January 20, 2020

Man City drub West Ham 5-0 in FA Cup

first_imgLONDON (AP):Manchester City swept aside West Ham 5-0 to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup yesterday, bringing an upbeat end to a testing week for coach Pep Guardiola.Midfielder Yaya Toure’s penalty, Norwegian defender Havard Nordtveit’s own goal and a strike from midfielder David Silva made it 3-0 by halftime. Top scorer Sergio Aguero and defender John Stones added goals after the break to give Guardiola the easiest of introductions to world football’s oldest knockout competition.As well as a handsome win, it was welcome relief for Guardiola the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach, who is still adapting to his first season in England.He has been facing criticism following some erratic recent performances in the Premier League. City scraped past a gritty Burnley side 2-1 at home on Monday, following on from a 1-0 defeat away to title rival Liverpool – City’s fourth league defeat of the campaign.This rout vindicated Guardiola’s decision to field a strong line-up, and he clearly showed he is taking the competition seriously by recalling two of his best players in Silva and Aguero.West Ham, by contrast, left star player Dimitri Payet on the bench and immediately found themselves under pressure against a City side, which is fourth in the Premier League, seven points behind leader Chelsea after 20 games.Silva’s early cut-back found Pablo Zabaleta, whose goalbound shot was blocked by Winston Reid, before Gael Clichy set up Silva only for his effort to be kept out by goalkeeper Adrian at the near post.MINIMAL CONTACTThe pressure was always going to tell, though, and in the 32nd minute Zabaleta tumbled to the floor under Angelo Ogbonna’s challenge.There was only minimal contact, but referee Michael Oliver quickly pointed to the spot and Toure converted the penalty.West Ham then collapsed at the Olympic Stadium.City doubled their lead in the 41st minute, as Raheem Sterling arrived at the far post and forced an own goal from Nordtveit trying to clear Bacary Sagna’s cross.It was all too easy for City as two minutes later Sterling took his turn to race down West Ham’s weak left flank. The winger laid the ball across goal to Silva, who from six metres out had time to take a touch and steady himself before slotting in.Five minutes into the second half, Toure rifled a shot through a crowded area and Aguero diverted the ball into the net.last_img read more

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January 11, 2020

Inhumane and tragic

first_imgTHE recent dumping of a homeless patient on Skid Row that was caught on tape was roundly condemned by the city’s police and politicians as inhumane and tragic. Secretly, they were probably relieved. That incident allowed them to look like the good guys as the assault on the city’s homeless continues. Indeed, to hear the many activists who testified before the Police Commission tell it Tuesday, the worst perpetrators of indignities on the city’s homeless Skid Row population are the police. This testimony belies the myth that L.A. politicians are just trying to help the homeless. They want to help the homeless out of Skid Row, that’s all, and thereby help their rich developer patrons profit from the yuppification of downtown. The result, as many Angelenos have witnessed firsthand, is the dispersal of many homeless into other neighborhoods, where there are no services for them. And that is truly inhumane and tragic. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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January 11, 2020

B.C. natural gas bills to increase July 1, except for Fort Nelson

first_imgThere’s no rate change in Fort Nelson and Vancouver Island, and Revelstoke residents will actually pay about $15 less a year because of a decrease in delivery rates.Pobran says the July 1st increase is the first in nearly three years.- Advertisement –last_img

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December 27, 2019

TIR CHONAILL’S GRIFFIN TAKES BRILLIANT BRONZE TO CAP SUPER GAMES FOR ATHLETES

first_imgBY EAMON HARVEY: On the last day of the EYOF’s in Trabzon, Karl Griffin of Tir Chonaill AC, secured the third bronze medal of the championships for the Irish in the 800m. Griffin, made a decisive move at the 200m mark having drifted from the leading pack.He used his speed to move into medal position, finishing third in 1:51.64, less than a tenth away from a silver medal which was won by Nemanja Kojic of the Netherlands in 1:51.55, the winner was Brecht Bertels of Belgium in a time of 1:50.90.This brings Ireland’s medal tally at these championships to six; two gold, one silver and there bronze. There were also four athletes who finished in top eight positions. And to top off the tremendous performances there were four new Irish Youth Records set and six personal bests making it Ireland’s most successful championships ever.Marcus Lawler was also in action today and he put in another terrific performance in the boy’s 200m final, finishing in fifth place in 21.61, just three hundredths away from making the medal podium.Although disappointed not to have medalled, he did have reason to be pleased that he improved his own Irish youth record, taking another hundredth of a second off the time he ran in the heat. Ciara Giles Doran (Ferrybank AC) finished a very credible seventh in the 200m girl’s final in 24.87, after setting a personal best of 24.46 in the semi-final.The Girls 4×100m team were unfortunately disqualified in the final for running out of their zone in one of the baton change-overs. The highlight of the championships was undoubtedly the two gold winning performances of Ruairi Finnegan (Letterkenny AC) and Ben Kiely (Ferrybank AC).Finnegan put in a tremendous performance on day three of the championships to wIn the 1500m, he lead the race throughout, with 120m to go he moved away from the rest of the leading pack, to win in convincing style in 3:53.78. Samuele Dini of Italy was second in 3.54.45.On day four, Kiely produced a sensational performance in the 400m hurdles winning in 52.69, breaking his own Irish Youth Record of 53.66. Kiely didn’t have the best of starts and was placed in 5th position with three hurdles to go; however he kept his composure and attacked the last hurdle to overtake Jacob Paul of Great Britain who placed second in 52.89.There was another medal for the Irish in the 1500m when Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (DSD AC) produced the goods and finished second in 4.26.42. Siofra was part of the leading break-away pack of five after the opening lap. In the closing stages it was a battle between Sophie Riches of Great Britain and the Dundrum athlete with Riches pulling away to won the race in 4.25.95.Megan Kiely, twin sister to Ben secured a bronze medal in 1:00.44, having narrowly missed the silver by two hundredths of a second. Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC) produced a gutsy performance to improve on her Irish Youth Record that she set in the heat, running 13.62 to finish third in the 100m hurdles. On day two of the championships, Sean Tobin produced a noteworthy performance to finish fourth in the 3000m in a personal best of 8.29.91. Tobin, who battled extremely hot and humid conditions, was in the hunt throughout and was part of the leading pack of four throughout but with 300m the top three athletes pulled away. The race was won by B.Ivan Horodyskyy of Ukraine in 8:21.99. Greg O’Shea ran a personal best in the final of the 100m finishing sixth in 10.88. Grainne Moynihan ran a personal best of 55.31 in the 400m heat and was unlucky to make the final as her time was the seventh fastest overall but as she finished fourth in her heat she missed an automatic qualification spot .While the Boy’s relay team of Ben Kiely, Greg O’Shea, Karl Griffin and Marcus Lawler set a new Irish Youth record of 42.67 improving on the 42.99 set in 2009, to place sixth in their heat but they did not progress to the final. Matthew Martin (North Down AC) finished just one place outside qualification in the Boy’s Javelin throwing a personal best of 62.72. Aisling Croke jumped a credible 1.65 in High Jump but was outside the qualification places. While Amy O’Donoghue (Emerald AC), found the heat tough going and didn’t progress on this occasion.Jacqui Freyne, Athletics Ireland Youth and Junior High Performance Manager commented ‘This is an incredible bunch of talented young athletes, who have received terrific support from their parents, coaches and clubs. Athletics Ireland has also been supporting these athletes through our national and regional squad sessions and performance warm weather camps and our objective now as an organisation is to nurture this talent and to progress it through to junior, U23 and eventually the senior ranks’TIR CHONAILL’S GRIFFIN TAKES BRILLIANT BRONZE TO CAP SUPER GAMES FOR ATHLETES was last modified: July 30th, 2011 by gregShare 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:BRONZE MEDALkarl griffinTIR CHONAILL AClast_img read more

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December 27, 2019

SWILLY ROVERS LOSE APPEAL OVER RACIST ALLEGATIONS

first_imgSwilly Rovers Football Club have lost their appeal to have sanctions and a €1,000 fine lifted by the FAI in the aftermath of racist allegations at Swilly Park.The club will now consider other avenues of appeal to have the sanctions overturned in the controversy involving an Under 15 SFAI Cup game against Castlebar Celtic played on March 1st.A player, Thierry Baba and his club alleged that he was racially abused at the game – a claim strenuously denied by the Donegal club. The Tirconail Tribune reports the appeal was heard on Tuesday on the decision of the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland to hit Swilly with a €1,000 fine and ban from playing any more home matches this season in national underage cup competitions.On Wednesday morning Swilly Chairperson Edward Diver confirmed news of the FAI’s decision not to overturn the sanctions.  He added that it would now be a matter for the club to decide whether to explore other possible appeal avenues or legal options in relation to their case.Mr Diver declined to make any further comment on the matter until after a formal club meeting was held to discuss the FAI decision.Swilly officials including Chairperson Edward Diver, Secretary Mick Geever, Schoolboys Secretary P.J. Kavanagh and U-15 managers Tony McNamee and Brian Harte attended the appeal hearing at the FAI Headquarters in Abbottstown on Tuesday and were accompanied by solicitor Seamus Gunn. While Mr Diver said he was pleased with the way their case had been heard by the FAI Appeals Committee there is understandable disappointment within the club that at least some of the sanctions were not lifted.The only minor alteration to the initial punishment handed down is that €500 of the original €1,000 fine is to be paid to a national anti-racism programme.The appeal was heard on Tuesday after Swilly had sought a deferral of the hearing, which was originally scheduled for last Friday in order to deal with a large volume of documentation that was been received in relation to the alleged racist chanting towards Thierry Baba during an U-15 cup game against Castlebar Celtic at the beginning of March in Ramelton.The original sanctions were handed down by the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland (SFAI) following a disciplinary meeting in Dublin three weeks ago.Swilly has also been ordered to undertake an FAI Intercultural Racism programme. As a result of the appeal the Ramelton side’s U-15 SFAI Cup quarter-final game against Kerry’s Kingdom Boys scheduled for March 22nd at a neutral venue in Lucan, Dublin did not go ahead.The match had originally been a home game for Swilly until the disciplinary sanctions were handed down. The rescheduling of that game will depend on what course of action the Swilly Rovers Club now decide upon after their appeal was turned down.SWILLY ROVERS LOSE APPEAL OVER RACIST ALLEGATIONS was last modified: April 3rd, 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:Castlebar CelticSFAIswilly roversThierry Babalast_img read more

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December 24, 2019

Gillespie Falls On Second Day of ITA All-American Championships

first_img Box Score TULSA, Okla. – Drake University’s Vinny Gillespie (Stirling, Scotland) bowed out of the ITA All-American Championships during the second day of the event.Gillespie fell to Arizona’s Filip Malbasic, 6-4, 7-5, to end his run at the ITA All-American Championships. Gillespie advanced to Tuesday’s competition by virtue of defeating Ohio State’s Martin Joyce, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in action Monday.Gillespie was one of two Bulldogs competing in the prestigious event. Also on Monday, Tom Hands (Fulbourn, England) fell to Mattias Siimar of Michigan, 6-0, 6-4. Updated Bracket Story Linkscenter_img Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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December 22, 2019

Heroic surfers who saved nine GAA teammates earn rescue awards

first_imgFour Donegal surf instructors will be presented with Irish Water Safety this Wednesday for their brave efforts to save nine swimmers at Tullan Strand, Bundoran.Owen Murphy, Fergal Muller, Friederike Rost and Sean Young were the heroes of the day on 15th of July 2017 when their quick-thinking acts saved many lives.The incident occurred when a group of nine teenagers from Fermanagh GAA minor team entered the water to cool down unaware of dangerous rip currents. Within minutes they all got into difficulty. The alarm was raised by members of the public who contacted the coast guard. In the meantime, four local surf instructors who happened to be giving lessons at Tullan Strand quickly intervened. All four paddled to the group in difficulty, and prompted each of the teenagers to grab onto surfboards one by one. They used their knowledge of the currents to assist them to paddle over to a safer area where they could walk ashore. Each instructor returned a number of times until all nine of the teenagers were brought to safety. Thanks to the quick thinking of Owen, Fergal, Friedericke and Sean, a major tragedy was averted. The brave actions these four rescuers will be recognized  at Irish Water Safety’s National Annual Awards Ceremony at the Hibernia Conference Centre, Dublin Castle this Wednesday. Thirty lives were saved from drowning through the brave actions of thirty rescuers who will be honoured at the event. Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural & Community Development will present the “Seiko Just in Time Rescue Award” to rescuers in appreciation for saving so many lives.Minister Ring, whose Department has responsibility for water safety said ‘It is an honour to pay tribute to these courageous and deserving award recipients. “Tragically an average of 133 people drown in Ireland every year and although that’s 133 too many, the figure would be even higher but for the dramatic efforts of these individuals who saved others from drowning and the ongoing work of volunteers teaching swimming and water rescue skills.” Long-Service Volunteer Awards will also be presented to 43 volunteers, recognising a combined total of 895 years of personal service teaching swimming, water rescue and survival skills in communities nationwide.Heroic surfers who saved nine GAA teammates earn rescue awards was last modified: November 27th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:IRISH WATER SAFETYlast_img read more

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December 21, 2019

Half-time: QPR 0 West Ham 2

first_imgBottom-of-the-table QPR are heading for another defeat and were booed off at half-time after having their defensive shortcomings exposed once again.Matt Jarvis’ first goal for West Ham put them ahead after only three minutes and Ricardo Vaz Te struck 10 minutes before the break to double their lead.Vaz Te played a key role in the opener. He crossed low from the right and after Kevin Nolan hooked the ball to the far post, the unchallenged Jarvis was able to head home.Esteban Granero had a chance to level but missed the target after being found by Shaun Wright-Phillips’ right-wing cross.Mark Hughes’ struggling team also came close to equalising after keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen failed to claim Granero’s free-kick.Jaaskelainen misjudged the Spaniard’s delivery and clattered into team-mate Winston Reid – who had to go off following lengthy treatment – and after the ball ricocheted off Hammers defender James Collins, Joey O’Brien cleared off the line.Reid’s replacement, James Tomkins, set up the second goal, retrieving the ball after a goalmouth scramble and crossing from the right for Vaz Te, whose first-time shot deceived keeper Julio Cesar at his near post after taking a slight deflection off Stephane Mbia.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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December 19, 2019

Moyo: the African experience

first_img21 July 2003There are not that many venues in Johannesburg that offer an all-African dining experience. One of the best is Moyo in Melrose Arch – but be prepared to wait up to a week for a table, as Jo’burg residents and visitors have discovered the restaurant in a big way.The brainchild of Jason Lurie, Moyo offers customers a touch of Africa from Ethiopia and Tunisia in the north right the way down to Zululand on the south-eastern coast of South Africa. In Lurie’s words: “Moyo is more than just a restaurant.”Lurie, a large, bustling man, has packed a lot into his 35 years, and combined it all skilfully in his restaurant. He has his finger in many pies, besides qualifying as a development economist: music, crafts, the record industry, and a healthy love of food.Moyo is a five-storey restaurant that offers customers an entirely indigenous experience, with unique, locally crafted decor on every floor set against pleasing shades of ochre walls, providing wonderful textures. Every level has its own atmosphere and ambience, but there’s lots of copper evident throughout the restaurant: on table tops, shapes in the walls and gorgeous lamps. There’s also lots of mosaic – on table tops, walls and steps.Says Lurie: “My original idea was to do something authentic as urban Africans, to reflect contemporary African art, food and culture.”Moyo certainly does that. Every level of Moyo is a feast for the eye – there’s a cosy wine cellar with daily wine tastings, set behind a curtain of threaded stones and wire; a huge rock that was revealed when the floors were being dug, with a fine trickle of water dribbling over it; and a magical Moroccan tent on the lowest level. And on every level there are interesting ornaments and furniture tucked into nooks and crannies to marvel at, right down to a long wall inlaid with stones.Every night there’s a feast for the ears with a varied schedule of local musicians entertaining customers, some moving from table to table and explaining the origins and mechanics of their instruments.But it’s probably the minute attention to detail that lingers after the Moyo experience – the wishee washee lady who comes around to your table and, while washing your hands with rose water, sings a washing song made up by the Moyo staff; the romantic nooks called “gigis”, behind a beaded curtain; or the charming waiters and waitresses in their African tunics, with delicately placed white dots on their faces, giving them a mystical quality.Cooks and chefsMoyo has 35 cooks and two head chefs, and its own bakery. Lurie originally selected recipes while travelling in Africa, but Moyo also relies on consultants who investigate new African recipes. The hotter dishes have been adapted to suit South African tastes.And the menu has been compiled to reflect the eclectic range of African cuisine: stuffed baked onions; seared calamari; pickled citrus prawn salad; Egyptian rose petal Semmit bread with sesame; Zulu cabbage, tuna mayonnaise jaffles; and toasted South African “sarmies” (sandwiches).And to complete the Moyo experience, you can buy an item at the shop adjoining the restaurant. Or you can book a party for a great evening in The Tent, and savour the experience as a group.Moyo in NewtownLurie has just completed converting space in the foyer of the Market Theatre in Newtown to a new Moyo, and is in the final stages of placing diners on a metal bridge over railway lines to a warehouse complex behind the Theatre.“Newtown is very exciting. I grew up with it as a musician. I would like to be part of bringing people back to the city,” says Lurie. He feels that the “city is going to happen”, with a range of new developments taking place, particularly in Newtown, like the Nelson Mandela Bridge.Lurie has looked at possible Moyo venues in Durban, Cape Town and Pretoria, but “the space must be right” before he will commit himself to opening a new Moyo in another city.For Lurie, who was born in Yeoville, Johannesburg is a city where “anything is possible. It has a mining village mentality, with lots of risk-taking, and the infrastructure and institutions to make it possible”.Regarding the risk of the novelty of Moyo wearing off for Johannesburgers, he has a confident answer: “Novelty doesn’t wear off quality, only off gimmicks.” Moyo has been open in Melrose Arch for one-and-a-half years. Prior to that, Lurie ran a small Moyo restaurant in Norwood for two years.So, catch your bit of Moyo magic. In the words of one of Moyo’s waitresses, Joyce Leeuw, 48: “It’s fabulous here. I love the vibe and atmosphere, it’s always buzzing.”Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

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December 18, 2019

South African explorer to circle world via poles

first_imgExplorer Ray Chaplin plans to make historyby becoming the first person to travelaround the globe, via the poles, usingonly human-powered transport. Chaplin is a popular speaker at schools.(Images: Ray Chaplin)MEDIA CONTACTS • Ray Chaplin+27 72 637 2866RELATED ARTICLES• African adventure for local woman• SA hosts world science meet• Boundless Southern Africa• World heritage in South Africa• Exploring bicycle culture in SAWilma den HartighIn May next year, South African explorer Ray Chaplin will undertake a 75 000km journey to complete the first human-powered vertical circumnavigation of the world. Along the way he’ll promote the importance of preserving world heritage.“Many people ask me why I want to go via the poles,” Chaplin says. He is taking on the arduous expedition for the same reason that many people have a life-long dream to summit Mount Everest.“I’ve wanted to do this ever since I was a child. I see a photograph of the polar region and I think it is just beautiful,” he says.Known as Shova360, this endeavour will take eight years to complete.Besides raising money for the project, one of his biggest challenges will be to keep his mind and body strong. “It is a long journey and it will be mentally, physically and emotionally taxing to keep going for the full distance.”The journey will start out on 15 May 2011 at Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, and take him through 51 countries.First, the intrepid adventurer will cycle north to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and then to Lake Assal in Djibouti, the lowest point on the continent. To complete the African stage of the journey, he will travel to Ras ben Sakka, the northernmost tip of Africa.The expedition has been planned in stages, with each one starting at the exact place where the previous leg ended. The seven stages, in order, are: Africa, Europe, the Arctic, North America, South America, Antarctica (which includes the notorious Drake Passage) and the Southern Ocean.Human-powered transport Other explorers have successfully completed similar explorations in the past, and lived to tell the tale.Between 1979 and 1982 Sir Ranulph Fiennes‘ TransGlobe expedition became the first to circumnavigate the world via the poles. Fiennes, described as one of the world’s greatest living explorers, went on to document the exploration in his autobiography, Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know.Fiennes used all means of travel including camels, four-wheel-drive vehicles and boats to complete his expedition, but Chaplin will rely solely on human-powered transport. This means that he can only walk, run, ski, ride a bicycle, kayak or use a pedal boat.For most of his global adventure, Chaplin will rely on a locally designed Momsen bicycle to cover the distance. “In terms of human power, this is the most efficient means of transport,” he says.The long journey is a major challenge in itself, but considering the dangers involved in crossing the sea, cycling on solid ground across various types of terrain seems easy in comparison.He intends to cross the Arctic Ocean using a combination of both skiing and kayaking. However, his greatest concern is the Drake Passage, a dangerous stretch of water between the southern tip of South America at Cape Horn, and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. It connects the southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean with the southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean and extends into the Southern Ocean.The Drake Passage is known as one of the most difficult bodies of water to cross. Ships usually encounter ice when sailing through it, and the weather is regarded as some of the worst on earth.“The Drake passage sinks even container ships and is the most dangerous part of the route. It scares me the most,” says Chaplin.To cross this treacherous leg of the journey, he plans to use a combination boat with both pedalling and rowing capabilities. As he will be covering such long distances and harsh, unforgiving terrain on a bicycle, he looks forward to rowing. “After cycling so much, my body will struggle to propel itself, but the dual pedal and rowing boat will help to overcome that,” he says.He says that most people told him that succeeding at this stage of the journey is impossible. “But I spoke to people who are skilled at this, who know the dangerous terrain, and they tell me it can be done. This is good enough for me.”The fact that his journey is a north-south expedition and involves polar travel is also problematic. This means that he has to stick to a tight schedule as some areas aren’t accessible at certain times of the year.His entire journey will be in keeping with the regulations that govern circumnavigations by human power, published by Explorers Web Inc.“The rules stipulate that a person has to travel no less than 40 000 km – the distance of the equator,” Chaplin says. His vertical circumnavigation route crosses all lines of latitude, passes through 51 countries and crosses the Arctic and Southern Oceans twice.Using technologyChaplin maintains that if explorers such as Fiennes could complete similar journeys without the help of certain technological advances, there is no reason why he can’t, with modern technology such as the global positioning system (GPS), be successful. “Thanks to technology, I will be in constant contact with the world,” he says.The GPS device will log and upload his location onto a server, but Chaplin will also take a set of maps with him as a backup – just in case.Solar blankets will supply most of the power for the electronics. He will also carry two dynamos, which work by generating a charge while pedalling, and are known to be reliable, if old-fashioned.Other modern equipment and suitable clothing from local outdoor gear manufacturer First Ascent will also help him to deal with the harsh elements. Chaplin will be travelling without a support crew, and he will rely on parcel deliveries at various airports around the world to replenish certain supplies.An exploration with a goalChaplin is an adventurer at heart, but this journey isn’t just for fun. Over the next eight years, he plans to visit about 200 Unesco World Heritage Sites en route.“This journey is part of a drive to protect our heritage. A lot of people don’t relate to heritage sites or don’t even know that they exist,” he says.He will attempt to visit at least one site a month, record it and stream it online. In addition to showing what the site looks like, he will talk about its heritage and why it should be preserved from threats such as politics or natural elements.His goal is to make the material available, free of charge, on the expedition’s website. He also wants to work with organisations to provide educational material to schools in Africa. As part of the education drive, Chaplin wants to set up computer centres that are solar- and wind-powered.Sustainable transport is another issue close to his heart. Through the expedition, he wants to raise awareness about climate change, road congestion and health.Chaplin speaks from experience when he talks about the benefits of reduced reliance on traditional modes of transport such as motor cars. “Since September 2006, I haven’t owned a car. From a sustainability, health and financial point of view, the benefits are incredible,” he says.He hopes that by cycling such great distances during his expedition, he will encourage people to think twice about using motorised transport. The fact that he is setting out to circumnavigate the world using human power shows that it is possible to get around, over much shorter distances, under your own steam.He also wants to promote equal rights for all road users and try to change the attitudes of people on the road. He’d also like governments to re-think their transport strategies.Chaplin is excited about his adventure and he says he is as prepared as he will ever be.“I live by the following slogan: hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst,” he says. Maybe he will even write a few books about his experiences and dedicate one book to every continent.And what does he look forward to over the next eight years? “What I will enjoy the most are the visits from my family and friends. This will be just amazing,” he says.last_img read more

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