SA paddlers win Liffey Descent

first_imgWorld Student GamesThe Louw brothers now fly to Hungary for a training camp with coach Atilla Adrovicvz before heading for the World Student Games in Bosnia. After that they will return to South Africa for the Hansa Powerade Fish Canoe Marathon on the first weekend in October. “It was probably the greatest race of my life!” enthused Ryan Louw afterwards. The Hansa Powerade Fish River Canoe Marathon gets under way at Grassridge Dam and finishes in Cradock. More information can be found at Hansa Powerade Fish River Canoe Marathon. With Ryan having bagged a third at the national K1 river champs in the Tracker Highland Challenge, they are well poised to fly the flag high for the Eastern Cape at the famous race in Cradock on 3 and 4 October. 19 September 2008 They were, however, able to make contact with Irish marathon ace Gary Mawer, who was able to start an eleventh-hour search for spare kayaks for the stranded South Africans. ‘Fixing the boat’“Gary loaned us an old K2 that had won five Liffeys, the first being around 1990,” said Greg Louw. The Louw brothers managed to get their borrowed K2 repaired in time and were locked in a ferocious tussle for the overall lead with locals Malcolm Banks and Dermot Hudson, and another South African pair, Brett Irvine and Julian Callebaut, who were paddling for the London-based Richmond Canoe Club. Fish entriesLate entries are still being taken for the race, which has once again attracted a substantial field of paddlers from all corners of the country to Cradock. The event will also double as the Eastern Province K2 River Championships. The man who saved the South Africans’ races by arranging replacement kayaks, Gary Mawer, won the singles race. Maiden winIn the latter stages of the race the Louw brothers were able to make their move to win their maiden Liffey title by two minutes. center_img Lost amid all the recent good news stories in South African sport was another big success for the Rainbow Nation in the Liffey Descent Canoe Marathon in Ireland last weekend. Brothers Ryan and Greg Louw, paddling in a borrowed kayak, claimed victory to continue a strong South African tradition of excellence in the race. South African crews filled the majority of the top five K2 places, with Scott Humphrey and Christopher Couve finishing fifth. KZN students Dylan Scott and Mark Ussher were tenth and the mixed doubles crew of Kelly Howe and Craig Turton finished fifteenth overall. They are both students at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth and have been the top Eastern Cape crew for a number of years. They finished seventh in the last K2 Fish in 2006. “It was set up with a t-bar steering system, and needed quite a bit of repair work. So we spent the day before the race fixing the boat instead of tripping the river! LIFFEY DESCENT RESULTS “Luckily we had taken our own seats with us as hand-luggage on the plane, so we were able to fit those to the boat for the race,” he added. The brothers, together with a number of other South Africans, arrived at the harbour in Dublin to collect their kayaks that they had freighted to Ireland especially for the race, only to discover that the container was in Singapore. K2 RACE1. Greg Louw/Ryan Louw 1:48:59 (RSA)2. Malcolm Banks/Dermot Hudson1:50:113. Brett Irvine/Julian Callebaut 1:50:12 (RSA)4. Kevin Pierce/Vincent Pierce1:53:065. Scott Humphrey/Christopher Couve1:54:42 (RSA)6. Trenton Lamble/Chris Muller 1:54:43 (RSA)7. Aisa Cooper/Dave Pringle1:56:408. Eoin Rheinisch/Barry Watkins1:58:339. Ciarane Cooke/Don O’Brien1:58:3410. Liam McCarthy/Sean McCarthy1:59:5011. Dylan Scott/Mark Ussher 2:03:06 (RSA)15. Kelly Howe/Craig Turton2:09:05 (RSA) Source: Canoeing South Africalast_img read more

Amarula one of world’s top 10 liqueurs

first_imgSouth Africa’s Amarula Cream has becomea global hit thanks to the 2010 Fifa WorldCup marketing campaign.(Image: Shamin Chibba) The golden fruit of the marula tree isprocessed to become the best-selling“Spirit of Africa”.(Image: Amarula)MEDIA CONTACTS • Distell Head Office+27 21 809 7000Shamin ChibbaThe year 2010 was a good one for South Africa. Apart from the obvious success of the World Cup, South African liqueur giant Distell managed to further enhance the country’s international reputation.The company’s flagship brand Amarula, a tasty blend of cream and extract of marula (Sclerocarya birrea, known locally as the elephant or marriage tree), has recently been ranked sixth in a Top 10 Hot Liqueur poll conducted by respected global publication Drinks International.This is the first time that the product has featured on this list.Seven hundred bartenders, bar owners and mixologists across 60 countries were asked to identify the brands that their patrons demanded the most.Distell’s senior global spokesperson Siobhan Thompson said the boost in popularity is mainly due to Amarula’s versatility. “We are really excited that there is such a growing recognition of its ability to play in the on-trade arena with appreciation for its nuanced and multi-layered flavours of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, toasted nuts and citrus,” she said.Amarula’s success also stems from its marketing campaign during the 2010 World Cup.Since the brand was an official licensed product at the tournament, the sought-after gold trophy replaced the elephant traditionally used as a logo on its packaging, and the campaign showcased the versatility of the product.Another move that contributed to this rise took place in the first half of 2010, when Distell appointed Cellar Trends to handle their UK distribution of Amarula. Cellar Trends distributes other heavyweight brands such as Jagermeister, Cinzano, Campari and Skyy Vodka.At the time, Distell Europe’s MD Gary Greenfield clearly stated that the company was looking to raise the profile of the drink. “We were looking for a successful distributor with an existing portfolio of strong brands that would complement Amarula,” he said.Global popularityIn August, research conducted by business intelligence provider Euromonitor International labelled the cream liqueur as one of the fastest growing spirits in the world, appearing seventh on a list out of 100.Thompson said “The Spirit of Africa”, as it is known, is showing consistently good growth in the 103 countries that it is sold.“This holds true even in major markets where the brand is already well-entrenched.  Some of the most spectacular volume increases have come from Latin America, historically a strong supporter of Amarula, and Europe, most notably Germany, which remains the single biggest off-shore market for the brand,” she said.She added that Asia-Pacific, North America and Africa have also shown impressive increases.According to the website Wine Times, Amarula is the second biggest cream drink of its kind universally, remarking that “Its inimitable taste that comes from the marula fruit, indigenous to southern Africa, blended with cream, has proved irresistible to consumers worldwide, along with its exotic connection to Africa, underscored by the brand’s support for African elephant research.”The Amarula Trust is responsible for the conservation and community projects that help to protect elephants and provide people with a better quality of life.last_img read more

Boks escape with draw against Pumas

first_img27 August 2012The Springboks produced a disappointing performance in Mendoza on Saturday, drawing 16-16 with Argentina in the Castle Rugby Championship. It was contest they could easily have lost and with it their unbeaten record against the South American side.Spurred on by a passionate crowd, the Pumas took the game to South Africa and were able to disrupt and slow down the Boks’ ball at ruck time despite the South Africa featuring a big pack, including the sizeable loose forward trio of Willem Alberts, Marcell Coetzee and Jacques Potgieter.It was a reflection on the fact that a good number of the Argentinians ply their trade in the northern hemisphere where the rucks are more vigorously contested than they are in the Super Rugby competition.Argentina on topIn the second half, the Boks were able to secure better ball, but it never came easily and the exchanges at ruck time belonged to Argentina. It also served to underline what South Africa lost when Bismarck du Plessis, a superb ball winner, was injured in their opening Rugby Championship test at Newlands.Jean de Villiers and company tried to spread the ball wide, but they tended to throw skip passes to do so, which allowed the Argentinians to shift their defence with the ball, without being required to tackle the skipped player, thus nullifying any overlaps the Springboks might have created.There were precious few angled runs and flat passes, which also made it relatively easy for the Pumas to cope with South Africa’s attacking forays.LineoutsThe lineouts, which were for so long a strength of the Springboks with Victor Matfield ruling the roost, were poor, with a number of throw-ins conceded. Andries Bekker, who was a tower of strength at Newlands, failed to impose himself this time around.By the same token, referee Steve Walsh failed to take any action against the Pumas’ throw-ins, which were time and again on the outside shoulder of the Argentinian forwards; then again, you get away with what you can get away with.It was, all in all, a very tepid, unimaginative and uninspiring performance from South Africa.‘We were not good enough’Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer was in no doubt that his charges had failed to deliver anything near their best. After the game, he paid credit to Argentina, before saying: “We were not good enough and they played very well, but we let our country and ourselves down tonight.”Looking back on the Springboks’ slow start, he added: “We always knew they were going to come out hard at us and that it was going to be very tough, but you can’t afford to give away all those penalties we did early in the game. That was unacceptable.”He identified the breakdown as a problem area, saying that the Boks struggled to get quick ball from those exchanges. When they did manage to win quick ball, he added, it was not used as well as it should have been.Loose trio questionMeyer is known to favour big forwards, but his admission might mean he is willing to consider a smaller ball winner in the loose trio. Maybe a recall for Heinrich Brussouw?The final whistle told a story; both teams were visibly disappointed, but the reasons were vastly different. Argentina knew an opportunity had slipped through their fingers to record a first ever win over South Africa. The Springboks knew they had underperformed badly.South Africa had the first chance to score points on Saturday when the Pumas were blown up for entering a ruck from the side in the second minute. Francois Steyn took a shot directly into the breeze from inside his own half, but his effort passed just to the right of the uprights.Argentina aheadThe Pumas soon had an opportunity to level the scores through fullback Martin Rodriguez, but he didn’t have enough distance on his kick. In the tenth minute, though, the home team hit the front as Rodriguez succeeded with his second shot at goal.The Springboks were struggling in the rucks as Argentina competed strongly, often forcing the men in green and gold to commit more players to the breakdown than the opposition did.TryJust after the quarter-hour mark, the Pumas extended their lead. Good, quick passing took them into the South African 22 where tighthead prop Juan Figallo handed off neatly to centre Santiago Fernandez as two players tackled him. The sleight of hand went unseen by the Springbok defenders and Fernandez burst clear to crash over near the uprights.Rodriguez added the extras to make it 10-0 to the hosts, much to the delight of the crowd.Buoyed by their try, the Pumas continued to take the game to the Boks, who looked out of sorts and seemed stunned by the ferocity of the Argentinians’ challenge.Rodriguez was presented with a further chance to add to his team’s score when the Pumas won another penalty at the breakdown, but he was wide of the mark.First Springbok pointsAfter the Springboks’ first decent attacking play of the match, flyhalf Morne Steyn had a shot at goal from a penalty, but his kick passed left of the posts. Three minutes later, in the 33rd minute, he scored South Africa’s first points of the game with a penalty.Argentina’s lead was soon back up to 10 points when Rodriguez nailed an easy penalty four minutes from the break. The teams turned at 13-3 in favour of the hosts.The first scoring chance of the second half, like in the first half, went the way of Francois Steyn, who had another long range shot at goal without success. His namesake, Morne, however, landed a penalty after eight minutes to bring the Springboks within a converted try of the Pumas’ score. It seemed they should have been far further adrift.The ineffective Andries Bekker was replaced by Flip vand er Merwe only 10 minutes into the half, but the Bulls’ lock immediately conceded a penalty, which cost South Africa three points as Rodriguez converted his kick at goal to make it 16-6 to the Pumas.The Springboks, though, replied quickly with a Morne Steyn penalty after referee Steve Walsh pinged the Argentinians for not rolling away at the ruck quickly enough.Charge downWith 15 minutes remaining, the Boks benefitted from a charge down by Francois Steyn on the Argentina 22-metre line. The ball rebounded towards the try line and the big South African centre won the race to it, scooped it up and dived over for a try. Morne Steyn’s conversion levelled the scores at 16-16.South Africa looked more assured in the final 10 minutes of the contest and managed to put some phases together as they sought a winning score, but the Pumas stood firm.A final attack ended, appropriately, with a steal by the Pumas from a ruck. The ball was safely cleared and the match ended in a draw that neither team enjoyed.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Palmer amaranth update

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Palmer amaranth has to date been found in about 11 Ohio counties.  Infestations within a county can range from one or more fields or other areas with just a few plants or patches of plants, to the presence of one or more fields with dense populations.There isn’t any real pattern to the distribution of counties where Palmer has been found.  Palmer seed has entered the state via contaminated CREP or wildlife seed that comes from farther west, and via the cotton feed products that are shipped from the south and used in animal operations.  The latter has been the source of our most recent and most severe infestations that occurred in 2015 in northeastern Ohio.  While some animal operations are aware of this problem and have stopped using these types of feed products, it’s likely that many other operations or feed dealers have not received information about this issue or modified their practices.The current Palmer amaranth situation is summarized in a brief video and presentation that can be found on the OSU weed science website — http://u.osu.edu/osuweeds.   We have also posted several fact sheets there that summarize the Palmer problem and current distribution, and provide tools for pigweed identification.last_img read more

High-Performance Dehumidification

first_imgThe basement of our well-insulated and air-sealed 100+ year old home is dry, but enough moisture (as vapor) makes its way through our concrete walls and slab that dehumidification is a must from about April through October. Dehumidification comes with a pretty big energy penalty, so I am proactive in managing this load: when I see that the weather and forecast is for a dry day, I start the day by opening up our half-dozen basement hopper windows, and then close them up at the end of the day (see Image #1 at the top of the page). This just takes a couple of minutes, and Mother Nature manages our basement humidity. But there are many non-heating-season days when we manage the basement humidity with our off-the-shelf 50-pint Whirlpool dehumidifier (see Image #2 in the image gallery). It has done a fine job, but I got to wondering just how old the unit was, and how its efficiency was faring. The unit also seemed quite noisy (but honestly, maybe it was always that way).RELATED ARTICLESAll About DehumidifiersThe Pros and Cons of Running a DehumidifierDo Humidifiers Create IAQ Problems?Preventing Water Entry Into a Home I took the housing off the face of the dehumidifier unit to inspect the coils (see Image #3) and to check out the specs (see Image #4). The coils were a bit dirty, but easily cleaned. What really surprised me was that the unit was quite a bit older than I thought (manufactured in 2003, since the “P” in the serial number stands for a manufacturing date of 2003; see Whirlpool Date Codes) and its Energy Factor was just 1.35 (L/kWh: liters per kilowatt-hour) — not even Energy Star. How has this unit’s efficiency held up over the many years? Benchtop measurement of a dehumidifier’s Energy Factor There is of course a standard test for Energy Factor; it used to be ASTM C 749 (as cited on the Whirlpool unit’s spec label — Image #4) but now is ANSI/AHAM DH-1 (as detailed in Appendix X to Subpart B of Part 430 – Uniform Test Method for Measuring the Energy Consumption of Dehumidifiers). My version of the test was to hook up a Kill A Watt meter to the dehumidifier, and collect the condensate over a 24-hour period. I did that for the Whirlpool unit in our basement under these conditions: Initial basement temperature and relative humidity: 78°F/68% (as measured by a HOBO datalogger; see Image #5) Intermittent operation over the 24 hours, with constant operation “setting” Average operating power: 590 watts (see Image #6) Test period: 6 a.m. August 14 through 6 a.m. August 15 Output: 6.3 liters Input: 4.32 kWh Conclusion: The benchtop Energy Factor is 1.47 L/kWh. Wow – pretty impressive efficiency considering the unit’s age. But it started out as pretty unimpressive. (A current version of this same Whirlpool dehumidifier would be the Whirlpool WHAD501AW. It’s EF is 2.0 and it retails for about $200.) There is a long list of conditions that make my benchtop test different than a laboratory test done to all the specifications of a standard. The most meaningful comparison will be to the new high-performance dehumidifier, coming up next. High-performance dehumidifier For the last twenty years at least, the U.S. company Thermastor has been a key contributor to the Building America program, quietly but steadily educating builders about the importance of managing latent load, particularly in efficient homes with longer shoulder seasons. As part of my work with Hanley Wood University’s Homebuilding Crossroads workshops , I have been doing a lot of tech-talk with Nikki Krueger at Thermastor. When she asked how I was keeping my own basement dry and I described my aged Whirlpool unit, she said, “Want to give our new Santa Fe Advance 100 a try?” I could see GBA benchtop testing written all over this offer. So, earlier this week I installed the Santa Fe Advance 100 (a dehumidifier that retails for $1,799) in our basement (see Image #7). I did an identical benchtop Energy Factor test with the Advance 100: Initial basement temperature and relative humidity: 78F/68% (as measured by a HOBO datalogger; see Image #8) Intermittent operation over the 24 hours, with setting RH = 60% Average operating power: 660 watts (see Image 9) Test period: 6 a.m. August 15 through 6 a.m. August 16 Output: 13.5 liters Input: 5.04 kWh Conclusion: The benchtop Energy Factor is 2.68 L/kWh. Pretty impressive efficiency. And pretty much inline with the EF reported on the SF Advance 100 spec sheet (see Image #10). But how else is the Advance 100 different or better than an off-the-shelf standard dehumidifier, such as the Whirlpool I had in my basement for all those years? Beyond straight dehumidification You can go to the Santa Fe website and get their version of the differences, but here is what I found: Much quieter operation – the fan motors are higher quality, with less vibration; Made mostly of metal, not plastic – the Advance 100 is a sturdier (and heavier) unit; Includes air filtration – MERV 8 pleated filter is very easy to change out; Includes “circulation” mode – a mode that pushes the fan to high speed to increase mixing and to even out the space’s relative humidity and temperature; Can be ducted – the unit is designed for and capable of being ducted so that the unit can be in a different space than the space it serves; Accurate sensors – the LED readout-panel on the Advance 100 was always within 1°F and 1% RH of the Hobo data logger in my basement; Remote internet-based operation (more on this below); Made in U.S.A. – pretty rare these days, and for me it translates into very responsive technical service. As with most modern new appliances, the Advance 100 is tied to the internet. You download the Santa Fe Connect app, and from your phone you can see and set the operation of your Advance 100. Every half hour it updates weather conditions for your zip code, and the app sends alerts if there is anything awry regarding your setpoint and current RH (see Images #11 and #12). Very cool! Now if I can just get an app that will open and close my basement windows when the weather is nice and dry…last_img read more

LIME set to layoff 20 people

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLIME set to lay-off 20 people, according to the CEO of the Northern Caribbean Cluster who offered that 80% of those people will be taken on by companies outsourced by LIME. The oldest telecoms provider in the country basically downsizing and giving support to statistics which reveal that Digicel really carved out a chunk LIMEs customer base since launching in the Turks and Caicos in 2006. LIME promised, once again that 4G is coming, roughly estimating its start within the first quarter of the new year and stating that the move to outsource work is a ground breaking stride to remain competitive. Related Items:last_img

Diplomatic Relations Established Between The Bahamas and Montenegro

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Switzerland, September 11, 2017 – Geneva – Diplomatic Relations were established between the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and Montenegro, 6 September, 2017.    The Joint Communiqués were signed in Geneva at the Permanent Mission of Montenegro, by Her Excellency Rhoda M. Jackson, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva and His Excellency Mr. Milorad Šćepanović, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Montenegro to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva.Following the signing, the two Ambassadors exchanged views on opportunities for future cooperation between The Bahamas and Montenegro.(Photo/Courtesy, Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs) Related Items:last_img read more