Marathon sailing race is expecting record turn-out

first_imgBoats to race from Sandy Hook Bay to New York Harbor and back ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – For skippers and crews of catamaran sailing boats, the most exciting event of the year is approaching quickly. On Sunday the Sandy Hook Bay Catamaran Club, located in Atlantic Highlands, will be hosting its annual world-class event, known among sailors as the “Statue of Liberty Marathon Sailing Race.” With just days to go until Independence Day weekend, an increasing number of teams are signing up to participate in what is probably the largest sailing event in New York harbor this summer. “We are proud to host one of the largest annual sailing events in New York Harbor, and definitely the one with the most boats,” said Jacques Pierret, the club’s race director. “With more than 75 boats pre-registered, the race is well on its way toward a record attendance this year, and we are getting close to our goal of seeing 100 boats at the starting line. Our race is living proof that sailing off the New York/New Jersey coast is easily accessible and affordable to all.” The annual race got its start in the 1980s when some club members challenged each other to sail to the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, linking Brooklyn to Staten Island. The race ultimately ended up rounding the Statue of Liberty. It was such a great sailing experience that an increasing number of sailors joined the informal race each year, making it a not-to-miss annual event. Over the past 20 years, the race has attracted participants from throughout the East Coast and from elsewhere, all of whom relish undertaking the long-distance sailing challenge each year. “The Statue race is now a true classic,” Pierret said. “Serious racers want to live the experience at least once, but many loyal teams show up at every edition. From the small 16-foot Hobie Cats to the impressive Reynolds 33-foot “machines,” this course offers a great challenge for everyone.” The Statue of Liberty is located 20 miles north from the startling line at the club. The boats pass through the Verrazano Narrows to enter into the chaotic marine traffic of New York Harbor. The Statue of Liberty marks, appropriately for Independence Day weekend, the rounding mark for the race, after which the boats head back for another grueling 20 miles of fighting ocean waves and bay currents. At the end of the day, rounding the Statue of Liberty, surrounded by the Manhattan skyline, is a true reward for a sailor’s effort. Vic Simon, commodore of the club, said, “It’s a unique experience and we guarantee our participants cross the finish line with a great feeling of accomplishment.” “For spectators, the best location to view the race is at Liberty State Park in Jersey City,” Simon said. “This location – about 400 yards from the Statue – offers spectators a perfect view over New York Harbor,” he added. “Fans and family can see the competitors entering the harbor through the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and watch as the sailors make their way up to the Statue.” Another prime spectator location is at the Sandy Hook Bay Catamaran Club, where spectators can watch the competitors prepare for the race beginning Saturday afternoon and early Sunday prior to the 9 a.m. start. Simon urges spectators to stick around for the after-race beach party, as one of the top surf rock music bands in the country, Mister Neutron, will perform Sunday evening. For more information, visit www.statueoflibertyrace.com.last_img read more

Foton, Cignal in key clash

first_imgFoton tries to dust off its recent defeat when it battles Cignal, while Generika-Ayala and Sta. Lucia Realty gun for important wins on Thursday in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Tornadoes got their six-game winning run cut short by the unbeaten F2 Logistics Cargo Movers last Thursday, but coach Aaron Velez took it as another lesson learned.ADVERTISEMENT Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Benefits of township living Muntinlupa fans get rare treat: a long-awaited win Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Velez said their 25-17, 25-12, 25-23 loss to the league leaders allowed them to see the flaws in their system.“Good thing we still have time to make adjustments,” Velez said. The first serve is at 4:15 p.m. before the Realtors and the Lifesavers clash at 7.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Vaccinated but still infected with polio? What happened? Duque explains Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalianlast_img read more

Privations, arrivals and departures

first_imgWith “Indian Arrival Day” some two weeks away, and against a background of 7000 mostly Indian Guyanese fired sugar workers struggling to survive at Wales, Rose Hall, and Skeldon, we revisit the devastating conditions that brought Indians here as immigrants.Sadly, after the depredations of the PNC — starting from the 1970s — had worked to replicate those conditions, a second migration of Indian Guyanese to the Caribbean, Suriname, Venezuela, the US, Canada and elsewhere was initiated; and this has again become intensified.Deteriorating conditions in Venezuela have forced several thousand Indian Guyanese persons and their children to return, and they have added to the struggle for survival in the rural areas.Most of the 19th century immigrants – some 90 per cent – originated in the Bhojpuri belt of the United Provinces (now Uttar Pradesh and Bihar), while the remainder came from the Madras Presidency. The question arises as to why these persons left their country when their customs forbade “crossing the “Black Waters” (Kala Pani)”, which made them lose their place in the community. The short answer is: it was ultimately a matter of life and death, and they chose life, tenuous as that would become.While “indentured labour” might today be seen as a transitory passage of commercialised human labour from African chattel slavery to the so-called “free labour” of today, the conditions that herded Indians into that option were man-made. The sugar planters had no faith that free Africans would sell their labour at a rate to make sugar profitable. They therefore actively sought a new supply that would guarantee such cheap labour on demand. But where would such rates exist that could not attract freed slaves but yet be a “pull factor” for indentureship? The answer was British India.The story begins in 1757, when the troops of the British East India Company captured Bengal from the Moguls and completed their inexorable conquest of the legendarily rich India within 50 years. Less than a decade later, between 1768 and 1771, from Bengal and Bihar – from where most Guyanese immigrants originated – more than 10 million persons, one third of the population, died from a “famine”. Why? Two reasons. Firstly, the farmers who supplied the bulk of the population with foodstuff were forced by the British into producing cash crops for export, even while they were forced to pay onerous taxes at the threat of death and violence. Remember “Lagaan”?We quote the words of then British Governor Warren Hastings, who boasted to the Home Office: “Notwithstanding the loss of at least one-third of the inhabitants of the province, and the consequent decrease of the cultivation, the nett collections of the year 1771 exceeded even those of I768… It was naturally to be expected that the diminution of the revenue should have kept an equal pace with the other consequences of so great a calamity. That it did not was owing to its being violently kept up to its former standard.”The cash crops the farmers were forced to grow included cotton, opium, indigo; and as described above, this was simply to keep paying off the extortionate demands of the British, who exported rice and wheat even during the famines. Millions were also thrown out of work when the British forbade Indian weavers from producing cotton yarn and the cotton fabrics that had enthralled Europe. Henceforth, only cotton woven by British looms could be sold in India! From where were the weavers to get the money to buy food, much less clothes?Incidentally, Britain became the largest drug dealers up to the present, where the opium – up to 800 tons annually – was shipped to China so that the British could buy Chinese tea for their ”cuppa”, sweetened by our sugar.Between the Bengal famine of 1768 and the end of Indentureship in 1917, conservatively, over 54 million Indians perished from famine. In the book “Late Victorian Holocausts” (2001), Mike Davis describes how Viceroy Lord Lytton insisted that wheat be exported to England. In 1877 and 1878, at the height of the famine, when 10.3 million persons perished, grain merchants exported a record 800,000 tons of wheat and 1.9 million tons of rice. As the peasants began to starve, officials were ordered “to discourage relief works in every possible way”.And this is why the upsurge of indentured Indians correlated with the British-induced famines in India. And the closure of sugar estates by the PNC Government has history repeating itself today, as farce.last_img read more

Loans and BRI loans in Guyana

There has been a slew of articles in the local press about the downside of countries accepting massive loans from China to build local infrastructure, which also fit into the latter’s strategic “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) , which is designed to facilitate their strategic economic and political goals.The downside is that, when the borrowing countries cannot repay the loans and default, they may be forced to take the extreme step of transferring ownership or control of the developed asset. The instance of Sri Lanka giving up control of their Chinese-funded billion-dollar port of Hambantota via a 99-year lease to that country is always cited.Fears of Guyana becoming snared in this “debt trap” and losing sovereignty over its assets were raised with President David Granger at his press conference, in light of his Government signing a Memorandum of Understanding with China on their BRI. He explained that Guyana is in dire need of infrastructural development, which has to be funded; but that he is proceeding with “his eyes open”.Guyanese, he insisted, should have nothing to fear. This sounds reasonable, since one would assume that countries such as Guyana, which were former colonies of imperial states for centuries – into the 1960s even! – and then getting ensnared into neo-colonial relationships during the Cold War between the US and USSR, would have their antennae up for new exploitative relationships in the international arena.But yet it has happened, and will happen; and not only with China. President Granger cited the present travails of Argentina with debt, and noted that Chinese funding is not a factor there. But he did not have to go so far for his example. Not only as a historian, but as an individual who was quite involved at a high level in the state, he would know that the PNC Government under Burnham accumulated debt from Western countries and multilateral lending institutions to such an extent during the 1970s that when he could not repay, Guyana became officially bankrupt.At the time, other countries in the same situation were forced into “debt for equity” swaps that were even worse that the cited Sri Lanka example with China, since the entities taking over the assets actually assumed complete ownership.Evidently, there was no Guyanese asset that the lenders found attractive to make swaps, and eventually President Bharrat Jagdeo had to lead a Herculean effort after 1992 to have the inherited US$2.1 billion debt written off.President Granger should conduct a historical of what caused such a massive debt pile-up.Presently there are frequent references to the “Chinese loan” that was used to build the Skeldon Sugar Factory as illustrating what could “go wrong” with accepting BRI loans. Firstly, this was not a BRI loan, but one that was intended to bring down the price of sugar so that the savings generated could easily repay the concessional US$32 million loan (not US$200 million touted) from the Exim Bank of China with a repayment period of 20 years, a grace period of five years, and a two per cent annual interest rate.This is fundamentally the approach that must be taken when taking any loan, but as the Skeldon Modernisation showed, President Granger cannot just assume that because he “has his eyes open”, Guyana is out of the woods with future debt problems. The reason for Skeldon’s failure was the selection of the Chinese contractor — Chinese National Technical and Industrial Corporation (CNTIC) — to build the factory. That Booker Tate, the contracted foreign managers of GuySuCo; the World Bank, which also loaned US$56 million; and the CDB, with US$24 million, went along with the decision demonstrate that “the best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry”, even when their eyes are open.The added challenge of infrastructural investments, such as the bridge across the Essequibo River that President Granger feels in absolutely needed, is that, generally, the revenues generated directly are insufficient to service the large loans necessary.He cannot be complacent read more

Leeds United launch bid for £5m-rated Uruguayan ace

first_img1 Felipe Avenatti [right] Leeds United have made a bid to sign Ternana forward Felipe Avenatti.The race to sign the Uruguayan has intensified with new suitors Watford and Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa in the mix for the 22-year-old.It had been suggested that the powerful 6ft 5in striker was close to sealing a switch to Serie B side Cagliari but, according to the Corriere dello Sport, Avenatti’s next destination is likely to be in England.Leeds scouted the former River Plate hitman on numerous occasions last term, in which he struck 11 goals for the second-tier Italian outfit.Avenatti is determined to prove himself at the highest level and is said to be keen to move on this summer, however Ternana will not allow their star man to leave for less than £5m.last_img read more

Premier League stats: Which team has made the most tackles since 2006/07?

first_img 20 20 20 16. West Bromwich Albion – 4,948 tackles made since 2006/07 – The Baggies have spent seven of the last ten campaigns in the Premier League. 20 20 20 12. Fulham – 6,159 tackles made since 2006/07 – The Cottagers spent eight of the last ten seasons in the top-flight. 7. Manchester United – 7,839 tackles made since 2006/07 – The Red Devils have been ever-present in the Premier League so have ten seasons worth of tackles in these stats. 20 20 4. Manchester City – 8,082 tackles made since 2006/07 – The Citizens have been in the Premier League for all of the last ten seasons. 19. Swansea City – 3,341 tackles made since 2006/07 – The Jacks have only been in the Premier League for the last five seasons. 15. Bolton Wanderers – 5,150 tackles made since 2006/07 – The Trotters were relegated from the Premier League in 2012, which means they have just six seasons’ worth of tackles. As N’Golo Kante proved last season with Leicester City, sometimes footballers can do the ugly things beautifully.The French international was a tackling machine as he reigned supreme for the Foxes in midfield.Thankfully, back in 2006/07, the Premier League started taking statistics a lot more seriously and now crunch a whole host of numbers.One of the bits of data they now collect, with some help from Opta, is the amount of challenges players and clubs make, so players like Kante get a lot more respect.So, which teams have made the most tackles in the last 10 seasons? Click the right arrow above to find out… 1. Liverpool – 8,891 tackles made since 2006/07 – The Reds have been ever-present in the Premier League so have ten seasons worth of tackles in these statistics. 13. Wigan Athletic – 5,893 tackles made since 2006/07 – The Latics spent seven of the last ten seasons in the Premier League before being relegated in 2013. 20 6. Chelsea – 7,903 tackles made since 2006/07 – The Blues have ten seasons worth of tackles in these statistics. 11. West Ham – 6,954 tackles made since 2006/07 – The Hammers have been in the Premier League for nine of the last ten seasons. 20 17. Blackburn Rovers – 4,668 tackles made since 2006/07 – Blackburn’s second spell in the Premier League ran from 2001 to 2012, so they have six seasons of tackles counted. 20 20 20. Southampton have made 3,151 tackles in the Premier League, post-2006/07 – Click the right arrow above to see which team have made the most top flight tackles since the statistics started being collated… – The Saints have only been in the Premier League for the last four campaigns, mind. 20 8. Everton – 7,462 tackles made since 2006/07 – The Toffees have been ever-present in the Premier League so have ten seasons worth of tackles in these statistics. 20 20 20 5. Arsenal – 8,002 tackles made since 2006/07 – The Gunners have been actually been in the top flight since 1919! 20 20 10. Newcastle – 7,071 tackles made since 2006/07 – In nine of the last ten seasons the Magpies were in the Premier League. 20 14. Stoke City – 5,741 tackles made since 2006/07 – The Potters have been in the Premier League for the last eight campaigns. 3. Aston Villa – 8,143 tackles made since 2006/07 – Until their relegation last season, the Villans were ever-present in the Premier League so have ten campaigns worth of tackles in these statistics. 18. Portsmouth – 3,607 tackles made since 2006/07 – Pompey were in the Premier League from 2003 to 2010 so have four seasons worth of tackles in this case. 2. Tottenham Hotspur – 8,182 tackles made since 2006/07 – Spurs have been ever-present in the Premier League so have ten seasons worth of tackles in these statistics. 20 9. Sunderland – 7,326 tackles made since 2006/07 – The Black Cats have been in the Premier League for the last nine campaigns after promotion in 2007. last_img read more

Wenger EXCLUSIVE*: ‘I don’t know if the Arsenal fans are fit to support us!’

first_imgArsenal were beaten 3-0 by Crystal Palace on Monday evening to mount further pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.Fans have protested for the Frenchman to not extend his contract – which expires at the end of this season – and the match at Selhurst Park ended with chants of ‘Arsene Wenger, we want you to go!’ by the Gunners faithful.But, despite having his job on the line, Wenger found the time to join talkSPORT to EXCLUSIVELY* discuss his future and the Arsenal fans.He said: “Of course last night was very difficult for me, but look: can we still win the title? Yes. Am I Arsene Wenger? Of course.“Will I stay or go? Look, I don’t know.“Some of the fans last night were saying the players were not fit to wear the shirt, but look, I don’t know if they are fit to support us.“Maybe they need to support us even if we play in the Conference in a few years’ time.!”*Of course, this was not really zip coat enthusiast Arsene Wenger, but impressionist Luke Kempner who joined Hawksbee and Jacobs on Tuesday afternoon. You can hear the full clip above!last_img read more

2016 EHS Basketball Homecoming Ceremony

first_imgThe 2016 EHS Basketball Homecoming Ceremony will be held Jan. 16 between the JV and Varsity games.A Homecoming Prince and Princess and King and Queen will be crowned.Front row: Seniors Autumn Cannon, Nick Emmert, Destinee Mattix, Robert Rodewig, and Bailey England. Back row: Juniors Talia Bryant and Dawson Petro, sophomores Hannah Feist and Oliver Adams, and freshmen Eliza Sands and Carson Ehlers. Not pictured: Senior Trinidy Campbell.last_img

Vultures on pylons study launched

first_img8 February 2008Eskom, in association with the Rhino and Lion Wildlife Conservation organisation, has launched the Vulture Enclosure research project in an effort to reduce the number of vultures and other birds from being electrocuted on power lines at Skeerpoort, in the Hartebeespoort Dam area to the west of Pretoria.Eskom said in a statement on Wednesday that the project aimed to reduce bird electrocutions in the identified danger zones on pylons with the application of cost-effective measures such as insulation covers and bird diverters.Eskom Corporate Services MD Steve Lennon said the vulture enclosure would serve a dual purpose: “Firstly, it will allow the rehabilitated vultures the opportunity to recuperate before they are released back into the wild; secondly, it will support research studies in vulture behaviour on the identified problem towers in order to prevent and limit the continuous vulture electrocutions on power lines.”It was difficult and time-consuming in the past to observe vulture behaviour on problematic Eskom structures, as mitigation methods were based on laboratory simulation studies combined with field observations and assumptions.The vulture enclosure will provide the research team with the opportunity to monitor in detail actual vulture behaviour patterns on the structures and their reactions towards various mitigation methods applied in various scenarios.The enclosure will therefore serve as a field laboratory to approve effective mitigation products and the rehabilitation of injured vultures.Vulture Programme manager Kerri Wolter believes the partnership supports work being undertaken by Eskom to address the threats that South Africa’s vultures are facing.“What we have begun for Magaliesberg is an example of what could be done throughout southern Africa,” Wolter said. “Power lines are one of our major threats causing the ongoing decline of vultures, and Eskom has shown their conservation value and drive to conserve this vulnerable species through this initiative.”“This is a perfect example of what organisations should be doing to help conserve our natural heritage.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Mandela Day: it’s in our hands now

first_img The United Nations officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognising Mandela’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”. Celebrated across the globe in honour of the late statesman’s birthday on 18 July, the day gives everyone the opportunity to emulate Mandela’s role as public servant. Individuals, groups and corporates are challenged to give 67 minutes of their time on the day – one minute for every year of Mandela’s public service – to take action to change the world for the better and, in doing so, to help build a global movement for good. Find out more about how you can Play Your Part for Madiba:Nelson Mandela DayPlay Your Part for Madiba SAinfo reporter 17 July 2014 The idea of Mandela Day was inspired by Mandela at his 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008, when he said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”last_img read more