit wildohio.gov for more information.last_img read more

India beat Pakistan by one wicket, reach semis of U-19 WC

first_imgIndia’s tail-enders held their nerves in the tense dying moments to edge out arch-rivals Pakistan by one wicket in a low-scoring thriller to cruise into the semifinals of the under-19 cricket World Cup here on Tuesday.After dismissing Pakistan for a paltry 136, India made rough weather of a small target as they were reduced to 127 for nine in 41 overs after being in a comfortable 124 for six at one stage.It was a nerve-wrecking final 25 minutes as Mumbai lad Harmeet Singh and number 11 Sandeep Sharma from Punjab held their nerves to eke out a narrow one-wicket win with two overs to spare at the Tony Ireland Stadium here.The two tail-enders played out seven overs to score the remaining 10 runs as the Pakistanis applied pressure with their fielders closing in.The victory came when Harmeet pulled Mohammad Nawaz towards the squareleg boundary to score two runs and take India to the victory target.The victory shot triggered off scenes of wild celebration in the Indian camp as his teammates rushed onto the field to hug him.India will now take on New Zealand in their semi-final on August 23. New Zealand beat West Indies by three wickets in the other quarter-final match.last_img read more

Midseason Position Grades: Running Back

first_imgIt would be hard to come up with a more maligned topic of conversation among Oklahoma State fans over the last couple of years than the Cowboys’ running game.3.51, 3.58, and 3.43.Those numbers represent the average yards per carry for the OSU offenses in 2014, 2015 and through the first half of 2016. Each one equally disappointing and each one ranking ninth ahead of only Kansas in the Big 12.The Cowboys haven’t enjoyed a 1,000-yard rusher since Joseph Randle cruised to 1,417 in 2012. A school that used to be known as Tailback U hasn’t had a running game that could get out of its own way in three years.But it looks like there might be a mini-renaissance occurring in Stillwater and it starts with a true freshman named Justice Hill. With a crowded running back group that included three seniors and a sophomore who got meaningful time last year, Hill would have made good a redshirt candidate. But he had other plans.Those plans included playing himself into meaningful reps during fall camp and then playing himself into an early starting role, despite a couple mistimed fumbles. It’s clear Hill is the best option to get the bulk of the carries. He’s shown the ability to not only make defenders miss but to attack the hole and has the type of break-away speed that can turn decent runs into big plays.Let’s take a look at his numbers:Hill: 403 yards / three touchdowns / 4.63 yards per carryIf we assume Hill continues to get 15-20 carries per game (let’s make it 15) and keeps his current average per carry, that’s an additional 486.15 yards (assuming the Cowboys go Bowling) for a total of 889.15. So, let’s round up and call it 890 yards. Chris Carson, the Cowboys’ 2015 lead rusher ended with 517 yards and 2014’s lead rusher was Desmond Roland with 770 yards. In 2013, Roland had 811. So Hill is not quite on pace to hit the 1,000-yard mark but he does have a good change to be the leading rusher since Joseph Randle.Here’s how the rest of the group has fared so far: Childs: 178 yards / six touchdowns / 4.81 yards per carryCarr: 86 yards / one touchdown / 8.60 yards per carryCarson (in two games): 45 yards / one touchdown / 3.75 per carrySanders: 41 yards / two touchdowns / 1.95 yards per carryBehind the freshman is another seemingly unlikely No. 2 back. Rennie Childs has looked as good this season as we’ve probably seen him. Again, if you were to look at my projected depth chart for the running backs two months ago, it would have been way off.I saw Childs as the odd man out with Chris Carson the starter from last year and Barry J. Sanders the supposed difference-making transfer. Of course, Carson has been injured and Carr seems to be the one lost in the mix with just ten carries from the backfield in six games. Sanders has looked good sparingly from the backfield and on special teams.Based on OSU’s recent history with running back production, I think we can grade this group on a curve. A B+ was the grade our writers came up with and that’s what I picked as well. There are definitely improvements to be made but we’ve seen a trend in the right direction.2016gradesWhile it’s taken longer than most would like, the running game is improving. We can see it on the field. Blocking is getting better and so is running back play. Whether it’s in the second half of this season or next year,  I think we’ll see it on the stat sheet as well.RB Grade: B+If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more