December 19, 2019

SA surfers shine Down Under

first_img“It’s such a great honour to have my name on the winner’s board – it’s just so good.” Port Elizabeth connectionFormer Port Elizabeth schoolgirl Philippa Anderson moved to Newcastle five years ago. On Sunday she became the first ever local surfer to win a final at Newcastle’s 24th annual Surfest competition. “This is the biggest win for me ever and to top it off here at Merewether in front of my family is just so good,” Anderson said. SAinfo reporter South African surfer Travis Logie and former Port Elizabeth schoolgirl Philippa Anderson captured the men’s and women’s titles respectively in the Mark Richards Pro and the Maitland Toyota Women’s Pro at Merewether Beach in Australia on Sunday. Three South Africans are contesting the elite ASP World Tour this year: Jordy Smith, David Weare, and Greg Emslie. The 17-year-old smashed a 23-year-long hoodoo during which a local surfer had never won a main event at Newcastle when she edged out Australian Dimity Stoyle by 15.10 to 13.85 points to have her name etched on the Maitland Toyota Open trophy. “This is a huge confidence boost. I’ve been training so hard, so it’s good to see it pay off,” Logie said. Logie, the International Surfing Association’s Open men’s champion in 2002, recorded two rides of 8.75 out of 10 to narrowly defeat Courtney, whose best ride scored 8.25, by 17.50 to 16.45 in the clean one-metre waves. 24 March 2009 ‘A very prestigious event’“This is a very prestigious event and I always come here. I am stoked to win at Newcastle. Mark Richards is a true icon of the sport of surfing and to win a trophy named in his honour is unbelievable,” he added. He believes his knee is now 100 percent and Sunday’s win was the confidence boost he had been looking for as he works at returning to the elite ASP Dream Tour. Anderson, who came through the junior ranks of the Hunter Water Stars of the Future program at the Newcastle contest, will put her $2 500 prize money towards buying a car, even though she is too young to drive unaccompanied. On the comeback trail after failing to re-qualify for a fifth successive season on the ASP World Tour at the end of 2008, Logie secured a confidence-boosting victory over 2009 Dream Tour surfer Drew Courtney in the tightest men’s final at Newcastle for many years. One of the very best small wave surfersConsidered by his peers to be one of the very best small wave surfers on the planet, Logie is recovering from a serious knee injury and said his win on Sunday ranks alongside his victory at a six-star event in Hossegor, France in 2004, in his estimation. While the 500 ratings points earned in the two-star-rated event will probably not figure in his top seven results at the end of the year, the morale-boosting win over an ASP Dream Tour incumbent and the $5 000 winner’s cheque will benefit his objective of joining the world’s top-45-ranked surfers for a fifth season in 2009. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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December 18, 2019

Safeguarding our future leaders

first_imgThe Red Frog Crew is well-known for assisting party-goers by walking young people home, cooking pancakes and offering emotional support to youngsters. In addition to the orientation week parties, Red Frogs volunteers head out on a weekly basis for student nights when most young people are partying at clubs nearby, providing a safe walk home and any other assistance needed. (Images: Red Frogs SA) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jess Basson   Red Frogs PR Manager +27 83 299 1338 RELATED ARTICLES • SA drivers urged to drink responsibly • SA gets tough on substance abuse • Cinderellas shine at matric dance • Madiba: role model for SA’s youthTiisetso Tlelima Wild university parties can be fun and exciting, but for young impressionable first year students drinking and partying too hard can have devastating consequences and may lead to life-altering behaviours.A non-profit organisation called Red Frogs ensures a safe partying environment for young people by offering them practical, consistent support.Red Frogs is aimed at people between the ages 15 and 25, and was born out of the recognition that the culture of young people is dominated by partying and excessive consumption of alcohol and other substances which may land them in dangerous situations.The aim of the organisation is to provide a positive peer presence in alcohol-fuelled environments where young people gather such as matric dance after-parties and university bashes. Its mission is to educate young people on safe partying behaviours and promote and provide non-alcoholic and diversionary activities that engage young people in these environments.The initiative was started in 1997 by Andy Gourley after seeing the amount of fatal accidents that occurred as a result of binge drinking and the use of illicit drugs during Australia’s schoolies week where thousands of Aussie school-leavers celebrate the end of school.Gourley realised the need for a designated sober person at the massive drinking parties and recruited his friends to help. Initially, all they did was to walk drunken students home, but today the programme includes handing out free pancakes, cleaning up their hotel rooms and giving them free bottles of water.The programme has become renowned for the support it provides not only to school leavers, but also to university students, party and festival goers, event managers, sporting groups and musicians in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Canada and South Africa.The Red Frogs crew areeasilyindentified by their black t-shirt with the organisation’s logo that they wear when they are on campuses or at events.The organisation depends on financial donations from churches, businesses and individuals to run the programme. Red Frogs has also collaborated with community-orientated organisations that provide resources such as bottled water, pancake mix, vehicles and other resources.“Right from big business to a single mom who cooks a meal for our volunteers – the whole community can get involved in Red Frogs,” said Basson.People who want to get involved in Red Frogs activities should visit the organisation’s website www.redfrogs.co.za where all the volunteer opportunities are listed.Red Frogs SA launchedIn South Africa, a similar informal programme was started by a group of young people in 2005 where volunteers helped out matric students in the small holiday town of Ballito in Kwazulu-Natal. When they heard about Red Frogs in Australia, they decided to collaborate and in 2008 Red Frogs South Africa was launched in the town.“We’ve learnt so much from the Australians’ experience and we have contextualised it to be relevant to our local setup,” said Red Frogs South Africa PR manager Jesse Basson.“The programme is important because most of these young people are on the brink of making life-changing decisions. They are going to study, work and travel, and start their lives as adults. Choices made in alcohol-fuelled environments can leave lasting consequences and we genuinely believe that if we can safeguard this generation during a season of their lives where they are vulnerable, we can safeguard our country’s future leaders.”Many matriculants go on holiday without their parents for the first time and can find themselves in stressful situations with no one to turn to. Red Frogs is able to get medical assistance to those who need it, liaise with the police and security and look out for matriculants with their interests at heart.By providing these services the volunteers earn young people’s trust and respect, making it easier for them to reach out to the Red Frogs when they find themselves in trouble or when they are facing a challenging time, added Basson.Some of the obstacles the Red Frogs team has come across in their work include trying to curb the use of drugs and violent breakouts, and having to deal with medical crises. At most parties and festivals, these challenges can be addressed through collaborating with the community, police, security companies and emergency service providers.“The best solution we have found is, for example in Umhlanga, where the Urban Improvement Project which provides extremely efficient, centralised management of all the factors involved, does an amazing job of handling the matric holiday dynamics in the town,” explained Basson.University presenceRed Frogs’ presence on university campuses is an extension of the relationships it has built with matric students during their end of year holiday. During university orientation weeks the Red Frogs set up tents on campus to connect with first year students.Arriving at university can be intimidating and a daunting experience for new students which makes the Red Frogs a familiar and trustworthy presence for many of the young people who met the crew during their school leaving parties.In addition to the orientation week parties, Red Frogs volunteers head out on a weekly basis for student nights when most young people are partying at clubs nearby, providing a safe walk home and any other assistance needed.“Whether it’s at a university party or a music festival, our Hydration Stations or Chill-Out Zones are always a huge hit,” explained Basson. “They are a great place for young people to take a break from the loud music and hectic partying scene. Our volunteers hand out free water and pancakes, and we offer a quiet place to sit and catch your breath.”Red Frogs is currently present at the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University and the University of Kwazulu-Natal’s Westville campus, and will be starting on a small level at the University of the Witwatersrand this year.The organisation also plans to increase its visibility at music festivals across the country this year. After a successful run at the Oppikoppi music festival in 2012, Red Frogs will be returning to the festival again in 2013 and will set up tents at Splashy Fen, Rocking the Daisies and Fun in the Sun music festivals as well.“Our role at festivals is to help the festival organisers by being the eyes and ears out in the crowd, linking festival goers with the services provided by the organisers.”last_img read more

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October 24, 2019

Tourism Continues to be Main Catalyst for Economic Growth

first_img Mr. Bartlett noted that an estimated 46 million more tourists (overnight visitors) travelled internationally last year, compared to 2015, contributing directly to gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 3.1 per cent and supporting six million net additional jobs in the sector. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the tourism sector continues to be a main catalyst for economic growth and sustainable development among developing countries. Story Highlightscenter_img Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the tourism sector continues to be a main catalyst for economic growth and sustainable development among developing countries.In an interview with JIS News, the Minister noted that not only is tourism increasingly being seen as a game changer, but it is the one industry worldwide that has consistently demonstrated a high level of profitability and dependability.“This is evidenced by the emerging interest of Wall Street in this space. Also, we only have to take a look at the World Bank’s participation in a number of tourism activities, and the new ethos of several companies – Waterhouse HP, IBM and Google – as it relates to the provision of tourism-enhancing goods and services,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett noted that an estimated 46 million more tourists (overnight visitors) travelled internationally last year, compared to 2015, contributing directly to gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 3.1 per cent and supporting six million net additional jobs in the sector.“In total, Travel and Tourism generated US$7.6 trillion (10.2 per cent of global GDP) and 292 million jobs in 2016, equivalent to 1 in 10 jobs in the global economy. The sector accounted for 6.6 per cent of total global exports and almost 30 per cent of total global service exports,” he informed.Mr. Bartlett said that according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), 2016 was the seventh consecutive year of sustained growth in the tourism sector, following the 2009 global economic and financial crisis.He further added that the tourism industry represents the most important form of economic activity in the Caribbean, with earnings in excess of US$27 billion in 2016.“The Caribbean witnessed an unprecedented growth of 4.2 per cent in tourist arrivals to the region in 2016. The region welcomed a historic 29 million visitors in 2016, over 1 million more than in 2015. Tourism growth in the region outpaced the global average of 3.9 per cent,” Mr. Bartlett pointed out.He noted that tourism is the single largest generator of foreign exchange in 16 of the 28 countries in the Caribbean, and also the sector receiving the most by way of foreign direct investment.“The region has a higher proportion of total employment and percentage of GDP derived from tourism than any other region in the world. It is estimated that one in every four persons is employed by tourism-related activities, and the sector accounts for 41 per cent of all exports and services in the Caribbean and 31 per cent of all gross domestic product,” he added.last_img read more

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September 30, 2019

The Gators Bite Back

On Friday, I noted that the Florida Gators had seen a decline in their chances of winning the NCAA men’s basketball tournament despite beating Albany in their opening game. What hurt the Gators’ prospects? They defeated No. 16 Albany by an underwhelming 12 points, and they drew a tough Round of 32 matchup against Pittsburgh and a looming regional final matchup against either Kansas or Syracuse.But the Gators had a terrific weekend. They thrashed Pittsburgh by 16 points. And they were helped by upsets in the other half of the South region, with No. 3 Syracuse and No. 2 Kansas both losing to opponents with double-digit seeds.The Gators’ game against UCLA on Thursday is no gimme — they have a 72 percent chance of winning it, according to our model.  But conditional upon winning that game, they have an 83 percent chance of winning the regional final against either No. 10 Stanford or No. 11 Dayton and advancing to the Final Four.All in all, the Gators benefited more than any other team from the opening week of the tournament. Their chances of winning the national title are 18.4 percent, up from 14.5 percent before the tournament began. read more

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September 17, 2019

How San Diegans are dealing with increased gas prices

first_img Posted: February 1, 2018 Dan Plante, Dan Plante February 1, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose Thursday to its highest amount since Sept. 9, 2015, increasing nine-tenths of a cent to $3.387.The average price has risen 17 consecutive days, increasing 17.5 cents, including 1.2 cents on Wednesday, according to figures from the AAA an Oil Price Information Service. It is 10.9 cents more than one week ago, 26.1 cents higher than one month ago and 53.9 cents greater than one year ago.The average price has risen 26.1 cents since the start of the year. How San Diegans are dealing with increased gas prices Updated: 8:59 PMlast_img read more

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September 11, 2019

Roccos To Hold FamilyFriendly Christmas Event On December 15

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Rocco’s Restaurant (193 Main Street) is hosting Mrs. Claus this Saturday, December 15, 2018, from noon to 3pm.Join in some craft fun and pictures with Ms.Claus. Ms. Claus will then read a Christmas story to the children while one of Santa’s helpers serves the children hot chocolates and cookies. Before you leave, don’t forget to stop at the Santa Station and write a Letter to Santa and put it in the North Pole Mailbox.The cost of this event is FREE. Attendees are encouraged to bring an unused, unopened toy to donate to the local kids in need.(NOTE: The above information is from Rocco’s Facebook page.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, December 15, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”Santa Claus To Visit Wilmington Dunkin Donuts (Next To RMV) On December 15In “Business”12 Things You Need To Know In Wilmington Today (December 3)In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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September 3, 2019

Bangladesh needs free fair inclusive polls US ambassador

first_imgMarcia Bernicat. Prothom Alo File PhotoUS ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat on Monday said a free, fair and inclusive election is important for a democracy, especially for the one which is on track to become a middle-income country.”Together, we can contribute to a peaceful and prosperous Bangladesh,” UNB quoted her as saying.The US ambassador said political parties must accept their rivals as legitimate participations in the political process and as potential leaders of the next government, even when they disagree on issues or policies.”It’s essential that Bangladeshis urge nonviolence by all actors at every stage of the democratic process, before, during, and after the elections,” Bernicat said.She said violence serves only those who wish to undermine the democratic processes and the interest of Bangladesh and its citizens.Democracy International brought together 400 Awami League and BNP leaders to inaugurate `Shantite Bijoy’ Campaign’, a national campaign ahead of the next national election, seeking peace centering the polls.The campaign was launched at the Celebrity Hall of Bangabandhu International Convention Centre (BICC) with a slogan ‘Bangladesh will win if peace wins.’This campaign engages and raises awareness among registered political parties of Bangladesh and candidates in the upcoming national elections in favour of peaceful elections and tolerant politics.The prime minister’s Political affairs adviser HT Imam, senior BNP leader Moyeen Khan, US ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat and British high commissioner to Bangladesh Alison Blake along with senior political leaders attended the event.The programme began with singing the national anthem. A documentary was also screened on the occasion.Speakers expressed the hope for peaceful and participatory polls.last_img
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July 29, 2019

STARTERS ORDERS Friday

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our new daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 12 July2.00 AscotLincoln 4/1 > 9/43.05 AscotCaravan Rolls On 3/1 > 6/45.25 AscotDarnathean 7/2 > 11/4last_img

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